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#15150 - 09/01/03 11:23 PM Re: Classical Music suggestions? (sushi?)
sushi Offline
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Registered: 02/09/03
Posts: 1490
Loc: Dallas, TX
Sure, John, but only occasionally. Faced with the resolution of the Hales/Axioms, the sound quality of net-streams just doesn't cut it (even with those 128kbps stations). But my 45TX is always ready with a USB cable dangled for my laptop (unfortunately, the USB port is on the back of the receiver).

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#15151 - 09/01/03 11:42 PM Re: Classical Music suggestions? (sushi?)
sushi Offline
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Registered: 02/09/03
Posts: 1490
Loc: Dallas, TX
Here are last year's WRR Classical Top 40. All familiar faces. For those who wish to try some "popular" classical pieces, this is a good place to start.


1. Beethoven Symphony #9 "Choral"
2. Vivaldi Four Seasons
3. Barber Adagio for Strings
4. Mozart Requiem
5. Bach Toccata and Fugue in d minor
6. Beethoven Symphony #5
7. Dvorak Symphony #9 "New World"
8. Beethoven Piano Concerto #5 "Emperor"
9. Bach Brandenburg Concertos
10. Mozart Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
11. Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture
12. Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue
13. Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade
14. Pachelbel Canon in D
15. Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis
16. Beethoven Symphony #6 "Pastoral"
17. Ravel Bolero
18. Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition
19. Copland Appalachian Spring
20. Holst Planets
21. Mozart Symphony #41 "Jupiter"
22. Beethoven Symphony #7 in A
23. Wagner Ring
24. Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto #2
25. Handel Water Music
26. Orff Carmina Burana
27. Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto #1
28. Mussorgsky Night on Bald Mountain
29. Bach Mass in B minor
30. Beethoven Piano Sonata #14 "Moonlight"
31. Handel Messiah
32. Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
33. Haydn Trumpet Concerto
34. Beethoven Symphony #3 "Eroica"
35. Albinoni Adagio
36. Saint-Saens Symphony #3 "Organ Symphony"
37. Respighi Pines of Rome
38. Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
39. Mozart Marriage of Figaro: Overture
40. Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto #3


Strictly from my personal point of view, too bad Mahler is not listed for the last few years! In 1999, two Mahler Symphonies were on the list (No.2 "Resurrection" at 27th, and No.1 "Titan" at 35th) -- and you know why? Maestro Andrew Litton / DSO was going through a Mahler series in the subscription concerts till that year. A simple local factor.


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#15152 - 09/02/03 07:55 AM Re: Classical Music suggestions? (sushi?)
OGS20 Offline
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Registered: 08/23/02
Posts: 65
Loc: TO
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Strictly from my personal point of view, too bad Mahler is not listed for the last few years!

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You know what I find interesting. No Brahms, Bruckner, Bartok ... and that's just a few B's!! Yet FIVE LvB symphonies? Yuck!

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#15153 - 09/02/03 12:40 PM Re: Classical Music suggestions? (sushi?)
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Registered: 04/02/03
Posts: 16267
Loc: Leesburg, Virginia
What about Chopin? Is the piano falling out of popularity?
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#15154 - 09/02/03 03:06 PM Re: Classical Music suggestions? (sushi?)
Frenchlop Offline
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Registered: 04/23/03
Posts: 39
Sushi,

I have the Fantasia 2000 DVD and really like it. I am surprised that you suggested it, however, as I think all of the performances are cut for time and I would think that would irritate the purists.

My favorite is Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue. Any suggestions on a great full recording of it? Other composers that I should check out?


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#15155 - 09/02/03 06:37 PM Re: Classical Music suggestions? (sushi?)
JohnK Offline
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Registered: 05/11/02
Posts: 10372
Scott, there're dozens of CDs which include the Rhapsody, but Bernstein's performance(now on Sony 63086, also available on SACD)has never been bettered.

So far as other composers, plenty you should check out, of course, but I'll repeat Rachmaninoff(Symphonic Dances, Batiz, Naxos NXS 8.550583), Ravel(if you'd care for a gorgeous collection of singing and vocalizing by Anna Moffo, try RCA 7831),Respighi(Pines of Rome, etc. with Dutoit on London LON 410 145), Smetana(Ma Vlast with Berglund on Seraphim SPH 73736).
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#15156 - 09/02/03 07:46 PM Re: Classical Music suggestions? (sushi?)
MarkT Offline
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Registered: 02/15/03
Posts: 79
Loc: Philadelphia, PA
Sushi -
Just rented and finished watching the Fantasia 2000 DVD - amazing sound - loved the Pomp and Circumstance and Rhapsody in Blue. Let me to buy the CD which is also excellent! Thanks for the suggestion. The Axioms definitely excel in reproducing well-recorded classical music.

JohnK -
Listened to the Berglund Ma Vlast - it was the first time I have heard it in years and I was amazed at how many of its beautiful melodies I remembered. I am curious as to which other Ma Vlast recordings you would recommend and how they compare fidelity-wise with the Berglund.

Mark





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#15157 - 09/02/03 10:24 PM Re: Classical Music suggestions? (sushi?)
JohnK Offline
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Registered: 05/11/02
Posts: 10372
Mark, I own six Ma Vlasts and have listened to quite a few more. Mainly, it's the music that counts, not the sound(one is from the late '30s)but sure, I could suggest some other good performances in good sound. What were your impressions of the Berglund performance and sound? That might help to tailor other suggestions.
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#15158 - 09/02/03 11:06 PM Re: Classical Music suggestions? (sushi?)
MarkT Offline
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Registered: 02/15/03
Posts: 79
Loc: Philadelphia, PA
John,

I am not speaking entirely of the sound in this case. I found the opening segments that suggest the flowing of water rather rushed. I felt like a good deal of the instruments were one big mass of sound and not easily differentiated from each other. I guess what I am really looking for is just a list of some other recordings to compare the overall impression with what I remember hearing many years ago. Its not that I didn't like the Berglund - it just didn't sound dynamic enough to me.

Mark

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#15159 - 09/03/03 12:24 AM Re: Classical Music suggestions? (sushi?)
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Registered: 05/11/02
Posts: 10372
As always, Mark, I suppose that we're running into semantics and artistic license here. Actually, if you'd have told me that you'd heard another Ma Vlast and what you were looking for, I'd have suggested the Berglund. The tempos are on the moderate side, actually slightly slower than average overall(e.g. my 6 CDs in Vysehrad:13:43, 14:36,15:05,15:07,15:11(Berglund),15:17). Overall timings of all the CDs vary from about 70-78 minutes. Generally symphonic sound is supposed to blend, without too much highlighting of individual instruments(ironically, this is a point on which the Berglund was criticized in one of the reviews, i.e. a bit too close-up sound, especially the trumpets). So, I think that it has the best combination of sound and performance available, but my second favorite is the Kubelik, Boston Symphony on DG 429 183. This has a wider fluctuation of tempi(slower in most, faster in Sarka)and the sound is a bit lighter in the bass, possibly giving an impression of a bit more clarity. Give it a try; Borders in Bryn Mawr, King of Prussia, and Springfield show it in stock for about $11.
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