Classical Music for Aficionados


I would like to start a thread, similar to Orpheus’ jazz site, for lovers of classical music.
I will list some of my favorite recordings, CDs as well as LP’s. While good sound is not a prime requisite, it will be a consideration.
  Classical music lovers please feel free to add to my lists.
Discussion of musical and recording issues will be welcome.

I’ll start with a list of CDs.  Records to follow in a later post.

Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique.  Chesky  — Royal Phil. Orch.  Freccia, conductor.
Mahler:  Des Knaben Wunderhorn.  Vanguard Classics — Vienna Festival Orch. Prohaska, conductor.
Prokofiev:  Scythian Suite et. al.  DG  — Chicago Symphony  Abbado, conductor.
Brahms: Symphony #1.  Chesky — London Symph. Orch.  Horenstein, conductor.
Stravinsky: L’Histoire du Soldat. HDTT — Ars Nova.  Mandell, conductor.
Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances. Analogue Productions. — Dallas Symph Orch. Johanos, cond.
Respighi: Roman Festivals et. al. Chesky — Royal Phil. Orch. Freccia, conductor.

All of the above happen to be great sounding recordings, but, as I said, sonics is not a prerequisite.


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Brendel is among the most intellectual musicians alive .

I really enjoyed his tomes ,"Alfred Brendel On Music" and " Music , Sense and Nonsense"  .
Yes, Brendel made admirable decision to quit playing piano in public, but succeeded as conductor.
Richter suffered depression from his infirmity.  He suffered changes in his hearing that altered his perception of pitch.  Died at 82.
Opera lovers, you really must read this article and gaze at the set designs by Maurice Sendak, including for Magic Flute.
Blake's influence very clear.
If you are in NYC, go see the exhibition at Morgan Library.
https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2019/08/29/maurice-sendak-center-stage/
Interesting jcazador, thanks .
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