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  1. Orchestral Music
    Over the past few years I've wanted to revisit a group of cycles that Granate initially reviewed or have been flagged to me or I'd skipped over as they had made little or no impression on me, first time around. It's important to keep an open mind in life and discerning and devoted listeners...
  2. Orchestral Music
    It's that time again (I did warn you) and I've got 5 relatively recent (and a few brand new) cycles to review this time. So without any more guff, here goes. Very much the case of the good, the plain and the ugly this time around.... My ratings (as always) are as follows: C Satisfactory...
  3. Orchestral Music
    The enforced COVID lockdown has given me the chance to catch up on another set of Beethoven cycles so here is Part 14 of my cycle reviews, a little earlier than expected. Rating are as always: C Satisfactory cycle. Ok, but nothing to shout about B- Good cycle but flawed (see decriptions in...
  4. Orchestral Music
    Back again, Merl? Let me explain.....Since I started this series of reviews (I'd reviewed around 60 cycles before now) I'd kept all my handwritten notes and when I checked back through them there were another 4 cycles that never made it on here for a variety of reasons and one that I wasn't...
  5. Orchestral Music
    So, you thought I'd gone. Fraid not! I'm back with Part 12 and I expect I'll be back with Part 13 next year due to the plethora of sets that should be completed for the Beethoven 250 celebrations. The purpose of this thread is merely to offer some of my own views on some of the numerous cycles...
  6. Off Topic Pub
    This is how basically I wake up, at dawn to witness sunset, if I sleep well, and to stay healthy shape and fit I do Cycling at local Parc-Maisonneuve, then I take a cold shower after work out, heck it's summertime, I roll's all day. If I'm not on my bike I'm on foot lazzyness is to be fought...
  7. Orchestral Music
    Part 5. Final part for now!!!! (thank god for that, says everyone) 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...
  8. Orchestral Music
    Firstly thank you to Granate for his thought-provoking, sometimes controversial but always interesting guide to many of the major Beethoven symphony cycles out there. As I said in his threads, the purpose of this thread is a supplement to Granate's threads and offer some of my own views on some...
  9. Classical Music Discussion
    Is Colin Davis' Boston cycle unquestionably the best of his three Sibelius cycles (over the LSO/RCA and LSO Live cycles)? I'd like to hear Davis' Sibelius and am wondering which set to go for. Boston seems to come in for the highest praise, but you get more bang for your buck (tone poems etc)...
  10. 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...
  11. Keyboard Instruments
    Shamefully, I have only just discovered that Liszt transcribed all of Beethoven's symphonies for piano. As far as I can ascertain, four complete cycles are available by Idil Beret, Cyprien Katsaris, Leslie Howard and Konstantin Scherbakov. I imagine that there are other recordings of...
  12. 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...
  13. Classical Music Discussion
    Here is what I have in Beethoven symphony cycles: Ferencsik Szell Wand Hanover Band Leibowitz Fricsay (can only find 6 of the symphonies recorded by this conductor) Also, I am so into opera right now that I am not listening to Beethoven's symphonies much. Yet I feel compelled to seek out and...
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