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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102820 on: November 24, 2017, 07:23:02 AM »
J.S. Bach harpsichord concertos
Egarr/AAM



Have not played this in some time.  Beautiful interpretations by Richard Egarr and the Academy.  :)

This amazon review sums it up nicely:

Bach's keyboard concertos--some original compositions, others adapted from the Brandenburgs or string concertos--herald the genesis of the modern keyboard concerto as we know it, a genre later picked up and perfected by his son J.C. Bach. Until these stunning works were written, the harpsichord was used either as a continuo instrument or simply in a solo or chamber context. One reason for this is that the harpsichord doesn't possess the volume to cope with a sizable orchestra as a solo force. Richard Egarr knows this limitation, but he doesn't bestow any more amplification on his harpsichord than on the strings and wind. Fair enough, but there are a few frustrating moments when the primary, solo writing is sometimes lost beneath the less important orchestral counterpoint in the outer movements. That said, the balance in the slower movements works well due to the thinner textures, and overall the tempi are beautifully judged without the extreme speeds so often found in "authentic" performances. The phrasing and articulation are also well thought through, and these intimate performances display a joie de vivre lacking in most other recordings. Superb playing throughout. --Oliver Condy

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102821 on: November 24, 2017, 07:32:36 AM »
Beautiful instrument. It's the first thing that strikes you !!
 Years ago I fell in love with Moroney's Kunst der Fuge, with the last Contrapunctus completed by him.
 Some agogic oddities (IMHO) , easily metabolized the second time you listen the disc.  Happiness !
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102822 on: November 24, 2017, 07:36:35 AM »
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...



Pounds the table! Hanson gets plenty of love around here from me, at least :) Fortunately, Naxos has reissued Schwarz's Hanson recordings with much better cover art!

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102823 on: November 24, 2017, 07:39:02 AM »
The 4th:

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102824 on: November 24, 2017, 07:50:00 AM »


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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102825 on: November 24, 2017, 07:52:09 AM »
Stockhausen - Gruppen

A masterpiece in space, both aesthetically and physically  8)




The Hubble Space Telescope? Absolutely! ( Sorry, not familiar with the Stockhausen  :D )

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102826 on: November 24, 2017, 07:59:01 AM »
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102827 on: November 24, 2017, 08:33:34 AM »
Debussy: Children's Corner
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli



Norman: Try
Boston Modern Orchestra Project, cond. Rose



Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 in E-flat
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Tennstedt

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102828 on: November 24, 2017, 08:44:23 AM »
Hi HIPster - I own about a half dozen CDs of Dufay, including the one added above (Motets, V. 1 w/ Quadrivium) - assume that is what you mean above - will take a look at V. 2 and also need to re-listen to the one I already own - thanks.  Dave :)

ADDENDUM: I just ordered the CD recommended in your post!

Excellent, Sonic8)

You've inspired me to play some Dufay this morning:



La Reverdie is such an amazing group!  ;)

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102829 on: November 24, 2017, 09:18:30 AM »

Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 in E-flat
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Tennstedt



How was the Bruckner? My preferences are Boehm/WP/Decca, and von Karajan on DG, but l am always open to alternative views of Bruckner.

Wondering,

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102830 on: November 24, 2017, 09:23:48 AM »
How was the Bruckner? My preferences are Boehm/WP/Decca, and von Karajan on DG, but l am always open to alternative views of Bruckner.

Wondering,

LKB

The Karajan was my first Fourth, and I've heard the Bohm as well.  I remember that you don't like Tennstedt's Mahler much, while he's my favored Mahler conductor generally, but in case you're still interested in my view, I think that Tennstedt's version with Berlin holds up quite well, despite a few mistakes in the brass and one awkward transition in the finale (which is difficult to pull off in any case).
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102831 on: November 24, 2017, 09:28:42 AM »
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102832 on: November 24, 2017, 09:49:28 AM »
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102833 on: November 24, 2017, 09:54:33 AM »
Mahler: Symphony No. 1 [Horenstein]....





This is my favourite version of M1; it has been so for a very long time.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102834 on: November 24, 2017, 09:56:03 AM »
Morning listening:


Gorgeous!  :)

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Did you buy Vol. 2?
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102835 on: November 24, 2017, 10:35:03 AM »
Mozart: Horn Concerto No. 2 [Halstead/Hogwood]....


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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102836 on: November 24, 2017, 10:37:12 AM »


Sluys Schnittger/Uithuizen Bohm Christe der du bist tag und licht. I think there are some fabulous verses here, with mystery and nobility. The organ is clear and colourful and warm, and the registrations bring a sense of fantasy throughout, despite the gravitas and penchant for slower than usual  tempos. There are moments of tremendous élan too, where the music flies.

Bravo to Sluys for challenging the idea that Bohm is a charming minor composer, this partita is deep.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102837 on: November 24, 2017, 10:40:44 AM »
Mozart: Horn Concerto No. 2 [Halstead/Hogwood]....




Joining you in some Mozart listening, aligreto:)



A pity this set is oop.  Individual discs have some limited availability. ::)

This is a very fine set.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102838 on: November 24, 2017, 10:58:38 AM »



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


Nope, sorry.   :)

Not a big Savall fan myself, and I've shied away from him tackling English repertoire after trying his Purcell - out of character IMO.

But the Naxos set is very good. Daniel Taylor's contribution is worth the pricd of admission alone.

Yes, I knew that you would like it   8)
Did you buy Vol. 2?

Not yet, but I will!  :)

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102839 on: November 24, 2017, 11:02:06 AM »
There are two Hume recordings by Savall, the second is specially interesting for me.
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