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    Here's my very own thread on this wonderful label. I got to know it when I was about 15 or 16, and always enjoyed the fact that they published not only the "big" works, the iron-repertoire, but also the more obscure stuff. Weird things like Mozart's concerto for glassharmonica or chambermusic that is seldomly seen on records, or work by lesser known composers.
    Also the artwork on the covers is often fantastic, I'm especially fond of the drawings of Gitta Mallasz, but there are lots of other great covers.
    The playing of the featured musicians always expresses great joy and dedication. There are some great names to be found: Brendel, Casals, Ricci to name a few , but the ones that stayed outsider the big arena are also great musicians.

    Don't know how big their catalogue is but it's huge!
    There are a little over a hundred albums in my collection and I intend to post about them randomly, unless someone makes a good case for another approach.
    Please feel free to post your own issues of Vox, or backgroundinfo on the music, but please stick to the label of Vox and it's imprints Turnabout and Candide. If you want more info on a particular album, just let me know.
    This might well become the Vox-reference thread

    Hope you all enjoy it, I know at least one member who will ......

    For starters; one that has been in my collection for a very, very long time:
    Mozart pianoconcerti no 17 in G major, k.453 and no 19 in F major, k.459
    Alfred Brendel with the orchestra of the Vienna Volksoper

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    Happy X-mass everybody!

    Cheers,
    Jos

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    Candide gave us several recordings by Michael Ponti and various orchestras of music by otherwise unrecorded composers. It was a very good thing they did.
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    Yes, there were a lot of interesting releases on Turnabout and its secondary labels Candide, Vox Box, and Vox Cum Laude, with a good deal of material being issued in big LP sets from Murray Hill too, albeit often with less successful surfaces there.

    Some musical highlights from these labels are IMO:

    - Ponti´s and other pianists´ recordings of rare piano concertos and piano works (pianists like Dosse, Kentner etc.)
    - Ponti´s recordings of Tchaikovsky´s, Rachmaninov´s and Scriabin´s complete piano music;
    - Candide´s and Turnabout´s releases of 20th Century repertoire (Messiaen "Quatuor" & "Le Merle Noir"; Thome´s album with ensemble works by Crumb and Dlugoszewski; the releases of Rochberg´s Piano Trio, Henze´s violin Concerto, etc.
    - Brendel´s early Liszt releases, such as "Malediction" with Gielen.

    And yes, Turnabout also employed some interesting LP cover designers; among the most prominent were

    Gitta Mallasz, a Hungarian emigré already mentioned, who later became know via a popular book telling about her conversations with angels (...); she worked in a variety of styles (the Mozart/Brendel above could very well be her design); I´ve got 7 of hers. Here´s Monteverdi´s "Tandredi e Clorinda" conducted by Kehr:

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    Herbert Norton Rogoff, probably the most interesting and stylistically varied; I´ve got 19 cover designs by him on various labels, including this Pythonesque design for an album with the Klien Piano Duo

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    and this with Nielsen´s 6th + Sibelius violin works:

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    John Trotta is mostly known for his Nonesuch covers, but he also did this Schoenberg Turnabout album, for example:

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    Great to see more covers, thnx Joen !
    The Nonesuch label is nice too, a bit similar in athmosphere to Turnabout, but for some reason I don't come across them very often.

    Ernest Bloch, suite Hebraique
    Paul Hindemith, der Schwanendreher
    Frank Martin, Sonata da chiesa

    Marcus Thompson, Viola and Viola d'amore
    M.I.T. Symphonyorchestra, David Epstein conductor
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    Ysaye
    6 Sonatas for violin solo, opus 27
    Ruggiero Ricci, violin
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    Btw and off topic: how can I get the pictures a little bigger? I'm using the onboard uploader (great feature, every board should have one !!) and use the iPad to take the snapshots. Thnx.

    Cheers,
    Jos

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    I'm in - I love the work Turnabout did back in the day, especially the Medieval and Renaissance releases.

    Here's one I played just yesterday:

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    Jos - i don't know about Ipads, but if you do a google images search and find a cover you like and a size you like you can have it show like the one above (which was 500x500) by not using the uploader but typing [img] followed by the image url followed by [/img]

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    Thank you, Simon, I'll give it a try.

    Cheers,
    Jos

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    Had forgotten what a great pianoconcerto Lalo has written, although the theme popped right back into my head when I dropped the needle. This one has been left unplayed for too long.

    Marylene Dosse, piano
    Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, Matthias Kuntzsch

    Pierne, pianoconcerto in Cmajor
    Lalo, pianoconcerto in Fminor
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    Schubert, string quintet in Cmajor, opus 163. Live recording

    Pablo Casals, 1st cello
    Sandor Vegh, 1st violin
    Sandor Zoldy, 2nd violin
    Gyorgy Janzer, Viola
    Paul Szabo, 2nd cello
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    Handel, concerti grossi, opus 3

    Mainz Chamber Orchestra, Günter Kehr
    6 concerti, lesser known than the 12 from opus 6, but very enjoyable baroque music. Very fitting for bankholiday!
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    GIovanni Paisiello, pianoconcert in Cmajor
    Karl Stamitz, pianoconcert in Fmajor

    Felicja Blumental, piano
    Württemberg Chamber Orchestra, Heilbronn, Jorg Faerber

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    That will keep me going today!

    Cheers,
    Jos

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    Yes, Vox labels: what a collection!I don't know , I have maybe 300 maybe 600 Vox/Turnabouts/Candides. Do people know Vox has been re-incarnated as Musical Concepts and many of these elderly issues are stil available;eg they fairly recently re-released the Ponti complete Rachmaninov piano solo and duet music:Ponti and Leonardy. I think they also do cd-rs of old issues on demand. The art-work, yes fab: kitsch if not camp, often. I have every Vox Ponti made, Lp and cd re-issue(including the two Schumann Intro and Allegros , never re-released, that I know of, on cd. These are some of the most exciting performances(still!) of the Romantic Piano Concerti, where Hyperion picked up the thread, had sometimes better orchestras but rarely if ever had the same joie-de-vivre of Ponti et al(Dosse, Kyriackou,Blumenthal, Rose,Keller, List). Any other favourites?
    Steve.ps thx for starting this thread

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    Dvorak Slavonic Dances
    Opus 46 & 72 for piano four-hands/ Alfred Brendel and Walter Klien

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    Cheers,
    Jos

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    Bach, the Goldberg variations
    Martin Galling
    This is the mono-pressing, there is also one in stereo.
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    Mass in times of war / Missa in tempore belli aka Paukenmesse
    Vienna Chamber Choir and Chamber Orchestra of Vienna Symphony, cond. Hans Gillesberger
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    Cheers,
    Jos

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    Oh yeah...lots of interesting "four hands" albums on Turnabout.

    And I could have sworn I had and interesting Debussy one of his own four hands reductions from his orchestral works, but I don't seem to be able to find it now..

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    This is the album that first made me sit up and take notice of the label:

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    I picked up this 5-LP set at a yard sale this summer for $2.00 - flawless play and the heaviest vinyl in my collection...(indeed I rescued it from the July sun {{shudder}})/K

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    Here's a pic of some of my favs in my LP collection:

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