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post #646 of 1706

Another personal favorite:

 

There are many other great versions of these works that some feel are "better" but this is at least comparable IMO.

post #647 of 1706
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The stuff at the end was kind of sad. But he had a fantastic career.

Are you referring to his "final sessions"?
post #648 of 1706

Haven't thought about Arrau in years but this thread has gotten me thinking again. Bigshot's coments dorve me to spending the afternoon listening to this:

 

Really beautiful stuff here despite being a collection of short pieces.

post #649 of 1706
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Are you referring to his "final sessions"?

 

I bought a collection of Mozart sonatas (I think that's what it was). I noticed that some were wonderful and others sounded completely different. I looked at the recording dates and it showed that the bad ones were all more recent dates.

post #650 of 1706


This might be worthy contender..

 


Edited by Quinto - 11/18/13 at 2:02pm
post #651 of 1706

I think it was Quinto`s tip.

Really nice stuff.

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Back in my retail days, a young couple, both members of our symphonic orchestra, the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra http://www.filharmonija.si/eng , entered in the shop I worked in back then. They wanted to hear a couple of recordings of a piece they were about to perform in a couple of days. Of course I demoed all CDs of that piece I had on stock. They bought the one they liked best and on their way OUT of my classical music sanctuary, separated from the pop boom & sizzle by one floor, they made a VERY impish remark about the small vynil LP record bin I had quite a struggle with my superiours to put up there in the first place. 

 

WAAIIT - do you have 15 minutes time? - was my immediate reaction. They did.

 

Then I demoed them the same recording ( one of from the Decca Legends series of 96/24 remasterd CDs, exact title escapes memory after 9 or so years ) on CD and its

then current re-release on vynil. You should have seen their jaws dropped to the floor - not only did the record sound far better and natural, it was completely devoid of the white noise you are talking about being present in the CD version of vintage analog recordings. I had Project RPM4 turntable with Project K4 cartridge ( rebadged Grado Black ) and Project PhonoBox SE in addition to the CD based rig for demonstration. So, far closer to an entry level than high end analog setup. But I did set up that RPM4 to the best of my abilities, using professional test records long no longer available, using an oscilloscope - and final tuning by ear.

 

In terms of income per shop floor surface, that 40 x 70 or so cm record bin proved #1 after only 2-3 months after its appearence.

This kind of story is inspiring.

Much appreciated.

Thanks a lot.

post #653 of 1706
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I think it was Quinto`s tip.

Really nice stuff.

 

My all time favorite Shostakovich recording.

post #654 of 1706
That and Kiril Kondrashin's performance of The Execution of Stepan Razin, completely thrilling, despite the horrible fidelity!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/shostakovich-execution-stepan/id687566314
Edited by Copperears - 11/18/13 at 2:17pm
post #655 of 1706

For many, myself included, the greatest Wagnerian soprano of the previous century:

 

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from Historical Recordings on London Jubilee 414 624-1 (-1 denoting LP ) , unfortunately ADRM. My 10" version of Wasendonk in pure analog awaits completion of my DIY record cleaning machine.

 

Be it as it may with technicalities - she is georgeous on this recording.

post #656 of 1706

Some more of my transfers from 78s...

 

Melchior and Flagstad: Gotterdammerung Prologue

http://www.vintageip.com/xfers/gotterdammerungprologue.mp3

 

Flagstad: Götterdämmerung Immolation Scene

http://www.vintageip.com/xfers/immolation.mp3

post #657 of 1706
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That and Kiril Kondrashin's performance of The Execution of Stepan Razin, completely thrilling, despite the horrible fidelity!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/shostakovich-execution-stepan/id687566314

Not known to me but I'll look.Been is a Shostakovich mood lately....

post #658 of 1706
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Originally Posted by Copperears View Post

That and Kiril Kondrashin's performance of The Execution of Stepan Razin, completely thrilling, despite the horrible fidelity!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/shostakovich-execution-stepan/id687566314

Not known to me but I'll look.Been is a Shostakovich mood lately....


Just noticed it's available on iTunes.

Assuming Melodiya isn't distributed on iTunes by Universal Music Group, the remastering has probably improved the sound of this 1960s recording. It's an unforgettable performance.

All the ensuing western recordings of Shostakovitch have seemed dull and caged by comparison ever since I first heard this.

Kondrashin with the Moscow Symphony performing Shostakovitch's 8th is of a similar intensity.


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Originally Posted by Copperears View Post

That and Kiril Kondrashin's performance of The Execution of Stepan Razin, completely thrilling, despite the horrible fidelity!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/shostakovich-execution-stepan/id687566314

Not known to me but I'll look.Been is a Shostakovich mood lately....


Just noticed it's available on iTunes.

Assuming Melodiya isn't distributed on iTunes by Universal Music Group, the remastering has probably improved the sound of this 1960s recording. It's an unforgettable performance.

All the ensuing western recordings of Shostakovitch have seemed dull and caged by comparison ever since I first heard this.

Kondrashin with the Moscow Symphony performing Shostakovitch's 8th is of a similar intensity.


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Sigh.... whoops, never mind; sounds like Melodiya is distributed in the west by UMG/EMI.

Get the CD if you're interested, and pray it doesn't suffer from UMG audible watermarking.



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post #660 of 1706

I think that is recent. It depends on how long ago it was listed.

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