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    I have been searching for a good recording of Mahler's 4th. I've eyeballed Walter (a usual preference)...but have hesitated. Any recommendations??

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    I purchased a set of Mahler's symphonies. #4 has been rated by Penguin, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti. On the London label, Kiri Te Kanawa soprano. 1984.

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    Ricther's recording of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 and Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto no. 1




    I don't know which of these recordings to try :S I'm sure ill pick Rattle before the night's over but its a hard choice.


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    Tilson Thomas sounds to me like a good one... though I would probably pick Bernstein's if it's available (The DG one).
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    I chose Rattle. I listened to the first movement today. What can I say; it's ok but it's quite long and at times I find myself trying not to listen..


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    Hello all, first off my apologies for not being as active as I have been; these last couple of weeks have been majorly busy times on all fronts.

    As this was the last week of the buy two, get one free sale at B&N I went hog while, so I apologize for taking up two posts here in this week's purchases (not that I feel guilty about it mind you!)

    Leadding off is a couple of Mahler purchases. First Bernstein's Mahler Symphony No. 4



    And then Yoel Levi, Mahler Symphony No. 6 "Tragic"



    Then a couple of Shostakovich's works. First Symphony No. 15 along with his Piano Sonata No. 2 with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra.



    And then Bernstein conducting Shostavich's Symphonies No. 5 & 9.



    Then it was onto two selections of Sibelus. Because I had a brain fart though I ended up with the same pieces, just coupled differently, but nothing new or what I had before.

    Yoel Levi's version of Symphony No. 2



    And then Bernstein, same symphony.

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    Rounding all of this great stuff off was, Elgar Pomp and Circumstance Marches:



    Then Rubinstein performing Mendelssohn Piano Trio No. 1 & Brahms Piano Trio No. 1.



    Last but not least because someone highly reccomended this to me, and well I could always use a third copy of No. 9.... and ok I got my first copy of No. 7... Kubelik's '56 recording of Dvorak. ll I can say is wow. (You know I had to throw in 9th right away lol)



    It was also my first time to hear through completely Symphony No. 7 which I really enjoyed and is now in second place as my favorite Dvorak symphony (9 being first of course).

    Thats it for now on the major purchases. My goal has been reached and I have a nice starting collection of classical music. From this point it won't be weekly purchases but more like bi-weekly or even monthly purchases and probably only a couple per buy. It has been one enjoyable month though putting together what I have now!
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    All for less than $14. New.

    Great Conductors of the 20th Century

    George Szell
    Works by Auber, Dvorak, Debussy, Delius, Rossini, Tchiakovsky, Wagner and Johann Strauss

    Fritz Busch
    Works by Beethoven, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Weber, Haydn and Richard Strauss

    I chose Szell because, well, it's Szell. And most of the works are within my tastes. I'm not familiar with Delius' works, and had not even heard of Auber before. As for Busch, it was mainly for the repertoire. I had not heard of him before. I didn't notice till I got home that all were mono recordings from an era gone by, but when you get CDs for less than $5 a pair, does it really matter?

    Chopin
    Sonata No.3
    Etudes, Op.25
    Trois Nouvelle Etudes

    Nelson Freire
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    Bought Arthur Rubenstein's version of the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganin last night. It included some works by Manuel de Falla and Chopin.

    Then I bought Gustavo Dudamel's recording of the March to the Scaffold Scene of Symphonie Fantastique.

    Then I bought the Maple Leaf Rag (I couldn't resist )

    I'm looking around for another Mahler symphony now. I have three versions of the 2nd, a 5th, a 6th, and an 8th. I listened to th 3rd yesterday on SIRIUS radio and it was quite long and boring, so i'll stray away from that.


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    Do you have the fourth? The fourth symphony of Mahler is very anti-romantic and parodies almost everything about classical sonata and symphony form. It's actually quite humorous when it's done right and the listener knows what to listen for.

