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#348111 - 05/14/11 10:30 AM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: PTPlayers]
Dave B Offline
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This doesn't entirely fit the theme of this thread, which why it's such a shame...

Has anyone heard Adele's new release, 21? I guess the first track has been getting a lot of publicity.

What a voice. And what a song.

And what a waste - the recording is no better than your run of the mill CD.

So much potential with that voice, the piano, the bass... all wasted.

It makes me mad. Are there no good studios in the UK?

#348130 - 05/14/11 02:01 PM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: Dave B]
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I don't think there are good studios ANYWHERE producing Rock and Pop. It makes me mad, too. They ruin art by gearing it to the poorest quality of playback: iPods, internet radio and FM.
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#348136 - 05/14/11 02:23 PM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: MarkSJohnson]
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i know nothing about iPods or internet radio, but FM can be excellent; i used to have a Technics ST-G7, one of the best ever made, and regularly listened to CBC live concerts and piano competitions, and it was excellent, and the noise floor was so low i could not hear it, even with headphones.
...but this was the exception in a sea of average quality FM stations who murdered the sound with heavy compression.
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#348139 - 05/14/11 02:59 PM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: J. B.]
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but this was the exception in a sea of average quality FM stations who murdered the sound with heavy compression.

Yeah, the capability was there. I had a massive Kenwood KT-815 tuner that offered great sound quality with the right station, but unfortunately, most station managers (and record producers) are more concerned with "loud" than "good".

It really is a peeve of mine.

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#348645 - 05/19/11 07:30 AM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: MarkSJohnson]
davidsch Offline

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Originally Posted By: MarkSJohnson
I don't think there are good studios ANYWHERE producing Rock and Pop. It makes me mad, too. They ruin art by gearing it to the poorest quality of playback: iPods, internet radio and FM.

I find that the Black Eyed Peas music is very well recorded. They seem to be an exception, though.

#348704 - 05/19/11 03:51 PM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: davidsch]
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Adele's new cd is the cd getting the most playback in my home at the moment. I agree what a voice!

#349035 - 05/23/11 09:46 PM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: Mojo]
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If you don't have a recording of Scheherazade in your collection(??)then you've been missing out on the gloriously exotic and exciting music Rimsky-Korsakov composed to bring to musical life the story of Scheherazade and the Sultan from Tales of the Arabian nights. Even if you do, certainly more than just one is necessary and the thrilling performance with Reiner driving the Chicago Symphony players to extraordinary feats of orchestral execution should be added.

Stravinsky's Song of the Nightingale is also included in a performance of similar color and vigor. Excellent re-mastered sound in SACD and an essentially equally good CD layer, both being especially impressive when used with a mode such as DPLII to listen in realistic surround ambience.

Available from various Amazon sellers here
for around $10 up, shipped.

Enjoy the music, not the equipment.

#349037 - 05/23/11 10:13 PM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: JohnK]
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OK, it's orded.
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#349204 - 05/26/11 01:41 PM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: bruceg]
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A Classical Recap....

I've been keeping a spreadsheet of recommended "Stunning Recordings". It is by no means complete. I have missed many during periods that I wasn't watching the boards or had no time to copy links. I only recorded the ones that interest me in most genres but the classical list is the 'most' complete as I had the least knowledge of this genre but a keen interest to try out it's many styles and periods. Therefore I didn't discriminate.

If it's a help to anyone, here is the list from my classical tab of my spreadsheet. I couldn't seem to cut and past in any method that retained the columns so forgive the formatting. I couldn't spare the time to format manually.

In no particular order.....

