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Classical recommendations based on my limited tastes

post #1 of 14
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I recently got the Stokowski Stereo Collection and was overly underwhelmed by what I've sampled so far, except to my surprise by:


Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.6, OP74 which I am really enjoying! I would like a few more recommendations for classical symphony recordings of great quality that are in the same vein as this. I know very little about classical save for the great many piano pieces I've learned, so I'm open to suggestions from die-hard fans of the genre.


Obviously I would rather you recommend brass/string noteworthy ensembles than piano.


Thanks in advance!

Edited by elmoe - 3/10/14 at 2:01pm
post #2 of 14
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12 views and nothing? Come on...

post #3 of 14
I'm a classical noob, but I've been greatly enjoying Beethoven's symphonies. If you like powerful, expressive music, then Ludwig Van is your man biggrin.gif

Beethoven symphony 5, 1st movement Carlos Kleiber

Beethoven symphony 7 Carlos Kleiber

I recommend Ferenc Fricsay's wonderfully dynamic Beethoven symphony 9, with the Berlin Phil 1958

I also recommend Fricsay's Dvorak symphony 9, again with the Berlin Phil.

These are great performances, but the actual recordings aren't exactly audiophile, but are stll pretty good.

Beethoven - André Cluytens & BPO (1958 - 1960) Symphonie No 3 Heroique en mi bémol majeur, Op 55

I have all of the above on CD.
Edited by Seifer01 - 3/10/14 at 6:54pm
post #4 of 14
Thread Starter 

Thanks, unfortunately after listening to your links, Beethoven is really not my thing. I'm looking more for symphonies comparable to Tchaikovsky's.

post #5 of 14

A few recommendations off the top of my head...


Dvorak cello concerto (Rostropovitch, Karajan/Berlin)

Dvorak New World Symphony (Solti/Chicago)

Wagner orchestral highlights (many good compilations out there)

Brahms violin concerto (Zuckerman)

Tchaikovsky violin concerto (Gil Shaham)

Bruckner 7th symphony (Böhm)

Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique (Dutoit/Montreal)

Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade (Ormandy/Philadelphia)

Edited by Delirious Lab - 3/11/14 at 6:01am
post #6 of 14
Thread Starter 

Thank you, that seems more along what I wanted! I only sampled a little of each but aside from Brahms which I wasn't much into I'll buy buying a few albums.

post #7 of 14
Yes Beethoven is maybe not to everyone's taste biggrin.gif

Perhaps Sibelius might be more to your taste?

Jean Sibelius - Symphony No.1 in E minor, Op.39
post #8 of 14
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Yes that also fits into what I wanted, thanks!

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post #10 of 14
Thread Starter 

Thanks that also works!

post #11 of 14

Classical nut here, I'll see if I can't answer your questions both concisely and broadly. 


First, Deutsche Grammaphone, Telarc, and the like are fantastic recording houses that do a lot of "classical" literature. 

However, both have crappy recordings, especially some of the early mono DG stuff.  I'd also warn against most of the TELARC - Digital recordings... just something about that 

early digital stuff on CD that doesn't do the music justice.  Later is better in my opinion. 




Tchaikovsky 6 and 4 both work well together, as does most of his ballets. 

For specific recordings, see Karajan, Dudamel, or Bernstein - tho Bernstein tends to do weird things sometimes. 


Music in this same sphere of orchestrations, like the above posts are: 


Wagner - Sigfried's funeral march, Elsas Procession to the Cathedral, Anything by Chicago Symphony and Daniel Barenboim (personal preference) or George Solti, Metropolitan Opera and James Levine


Strauss - Till Eulenspiegle, Don Juan, Death and Transfiguration (now we're getting out of scope), and for a real push into the Opera scene - Salome, which falls inline with Wagner.  Again, same conductors and orchestras.  But Strauss can reasonably be lissened to from Vienna Phil, Concergebouw, and Philadelphia (Eugen Ormandy of course). 


Once you're done with that lot, you might want to break into more modern realm with the FANTASIA 2000 recording of Stravinsky's Firebird by the Chicago Symphony (the whole disc is good actually).  And if you like that, there's always The Rite of Spring, perhaps by Michael Tilson Thomas and San Francisco.


Let me know if any of this fits your liking. Alternately, we can go French, or English which sound completely different to all of the above massive German/Austrian/Russian awesomeness.  



Sometimes we have to decide what recordings we like ourselves, ESPECIALLY in "classical" music as it is so subjective. 

post #12 of 14

If you really want to get adventurous:

  • Mahler Symphonies 1 and 2 also 10.
  • Shostakovich Symphonies 8 and 5
  • Brahms Symphony 1(Surprised this hasn't been mentioned yet).
  • I'm a huge fan of Tchaikovsky's sixth.  If want to try out some different conductors and how they interpret Tchaikovsky give Mravinsky's recordings a try and also Karajan's.  
  • Heck while you're at it give 1,2,3,4, and 5 a spin.  All 6 are fantastic in their own way.  
  • Schubert's 8th(Unfinished) is excellent too.
  • Richard Strauss's Eine Alepensinfonie
post #13 of 14
Thread Starter 

Thank you both, it's going to take me awhile to go through both lists but it sounds like all this should fit the bill.

post #14 of 14

Gonna try to get some of the albums mentioned here. I'm not a big classical fan, in fact I have only 2 classical albums, Mahler - Sinfonie Nr.1 'Titan', and Tchaikovsky - Tchaikovsky at Tea Time (not sure what kind of album this is) and I love them both. Looking forward to expand my classical collection.

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