# Composers: various
# Performers: Ramin Djawadi, Vitamin String Quartet
# Orchestra: Czech Film Orchestra
# Number of Discs: 1
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# DR Analysis: DR 12
# Label: Water Tower Music | WTM39875
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And now for something a little more contemporary…
Ramin Djawadi is an Iranian-German composer, probably best known for his score for HBO’s popular television series Game of Thrones. He also covered all of the songs you hear interpreted into the old-timey clang of the player piano (aside from the two tracks here by the Vitamin String Quartet).
Hearing these compositions without their signature vocalists is really jarring and it always seems to take a moment while watching the show to place exactly what it is you are hearing. But I guess that is perfect for a show that is all about probing uncanniness and the authenticity of what appears to be laid out before you.
Side A of this record offers a scintillating version of Chopin`s second concerto. Ashkenazy demonstrates a stunning command of the virtuoso sections of the outer movements. The second movement is a joy to behold: his heartfelt lingerings over the more ravishing parts of the middle movement evoke pure emotion beyond words. David Zinman and the excellent London players are on the same par as the pianist. On side B the Piano Sonata No. 2, a Nocturne and a Mazurka, all performed live, with energy and impressive techniques with a stunning “Marche Funèbre”. Over all, the sound quality is impeccable. A Chopin record to love!
Another big “thank you” for this gem flights to our Chicago friend 😀 Fortunately we have two wonderful Forza’s with Leontyne Price–a later one (and one more readily available) with Placido Domingo, Sherill Milnes, Fiorenza Cosotta and Gabriel Bacquier, conducted by James Levine, and this earlier one from 1965. While the later one is an excellent recording, the earlier one takes the cake.
Conducted by Thomas Schippers, whose career was tragically cut short by cancer, it bursts forth with an energy and enthusiasm that just can’t be surpassed. The cast is an American Who’s Who of opera in the mid-’60s. Leontyne Price was not yet 40 when she recorded Leonora on this recording, and she brings to the production the skill and dramatic ability of a mature artist but with a voice still with the bloom of youth and freshness. The combination is incredible.
Many thanks to Jean-Luc for another amazing gem The performances of these concertos by Francis Poulenc are amazing. The Concert champetre (1929) was written for Wanda Landowska and was a favorite piece of hers but she never recorded it despite the urgings of Poulenc. This recording of the Concert champetre was made in 1957 with Aimee van de Wiele as soloist, who gives an energetic performance along the lines of Landowska. The Concerto for two pianos (1932) has the composer and Jacques Fevrier as soloists, a combination that could not be more ideal as Poulenc had Fevirer and himself in mind when he wrote the music.
A huge “thank you” for this gem flights to our Chicago friend 😀 The acclaimed legendary Swedish dramatic Wagnerian soprano Birgit Nilsson, (1918-2005), made her official debut in 1947 at the Stockholm opera as Lady Macbeth. After just three days notice to replace an ailing colleague she had actually debuted in the same house one year earlier as Agathe in Der Freischutz. There were only four or so Verdian roles suited for her special abilities; Turandot, Aida, Lady Macbeth and Amelia. She once refused to learn Norma saying that it had “two many little notes”. She also once said that “Turandot made me rich, Isolde made me famous”. However there are apparently no recordings of any of her staged performances of Lady Macbeth, just this studio recording of excerpts made in London in 1964 under the brilliant conducting of Thomas Schippers.
Many thanks to Trottar for This historical document Historical recordings from (I guess) the 40s/50s. This box contains much of the best of Horowitz’s playing. He is at the top of his ability, and the recordings are just superb, not to mention the incredibly eclectic choice of works that he plays on this. It’s worth it just to hear him play the Chopin Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise!
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Karl Czerny, Muzio Clementi, Robert Schumann, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Camille Saint-Saëns, Moritz Moszkowski, Sergei Prokofiev, Samuel Barber, Alexander Scriabin, Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz
Vinyl 1963 Number of Discs: 2 Format: FLAC Label: RCA DR-Analysis: DR 11 Size: 1.16 GB Scan: yes Server: FF Continue reading Mono HD-Vinyls 24/96 (RCA) The Horowitz Collection→
Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this masterpiece Anyone who thinks Ormandy was the purveyor of the hearts and flowers of “The Philadelphia Sound” and not much else should be compelled to hear this Beethoven 4 with Serkin. It is truly one of the great 4ths; lyrical, unrushed, affectionately rendered, but with no indulgences at all. Serkin loved this concerto with every fiber of his being, but played no games with it. And–make no mistake–he was accompanied by a master. Of the many versions Serkin recorded during his life, this is surely the one to get.