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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #125000 on: November 20, 2018, 09:19:01 AM »


More Strauss! - Vier letzte Lieder

I must confess that this work is relatively new to me. I don't know why I've waited so long to pay attention to this beauty. Music of the most sublime inspiration.

Music of the most sublime inspiration it certainly is. There are many fine versions around including the Norman above and my own personal favourite is still Schwarzkopf.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #125001 on: November 20, 2018, 09:25:11 AM »


Symphony No. 4

These early symphonies are better than I had originally thought. Here we don't hear a proper Dvorak, but rather we begin to distinguish his own voice. The first two movements show some Wagner influences, while the others have a more Czech flavour. The Scherzo is particularly exhilarating (I mean, decidedly exhilarating!), one of the funniest ones I've listened to ever. And if that was not enough, the 4th movement has prepared an energetic conclusion with an infectious tune.

To sum up, this listen has been so refreshing and utterly invigorating to say the least.

That is such a wonderful set. I have a different version of it. I really like the way the music is approached and presented with such life and vigour. The set is a great advertisement for the symphonies of Dvorak and those early symphonies in particular.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #125002 on: November 20, 2018, 09:27:28 AM »
You are right. The main drawback to listening to the LP record is that you are stuck in a performing era. After the instruments used by Landowska, Ruzickova and Isabelle Nef, perhaps not HIP but Kirkpatrick does sound lighter and more historically aware. Reading your post it struck me how ahead of his time Thurston Dart was with this recording from 1961.



I must watch out for that one.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #125003 on: November 20, 2018, 09:34:16 AM »
Reading your post it struck me how ahead of his time Thurston Dart was with this recording from 1961.



Yes I agree with this.

Towards the end of his recording career, in the 1960s, Kirkpatrick made an absolutely fabulous Scarlatti recording on a much more refined revival instrument by Rainer Schütze, I love it. I love his WTC too.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #125004 on: November 20, 2018, 09:34:58 AM »


Symphony No. 4

These early symphonies are better than I had originally thought. Here we don't hear a proper Dvorak, but rather we begin to distinguish his own voice. The first two movements show some Wagner influences, while the others have a more Czech flavour. The Scherzo is particularly exhilarating (I mean, decidedly exhilarating!), one of the funniest ones I've listened to ever. And if that was not enough, the 4th movement has prepared an energetic conclusion with an infectious tune.

To sum up, this listen has been so refreshing and utterly invigorating to say the least.

I demand to know why I don't have that set!!!!

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #125005 on: November 20, 2018, 09:50:43 AM »
Kokkonen, Cello Concerto



This work didn't make as strong an impression as the third symphony. The recording is not ideal, the cello is way too prominent in the mix and two long cadenzas seemed excessive. Will continue my way through this collection, perhaps with some chamber music next.


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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #125006 on: November 20, 2018, 09:53:58 AM »
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 30 [Kempff]


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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #125007 on: November 20, 2018, 09:54:58 AM »



I demand to know why I don't have that set!!!!

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #125008 on: November 20, 2018, 10:39:22 AM »
So, you have a thing against solo violin but not against solo viola?  :D
Crazy, isn’t it?  ::) But so it is..... ;D
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #125009 on: November 20, 2018, 10:56:32 AM »
Be warned it is not all plain sailing!

For this marvelous music, I'll like to take risks  ;)

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #125010 on: November 20, 2018, 10:57:34 AM »
Music of the most sublime inspiration it certainly is. There are many fine versions around including the Norman above and my own personal favourite is still Schwarzkopf.

I'll check that recording out then. Thanks!

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #125011 on: November 20, 2018, 10:57:49 AM »
I demand to know why I don't have that set!!!!

There was a later remaster on CD and blu-ray, but it's already out of print and only available as downloads (or for $999.99 from Amazon).



https://www.prestomusic.com/classical/products/8193005--dvorak-complete-symphonies-tone-poems-overtures-requiem

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #125012 on: November 20, 2018, 10:58:25 AM »
I demand to know why I don't have that set!!!!

One of the Mysteries of Life.

Something like that  :)

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #125013 on: November 20, 2018, 10:59:52 AM »
Something like that  :)

It turns out I do have it.  ::)

Well, 6 CDs worth. I have a symphony set. I don't care for the requiem, but I am still missing one disc with tone poems.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #125014 on: November 20, 2018, 11:04:09 AM »
That is such a wonderful set. I have a different version of it. I really like the way the music is approached and presented with such life and vigour. The set is a great advertisement for the symphonies of Dvorak and those early symphonies in particular.

These readings of the early symphonies have no rival IMHO. A set for a desert island.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #125015 on: November 20, 2018, 11:11:10 AM »
It turns out I do have it.  ::)

Well, 6 CDs worth. I have a symphony set. I don't care for the requiem, but I am still missing one disc with tone poems.

There are two separate issues of the tone poems (as far as I know):





But not all is perfect: A Hero's Song and The Wild Dove are missing.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #125016 on: November 20, 2018, 11:11:31 AM »
Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain
Followed by
Rawsthorne: Piano Concerto 2 (my first encounter with this fine score on a Decca Eclipse LP):


I'd forgotten what a lovely, dreamy work the Falla is - especially in such a poetic performance.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #125017 on: November 20, 2018, 11:43:06 AM »
There are two separate issues of the tone poems (as far as I know):





But not all is perfect: A Hero's Song and The Wild Dove are missing.

Closer to perfect than most things get.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #125018 on: November 20, 2018, 12:35:46 PM »
Bruckner 7 - Haitink's second recording from 1978 on a Phillips Classics CD.



The channels seem to be reversed! 

Dvorak: Slavonic Rhapsodies



Recordings of all 3 Rhapsodies seem to be rare.  They are attractive pieces, each longer and more discursive than the Slavonic Dances.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #125019 on: November 20, 2018, 01:17:52 PM »


Sinfonia concertante

A top-notch performance of this magnificent work. I think it's one of my predilect works by Walton because of its lively spark in the outer movements along with the catchy rhythms and that lovely bucolic 2nd movement, not to mention the splendid orchestration.

 

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