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post #1816 of 2039
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The Living Stereo releases are generally quite incredible! I would, however, not hesitate for a second to recommend Slatkin: St. Louis or Gergiev: Kirov over this one for stand-out Nevsky recordings.

 

Yes, I found that Reiner recording underwhelming - sound was rather dull and distant, and it's not in Russian! The best Nevsky I've heard is Abbado's on DG.

One truly outstanding Living Stereo CD is Munch's recording of the Saint Saens Organ Symphony.
post #1817 of 2039

 

period instruments + imaginative arrangement

 

 

P.S. After bigshot recommended the Kletzki Beethoven set, I listened to the 2d and 5th on youtube and ordered the set from Arkivmusic. This thread is the light of Head-Fi.

post #1818 of 2039
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The Living Stereo releases are generally quite incredible! I would, however, not hesitate for a second to recommend Slatkin: St. Louis or Gergiev: Kirov over this one for stand-out Nevsky recordings.

 

Yes, I found that Reiner recording underwhelming - sound was rather dull and distant, and it's not in Russian! The best Nevsky I've heard is Abbado's on DG.

 

I knew I didn't like that one, and I knew I had an English version in my library somewhere, but I guess I forgot they were one and the same… what a joke! We can agree on that, but I'll still continue to recommend Slatkin and/or Gergiev over Abbado (though his is quite capable in my ears as well)… ;)

 

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  One truly outstanding Living Stereo CD is Munch's recording of the Saint Saens Organ Symphony.

I know everyone loves this recording of Saint-Saëns's third, but I just… I don't see it… It's one of my favorite pieces of music, and I constantly revisit the Münch, but I can't fall in love with it. My top three (because I can't narrow it down any further) are, oddly enough, all with the Philadelphia Orchestra… Ormandy conducting with Biggs on the organ; Christoph Eschenbach conducting with Olivier Latry christening the organ at Verizon Hall; and Ormandy again, with Telarc favorite Michael Murray blasting the pipes. 

post #1819 of 2039

Hey Bigshot!

 

I was looking for "best recordings" threads and stumbled onto this one.  Fancy, finding you here!  :p

 

So...  Your exchange with kungfuthug (on page one of this thread) has convinced me to reach deep into my wallet to make this purchase:  Grieg - 100 Supreme Classical Masterpieces: Rise of the Masters

 

I've never been an MP3 antagonist, really, but I normally only buy MP3s when I conclude that the CD had just one track in which I'm interested.

 

I cannot believe what a good DEAL this MP3 album is!   100 well-recorded tracks for only $2.19.  Really?   Just a couple of days ago, I spent $30, downloading six individual DSD tracks at $5.00 each (because I didn't want to spend $50.00 each for the three albums inn which they reside!

 

They're taking forever to download, but hear this:  I've tried and tried (and tried) to appreciate classical music, but the closest I can seem to come is the likes of Yo-Yo Ma Plays Ennio Morricone, which I thoroughly enjoy.  There are many orchestral sound tracks that I enjoy, but I can't even get into Wagner, who is supposed to be the bridge for those trying to ease into the classics.

 

So, I have some trepidation as I wait to hear how I've spent my whopping $2.19, but I'm intrigued by your having invited kungfuthug to ask you for country music recommendations.  That's another genre I struggle to cope with, but it's definitely more palatable for me than classical music, so...  Hit me!   I can't wait to see what country music treasures you can suggest!

 

Thanks!

 

Mike

 

UPDATE:  100 tracks total 835 Mb worth of MP3s for only $2.19!   And now to listen...


Edited by zilch0md - 5/18/14 at 3:29am
post #1820 of 2039

At Boing Boing, I guest blogged and did a series of articles on all kinds of different types of music. The idea was to introduce people to music they hadn't considered before. Here are the entries from that series on country music and folk...

 

Bakersfield Shines in a Nudie Suit: http://animationresources.org/?p=1591

Bluegrass, Beehives and Beautiful Ignorance: http://animationresources.org/?p=1653

A Priceless Fragment of American Folk Blues History: http://animationresources.org/?p=1703

 

Enjoy!

post #1821 of 2039
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They're taking forever to download, but hear this:  I've tried and tried (and tried) to appreciate classical music, but the closest I can seem to come is the likes of Yo-Yo Ma Plays Ennio Morricone, which I thoroughly enjoy.  There are many orchestral sound tracks that I enjoy, but I can't even get into Wagner, who is supposed to be the bridge for those trying to ease into the classics.


