Discussion in 'Music and Recordings' started by Claritas, Sep 29, 2015.
I said "at times" in reference to the Rachmaninov clip, prease read the Engrish carefurry.
Fascinating. Eno's classic minimalist work "Discreet Music," which was originally performed on synthesizer, reimagined for strings, winds, piano, and vibes.
Excellent, this is a recording to die for.
It nails the performance, tempo, spirit and inner essence of the quartets.
Maybe 11-12 years ago when I was in Rome, he hammered the piano for an hour and a half, our jaws dropped to the ground. Fantastic pianist (though my fav among those still with us is Pollini)
My go to fifth is the one on DGG with Carlos Kleiber. Pure heavy metal.. his father's take is also very good.
I'm a HIPP-ie (historically informed performance practice), so I always recommend the Manchester Camerata Beethoven symphony cycle.
I also like the Minnesota Orchestra cycle.
I am soooooo over big, bombastic Beethoven. Yes, Herr von Karajan, that's your grave I'm pissing on.
I don't listen to the 5th often, but my favorite is Toscanini's from 1939. I somewhat prefer Kleiber's 7th to Toscanini's from 1936. I'll have to listen to some of the more recent ones mentioned.
Beethoven's sonatas and concerti interest me more. Two long-time favorites:
Schnabel's 4th Piano Concerto (later version, 1942)
Hofmann's Waldstein (live 1938)
If you can't find the Hofmann, Horowitz did an acceptable impersonation for RCA in 1956.
Could folks recommend some well-recorded and well-played Tchaikovsky? Looking for the symphonies, etc. Preferably in CD form.
I have Ormandy's Tchaikovsky cycle and it's veiled.
I tend not to prefer sets and I should mention that I prefer earlier composers.
No. 1 Tilson Thomas, Boston
No. 2 Abbado, Chicago
No. 5 Abbado, Chicago (somewhat more extreme tempi, but not excessive and it works)
Piano Concerti: Gilels with Maazel, New Philharmonia
One truly amazing recording
Back in 2003, I got really into the Kreisleriana and bought a dozen. Cortot's is still unbeatable. Amongst modern accounts, I like Perahia and Kissin the most.
I was a youngun too! This piece totally got me into large orchestral programmatic Romantic cheeseball music, after this piece I got into other stuff like programmatic ballets like Stravinsky's and Ravel's, which I still love. All of that sort of music were the pre-cursors to the big orchestral movie soundtracks from earlier in the 20th century to now, the style, the orchestration, everything.
I'll have to listen to this later, looks good though. Similarly I've been listening to this piece again recently and love it, maybe same vein? Maybe a bit more listenable though, and it's got some really cool intense headbanger moments:
Do people really like this? Is this a pleasant listen? I went to a Yo-Yo Ma concert (very expensive and indulgent for me), and he f***ing trolled me by playing something similar, though a bit worse, than this. Half the audience started laughing at the beginning because they thought he was f***ing around. He was serious, and it was 15 minutes of WTF for a $150 ticket. I was actually kind of pissed since he is one of my favorite performers and I hadn't realized he wasn't going to play something a bit more listenable. My mistake for not checking the program first.
I self-identify as a Classical lover, but don't usually discuss it because inevitably, I will get the whole Mozart is overrated argument (I think he is sublime), and that I am not a real classical lover because I think overly sparse or overly complicated, non-melodic stuff that is "real and deep" sounds like ass. Real music shouldn't be a challenge to listen to.
I grew up playing the piano, so Mozart, Haydn, Liszt, Chopin, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, and Bach are my go-to's when I listen.
BTW, where do orchestral versions of video game music go? I have been listening to orchestral Zelda all day today.
Can anyone recommend a good recording (both performance and actual recording) for Mozart's Requiem?
We used to have a Requiem thread. I tried some of the recommendations, but still prefer the one I mentioned. It's kinda dated sonically, but the vocals more than hold up. I didn't enjoy the Hogwood that Marv likes most (aggressive performance, somewhat bright). Disclaimer: the Requiem isn't one of my favorite Mozart works. For your criteria, you'll probably prefer another so look over Luis's old list and try to sample them on youtube.
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