Started by jwinter, August 02, 2012, 12:07:21 PM
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Thanks to JW's thread here and a rec from Miloš, I just submitted my request to Amazon for this, which gives me about a fifth:>This is the second cd from my request of folks from their top two, stone-cold-lead-pipe-lock-pay $50 for it, if you have to---must have on your shelf and if you do not, you cannot call yourself a fan of Chopin cds. If you have not added to this list of Chopin cds I need to purchase, please do so with a IM to me.
Quote from: jwinter on August 02, 2012, 04:26:15 PMQuote from: Mandryka on Today at 04:57:04 PMWhy do you like the last Rubinstein set the most? Do you enjoy old recordings? The answers to these questions will help me give you a better answer tomorrow. It's hard to describe why I like Rubinstein's mazurkas so much. I like them for their lyrical quality, for how they project a deep sense of Romanticism without becoming mushy or sentimental. I love the way he makes the melodies flow so naturally, nothing sounds contrived or forced, like the notes are just falling off his fingers. His tone is beautiful, soft or vigorous as necessary but never harsh, and it's beautifully recorded. And this is largely in my own head, I know, but I can't help but hear a certain nostalgic, autumnal quality in the 1960s recording, as if these are works he's thought about for a very long time, and he knows that this may be his last chance to capture his reading for posterity, so he wants to do it just right, nothing eccentric, just Chopin as he feels it should be played.
Why do you like the last Rubinstein set the most? Do you enjoy old recordings? The answers to these questions will help me give you a better answer tomorrow.
Quote from: jwinter on August 03, 2012, 11:33:59 AMYep, I seem to be in the minority, preferring the Rubinstein stereo to the 1950's mono set. It may just be a matter of greater familiarity -- I will definitely give the mono set a serious re-listen soon.
Quote from: Drasko on August 03, 2012, 10:56:00 AMI'm not huge fan of Luisada (DG/Newton).
Quote from: Bogey on August 03, 2012, 03:28:14 PMI just ran through Artie's '65 Mazurkas today....some twice. He is just one of those cats that I dig no matter the recording. The set for $24 is still one of the best bargains....ever! [asin]B000026OW3[/asin]Even if he is not in your top few, it is nuts to pass on the box.
Quote from: jwinter on August 03, 2012, 04:35:17 AMI've never heard of Michel Block, thanks for the tip.
Quote from: Jeffrey Smith on August 03, 2012, 05:22:51 PMIt isn't nuts if, like me, you already have most of what's in that box. I think I only lack the sonatas and the mazurkas from what is in there. I did notice that the stereo recording of the Nocturnes--my favorite Chopin recording, period-- is on its own ridiculously cheap--under $16--if you don't want the full box.[asin]B000031WBV[/asin]
Quote from: Mandryka on August 07, 2012, 12:09:58 AMWhat did you listen to , the three Op59s? A couple of years ago DG released her playing a whole bunch more here:By the way, if you have been listening to her play op 59, the logical thing to do now is to seek out Pogorelich's record of them -- Argerich was herself very impressed by the way he plays them.
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