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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #124380 on: November 09, 2018, 06:58:06 AM »
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #124381 on: November 09, 2018, 07:11:21 AM »
Cheers, Karlo!
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #124382 on: November 09, 2018, 07:12:28 AM »
Britisch Piano concertos. CD III.

Cyril Scott, Poem for Piano & Orchestra, (1931, rev. 1962) LPO, Bernard Braithwaite, John Ogdon, Piano. (1977)
John Ireland, Legend for Piano & Orchestra (1933) LPO. Adrian Boult. (168) Eric Parkin, Piano.
William Busch, Piano concerto (1937/8) RPO, Vernon Handley. Piers Lane, Piano.
E.J. Moeran, Rhapsody in F sharp for piano & orchestra. (1943) NPO, Nicholas Braithwaite. John McCabe, piano.


All these concertos are indispensable for me, and all have their merits. What gets me every time is the second movement from Busch his piano concerto, "Allegretto Tranquillo". So much magic in there. Sound is good to very good, which also goes for the performances.

EMI issued a set in the 1970's "20th Century British Piano Concertos" on four LPs. I thought it may be of interest to compare - Ireland: Colin Horsley, RPO, Basil Cameron. Britten: Jacques Abram, Philharmonia, Menges. Bliss: Trevor Barnard, Philharmonia, Sargent. Rawsthorne (1): Maura Lympany, Philharmonia, Menges. Rawsthorne (2): Dennis Matthews: BBC SO, Sargent. Rubbra: Dennis Matthews, BBC SO, Sargent. Tippett: John Ogdon, Philharmonia, Colin Davis. Williamson: Gwenneth Pryor, ECO, Yuval Zaliouk. It goes without saying the Lyrita set would be in better sound. I don't think Lyrita ever recorded Britten's? Or indeed anything by Britten.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #124383 on: November 09, 2018, 07:22:19 AM »
British String Concertos. CD I.
Samuel Coleridge Taylor, Violin Concerto in G minor, opus 80. (1912) LPO, Nicholas Braithwaite. Lorraine McAslan, Violin.
Gustav Holst, Invocation opus 19 No. 2 (1911) for Cello & Orchestra. LPO, David Atherton. Alexander Baille, Cello.
Gerald Finzi, Introit for small orchestra and solo violin, opus 6. LPO, Adrian Boult. Rodney Friend, Violin.


Taylor his violin concerto, belongs for me to the best concertos written for that instrument. All romantic elements hit target, and are charmers in their own right. And who could possibly resist Holst Invocation, or Finzi's introit. Two of the best concertos in their genre, and heart rendering beautiful. Evocative and deeply spiritual.
The performances are top notch as are the recording, but as a side remark I must add, that the violin in Taylor's concerto is too closely miked, especially in the first movement, at some moments pretty ugly for a 2007 recording.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #124384 on: November 09, 2018, 07:34:53 AM »
EMI issued a set in the 1970's "20th Century British Piano Concertos" on four LPs. I thought it may be of interest to compare - Ireland: Colin Horsley, RPO, Basil Cameron. Britten: Jacques Abram, Philharmonia, Menges. Bliss: Trevor Barnard, Philharmonia, Sargent. Rawsthorne (1): Maura Lympany, Philharmonia, Menges. Rawsthorne (2): Dennis Matthews: BBC SO, Sargent. Rubbra: Dennis Matthews, BBC SO, Sargent. Tippett: John Ogdon, Philharmonia, Colin Davis. Williamson: Gwenneth Pryor, ECO, Yuval Zaliouk. It goes without saying the Lyrita set would be in better sound. I don't think Lyrita ever recorded Britten's? Or indeed anything by Britten.

Britten's Sinfonietta Op 1 is on a Lyrita disc 'Divertimentos, Sinfoniettas' - English Chamber Orchestra conducted by Norman Del Mar. I haven't come across anything else. Perhaps Lyrita thought Britten was already well enough covered by Decca and the other big labels.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #124385 on: November 09, 2018, 07:39:20 AM »

Those are really fine speakers, small but O so effective. Congrats, very good acquisition.

