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    Balakirev - Overture: King Lear (Sinaisky/Chandos)
    Arensky - Piano Trio #1, Op. 32 (V.Ashkenazy, Stamper & Jackson/Naxos)
    Tchaikovsky - Festival Coronation March (Jarvi/Chandos)
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    Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 52 'Lobgesang'

    Judith van Wanrooij (soprano) & Patrick Henckens (tenor)

    Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Jan Willem de Vriend
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    Nos. 2,7
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    Quote Originally Posted by flamencosketches View Post
    I want this box, mostly for that great Paul Jacobs recording, but it’s a little pricey. I might spring for the Charles Rosen “Modern Piano Music” Sony white box instead, which I believe includes a couple of Carter works
    Mine is a used copy; it has some tape on the outside of the box, but the booklet, discs & covers inside are pristine.
    I paid $22.72 total for it, which I thought was reasonable at just over $5 per disc.

    I'd never heard these early Carter works on disc 1. They are very fresh and not at all atonal-sounding, yet modern enough to keep my interest.
    I also realize now the inclusion of a James Levine/Chicago SO recording of Variations for Orchestra, licensed from DG, which was drawn from this other CD.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogerx View Post
    Brahms/Schoenberg: Piano Quartet Op. 25 Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Marc Albrecht.
    This is one of my favorite Brahms pieces; I call it his "fifth symphony." Mine is in SACD; it is fabulous!



    @starthrower: I really like those Klemperer boxes. The sound is fabulous, and after reading that he was supposedly bi-polar and irritated some people, this adds an extra element of attraction for me. I just love the idea of the unstable, quirky artist. Look at that face; he must have been quite an "old grump."



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    Some more Eotvos - the often lovely zeroPoints - and then a stunningly good (famously so, I think) performance of Beethoven's 5th for which Eotvos is the conductor.

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    Schoenberg, Chamber Symphony No. 1

    I don't know what Sinopoli is doing, but this is the first time the piece has made sense.


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    Quote Originally Posted by millionrainbows View Post
    Unfortunately, he tried to take a selfie and plunged to his death.
    Vanity,vanity.....it doesn't fit with the "romantic"death wish,I could be wrong of course.

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    Liszt: Dante Symphony, Künstlerfestzug; Tasso

    Staatskapelle Weimar, Knabenchor der Jenaer Philharmonie, Damen des Opernchores des Deutschen Nationaltheaters Weimar, Kirill Karabits

    Recording of the Week, by Presto
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    Quote Originally Posted by millionrainbows View Post
    @starthrower: I really like those Klemperer boxes. The sound is fabulous, and after reading that he was supposedly bi-polar and irritated some people, this adds an extra element of attraction for me. I just love the idea of the unstable, quirky artist. Look at that face; he must have been quite an "old grump."
    He was quite an interesting character. There is a fascinating documentary on YouTube. I think I uploaded it to the Klemperer EMI thread in the Recorded Music section.

    Here it is. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mqz-...ture=emb_title
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    Beethoven

    piano sonatas 25-26-27-28


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    Schoenberg, Pierrot Lunaire

    The vocalist is not as close to the microphone as I'm used to. It's like they intentionally wanted the background instruments to be equal to the voice. Or maybe it was just a mistake. Either way, I've never been as aware of what's going on behind the voice as I am here.


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    More of Eotvos as a conductor - the work is by Maderna.

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    La Mer
    Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
    Jeux


    New Philharmonia Orchestra - Pierre Boulez.

    This is an early Japanese transfer to CD of Boulez's CBS Debussy recordings. They are models of clarity, but I've always found them a little chilly and lacking in atmosphere.
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    Berlioz - Les Troyens
    Veasy, Vickers, Lindholm, Glossop, Begg & Davis; 1969

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