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 Post subject: Re: classical music help
PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 5:01 pm 
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Vinyl Guy wrote:
Most people are not interested in classical vinyl, so you might have a chance to pick up some bargains.
There are many suggestions, but my faves are:
Holst: The Planets
Rossini: William Tell Overture


tend to agree
picked up lots of near new classical albums at the VV and SA's around the city. They were clearly not listened to very often.
Go with deutsch grammafone, Decca, RCA red label, Philips labels...these are the best recordings.
Start off with
Barber of Seville
Marriage of Figaro
Bach
Beethoven Symphonies 3,4,5,6,7
and for me anyways most of John Williams compositions
Mozart obviously...
rachmaninoff
Berlioz
debussy

along with some great canadian content like Glen Gould


listen to Classical 96.3 to get a feel for what you like


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 Post subject: Re: classical music help
PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 5:17 pm 
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scarbpaul12 wrote:
Holy smokes, that is a ton of feedback!
Thank you for the links, the references, the library idea and general impressions.
It looks like I better get busy!
I do have a CD player (I just keep it a secret :D)and I will look for some of the recommend preformances at the library and go from there.
Thanks again to everyone that chimed in, excellent and positive comments.
Paul


I see that you are in Toronto. Do you know that you can browse the entire CD Library online, make reservations for them, and have them delivered to any branch of your choice where you can pick them up, all at no charge? It is a quick way of sampling a wide variety of music, before purchasing them.


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 Post subject: Re: classical music help
PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:31 pm 
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Paul, thanks.

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the Kovacevich performance of No. 4 is one of the very rare times I think
this is the only interpretation I need to hear.

Beethoven Piano Trios - Florestans Trios - Susan Tomes
http://www.prestoclassical.co.uk/r/Hype ... 4471%252F4


I found the Trios by the Florestans as a download at Hyperion for about 18 British pounds ( 4 CDs' worth ). I found the 4th Piano Concerto by Kovacevich on a Pentatone hybrid SACD on Amazon for a bit over CDN $18. ( Presto Classical won't let Canadians buy downloads of this :evil: :evil: . To compensate for this slight, I bought Angela Hewitt's much-admired 2014 recording of The Art of Fugue, 9 pounds at Hyperion. )

:evil: Now tell me to stop buying music, I have to save for a new amplifier.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 4:39 am 
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In Toronto (Yorkville Street near Bay), the record shop Atelier Grigorian is a proper deep catalogue classical music shop that sells cds and LPs. It is the last such store left in the GTA.

They have lots of mint condition used LPs for reasonable prices. Their prices for new stuff is a bit high but they have it and I have supported them for more than 20 years, including the second store that used to be near my home in Oakville (now shuttered)

Cds of classical music are generally very good sounding - this is what cds were made for. I actually enjoy my classical cds very much, even the old ones which I though were harsh sounding. They were not - it was my early generation cd player. Modern cd players allow these to sound just fine.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:16 pm 
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Think it would better to focus on great music - rather than "bombastic"
However, one piece that satisfies both is Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring"
I'm not sure which performance is the one to get.
However, RCA "Living Stereo" recordings are fabulous - they put many modern recordings to shame.
So maybe this is the performance to get

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:54 pm 
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Like you said," Which performance to get" there're so many conductors, great one; I'm sure " RCA living stereo" are very nice.

The one I've is with Leonard Bernstein conducting, excellent.

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_NQ0I6P_7mRw/TJ5L2 ... nstein.jpg

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