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Initial post: Mar 31, 2008 10:53:54 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 18, 2012 9:52:04 AM PDT
Tero says:
This is how it started years ago, when I had very little of the music past 1890:

I am not a big fan of the classical and romantic periods (With more of the 1890s to 1950 work added as I develop). Some of the composers I am not familiar with at all.

I picked up Jancek in my college days, I think on Nonesuch and other budget classical labels. The Mladi sextet was a favorite, I thought it superior to any Mozart chamber works for winds, though I have found some divertimenti I like.

So, to patch up Janacek, I have only one CD of "hits", added
Janácek: Instrumental & Orchestral Works
Gary Hoffman (Performer), Leos Janacek (Composer), Charles Mackerras (Conductor), Mikhail Rudy (Performer), Pierre Amoyal (Performer)
[ended up with different disc]

I think that was 2CDs and another with Mladi and other chamber works. Some overlap on tracks. I had Mladi already on my one disc.

Your new CDs, or recent orders?

My stores are not the greatest, though one does actually trade used classical, not worth much. And half the store is jazz.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2008 12:28:00 PM PDT
Thomas E. says:
The newest cds I bought were Dinu Lipatti's Besancon-recital (EMI Recordings of the Century) and a four-cd box with early recordings by Helene Grimaud (Brilliant Classics). I've enjoyed both immensely.

Right now I'm having fierce internal debates over what to buy next. Many wishes, small budget. These are the ones I want most right now:

- Karajan 100th Orchestral and Karajan 100th Opera/Vocal (EMI).
- Karajan - Legendary Decca Recordings (Decca). What can I say? I have almost no recordings by Karajan, and I'm a completist, so when all these sets turn up I feel that I need them all.
- Bloch Piano Quintets (Hyperion) with Piers Lane and the Goldner String Quartet.
- "Christian Poltéra plays Frank Martin" (BiS). I'm no expert on Martin, but like what I've heard very much. Love the cello too, so this should be enjoyable.
- Martha Argerich and Friends - Live from the Lugano Festival 2007 (EMI).
- John Cage - Four Walls (Brilliant). Complete works for piano and voice plus piano and violin.
- Albeniz, piano works, played by Marc-André Hamelin (Hyperion).

I've also ordered four cds that will hopefully turn up soon:

- Henrik Hellstenius: Readings of Mr. G (Aurora). Contemporary Norwegian composer who makes weird and wonderful music. There's f.ex. a kind of concerto for percussion where the percussionist also sings. Sounds great!
- Morton Feldman: The Viola in My Life (ECM). Heard bits of this one on the radio, and it sounds very nice. Gentle and cozy.
- Lars-Erik ter Jung & Einar Henning Smebye: Quasi una Sonata (Simax). Sonatas for viola and piano by Szymanowski, Penderecki, Hvoslef and Schnittke.
- Alf Hurum: String Quartet/Bendik og Aarolilja/Symphony in D minor, played by Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and the Vertavo Quartet (Simax).

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2008 1:11:47 PM PDT
Tero says:
The Albeniz would interest me most. I find easiest to approach that period and those composers either on guitar or piano.

I think I have one piano CD, with Alicia de Larrocha, but I think it has a few more composers.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2008 2:19:59 PM PDT
John Cage? You mean someone actually likes his music?? Amazing. :D I always thought he was one of those composers whose music was so transcendent and ethereal as to be well above every mortal man's consciousness. One of those people art critics never listen to for their own pleasure but whom they love for being daring and innovative and retaining no semblance of the art form he purports to represent. Obviously I was wrong.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2008 2:30:27 PM PDT
Thomas E. says:
I just try to listen to a little bit of everything, that's all, even things I don't necessarily like (the "Brilliant" is the record-company, not my opinion!) :) Cage is not one of my favourites, for sure, but can be an interesting diversion. He's got one really good, early piano-piece called "In a landscape" that could probably be enjoyable even to people who normally don't like him.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2008 3:26:51 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 31, 2008 4:06:37 PM PDT
I just ordered a few Per Norgard recordings released on Da Capo in the '90s but already out of print and hard to find. Right now I'm putting other composers aside for a bit to be a Per Norgard completist, but it's going to take a long time and probably cost thousands of dollars. And once I finish with recordings, then there are the scores... Does music really make us happier?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2008 3:42:36 PM PDT
rustic says:
you guys all sound like completists. i am too. my last excursion was martinu. i think my next will be messiaen. i can never just buy one cd of a composer. i usually buy 4 or 5 at a time until the collection is complete.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2008 5:20:59 PM PDT
Dmitri says:
I just recently have changed my collecting pattern. Instead of collecting by composer I am collecting by performer. Right now a lot of Richter and Oistrakh.

