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  1. Blancrocher's Avatar
    Szell has always struck me as one of this work's great interpreters--the highlight of his cycle for me. Worth hearing if you don't know it.
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  2. Blancrocher's Avatar
    Great list. Btw, as you may be aware, Elgar arranged the Enigma Variations for piano. Maria Garzon has a good recording.
  3. DiesIraeCX's Avatar
    A great list, Trout. The Takács are my favorites (for all of the late quartets, actually), but I haven't listened to the Emerson's Op. 133 (although, I have listened to some of the other late quartets from them and I'm a fan). The Alban Berg and the Italiano will always be among my very favorites. My first time listening to the Grosse Fuge was this video from an Alban Berg performance.
  4. Kieran's Avatar
    The opening movement of #21 is my desert island disc. It swims through the moods with ease, it has a magnificent "chorus" and generally speaking, it's the personification of dazzling musical brilliance...
  5. Trout's Avatar
    126. Debussy: String Quartet in G minor, L 85
    127. Bizet: Carmen
    128. Bach: Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582
    129. Mozart: Piano Concerto #21 in C, K. 467
    130. Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli

    131. Dvořák: String Quartet #12 in F, op. 96 "American"
    132. Brahms: String Quartets op. 51
    133. Mendelssohn: String Quartet #6 in F minor, op. 80
    134. Alwyn: Harp Concerto "Lyra Angelica"
    135. Schoenberg: Moses und Aron

    136. Verdi: Requiem
    137. Beethoven: Grosse Fuge, op. 133
    138. Debussy: Nocturnes, L 91
    139. Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626
    140. Beethoven: Symphony #7 in A, op. 92

    141. Schubert: Wanderer Fantasy in C, D. 760

    142. Elgar: Enigma Variations, op. 36
    144. Shostakovich: Symphony #10 in E minor, op. 93
    145. Ives: Piano Sonata #2 "Concord"

    146. Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, BWV 1001-1006
    147. Prokofiev: Piano Concerto #3 in C, op. 26
    148. Barber: Knoxville: Summer of 1915, op. 24
    149. Wagner: Parsifal
    150. Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor, op. 47

    151. Mendelssohn: Octet for Strings in E-flat, op. 20
    152. Holst: The Planets, op. 32
    153. Bruckner: Symphony #7 in E
    154. Beethoven: Piano Sonata #23 in F minor, op. 57 "Appassionata"
    155. Liszt: Les Préludes, S.97

    156. Vivaldi: Stabat Mater, RV 621
    157. Suk: Symphony #2 in C minor, op. 27 "Asrael"
    158. Rachmaninoff: Preludes, opp. 23 & 32
    159. Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola in E-flat, K. 364
    160. Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin, Sz. 73

    161. Janáček: String Quartets
    162. Haydn: Trumpet Concerto in E-flat, Hob.VIIe/1
    163. Handel: Water Music, HWV 348-350
    164. Weber: Clarinet Concerti, opp. 73 & 74
    165. Liszt: Piano Concerti, S. 124 & 125

    166. Strauss, R.: Der Rosenkavalier, op. 59

    167. Brahms: Symphony #3 in F, op. 90
    168. Fauré: Piano Quartets, opp. 15 & 45
    169. Schubert: Die Schöne Müllerin, D. 795
    170. Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A, K. 581

    171. Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire, op. 21
    172. Shostakovich: 24 Preludes and Fugues, op. 87
    173. Szymanowski: Stabat Mater, op. 53
    174. Mendelssohn: Symphony #3 in A minor, op. 56 "Scottish"
    175. Tchaikovsky: Symphony #4 in F minor, op. 36

    176. Schumann: Davidsbündlertänze, op. 6
    177. Grieg: String Quartet in G minor, op. 27
    178. Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit
    179. Mahler: Symphony #6 in A minor "Tragic"
    180. Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole in D minor, op. 21

    181. Debussy: Cello Sonata in D minor, L 135
    182. Nielsen: Symphony #5, op. 50
    183. Takemitsu: November Steps
    184. Chopin: Mazurkas
    185. Stravinsky: Petrushka

