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With thousands of recordings there are always surprises to be had - sometimes as a result of children randomly pulling out a disc. 

More recently I have had the problem of suddenly remembering a "forgotten CD" and then being unable to find the disc.  Jordi Savall's Charpentier "Canticum Ad Beatam Virginem Mariam" was the latest.  No idea where the CD is hiding, but I was able to find it and download it from eMusic which will suffice until the disc reappears.

Of course the revealation of "forgotten CDs" rediscovered can be disappointing.  You load a disc you found superb years ago only to find that with the passage of time you are not so sure what the fuss was all about - perhaps the solution is to put it away for another few years and try again?

Richard

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I came across a truly forgotten cd last week -- the Tebaldi/Di Stefano Forza conducted by Santini.  It was so forgotten, I couldn't even remember buying it.  I did remember listening to it at a friend's house one evening.  Then I remembered that he leant it to me.  Now I remember -- this is his forgotten cd!!!  And he's since moved to Chicago!

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otterhouse wrote:

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

Thanks for the link, just ordered Mendelssohn Overtures, Carl Schuricht conducting The
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. 

Possibly the first classical lp I bought.   Decca Ace of Clubs.  Cost 10s
6d.(52 p) if my memory serves me right.


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Picking up the new cover CD this morning  I noticed the excerpt from the CD of the Month -Anima Eterna/Immerseel- and having been intrigued by the review put it on. Expecting to be shocked and disturbed by a revolutionary new sound I wasn't. I enjoyed the open clear sound of the orchestra, tempo a little steady perhaps, in fact it all sounded quite familiar; what did it remind me of? Or perhaps who? Then in a flash it came -Klemperer! Sure enough his 1963 recording was still on the shelves and the booklet notes referred to the contemporary concert reviews; clarity, attention to detail within firm overall grip etc etc. So I played the same movement and -Fantastique-in fact a little more exciting than Immerseel I thought!     

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This can happen if you don't regularly weed your collection.

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Here is another awesome CD that was in a box I did not unpack since 2003 (when I moved to my new house):

That whole "enterprise" series was great, by the way! Pity that Decca is not a separate entity anymore, and that Universal delete their best series (great pianists of the 20th century! ; Dutch masters, Westminister) even before you have a chance to buy any! 

*Sings freely after John Miles*

"Decca was my first love, and it will be my last; Decca has no future, Decca only has the past..."

 

Rolf

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That Schmidt's been around for ever - I have it on vinyl. For me it sits firmly in that category of music you're glad you've heard without inspiring further exploration. I'd be happy to hear from a Schmidt aficionado as to whether that's typical of him or there's much better stuff in the catalogue.

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Rolf, thanks for the link. Litton does a good job of encapsulating the work, IMO. I like its organic feel, it's just that it hasn't gripped me yet. It's briefly analysed by Harold Truscott in the old Penguin Symphony series, though he doesn't give any of the background that Litton says is fundamental to a complete understanding. I should listen again with that in mind. Also, it's time I sampled Reger. Could you recommend a starting point?

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I Like Max Reger's Hiller variations (op 100), his Clarinet quintet op 146:

http://cgi.omroep.nl/cgi-bin/streams?/avro/klassiek/zoc/zoc_011021_bb.wma?start=0:30:35

(a 2001 live recording of the Delos ensemble by the Dutch radio)

the simple sentimentality of his songs:

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

And the slow movement of his piano concerto:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QY6zb1x_0lM&fmt=18

Although I am an organ player, I never "got" his organ works...

http://orgelconcerten.ncrv.nl/ncrv?nav=kqajsCsHtGAkBbCYmP

(all files in this archive 192 KBS!)

Enjoy!

Rolf

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Grygory Sandor plays Liszt Sonata_an old Columbia LP that also has the Funerailles and Mephisto Waltz. I must say that, as a collector of the great B minor, this is one of the most intense fire breathing performances I have heard. Hearing it again, after all these years, it is even more impressive. I hope someday someone will reissue this as a disc. I have transferred it to my computer with minor restorations but I feel it deserves a wider public.

The worst thing, however, is purchasing a disc and then finding it on your shelf. OOOPS. That happened with Naxos brahms piano transcription\reductions. 

 

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