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Re: Recordings That You Are Considering
« Reply #14860 on: November 04, 2018, 06:57:35 PM »
I'm considering this LSO box



But maybe I should get the Decca Colin Davis Berlioz box instead? With older recordings? Hurwitz suggests that this new LSO Fantastique is awful and badly recorded but that everything else, especially choral/opera, is super good. I have plenty of Fantastique.

I have two recordings from that series. The  Damnation of Faust bored me. The Benvenuto Cellini was good, but it's my only recording of that opera, so I can't really compare it to anything.
Plus isn't there more in the Decca box?


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Re: Recordings That You Are Considering
« Reply #14861 on: November 04, 2018, 07:39:02 PM »
I have two recordings from that series. The  Damnation of Faust bored me.
Assuming you mean the recording in particular vs Faust in general? Need to check the Decca version to see what is different in the contents.

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Re: Recordings That You Are Considering
« Reply #14862 on: November 06, 2018, 07:39:23 AM »
I'm considering this LSO box



But maybe I should get the Decca Colin Davis Berlioz box instead? With older recordings? Hurwitz suggests that this new LSO Fantastique is awful and badly recorded but that everything else, especially choral/opera, is super good. I have plenty of Fantastique.

So what's in it? All of CD's LSO Berlioz, presumably? Benvenuto C., L.Troyens, SyFa, B&B, H-in-I, Christ, R&J, GMdM, and LdF.

That'd be the old LSO box plus Benvenuto & L'enfance du Christ?

The Grand Messe des morts is a real dud. I remember Harold not being all that well received and not convincing me, but that's a long time ago. But the rest had most people raving (although there were always dissenting voices, too, who thought that Davis was getting a free ride, criticism-wise, in his old days in London). I tend to agree with the above opinion that the differences are, for a compendium, not significant enough to have you necessarily choose one over the other. It's more a matter of completeness and price. I think the Philips recordings are not available (except used - either the complete box or divided in Operas, Orchestral Music, and Sacred Music, Symphonic Dramas, Orchestral Songs) and there is no omnibus re-issue that contains all his Berlioz for Philips, either. The Philips collection would, however, be more complete... running to 24 CDs, which can't just be broad spacing of works.

(Here's a overview of the different recordings of Les Troyens out there: https://www.forbes.com/sites/jenslaurson/2018/01/20/classical-cd-of-the-month-les-troyens-from-strasbourg-with-joyce-didonato/#6d1ca3397533)

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Re: Recordings That You Are Considering
« Reply #14863 on: November 06, 2018, 08:52:41 AM »
Any thoughts on the Maxwell Davies "Naxos Quartets"? I am an admirer of the Maggini Quartet but not at all familiar with Max's music. Worth going for the box set or not?

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Re: Recordings That You Are Considering
« Reply #14864 on: November 06, 2018, 06:49:09 PM »
I’m quite content with the one disc of them quartets I have (no 1and 2). They are quite large-scale works. I might indulge in another one some time but I doubt I’ll feel the box is a necessity.

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Re: Recordings That You Are Considering
« Reply #14865 on: November 07, 2018, 01:05:11 AM »
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Re: Recordings That You Are Considering
« Reply #14866 on: November 07, 2018, 05:48:48 AM »
Ordered

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Complete Symphonies
Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Neeme Jarvi

A composer not familiar with but seen him mentioned a lot on Twitter so curious🎼🎼
I think you'll love the sunny optimism of No. 2 and the heroic search of No. 4 immediately, then come to love the others soon enough!

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Re: Recordings That You Are Considering
« Reply #14867 on: November 07, 2018, 07:42:27 AM »
I’m quite content with the one disc of them quartets I have (no 1and 2). They are quite large-scale works. I might indulge in another one some time but I doubt I’ll feel the box is a necessity.

Thanks. Think I will give it a miss for the time being.

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Re: Recordings That You Are Considering
« Reply #14868 on: November 11, 2018, 11:19:28 AM »
Wovon man nicht sprechen kann, darüber muss man schweigen

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Re: Recordings That You Are Considering
« Reply #14869 on: November 14, 2018, 09:42:20 AM »
I'm interested in opinions on this:



Some of the samples I found sound a bit "hooty" in places, in other parts not so much:

https://www.allmusic.com/album/lumen-chant-gr%C3%A9gorien-monodies-et-polyphonies-m%C3%A9di%C3%A9vales-mw0001947823

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Re: Recordings That You Are Considering
« Reply #14870 on: November 17, 2018, 06:52:42 AM »
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