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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #104140 on: November 23, 2017, 09:38:19 AM »
Thanksgiving morning listening:



Recommended by Que quite recently; I jumped on this after reading his review (the incredibly low-price factored in here too).

A winner in all regards.   ;)

Giving thanks to great music and GMG friends.  Cheers!  :)

Great!  And  many thanks in return.  :)

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #104141 on: November 23, 2017, 09:40:42 AM »
After a busy day:


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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #104142 on: November 23, 2017, 09:51:28 AM »
A fine performance, indeed. You know if it’s Nielsen, I have to chime in somehow. ;) I remember reading some people’s opinion of this particular VC and some say “It’s not as fine as the wind concertos” or whatever, but, for me, it’s in a different world than those works and even though this is Nielsen still finding his ‘footing’ so to speak, people shouldn’t hold this over his head.

Like faulting L'oiseau de feu for not being Petrushka!
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #104143 on: November 23, 2017, 09:57:31 AM »
Holst: Egdon Heath [Hickox]....





An evocative, sometimes forlorn, sometimes slightly menacing and disconcerting but always absorbing performance.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #104144 on: November 23, 2017, 10:06:53 AM »
After a busy day:


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Perfect program and interpreter for chilling out in the evening. Excellent!
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #104145 on: November 23, 2017, 10:10:44 AM »
A pretty nice symphony, but not a favorite of mine from Casella. The Sinfonia (Symphony No. 3), his last symphony, is my favorite with an absolute heart-rendering slow movement, Andante molto moderato quasi adagio. This particular movement, for me, is one of the best things he has composed. The Alun Francis recording is the one to own. Noseda totally misses the point in this slow movement and rushes through some key moments that should have been treated more delicately.

Agreed, John. Casella's Third is his masterpiece and the Francis recording does it full justice.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #104146 on: November 23, 2017, 10:21:10 AM »
Wiren: Violin Concerto [Sparf/Comissiona]....





This is a first listen to this work for me. I find it to be  intriguing and exciting in the first movement. The middle movement is quite a lyrical, if somewhat austere, piece. The final movement I find to be quite a contrast in tone to the first two movements it being celebratory and joyous in nature. The orchestration is lean but appealing throughout.

Glad you enjoyed it :) I especially love the startlingly angry outburst in the middle of the second movement which contrasts with the overall optimistic tone of the piece. The finale is life-affirmingly joyous indeed!

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #104147 on: November 23, 2017, 11:51:43 AM »
Poulenc: “L’Invitation au Château”....





Charming, captivating and very appealing music that is very well performed here.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #104148 on: November 23, 2017, 11:53:14 AM »



Glad you enjoyed it :) I especially love the startlingly angry outburst in the middle of the second movement which contrasts with the overall optimistic tone of the piece. The finale is life-affirmingly joyous indeed!

I certainly did enjoy it and I am eagerly anticipating the exploration of the other music on this CD  8)
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #104149 on: November 23, 2017, 12:05:05 PM »
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Re: What are you listening to now?
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #104151 on: November 23, 2017, 12:41:41 PM »
Some concertante works by Reynaldo Hahn:


The Violin Concerto is a tad too light and  glitzy for my taste, buy the Piano Concerto, full of nostalgia, is a long-time favourite of mine...
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #104152 on: November 23, 2017, 12:58:13 PM »
Currently have about a half dozen books 'in progress', and was reading my Kindle edition of the one below on 'Musical Style' - now in the 1450-1600 section and specifically in the 1400s - a lot of discussion on Dufay - have a LOT of music from the medieval/Renaissance period but have not been a part of my recent listening, so pulled out the discs below - enjoying and must get back into this music! :)  Dave

   

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #104153 on: November 23, 2017, 01:16:04 PM »
Currently have about a half dozen books 'in progress', and was reading my Kindle edition of the one below on 'Musical Style' - now in the 1450-1600 section and specifically in the 1400s - a lot of discussion on Dufay - have a LOT of music from the medieval/Renaissance period but have not been a part of my recent listening, so pulled out the discs below - enjoying and must get back into this music! :)  Dave

   

I've looked at that book and almost bought it.   Is it any good?

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #104154 on: November 23, 2017, 01:16:36 PM »
This is a sparkling Telemann recording!   :)




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Re: What are you listening to now?
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #104156 on: November 23, 2017, 01:28:59 PM »
Currently have about a half dozen books 'in progress', and was reading my Kindle edition of the one below on 'Musical Style' - now in the 1450-1600 section and specifically in the 1400s - a lot of discussion on Dufay - have a LOT of music from the medieval/Renaissance period but have not been a part of my recent listening, so pulled out the discs below - enjoying and must get back into this music! :)  Dave

   

Nice, Sonic;)

This is also a very fine Dufay recording:



Note please, this is volume two, which is superior imo, to volume one.  The instrumental accompaniment is far more discreet here, than on volume one.

Cheers!  :)

Edit:  I find that Van Nevel recording to be really excellent. One of his best.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #104157 on: November 23, 2017, 01:44:55 PM »
Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 53 [Barenboim]....


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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #104158 on: November 23, 2017, 01:51:49 PM »
One of my least favorite Takemitsu works. I prefer Autumn, which has the same basic concept as November Steps with it’s fusion of East/West. If you haven’t heard the work, here it is:

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(Yeah, Autumn is awesome!)

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #104159 on: November 23, 2017, 02:07:35 PM »
Earlier today, this new arrival of some of Ravel's piano pieces played by Claude Helffer.



I had high expectations, but am sorely disappointed. The general soundscape is mushy (for lack of a better term), and the phrasing is awkward (infuriatingly so in the Prélude from Le Tombeau de Couperin, which acquires a sort of stop-and-go feeling which makes no sense to me). A pity, as I have always admired Monsieur Helffer, and his Debussy (which I was listening to just some days ago) is a vastly superior affair.
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