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Unlike many, apparently, I started listening to classical mainly via chamber music (I wore out the vinyl of Gould's Bach Goldberg of course, and Michelangeli's Chopin Mazurkas) and only later started to appreciate big band stuff...

 

Some of my favorites I have not seen mentioned in the last 70+ posts are:

0) Bach Musical Offer (Savall/Hantai, there are no words to praise enough this recording) 

1) Bach Violin Sonatas and Partitas (hard to chose one performance, perhaps Kremer for the modern sound, and energy?)

2) Scarlatti keyboard sonatas (again too many excellent choices, but I'd start from Staier on harpsichord, or Sudbin on Piano)

3) Schubert Arpeggione Sonata (discussed earlier in this thread, IIRC)

4) Brahms Piano Quintet (Emerson+Fleisher)

5) Schoenberg Verklarte Nacht (Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, or Talich Quartett for more drama)

6) Ligeti Musica Ricercata (Aimard)

7) Crumb Black Angels (Kronos Quartet performance is all I have heard, try before you buy :wink_face: )

post #1682 of 8956
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Originally Posted by sh4dowd4ncer View Post
 

Number 13 = Opus 48 ?

 

If so, I really enjoy Rubinstein in this one:

Thanks for that. I'm looking to work my way through more Chopin recordings. I've been pretty much focused on Ohlsson and Aurrau this past month or so. I do own others from Barenboim, Horowitz and Argerich but have yet to delve into Rubinstein. I'm always put off by the older recorded sound... Shame but true. (damn this audiophile in me!)

 

 

 

Heres my recommendation for Schumann's piano works as I mentioned earlier. Aurrau, (followed closely by Richter) was the greatest Schumann player imo.

 

Recorded over ten years from 1966 onwards. The sound quality is generally very good (quite warm)

 

I'm sure these recordings will persuade any doubters that Schumann is right up there with Chopin, Schubert, Beethoven, Debussy. in regards to piano composing. 

post #1683 of 8956

Just for anyone looking for more modern composer recordings, this may be worth a quick glance. I started a thread a few years ago and there are lots of good recommendations here.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/557598/favorite-living-classical-composer

post #1684 of 8956
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Originally Posted by LugBug1 View Post
 

Just for anyone looking for more modern composer recordings, this may be worth a quick glance. I started a thread a few years ago and there are lots of good recommendations here.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/557598/favorite-living-classical-composer

I'm not going to be the one to do it, but I kind of hope somebody resurrects that thread... been longing for an avenue to discuss modern classical around here for a while..!

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have yet to delve into Rubinstein. I'm always put off by the older recorded sound... Shame but true. (damn this audiophile in me!)

Rubinstein recorded well into the 1970s. There are plenty of Rubinstein recordings with modern sound. In fact, the Living Stereo records are some of the best sounding piano recordings ever.
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Maybe Brendel's best Schubert..

 


Hard to believe music can be this beautiful :eek:

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Maybe Brendel's best Schubert..

 

Hard to believe music can be this beautiful :eek:

I really need to give that a another listen. I think at the time I thought that he can't improve on his earlier 70's set.

 

 

 

Anyone wanting to further their horizons with great piano music should own this :)

 

 

 

Ligeti's Etudes are already hailed as masterworks and he was still composing these in this century. A natural progression from Debussy and then Bartok they comprise of stark modern textures but with a wonderful warmth. His use of space as always is incredible. Highly accessible (but repeated listening is essential to fully grasp) and as the same with Bartok you kind of get addicted to the originality of his rhythm's and pulses. Some are kaleidoscopes of swirling notes flutterring round your head in progressive patterns whilst others are more simple progressions of Bartok-like modes and phrasing.    

 

Pierre- Laurent Aimard at the keyboard. I can't imagine there ever being a better performance, Pierre was chosen by Ligeti for good reason.

 

His early Musica ricercata is given the Pierre treatment as well. (you'll recognize it from Kubrick's - Eyes Wide Shut) I love this piece more than the film.      

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errr... I should be studying for my exams, and have my books in front of me, but foolishly I decided to visit this thread again, and searched and found the recent suggestions. Lost myself in music and have pretty much lost track of time... don't know how 4 hours have passed me by :confused_face: sigh~

 

Currently enjoying Brendel's Schubert piano sonatas which are indeed very beautiful. Also found all the Ligeti collections (1-7 I think) and are in my (neverending playlist). Had a brief listen to his string quartets and liked very much.

 

 

Last night I was collecting all the different renditions of the Sull'aria and came across the above. The most captivating version of Sull'aria I've heard so far. I ended up listening to the whole opera. Lovely. I went to bed 5am this morning. In hindsight, getting new headphones this week was probably a bad idea because:

 

new music + new gear = no study and no time but happiness

 

Edit/addition: Above also a great version of Sull'aria - my knowledge of opera is very limited as I'm just dipping my toes in. I'd no idea who the artists are, but the whole album is exquisite. Was in my last night's 5am playlist. 


Edited by SunTanScanMan - 4/18/14 at 5:30am
post #1689 of 8956
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Originally Posted by LugBug1 View Post
 

I really need to give that a another listen. I think at the time I thought that he can't improve on his earlier 70's set.

