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post #91 of 117
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alexis weissenberg doing rachmaninov's preludes is amazing.

post #92 of 117
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OMG. I'm listening to the same thing too. Not many complete suites, and the only other complete version I have is the Charles Mackerras one on Telarc. This is some of Tchaikovsky's best music.

--Andre

Funny, I never seem to think all that much about Tchaikovsky until I'm listing to something of his and then I remember how much I like him. The only other complete suite I have is Gergiev's single-disc, it's fine when I need a fix and don't want to fumble with multiple discs, but otherwise not really my thing. I have Ormandy's highlights but never could find a complete suite under his baton.
post #93 of 117
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Originally Posted by Thracozaag View Post

my favorite recording of the preludes.

will add to the list:

-Rubinstein & Heifetz playing Franck, Poulenc, Faure, and Albeniz
-Gershwin plays Gershwin
post #94 of 117
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Originally Posted by mharwitt View Post
alexis weissenberg doing rachmaninov's preludes is amazing.

Andrei Gavrilov and Sviatoslav Richter are the two I turn to for the preludes. Nothing about Weissenberg's playing ever really impressed me, but maybe I'm just listening to the wrong recordings. I never thought much of Zoltan Kocsis until I heard his recording of Rachmaninov's 2nd sonata. I've heard maybe 15 versions of it -- Horowitz, Ashkenazy, Weissenberg, Grimaud, Wild, Sudbin, Kempff, Lang Freakin' Lang, etc. -- and his is easily my favorite.

If you can ever get your hands on Vladimir Sofronitzky playing Scriabin or Beethoven, I highly recommend it. His playing tends to be a little violent, but in a musical way. He's not Lang Lang.
post #95 of 117
As far as complete recordings of the preludes, Weissenberg and Ogdon are tops for me. Of course, there are individual performances that certainly stand out (Richter, Gilels, Horowitz, Sofronitsky, etc.) BIG Sofronitsky fan, although he's uneven, but when he was inspired...watch out. You might try checking out the Rach 1st sonata (which I prefer, even though it's far more diffuse) recorded by Weissenberg or Ogdon, since you love the 2nd sonata (I have several bootleg Horowitz performances which are out of this world). Kocsis is a phenomenal pianist, I particularly love his Liszt and Bartok.
post #96 of 117
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As far as complete recordings of the preludes, Weissenberg and Ogdon are tops for me. Of course, there are individual performances that certainly stand out (Richter, Gilels, Horowitz, Sofronitsky, etc.)
BIG Sofronitsky fan, although he's uneven, but when he was inspired...watch out.

You might try checking out the Rach 1st sonata (which I prefer, even though it's far more diffuse) recorded by Weissenberg or Ogdon, since you love the 2nd sonata (I have several bootleg Horowitz performances which are out of this world). Kocsis is a phenomenal pianist, I particularly love his Liszt and Bartok.

I've read good things about Ogdon. I'll check him out.

Grigory Sokolov's another great Russian pianist who's worth a listen. Actually that's an undersell. Definitely listen to his Prokofiev "war sonata" recordings, even better if they're live performances.
post #97 of 117
For my money, one of the best classical music purchases I ever made was the

Beethoven 9 Symphonies box set with Herbert von Karajan conducting.

I know a lot of people frown on Karajan's conducting thinking he was too much of a playboy and showboater, but I think the pieces he conducted are stunning.
post #98 of 117
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For my money, one of the best classical music purchases I ever made was the

Beethoven 9 Symphonies box set with Herbert von Karajan conducting.

I know a lot of people frown on Karajan's conducting thinking he was too much of a playboy and showboater, but I think the pieces he conducted are stunning.

I prefer Karajan on video, but for unintentional comedy purposes. Eye contact, Herbert. Make eye contact with your orchestra.

Gunter Wand conducting the Beethoven 9th -- take your pick among the handful he recorded -- remains the standard in my book.
post #99 of 117
Can someone please recommend a recording of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata? I tried a disc played by Earl Wild which others seem to like, but I found it too unemotional. I want to hear some feeling.
post #100 of 117
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Can someone please recommend a recording of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata? I tried a disc played by Earl Wild which others seem to like, but I found it too unemotional. I want to hear some feeling.

You might be surprised -- at least I was -- but I kind of liked Evgeny Kissin playing Moonlight Sonata. It's a little pedal-heavy, but might be what you're looking for.
post #101 of 117
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You might be surprised -- at least I was -- but I kind of liked Evgeny Kissin playing Moonlight Sonata. It's a little pedal-heavy, but might be what you're looking for.

Lulz. If you follow the score, the pedal is meant to be depressed the whole time through the first movement, but that's because pianos in Beethoven's time didn't have the sustain modern pianos do.
post #102 of 117
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Can someone please recommend a recording of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata? I tried a disc played by Earl Wild which others seem to like, but I found it too unemotional. I want to hear some feeling.

For some reason I'm stuck on Horowitz's recording of Moonlight / Appasionata / Waldstein.
post #103 of 117
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Originally Posted by tagutcow View Post
Lulz. If you follow the score, the pedal is meant to be depressed the whole time through the first movement, but that's because pianos in Beethoven's time didn't have the sustain modern pianos do.

So you liked Kissin's recording? You didn't like it?
post #104 of 117
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So you liked Kissin's recording? You didn't like it?

I'm not offering an opinion on any performance, merely noting that a performance that is faithful to the score would be incredibly pedal-heavy.
post #105 of 117
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I'm not offering an opinion on any performance, merely noting that a performance that is faithful to the score would be incredibly pedal-heavy.

There are spots where Beethoven specifically asks for the pedal not to be used, and Kissin does. I'm not referring to that, though. It's possible to adhere to the score and use the pedal improperly. Again, that doesn't bother me in this case. I actually like it.
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