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Recommend some Classical music recordings for me

Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by robin, May 3, 2008.

  1. tagutcow

    tagutcow Senior member

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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.
     
  2. Thomas

    Thomas Senior member

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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.
     
  3. FiveFiveFive

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    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?
     
  4. tagutcow

    tagutcow Senior member

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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.
     
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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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    Thracozaag Senior member

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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.

    Different instrument, although on a modern grand you can pretty much half-pedal the entire way and get a similar effect to what Beethoven was after.
     
  7. A Y

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    Different instrument, although on a modern grand you can pretty much half-pedal the entire way and get a similar effect to what Beethoven was after.

    Wait, Beethoven told you this? [​IMG] (Just giving Koji a hard time --- there's a big debate in the classical music world about figuring out composers' intentions.)

    Just heard the Mozart piano concerto #25 on the radio (Ivan Moravec, Czech PO), and I keep forgetting how much I like his late piano concerti. Any suggestions for recordings with lots of personality?

    --Andre
     
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    Mahler no.9 (Vaclav Neumann)

    Chopin Ã[​IMG]tudes (Grigori Sokolov)

    Wagner conducted by Furtwängler
     
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    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Wait, Beethoven told you this? [​IMG] (Just giving Koji a hard time --- there's a big debate in the classical music world about figuring out composers' intentions.)

    Just heard the Mozart piano concerto #25 on the radio (Ivan Moravec, Czech PO), and I keep forgetting how much I like his late piano concerti. Any suggestions for recordings with lots of personality?

    --Andre


    The crazy Japanese woman is great. Uchida?
     
  10. A Y

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    Thanks. Uchida has not been my cup of tea in the past, but perhaps it's time to give her another try.

    --Andre
     
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    Thracozaag Senior member

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    Wait, Beethoven told you this? [​IMG] (Just giving Koji a hard time --- there's a big debate in the classical music world about figuring out composers' intentions.)



    --Andre


    Heh, well when we have eyewitness accounts (also from Czerny) about Beethoven's very liberal use of pedal (for example holding it down for the entire slow movement of the 3rd concerto), I think one can infer that effect is what he was after. Of course, as I said earlier, it's much more easily done on a fortepiano (as demonstrated by Bob Levin on several occasions wonderfully).
    And it's certainly true, Andre the whole "composer's intentions" thing is a very slippery slope, indeed.
     
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    Thracozaag Senior member

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    Thanks. Uchida has not been my cup of tea in the past, but perhaps it's time to give her another try.

    --Andre


    If you're looking for a complete set of Mozart concerti, I highly recommend Geza Anda.
     
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    A Y Senior member

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    Thanks Koji. I'll check out the Anda series, and I totally forgot about Robert Levin, too. I like the HIP interpretations, because sometimes they do the craziest and most fascinating things (eg. Rifkin's 1-person/part Bach b-minor Mass).

    --Andre
     
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    Thracozaag Senior member

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    No problem; forgot to mention since you were asking about #25, Leon Fleisher's wonderful recording (I think with Szell)--definitely worth hearing!
     
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    Good suggestion! That's the one that came with the complete Beethoven PC, too, I think.

    --Andre
     
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    No problem; forgot to mention since you were asking about #25, Leon Fleisher's wonderful recording (I think with Szell)--definitely worth hearing!

    Big fan of Fleisher/Szell doing Beethoven's 3rd and 4th piano concertos. And of course, they're tops when it comes to Brahms' 1st.
     
  17. Thracozaag

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    Big fan of Fleisher/Szell doing Beethoven's 3rd and 4th piano concertos. And of course, they're tops when it comes to Brahms' 1st.

    Definitely and although the live Kapell/Mitropoulos Brahms 1st is my favourite, certainly the Fleisher/Szell is up there in the stratosphere.
     

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