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post #1846 of 8936

There are two Celibidache live (obviously) recordings of complete Brahms symphonies..The one with his own orchestra (Munich) is Celibidache like slow (but works out great imo, especially in the 1st), the Stuttgart one is with more 'normal' tempi, which is great too..

 

The Stuttgart (SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra) cd box also has rehearsal recording of first movement 4th symphony, which is quite interesting.

post #1847 of 8936

Pieter Wispelwey's 2nd recording of the Bach cello suites are well recorded, and are beautiful interpreted.

 To me the best recorded cello in my collection.

 

http://www.channelclassics.com/

post #1848 of 8936
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Originally Posted by Kheadfi View Post
 

Pieter Wispelwey's 2nd recording of the Bach cello suites are well recorded, and are beautiful interpreted.

 To me the best recorded cello in my collection.

 

http://www.channelclassics.com/


Wispelwey is great.. you know this, my personal favorite, Anner Bylsma recording?

 

post #1849 of 8936

I always find that Jared Sacks is a great recording engineer for Channel Classics

post #1850 of 8936
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Originally Posted by Quinto View Post
 


Wispelwey is great.. you know this, my personal favorite, Anner Bylsma recording?

 

Yes, also very good. This video is the slowest version of the G major prelude I know.

post #1851 of 8936

 

 

Recently bought this; Karajan's 1960's set is quite impressive.

post #1852 of 8936

I recently got the Karajan 60s too. Lots of wonderful recordings. I have the EMI orchestral box too. That is fantastic as well. New respect for old Herbie!

post #1853 of 8936

Can't help it but Herbie (and his protege A.S. Mutter) are not my cup of tea.

I can't really nail it down, maybe too much bombast and pomp. Heavy stuffing and too much gravy on top:wink:.

Just a different personal preference, lots of choices for everybody.

Enjoy your box sets :beerchug:.

post #1854 of 8936

The difference is why I like him. I like conductors with an individual style... Stokowski, Bernstein, Toscanini... You know it's them from the first note without even looking at the cover of the album. I'm not so interested in "proper" conducting that "lets the music speak for itself".

 

The aspects that make Karajan so unique are a massed string tone that sounds like one big string instrument, beautifully articulated horns and a lush sort of phrasing that lends itself not only to romantic Gernanic music, but Mozart and (gasp!) Bach too. Karajan's best work is the Mozart Horn concertos with Dennis Brain, his Sibelius cycle, Bruckner, Strauss (all of them), Dvorak's Slavonic Dances and New World Symphony, and Holst's The Planets.

 

No denying his greatness in this film clip shot by Henri-George Clouzot...

 

 

There is a blu-ray of this entire performance along with a Mozart violin concerto with Menuhin. Get it even if you don't like Karajan. It's the best photographed classical music performance ever.

 

post #1855 of 8936

Watching those old videos of him conducting the Berlin Philharmonic are incredible. It amazing how the orchestra plays together, they even twitch the same way at the same time!

post #1856 of 8936

Two new cd's I've been thoroughly enjoying this week and wanted to recommend.

 

(Thanks to Quinto for this recommendation)

Not only is this a vibrant and enthralling performance of all 3 concertos but the sound quality is fantastic. (as are most naive) 

Surprisingly, it's Eotvos's own concerto that stands out for me here. Maybe because I'm overly familiar with the other two, I don't know. But I've played it to death!  

 

 

And this the latest John Adams opera/oratorio. 

 

I have a bit of a soft spot for Mr Adam's orchestral writing. And this contains some of his most imaginative and complex music to date. Mature Adam's? Well I suppose he is getting on now. Still plenty of Glass-esque chugging and repeated phrases but there is much light and shade here. Very dynamic, and you will get a fright with some of the timpani if you start to drift off. An enjoyable ride from start to finish, even if some of his solo vocal writing is a little 'unimaginative' for look of a better word (as has been the case with all of his operas imo). The recording is a little warm but sweet with it. 

