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  • Favourite recordings - your choice ...

    This is probably a silly post, an impossible post, but here goes...

    Imagine that you are only allowed to keep three CDs / SACDs / LPs / music DVDs from your collection. You simply cannot live without these works.

    Which three would you choose?

    You'll probably need a week or so to think about it... I know I will.

    Of course, you'll be able to edit your list at any time.

    If you have time, please give sufficient details to enable others to seek / order.

    If you wish, commment on why each work is so important to you.

    Remember, it's a grand total of three! If you can only come up with one or two, so be it.

    John

  • #2
    OK, I'll go first.

    In no particular order:

    "Dance of the Hours"
    (Opera Intermezzi and Ballet Music
    Deutsche Grammophon: 415 856-2

    "Brideshead Revisited"
    Chrysalis Records: MFCD 90
    (Note: transports me back to England)

    "Famous Blue Raincoat: The Songs of Leonard Cohen"
    Sung by Jennifer Warnes
    Attic: ACD-1227
    (Note: splendid mix of haunting words and a beautiful voice)

    Of course, it's possible I'll edit this threesome. Let me know if you agree with my choices.

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    • #3
      Hiya,

      My three would be;

      Patricia Barber's
      album Cafe Blue. on HDCD this is an amazing quality recording. Sounds analogue! A great test CD
      Holst Planets Von Karajan (1970's I think, but sounds absolutely magic.
      Goldfrapp Felt Mountain.

      There you go, a mixture of types and great recordings

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      • #4
        Does it HAVE to be three

        Bach, Well-Tempered Clavier. Can I change performers as the mood takes me?

        Debussy, Suite Bergamasque, etc. Gordon Fergus-Thompson.

        Beethoven, String Quartet, Op. 135. Talich Quartet.

        If I could I would sneak in some Brahms: Intermezzos, Glenn Gould.

        David

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        • #5
          Threesomes

          Hello David,

          I'm sure you will not have to serve detention if you recommend more than three.

          I thought the advantage of three would be that you would state titles you REALLY, REALLY like ... Couldn't do without 'em.

          Chances are others would like 'em too.

          And, it wouldn't take too much time to add a comment or state the catalogue info, thereby helping those who wanted to consider purchase.

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          • #6
            Beethoven piano sonata Op.53 Waldstein, Solomon
            Mozart piano concerto 20 Romanze, Haskil and Brendel
            Mozart clarinet concerto Adagio, Thea King

            Hu

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            • #7
              Hi,

              1. "TE DEUM" & "IN NATIVITATEM DOMINI CANTICUM"- M.A. CHARPENTIER/LES ARTS FLORISSANTS/WILLIAM CHRISTIE
              2. GROSSE MESSE -C. Dur- W.A. MOZART, PREFERABLY WITH KARL BOHM ON THE PODIUM.
              3. " THE GIOCONDA'S SMILE" (INSTRUMENTAL) BY MANOS CHATZIDAKIS- ONE OF OUR NATIONAL COMPOSERS.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by John Parkyn
                Imagine that you are only allowed to keep three CDs / SACDs / LPs / music DVDs from your collection. You simply cannot live without these works. Which three would you choose?
                John
                Now this is tricky and I've changed my mind (again). I rarely listen to an entire work. I might like the Third movement but not the Second. Is it good for the soul that I should persevere through the dense forest to get to the clearing? If one was in a Desert Island situation would it be better to select something that perhaps one could eventually grow to like from an intense dislike - say Stockhausen? What about mood? Some days Mozart is too sweet a candy . . .

                One favourite is so intensely personal that I can only play it every few years.... and I guarantee that you will never have heard of it .....

                "I'm the one" (LP, RCA NL89900) - Annette Peacock (1972); Vocals, voice synthesiser, vibes, piano.

                "Among her other accomplishments, Peacock is an unsung pioneer of electronic music. Years before the commercial emergence of synthesizers, she received a prototype from inventor Robert Moog. This prompted her to synthesize her own voice, which according to most reports had never been done before. An early participant in Dr. Timothy Leary's psychedelic culture experiments and a longtime adherent of Zen Macrobiotics her career has been marked by fairly long periods of silence; this partly explains her relative obscurity".


                It is, for me, the most exciting sound ever committed to tape. I first heard this when I was a studio assistant at the (old) BBC Radio London (Hanover Square, in about 1975). I was reunited with the LP on my 40th birthday and play it every few years.

