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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #105360 on: December 28, 2017, 09:46:52 PM »
Dave: + 1  :) Hopkinson Smith’s set of the violin and partitas is a wonder to behold. The gentle sound of the lute is unassuming, but the instrument imparts its own character to the rythms and harmonies of this timeless music.

Hi André - agree!  8)  Did the $10 iTunes DL - now on my iPod and also burned to CD-R for an easy listen on my den stereo!  Dave :)
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #105361 on: December 29, 2017, 01:26:36 AM »
Charpentier: Médée, Act IV & Act V [Christie]....


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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #105362 on: December 29, 2017, 01:34:56 AM »


Actus Tragicus

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #105363 on: December 29, 2017, 01:44:48 AM »
Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis:



Exquisite of course.
It is - and it's also the first LP of RVW's music that I ever played, somewhere around 1977.  ??? Great to see it again!  :)
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« Reply #105364 on: December 29, 2017, 02:00:57 AM »


Johann Christoph Bach (Sebastian's first cousin once removed - not to be confused with his son).  This J.C. Bach was an organist and ducal employee at Eisenach, he died in 1703 and was thus a good deal older than J.S. Bach. He may well have been among the great man's influences; the works recorded here have a certain combination of intense expressivity and careful structure that brings the younger composer to mind.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #105365 on: December 29, 2017, 03:05:01 AM »
Morning listening:



Vespers for four choirs by Roman composer Stefano Fabri (ca. 1606 - 1657)

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #105366 on: December 29, 2017, 03:23:45 AM »
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 2 [Carmignola/Abbado]....


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« Reply #105367 on: December 29, 2017, 03:25:08 AM »


Actus Tragicus

What a wonderful work, particularly that poignant, opening movement.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #105368 on: December 29, 2017, 03:47:05 AM »


Krzysztof Urbański / NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester
Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 'From the New World'; A Hero's Song Op. 111

Release Date February 10, 2017
Duration01:01:26
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Recording DateDecember 10, 2015 & December 13, 2015
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #105369 on: December 29, 2017, 04:45:07 AM »
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #105370 on: December 29, 2017, 05:29:25 AM »
Next up:


Transcriptions for two harpsichords of:
excerpts from Rameau's opera Platée
F. Couperin's sonade en trio La Paix du Parnasse (1725) and
Gaspard de la Roux's Suite in F major (1705)

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #105371 on: December 29, 2017, 05:35:56 AM »
Kreutzer: Septet Op. 62....


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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #105372 on: December 29, 2017, 05:43:26 AM »


2017 has been a "24-bit" year for me more than anything
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #105374 on: December 29, 2017, 06:11:32 AM »



Now to the point of listening to all the different versions of Brahms' Cello Sonatas: I wanted to listen to every version in my collection to see if this set would end up my favorite or not.  It's got good things going for it.  Great sound.  A world class pianist who makes a world class accompanist.  And a world class cellist.

I already knew it was a very fine set.  Now I know how fine.  Yang's playing is sort of a modern version of Pierre Fournier.  His playing is even tighter, even richer, and just as refined, and he has no problem belting out the music in robust but controlled fashion.  Enrico Pace has the ease of Backhaus, a richer and more fluid overall sound, and power that, if not as overwhelming as Dalberto, is more than adequate.  Think of it as lyrical Buchbinder.  The overall sound and style is romantic, but both modern and stylized, as well.  One notices all this in the Allegro non troppo of the First, where Yang's cello sings, and Pace's piano, even when grinding out loud passages, maintains a lyrical sound.  The duo's combined sound works even better in the Allegretto, and the Allegro is intense and driven, almost as much as Demarquette/Dalberto, but it doesn't go that far and never quite sounds aggressive.  Again, in the Second, the duo play with ample power and impact in the Allegro vivace without sounding too hard.  They come mighty close, and the effect is exhilarating.  The Adagio affettuoso is beautiful, with Yang's cello singing beautifully throughout, and Pace demonstrating a delicate touch in support of the tenderest passages.  The Allegro passionato retains the lyricism of the prior movement, but it throws in extra intensity for good measure, and the Allegro molto is perfectly paced (hah!), and in its brief 4'14" mixes lyricism, peppy energy, clarity, sensitivity, and great expression in perfect proportion.  Throughout the sonata and the disc, the pair remain more or less equals, and they are always in sync.  This is some fine, fine chamber music playing.

Yep, relistening to this set clinches it: the Yang/Pace recording is my first choice.  There ain't no way I'll go without Fournier/Backhaus, Piatigorsky/Rubinstein, and even Chiesa/Baglini, for some even more powerful playing.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #105375 on: December 29, 2017, 06:13:27 AM »


One of my top 5 list from this year, if I had one :)

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #105376 on: December 29, 2017, 06:19:34 AM »
It is - and it's also the first LP of RVW's music that I ever played, somewhere around 1977.  ??? Great to see it again!  :)

Unfortunately, I wasn’t listening to the LP, I was just too lazy to find the CD cover. :) But, yes, it’s wonderful.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #105377 on: December 29, 2017, 06:28:08 AM »
Serenade to Music:

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #105378 on: December 29, 2017, 06:29:04 AM »
Morning listening ~


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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #105379 on: December 29, 2017, 06:31:18 AM »

Yep, relistening to this set clinches it: the Yang/Pace recording is my first choice.  There ain't no way I'll go without Fournier/Backhaus, Piatigorsky/Rubinstein, and even Chiesa/Baglini, for some even more powerful playing.
I don't quite understand. Is your aim ranking those 4 among themselves? Piatigorsky's Brahms reflects the time when cellists were trained with Brahms' memory, very different.
Do you need good versions? I can prepare some samplers of your favorite parts for you. Bruns/Tverskaya, Rostropovich/Serkin, Ma/Ax, Isserlis/Hough? I might even have Casals/Horszowski collecting dust somewhere
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