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#340594 - 03/02/11 12:42 AM Re: Classical Music Recommendations [Re: CV]
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See this article. I'd like excellent CD/SACD recordings of at least the first 3. John?
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#340601 - 03/02/11 04:13 AM Re: Classical Music Recommendations [Re: Ken.C]
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Will do.
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#340665 - 03/02/11 10:50 PM Re: Classical Music Recommendations [Re: Ken.C]
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Okay, Ken, I listened to/watched those. I think that I see their point, although a lot of the recordings that I've suggested here get me more "pumped up". Be that as it may, I can suggest three excellent recordings which include those compositions. Young Canadian violinist James Ehnes recorded the Paganini Caprices to considerable acclaim, and it's available here . Relatively little-known Eric Himy has an outstanding performance and recording of the Liszt La Campanella and other Liszt favorites on this disc . A fast and furious performance of Brandenburg 5 and other Bach "pumps up" Bach enthusiasts(one way or another) on this .
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#340666 - 03/02/11 11:21 PM Re: Classical Music Recommendations [Re: JohnK]
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Thanks! One question on the Brandenburg--the harpsichord solo was not really to my taste in that he seemed to be hesitating at weird times. I have another Bach recording where that happens so much, I can't stand to listen to it. Is that how it is intended to be played? Is that how it's ALWAYS played in elite groups?
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#340669 - 03/02/11 11:38 PM Re: Classical Music Recommendations [Re: Ken.C]
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It depends what the "weird times" are, of course. Sure, some performers, but not all, overinterpret and dramatize(they think)where Bach was a little too "straight" in their view. I can say that on the one I suggested, Goebel plays so fast that there's barely time for those indicated in the score for the harpsichordist.
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#340670 - 03/02/11 11:42 PM Re: Classical Music Recommendations [Re: JohnK]
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See, I like my Bach utterly precise, except perhaps at the end of a passage when one might slow down. Bach should be clockwork.
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#340671 - 03/02/11 11:54 PM Re: Classical Music Recommendations [Re: Ken.C]
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Well, Staier, who plays the harpsichord here, keeps it pretty straight, but fast. And, as the first Amazon reviewer commented, if it's too fast for you, "listen faster!".
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#340672 - 03/02/11 11:55 PM Re: Classical Music Recommendations [Re: JohnK]
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Oh, I'm good with fast. Blow my mind, man.
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#340673 - 03/03/11 01:18 AM Re: Classical Music Recommendations [Re: Ken.C]
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Purchased two. I'll wait until the Liszt comes back in stock and perhaps down in price.
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#340676 - 03/03/11 02:02 AM Re: Classical Music Recommendations [Re: Ken.C]
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Ken, you're not likely to be able to do better than those prices now around $11.90. I've used "oddbanana" a couple times with complete satisfaction(received in about five days)and suggest that you order there.
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