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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #108020 on: February 01, 2018, 09:40:51 AM »
It is always a pleasure to come back to this very intelligently composed CD by Anna Prohaska on war-time songs & melodies


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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #108021 on: February 01, 2018, 10:55:45 AM »
Vivaldi: Dresden Sonatas (Biondi, Naddeo, Alessandrini on Naïve). Excellent disc. Biondi is really fantastic.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
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« Reply #108023 on: February 01, 2018, 11:02:04 AM »
The Jean-Marie Leclair violin sonatas were just mentionned in the upcoming release thread.  I just thought of this CD, a 15 yo present by a dear friend.  Leclair was a violin virtuoso, some sort of Paganini before his time.  This unaccompanied sonatas for two violins are here played by John Holloway and Chiara Bianchini who really sound like violin lovebirds


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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #108024 on: February 01, 2018, 11:02:24 AM »
Caspar Diethelm, Symphony No. 1.  Very Hindemithian, nothing very original, but very good of its kind.  Thumbs up for symphony fanciers.



I saw that was nominated for Recording of the Month over at MusicWeb International - sounds very interesting. I had never heard of Diethelm before!
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #108025 on: February 01, 2018, 11:04:25 AM »
Saint-Saens (rarely performed) cello sonatas.  Lovely slow movements.



Saint-Saëns' cello sonatas are so underrated, especially the stormy, passionate 1st. The 2nd hasn't quite grown on me yet.
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« Reply #108026 on: February 01, 2018, 11:04:39 AM »
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #108027 on: February 01, 2018, 11:11:09 AM »
Saint-Saëns' cello sonatas are so underrated, especially the stormy, passionate 1st. The 2nd hasn't quite grown on me yet.
I agree with you.  The first sonata is just wonderful.  The second has less personnality (originality if you prefer).

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« Reply #108028 on: February 01, 2018, 11:15:51 AM »
I agree with you.  The first sonata is just wonderful.  The second has less personnality (originality if you prefer).

Yeah, unusually for Saint-Saëns, the 2nd seems kinda "anonymous" to me.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #108029 on: February 01, 2018, 12:06:20 PM »
A friend turned me on to Leopold Ludwig/LSO on Everest and it's become one of my favorite recordings.  I got it as a 24/96 download, but I don't remember the price being as ridiculous as it's gotten on HDTracks.



Thanks for the hint !

The Ludwig/LSO version of Mahler 9 is a big favourite of mine. Sort of the « glass of cool water » Sibelius advocated.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #108030 on: February 01, 2018, 12:25:38 PM »
La Venexiana, L'arte del madrigale came in today

Starting with Giaches de Wert: La Gerusalemme Liberata


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« Reply #108031 on: February 01, 2018, 12:26:54 PM »

I'm afraid I fail to catch the humor of the title... (unless it's Monty Pythonesque humor), for lack of my French.

Is it the juxtaposition of the seemingly serious "Twelve contemplations / aspects of..." with the naivete of a popular Children's song (one that Debussy evidently liked) "No more Forest-rummaging! [roughly]" ... with the nonsensical "because... " and here my rudimentary French fails me: Because it's dreadful there? Because it's an inopportune time? In any case, I don't quite get it. Help! Once you've solved that for me, I'll listen again.

Well, yes, Nous n’rons plus au bois (“We won’t go to the woods anymore”) is a simple 18th century children’s song that more or less obsessed Debussy, and he composed four pieces quoting or expanding iit. The earliest is the song La belle au bois dormant (from the early 1890s), then the third of the Images oblieés, followed by Jardins sous la pluie from Estampes, and finally Rondes de printemps from the Images pour orchestre (1995-09). The “quelques aspects” bit gives the title a certain tinge of intellectual gravity, which is then belied  by the explanation that we’re not going to the woods because the weather is dreadful. So I see this as some kind of joke. The music itself, although less polished than that of the third of the Estampes, is also “humorous” to my ears, as at the beginning (a sort of perpetuum mobile) it’s difficult not to imagine people running to escape the rain. But apart from that, the Nous n’rons...theme is repeated so insistently, be it in the frenzied beginning or the calmer middle section, that Debussy seems to be having some good-hearted fun with it (and with us, the listeners).
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #108032 on: February 01, 2018, 12:44:08 PM »


Coincidentally, yesterday I was looking at a bio of Jurinac (Donna Elvira in the Moralt Don Giovanni I’m planning to purchase) and noticed she was born in Travnik, the setting of one of Ivo Andric’s best novels, Travnička hronika.

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« Reply #108033 on: February 01, 2018, 12:46:12 PM »
I have an upcoming concert conducted by Davis and with Skelton as Gerontius, so I may as well prepare for that by listening to their recording and learning my part:



I’m interested to know your opinion of this version, Jessop, and do tell us how the concert went, too !

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #108034 on: February 01, 2018, 12:50:13 PM »
La Venexiana, L'arte del madrigale came in today

Starting with Giaches de Wert: La Gerusalemme Liberata



Great disc, excellent set; I hope you enjoy it as much as I do, Spineur!

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #108035 on: February 01, 2018, 12:58:19 PM »
Coincidentally, yesterday I was looking at a bio of Jurinac (Donna Elvira in the Moralt Don Giovanni I’m planning to purchase) ....
If it’s of any help, that Moralt Don Giovanni almost made it to my “Top 5 purchases of 2016” list:

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Honorable mention:

Don Giovanni in the grand old manner...an enthralling performance with excellent solosists!

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #108036 on: February 01, 2018, 12:59:44 PM »
I received this Japanese SACD today. Whoa--it sounds amazing. So dynamic and clear. The performance is stellar, too!

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« Reply #108037 on: February 01, 2018, 01:01:54 PM »
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #108038 on: February 01, 2018, 01:15:37 PM »
Beethoven: Cello Sonata No.5



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