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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #100800 on: October 31, 2017, 05:48:07 AM »
Rachmaninov - Trios 1+2 / Borodin Trio / Chandos LP
Probably a bit too subdued performances.

Actually, that’s my favorite recording of those works. Absolutely enchanting performances. Nothing subdued about them. If anything, they capture the myriad of moods to gorgeous effect. Sound quality is also top-notch.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #100801 on: October 31, 2017, 05:56:50 AM »



Kubelik's studio recording with the Beantown band for DG.  Slightly slower than the Orfeo recording across the board, this recording gives nothing away in terms of intensity or bite in the faster passages, and boasts more exact sounding playing.  (It is a studio effort.)  DG's sound is a bit bright and edgy, but it's more detailed.  The later live effort seems more spontaneous, but this more carefully crafted recording offers a more pristine take.  The Giuoco delle coppie sounds more formal and serious than the live recording, but it moves along at a perfectly judged pace and never sounds sluggish.  The biggest difference comes in the Elegia, which at 7'19" is markedly slower than in the smokin' live performance.  The opening is darker and more funereal, and Kubelik gets a wonderfully eerie sound from the winds early on.  Even with the slower overall tempo, Kubelik generates oodles on intensity in the climaxes, with the timps knocked out with thumping insistence.  The Intermezzo interrotto sound in the main theme is attractive but not especially gorgeous in a romantic-type way, but all those microphones allow one to hear what the strings and winds are doing with ease.  The interruption is just about perfect in every regard.  The Finale, while taking almost fifty seconds longer, most certainly does not sound any less energetic or intense in the fast passages, and it sounds tighter; rather, Kubelik imparts a bit more color and gentle tempo flexibility in the slower music.  As so often happens with this conductor, everything sounds just right.  One of the great studio recordings.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #100802 on: October 31, 2017, 05:57:38 AM »
Second rerun of this disc, with some fantastic music on it.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #100803 on: October 31, 2017, 06:07:39 AM »
Neither of these artists is related to Nathan, but both are talented:


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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #100804 on: October 31, 2017, 06:08:40 AM »
Actually, that’s my favorite recording of those works. Absolutely enchanting performances. Nothing subdued about them. If anything, they capture the myriad of moods to gorgeous effect. Sound quality is also top-notch.

I probably prefer some of the others I´ve got, but well, that´s how life is  ;)

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #100805 on: October 31, 2017, 06:12:11 AM »
I knew there was a reason I had a hankerin' to watch Monty Python's Meaning of Life this week, Sarge!

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #100806 on: October 31, 2017, 06:15:20 AM »
Harry Blackitt: Look at them, bloody Catholics, filling the bloody world up with bloody people they can't afford to bloody feed.
Mrs. Blackitt: What are we dear?
Harry Blackitt: Protestant, and fiercely proud of it.

Sarge


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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #100807 on: October 31, 2017, 06:22:32 AM »
When Martin Luther nailed his protest up to the church door in fifteen-seventeen, he may not have realized the full significance of what he was doing, but four hundred years later, thanks to him, my dear, I can wear whatever I want on my John Thomas!

God bless Martin Luther  ;D :D ;D

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #100808 on: October 31, 2017, 06:33:11 AM »
Now the Double Concerto:



What’s particularly interesting about this performance is the piano is brought a bit more forward into the string orchestral texture, which is quite nice to hear. After all it’s title reads Double Concerto for Two String Orchestras, Piano, and Timpani, so hearing the piano makes great sense to me. :) The performance itself has almost an Expressionistic element to it, which is quite nice. Netopil has a more Boulezian approach to the work, which gives the performance a remarkable transparency and all of the textures can be heard.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #100809 on: October 31, 2017, 07:18:25 AM »


Elke Bestehorn plays Scheidt's Varum Betrubst du Dich mein Herz, from the Tabulatura Nova, on the Compenius organ. It's outstanding. I think there's only one other recording of this, by Zerer in Kantens, where he uses some imaginatively colourful  registrations and is quite introspective through most of it. Bestehorn seems very much "in the zone" - she communicates an infectious sense of her joy in performance, and that's good.  As far as I can see Raml didn't record this one.



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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #100810 on: October 31, 2017, 07:49:02 AM »
Earlier this morning ~



Now playing ~



Recommended by Mandryka.   ;)

Really interesting recording!  I am quite taken with the harpsichord and lute duets by Hardel.

Sound quality is first rate.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #100811 on: October 31, 2017, 07:54:53 AM »
Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde
Agnes Baltsa, Klaus König, London Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Tennstedt

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #100812 on: October 31, 2017, 08:24:03 AM »


Meyer, String Quartet No. 12

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #100813 on: October 31, 2017, 08:59:01 AM »
Liszt
Piano Concerto no. 2*
Totentanz*
La lugubre gondola
Funérailles
Zimerman
Boston Symphony*
Ozawa*

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #100814 on: October 31, 2017, 09:41:33 AM »
When Martin Luther nailed his protest up to the church door in fifteen-seventeen, he may not have realized the full significance of what he was doing, but four hundred years later, thanks to him, my dear, I can wear whatever I want on my John Thomas!

God bless Martin Luther  ;D :D ;D

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Upon being congratulated by a certain lady for his rumored conversion from Catholicism to Protestantism, James Joyce retorted: Madam, I have lost my faith, not my reason!

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Music, even in situations of the greatest horror, should never be painful to the ear but should flatter and charm it, and thereby always remain music.. - Mozart

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #100815 on: October 31, 2017, 09:49:26 AM »
Fresh from the mail for Test-drive Tuesday
Frank Martin
Polyptyque
(Six images de la Passion du Christ) (1973) for violin and two string orchestras
Maria-Triptychon (1967/8) for soprano, violin & orchesta
Passacaille (1933/1962) for orchestra
Muriel Cantoreggi (violin)
Juliane Banse (soprano)
Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #100816 on: October 31, 2017, 09:52:56 AM »
Returning to some Reynaldo Hahn chamber music





Reminiscent of Fauré with the debut de scièle charm

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #100817 on: October 31, 2017, 10:02:06 AM »


40 minutes of Tosca excerpts sung (magnificently) by Régine Crespin. Excellent stereo sound, wide and finely detailed, from November 1960 sessions in Paris’ famed Salle Wagram. Warm, sweeping conducting from the ever reliable Georges Prêtre.

In those days it was still customary to sing and record lyric works in French in Paris (or in English at Covent Garden, German in Berlin and Vienna, etc).  I didn’t expect to hear some excellent voices from unknown singers in the roles of Cavaradossi and Scarpia. That shows the depth of talent from european opera houses of the time. Nevertheless, this is Crespin’s show: the hugeness of the voice, the creamy tones, the aristocratic passion on display are reminders of one of the greatest voices of that time.

CD 10 of the Crespin compilation is completed with excerpts from the 1976 Carmen and 1974 La Périchole, where the great voice shows very few signs of decline. We also get 3 « bonuses », light fare where the diva enjoys a night out partying.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #100818 on: October 31, 2017, 10:06:20 AM »
Of course!

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Re: What are you listening to now?
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