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Todd

Quote from: Brian on August 06, 2022, 07:47:40 PM
Has Hengelbrock recorded any repertoire post Mahler 1?

I am not aware of anything, but in all eras up to Mahler, he delivers hit after hit.  (OK, the Festa Teatrale is a dud.)
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Brian

Quote from: DavidW on August 05, 2022, 03:59:25 PM
That is exactly why I don't find those conductor big boxes appealing.  Excepting Bernstein, there is no conductor I can think of that produces moving performances across all eras.

Quote from: Brian on August 05, 2022, 05:15:00 PM
Markevitch, Szell, and although I consider him B-tier across all genres, he is good across all genres: Gielen.

Quote from: Todd on August 06, 2022, 06:33:59 PM
Kubelik.  Walter.  Monteux.  Hengelbrock.

Thought of another conductor who was good across all eras: Charles Mackerras.

Todd

Quote from: Brian on August 07, 2022, 05:13:56 PM
Thought of another conductor who was good across all eras: Charles Mackerras.

Eh.  There are high spots, but also low spots - eg, his abysmal Brahms on Telarc.
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Todd

Qobuz has another download sale, including some Naxos and Orfeo titles at 50% off.  Some Evidence titles are 80% off - one can purchase FFG's Beethoven Violin Sonatas and Cello Sonatas for a couple bucks each.
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classicalgeek

Quote from: k a rl h e nn i ng on August 06, 2022, 06:41:28 PM
No worries, James, my wallet is a bit happier, anyway :)

I know what you mean. ;D I contemplated snapping one the Solti/London boxes up myself, but there a lot of these box sets higher on my priority list!
So much great music, so little time...

staxomega

Quote from: DavidW on August 05, 2022, 03:59:25 PM
That is exactly why I don't find those conductor big boxes appealing.  Excepting Bernstein, there is no conductor I can think of that produces moving performances across all eras.

I always think these conductor big boxes are unappealing then I proceed to buy them anyway :-X Though I am a bit more conservative than others, none of the ones I've bought collect dust on a shelf. The Eduard van Beinum is an upcoming one that has caught my eye.

Brian

Quote from: classicalgeek on August 04, 2022, 06:27:51 PM
The "Solti in London" box is on sale at Amazon US for about $55:

https://www.amazon.com/Solti-London-36-Box-Set/dp/B098RTYSKX/



I've seen it hovering around $100, so this is a pretty good deal.
This sale is back - $55 again.

Bizarrely, Amazon US says that the items ship from "Amazon Global Store UK," but Amazon.co.uk does not have the item available on sale.

Anyway: should I buy? Anyone get to listen to it yet?

Todd

Quote from: Brian on August 21, 2022, 06:46:19 AMAnyway: should I buy?

I'm not a Solti fan, so keep that in mind, but I'd see what can be streamed first.  Solti tends to be unnuanced in symphonies and other orchestral works, and his recordings accompanying soloists tend to be available in other sets.  The box does not appear to hold many or even any must-have recordings, except for perhaps his Bartok.  If you really want his Elgar, Haydn, or the few Mahler symphonies in the box, it could make sense to buy for those. 
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JBS

Quote from: Brian on August 21, 2022, 06:46:19 AM
This sale is back - $55 again.

Bizarrely, Amazon US says that the items ship from "Amazon Global Store UK," but Amazon.co.uk does not have the item available on sale.

Anyway: should I buy? Anyone get to listen to it yet?

I received my copy but haven't listened to any of it. I do like his Mahler and Haydn. But I remember you said you don't like his Haydn....
The Elgar, Mahler, and Bartok recordings make up almost have the box, and include a recording of Bluebeard's Castle.
There's also a recording of Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex.

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Brian

Europadisc's box set sale includes a couple of big boxes that are near $1 per CD:



Boccherini Edition, 37 CDs, dollar price (excluding VAT) $36.48



Haydn/Fischer symphony cycle, 33 CDs, dollar price (excluding VAT) $36.48

I am curious about the Boccherini edition; I've enjoyed all I've heard by the composer, but (a) understand the box omits loads of stuff, and (b) 37 CDs may be too many for this composer anyway?