 


I'd like to make some recommendations, but it's hard without knowing what other music you enjoy....
post #1822 of 2039
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They're taking forever to download, but hear this:  I've tried and tried (and tried) to appreciate classical music, but the closest I can seem to come is the likes of Yo-Yo Ma Plays Ennio Morricone, which I thoroughly enjoy.  There are many orchestral sound tracks that I enjoy, but I can't even get into Wagner, who is supposed to be the bridge for those trying to ease into the classics.

 


I'd like to make some recommendations, but it's hard without knowing what other music you enjoy....

 

Thank you eyeresist!  My answer might not be of much help to you, but here goes...  :o  

 

I'm into nearly everything except rap, country and classical music. It would probably be easier for me to say that I love brass more than strings, solo guitar more than solo piano, female vocals more than male, acoustic more than electronic, but if I had to live with only one genre for the rest of my life, it would have to be swing. I love that big band sound.  Give me brass - but definitely not Souza or any other marches.  The more I think about it, the more I might be answering your question better than I thought I would.  I'll add that I love the sound of french horn, trumpet, and cello more than just about any other instruments.  Violins are irritating. as is most electric guitar.  

 

(Reading all of this, I'm tempted to delete it and start over, but I'd best leave it alone - it was a brain dump and probably more honest than if I tried to make sense of it.)

 

Anyway, if you can make suggestions from that mess, you're surely a genius.  ;)

 

Thanks again!

 

Mike

post #1823 of 2039
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I'm into nearly everything except rap, country and classical music. It would probably be easier for me to say that I love brass more than strings, solo guitar more than solo piano, female vocals more than male, acoustic more than electronic, but if I had to live with only one genre for the rest of my life, it would have to be swing. I love that big band sound.  Give me brass - but definitely not Souza or any other marches.  The more I think about it, the more I might be answering your question better than I thought I would.  I'll add that I love the sound of french horn, trumpet, and cello more than just about any other instruments.  Violins are irritating. as is most electric guitar.  

 

(Reading all of this, I'm tempted to delete it and start over, but I'd best leave it alone - it was a brain dump and probably more honest than if I tried to make sense of it.)

Mike

 


I think you may be a difficult case wink.gif I'd be interested to know what soundtracks you enjoy. In the meantime, here are some things to sample:

I assume you already know Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFHdRkeEnpM

Mozart Horn Concerto 4, last movement - a delightful little ditty that's rightly well-known:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_TrR2uH3T4

Schubert Symphony 9, last movement - off to the races!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tziibpkNCwg

Bruckner Symphony 4, first movement - a fave of mine, maybe too bombastic for you, starts with a great quiet horn line, builds to an epic climax (19m):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8t1TzN0RRY
post #1824 of 2039

I don't know about the Bruckner, but the rest of those suggestions are good. A long time ago, I posted ten cds to introduce new listeners to classical music. I still think it's a solid list...

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/132136/ten-cds-to-introduce-new-listeners-to-classical-music

post #1825 of 2039
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I'm into nearly everything except rap, country and classical music. It would probably be easier for me to say that I love brass more than strings, solo guitar more than solo piano, female vocals more than male, acoustic more than electronic, but if I had to live with only one genre for the rest of my life, it would have to be swing. I love that big band sound.  Give me brass - but definitely not Souza or any other marches.  The more I think about it, the more I might be answering your question better than I thought I would.  I'll add that I love the sound of french horn, trumpet, and cello more than just about any other instruments.  Violins are irritating. as is most electric guitar.  

 

(Reading all of this, I'm tempted to delete it and start over, but I'd best leave it alone - it was a brain dump and probably more honest than if I tried to make sense of it.)

