Thread: Current Listening Vol V

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    I know! It's a super bargain. I remember when that set was first released.
    It was just under 200 dollars!
    The labels made a killing on CDs in the 80s and 90s. I never bought box sets back then. But I'm buying them now!
    “Music makes you feel feelings. Words make you think thoughts. But a song can make you feel a thought.”

    - Yip Harburg

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    THE AGE OF ELEGANCE
    18th Century Music for Flute & Strings
    J.C. Bach - F.J. Hatden - J.S. Bach - F.A. Hoffmeister - I. Pleyel
    The Galeazzi Ensemble

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    simul justus et peccator

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    Listening to Symphony #1:

    I love music. I want music. I need music.

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    Prokofiev: Symphony No. 6 Alsop/Sao Paulo. An excellent performance and spacious recording. The whole series is.


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    82-87. the Paris symphonies.
    Wonderful !
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    Beethoven symphonies nos. 4 & 8 Haitink LSO

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    Haydn - String Quartets, Op. 54 (Angeles)



    There was a time when a project of this magnitude would have excited the attention of the entire classical music world. Not now. You can practically count on Philips to release this set as quietly as possible, offer no promotional support at all, and delete it quickly, despite the fact that the whole project was subsidized by The Joseph Haydn Society. Rather than seeing this sort of sponsorship as an opportunity, the label doubtless will treat the whole thing as an insurmountable marketing challenge, which is a terrible pity because this is a marvelous set, easily the finest complete cycle available. The Angeles String Quartet plays with far more vigor and passion than Decca's Aeolian or Naxos' Kodaly quartets, and with a richer, fuller sound than the otherwise excellent Tatrai Quartet on Hungaroton. They offer plenty of rhythmic energy, but never at the expense of the long line and a fine singing tone, a tendency that disfigures the Lindsays' (ASV) latest offerings in this music. Period instrument ensembles belong in a different category altogether. In short, this group has it all: an impressive combination of technical quality and interpretive insight that makes for some very satisfying and consistently enjoyable listening. ... at budget price this set belongs in the collection of anyone who loves Haydn, chamber music in general, or string quartets in particular, and it's all been recorded with immaculate balances, a fine sense of presence, and genuine tonal warmth. Artistic Quality: 10, Sound Quality: 10 - David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com

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    Murray Perahia playing Bach’s Goldbergs. Actually not this single but part of the 8-CD Sony box, a superb value.



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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    Murray Perahia playing Bach’s Goldbergs
    I'm picky about my Goldbergs and he's really good.

    I suppose there must be some repertoire he plays badly but I haven't come across it yet.

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    Beethoven - Symphony No. 9 (Karajan-1963)

    Karajan's jewel remains his 1963 set where the Berlin Philharmonic was playing like gods, and almost every move the conductor made invited the accolade of "definitive." - Third Ear Guide

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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    Murray Perahia playing Bach’s Goldbergs. Actually not this single but part of the 8-CD Sony box, a superb value.

    You should get his new French Suites too. Wonderful!
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    Stauss's "Also Sprach Zarathustra":

    I love music. I want music. I need music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    You should get his new French Suites too. Wonderful!
    I have them! The Sony box includes Perahia's English Suites and the Partitas, completing Bach's keyboard suites.


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    Rachmaninoff's "Symphonic Dances":

    I love music. I want music. I need music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    I have them! The Sony box includes Perahia's English Suites and the Partitas, completing Bach's keyboard suites.
    I have it .................
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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