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#205832 - 04/28/08 03:44 PM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: JohnK]
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Thanks John, I've added those to my wishlist spreadsheet I've been keeping. I think I'll go the individual rout vs. the collection. No reason other than it makes it more fun.

And Yes, he is a bit overboard on Beethoven. I discovered the board has nicknamed him Schroeder, from the Peanut's Gang. His birthday is coming up and I found a nice, small, blue fleece blanket I intent to wrap up for him along with a copy of one of your recommendations.

As always, thanks for taking the time to help out.
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#207745 - 05/10/08 09:03 PM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: Murph]
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Hey John

I just looked through the thread again to see if you recommended a Mussorgsky: Pictures at An Exhibition cd. I didn't find any mention - maybe I missed it.

Some people seem to say that Karajan's version is the best http://www.amazon.com/Mussorgsky-Pictures-at-Exhibition-Berman/dp/B00004Z1AL $4.77

Others (the often criticized Penguin guide) like the Reiner version http://www.amazon.com/Mussorgsky-Picture...10467724&sr=1-1 $5.24

Any recommendations? I just heard Reiner's version on the radio and thought it was very good, but maybe there is better.


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#207746 - 05/10/08 09:10 PM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: donaldekelly]
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Oh - I just searched and found that you recommended this one in another thread:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0001XP1OQ/

Kuchar, National Symphony Orchestra, SACD, $7.11

Thanks again


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#207755 - 05/10/08 11:14 PM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: donaldekelly]
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Yeah Don, Kuchar and his Ukrainians are my top choice despite the fine versions by Karajan and Reiner that you link(Szell would be another excellent older version). Note that the Kuchar is also available on regular CD at even lower price.
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#207998 - 05/12/08 11:02 PM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: JohnK]
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#208561 - 05/19/08 09:42 PM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: JohnK]
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Today's stunner is the 2-disc set containing both the gorgeous music that Prokofiev composed for Cinderella and Glazunov's The Seasons. Terrific playing and sound at a bargain price(around $12 up). An even better price is available at Buy.com if Google Checkout is used with a $10 credit, making the net price $5.88.
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#217297 - 08/04/08 10:09 PM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: JohnK]
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Noticed that Tower has a half-price sale($8.59)on this disc of beautiful and exciting music Khachaturian composed for a couple of Soviet-era ballets. The ballets themselves have typically dreary story lines(e.g., a collective farm struggling to meet its quota, spiced up with a bit of romance: girl loves boy, boy loves his tractor), but Khachaturian, again typically, uses this as a vehicle to display his gifts in using national dance themes to create a world of wonderful sound .
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#221399 - 09/17/08 10:10 PM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: JohnK]
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British conductor Vernon Handley passed away last week, as was announced at the Proms concert that day. I have quite a few of his recordings and after some thought I'll add this one to this thread. It's a fine overview of the music of Vaughan Williams, containing has most gentle symphony, the 3rd, his most vigorous symphony, the 4th, and some of the music he composed based on folk themes. All excellent performances in sound of demonstration quality, and offered at a bargain price.
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#227399 - 10/28/08 10:00 PM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: JohnK]
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British conductor Sir Charles Mackerras is especially noted for his performances of compositions by Czech composers. An outstanding example at a bargain price is his 2-disc set with the Dvorak 7th, 8th and 9th symphonies plus the Symphonic Variations and Romance. The best price appears to be from MDT for about $9 US.
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#227432 - 10/28/08 11:30 PM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: JohnK]
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You'd better Czech yourself before you wreck yourself?
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