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#215375 - 07/15/08 11:03 PM Re: Classical Music Recommendations [Re: Murph]
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That's a great list of candidates for possible purchase there, Andrew. Just to further identify a couple of my suggestions, the "Symphonic Dances" is the Rachmaninoff disc conducted by Batiz and "Vocalise" is the gorgeous RCA disc with Anna Moffo and Stokowski available from Arkiv.
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#215380 - 07/15/08 11:39 PM Re: Classical Music Recommendations [Re: JohnK]
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I keep meaning to look into Vocalise. Thanks for another reminder.

PeterChenoweth, I like those two discs a lot. I bought the Janine Jansen based on your recommendation, and it certainly is fun. I bought the Sharon Bezaly after reading an online review followed by Amazon.com user reviews, and while I don't listen to it as often as the Jansen, I do enjoy it.

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#215394 - 07/16/08 07:26 AM Re: Classical Music Recommendations [Re: PeterChenoweth]
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I have the Bezaly Mozart Flute Concerto SACD as well but I think that I only paid $9.99 for it with the BIS catalog. The performance and recording is nice but I discovered that I don't care that much for flute music. After one or two movements, I usually put something else on.

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#215413 - 07/16/08 12:02 PM Re: Classical Music Recommendations [Re: davidsch]
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Don't flout the flautist!

Actually, I'm with you. I never listen to the whole thing in one sitting. I just take the occasional small dose.

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#215923 - 07/22/08 01:27 PM Re: Classical Music Recommendations [Re: JohnK]
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 Originally Posted By: JohnK
Fred, the mention of a musical instrument doesn't usually bring a specific recording immediately to mind, but your mention of the cello does here. The Dvorak Cello Concerto is considered by many(including me)to be the finest of the cello concertos, and of course there're several fine recordings available. However, outstanding is the performance by Pierre Fournier on a disc which also includes Bloch's haunting Schelomo and Bruch's Kol Nidrei. And there're practically giving it away!


Thanks John for this recommendation. I just ordered it from Arkivmusic.com for $6.99.

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#216004 - 07/23/08 12:07 AM Re: Classical Music Recommendations [Re: davidsch]
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Very good, David; if you like great music with the cello prominently featured you should really enjoy those classic performances. As David Hurwitz commented in his editorial review for Amazon, it's a peculiarity of the classical music business that there's no relationship between price and quality of performance, and that this disc is available for around $6 is certainly a great example. Hope that you also ordered some other items to help average down the shipping costs.
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#216014 - 07/23/08 07:21 AM Re: Classical Music Recommendations [Re: JohnK]
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John - Yes, I also ordered a disc featuring the Canadian Brass caled Jazz Roots which sounded interesting. It is a 2 CD set of previously released LPs called Rag-Ma-Tazz and Unexplored Territory.

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#216022 - 07/23/08 10:11 AM Re: Classical Music Recommendations [Re: spiffnme]
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 Originally Posted By: spiffnme
You mean the genius of Vivaldi?



Ummmm.... Yeah.....

Why did I type that Mozart?? I think I might have actually been listening to Mozart when I was typing that. Or maybe I was already moving on to Bezaly's CD....
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#220362 - 09/09/08 09:28 AM Re: Classical Music Recommendations [Re: PeterChenoweth]
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Anybody tried this SACD sampler of classical woks yet? It came up on my Amazon, 'we recommend you give us even more money on this,' list.

The Absolute Sound, Telarc SACD Sampler.
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#220407 - 09/09/08 03:40 PM Re: Classical Music Recommendations [Re: Murph]
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I haven’t heard that one but here is some additional info on it:

http://www.musicdirect.com/product/76526

http://www.cduniverse.com/productinfo.asp?pid=7013947&style=classical

I haven’t even heard that brand but the others I do have are quite nice.

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