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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #129920 on: February 11, 2019, 06:46:50 AM »
And ?

I really enjoyed the first movement of No.3 which has a memorable opening motto theme which keeps returning. Unfortunately the disc then got stuck. I'll have to try it on a different CD player. However, it is quite an old CD and I'm not optimistic.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #129921 on: February 11, 2019, 07:05:43 AM »
Prokofiev: Chout - Rozhdestvensky/The USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra.



Nice! That’s a fun ballet.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #129922 on: February 11, 2019, 07:11:16 AM »
Read that, too. I actually thought it was a rather fine recording... if perhaps not so convincing as to actively challenge said review with a pointed re-listen.
The ClassicsToday review makes a consistent point about LaMer; While I agree with several aspects (Bernstein/Rome being tedious beyond belief, for example) I happen to react differently to some aspects that rub the reviewer the wrong way. Most notably in the Daniele Gatti recording which, for all its breadth, I find singularly successful and most decidedly worthy an alternative next to the time-worn Martineau.

Thanks for the feedback, Jens. 8)

Read that, too. I actually thought it was a rather fine recording... if perhaps not so convincing as to actively challenge said review with a pointed re-listen.
The ClassicsToday review makes a consistent point about LaMer; While I agree with several aspects (Bernstein/Rome being tedious beyond belief, for example) I happen to react differently to some aspects that rub the reviewer the wrong way. Most notably in the Daniele Gatti recording which, for all its breadth, I find singularly successful and most decidedly worthy an alternative next to the time-worn Martineau.


I cannot comment on the ClassicsToday review since I was not aware of it (I rarely read reviews).  I also don't usually compare recordings and don't employ a "critical ear" when I listen to any classical recording (that genre is not my forte, i.e. compared to other forms of music like Jazz or Roots music) and just enjoy whatever recording I'm listening to at the moment (unless there is something glaringly off prohibiting me from enjoyment). 

Unless the work is a particular favorite of mine of which I have several recordings and know it fairly well, e.g. Pelleas et Melisande, or the Durufle and Faure Requeims, I only have a superficial appreciation of most Classical recordings, in any event, and rarely form an opinion about any performance/recording.  I am usually more interested in hearing the music, as done by anyone, rather than parsing various recordings.

So, this is a long post to avoid your question.   :)    Thanks to Jens for kicking the can down the road.   8)

I understand. Just thought I would ask as I was curious about it. I’m not in search of perfect performances (there’s no such thing as any), but performances that move me in a way I haven’t felt previously before.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #129923 on: February 11, 2019, 07:28:36 AM »
Sonata for Solo Viola
Tabea Zimmermann (viola)


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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #129924 on: February 11, 2019, 07:59:50 AM »
Excellent performances and sound.



Which is down to Michel Bernstein. He was Valois being engineer, producer, I would not be surprised if he made the tea! Valios is a superb label for chamber music and this a very good example.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #129925 on: February 11, 2019, 08:20:13 AM »
Les Percussions de Strasbourg

CD 12
Gérard Grisey
Le noir de L'Étoile

https://www.percussionsdestrasbourg.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07
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A wonderful compendium of "modern" (third quarter of the 20th century, more or less) music. If you ever see it at an affordable price, I recommend grabbing it.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #129926 on: February 11, 2019, 08:22:58 AM »
Bach


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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #129927 on: February 11, 2019, 09:15:36 AM »
Scriabin's Piano Sonata 5 and afterward 8 played by Sudbin and Sofronitsky respectively.




 I’m not in search of perfect performances (there’s no such thing as any), but performances that move me in a way I haven’t felt previously before.

Beautifully said  8)
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #129928 on: February 11, 2019, 09:31:35 AM »
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 6 - Rozhdestvensky/Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra of the USSR.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #129929 on: February 11, 2019, 09:40:25 AM »
I know little Reger other than the Bocklin Tone Poems which I like very much. I'll be interested to read what you think of the Piano Concerto cilgwyn.
Hm?!! I don't think those tone poems are typical of his output (generally)! And I think you've got to like his other music first,before tackling his Piano concerto. I can remember thinking his,various,'Variations' were,quite,possibly,interminable noodling,without any decent tunes to leaven their duration. Except,maybe,the one at the beginning?!! And there are many people,it seems,who do share that opinion! But I kept on listening to them,and I've started to find his music,strangely,fascinating. And very cunningly constructed. Which is part of the fascination (for me,anyway!)

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #129930 on: February 11, 2019, 10:54:42 AM »
 

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #129931 on: February 11, 2019, 11:12:09 AM »
Prokofiev: Ivan The Terrible - Slatkin/BBC SO.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #129932 on: February 11, 2019, 11:14:06 AM »
Prokofiev: Chout - Rozhdestvensky/The USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra.



I have that recording and some other ballets. Also have the symphonies recordings.
To my (in this field inexperienced ears) Rozhdestvensky and Prokofiev are a perfect match.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #129933 on: February 11, 2019, 11:26:56 AM »
I have that recording and some other ballets. Also have the symphonies recordings.
To my (in this field inexperienced ears) Rozhdestvensky and Prokofiev are a perfect match.

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My ears are even more inexperienced, however, certainly as far as the symphony cycles I own and enjoy are concerned, I tend to agree regarding your Prokofiev/Rozhdestvensky match comment.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #129934 on: February 11, 2019, 11:45:31 AM »
I don’t listen to much Elgar these days (if ever), but I will say that his Symphony No. 2 is one of the best pieces he’s ever written, IMHO. It’s a much better symphony than his first and has a deeply personal touch in the writing that suggests that he somehow foresaw WWI in the not so near future. Of course, we all know that he didn’t see the war coming nor did anyone else at the time, but the Larghetto movement really does have a sense of sadness to it that I find particularly moving.

Yes, just I'm listening to the 2nd again and it's definitely more attractive. I'm refreshing my ears with this masterpiece, and now I remember how harmonically adventurous it is. The slow movement is on par to that of the Korngold's Symphony, at least very close in spirit.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #129935 on: February 11, 2019, 11:49:26 AM »
Agreed, I would even name Nos. 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 as my favourites.  :)

I'll have to revisit them once more (soon I hope). I don't remember them very well, but I did recall having liked them.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #129936 on: February 11, 2019, 11:52:03 AM »
He is another fine recent discovery for me as well Cesar.  :)

Good to know you know him too :)
It's a thoroughly appealing work.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #129937 on: February 11, 2019, 11:58:56 AM »
I really enjoyed the first movement of No.3 which has a memorable opening motto theme which keeps returning. Unfortunately the disc then got stuck. I'll have to try it on a different CD player. However, it is quite an old CD and I'm not optimistic.

Too bad, at least I know you gave it a try.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #129938 on: February 11, 2019, 12:22:08 PM »
I had listened to La Mer this morning, now this ~



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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #129939 on: February 11, 2019, 12:30:25 PM »
Masterful playing and excellent sound.

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