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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #108780 on: February 13, 2018, 02:38:48 PM »
More Bach before going to bed: suites for Luth - Konrad Junghanel



Bach spectrum is huge indeed.  From the cantatas, to the orchestral suite to this...  Hard to believe it is the same person behind these works.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #108781 on: February 13, 2018, 02:41:01 PM »
Handel: Recorder Sonatas Op. 1 Nos. 4 & 7 [Bruggen]....


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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #108782 on: February 13, 2018, 02:46:54 PM »
Bach spectrum is huge indeed.  From the cantatas, to the orchestral suite to this...  Hard to believe it is the same person behind these works.

Careful, you can trigger a conspiracy theory that way....

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #108783 on: February 13, 2018, 02:51:53 PM »

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #108784 on: February 13, 2018, 02:57:21 PM »
If your description is to be believed, god preserve from ever having the misfortune of ever hearing these recordings!

I don't think it would be a misfortune.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #108785 on: February 13, 2018, 03:05:45 PM »
I don't disagree with you. Just that they don't appeal to me as much as some other things by Mozart. Maybe the problem is that the Italiano Quartet's approach to Mozart doesn't work for me.

They are definitely great works. For me, a bit of a closed book until I came upon the Leipzig Quartet & Smithson Quartet versions.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #108786 on: February 13, 2018, 03:25:16 PM »
They are definitely great works. For me, a bit of a closed book until I came upon the Leipzig Quartet & Smithson Quartet versions.

I have to go back to the Solomon and Hagen Quartet recordings to refresh the palette. I remember seeing the Smithson Quartet recordings for very cheap some time ago and inextricably passing on it.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #108787 on: February 13, 2018, 03:49:52 PM »
They are definitely great works. For me, a bit of a closed book until I came upon the Leipzig Quartet & Smithson Quartet versions.

One of my favorite Mozart quartet CDs, Nos. 18 & 19 by the Smetana Quartet on EMI:



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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #108788 on: February 13, 2018, 04:18:26 PM »
Gorecki: Kleines Requiem fur eine Polka [Zinman]....





There is a haunting beauty to this wonderful music and Zinman portrays it very well in this version. The tone and pace of the performance are excellent. The presentation is always lyrical, and when required, is robust and ebullient thus creating a very atmospheric, captivating and oftentimes dramatic performance.

Your descriptions of this release ate most enticing my friend.  :)

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #108789 on: February 13, 2018, 04:21:09 PM »

So awesome to see you posting again, Drasko;)

Of course I am very interested in reading your thoughts on Maletto's Vespro8)

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #108790 on: February 13, 2018, 04:39:40 PM »
So awesome to see you posting again, Drasko;)

Of course I am very interested in reading your thoughts on Maletto's Vespro8)

Thank you!

It's one of the most beautiful performances I've heard, most likely the best sung. But it's also very, very, very, very slow. I think they manage to pull it off, through sheer beauty of singing but it probably won't be to all tastes. Also their choice of very little ornamentation might not gel with some. Not to go in too many detail I think Johan van Veen's review on musica-dei-donum is spot on:
http://www.musica-dei-donum.org/cd_reviews/PanClassics_PC10371_BC_95188_Alpha_705_Coro_COR16126_Glossa_GCD922807.html

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #108791 on: February 13, 2018, 06:20:25 PM »



From the DHM long box, Andreas Staier playing harpsichord and fortepiano.  Ample energy and clean articulation, with some dazzling fingerwork on the harpsichord, I could have done with a bit more wild and crazy playing (like Pletnev), but it's good for what it is and the instruments it's played on. 
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #108792 on: February 13, 2018, 07:16:00 PM »
Earlier, Mahler 1:



In a great performance such as this, Mahler 1 comes off as a work of more substance that some other performances make it out to be. Nézet-Séguin reminds me why this was one of the seminal works that first turned me on to classical music. The opening of the finale has never sounded more explosive and terrifying!


Just finished Antheil's Symphony no. 4 "1942":



This often brash but not always unsubtle wartime work comes off very well in this spectacular new recording. Though the influence of Shostakovich is readily apparent in the more martial passages, Antheil's own lyrical gift shines through towards the middle of the second movement, where he introduces a lovely, swooning theme. Recommended for lovers of accessible 20th century symphonism.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #108793 on: February 13, 2018, 07:40:43 PM »
Well, speaking of the old Commie:



First listen (to this recording). Very good, as its reputation suggested. Wanna listen again - perhaps tomorrow!
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #108794 on: February 13, 2018, 07:47:38 PM »
Ma mère l’Oye:

"How awful that the artist has become nothing but the after-dinner mint of society.”


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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #108795 on: February 13, 2018, 08:27:51 PM »
This new acquisition:



Absolutely enchanting so far. Dancing Divertimentian was correct about the sonics and performance --- both are truly exceptional.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #108796 on: February 13, 2018, 09:43:20 PM »



In a great performance such as this, Mahler 1 comes off as a work of more substance that some other performances make it out to be. Nézet-Séguin reminds me why this was one of the seminal works that first turned me on to classical music. The opening of the finale has never sounded more explosive and terrifying!

I also found this to be an excellent Mahler 1.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #108797 on: February 13, 2018, 10:03:58 PM »
The third may have gone titz up.

(that's my final "contribution" to this discussion, except to say that I listened to one movement of one of the quartets and it was most charming. )

I haven't kept abreast of the Hoffmeister's Titz series, so I also missed the 3rd volume, but I agree with all the high praise of the first pair of Titz CDs.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #108798 on: February 13, 2018, 10:32:33 PM »
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Quite a lovely piece, actually more like Partch than Feldman IMO, for those following the relevant thread.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #108799 on: February 13, 2018, 10:45:37 PM »
Atterberg's Horn Concerto:



A real delight! Not only is Atterberg's writing for the solo horn expertly done, but his orchestration (which consists of strings, piano, and percussion) is constantly ear-catching, especially the prominently glittering piano part in the magical slow movement.
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