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  1. Solo & Chamber Music
    As some of you are aware I started blogging my recommended string quartet recordings a while back as I didn't want to lose them in the Weekly String Quartet thread. However, blogging on TC has many limitations and there was no way to link all my posts in one place without the page disappearing...
  2. Recorded Music and Publications
    For many of us of a certain vintage the Penguin Guide was THE BIBLE of classical music due to the fact we had nothing else that helped sum up the plethora of classical music out there (pre-internet). I can't remember when I got my first one (think it was around the mid 80s) but I do remember...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. Recorded Music and Publications
    I've been thinking about a more light-hearted review thread for symphonies for a while (my LvB cycle reviews are far more dry), one in which I could discuss symphony performances with another TC member and have a bit of a laugh too. To cut a long story short, I was talking about performances of...
  6. 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...
  7. Classical Music Discussion
    As a follow up to my Brahms Hungarian Dances set I'd like to throw this out to you. It's another little listening project to take up some more of this rather dull self-isolation. Like last time, here is a complete set of Dvorak's Slavonic Dances for you to listen to and comment on as you wish...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
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