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My latest big splurge is Clemens Krauss's 1953  Ring Cycle at Bayreuth. This is the remaster on the Archipel label, and it's a remarkably good one. The voices have great presence, though complex orchestral sections do get somewhat muddled.

However, the perfomances are just glorious. One of the greatest casts ever assembled. Today I did Die Walkuere. Loads of spine-tingling moments.

Very strongly recommended.

Matt

But awful quarters of an hour?

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Covenanter wrote:

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matt49 wrote:

My latest big splurge is Clemens Krauss's 1953  Ring Cycle at Bayreuth. This is the remaster on the Archipel label, and it's a remarkably good one. The voices have great presence, though complex orchestral sections do get somewhat muddled.

However, the perfomances are just glorious. One of the greatest casts ever assembled. Today I did Die Walkuere. Loads of spine-tingling moments.

Very strongly recommended.

Matt

But awful quarters of an hour?

Chris

Fewer than Rossini IMO.

Pleasantry

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matt49 wrote:

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My latest big splurge is Clemens Krauss's 1953  Ring Cycle at Bayreuth. This is the remaster on the Archipel label, and it's a remarkably good one. The voices have great presence, though complex orchestral sections do get somewhat muddled.

However, the perfomances are just glorious. One of the greatest casts ever assembled. Today I did Die Walkuere. Loads of spine-tingling moments.

Very strongly recommended.

Matt

But awful quarters of an hour?

Chris

Fewer than Rossini IMO.

Pleasantry

Matt

I like Woody Allen's  "Everytime I hear Wagner I feel like invading Poland".

Some music speaks to you and some doesn't.  I suspect I'm missing something but I tried Wagner in my twenties and he doesn't speak to me.

Chris

PS But then I didn't get into opera until my 50s.

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Covenanter wrote:

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matt49 wrote:

My latest big splurge is Clemens Krauss's 1953  Ring Cycle at Bayreuth. This is the remaster on the Archipel label, and it's a remarkably good one. The voices have great presence, though complex orchestral sections do get somewhat muddled.

However, the perfomances are just glorious. One of the greatest casts ever assembled. Today I did Die Walkuere. Loads of spine-tingling moments.

Very strongly recommended.

Matt

But awful quarters of an hour?

Chris

Fewer than Rossini IMO.

Pleasantry

Matt

I like Woody Allen's  "Everytime I hear Wagner I feel like invading Poland".

Some music speaks to you and some doesn't.  I suspect I'm missing something but I tried Wagner in my twenties and he doesn't speak to me.

Chris

PS But then I didn't get into opera until my 50s.

It would be a boring (and very strange) world if everyone shared the same tastes and interests.

I only "discovered" Wagner about 10 years ago. I was on sabbatical leave and decided (can't remember why) to devote a couple of days to listening to the ring cycle. But what really sealed the deal was seeing Die Walkuere at the ROH. I found it electrifying, all five hours.

Having said that, I still find the libretto slightly ridiculous, and the whole Bayreuth makes me cringe. 

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I suspect I have posted this

I suspect I have posted this before but it's a long thread to look through and it's worth a second recommendation and this is Ingrid Fliter playing the Chopin Piano Concertos on Linn.  I think the playing is first class but the recording is absolutely brilliant; I think the best piano recording that I have.  I was busy this afternoon and I put it on and had to stop what I was doing to listen to it.

Ravishing!

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Only just stumbled upon this

Only just stumbled upon this thread. Whilst I'm not an avid classical music fan I am trying to broaden my horizons.
Now this may be frowned upon but I'm really enjoying Einaudi and Helen Jane Long at the moment. Very simple piano music but I find it relaxing and an enjoyment.
Have you lot got any suggestions that are similar or any idea where to go from here?

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dangerouspartridge wrote:

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Only just stumbled upon this thread. Whilst I'm not an avid classical music fan I am trying to broaden my horizons. Now this may be frowned upon but I'm really enjoying Einaudi and Helen Jane Long at the moment. Very simple piano music but I find it relaxing and an enjoyment. Have you lot got any suggestions that are similar or any idea where to go from here?

It seems you like piano.  I won't criticise what you like because "de gustibus non est disputandum" but I would suggest there are rather better things to listen to.

