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post #361 of 1970

Yea, I agree. I'll never write my opinions in stone... I'm just stating how I feel now. I'm not brand new to Classical either, as I took courses in college and have attended several orchestras, quartets, etc... I just never really started to dig in until now.  I'm pretty well experience in other musical fields, so I know how perspective can change the deeper you go and the more you listen.

 

Thanks again for all the recommendations and insight, Big. Very helpful. 

post #362 of 1970

Anybody checked out Abbado's Mendelssohn symphony and overture set with the London Symphony Orchestra? I'm really enjoying this:

 

http://www.amazon.com/Mendelssohn-5-Symphonies-7-Overtures/dp/B00005ONMP/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1382919881&sr=8-3-fkmr0&keywords=abaddo+mendelssohn


Edited by Origin89 - 10/27/13 at 5:34pm
post #363 of 1970

Mendelssohn is fantastic. Abbado is mediocre.

post #364 of 1970

Yea, Mendelssohn is great. I think Abbado does a fine job. Is there any other conductor who performs a full cycle that you dig? I still need to check out the Norrington you recommended.

post #365 of 1970

Just about anyone is better than Abbado. He's a pretty bland conductor overall. For Mendelssohn I like Munch, Sinopoli, Stokowski, Maag, Norrington, even Karajan and Marriner.

post #366 of 1970

I'll look into those, thanks. I guess it narrows down to what you're looking to hear out of the pieces, because you can't say Abbado performs them badly. I think his restraint is quite beautiful actually. 

post #367 of 1970

And compared to beautiful, he sounds restrained.

post #368 of 1970

Harsh man, harsh. I much prefer his style over Karajan's bombastic approach. 

post #369 of 1970

Well, you know. I used to like Abbado. But I got the box set of symphonies that came out, and started really listening to it. He plays the music like he's reciting it, reading off cue cards. No spring to the rhythms, no passion. I was listening to Mendelssohn 5 by him the other day, and I couldn't believe how lethargic the first movement was. It was as if you gave Klemperer quaaludes. Ponderous, slow, lumbering. That isn't the way Mendelssohn should go. Some of his Mozart symphonies are OK, but 41... holy cow! The thing keeps rolling to a halt. It's like he runs out of gas. Then a BIG kettle drum THWACK and it starts up again. I don't know what he was thinking there.

post #370 of 1970

I guess we simply hear it differently. I don't find his readings to be lethargic... more like a genuine consideration for expressing sweet emotions. It's soft and velvety... flowing like a subtle stream. This gives the pieces space, where a more characteristic approach like Karajan constricts the material. 

post #371 of 1970

Compare to Munch and Maag.

post #372 of 1970

Those are nice. Haven't heard enough to compare, but the recording definitely sounds dated... which can constrict the material as well. I'll look into it more... I really like what I was hearing with Maag.


Edited by Origin89 - 10/28/13 at 7:38am
post #373 of 1970

It is fun and enlightening to compare different recordings. And it can become an obsession and very expensive. Don't fall into the trap like I did. There are some works that I am so addicted to that I buy every new recording, whether I need it or not. Mahler 7 - 35 versions. Elgar 2nd - 28. Tchaikovsky Manfred - all known versions. Brahms symphonies: 18 sets. Sibelius symphonies: 14 sets. See what I mean? Don't do it! Just acquire one or two really good recordings and let it be. Don't say I didn't warn you!

post #374 of 1970

and I thought I was nuts having 14 or so Mahler cycles :D

post #375 of 1970

Thanks, haha. It's dangerous. Within the week I've spent a couple hundred bucks. I'm going to rest and saturate myself with the music now. :)

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