Submitter Composer Conductor Title
JohnK Aaron Copland Leonard Bernstein Bernstein Century - Copland: Appalachian Spring, Rodeo, etc / Bernstein, New York PO
JohnK Alan Hovhaness Dennis Russell Davies Alan Hovhaness: Symphony No. 22 ("City of Light"); Cello Concerto
Efalardeau Bach Goebel or Dantone Bach's Brandenburg concertos (with Goebel or Dantone
Efalardeau Bach Harnoncourt Bach's solo cello suites (Harnoncourt, Casal)
Efalardeau Bach Harnoncourt or Leonhardt Bach's cantata (from Teldec with Harnoncourt or Leonhardt)
JohnK Bach Heinrich Schiff Bach Cello Suites
Mojo Bach Bach and Canadian Brass: Sacred Brass
Efalardeau Bach French suites by Bach (played on cemballo, ideally with Gustav Leonhardt or Tom Koopman)
JohnK Beethoven Gunter Wand Beethoven Symphony No. 9(Wand)
JohnK Beethoven Harnoncourt Beethoven - Nine Symphonies
Spiffnme Beethoven Klieber Beethoven Symphonis 5 & 7
Spiffnme Beethoven Perahai / Haitink Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5
Efalardeau Beethoven Beethoven's string quartet from the middle period (7-11) (Italiano)
Efalardeau Beethoven Middle or late period string quartets by Beethoven (ideally played by Quartetto Italiano)
JohnK Bela Bartok Ivan Fischer Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin; Hungarian Peasant Songs; Rumanian Folk Dances
JohnK Berlioz Munch Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique(Munch)
BobK Bernard Herrmann Joel McNeely Day the Earth Stood Still
Efalardeau Borodin Barenboim Borodin's Symphonies 2&3 (Barenboim)
JohnK Brahms Bogar Brahms Hungarian Dances(Bogar)
Efalardeau Brahms Brahms quintet for piano (Grumiaux)
JohnK Brahms / Schumann Andrew Constatine Brahms: Double Concerto, OP. 102 / Schumann: Cello Concerto, OP. 129
Efalardeau Debussy La Mer and other orchestral work by Debussy
Efalardeau Dukas La Peri Dukas's Symphony (La Peri and L'apprenti sorcier)
JohnK Dvorak Kubelik Dvorak Slavonic Dances(Kubelik)
JohnK Dvorak Pierre Fournier Dvorak: Cello Concerto: (Pierre Fournier )
JohnK Dvorak & Bloch & Bruch George Szell & Alfred Wallenstien Dvorak: Cello Concerto; Bruch: Kol Nidre; Bloch: Schelemo
Randall Dvorak, Gershwin, Bernstein Lorin Maazel The Pyongyang Concert: New York Philharmonic w/ Lorin Maazel
Peter C Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue by Gershwin
JohnK Holst Mehta Holst Planets(Mehta)
JohnK Khachaturian Temirkanov Gayaneh & Spartacus Suites
Peter C Mansel Clint Mansel, soundtracks for "Requiem for a Dream" and "The Fountain."
JohnK Mendelssohn Mendelssohn: String Quartets, Vol. 2
Efalardeau Mozart Charles Mackerras Mozart Symphonies 38 Through 41
Efalardeau Mozart Donald Runnicles Mozart: Symphonies 39 & 41 ("Jupiter")
Efalardeau Mozart Gordan Nikolic Mozart Serenade in D Haffner (K.250) & March in D (K.249)
Efalardeau Mozart Harmoncourt Mozart's Requiem (Harnoncourt)
JohnK Mozart Neville Marriner Mozart: The 4 Horn Concertos; Rondo in E flat
Efalardeau Mozart Nikolaus Harnoncourt Mozart: Requiem in D Minor, K. 626
Efalardeau Mozart Peter Oundjian Mozart: Clarinet Concerto & Quintet
Efalardeau Mozart Rene Jacobs Mozart - Le nozze di Figaro / Gens, Ciofi, Kirchschlager, Regazzo, Keenlyside, Concerto
Peter C Mozart Sharon Bezaly Mozart Flute Concertos; Rondo; Andante - (Sharon Bezaly)
JohnK Orff Muti Orff Carmina Burana(Muti)
JohnK Prokofiev Ashkenazy Prokofiev Cinderella(Ashkenazy)
Efalardeau Prokofiev String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2 and Cello Sonata, Op. 119
