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Playlist 2004-06-26

CD REVIEW 2000th Edition.

THE GREATEST RECORDINGS AS VOTED BY CD REVIEW LISTENERS:

BEETHOVEN Symphonies 5 & 7:
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,
Carlos Kleiber (conductor)
(recorded 1975 & 1976)
DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 447 4002 (CD, mid-price ‚’Originals’.)

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS *Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (coupled with
Fantasia on Greensleeves; ELGAR Introduction & Allegro for Strings; Serenade for Strings; Elegy; Sospiri): Sinfonia of London, Sir John Barbirolli (conductor) (*recorded 1962)
EMI 5672402 (CD, mid-price, ‘G.R.O.C.’)

WAGNER Siegfried (from The Ring Cycle): Wolfgang Windgassen (Siegfried), Birgit Nilsson (Brunnhilde), Hans Hotter (Der Wanderer), Gerhard Stolze (Mime), Gustav Neidlinger (Alberich), Kurt Bohme (Fafner), Marga Hoffgen (Erda), Joan Sutherland (Der Waldvogel), Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti
(conductor) (recorded 1962)
*DECCA 455 564 2 (4-CD)
(* also available as part The Ring complete DECCA 455 555 2 (14-CDs, mid-price)

BRITTEN War Requiem: Galina Vishnevskaya (soprano), Peter Pears (tenor), Dietrich Fischer Dieskau (baritone), Melos Ensemble, London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Highgate School Choir, Simon Preston (organ), Benjamin Britten (conductor) (recorded 1963)
DECCA 414 3832 (2-CD)

BUILDING A LIBRARY RECOMMENDATION:
STRAVINSKY The Rite of Spring
Reviewer: Peter Hill

First Choice:
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra,
Yoel Levi (conductor) (recorded 1991;
c/w Pulcinella Suite)
TELARC CD 80266 (CD)

Runner-up Choice:
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle (recorded 1987; c/w Apollo)
EMI 749636 2 (CD)

Budget-Price Choices:
Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Antal Dorati (conductor) (recorded 1981; c/w Petrushka)
DECCA 448 226-2 (CD, budget)

The London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Charles Mackerras (conductor) (recorded 1987; c/w Fireworks, Op.4; Circus Polka; Greeting Prelude ‘Happy Birthday’)
CLASSICS FOR PLEASURE CFP 5 73441 2 8 (CD, budget)

The Philharmonia Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen (conductor) (recorded 1989; c/w The Firebird)
SONY SBK89894 (CD, budget)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Eliahu Inbal (conductor) (recorded 1989; c/w Petrouchka; The Firebird; Scherzo Fantastique, Op.3)
ULTIMA 0630189642 (2-CD, budget)

Historic Choices:
The Philadelphia Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski (conductor) (recorded 1929 & 1930; c/w BACH – STOKOWSKI Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565; TCHAIKOVSKY Nutcracker Suite; DUKAS The Sorcerer’s Apprentice; MUSSORGSKY–STOKOWSKI A Night on the Bare Mountain)
PEARL GEMM CD 9488 (CD, mid-price)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Igor Markevitch (conductor) (recorded 1959; c/w their 1951 Rite of Spring recording)
TESTAMENT SBT 1076 (CD, mid-price)
[Next week’s Building a Library will feature Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn & Strings.]

FUTUROLOGIST DR PATRICK DIXON PREDICTS THE FUTURE OF THE CLASSICAL RECORDING INDUSTRY:

Followed by :
A ROUND-TABLE DISCUSSION PROMPTED BY THE ABOVE PREDICTIONS:

On the Panel:

Peter Alward (President, EMI Classics)
Chris Craker (Head of Classics, The Sanctuary Group)
Joanna MacGregor (pianist and owner of the SoundCircus label),
Harriet Smith (Editor, BBC Music Magazine),
Chaired by Andrew McGregor


ROUND-TABLE PANEL’S FAVOURITE RECORDINGS:

Chris Craker’s choice:
RACHMANINOV *Symphony No.2 in E Minor, Op.27 (excerpt from slow movement played c/w Vocalise; Aleko – Intermezzo & Women’s Dance): The London Symphony Orchestra, Andre Previn (conductor)
(recorded 1973)
EMI 566982 2 (CD, mid-price ‘G.R.O.C.’)