A guilty pleasure!   

post #1857 of 8936
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The difference is why I like him. I like conductors with an individual style... Stokowski, Bernstein, Toscanini... You know it's them from the first note without even looking at the cover of the album. I'm not so interested in "proper" conducting that "lets the music speak for itself".

 

The aspects that make Karajan so unique are a massed string tone that sounds like one big string instrument, beautifully articulated horns and a lush sort of phrasing that lends itself not only to romantic Gernanic music, but Mozart and (gasp!) Bach too. Karajan's best work is the Mozart Horn concertos with Dennis Brain, his Sibelius cycle, Bruckner, Strauss (all of them), Dvorak's Slavonic Dances and New World Symphony, and Holst's The Planets.

 

No denying his greatness in this film clip shot by Henri-George Clouzot...

 

 

There is a blu-ray of this entire performance along with a Mozart violin concerto with Menuhin. Get it even if you don't like Karajan. It's the best photographed classical music performance ever.

 

 

Those are two wonderful performances (nice camerawork too) - Watching it I realised that I hadn't actually seen Karajan conducting in person before. A mixture of intensity and formality and a little bit of wispiness (??1?!).. the whole performance of the musicians was captivating. The Mozart violin concerto sounds weighty and punchy, almost unlike Mozart, but in a really good way. 

 

Recently watched a youtube vid of Bernstein conducting Beethoven's 9th when the Berlin wall came down - not in the best of health, and probably not the best rendition of the 9th, but he was dancing to the rhythmn like it was a piece of jazz - so I knew he was listening to the same music in a completely different way to me - so another conductor that's left an impression. I've much to learn.

 

BTW got and bought the Living Stereo vol 1 box - pleasantly surprised to find it included number of Van Cliburn CDs and Beethoven's 6th (sorry I will stop mentioning it).

The video of Van Cliburn/Kondrashin playing Tchaikovsky's no.1 in front of Khrushchev is another one I used to enjoy on youtube.

post #1858 of 8936
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Originally Posted by bigshot View Post
 

The difference is why I like him. I like conductors with an individual style... Stokowski, Bernstein, Toscanini... You know it's them from the first note without even looking at the cover of the album. I'm not so interested in "proper" conducting that "lets the music speak for itself".

 

The aspects that make Karajan so unique are a massed string tone that sounds like one big string instrument, beautifully articulated horns and a lush sort of phrasing that lends itself not only to romantic Gernanic music, but Mozart and (gasp!) Bach too. Karajan's best work is the Mozart Horn concertos with Dennis Brain, his Sibelius cycle, Bruckner, Strauss (all of them), Dvorak's Slavonic Dances and New World Symphony, and Holst's The Planets.

 

No denying his greatness in this film clip shot by Henri-George Clouzot...

....

There is a blu-ray of this entire performance along with a Mozart violin concerto with Menuhin. Get it even if you don't like Karajan. It's the best photographed classical music performance ever.

....

Thanks for taking the time to embed the videos bigshot.

Obviously Herbert v.K. is polarizing and most likely exactely what makes you love him, freaks me out :o. Probably different historical/cultural background makes a strong difference in perception. The Dvorak performance recording/movie reminds me of WWII German propaganda, military lock step and sorts. I can't help it and once this association is there, the entire thing is a complete "no-go". But if you like it, there is no argument against it, enjoy.

post #1859 of 8936

Don't know why, but Karajan always rubs me the wrong way.. only thing I kinda liked, far as I heard, is his Richard Strauss orchestral stuff..

But I'm not a real Strauss fan so..there you go :blink:

post #1860 of 8936
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Originally Posted by Quinto View Post
 

Don't know why, but Karajan always rubs me the wrong way.. only thing I kinda liked, far as I heard, is his Richard Strauss orchestral stuff..

But I'm not a real Strauss fan so..there you go :blink:

I find his Tchaikovsky good - besides Holtst's Planets.

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