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  1. Orchestral Music
    "Oh god, here he goes again", you may be saying! But wait! This set of 5 reviews are a little more relevant than my usual LvB cycle reviews as it's 5 more recent / new / remastered cycles this time. As usual all opinions are subjective. I found all of these fascinating in one way or another...
  2. Orchestral Music
    As the title suggests, here's a nostalgic thread. What were your first complete symphony cycles by the composers listed (or not listed) ? Feel free to add your own composers or take away as necessary. Not interested in the best recordings, just the first you ever got on vinyl, cassette, CD or...
  3. Orchestral Music
    Just when you thought I'd stopped them....they're back and this time it's a handful of newer recordings I'm reviewing. As always, these are my personal views. You may or may not agree but feel free to add anything pertinent to these performances in the comments, below. Again, I've tried to...
  4. Orchestral Music
    I was going to leave my LvB cycle reviews at 9 but I've been listening to a few old cycles lately and I've just got hold of one I've been after for a while so I thought I'd enlighten you and, unlike Beethoven, I wanted to make it to number 10 (oooh Merl that was harsh)! As always, these are my...
  5. Orchestral Music
    C Satisfactory cycle. Ok, but nothing to shout about B- Good cycle but flawed (see decriptions in thread). B Good standard. A decent library set or better. B+ Very good set. Some very impressive performances. Well worth investing in. A- Excellent set just missing a little something to take it to...
  6. Orchestral Music
    Part 3. Halfway through! C Satisfactory cycle. Ok, but nothing to shout about B- Good cycle but flawed (see decriptions in thread). B Good standard. A decent library set or better. B+ Very good set. Some very impressive performances. Well worth investing in. A- Excellent set just missing a...
  7. Orchestral Music
    And here's Part 2 (sorry I had to split these reviews into 5s or 6s so I could include a picture of each cycle) C Satisfactory cycle. Ok, but nothing to shout about B- Good cycle but flawed (see decriptions in thread). B Good standard. A decent library set or better. B+ Very good set. Some...
  8. Orchestral Music
    General introduction to the threads This thread is one part of my Beethoven Symphonies Challenge. It will be divided in six episodes or "tables", and will compare a number of Symphony cycles in terms of performing quality and sound. The content of the six tables is closed, so please, don't ask...
  9. Recorded Music and Publications
    Which cycle has better performances? What do you think are the characteristics of each one?
  10. Classical Music Discussion
    Looking for a second Beethoven symphonies cycle, and would value some advice. Criteria, in ascending order of shallowness: 1/ Non-HIP. I'm enjoying my first cycle - Zinman - a lot, but would now like to hear the other, grander way - Wand, Karajan, Bohm, whomsoever. 2/ Good to excellent sound...
  11. Vocal Music
    Schubert's setting of Muller's verse is generally reckoned to be the greatest song cycle ever written. Which versions on CD do you rate as the best?
  12. Opera
    Don't be afraid. There's no such thing as a stupid question when it comes to the Ring Cycle. Whether we're looking for facts, opinions or suppositions, let's ask and respond to questions about our favourite operatic tetralogy. I'll kick off with this one: Why does the whole four opera work...
  13. Opera on DVD, Blu-ray and CD
    So I have available Solti's Rheingold and Götterdämmerung already available, and don't like repeat copies....hence looking elsewhere for a full Ring. I should wait and research and sample. But history suggests that I may buy a Ring Cycle within a week! These three appeal. I value sheer beauty...
  14. Opera
    So I've been listening to the first two installments of Valery Gergiev's Ring, and unfortunately he doesn't have a full cycle released. Before I start on a full cycle, I want to listen to the last two operas. I know the highly recommended cycles. But just for Siegfried (and if you care to...
  15. Composer Guestbooks
    Criminally underappreciated composer by both listeners and performers/orchestras* and even record labels. Just go through the crazily intense Nine Rivers** cycle (two of which, Nos. 1 and 4 been released***), or the two explosive orchestral works Ignis Noster and Helle Nacht**** from a triptych...
  16. Opera
    Does anyone know when-or if- the final two installments will be released into CD? I intend to get the Solti Cycle of course but I would like this one as well
  17. Classical Music Discussion
    ...seem to have disappeared, or at least I can't find them. Great shame as I found them very entertaining and instructive, e.g. the Beethoven symphony cycle list, produced I think by TC members, ditto one on LvB's string quartets? There was a great Schubert cycles one too (not as far as I know...
  18. Recorded Music and Publications
    I'm in the process of thinning down my music collection and I am contemplating Hogwood's Beethoven Symphony Cycle to complement the set of Piano Concertos. My question is this - would it be worth picking up or would it simply overlap or compare negatively against the two HIP cycles I already...
  19. Classical Music Discussion
    Have fallen in love with this composer via my Berglund/Bournemouth set... ... and would now like to hear a second take on the symphonies. Something slightly different to this set might be good - be that more powerful, more icily Nordic, whatever. (Not sure quite where Berglund/Bournemouth...
  20. Orchestral Music
    I have 6 Beethoven symphony cycles but only one Mendelssohn cycle, and no others. I was tempted yesterday to add a second Mendelssohn cycle, but backed off because I have been overriding my personal cash budget severely already in purchasing many CD sets. But also, I just don't listen to...
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