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Gary

climber
"My god - it's full of stars!"
Aug 2, 2012 - 08:28pm PT
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Aug 2, 2012 - 10:11pm PT
Gary, I wish I had more to contribute (or better ways to contribute), but my analog to digital apparatus is malfunctioning. I especially appreciated that Richter/Haydn. I think the Haydn piano sonatas deserve much more attention. Horowitz was one of the few "big name" pianists who included a lot of Haydn's solo piano music in his concerts.

My personal favorite recording is of Horowitz playing the E major (Hob. XVI: 52) from a 1951 Carnegie Hall recital. I have it on a 1979 RCA Red Seal recording with his marvelous rendition of "Pictures at an Exhibition."
I have the Mussorgsky music for piano, but the Horowitz version is so much more pianistic and expressive. At least that's my story about why my playing of "Pictures" doesn't sound so hot, and I'm sticking to it.

As luck would have it, I was playing the piano as a substitute for our organist in church last Sunday, and played the first movement of Haydn's C Major Sonata (Hob. XVI: 50) as a prelude to the worship service. I was actually thinking of you because I played the Prelude & Fugue No. 6 from Book II of the Well-Tempered Clavier for an offeratory, and the Gigue from the English Suite No. 5 as a postlude. My wife and daughter didn't like the offeratory, though, because they thought an offeratory should be more sedate. Personally, I see no reason why offeratories should be soporific. What's wrong with lively praise to God?

Anyway, thanks to all of you for posting up.

John

Gary

climber
"My god - it's full of stars!"
Aug 2, 2012 - 10:37pm PT
John, I've got to get to your church! What can be wrong with Bach in church? My first piano teacher was a very religious girl, and she was Bach obsessed, mostly due to Bach's piety. I've started too late to ever be able to play anything from the WTC, except the Prelude in C Major. You are fortunate to have had the chance to learn, and wise to have taken that chance and go with it.

I'm just learning about Haydn, and I like him more and more. This sounds like a lot of fun to play:


OK, back to my own piano work.
Gary

climber
"My god - it's full of stars!"
Aug 10, 2012 - 02:01pm PT
More Old School, very Old School!
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Aug 15, 2012 - 12:00pm PT

selfish man

Gym climber
Austin, TX
Aug 24, 2012 - 04:12pm PT
and more old school! I remember being in awe when those recordings were discovered 20 or so years ago

Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Aug 24, 2012 - 04:22pm PT
RIP Ruggiero Ricci
selfish man

Gym climber
Austin, TX
Aug 24, 2012 - 10:06pm PT
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Aug 25, 2012 - 12:26pm PT


Edited: Mouse. Merveilleux - ear candy.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
merced, california
Aug 26, 2012 - 02:09am PT
This is every bit as good as I say it is because I have been listening to this piece for years and never tire of it. Midori, violin;Nobuko Imai, viola; and Christopher Eschenbach conducting the NDR Sinfonieorchester.



I will say the same for this old chestnut by Smetana: I never tire of listening to The Moldau. This recording was done in 1951. It uses a different approach than modern arrangements use, in that the initial bars, the soft flutes representing the springs, are more easily heard and you don't have to raise the volume to catch it, than lower it to listen to the rest. Weiner Philharmoniker, Wilhelm Furtwangler, conducting.



This is the first piece of classical music I bothered to play for myself besides Peter and the Wolf. My Grandad had a 78 rpm recording, two sides. I was allowed to keep it.

Ed Itt: I fell asleep listening to Sinfonia last night.

gary: Old'uns like this Padiddly one have a deep mellow tone all their own.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
merced, california
Aug 26, 2012 - 11:47pm PT
Somewhere in Norway &#40;maybe Tromso&#41;, the late 40s or early 50s.
Somewhere in Norway (maybe Tromso), the late 40s or early 50s.
Credit: RD Gallery
Barcarolle/Offenbach


This work reminds me that life is beautiful.

For instance:

In West Spitsbergen they had from July to September to enjoy the sun and have supplies delivered by boat, in an article in the NG, 8/28, 'A Woman's Winter on Spitsbergen.'
or
'By the end of 1874 Smetana had become completely deaf...'
mouse from merced

Trad climber
merced, california
Aug 29, 2012 - 06:10pm PT
This is such a fine thread. I really appreciate the taste of my fellow Taconians!

My daily dose of Telemann. There's enough of it, Lord knows!

Brokedownclimber

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Aug 29, 2012 - 06:34pm PT
This is a positively GREAT thread!

Some of my all-time favorites:

Pachabel, Canon. Played on the flute by Sir James Galway

Mozart, Gran Partita; Neville Marriner and St Martin in the Fields.

Almost ALL the baroque trumpet concerti. Yes, Telemann included.

Bach: almost everything, but esp. the Cello suites.
Kalimon

Trad climber
Ridgway, CO
Aug 29, 2012 - 09:47pm PT
Ana Vidovik, a true goddess . . . thanks Gary.
Timid TopRope

Social climber
'used to be Paradise, CA
Aug 29, 2012 - 10:48pm PT
Christian Tetzlaff is pretty amazing. Good story on him in last week's New Yorker.
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Aug 29, 2012 - 11:01pm PT

I just heard Berlioz' Symphonie Fantastique and it was wonderful!
mouse from merced

Trad climber
merced, california
Aug 30, 2012 - 02:14am PT
This thread is giving me the deepest kind of pleasure.

I have listened almost exclusively to classical since 1998, the year Liz passed. We listened to PHC on Saturdays, if we were together, and I heard some classical and operatic works, but not nearly enough. Our TV got the work-out, not my ears. After she passed and the house was quiet, I turned to the Sacramento classical station, which broadcasts from Groveland on FM, so I had my fill of classical all night long, if I wanted. Fresno is blessed with a good FM station that plays lots of it, also.

What a pleasure it is, though, to share thoughts of this music, rather than having to remain silent. It is a refuge from the sturm und drang of some of these ST threads.

And it has a basis in climbing history. Chuck Pratt, I suppose, would be mildly supportive. One wonders, too, what Royal might think.
Royal Robbins on the FA Mozart Wall, Sentinel
Royal Robbins on the FA Mozart Wall, Sentinel
Credit: Tom Frost (TY)

I wanted to find a video of Horowitz playing a particular Chopin polonaise, but no luck.

Instead, here is one of the best playing another polonaise. He is E. Kissin, and for what my two pennies are worth, I think his style is what one could describe as musical. I hope you turn up your volume control a little, because he plays very softly and you don't want to spoil the first listening by having to "fiddle." :)


Brokedownclimber

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Aug 30, 2012 - 10:20am PT
Any opinions here on violinists? I happen to favor Joshua Bell; his recording of the Brahms violin concerto is particularly outstanding, as is his Paganini First violin concerto. His tone quality is outstanding, and never wiry.
selfish man

Gym climber
Austin, TX
Aug 30, 2012 - 11:22am PT
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Aug 30, 2012 - 12:49pm PT
I liked that!

Full orchestra and modern recording by the spouse of Andre Previn.
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