    186. Barber: Violin Concerto, op. 14
    187. Falla: Noches en los Jardines de España
    188. Pärt: Tabula Rasa

    191. Prokofiev: War Sonatas (No. 6, No. 7, No. 8)
    192. Mozart: Piano Concerto #9 in E-flat, K. 271 "Jeunehomme"
    193. Schumann: Symphony #4 in D minor, op. 120
    194. Beethoven: Missa Solemnis in D, op. 123
    Updated Nov-08-2020 at 04:01 by Trout
  6. Trout's Avatar
    Hello Chopiniana,

    I'm afraid I'm not familiar with Arrau's performance. I know quite a few have recommended his performance on Philips, so I will give that a try the next time I'm in a Chopin mood. Thanks.
  7. Trout's Avatar
    Hi antoniolopes,

    This isn't my personal list, rather a list I gathered from reading forums and doing other internet research as to what people like (I elaborate a little more here). Excepting the first few on the lists, it's rare that there is a really strong consensus about any listed performance, meaning I expect these lists to agree completely with absolutely no one. I hope that clarifies things.

    With that in mind, are you suggesting that you don't like the other 8 performances on the list? I personally love the Hotter recording, as old-fashioned as it might seem. I guess I'm just one of those guys who can take my Bach on the heavy side. I've heard a few others on the list, but in this instance, I agree with the "consensus" choice.
  8. antoniolopes's Avatar
    Sorry, can't understand. Only Goerne and Kooy would be on my list of this.
  9. antoniolopes's Avatar
    The Pollini is awful, a read-through. I've noticed that even Pollini fans recognize this as an extreme in his usual ice-coldness.
  10. Chopiniana93's Avatar
    I totallz agree with you concerning the first 2 interpreters. Zimerman is brilliant with Chopin's ballades and Rubinstein too Personally, I really dislike Cortot and all his interpretations, although he wanted to emulate Chopin's style...
    I like Kissin too, but I know only his interpretation of the 2nd Piano Concerto.
    Do you know the ballades played by Claudio Arrau?
  11. KirbyH's Avatar
    I don't want to say age is a factor but Stoki was in his late eighties at the time of those sessions - might be partly why. I owned the Dutoit at one point and found it to be perfectly average as a reading but the sonics and playing were both very good. I can't say anything about the Norrington Gardiner, as I don't indulge very much in period-practice listening. Actually, I tell a lie - I heard the 5th movement of the Gardiner on YouTube once. Be prepared for some rather underwhelming ophecleides in the Dias Irae.
  12. Trout's Avatar
    Thanks, KirbyH. Based on your recommendation, I just listened to the Stokowski (live) performance which I found thrilling, though a little more conservative than what I was expecting, considering Stokowski's idiosyncratic style. I am currently fascinated by Gardiner's revelatory period-instrument performance, though there are still many recordings I would like to hear, especially the more polarizing ones such as Norrington's and Dutoit's.
  13. KirbyH's Avatar
    Wonderful choices - I've admired the LSO/Davis recording for a long time now. I do want to ask if you've ever heard the Stokowski/Philharmonia reading, available both on Decca and BBC Legends. Both were recorded at the same time and the intensity and coloration is present both in the studio and live performance.
  14. Trout's Avatar
    51. Vivaldi: Le Quattro Stagioni (The Four Seasons)
    52. Schubert: Symphony #9 in C, D. 944 "Great"
    53. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, op. 64
    54. Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, op. 14
    55. Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto #2 in C minor, op. 18

    56. Schubert: String Quartet #14 in D minor, D. 810 "Death and the Maiden"
    57. Schumann: Dichterliebe, op. 48
    58. Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (also Ravel orchestration)
    59. Shostakovich: String Quartet #8 in C minor, op. 110
    60. Haydn: String Quartets, op. 76 "Erdödy"

    61. Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, op. 35
    62. Debussy: Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, L 86
    63. Brahms: Symphony #1 in C minor, op. 68
    64. Bach: Brandenburg Concertos, BWV 1046-1051
    65. Górecki: Symphony #3, op. 36 "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs"

    66. Beethoven: Symphony #6 in F, op. 68 "Pastoral"
    67. Ravel: Shéhérazade
    68. Mahler: Symphony #9
    69. Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor, op. 85
    70. Mozart: String Quintet #4 in G minor, K. 516

