Favorite piano/soprano version of Rachmaninoff's Vocalise?
July 7, 2010 1:40 PM   Subscribe

I'm looking for a good piano/soprano version of Rachmaninoff's Vocalise. What's your favorite one? (Bonus meta-question: are there any good websites other than MeFi for asking what's-your-favorite type questions, especially for recipes and classical music?)
posted by archagon to Media & Arts (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
are there any good websites other than MeFi for asking what's-your-favorite type questions, especially for recipes and classical music?

For classical music, I always check the reviews on ClassicsToday, which has lots of well-written reviews and a search engine that allows plenty of fine tuning. (Here's one of the results for a search of Rachmaninov + "Vocalise.")
posted by Jaltcoh at 1:48 PM on July 7, 2010


Unfortunately, for small, self-standing pieces like Vocalise, album title searches won't work so well. I've often found such pieces bundled in albums titled "Assorted Works" or the like, which the ClassicsToday search won't be able to identify.
posted by archagon at 1:59 PM on July 7, 2010


talkclassical.com?
posted by neuron at 2:50 PM on July 7, 2010


Sorry if this is a trivial/obvious answer... but if you trust mass opinion, you can just search on youtube and it returns the most relevant/popular hits. View counts and "related videos" help too. I had searched for Vocalise before and found some nice (mostly famous) performances. Then you can buy it elsewhere. There are plenty of classical music geeks on youtube uploading, watching, rating, and commenting.
posted by bread-eater at 3:41 PM on July 7, 2010


Unfortunately, for small, self-standing pieces like Vocalise, album title searches won't work so well. I've often found such pieces bundled in albums titled "Assorted Works" or the like, which the ClassicsToday search won't be able to identify.

No, ClassicsToday can handle it. As I said, the search is very fine-tuned. You just have to enter "vocalise" under "WORK TITLE/ALBUM TITLE" and select "Rachmaninov, Sergei" in the "COMPOSER" menu. This brings up 6 results, including the review I linked to.
posted by Jaltcoh at 6:21 PM on July 7, 2010


This helps a little, but I'd definitely like to choose between more than 6 recordings of Vocalise.
posted by archagon at 6:32 PM on July 13, 2010


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