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Offline Madiel

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Re: New Releases
« Reply #8660 on: April 24, 2019, 07:33:18 AM »
^^ I know the Debussy performers already did another album (the ballets?) that you rated highly.
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Re: New Releases
« Reply #8661 on: April 24, 2019, 07:41:44 AM »
I think that where you have a musician who is constantly curious, constantly experimenting, there are bound to be disorienting results, and the joy of listening is to follow the path as it were, to explore the journey with the conductor. So I’m very glad to have Harnoncourt’s last Mozart recordings.

I like that Harnoncourt would generally peel away the performance tradition of a work and reimagine it, sometimes using original source material, general knowledge of period practices, or just his own sense of musicality. As you say, sometimes the results are disorienting, sometimes they are extraordinary. In the extraordinary category I put the Concertgebouw Mozart, the Schumann symphonies, there are too many to list. I remember his Bartok as being a dud.
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Re: New Releases
« Reply #8662 on: April 24, 2019, 07:44:04 AM »


Op 18 No 3 / Kongsgaard Variations / Op 131



I think the op 131 is well worth listening to. No major new conceptions but well executed mainstream played passionately and well recorded. They have found a feeling of slightly boisterous fun which suits the music well -- maybe it's not so mainstream after all!  If it were a concert (and indeed a stream is not unlike a concert) people would be on their feet at the end demanding an ovation, and go home with a smile on their faces.

They're specialists in post war music as far as I can see, I shall be exploring!
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Re: New Releases
« Reply #8663 on: April 24, 2019, 09:54:21 AM »
^^ I know the Debussy performers already did another album (the ballets?) that you rated highly.
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Re: New Releases
« Reply #8664 on: April 24, 2019, 11:29:21 AM »
I don't know that I agree with the theory at all. But I would prefer that sort of eccentricity over what appears to be little more than an attempt to persuade people to pay the price of 2 CDs for 1.5 CDs worth of music.

I see a preorder price of $25, which doesn’t seem out of line for a new release of ~100 minutes of music on a non-budget label. Alia Vox’s single discs go for $20-22.

And I think there can be value in segues between pieces — there is a fantastic DVD of Sokolov playing several Beethoven sonatas attacca.

That being said, I am not a fan of repeating recordings within a package. To me, the effect here is to draw attention to the limitations of the format. Is the idea to listen to the 3 symphonies consecutively? Repeating the central work doesn’t accomplish that at all. But having a fairly high opinion of Savall, I’ll probably give it a go on spotify to see what he makes of these transitions.

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Re: New Releases
« Reply #8665 on: April 24, 2019, 05:22:30 PM »
^^ I know the Debussy performers already did another album (the ballets?) that you rated highly.

Yes, that’s that recording and it’s fine one. One of the best performances of Jeux that I’ve heard.
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Re: New Releases
« Reply #8666 on: April 25, 2019, 05:43:55 AM »


Oh hell yeah.





He gave a concert with op 119 in Germany this time last year, and I just heard a recording of it.  I think it's the best solo playing I've heard from him.  I haven't heard him in op 126 but I have heard him do late Beethoven, op 111 and the Diabelli variations in 2016, I was less impressed, but that could just be me or the night.

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