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Re: Recordings That You Are Considering
« Reply #15980 on: November 07, 2020, 09:21:57 AM »


From the samples, it sounds amazing.

1+ - I'm a big fan of Purcell's instrumental music and have had that box for a number of years - usually run though all discs several times annually - :) Dave

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« Reply #15981 on: November 07, 2020, 12:36:31 PM »
the Fitzwilliam  complete virginal book  coming on this November on brilliant classical , this is gonna be huge!!! I tell you HUGE, am I the only one interrest in this  15 CD box-set  :P

Some of the interested people (Harry and I, probably others too) have acquired the individual volumes along the road, so we don't need the box.
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« Reply #15983 on: November 14, 2020, 08:22:19 AM »
Elisabeth Leonskaja's Schubert - any particular highlights from her recordings I should sample first?

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« Reply #15984 on: November 14, 2020, 08:34:35 AM »
Elisabeth Leonskaja's Schubert - any particular highlights from her recordings I should sample first?

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« Reply #15985 on: November 14, 2020, 08:48:27 AM »


I know there's a "complete symphonies and concerti" Supraphon box, but what I really want to hear is the string quartets (Praga, hard to find).
This set gives one quartet and some other chamber music.

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« Reply #15986 on: November 14, 2020, 11:18:05 AM »


I know there's a "complete symphonies and concerti" Supraphon box, but what I really want to hear is the string quartets (Praga, hard to find).
This set gives one quartet and some other chamber music.

It's a very good box and does not overlap with the Supraphon box.  I'd also recommend the recent CD of cello/violin/clarinet sonatas.

https://www.supraphonline.cz/album/412673-kalabis-sonaty-pro-violoncello-klarinet-housle-a-klavir/cd

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« Reply #15987 on: November 18, 2020, 07:30:11 AM »


I know there's a "complete symphonies and concerti" Supraphon box, but what I really want to hear is the string quartets (Praga, hard to find).
This set gives one quartet and some other chamber music.

Sinfonia Pacis (Symphony No.2), if you don't know it, is a masterpiece IMO.

I'm considering this set:
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

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« Reply #15988 on: November 18, 2020, 10:13:34 AM »
Opinions requested on these two sets.



Negatives: I have all this music in several other performances.
Positive: They are on sale for $11.49 and $11.99 respectively.

Anyone have these performances and care to say what they are like?

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« Reply #15989 on: November 18, 2020, 01:34:58 PM »
I only know the 4 violin concerti with Zehetmair which is my favorite recording of them but you can probably get this easily as a single (orig. Berlin Classics). Note that unlike Musica Amphion with Belder, both Zehetmair and the suites with Güttler are modern instruments, although HIP influenced (I guess the double concerto conducted by Masur is not). Never even seen the Beethoven trio recordings. They are hypercomplete with three arrangements (that I for one do not yet have but am not terribly interested in them either).
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« Reply #15990 on: November 18, 2020, 02:33:53 PM »
I only know the 4 violin concerti with Zehetmair which is my favorite recording of them but you can probably get this easily as a single (orig. Berlin Classics). Note that unlike Musica Amphion with Belder, both Zehetmair and the suites with Güttler are modern instruments, although HIP influenced (I guess the double concerto conducted by Masur is not). Never even seen the Beethoven trio recordings. They are hypercomplete with three arrangements (that I for one do not yet have but am not terribly interested in them either).

Thanks.

The price for the Bach set is probably about what I'd pay for the single CD.

As for the Beethoven, comparing it to the Beaux Arts Trio (which I've had for years), the only thing not in the BAT set is the arrangement of the String Quintet.

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I think you would find the arrangement of the Second Symphony interesting.
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« Reply #15991 on: November 27, 2020, 04:07:58 PM »
I’ve been considering this set of Mozart’s piano concertos for quite a while now.



My reservations about it stem from the sound quality of the fortepiano in this recording. I’m a HIP and period instrument aficionado, but this sounds nothing like any fortepiano I’ve heard on so many other recordings. From clips I’ve heard, the recording quality seems subpar for the instrument, at best. Maybe I’m being too picky. Does anyone have insights on this recording?
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« Reply #15992 on: November 27, 2020, 06:26:15 PM »
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« Reply #15993 on: November 27, 2020, 07:11:39 PM »
I’ve been considering this set of Mozart’s piano concertos for quite a while now.



