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  • #31
    Re: Favourite recordings - your choice ...

    Today, two albums keep appear in my mind:

    1. Ansermet/Suisse Romande Orchestra play Stravinsky: Petrushka Complete Ballet recorded at 1957 &58, stereo, CD or LP: amazingly rich sounding and put a lot of modern recording to shame.

    2. Balefonte at carnegie hall, live recording, CD or LP: simply lively.
    "Bath with Music"

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    • #32
      Re: Favourite recordings - your choice ...

      I was just dicussing your second suggestion with Alan now. We both recall that there was a craze for playing a/the Belafonte recording at hi-fi shows some ten or so years ago. We always politely declined to play it because whilst the sound is as you say lively, the overall presentation is quite severly colored don't you think? We were concerned that someone just arriving at our room and hearing just that recording would not be very impressed with our speakers.

      Or maybe we're confusing it with another Carnegie Hall recording from the era? Any cooments/corrections welcome.
      Harbeth PR,
      Harbeth UK

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      • #33
        Re: Favourite recordings - your choice ...

        Somewhere in my collection I have an LP of Belafonte, live but can't recall where. During one track, it starts to thunder and rain on the roof. Very eerie, very atmospheric.

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        • #34
          Re: Favourite recordings - your choice ...

          After I got Harbeths, sound quality is no longer an issue to me. Enjoying music is the only thing I can do when I listen to them. I know what I heard from them is the true color of source or recording itself. I do agree the Belafonte at Carnegie Hall was colored..But, hey, I always keep singing and tapping the floor whenever I enjoying that album thru my Harbeths...

          Two more albums keep spinning in mind again:
          1. Rachmaninaff piano concerto no.3 by Janis/Dorati/LSO(Mercury, 1960+): Obviously the balance of this recording is off, too focus on the piano, but that can not stop me to enjoy it.

          2. Tchaikovsky piano concerto no.1 by Argerich/Abbado/Berlin live (DG, 1989 live?): again, the piano sound was focused to sound as I very close to the pianist with wonderfull body, harmonic, attach and decay without harsh. DG did that without compromise the orchestra sound. The overall balance is better than Mercury.

          Wow...I love them!
          "Bath with Music"

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          • #35
            Re: Favourite recordings - your choice ...

            Looks like everybody has their own favourites. Unfortunately I am not familiar with 90% of the artists suggested in this thread. Since most of the music listed here are more to the sedate type, I would list down two fast numbers that are currently most played on my turntable. Electric guitar at its best.

            Toshiki Kadomatsu


            1) 52nd Street
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4XdJ...eature=related

            2) Midsummer Drivin
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pXGB92V3F4

            Another one of my favourite songs from Fourplay is "Wish You Were Here". Unfortunately this jazz group does not release any albums in vinyl so I have not been listening to the CD anymore even though this track was one of my favourites(the CD mostly stayed in the player with the track on repeat). It takes a lot of $$$ to get into good digital so I've temporarily given up on the digital-end and listening to more LP these days.

            3) Fourplay - Wish You Were Here (Live Performance At Capital Studio In Los Angeles)
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5CI_yoNZd4

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            • #36
              Re: Favourite recordings - your choice ...

              Spent my lovely Jazz weekend with my Mistral/C7 combo. Albums incl:

              1. Linda Rosenthal Oh That Stradivarius (FIM)
              2. Johnny Frigo - Debut (Chesky)
              3. Brian Brombo Wood (A400)
              4. JB Project (King Record)

              etc...
              "Bath with Music"

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              • #37
                Re: Favourite recordings - your choice ...

                Originally posted by ryder View Post
                Looks like everybody has their own favourites. Unfortunately I am not familiar with 90% of the artists suggested in this thread. Since most of the music listed here are more to the sedate type, I would list down two fast numbers that are currently most played on my turntable. Electric guitar at its best.

                Toshiki Kadomatsu


                1) 52nd Street
                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4XdJ...eature=related

                2) Midsummer Drivin
                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pXGB92V3F4

                Another one of my favourite songs from Fourplay is "Wish You Were Here". Unfortunately this jazz group does not release any albums in vinyl so I have not been listening to the CD anymore even though this track was one of my favourites(the CD mostly stayed in the player with the track on repeat). It takes a lot of $$$ to get into good digital so I've temporarily given up on the digital-end and listening to more LP these days.

                3) Fourplay - Wish You Were Here (Live Performance At Capital Studio In Los Angeles)
                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5CI_yoNZd4
                ryder,

                Thanks for the links.. I really enjoyed...them. As for Fourplay, they are my favourite.. hav almost all their cds...will be looking out for their LPs

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                • #38
                  Re: Favourite recordings - your choice ...

                  Jmohd,
                  If I hadn't ventured into analog I wouldn't have discovered Toshiki Kadomatsu. My favourite ebay store happens to stock one of these and I never looked back. As for Fourplay, I don't think they release any LPs? I have most of the CD's too but cannot seem to find any of their records anywhere, especially their first self-titled album which has this particular track "Wish You Were Here". Maybe I'll just upgrade my CDP to a better one to enjoy their music since the records are nowhere to be found.

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                  • #39
                    Re: Favourite recordings - your choice ...

