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    Well, obsessed:
    Mahler's work (to a lesser extent DLVDE and excluded the completed #10)
    JS Bach
    Hildegard von Bingen
    late Beethoven
    Hugo Wolf
    Schumann & Schubert: Piano, Lied, Chamber works
    Carlos Kleiber recordings
    late Sviatoslav Richter
    Cathy Berberian
    Bernard Herrmann
    Carl Stalling
    Frank Zappa
    Weather report/Jaco Pastorius
    Oscar Peterson/NHOP
    Bill Evans (piano)
    Mingus
    Charles Lloyd
    Coldcut
    Dr Dre

    In waves:
    Messiaen
    Bruckner
    Ravel
    Webern
    Berg
    Bartok
    Shostakovich string quartets and symphonies
    Prokofiev
    Takemitsu
    Monteverdi
    Rameau
    Purcell
    Chopin
    Liszt
    Wagner
    Berlioz
    Art Pepper
    DJ Food
    Johnny Cash
    Adrian Belew
    John Zorn
    Snarky Puppy/Cory Henry

    Recent discoveries:
    Buxtehude
    Josquin
    Dutilleux
    Miaskovsky
    John Adams
    Robert Glasper
    Mos Def

    And:
    F1
    Heavy gardening
    Rhodesian Ridgebacks
    Chagall
    Matisse
    Van Gogh
    Mies van der Rohe
    Le Corbusier

    Quite obsessed, when I look at it

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    I have for a time been obsessed with the Czech Philharmonic, in particular the sound it made under Ancerl and onwards. After c 30 years of collecting, your taste broadens, but there can be a sameness to the sound of most big orchestras. Can you really point out the Chicago Symphony from the Berlin Phil? But you can pick out the Czech Phil, it’s burbling woodwind, burnished string sound, the never failing rhythm, from the competition.

    Take Beethoven 3, a piece recorded by orchestras from Japan to the United States. Now, put it in the hands of Paul Kletzki and the Czech Phil and you get to understand why it’s world music, and not just German music played by a Japanese or US orchestra. It’s Beethoven, no doubt , but spoken in another language and it reveals accents to alert you to what you thought you knew. This sound reached a high point under Ancerl, Kletzki, Matacic, Sejna, Fournet, Pedrotti, to name some maestros who recorded them during the 60s , and it is in particular that era that I have an obsession with - because it has invigorated my view of the old well warn war horse. I must now have everything recorded by them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hermastersvoice View Post
    I have for a time been obsessed with the Czech Philharmonic, in particular the sound it made under Ancerl and onwards.
    Thanks for the tip! I will be delving into their catalog now. I never even considered this.

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