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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.


His final sessions are wonderfull.

http://www.amazon.com/Final-Sessions-Claudio-Arrau/dp/B000I8OFIC
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Talking about piano...

"Spent" this afternoon hearing it.

Very nice.

Sorry if it was already posted.

 

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Paavo Berglund is on my top 5 list of conductors.  He squeezed great music out of "provincial" orchestras like Helsinki and Bournemouth.  So what do you get when you pair him with a Tier 1 orchestra like the Staatskapelle Dresden?

 

This.  OMG this.

 


Edited by Delirious Lab - 11/19/13 at 5:07pm
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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

 

Despite my intention on this thread has been to push more modern stuff(which I still intend to do)

 I will say WOW....

post #666 of 8942
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This makes me very curious.

Always loved this piece and don't know this recording.

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And...

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Talking about piano...

"Spent" this afternoon hearing it.

Very nice.

Sorry if it was already posted.

 

 

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This makes me very curious.

Always loved this piece and don't know this recording.

 

 Good stuff indeed.

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Despite my intention on this thread has been to push more modern stuff(which I still intend to do)

 I will say WOW....

 

Wagner is one area where today is just a pale shadow of what went on in the past. Melchior and Flagstad together can't be topped.

post #670 of 8942
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Wagner is one area where today is just a pale shadow of what went on in the past. Melchior and Flagstad together can't be topped.


Wagner and Shakespeare share the same fates in modern hands I'm afraid. Attempts at updated productions trying to impress current generations miss the whole idea that the themes and content properly written are timeless and need not be wrapped up in modern guilding to be palatable.

 

Flagstad

 

Nilsson

 

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The problem with Wagner is that it requires so much... superhuman singing, superhuman stamina, superhuman interpretation. Opera isn't as much of a part of our culture any more, so people aren't training from a young age like they did.

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The problem with Wagner is that it requires so much... superhuman singing, superhuman stamina, superhuman interpretation. Opera isn't as much of a part of our culture any more, so people aren't training from a young age like they did.

 

I'm not sure "problem" is the word.The performances you posted are directly connected to the culture in which they were representing.

At this point it's al museum work.

 

I'm not dismissing today's Wagner(which Is thriving and amazing in it's own way)

but this IS.

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I'm not sure "problem" is the word.The performances you posted are directly connected to the culture in which they were representing.

At this point it's al museum work.

 

I'm not dismissing today's Wagner(which Is thriving and amazing in it's own way)

but this IS.

 

ALL not "al"

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I used to live in the czech republic next to the highway and there was a sign outside:

 

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I used to live in the czech republic next to the highway and there was a sign outside:

 

 

Kind of connected with my last post....

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