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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103120 on: November 27, 2017, 11:02:40 AM »
Alfven's Symphony no. 3:



The first two movements are of high quality - the first is energetic and tuneful, and the second is quite beautiful with a souful, "legendary" main theme. However, there is a significant dip in inspiration in the final two movements - the finale is embarrassingly banal in places.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103121 on: November 27, 2017, 11:07:23 AM »
I find the only Alfven work I like is his stunning 4th symphony (‘From the Outermost Skerries’).

Yes, I find that many are in agreement that the 4th Symphony is his greatest work. I must give it a spin sometime soon!

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103122 on: November 27, 2017, 11:09:03 AM »
From which I conclude that Peter, whoever he may be, is clueless!

And 39th? That means he listened to at least 39 recordings of The Planets? That fact alone disqualifies him as a competent reviewer!

You can take solace in the fact that he lists 43 other performances below Karajan’s  :laugh:.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103123 on: November 27, 2017, 11:20:20 AM »


It seems there’s a Resurrection for every taste, including those with no taste. This recording has enjoyed a healthy following ever since it was issued. Then and now, my reaction has not changed: it’s overdramatized to the point of caricature. Cheapness and vulgarity were probably not what Rattle had in mind, but in this he succeeds remarkably without even attempting.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103124 on: November 27, 2017, 11:32:29 AM »
Mozart: String Quartet K 155 [Eder Quartet]....


The ability to talk comes with knowledge. The ability to listen comes with wisdom.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103125 on: November 27, 2017, 11:34:24 AM »
Presently, I'm listening to Symphony No. 2 by Finnish composer Joonas Kokkonen (earlier I listened to his first symphony), performed by the Finnish Radio S.O., conducted by Sakari Oramo:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PK0e...9V_Zss&index=1

Next up, I'll be listening to Kokkonen's 4th Symphony, conducted by Okko Kamu:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkPXmUSdwqo

Kokkonen gets my vote for the most underrated Finnish symphonic composer after Sibelius.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103126 on: November 27, 2017, 12:14:01 PM »
Suite from Špalíček from this new acquisition:

My favorite Debussy and Ravel pianists: Zoltán Kocsis, Alexandre Tharaud, Anne Queffélec, and Paul Jacobs


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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103127 on: November 27, 2017, 12:15:09 PM »
released in 2007 and still a favorite.
Komitas, Babadjanian, Katchaturian, Gasparov

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103128 on: November 27, 2017, 12:33:57 PM »
Presently, I'm listening to Symphony No. 2 by Finnish composer Joonas Kokkonen (earlier I listened to his first symphony), performed by the Finnish Radio S.O., conducted by Sakari Oramo:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PK0e...9V_Zss&index=1

Next up, I'll be listening to Kokkonen's 4th Symphony, conducted by Okko Kamu:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkPXmUSdwqo

Kokkonen gets my vote for the most underrated Finnish symphonic composer after Sibelius.

+ 1  ;)

I have other interpretations of these symphonies. Definitely one of the most important finnish composers not in awe of Sibelius.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103129 on: November 27, 2017, 12:39:29 PM »


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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103130 on: November 27, 2017, 12:47:48 PM »
released in 2007 and still a favorite.
Komitas, Babadjanian, Katchaturian, Gasparov



Does that album include the Babadjanian Piano Trio? I adore that work!

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103131 on: November 27, 2017, 12:52:42 PM »


It seems there’s a Resurrection for every taste, including those with no taste. This recording has enjoyed a healthy following ever since it was issued. Then and now, my reaction has not changed: it’s overdramatized to the point of caricature. Cheapness and vulgarity were probably not what Rattle had in mind, but in this he succeeds remarkably without even attempting.

Andre, l know how hard it can be to comment objectively on Mahler's works and associated recordings. But there's no need to be offensive, which your opening sentence most certainly is.

You are welcome to your preferences. Please extend that courtesy to those of us here who enjoy the recording.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103132 on: November 27, 2017, 12:55:30 PM »
Latvian-German composer Eduard Erdmann was also a renowned pianist. Here he is, playing Max Reger’s piano concerto with the Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester under Hans Rosbaud, and Schubert’s B flat sonata, D. 960. An 18 minutes bonus disc of Schumann’s op 4 intermezzi is appended (why?).

Good, clear mono sound from the early fifties. Interpretations are superb: strong, clear-headed, direct, unfussy.


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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103133 on: November 27, 2017, 12:57:32 PM »
Does that album include the Babadjanian Piano Trio? I adore that work!
Yes it does.  Right now I am listening to Katchaturian Aiché dances and excerpts from Masquarade, incidental music for Lermontov play.  great stuff.
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And all it touches in this flight
Suddenly is over.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103134 on: November 27, 2017, 01:00:53 PM »
The Four Temperaments:

My favorite Debussy and Ravel pianists: Zoltán Kocsis, Alexandre Tharaud, Anne Queffélec, and Paul Jacobs


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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103135 on: November 27, 2017, 01:04:18 PM »
Australians have a nose for The Planets:D

It's more like "Australians used to read the Penguin Record Guide".

But then, it's clear from the ensuing commentary that this merely shows how foolish I am, plus apparently Holst's piece is 2nd-rate anyway so it's extra-foolish of me to enjoy it when I give it the occasional spin.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103136 on: November 27, 2017, 01:12:43 PM »
Bach, Gottlob! nun geht das Jahr zu Ende, BWV 28


The opening soprano aria is particularly enjoyable. But only Bach would decide to set a celebration of the end of the year in a minor key.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103137 on: November 27, 2017, 01:49:14 PM »
It's more like "Australians used to read the Penguin Record Guide".

But then, it's clear from the ensuing commentary that this merely shows how foolish I am, plus apparently Holst's piece is 2nd-rate anyway so it's extra-foolish of me to enjoy it when I give it the occasional spin.

In fairness to Scarpia, he did not say not to enjoy The Planets, just not to rank 80+ versions of it.

FTR I found Peter’s project fairly interesting, though I can’t imagine undertaking it myself.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103138 on: November 27, 2017, 01:52:52 PM »
Trying Peter's #1



Strange acoustic that I'm surprised he did not critique. Much of the orchestra seems distant and slightly murky, as was common for OSM/Dutoit - the percussion is recessed, the timpani are not prominent. (A problem in Mars!) But the organ part sticks out in the foreground as if dubbed in on top.

Overall, it's a pretty good "Mars," but not gonna displace my faves. We'll see how the other planets are...

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103139 on: November 27, 2017, 01:56:56 PM »
I received this nice “care package” of Speakers Corner remasters from Soundstage Direct today. Started with the Argerich recital, which is full of white-hot virtuosity, but even she can’t quite match the astonishing intensity of Horowitz’s version of Prokofiev’s Toccata. Of course, hers has considerably better sound and is sufficiently hair-raising!

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