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Saturday, October 03, 2009

Collecting classical music Part 1

Just finished listening to The Teaching Company course "How to Listen to and Understand Great Music" which was lent to me by Robert.
So naturally I'm on a classical music kick. I've been raiding the local libraries and Half-Price Bookstores to try and round out my classical music collection on CD.
Fortunately, when Susan and I first got married in 1990 I joined the BMG Music Club and for about the first year and a half got their classical music selection every month. In retrospect, I wish I'd kept it up longer. But it gave me a pretty decent collection to start off with. The selections were all high quality recording labels of top artists performing works by the classical masters.
Here is a rundown of the CDs that I got in that manner:

Bach: The Goldberg Variations by Glenn Gould
Beethoven*Schumann Piano Quartets with James Laredo, YoYo Ma, Isaac Stern and Emanuel Ax
Ode to Freedom - Bernstein in Berlin - Beethoven Symphony No. 9
Bernstein the Final Concert - Beethoven Symphony No. 7; Britten Four Sea Interludes
Brahms Violin Concerto - Nigel Kennedy and the London Philharmonic - Klaus Tennstedt
Brahms Symphony No. 4 - Wiener Philharmoniker with Carlos Kleiber
YoYo Ma Concertos from the New World - Dvorak * Herbert: New York Philharmonic, Kurt Masur
Handel: Watermusic and Royal Fireworks by Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Holst: The Planets / Varese: Arcana - Leonard Slatkin, Philharmonia Orchestra
Debussy: Prelude a l'apres-midi d' un faune / Rhapsody for Saxophone / La Mer and Ravel: La Valse / Bolero - New York Philharmonic with Kurt Masur
Mozart: Concerto and Sonata for Two Pianos - Alicia DeLarrocha, Andre Previn The Orchestra of St. Lukes
Rachmaninoff * Prokofiev Cello Sonatas by Emanuel Ax and YoYo Ma
Rimsky Korsakov: Scheherazade - Royal Conertgebouw Orchestra with Riccardo Chailly
Saint Saens: Symphonie No. 3 "Organ" / Cypres et Lauriers - Michel Plasson and the Orchestra du Capitole de Toulouse
Schubert: Symphony No. 9 in C - San Francisco Symphony with Herbert Blomstedt
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 / Romeo and Juliet - Chicago Symphony Orchestra Daniel Barenboim
Verdi Ballet Music - The MET Orchestra James Levine
Schumann: Complete works for Piano and Orchestra - Murray Perahia and Berlin Philharmonic with Claudio Abbado

Not bad for having no clue about classical music and getting random stuff shipped to me every month about 15 years ago.

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