Fred

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 3, 2008 6:06:12 AM PDT
Tero says:
Not quite yet, but sometime I will get to the Bach transcriptions on the Chandos label.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 5, 2008 8:06:20 AM PDT
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these forums are expanding my collection and thinning my wallet.

I am eagerly awaiting
1. Mahler's 4th symphony... it will be the first Mahler symphony in my collection.
2. Mozart's piano concertos Nos. 6,7 and 10; when i find a recording of No 8, i will have at least 1 recording of each and every one of Mozart's piano concertos
3. Marilyn Horne's Grandi Voci - in my opinion one of the greatest singers of all time.

i will be checking the other posts over the weekend. i know a couple of people were kind enough to recommend a recording or two of Vaughn Williams. I am too busy during the week to properly digest all of these posts. but i have time on the weekend to do just that while i am listening to some of my favorite recordings... its as close to multi tasking as i can come!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 5, 2008 10:58:15 AM PDT
Thomas E. says:
Finally got one of the orders, and it turned out like this:

- Bloch Piano Quintets with Piers Lane and the Goldner String Quartet (Hyperion)
- Martha Argerich and Friends - Live from the Lugano Festival 2007, 3cd-set with chamber-music by Beethoven, Busoni/Mozart, Schumann, Ravel, Glinka, Messiaen, Bartók, Dohnányi and Lutoslawski (EMI)
- John Cage - Four Walls. Complete works for piano and voice plus piano and violin, 3cd-set (Brilliant Classics)
- Albeniz, piano works, played by Marc-André Hamelin, 2cds (Hyperion)
- Evgeny Kissin Early Recordings, 5cd set with piano-music by Mozart, Bach, Schumann, Rachmaninov, Szymanowski, Kissin, Chopin, Scriabin, Schubert, Liszt, Brahms and Prokofiev (Brilliant Classics)
- Erik Satie piano-works, played by Hĺkon Austbř, 2cds (Brilliant Classics)

This will be a great week-end!

Karajan will have to wait until I have saved up a tad more. But I'm sure he's worth waiting for!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 5, 2008 5:49:50 PM PDT
Tero says:
It is really a silly way to run the Amazon website with no working links. Got the Vivaldi box set on order for 15 dollars. First disc is the Biondi-Galante Four Seasons. Other discs are other orchestras.
Instrumental Music

The Europa Baroque set also looks good.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2008 9:54:54 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 7, 2008 3:51:27 AM PDT
Great idea for a discussion, Tero. My most recent order included:

- Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 2 (Hymn of Praise), Werner Hollweg and Edith Mathis. Berliner Philharmoniker and Berlin Staatsoper. Conducted by Herbert von Karajan;
- Mahler: Symphony No. 6, with Five Ruckert Lieder and Kindertotenlieder. With Christa Ludwig. The Berliner Philharmoniker. Conducted by Herbert von Karajan;
- Brahms: Lieder ('Women's Songs'), with Jessye Norman and Daniel Barenboim;
- Bach: Mass in B minor, with Kathleen Farrier, Nicolai Gedda, and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. Wien Orchester der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde.

So far so good (almost finished Brahms Lieder and Bach Mass).

