Thursday, April 28, 2016

My first classical CD's

These were my first three classical CD’s (curious to know what were yours!)

Ivo Pogorelich and Claudio Abbado play Chopin’s 2nd piano concerto
Didn’t know it at that time, but this is a maverick performance. At Ivo’s entrance, its like he wants to smash through the piano. But between the glitter and willful playing there is also an overdose of poetry, that made him so attractive in the 1980’s. A girl in my class said she liked the 2nd movement so much and exactly that movement is one of the highlights of this cd, the first CD I ever bought.

The Hagen Quartet plays Schubert.
In the mid 1980’s (still in college then), CD’s were expensive. Extremely expensive for a teenager, and I was thrilled that a local CD shop offered this CD not for 52 Guilders (living in Holland), but 35 guilders. Still a lot of money, but absolutely worth it. The well known Rosamunde quartet is coupled with a lesser known youth work by Schubert, but the real gem here is the tension laten “Quartetsatz”, an unfinished string quartet in c-minor. I think this was the first CD by the still existing Hagen Quartet. 

Collin Davis and Nobuko Imai play Berlioz
In my class, there was a girl ho played viola, and I was very much in love with her (not saying it to her, of course;-) that the obvious third choice was this CD with the Harold en Italie symphony for orchestra and viola. Read in the Gramophone magazine what “the best” performance was and bought it. As an extra, there were some early choral works and an instrumental from the opera “les Troyens” on it, making it a “full” CD. That mattered, at the time, as with Spotify it doesn’t matter anymore if a CD is 44 minutes (the Chopin above) of 74 minutes (the Berlioz), you pay the same for the music…

Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
-Piano Concerto No. 2 in f minor op 21
-Polonaise op. 44 f# minor
Ivo Pogorelich
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Claudio Abbado, conductor

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
-String quartet in a minor op 29 D804 “Rosamunde”
-String quartet in Eb major op 125 nr 1 D87
-String quartet movement in c minor D703 “Quartettsatz”
Hagen Quartet (Veronica, Lucas and Clemens Hagen, plus at that moment the Dutch violinist Anette Bik)

Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)
-Harold en Italie, Op.16, H.68
Nobuko Imai, viola
-Tristia op 18
John Alldis Choir
-Les Troyens, act 3, Prélude
London Symphony Orchestra, 
Colin Davis, conductor

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Still have them ;-)

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