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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If this isnn‘t classical music I don‘t know what is.

I'll go with option B; you don't know what is.

George Gershwin

Earl Wild  (piano)
Boston Pops  --  Arthur Fiedler
RCA Living Stereo  SACD   1959 / 2005

Excellent booklet with tons of info on Gershwin and the music.  " He is a link between the Jazz camp and the intellectuals..." A Critic

I always thought the Jazz Camp were the intellectuals.   Silly me.

An American in Paris

Rhapsody in Blue


Luciano Pavarotti

Another blast from the past.  DM69.95 from some place called, Muller. 
Decca   2CD set.   1968 - 1980

Amazing Booklet with the lyrics of all the songs on the two CDs.  In several languages!   They don't make them like this anymore.

Puccini: Turandot / Act 3 - "Nessun dorma!"

Donizetti: La fille du régiment / Act 1 - Ah mes amis - Pour mon âme

De Curtis: Torna a Surriento (Arr. Chiaramello)

Verdi: Rigoletto / Act 3 - "La donna è mobile"

Puccini: Tosca / Act 3 - "E lucevan le stelle"

And many more.


Anne-Sophie Mutter

Anne Sophie Mutter(violin), Lambert Orkis(piano)
DG  1995 

Not only a great violinist, but also, a Stone Fox.

Notes:  "That indefatigable conversationalist, Johann Peter Eckermann, once asked Goethe, more or less in passing, why the phenomenon of precociousness was so widespread among musicians.  The great man answered without hesitation:  music, he said, was something entirely innate, something inborn, a gift that needed no outward stimulus to sustain it and was not based on real-life experience."

Mozart: Sonata For Piano And Violin In E Minor, K.304 - 1. Allegro

Brahms: Hungarian Dance No.5 In G Minor

Brahms: Scherzo In C Minor For Violin & Piano (From The FAE-Sonata)

"Anne-Sophie Mutter's highly developed musicianship is "something entirely innate, something inborn" to quote Goethe.  Such gifts can never be coerced.  -- Peter Fuhrmann


Great post! 

I cannot resist to say that a man able to argue against Newton  with success in his own field cannot be call wrong often....


Thanks for the music.....