Orchestral choral music and recordings

tima

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I enjoy listening to orchestral choral music. It can be a challenge to reproduce well and well done recordings can serve for component and system evaluation.

A classic eminent example is Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. Requiems typically have include a choir. Brahms wrote a variety of interesting choral pieces (Alto Rhapsodie Op. 53, Schicksalslied, Op 54, Nänie, Op. 82 and others). Bach's St.Matthew Passion BWV 244, Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, Bruckner's Te Deum in C Major and Mahler's Symphony No. 8, are other examples. List of symphonies for chorus and orchestra. (limited to symphonies)

My hope for this thread is for you to contribute recording specific examples of what your like; ideally that includes a catalog number. Hopefully some are on LP.

I'll start with these:

Handel Messiah Hogwood LOiseau-Lyre D189D 3.jpg

L'Oiseau-Lyre D189D 3 (3 LP box)

Mozart Requiem Skold Propius PROP 7815 .jpg
Propius PROP 7815

Mahler Sym 8 Solti CSO.jpg

Decca SET 534-5 (2 LP)
 

Kal Rubinson

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So far as I am concerned, such complex and distributed forces (almost) demand multichannel recording and playback. Here are two of my favorites:
Mozart: Requiem. Linn Records CKD 211

Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky. Reference Recordings FR-735SACD
 
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One of both of these will provide ample means to test a system. The first "Ha" is a hybrid SACD.

CPO 777 237-2



Marco Polo 8.223280-281





Less bombastic and probably closer @tima 's vein of musical interest.

BIS CD 1726

 
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PeterA

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Nice thread Tim. Just ordered the Mahler No. 8.

I am becoming more and more interested in this type of music. I inherited a few boxes of old LPs from my mother-in-law who was an opera singer in the Baltimore area. Here are two I found this morning now in my "to clean" pile. I am not that familiar with the music and do not know these specific recordings, but thought I would post them in the thread to see if anyone is has an opinion. My wife's mother was no audiophile, but she loved music and had good taste. I look forward to seeing others' recommendations.

The top image goes along with the upper box in the lower image.

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tima

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Nice thread Tim. Just ordered the Mahler No. 8.

I am becoming more and more interested in this type of music. I inherited a few boxes of old LPs from my mother-in-law who was an opera singer in the Baltimore area. Here are two I found this morning now in my "to clean" pile. I am not that familiar with the music and do not know these specific recordings, but thought I would post them in the thread to see if anyone is has an opinion. My wife's mother was no audiophile, but she loved music and had good taste. I look forward to seeing others' recommendations.

Thanks, Peter and thanks for contributing.

Your mother-in-law does have good taste. I've not heard either particular recording, but Handel's Messiah is a favorite of mine for both listening and reviewing. When you have the opportunity to listen, I'll draw your attention to the instrumental prelude to the recitative in Scene 6 of Part II ("Why do nations so furiously rage together…"). On the Hogwood version I found this passage to be ripe with incredible energy, vibrancy and purpose - driving ostinatos from massed strings more as a collection of individuals playing in crisp unison rather than a blur of frequency differences across sections. I hope your copies are in decent condition.
 

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Peter, are there any jokes about son in laws who listen to vocals on Magico
 

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With reference to the first post, Bach's st Matthews passion was the single best concert I ever attended. It plays only during Easter so is not easy to get live. I watched twice in different halls, one was the best and the other was disappointing despite some big names
 

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Peter, are there any jokes about son in laws who listen to vocals on Magico

Ked, Can’t say I get that, but she did very much enjoy coming over and hearing Johnny Hartman and Louis Armstrong singing over the Magico minis. If she could only hear it now. I would play some of her Winterriesse and favorite large scale opera.
 
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What's her favorite large scale opera
 

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What's her favorite large scale opera

I had to ask my wife. She liked La Boheme, Tristan und Isolde, and la Traviata. I've got them all from her collection.
 
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