Brahms's Alto Rhapsody -- best recording?
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And so now I want to know what is the best recording there is of this piece.

My favorite versions are all mono or early stereo recordings. And I think the soundstage is a little weird with Fassbaender.

What is a FANTABULOUS recording?
 
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Good question! I know only 3 or 4 of these well enough to compare. I like the Boult/London/Baker version on Angel LP. Mileage might vary on Ceedees.
 
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I also like that version, but it is an early stereo recording. =/

I was wondering if there is maybe a modern awesomelly recorded version? :p
 
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Quote:

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I also like that version, but it is an early stereo recording. =/

I was wondering if there is maybe a modern awesomelly recorded version? :p



Perhaps you would be interested in Robert Shaw's recording, with Marilyn Horne, on Telarc?

There is also a performance on Reference Recordings, with the Turtle Creek Chorale (I haven't heard this one however).
 
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jamont: I also have that version, but I can't really say I like Horne's performance =/

The versions I have:

Ferrier/Krauss
Ferrier/Busch
Ferrier/Tuxen
Ludwig/Klemperer
Ludwig/Bohm
Baker/Hickox
Baker/Boult
Fassbaender/Sinopoli
Lipovsek/Abbado
Horne/Shaw
Miller/Walter

That's about it.


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Quote:

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That's about it.


I think you've got it covered
 
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I've always wanted to have the Aafje Heynis version
 
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I've always wanted to have the Aafje Heynis version



I didn't recognize the name, but some research revealed that, among other things, she had been the mezzo on Haitink's Mahler 2, which I once owned (and liked).

If you want her recording of the Alto Rhapsody, you can order it from MDT in the UK, it's listed in their catalog. If you're unfamilar with them, their export service is excellent.
 
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Jamont, do you have an URL for MDT?

Aafje Heynis's Alto Rhapsody is supposed to be fantabulous. That's what I've always heard anyway
 
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Jamont, do you have an URL for MDT?

Aafje Heynis's Alto Rhapsody is supposed to be fantabulous. That's what I've always heard anyway



Yes, http://www.mdt.co.uk, I've ordered from them and highly recommend them.
 
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