They’re for my second system, but in fact in some ways they’re as satisfying as the big ESLs. I need to get a suitable amp now. I found a picture of Jim Rogers in his workshop when he was developing the JR 149s listening to them being driven by a Naim NAP 120, so that’s what I shall try to buy, if I can find a good clean unmodified one at a sensible price in the UK.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #124386 on: November 09, 2018, 07:40:05 AM »


Well this was a pain the arse to do, but I've done it, and I'm now listening to Currende Consort sing de Rore's Vergine without the spoken word. And very good it is too.

Also using it to test my latest hifi acquisition, a pair of Rogers JR 149s. These speakers really do get to the heart of the music.



Rogers speakers are really fine indeed,congratulations. ;)

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #124387 on: November 09, 2018, 07:42:01 AM »
I had no idea that Rogers’s reputation went out of the UK.

I know someone who used to work with him as an apprentice in Catford.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #124388 on: November 09, 2018, 07:49:42 AM »
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #124389 on: November 09, 2018, 07:52:41 AM »
I had no idea that Rogers’s reputation went out of the UK.

I know someone who used to work with him as an apprentice in Catford.

I still have a pair of those speakers in my home :) Rogers reputation was established in the Netherlands as soon as he made electronics.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #124390 on: November 09, 2018, 07:55:56 AM »
I had no idea that Rogers’s reputation went out of the UK.

I know someone who used to work with him as an apprentice in Catford.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #124391 on: November 09, 2018, 08:38:01 AM »
EMI issued a set in the 1970's "20th Century British Piano Concertos" on four LPs. I thought it may be of interest to compare - Ireland: Colin Horsley, RPO, Basil Cameron. Britten: Jacques Abram, Philharmonia, Menges. Bliss: Trevor Barnard, Philharmonia, Sargent. Rawsthorne (1): Maura Lympany, Philharmonia, Menges. Rawsthorne (2): Dennis Matthews: BBC SO, Sargent. Rubbra: Dennis Matthews, BBC SO, Sargent. Tippett: John Ogdon, Philharmonia, Colin Davis. Williamson: Gwenneth Pryor, ECO, Yuval Zaliouk. It goes without saying the Lyrita set would be in better sound. I don't think Lyrita ever recorded Britten's? Or indeed anything by Britten.

I remember that set very well!
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #124392 on: November 09, 2018, 09:17:08 AM »


Images

Holliger reorders the work:

3. Rondes de printemps
1. Gigues
2. Iberia

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #124393 on: November 09, 2018, 09:26:09 AM »
The Op.2 Sonatas--wonderful!

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #124394 on: November 09, 2018, 09:41:55 AM »


Images

Holliger reorders the work:

3. Rondes de printemps
1. Gigues
2. Iberia

I recently listened to a Berlin Philharmonic concert where Francois-Xavier Roth ordered the Image - Gigues/Rondes/Iberia but also interleaved two Ligeti works - Lontano, Atmospheres. Not sure about the interleaved Ligeti idea but Iberia makes a more satisfactory finale, though also not sure if Debussy ever intended all three Images to be played together.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #124395 on: November 09, 2018, 10:21:49 AM »
Then, why should I not, likewise?

The first movement (of the Shostakovich String Quartet No. 3 in F major, Op. 73) is so affable, and at ease, one may forget what a whirlwind the middle movements are.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #124396 on: November 09, 2018, 11:16:00 AM »
Дмитрий Дмитриевич [ Dmitri Dmitriyevich (Shostakovich) ]
Струнный квартет № 6 соль мажор, соч. 101 [ String Quartet № 6 in G, Opus 101 (1956) ]
The Mandelring Quartet


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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #124397 on: November 09, 2018, 11:49:50 AM »
Larsson: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1
Helsingborgs Symfoniorkester, Andrew Manze
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #124398 on: November 09, 2018, 01:02:01 PM »
CD 2 of this album of piano music by (or in memory of) Paul Dukas, played by Marco Rapetti:


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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #124399 on: November 09, 2018, 01:12:42 PM »
I think a little Ode to Joy is called for. 29 years ago today the Berlin Wall fell.
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