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    ^ I agree 100%. No other recordings come close.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enthusiast View Post
    ^ I agree 100%. No other recordings come close.
    This isn’t to say I don’t like other performances of course --- Mackerras has done remarkable work in Janáček (esp. in the operas), but, man, Ančerl brought fire and brimstone to these performances.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neo Romanza View Post
    This isn’t to say I don’t like other performances of course --- Mackerras has done remarkable work in Janáček (esp. in the operas), but, man, Ančerl brought fire and brimstone to these performances.
    I like the Sinfonietta by Mackerras. But the Mass / Taras Bulba disc by Ancerl is unbeatable!
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    A trio of fourth symphonies this afternoon as my gardening was rained off (hurrah).

    Mahler, Symphony No 4 - Emmy Loose (soprano), Philharmonia Orchestra, Paul Kletzki.

    Dvořák, Symphony No 4 - Czech PO, Jiří Bělohlávek.

    Schubert, Symphony No 4 - Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Claudio Abbado.










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    As of recently I've been listening to this wonderful Sony box set: Bruno Walter Conducts Mozart:

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    CD1: Symphonies #35 "Haffner" & 36 "Linz"; assorted overtures
    CD2: Symphonies #38 "Prague" & 39; A Little Night Music
    CD3: Symphonies #40 & 41 "Jupiter"; Maureische Trauermusik
    CD4: Requiem (w/the Westminster Choir and soloists)
    CD5: Violin Concerto #3 & 4 (Featuring Zino Francescatti, violin); Minuet and Trios K 599 & 568; Three German Dances
    CD6: Symphonies #25, 28 & 29

    All of these were recorded when the Bruno Walter was between the ages of 79 and 85. Having already made his mark making the rounds conducting all the great orchestras of Europe, he came to the USA during the Nazi era and could not enjoy a sound technology that would give his musical vision justice until the 1950s when CBS provided him access to the "Columbia Symphony Orchestra" which in Walter's case was really the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra in disguise. All the above recordings except for the Requiem were recorded with the "Columbia Symphony Orchestra" which was recorded with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Despite Walter's geriatric disposition, these recordings of Mozart are exemplar; thoroughly un-HIP, but well-seasoned, well-rounded, very smooth, conducive to Mozart's seamless beauty and precise craftsmanship. Zino Francescatti is the featured soloists in the Violin Concertos; and he's sort of a modified Isaac Stern with a very warm, sunny and full tone that favors a lyrical approach over the pyrotechnics of, say, a Jascha Heifetz.

    Zino Francescatti:
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    Mozart:
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    Last edited by Coach G; Jun-24-2021 at 17:34.

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    Nuit d'etoiles. Véronique Gens (soprano) & Roger Vignoles (piano)


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    Time to squeeze in a fourth fourth before food.
    Searle, Symphony No 4 - BBC Scottish SO, Alun Francis.



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    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

    "Life's a long song, but the tune ends too soon for us all." Ian Anderson lyric

    "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy." Hamlet

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bourdon View Post
    Bartók

    Herzog Blaubarts Burg

    Well,yesterday ordered and today delivered!

    This recording wich I never heard before is sung in German and the sound is very good (1951)



    But don't you want a bass?

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    More of Brautigam's excellent Mozart concertos.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mparta View Post
    But don't you want a bass?
    My first choice is still the CBS recording with Boulez.Dieskau is a bit mannered and in my opinion not a ideal choice,the recording is very good for its age.

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    Shostakovich

    Symphony No.8

    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra


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    NP:

    Martinů
    Symphony No. 2, H. 295
    Czech Philharmonic
    Neumann




    While I don’t think Neumann is totally successful in the 1st, 3rd or 4th symphonies, this may be one of the greatest 2nd performances on record. For me, this is essentially Martinů’s ‘pastoral symphony’ of sorts, so a lightness of touch and plenty of atmosphere is what it needs.
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    Greetings all. First post here. Always enjoy observing what people are listening to on their various devices. Thought I'd chime in with my own listening tastes for a few posts before I venture further into the forum. Cheers!

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    Johannes Brahms: Clarinet Sonatas Op. 120; 4 Ernste Gesänge, Op. 121 (2021, Signum Classics #SIGCD 671)
    Julian Bliss, clarinet
    James Baillieu, piano

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    A box full of lollies. Listening to CD1 right now. Shostakovich no.5

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    Regards,

    Vincula

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