Mike

 


I think you may be a difficult case wink.gif I'd be interested to know what soundtracks you enjoy. In the meantime, here are some things to sample:

I assume you already know Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFHdRkeEnpM

Mozart Horn Concerto 4, last movement - a delightful little ditty that's rightly well-known:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_TrR2uH3T4

Schubert Symphony 9, last movement - off to the races!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tziibpkNCwg

Bruckner Symphony 4, first movement - a fave of mine, maybe too bombastic for you, starts with a great quiet horn line, builds to an epic climax (19m):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8t1TzN0RRY

 

Thanks very much for these suggestions.  I'm downloading the 88/24 FLAC version of Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Concerto In F, An American In Paris, Variations On "I Got Rhythm"  from HDtracks.

 

Earl Wild, piano
Boston Pops Orchestra
Arthur Fiedler, conductor

 

I can't say I enjoyed the other three suggestions, but I feel as if I'd forgotten all about Gershwin.  I've not listened to any of his stuff on good hardware.  I'm really looking forward to it.

 

Thanks!

 

Mike

post #1826 of 2039
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I don't know about the Bruckner, but the rest of those suggestions are good. A long time ago, I posted ten cds to introduce new listeners to classical music. I still think it's a solid list...

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/132136/ten-cds-to-introduce-new-listeners-to-classical-music

 

See my post on that thread:  http://www.head-fi.org/t/132136/ten-cds-to-introduce-new-listeners-to-classical-music/30#post_10562103

 

Thanks!

post #1827 of 2039
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Thanks very much for these suggestions.  I'm downloading the 88/24 FLAC version of Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Concerto In F, An American In Paris, Variations On "I Got Rhythm"  from HDtracks.

 

Earl Wild, piano
Boston Pops Orchestra
Arthur Fiedler, conductor

 

I can't say I enjoyed the other three suggestions, but I feel as if I'd forgotten all about Gershwin.  I've not listened to any of his stuff on good hardware.  I'm really looking forward to it.

 

I'm glad I could remind you of Gershwin!
I was wracking my brain trying to think of jazz-influenced classical. I know there were a few things in the mid-20th century, but it's not really my area (plus as I recall a lot of it sounded like lounge music). There is also orchestral jazz that verges on classical, most notably Ellington, but also Miles Davis plus a few others in that 40s-60s period. Not really classical, but Stan Kenton made some quite sophisticated swing.
post #1828 of 2039
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Thanks very much for these suggestions.  I'm downloading the 88/24 FLAC version of Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Concerto In F, An American In Paris, Variations On "I Got Rhythm"  from HDtracks.

 

Earl Wild, piano
Boston Pops Orchestra
Arthur Fiedler, conductor

 

I can't say I enjoyed the other three suggestions, but I feel as if I'd forgotten all about Gershwin.  I've not listened to any of his stuff on good hardware.  I'm really looking forward to it.

 

I'm glad I could remind you of Gershwin!

I was wracking my brain trying to think of jazz-influenced classical. I know there were a few things in the mid-20th century, but it's not really my area (plus as I recall a lot of it sounded like lounge music). There is also orchestral jazz that verges on classical, most notably Ellington, but also Miles Davis plus a few others in that 40s-60s period. Charlie Parker with Strings. Not really classical, but Stan Kenton made some quite sophisticated swing.

 

post #1829 of 2039
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I'll add that I love the sound of french horn, trumpet, and cello more than just about any other instruments.  Violins are irritating. as is most electric guitar.  

 

Before I bumped into this thread, I wasn't too keen on strings either. Though I'd say I was more on the side of disinterested rather than irritated.  

But I've become obsessed with Beethoven and Mozart string quartets from the recommendations a number of pages back. They've gradually grown on me. 

 

Still trying to figure out Bartok's string quartets, but I do feel a little more comfortable with the music than at the start. Enjoying Schubert's quartets as well. However, Beethoven and Mozart keep drawing me back, because I feel like I've missed or forgotten something. Shostakovich will have to wait too. Also I held off ordering the living stereo box set, for fear I'd get completely lost. 

 

Wish I had recommendations, but nope. Just to let you know what kind of state you've all put me in, and also kind of interesting how musical tastes can change 180 degrees like that.

post #1830 of 2039

Just a quick report to say that I'm really enjoying Rhapsody in Blue - it's an acoustic roller coaster!

 

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I'm downloading the 88/24 FLAC version of Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Concerto In F, An American In Paris, Variations On "I Got Rhythm"  from HDtracks.
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