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post #1231 of 8935
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Kind of off topic: unfortunately Claudio Abbado has died. Despite different opinions I think he has a place in Classical music history.
Had the opportunity to watch him live at BPO. Will miss you Maestro.
Sad Monday news...

Sad indeed. 

 

RIP, Maestro .

post #1232 of 8935
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Kind of off topic: unfortunately Claudio Abbado has died. Despite different opinions I think he has a place in Classical music history.
Had the opportunity to watch him live at BPO. Will miss you Maestro.
Sad Monday news...


Sad news indeed :(

post #1233 of 8935
RIP, Maestro and thank you for all that music.
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the master of light left us. RIP Claudio

post #1235 of 8935

There is no shortage of fine Peer Gynt recordings. As a collector, I would have to have the Beecham recording. But there's a relatively new one on the Audite label with WDR Orchester and maestro Aadland. The playing is beyond criticism, the conducting beautifully sensitive, and the recorded sound is terrific in SACD. There are many other fine recordings from Jarvi, Ormandy, Karajan, et al.

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There is no shortage of fine Peer Gynt recordings. As a collector, I would have to have the Beecham recording. But there's a relatively new one on the Audite label with WDR Orchester and maestro Aadland. The playing is beyond criticism, the conducting beautifully sensitive, and the recorded sound is terrific in SACD. There are many other fine recordings from Jarvi, Ormandy, Karajan, et al.

Thanks so much! For the Beecham I am worried about sound quality, as they were recorded in the late 50s. I'd rather have complete or close to complete versions, but with such praise for the Aadland recording I might give it a try. I am eyeing the Jarvi recordings, both the Neeme and Paavo. Do you know how they differ?

post #1237 of 8935

Papa Jarvi is usually a snoozefest compared the Jarvi the younger.

 

My favorite Peer Gynts is Barbirolli / Halle Orchestra. Absolutely perfect. 


Edited by bigshot - 1/20/14 at 5:12pm
post #1238 of 8935

Sometimes, true, but in Grieg the son could learn from the father. Neeme on DG turns in superb Peer Gynt suites.

 

Unless you have a real burning desire to hear the "complete" Peer Gynt, for most of us the two suites are all you'll ever want or need. Grieg knew what he was doing when he put them together and used all of the good stuff. I have the first ever complete version (on Unicorn) and listened once. The suites are just fine. Like a lot of incidental music for the stage there's a lot of padding, filler, and less distinguished music in the whole thing. And In the Hall of Mountain King in the original is different from the well-known suite version.

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Thanks so much! For the Beecham I am worried about sound quality, as they were recorded in the late 50s. I'd rather have complete or close to complete versions, but with such praise for the Aadland recording I might give it a try. I am eyeing the Jarvi recordings, both the Neeme and Paavo. Do you know how they differ?

 

There is indeed a bit of tape hiss on the Beecham but is still worth hearing.

It's a really fine interpretation IMO.

post #1240 of 8935

You should decide whether you need a complete incidental music version of Peer Gynt once you hear the Barbirolli. It's a desert island disk and the Solveg's Song with soprano is beautiful beyond words.

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thanks for the recommendations mbhaub, perhapss, and bigshot. Just found out that the Beecham is in stereo despite being recorded in the late 50s, so I'll definitely try it as well as the Barbirolli suggested.

 

 

EDIT: I'm a pretty big Bernstein fan and I just saw he made recordings of the suites with the NY Phil. Has anybody heard them?


Edited by 96rubberduckys - 1/20/14 at 6:43pm
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thanks for the recommendations mbhaub, perhapss, and bigshot. Just found out that the Beecham is in stereo despite being recorded in the late 50s, so I'll definitely try it as well as the Barbirolli suggested.

 

 

EDIT: I'm a pretty big Bernstein fan and I just saw he made recordings of the suites with the NY Phil. Has anybody heard them?

 

I am not an expert on Beecham and Barbirolli in general but I love this piece and those 2 versions stand out in my memory.

Coincidentally I listened to the Beecham last night before reading this and it still has a charm for me.

 

I don't know if you live in the US but for some reason

I've seen the Beecham very often in public libraries(I'm a massive library hound regarding classical cds and lps).

 

I haven't looked I wouldn't doubt if they are on youtube too.....

post #1243 of 8935

Barbirolli is early 70s and stereo. It was on an inexpensive twofer CD set on Seraphim. I have that and the old LP.

 

I haven't heard Bernstein, but this stuff requires a light touch in places. Not Bernstein's meat.


Edited by bigshot - 1/20/14 at 8:18pm
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Since it's been established that few here like harpsichord recordings very much:tongue_smile:

here are three recommended recordings involving the harpsichord:

 

 

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post #1245 of 8935

This is from an old E. Power Biggs record. Here he's playing Bach on the pedal harpsichord. It sounds "Addams Family" spooky, but I found it more compelling than expected because I enjoy his playing it on the organ.

 

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