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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2018 6:53 am 
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I'd like to suggest a new forum dealing with all things relating to classical music and its playback in the home. I believe there would be lots of interest.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2018 11:29 am 
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I'd love that too, however, this is an audio equipment classified site, rather than a music oriented site. I doubt that a special forum for such would be considered.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2018 6:09 am 
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L-Man wrote:
I'd love that too, however, this is an audio equipment classified site, rather than a music oriented site. I doubt that a special forum for such would be considered.


Thanks, but my suggestion doesn't seem to be very popular.

I had dreams of a Glenn Gould sub forum, oh well.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2018 6:40 am 
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I love the greats of the past ... from Bach Beethoven to Dvorak and Faure, but have you heard the pianist and composer Alexis Ffrench? He just released a modern classical album "Evolution" (Sony Classical), available on Tidal. Very listenable and enjoyable.


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New to me, I'll keep my ears open.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2018 6:43 am 
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Do you use any streaming service? Tidal has probably thousands of classical albums.


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Audio_Guy wrote:
I had dreams of a Glenn Gould sub forum, oh well.


Some of Glenn's stuff was recorded on analog tape
and analog to digital transfers can be quite good.

Not sure when CBS switched to digital - but 1980's CBS digital recording quality was awful. *
When Sony bought CBS - they tried to digitally repair some recordings.
But in my opinion - no cigar.

As I recall, there was one recording session where the Columbia recording engineers knew how
awful DDD was. So they simultaneously recorded Glenn with analog tape.
If memory serves correct - the analog tape to CD conversion was released about 5 years ago.

* Murray Perihia's 1980 performances of Mozart's Piano Concerti
sets the bench mark for these pieces.
However, the Columbia DDD recording quality is criminal.

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Uunderhill wrote:
Audio_Guy wrote:
I had dreams of a Glenn Gould sub forum, oh well.


Some of Glenn's stuff was recorded on analog tape
and analog to digital transfers can be quite good.

Not sure when CBS switched to digital - but 1980's CBS digital recording quality was awful. *
When Sony bought CBS - they tried to digitally repair some recordings.
But in my opinion - no cigar.

As I recall, there was one recording session where the Columbia recording engineers knew how
awful DDD was. So they simultaneously recorded Glenn with analog tape.
If memory serves correct - the analog tape to CD conversion was released about 5 years ago.


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.....Glenn and Nicky playing Chopin and Marquis ? :)


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I believe the recording in question was the 1981 version of the Goldberg Variations.

Uunderhill wrote:
As I recall, there was one recording session where the Columbia recording engineers knew how
awful DDD was. So they simultaneously recorded Glenn with analog tape.
If memory serves correct - the analog tape to CD conversion was released about 5 years ago.


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Toby wrote:
I believe the recording in question was the 1981 version of the Goldberg Variations.

Uunderhill wrote:
As I recall, there was one recording session where the Columbia recording engineers knew how
awful DDD was. So they simultaneously recorded Glenn with analog tape.
If memory serves correct - the analog tape to CD conversion was released about 5 years ago.


Thanks for this.
I have his 1981 Goldbergs released by Sony - recorded on a digital machine.
Recording quality is not good.

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Also have his Italian Partita No.4 (BWV 828) and Concerto in F major (BVW 971)
recorded on analog tape in 1962 and released by CBS in 1987.
https://www.discogs.com/Bach-Glenn-Goul ... se/6821377
The recording quality is miles above the 1981 digital Goldbergs.

So expectations are great for anaolg tape version of the 1981 Goldbergs.
Its now on the order list
https://www.discogs.com/Bach-Glenn-Goul ... e/11712030

Is it the 1981 Goldbergs were Glenn can be heard humming in the background ?
As I recall, someone in the recording booth said after a recording something to the effect "this is an instrumental piece."

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Toby wrote:
I believe the recording in question was the 1981 version of the Goldberg Variations.

Uunderhill wrote:
As I recall, there was one recording session where the Columbia recording engineers knew how
awful DDD was. So they simultaneously recorded Glenn with analog tape.
If memory serves correct - the analog tape to CD conversion was released about 5 years ago.

....and 'State of Wonder' 2002 -3 CD release with re-mastered 1955 and 1981 ( from contingency analog master) performances.


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I have the version of the 1981 Goldbergs from the Sony Gould Bach collection, in a blue box of 44 CDs and DVDs. I don't know if these are remastered, in fact I have a notion to doubt it.

I see the version of the 1981 Goldbergs at HDTracks is apparently one remastered in 2015. The file is 24/44.1.

I managed to get ahold of the remastered 24/44.1 version of Gould's Bach keyboard concertos 3, 5 and 7. Comparing this with my copy from the box set, which is in 16/44.1, I prefer the higher-res remaster. The orchestra is less muddy, the stage is further back and wider, and the piano stands out with greater clarity and cleaner tone.

Will have to see if I can find the 24/44.1 1981 Goldbergs, and compare them with my LP version.


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The NY times posted a terrific article yesterday: "5 Minutes That Will Make You Love Classical Music"

Please check it out in their music section. They provide links to the music mentioned.

Here is a bit relevant to Glenn Gould:

Ethan Iverson, pianist and composer: wrote:
“Consort of Musicke by William Byrd and Orlando Gibbons” is Glenn Gould’s greatest record. These early English harpsichord pieces had no history of piano performance until Gould’s charismatic advocacy. Although not originally intended to be played as a set, Gibbons’s Fantasy in C and Allemande (Italian Ground) were clearly paired by him as antecedent and consequent. The solemn counterpoint in the Fantasy is glorious, and Gould marches so hard in the Italian Ground that he’s almost swinging.

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L-Man wrote:
Do you use any streaming service? Tidal has probably thousands of classical albums.


I use some excellent free streaming services. If I like what I hear I buy the disk. Check these out:

https://www.veniceclassicradio.eu/

http://stream.psychomed.gr/webstream%20baroque.html

http://stream.psychomed.gr/webstream%20classical.html

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