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Love the vinyl, mostly for the price at which I can get records - I only have an entry-level setup, but it sounds as good as CD if I find the record in good condition.  It's hit and miss, but I can't complain at that price.

 

Now playing, for $1.00:

 

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post #632 of 2660

Classical records are a great deal at swap meets. I had to stop when I filled a room with them!

post #633 of 2660
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Classical records are a great deal at swap meets. I had to stop when I filled a room with them!

Yeah, my vinyl collection has been the biggest pain in the ass during my various house moves over the years!

post #634 of 2660

After my last move, my friends told me that I'm never allowed to move again.

post #635 of 2660

Now playing:

 

 

Maybe not what most would consider the best Haydn out there, but it's darn fun to hear these these symphonies with some weight applied to them.  They sound almost Beethovenian...


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post #636 of 2660

Looking for a good 'Missa Solemnis' I just got the Telarc release (paired with Mozart Mass in C Minor). Hav't had a chance to really listen to it yet, but just on a casual listen it seemed to me the singing could have been a bit better. Not passing final judgement yet until I have had a chance to give it a serious listen on my main system. Just looking for some others thoughts on this work.

post #637 of 2660

I just got through listening to DG's complete recording of Prokofiev's 'Cinderella' as performed by the Russian National Orchestra under Mikhail Pletnev. It's a great ballet, clearly overshadowed by 'Romeo and Juliet,' which has been recorded enough that I can't even decide on a favorite (it's easily down to two, however). Anyway, there aren't that many recordings of 'Cinderella,' but I was decidedly pleased by this one. Would recommend to anyone fond of Prokofiev.

post #638 of 2660
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I just got through listening to DG's complete recording of Prokofiev's 'Cinderella' as performed by the Russian National Orchestra under Mikhail Pletnev. It's a great ballet, clearly overshadowed by 'Romeo and Juliet,' which has been recorded enough that I can't even decide on a favorite (it's easily down to two, however). Anyway, there aren't that many recordings of 'Cinderella,' but I was decidedly pleased by this one. Would recommend to anyone fond of Prokofiev.
Thanks, will give it a try. My favourite complete Romeo and Juliet is the Maazel/Cleveland one. I also love Muti's Suites from the ballet with the Philadelphia Orchestra. The playing is stunning, just check out the Death of Tybalt!
post #639 of 2660
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Looking for a good 'Missa Solemnis' I just got the Telarc release (paired with Mozart Mass in C Minor). Hav't had a chance to really listen to it yet, but just on a casual listen it seemed to me the singing could have been a bit better. Not passing final judgement yet until I have had a chance to give it a serious listen on my main system. Just looking for some others thoughts on this work.

Try Klemperer with the New Philharmonia or Bernstein with Concertgebouw. This is Bernstein at his best--emotionally vast yet without being self-indulgent as he can be criticized for (e.g DG recording of Tchaikovsky 6th).

 

The Kelmperer I'd rather not comment on, as I prefer the Bernstein, and I don't want my subjectivity masking judgement. It does seem to have an exceptional reputation, which is why I mention it.

 

Strangely enough, the Klemperer has better sound even though it was recorded about ten years earlier.

post #640 of 2660
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I know that some fellow members will not agree but in my humble opinion one of the best performances of three "classics" Beethoven`s piano sonatas

YES! I always thought his slower tempos and warm tone work really, really well in these, especially the pathetique. Such deeply felt, powerful interpretations, if not as exciting or spontaneous as Horowitz or Francois.

post #641 of 2660

 

IMO.

post #642 of 2660

Also on the subject of Arrau:

post #643 of 2660

You have to be careful with Arrau recordings. He recorded a little longer than he probably should have.

post #644 of 2660
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You have to be careful with Arrau recordings. He recorded a little longer than he probably should have.

Despite inconsistencies there are many gems.

post #645 of 2660

The stuff at the end was kind of sad. But he had a fantastic career.

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