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    Don't assume that anything is too obvious! Which classical recordings mean something to you, really touch you, stir your soul? Don't post overly-worthy 'difficult listening', it's beauty I'm interested in. Be specific if there are particular recordings that you rate over others.
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  • #2
    On return from holiday I could get a burn of both of Xann's Xmas Swap CDs to you Ed. Compelling listening.
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    • #3
      A thing of beauty and easy to find in your local charity shop. A big plus is that in my experience almost all classical LPs seem to be unplayed

      Back to Neuuuuuuuuuu!

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      • #4
        I really like Philip Glass's operas - here's an excerpt from Einstein on the Beach:

        "Only one thought left, that makes me come alive,
        and that is you and me side by side, on the licorice ride"

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        • #5
          Mahler - Das Leid Von Der Erde. I have about 6 versions. The one with Bruno Walter and Kathleen Ferrier packs the most punch

          Ives - 4th Symphony. Dohanyi and Cleveland SO (only on CD I think)

          Beethoven - last 4 piano sonatas -Schnabel. (recorded in the 30s so a bit thin sounding but incredibly musical.)
          Those funny cars won't make the teardrops start/ but way up there is where she broke my heart

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          • #6
            Pretty much anything performed by Jaqueline Du Pre

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            • #7
              I've been collating recommendations from several sites, which are CD based, but most pre-90's are on LP. Here's the A & Bs:

              Albinoni: Adagio, Pachelbel: Canon Karajan/Berlin PO DG 413309-2

              Bach: Well-tempered Clavier, 48 BWV846-893 Gould (1962-67, 69, 71) CBS
              Bach: Brandenburg Concertos BWV1046-1051 Richter/Munich Bach Orchestra (1967) Pinnock/The English Concert Archiv
              Bach: The Violin Concertos BWV1041-1043 Sigiswald Kuijken / La Petite Bande (1981) EMI
              Bach: Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin, BWV1001-1006 Heifitz RCA Box
              Bach: Harpsichord Concerto BWV1060-1062, 1065 Koopman/The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra (1988)
              Bach: Orchestral Suites (Ouvertures) BWV1066-1069 Richter/Munich Bach Orchestra (1960/61)
              Bach: The 6 Cello Suites BWV1001-1012 Casals (1936-39) EMI
              Bach: The Organ Works Helmut Walcha (1956-71)
              Bach: The English Suites BWV806-811 Gould (1971-76) CBS
              Bach: The French Suites, BWV812-817 Gould (1971-73)
              Bach: Partitas BWV825-83 Gould (1957-63)
              Bach: Goldberg Variations BWV 988 Gould (1981)
              Bach: Musical Offering (Musikalisches Opfer), BWV1079 Richter,Nicolet,Büchner,Guntner,Meinecke,Kiskalt,B ilgram (1963)
              Bach: Cantata 147"Herz & Mund & Tat & Leben" BWV147 Richter/ Munich Bach Orchestra (1961) DG Archiv
              Bach: Mass in b Minor BWV232 Richter/ Munich Bach Orchestra (1961) DG Archiv
              Bach: Matthaus-Passion BWV244 Richter/ Munich Bach Orchestra (1958) DG Archiv
              Bach: St. John Passion BWV245 Richter/ Munich Bach Orchestra (1964) DG Archiv
              Bach: Christmas Oratorio (Weihnachts-oratorium) BWV 248 Richter/ Munich Bach Orchestra (1965) DG Archiv

              Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra Reiner / Chicago Symphony Orchestra (1955) RCA
              Bartok: Music for Strings Percussion & Celesta Reiner / Chicago Symphony Orchestra (1958) RCA Boulez BBC Symphony Orchestra CBS
              Bartok: String Quartet Nos.1-6 Alban Berg Quartett (1983-86) Emerson String Quintet DG
              Bartok: Wooden Prince Boulez/Chicago Symphony Orchestra DG
              Bartok: The Miraculous Mandarin Boulez / Chicago Symphony Orchestra DG
              Bartok: Divertimento/Dance Suite/Hungarian Sketches Boulez / Chicago Symphony Orchestra DG
              Bartok: Violin Concertos 1 & 2, Viola Concerto Menuhin/Dorati/New Phiharmonia Orchestra EMI
              Bartok: The Piano Concertos Kocsis/Ivan Fischer/Budapest Festival Orchestra Philips

