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You do realize that Glass Harmonica music was supposed to drive people mad back in the day.

I understand it to some extent (I imagine that in some case , it could get on your nerve) , but the cd I've recommended , I've listened it many time, without problems. Unless I'm already mad.

post #137 of 2209
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I understand it to some extent (I imagine that in some case , it could get on your nerve) , but the cd I've recommended , I've listened it many time, without problems. Unless I'm already mad.


I'll have to give that a listen. I find glass harmonica difficult listening for the most part.

 

On a related note Kuniko Plays Reich is an absolutely mesmerizing disk and brilliantly produced.

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Anyone have a recommendation for an excellent complete Beethoven symphonies on CD? Anyone here who knows numerous versions have a favourite? I'll probably own multiple versions eventually. I've only ever owned a Naxos/Lydian version with Richard Edlinger and the Zagreb Philharmonic. I like it, but want to experience different interpretations. I'm thinking about picking up the Blomsted/Dresden version (recorded 1975-1980), because the price is right. Thanks for any thoughts.

post #140 of 2209
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Anyone have a recommendation for an excellent complete Beethoven symphonies on CD? Anyone here who knows numerous versions have a favourite? I'll probably own multiple versions eventually. I've only ever owned a Naxos/Lydian version with Richard Edlinger and the Zagreb Philharmonic. I like it, but want to experience different interpretations. I'm thinking about picking up the Blomsted/Dresden version (recorded 1975-1980), because the price is right. Thanks for any thoughts.

http://www.amazon.com/Beethoven-9-Symphonies-Karajan-Janowitz/dp/B000056OBA

 

Three is also apparently a hybrid disk version.

post #141 of 2209
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Anyone have a recommendation for an excellent complete Beethoven symphonies on CD?

I  like the cycle done by Paavo Järvi, because of the very clean sound. It seems they are only available as separate cd,

but they are all highly rated at classicstoday.com:

http://www.classicstoday.com/review/review-13798/?search=1

I'd suggest you listen to one and see if it's worth to get the others.

post #142 of 2209
There are a million Beethoven symphony cycles, but my favorites are Kletzki / Czech Philharmonic and Bohm / Vienna Philharmonic. The Kletzki has a lot of energy and the Bohm has Viennese beauty. Two different approaches. Both orchestras are superb.

I have the Blomstedt / Dresden and 60s Karajan cycles too and they are both very good. I would recommend them.
Edited by bigshot - 4/17/13 at 10:07am
post #143 of 2209
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Originally Posted by Arcamera View Post

Anyone have a recommendation for an excellent complete Beethoven symphonies on CD? Anyone here who knows numerous versions have a favourite? I'll probably own multiple versions eventually. I've only ever owned a Naxos/Lydian version with Richard Edlinger and the Zagreb Philharmonic. I like it, but want to experience different interpretations. I'm thinking about picking up the Blomsted/Dresden version (recorded 1975-1980), because the price is right. Thanks for any thoughts.

 

we should really try to use the search function before posting: the first thread that pops up for "Beethoven Symphonies" is this

http://www.head-fi.org/t/77383/beethoven-symphonies

In there you will find 10 years (well maybe six or seven since the thread died off after 63 pages...) of collective wisdom and entertaining back-and-forth among some really competent head-fiers. If you have a specific question after scanning through the thread, I would post it there: it will elicit more attention and will be more useful to others in the future.

post #144 of 2209

Thanks for you thoughts everyone.

post #145 of 2209
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There are a million Beethoven symphony cycles, but my favorites are Kletzki / Czech Philharmonic and Bohm / Vienna Philharmonic.

 

I just picked up the Bohm/Vienna Philharmonic box set on vinyl for $9.99 at my local used record shop. 8 clean, immaculate, perfectly flat Deutsche Grammophon records in paper/plastic sleeves. Very few pops or clicks. Sweet! My best deal on anything in months. Sounds wonderful.

 

I'd forgotten about the impressive look and feel of DG records. I used to buy them as a kid and the packaging, booklets, liner notes, paper/plastic sleeves, and the high quality pressings and their attendant sound just seemed like the pinnacle of quality, intelligent civilization.


Edited by GungaDin - 4/17/13 at 10:40pm
post #146 of 2209

Berlioz' Symphonie Fantastique with Robin Ticciati conducting the Scottish Chamber Orchestra is really nice performance and the 24/96 sound is exceptional.  I had never heard of Ticciati and had doubts about the fit of the piece for chamber orchestra but found it really enjoyable.

 

post #147 of 2209
They'll be doing Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung with string quartets next! Or perhaps Mahler's Symmphony of a Thousand with a trio!
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They'll be doing Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung with string quartets next! Or perhaps Mahler's Symmphony of a Thousand with a trio!

 

The first 3 movements are lightly orchestrated and I don't think suffers at all from the relatively small orchestra.  In the last two there may not be the bombastic sound of a full modern orchestra but there's a clarity that I find very enjoyable.


Edited by Omphalopsychite - 4/29/13 at 10:19pm
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Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde

The Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Otto Klemperer with Christa Ludwig, Fritz Wunderlich

 

This recording receives high praise from reviewers, some calling it one of the greatest Mahler recordings ever.  Although recorded in the 60's, this EMI 24/96 2011 remastering sounds exceptional.  Musically and sonically a real treat.  I also have the Haitink/Baker/King version which is also an outstanding performance, unfortunately the sound just isn't comparable to the EMI remaster.

 

 

 

post #150 of 2209
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Anyone have a recommendation for an excellent complete Beethoven symphonies on CD? Anyone here who knows numerous versions have a favourite? I'll probably own multiple versions eventually. I've only ever owned a Naxos/Lydian version with Richard Edlinger and the Zagreb Philharmonic. I like it, but want to experience different interpretations. I'm thinking about picking up the Blomsted/Dresden version (recorded 1975-1980), because the price is right. Thanks for any thoughts.


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