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Offline Fëanor

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Re: What does you collection look like and how do you organize it?
« Reply #620 on: August 21, 2019, 06:45:16 AM »
Haha, I'm literally the opposite (up to a point obviously... I wouldn't want a 1920 wax cylinder as my first choice for a piece)

The quality of the interpretation is what I'm after

And of course, that's fine.  I presume you have formal music training and/or long experience with performance of the major composers and conductors.  I don't really have either, what I have is a playback system adequate to hear fined differences in sound quality.

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« Reply #621 on: August 21, 2019, 10:28:51 AM »
And of course, that's fine.  I presume you have formal music training and/or long experience with performance of the major composers and conductors.  I don't really have either, what I have is a playback system adequate to hear fined differences in sound quality.

I'm a lifelong musician (though hardly at all in the "classical" vein) but I don't think it's necessary to be one to prefer one performance to another... Almost every professional recording of the piano version of "Pictures At An Exhibition" is vastly superior to the live recording of Sviatoslav Richter playing it in Bulgaria in 1958 in front of an audience that sounds like it is made up of Tuberculosis sufferers, but none of them can hold a candle to the performance itself which is a thing of utter and complete magic

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Re: What does you collection look like and how do you organize it?
« Reply #622 on: August 21, 2019, 12:30:30 PM »
... Almost every professional recording of the piano version of "Pictures At An Exhibition" is vastly superior to the live recording of Sviatoslav Richter playing it in Bulgaria in 1958 in front of an audience that sounds like it is made up of Tuberculosis sufferers, but none of them can hold a candle to the performance itself which is a thing of utter and complete magic

In my experience this is very true indeed.
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Re: What does you collection look like and how do you organize it?
« Reply #623 on: Today at 08:34:44 AM »
In my experience this is very true indeed.

Yes indeed,the sound of those tuberculosis sufferers is really awful. ;)

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Re: What does you collection look like and how do you organize it?
« Reply #624 on: Today at 09:05:28 AM »
Yes indeed,the sound of those tuberculosis sufferers is really awful. ;)

All of them were cured by Richter's playing... true story!

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Re: What does you collection look like and how do you organize it?
« Reply #625 on: Today at 10:54:30 AM »
I'm a lifelong musician (though hardly at all in the "classical" vein) but I don't think it's necessary to be one to prefer one performance to another... Almost every professional recording of the piano version of "Pictures At An Exhibition" is vastly superior to the live recording of Sviatoslav Richter playing it in Bulgaria in 1958 in front of an audience that sounds like it is made up of Tuberculosis sufferers, but none of them can hold a candle to the performance itself which is a thing of utter and complete magic

But you make my point in that you are familiar with many versions of Mussorgsky's work.  Unfortunately I'm not, (I say ashamedly).  I've never heard it in live performance.  I have only the piano version by Byron Janis on Mercury Living Presence, and the Ravel-orchestrated version by Antal Dorati on the same CD -- the sound is pretty good by the way.




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« Reply #626 on: Today at 12:23:07 PM »
But you make my point in that you are familiar with many versions of Mussorgsky's work.  Unfortunately I'm not, (I say ashamedly).  I've never heard it in live performance.  I have only the piano version by Byron Janis on Mercury Living Presence, and the Ravel-orchestrated version by Antal Dorati on the same CD -- the sound is pretty good by the way.



You have nothing to be ashamed of... nobody has heard everything

For me, the first order of business is if I like a piece of music (regardless of the performer) enough to want to hear it played by numerous people... from there, you can get into which are the best ones

But nobody knows everything about anything... I happen to really like "Pictures", for example so I've gotten very immersed in it and familiar but on the other hand, I couldn't tell you a solitary thing about Mussorgsky's Boris Gudonov (because I don't care for Opera)