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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 21, 2011 5:47:45 PM PDT
Thomas Dawkins got Boheme conducted by Thomas Schippers with Freni, Gedda, Sereni, et al.

I just got Boheme conducted by Berretoni with Gigli, Albanese, Poli, et al.

I'm pretty sure these performances are quite dissimilar, even though I've not heard the Schippers. The Berretoni performance is a bit scrappy and a tad out of control, with occasional lapses in ensemble. You can't imagine Freni, Gedda, Sereni, and Schippers doing that.

But Berretoni's Bohemians (as Piso noted recently) are actually believable. At 48, Gigli is his magnificent self, and Licia Albanese---24 when the recording was made---immortalizes herself in her reading of Mimi's Act III lines.

Posted on Sep 21, 2011 5:13:22 PM PDT
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Tareth says:
... a Musical Heritage Society release of Sawallisch conducting Wagner overtures (Faust, Rienzi, Liebesverbot), a movement of a Symphony in E, and the Wesendonck Lieder (with Lipovsek). Got it second-hand at a Half Price Books.

I too was a Border's enthusiast, who watched as their selection slowly shrank. I made my last purchase at one of my favorite area Borders almost as a tribute to my time spent there: Wagner's Gotterdammerung, the Halle recording with Sir Mark Elder.

Posted on Sep 21, 2011 3:54:08 PM PDT
I spent much of my money in high school at the local Borders. I went into one of the ones having a closing sale a couple of weeks ago and was very dismayed to see that they had brought in a lot of stuff that they never sold before (baby clothes, cheap perfume gift sets) and that there were very few books and fewer CDs. The only classical item I saw was Dudamel's Rite of Spring.

Posted on Sep 20, 2011 12:32:11 PM PDT
Piso Mojado says:
It isn't here yet (issue delayed) but DGG's "Liszt Legacy" 10-CD box of Arrau, Egon Petri, Raymond Lewenthal, Benno Moiseiwitsch, the last three supposedly never on CD before, and not only Liszt but Schumann, Mussorgsky, B eethoven sonatas, &tc. New release date October 3 in UK, mid-November for USA.

Posted on Sep 20, 2011 10:53:43 AM PDT
Nice to hear from you Ahmad!! Haven't been on the forum much at all recently, but am glad to see much of the original group is still active. Best wishes to you, Ahmad!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 20, 2011 10:29:23 AM PDT
Ahmad says:
James,
Welcome back!

Posted on Sep 20, 2011 9:59:53 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 20, 2011 10:04:51 AM PDT
The very last disc I purchased in person, was from my beloved Border's in Columbus, Ohio. Tippett: String Quartets Nos. 3 & 4 on Naxos. Sadly, I knew at the time Border's was soon going out of business, and I wanted to make a last-time perusal of the tiny classical CD section....a section that had once stretched halfway down the room and back. I'd been in that Border's (and others in Ohio and Mich) HUNDREDS of times since the mid '90s.

Nothing special about the Tippett. It was a new Naxos release. I love the string quartet genre, and I thought it to be an appropriate valedictory purchase from a bricks-and-mortar store that was part of my life for over 15 years.

Posted on Sep 19, 2011 8:08:38 PM PDT
The complete Orchestral Works of George Gershwin - Conducted by Eric Kunzel and played by the Cinncinnati Pops on a Terlarc recording. It is a two disc set I picked up for $5.00 + shipping through an independent seller through Amazon. The disc was brand new and still unwrapped.

Posted on Sep 19, 2011 7:59:33 PM PDT
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Posted on Sep 19, 2011 7:33:46 PM PDT
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Posted on Sep 19, 2011 5:32:02 PM PDT
T. Anderson says:
Yo-Yo Ma Plays Bach: Sonatas: Music for You

i ran across this cd at a store and realized, of all the bach i own (which is considerable), i did not have a recording of the cello sonatas. the suites, of course, but it was the first time i have seen the sonatas.

Posted on Sep 19, 2011 12:02:06 PM PDT
My most recent CD was George Szell conducting Pictures at an Exhibition.

Posted on Sep 19, 2011 7:41:54 AM PDT
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dutilleux orchestral works

I'm finally going to start listening to this set.
We just had a thread of lousy amazon info and this set is a 'winner, winner chicken dinner' in that category.
I had no idea what it was, just the price was right and having very little of this composer it seemed like a 'safe bet'.
turns out it is the three graf arte nova discs collected into a single box!!!
(a bunch of names I'm unfamilar with doesn't make an immediate impression)
Since it was about 10 bucks cheaper than buying those three on their own, I'm pleased.

