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Here goes. I operate under the possibly misguided illusion that the posters on this forum might, by definition, be interested in (a) Gramophone Magazine (b) classical music and (c) buying recordings of classical music.
I'm just reading the September issue and intrigued that of the 36 recordings making it to the final three I've bought a third of them over the last year.
My favourites would the Mozart Requiem, the Ravel opera blue ray and the Chailly Brahms. My eyes, or ears, have also been opened to Mompou's piano music this past few months which is just something else.
What are other listeners' favourites from those 36 recordings? I was already going to buy CPE Bach's Magnificat before it appeared there; has anyone heard that recording?
Cheers, Graham

Of the list, I've only heard

Of the list, I've only heard the Chailly Brahms which I found a bit of a curate's egg. Brilliant insights sit side by side with whole movements which fail to get off the ground. I found the 4th symphony's finale breathtaking, the first movement faceless. I'm also not impressed by Decca's recording either in this set or Chailly's Beethoven. They sound rather phoney and spotlit on my equipment.

The Ravel bluray is certainly tempting, despite the rather hefty price tag.

Thanks tagalie. I got the

Thanks tagalie. I got the Ravel blu ray from Presto Classical as it's on promo at £22.00 just now. Both operas are fantastic productions. The imaginative effects in l'Enfant are a wonder as well as the singers and sound. 

I love the Brahms although it does not displace Addado on DG as my favourite collection of the symphonies. Brahms has to be played very badly for me not to enjoy it! 

 

I confess, Graham, I've been

I confess, Graham, I've been hooked on Kempe's Brahms for so long that other accounts have to just about walk on water before I'll accept them. At the same time I've always had reservations about Kempe's interpretation of the 4th, which may explain why I took to much of Chailly's. I think it calls for a sterner, stricter hand than the other three symphonies.

Thanks for the thoughts on the Ravel. I enjoy both operas on cd, have never seen them, and had noticed Presto's more reasonable price. Probably time to plunge for Fiery Angel while I'm at it.

Gramophone Awards.

Except for the "Contemporary" (which is not at all my cup of tea) and the "Recital" awarded discs, I purchased all the others. As usually, I firmly believe that these awards represent an indication of what is worth exploring, but they do not constitute what was the best production items of the year.

Taking the winners of the Awards list per category:

- The Wurteberg Sonatas, if you do not have them, are worthwihile with M. Esfahani, in a quite good production by Hyperion, provided you need them on the Harpsichord. It is not my all time preferred performance though.

- The C.P.E. Bach's Magnificat is a great work and this new recording by H.M does full justice to the work. While there are some other very good recordings, this almost exemplary production by H.M is truly great.

- Schubert's String Quintet with the Pavel Haas Quartet is a formidable performance, in a good production by Sypraphon, but it is not at the level of the superb Arcanto (H.M as CD or the Japanese KING as SACD) or the seasoned Prazak Quartets (Praga).

- Mozart's Requiem on Linn is a clear winner, particularly for the spectacular production.

- Prokofiev's Piano Concertos with Bavouzet was a surprise, since it has been received with lukewarm reviews almost anywhere I checked. I also did not find them that idiomatic; too refined for Prokofiev.

- One of the least contestable winners is Marenzio's Primo Libro di Madrigali, in the usual meticulous productions of Glossa.

- Volodos on Mompou has been received with very positive reviews almost anywhere. It is a very impressive recital on a good chunk of this almost marginal composer's output. However, not my choice for this rich in production of solo intruments discs year.

- As for Kaufmann's Winterreise, I have quite a few reservations. It has been received almost everywhere with lukewarm to somehow positive reviews. Likewise, it left me unimpressed, almost indifferent, since I found his perfomance not that idiomatic and emotionally charged (check Fischer-Dieskau, for example) for such a work. The whatever comparison with Vickers goes off the mark, at least to a great extrent.

Parla

Graham J wrote:

Graham J wrote:

  I was already going to buy CPE Bach's Magnificat before it appeared there; has anyone heard that recording?

 

 

 

Yes, it was one of the first I played on joining Qobuz.  I thougth it wonderful, along with other recordings of CPE being featured there.  I love his music, mostly new to me.  A most happy find.  Enjoy the Magnificat!

 

And the Dunedin/John Butt Mozart Requiem really is special, isn't it?

VicJayL wrote:

VicJayL wrote:

 

And the Dunedin/John Butt Mozart Requiem really is special, isn't it?

 

Even though we can't listen to it - or even buy it - on Qobuz?

pgraber wrote:

pgraber wrote:

 

 Even though we can't listen to it - or even buy it - on Qobuz?

 

Yes, bit of a downer that.  I guess there are some CDs we will have to buy.  I would like to know how the financing of streaming works.  Obviously some companies like Linn stay out of the game for a reason - which, of course, must be financial.  Would it be a one-off payment for their catalogue, or like libraries pay authors, on the lending numbers?   Someone will tell us. 

Thanks for your thoughts guys

Thanks for your thoughts guys. As soon as I get the chance I'll get the CPE Bach Magnificat. 

I've never been keen on the harpsichord as an instrument so I'll leave that one however. 

Harpschord or Grand Piano for C.P.E. Bach?

There are few competitive recordings of the Wurttemberg Sonatas on Piano (e.g. Markovina on Genuin), though, if you really wish to get to know these wonderful, at any rate, works by C.P.E. Bach. However, they do not sound that idiomatic...(They were written for the Harpsichord and they sound perfectly fine in this instrument, when well-played and...recorded).

Parla

pgraber wrote:

pgraber wrote:

 

VicJayL wrote:

 

 

And the Dunedin/John Butt Mozart Requiem really is special, isn't it?

 

 

 

Even though we can't listen to it - or even buy it - on Qobuz?

 

Gave this another listen last night.  I think it has become my favourite version.  There's somthing about the Dunedin sound that feels just right for music on this scale.  Mind you, I find all the stuff I have by them most satsisfying.  My first experience of them was their Acis and Galatea (a Studio Master download - but that's another story).  John Butt seems to know his onions.

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