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Old 01-21-2019, 10:26 PM
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No.1 today. This all-analog remastered set sounds fantastic, and the performances are exemplary.

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No.1 today. This all-analog remastered set sounds fantastic, and the performances are exemplary.

Karajan looks very handsome in that album cover.
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Couldn't resist getting this...

Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 'Pastoral'
Schubert: Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D485
Wiener Philharmoniker
Karl Böhm (conductor)




I very much enjoyed the Esoteric remaster of the Kleiber Beethoven, so I ordered the Böhm Pastoral remaster as well. This performance was selected as one of the 100 Greatest Recordings by Gramophone and it is quite good, so any gains in recorded sound are welcome. After a first hearing, the sonics on this SACD are a good improvement of the DG redbook release. There is more detail and an openness to the orchestral sound. I'm happy with this remaster.
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A wonderful recording in every aspect.

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Streaming it now (Qobuz 24/96).
The playing is amazing.
Although I prefer the harpsichord for Bach's music, I do like this.

I also like the cover.
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Default Corelli: Concerti grossi, Op. 6

Here is a good one...

Corelli: Concerti grossi, Op. 6
Modo Antiquo, Federico Maria Sardelli




I have several version of this masterpiece, but I purchased this set because it's the only interpretation that includes trumpets, oboes and flutes as part of the ripieno. I think the result is compelling, convincing and absolutely gorgeous. Tempos are fast and the recorded sound (from 1997) is top notch. I highly recommend this set.

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Research by Hans Joachim Marx and, later, of Franco Piperno into the documents relating to the performances which took place in Rome under the patronage of the Ottoboni (but also of the Accademia del Disegno di S Luca and the Ruspoli family), testify to the existence of a practice which has been hitherto ignored: that of doubling the instrumental music composed and conducted by Corelli with all sorts of wind instruments.

This practice, amply documented by the many payrolls of the musicians hired by Corelli, forces us to re-examine his music from a totally different point of view from that which has prevailed up until now, one which has been entirely dedicated to the faithful reproduction of the compositions printed by Roger in 1714.

This is therefore the first complete performance of the twelve Concerti Grossi by Corelli which attempts to reconstruct accurately the historical musical context in which these works were created and glorified. A context which is rich, sumptuous and paradigmatic, and which has constituted for decades the European model to which musicians and patrons alike looked with admiration.
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Streaming it now (Qobuz 24/96).
The playing is amazing.
Although I prefer the harpsichord for Bach's music, I do like this.

I also like the cover.
Haha, yeah, her playing matches her beauty. All of the piano recordings that I have on the Genuin label feature great playing and sound.
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