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    Quote Originally Posted by HenryPenfold View Post
    Try this sample of Furtwangler's 1944 recording of the Eroica - you'll be astonished.

    Pristine give a generous 12 minute excerpt.

    Their recordings are expensive, but some of them are exceptional and worth every penny .....

    https://www.pristineclassical.com/pr...def33381&_ss=r

    P.S. It's the best Eroica ever recorded
    Best Eroica ever recorded! That is quite a recommendation, and a bit of a challenge.

    I am listening to the sample you gave as I type this, and I will see if either Tidal or Qobuz have this particular recording. I have subscriptions to both services. I am also quite willing to spend the money if that particular remastering is the best.

    I would urge you to listen to Bernstein's 1964 recording with the NY Philharmonic, or the recent recording by the Pittsburg SO and Manfred Honeck, which also has the benefit of superb sound, in addition to artistic excellence. Those are my current cream of the crop, although the recordings by Karajan (his 1980s digital recording is probably his best Eroica), Szell and Monteux are also noteworthy.

    See if you still think of the Furtwangler as still the best Eroica ever, after listening to Bernstein's or Honeck's recordings!

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    Frankfurt Radio Symphony ∙ Edward Gardner
    "In the beginning there was noise. And the noise begat rhythm. And the rhythm begat everything else." - Mickey Hart

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimace View Post
    Piotr's 5th is for me the best symphony (with Anton's 9th) ever composed. I can't remember right now if I have this recording, but, as I have written, I'm not Vladimir's (as director) biggest fan. This opinion came from Sergei's symphonies, which I found somehow flat under his (Vladimir's) direction. As a pianist is GIANT, no doubts here. Excellent hearing, my friend.

    Take a listen to this Ashkenazy with the Philharmonia. You maybe pleasantly surprised. It is an excellent recording. I would probably rank Mravinsky/Leningrad and Markevitch/LSO and possibly Muti also with the Philharmonia, ahead of it, but this is an excellent recording of one of my favorite symphonies, by my favorite composer. I am not as familiar with Ashkenazy's more recent Tchaikovsky recordings on Exton. I probably need to re-listen to the Muti 5th - I have not played it in a while.

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    Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1
    Ashkenazy - LSO - Maazel


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    Quote Originally Posted by LudwigvanBeetroot View Post
    Apart from the Leningrad and Babi Yar, Shostakovich's symphonies are basically an unknown quantity for me and it's time to rectify that. I've picked up the Barshai/WDR set and will stream the Kondrashin one - any recommendations for other sets/individual performances much appreciated.

    Starting with Symphony 1
    Barshai/WDR

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    Now onto Kondrashin's recording of the First, and then continuing to the 2nd and 3rd.

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    I said I would keep trying. I'm still not sure I "get it", but this has made me listen again and again, probably 4th go round tonight. Fantastically beautiful and obviously a bit intriguing even if elusive. The Gergiev is absolutely no match for this. That was a waste, getting my money's worth from Pierre. Happens.

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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

    "Man does not live by bread alone......"

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    Johann Sebastian Bach - Víkingur Ólafsson

    Víkingur Ólafsson (piano)
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    Trio Zimmermann plays Mozart’s Divertimento

    Trio Zimmermann: Frank Peter Zimmermann (violin), Antoine Tamestit (viola) & Christian Poltéra (cello)

    Mozart: Divertimento in E flat major, K563
    Schubert: String Trio in B flat major, D471
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    Quote Originally Posted by haziz View Post
    Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 'Pathetique'
    London Philharmonic Orchestra - Vladimir Jurowski

    Thumbs up! This is currently my favorite set of the Tchaikovsky symphonies next to Karajan.
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    "Puritanism:The haunting fear that someone,somewhere,may be happy."

    H.L.Mencken

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    Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake - Ballet Suite Op. 20/Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty - Ballet Suite, / Tchaikovsky: Hamlet

    Philadelphia Orchestra
    Riccardo Muti
    Recorded: 1989-11-06
    Recording Venue: 3 & 6 November, 1989. Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park, Philadelphia
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    NP:

    Bernstein
    Chichester Psalms
    The Camerata Singers
    New York Philharmonic Orchestra
    Bernstein




    Such a fantastic work.
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    Bach: Cantata, BWV 105 "Herr, gehe nicht ins Gericht"

    John Eliot Gardiner

    English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir




    Chopin: Études Op. 10

    Chopin: Études Op. 25

    Maurizio Pollini




    Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1

    Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 2

    Kurt Masur

    Michel Béroff, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

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