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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102800 on: November 23, 2017, 08:27:48 PM »
Sonatina for Two Violins & Piano, H 198 and then off to bed:

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102801 on: November 23, 2017, 08:32:27 PM »


CD 6, Les heures persanes (1919). Beautiful music, highly experimental at times. The fascinating notes detail the exact places where Koechlin engages into polytonality, chords consisting of perfect fourths and fifths, atonality, twelve note areas, note repetitions as ostinatos, pedal notes/chords, parallel ninth chords, etc.

Considering the number of opuses Koechlin wrote during his very long life, it stands to reason that this set represents only a very partial account of his piano and chamber works. But, incomplete as it is, it’s still a fascinating and indispensable compendium. I should receive the set of orchestral works soon. I can’t wait!

I have the Naxos recording of Heures Persanes....lives up to your description.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102802 on: November 23, 2017, 08:37:31 PM »
From the last several days

Brahms: Piano Trio No. 3


Via Tidal.  Excellent big-boned reading.  I gather that this Yo-Yo fellow is some kind of pop star who dabbles in classical music.  He's not bad.

Enescu: Symphony No. 1


A very fine Straussian work by a young genius.  24/96 download from eClassical.

Ben-Haim: Concerto Grosso and Symphony No. 2


Via Tidal.  Beautiful, lyrical works, among the best of mid-20th Century neo-Classicism.

Yes, that new Brahms Piano Trios album is a winner! I'm not always a fan of Yo-Yo's chamber recordings (he often plays too softly for my taste), but I have no reservations with the recording at hand.

I'm planning to listen to the Ondine recording of Enescu's First Symphony sometime soon. I remember listening to an old Marco Polo recording of it a while back and enjoying it quite a bit. That Ben-Haim disc looks great, too.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102803 on: November 23, 2017, 08:42:38 PM »
Brahms' SQ 3:



A beautiful work in an exceptionally thoughtful, warm-hearted performance. This, folks, is how Brahms should be played! The Belcea Quartet makes the venerated Amadeus Quartet sound cold and stoic by comparison, IMO.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102804 on: November 23, 2017, 08:47:25 PM »
Messiaen - Oiseaux exotiques


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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102805 on: November 23, 2017, 09:17:16 PM »
Arnold's Guitar Concerto:



Really enjoyable stuff! The first movement features one of Arnold's most beautiful melodies as its secondary theme. The extended slow movement moves into darker territory with its mysterious, bluesy harmonies.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102806 on: November 23, 2017, 09:38:57 PM »
Martinu's Cello Sonata no. 1:



All I can say is...wow! I was completely bowled over by this powerful work! It certainly helps that it's given such a no-holds-barred performance as it is here by Isserlis and Mustonen.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102807 on: November 23, 2017, 10:54:47 PM »


Einojuhani Rautavaara's Vigilia (All-Night Vigil in Memory of St. John the Baptist) - Ingrid Roose, cond:

Live: 2 November 2017, St Nicolas Church (Niguliste Museum), Tallinn

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102808 on: November 23, 2017, 10:55:38 PM »
Morning listening:


Gorgeous!  :)

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102809 on: November 23, 2017, 11:57:48 PM »
Morning listening:


Gorgeous!  :)

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If you're familiar with it, how does this compare with Savall's Hume?  I love that disk...

TD:
  Neither this composer nor conductor get much love around here ;).  I like this quite a lot, personally. Regarding the cover, it seems to me it would be hard to make something that bad without actually trying...

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102810 on: November 24, 2017, 12:05:07 AM »
Frank Zappa - Sinister Footwear (ballet for orchestra)



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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102811 on: November 24, 2017, 01:00:28 AM »
Zappa - The Yellow Shark (A program of various pieces for mixed ensembles, including wind quintets and string quartets!)



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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102812 on: November 24, 2017, 01:42:55 AM »
Cello and guitar duets. Recommended.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102813 on: November 24, 2017, 02:48:35 AM »
Stockhausen - Gruppen

A masterpiece in space, both aesthetically and physically  8)






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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102814 on: November 24, 2017, 03:14:38 AM »
My other favorite 20th century mass, from Stravinsky:

This one nearly makes me teary, so I'm in for it  ???


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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102815 on: November 24, 2017, 04:22:14 AM »
Barber

Four Songs, op.13 (including "Sure on This Shining Night" and "Nocturne")


Violin Concerto, op.14

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102816 on: November 24, 2017, 05:30:26 AM »


Happy Thanksgiving, Jeffrey!  What do you think?
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102817 on: November 24, 2017, 05:31:45 AM »
This isn't the first time you've expressed this, but I do always find it a little amusing that you consider Nielsen to still be finding his footing 20 years into his career. I do understand why, but it's kind of funny when, by the time of the 3rd Symphony and Violin Concerto we're talking about a man in his mid-40s.

This is what you get with my increased chronological awareness...

Thanks for the reminder.  And no, not at all like L'oiseau de feu, then  0:)
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102818 on: November 24, 2017, 05:41:29 AM »
Having heard positive things about this set multiple times here, I just listened to Une barque sur l'océan...


And was left completely unmoved.

Alborada del gracioso works better with Chamayou's sense of propulsion. But I'm still not all that excited.

*switches tracks*

Okay, Le Gibet has something.

Still, I don't think I'm going to be rushing out to add this to my Pascal Roge set.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102819 on: November 24, 2017, 06:46:51 AM »



Roberto Plano's take on the Benediction.  Plano takes a fairly broad approach at just over eighteen minutes.  He starts the Moderato slowly but then picks up the pace slowly and almost imperceptibly.  The rolled chords are bright and vary in volume, never sounding overbearing, and Plano takes full advantage of the Fazioli in building up to a massive but perfectly controlled climax that envelopes the listener, and his playing afterward, right through to the Andante, sounds ethereal.  Plano lets the Moderato fade away before starting in on the Andante, in which he lets melody dominate, and much of the accompaniment is gently but clearly dispatched.  The transition to the Piu sostenuto is handled very well indeed, with the pause of just the right length, and then his playing assumes a most attractive clarity and steadiness, almost making the music sound fugal.  The return of the rolled chords are alternatively to the fore and subdued, and once again Plano builds up to a powerful but controlled climax, followed by right hand playing that almost mimics water effects in some other famous pieces.  He then fades away to the coda with contemplative playing.

To call the sound SOTA is to understate its quality.  The Fazioli sounds absolutely beautiful.
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