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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #136360 on: May 26, 2019, 04:15:36 AM »
Superb! I love Hogwood and his band. Pioneers of the HIP movement and his Haydn and Mozart sounds so fresh and new. Some of the HIP performances today in comparison sound mannered to my ears. Hogwood is greatly missed.

Yes, agreed on all counts. It is always a joy to go back and listen to these recordings.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #136361 on: May 26, 2019, 04:21:21 AM »
Yes, agreed on all counts. It is always a joy to go back and listen to these recordings.

I came across a Hogwood Mozart set this week which surprised me. "Trainspotting" to an extreme so will post on vinyl thread shortly.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #136362 on: May 26, 2019, 04:27:03 AM »
Now onto RVW’s Sinfonia Antartica from the Thomson cycle:

Sinfonia Antartica (“Symphony No. 7”)
Bryden Thomson, conductor
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #136363 on: May 26, 2019, 05:08:59 AM »
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 [Fricsay]





This is a robust and quite assertive opening movement. It is filled with passion, drama and intensity in its deliverance. The second movement is a typically graceful and captivating Tchaikovskian waltz which is very effectively executed. The third movement is an exciting, driven and somewhat agitated performance. The sombre and bleak mood of the final movement is greatly enhanced by the quality of the tone of the string section ably aided by the glorious brass. This is a very fine interpretation and performance of this work.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #136364 on: May 26, 2019, 05:09:49 AM »
I came across a Hogwood Mozart set this week which surprised me. "Trainspotting" to an extreme so will post on vinyl thread shortly.

I look forward to that. Trainspotting is what we do here.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #136365 on: May 26, 2019, 05:10:20 AM »
I have also been working my way through the Thomson RVW cycle but not systematically. Earlier in the day I listened to some of the fill-ups - Fantasia on Greensleeves, Partita, Towards the Unknown Region and the Oboe Concerto.

The main event has been the Pastoral Symphony and the first slight disappointment. The first movement has more than a hint of Ravel but lacks the hushed intensity of Previn or Boult. In the second movement the distant (too distant?) bugler lacks a hint of melancholy though beautifully played. Bryden is on top form in the Finale with the soprano ideally placed and beautifully sung and the LSO sounds magnificent.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #136366 on: May 26, 2019, 05:22:03 AM »
I have also been working my way through the Thomson RVW cycle but not systematically. Earlier in the day I listened to some of the fill-ups - Fantasia on Greensleeves, Partita, Towards the Unknown Region and the Oboe Concerto.

The main event has been the Pastoral Symphony and the first slight disappointment. The first movement has more than a hint of Ravel but lacks the hushed intensity of Previn or Boult. In the second movement the distant (too distant?) bugler lacks a hint of melancholy though beautifully played. Bryden is on top form in the Finale with the soprano ideally placed and beautifully sung and the LSO sounds magnificent.

I concur about Thomson’s Pastoral --- the last movement (my favorite of the symphony anyway) is incredibly well-played and passionate. I thought the other movements didn’t hang together as well. Previn’s is still the one to best for sure.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #136367 on: May 26, 2019, 05:46:38 AM »



A good disc. 
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #136368 on: May 26, 2019, 05:48:14 AM »
Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf [Hughes/Rippon]




A bit of fun.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #136369 on: May 26, 2019, 06:50:41 AM »



Good.  Glad I didn't spend money on the box.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #136370 on: May 26, 2019, 07:34:05 AM »
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 [Fricsay]





This is a robust and quite assertive opening movement. It is filled with passion, drama and intensity in its deliverance. The second movement is a typically graceful and captivating Tchaikovskian waltz which is very effectively executed. The third movement is an exciting, driven and somewhat agitated performance. The sombre and bleak mood of the final movement is greatly enhanced by the quality of the tone of the string section ably aided by the glorious brass. This is a very fine interpretation and performance of this work.
A legendary performance - one of the best.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #136371 on: May 26, 2019, 07:36:53 AM »
I concur about Thomson’s Pastoral --- the last movement (my favorite of the symphony anyway) is incredibly well-played and passionate. I thought the other movements didn’t hang together as well. Previn’s is still the one to best for sure.

