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I received this (Van Cliburn playing the Grieg and Liszt 1 piano concertos with Ormandy conducting, on RCA) as a birthday present right after it was released - I think it would have been 1969 or 1970. My older brother was a Cliburn fan and gave it to me, I think, knowing about my growing interest in classical music. I came to love both concertos, and played the heck out of it on a piece of crap stereo, so I discarded the LP somewhere down the line. I found a sealed copy on eBay so said, gotta have it! We'll see what memories come back.....
This record was made about the time when Ormandy was returning to RCA after a long stint at Columbia, and my copy (then) was packaged with some Ormandy-led excerpts from old recordings, including a Wagner aria with Melchior, a revelation to these ears.
Unsurpassed to this day. Beautiful cover, too.
London CS6609- Also Sprach Zarathustra - Zubin Mehta
The year was 1972 and I wanted to test the bass capability of my Advent speakers as recommended in the brochure.
This famous tone poem remains a favorite of mine. And I enjoy the entire work. :)
Around 1960 I joined the Columbia Record Club. One of my selections was Ormandy conducting the Rachmaninov 2nd Symphony. That was a rather heavy choice for someone knowing nothing about classical music at the time.
Soon after that I began to explore Baroque due to similarities to the jazz I mainly listened to. Over the years I expanded my limited knowledge with other classical periods, and I retained a fondness for Rachmaninov.
"The piano ain't got no wrong notes." Thelonious Monk
was Jan Ignace Paderewski playing Beethoven piano sonatas taken from piano rolls. I got the record when I was about 15. It took me awhile to realize that lps of piano recordings could exist in high fidelity
Just played these.
Very good performances and sound is also good, on my Cliburn CD found in a boxed set of all Cliburn recordings, gifted to me when I retired in 2015. Started to work through them in late 2016.
My first LP bought in 1965 or 66 is pictured (pic).
I have a bunch of these LPs from his Columbia days. I have never played them. Guess its time to put them on....
Dvorak, New World Symphony, any copy I have, I thoroughly enjoy.
Gershwin, American in Paris and Rhapsody in Blue, any copy I have, I enjoy.
Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture, again any copy but notably if they use real canons is a great symphony.
I'm pretty green on classical music, but quite simply listening to classical music especially vinyl LP's is among the most stress relieving endeavors I do.
If you can find it look for the "New World" conducted by Rodzinski on Westminster. Best interpretation and performance I've ever heard.
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