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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103420 on: November 14, 2017, 07:18:40 PM »


This past weekend and today: discs 1 and 2, works for clarinet and flute respectively (in various instrumental combinations). What surprises and delight is the sheer invention these works display. Koechlin never dwells on the music and does not settle long on a particular form: a sonata follows a suite, then a trio, then a duo, clarinet and bassoon works vie with pair of flute ones, etc. Archaic modes alternate with strikingly modern ones. Constant reinvention/metamorphosis is at work.

Great to read, Andre. I’ve been wanting to delve deeper into Koechlin’s chamber music and it seems I made some good picks with recent Koechlin chamber haul. 8) Glad you’re enjoying the music. One thing about Koechlin: his music is never dull and is always beautiful even in it's most chaotic moments.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103421 on: November 14, 2017, 07:37:08 PM »
Symphony No. 2, H 295 from this new acquisition:



This is shaping up to be an excellent performance. It reminds me of the lyricism that Neumann brought to this music. Meister makes his own way with it, though, as there some slower tempi used, but one thing that perks my ears up is the great separation of the all the instruments and how everything sounds crystal clear. Very impressive so far. Can’t wait to dig through the rest of the cycle. The only criticism I have so far is I’d been nice for Meister to dig a bit deeper into the second movement (Andante Moderato). There’s a good bit of sorrow in this particular movement and it would have been nice to have that brought out more, but that’s really a small gripe as it’s still beautifully rendered by Meister and his Viennese orchestra.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103422 on: November 14, 2017, 08:24:28 PM »
Now Symphony No. 5, H 310:



I was extremely impressed with Meister’s performance of the 2nd. Now onto the 5th. Basically, I plan on listening to two performances over the next few nights. I’ll be finished by Thursday night. Meister brings a freshness and vitality to this music or, at least, from what I’ve heard so far. The rhythmic syncopations are given superb treatment and those long, lyrical melodies are always given exceptional prominence. Truth be told, this is one of the better 5th performances I’ve heard. It’s a difficult symphony to pull off since the language is complex, but what I’m probably going to do, and this will help me with my own understanding of this particular symphony, is repeat each movement several times before moving onto the next one much like Scarpia did with the Neumann performance of the 3rd.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103423 on: November 14, 2017, 10:31:34 PM »
Morning listening is the conclusion of the set:



Henry Purcell (1659 - 1695): the Fantazias & In nomines


Just curious about availability - checked Amazon USA - available on the MP, $40 for a used set & $100 for a 'new' one.  So, looked up my Amazon purchase order which was back in August 2009 - $15 as shown below - really a bargain when still 'in print'!  Dave :)



Those were the days, Dave:) I must have bought my copy around the same time....

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103424 on: November 14, 2017, 11:34:49 PM »
Early morning listening.
CD 7 from this box. Second rerun.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103425 on: November 14, 2017, 11:55:48 PM »
Great to read, Andre. I’ve been wanting to delve deeper into Koechlin’s chamber music and it seems I made some good picks with recent Koechlin chamber haul. 8) Glad you’re enjoying the music. One thing about Koechlin: his music is never dull and is always beautiful even in it's most chaotic moments.

I'll yet have to figure out what I'm missing from the two new boxes, bought a pile of the individual discs last year and from the bits of it I've explored so far (plus hearing "Les Bandar-Log" at Lucerne Festival this summer, with Holliger as well) and now the Zinman "Jungle Book", I'm really enjoying it!

Thread duty: also bought yesterday, used and cheap at the place that distributes outhere etc. - now disc one (disc two is in the cheap and great "The Art of T & G" box):

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103426 on: November 15, 2017, 12:35:11 AM »
Second rerun.
CD 4 of this marvelous box, a highlight in my collection.

http://walboi.blogspot.nl/2017/11/rheinberger-josef-gabriel-1839-1901.html?spref=tw

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103427 on: November 15, 2017, 01:08:23 AM »


arias from operas and oratorios: Moro per amore, San Giovanni Battista, Le Gare dell'amoro eroico, La forza dell'amor paterno, Santa Pelagia, La Susanna - some sinfonias are included as well ... recorded sound is gorgeous ... and then there is the voice  :-*
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103428 on: November 15, 2017, 01:18:48 AM »
First ever listen to Dvorak's piano concerto (via streaming)

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103429 on: November 15, 2017, 02:02:51 AM »


Jordi Savall / Hespèrion XX
Joan Cabanilles: Batalles, Tientos & Passacalles

Release Date May 12, 1998
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103430 on: November 15, 2017, 03:48:47 AM »
You can safely assume you've created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103431 on: November 15, 2017, 03:55:01 AM »
John Zorn - The Holy Visions (for five female voices)



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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103432 on: November 15, 2017, 05:17:02 AM »


First listen - Ravel is sounding nice.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103433 on: November 15, 2017, 05:19:09 AM »
Bridge, Suite for Strings


Around 1909-10, Bridge's work is still often on the 'light' side but getting more sophisticated nevertheless.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103434 on: November 15, 2017, 05:49:15 AM »


First listen - Ravel is sounding nice.

The Ravel concerto was played in a straight-forward manner, but well.  In the Prokofiev, however, there is a Keith Jarrett-esque cadenza.  My mistake, I confused the first Schlime Improvisation with the end of the Prokofiev. 
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« Reply #103435 on: November 15, 2017, 05:59:00 AM »
I'll yet have to figure out what I'm missing from the two new boxes, bought a pile of the individual discs last year and from the bits of it I've explored so far (plus hearing "Les Bandar-Log" at Lucerne Festival this summer, with Holliger as well) and now the Zinman "Jungle Book", I'm really enjoying it!

Great to hear!
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103436 on: November 15, 2017, 06:26:10 AM »
Disclaimer: l am not familiar with the recording linked below, so l cannot offer it with any sort of personal recommendation.

Having said that, l would note that even past his prime, DF-D at times had considerably more to offer than other baritones of his day. So, this might be worth consideration:

http://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/album.jsp?album_id=37947

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103437 on: November 15, 2017, 06:41:43 AM »
The cure for symphonic overload:



Martinu Piano Trio No 1, Duet for violin and cello. The Piano Trio was particularly engaging, a five movement suite in what strikes me as a neo-baroque style.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103438 on: November 15, 2017, 06:43:27 AM »
The cure for symphonic overload:

Another cure:

Wuorinen
Fast Fantasy (1977)
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103439 on: November 15, 2017, 06:44:29 AM »



The Borodin's Ninth.  Rather like the Beethoven's take, the Borodin play the music in simultaneously light but tense or nervous fashion, as they do in the first Adagio, which also sounds more morose to start before sort of relaxing a bit.  The Allegretto is quick and biting, with the William Tell music sounding musically sarcastic, and the Borodin bring both intensity and mordant wit to the latter portions of the movement.  The second Adagio is your run of the mill grim DSCH, done about as well it can be done.  The Allegro goes for the bright, edgy, intense opening, though the playing isn't spectacularly fast.  It sort of grinds the listener down, with the "khokhochu" music a sort of relentless idea shoved at the listener again and again.  And that's the easygoing part of the movement.  After about 3'30"-ish, the Borodin play with even more bite and intensity, which lasts all the way until the pause before the pizzacato section, which itself manages to sound more aggressive than normal.  They then start the crescendo slowly and quietly, but they build up to one of the more feverish codas.  If only it were in better sound.
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