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    Default Performances that 'killed it'

    Recordings that brought the music being played to such a paramount beauty that it wouldn't be so bad if no one ever recorded that piece again. This is not a thread for very good performances, but rather ones that you would take with you into purgatory. I'm interested to see what you guys have to say

    Some performances that I considered to have 'killed it':
    Dinu Lipatti Bach: Partita no. 1
    Sergei Rachmaninoff Rachmaninoff: Concerto no. 1
    Michelangeli Rachmaninoff: Concerto no. 4

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    Ah, for me that must be Schubert's Sonata D. 784 played live by Richter in Tokyo. I have several other recordings of this Sonata too, but not one comes even close. The sheer intensity of Richter's playing takes my breath away.

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    Rather than killed it, I would say nailed it.

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    Sofronitsky killed this one.


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    I guess Nailed It is a more literal phrase, but the thread is already made so whatever.

    @gridweb
    I completely agree with you! I was bowled over completely by that recording the first time I heard it, and it's been my favorite Schubert piece ever since.

    @HarpsichordConcerto
    I definitely second that. I know it's vulgar to describe music like this, but that recording just kicks so much ***.

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    Chopin's Ballades, Fantasia and Barcarolle by Krystian Zimerman and also his piano concertos of Beethoven.

    Chopin's waltzes by Arthur Rubinstein.

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    A lot of Symphony Orchestras in the past have murdered many baroque masterpiece’s.
    Luckily the original or period performance movement has put things to right.

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    [yt]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtONd9FXVzs[/yt]

    Last edited by Webernite; Jul-09-2011 at 14:20.

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    Jacqueline Du Pre's recording of Elgar's cello concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra under Sir John Barbirolli on EMI records.

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    I thought what you meant by "killed it" was that it was such a bad performance, you actually never wanted to hear that CD company or performing group ever again, even with another recording (you would have just such bad memories). I may have a few of those. Naxos.
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    Quote Originally Posted by presto View Post
    A lot of Symphony Orchestras in the past have murdered many baroque masterpiece’s.
    Luckily the original or period performance movement has put things to right.
    Stokowsky may or may not have 'murdered many Baroque masterpieces', but he did convert some of them into 'cyborgs', with pseudo-Romantic innards.
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    Quote Originally Posted by violadude View Post
    Jacqueline Du Pre's recording of Elgar's cello concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra under Sir John Barbirolli on EMI records.
    She nailed the extreme angst interpretation, for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hilltroll72 View Post
    She nailed the extreme angst interpretation, for sure.
    My favorite kind of interpretation.

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    Earl Wild - The Chopin Etudes, Rachmaninov Concerti and Rhapsody, Grieg Concerto, Tchaikovsky Concerti, Rachmaninov Variations on a them by Chopin and many, many more...also, just about everything Glenn ever touched

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    Quote Originally Posted by Webernite View Post
    [yt]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtONd9FXVzs[/yt]


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