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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103660 on: December 03, 2017, 07:20:21 AM »
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103661 on: December 03, 2017, 07:53:57 AM »
Martinu's Three Piano Trios, recorded by the Smetana Quartet on Supraphon



I already knew the first trio in a recording by the Bekova Trio, but this is my first hearing of the other two. In my first exposure, I got the most pleasure from the Third Trio in C major. It reflects Martinu's style contrasting restless moto perpetuo passages with more lyrical material. In the first Trio (more of a suite than an sonata) I really enjoy the first movement, then my interest seems to flag. The second Trio will take more time to absorb. An initial listen won't cut it.


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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103662 on: December 03, 2017, 07:56:49 AM »


Symphonies nrs. 1 & 2

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103663 on: December 03, 2017, 08:02:54 AM »
Martinu's Three Piano Trios, recorded by the Smetana Quartet on Supraphon



I already knew the first trio in a recording by the Bekova Trio, but this is my first hearing of the other two. In my first exposure, I got the most pleasure from the Third Trio in C major. It reflects Martinu's style contrasting restless moto perpetuo passages with more lyrical material. In the first Trio (more of a suite than an sonata) I really enjoy the first movement, then my interest seems to flag. The second Trio will take more time to absorb. An initial listen won't cut it.

A great disc indeed, but, surely, you meant the Smetana Trio and not Quartet, right?
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103664 on: December 03, 2017, 08:18:45 AM »

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103665 on: December 03, 2017, 08:26:19 AM »


For an opera buffa (more like a intermezzo buffo, actually) this performance is rather understated and frankly quite boring. And it's a pity because the music is great. At the very beginning, what seems to be a sad, mournful cantilena turns out to be Pulcinella's serenade. Priceless.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103666 on: December 03, 2017, 08:44:58 AM »


For an opera buffa (more like a intermezzo buffo, actually) this performance is rather understated and frankly quite boring. And it's a pity because the music is great. At the very beginning, what seems to be a sad, mournful cantilena turns out to be Pulcinella's serenade. Priceless.
Looks very interesting, Andrei.

You mean the cantilena is the on used by Stravinky in his ballet? "Mentre l'erbetta, la pastorella..."?
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103667 on: December 03, 2017, 08:48:23 AM »
Very nice, Sarge. 8) What did you think of the performance?

I agree with you and Josquin13: a very moving performance. However, I still prefer the way Albrecht and Segerstam handle the central section (beginning at 22:23 in the Segerstam performance). Both are slower than Comissiona, showing a deeper wound but a certain stoicism too. But overall I like Comissiona a lot, enough to purchase the CD.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103668 on: December 03, 2017, 08:50:23 AM »
I agree with you and Josquin13: a very moving performance. However, I still prefer the way Albrecht and Segerstam handle the central section (beginning at 22:23 in the Segerstam performance). Both are slower than Comissiona, showing a deeper wound but a certain stoicism too. But overall I like Comissiona a lot, enough to purchase the CD.

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Excellent, I hope you can find a copy of it for a good price. I bought mine years ago, but I recently looked up what it’s going for and all I can say is “Ouch!” :) Also, Segerstam’s performance of the 7th is still my reference. I agree that Comissiona doesn’t quite dig deep enough.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103669 on: December 03, 2017, 08:52:51 AM »
Pettersson Symphony No.11. Unusual for Pettersson: the pain and anguish last only 24 minutes  ;)




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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103670 on: December 03, 2017, 08:54:44 AM »
Excellent, I hope you can find a copy of it for a good price. I bought mine years ago, but I recently looked up what it’s going for and all I can say is “Ouch!” :)

Found a German seller on Amazon DE. 100% positive reviews and only 18 Euro. Like new (he claims).

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103671 on: December 03, 2017, 08:54:57 AM »
 

That must be good.

Hi Karl - both CDs above are worth exploring; I've owned then for a while and enjoy tremendously; in the Mozart concerto, Frost plays a basset clarinet - attached are reviews of each recording, if interested.  Dave :)

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103672 on: December 03, 2017, 08:55:46 AM »
Found a German seller on Amazon DE. 100% positive reviews and only 18 Euro. Like new (he claims).

Sarge

Not a bad deal given how rare this recording is now.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103673 on: December 03, 2017, 09:16:03 AM »
Good evening.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103674 on: December 03, 2017, 09:39:40 AM »
Looks very interesting, Andrei.

You mean the cantilena is the on used by Stravinky in his ballet? "Mentre l'erbetta, la pastorella..."?

No. I mean Gioia de st'arma mia.

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I mean, Pulcinella as the main character of this Paisiello opera. You know, my friend, there's more Pulcinellas than the Stravinsky one --- which actually came very late to the party.  :D
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103675 on: December 03, 2017, 09:44:47 AM »
Beethoven: Missa Solemnis [Kvam]....





This is an exciting, powerful, assertive, electric and very engaging interpretation and performance. The weight of the orchestra is a little light but an increase in volume will assist here; this aspect also helps with transparency of lines. It is packed with drama and energy. The singing, both individually and especially chorally, is very fine indeed. If you have not heard this version it is definitely worth investigating.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103676 on: December 03, 2017, 09:46:42 AM »
Sinfonia Antarctica & Symphony No. 8:



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« Reply #103677 on: December 03, 2017, 11:40:38 AM »
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103678 on: December 03, 2017, 11:42:29 AM »
Haydn: Nelson Mass [Hickox]....





Buoyant, jubilant and celebratory, it sounds wonderful and it is always a pleasurable listen.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103679 on: December 03, 2017, 11:42:58 AM »
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 13 "Babi Yar"
WDR Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, cond. Barshai

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