jscott wrote: ↑
Sat Nov 24, 2018 1:19 am
Beethoven, late string quartets. How has this not been mentioned yet?
What I find lacking in most of these suggestions is... the interpretation.
In my library I have the Amadeus, Guarnari, Budapest, and Busch string quartets playing these. The Busch quartets date from the 1930's and though their sound quality is much to be desired, their unedited spontaneous verve puts them in the running with the best (with the exception of the Große Fugue, which Busch adapted for string orchestra).
OK, so while I'm at it: Mozart's Magic Flute. Otto Klemperer conducting the Berlin Radio Philharmonic (if memory serves me) from the early 1960's. Of the wonderful singers the only name I recall is the queen of the night, Gundula Janowitz.
Luigi Boccherini wrote reams of music, including string quintets with guitar. (I haven't heard a version of these that is memorable to me.) But the string symphonies played by I Solisti Veniti conducted by Claudio Scimone are incredibly alive.
The first I heard of Bach was Segovia playing the fugue from the 2nd partita. When I heard Heifetz playing the sonatas and partitas for unaccompanied violin... I put the guitar versions aside. Same with the 'cello suites. Pierre Fournier, Jonas Starker and Pablo Cassals have a place in my library, as does Jorge Caballero, but... have listened to the Caballero versions only once.
Bach and organ are inseperable to me. The Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor played by Daniel Chorzempa; the D minor Toccata and Fugue played by Marie-Claire Alain. For starters.
The term "classical" is rather loosely adhered to in these suggestions. So I'll offer up Frank Zappa's Sofa #1.