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    Default Recordings You Are So Happy With, You No Longer Quest For Others

    Like many of you, I have many, many recordings and many of those recordings are of the same work.

    Sometimes I just like to hear different takes on certain works, but much of the time I am questing for "the one" that speaks to me the most.

    It's a sickness many of us share

    But occasionally there are certain recordings that I find I am 100% happy with and I honestly don't care if I hear a different version ever again. I find my definitive recordings for specific works and the quest has ended. Many I've had for a while and I still have no interest in listening to any other versions.

    I'm sure some of you have a few like that. This isn't a "my favorite recording is better than yours thread". It's a "this recording speaks to me personally" thread.

    I'll start off with a few of mine.

    Mozart: Requiem - Sir Neville Marriner (I've listened to probably 100 different Requiem's in my life and this one is still my favorite recording and the only one I listen to anymore)


    Prokofiev: Complete Symphonies - Neeme Jarvi (I have a few other random symphonies from conductors I tend to collect, Bernstein, Karajan, etc, but I am so happy with Jarvi's Prokofiev cycle that it's the only one I require)


    Rachmaninov: Complete Symphonies - Mariss Jansons (Jansons's Rachmaninov Symphonies have kept me happy since I first bought this set years ago and it is still the only one I need)


    Mozart: The Magic Flute - Sir Neville Marriner (I'm actually listening to this one right now. Samuel Ramey is my favorite Bass in Opera, add Marriner's conducting and it's the only recording I need)
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    Questing for a single recording for works of interest has been my collecting philosophy for about fifteen years. In no way does it mean the best. It was never meant to be that. It was only meant to please me. That said, I think I have a pretty good ear, and that probably half of my collection would please most. BTW I agree regarding your Oslo/Jansons Rachmaninov choice, though I stray for No. 2 (LSO/Rozhdestvensky).

    A few of my "in-tight" picks...

    JS Bach solo keyboard - GG
    JS Bach Cello Suites - Schiff
    Handel Cti. Grossi, Op.6 - Guildhall Str. Ens.
    Mozart Requiem - Scherchen (1958)
    Mozart "Figaro" - Bohm (DG)
    LvB "Eroica" - HvK (1963)
    Schumann Syms. 1 - 4 - LB (DG)
    Brahms Syms. 1 - 4 - HvK (1964)
    Dvorak Sym. 7 - LB
    Bruckner Sym. 5 - Horenstein
    Bruckner Sym. 9 - Jochum (EMI)
    Mahler Sym. 3 - LB (Sony)
    Britten "Frank Bridge Vars." - Csaba
    Prokofiev PC 3 - Argerich
    Schnittke "Florian" - Segerstam
    Scriabin Sym. 3 - Barenboim
    Ravel Piano Cto. in G - ABM
    Shostakovich Sym. 4 - Rozhdestvensky
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    Some nice choices Vaneyes.

    I also agree with Gould for Bach. I'm not done listening to all the Schumann symphony recordings I have, but actually Bernstein's CBS/Sony recordings lead the pack for me. Another one you mentioned starts my next grouping

    Mahler: Symphony No. 3 - Leonard Bernstein (This 1st recording Leonard Bernstein did of Mahler's 3rd still makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up)


    Holst: The Planets - Charles Dutoit (Other than the occasion listen to Bernstein or Karajan, Dutoit's Planets still stands alone for me as the one I couldn't live without)


    Saint-Saens: Carnival Of The Animals & Symphonic Poems: Danse Macabre, Phaeton & Le Rouet d'Omphale - Charles Dutoit (Another Dutoit masterpiece for me. I bought this CD probably 10-15 years ago and I still feel no need to listen to any other recordings of any of these works)

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    Sorry to disagree (hah), but you are leaving yourself vulnerable to being labeled a stick-in-the-mud. It seems like nowadays one can, mostly with ease but nearly always some way, get to hear just about any recording before (or instead of) paying for it. One never knows if the next performance he hears will knock his socks off, send him into a swoon, or reveal to him the meaning of life&everything.

    Not all of those outcomes may seem desirable to you, but still . . .
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    I rarely chase for more than one version of any work - the exception to the rule being the compositions I love most (the ones I define as "hors consours" in my blog - in total less than a hundred over all classical music genres), and then only when one or more singers are involved. That said, I don't think that these versions of three of these masterpieces can ever be improved for me:

    Gorecki - Symphony 3
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    Barber - Knoxville Summer of 1915
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    Mahler - Kindertotenlieder
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hilltroll72 View Post
    Sorry to disagree (hah), but you are leaving yourself vulnerable to being labeled a stick-in-the-mud. It seems like nowadays one can, mostly with ease but nearly always some way, get to hear just about any recording before (or instead of) paying for it. One never knows if the next performance he hears will knock his socks off, send him into a swoon, or reveal to him the meaning of life&everything.