I happened to listen to this performance last week and I had 2 abiding thoughts.... 1) I think this is RVW's most original and most powerful symphony of all - a genuine work of individual genius and 2) I felt the Chandos sound/recording did not 'support' the mood of the work... too literal.  But I rather liked Thomson's quite weighty/earthy approach and I also thought Yvonne Kenny's voice suited the off-stage soprano part very well.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #136372 on: May 26, 2019, 08:13:39 AM »
Vaughan Williams, Ralph (1872-1958) - own mainly his chamber works, plus symphonies x2 (Previn & Haitink) - first up for the morning, the 3 recordings below ('Early Chamber Music' a 2-disc set).  Dave :)

   

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #136373 on: May 26, 2019, 08:35:29 AM »
Mozart

Symphony No.29, from childhood on I cherish this symphony.

I have so many fine recordings from these symphonies but these ones with dear Otto remain very attractive to me.


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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #136374 on: May 26, 2019, 08:40:44 AM »
Webern disk from this set.


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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #136375 on: May 26, 2019, 09:18:27 AM »



I freely admit that the marketing worked.  The sight of a pretty young blonde perched on a tree caught my eye, and the core rep or near core rep mixed recital looked nice.  An Amazon Add-on price made it a must buy.  Ms Gerl and her cohorts play up her prettiness in the booklet, though they repeat some shots, but that's secondary, at best.  The disc reveals Ms Gerl to have some real talent.  Starting with robust and playful Mendelssohn, moving to ravishing and technically dazzling Liszt, then to uncommonly attractive DSCH, the disc starts strong.  Chabrier's Bouree Fantasque ends up a real treat.  Gerl's version is different than Kyriakou, Strosser, or Cole.  As technically polished as the last two, Gerl ends up playing with greater flexibility and color.  It's something of an ear opener.  More fine Mendelssohn follows, as does a delightful Debussy L'isle joyeuse.  Then comes the Schubert.  First is the Liszt transcription of Der Wanderer, which is superbly lyrical.  Second is D760.  Gerl goes for the large-scale, quasi-symphonic approach.  She plays everything without seeming to strain in the least.  Her piano sound is just fantastic throughout.  Superb sonics.  Ms Gerl must record more.  This disc is quite the find; it is discs like this that keep me collecting and searching for new artists.

(Also, Bonn born Ms Gerl did a portion of her studying at the University of Fairbanks.  This is the second time I've read about Fairbanks and classical music in the past month or so.  WTF?)
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #136376 on: May 26, 2019, 09:32:21 AM »
Todd, I had a dream last night that I went to a concert and you were the pianist (!) in Saint-Saens' Second Concerto (hah!). You made all sorts of bizarre decisions, like having the piano be way far on the stage left edge, and you had the world's tiniest drum next to you to play the first (orchestral, pizzicato) note of the scherzo. Then I noticed that your hands and the sound of the music didn't line up and went "Hey! This is a dream!" and woke up.

Also you had a boxy haircut and glasses like a Columbo villain.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #136377 on: May 26, 2019, 09:37:20 AM »
Todd, I had a dream last night that I went to a concert and you were the pianist (!) in Saint-Saens' Second Concerto (hah!). You made all sorts of bizarre decisions, like having the piano be way far on the stage left edge, and you had the world's tiniest drum next to you to play the first (orchestral, pizzicato) note of the scherzo. Then I noticed that your hands and the sound of the music didn't line up and went "Hey! This is a dream!" and woke up.

Also you had a boxy haircut and glasses like a Columbo villain.





(My glasses are too contemporary for Columbo and, alas, I don't have the right type of hair, or enough of it, for a boxy haircut.)
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #136378 on: May 26, 2019, 09:57:46 AM »
The playing and sound more than make up for the lackluster cover.


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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #136379 on: May 26, 2019, 10:16:55 AM »
Hindemith & Humperdinck

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Hänsel und Gretel - overture & Dream Pantomine