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Offline admiralackbar

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The Best Of ...
« on: December 18, 2012, 07:43:30 AM »
So, along with some new repertoire, one of my goals next year is to explore some of my favorite performers/conductors. I'd love to see a best of list from those of you that also enjoy these folks so I can get an idea of where to start.

Abbado and Boulez

Suggestions?

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Re: The Best Of ...
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2012, 07:59:58 AM »
Boulez: Debussy (orchestral music, P&M), Ravel, Bartók, 2nd Viennese School, Varèse & Stravinsky, both on Sony and DG.
Abbado: Ravel (PC with Argerich), Brahms (concertos with Pollini & Shaham).
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« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2012, 08:11:28 AM »
Boulez:

Bartok (Sony, DG)
Stravinsky recordings (Sony, DG)
Debussy (Sony, DG)
Ravel (Sony, DG)
Mahler (DG)
Bruckner Symphony No. 8 (DG)
The Second Viennese School: Schoenberg, Berg, Webern (Sony, DG)

Abbado:

Berg (DG, Vienna Philharmonic)
Stravinsky (DG, LSO)
Mendelssohn (DG, LSO)
Mahler (DG, various orchestras mainly BPO, VPO)
Mussorgsky (RCA, DG)
Ravel (DG)
Debussy (DG)
Bartok (DG)
Prokofiev (DG)
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Re: The Best Of ...
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2012, 10:46:02 AM »
Boulez: Boulez
Musik ist ein unerschöpfliches Meer. — Joseph Riepel

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« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2012, 11:07:06 AM »
Ah, I should have been more specific - mind recommending particular recordings rather than just "here's a composer Boulez / Abbado does really well with"?

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« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2012, 11:08:11 AM »
Ah, I should have been more specific - mind recommending particular recordings rather than just "here's a composer Boulez / Abbado does really well with"?

Look at my list, pick any recording, it'll be a good one. That's why I can't be specific, because I narrowed it down the best I could. :)
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« Reply #6 on: December 18, 2012, 03:59:35 PM »
Well, to be fair, I've been trying out Spotify today and... I think I might be hooked. And now those lists of "try everything of Boulez" actually works!

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Re: The Best Of ...
« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2012, 05:14:26 PM »
Indispensable Abbado:

(the whole cycle)

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« Reply #8 on: December 18, 2012, 05:43:43 PM »
Indispensable Abbado:


Hmmm. I only have this set with BPO, didn't remember that there are two sets. Do you know them both?

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« Reply #9 on: December 18, 2012, 08:11:40 PM »
 Boulez:  all of his Mahler, and the Sony Debussy
Abbado:  the Beethoven PCs with Pollini and the BPO (originally released in 1994, then released again in 2007 with an extra: the Triple Concerto with the Simon Bolivar Orchestra of Venezuela,  albeit senza Pollini)
Most of his Mahler recordings I've heard I like, with the exception of the Second he did with the VPO.  The best one of these I consider to be the Seventh he did with the BPO, which is my favorite M7 of all.
And finally, any and all of his recordings with Orchestra Mozart.

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Re: The Best Of ...
« Reply #10 on: December 19, 2012, 04:00:19 PM »
Indispensable Abbado:



YES to both. The Strauss Burlesque on that second disc is to die for.

Also, the latest addition to the DG Originals series might be of interest:



Fine performances, the Debussy especially.

Out of personal interest, could anyone comment on Abbado's Pergolesi recordings?

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« Reply #11 on: December 19, 2012, 04:03:14 PM »
Almost forgot about this must-buy!


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« Reply #12 on: December 22, 2012, 09:14:52 AM »
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« Reply #13 on: December 22, 2012, 09:48:10 AM »
Thanks, everyone, for the recommendations so far. I've become hooked on MOG and I've been adding Abbado and Boulez albums and box sets at lightning speed thanks to you! Keep 'em coming!