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    Default 3 CDs on Desert Island

    Try to imagine: You will travel to the desert island and you can take only 3 CDs with...What would be your choice?

    Please really ONLY 3 discs and not your own mp3 CDs, but really released CD.
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    It is very difficult, but this is my current choice:





    And the 2nd disc from this dual:

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    First disc from this "double decker":







    Here was my rationale:

    One solo keyboard recording, one orchestral recording, one chamber recording.
    No repeated eras
    One of the three had to be from outside the standard European art music countries (hence the Albéniz)
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    Mehta's recording of Mahler's second (it's on one disc).

    The Emerson Quartet's Art of Fugue recording.

    Rachmaninoff's Ampico piano rolls (of other composers).

    That was a hard choice...
    You get a frog in your throat, you sound hoarse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by World Violist View Post

    Rachmaninoff's Ampico piano rolls (of other composers).
    ? I've never heard it before...

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    Yeah, Rachmaninoff made a bunch of piano rolls from 1919 to 1929 or so, 19 of his own compositions and a bunch of other composers' stuff. They're really amazing CD's.
    You get a frog in your throat, you sound hoarse.

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    Going along with W.V., I would take the same recording of:

    How did he get all of that onto one CD? When I burn the disc I have to split up the first movement from the rest.

    Next I would take:


    Then, seeing as I'm on a desert island, It would be necessary to bring a work about me :




    -- Now all I need is a CD Player.


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    Horowitz in Moscow

    Eleanor Steber singing Berlioz's Les nuits d'ete

    Ravel: L'Enfant et les Sortilèges Not sure which version though.

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    My recent acquisition of the Carlos Kleiber/Vienna Phil. Beethoven Symphonies 5 & 7 has forced a re-think on my part. Do these two transcendent performances trump the even more transcendent performance of Beethoven Symphony #9 by the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra conducted by Wilhelm Furtwängler?

    I think it's more than just the first flushes of listening excitement that leads me to conclude that yes, the Kleiber disc gets the edge. #7 is my favorite symphony- and 2 symphonies > 1 symphony.

    The other two would be: Dresden/Sinopoli Bruckner Symphony #5, and Martha's Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto #3 & Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto #1.

    So... surprisingly, no Wagner on the desert island. I just can't think of an "instrumentals/bleeding chunks" collection that would induce me to abandon one the the complete works above (not even Fritz Reiner's Reiner conducts Wagner selections).

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    How long would I be on this hypothetical desert island? Because if I'd be there for the rest of my life, I'd make sure not to bring any depressing music. >_<

    I'd pick some happy Haydn. \m/

    Seriously though, I'd pick something upbeat to keep my spirits up. Maybe some Strauss waltzes. ^^

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    It's really a terribly difficult thing, but I'd go for this choice:







    Here. But all the other CDs... I'd miss them a lot. Some Liszt, Beethoven, Shostakovich...

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    Now, isn't that a familiar name! Great to have you back, Lizstfreak.

    And it's surprising that there's no Liszt, or Alkan,... in your list.
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    What a great month is shaping up here! First, Maestro K posts for the first time in nearly eight weeks, then we welcome back Lisztfreak! Good to see ya here.

    I guess I should say something on-topic, now.
    Quote Originally Posted by opus67 View Post
    ... it's surprising that there's no Liszt, or Alkan,... in your list.
    Perhaps no more surprising than Wagner's absence from my list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chi_town/Philly View Post
    I guess I should say something on-topic, now.Perhaps no more surprising than Wagner's absence from my list.
    At least you have Bruckner. Wagnerian influences here and there. But chamber works by Schubert, Elgar, Britten...where would you fit Liszt in there?
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    I'd revise my previous list with:

    Mahler: Symphony No. 6 in A minor, Bernstein/NYPO (1960's) - the only Mahler 6 I've ever heard, probably the only one I'll want to hear (until I get the 1980's recording, but that's on two discs!). I'm really debating between this and Mahler's second, it's ridiculously hard...

    I'm still keeping Rachmaninoff's recordings of other composers on here (from reconstructed piano rolls).

    Something of Wanda Landowska playing Bach...
    You get a frog in your throat, you sound hoarse.

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