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    Gardiner's Beethoven

    Gould's Goldberg Variations

    Rubinstein's Chopin (and I though that it would be impossible to be disappointed for the price)

    Kempff's Schubert Sonata (and does anyone know of a good Schubert Sonata set? All of them are bloody unlistenable except Uchida)

    Klemperer's St Matthew Passion




    I'm especially floored with regard to Gould's Goldbergs and the Rubinstein.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StlukesguildOhio View Post

    I'm especially floored with regard to Gould's Goldbergs
    Is it his humming in the background that puts you off? LOL Drives me batty too! Excellent musician though!

    Kevin

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    Good for you MI, from now on I will follow your example and be more careful. Good to know I'm not alone though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StlukesguildOhio View Post
    Gardiner's Beethoven

    Gould's Goldberg Variations

    Rubinstein's Chopin (and I though that it would be impossible to be disappointed for the price)

    Kempff's Schubert Sonata (and does anyone know of a good Schubert Sonata set? All of them are bloody unlistenable except Uchida)

    Klemperer's St Matthew Passion




    I'm especially floored with regard to Gould's Goldbergs and the Rubinstein.
    The problem isn't so much as to how they are bad, but how incredibly overrated and disappointing they are. Gould's Goldberg and Rubinstein's Chopin are always recommended as THE reference performance to get, always, to the extent that everyone else gets drowned out and barely gets mentioned. Note that I bought them, using my hard earned money, cause they are so highly rated I though it's impossible to go wrong with them. For Gould's Goldberg his humming is certainly annoying but the fundamental fact is that if Perahia's Goldberg is 10/10 Gould's would be 6/10 at best, he's so pretentious and attention-seeking with his Goldberg. Similarly there's so many great Chopin performances, from Ashkenazy, Pollini, Moravec, etc, that Rubinstein's Chopin are coasters in comparison.

    There are lots more recordings which I got and which I consider to be not exactly worth the price, but these are the worst offenders.

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    The one I probably most regret is the Haydn Piano Sonata CD put out by Mark Andre Hamelin. He plays MUCH too fast to the point where it doesn't sound like Haydn to me.

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    No major disappointments lately - being able to preview via the internet has put an end to that. I do still make impulse buys at music shops though, but normally only cheapies, so not much to regret.

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    Rubinstein's Chopin (and I though that it would be impossible to be disappointed for the price)
    Unfortunately, I bought the same one and I'm not happy with it either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mirror Image View Post
    I purchase a good amount of CDs and haven't heard a lot of recordings I own yet, so I guess you're referring to me. I'm making headway though. I'm slowly, and I do mean slowly, getting caught up.
    How could I be referring to you ?? Surly if you have not been disappointed with any of your purchases you must have heard all of them, but I guess there would be quite a few people that have still to hear and therefore judge each and every one of their collection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andante View Post
    How could I be referring to you ?? Surly if you have not been disappointed with any of your purchases you must have heard all of them, but I guess there would be quite a few people that have still to hear and therefore judge each and every one of their collection.
    Well, I still haven't heard all the classical CDs I bought, but of the ones I heard, I have not been disappointed. I still have a lot to listen to.

    Jazz, on the other hand, is a little bit different. I've bought and sold a lot of jazz during the years, but I still have a large collection (around 5,000 or so).

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    Solti's Mahler 8 and Lorin Maazel's Sibelius are the first two that come to mind... so overrated, IMO.
    You get a frog in your throat, you sound hoarse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by World Violist View Post
    Solti's Mahler 8 and Lorin Maazel's Sibelius are the first two that come to mind... so overrated, IMO.
    Absolutely, I never thought Maazel was a good Sibelius conductor. Sotli is a better Mahler conductor than most give him credit for. I'm not a big fan of his Mahler, but he certainly has a big following and the "Who's Your Favorite Mahler Conductor" thread is evidence enough of that. I think Solti is still winning.

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    These days I tend to be careful about what I buy, but back in the 90's, I would frequently buy cheap classical albums without hearing them first. For example, I once bought a large package of randomly selected Pilz CDs for only $2.00 per CD. It had a lot of good stuff in it, but I eventually got rid of the opera, because that doesn't interest me. I once bought a series of CDs that the local supermarket, Wegmans, was selling. Each CD featured a selection of works by a different composer. It had some good stuff in it, but much of it has become either superfluous or uninteresting to me, and the Chopin CD led to a general lack of interest in Chopin. I've also bought some bargain Bach CDs that featured his works on harpsichord, which didn't interest me nearly as much as the same works on piano. For a while, I found the Goldberg Variations and the Well-Tempered Clavier dull, because these were the only recordings I had of them. When I joined the Musical Heritage Society once, I got a set of Beethoven's complete symphonies by Walter Weller and the City of Birmingham Orchestra, but I don't think it is that impressive of a Beethoven symphony cycle.

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    I once bought Gorecki's 3rd Symphony by David Zinman, the London Sinfonietta, and Dawn Upshaw, and a friend of mine liked it so much that he insisted I trade it to him for one of his CDs. Although I like the CD I got in the trade, Babel by Klaus Schulze and Andreas Grosser, I generally regretted making the trade. Fortunately, I now have another copy of the same recording of Gorecki's 3rd symphony. But in the meantime, I bought the Naxos recording, and I didn't like it as much.

    Sometimes, the sequel to a great recording hasn't been as good as the first. I bought Aria 2 and Aria 3 by Paul Schwartz but didn't like either one as much as I liked Aria. I bought Switched-On Bach II but didn't enjoy it nearly as much as Switched-On Bach.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fergus View Post
    For a while, I found the Goldberg Variations and the Well-Tempered Clavier dull, because these were the only recordings I had of them. .
    The Goldberg Variations are a must for me, the best I have is Rosalyn Tureck, one of the best Bach players IMO you would never be disappointed with her interpretations

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    You know what? I did purchase one recording many months ago that I regreted. It was Gorecki's "Symphony No. 3 - Symphony of Sorrowful Songs." I don't know if it's just me or the actual music itself, but I hated this symphony.

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