                ================================================== ====
                Rachmaninov Piano Concerto, No.3
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                New discovery: Diana Krall "A night in Paris". Verve 065- 369-2. Fabulous
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                Is that really it? Only three? Shame.
                Last edited by A.S.; 06-03-2006, 10:37 PM.
                Alan A. Shaw
                Designer, owner
                Harbeth Audio UK

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                • #9
                  Re: Pick 3 (Desert Island Discs)

                  Chopin: Etudes Op.10/Op.25 - My first CD!
                  Maurizio Pollini, pianist
                  DG 413794

                  Faure: Requiem and Franck: Symphony in D Minor
                  Philippe Herreweghe, conductor
                  Johannette Zomer, Stephan Genz, soloist
                  Collegium Vocale, Orchestre des Champs Elysees
                  Harmonia Mundi 901771

                  Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 9 "Jeunehomme" & 17
                  Piano Concerto No. 9 in E flat major ("Jeunehomme") K. 271
                  Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, K. 453
                  Andreas Staier fortepiano, Concerto Koln
                  Teldec 4907-98412-2 (I think)

                  P.S. - for anyone into Mozart (i'm not, but..), go for anything performed by Concerto Koln.

                  Yes. Only 3 is cruel indeed.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Pick 3 (Desert Island Discs)

                    OK. I see that this thread is a bit dead, but I'm going there anyway.

                    1) I am counting the SACD of Heifetz playing the Brahms and Tchaikovsky Concertos as one selection, though I prefer the two LPs by far. Both performances still make the hair on my neck stand up. And there are little fun tidbits, like the Chicago elevated train going by in the take of the transition to the 3rd movement that they use. It's also funny because Heifetz is not standing in exactly the same place when he recorded that solo transition as he is when the orchestra is playing, as you hear him move in the image about 6 inches to one side when the orchestra comes in. So, one can deduce he chose to record that particular take after the orchestra went home, and liked it so much he and they didn't care about the train crossing from the left to the right speaker. Great sound on the "Classic Records" re-pressing.

                    The Wunderhorn Songs with Schwarzkopf, Fischer Dieskau, Szell and the LSO.
                    Everything is perfect here and the EMI sonics are great on the EMI re-pressing...whoever does it...Japanese? But I also have the old Angel LP and a remastered early 70s LP as well, and the greatness is so profound that it all comes out anyway. It's a bit ironic, because these songs are somewhat lighter weight material that, say, Kindertotenlieder or Das Lied. But the ease of spontaneous music making combined with the control of the orchestral textures is magic.

                    Schumann Diechteliebe with Fisher Dieskau. There are 3 commercial recordings that I know of. The 1st with Jorge Demus, 2nd with C. Eschenbach, and the third with Alfred Brendel. In the last, F-D is clearly past his prime so the voice is not really there, but it must be heard because the piano playing is so formidable. As we all know. the last song features an extended piano solo at it's end that is clearly some of the most beautiful music ever written, so the pianist is no accompanist in this work. Demus and Eschenbach are also excellent, though I find Eschenbach a bit dry. F-D is best in the Demus recording. There is also the "Concert of the Century" recording with F-D and Horowitz....buckle your seat belt! Not the recording for every day listening but incredible in the way Horowitz could be.

                    Runner up: Brahms Double Concerto with Heifetz and Piatigorsky, and Wallenstein conducting what I think is a NY pick up orchestra....or LA, but it sounds like NY to me. In absolute terms, Piatagorsky is a bit unreliable with the pitch and control, but when you here the resonance of that Strad cello on the 4th note (the D#) of the opening cadenza, you think that your woofer cone might fall right out of the spreaker and your dry wall will crumble on the spot. The orchestra plays those tuttis as if someone is holding gun to their heads....and Heifetz probably is. Those are really tough orchestral violin parts and it sounds like each guy practiced it do death to get it right AND hairaisingly exciting. Heifetz plays the second theme in the recap so beautifully....in time and out of time all at once, not like today's many lugubrious, phony, "listen to me...I'm so musical" recordings out there. I have about 25 recordings of the Brahms Double, and have played it myself many times. Generating this much excitement in this work is really tough. The orchestra is always behind and the soloists can't get the momentum going and keep it there because of the continuous interplay with the orchestra/conductor. Only because Heifetz was a complete maniac at getting everything his way and the conductor and orchestra really listen, is this kind of performance possible . NEVER happen today. By the way, near the end of the second theme in the recap that Heifetz does so beautifully, listen for one cellist in the orchestra changing notes one beat too early for a split second. Again, Heifetz kept the take anyway, you know why when you listen to it.
                    Cisco just released a new LP pressing, so now you can listen pop free...at least once. Forget the CD.