My reservations about it stem from the sound quality of the fortepiano in this recording. I’m a HIP and period instrument aficionado, but this sounds nothing like any fortepiano I’ve heard on so many other recordings. From clips I’ve heard, the recording quality seems subpar for the instrument, at best. Maybe I’m being too picky. Does anyone have insights on this recording?
The fortepiano sounds fine to me, honestly. Bilson's playing has a bit more bite and drama than most of the other fortepianists I know of who've recorded the set; this isn't exactly relaxed Mozart, it plays up the contrasts and the operatic drama and lacks the sense of noble melancholy you get from e.g. Immerseel. If you really don't like the sound and want another recording with similar characteristics you could try the Brautigam set instead.

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Re: Recordings That You Are Considering
« Reply #15994 on: November 27, 2020, 07:42:50 PM »
Sinfonia Pacis (Symphony No.2), if you don't know it, is a masterpiece IMO.

I'm considering this set:

Jeffrey,
I bought the Malcolm Williamson concerto set. It's interesting - he went through a number of styles, not totally different from each other but different enough that your reaction to each concerto will not be the same. For me, that meant I really enjoyed some of them and found others to be quite dry and stern. I don't know how you will react, maybe you will have opposite favorites - but either way you should definitely enjoy at least 45 minutes of stuff in the set.

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« Reply #15995 on: November 28, 2020, 09:33:14 PM »
I’ve been considering this set of Mozart’s piano concertos for quite a while now.

 

My reservations about it stem from the sound quality of the fortepiano in this recording. I’m a HIP and period instrument aficionado, but this sounds nothing like any fortepiano I’ve heard on so many other recordings. From clips I’ve heard, the recording quality seems subpar for the instrument, at best. Maybe I’m being too picky. Does anyone have insights on this recording?

Hi - I have 2 MI performances of these Wolfie works and 2 w/ period instruments, one the Bilson recordings which I find the keyboard in the background unless the volume is turned up; my other box is inserted above w/ Viviana Sofronitzki on harpsichord and fortepiano, the latter an Anton Walter reproduction by Paul McNulty (her husband) - her playing is superb, however, the orchestra has been somewhat criticized by a few reviewers (esp. the ever favorite Jed Distler in this forum -  >:D) - see the attached reviews, if interested - when I want to here the Mozart PCs on period instruments, I invariably go to the Sofronitzki box.  Dave :)

P.S. in the Distler review, Viviana is noted to be the 'step daughter' of the famous Vladimir S. - but she was his real daughter by a second wife, I believe, so with such poor research I'm not sure how hard he listened to her recordings, but just my 2 cents!  ::)

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Re: Recordings That You Are Considering
« Reply #15996 on: November 29, 2020, 05:24:20 AM »
Beside the box-set of 15CD's  the gombert masse double CD's, how about it , and that it for now.   8)

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« Reply #15997 on: November 29, 2020, 11:16:25 AM »
Hi - I have 2 MI performances of these Wolfie works and 2 w/ period instruments, one the Bilson recordings which I find the keyboard in the background unless the volume is turned up; my other box is inserted above w/ Viviana Sofronitzki on harpsichord and fortepiano, the latter an Anton Walter reproduction by Paul McNulty (her husband) - her playing is superb, however, the orchestra has been somewhat criticized by a few reviewers (esp. the ever favorite Jed Distler in this forum -  >:D) - see the attached reviews, if interested - when I want to here the Mozart PCs on period instruments, I invariably go to the Sofronitzki box.  Dave :)

P.S. in the Distler review, Viviana is noted to be the 'step daughter' of the famous Vladimir S. - but she was his real daughter by a second wife, I believe, so with such poor research I'm not sure how hard he listened to her recordings, but just my 2 cents!  ::)

Thanks for the recommendation! I will certainly check out Sofronitsky's performance as it sounds more intriguing the more I hear of it. Contentious reviews only serve more to that purpose!


The fortepiano sounds fine to me, honestly. Bilson's playing has a bit more bite and drama than most of the other fortepianists I know of who've recorded the set; this isn't exactly relaxed Mozart, it plays up the contrasts and the operatic drama and lacks the sense of noble melancholy you get from e.g. Immerseel. If you really don't like the sound and want another recording with similar characteristics you could try the Brautigam set instead.

Thank you as well. I adore Brautigam, and now that I see he has completed his cycle, I have to have myself a listen.
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