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    Oh yeah, a couple of posts up reminds me, I'll have to make room for a ninth: the Fournier recording of the Bach cello suites.

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    All on one disc? Isn't that cheating? lol

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    Thanks I suppose I should have searched!

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    Britten: Peter Grimes
    Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream
    Britten: Death in Venice
    Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem
    Britten: A Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
    Britten: War Requiem
    Britten: Paul Bunyan
    Britten: Phaedra

    If I had to choose just one: Peter Grimes

    And the book? Most Secret War, by R. V. Jones.

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    Sticking to one per composer to avoid a Mahler overdose:

    Bach - St Matthew's Passion
    Mahler - Das Lied von der Erde
    Brahms - Clarinet quintet
    Schubert - Winterreise
    Bruckner - Symphony 9
    Faure - Requiem
    Gorecki - Symphony 3
    Barber - Knoxville summer of 1915
    I treat my music like I treat my pets. It’s something to own, care about and curate with attention to detail. From a blog by hjr.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Rock View Post
    Sticking to one per composer to avoid a Mahler overdose:

    Bach - St Matthew's Passion
    Mahler - Das Lied von der Erde
    Brahms - Clarinet quintet
    Schubert - Winterreise
    Bruckner - Symphony 9
    Faure - Requiem
    Gorecki - Symphony 3
    Barber - Knoxville summer of 1915
    Hmm. Maybe I should have used the same approach.

    OK, then:

    Britten: Peter Grimes
    J. S. Bach: Cantata BWV 147
    Mahler: Symphony No. 7
    Sibelius: Symphony No. 5
    Purcell: Dido and Aeneas
    Vaughan Williams: Sir John in Love
    Mozart: Marriage of Figaro
    Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine

    But I'd be happy with either approach, to be honest!

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    Mozart: "Marriage of Figaro" (ultimate choice) - Erich Kleiber's recording on Decca.
    Mozart: Piano Concerto no.21 (both for its own sake and representing the corpus of major works I love most in all of music) - Brendel/Marriner/ASMF.
    Mozart: "Jupiter" Symphony - most especially for that miraculous finale - any number of possible recordings.
    Mozart: Clarinet Quintet, in its own right and as representative of his chamber music overall - one of Jack Brymer's recordings.
    Brahms: Violin concerto - probably the piece which has been on this list longer than any other - has to be Arthur Grumiaux, preferably with van Beinum conducting.
    Bach: "Christmas Oratorio" - there's so much by JSB that I could have chosen but this is (a) one of my favourites and (b) irrepressibly optimistic - Münchinger's "stout and steaky" recording (absolutely NOT the one by Gardiner which comes across to me as technically superb but joyless).
    Rachmaninov: Cello sonata - both for its own sake and as representative of my fondness for Russian music in general and Rachmaninov in particular - a performance on Russian Disc with none other than Evgeny Svetlanov as the (tremendously impressive) pianist.
    Chopin: Ballades, esp.no.4 in F minor - possibly (may well have changed this time next week!) my favourite pieces by my favourite composer for my instrument (not that I can play them; I wish!) - the idea that he was anything less than an authentic genius I find utterly incomprehensible - Murray Perahia's recording.
    Last edited by Animal the Drummer; May-24-2020 at 11:44.

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    Quote Originally Posted by consuono View Post

    -Bach: Musical Offering, Marriner
    Happy to see you've chosen the Marriner Muskalisches Opfer. I just bought it and am really impressed, despite the non-HIP-ness of it all.

