Saturday, July 23, 2011

My Favorite Classical Music Pieces (Judging by Multiple Recordings Owned)

Richard Wagner (1813-1883), c. 1868

As you can see, I'm very partial to 19th century orchestral, Romantic, and Germanic music (with lots of brass: I used to play trombone in a band and orchestra). I love the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra the most, and Decca / London recordings; also vinyl LPs from the late 50s and early 60s (and up through the early 80s). I first bought those ("bargain bin") in 1975 when I started collecting: from the legendary Hudson's store in downtown Detroit. Today I bought nine vinyl records of classical music at a sale (25% off used) and the total was $11.83 (!!). Thus, I paid less per record today ($1.31) than I did back in 1975 ($3.00-4.00), and even though they are used, they are in great shape (maybe played only a few times).

[R = vinyl record; all others are CDs; dates are for actual recording and album release, respectively]

1. Richard Wagner, Die Meistersinger, Prelude to Act I [16]

CLE/Szell R
COL/Walter R
PHI/Ormandy R
PSO/Steinberg R
VPO/Stein (1974) R
BPO/Kubelik (1963) / 1976 R
PHO/Boult 1972 R
CLE/Szell (1962) / 1992
VPO/Bohm (1979) / 1993 
VPO/Solti (1976) / 1994
CSO/Solti (9-95) / 1997
PHO/Klemperer (1960) / 1998 + R
CSO/Solti (1972) / 1999
PAR/Barenboim (1983) / 2001
NYP/Sinopoli (1986) / 2003
BPO/Karajan (1974) / 2005
LSO/Stokowski (1972) / 2005

2.  Richard Wagner, Tristan und Isolde, Prelude to Act I [14]
 
CLE/Szell R
PHI/Ormandy R 
VPO/Stein (1974) R 
BPO/Kubelik (1963) / 1976 R 
PHO/Boult 1972 R 
CLE/Szell (1962) / 1992 
BAY/Bohm (1966) / 1993 
VPO/Kempe (1958) / 1995 
PHO/Klemperer (1960) / 1998 
VPO/Solti (1961) / 1998 
PHO/Furtwangler (6-52) / 2001 [mono] 
CSO/Solti (1978) / 2003 
RPO/Stokowski (1974) / 2004 
BPO/Karajan (1974) / 2005 
BOU/Serebrier (6-06) / 2007 [arr. Stokowski] 
  
3.  Richard Wagner, Tristan und Isolde, Love-Death (Liebestod) [14]

CLE/Szell R
PHI/Ormandy R 
VPO/Stein (1974) R 
BPO/Kubelik (1963) / 1976 R 
CLE/Szell (1962) / 1992 
VPO/Bohm (1981) / 1993 
VPO/Kempe (1958) / 1995 
BPO/Karajan (1984) / 1996 
VPO/Solti (1960) / 1998 
PHO/Klemperer (1960) / 1998 
PHO/Furtwangler (6-52) / 2001 
CSO/Solti (1978) / 2003 
RPO/Stokowski (1974) / 2004 
BPO/Karajan 2005
BOU/Serebrier (6-06) / 2007 [arr. Stokowski]
  
4. Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 1 [13] 

LPO/Boult (10-58) R  
LSO/Horenstein (9-69) R
RPO/Leinsdorf (4-71) / 1972 R 
CSO/Abbado (2-81) R 
COL/Walter (2-61) / 1994 + R 
IPO/Mehta (12-74) / 1994 [w “Blumine” original 2nd movement] 
BAV/Kubelik (10-67) / 1997 
LPO/Tennstedt (10-77) / 1998 
ATL/Levi 9-99 1999 [w “Blumine” original 2nd movement] 
CSO/Boulez (5-98) / 1999 
LSO/Solti (2-64) / 2001 
NYP/Bernstein (10-66) / 2001 
CON/Bernstein (10-87) / 2005
 
5.  Richard Wagner, Die Walkure, Ride of the Valkyries [13]

PHI/Ormandy R
CLE/Szell R
LSO/Stokowski (1966) / 1974 R
NSO/Dorati 1976 R
CLE/Szell (1968) / 1992

BPO/Karajan (1967) / 1993

PHO/Klemperer (1963) / 1998

VPO/Solti (1965) / 1998

VPO/Solti (1982) / 1998
 + R
BPO/Tennstedt (1983) / 2001

MET/Levine (1997) / 2003

SOA/Stokowski (1974) / 2004

LSO/Stokowski (1966) / 2005 
BOU/Serebrier (6-06) / 2007 [arr. Stokowski]
RPO/Handley (1998) / 2009
 
6.  Richard Wagner, The Flying Dutchman Overture [13]
  
CLE/Szell R 
COL/Walter R 
VPO/Solti 1962 R 
VPO/Stein (1974) R
LCP/Norrington ["original version"] 1990 
BAY/Bohm (1971) / 1993 
PHO/Klemperer (1960) / 1998 + R 
VPO/Solti (1961) / 1998 
CSO/Solti (1977) / 1999 
PHO/Klemperer (1968) / 2000 
RPO/Beecham (4-16-54) / 2002 [mono] 
CSO/Solti (1962) / 2003 
BPO/Karajan (1974) / 2005
RPO/Handley (1998) / 2009

7.  Richard Wagner, Tannhauser Overture [12]

VPO/Solti 1962 R
CLE/Szell R
PHI/Ormandy R
PHO/Boult 1972 R
BOO/Gerdes (1969) / 1993

