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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #98640 on: September 14, 2017, 07:40:20 AM »





If you have two versions of the From the Monkey Mountains quartet, you might as well A/B 'em. 

I started with the Pavel Haas Quartet since they are named after the composer.  With both ensembles, expert playing is given, and here the Pavel Haas offer mostly full bodied and at times warm playing.  One can hear the influence of Janacek on the younger composer, but the work is not merely imitative.  One can hear other influences, and some folksy music, and also some rhythmic exploration that, while not as individual as Janacek, still pushes the boundaries of its time a bit, if not in a truly radical way.  The first movement, Landscape, is relatively lush, while the second - Coach, Coachman and Horse - is more adventurous, with the dialogue between the low strings and the violins creating both novel and of-the-20s, avant-garde sonorities and a potent "rustic" atmosphere.  It's more vibrant and snappy than many other Andantes.  Good stuff.  The third movement, The Moon and I (a Largo e misterioso), is more subdued and mysterious to start with, slowly building in intensity and power, almost like a scaled-back and more austere Transfigured Night.  Then comes the closer, Wild Night, which out of the gate relies on higher register playing, possesses mucho energy, and has folksy dance elements, in an almost Mephistophelian way, which is augmented by some percussion, superbly played by Colin Currie. 

The Petersen, in its Conrad Muck led guise, are a different kettle of fish.  Their corporate sonority is leaner, edgier, and brighter, their attack more aggressive, their style more unabashedly modern.  This is immediately apparent in the opening movement, which here sounds more avant-garde and less folksy, more Schoenberg than Janacek.  One can hear almost proto-minimalist writing in the violins, and some passages are chirped out aggressively as almost a minute is shed off the timing.  The second movement sounds almost Expressionist in its tuneful ugliness.  Muck slices through the muck, as it were, in a few passages, successfully entreating his fellow musicians to grind out a little more.  The Largo e misterioso is tense even when subdued, and the players just keeps ratcheting up tension until the climax, before backing off in a haunting, nearly Bergian way.  The Finale sounds almost like something out of a horror movie soundtrack at the start, and proceeds at a more robust pace, with sharper playing from the quartet and punchier playing from percussionist Daniel Tummes.  The middle section is folksy, with Muck fiddling out some of his music with an intellectualized version of rustic fiddling.  The recording is more in your face musically than the Pavel Haas Quartet, always pushing and pushing and pushing.

Here's a case that illustrates why both ensembles are among my favorites: they both execute their very different visions so well that it becomes essential to have both.  No culling needed here.

Thanks for this comparison. I only discovered that Haas piece a couple of years ago, thanks to a concert by the Apple Hill String Quartet -- loved it. In this case, they did not opt for the percussion part, which I'd really like to hear, and I'm a big fan of Colin Currie, so the first one above is appealing.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #98641 on: September 14, 2017, 08:03:44 AM »


Collegium Aureum Quartet op 132, in the first movement the emotional world is so dark it's almost expressionist.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #98642 on: September 14, 2017, 08:14:04 AM »
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 [Brendel/Mehta]....


   


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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #98643 on: September 14, 2017, 08:15:34 AM »
When I hear bad Beethoven playing, I have to rinse it out with good Beethoven playing.

I think this is only right 0:)
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #98644 on: September 14, 2017, 08:19:48 AM »
G'day, Karl!

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #98645 on: September 14, 2017, 08:21:39 AM »
G'day, Karl!

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Cheers, Karlo!  Looks good   :)
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #98646 on: September 14, 2017, 08:21:59 AM »
Now the 3rd from this recording:



Previously In the Mists from this set:

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #98647 on: September 14, 2017, 08:29:23 AM »
Cheers, Karlo!  Looks good   :)
Oh, it doesn't get much better than this, Karl!
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #98648 on: September 14, 2017, 08:37:20 AM »
Now:

"In the next world, I shan't be doing music, with all the striving and disappointments. I shall be being it.” - Ralph Vaughan Williams

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #98649 on: September 14, 2017, 08:56:09 AM »
Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No. 1....


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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #98650 on: September 14, 2017, 09:25:38 AM »


Collegium Aureum Quartet op 132, in the first movement the emotional world is so dark it's almost expressionist.

That is the original vinyl issue you're listening to, right ? You lucky devil ! The Heiliker Dankgesang in their interpretation criticism and analytical faculties.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #98651 on: September 14, 2017, 09:30:06 AM »


Disc 14/18. Some Britten (a narrator-less YPGTTO), and 2 Walton scores: 2 suites from Façade and the mighty 1st symphony, played to the hilt by the mighty New Philharmonia. Mighty sound, too (1966 Kingsway Hall vintage).

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #98652 on: September 14, 2017, 09:34:09 AM »
It's only MIDI Dept.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #98653 on: September 14, 2017, 09:35:44 AM »
That is the original vinyl issue you're listening to, right ? You lucky devil ! The Heiliker Dankgesang in their interpretation criticism and analytical faculties.

A non commercial transfer, quite listenable, PM me if you want the files.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #98654 on: September 14, 2017, 09:38:58 AM »
Now the 3rd from this recording:



Pounds, no, smashes the table ;D What a magnificent piece of music :)

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #98655 on: September 14, 2017, 09:54:36 AM »
Pounds, no, smashes the table ;D What a magnificent piece of music :)

It certainly is, Kyle. Love Atterberg.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #98656 on: September 14, 2017, 10:03:03 AM »
Some more new arrivals from BRO:

Bach, JS - Lute Transcriptions et al w/ Filomena Moretti on guitar; Vols. I/II - works are BWV 995-7, 999, 1000-1, 1004, & 1006a; these are live recordings, so short applause after each work; superb execution on a lovely guitar and closely-miked recording (cannot hear much finger movement at all) - great Dubins review attached of the first volume for those interested.

Krufft, Nikolaus Von (1779-1818) - Bassoon Sonatas on period bassoon & fortepiano by Wouter Verschuren & Kathryn Cok (husband & wife team - also part of the ensemble Caecilia-Concert) - this was just a 'fill-in' to my order to even out the shipping, BUT I do love period instruments, especially the windy ones.  I never heard of this composer; he studied w/ Albrechtsberger in Vienna (his home town) and had degrees in philosophy & the law - was a court civil servant and composed late into the evening (mainly lieder, apparently) - stated to have died from 'exhaustion' in his late 30s - an enjoyable recording (review also attached).  Dave :)

   

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #98657 on: September 14, 2017, 10:06:44 AM »
Shostakovich
String Quartets nos. 4, 5 & 6
Emersons

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #98658 on: September 14, 2017, 10:08:58 AM »
Shostakovich
String Quartets nos. 4, 5 & 6
Emersons



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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #98659 on: September 14, 2017, 10:39:59 AM »


oh heck yeah...This Is The Stuff

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