Classical Music for Aficionados

I would like to start a thread, similar to Orpheus’ jazz site, for lovers of classical music.
I will list some of my favorite recordings, CDs as well as LP’s. While good sound is not a prime requisite, it will be a consideration.
  Classical music lovers please feel free to add to my lists.
Discussion of musical and recording issues will be welcome.

I’ll start with a list of CDs.  Records to follow in a later post.

Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique.  Chesky  — Royal Phil. Orch.  Freccia, conductor.
Mahler:  Des Knaben Wunderhorn.  Vanguard Classics — Vienna Festival Orch. Prohaska, conductor.
Prokofiev:  Scythian Suite et. al.  DG  — Chicago Symphony  Abbado, conductor.
Brahms: Symphony #1.  Chesky — London Symph. Orch.  Horenstein, conductor.
Stravinsky: L’Histoire du Soldat. HDTT — Ars Nova.  Mandell, conductor.
Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances. Analogue Productions. — Dallas Symph Orch. Johanos, cond.
Respighi: Roman Festivals et. al. Chesky — Royal Phil. Orch. Freccia, conductor.

All of the above happen to be great sounding recordings, but, as I said, sonics is not a prerequisite.


That’s a good one piano !


I don’t know rok , do know it was best Div USA put into field at one time .

Bragging another time is a road to defeat .



Does anyone know any interesting concert venues in upstate NY around Albany NY area? I am aware of SPAC in saratoga where philadelphia orchestra plays one week every august. I’m looking for smaller music halls in the area that host world class soloists. Is there such a place within 100 miles of albany NY?

Ya , NYC . In Troy on top of a Bank is a small hall that has FANTASTIC sound

and World Class recordings are made there , Long time since I’ve been there

but guess a few jet-setters do play there.

Actually the Albany orchestra it self is worth listening to if not world class .

2 of the rich colleges about 1/2 way down the Hudson, Bard and Vassar, have

very good music concerts .

Rok + anybody 


I have zero doubt that this is the best song the US  forces sing . 

Fact is it is played all over the world just for it's musical merit.

Only one that could make me go over the trence in my 80"s

This is the best rentation I have heard , Band is German School Kids .

Even the Royal Swedish Air Foce agrees ,

Japanese Navy Bands as well .