Thread: If you had one multi channel SA-CD symphonic disc to offer a freind. Freindly Monday.

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Post by Marpow November 3, 2014 (1 of 21)
I respect a lot of you and your input on many threads. I also realize that many of you are not as rough and tumbled as I. I would like to purchase a multi channel SACD as I have nothing from the Classical genre in my collection.
I am a San Franciscan, with family ties to Denmark and Ireland. I think I would like symphonic music that would be more on the melancholy side. I like drums and strings. Of course a real expensive out of print will not do. So, it would be cool if you could suggest my first classical disc.

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Post by armenian November 3, 2014 (4 of 21)
Try this if you are new to classical, plenty of fireworks;
Stravinsky: Petrouchka, Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances - Jansons

Vahe

Post by Luong November 3, 2014 (5 of 21)
Marpow said:

... I think I would like symphonic music that would be more on the melancholy side. I like drums and strings. Of course a real expensive out of print will not do. So, it would be cool if you could suggest my first classical disc.

Tacet label Beethoven Symphony No. 7 & 8 Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 7 & 8 - Rajski .

Symphonic as you prefer, classic style, tragic and melancholic, of course free of the atonal or avant-garde dissonance.

This disc is different from 2-channel or all other Beethoven 7 & 8 multichannel discs available. The Tacet disc puts you in the middle of the symphonic orchestra with the strings antiphonal in the two rear speakers , and the rest of wind brass and timpani in the front and sides. You can follow the interaction of every instrument easily without having to guess or to strain your ear.

It gives me a delightful perspective to enjoy those symphonies, a listening position that I cannot buy ticket for , a listening position comparable to that of the conductor. Of course, if you believe that you should sit down in the audience area when listening to Beethoven symphony then do not buy this disc. It will upset you, make you utter strong words of displeasure and so on

Post by Lute November 3, 2014 (6 of 21)
Marpow said:

I respect a lot of you and your input on many threads. I also realize that many of you are not as rough and tumbled as I. I would like to purchase a multi channel SACD as I have nothing from the Classical genre in my collection.
I am a San Franciscan, with family ties to Denmark and Ireland. I think I would like symphonic music that would be more on the melancholy side. I like drums and strings. Of course a real expensive out of print will not do. So, it would be cool if you could suggest my first classical disc.

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 - Kitajenko

Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2, Vocalise No. 14 - Fischer

These are beautiful melancholic symphonies. Eric Carmen's 1976 song Never Gonna Fall in Love Again uses the melody from the 3rd movement of Rachmaninov's symphony. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Never_Gonna_Fall_in_Love_Again

Bruckner's and Mahler's symphonies are also big, gorgeous works. And they are very well represented on SACD. But, I would say that Mahler's music is more accessible. His 2nd and 5th symphonies are very popular. Leonard Bernstein chose the adagietto from the 5th to perform at Robert Kennedy's funeral and he performed the 2nd symphony for JFK's memorial.

Gustav Mahler - Symphony No. 2 in C minor "Resurrection"

Gustav Mahler - Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minorA

Here's an article from the NY Times about Mahler... http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/29/books/excerpt-why-mahler.html?pagewanted=all

If you want beautiful melancholic music, opera is definitely worth checking out. And you can't get more spectacularly beautiful than Wagner or Puccini's works. The arias of La Boheme will lift you right out of your chair! Unfortunately, Puccini's operas aren't well represented on SACD. Bluray is usually better for opera. However; there are many fine SACDs of Wagner's operas. And Wagner is also famous for his lavish orchestral writing. There are many excellent SACDs of his overtures and preludes.

Jarvi has an interesting series of Wagner's operas without words. /search/Wagner+Jarvi

Janowski recently finished recording the major operas of Richard Wagner. /search/Wagner+Janowski Wagner's Ring is a series of 4 operas. Die Walkure is the most popular among the four. After dipping your toes in the orchestral highlight SACDs of Javri, Waart, etc... , you may want to take the plunge into one of his whole operas. If so, try Wagner: Die Walküre - Janowski

Post by samayoeruorandajin November 3, 2014 (7 of 21)
Tchaikovsky Manfred--Kitajenko

Post by wehecht November 3, 2014 (8 of 21)
This isn't exactly the place where most people would start a classical collection and it isn't going to show off the percussion section, but for a lover of melancholy it would be hard to beat: In the Shadow of War. The disc includes one warhorse from Ernest Bloch, an underperformed masterpiece by Frank Bridge, and an amazing surprise in the form of a gorgeous piece by world renowned pianist Stephen Hough.

Post by Disbeliever November 3, 2014 (9 of 21)
DG Mahler 6 Abbado

Post by Disbeliever November 3, 2014 (10 of 21)
LUONG :I agree with your last para I would not buy your recommendation, listening to Classical music is to be in the audience not in the middle of the orchestra.

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