If you have a good surround set-up, I'd recommend the bluray movie 'Copying Beethoven'. Smile-inducing indeed to hear the DTS-HD soundtrack unleashing the full force of the orchestras.
Now this is something I haven't listened to for ages: Brecht and Weill's Dreigroschenoper (Threepenny Opera).
There are other recordings; this one is of very high quality (sounding lovely through the Dev/SF system) and has the wonderful Lotte Lenya. For me this belongs alongside the very greatest musical theatre of the first half of the 20th century, up there with Puccini, Berg and Janacek.
The screen door slams, Mary's dress waves ...
This morning at 6:30am I woke and listened to:
Saint-Saëns 'Symphony No.3'
Debussy 'La Mer'
Ibert 'Escales (Ports of call)'
Ravel 'Daphnis et Chloe' (complete)
Straus ' Also sprach Zarathustra'
All from the Living Stereo box set I bought recently. Absolutely terrific sound quality and recordings. Wasn't expecting them to be so good! Works out at about £1 per CD. Wow!
I have quite a few ducplicate recordings so I may compare some time, but enjoying playing the music too much to ponce about with that at the moment.
This morning I woke and listened to Bartok
Concerto for Orchestra;
Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta;
Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor Fritz Reiner. Recorded in 1955 and 1958. Sounds incredible and some truly fantastic music. Some bits reminded me if the incidental music to Alien
Red Hot Chilli Peppers - One Hot Minute
How is it possible that I've never heard this album before? :doh: It great!
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steve_1979 wrote:Red Hot Chilli Peppers - One Hot Minute http://open.spotify.com/album/2rQ135imvelvp89D8eEZOi How is it possible that I've never heard this album before? :doh: It great! 8)
Hmmm, think you've popped this in the wrong post Steve!
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steve_1979 wrote:Red Hot Chilli Peppers - One Hot Minute http://open.spotify.com/album/2rQ135imvelvp89D8eEZOi How is it possible that I've never heard this album before? :doh: It great! 8)Hmmm, think you've popped this in the wrong post Steve!
This morning, before breakfast, I listened to:
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1, Op. 23 in B-Flat Minor - RCA Symphony Orchestra, Kiril Kondrashin conducting
Rachmaninoff Piano Conerto No.2, Op. 18 in C Minor - Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner, conductor, Val Cliburn, piano
Recordings 1958, and 1962. Remastered 2004 and 2012.
This is Disc 07 from the Living Stereo box set. I'm very familiar with both of the pieces above, and these older versions are just terrific. I am so glad I got this set; the quality is superb. For what you get it is an absolute bargain!
I try and get an hour of listening in before or after I get up and then have my breakfast. So thisbox set should take 60+ days to work my way through :grin:
Reader's Digest Favourites from The Classics - Mozart (triple CD)
It's sublime. My favourite classical compilation.
Woke at 5.15am today, had a brown brew and then slipped Disc 08 of the Living Stereo box set into the CD tray.
Disc 08 is a George Gershwin disc! :? It contains:
Rhapsody in Blue
Concerto in F
An American in Paris
Variations on "I Got Rhythm"
To be honest, I've never actually been one to voluntarily listen to Gershwin; not my particular flavour of music. Nevertheless, this is Disc 08 on my journey through the Living Stereo box set, so shouldn't be skipped. Besides, the recordings are so good that you can't help but pay attention to the music. And whilst I'm still not a convert - even after this morning's session - I can appreciate why people like Mr Gershwin and his rambunctiousness. One thing is for sure, it woke me up pretty sharpish. :O Good goodness! :grin:
Mussorgsky, Pictures At An Exhibition
I've been listening to Mussorgsky, Pictures At An Exhibition from Disc 09 of my Living Stereo set. I am familiar with this piece of music (the Ravel orchestration), and have played it a heck of lot over the years, and that's why I immediately sat up and exclaimed, "Eh! What the frick?" when it began. I'm not particularly knowledgeable when it comes to classical music, even though I listen to a lot of it and always have, right from early childhood. That said, I am very familar with certain pieces of music and this is one of those. So the slow tempo for the opening of Promenade caught me immediately. And I mean it is unusually slow. As the trumpets start up and the rest of the brass falls in, it resembles the sound of the old Hovis bread advert it is so laid back. From what I remember reading, it is supposed to depict Mussorgsky wandering through an exhibition stopping and starting, slowing down, and speeding up as he spots a picture he particularly likes, and at the same time reflecting on the loss of a dear friend. This just doesn't sound right. Once you get past the opening Promenade it does get better, but still seems somewhat 'smoothed out'. Anyhow, I compared it with the Russian State Symphony Orchestra version I've got, and the BBC Philharmonic (conducted by Yan Pascal Tortelier) version and it's definitely slooooower than both of them. The BBC Philharmonic Promenade opening is actually crazy fast (I kid you not) and you'd be forgiven for thinking that monsieur Tortelier must have had a full bladder they way he speeds through it. The Russian State Symphony Orchestra version however falls smack bang in between both and is (IMO) excellent. Not that I'd know what was good and bad or how it is really supposed to sound but I like it; the varying pace feels just right, all the way through, and you get taken on an up and down journey right to the climactic end. To me it isn't supposed to roll easily from one scene to the next. Anyhow, the Living Stereo disc is a very good sound quality, but I'm just not taken by the particular recording. Different times I suppose.
Good to see some great contributions to this thread. Keep it up guys!
This is quite left-field: some baroque viol consorts. The composer is William Lawes, the performers are Phantasm, led by Lawrence Dreyfus, formerly a colleague of mine. It's an arresting, complex and intricate soundworld. Check it out!
And on Spotify:
William Lawes – Lawes: Consorts in 4 and 5 Parts
Today I've been listening to Mozart and Vivaldi concerto's played by Giuliano Carmignola.
La Tarantella: Antidotum Tarantulae by Christina Pluhar and L'Arpeggiata.
Not sure it qualifies as strictly 'classical' music (though definitely more so than Red Hot Chili Peppers ;)). It's somewhere between classical and traditional Italian folk music. Excellent musicians and expressive singers. First class recording too!
And for the Spotify listeners:
DocG wrote:La Tarantella: Antidotum Tarantulae by Christina Pluhar and L'Arpeggiata.Not sure it qualifies as strictly 'classical' music (though definitely more so than Red Hot Chili Peppers ;)). It's somewhere between classical and traditional Italian folk music. Excellent musicians and expressive singers. First class recording too!
http://www.allmusic.com/album/la-tarantella-antidotum-tarantulae-mw0001007084And for the Spotify listeners:
Ooh, I really like this Italian "folk" stuff. A colleague at work once gave me a super CD of traditional Neapolitan music. I'll try to dig it out.