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#118299 - 03/09/06 10:18 PM Re: Classical Music Recommendation..
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Registered: 01/06/06
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This is just an amazing experience, now that you put some perspective on how Ma might have worked his cello, I can close my eyes and imagine him plucking the strings, while at the same time inhale and exhale as any living being would

I didn't know that cello sounded so complex, in this particular piece I seemed to hear more than one tone from Ma's maneuver. It seemed to me cello sounded more complex than say, guitar (I listened to some John William's pieces)...

Thanks guys for broadening my education in this.

-Ken

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#118300 - 03/09/06 10:23 PM Re: Classical Music Recommendation..
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Don't think I can turn back from here, after listening to what M80 is capable of...

As a matter of fact, I have gotten tired of the "premium sound" in my vehicle. This hobby is addicting !

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#118301 - 03/20/06 06:55 PM Re: Classical Music Recommendation..
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Registered: 01/28/06
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Loc: Regina, SK
This thread is great! I just picked up a copy of 'The Planets' today and really enjoy it. Thanks for all the suggestions for classical beginners.
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#118302 - 03/20/06 08:29 PM Re: Classical Music Recommendation..
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I've got Walter Susskind with the St. Louis Orch version of the Planets in SACD. My son calls it the Star Wars army music.
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#118303 - 03/20/06 10:14 PM Re: Classical Music Recommendation..
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Ryan, glad that you're enjoying "The Planets"; I usually suggest it as something colorful with both dramatic and gentle passages which are likely to be attractive to most listeners. Which version did you get?

While I'm at it I'll suggest checking out the site where the Minnesota Orchestra has archived some of their programs. As I type now I'm listening to an especially attractive program that includes Ravel's gorgeous Mother Goose and the Mussourgsky Pictures at an Exhibition.
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#118304 - 03/21/06 03:58 PM Re: Classical Music Recommendation..
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I picked up the Decca/Eloquence version performed by the Los Angelese Philharmonic Orchestra (link here). Is this series well regarded by experts? The store had quite a few all in the $7-$10 range so I might pick up a few more to expand my horizons. The insert also mentions that is has 'AMSI AMbient Surround Imaging' which is supposed to help in surround systems. Is this true or is it mainly a marketing gimmick?
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#118305 - 03/22/06 04:55 AM Re: Classical Music Recommendation..
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Ryan, yes the Mehta performance is the one that I usually suggest and is probably my favorite of the six versions that I have. As to the "AMSI" processing, the Berliner lab which does it says that it's proprietary and doesn't describe precisely what they do, but it in someway involves having more than the usual amount of ambience in the mix. All CDs have ambience in some degree mixed into the two channels, which processing such as DPLII and Logic 7 can extract and steer to the surrounds where it belongs. Whatever the exact process, it certainly sounds good on the Planets CD, especially with DPLII.

Some of the Eloquence CDs are very good, and of course I don't know which ones that the store has, but looking at the link you gave to their catalog, some that I have or at least am familiar with are(catalog numbers you can insert into the search bar): 4674102(Gershwin); 4696282(Ravel);4674192(Rachmaninoff); 4674532(Rachmaninoff); 4674292(Mahler); 4674612(Strauss); 4697602(Dvorak); 4674632(Dvorak).
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#118306 - 03/25/06 01:46 PM Re: Classical Music Recommendation..
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Registered: 03/12/06
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Get Ancient! ;-)
This is an excellent Beethoven cycle. I used to borrow it from the library often - it has been OOP for some time - was pleasantly surprised to see it being re-released - and the big heads up here is that the Amazon price for the re-release is about half of what it used to sell for.
If you are not already a fan of Hogwood and the Academy of Ancient Music (and Steven Lubin) - this set will win you over.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000E0LB8G/104-0379999-7305558?%5Fencoding=UTF8&v=glance&n=5174
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#118307 - 03/25/06 04:07 PM Re: Classical Music Recommendation..
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Registered: 01/28/06
Posts: 67
Loc: Regina, SK
Wow, thanks for taking the time to note all the catalogue numbers. You really should charge us for this service! I'll make a list and try one or two at a time if the store has them in stock. Now if only I had a pair of M80's to enjoy them on... My Grado SR60's will have to do for now.
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#118308 - 03/26/06 12:34 AM Re: Classical Music Recommendation..
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J, I'm not familiar with Lubin's performances of the concertos(my favorites are probably Schiff/Haitink ), but listening to samples of the older release, it's interesting to hear the varying tonalities on the different period instruments which he used. Have to see if I can find it in the libraries to listen to all of it.
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