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Old 16th May 2004, 03:06 PM   #51
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Hey Christer, I can send you a refund of a full price.

Not being a classical music fan, maybe that's why I liked this recording. I have all 3 Stereophile Test CDs, and for some reason I can't listen to any of them and I don't find them interestng. Maybe because they are recorded in a way the classical should be recorded? I don't know.

On Naxos disc, cello was what impressed me most, I'm not a piano fan either. Please note that I did not comment on the quality of that recording, as I have no clue how classical should be recorded. All I said, I was impressed by the strange sounds I'm normally used to. This is not my regular audiophile material though.
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Old 16th May 2004, 03:08 PM   #52
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Having just commented on some other peoples classical suggestions,
I will give a few suggestions of recordings (CD only) that I consider
among the best I have heard. As you have probably figured out,
I don't fancy the typical modern sound that seems manufactured,
and doesn't give any feeling of being there. I decided, however,
not to loose readers already here by suggesting any mono or
prewar recordings, so let's start about a decade into the era
of stereo tape recorders, 1954.

These two CDs are both from RCAs first year of stereo experiments
with their own proprietary tape recorders. I think I have never
had such a feeling of being in the concert hall as when listening
to these recordings. The Berlioz is, I think, recorded somewhat
earlier and has a little bit more problem with noise and distorsion,
but the 4th and 5th movements are definitely worth listeining to
since they exhibit quite an array of difficult instruments. Seldom
or never have brass and bass drum sounded as good and real
as on these recordings, and listen to the bells (or what they
are called) in the 5th movement of Berlioz!!
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Old 16th May 2004, 03:12 PM   #53
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Old 16th May 2004, 03:13 PM   #54
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Hm, I thought I had seen people attach multiple images, but it
didn't work the obvious way, so I have to split it up.

We move on to du Prés recordings of Elgar (1965) and
Dvorak (1971). It doesn't quite have the acoustics and
presence of the RCA recordings, but still there is quite a
lot of sounding as in the hall, and we have still have a
warm sound with somewhat more resolution and detail
(I think).

For those of you who insist on something more modern,
let's suggest the Virgin Veritas recording with Bylsma. It
is not at all like the previous ones, but tends towards a
believable acoustic and is somwhat warmer and less dry
than most other modern recordings.
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Old 16th May 2004, 03:14 PM   #55
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I see it now, sorry
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Old 16th May 2004, 03:26 PM   #57
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Enter the human voice. I find the 1955 Decca recording of Fauré
very good, especially the choir. In addition to that, it was the
first, and probably still is one of the few, intepretations of the
work that has made any sense to me. Although I usually
dislike modern DG recordings more than modern recordings
in genereal, the Orff is old enough (1968) that DG still knew
how to make recordings. Beware however. The version shown
here is probably not available except in second hand shops, and
DG has had a tragic tendency to make every new remastering
sound worse than the previous one, so more modern versions
of it may be less satisfactory than this Galleria issue.
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Old 16th May 2004, 03:29 PM   #58
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Christer,

Since you mention that you are going to post some of your classical music suggestion, could you post (in fact recommend) some classical music that has fast, heavy bass notes? In another word, I would term it "aggressive-very-involving" music for the following category:

1) Solo Piano
2) Solo Cello
3) Piano & Cello
4) Full Orchestra

First preference - SACD (& of course with musical instruments placement recorded correctly)
Second preference - regular CD (not necessary audiophile qrade)

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Old 16th May 2004, 03:32 PM   #59
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And finally, the most difficult to find good recordings in, both
technically and musically, that is, opera. Since I tend to go
further back in time more often with opera than with orcehstral
music, for musical reasons, I tend to have even more prewar
recordings and even less 1950 and onwards recordings of
opera. However, these two are quite good I think. There isn't
quite the same homogeneous acoustics on this RCA as on
the previous orchestral recordings, but I still find it impressive.
This Tosca has been reissued as RCA Living Stereo, which is
probably in even better sound than the issue I have (shown
below). The recording was made in 1957, but seems not to
have been released until 1964. The EMI is from 1966, when
EMI still knew how to do things.
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Old 16th May 2004, 03:35 PM   #60
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In the list you posted in the thread "Great Vocalist" please allow me to add:

Apollo Granforte, Karl Erb, Heinrich Schlusnus, Irene Minghini Cattaneo, Erna Berger, Maria Reining, Leonie Rysanek, Ferdinand Frantz, Josef Metternich, Rudolf Schock, Benno Kusche, Johanna Blatter, Lisa Otto, Sieglinde Wagner, Birgit Nilsson, Josef Greindl, Annelies Kupper, Wolfgang Windgassen, Ernst Haeflinger, Fritz Wunderlich, Beniamini Gigli, Maria Caniglia,.............. this list could be very vast.

Reiner's performance of Also sprach Zarathustra is one of the finest and the specific recording is the finest indeed.
But my favourite performance is that of Dimitri Mitropoulos with the Concertgebouw in 1958 in Salzburg (Originalaufnahme des Oesterreichischen Rundfunks - Grosses Festspielhaus 10. August 1958 - Herausgegeben von den Salzburger Festspielen).
If you are well aquainted with the work, I think it's worth buying the CD, Orfeo C 458 971 B, and you will be rewarded with one of the finest ever performances of Brahms' Symphonie Nr. 3 as well.

My favourite Symphonie Fantastique is that of Igor Markevitch and my favourite cellist is Gregor Piatigorsky but unfortunately he is not available in NAXOS.


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