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RE: Classical recordings you couldn't be without

matthewpiano wrote:

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.

Giuliano Carmignola has made some fantastic classical performances which IMO usually sound better than other recordings of the same pieces of music by other people. Both the performance and the recording/mastering of his music is always of impeccable quality. The way he plays seems to add a certain 'sparkle' to the music which makes other recordings sound a bit duller by comparison.

 

Check him out on Spotify. He mostly does Vivaldi but there is some other stuff there too.

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steve_1979 wrote:

Giuliano Carmignola has made some fantastic classical performances which IMO usually sound better than other recordings of the same pieces of music by other people. Both the performance and the recording/mastering of his music is always of impeccable quality. The way he plays seems to add a certain 'sparkle' to the music which makes other recordings sound a bit duller by comparison.

 

Check him out on Spotify. He mostly does Vivaldi but there is some other stuff there too.

yes, agree there. I have his Mozart concertos with Abbado, pieces that I had never found totally inspiring, but his are radiant!  

Agree with all MP's faves too.

 

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RE: Classical recordings you couldn't be without

Wagner's Ring des Niebelungen - Sir Georg Solti / Wiener Phillarmoniker (Decca)

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RE: Classical recordings you couldn't be without

Some Handel & Chopin - The Messiah, Water music and Royal Fireworks, Oboe Concertos 1-3, Concerti Grossi and Chopin's Nocturnes and Impromptus etc

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RE: Classical recordings you couldn't be without

Lutoslawski's 3rd Symphony - Salonen/LA Philharmonic

Richard Strauss/An Alpine Symphony - Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra

Bartok's String Quartets - Keller Quartet

Mahler's 1st, 3rd, 5th & 9th Symphonies - Gary Bertini/various orchestras

Bartok's Concerto For Orchestra - Solti/Chicago SO

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RE: Classical recordings you couldn't be without

I've just picked 6 but some of them are sets so you get more for your money:

1) Bartok - Piano Concertos etc Geza Anda, Fricsay - Actually this is my Desert Island disc, the one I would save from the waves.  It's an old recording (I've owned it twice on vinyl and twice on CD) but Anda's playing is simply sublime.

2) Beethoven - Piano Concertos, Wilhelm Kempff, Leitner - Another old recording but Kempff tells me more about this music than any other player.

3) Bellini - I Capuleti E I Montecchi, Netrebko, Garancha, etc - Not well know repertoire but simply the most beautiful bel conto singing I have ever heard.

4) Dvorak - Symphonies, Kertesz, LSO - I'm told there are better modern performances but I've known these for over 40 years and I love them.

5) Shostakovich - Strong Quartets, Emerson Quartet - Not easy music but ....

6) Victoria - Sacred Works, Ensemble Plus Ultra - One of the most beautiful collections of polyphony ever recorded.

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RE: Classical recordings you couldn't be without

Covenanter wrote:

I've just picked 6 but some of them are sets so you get more for your money:

1) Bartok - Piano Concertos etc Geza Anda, Fricsay - Actually this is my Desert Island disc, the one I would save from the waves.  It's an old recording (I've owned it twice on vinyl and twice on CD) but Anda's playing is simply sublime.

 

Ah, this is my favourite recording of the Bartok Concertos.  Very few pianists and conductors have made sense of these works in the way that Anda and Fricsay did.  Anda's playing is beautifully nuanced, rhythmically and dynamically.

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2) Beethoven - Piano Concertos, Wilhelm Kempff, Leitner - Another old recording but Kempff tells me more about this music than any other player.

Another choice I agree with completely and one of a handful of truly great Beethoven Concerto cycles. 

 

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RE: Classical recordings you couldn't be without

Useful thread.

Three spring immediately to mind:

Brahms: Symphony no. 2 (Berlin Phil/Keilberth) Telefunken - unfortunately quite a lot of hiss on the recording, from 1962, but a wonderful, lyrical performance.

Bach: Goldberg Variations (András Schiff) - listening to it at the moment.

Schubert: String Quintet (Alban Berg Quartet/Heinrich Schiff) EMI

I also have two 7" EPs from the early 60s of Louis Kentner playing a selection of Chopin's etudes. Have never heard them sound as good - they are lifted above mere technical exercises to become stirring, emotive pieces. Would love to find an LP/CD of him performing the whole set, but have never managed to do so in spite of much searching.

Also love Fretwork for Tudor/Restoration era chamber music, and The Sixteen and Tallis Scholars for polyphony.

That said, I must play Spem in Alium to test out my new hi-fi set-up.