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Old 19-05-2012, 06:22 AM   #1
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Recommendations for "Complete works" sets?

I assume the $2000 "Mozart Complete Edition" of 180 CDs is the best complete Mozart collection, but I'm unclear about which would be the best Bach or Beethoven sets. Can anyone enlighten me?

Down the road I may also be interested in other composers like Haydn or Tchaikovsky... but for now just those first three.

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Old 19-05-2012, 10:56 AM   #2
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Re: Recommendations for "Complete works" sets?

You want to spend $2000 on a collection and you're asking us whether you should get Bach or Beethoven? You're joking, right?
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Old 19-05-2012, 11:39 AM   #3
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Re: Recommendations for "Complete works" sets?

He's not asking whether he should get Bach or Beethoven. He's askin what sets for those respective artists are the best.

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Old 19-05-2012, 02:13 PM   #4
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Re: Recommendations for "Complete works" sets?

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Re: Recommendations for "Complete works" sets?

There is no need to spend such a lot of money.
Sony/BMG's fine Complete Beethoven set is currently £84 at Amazon (£60 second-hand) Sony/BMG's fine Complete Beethoven set is currently £84 at Amazon (£60 second-hand)
. You might be able to get it cheaper from Amazon Japan.

The Brilliant Classics label provide some fantastic bargains. They publish "Masterworks" box sets (consisting of 40 CDs that cover all the major works and a lot more besides) that often retail for under £60. I own the
Beethoven Beethoven
and
Mozart Mozart
editions and consider them ideal reference sets. You can always buy something more expensive later. The BC Complete Brahms is on sale for £112, although I got it for £30. The pleasure of dipping into the sets more than makes up for the skimpy packaging and minimal documentation.

Confusingly, Brilliant Classics has used the "Masterworks" title for its 10 and 40 CD box sets. Choose the latter.

DG's Chopin Complete Edition
is going for £43 is going for £43
. EMI's Complete Mahler
is just £25! is just £25!


(I have no idea why Amazon's logo is appearing next to the links. Is it an IDM forum arrangement with Amazon?)

Good luck with your search.

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Old 19-05-2012, 04:21 PM   #6
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Re: Recommendations for "Complete works" sets?

When it comes to piano works at least, the person playing them makes a big difference to me. For Beethoven I love Schnabel, but you might not like the fact the recordings are fairly poor quality (from the twenties I think).

Barenboim is also good, but he's a bit too stately for my liking. Claudio Arrau plays quite romantically, but some people don't like that in Beethoven.

For Chopin you can't go wrong with Horowitz. The point is, if you're going to spank thousands on a boxset you'd better make sure you like the interpretations first.

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Re: Recommendations for "Complete works" sets?

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Re: Recommendations for "Complete works" sets?

Don´t waste money on Beethoven, nor Bach or Mozart...go for Ravel, Prokofiev, Debussy, Weber, Mahler and STRAVINSKY.
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Re: Recommendations for "Complete works" sets?

Whe you're at it you should check out anything from Michael Nyman.

Modern day stuff though but an amazing composer none the less.

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