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    Lightbulb Greatest BIS albums?

    I am looking for the finest recordings on the BIS label. Anyone have recommendations?

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    Here are some of my favourites:

    CPE Bach Cello Concertos: BIS CD 807 (Hidemi Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan)
    Grieg Orchestral Songs: BIS SACD 1531 (Ole Kristian Ruud, Bergen Philharmonic)
    Handel Recorder Sonatas: BIS CD 300955 (Dan Laurin, Masaaki Suzuki, Hidemi Suzuki)
    Hindemith Violin Sonatas: BIS CD 761 (Ulf Wallin, Roland Pöntinen)
    Sibelius Symphony No.5 (Original and Final versions): BIS CD 863 (Osmo Vänskä, Lahti Symphony Orchestra)
    Villa-Lobos Complete Choros and Bachianas Brasileiras: BIS CD 1830/32

    Should be something there for all tastes.

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    All the Sibelius symphonies are good. My only quibble about BIS is that the dynamic range is sometimes too broad to listen to comfortably.

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    Some other favorites:

    1. Quite a few Aho recordings.
    2. Every Bach recording featuring Suzuki as conductor and those as keyboardist.
    3. Berwald string quartets.
    4. Shostakovich symphony cycle/Wiggelsworth

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    If you like piano music: Evgeny Sudbin on Bis.


    http://www.prestoclassical.co.uk/adv...label=bis&cat=

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    I have several BIS albums, they won "label of the year" this year at ICMA! Try some Schnittke

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    Well I'm about to listen to Shostakovich 11th Symphony by Wigglesworth/NLRSO on BIS - I'll let you know.

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    Some of the 99 cent megabox downloads at Amazon include BIS recordings. That would be a good way to sample them cheaply.

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    A couple of terrific vocal CD's:

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    My favorite/most-listened-to BIS albums …

    W. A. MOZART: Divertimento in E-flat major (String Trio), K. 563
    :: Trio Zimmermann
    Zimmermann, Tamestit & Poltéra are a touch buttoned-down and formal in mien, but their playing is impeccably stylish and proficient, and their rapport couldn’t be better.

    Im Herbst ~ Choral Works by Brahms & Schubert
    :: Pedersen/Det Norske Solistkor
    The exceedingly well-matched and balanced Norwegians sing in as pure and flawless a manner as humanly possible while managing not to sound neutral/generic/faceless—no mean trick. It’s all very sublime. The album contains a superb account of what is perhaps my favorite Romantic choral work, Brahms’s Geistliches Lied, a deceptively simple work of great beauty that conceals a structure of unexpected complexity—a rather ingenious double canon as it turns out. In that regard, it might be thought of as the Romantic counterpart to Tallis’s Miserere nostri.

    Edvard GRIEG: The Complete Music for String Orchestra
    :: Tønnesen/Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
    The included recording of the Holberg Suite has been my go-to recording of the work since I bought this album in the early ’80s—it’s one of those exceedingly rare “just right” recorded performances.

    The Solitary Cello ~ Cello Music from the Twentieth Century
    :: Frans Helmerson
    Helmerson’s focused/concentrated/tense/high-strung brand of playing isn’t for everyone, but it works for me, especially in Crumb’s early Cello Sonata.

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    Ronald Brautigam has recorded Beethoven's complete solo piano works on fortepiano (modern copies of pianos from Beethoven's time)
    "This could be a Beethoven piano-sonata cycle that challenges the very notion of playing this music on modern instruments, a stylistic paradigm shift." (Fanfare Magazine)

    Also recommended are his recordings of Mozart's Piano Concertos, also on fortepiano and to be completed soon, there are still a couple of concerti to be released.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldog View Post
    Some other favorites:

    2. Every Bach recording featuring Suzuki as conductor and those as keyboardist.
    It's that simple.

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    BIS discs I've enjoyed and returned to include:

    Tubin symphony cycle conducted by Neeme Jarvi

    Holmboe symphony cycle conducted by Owain Arwel Hughes

    Martinu symphony cycle conducted by Jarvi

    Saeverud: Piano Concerto / Symphony 9 (I absolutely love this piano concerto; modern and interesting)

    Japanese Orchestral Music (works by Ifukube, Tanaka, Toyama, Otaka, Wada)
    Last edited by Bill Cooke; Oct-04-2017 at 09:20.

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    I'm wondering why the OP is particularly interested in BIS. Is it because of their support of SACD/DSD? Is he or she supportive of all things Swedish?
    I have dozens of BIS recordings but before making recommendations it would be helpful to know what you are looking for

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    BIS is a generally a good label in my consideration. I like all the BIS I own, usually interesting repertoire, and usually well played.

    Favorite out of my collection (of less than a dozen) is BIS-CD-52
    The Contemporary American 'C'
    5 works by 5 different American composers each who's name begins with 'C'! Each piece is a good one (but not overheard) from each respective composer, and excellently played.

    Again, in my book you usually can't go wrong with BIS.
    (Especially) If you're fond of off-the-beaten path repertoire, it's a pretty reliable source.
    I'll always pick them out if I see them at the libraries, because BIS is no BS.
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