Author Topic: Nikos Skalkottas  (Read 9980 times)

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Re: Nikos Skalkottas
« Reply #60 on: October 26, 2017, 03:39:59 PM »
Where can I get that Philips/Holliger disc for less than $1000?

It's just incredible... anyone/

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Re: Nikos Skalkottas
« Reply #61 on: October 27, 2017, 03:38:38 AM »
I finally have the Philips CD of the 'Cycle-Concert', with Holliger&Co. The Sonata Concertante for bassoon and piano is the centrepiece, flanked by two Concertinos, and then two small "jazzy" buts. Well, I've had problems with Skalkottas in the past, but I've always had this album in mind.

It's pretty overwhelming!

Skalkottas is sort of "better than Schoenberg" in a way, you'd have to hear it. I really have a hard time with his bigger ensembles, but this recital is perfect! And exhausting!

I've tried a few items today, and before, and I just come away feeling that there's just too much unrelieved intensity, but here, with the instrumentation, all things become clear, as of a mesh that these items are. Sooo many notes!!

whew!!


I'd say this is a Masterpiece concert.

So! You found it for less than $1,000!

So have I, this morning, so I have pulled the trigger.  You can be a deplorable influence, you know.
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Re: Nikos Skalkottas
« Reply #62 on: November 03, 2017, 06:08:58 PM »
So! You found it for less than $1,000!

So have I, this morning, so I have pulled the trigger.  You can be a deplorable influence, you know.

For some reason I'm thinking with your Wuorinen connections, this music might be right up your alley.  If you're not ready, you may be shocked at the invention of this "modern Mozart". LISTEN TO THE WHOLE DISC IN ONE SITTING as it is meant. Exhausting and vitally alive and wholly marked by the hand of Skalkottas. Maybe listen to Atherton Schoenberg to warm up...
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Re: Nikos Skalkottas
« Reply #63 on: November 04, 2017, 07:47:11 AM »
Oh, indeed, I do love it.
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Re: Nikos Skalkottas
« Reply #64 on: November 06, 2017, 07:54:42 AM »
Oh, indeed, I do love it.

I really need to know what you think here because his process seems soooo different  than anyone else... I can actually hear what the commentator meant when he said Skalkottas was a modern day Mozart. Mozart, of all people, but, I get it. Huh!!

Bruno Canino is a monster here, AND did you noticed the beautifully tucked piano recording that renders all those chunky and clanky piano parts as if they were ambrosia? Had the recording suffered from a too-bright and aggressive piano image, this recording might actually be hard to listen to, but, it is simply one of the best Philips piano images I've ever heard (and 'live' at that!), much different than the Philips/Kocsis sound, which is also drool worthy.

ahhhhhhhhhh...
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