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  • Quality recordings that make Harbeth speakers shine!

    I have an audio system because I like listening to music. I have Harbeth speakers because it sounds better than the speakers I had before I had Harbeth. I read the HUG because, in retrospect, it has resulted in my having a better music reproduction system and stops me wasting money. It has also resulted in my having a Quad 909 to keep my feet warm.

    It also seems to me that HUGite's ('ite seems appropriate, as we live in an age of revolution) are fairly knowledgable about music, particularly classical music, as is the Chairman of the Board. That's probably why most have Harbeth speakers.

    It therefore seems regrettable that the Music genus of threads is under-used.

    I am proposing this thread for recordings that others may enjoy on the primary criteria of their recorded quality and ability to make Harbeth shine. I would not want to stimulate debates between this or that pianist, which is a matter of personal preference, or whether they prefer Michael Jackson or Donny Osmond, which is stating the obvious.

    My opener is:
    Eugène Ysaÿe: Sonatas for solo violin
    http://www.hyperion-records.co.uk/dc.asp?dc=D_CDA67993

    The reason why I ended up (in a good way) with Harbeth is because an earlier recording of the same artist was upsettingly fatiguing on my then speakers.

    Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin
    http://www.hyperion-records.co.uk/dc...c=D_CDA67691/2

    The Ysaÿe on my SHL5+ is simply breathtaking.

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    More value music

    http://www.qobuz.com/gb-en/album/bac.../0886444998161
    A fabulous new set, lively to say the least. Some very fast tempi but superb articulation. That said, the Diabelli Var 20 is dead slow, almost unrecognisable, as is 30.
    £9 for a HD download of a premium 3-CD set.
    (Looking forward to hearing him play the Diabelli in a few weeks)

    Jando - Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas
    http://www.qobuz.com/gb-en/album/vir.../0730099316910
    Under £5 for 10 hours of music and a very good recording.

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    • #3
      Addictive on my C7s

      Igor Levit is new for me but his interpretation of the Goldb.Var. is very intriguing. My favourite part no.25 is almost 2 minutes faster ( G.Gould ) I am used to but it still excites.

      Saw on Youtube parts of his recording of the late pianosonates/beethoven and this is also something to explore. Recording of Paul Lewis is also great and reminds me of Brendel which is not strange as his former teacher but the best interpretation for me of this music is Arthur Schnabel.

      Listened to La Mer/Debussy/Boulez toninght and the sound of the orchestra is terrific. The scale, sound pressure and dynamics is physically impossible to bring in the living room but this smaller version of the orchestra delivered by the C7 is addictive and very enjoyable due to the right balance.

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      • #4
        Brendel and Lewis play

        Originally posted by martin1305 View Post
        Igor Levit is new for me but his interpretation of the Goldb.Var. is very intriguing. My favourite part no.25 is almost 2 minutes faster ( G.Gould ) I am used to but it still excites.

        Saw on Youtube parts of his recording of the late pianosonates/beethoven and this is also something to explore. Recording of Paul Lewis is also great and reminds me of Brendel which is not strange as his former teacher but the best interpretation for me of this music is Arthur Schnabel.

        Listened to La Mer/Debussy/Boulez toninght and the sound of the orchestra is terrific. The scale, sound pressure and dynamics is physically impossible to bring in the living room but this smaller version of the orchestra delivered by the C7 is addictive and very enjoyable due to the right balance.
        http://www.amazon.com/Debussy-Noctur.../dp/B008NBEXNI
        This famous recording is up there with the Boulez. I think I will listen to it now.

        I've heard a lot of Brendel, including him playing most of the Beethoven sonatas. I went from his recordings via Barenboim to Paul Lewis. I've heard Paul Lewis mostly paying Schubert, but a few months ago I heard him play the last three Beethoven sonatas. He played them twice on the same evening, I had tickets for both but unfortunately only got to the second playing.

        The famous story is that Brendel heard Lewis play at his college and invited him round to his house for a class. He gave Lewis a 5 hour torture session on a 15 minute piece of Liszt and then asked him if he'd like to come round again. Surprisingly he said yes. There is an uncanny resemblance in their playing. It is absolutely honest. I heard Brendel talk about this recently. It was also surprising how much he spoke about Bach, but only ever recorded one small piece.

        Will report back on Levit in a couple of weeks and if the performance is being recorded.
        https://wigmore-hall.org.uk/whats-on...n-201511051930

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        • #5
          In the room

          Lately I've been listening to the Analogue Productions' remastered CD of Sonny Rollins Way Out West. It's stunning and, to use a well-worn cliche, it really does feel like the musicians are in the room with you. I've owned half a dozen iterations of this seminal piece - on vinyl and digital- and, for me, this is far and away the best.

          Another fairly unknown gem is The Blue Moods of Spain by the band Spain. Incredible sound.

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          • #6
            Future recommentations must be PLAYABLE

            It would be nice if this thread picked up some pace, so to make it easier to identify quality recommended recordings, perhaps we could get in the habit of posting a link to Amazon or the record label to identify the disc.

