Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Remember the days when you went broke buying full-price CD’s?

A closet full of CD’s. Full price CD’s, all bought around 1995. That is what I saw in a house in Leiden, the Netherlands. At 22 euro per CD, this collection costed the owner tens of thousands of Euro’s. And now all sold for one euro per CD, only 20 years later…

And I remembered that as a student I bought 2 CD boxes that made me broke at that time. 99 Dutch guilders (around 45 euro) for a double CD with Messiaen and 88 guilders for Mahler 7. 
And now, for 10 euro per month, I can share these CD’s (and many, many more) with you.

Much has changed…

Fine performances, by the way. The Dutch composer Diepenbrock was a close friend of Mahler and Richard Strauss, who met each other regular.

Odd enough, the 1976 Quatuor pour la fin du temps with siegfried Palm and Aloys Kontarsky was replaced in the re-issue of my original 1987 CD with the 1969 performance below. But that groundbreaking record is a good replacement. 

Hope you will enjoy this cheap playlist ;-)

Alphons Diepenbrock (1862-1921)
Track 01 Im grossen Schweigen (1905)

Håkan Hagegård, Baritone

Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
Track 02-06 Symphony no 7 in e minor (1904-1905)

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Riccardo Chailly, conductor

Rec 1994

Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)
Track 07-16 Turangalîla-Symphonie (1946-48)
Peter Donohoe, Piano 
Tristan Murail, Ondes Martenot
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra 
Simon Rattle, conductor
Rec 1986

Track 17-24 Quatuor pour la fin du temps (1940)
Gervase de Peyer, Clarinet
William Pleeth, Cello 
Erich Gruenberg, Violin
Michel Béroff, Piano

Rec 1969


My copy of Mahler 7

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