What Classical are you spinning?

Oversold argument. Some Telarc’s did alike.

  1. Just three Telefunken microphones. Incredible.

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Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975)
Symphony no.4 in C minor, op.43 (1935-36) [64:59]
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Vasily Petrenko
rec. Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, 9-10 February 2013.
NAXOS 8.573188 [64:59]

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Arnulf Herrmann - Ensemblestücke

Nina Janßen (clarinet) & Hermann Kretzschmar & Jürgen Kruse (keyboards)
Ensemble Modern, Franck Ollu & Johannes Kalitzke

WER_65762-648

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Pierre Boulez : Structures for two pianos - Book 2
Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Forent Boffard, pianos

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Listening to this, this evening was nothing short of cathartic. An amazing piece performed with utmost care for every nuance and detail.

MORTON FELDMAN -
FOR JOHN CAGE

PAUL ZUKOFSKY, violin
MARIANNE SCHROEDER, piano

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Some time ago I purchased one of the series of Mozart piano concertos done by Kristian Bezuidenhout and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, which I liked very much. Just now I listened to another in the set streamed from Qobuz. The sound in 24/96 is excellent, as is the performance.

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A 2024 release, Phillip Glass Solo

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This recording in stereo and four-channel was made by Jerry Bruck, recording independently at Unicorn’s invitation at the same recording sessions as the famous Unicorn release. It is from four microphones (only) and sounds utterly clear and transparent, with dynamics that belie any notion that analog tape cannot capture full orchestral dynamics. It is superb.

Bob Witrak made the transfers of the session tapes, John Haley assembled those session tapes into a final master (which Jerry Bruck had never done). This is a phenomenal release.

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I know both recordings, most famous (this Mahler III was famed as the best available on LP), and I guess this HD transfer should sound awesome.

This then being distinct from the earlier HDTT release (1970 from Fairfield Halls Croydon wrongly billed as Barking on the notes)

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Yes, the Horenstein Mahler Symphony No. 3 that we’re all familiar with was recorded by Bob Auger for Unicorn and has been re-released many times over the years on both LP and CD.

As noted, this new release from HDTT is the same performance, but a completely different (and I would suggest better) recording of that performance. It has never before been released in it’s entirety. I think Jerry Bruck only assembled a single movement from his session tapes (the third movement, perhaps?).

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My copy of the Barylli Quartet’s Beethoven String Quartet cycle arrived today from Japan, reissued in the UHQCD format.

Beethoven: The Complete String Quartets [Limited Release] [UHQCD] Barylli Quartet CD Album

A budget production in that it comes in a clamshell sort of box with plastic sleeves and a booklet, but the UHQCD format is handsome and the sound is quite good as far as mastering goes. The sonic character is typical of well-recorded early fifties mono, and though I wish there were a bit more “oomph” to the cello, there’s little else to complain about.

So far I’d say that the interpretation is not too adventurous but plenty expressive. Will be interesting to hear the entire cycle.

I notice that Japan has also reissued a five cd set of the Mozart quartets by these gents on this label, as well as a single cd of the quintets. . . in UHQCD. I ordered those.

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Great choice! Following (quite) the same viennese esthetics, you could try (if you don’t know yet) the Wiener Konzerthaus Quartett in all Schubert’s Quartets. In these old recordings, the famous Dead and the Maiden and Rosamunde are tear-dropping.

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highly enjoyable baroque music …

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Disc 3

The Complete Beethoven String Quartets, Barylli Quartet, Japanese UHQCD edition

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