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    Beethoven symphonies by Ansermet

    Brahms Symphony 4 by Furtwangler (1948 EMI)

    DebussyNocturnes, Children's Corner Suite by Stokowski (1950)

    Haydn Sturm und Drang symphonies Bruggen

    Mahler songs: Wayfarer by Alfred Poell & Furtangler, Kindertotenlieder by Flagstad & Boult

    Mozart Wind Concertos by Pay (basset clarinet), Beznosiuk (flute), Kelly (harp) and Danny Bond (bassoon) & Hogwood

    Shostakovich Syms 7, 8 and 10 Mravinsky, Leningrad Philharmonic

    Sibelius Syms 4 & 7 Maazel Decca

    Smetana Ma Vlast Susskind St. Louis Symphony

    Richard Strauss Four Last Songs by Flagstad & Furtwangler
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    Quote Originally Posted by Owen David View Post
    All on one disc? Isn't that cheating? lol
    Of course. I'd have a few mega-discs of my own devising...somehow...
    Quote Originally Posted by flamencosketches View Post
    Happy to see you've chosen the Marriner Muskalisches Opfer. I just bought it and am really impressed, despite the non-HIP-ness of it all.
    Yeah, I like some HIP recordings but I'm not a fan overall. I think when you get to Musical Offering and AofF you're in more "abstract" territory anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Animal the Drummer View Post
    Bach: "Christmas Oratorio" - there's so much by JSB that I could have chosen but this is (a) one of my favourites and (b) irrepressibly optimistic - Münchinger's "stout and steaky" recording (absolutely NOT the one by Gardiner which comes across to me as technically superb but joyless).
    I find this surprising; Gardiner's my favorite version, a main reason being what I consider a wonderfully joyous interpretation.

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    I fully respect that of course and I'm glad you get such joy from it, as in fairness I know others do too, but I've found myself simply unable to hear that in it. It was the first version I owned, having heard the work on radio (conducted by Ton Koopman) and then having researched recommended recordings. The contrast couldn't have been greater and I ended up taking the Gardiner to the charity shop, because what I got from it was tremendous technical polish but, to these ears at any rate (battered as they may have been by years of playing rugby when I was younger), no beating heart. I do know I'm not entirely alone in my reaction though: a professional orchestral cellist of my acquaintance once said in my hearing that Gardiner has two speeds - too fast and too b****y fast.

    Ah well - it takes all sorts to make a world.
    Last edited by Animal the Drummer; May-25-2020 at 11:10.

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    I’m thinking about this as being alone on a desert island and wanting to hear music including the human voice so I’ll feel less lonely. My preferred recordings and some of the vocal soloists who are my favorites are indicated by way of bio details. Cheat: I wish I could add Mahler’s DLvdE and Prokofiev’s Nevsky.

    J.S. Bach – Mattäus-Passion, BWV 244. Gardiner/English Baroque Soloists (Anne Sophie von Otter, Barbara Bonney, Andreas Schmidt, Olaf Bär), 1989, Deutsche Grammophon.

    Samuel Barber – Knoxville Summer of 1915, Op. 24. Zinman/St. Luke’s Orchestra (Dawn Upshaw), 1988, Nonesuch.

    Johannes Brahms – Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45. Giulini/Wiener Philharmoniker (live) (Barbara Bonney, Andreas Schmidt), 1987, Deutsche Grammophon.

    Manuel de Falla – El amor brujo (1915 original version), Gil-Ordoñez/Perspectives Ensemble (Esperanza Fernández, cantaora), 2018, Naxos.

    Gabriel Fauré – Requiem, Op. 48. Giulini/Philharmonia Orchestra (Kathleen Battle, Andreas Schmidt), 1986, Deutsche Grammophon.

    Paul Hindemith – When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d. Shaw/Atlanta SO & Chorus (William Stone, Jan DeGaetani), 1986, Telarc.

    Felix Mendelssohn – Elias (Elijah), Op. 70. Sawallisch/Gewandhausorchester Leipzig (Peter Schreier, Theo Adam), 1968, Decca.

    Ralph Vaughan Williams – Symphony No. 1 “A Sea Symphony.” Thomson/London SO & Chorus (Yvonne Kenny, Brian Rayner Cook), 1989, Chandos.

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    I like some of these pieces, but with different performances, e.g.:
    Barber Knoxville -- Leontyne Price or Roberta Alexander
    St. Matthew Passion: Netherlands Bach Society
    Faure Requiem: Willcocks and an English boy choir, can't recall which one
    Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony: The first recording by Hickox for Virgin Classics

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