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eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Aug 27, 2011 - 06:01pm PT
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvWUnX2_22c&feature=related
eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Aug 27, 2011 - 06:02pm PT
if you listen to this one, the rythm is pure classical.

WHOA!

NICE!

TFPU!
selfish man

Gym climber
Austin, TX
Aug 27, 2011 - 06:32pm PT
bump.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oA0kXDMKiLg
selfish man

Gym climber
Austin, TX
Aug 27, 2011 - 06:40pm PT
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WvfoFTSk3c
JOEY.F

Gym climber
It's not rocket surgery
Aug 27, 2011 - 06:46pm PT
My favorite recording of my favorite symphony:
Credit: JOEY.F
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Aug 27, 2011 - 06:52pm PT
Steve Morse doing J.S.Bach:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2flR-0QhkE

I've always loved this tune, and I try to whistle it when I fly kites ( of course, I always screw it up, I'm no Steve Morse ).
selfish man

Gym climber
Austin, TX
Aug 27, 2011 - 06:59pm PT
From "Richter - the Enigma". Britten & Richter playing 2 pianos. Then Richter talking about Shostakovich & Oistrakh

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VoDOajJk-Q
Brokedownclimber

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Aug 27, 2011 - 08:23pm PT
I happen to be somewhat eclectic in my musical tastes, and even though I play a bit of trumpet and euphonium I really love piano works. Some of my personal faves: J.S. Bach "Goldberg Variations" as performed by Glenn Gould, and almost all of Beethoven's piano sonatas. Another work I dearly love is ther Pachebel "canon" played on either flute or violin. James Galloway plays it beautifully on flute.
eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Aug 27, 2011 - 08:31pm PT
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjRxLY_hD1U

Kurt Rodarmer on Richard Schneider's guitars - Goldberg Variations.

:-)
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Aug 27, 2011 - 08:46pm PT

Glenn Gould, Goldberg Variations. . .1981. . .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gv94m_S3QDo
selfish man

Gym climber
Austin, TX
Aug 28, 2011 - 10:41am PT
Although his 1981 Goldberg variations video is fantastic, I've always preferred the simplicity of Gould's 1955 recording.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQoK0Pwams4

Here's yet another version by the great piano hooligan Glenn Gould:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LTY7MLuzC8
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Aug 28, 2011 - 10:47am PT

Selfish Man-- I guess it's personal, but I can't tell you how
many times I've played Gould's 1981 recording--I all but wore out
my vinyl copy, and my CD will probably need replacement one of these days--
I think it's incomparable.
Brokedownclimber

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Aug 28, 2011 - 10:57am PT
My CD of Gould's "Goldberg Variations" is the 1981 performance!

Has anyone else seen the movie "Vitus?" Teo Ghiorghiu performs the variations (in part); not bad for a then-twelve year old prodigy!
selfish man

Gym climber
Austin, TX
Aug 28, 2011 - 11:11am PT
SteveW,

Gould's 1955 vs. 1981 recording could easily create a controversy more powerful than Wings of Steel :)

Here's Maria Yudina's version:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1hs2OLIzYE

I guess she's not very well known in the US as she had never traveled outside her country... Remarkable personality and an amazing artist. She was comrade Stalin's favorite musician, too, which is likely the reason someone with her views could survive at all
apogee

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 10, 2012 - 04:59pm PT
RIP: Alexis Weissenberg

Alexis Weissenberg, who has died aged 82, was a reclusive pianist who, more than almost any classical musician, was capable of polarising critical opinion.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/9005891/Alexis-Weissenberg.html


Just listened to a striking remembrance about this brilliant pianist- this was my first exposure to him...I'd be very interested in hearing other impressions of his works...
fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Jan 10, 2012 - 05:07pm PT
I guided Michael Tilson Thomas on a backpacking trip.


How about:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNatwyAJ6dI

IDF Cannonade



The evil one
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 10, 2012 - 05:10pm PT
Broke,
"Vitus" is a great movie! Plus it's got airplanes! That was some impressive
playing for a 12 year old!


Brokedownclimber

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Jan 10, 2012 - 07:20pm PT
Reilly-

Teo has lots of recordings on You Tube--too many to list here. Yep! I liked the Pilatus PC-6, too. Nothing quite like having 1100 horsepower in a light airplane
rrider

climber
Mckinleyville, Ca
Jan 10, 2012 - 08:26pm PT
richter: pictures at an exhibition (in 4 separate youtube parts)

http://youtu.be/ohpVs7eaFB0
http://youtu.be/6C0iasbIQk0
http://youtu.be/IRdXsvTbkpE
http://youtu.be/47L3lrE3l0o

sorry if someone maybe already put this up
mongrel

Trad climber
Truckee, CA
Jan 10, 2012 - 09:11pm PT
Well, so many interesting posts I couldn't resist weighing in. But I would beg to differ about the recordings of some pieces that I personally prefer:

For Bach on the piano, Rosalyn Tureck is far superior to Glenn Gould, much better pacing, sense of the interior of the musical lines, and way better touch; on harpsichord, not so clear but I'm partial to the DGG Ralph Kirkpatrick recordings. On organ, there is no contest: Helmut Walcha; blind since birth or childhood but the definitive Bach organist of the modern era.

For Chopin, the incomparably superior recordings were made by Dinu Lipatti decades ago. He only made a few recordings then up and died on us. Unfortunately the fidelity is not great, but the piano comes through well anyway. Horowitz's former piano teacher said even he should hide his recordings in shame in comparison to Lipatti. That's saying something!

I wonder if the trumpeters who have posted here could express opinion about a remarkable player and recording I heard recently in transit somewhere: Michael Haydn trumpet concerto played by Hakan Hagegard. I was beyond stunned by the gorgeous tone he managed, at soft or at most mezza voce volume level, in incredibly high tessitura in a slow tempo movement. I totally could not believe it. And it did not seem to be some mini trumpet or clarino pitched at D or higher. Sounded like a standard Bb or C trumpet in tone. Beautiful.

JEleazarian, how wonderful to attend these great performances with your daughters performing! Wow. Cool posts. There was another fabulous Verdi Requiem at UC Davis this last fall, Sacramento Chorus (whatever their exact name is). I was hugely impressed. Soloists were excellent too especially the soprano who sang with total abandon and commitment all night, like a 5.12X lead, and pulled it off perfectly.
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