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    Quote Originally Posted by Sondersdorf View Post
    Hi, sorry if this is a repeat, but the Naxos newsletter is offering Ančerl conducting Suk as a free download.

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    Yeah, I saw that! It's a fabulous performance, one of the best. Unfortunately, I bought the CD a year or so ago, so I am annoyed it's now free, albeit only as a download
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sondersdorf View Post
    Hi, sorry if this is a repeat, but the Naxos newsletter is offering Ančerl conducting Suk as a free download.
    Did anyone else have problems opening this file? It is called "SWR19055CD.flac", the properties show it is a zip file, with the expected size (367 MB) but my computer can't open it. First time I encounter this problem with a Naxos freebie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Rock View Post
    Did anyone else have problems opening this file? It is called "SWR19055CD.flac", the properties show it is a zip file, with the expected size (367 MB) but my computer can't open it. First time I encounter this problem with a Naxos freebie.
    I couldn't open it with the inbuilt Windows unzipper but I could open it with the 7Zip software.

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    Thanks, that did the trick!

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    Quote Originally Posted by starthrower View Post
    Does anybody have the Bareboim Wagner 34 CD box? I've seen this listed for dirt cheap. About a dollar a CD. Are there enough good performances to make this worth picking up?
    Since I hadn't heard a lot of these performances since they were first issued, I decided to pick up this set on the cheap and save some shelf space by jettisoning Barenboim's standalone Ring, Lohengrin, and Parsifal.

    And now I remember why I got rid of some of the other operas. The problem is mostly Jane Eaglen. I liked her when I heard her live as Isolde, but her voice recorded very poorly. I'm not quite sure how to describe what I find so objectionable, but to me her voice lacks freedom - there's no brilliance to her upper range, and there's no presence to the rest of the voice. And she sounds uninvolved.

    Dutchman is a complete non-starter - the only acceptable performance is Seiffert's as Erik. Struckmann is anonymous in the title role, and Robert Holl is the bass equivalent of Eaglen.

    Tannhäuser is somewhat better. Seiffert is certainly one of the better singers of the title role on modern recordings, and Pape is a splendid. Hampson sings very well, but to me he always sounds like he's giving a singing lesson and not playing a character. Pape is a superb Langraf, and Meier's Venus is committed and well sung. The problem again is Eaglen, whose Elisabeth is very much like her Senta. - vocally bottled up and dramatically inert.

    Lohengrin, which I've had since it was issued, is largely successful mostly because of Seiffert. My problem with this recording is Emily Magee's Elsa, whose voice isn't really under ideal control, with an excessive vibrancy that always threatens to turn into a wobble; the role needs the sort of purity that was provided by the likes of Elisabeth Grümmer on the Kempe recording.

    Meistersinger is maddening - beautifully played and conducted, and Seiffert is excellent in the killer role of Stolzing (I think that only Heppner is superior on recordings). But Robert Holl must have been a fine actor, because his wooly vocalism as Sachs is only one rung above Otto Wiener's. My comments about Magee's Elsa apply equally well to her Eva.

    I haven't listened to Barenboim's Tristan in at least twenty years (and I can't remember why I jettisoned it), so I'll hold off on that. Parsifal suffers from a very dull Gurnemanz, but van Dam is a superb Amfortas, and Meier and Jerusalem sing a very fine second act.

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    I feel like there haven't been that many fantastic deals on cheap digital or physical sets lately.

    Unless some of you are holding out on us!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jambo View Post
    I feel like there haven't been that many fantastic deals on cheap digital or physical sets lately.

    Unless some of you are holding out on us!
    Well, I don't know how legit this is as a bargain, but 40 hours of music for just over £4 seems too good to miss.
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/165127016595

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    On sale for 66 usd at Amazon
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    This site has some good deals including the Kubelik DG box for about half price compared to other vendors.
    https://classical.centerstagestore.c...tions/box-sets
    In Mahler I usually prefer the Solti approach -caveman having a seisure whips orchestra into a frenzy!! - Radames, TC member

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    Thanks for the tip! I'm close to pulling the trigger on the Alfred Brendel set, but I really don't need to drop $200 on another box set!!

    Can anybody recommend that set as an introduction to most of the solo piano repertoire? I've avoided solo piano works since I'm an amateur pianist myself and didn't want to depress myself by listening to works I'll never be able to play, but I've realized that's a stupid reason to ignore what I expect will be some truly amazing music. I'm interested in the Beethoven, Schumann, and Schubert in particular - how do you all think Brendel ranks as an introduction to the piano works of these composers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ganz Allein View Post
    Thanks for the tip! I'm close to pulling the trigger on the Alfred Brendel set, but I really don't need to drop $200 on another box set!!

    Can anybody recommend that set as an introduction to most of the solo piano repertoire? I've avoided solo piano works since I'm an amateur pianist myself and didn't want to depress myself by listening to works I'll never be able to play, but I've realized that's a stupid reason to ignore what I expect will be some truly amazing music. I'm interested in the Beethoven, Schumann, and Schubert in particular - how do you all think Brendel ranks as an introduction to the piano works of these composers?
    Kempff was the name that sprang to my mind. I know Brendel's Beethoven, and his Schubert is often praised. Don't know his Schumann. But I would guess he'd be a fine choice as well. Thinking of both as introductory choices. There are, of course, many options.

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    Quote Originally Posted by starthrower View Post
    This site has some good deals including the Kubelik DG box for about half price compared to other vendors.
    I noticed the Kubelik set is sold out. You must have a lot of pull among collectors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manxfeeder View Post
    I noticed the Kubelik set is sold out. You must have a lot of pull among collectors.
    It was probably those music hounds at the Steve Hoffman forum which is where I got the link.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ganz Allein View Post
    Thanks for the tip! I'm close to pulling the trigger on the Alfred Brendel set, but I really don't need to drop $200 on another box set!!

    Can anybody recommend that set as an introduction to most of the solo piano repertoire? I've avoided solo piano works since I'm an amateur pianist myself and didn't want to depress myself by listening to works I'll never be able to play, but I've realized that's a stupid reason to ignore what I expect will be some truly amazing music. I'm interested in the Beethoven, Schumann, and Schubert in particular - how do you all think Brendel ranks as an introduction to the piano works of these composers?
    I have the Brendel set and would definitely recommend it. A massive amount of music, although not the widest selection. You get double of quite a few things, but it's always interesting to hear performers playing works decades apart.

    Some people complain about Brendel because he sticks very closely to what the composer originally wrote, but that doesn't mean it's any less beautiful to listen to. He might actually be the perfect introduction, allowing you to mostly hear the music as originally intended. From there, you can listen to other performers and work out what you prefer.

    Also, his Haydn is FANTASTIC!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ganz Allein View Post
    Thanks for the tip! I'm close to pulling the trigger on the Alfred Brendel set, but I really don't need to drop $200 on another box set!!

    Can anybody recommend that set as an introduction to most of the solo piano repertoire? I've avoided solo piano works since I'm an amateur pianist myself and didn't want to depress myself by listening to works I'll never be able to play, but I've realized that's a stupid reason to ignore what I expect will be some truly amazing music. I'm interested in the Beethoven, Schumann, and Schubert in particular - how do you all think Brendel ranks as an introduction to the piano works of these composers?
    I'm a Perahia fan. If you are willing to navigate the Supraphonline site and then you can get plenty of Beethoven, Schumann, and a reasonable amount of Schubert for staggeringly little money. Bach as well, and Chopin. Go Murray.

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