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Forgotten CDs

Hello all,

In my CD-shelfs, I sometimes find a CD that I haven't played for years. It's a bit a "forgotten CD". There have been so many CD's produced with classical music the past 27 years, I guess that every classical music fan has a couple of CD's he has forgotten about. And sometimes it is a small delight to hear it back again.

It's 1995, and classical CD's are still mass produced. DG brings out this CD:

 

How many copies have been sold? How many still linger around in a CD collection? How many times will this CD sound to the world?

Do you have similar CD's? CD's you recently found back? What do you think of that CD now?

 

Rolf 

Netherlands

RE: Home

Funnily enough, I have that CD and haven't played it for years though I seem to recall rather enjoying it first time round! It's a shame that the Bastille/Chung relationship went spectacularly pear-shaped because he was creating a fine and distinctive orchestra – with a nicely "French" quality. (On the subject of Symphonie fantastiques when I was compiling the latest Gramophone Classical Music Guide this time last year I was surprised to discover that Marc Minkowski's DG recording with its fascinating blend of old and new instruments had also fallen under the deletion axe! And that performance was Mike Ashman's choice in a "Gramophone Collection". It is of course now available as a download.) 

Rolf, I'd not be the slightest bit surprised if dozens of such CDs were mentioned in this context. My own "Damascus moment" came in the late 1980s when I was looking at a Decca recording schedule and noticed that Richard Strauss's Alpine Symphony was being recorded on the same day for the same label by two different combinations – the SFSO and Blomstedt and the Cleveland Orchestra and Ashkenazy. I remember thinking at the time that this did not bode well. And where is either recording now? 

 

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Rolf, I know this is not the place but I just wanted to say a quick thanks for your posting of Nielsen's first symphony on the old Docent site. Tremendous performance under Jenson that puts every modern rival in the shade. Did he record the other 5 symphonies? Do you have them available for download?

best regards, Barry

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James J., copies of Decca's R. Strauss/Alpine are resting comfortably on one of my CD library shelves along with H.B.'s earlier Denon/Strauss recordings with Dresden.  Best, Hal. 

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Hello Barry,

Unfortunately, my soundcard is broken, and I have no time to fix it. My new job is very time consuming, still have to finish my PhD, so at the moment no more new transfers... There are some more Nielsen Lp's on the European Archive, but the sound quality there will stay a problem for a while. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXyg7z6V-9o&fmt=18

There are some serious budget problems, and new transfers done with some professionalism (cleaning a record first, fi...) are on a hold. 

Some of my old transfers are still online, like the magical Helene Boschi (piano teacher of Piotr Anderszewski ) In Mozart's 22nd piano concerto:

http://homepages.ipact.nl/~otterhouse/

On the Dutch radio 4 site, there still are some other transfers. The blogs are in Dutch, but at the bottom of the page are the mp3's (and music is an international language :) 

http://old.radio4.nl/page/blog/6453/79

http://old.radio4.nl/page/blog/6053/40

http://old.radio4.nl/page/blog/6826/40

http://old.radio4.nl/page/blog/7173/40

http://old.radio4.nl/page/blog/5597/79

 

Greetings,

Rolf den Otter

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Hello James,

Did you know that the Minkowski Symphonie Fantastique is now available from Brilliant Classics? On the strength of your recommendation (and Mike Ashman) I bought it today from an Amazon market seller for £4.85.

Good luck with the re-launch. 

 

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Torontonian, I hope you enjoy it (though at £4.85 it's not a huge deficit if you don't!). I just got out my DG copy and must say it does really have the spirit of "new discovery" about it. (I've also just played Gardiner's Harold in Italy – similarly thrilling Berlioz conducting – but that's another story!) 

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LoL, just found this website with intriguing name:

http://www.forgottenrecords.com/

Some interesting stuff there... Including the pioneering Mahler 6 recording by Eduard Flipse.

Rolf

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Thank you, Rolf, for identifying the French Forgotten CD site. While I am not planning to buy any of their advertised recordings, I was able to finally determine when an LP I bought in New York in 1962 was recorded. The Record Hunter in mid-town Manhattan was having a sale on deleted Concert Hall discs and I bought the recording of the three Arriaga String Quartets shown at the top of the second page of the site. The LP although recorded monaurally in 1950 is very musical, and I still listen to it occasionally. As I recall it was among the first few LPs I bought in the US after having arrived from the UK in August of 1982. Concert Hall discs were not that well pressed and tended to be noisy.

On a final note, a very brief additional exploration of the site disclosed that are many other wonderful musical recordings listed in the Forgotten catalogue which have not been available since the 1950's and 1960's. Irvine Shamrock.

 

Irvine Shamrock

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Concert hall/mms had some very distinguished artists like Ricardo Odnoposoff

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXa94wddQbk&fmt=18

The Pascal quartet:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOEUJf_Y8yw&fmt=18

and Peter Rybar:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8CRu4tb6qc&fmt=18

 

Rolf

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One of the great joys of the digital era is the ability to rip all your CDs onto a hard drive and allow your player to randomly select tracks for you.

Whilst I would only occasionally wish to do this, the shock of re-discovery when you do is thrilling. Recently I was experimenting with my new Oppo BDP83 multi-media player and decided to connect a hard drive full of music. I hit the random selection and a wonderful succession of unexpected (and long dormant) music issued forth in crystal clear sound. When I checked my Squeezebox, there was the same feature, which has since been used rather a lot.

Of course we will mostly sit down to listen to a specific recording but, when undecided, I will so often find myself selecting the same favourite group of GROCs (apologies to EMI) - at the moment Janet Baker singing Gondelfahrer, Jessye singing Befreit, Richter's Chopin Scherzos, Lupu's late Brahms, Horenstein's Mahler 8 - endlessly. Also it would be quite tiresome to be presented with bleeding chunks of opera interspersed with variation sections and symphonic index points. But the trick is to allow your ear to be captured by something once-loved but forgotten and switch to normal play to hear out the rest of the piece.

I'm sure a great number of us have thousands of recordings and probably only listen to a fraction of them. Rip them onto disk and liberate the music from your shelves!!! 

 

Macsporran

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