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    http://anothertimbre.com/cagetwo2.html

    Even if you couldn't care less about John Cage's music, I implore you to give this CD a try. It is by far the most beautiful recording I have ever heard in my life, and even if you don't end up liking the music, the cover and actual discs themselves are also exquisite. For a sample of what's on the disc, listen to this incredible YouTube extract.
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    A decade ago, a dear friend asked me to blog about my 7 favorite "desert island" discs on his poetry site. It was terrific fun for me to have to search for meaningful words to express my feelings about these works of music, all seven of which are very precious to me:

    1. BACH: St. Matthew Passion.

    I first heard the '59 Richter DGG in 1970 on a fantastic (for then!) stereo system. The choir(s) seemed to surround me.

    II. BEETHOVEN: String Quartet, Op. 131 in C-Sharp Minor.

    I actually first score-read this on microfiche at my senior year at Interlochen. First recording I heard was Amadeus, which I have yet to surpass, imho.

    III. MAHLER: Symphony No. 2 ("Resurrection")

    Played 4th trombone at IAA with Nicholas Harsanyi conducting, and his amazing wife as soprano soloist. Bernstein/London on the DVD set is pretty great.

    IV. STRAVINSKY: Le Sacre du Printemps

    Boulez/Cleveland 1969 | Columbia | ... you can feel those offbeats in the gong & bass drum in the soles of your feet. French Horns blasting in unison, swirling around your ears. Yet you can hear a pin drop in all the quiet sections.

    V. BARTOK: String Quartet #4

    Studied this at Interlochen w/Homer Keller. What an eye-opener. I remember at the time thinking that there was know way strings could do things like that! My early compositions copy this work shamelessly. The arch form is genius, and -- as one learns when one studies this thing -- none of the tricks & effects are superficial; everything fits!

    VI. BERG: Violin Concerto

    First heard Grumiaux w/Concertgebouw/Markevitch. So many things to adore here: those lonely stacked fifths which haunt the ear for so long; that Bach chorale near the end. I also love Mutter, Perlman. [Krasner was my daughter's teacher's teacher!]

    VII. BERIO: Sinfonia

    Splurged on the score recently so I could really see what's going here! The river stream using the above Mahler is pretty darn neat. What control the man had over massed forces -- like Boulez.

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    Yes on Walton. I have the Solti Version.

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    1) DSCH String Quartets - Pacfica Quartet

    2) Berg Wozzeck - Theo Adams, Wendy Fine, Carlos Kleiber et al

    3) The Ring - Reginald Goodall, Sadler's Wells Orchestra, Remedios, Hunter, Tuckwell et al

    4) Britten Death In Venice - Langridge, Opie, Chance, BBC Singers, City of London Sinfonia, Hickox

    5) Bruckner Symphony no. 8 - VPO, Karajan

    6) Schoenberg - Die Glückliche Hand, BBC SO Boulez et al

    7) Messiaen Des Canyons Aux Étoiles - Roger Muraro, Jean-Jacques Justafré, et al Myung-Whun Chung: Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra

    8) Varese Orchestral Works - Chailly et al Decca

    9) Schoenberg, Berg & Webern Orchestral works- BPO, Levine DG

    10) Birtwistle The Mask Of Orpheus - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Davis, BBC Singers, IRCAM, John Garrison, Peter Bronder(ten), Jean Rigby, Anne-Marie Owens(mezzo-sop) et al
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    Quote Originally Posted by HenryPenfold View Post
    1) DSCH String Quartets - Pacfica Quartet

    2) Berg Wozzeck - Theo Adams, Wendy Fine, Carlos Kleiber et al

    3) The Ring - Reginald Goodall, Sadler's Wells Orchestra, Remedios, Hunter, Tuckwell et al

    4) Britten Death In Venice - Langridge, Opie, Chance, BBC Singers, City of London Sinfonia, Hickox

    5) Bruckner Symphony no. 8 - VPO, Karajan

    6) Schoenberg - Die Glückliche Hand, BBC SO Boulez et al

    7) Messiaen Des Canyons Aux Étoiles - Roger Muraro, Jean-Jacques Justafré, et al Myung-Whun Chung: Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra

    8) Varese Orchestral Works - Chailly et al Decca

    9) Schoenberg, Berg & Webern Orchestral works- BPO, Levine DG

    10) Birtwistle The Mask Of Orpheus - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Davis, BBC Singers, IRCAM, John Garrison, Peter Bronder(ten), Jean Rigby, Anne-Marie Owens(mezzo-sop) et al
    I did not know Maestro Carlos conducted Wozzeck. Didn't his father conduct the première? Big shoes to fill...

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    Quote Originally Posted by flamencosketches View Post
    I did not know Maestro Carlos conducted Wozzeck. Didn't his father conduct the première? Big shoes to fill...
    Yes, Erich Kleiber conducted the premier in December 1925. I've quite a few Wozzecks on my shelf, and any one of them I'd be happy with as a DID, but there's something special about the CK disc.

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