(sony merged with BMG which bought Arte nova, I understand this objectively, but just didn't make the inital connection_

Posted on Sep 19, 2011 6:20:57 AM PDT
A classic that hadn't yet found its way into my library (which is now sitting in boxes awaiting the moving truck tomorrow): La Bohème conducted by Thomas Schippers with Freni, Gedda, Sereni, et al.

Posted on Sep 19, 2011 6:02:23 AM PDT
Tero says:
Both are in the What's on order thread, but waiting on 4 CD Vivaldi set. Two are from operas, but not complete.

Posted on Sep 19, 2011 2:02:55 AM PDT
MacDoom says:
Mussorgsky's 'pictures' with Nikolai Petrov. A very, very manly performance - quite wonderful in its own distinctive way. Filler: Ravel's version (Temirkanov).

Posted on Sep 18, 2011 8:33:28 PM PDT
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Posted on Sep 18, 2011 8:13:58 PM PDT
John Spinks says:
I don't know how I missed these all the years, but I just added Bruch's symphonies to my collection.

Bruch: Symphonies 1-3, Concerto for 2 Pianos

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 18, 2011 7:48:53 PM PDT
John Ruggeri says:
I only had this great baritone on LPS and CD Anthologies or in ensembles with other singers. I ordered these on the same day.

Pasquale Amato -Baritone - PREISER LABEL
Pasquale Amato (Performer), Gioachino Rossini (Composer), Gaetano Donizetti (Composer), Giuseppe Verdi (Composer), Giacomo Meyerbeer (Composer), Giacomo Puccini (Composer), Alberto Franchetti (Composer), Ernesto de Curtis (Composer), de Christofaro (Composer), Margarete Matzenauer (Performer), Frieda Hempel (Performer), Angelo Bada (Performer)

Pasquale Amato - PRIMA VOCE SERIES of NIMBUS RECORDS

Pasquale Amato (Performer), Ruggero Leoncavallo (Composer), Georges Bizet (Composer), Giuseppe Verdi (Composer), Charles Gounod (Composer), Giacomo Meyerbeer (Composer), Amilcare Ponchielli (Composer), Alberto Franchetti (Composer), Giacomo Puccini (Composer), Carlos Gomes (Composer), Walter B. Rogers (Conductor), Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus (Orchestra), Metropolitan Opera Orchestra (Orchestra), Johanna Gadski (Performer), Frieda Hempel (Performer) |

Posted on Sep 18, 2011 7:39:45 PM PDT
Got set straight on the "album, no CD" thread for this: Concertos From Spain . The week before it was Complete Organ Music .

Posted on Sep 18, 2011 5:40:55 PM PDT
Dmitri says:
I made a thread out of the last CD that I bought:

Symphony 4 / Concerto Grosso

I am currently listening to this in the car.

Posted on Sep 18, 2011 1:40:57 PM PDT
Ypres1918 says:
Rilling's Complete Bach Cantatas. These are really a bargain a just about $1/disc. I've been having a wonderful time with them, too. He puts them in numerical order, which makes my favorites easy to find. But I've made it about 10% of the way through and had to stop--just for now. I was going kind of snow blind. I have all the cantatas Herreweghe put out, a whopping heap of Suzuki, the DG Gardiners and the Rotzche's. I can now say that I have enough Bach Cantatas to choke a couple of elephants.

J. S. Bach: The Complete Cantatas Box

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 18, 2011 1:30:29 PM PDT
Ahmad says:
The last one was a Field nocturnes disc at the HMV store at Piccadilly-London, last July. Of course, I haven't listened to it yet, as is the case in many of my unopened discs :-)

Posted on Sep 18, 2011 1:13:41 PM PDT
Piso Mojado says:
The last bought that I really enjoyed is Pfitzner orchestral songs on CPO with baritone Begemann. Actually light-hearted for Pfitzner, vividly and colorfully orchestrated, and excellent recording with baritone Begemann, whom I took on faith.

Initial post: Sep 18, 2011 12:50:19 PM PDT
I thought it would be neat if we could have a discussion similar to the "What are you listening to right now" thread, only having it be about the last CD we bought.

So here goes:

Schoenberg: Orchestral Works with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic.

Schoenberg is tough to get to, but Rattle makes a strong case for him. Plus, we get the orchestration of Brahms' Piano Quartet No. 1, which is a joy to have on disc with such a top notch orchestra.
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