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.


I am so glad you are enjoying Pires, she sure has a special way with Chopin.

Jim204 , there is no way I could know anything you and twolefteas think., both good musicians , of what is at present great Chopin . And I mean that!

Nor is the piano my "wheelhouse" as they say .

But I do play around some times to see what I think MY poor ears like.

This is what I’m playing recently .



As we all know Ein Heldenleben is neither easy or short .

I heard it live at last , after I played 2 years of Self -Qurantine, I was good at ,

at the Minesota Orchestra Hall .

While I was gone some rich person had gifted them 4 ancient Italian Basse’s giving

more great base they already had , Cost, somewhere over 2 million,

I was upstairs with my 400$ deer glass, most folks don’t seem to know many musicians are tuning why playing , I love to watch the tiny flip of the little finger ,

which at times is talking to the conductor . This orchestra , right now, could play with the Wiener or Berlin . But they would need Klieiber .