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#258977 - 05/01/09 10:49 PM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: Argon]
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Rob, as you saw later on in the thread, the Tower links were originally all good, but most were changed when the Tower site changed ownership a few months later. If you haven't read this post by Rodney, he'd corrected some of the links(with the two exceptions I noted in reply to him)and most of the items are still available from Tower.

A more compact selection of ten CDs were recommended to Mike Drew here at his request. I'd suggest the same list to you now. Mike specifically wanted Amazon, but some of them are available at lower prices from Tower or elsewhere.

If you have some specific questions let me know. And no, it isn't generally a good idea to pick a CD simply because it happens to include a composition which was suggested. Some have dozens of different versions available which may differ greatly in performance or sound, and buying at random could result in disappontment.
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#263441 - 06/11/09 09:27 PM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: JohnK]
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Strauss is said to have gotten the inspiration for his Alpine Symphony from a mountain climb he made when he was a young man. It's a mammoth work, requiring about 150 musicians(not to mention wind and thunder machines for the storm on the mountain), including 12 horns offstage playing in the background in one passage. The performance by Andre Previn with the Vienna Philharmonic is thrilling and is delivered in demonstration quality sound, including the famous(infamous?)Telarc bass drum. Available for around $9 from Amazon sellers and other sources.
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#263442 - 06/11/09 09:31 PM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: JohnK]
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Added! Thanks, JohnK.
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#263466 - 06/12/09 02:23 AM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: St_PatGuy]
CV Offline
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Man, another one that I have to get.
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#263477 - 06/12/09 09:28 AM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: CV]
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grumble, grumble.
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#266185 - 07/14/09 09:31 PM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: JohnK]
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Bela Bartok traveled around Hungary and neighboring countries studying the folk music which the people played and sang. He often used this as a base for his classical compositions and many of the tuneful dances which resulted are included in this disc. The major composition on the disc however, is no folk dance, but the fierce music for the lurid ballet The Miraculous Mandarin. This was a winner of the Gramophone Magazine orchestral recording of the year award and offers music varying from playful to sinister, all in sound of demonstration quality. Available for around $12 from various Amazon sellers and other sources.
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#266220 - 07/15/09 08:41 AM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: JohnK]
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I don't think my wishlist has ever been so long as it has been since I met JohnK here on the board. Thanks again!!
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#266225 - 07/15/09 09:23 AM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: Murph]
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I think I need a second job to pay for my CD habit.
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#266406 - 07/17/09 07:20 PM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: Mojo]
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Registered: 08/19/08
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Loc: College Park, MD
Hold the presses!

I have come across a stunning recording.

I think this may be more appropriate for a "Stunning Recordings" thread in Home Theater section since it has great "serround sound" and LFE as well as terrific Blu-ray pic quality.

However, there is no such thread in that section so I'm hoping you'll accept it here.

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#266434 - 07/17/09 09:38 PM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: Randall]
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MmmmmmmOK what is it?

We can only stop the presses for so long.
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