                    Of course, there are many many, more. Is there a Harbeth dealer on this island? Which model sounds best on sand? No problem filling the stands....
                    OK, I'm out.

                    rt

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                    • #11
                      Re: Pick 3 (Desert Island Discs)

                      Hi Sven,

                      I like this Mahler LP too, even in the old Angel pressing. It's a classic.

                      By the way, are you a cellist in a symphony orchestra?

                      Edward

                      Originally posted by cellosven
                      OK. I see that this thread is a bit dead, but I'm going there anyway.


                      The Wunderhorn Songs with Schwarzkopf, Fischer Dieskau, Szell and the LSO.
                      Everything is perfect here and the EMI sonics are great on the EMI re-pressing...whoever does it...Japanese? But I also have the old Angel LP and a remastered early 70s LP as well, and the greatness is so profound that it all comes out anyway. It's a bit ironic, because these songs are somewhat lighter weight material that, say, Kindertotenlieder or Das Lied. But the ease of spontaneous music making combined with the control of the orchestral textures is magic.



                      rt

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                      • #12
                        Re: Pick 3 (Desert Island Discs)

                        Well as noted this will be very difficult and I know would change from week to week never mind month to month

                        Cassandra Wilson - Belly of the Sun All of this Album is good but I would have to have the version of Witchita Lineman as it is so beautiful it make me cry each time I hear it .

                        Stevie Wonder - Talking Book Great Music made by an artist very nearly at the very best of his ability Big Brother still makes me angry and is true today as it was when he first recorded it .

                        Mouth Music - Mouth Music - An album of Gaelic songs put to modern instruments and rhythms. They sound like they come from another world and have a beauty that means you neither know nor care what they are about

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                        • #13
                          The Beatles reworked = the 'Love' CD

                          Sir George Martin, the Beatles producer was interviewed recently saying that he has spent two years reworking the original Beatles recordings that he produced from the 1960's for the new 'Love' album. He described these gems as 'the holy grail of music' and explained how he had consulted the remaining Beatles and widows throughout the process and all were delighted with the results.

                          I have the Love CD, and the sound is decidedly modern. Out of curiosity I've picked one track - Hey Jude - and performed a spectral analysis of the original 'raw' recording on CD issue with that from the Love album.

                          The scale is 12dB/vertical division. To put that into perspective, 6dB is a doubling of sound pressure and 12dB is four times.

                          I've drawn a gradient line from an arbitrary frequency point that seems common to both. This downward sloping trend is exactly what you expect for any music averaged over time - the bump at around 8kHz is the cymbal which if you recall, features quite prominently throughout this song so contributes a lot of energy to the top.

                          The most interesting thing is the quite different equalised spectral balance in the middle frequencies - with much more energy in the new rework hence the more immediate sound?

                          ADDED: Eleanor Rigby. Note that the channel balance is different and the top end has been slightly lifted on the new version (around 5-10kHz).
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                          Alan A. Shaw
                          Designer, owner
                          Harbeth Audio UK

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                          • #14
                            Re: Pick 3 (Desert Island Discs)

                            Originally posted by A.S.
                            One favourite is so intensely personal that I can only play it every few years.... and I guarantee that you will never have heard of it .....

                            "I'm the one" (LP, RCA NL89900) - Annette Peacock (1972); Vocals, voice synthesiser, vibes, piano.

                            This album is great! Yes, I've heard of it and I own a copy. I'm actually surprised that someone is actually talking about it here. A rare bird, that.

                            Anyhow, here are mine:

                            The Beatles-s/t("white album")
                            The Bee Gees-"Trafalgar"
                            David Bowie-"Hunky Dory"

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                            • #15
                              Polovtsian Dances

                              Does anyone have a favorite recording of the Polovtsian Dances to recommend?

                              Thanks,
                              Ron

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