That is one of my favorite CDs of all time. (the pair with all six) Trevor Pinnock used to come to St. Louis and teach at Washington University and we had to pleasure of many of his concerts. Brandenburgs are on CD but I have a bunch of Pinnocks' Rameau recordings on LP.
A Goodwill hunt for records resulted in a few really good finds. One set I am listening to now is Chopin Nocturnes played by Artur Rubinstein recorded in Italy on RCA Red Seal label. Vinyl is pristine and sounds magnificent. I am learning, slowly, what labels consistenly produce great recordings. RCA Red Seal is one of them so far. Dynamic recordings. I love the album inserts with a full three pages of discussion of composer and artists.
Two albums for $3.00.
Not so sure whether it's appropriate to post this single song as a 'playlist'. And Philip Glass may not really apply for 'classical' now, but in a few decades he certainly will. This adaption mesmerizes me in a way I just have to share it:
I know I am lagging terribly in my knowledge of classical but I know a good recording when I hear one. And I’ve now saved more than five Orpheus Chamber Orchestra to my Roon favorites. Every one, so far, has been exemplary soundstaging, conducting, balance. Particularly soundstage, front, back, left, right, right center, left center, left center rear left, etc. Currently listening to Mozart attached below.
Did I mention they are all Deutche Grammophon?
I’ve always liked classical music, at least the popular ones I suspect most people start out with. Bach, Mozart Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Strauss. Opera, not so much until recently. My recent Goodwill hunting turned up a splendid copy of Fidelio, apparently Beethoven‘s only opera from what I’ve read. Three-LP set, Digital Mastering, by Eurodisc (first I’ve ever seen or heard). Each side was shorter than a usual LP which speaks to the dynamics and listening experience.
Anyway, last to the party-of-understanding of just how difficult it must be as an orchestra conductor. I’m not sure why it was an opera to bring my head around to thinking about this and why Beethoven? I’m in awe of professional musicians and composers, the level of talent and dedication required, not to mention the pleasure music brings to so many. Soooo, I’m listening to more opera, more varied composers and going deeper into each composer and slowly widening my net of composers and orchestras I like. But I still don’t like Shostakovich