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You don't have to convince me about the virtues of Sinopoli's recordings! ;-)

As for Pletnev, I guess Amphissa's strictures on Pletnev still have an influence on me (although not 100% - I still re-purchased his Pentatone recording of Tanayev's "At the Reading of a Psalm"). But I have avoided his recordings of more standard repertoire where excellent alternatives are available.

Actually, I didn't say so in my OP on this thread, but the Kitajenko recording is very good for bringing out detail, but not so much for bringing out the sweep and passion of the work. As the Brits say, it "hangs fire" in a few places. (BTW, I just found out this morning that Ahronovitch, whose "edition" with the choral parts is used by Kitajenko, has his own recording of the work. It's apparently been around for years - on the Hanssler Profil label - and also includes his added choral parts. Somehow, I just missed it.)

I have a couple of faves of the work in connection with the MCh sound: Gergiev/LSO (on SACD) and Petrenko/Oslo (on a super hi-rez download - I forget now whether it's DXD or DSD256. But strangely enough, I think I prefer the Gergiev recording, despite the notorious Barbican acoustics - the Petrenko (on the Lawo label) sounds just a bit congested on my system (kind of unexpected, given its hi-rez credentials).

Going back to 2Ch, I've ended up with multiple recordings by both Svetlanov and Stokowski (some on the BBC label) which are also fantastic. (I feel that on Stokowski's famous Everest recording of the work with the Houston Symphony, the orchestra was a little light-weight at that time.) I remember liking the Mehta/LAPO recording (among the very first recordings which he did with the LAPO for Decca/London), and I'd love to hear the Maazel/Cleveland recording again, also on Decca/London. (I haven't heard it for decades.) Also, there's an outstanding recording with the BBC SO conducted by Sinaisky which originally appeared for free as part of BBC Music magazine - looks like it's available for cheap at Amazon right now. And finally, it's too bad that Monteux didn't get a chance to record the work in stereo:

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  • You don't have to convince me about the virtues of Sinopoli's recordings! ;-) - Chris from Lafayette 10:35:34 02/16/21 (0)


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