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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102760 on: November 23, 2017, 09:57:31 AM »
Holst: Egdon Heath [Hickox]....





An evocative, sometimes forlorn, sometimes slightly menacing and disconcerting but always absorbing performance.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102761 on: November 23, 2017, 10:06:53 AM »
After a busy day:


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Perfect program and interpreter for chilling out in the evening. Excellent!
Wie? Es wäre nicht erlaubt und möglich, in Tönen zu denken und in Worten und Gedanken zu musizieren?

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102762 on: November 23, 2017, 10:10:44 AM »
A pretty nice symphony, but not a favorite of mine from Casella. The Sinfonia (Symphony No. 3), his last symphony, is my favorite with an absolute heart-rendering slow movement, Andante molto moderato quasi adagio. This particular movement, for me, is one of the best things he has composed. The Alun Francis recording is the one to own. Noseda totally misses the point in this slow movement and rushes through some key moments that should have been treated more delicately.

Agreed, John. Casella's Third is his masterpiece and the Francis recording does it full justice.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102763 on: November 23, 2017, 10:21:10 AM »
Wiren: Violin Concerto [Sparf/Comissiona]....





This is a first listen to this work for me. I find it to be  intriguing and exciting in the first movement. The middle movement is quite a lyrical, if somewhat austere, piece. The final movement I find to be quite a contrast in tone to the first two movements it being celebratory and joyous in nature. The orchestration is lean but appealing throughout.

Glad you enjoyed it :) I especially love the startlingly angry outburst in the middle of the second movement which contrasts with the overall optimistic tone of the piece. The finale is life-affirmingly joyous indeed!
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102764 on: November 23, 2017, 11:51:43 AM »
Poulenc: “L’Invitation au Château”....





Charming, captivating and very appealing music that is very well performed here.
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« Reply #102765 on: November 23, 2017, 11:53:14 AM »



Glad you enjoyed it :) I especially love the startlingly angry outburst in the middle of the second movement which contrasts with the overall optimistic tone of the piece. The finale is life-affirmingly joyous indeed!

I certainly did enjoy it and I am eagerly anticipating the exploration of the other music on this CD  8)
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102766 on: November 23, 2017, 12:05:05 PM »
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Re: What are you listening to now?
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102768 on: November 23, 2017, 12:41:41 PM »
Some concertante works by Reynaldo Hahn:


The Violin Concerto is a tad too light and  glitzy for my taste, buy the Piano Concerto, full of nostalgia, is a long-time favourite of mine...
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102769 on: November 23, 2017, 12:58:13 PM »
Currently have about a half dozen books 'in progress', and was reading my Kindle edition of the one below on 'Musical Style' - now in the 1450-1600 section and specifically in the 1400s - a lot of discussion on Dufay - have a LOT of music from the medieval/Renaissance period but have not been a part of my recent listening, so pulled out the discs below - enjoying and must get back into this music! :)  Dave

   

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102770 on: November 23, 2017, 01:16:04 PM »
Currently have about a half dozen books 'in progress', and was reading my Kindle edition of the one below on 'Musical Style' - now in the 1450-1600 section and specifically in the 1400s - a lot of discussion on Dufay - have a LOT of music from the medieval/Renaissance period but have not been a part of my recent listening, so pulled out the discs below - enjoying and must get back into this music! :)  Dave

   

I've looked at that book and almost bought it.   Is it any good?

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102771 on: November 23, 2017, 01:16:36 PM »
This is a sparkling Telemann recording!   :)




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Re: What are you listening to now?
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102773 on: November 23, 2017, 01:28:59 PM »
Currently have about a half dozen books 'in progress', and was reading my Kindle edition of the one below on 'Musical Style' - now in the 1450-1600 section and specifically in the 1400s - a lot of discussion on Dufay - have a LOT of music from the medieval/Renaissance period but have not been a part of my recent listening, so pulled out the discs below - enjoying and must get back into this music! :)  Dave

   

Nice, Sonic;)

This is also a very fine Dufay recording:



Note please, this is volume two, which is superior imo, to volume one.  The instrumental accompaniment is far more discreet here, than on volume one.

Cheers!  :)

Edit:  I find that Van Nevel recording to be really excellent. One of his best.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102774 on: November 23, 2017, 01:44:55 PM »
Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 53 [Barenboim]....


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« Reply #102775 on: November 23, 2017, 01:51:49 PM »
One of my least favorite Takemitsu works. I prefer Autumn, which has the same basic concept as November Steps with it’s fusion of East/West. If you haven’t heard the work, here it is:

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102776 on: November 23, 2017, 02:07:35 PM »
Earlier today, this new arrival of some of Ravel's piano pieces played by Claude Helffer.



I had high expectations, but am sorely disappointed. The general soundscape is mushy (for lack of a better term), and the phrasing is awkward (infuriatingly so in the Prélude from Le Tombeau de Couperin, which acquires a sort of stop-and-go feeling which makes no sense to me). A pity, as I have always admired Monsieur Helffer, and his Debussy (which I was listening to just some days ago) is a vastly superior affair.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102777 on: November 23, 2017, 02:09:03 PM »
Actually by coincidence I've been listening to his Neumeister Chorales at Walterhausen.

Nice and colorful interpretations, I think, but this Trost organ also invites the organist to use its colors. Think of vol. I of Josef Sluys' Böhm CDs e.g..
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102778 on: November 23, 2017, 02:16:00 PM »
A fine performance, indeed. You know if it’s Nielsen, I have to chime in somehow. ;) I remember reading some people’s opinion of this particular VC and some say “It’s not as fine as the wind concertos” or whatever, but, for me, it’s in a different world than those works and even though this is Nielsen still finding his ‘footing’ so to speak, people shouldn’t hold this over his head. I quite like the work and have always enjoyed it.

This isn't the first time you've expressed this, but I do always find it a little amusing that you consider Nielsen to still be finding his footing 20 years into his career. I do understand why, but it's kind of funny when, by the time of the 3rd Symphony and Violin Concerto we're talking about a man in his mid-40s.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102779 on: November 23, 2017, 02:54:07 PM »
I've looked at that book and almost bought it.   Is it any good?

Hi SanAntone - the book was first published in 1966 (and reprinted in 1986, but not really a 2nd edition); the author is Richard L. Crocker, born in 1927 and still alive (check the link for more detail, if interested).  The book is well written w/ a LOT of detail on early music (believe the author's specialty) - there is a lot on theory, musical evolution, sheet music examples, etc. - I scanned this material quickly (really hard for me to understand - not my training or inherent aural skills); concentrates on the major composers of their times, again well done - I have the paperback and the printing is small and not easy to read; I'm looking at the book on my iPad (a very easy read and a cheaper Kindle option).  The book is highly rated on Amazon (except for a 2* commenter who probably was overwhelmed by the musical detail and theory) - I would likely do a 4* rating w/ the reservation that some knowledge of music annotation and theory would help.  Dave :)