Joanna Macgregor’s choice:
BRITTEN Winterreise D911 (Gute Nacht, played): Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano) (recorded 1963)
DECCA 466 3822 (CD, mid-price)


Harriet Smith’s choice:
BACH Concerto for 2 Violins, Strings & Continuo in D Minor, BWV 1043 (Slow movement played; c/w Violin Concerto in A Minor, BWV 1041; Violin Concerto in E Major, BWV 1042): David & Igor Oistrach (violins), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Eugene Goossens (conductor) (recorded 1962)
DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 449 8442 (CD, budget)

Peter Alward’s choice

VERDI Falstaff (end of Act II played): Giuseppe Valdengo (Falstaff), Herva Nelli (Mistress Alice Ford), Nan Merriman (Mistress Meg Page), Cloe Elmo (Mistress Quickly), Frank Guarrera (Ford), Teresa Stich-Randall (Nannetta), Antonio Madasi (Fenton), Gabor Carelli (Dr Caius), John Carmen Rossi (Bardolph), Norman Scott (Pistol), Robert Shaw Chorale, NBC Symphony Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini (conductor) (recorded 1950)
RCA 74321723722 (2-CD, mid-price)


AN INTERVIEW WITH PIANIST & CONDUCTOR VLADIMIR ASHKENAZY

SHOSTAKOVICH 24 Preludes & Fugues, Op.87 (Fugue in A major No.7 played):
Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)
DECCA 466 066-2 (2-CD)

SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Sonata No.2, Op 61 (excerpt of last movement played; c/w Three Fantastic Dances, Op.5; Five Preludes; Lyric Waltz (from Dances of the Dolls); Short Piece, and Spanish Dance (from The Gadfly); Nocturne (from The Limpid Stream); Aphorisms, Op.13; Polka (from The Golden Age):
Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)
DECCA 470 649-2 (SACD/CD hybrid)

RACHMANINOV The Bells (excerpt played; c/w 3 Russian Songs, Op.41; Spring Cantata, Op.20; 6 Choruses, Op.15): Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Philharmonic Choir, Vladimir Ashkenazy (conductor/piano)
EXTON OVCL00087 (CD)

CHOPIN Two Nocturnes, Op.62 (excerpt from No.2 in E major played; c/w Ballade No.4 in F Minor, Op.52; Berceuse, Op.57; Polonaise-fantaisie, Op.61; Three Waltzes, Op.64; Three Mazurkas, Op.59; Barcarolle, Op.60:
Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)
DECCA 470 608-2 (SACD/CD hybrid)

RAVEL Le Tombeau de Couperin (orchestral version – Toccata played; c/w La Valse; Miroires; Tzigane): NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, Vladimir Ashkenazy (conductor)
EXTON OVCL 00100 (2-CD)

RAUTAVAARA: Piano Concerto no 3 "gift of dreams" (excerpt from 1st movement played; c/w Autumn Gardens – includes Einojuhani Rautavaara in conversation with Vladimir Ashkenazy): Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy (conductor/piano)
ONDINE ODE 950-2 (CD)


LISTENERS’ GREATEST DISC:
WAGNER The Ring Cycle (complete):
Various Soloists (see below), Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti
(conductor) (recorded 1958-1964)
DECCA 455 555 2 (14-CDs, mid-price)

Das Rheingold: George London (Wotan), Kirsten Flagstad (Fricka), Claire Watson (Freia), Waldemar Kmentt (Froh), Eberhard Wachter (Donner), Set Svanholm (Loge), Paul Kuen (Mime), Jean Madeira (Erda), Gustav Neidlinger (Alberich), Walter Kreppel (Fasolt), Kurt Bohme (Fafner), Oda Balsborg (Woglinde), Hetty Plumacher (Wellgunde), Ira Malaniuk (Flosshilde), Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti
(conductor) (recorded 1958)

DECCA 455 556 2 (2-CD)
Die Walkure: James King (Siegmund), Regine Crespin (Sieglinde), Gottlob Frick (Hunding), Hans Hotter (Wotan), Birgit Nilsson (Brunnhilde), Christa Ludwig (Fricka), Brigitte Fassbaender (Waltraute), Berit Lindholm (Helmwige), Helga Dernesch (Ortlinde), Vera Schlosser (Gerhilde), Helen Watts (Schwertleite), Vera Little (Siegrune), Claudia Hellmann (Rossweisse), Marilyn Tyler (Grimgerde)
DECCA 455 559 2 (4-CD)

Siegfried: Wolfgang Windgassen (Siegfried), Birgit Nilsson (Brunnhilde), Hans Hotter (Der Wanderer), Gerhard Stolze (Mime), Gustav Neidlinger (Alberich), Kurt Bohme (Fafner), Marga Hoffgen (Erda), Joan Sutherland (Der Waldvogel), Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti (conductor) (recorded 1962)
*DECCA 455 564 2 (4-CD)

Gotterdammerung: Wolfgang Windgassen (Siegfried), Birgit Nilsson (Brunnhilde), Gustav Neidlinger (Alberich), Gottlob Frick (Hagen), Claire Watson (Gutrune), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Gunther), Christa Ludwig (Waltraute), Lucia Popp (Woglinde), Gwyneth Jones (Wellgunde), Maureen Guy (Flosshilde), Helen Watts (1.Norn), Grace Hoffman (2. Norn), Anita Valkki (3. Norn), Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti
(conductor) (recorded 1964)
DECCA 455 569 2 (4-CD)






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