              Beethoven: Symphony no.1 Toscanini/NBC Symphony Orchestra (1951) EMI
              Beethoven: Symphony no.2 Walter/Columbia Symphony Orchestra (1959)
              Beethoven: Symphony no.3 “Eroica” Furtwangler/Wiener Philharmoniker (1952) ALP 1060 Karajan, BPO DG
              Beethoven: Symphony no.4 Kleiber/ Bayerisches Staatsorchester (1982) Karajan, BPO DG
              Beethoven: Symphony no.5 Kleiber/Wiener Philharmoniker (1974) DG
              Beethoven: Symphony no.6 “Pastoral” Walter/Columbia Symphony Orchestra (1958) CBS
              Beethoven: Symphony no.7 Kleiber/Wiener Philharmoniker (1975, 76) DG Karajan, BPO DG
              Beethoven: Symphony no.8 Abbado/ Berlin PO (2000) DG Karajan, BPO DG
              Beethoven: Symphony no.9 “Choral” Furtwangler/Orchester der Bayeuther Festspiele (1951) EMI RLS 727
              Beethoven: Piano Concerto no.3 Pollini/Abbado/Berlin PO (1992, 93) DG
              Beethoven: Piano Concerto no.4 Pollini/Abbado/Berlin PO (1992, 93) DG
              Beethoven: Piano Concerto no.5 “Emperor” Pollini/Abbado/Berlin PO (1992, 93) DG Solomon, Philharmonia, Menges ALP 1300
              Beethoven: Violin Concerto Oistrakh/Cluytens/Orch Ntnl DL Radiodffsn Frncs (1958)EMI Grumiaux/Galliera/New Philharmonia O. Philips 6866 026 (box)
              Beethoven: String Quartet no.9 "Razumovsky" Alban Berg Quartett (1989) EMI Busch Quartet World Records
              Beethoven: String Quartet no.10 “Harp” Alban Berg Quartett (1989)
              Beethoven: String Quartet no.11 "Serioso" Alban Berg Quartett (1989) Busch Quartet World Records
              Beethoven: String Quartet no.13 Alban Berg Quartett (1982)
              Beethoven: String Quartet no.14 Alban Berg Quartett (1983)
              Beethoven: String Quartet no.16 Alban Berg Quartett (1989)
              Beethoven: Piano Trio no.7 “Archduke” Casals / Cortot / Thibaud (1928) EMI
              Beethoven: Violin Sonata no.5 “Spring” Kremer / Argerich (1987) DG
              Beethoven: Violin Sonata no.9 “Kreutzer” Kremer / Argerich (1994) DG
              Beethoven: Cello Sonata no.3 Rostropovich / Richter (1961) PHILIPS
              Beethoven: Cello Sonata no.5 Rostropovich / Richter (1962)
              Beethoven: Piano Sonata no.8 “Pathetique” Gilels (1980) DG
              Beethoven: Piano Sonata no.14 “Moonlight” Pollini (1991) DG
              Beethoven: Piano Sonata no.17 “The Tempest” Pollini (1988) DG
              Beethoven: Piano Sonata no.21 “Waldstein” Gilels (1972) DG
              Beethoven: Piano Sonata no.23 “Appassionata” Gilels (1973) DG
              Beethoven: Piano Sonata no.29 “Hammerklavier” Pollini (1976) DG
              Beethoven: Piano Sonata no.30 Pollini (1975) DG
              Beethoven: Piano Sonata no.31 Serkin (1987) DG
              Beethoven: Piano Sonata no.32 Pollini (1977) DG
              Beethoven: Fidelio Karajan/Berlin PO (1970) EMI Klemperor, Philharmonia Orch. EMI
              Beethoven: Missa Solemnis Klemperer/New Philharmonia Orch(1965) EMI Levine Wiener Ph. DG

              Bellini: La Sonnambula Callas/Votti/Orchestra of La Scala 33CX 1469/71
              Bellini: I Puritani Callas/Serafin/Orchestra of La Scala EMI SLS 5140
              Bellini: Norma Callas/Serafin/Orchestra of La Scala EMI SLS 5115

              Berg: Violin Concerto Kremer/Davis/Bayerischer Rundfunk S.O.(1984)Philips Ozawa/Pearlman/Boston SO DG 2531 110

              Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique Munch/Orchestre de Paris (1967)HMV Colin Davis/LSO Philips 6866 003

              Bizet: L'Arlesienne suite 1 & 2 Cluytens/Paris Conservatoire Orchestra (1964) Karajan/Berlin PO DG 2530 128
              Bizet: Carmen Karajan/Berlin PO (1983)

