Hi all. I use Tidal via Roon. I listen to a variety of music styles, from soul to jazz, from rock to classical, and even some opera. This forum is amazing for suggesting music that is new to me, but with classical music how does one pick the ‘best version’ of a particular piece?
As an example I like a piece called Marche Slave by Tchaikovsky. I first heard it in the early 1980’s when I bought the Andre Previn/LSO 1812 Overture/Romeo and Juliet/Marche Slave album on vinyl (EMI I think), and I loved the piece and have ever since - in fact the whole album was brilliant, I think I wore it out!
Now I cannot find that particular performance on Tidal, but there are lots of other versions, but without listening to them all, how does one know which is ‘best’ or even the best place to start?
This morning I listened to the Abbado/BPO version and it is not a patch on the Previn (to my ears, tastes and memory), so how do you good folk go about finding ‘the best’ versions? Is there a bible out there or a review/comparison website that you go to?
Back before I had kids and my career hadn’t properly kicked in, I had time to read The Gramophone, which was very useful. I see that for £90 pa I can get online access to their Digital Archive and Review Database, that might be worthwhile, but before I splash out I thought I would ask what others do
Would be good if Roon or Tidal had reviews… Or maybe they do and I haven’t found them.
Any suggestions, is it simply a case of Googling around or subscribing to a specialist site like The Gramophone?