    Not all of those outcomes may seem desirable to you, but still . . .
    I considered that possibility, but I already know the answer to Life, The Universe & Everything is 42.

    I'm getting old and tired. I'm more than happy being labeled a stick-in-the-mud or as Jethro Tull once sang, to be "Living In The Past".

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    Leaps of logic are inevitable in discussions like this (such as being a 'stick in the mud', or 'being chained to only one rec. of a work'), but there's nothing to argue, discuss, debate about really. Each to his own (or, you're on your own) in the collecting arena.

    I think it's important to keep listening with objectivity. In my case, for old that may have fallen through the cracks, or for new artists that may find an even better way of saying something.

    Chances are, after decades of listening to umpteen recs. of most works, that most of the favorites acquired (sometimes countless auditions), are going to remain so.

    Analogies with best friends, exquisite wines, discerning restaurants, may be made. Pick 'n choose.
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    The first, the last and the best:

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    Von Karajan's version is not bad either, but it still does not compare...
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    Quote Originally Posted by realdealblues View Post
    I considered that possibility, but I already know the answer to Life, The Universe & Everything is 42.

    I'm getting old and tired. I'm more than happy being labeled a stick-in-the-mud or as Jethro Tull once sang, to be "Living In The Past".
    42 ?? you're still almost a whippersnapper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by moody View Post
    42 ?? you're still almost a whippersnapper.
    rdb is right. 42 is The Ideal Age. Wisdom, mental powers and manual skills are in balance. They never will be again.

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    Is that all there is?

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    I am so immensely satisfied with this Timpani album of string orchestra works by Andre Jolivet, that I don't imagine any other subsequent recordings (none that I'm aware of, to date) could be more satisfying:



    Yet I feel the same about the ebs recording of Ernest Bloch's pieces for cello and orchestra ...



    ...and still I have purchased other recordings of Schelomo and Voice in the Wilderness because I like the music so much.

    So ... I think it's a rare thing for me to own only a single album of a musical work (that I like much) and it's common for me to own only one version of concert music which hasn't (as of yet) resonated with me.

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    Bit disappointing not to havs seen more replies,it's always interesting to see other peoples' choices---also fairly horrifying often.
    I think that it is most necessary to have different versions of "important" works. But here are some of my indispensible recordings.

    Schubert. Die Schoene Mullerin" Aksel Schiotz, 1945
    " Winterreise. Peter Anders. Live 1942.
    Rachmaninoff. The Piano Concerti. Earl Wild, Royal Phil / Horrenstein.
    Dvorak. New World Symphony / Toscanini.
    Liszt. B Minor Sonata. Jorge Bolet. (Everest).
    Beethoven. Hammerklavier Sonata, Egon Petri.
    Verdi . Aida Zinka Milanov, Jussi Bjorling.
    Berlioz. Symphonie Fantastique. Stokowski / New Philharmonia.
    Dohnanyi. Variations On A Nursery Song. Kornel Zemplenyi, pno. Hungarian State Orch. / Lehel.
    Mozart. The Piano Concerti. Lili Kraus. Vienna Festival Orch./ Stephen Simon.
    Tchaikovsky. Piano Concert No. 1.Horowitz / Toscanini. Live, April 25th, 1943. Mobile warfare !!
    Beethoven. Symphony No.7. Furtwaengler, live Berlin 1943.
    Ravel. Gaspard De La Nuit. Charles Rosen.
    Brahms. Piano Concert No.2. Gina Bachauer, London Symph. / Skrowaczewski.
    Stravinsky. Le Sacre Du Printemps. Boston Sym phony / Pierre Monteaux. He conducted the premier.
    Puccini. La Boheme. Tagliavini,Carteri,Taddei,Siepi.cond. Santini.
    Verdi. Un Ballo In Maschera. Jan Peerce. Zinka Milanov.Leonard Warren, Kirstin Thorberg. NY Met. /Bruno Walter. Live 1944. Dream cast.

    I could go for pages but enough.
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    I can't even imagine choosing just one Ring!

    This is a tough question for me because I enjoy the contrasts of different interpretations. There aren't many pieces I want to hear performed the same way every time.

    Off the top of my head, the only ones I can think of is Previn's version of R-K Schehrezade with the Vienna Philharmonic on Philips (It smokes the competition) and Fiedler's Living Stereo Offenbach disk.
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    Ravel - Gaspard De La Nuit (Sigurd Slåttebrekk)
    Grieg Lyrical Pieces (Einar Steen Nøkleberg)
    Debussy Piano Works (Paul Crossley, but due to crappy compressed files, i sometimes switch to Håkon Austbø)
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