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« Reply #32820 on: September 20, 2022, 03:07:59 AM »


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Why I am adding to the 187GB of CD rips I haven't yet catalogued, I cannot quite fathom... :)

The Ballet Russes must be a very interesting set!
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« Reply #32821 on: September 21, 2022, 04:40:34 AM »
For the princely sum of zip/nada/zilch, I wasn't going to pass that up.

If I can scrape together that type of scratch, I may very well buy the set myself.
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« Reply #32822 on: September 21, 2022, 02:07:22 PM »
If I can scrape together that type of scratch, I may very well buy the set myself.

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« Reply #32823 on: September 21, 2022, 08:11:06 PM »
Just bought the MP3 version of this box set; for 8 cds, it was very cheap:



That's a wonderful set, Ilaria! Really amazing work by the Staatskapelle Dresden, Sinopoli, and the vocal soloists in particular. The Erwartung in this set just blew me away!
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« Reply #32824 on: September 22, 2022, 03:24:10 AM »
Just orderd this CD from the Camerata Atlântica in Portugal:




It's a mixed bag, but what led me to purchase it was the inclusion of Venezuelan composer Juan Bautista Plaza's delightful Fuga criolla (from 1931). Almost contemporaneous with the first two of Villa-Lobos' Bachianas brasileiras, it's a great example of the amalgamation of classic European forms with a Latin American rhythms and "flavours" (here, the traditional Venezuelan joropo danca).

Here it is:
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For any classical music lover in Venezuela in the 70s and 80s (I lived there from 1972 to 1986), the Fuga criolla has a special significance, as it was --in a version for synthetiser-- the signature tune of the Emisora Cultural de Caracas (FM 97.7), a radio station specialised in classical music (and which AFAIK is still operative).

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« Reply #32825 on: September 22, 2022, 04:23:41 AM »






About 25 hours of music for two bucks.  I'm tapped.  Among other items, I get more Bingen, another Monteverdi Vespers, and I finally get to hear Philippe Entremont leading the Denver Symphony Orchestra.
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« Reply #32826 on: September 22, 2022, 04:35:48 AM »
I finally get to hear Philippe Entremont leading the Denver Symphony Orchestra.
This was an interesting Wikipedia diversion. Entremont was principal conductor for two years, and then promoted to music director for only a half season, before the orchestra went broke. His debut as music director was canceled for financial reasons.

But the best part of the Wikipedia page was this tantalizing anecdote: "In 1938, Sergei Prokofiev conducted the orchestra in his First Symphony and performed his First Piano Concerto under the baton of Horace Tureman. The performance was hampered by Prokofiev's demeanor, poor printings of the scores, and insufficient rehearsal time, and pleased neither reviewers nor Prokofiev." I'm not sure if this link will point to the right page, but on pp. 73-74 of this Google Book, you get more juicy gossip about Prokofiev's disastrous visit:

"Prokofiev rudely told Cranmer after the post-concert reception that he 'didn't like anyone who was there.' Despite - or perhaps because of - his bad temper, she decided to win him over, taking him to see Snow White and the Seven Dwarves at a local movie hall."

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« Reply #32827 on: September 22, 2022, 04:45:11 AM »
This was an interesting Wikipedia diversion. Entremont was principal conductor for two years, and then promoted to music director for only a half season, before the orchestra went broke. His debut as music director was canceled for financial reasons.

I did not know the orchestra went bust.  Naturally, I had to mosey on over to the website for the successor Colorado Symphony, where I was greeted by an image of . . . Nathaniel Rateliff.  I dig Rateliff and the Night Sweats, it was just jarring.  Looks like Peter Oundjian is the leader now, and that auditorium looks snazzy.

Hopefully Entremont and the ghost of the Denver band entertains.
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« Reply #32828 on: September 22, 2022, 08:00:17 AM »
That's a wonderful set, Ilaria! Really amazing work by the Staatskapelle Dresden, Sinopoli, and the vocal soloists in particular. The Erwartung in this set just blew me away!

Thanks, James, it sounds amazing indeed so far, incredible performances! I've listened to most of the Schönberg included, but not Erwartung yet; I'm looking forward to listen to it anyway.
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« Reply #32829 on: September 22, 2022, 07:32:36 PM »






About 25 hours of music for two bucks.  I'm tapped.  Among other items, I get more Bingen, another Monteverdi Vespers, and I finally get to hear Philippe Entremont leading the Denver Symphony Orchestra.

