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    Dvorak: Cello Concerto - Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme Rostropovich and the Berlin Philharmonic conduted by Karajan on DG

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    A classic account of the Dvorak Cello Concerto.

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    Mahler Symphony no 10. It's taken me a long time to warm to this.


    Lutoslawski Concerto for Orchestra (Warsaw Phil), Paroles Tissees (London Sinfonietta), Symphony no 3 (Berlin Phil conducted by the composer). The symphony is remarkable.


    Gubaidulina Offertorium (Gidon Kremer soloist, Dutoit conducting Boston), Homage to TS Eliot. Offertorium is fantastic.


    Gubaidulina The Canticle of the Sun, Music for Flutes Strings and Percussion


    Dean The Lost Art of Letter Writing (it's a violin concerto), Testament, Vexations and Devotions. Interesting. I think the middle movement to the last piece is ridiculous, but the rest of the album is pretty good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mparta View Post
    Review of a 120 CD set of Ormandy's (I think prestereo) recordings in the NYTimes this week. When I was young I always thought the playing and sound were spectacular but I almost never come back to it. I don't know how to figure that into the general "being manipulated by the media machine" idea, was I manipulated into listening thing or have I been manipulated out now? or both?

    ouch.

    PS: and just saying, the NYTimes does still tend to gush when the Philadelphia orchestra plays Carnegie Hall. And for the 3-4 times I've heard them-- for what it's worth, the greatest/most beautiful orchestra sound I've ever heard was the opening of the Mahler 3rd with Eschenbach with them in Carnegie. I think they still have that, although I've heard them in their own hall 3-4 times and liked it but I'm not crazy about the hall. It was a big deal to go to Philadelphia, though, and hear them play Pictures from an Exhibition. Big deal.
    I just read the NYT review from June 18, 2021. It's a coincidence that I find myself in an Ormandy binge just at the same time. The review pretty much sums up Ormandy's general reputation as a safe, reliable, interpreter of the standard repertoire whose main forte was Romantic/Late Romantic/Early Modern fare. Ormandy's ideal was to create a smooth performance. As I remember reading in an Ormandy obituary: "He turned the brass to gold, and the strings to silver." His solid but not necessarily daring approach had to have some merit because CBS and RCA reissued his recordings zillions of times over for decades and now Sony is continuing to reissue Ormandy's body of work to this day. Whoever controlled the Philadelphia Orchestra, their board of directors, or whoever they were, kept Ormandy around for about a 40 year tenure. I'm not about to argue with a legacy like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tristan View Post
    Chopin - Scherzo No. 2 in Bb minor, Op. 31

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    as well as a Rubinstein recording of the same piece on Youtube.

    There's part in the middle of this scherzo (3:55 in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_MwPdr7WXQ) that's just the most exquisite thing I've ever heard. I can't believe I feel like I'm hearing this for the first time.

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    Hector Berlioz

    Symphonie fantastique

    Concertgebouw Orchestra
    Sir Colin Davis

    1974, reissued 2006

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    Sym 1 on..

    Hol – Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3 – Matthias Bamert

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    Liszt - The Final Years (side A.) - Reinbert de Leeuw


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    George Enescu (1881-1955)

    Two Romanian Rhapsodies, op 11 [1901]

    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)

    Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
    Hungarian Rhapsody No. 3

    London Symphony Orchestra / Antal Dorati

    On Mercury Living Presence (Chicago, Illinois), from 1961

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    Cantatas of the Bach Family

    Benjamin Appl (baritone), Christoph Hartmann (oboe)

    Berlin Barock Solisten, Reinhard Goebel
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    Casella: Complete Piano Music


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    Haydn: Piano Concertos Nos. 3, 4 & 11

    Marc-André Hamelin (piano)

    Les Violons du Roy, Bernard Labadie
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    Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 2, Danse macabre & Urbs Roma

    Madeline Adkins (violin)

    Utah Symphony, Thierry Fischer
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    Dvořák: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2
    Panocha Quartet
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    More Haydn and this one is a fine one (it's in my blog list of op. 20/5 recommended recordings).

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    Strauss: Horn Concertos Nos. 1 & 2/ Britten: Serenade for Tenor, Horn & Strings, Op. 31

    Marie-Luise Neunecker (horn), with Ian Bostridge (tenor)

    Bamberg Symphony, Ingo Metzmacher
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