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Classical recordings you couldn't be without

Following on from francophile's post asking for advice on equipment for listening to classical music, I thought it would be interesting to see which classical recordings forum members love the most.

 

I'll start the ball rolling with some of my absolute favourites:

 

Brahms: A German Requiem (Schwarzkopf/Fischer-Dieskau/Philharmonia/Klemperer)  EMI Classics

Brahms: Piano Concertos 1 & 2 (Friere/Gewandhaus Orchestra/Chailly)  Decca

Donizetti: Una Furtiva Lagrima (John McCormack)  RCA

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5 'Emperor' (Arrau/Royal Concertgebuow/Haitink)  Philips Classics

Mahler: Symphony No.5 (Vienna Phil/Bernstein) Deutsche Grammophon

Bach: Italian Concerto (Brendel)  Decca

Franck: Prelude, Choral and Fugue (Perahia)  Sony/CBS

Wagner: Orchestral Music (Philharmonia/Klemperer)  EMI Classics

Bartok: String Quartets (Takacs Quartet)  Decca

Chopin: Piano Concertos (Barenboim/Staatskapelle Dresden/Nelsons)

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RE: Classical recordings you couldn't be without

Nice idea for a thread MP, as I'm always up for suggestions.

I loved this when I had it on vinyl......must get round to getting it on CD: http://www.amazon.co.uk/EMI-Masters-Concertos-Brain-Karajan/dp/B0032HKENQ/ref=tag_dpp_lp_edpp_price_ex

He was my idol when trying to play this instrument.

I also love this: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Schubert-Piano-Sonatas-D-840-Lewis/dp/B00585QLX2/ref=sr_1_7?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1359844871&sr=1-7 

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RE: Classical recordings you couldn't be without

There are about a dosen of classical albums in my collection that I couldn't be without. These are my three favourite.

 

A baroque version of the Four Seasons. Clicky

 

A triple CD compilation of Mozart's best music. Clicky

 

A triple CD compilation of Beethoven's best music. Clicky

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I won't pretend Classical is my favourite genre, but there are quite a few individual pieces I like and in particular I love The Lark Ascending by Vaughn Williams... I do have a CD with this on, but it's quite a poor recording, so if someone could recommend a quality recording of this track, I would be most grateful.

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RE: Classical recordings you couldn't be without

Bach - Goldberg variations Glen Gould (both 1955 and 1981 versions)

lots of others too, but Goldberg wins by a country mile for me.

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RE: Classical recordings you couldn't be without

Since I've started using Spotify I'm much less bothered about owning a particular CD. If it's on Spotify and in my playlist "collection" I feel as if I own it. 

Also, one of the nice things about classical music is that for mainstream works there's typically more than one recording and so not quite the same "need" to own a particular CD. And also, of course, someone is bound to record the work again in the future.

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So many I could include but I'll start with this one. The Planets - Holst - BBC Philharmonic, Sir Andrew Davies. Chandos. Terrific performance brillantly recorded.

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RE: Classical recordings you couldn't be without

Phileas wrote:

Since I've started using Spotify I'm much less bothered about owning a particular CD. If it's on Spotify and in my playlist "collection" I feel as if I own it. 

Also, one of the nice things about classical music is that for mainstream works there's typically more than one recording and so not quite the same "need" to own a particular CD. And also, of course, someone is bound to record the work again in the future.

You see for me, it is about the music and the performance, so it is even more important to own particular CDs.  For example I currently own 10 different recordings of the Chopin Sonatas and each brings something different to the music.  Somebody might well record them in the future, but could that replace, for example, Rubinstein's beautiful recording?  For me, no.  The new recording could add to my understanding of the work, but I always want to be 100% sure that I could listen to the Rubinstein any time I wish.

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RE: Classical recordings you couldn't be without

Vivaldi 4 Concertos for Cello - Christine Walevska/Netherlands Chamber Orchestra - Philips LP, haven't heard it for a while, but got me into classical

Mendelssohn Concerto op 64 - Janina Jansen - Decca CD

Carmina Burana - Robert Shaw Telarc

 

 

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RE: Classical recordings you couldn't be without

The point I'm getting at Matthew is that the music is more important than the performance/recording. If the Rubinstein never existed, you'd still have plenty of very good recordings to choose from as you have just said.  Smile

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Phileas wrote:

The point I'm getting at Matthew is that the music is more important than the performance/recording. If the Rubinstein never existed, you'd still have plenty of very good recordings to choose from as you have just said.  Smile

 

Yes, and I do agree.  However, I think certain performers stand out above others and tell us something new about a work and it wouldn't do to be without those recordings.  Our knowledge of the music would be all the poorer for it.

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RE: Classical recordings you couldn't be without

Gosh!  There are so many.  I'm not home right now but I'll make a list.

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RE: Classical recordings you couldn't be without

Got to add:

Rachmaninov: Symphony No.2 (LSO/Previn)  EMI Classics  (beautifully recorded too)

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RE: Classical recordings you couldn't be without

hey Mattew,

I'm not a classical buff by any means, but I recently purchased a copy of The Avison Ensemble: Arcangelo Corelli Opus 6 Conceti Grossi from the Linn website.

It is absolutley sublime.

Any recommendations along this line?

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RE: Classical recordings you couldn't be without

Matthew,

               This is such a vast area for me and my favourites are changing all the time, but if I were to go away on holday tomorrow here are some of the pieces I would be putting on my phone to take away -

Elgar Symphony No 2 - Andrew Davies, BBC Symphonie Ochestra.

Prokoviev - Romeo and Juiet , Mazell, Cleveland  Orchestra.

Berlioz - Symphonie Fantastique, Sir Colin Davies, Consertgebouw Amsterdam.

Bruch Violin concerto - Janine Jansen.

Elgar Violin concerto - Tasmin Lttle.

Korngold violin concerto - Nicola Benedetti

 

Mind you that could change again...............

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RE: Classical recordings you couldn't be without

Oops forgot -

Elgar Cello concero - Sol Gabetta.

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