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    Schutz, Christmas story.

    Wait, isn't Easter coming up? Shucks, late for the party again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manxfeeder View Post
    Pardon me for jumping in, but I prefer Kondrashin on Shostakovich's symphonies. I can't put my finger on why; there's something about his recordings that make sense of this music to me.
    Forced to pick between Kondrashin, Svetlanov, and Mravinsky, I'd choose Kondrashin too.

    But don't forget Rozhdestvensky.
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    Symphony No.5 from this set.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce View Post
    I'll be interested in learning what you think of Levine's 10th. I have not heard it myself, but have recordings of the 10th by Rattle, Inbal and Wyn Morris. Though Rattle is touted by many critics as the best, I prefer Morris, or, even more, Inbal.
    Bruce,

    I have Wyn Morris' M10 on vinyl. I recall prefering Rattle's BPO Tenth though. (It's been a LONG time since I heard the Morris recording. I should probably re-listen.)

    I've never heard Inbal's M10.

    I'm going to listen to Levine's M10 next, after I finish the Duke Ellington CD that's now playing.

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    Shostakovich, Complete String Quartets, Vol. 1; Nos. 1-2-3; Manhattan Quartet. I like this recording; it is not overly ambient or bloated-sounding in the bass like some quartet recordings can be. Nice, dry, and the interpretation is good. I'm hunting for further volumes used.


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    Nielsen-Maskarade Overture, Clarinet Concerto and 3rd Symphony-Myung Whun Chung, Olle Schill and the Gothenburg S.O
    'so where are the strong, who are the trusted and where is the harmony, sweet harmony?'
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    Quote Originally Posted by millionrainbows View Post
    Shostakovich, Complete String Quartets, Vol. 1; Nos. 1-2-3; Manhattan Quartet. I like this recording; it is not overly ambient or bloated-sounding in the bass like some quartet recordings can be. Nice, dry, and the interpretation is good. I'm hunting for further volumes used.

    I currently, for convenience, only have the Borodin Quartet selects on Virgin 2fer. For sets, I like Shostakovich Quartet, and Fitzwilliam Quartet, which I'd respectively describe as Russian, and Cosmopolitan.

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    The Franck Violin Sonata in A Major

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    WORLD'S BLISS
    Medieval Songs of Love and Death
    John Fleagle; Bodhran, fiddle, harp, lute, vocals
    Shira Kammen; fiddle, vielle

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    P.M. Summer
    simul justus et peccator

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    Quote Originally Posted by JACE View Post
    Forced to pick between Kondrashin, Svetlanov, and Mravinsky, I'd choose Kondrashin too.

    But don't forget Rozhdestvensky.
    I see at least three different sets of Kondrashin/Shosty. Can someone comment on their respective sound qualities?






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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce View Post
    York Höller - Piano Sonata No. 3 (Someone, I forget who, already, had been listening to a lot of Höller recently, and inspired me to see what I could find of his on Spotify. So I settled on this 3rd sonata)

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    Possibly me. If I can recommend one of the most interesting / exciting Holler works i've heard recently, here's "Pensées":

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    Johannes Hieronymus Kapsberger lute works - Paul O'Dette, lute

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaneyes View Post
    I currently, for convenience, only have the Borodin Quartet selects on Virgin 2fer. For sets, I like Shostakovich Quartet, and Fitzwilliam Quartet, which I'd respectively describe as Russian, and Cosmopolitan.
    I like the Fitzwilliam as well, which I have. Funny you should mention the Borodin; I heard a youtube clip of them on a late Beethoven, and was knocked out by the performance, musicality, and sound. It was beautiful in all respects. I shall definitely take your recommendation on their set. I also, from this thread , want to look into the Shosty symphonies by Kondrashin, if it's available reasonably. You know how that out of print Russian stuff on Melodia is...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kontrapunctus View Post
    I see at least three different sets of Kondrashin/Shosty. Can someone comment on their respective sound qualities?
    Kontra,

    Sorry that I can't help you out. My DSCH Kondrashin set consists of a combination of old Melodiya/Angel vinyl, Everest vinyl, Quintessence vinyl, and a couple Chant du Monde CDs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce View Post
    Thanks to Jeff for bringing this to my notice!
    Glad you enjoyed it!

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    Also, if you are again feeling adventurous, try out Sir Henry Wood's orchestration. He left out the Promenades but did a wonderful job all together. He uses a variety of different orchestral effects in the different pictures. I think I saw that there is a video of it on Youtube...

    Anyhow, I listened to this at the gym:

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    Sergei Prokofiev's Symphonies No. 2 (late listening for the Saturday Symphony thread) and No. 3. Dmitrij Kitajenko led the Gürzenich-Orchester Köln. I am pretty convinced that I don't care for Prokofiev's symphonies that much. I'm going to find a different performance on Youtube to see if it is just the recordings that don't do the music justice.
    There's no point being grown-up if you can't be childish sometimes!

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    Steve Reich: Four Organs, Bang on a Can. Again...the fidelity is excellent, and this does wonderful things for my brain while I'm typing on the internet. I go back to this often.

    These long "sheets" of organ sound. Those Farfisa organs have a very sine-wave-like sound, pretty pure, but with some extra high harmonics added.

    I got this from trying to recreate that sound on my synthesizers; you start with a sine wave, and you're almost there.\

    The net result of clustering these waves into thick chords is a "sheet" of pure sound that washes over you. It is like having a clean windshield after the rain.

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