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Thanks. I prefer Pictures at an Exhibition performed on piano to the orchestral versions I've heard.One version of Pictures at an Exhibition performed and arranged by Kazuhito Yamashita for classical guitar may upset the purists but it's a very entertaining and heroic effort.-Roy
So I hit the resale shop in Princeton today, grabbed a bunch of Shosty, and a Telarc release of Brahms - "The Four Symphonies" - caught my eye, marked down to $9.00, so I grabbed it.I recognized the conductor from this thread, Sir Charles Mackerras with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.Any thoughts on this one?
Hi Tyson and the rest of us,This is a great post. I am a great classical music fan and have been since I was little. In terms of sonics, I would say that titles from the Reference Recordings (with Keith Johnson as the recording engineer) are generally superb. The performances are not the greatest admittedly but I keep coming back to them. It's a pity that many great performers/conductors/orchestras continue to record for the major labels and some of these productions really do not sound as good as they should.For older recordings (say late 50s to late 60s) but with quite good (sometimes even splendid) sonics, I go for recordings made by the late engineer Kenneth Wilkinson. Most of these analogue recordings have been made available at some point in time in the mid-price and budget series of DECCA. Also worth noting are some recordings by him which originally appeared under READERS' DIGEST and had been reissued under CHESKY. I like the Chopin, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov piano concertos played by Earl Wild. The Tchaoikovsky violin conerto played by Itzhak Perlman in his early days is also very good. I really like CHESKYbut it seems that it has stopped coming out with new classical titles.I will be chekcing back this thread for more discussions.
I think old Johannes would have been appalled.
I doubt it. While I won't disagree with you that modern orchestrations do sound better for Brahms symphonies, the fact is that the steel string and modern, more projecting, violin setup weren't adopted until long after JB's death. The period sets probably sound more like how Brahms heard them while he lived.
Pictures on guitar? Wow, that must be something to hear, it seems hard enough to play it with two hands at the piano.
Levan Tskhadadze (clarinet) and Izhar Elias (guitar) play their instruments with an incredible transparency, refined articulation and subtle musical colours. It is their own story they create. Their music speaks as if they are talking with each other through their instruments.
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