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 Post subject: Gramophone 'Best' Recordings
PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2012 6:37 pm 
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Here is an article that Rod will find interesting:http://www.gramophone.co.uk/features/focus/george-frideric-handel-1685-1759

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 Post subject: Re: Gramophone Handel 'Best' Recordings
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Digiti wrote:
Here is an article that Rod will find interesting:http://www.gramophone.co.uk/features/focus/george-frideric-handel-1685-1759

Happy reading.

Thanks D. I subscribe to Gramophone's e-newsletter so I was aware of this article. As I have all the best Handel recordings I don't actually need assistance from the likes of Gramophone, who in the past have proven capable of giving reviews I seriously disagree with. I prefer where possible to hear online samples of the new recordings at places like Spotify and judge for myself.

So for me the article will only provide amusement in terms of what I agree or (more likely) disagree with, and reading their selection of the '10 essential recordings' alone it is clear they have largely no idea what they are writing about. Either that or they are grossly unaware of what recordings are available on the market at the moment. Looking into their other recommendations reveals a similar situation. This does not surprise me in the least coming from Gramophone. I would rather go to enthusiasts than rely on these magazine compilations, and this Handel enthusiast does a much better job here at CMM than Gramophone does in that article. I suspect the same will be the case regarding other composers.

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Rod,

I am not surprised in the least by your stand against Gramophone whose choices always seemed suspect to me as well..I posted their choices because I thought it might amuse you. Have you read two American publications: American Record Guide or Fanfare Magazine? I find these both to be very informative with no axes to grind or critical prejudices dictated by record companies.

http://www.fanfaremag.com/

http://www.americanrecordguide.com/

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I am not surprised in the least by your stand against Gramophone whose choices always seemed suspect to me as well..I posted their choices because I thought it might amuse you. Have you read two American publications: American Record Guide or Fanfare Magazine? I find these both to be very informative with no axes to grind or critical prejudices dictated by record companies.

http://www.fanfaremag.com/

http://www.americanrecordguide.com/

Well it's a kind of amusement, because some of their choices I find actually shocking. I don't think I've visited those US websites before. I'll check them out and report back.

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Well I can't find any free review archive in the American sites, unless I'm looking in the wrong places. At least at Gramophone you can read old reviews going back decades without subscribing.. for what that's worth...

http://www.gramophone.net/

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Rod Corkin wrote:
Well I can't find any free review archive in the American sites, unless I'm looking in the wrong places. At least at Gramophone you can read old reviews going back decades without subscribing.. for what that's worth...

http://www.gramophone.net/

For a time I was a Gramophone subscriber but the cost became prohibitive over $ 80.00 US. However the the American magazines I mentioned ,although not cheap, I have been receiving for nearly 40 years. I should have mentioned that the archives are open only to subscribers.

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For a time I was a Gramophone subscriber but the cost became prohibitive over $ 80.00 US. However the the American magazines I mentioned ,although not cheap, I have been receiving for nearly 40 years. I should have mentioned that the archives are open only to subscribers.

Well in any case perhaps Handel's not the best composer to consider searching old archive reviews, because there won't be too many (if any) to chose from for most of his output!

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I wonder what Bach fans will make of this selection...

http://www.gramophone.co.uk/features/fo ... -1685-1750

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This week they do Mahler...
http://www.gramophone.co.uk/features/focus/gustav-mahler-1860-1911

May as well throw in the earlier ones that appeared before this thread. Again, use with extreme caution...!

http://www.gramophone.co.uk/features/focus/wolfgang-amadeus-mozart-1756-91
http://www.gramophone.co.uk/features/focus/claude-debussy-1862-1918
http://www.gramophone.co.uk/features/focus/beethoven-1770-1827
http://www.gramophone.co.uk/features/focus/johannes-brahms-1833-97
http://www.gramophone.co.uk/features/focus/giuseppe-verdi-1813-1901
http://www.gramophone.co.uk/features/focus/richard-wagner-1813-1883

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This week Britten...

http://www.gramophone.co.uk/features/focus/benjamin-britten-1913-1976

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Hi Digiti & TMT,
Belatedly---as usual--- I have come to this topic. Thankyou, Digiti for the "Handel" feature from "Gramaphone". I have been busily reading through its sections and enjoying them very much, because they introduced much that was new to me. I admire Handel's work, and the disccussions by people like Paul McCreesh and Peter Sellers widened my horizons somewhat---me not being as knowledgeable as TMT in this matter!
It was also great to learn more of his character and various foibles. An Interesting man, and one that I should have liked to have met.
Also thankyou TMT for the "Bach" page which I mean to read, too. "All is grist to my mill", eh?
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pollyp78 wrote:
Hi Digiti & TMT,
Belatedly---as usual--- I have come to this topic. Thankyou, Digiti for the "Handel" feature from "Gramaphone". I have been busily reading through its sections and enjoying them very much, because they introduced much that was new to me. I admire Handel's work, and the disccussions by people like Paul McCreesh and Peter Sellers widened my horizons somewhat---me not being as knowledgeable as TMT in this matter!
It was also great to learn more of his character and various foibles. An Interesting man, and one that I should have liked to have met.
Also thankyou TMT for the "Bach" page which I mean to read, too. "All is grist to my mill", eh?
Kindest Regards,
Polly.

I recall some atrociously wrong Beethoven reviews from years back too. Anyway fresh this week is their take on Stravinsky recordings...

http://www.gramophone.co.uk/features/fo ... -1882-1971

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Gramophone's Best Bruckner with some interesting choices:

http://www.gramophone.co.uk/features/fo ... er-1824-96

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Digiti wrote:
Gramophone's Best Bruckner with some interesting choices:

http://www.gramophone.co.uk/features/fo ... er-1824-96

Interesting as in you agree with their selection or as in they include some exotic choices beyond the 'usual suspects'?

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Rod,

I agree with some of their choices but the Norringtons in this repertory would not be very desirable to me because of the lack of vibrato he advocates in both Mahler and Bruckner.

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