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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #111240 on: March 20, 2018, 06:22:59 PM »
On Tuesday, 20 MAR 2018, I listened to 2 CDs.


1)  György Ligeti.(1923-2006)--Vol 6 in a 7 CD Sony survey of Ligeti works.  This volume is devoted to music for keyboard instruments of one kind or another.  |Tr. 1, Induló (March) (1942) for piano four hands (2'05)  |Tr. 2, Polifón etüd (Polyphonic Étude) (1943) for piano four hands (2'09)  |Tr. 3-5, Három lakodalmi tánc (Three Wedding Dances) (1950) for piano four hands (2'38)  |Tr. 6-8, Sonatina (1950) for piano four hands (4'10)  |Tr. 9, Allegro (1943) for piano four hands (0'42)  |Tr. 10, Capriccio 1 (1947) (2'33)  |Tr. 11 Invention (1948) (1'12)  |Tr. 12, Capriccio 2 (1947) (1'47)  |Tr. 13-15, Three Pieces for Two Pianos (1976) (17'03)  |Tr. 16, Passacaglia ungherese (1978) (5'02)  |Tr. 17, Hungarian Rock (Chaconne) (1978) (5'08)  |Tr. 18, Continuum (1968) (3'36)  |Tr. 19, Ricercare – Omaggio a Girolamo Frescobaldi (1953) (4'34)  |Tr. 20-21, Two Studies for Organ:  20, Harmonies (1967) (6'42)  21, Coulée (1969) (4'03)  |Tr. 22, Volumina (1961-2) (14'41)--Irina Kataeva & Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano(s) (Tr. 1-9, 13-15).  Irina Kataeva, solo piano (Tr. 10-12), Elisabeth Chojnacka, harpsichord (Tr. 16-18), Zsigmond Szathmáry, organ (Tr. 20-22).  Tracks 3-5 & 19 are world premiere recordings.  Tr. 1-18 rec. Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Harburg, Germany, 24-27 FEB 1995, Tr. 19-22 rec. St. Martin Church, Olten, Switzerland 4-5 NOV 1995.

A few of these works sound like more or less normal music.  Others are weird.  Really wierd, especially the organ works near the end.  Many of them sound more like a wind machine than an organ.  I'm not sure I know how to make sense of it all.  You might want to consult the numerous  reviews @ Amazon, mostly positive, actually, to be found @ https://www.amazon.com/Ligeti-Kataeva-Zsigmond-Szathmáry-Pierre-Laurent/product-reviews/B00138D3Q6/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_show_all_btm?ie=UTF8&reviewerType=all_reviews

2)  CD 2 of 8 in the Warner Classics set titled "Annie Fischer: The Complete London Studio Recordings."  W.A. Mozart (1756-91):  |Tr. 1-3, Piano Concerto 21 in C Major, K. 467 (30'06)  |Tr. 4-6, Piano Concerto 22 i E Flat Major, K. 482 )34'15)--Wolfgang Sawallisch, cond., Philharmonia Orch.--rec. Abbey Rd. Studio 1, 28 FEB & 1-2, 10 MAR 1958.

Five stars.  Annie Fischer was certainly among the top Mozart pianists of the 20th century, along with, IMHO, Walter Gieseking, Lili Kraus, Ingrid Haebler, Robert Casadesus, Clifford Curzon, and Myra Hess.  Her sense of structure is equalled only by Gieseking, She is masterful both in the overall design of performances, and in the little filligree details that make every moment exciting.  This CD is quite simply awesomely joyous.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #111241 on: March 20, 2018, 06:26:12 PM »
Good evening.  :)

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #111242 on: March 20, 2018, 06:29:27 PM »
Good evening.  :)

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Hi, Dave! What exactly means "reconstructed" here?  :)
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #111243 on: March 20, 2018, 06:48:31 PM »
Nørgård, Symphony No.2.

The symphony that I find most easily digestible. And enjoyable to go with it of course.