JohnK Rachmaninoff Ashkenazy Rachmaninoff Symphonies, etc. (Ashkenazy)
JohnK Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances ®
JohnK Ravel Dutoit Ravel Daphnis et Chloe(Dutoit)
JohnK Ravel Martinon Ravel: Orchestral Works (Martinon)
JohnK Reinhold Gliere Donald Johanos Gliere: Symphony 3
JohnK Respighi Batiz Respighi Roman Festivals(Batiz)
JohnK Richard Strauss André Previn Richard Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie
JohnK Rimsky-Korsakov Batiz Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade (Batiz)
JohnK Rimsky-Korsakov & Stravinsky Fritz Reiner Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade; Stravinsky: Song of the Nightingale [Hybrid SACD]
Efalardeau Schumman Harmoncourt Schumman's Symphonies no 3&4 (Harnoncourt)
JohnK Shostakovich André Kostelanetz Shostakovich: Symphony No. 1; Ballet Suites 1 & 2
Efalardeau Shostakovitch Shostakovitch symphonies
Efalardeau Shubert lieders Schubert's Impromptus for piano or his Moments Musicaux
Efalardeau Shubert lieders Schubert's Die Schone Mullerin or Die Winterise (lieders)
JohnK Smetana Berglund Smetana Ma Vlast(Berglund)
JohnK Strauss Andre Previn Einne Alpinsymphonie
JohnK Stravinski Ozawa Stravinsky Rite of Spring(Ozawa)
JohnK Stravinsky Jansons Stravinsky: L'oiseau de feu; Le sacre du printemps
JohnK Tchaikovsky Lanchberry Tchaikovsky Swan Lake(Lanchbery)
JohnK Tchaikovsky Muti Tchaikovsky Symphonies, etc.(Muti)
JohnK various Carol Rosenberger Water Music of the Impressionists - Carol Rosenberger
Mark Johnson various Claudio Abbado Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky, Lieutenant Kij‚ / Abbado
JohnK Various Wallenstien Dvorak: Cello Concerto; Bruch: Kol Nidrei; Bloch: Schelomo
JohnK Various Barber collection (Schippers)
JohnK Various Latin American collection(buy from Amazon seller)
Mojo Various The Quicksilva Collection: Volume 2 Vivaldi, Purcell, Handell
JohnK Various Vocalise
JohnK Vaughan-Williams Bakels Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 2(Bakels)
JohnK Vivaldi Gil Shaham Vivaldi: Le quattro stagioni (the Four Seasons)
PeterChenoweth Vivaldi Janine Jansen Vivaldi's Four Seasons - (Janine Jansen)
ibmack Vivaldi Ottavio Dantone Antonio Vivaldi's L'Estro Armonico op.3 Volume II: Concertos Nos. 7-12.
Efalardeau Vivaldi Concerti by Vivaldi
Efalardeau Zoltan Zoltan Kodaly's sonata pour solo cello opus
Alan Eiji Oue Exotic Dances from the Opera. Minnesota Orchestra, Eiji Oue, conductor (Reference Recordings RR-71CD) ®
Randall Lorn Mazel The Pyongyang Concert - New York Philharmonic & Lorin Maazel
Efalardeau El Amor Brujo from Manual de Falla (ideally the 1915 version, but they are all good)

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#349256 - 05/26/11 11:39 PM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: Murph]
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Very good, Andrew; now go get 'em all! But seriously, some of the items need a further description to be actually identifiable, so I'll specifically mention again the most beautiful vocal recording that I've ever heard(listed just as "Vocalise"), described on Amazon , but on sale direct from Arkiv . Also, the listing "Latin American collection" refers to the excellent Tilson Thomas disc available from Amazon sellers here for cheap.

Enjoy the music, not the equipment.

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