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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I just re-signed with Qubuz with another free  trial  offer.
Its useful for Jazz and other music which I may listen to maybe 10% of the time.
Maybe IDAGIO sounds better because of fewer listeners.
Patricia Kopatchinskaja: Take Two

It’s hard to put into words what a fantastic and creative talent this woman is.

Mark Swed, classical music critic of the Los Angeles Times, wrote a very entertaining (and accurate) review:

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/classical/la-et-cm-patricia-kopatchinskaja-records-review...
Rachmaninov, Ireland, Yuja Wang, Hofman
Interesting article praising Rachmaninov, describing his snail paced practice.  Also praises Yuja Wang's performance.

"Rachmaninov wrote the Third Concerto for Hofmann and dedicated it to him. The composer played the work for Hofmann in 1911, and the response was negative: “A short melody which is constantly interrupted with difficult passages; more a fantaisie than a concerto. Not enough form.”

Hofmann, who had other works by Rachmaninov in his repertoire, never played the Third Concerto."

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/music/the-rachmaninov-method-practise-like-a-snail-play-like-a-ga...
Re: Yuja Wang, not mentioned much on these pages, has the potential to be a great one.  Right now, though with incredible technique, she can be a  little glib in  performance.  As she is maturing (in looks, clothing and taste,) she’s beginning to play with more depth and understanding.
https://youtu.be/Yxn8E6v8akQ

Check out this performance of the Brahms D minor Concerto.

I bow to your great knowledge RV .
To my hears she is playing Chopin and the Band Tchaikovsky .Of course just my broken down old ears .