On my phone so no pictures.  ;D

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #111244 on: March 20, 2018, 07:29:03 PM »
Fresh from the mailbox -

Debussy
String Quartet in G minor
Danses (version for harp and solo strings)


Caplet
Les prières for voice, harp, string quartet
Conte Fantastique for Piano or Harp and String Quartet


Quatuor Debussy
Marielle Nordmann, harp
Francoise Masset, soprano
Yann Dubost, double bass




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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #111245 on: March 20, 2018, 08:46:53 PM »
^ The disc above is quite good. Excellent performances of the Debussy works. I was less taken with the Caplet works, but I did enjoy his Les prières, but didn’t think too much of the soprano used for the performance.

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One of the greatest Ives recordings ever released --- no joke. All of the works featured on this disc are difficult to find on anything else. Too bad this recording is OOP. Shame on you, Decca!
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #111246 on: March 20, 2018, 10:09:30 PM »
Morning listening:

 


An excellent way  to start  the Day, the music  and the musician . Leonhardt  is one  of my  most  admired  artists

Indeed!  :) One if my favourite recitals of the set (Bach/Couperin/Purcell/Rameau/Scarlatti). The performance of Rameau's Le Rappel des Oiseaux is for instance absolutely awesome.

My recent comments on Leonhardt and the set:

I always had a uncomfortable relationship with Leonhardt as a (solo) harpsichordist, that I mostly knew from his Teldec (Warner) recordings. But thanks to Leonhardt's longevity, I've discovered his later recordings are best. A question of showing more emotion and applying less dogmatic rigour, that's all it took....

His Seon/Sony recordings are very nice indeed, but most in the Philips set reaches the sublime and can duly be called "legendary".
Note that it's not all harpsichord repertoire: there are quite some Bach cantate recordings in there as well. Which I love, and they are top performances.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #111248 on: March 20, 2018, 10:44:57 PM »
Haven't heard that version, but Trio is one of my favourite Feldman's pieces.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #111249 on: March 21, 2018, 12:50:49 AM »
CD 15 & 16, and with this I close this set for now, and open the box played by Olivier Vernet. Looking forward to that.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #111250 on: March 21, 2018, 01:20:20 AM »
Prokofiev
String Quartet № 2 in F, Op.92
Pacifica Quartet
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #111251 on: March 21, 2018, 01:48:02 AM »
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #111252 on: March 21, 2018, 02:22:15 AM »
Caplet
Les prières for voice, harp, string quartet
Conte Fantastique for Piano or Harp and String Quartet


Looks very tempting. I love especially those exquisite "Prières" .

I have this 1992 CD - great performance by Sharon Coste.


The Septuor is another gem.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #111254 on: March 21, 2018, 02:30:46 AM »
For breakfast, listened to

Beethovens Concertos 4 & 5
Leif Ove Andsnes
Mahler Chamber Orchestra

Although I love Ove Andsnes, I think on these concertos, could do with someone stronger so recently ordered Murray Perahia

Franck Sonata for Violin and Piano
Joshua Bell
Jeremy Denk
Also have this performed by Steven Isserlis and Stephen Hough and love both interpretations.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #111255 on: March 21, 2018, 02:37:35 AM »
Apparently I haven't listened to a Cello Suite for 6.5 years.

Probably because for most of that time "Bach" has meant "slowly slugging my way through all the cantatas".  :D

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #111256 on: March 21, 2018, 02:46:19 AM »
Let's just jump a century or two and meet a Faun...

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #111257 on: March 21, 2018, 04:11:44 AM »
Morning listening:

 


Indeed!  :) One if my favourite recitals of the set (Bach/Couperin/Purcell/Rameau/Scarlatti). The performance of Rameau's Le Rappel des Oiseaux is for instance absolutely awesome.

My recent comments on Leonhardt and the set:

I never had these reservations,take his Froberger recording (DHM) or the beautiful  Prelude in D d'Anglebert (DHM) Bach ,the French suites and his awesome "Die Kunst der Fuge" and de Bach Cembalo concertos, still my favorite and let us not forget his majestic recording of the works of Louis Couperin (DHM)
I agree with you if you consider his recordings for Vanguard.
You must forgive me my commend,Leonhardt can hardly do any wrong in my eyes (ears) :)

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #111258 on: March 21, 2018, 04:15:38 AM »
My first recording of the Monteverdi Vesper