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post #46 of 68
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Originally Posted by imageWIS
Eugene Onegin?

Jon.

You're not implying that Onegin isn't good, are you?

The finest live opera I've ever attended was an Onegin in Chicago (Shicoff, et al), also one of my favorite recordings.
post #47 of 68
So many great suggestions, just a few more that might be worth your time if you happen upon these:

Beethoven Sonatas - Schnabel (older recordings, forgive the sound quality)
Shostakovich - Symphony 5 - Bernstein
Shostakovich - Symphony 12 - Haitink
Prokofiev - Concerto 3 - Argerich
Brahms - Double Concerto - Rostropovich / Oistrakh
Prokofiev - Peter and the Wolf - Ormandy / Bowie
Tchaikovsky - Nutcracker - Gergiev (complete) or Ormandy (highlights)
post #48 of 68
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Originally Posted by Thracozaag
Since we're on the subject of Rach 3's, some personal favorites:

Rachmaninoff/Ormandy 1939

koji

Is that really surprising?

Jon.
post #49 of 68
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Originally Posted by Mr. Checks
You're not implying that Onegin isn't good, are you?

The finest live opera I've ever attended was an Onegin in Chicago (Shicoff, et al), also one of my favorite recordings.

I'm implying that it's a bit long and boring...to horribly borrow a phrase (even though it was completely out of context in the move), it has too many notes.

Jon.
post #50 of 68
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Originally Posted by imageWIS
Is that really surprising?

Jon.

Horowitz often said the as much as he admired Rachmaninoff, he thought he played his own 3rd concerto "terribly", and for a while I accepted that--went back and listened to the recording, and completely disagree with Horowitz's assessment, now.

koji
post #51 of 68
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Originally Posted by Thracozaag
I would take the opposite view if you like Argerich over Horowitz, I find her Rach 3 totally overrated.

koji

Same, I got her recording before I got my Horowitz recordings and I don't even listen to it anymore. Horowitz is so much better.
post #52 of 68
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Originally Posted by Thracozaag
Horowitz often said the as much as he admired Rachmaninoff, he thought he played his own 3rd concerto "terribly", and for a while I accepted that--went back and listened to the recording, and completely disagree with Horowitz's assessment, now.

koji

I got his complete recorded works but they're a painful to listen to on a good stereo because the line-noise is constantly there in the background and it's very prominent. Didn't Rachmaninov acknowledge that Horowitz played it better than he did?

Violinist, who's your favorite violinist?
post #53 of 68
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Originally Posted by GQgeek
I got his complete recorded works but they're a painful to listen to on a good stereo because the line-noise is constantly there in the background and it's very prominent. Didn't Rachmaninov acknowledge that Horowitz played it better than he did?

Violinist, who's your favorite violinist?

I believe they've been remastered recently. His interpretation is certainly much different than horowitz's--patrician, elegant, and rather understated.

koji
post #54 of 68
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Originally Posted by Thomas
So many great suggestions, just a few more that might be worth your time if you happen upon these:

Beethoven Sonatas - Schnabel (older recordings, forgive the sound quality)
Shostakovich - Symphony 5 - Bernstein
Shostakovich - Symphony 12 - Haitink
Prokofiev - Concerto 3 - Argerich
Brahms - Double Concerto - Rostropovich / Oistrakh
Prokofiev - Peter and the Wolf - Ormandy / Bowie
Tchaikovsky - Nutcracker - Gergiev (complete) or Ormandy (highlights)

Naxos has done a wonderful job with the Schnabel recordings, given the source (and they're a great price too).

Speaking of mono recordings, I like my Janis Prokofiev 3rd, in glorious mono on Mercury LP ( or here on CD for you modern folks: http://www.hbdirect.com/album_detail.php?pid=54009 )

As much as I love Brahms, I've never been able to wrap my arms around the double concerto.
post #55 of 68
I like Pletnev for the Rachmaninov 3, though the best one I've ever heard was live (aren't they all? ) with Toradze/Salonen/LA Phil.

--Andre
post #56 of 68
Good call on the Janis; along with Kapell's and Judd's my favorite recording.

koji
post #57 of 68
One thing about classical music is that you can enjoy it by listening to more than one version of the same work. If you put on Gardiner´s, then Furtwaengler´s, version of Beethoven´s 9th, you have to concentrate on how the "authenticist" and "romantic" intepretations differ. You can do the same with Mozart: Try Boehm´s 38th symphony with the Berlin Philharmonic (using modern instruments), then Pinnock´s performance with the 41st (using period instruments).

On the jazz side, try Miles Davis´s In a Silent Way. I think all of the ambient music I´ve heard imitates it without coming close. Or his earlier Birth of the Cool or Milestones.
post #58 of 68
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Originally Posted by GQgeek
I got his complete recorded works but they're a painful to listen to on a good stereo because the line-noise is constantly there in the background and it's very prominent. Didn't Rachmaninov acknowledge that Horowitz played it better than he did?

Violinist, who's your favorite violinist?

Depends for what, but in general I like violinists who combine great technical skill with high artistry and who know when to give it all up and when to hold back. My favourite violinists are people like James Ehnes, Frank Peter Zimmerman, Itzhak Perlman (don't like things like his Bach or Mozart), Cho Liang Lin and Pinchas Zukerman. There's also a number of dead violinists that I like, but right now I'm really into living players because I like seeing them live.
post #59 of 68
Jazz on rotation at the moment:

Eric Dolphy at the Five Spot Vol. 1
and
Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown
and
Betty Carter, The Audience with.

...Roll me in honey and throw me to the lesbians.....
post #60 of 68
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Originally Posted by Thomas
So many great suggestions, just a few more that might be worth your time if you happen upon these:

Beethoven Sonatas - Schnabel (older recordings, forgive the sound quality)
Shostakovich - Symphony 5 - Bernstein
Shostakovich - Symphony 12 - Haitink
Prokofiev - Concerto 3 - Argerich
Brahms - Double Concerto - Rostropovich / Oistrakh
Prokofiev - Peter and the Wolf - Ormandy / Bowie
Tchaikovsky - Nutcracker - Gergiev (complete) or Ormandy (highlights)

Glad you reminded me of the 5th.

Played my c1959 Shostakovich 5 (Bernstein/NYP) lp last night.

Then I played it again.
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