Best wishes, Ryan :)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2008 8:25:24 AM PDT
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Ethan says:
I have Jansons's Shostakovich 4 headed to me. I've never heard Shosty 4 before.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 11, 2008 6:46:32 AM PDT
Tero says:
I have almost no Mendelssohn, but did like the symphonies I heard. Which ones would be the best to start with, I have these on a cassette somewhere in a shoe box. So need a fresh start.

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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 11, 2008 7:08:19 AM PDT
Ethan,

Prepare to be amazed. I don't know what your exposure to Shosty is like, but I am a big fan (I have the Jansons' box set of symphonies, Lady Macbeth, conducted by Rostropovich, and other versions of his first, fifth, seventh, ninth and tenth symphonies).

The fourth symphony is one of Shostakovich's darkest and most experimental works. It was propagated in the Soviet media at the time of its release (meteoric days for the still-young composer) to be his "Eroica". The best parts, not to ruin it for you, are the first and final movements, but the whole symphony is very suavely played by Jansons' exquisite Bavarian forces.

The last four minutes are purely chilling and will make you feel legitimately frightened!

Best wishes, Ryan :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 11, 2008 7:15:13 AM PDT
Hi Tero,

I would recommend the symphonies with which I started: the Third and Fourth (Scottish and Italian respectively). For a fantastic issue of these and the Hebrides (Fingal's Cave) Overture I recommend:

Mendelssohn: Symphony Nos. 3 and 4, with Hebrides Overture, BPO, Herbert von Karajan, early seventies stereo recording (DG).

Best wishes, will let you know how the Second is under the same conductor (STILL haven't had a chance to listen to it!!)

Best wishes, Ryan :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 11, 2008 7:18:40 AM PDT
Dear Patricia,

I do hope that you have ordered the classic 1966 George Szell Mahler Fourth? I really recommend it if you haven't already. But I hear the Karajan (would love to get that one) and the Rattle are eminently satisfactory. For me, it all rests on that final children's view of Heaven. Both Judith Raskin for Szell and Reri Grist for Bernstein in the sixties were gorgeous and sweetly youthful- which is what suits this music the most!

Happy listening to all, Ryan :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 11, 2008 8:43:37 AM PDT
Ethan says:
@Ryan Kernaghan: Sounds good. I look forward to it.

Thinking about ordering Ugorski's Messiaen Catalogue D'Oiseaux, the cheapo Borodin Quartet set of Shostakovich quartets on Virgin, James Levine's Schoenberg/Berg/Webern ArkivCD, and some version of the Janacek quartets in the very near future. I have this one problem though, called "money," as in I should be saving it.

I just got done reading The Rest Is Noise. Is it obvious?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 11, 2008 4:30:52 PM PDT
Tero says:
Thanks all for the tips. I now remember the favorite I had, it was the Octet.

The string symphonies sound pretty good too.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 11, 2008 10:01:22 PM PDT
I hear you Ethan! I have tightened the belt myself and won't be ordering anything again until at least July. I am truly addicted though! Already have ten things I want to get (Mostly Mendelssohn and Mozart)!

Best wishes, Ryan :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 13, 2008 4:24:09 AM PDT
Oh my goodness, I'm such a lier! I'm already collating a wish list. How the hell can I wait out until July!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 13, 2008 7:05:58 AM PDT
Ryan Kernaghan says:
Dear Patricia,

I do hope that you have ordered the classic 1966 George Szell Mahler Fourth? I really recommend it if you haven't already. But I hear the Karajan (would love to get that one) and the Rattle are eminently satisfactory. For me, it all rests on that final children's view of Heaven. Both Judith Raskin for Szell and Reri Grist for Bernstein in the sixties were gorgeous and sweetly youthful- which is what suits this music the most!

Happy listening to all, Ryan :-)

It is happily the George Szell recording w/ Judith Raskin. It was the one most mentioned in these forum and in the recommendations. I have only listened to it once. Mahler is not as I remember his music; it has been a long time. I need to listen about 4 or 5 times to know how I respond to a piece.

I am currently looking over the Shostakovich posts to find a place to start. I only have a few pieces in compilations.
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