Buy the CD in my last post and try the Chopin Piano concertos.  If you like those post here and many of us can suggest further listening.

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Lately I've listened once

Lately I've listened once again to Anton Bruckner's 7th Symphony performed by Sinfonia Varsovia (conductor: Jerzy Semkow). It is a wonderful piece of symphonic music, I've listened to it - I don't know - 20 times perhaps and every time I find something new. And, even though I'm not an expert to judge, I think it's even better than the acclaimed Karajan's interpretation. It's just so perfectly done and very well recorded. I don't know if it's available outside Poland, but it's a true musical feast I can recommend whole-heartadely. 

During the week I've also listened to the fabulous Dvorak's 9th, Copland's Appalahian Spring and Rahmaninov's 2nd Symphony in the terryfic Previn's interpretation. All superb music.

But just to rest awhile from the 'big thing' - as I write I'm hearing the good old J.J.Cale in my headphones ;) 

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Lately I've listened once again to Anton Bruckner's 7th Symphony performed by Sinfonia Varsovia (conductor: Jerzy Semkow). It is a wonderful piece of symphonic music, I've listened to it - I don't know - 20 times perhaps and every time I find something new. And, even though I'm not an expert to judge, I think it's even better than the acclaimed Karajan's interpretation. It's just so perfectly done and very well recorded. I don't know if it's available outside Poland, but it's a true musical feast I can recommend whole-heartadely. 

During the week I've also listened to the fabulous Dvorak's 9th, Copland's Appalahian Spring and Rahmaninov's 2nd Symphony in the terryfic Previn's interpretation. All superb music.

But just to rest awhile from the 'big thing' - as I write I'm hearing the good old J.J.Cale in my headphones Wink 

I don't know that version of the 7th but my favourite is the Chailly/RSO Berlin version on Decca Eclipse which is available at a budget price.  (There do seem to be two versions, one expensive and one budget but I think they are the same 1985 recording remastered in 1996.  Not clear why there are two.)

I can't take a lot of Bruckner in one go but this is really worth hearing.

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dangerouspartridge wrote:

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Only just stumbled upon this thread. Whilst I'm not an avid classical music fan I am trying to broaden my horizons. Now this may be frowned upon but I'm really enjoying Einaudi and Helen Jane Long at the moment. Very simple piano music but I find it relaxing and an enjoyment. Have you lot got any suggestions that are similar or any idea where to go from here?

You could try this:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/Schubert-Piano-Sonatas-D-840-Lewis/dp/B00585QLX2/ref=sr_1_4?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1408192269&sr=1-4&keywords=schubert+piano+sonatas+paul+lewis

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It's Proms season of course,

It's Proms season of course, and I've been enjoying several of the concerts, a couple of them in the concert hall, the rest on radio. The performance that really grabbed me was Baiba Skride's in the Stravinsky violin concerto. Since I've lost my recording of this work (how on earth do I manage to do it?) hers will be the one I seek out. The two adjectives that sprang to mind were "playful" and "electric"!

I always read people's recommendations on here, even if I don't always reply, so thanks again to Chris for the tip on Bellini Il Capuleti e i Montecchi (DG) - this has been ordered and I can't wait to hear it!

 

 

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Brahms' 4th, Kleiber, VPO on

Brahms' 4th, Kleiber, VPO on DG.  Easily my favourite CD version.  The old Boult, LPO version on HMV was better on vinyl in my memory but the ears have gone since the 1970s!  On CD it isn't as good IMO.

As I get older Brahms appeals to me more and more.  Perhaps you need maturity to appreciate Brahms?

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I am listening to Radetzky

I am listening to Radetzky march by Johann Strauss I preformed by the Vienna philharmonic orchestra from one of my many Classic FM box sets I have. Great upbeat piece. 

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Now I am listening to the

Now I am listening to the piano piece Liebestraum number 3 by Liszt preformed by the Cuban pianist Jorge Bolet. Very beautiful piece indeed.

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Now playing this morning is

Now playing this morning is Symphony number 9 (sometines called the new world symphony) by Dvorak preformed by the Prague symphony orchestra. A recording of this piece was taken abord Apollo 11 (the craft that took man to the moon for the first time.) This is one of the most popular symphonies of all time and rightfully so. Great stuff.

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