 

 

 

Anyone wanting to further their horizons with great piano music should own this :)

 

 

 

Ligeti's Etudes are already hailed as masterworks and he was still composing these in this century. A natural progression from Debussy and then Bartok they comprise of stark modern textures but with a wonderful warmth. His use of space as always is incredible. Highly accessible (but repeated listening is essential to fully grasp) and as the same with Bartok you kind of get addicted to the originality of his rhythm's and pulses. Some are kaleidoscopes of swirling notes flutterring round your head in progressive patterns whilst others are more simple progressions of Bartok-like modes and phrasing.    

 

Pierre- Laurent Aimard at the keyboard. I can't imagine there ever being a better performance, Pierre was chosen by Ligeti for good reason.

 

His early Musica ricercata is given the Pierre treatment as well. (you'll recognize it from Kubrick's - Eyes Wide Shut) I love this piece more than the film.      

 

Good stuff indeed.

Everything on the SONY series(of which this disk is part of) is quite excellent.

 

It's been mentioned already but the TELARC "Ligeti Project" series is also full of top notch Ligeti recordings.

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Those Ligeti disks are the only thing I've deleted from my music server so far. There's some things in the set that are good, but in random shuffle, it kept coming up with annoying stuff like the metronomes and I didn't have the patience to sort them out. They're all in a side folder now. Someday I'll take the time to listen and figure out what is worth keeping in there. "Complete" Ligeti is not a good thing. I think he did some things just as a joke to see what he could get away with. I don't need that stuff.
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Good stuff indeed.

Everything on the SONY series(of which this disk is part of) is quite excellent.

 

It's been mentioned already but the TELARC "Ligeti Project" series is also full of top notch Ligeti recordings.

Thanks. I haven't heard the TELARC recordings but I've owned the Sony set for quite a few years. His orchestral stuff is incredibly effective, but you really have to be in the mood to appreciate it. I think his piano works are his greatest achievement. I think he saw an orchestra as one instrument rather than a collective and so liked to play with the sound of the whole rather than the parts. Similarly with his chamber pieces. But I'm being very general here- his concertos for e.g are stand alone modern masterworks!

I'd love to hear his orchestral works played live in a good venue. I think they would come across a lot better than they do on recordings. But so much of 20th century avant garde music is like this... Very hard to record to create the sense of space that they intended. Works by Luigi Nono (who I'm a huge admirer) is very similar in this respect.      

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Originally Posted by bigshot View Post

Those Ligeti disks are the only thing I've deleted from my music server so far. There's some things in the set that are good, but in random shuffle, it kept coming up with annoying stuff like the metronomes and I didn't have the patience to sort them out. They're all in a side folder now. Someday I'll take the time to listen and figure out what is worth keeping in there. "Complete" Ligeti is not a good thing. I think he did some things just as a joke to see what he could get away with. I don't need that stuff.

 

And you don't like Satie either.:wink_face:

As far as what one "needs" and wants is completely different.

 

"Random shuffle" and intent are indeed different too....

 

 

I don't understand your vehemence regarding your distaste but...

 

Fact is, Mr Ligeti had a tremendously successful career and is widely considered the greatest Hungarian composer of the 2nd half of the 20th century.

In addition he was a really nice guy and cared about lots of great things.

 

A great man IMO.

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Originally Posted by perhapss View Post
 

 

And you don't like Satie either.:wink_face:

As far as what one "needs" and wants is completely different.

 

"Random shuffle" and intent are indeed different too....

 

 

I don't understand your vehemence regarding your distaste but...

 

Fact is, Mr Ligeti had a tremendously successful career and is widely considered the greatest Hungarian composer of the 2nd half of the 20th century.

In addition he was a really nice guy and cared about lots of great things.

 

A great man IMO.


+1

 

Le Grande Macabre, is probably the single most comprehensive insight into Ligeti's character. Ghoulish seriousness, brilliant comedy, and wicked structure made out of spare parts. The ability to pull something straight out of everyday life and make you look at it in a completely unthinkable context holds me spellbound.

post #1694 of 8956
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Originally Posted by LugBug1 View Post
 

Thanks. I haven't heard the TELARC recordings but I've owned the Sony set for quite a few years. His orchestral stuff is incredibly effective, but you really have to be in the mood to appreciate it. I think his piano works are his greatest achievement. I think he saw an orchestra as one instrument rather than a collective and so liked to play with the sound of the whole rather than the parts. Similarly with his chamber pieces. But I'm being very general here- his concertos for e.g are stand alone modern masterworks!

I'd love to hear his orchestral works played live in a good venue. I think they would come across a lot better than they do on recordings. But so much of 20th century avant garde music is like this... Very hard to record to create the sense of space that they intended. Works by Luigi Nono (who I'm a huge admirer) is very similar in this respect.      

 

If you are into Ligeti, you need to hear the Telarc set.


Edited by perhapss - 4/18/14 at 8:41pm
post #1695 of 8956
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Originally Posted by perhapss View Post

If you are into Ligeti, you need to hear the Telarc set.

Folks, the Ligeti series referred to is on TELDEC not TELARC. A 5-disc set. DG also has a Ligeti 4-disc set that is worth seeking out.
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