            {Moderator's comment: Absolutely. Future posts MUST make it possible to hear the piece, and then be able to buy it. If they don't, they will be deleted.}

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            • #7
              Music suggestions

              Second recording of the complete works by webern, sound and interpretation is magnificent with special attention to the songs by C.Oelze ( disc 4)
              http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Weber.../dp/B00004R9F0

              another favourite: Montserrat Figueras/Monteverdi Arie e Lamenti

              http://www.allmusic.com/album/montev...i-mw0001367753

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              • #8
                Basie's Time machine

                Someone was round this evening to listen to some music and we ended on:

                Count Basie and the Kansas City 7
                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SGEHon6_8k
                http://www.amazon.com/And-Kansas-Cit.../dp/B000003N8T

                This is mostly easy listening jazz standards with a small group of the finest musicians on top form. Every note purrs. Foot-tapping stuff.

                Recorded in 1962, this was issue A-15 on the new Impulse label. Incredibly well produced, full of wonderful little details from a very small Basie ensemble, I have an absolutely pristine vinyl copy that sounds fantastic. At the risk of being thrown off the premises, I am tempted to bring it to Alan's demo at KJ next week, just to prove a point.

                Anyway, if you want to be transported back 50 years in time with a smile on your face, this is the ticket.

                {Moderator's comment: Do please bring it along}

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                • #9
                  Some quality labels

                  I am lucky that for the kind of music I like - acoustic Jazz and World music - there is a lot of well recorded music like the Way out West album out there. The genre largely escaped from the effects of the loudness wars.

                  One label that has consistently delivered high recording quality of such music is ECM. From the US, HighNote is very good and there are some others too. There is also the Japanese Venus records. If you like the music, you can be assured that recording quality from these labels will be high.

                  Most of the output is available in digital format of 256kbps lossy AAC in iTunes and I have not found any adverse impact on sound quality by the lossy compression codec. Music still comes across from "musicians in the room".

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                  • #10
                    Nat King Cole SACDs

                    Nat King Cole SACDs mastered by Steve Hoffman are stunning! The voice is hauntingly real through the 40.1. I heard this at a friend's place some time ago.

                    Here's the Amazon product link to one of those SACDs:
                    http://smile.amazon.com/Nat-King-Col...king+cole+sacd

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                    • #11
                      Mahler

                      Uri Caine Primal Light, Mahler's music REinterpretation.

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                      • #12
                        Steinway power

                        http://www.qobuz.com/gb-en/album/bac.../0886444998161
                        A fabulous new set, lively to say the least. Some very fast tempi but superb articulation. That said, the Diabelli Var 20 is dead slow, almost unrecognisable, as is 30. £9 for a HD download of a premium 3-CD set.
                        (Looking forward to hearing him play the Diabelli in a few weeks)
                        Well, I heard this last night on the Wigmore Steinway Concert Grand Model D.

                        I have never heard a pianist hit a keyboard so hard. Ever. And he's only a little chap.
                        My SHL5+ cannot really do the recording justice, so another reason to invest in M40.2's. Warn the neighbours.

                        If this doesn't win Gramophone recording of the year I'll eat my download.

                        5-star review here
                        http://www.theguardian.com/music/201...ted-igor-levit

                        He also played Shostakovich's 2nd Piano Concerto. Composed between his 7th and 8th Symphonies.
                        If anyone knows of a good recording, it would be appreciated.

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                        • #13
                          Marc-André Hamelin w/ the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra on Hyperion

                          Originally posted by ssfas View Post
                          He also played Shostakovich's 2nd Piano Concerto. Composed between his 7th and 8th Symphonies. If anyone knows of a good recording, it would be appreciated.
                          Here is one version for your consideration: http://www.hyperion-records.co.uk/dc.asp?dc=D_CDA67425
                          Liner notes: http://www.hyperion-records.co.uk/notes/67425-B.pdf

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                          • #14
                            Hyperion and Hamelin

                            Originally posted by IMF+TDL View Post
                            Thank you very much indeed - me the fool for not checking Hyperion in the first place.

                            Will make a change from listening to Hamelin knocking out Haydn. Will give it a whirl this evening.

                            That said, Hamelin was involved in an excellent recording of Shostakovich chamber works recently.
                            http://btclassics.net/shostakovich-p...-quartet-2015/

                            Looking through Hamelin's catalog(ue), I see he has recorded the Busoni Concerto and Alkan. John Ogdon, possibly the only pianist to have played a major concert (incl. Op. 109, at the Festival Hall) to rave reviews whilst on day release as a psychiatric inpatient, was obsessed with the Busoni concerto and Alkan's work generally. Ogden also recorded the Shost Concerto no 2, like Hamelin. Should we be concerned for Hamelin's mental health?

                            The problem with posting late at night is I confuse the words 'Concerto' and 'Sonata'. Difficult to play a concerto without an orchestra. So any ideas on Shost Piano Sonata no 2? Seems to be VERY rarely recorded. If you heard it, you'd understand why.

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                            • #15
                              Shostakovich by Scherbakov

                              Originally posted by ssfas View Post
                              So any ideas on Shost Piano Sonata no 2? Seems to be VERY rarely recorded. If you heard it, you'd understand why.
                              I have this piece on an LP (also available reissued on CD) of a 50 year-old live performance by Gilels.
                              You can listen to it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfT5I-fbqMs

                              For a digital recording, I'd suggest this one by Scherbakov: http://www.naxos.com/catalogue/item...._code=8.570092
                              You can preview excerpts here: http://www.prestoclassical.co.uk/r/Naxos/8570092
                              This recording was made about 10 years ago in Potton Hall.

                              Should you be so inclined, the Piano Sonata No 1 is included on this disc: http://www.naxos.com/catalogue/item...._code=8.555781

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