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Offline cilgwyn

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #104060 on: November 22, 2017, 07:05:14 AM »
On now. This 2 cd set. Another of Pathé's wonderful complete recording of operas. This is about as close to the creative forge as it gets. Although,there are,of course,earlier recordings of arias and short extracts. A magnificent performance. The passion and intensity of the performances shines through! The sound quality is good enough to enjoy the performances,thanks to Marston's superb restoration. Astonishingly good,really! Also,unlike the original recipients of this recording,I don't have to keep winding up the playback equipment every few minutes to enjoy the performance. 28 discs and 56 sides. On the plus side you built up your arm muscles,a bit! Just do some winding with the left arm to make them look the same (You might need it after all those sides?!!). Like Popeye the Sailor Man!!

 

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #104061 on: November 22, 2017, 07:26:28 AM »
I disagree. Providing us with such much-needed and hard-to-find info as duration, genre and style is an invaluable service to our community, for which we should be eternally grateful.  ;D
We've had this discussion in the past, probably more than once. I find it much more interesting and helpful when someone posts an opinion about a disc. Others don't hold that view. However, I do like the additional information that eljr is posting.
Offenbach gets a raw deal in recordings considering his talent! For a discussion of this outstanding composer too little recorded: http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/index.php/topic,5572.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #104062 on: November 22, 2017, 07:31:10 AM »
I do like the additional information that eljr is posting.

What specifically do you like about it?
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #104063 on: November 22, 2017, 07:38:31 AM »
What specifically do you like about it?
The recording date and venue. I like it in Harry's blog too (and others who post it)- especially for certain types of music. If I had the booklet in front of me when I listen, I'd add it to my own posts too, but I rarely do and I am slow to download the ones online (though they are increasingly available, especially new releases).
Offenbach gets a raw deal in recordings considering his talent! For a discussion of this outstanding composer too little recorded: http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/index.php/topic,5572.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #104064 on: November 22, 2017, 07:45:35 AM »
Martinů
Sonatas for Cello and Piano
Mattia Zappa & Massimiliano Mainolfi

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #104065 on: November 22, 2017, 08:03:18 AM »
The recording date and venue.

These might indeed be of interest to some people, although they can be easily found online: eljr, for instance, copy-pastes them from allmusic.com. But style? genre? duration? Hardly.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #104066 on: November 22, 2017, 08:05:27 AM »
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #104067 on: November 22, 2017, 08:07:26 AM »
Copland's Suite from The Red Pony:



Really charming music.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #104068 on: November 22, 2017, 08:10:20 AM »
Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 17 K 576 [Landowska]...





I think that this is the only recording that I own of Landowska playing a piano.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #104069 on: November 22, 2017, 08:51:35 AM »
Enescu's Symphonie concertante for cello and orchestra:



Unfortunately, I didn't find this to be a very interesting work.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #104070 on: November 22, 2017, 09:22:01 AM »
Continuing with Pauline Viardot, a very successful 19th century mezzo-soprano who also composed.  She studied the piano with Franz Liszt. This is a nice CD of some of her russian melodies.

A woman voice glides like the wind
Of black, of damp, of night
And all it touches in this flight
Suddenly is over.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #104071 on: November 22, 2017, 09:34:21 AM »
Remembering Hvorostovsky.

Shostakovich: Suite on Poems by Michelangelo Buonarroti. Hvorostovsky/Ilja


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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #104072 on: November 22, 2017, 09:50:21 AM »
Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations [Tortelier]....





A fine, energetic performance of this work.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #104073 on: November 22, 2017, 10:29:52 AM »
Enescu's Symphonie concertante for cello and orchestra:



Unfortunately, I didn't find this to be a very interesting work.

By some coincidence, I listened to the same work (different recording, Foster conducting Monte Carlo on Erato). The orchestral tutti's were beautifully done, but the interaction of the cello and orchestra was flat. Turned it off about half way through.

Started on Suite No 3, but it was quickly apparent that I've already heard enough village music to last a lifetime. Listened to Suite No 2 instead (a neo-baroque work with Overture and dance movements). Interesting, if not great.



The Symphonies, Nonet, Decet and Chamber symphony remain high on my list, but further exploration of Enescu doesn't seem to be turning up much other stuff that really resonates with me.


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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #104074 on: November 22, 2017, 10:34:19 AM »
Johann Baptist Vanhal (1739-1813) - String Quartets, Op. 6 w/ the Eybler Quartet; purchased as a MP3 album from Amazon after reading an excellent review in the most recent issue of Fanfare (attached for those interested).  I own about a dozen Vanhal CDs, including the two others shown below of SQs - some overlap w/ the Kubin Quartet recording (3 works).

Vanhal from his dates was a contemporary of Haydn and considered an important early developer of the 'String Quartet'; he apparently wrote about 100 along w/ 70+ Symphonies - these Op. 6 works are from around 1770 and all six quartets fit on a single CD, so each about 10 or so minutes in length - so not double counting the overlapping works, I now have just a dozen of Vanhal's SQs - need to put on the Camesina Quartett on period instruments - his later compositions in this genre w/ each lasting 20 minutes or so.  Dave :)

   

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #104075 on: November 22, 2017, 10:57:53 AM »
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #104076 on: November 22, 2017, 11:47:33 AM »
Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations [Tortelier]....





A fine, energetic performance of this work.
I dont have the recording but saw them perform it live.  I heard many details I had never heard before.  This is a fine memory I somehow have kept despite the many years...
A woman voice glides like the wind
Of black, of damp, of night
And all it touches in this flight
Suddenly is over.

Anna Akhomatova

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #104077 on: November 22, 2017, 01:30:24 PM »
Vaughan Williams Symphony No.8 D minor, Previn conducting the LSO




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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #104078 on: November 22, 2017, 01:44:00 PM »
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #104079 on: November 22, 2017, 01:47:14 PM »


Disc 4/4.

This set has music from 10 movies, all performed superbly by Frank Strobel and the RSO, Berlin. Schnittke is more successful than Shostakovich in creating genuinely original, intriguing, captivating numbers. Although I love Dsch’s film music, and own half a dozen discs of it, I find Schnittke’ genius more at home in the particular language of film music.

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