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.


Even the Royal Swedish Air Foce agrees ,

Japanese Navy Bands as well .                                 


In Tokyo no less .I went to Vietnam  on The USS Hancock , a carrier .

A thousand men standing on rails as you go under the Golden Gate 

is a once in a life  event , Unless you are a sailor  of course ,

Had a lot more respect for Navy when I got off than when I got on.

Happy Veterans Day  

- Claude DEBUSSY, Suite bergamasque, Zoltán Kocsis ‎(piano) - discogs. Magnificent interpretation, very good recording.


SOUND:                🎼🎼🎼🎼


-Steve REICH, Music for 18 Musicians, ensemble Signal - discogs - Superb interpretation (awarded in French magazine Diapason), outstanding recording.


SOUND:                🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼

Just finished listening to an Idagio stream of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Pittsburgh Symphony conducted by William Steinberg. Recorded who knows when, sometime in the 1950s or early 1960s. Anyway, a compelling, full-blooded performance that satisfies on all levels.


Interestingly, it seems the producers/engineers had to move their mike positioning for the fourth movement to make room for the chorus and vocal soloists. Sound quality took an unmistakable hit. What was previously spacious and lovely was now a bit flat and buzzy. Dynamics went south, as well. Still, a performance eminently worth visiting.