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post #1936 of 8937

I don't know if the CD is the SACD mastering, but the copy in the Living Stereo box set is the same as the SACD and sounds the same. The main advantage of the SACDs is the fact that some Living Stereo recordings were done with a third center channel to aid in mixing and mastering.

post #1937 of 8937
The CD sounds the same as the SACD - where's the fun in that? Is the recording/performance as bombastic as the one conducted by Levi on Telarc?
post #1938 of 8937

Levi isn't quite in the same league as Reiner. Reiner is one of the greatest conductors of all time.

post #1939 of 8937
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Levi isn't quite in the same league as Reiner. Reiner is one of the greatest conductors of all time.

 

I agree. I listened to this album again yesterday and I was absolutely astonished. It was even better than I had remembered it before.

 

post #1940 of 8937

I think the whole of the living stereo box set would be the ideal recommendation for someone looking to properly get into classical music. There are a lot of pieces which I had heard before, which I could now put a name to.  

 

 

Enjoying the above in addition to other string pieces, but there is so much good music in the box set (vol 1) 

 

Below, from another box set. I love the sound of the bold and powerful strings in the Hungarian Rhapsodies, especially in no.2. Can't decide whether I prefer the piano version over the string... I've found a new love for string sections these days.

 

post #1941 of 8937
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This album is not strictly classical. It is more of a mix of different types of music that Andre Heuvelman, 1Th solo trumpet of the Rotterdam Philharmonic orchestra favors.

 The sound quality of this download is incredible; placement, depth, natural decay and and absolutely gorgeous trumpet sound.

Highly recommended.

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

 

A Spotify user named "Andre Heuvelman" has a play list that I'm very much enjoying, and that's saying a lot coming from a guy who is still struggling to embrace the genre:

 

Klassiekjes 2012

 

Including...

 

Philippe Jaroussky – Vivaldi: Giustino, RV 717: Vedro con mio diletto (Anastasio)

 

Pablo Casals – Song of the Birds

 

Astor Piazzolla – Oblivion

 

Mieczysław Weinberg – String Quartet No. 7 in C Major, Op. 59: II. Allegretto

 

... among others.

 

Mike


Edited by zilch0md - 7/4/14 at 5:43am
post #1942 of 8937

I do hope that anyone who loves this ballet own's this recording :) 

 

post #1943 of 8937
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Since you're just starting, I have to recommend the best bargains for newbies to classical music. Go to Amazon and search for "Rise of the Masters" in the MP3 download section. All of those sets are first class performances in first class sound for pennies. Buy them all. Also, if you can afford it, both the Decca Sound and RCA Living Stereo box sets are tremendous bargains. Under two bucks a disk for the best recordings and sound in the entire history of recorded music.

If you have any more specific questions, I'm happy to point you in the right direction. I've got three decades of voracious classical music consumption under my belt.
You, sir, are awesome. Just bought all of them off Amazon, roughly $2.20 per album for 100 VBR mp3s, that works. I've been wanting to get into classical but didn't know where to start. Thank you very much!
post #1944 of 8937

The only drawback to the Amazon MP3s is the lack of liner notes. But if you google a work before you listen to it, you'll get lots of info and have a really good idea of what to listen for.

post #1945 of 8937
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I do hope that anyone who loves this ballet own's this recording :) 

 

 

Oh great, I remind that the video below made me want to get this recording. Same effect on a friend who saw it on facebook.

But I must say that the dance of the knights is the most enjoyable part, anyways:

 

post #1946 of 8937

Ballet on video is best when it's actually a ballet!

 

http://www.amazon.com/Romeo-Juliet-Blu-ray-Tamara-Rojo/dp/B002E2M5OG/

 

post #1947 of 8937

Well, probably ballets are more interesting if you watch  the full spectacle (rather, than plain audio).

In the video I posted , the brass is just quite enjoyable;  seeing  the conductor is nice too.


Edited by extrabigmehdi - 7/4/14 at 7:22pm
post #1948 of 8937

Acosta and Rojo are great. I thought Romeo & Juliet was a little too long until I saw the ballet. Then everything made sense. The sword fight between Mercutio and Tybalt is brilliantly staged and acted. Bluray and a big screen are the way to truly appreciate ballet. (If you can't go to the theater.)

post #1949 of 8937
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Ballet on video is best when it's actually a ballet!

 

http://www.amazon.com/Romeo-Juliet-Blu-ray-Tamara-Rojo/dp/B002E2M5OG/

 

Absolutely, I was lucky enough to see a pretty good production of R&J a few years ago.  

 

The problem with me and dvd's is that I haven't got a good enough sound system connected to my tv. And my H800's will probably scratch my ears off If I plug em into my tv headphone socket haha 

post #1950 of 8937

Two recommendations this evening..

 

Nielsen - Maskarade 

 

A seemingly perfect recording of a very accessible and richly inventive opera by the very great Carl Nielsen.

 

 

Pascal Dusapin - Concertos 

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I'd be happy to recommend any of the available recordings from Dusapin, but this is worth a listen for anyone who is willing to open their ears and look beyond the normal Concerto mold.

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