JBS

Quote from: Brian on October 02, 2022, 06:00:35 AM
Europadisc's box set sale includes a couple of big boxes that are near $1 per CD:



Boccherini Edition, 37 CDs, dollar price (excluding VAT) $36.48



Haydn/Fischer symphony cycle, 33 CDs, dollar price (excluding VAT) $36.48

I am curious about the Boccherini edition; I've enjoyed all I've heard by the composer, but (a) understand the box omits loads of stuff, and (b) 37 CDs may be too many for this composer anyway?

I have the Magnifica Comunita recordings that make up almost half of it. I'd say those on their own are worth the price.

But Ritter just got it recently; maybe he's heard enough of it to comment.

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Jo498

The Boccherini box also uses some of Capriccio/Delta Music recordings that had a 10 disc edition in the 1990s. It's not quite clear to me how many of them but I think the Erxleben (7 Symphonies) Petersen quartet, Parisii Q./Lencses (despite oboe quintets, that are arrangements with the same G numbers as the flute quintets not mentioned). These are all very good; I don't know any of the other recordings.
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Spotted Horses

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Quote from: Brian on October 02, 2022, 06:00:35 AM
Europadisc's box set sale includes a couple of big boxes that are near $1 per CD:



Boccherini Edition, 37 CDs, dollar price (excluding VAT) $36.48



Haydn/Fischer symphony cycle, 33 CDs, dollar price (excluding VAT) $36.48

I am curious about the Boccherini edition; I've enjoyed all I've heard by the composer, but (a) understand the box omits loads of stuff, and (b) 37 CDs may be too many for this composer anyway?

I had that Haydn cycle years ago but sold it off. The performances were good but the audio engineering was unacceptable, to my ears. Too reverberant and a weird soundstage. Do I remember right that it originally recorded by Nimbus?

(I also had and sold Dorati, now I rely on Dennis Russel Davies for my complete, and various subsets, Harnoncourt, Brugen, Kuijken, Davis, Karajan.)

Brian

Quote from: Spotted Horses on October 03, 2022, 02:40:24 AM
Do I remember right that it originally recorded by Nimbus?

(I also had and sold Dorati, now I rely on Dennis Russel Davies for my complete, and various subsets, Harnoncourt, Brugen, Kuijken, Davis, Karajan.)
Yep, you do remember right. Agreed on the sound, too. I have it all on MP3 from some other crazy sale (it was $9 for the box if you downloaded), in addition to the Decca HIP edition combining Bruggen and Hogwood, DRD, and various other subsets.

Spotted Horses

Quote from: Brian on August 21, 2022, 06:46:19 AM
This sale is back - $55 again.

Bizarrely, Amazon US says that the items ship from "Amazon Global Store UK," but Amazon.co.uk does not have the item available on sale.

Anyway: should I buy? Anyone get to listen to it yet?

I see Solti in London is still in the Amazon Global Store but up to $87 (which is still a steep discount from the list price). I don't really find Solti that compelling, but probably his work in London is what I prefer. In Chicago he had total control and it really was Sollissimo, too much of a good (or bad, depending on you taste) thing.

Todd

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People would rather believe than know - E.O. Wilson

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Todd

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Roasted Swan

This week there are two free downloads from Classics Select;

https://www.classicselectworld.com/collections/free-downloads

their neatly(?) titled "Big Great Symphony Box" Vols. 1&2 - each with about 10 hours of music.  Vol.1 has more old-school Schubert/Beethoven/Haydn but interesting (for me at least) to hear Adrian Boult's Beethoven.  Vol.2 has more 'classics' from the Vox back catalogue - several of the Abravanal/Mahler and Sibelius cycles and his complete Brahms plus Faberman Ives Nos.1-3 (all worth hearing if you never have!).