2005-01-23 21:35:03 UTC
regular reading of three classical magazines, in no particular order:
1. BBC Music
One of the three magazines had this excellent article about building your
classical library. The person involved conducted a blind "taste testing" of
the Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor. He gathered 60-70 of the
recordings that are currently on the market and listened to each one. He
did not know who was playing the piece, who was conducting the piece, and
which orchestra was accompanying the piece. As an aside, I am sure that he
probably could have recognized a few of them. After listening to each
recording he would write notes regarding the piece.
When he was completed, he looked at his notes and checked out which
recordings they actually turned out to be. His findings were interesting.
He didn't like the Evegny Kissin, the Helene Grimaud, the the Krystian
Zimerman. The one that stood out from the crowd was the 1963 recording from
Although this is really a matter of personal preference, I thought that
article was very interesting.
As an addition to this message, I just wanted to say that I have really
enjoyed talking to everyone on this forum. I have learned a lot from
reading everyone's posts and reading your answers to my questions. I am the
guy that has decided that as a treat I would purchase one Classical CD a
month (much to the shock of everyone who posted, I am not a CAD (someone who
suffers from Classical Acquisition Disease). Two months ago, I asked people
to provide me with suggestions for the Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 in G
minor. I had a lot of interesting suggestions and I went to my trusty
Borders and listened to everyone's suggestions. From Midori, to Perlman, to
Kyung-Wha Chung, to Lin Cho-Liang.
I settled on purchasing the Penguin Classic, Kyung-Wha Chung with the angel
hugging herself on the front. Before I received all of your advice, I was
adamant that I would be purchasing the Midori, but a lot of people suggested
that there were better choices. (All personal preferences, but still, I
would have never thought of purchasing the Lin Cho-Liang because I never
heard of him, and he has a great recording too).
All that to say thanks for your help and insight. I can't wait to announce
who my next purchase will be, and see what kind of advice I receive.