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Mahler's 3rd Symphony - a minidisc recording that I made from radio 3 of Bernard Haitink conducting in the 90s. The sound is much better than modern recordings I've made from radio 3. Why is that?
Schubert sacred works (7 cds) - Wolfgang Sawallisch - Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
After a very inspiring Mozart week in Salzburg which this year was dedicated to György Kurtág and where the master himself was present all the time on stage and in the auditorium I am almost addicted to his music...
my favorite recordings at the moment are:
Most of my CDs are either second-hand (and therefore not usually recent issues) or re-issues of ones at least 10 years old, but recently I managed to get a second-hand copy of the Mosaiques playing Haydn's Op. 20, which set me looking for more, and I found a (brand new) 5-disc set of Op. 64, 76 and 77, so this is what I am mostly playing now. Unfortunately, as the only one in the household who enjoys Classical music, I'm reduced to listening to it on either my computer (which has a horrid pair of speakers attached to it) or my second-hand iPod, which doesn't even have Apple earphones.
I'm actually listening to my partner playing piano in another room right now but I just finished listening to a recording of a symphony in E flat by the British-Australian composer, George W. Marshall-Hall - I read about it on another forum a couple of months ago and it took a lot of searching the Internet to get hold of it but I'm very glad I made the effort. It's marvellous stuff, Late Romantic in idiom (dates from around 1903, I think), beautifully orchestrated, very assured in its handling of form... My "find" of the year so far, I think.
Not related to the thread, but how many covers use this image - Caspar David Friedrich's "Wanderer above the Sea of Fog"?
Surely this is the most frequently used artwork for covers, or can someone think of something else?
Andrew, I'm afraid if I want something "new" I have to delve far back into the past. I don't care for the Romantics and I hate 20th/21st century music full stop. I wish it wasn't like that, but I find other people have just as many "holes" in their musical taste as I do. Many don't share my passion for chamber music, for a start. This delving is how I discovered Andrew Lawrence-King. I bought The Harp of Luduvico (and Harp Music of the Italian Renaissance) without knowing a thing about what was on them. The same goes for The Harp Consort's Spanish Dances (Luz y Norte by Lucas Ruiz de Ribayaz). Enormously entertaining stuff.
I am listening to and evaluating Charles Mackerras' recordings of Mozart's last four symphonies on the Linn label (SACD) with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. He is using an informed authentic musical style with period trumpets that do not sound very refined to these ears...but after three hearings I am able to now concentrate on the music rather than those trumpets. I have grown rather found of these recordings since I am finally over the shock and can be more objective.
In comparison to his Prague Chamber Symphony recordings of the 80's (Telarc) I find the interpretation is somewhat different...less detailed but very straight forward and, in a word, charming. I still love those Telarc's however...they are a little more "romantic," a bit more ebb and flow vis-a-vis the Linn recordings and of course still hold up very well in the sound department. I think I will keep them both.
Nevertheless, I still favor Josef Krips and Bruno Walter in this repertoire as well as Sandor Vegh.
I am listening to Smetana's My Country for two pianos and four hands. The sonorities are quite different from the symphonic version. It is published by Supraphon.
A music lover currently living in the middle of nowhere.
I've just finished Krystian Zimermann's Rachmaninov Piano Concertos Nos 1 and 2 with Seiji Ozawa and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. I'm absolutely floored by the way Zimermann plays, so powerful and firm is his command over the piano. I don't dare to compare Leif Ove Andsnes's recording with the Berliner Philharmnoniker and Antonio Pappano, but I'm very happy to have both recordings. They are among my most treasured albums, and I never tire of listening to them over and over again.
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