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

RHAPSODY IN BLUE / AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
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
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQGaAbKshvs

Rhapsody in Blue
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfdFiFWsTa0

Cheers

Luciano Pavarotti

PAVAROTTI'S GREATEST HITS
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!"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrJlnl4JxQE&list=OLAK5uy_mdpfkbCAgj99QnD3OG_hifjNuhUxG5UDM&i...

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_FuB2JYcZ8

De Curtis: Torna a Surriento (Arr. Chiaramello)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyAquu_c15w&list=OLAK5uy_mdpfkbCAgj99QnD3OG_hifjNuhUxG5UDM&i...

Verdi: Rigoletto / Act 3 - "La donna è mobile"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-nx9LaGw6s&list=OLAK5uy_mdpfkbCAgj99QnD3OG_hifjNuhUxG5UDM&i...

Puccini: Tosca / Act 3 - "E lucevan le stelle"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWbakwE-C_o&list=OLAK5uy_mdpfkbCAgj99QnD3OG_hifjNuhUxG5UDM&i...

And many more.

Cheers




Anne-Sophie Mutter

THE BERLIN RECITAL
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
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WwCXYG2W0c

Brahms: Hungarian Dance No.5 In G Minor
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVTuFLIUNH4

Brahms: Scherzo In C Minor For Violin & Piano (From The FAE-Sonata)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJnYL0twLEA

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

Cheers



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.....