              Brahms: Symphony no.1 Munch / Orchestre de Paris (1968) Karajan/Berlin PO DG
              Brahms: Symphony no.2 Abbado / Berlin PO (1988) Karajan/Berlin PO DG 2536 101 (box)
              Brahms: Symphony no.3 Karajan/Berlin PO (1988) DG Abbado DG
              Brahms: Symphony no.4 Kleiber /Wiener Philharmoniker (1980) DG
              Brahms: Piano Concerto no.1 Gilels/Jochum/Berlin PO (1972) DG
              Brahms: Piano Concerto no.2 Gilels/Jochum/Berlin PO(1972) DG Pollini Abbado Wiener Philharmoniker (1976) Haitink/Conc.g. Orch (1971) Philips 6866 005
              Brahms: Violin Concerto Heifetz/Reine/Chicago Symphony Orchestra (1955)
              Brahms: String Sextet no.1 op.18 Alban Berg Quartett / Amadeus Ensemble (1990)
              Brahms: Piano Quintet op.34 Pollini / Quartetto Italiano (1979)
              Brahms: Clarinet Quintet op.115 Meyer / Alban Berg Quartett (1998)
              Brahms: Violin Sonata no.1”Rain Song” Dumay / Pires (1991) DG
              Brahms: A German Requiem Giulini / Wiener Philharmoniker (1987)

              Britten: Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra Britten/London Symphony Ochestra (1963)
              Britten: War Requiem Britten/LSO DECCA SET 252/3 Rattle CBSO HMV SLS 1077573
              Britten: Sinfonia De Requiem

              Bruch: Violin Concerto no.1 Heifetz/Sargent/New Symphony Orchestra of London

              Bruckner: Symphony no.3 Wand/North German Radio Symphony Orchestra (1992)
              Bruckner: Symphony no.4 “Romantic” Abbado/Wiener Philharmoniker DG
              Bruckner: Symphony no.5 Wand/Berlin PO (1996)
              Bruckner: Symphony no.7 Wand/Berlin PO (1999)
              Bruckner: Symphony no.8 Karajan/Wiener Philharmoniker (1988)
              Bruckner: Symphony no.9 Walter/Columbia Symphony Orch. CBS 61137

              If it's not too exhaustive & you want to see the rest, just ask.

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              • #8
                Shostakovich 24 preludes and Fugues. Tatiana's your man/woman. I have a CD of Richter playing some http://www.amazon.co.uk/Shostakovich...r+shostakovich, which is also superb



                Any Beethoven String quartets- later for preference. Howard Hanson Symphony No 2 is irresistable. Julian Bream playing Britten's "Nocturnal"
                "You don't want to kill the cash donkey"

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                • #9
                  I only have one classical LP - Erik Satie on HMV, played by the Paris Conservatoire Orchestra in 1967.

                  I know they've been overused in adverts/nature programs etc, but I love the Trois Gymnopedies. I usually listen to it along side some Scott Walker - seems to fit somehow

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                  • #10
                    Ravel's two piano concerto's get regularly played at medlar mansions, and are even better live. Actually I'd recommend a good seat near to the front at the RFH, it's a magical experience.
                    some times play g+ with back noise,some times vg , super psyché juju lpfront sleeve is very nice vg back vg , but the top corne left is eating buy rats, ask for picture

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by IAN View Post
                      I only have one classical LP - Erik Satie on HMV, played by the Paris Conservatoire Orchestra in 1967.

                      I know they've been overused in adverts/nature programs etc, but I love the Trois Gymnopedies. I usually listen to it along side some Scott Walker - seems to fit somehow

                      I love Satie, but prefer the Trois Gnossienne. Beautiful, mysterious music.



                      Theres an LP called 'The Velvet Gentleman: The Music Of Erik Satie' by the Camarata Contemporary Chamber Group from 1970. Might be a useful (cheap) gateway in that it does fairly straight versions of the piano stuff but adds moog and other electronics to some of his orchestral pieces.
                      Last edited by ginghamkitchen; 29-07-2013, 09:08 PM.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by IAN View Post
                        I had this as my ringtone for a while. When my phone would ring at work, my coworker always asked to let if play so we could enjoy the music.

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                        • #13
                          Satie's usually easy enough to pick up from Chazzers; virtually anything's worth a punt. I'll second the Ives 4th & own up to being partial to Albert Ketelbey's kitsch proto exotica -particularly In A Persian Market.
                          Gosh, golly that was a weird one. Have I got time to go and take some more acid?

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                          • #14
                            I like the Jóhann Jóhannsson releases, and I was lucky enough to get tickets for the recording of 'The Miners Hymn' which took place during Durham Brass Festival at Durham Cathedral a few years ago. Moving stuff, like a lot of his work. The backdrop was footage especially put together for the two recordings, which was eventually released on DVD.

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                            • #15
                              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7r4kYqB_mx4

                              Shostakovich Violin Concerto No 1

                              A piece that I have listened to so many times, intense, uplifting, pure genius from Shostakovich. Check through all 4 parts, because the 4th is incredible, look at the expressions on the musicians faces! Repin is out of this world, truly extraordinary!
                              some times play g+ with back noise,some times vg , super psyché juju lpfront sleeve is very nice vg back vg , but the top corne left is eating buy rats, ask for picture

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