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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #127900 on: January 11, 2019, 11:43:09 AM »

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #127901 on: January 11, 2019, 11:43:13 AM »
Handel: Concerti Grossi Op. 6 Nos. 9-12 [Hogwood]




By the way, aligreto, I couldn’t help but notice, several pages back, that you haven’t explored much of Vaughan Williams’ music? This must be rectified soon!
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« Reply #127902 on: January 11, 2019, 11:48:44 AM »
By the way, aligreto, I couldn’t help but notice, several pages back, that you haven’t explored much of Vaughan Williams’ music? This must be rectified soon!

I do not disagree. I do have two complete symphonic cycles [Boult and Previn] in my collection along with various other works but I must confess that they do not receive frequent airings. Perhaps 2019 will be a VW revival year....
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« Reply #127903 on: January 11, 2019, 11:49:54 AM »
I do not disagree. I do have two complete symphonic cycles [Boult and Previn] in my collection along with various other works but I must confess that they do not receive frequent airings. Perhaps 2019 will be a VW revival year....

Now this would be cause for celebration, indeed! :)
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« Reply #127904 on: January 11, 2019, 11:50:42 AM »
Someone I know said that it reminded him of VW's 'A Pastoral Symphony' and I can see what he means. The opening is very beautiful.
I remember vividly how I leaped from my seat on hearing this opening on the radio, in the early 1980s. Yet, I don't think it comes anywhere close to the 'Pastoral'; its outright lyricism is much more direct and abundant - more like Moeran, I'd say - though at the same time I agree this is a war symphony too.   ::)
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« Reply #127905 on: January 11, 2019, 12:17:49 PM »
Cortot Schumann on Dante—recordings from the 1920s and 1930s.

Very few technical issues & also much better interpretations than most modern recordings. The sound does make it impossible to hear some of the details of the piano writing though.

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« Reply #127906 on: January 11, 2019, 12:26:01 PM »
Now this would be cause for celebration, indeed! :)
Good to see you back in GMG, John:)
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« Reply #127907 on: January 11, 2019, 12:28:46 PM »
Some wonderful choices, on this page and the last one.

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« Reply #127908 on: January 11, 2019, 12:34:06 PM »
Good to see you back in GMG, John:)

Thanks a lot, Rafael! :)
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« Reply #127909 on: January 11, 2019, 12:34:51 PM »
Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 [Walter]


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« Reply #127910 on: January 11, 2019, 12:53:13 PM »
Ravel: Shéhérazade

From this set:

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« Reply #127911 on: January 11, 2019, 01:01:12 PM »
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« Reply #127912 on: January 11, 2019, 01:10:21 PM »
I promise you that once you’ve spent more time with the Rubbra symphonies, you’ll come away with a great appreciation for his composing style. He was brilliant with counterpoint and a lot of his music, or, at least, in many of his symphonies, the melody leads the way while more melodies and rhythms present themselves. It’s kind of a stream-of-conscientious type of compositional style, but one that I believe will reward the listener if, again, you allow it the necessary time to get under your skin.

Good to see you back John, and I totally agree. Rubbra is a wonderful composer.
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« Reply #127913 on: January 11, 2019, 01:15:48 PM »
Good to see you back John, and I totally agree. Rubbra is a wonderful composer.

It feels good to be back, Kyle! Thanks!

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Copland: Violin Sonata



Aside from the Bernstein piece, which I find uninspiring and unmemorable, this is a fantastic disc.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #127914 on: January 11, 2019, 01:27:45 PM »
Vivaldi: Four Seasons, Spring & Summer [Marriner]





When I started listening to Classical Music I bought a box set of cassette tapes of Vivaldi’s music featuring the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields conducted by Neville Marriner. That was an inspirational set for me as the music was played with a very light touch and with great musicality. And so it is here; the textures of the music are light and both the orchestra and the soloist play very well. A number of decades later and with a lot more critical listening behind me I find that I still enjoy these performances with their great clarity of lines even if the tempi now appear on the slow side. The sound of the orchestra is full and warm and this also lends weight to the sound especially in the storm scene. The music making here has good drive and forward momentum in each of the outer movements, positively sweeping along in places, with languid and atmospheric slow movements.


Vivaldi: Four Seasons, Autumn & Winter [Scherchen]





Another “Old School” performance here. The music is very well played by all concerned. In terms of interpretation, listening to it with today’s ears it sounds full but slow, staid and stately. It is still an interesting listen for a fifty year old recording.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #127915 on: January 11, 2019, 01:30:52 PM »
Reminds me my first "Four Seasons" was an LP with this widely reviled version.



Still have a soft spot for it.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #127916 on: January 11, 2019, 01:35:06 PM »
Reminds me my first "Four Seasons" was an LP with this widely reviled version.



Still have a soft spot for it.


Not possible!   ;)   What was supposed to be so wrong-headed about it?

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« Reply #127917 on: January 11, 2019, 01:36:31 PM »
Not possible!   ;)   What was supposed to be so wrong-headed about it?

Probably that he made it sound like Brahms. It was probably my third or forth classical record, so I didn't know better at the time.

I'll tell you a secret, it is the only version of the Vivaldi Four Seasons I have ever listened to.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #127918 on: January 11, 2019, 01:37:40 PM »
This volume seems to be very hard to find, so I had to go for a Presto Classical CD-R, with audio files supplied by the label. Anyway, it sounds great and is a wonderful performance.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #127919 on: January 11, 2019, 01:48:00 PM »
It feels good to be back, Kyle! Thanks!

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Copland: Violin Sonata


Aside from the Bernstein piece, which I find uninspiring and unmemorable, this is a fantastic disc.
Welcome back to GMG, John!

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