                    Spinned a couple of my fav LPs over the weekend & that includes

                    1) Keb Mo - Keb Mo
                    2) Hugh Masakela - Hope on 45 rpm
                    3) Stokowski - Rhapsodies
                    4) Fritz Reiner - Reiner Sound with the chicago symphony orchestra
                    5) Ry Cooder & V.M Bhatt - A meeting by the river
                    6) Larry Calton - Alone but never alone

                    Couple of hrs ago just spinned

                    1) Antonio Forcione Quartet in concert
                    2) Tsuyoshi Yamamoto Trio - Blues to East (superb direct cut recording)
                    3) Tracy Chapman - Fastcar
                    4) JJ Cale - Okie

                    Right now looking forward to acquiring some superb Mercury Living Presence LPs.....these should sound really breathtaking thru my SHL-5s.....

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                    • #40
                      Re: Favourite recordings - your choice ...

                      Yes, I know its an old warhorse, but I just had to recommend this.



                      Simply breathtaking!

                      Buy it, take it with you when you're auditioning your new Harbeths.

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                      • #41
                        Re: Favourite recordings - your choice ...

                        One of my favourite LP will be this, which I wish to share with all

                        THE ROYAL BALLET - Gala Performance --- RCA Victor Living Stereo

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                        • #42
                          Re: Favourite recordings - your choice ...

                          What an interesting thread which I have found too late!

                          For the Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov concertos, I recommend the recordings found on the Chesky label. They were analogue recordings which originally appeared under the Readers Digest label, made by the late recording guru Kenneth Wilkinson (who worked at DECCA for many years). The pianist was Earl Wild. Although made in the (early?) 60's, the sound is superb and the playing exhilarating. I am so impressed with the recordings made by Kenneth Wilkinson that I am trying to hunt down more of his recordings. Since many people here seems to embrace LPs, I thought I'd mention that I have only heard the CD versions as I am not into LPs.

                          Originally posted by keithwwk View Post
                          After I got Harbeths, sound quality is no longer an issue to me. Enjoying music is the only thing I can do when I listen to them. I know what I heard from them is the true color of source or recording itself. I do agree the Belafonte at Carnegie Hall was colored..But, hey, I always keep singing and tapping the floor whenever I enjoying that album thru my Harbeths...

                          Two more albums keep spinning in mind again:
                          1. Rachmaninaff piano concerto no.3 by Janis/Dorati/LSO(Mercury, 1960+): Obviously the balance of this recording is off, too focus on the piano, but that can not stop me to enjoy it.

                          2. Tchaikovsky piano concerto no.1 by Argerich/Abbado/Berlin live (DG, 1989 live?): again, the piano sound was focused to sound as I very close to the pianist with wonderfull body, harmonic, attach and decay without harsh. DG did that without compromise the orchestra sound. The overall balance is better than Mercury.

                          Wow...I love them!

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                          • #43
                            Re: Favourite recordings - your choice ...

                            Jazz lovers...just purchased a fantastic Joshua Redman CD called" Compass".Tenor and soprano sax,acoustic bass and drums only,no piano.Incredible performances, beautifully recorded. Reminds me of Sonny Rollin's "Way out west" recording.

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                            • #44
                              Re: Favourite recordings - your choice ...

                              I've been listening to the following LPs for the past few weeks & have enjoyed them tremendously on my SHL-5s with LFD LE III

                              1) Tchaikovsky "1812" overture & Nutcracker suite with London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Robert Sharples
                              2) Ravel Rapsodie Espagnole with Detroit Symphony Orchestra conducted by Paul Paray (Superb recording made by Mercury Living Presence)
                              3) Ravel Rapsodie Espagnole with Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Fritz Reiner (slightly different from Paul Paray's version but still excellent)
                              4) Vivaldi Lute Concertos & Trios played by Liszt Ferenc Chamber Orchestra (very very nice)
                              5) Ravel : Alborada Del Gracioso with Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Fritz Reiner (Superb singles 45rpm recording & playing with frightening dynamics)
                              6) Rimsky-Korsakoff Scheherazade, OP 35 with again the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Fritz Reiner (Another superb LP)
                              7) Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D Major with Tossy Spivakovsky on Violin (Very nice)
                              8) W.A. Mozart Serenades & Divertimenti
                              9) The evergreen Vivaldi's 4 seasons
                              10) Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake

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                              • #45
                                Re: Favourite recordings - your choice ...

                                Hi,
                                Myview, thank you for the recommendations. For absolute music enjoyment, medium is not a problem to me. Most of my classical musics are CD. LP only less than 50 pieces. I have enjoying Earl Wild/Rachmaninov Piano concertos no.1, no.4 and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini CD for many years. I missed his Rach's piano concerto no.2 and very regret. Calssical music is getting rare in Singpaore market. What a sad thing huh? I love Tchaikovsky piano concerto no.1 but I did not aware Earl Wild version!! Must hunt for it now.

                                Yes. Chesky analoge remstered classical musics were originally recorded by Decca greatest guru Kenneth Wilkinson. But they put it as "Kenneth E. Wilkinson. I love his recording too. He did few recoring for RCA too. But due to some reasons, some issues did not able to state his name. One of the popular one is The Royal Ballet reissued by Classical Compact and now by China company. Oh ya, another one show as below:





                                Originally posted by myview View Post
                                What an interesting thread which I have found too late!

                                For the Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov concertos, I recommend the recordings found on the Chesky label. They were analogue recordings which originally appeared under the Readers Digest label, made by the late recording guru Kenneth Wilkinson (who worked at DECCA for many years). The pianist was Earl Wild. Although made in the (early?) 60's, the sound is superb and the playing exhilarating. I am so impressed with the recordings made by Kenneth Wilkinson that I am trying to hunt down more of his recordings. Since many people here seems to embrace LPs, I thought I'd mention that I have only heard the CD versions as I am not into LPs.
                                Last edited by keithwwk; 17-02-2010, 03:15 AM. Reason: typo correction
                                "Bath with Music"

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