    As for my latest purchase, it isn't a CD, but a ended up buying an iPod shuffle; I needed a separate MP3 thing for my Mahler set . I just have too much music. Just wait: I'll be saving up for that monstrous 80g iPod and won't know what the heck to do with it once I have it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rachovsky View Post
    Bought Arthur Rubenstein's version of the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganin last night. It included some works by Manuel de Falla and Chopin.

    Then I bought Gustavo Dudamel's recording of the March to the Scaffold Scene of Symphonie Fantastique.

    Then I bought the Maple Leaf Rag (I couldn't resist )

    I'm looking around for another Mahler symphony now. I have three versions of the 2nd, a 5th, a 6th, and an 8th. I listened to th 3rd yesterday on SIRIUS radio and it was quite long and boring, so i'll stray away from that.
    Try his 1st "Titan" - excellent piece and ties in well with #2 "Ressurection". I have Yoel Levi & Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's version and should cost you around $10 and is a very good recording IMO, but of course Klemperer, Bernstein and others are supreme with Mahler (again IMO).
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    I think I might buy the Titan first and then move my way up.

    I had an 80 GB but I dropped it on the ground and the battery completely screwed up. Dunno what to do now. I use a 2 GB one that won't even hold all of my symphonies. Furthermore, my touch was stolen, my 30 gb i accidentally took with me in a pool, and I have recently misplaced my sister's 16 GB. I'm so responsible.


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    I had resisted the B&N sale until today. However, I had a splurge-fest this afternoon.
    I guess I'll have to put off purchase of that New York Philharmonic 10-disc historical set for a little while longer...
    1) Levine/Met Verdi-Aida. An upgrade from an inferior set I up picked up for $10.00 at the used-CD shop.
    2) Solti/Covent Garden Verdi-La Traviata. Fills a previously embarassing gap in my collection, since I pretty much alternate between this and Aida for my favorite Verdi opera.
    3) Haitink/Dresden R. Strauss-Der Rosenkavalier. High time I acquired the best German language opera since Wagner put down his pen. (IMHO-- of course.)
    4) Ashkenazy "Double-Decca" selected Beethoven Piano Sonatas. ("Moonlight," "Les Adieu," "Tempest," "Pathétique," "Apassionata," "Pastoral," and "Waldstein.")
    5) Karajan/Berlin DG "two-fer" of Liszt Orchestral Works including "Mazeppa" and "Les Préludes."
    6) The mandatory Vienna/C. Kleiber Beethoven symphonies 5 & 7. My 4th version of #5, my 3rd version of #7. Since #7 remains my favorite symphony, I suppose I should have the consensus number 1 version of that piece.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chi_town/Philly View Post
    I had resisted the B&N sale until today. However, I had a splurge-fest this afternoon.

    4) Ashkenazy "Double-Decca" selected Beethoven Piano Sonatas. ("Moonlight," "Les Adieu," "Tempest," "Pathétique," "Apassionata," "Pastoral," and "Waldstein.")

    6) The mandatory Vienna/C. Kleiber Beethoven symphonies 5 & 7. My 4th version of #5, my 3rd version of #7. Since #7 remains my favorite symphony, I suppose I should have the consensus number 1 version of that piece.
    I can't believe I get to actually say this to you - but great buys! The Askenazy is good stuff, I have his Decca label for Chopin Waltzes/Nocturnes and plan on getting that particular album of yours in the near future.

    Your #6 I am positive won't dissapoint you and is still one of my favorite albums. Glad you finally took advantage of that sale, I am already looking forward to the next time they have that particular sale. It's been an expensive month for me but well spent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rachovsky View Post
    I had an 80 GB but I dropped it on the ground and the battery completely screwed up. Dunno what to do now. I use a 2 GB one that won't even hold all of my symphonies. Furthermore, my touch was stolen, my 30 gb i accidentally took with me in a pool, and I have recently misplaced my sister's 16 GB. I'm so responsible.
    Do get near an iPod. Ever.
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