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Old 02-25-2012, 10:46 PM
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This one makes for a good demo CD.
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Tanzmusik von der Renaissance bis zum Biedermeier (Dance music through the ages)
Ulsamer-Collegium, Ensemble Eduard Melkus
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Label: Ondine.
Impressive dynamics.
This is one of those recordings for which I'm going to add some decent subs.
I think this is a very good performance. The only thing I'm missing is a bit of the ambient noise of the concert hall which is the big Verizon Hall, so you would expect this.
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Listening to . . . "The World's First HDCD High Definition Compatible Digital Recording"

Or, so says a sticker on the front of this Reference Recordings disc - recorded in 1992 by Keith Johnson - who invented the HDCD.

Testament - The Turtle Creek Chorale and the Dallas Wind Symphony



The Turtle Creek Chorale was founded in 1980 and is, according to Wikipedia, the most recorded men's chorus in the world. Reference Recordings and Prof. Keith Johnson have made a number of incredibly good recordings of this fine chorus, including this patriotic/religious recording, which is excellent.
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This one makes for a good demo CD.
Thanks so much Dale - I went to Amazon to look this one up and found that I can purchase a new copy for only $185.00 - do you think I should buy several and give them as Christmas presents?
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Listening to Handel - The Italian Years and Works by Telemann and Vivaldi

Julianne Baird - Soprano
Philomel Baroque Orchestra

A Dorian CD recorded in 1991



Julianne Baird PhD (Stanford - Music History) made a number of recordings on the Dorian label and has a beautiful soprano voice.

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Baird is a distinguished professor at Rutgers University where she directs a Madrigal Ensemble and teaches Music History, specifically Ancient Music, Renaissance Music and Baroque Music. She frequently teaches master classes and workshops throughout the United States. She published an annotated translation of the 18th-century treatise, Introduction to the Art of Singing by Johann Friedrich Agricola (Cambridge University Press,1995).

As a performer, she is best known for performances of music by J.S. Bach (especially the B-minor Mass, the Magnificat, and a number of cantatas) and G.F. Handel (especially Messiah). She has recorded a number of less well-known Handel operas (including Deidamia, Siroe, Muzio Scevola, Sosarme, and Berenice). She has also sung works by Henry Purcell, John Dowland, Claudio Monteverdi, and Georg Telemann. Modern American composers whose music she has performed include Lukas Foss and Steve Reich.
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Thanks so much Dale - I went to Amazon to look this one up and found that I can purchase a new copy for only $185.00 - do you think I should buy several and give them as Christmas presents?
Good idea! But why wait until Christmas, Julian?!
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Very interesting music, which I am still discovering. Second listen.
Soon, I'll be able to compare this version with Kitajenko, who seems to be THE Shostakovich director. I ordered the following box set:



But the Kofman is not bad so far. Excellent sonics!
This is a review from Amazon:
The negative remarks made about this series by various critics strike me as entirely misguided. Kofman and the Beethoven Orchestra deliver a massively distinguished performance. One can almost see the Nazi armor advancing into Russia. My suspicion here is that some Europeans have simply decided that a German conductor and orchestra is not allowed to deliver a great performance of Shostakovich. I think it's time for that particular war to be over. This is a superb performance.
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Label: Ondine.
Impressive dynamics.
This is one of those recordings for which I'm going to add some decent subs.
I think this is a very good performance. The only thing I'm missing is a bit of the ambient noise of the concert hall which is the big Verizon Hall, so you would expect this.
Now you're in my neighborhood, Bart! I've never heard the organ there, but when we went to our most recent concert, we sat next to a woman who was at the S-S "Organ" performance.

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bart if you had that Shostakovich playing in your waiting room, you would scare away all your patients

I am waiting for Dudamel to release his recordings of the Shostakovich symphonies. At the moment they are only available on Youtube (!!!). I was blown away by what I heard and asked my CD shop guy to order it in for me ... but it is not even in print. Oh well!!!
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