VPO/Solti (1962) / 1994 

PHO/Boult (1972) / 1995

PHO/Klemperer (1960) / 1998
+ R
CSO/Solti (1977) / 1998

BPO/Tennstedt (1983) / 2001

VPO/Solti (1970) / 2002

BPO/Karajan (1974) / 2005
RPO/Handley (1998) / 2009

8.  Igor Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring [11] 

ORF/Boulez (60s) R
COL (NYP) /Stravinsky R 
LAP/Mehta 1970 R
CSO/Solti 1974 R
PHI/Muti (10-78) / 1985
LPO/Haitink (1-73) / 1993
CLE/Maazel (5-80) / 1993
OSR/Ansermet (1957) / 1994
CLE/Boulez (7-69) / 1994
LSO/Abbado (2-75) / 1997

CSO/Ozawa (7-68) / 1999

9. Franz Schubert, Symphony No. 8 ("Unfinished") [11] 

CLE/Szell (1970) R 
BPO/Karajan 1978 R 
VPO/Maazel 1980 R 
BPO/Wand (3-95) / 1995 
DRE/Sawallisch (1967) / 1995 
VPO/Solti (1985) / 1996 
BPO/Karajan (1978) / 1996 
VPO/Muti 1999 
BAV/Klemperer 2000 
ASM/Marriner (8-83) / 2002 [“Finished” version] 
LPO/Stokowski (1969) / 2005 
BSO/Munch (1955) / 2007 

10. Johannes Brahms, Symphony No. 1 [11] 

CLE/Szell R 
COL/Walter R 
PHO/Klemperer (1961) R 
LSO/Horenstein (1-62) R 
CLE/Maazel (1976) R 
CSO/Solti (1-79) / 1991 
BPO/Karajan (2-78) / 1998 
VPO/Barbirolli (1968) / 2000 
PHI/Muti (9-89) / 2002 
VPO/Bernstein (1983) / 2004 
PHO/Klemperer (1961) / 2005 
LSO/Stokowski (1972) / 2005

11. Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 7 [11]

BPO/Karajan (1962) / 1978 
R NYP/Bernstein R 
CLE/Szell 1970 R 
BPO/Fricsay (1962) / 1991 
VPO/Kleiber (1976) / 1995 
CSO/Reiner (10-55) / 1998 
VPO/Karajan (1960) / 2001 
PHO/Klemperer (1955) / 2002 
PHO/Ashkenazy (1984) / 2003 
VPO/Bernstein (11-78) / 2004 
PHO/Stokowski (1975) / 2005  

12. Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 9 ("Choral") [10]

CLE/Szell 1963 / (1970) R
VPO/Schmidt-Isserstedt 1966 R
VPO/Bohm (1972) / 1992
CSO/Reiner (1961) / 1994
CSO/Solti (10-86) / 1995
BPO/Karajan (10-62) / 1996
BPO/Fricsay (1958) / 2001
CLE/Szell (1963) / 2002
BPO/Karajan (1-77) / 2003
VPO/Bernstein (9-79) / 2004
LSO/Stokowski (1967) / 2005


13. Franz Schubert, Symphony No. 9 ("Great") [10] 


CLE/Szell R [mono]
COL/Walter R
BPO/Wand (3-95) / 1995
DRE/Sawallisch (1967) / 1995
BPO/Karajan (’75-‘78) / 1996
VPO/Solti (1981) / 1996
VPO/Gardiner (8-97) / 1998

ASM/Marriner (1-84) / 2002
BPO/Rattle (6-05) / 2006
BSO/Munch (1958) / 2007

14. Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 5 [10]

VPO/Maazel 1980 R
CLE/Szell 1970 R
BPO/Fricsay (1960) / 1991
ORR/Gardiner (3-94) / 1994

VPO/Kleiber (1975) / 1995

CSO/Reiner (5-59) / 1998

PHO/Ashkenazy (1982) / 2003

BPO/Karajan (1-77) / 2003

VPO/Bernstein (9-77) / 2004

LPO/Stokowski (1969) / 2005

After this, the following pieces have the most versions in my collection:

15. Richard Wagner, Lohengrin, Prelude to Act I [10]
16. Richard Wagner, Lohengrin, Prelude to Act III [10]
17. Richard Wagner, Parsifal, Prelude to Act I [10]
18. Richard Wagner,  Gotterdammerung, Siegfried's Rhine Journey [9]
19. Richard Wagner,  Gotterdammerung, Siegfried's Death and Funeral Music [9]
20. Richard Wagner,  Die Walkure, Magic Fire Music [9]
21. Richard Wagner,  Das Rheingold, Entry of the Gods Into Valhalla [9]
22. Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 3 ("Eroica") [9]
23. Hector Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique [9]
24. Anton Bruckner, Symphony No. 7 [9]
25. Anton Bruckner, Symphony No. 9 [9]
26. Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 2 ("Resurrection") [9]
27. Johannes Brahms, Symphony No. 4 [9]
28. Ludwig van Beethoven, Egmont Overture [9]
29. Antonin Dvorak, Symphony No. 9 ("New World") [8]
30. Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 5 [8]
31. Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 5 [8]
32. Johannes Brahms, Symphony No. 2 [8]
33. Richard Wagner, Die Meistersinger, Prelude to Act III [8]
33. Richard Wagner,  Rienzi Overture [8]


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