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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #105840 on: January 03, 2018, 03:24:39 PM »
Schubert's Unfinished-Finished, with Venzago and Kammerorchester Basel ~



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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #105841 on: January 03, 2018, 03:32:08 PM »


Pärt: Kanon Pokajanen
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir | Tõnu Kaljuste



As usual, I prefer Tõnu Kaljuste for Part.  There are a couple of other recordings of this work, more recent than 1998 when the ECM recording came out.  But I only listen to Kaljuste.

Other recordings:

Most recently in 2016, there is Cappella Amsterdam led by Daniel Reuss



And in 2013 Chamber Choir Aquarius, Marc Michael de Smet, dir.



But neither matches the solemnity and spirituality of the Estonians, imo.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #105842 on: January 03, 2018, 03:35:37 PM »
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #105843 on: January 03, 2018, 03:46:41 PM »
Mozart Gigue K.574

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #105844 on: January 03, 2018, 04:16:09 PM »
Symphony No. 2, “Mysterious Mountain” and Lousadzak:

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #105845 on: January 03, 2018, 04:18:00 PM »


Excellent playing and recording. Chailly is quite involved, but he refuses to take the last ounce of risk that pays so handsomely in this flamboyant score. If memory serves, the Haitink version with the same orchestra was even better recorded and displayed more drama. Time for a reassessment.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #105846 on: January 03, 2018, 04:27:39 PM »
I’m with Karl. Hovhaness is a composer I’ve long admired. I finally got around to buying a good bit of his music. One thing I do rather love about his music is it’s refusal to align itself with anything but what the composer wishes. What I mean by this is Hovhaness didn’t follow any trends and did his own thing. This doesn’t constitute good music, of course, but thankfully, in his case, it certainly did IMHO.

Ah, I didn't know you were a Hovhaness fan, John! Great to hear 8)

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #105847 on: January 03, 2018, 04:27:49 PM »


A mixed bag and, ultimately, a failure. McCreesh has immense gusto and daring in the orchestral parts, and he presents the big choruses with boldness an bigness of sound. This is a large HIP orchestra and a big chorus, and they certainly make a joyful noise unto the Lord.

The snag is the soloists, recorded (purposely?) from afar and the possessors of smallish voices. There are great arias and duets in this work and here they go for naught. The result sounds hopelessly unbalanced. I was alternating between basking in the big sounds and cupping my hands on my ears trying to hear the soloists - they practically disappear in places.

English language version. The advantage of this is lost on me, as it’s neither my first language nor one that substitutes well for German sonically (as French does for Italian - and vice versa, for example).

Hi André - boy, I bought that CD back in 2011 based on some wonderful reviews (for those interested, see attachment which does not include excellent comments from Fanfare, probably the basis for my purchase) - the work was written w/ a bilingual intention in both English and German, so not a problem for me to have this version - have not listened to the performance in several years, so will do a spin tomorrow - and will be interested in comments from others - Dave :)

Well, today I re-listened to this English recording of Haydn's The Creation and agree w/ the reviews attached - will keep.  Dave :)

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #105848 on: January 03, 2018, 04:30:29 PM »
Ah, I didn't know you were a Hovhaness fan, John! Great to hear 8)

Absolutely, Kyle. The first work I ever heard of Hovhaness’ was his Symphony No. 2, “Mysterious Mountain” (the Reiner/CSO performance). I was hooked instantly, but, for whatever reason, I never pursued his music as vigorously as I am now.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #105849 on: January 03, 2018, 04:56:08 PM »
Prokofiev's PC 1:



I LOVE this piece! So exuberant and catchy. The ending, with its incessant glockenspiel 'dinging', is really something else!

Scriabin's Le Poeme de L'exaste:



Such a thrilling, overpowering work.

Hanson's PC:



A wonderful work which contains both passages of gorgeous lyricism and rhythmic energy.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #105850 on: January 03, 2018, 05:02:14 PM »
Good stuff, Kyle. Good stuff. 8)
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #105851 on: January 03, 2018, 05:04:02 PM »
A program of Dowland.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #105852 on: January 03, 2018, 05:16:37 PM »
Last night I listened to ...

Reinhold Glière:  Symphony No. 3 in B minor, "Il'ya Muromets", Op. 42
~ JoAnn Falletta & Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

Il'ya Muromets was Rus mythic hero.  I'll confess I'd never heard of Il'ya, Glière, or this composition before acquiring this CD, but I can recommend it.  A lively and engaging piece throughout it longish length;  the performance sounded great to me though I'm not a musician.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #105853 on: January 03, 2018, 05:18:14 PM »
I waited one month for this LP to arrive from Russia—it was worth it! Beautiful, bold playing with sound to match. Nearly silent surfaces, too.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #105854 on: January 03, 2018, 05:22:33 PM »
Hi Feanor.  Nice to see you posting!  :)

Now playing ~



A first play; recommended by Que;)

Excellent playing, especially by Eduardo Eguez on theorbo in the continuo.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #105855 on: January 03, 2018, 06:48:21 PM »


Harnoncourt’s first Creation (1985). A solid, no-nonsense, almost traditional interpretation from Harnoncourt. No idiosyncrasies, no surprises tempo-wise or wtih the instruments (the Wiener Symphoniker, where the conductor played in the cello section in the 50s. All three soloists are outstanding, but special mention should be made of bass Robert Holl’s superb assumption of the 2 bass parts. I prefer 5 solo voices, but if 3 are to be used, they have to be both characterful and versatile, as here. The big choruses that conclude each part are a bit on the heavy side.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #105856 on: January 03, 2018, 06:49:08 PM »
Last night I listened to ...

Reinhold Glière:  Symphony No. 3 in B minor, "Il'ya Muromets", Op. 42
~ JoAnn Falletta & Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

Il'ya Muromets was Rus mythic hero.  I'll confess I'd never heard of Il'ya, Glière, or this composition before acquiring this CD, but I can recommend it.  A lively and engaging piece throughout it longish length;  the performance sounded great to me though I'm not a musician.



Feanor long time, no see! I hope everything is well with you.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #105857 on: January 03, 2018, 06:51:11 PM »
For a fourth time: Hovhaness’ Meditation on Orpheus -



The ending is surprising. Quite dissonant for Hovhaness.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #105858 on: January 03, 2018, 06:59:48 PM »
Schubert's Unfinished-Finished, with Venzago and Kammerorchester Basel ~



Recommended by Monkey Greg: excellent performance.  :)

*I purchased the inexpensive download; will hold out for a cheap hard copy.

Very cool, HIPster! I actually purchased it off of iTunes for $4.99, and it is part of their "Mastered for iTunes" series. Would like a hard copy myself.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #105859 on: January 03, 2018, 07:07:53 PM »
I think I’ll join Kyle with some Hanson:

Symphony No. 3 -



LOVE the introduction to this work. It pulls you in like Brahms’ 1st.
My favorite Debussy and Ravel pianists: Zoltán Kocsis, Alexandre Tharaud, Anne Queffélec, and Paul Jacobs