Here's what's available on the website:

https://www.classicselectworld.com/collections/digital-downloads?sort_by=price-ascending

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« Reply #32830 on: September 22, 2022, 07:35:47 PM »


The Ballet Russes must be a very interesting set!

Here's David Hurwitz's review of the box:

https://youtu.be/KExT3YX-66g

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« Reply #32831 on: September 23, 2022, 12:23:48 AM »
Sorry, what’s misleading about the title? I’m not getting it. Do you mean you expected a greater proportion of it to be Josquin?

'Purchases Today'...'I bought this yesterday'

Sorry not to have your question earlier.

The set has finally made its way intuition my hands.

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« Reply #32832 on: September 23, 2022, 01:47:22 AM »
Just bought the MP3 version:

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« Reply #32833 on: September 23, 2022, 02:11:45 AM »
Just bought the MP3 version:


Ciao, Ilaria! Nice. I do not know those particular recordings, but the Viola Concerto is a wonderful piece (particularly the last movement IMHO). Then the Cello Concerto is also quite fantastic. I find the Violin Concerto the least interesting of the three (but that's just me).
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« Reply #32834 on: September 23, 2022, 02:35:54 AM »
Ciao, Ilaria! Nice. I do not know those particular recordings, but the Viola Concerto is a wonderful piece (particularly the last movement IMHO). Then the Cello Concerto is also quite fantastic. I find the Violin Concerto the least interesting of the three (but that's just me).

Buenos dias, Rafael! It seemed a very good compromise to start with Walton, since it includes the Symphonies and the Concertos. The Ashkenazy (for the Symphonies) and the Chung (for the VC) performances were praised on the Walton thread, and as a matter of fact, after listening on youtube, I agree they're wonderful.

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« Reply #32835 on: September 23, 2022, 04:28:57 AM »
Here's what's available on the website:

https://www.classicselectworld.com/collections/digital-downloads?sort_by=price-ascending

I have several other sets.  The KLR Trio set may be the greatest non-streaming bargain on the market.
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« Reply #32836 on: September 23, 2022, 06:44:27 AM »
A few cheap used copies on the way:

   

 

 

   
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« Reply #32837 on: September 23, 2022, 11:50:17 AM »
Herrrweghe's Bach is excellent (you probably already know that). Those Berlioz and Beethoven recordings are top tier too.

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« Reply #32838 on: September 23, 2022, 09:25:56 PM »
What set off this cheapy-cheapy music spree was getting an email from ClassicSelect World offering this for $0.00:

Big Choral Music Box, Volume 5: Early Music



For the princely sum of zip/nada/zilch, I wasn't going to pass that up.

I went to the website to see what else they had going cheap (here), and found the Russian, American, English, and French boxes for AU$2 each. That's unbeatable (even if some of the performances may end up being not the best available).

I was a little sad to see the audio files are all VBR MP3s. I was hoping for lossless FLACs, but you can't have everything. (Especially for $2.)

So far, I've only listened to the first of the Russian works, namely the Rachmaninov 2nd Symphony. I'm not a fan of the work (apart from the glorious Big Tune in the Adagio), but the performance by the Royal Philharmonic and Vernon Handley was very good. No complaints there.

I had a quick look at the contents of the other boxes, and in the English set I was pleased to see Handley's version of The Planets. This is what I thought of it when I reviewed it for my Peter's Planets website.

As for the prospect of quite a few of the performances in the boxes originating from the Tring "The Royal Philharmonic Collection" series, I wholeheartedly welcome them. I have a few of those Tring CDs, and like them all. (The Wagner disc, with Vernon Handley, is excellent.)

Onward and upward!

mp3 files being priced appropriately…

Honestly, these days they just shouldn’t be offered. It’s a technology that was designed for when downloading large files was a challenge. I’m not one of these big audiophiles, but over a decade ago I could rip a CD myself and get a better sounding file than a commercial mp3 of the same music.
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« Reply #32839 on: September 24, 2022, 01:01:05 AM »
A few cheap used copies on the way:

   

 

 

   

That is a very fine haul Olivier.  8)
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