Saturday, March 4, 2017

Readers' Poll: Favorite Chamber Music Recordings

This week, we'd like to ask our readers:

What are your favorite chamber music recordings?

Feel free to share with us your favorite recording(s), analog or digital, on the basis of performance and/or sound quality.  All thoughts are welcome!


  1. Replies
    1. Nonets certainly welcome!

    2. Whilst RCA/Living Stereo's are few, it might be better to have a pre/post 1970 stereo division (+digital) as this seems impossible due to the sheer quantities after 1970...

      Three Decca SDD's have SXL metalwork (Borodin/Shost - Beet/Spohr - Dvorak (your SXL pic) - but one that beats those (and my last CC listening) is a superbly fresh 1966 Philips (SAL3640/802 705) -I Musici in Wolf Italian Ser/Rossini Son a Quatrro 3/Mendelssohn Octet (latter had a Universo reissue); but would otherwise need to listen to far too many (for the 1st time!)

    3. OK - before any mad rush - I'll add Korngold SQ 1/3 (1978 Chilingirian: RCA RL25097 -can't vouch for the US LP..) and a nice set of Arnold's works on Hyperion (A66171-3: only have 1/3) breezily played by Nash Ens - DMM and apparently Analog (1984) - these LP's benefit from clean sound/good quality tape-stock/vinyl...and are Enjoyable.

  2. my ABSOLUTE all-time favourite in the domain of the recorded sound is chamber work.
    Johann Sebastian Bach
    Komm süßer Tod, BWV 478
    (a sacred song from Schemelli Gesangbuch arrenged for viola with organ accompaniment)
    favourite rendition:
    William Primrose, viola
    Vernon de Tar, organ
    recorded in late October, 1945 for Victor.
    i own this on both a mint, never been played later RCA Victor 78 rpm disc (cca 1949), and a transfer to CD for listening released by Biddulph.

  3. Way too large a topic to really deal with, so I'll propose just one, perhaps a little out of the ordinary: Nielsen String quartets op. 14 and 44. Kobenhavns Strygekvartet on Fona LPKS 539. Excellent, committed performances, great sound. Vinyl, of course.

  4. The old CBS Stern/Istomin/Rose recording of the Beethoven Archduke is an old favorite of mine which is underrated.