From my collection.
Bought in 2010.
First listen: 15-3-2013.
Second listen: 1-12-2016.
CD 22 & 23 from 35.
Recording dates: April 1980 & March 1981, April 1974.
Recording venues: Kingsway Hall, London.
Recording engineers: James Lock, Kenneth Wilkinson.
Running time: 70:27 & 67:20.
Classical relevance: Reference recordings and performance.
Le Beau Danube.
Works performed by:
National PO, Richard Bonynge.
There is no doubt in my mind that this would be my desert island box. 35 cd's in this box with the best performances and recordings of ballet music you can get, and in all respects reference recordings. For me this is touchstone by which all is measured. An absolute unique box that does not have to fear competition, not now or ever. I wish that Richard Bonynge recorded all what is in this box, but that is not so, regrettable, but in terms of excellence all conductors and orchestras are top notch. He would have been the man to record the complete orchestral works of Johann Strauss I and II and family. What a treat would that have been, instead of this mediocre box from Naxos.
But to get back at the music on both discs...how brilliantly the works are scored. So many instances that Strauss will dazzle you out of countenance with a csárdás here and there, or a ravishing waltz, or a Mazurka that makes you want to dance. What a magical world ballet conjures up, and what a mood changer it is. This music pulls you up from even the deepest depression, and brings quite easily a smile on your face. The recordings are state of the art, even the ADD recording of Le Beau Danube, just listen at the gorgeous brass the guys from DECCA captured in such realistic sound.
Friday, December 2, 2016
New acquisition. Purchase date: I do not remember. First listen: 17-2-2018. Label: Naxos. CD 47 & 48 from 52. Recording dates: Febr...
A fine disc. This is my second rerun, and I stick to my first review, which was quite a positive one. First review of this disc. ...
From the 206 titles available in the BIS sale, there were not many of interest for me. A lot of new composers, but their modernity was a tad...
Merula, Tarquinio. (c.1595-1665) Madrigali e Altre Musiche Concertate... (Madrigals & instrumental Works)New acquisition. Date of purchase: January 2018. First listen: 6-2-2018. Label: Pierre Verany. Recording dates: September 2000. Venue: ...
Eberl, Anton. (1765-1807) Concerto for 2 pianos and Orchestra opus 45, and Sonatas for four hands, opus 7, No. 1 & 2.New acquisition. Free gift from JPC de. Date of purchase: 6-2-2018 First listen. Recording dates: March 2008 & November 2011. Venue:...
From my collection. Date of purchase: December 2009. First listen: 19-10-2011. Second listen: 22-1-2018. Label: Glossa. Recording dates...
Castello,. Dario. (before 1600-1644) Sonate Concertate in Stile Moderno 1629. (Sonatas Nr. 3-5, 7,9-17 from the second book.)New acquisition. Date of purchase: February 2018. First listen: 12-2-2018. Label: CPO. Recording dates: October 2013. Venue: Dorfkirche...
New acquisition. Date of purchase: Autumn 2017. First listen: 24-1-2018. Label: Pan Classics. Recording dates: July 2009. Venue: Kloste...
New acquisition. Date of purchase: 2017. First listen: 25-1-2018. Label: Ricercar. CD 1 from 16. Recording dates: 1997. Venue: Jacobi...
New acquisition. Date of purchase: January 2018. First listen: 8-2-2018. Label: Arion. Recording dates: October/ November 2002. Venue: ...
New acquisition. Purchase date: I do not remember. First listen: 9--2-2018. Label: Naxos. CD 39 & 40, and 41 from 50. Recording dat...