    71. Borodin: String Quartet #2 in D
    72. Prokofiev: Piano Concerto #2 in G minor, op. 16
    73. Handel: Giulio Cesare, HWV 17
    74. Chopin: Nocturnes
    75. Schubert: Symphony #8 in B minor, D. 759 "Unfinished"

    76. Beethoven: Piano Sonata #14 in C-sharp minor, op. 27/2 "Moonlight"
    77. Saint-Saëns: Symphony #3 in C minor, op. 78 "Organ"
    78. Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor, S.178
    79. Beethoven: Piano Concerto #5 in E-flat, op. 73 "Emperor"
    80. Bach: Cantata #82 "Ich habe genug"

    81. Chopin: Ballades
    82. Brahms: Piano Trio #1 in B, op. 8
    83. Verdi: La Traviata
    84. Mendelssohn: Symphony #4 in A, op. 90 "Italian"
    85. Berg: Violin Concerto

    86. Tallis: Spem in Alium
    87. Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A, K. 622
    88. Sibelius: Symphony #2 in D, op. 43
    89. Ravel: String Quartet in F
    90. Messiaen: Quatuor pour la fin du temps

    91. Beethoven: Piano Concerto #4 in G, op. 58
    92. Schubert: Impromptus, D. 899 & 935
    93. Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, op. 16
    94. Bach: Violin Concerto #1 in A minor, BWV 1041
    95. Mahler: Kindertotenlieder

    96. Chopin: Études
    97. Bruch: Violin Concerto #1 in G minor, op. 26
    98. Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra, Sz. 116
    99. Debussy: Préludes, L 117 & 123
    100. Allegri: Miserere mei, Deus

    101. Dvořák: Cello Concerto in B minor, op. 104
    102. Stravinsky: L'Oiseau de Feu (The Firebird)
    103. Bruckner: Symphony #8 in C minor
    104. Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine 1610
    105. Strauss, R.: Eine Alpensinfonie, op. 64

    106. Brahms: Violin Concerto in D, op. 77
    107. Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
    108. Brahms: Piano Concerto #1 in D minor, op. 15
    109. Mozart: Piano Concerto #23 in A, K. 488
    110. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245

    111. Haydn: Die Schöpfung (The Creation), Hob.XXI/2
    112. Mahler: Symphony #4
    113. Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto #1 in B-flat minor, op. 23
    114. Schumann: Piano Quintet in E-flat, op. 44
    115. Puccini: La Bohème

    116. Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D, op. 61
    117. Bach: Cello Suites, BWV 1007-1012
    118. Prokofiev: Symphony #5 in B-flat, op. 100
    119. Ravel: Piano Concerto in G
    120. Puccini: Turandot

    121. Ligeti: Études pour piano
    122. Schubert: Piano Quintet in A, D. 667 "Trout"
    123. Mozart: Great Mass in C minor, K. 427
    124. Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto #3 in D minor, op. 30
    125. Respighi: Pini di Roma (Pines of Rome)
    Updated Jul-03-2016 at 18:01 by Trout
  15. Trout's Avatar
    The Furtwängler at #2 is around 58 minutes which is surprising considering he tends to be on the slower side of the spectrum (referring to some of his Beethoven). The briskness really works well, especially in the charging scherzo where the orchestra has so much energy and momentum. It and the Giulini are two fantastic performances that I (and many others) recommend to anyone delving into Bruckner's 9th, though there are many on this list I have not heard yet myself. (The Schuricht is at 56 minutes also which may be the fastest of this group.)

    The Karajan is quite lush and nice as well, though I do not agree with all of his tempo changes, such as his faster pace in the repeat in the first movement. I place it on a lower tier than the two aforementioned recordings, even though it still brings out much of the same intensity. If you are still looking for other performances of the work, all of these come very highly recommended from several members across several forums, so take your pick! (And a few others that barely missed out include Kubelik's, Jochum's Staatskapelle Dresden, and Tintner's).

    Apologies for the late comments.
  16. DiesIraeCX's Avatar
    I also enjoy Giulini's recording with the Vienna Philharmonic the most. For the sake of variety, could you recommend me the best recording with standard/moderate/or fast tempos? I think Giulini's slow tempi work wonders for Bruckner's 9th but I want to see how normal tempoi go with it, I wonder if I'll like it as much. What are you thoughts on Karajan/BPO that you have at #4?
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