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In Reply to: RE: Recording decisions posted by TGR on March 13, 2017 at 09:22:17
In fact, I have no idea who produced and paid for the Horenstein version. I assume it wasn't Nonesuch, who released it in the US. In those days (circa 1970), Nonesuch was still a very modest budget label.
Both the recordings that ended up on Nonesuch (1st and 3rd) were originally recorded by Unicorn, as was the Nielsen 5th conducted by Horenstein. I have the LPs of the two Unicorn Mahlers. One I found here in the US in a used record and book store in LA, the other I bought from a UK seller. I also have the Nonesuch first - one day I will have to compare the two, to learn if the Nonesuch issues were actually inferior, as many have said. Frankly, though, I was so thrilled as a young man to find so many interesting recordings on Nonesuch.
These recommendations, including yours, are a big reason I'm here.
it will only get worse. ;-)
"Composers who have claimed, or can be demonstrated to have been influenced by Varèse, include Milton Babbitt, Harrison Birtwistle, Pierre Boulez, John Cage, Morton Feldman, Brian Ferneyhough, Roberto Gerhard, Olivier Messiaen, Luigi Nono, John Palmer, Krzysztof Penderecki, Silvestre Revueltas, Wolfgang Rihm, Leon Schidlowsky, Alfred Schnittke, William Grant Still, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Iannis Xenakis, Frank Zappa and John Zorn."
That's a 'Rogue's Gallery' if there ever was one (OK, excepting Zappa).
I OD on electronic music pretty quickly, but the old Columbia Lp with that piece really grabbed me. Great, deep bass too. Can stand up to repeated listening.
The challenge was finding lp's with undamaged grooves towards the center; the piece ends with that upward, shrill whistle into infinity.
Inner grooves not a good place for a passage like that!
I loved Octandre from that LP.
SFS has Amériques on American Mavericks, great sounding recording.
That and recent Debussy sound better than (almost) any other orch recording i have.
After hearing SFS's wonderful Adams disc, I'm very interested in the Debussy. I just wish I could download "Parfumes" from Iberia first. It's my favorite mov't but some play it sultry and loose and others play it pretty straight-forward. I prefer the former.
Complete satisfaction or your money back, hey? OK, sounds like a deal.
if he has TIDAL.
I'll listen tonight. May already have as it's marked in my 'favorites'.
I especially like the opening primordial soup bit. The chorale climax has an ecstatic sweep much similar to "On the summit" from Strauss' Alpine Symphony.
The tymp and brass ending never really does it for me.
And probably never will. Subscription service, right? Out of curiosity, what does it cost, and what are the equipment requirements?
I run it using a laptop with their player software installed (OS-X or Win).
I run it out the USB port of my laptop to what I consider a top quality DAC(Audio-GD Master 11 DAC/Headphone Amp) for most listening but I also have it on my SONOS and on my main system via a Mac Mini and another Audio-GD Ladder DAC (Master-7).
Stop by sometime and compare your favorite CDs with what streaming sounds like. I live out at Ocean Beach in the Outer Sunset. There is not that much difference when using a decent computer and a really good DAC.
OK, maybe my CD player sucks, there is always that risk. ;-)
But streaming is so much a part of my musical discovery process that I also subscribe to QOBUZ which has an even larger obscure classical catalog, and sounds just as good if not better?
And I used to have Deezer Elite, another 16/44.1 streaming service as well as ClassicsOnlineHD before they closed it down.
No Cable TV and I get SONIC Gigabit Internet for just $40 a month so I'm $$ ahead of most folks.
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