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Offline Sergeant Rock

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #138760 on: July 17, 2019, 05:19:28 AM »
Bax Symphony No.1 (1921-22), Handley conducting the BBC Phil




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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #138761 on: July 17, 2019, 05:36:19 AM »
Beginning,now! Summers Last Will and Testament! I must admit,I actually stopped listening to the cd,for a while,to listen to a phone in on a local radio station!! ::) Lots of stuff about jobs people had when they were kids,before health and safety! You know,like,newspaper rounds and sweeping chimneys! I remember doing that when I was a water baby!! ;D




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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #138762 on: July 17, 2019, 05:53:01 AM »
Bax Symphony No.1 (1921-22), Thomson conducting the LPO




Sarge
the phone rings and somebody says,
"hey, they made a movie about
Mahler, you ought to go see it.
he was as f*cked-up as you are."
                               --Charles Bukowski, "Mahler"

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #138763 on: July 17, 2019, 05:57:37 AM »
Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony - Bryden Thomson conducting the London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus with Yvonne Kenny (soprano) and Brian Rayner Cook (baritone). Fine conclusion to Thomson's RVW cycle (I have listened to it out of sequence and over several months).

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #138764 on: July 17, 2019, 06:14:50 AM »
Summers Last Will and Testament! Well,I never! ??? It looks like I'm with Harry! I think I'm enjoying it this time around. I'm listening to the finale now. I find this powerful and moving! I'll need to listen to it again,though.


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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #138765 on: July 17, 2019, 06:19:32 AM »
Bax Symphony No.1 (1921-22), Thomson conducting the LPO




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My favourite recording! The second movement is particularly thrilling,and the best performance on Lp/cd,ever,imho!

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #138766 on: July 17, 2019, 06:33:02 AM »
Symphonic Studies! This cd arrived today. I did have some of it,in the form of a download;but never the actual cd or Lp! Nice to have the actual cd,with the booklet and photo on the front. I think this is powerful,well argued music. Not a wasted,note! (I haven't got to the concertos,yet!).


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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #138767 on: July 17, 2019, 06:59:25 AM »
Elgar: Violin Concerto [Zukerman/Barenboim]





The opening movement is robust, energetic and assertive. The Andante is aching and hauntingly intense and enhanced by Zukerman’s rich tone. The final movement is a bit ambivalent in that it is somewhat contemplative and plaintive in tone yet is filled with bravura. Listening to this movement I think that there must be some very difficult passages to navigate which Zukerman does with ease.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #138768 on: July 17, 2019, 07:00:57 AM »
Excellent!  :) Visited most Scandinavian capitals & St. Petersburg, very satisfying....  8)

Love to revisit the Hermitage some time in the future.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #138769 on: July 17, 2019, 07:38:21 AM »
Poulenc: Sonata for Violin and Piano [Suk/Panenka]


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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #138770 on: July 17, 2019, 08:35:23 AM »
Mahler: Symphony 4 [Kletzki]


   


The overall sound is very good and the music is wonderfully played with a very light touch and a rich sound from the strings. As a result the music is very transparent and this allows for every detail to shine through. I particularly enjoy the third movement which is played with much pathos and beauty. The soprano, Emmy Loose has, for me, an unusual voice which allows her to carry off the "childlike" requirement very well.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #138771 on: July 17, 2019, 08:55:17 AM »
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #138772 on: July 17, 2019, 08:58:14 AM »
The Valois issue has spiked my interest. Was it produced by Michel Bernstein?
It appears not.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #138773 on: July 17, 2019, 09:07:34 AM »
Nielsen
Suite, Op.45
Three Piano Pieces, Op.59
Herman Koppel
Karl Henning, Ph.D.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #138774 on: July 17, 2019, 09:20:04 AM »
Schumann: Fantasy in C major Op. 17 [Horowitz]


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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #138775 on: July 17, 2019, 09:36:00 AM »
War Requiem:

A very fine performance IMO.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #138776 on: July 17, 2019, 09:38:16 AM »
Symphonic Studies! This cd arrived today. I did have some of it,in the form of a download;but never the actual cd or Lp! Nice to have the actual cd,with the booklet and photo on the front. I think this is powerful,well argued music. Not a wasted,note! (I haven't got to the concertos,yet!).


A fabulous CD cigwyn. I'm also very much a fan of the piano concertos, No.2 in particular.
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #138777 on: July 17, 2019, 10:41:01 AM »
Brahms: Symphony No. 4 [Bernstein]





Yes this is a robust and assertive performance which has the requisite drama and tension in the outer movements but it is still a lyrical presentation which is amply demonstrated in the slow movement. The strings sound lush and full. The pacing throughout is relaxed and expansive allowing the music to really shine through.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #138778 on: July 17, 2019, 10:49:04 AM »
My favourite recording! The second movement is particularly thrilling,and the best performance on Lp/cd,ever,imho!

Yes, a great performance (and my first Bax CD, bought sometime in the early 90s) but (and here I'm going against the GMG consensus) I actually prefer the Handley version, the brisker tempos and, to my ears, the more haunting soundscape. But it's a close run race.

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the phone rings and somebody says,
"hey, they made a movie about
Mahler, you ought to go see it.
he was as f*cked-up as you are."
                               --Charles Bukowski, "Mahler"

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #138779 on: July 17, 2019, 11:46:51 AM »
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 [Klemperer]





This is a fine, robust performance with a wonderful display from the brass section throughout.
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