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Re: What are you listening to now?
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« Reply #132261 on: March 15, 2019, 06:25:20 PM »


Good performances of the Kodaly works, although Fricsay’s remain supreme. The curiosity here is Franz Schreker’s orchestration of the famous Hungarian Rhapsody no 2 by Liszt. Schreker was half-Hungarian and he had lots of fun revamping the tired warhorse. Compared to the familiar Doppler orchestration this sounds quite over the top.

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« Reply #132262 on: March 15, 2019, 06:25:26 PM »
I've also had the set for years and can't remember if I've listened to it or not. I have a vague idea I did, but it's not in my listening notes.

Very nice. This is a nice work and an early one at that. I have found, however, that his late works are the ones that tend to grip me the most, but there are some exceptions of course. I love his Prelude & Fugue in C major and Nocturne (both solo piano works) for example and the first symphony (once I understood its’ musical language).
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« Reply #132263 on: March 15, 2019, 06:27:48 PM »
What did you think of this work, John? Despite being a cello concerto aficionado, I found it to be rather uncohesive and not particularly memorable, though doubtlessly containing some very nice passages.

It’s a nice enough work, but hardly representative of the Enescu that I know and love.
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« Reply #132264 on: March 15, 2019, 06:32:35 PM »
Yes, Gielen. Which also has all the Knaben Wunderhorn songs I didn’t have (and all the other orchestral songs that I now have 3 copies of!)

Awesome! :)


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Mahler: Symphony #2 in C Minor, "Resurrection"

Bernard Haitink: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Etc.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #132265 on: March 15, 2019, 06:39:14 PM »
Debussy
La Damoiselle élue for soprano, mezzo-soprano, female chorus, and piano
Le Jeune Choeur de Paris
Natalie Dessay (soprano), Philippe Cassard (piano), Karine Deshayes (mezzo-soprano)


From this recording:
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #132266 on: March 15, 2019, 07:38:23 PM »
Sculthorpe - Mangrove



As usual for Sculthorpe, this piece is so evocative and mysterious. Even though I've never been to the Australian outback, Sculthorpe's music certainly makes me feel like I'm there!


Sibelius - Belshazzar's Feast (complete incidental music)



A minor work in the Sibelius canon perhaps, but very enjoyable and rather haunting nonetheless.


Janáček - Amarus (cantata)



I'll quote from Amazon reviewer G.D.:

"Janacek's cantata Amarus dates from 1897, which means that it is, for Janacek (at 43), an early work, dating from before his really unique, mature style had fully developed. As such, Amarus is overall more conventional in terms of drama, development and orchestration than some of his later works. Nevertheless, many of the hallmarks of his later style are there, and there is no mistaking the identity of the composer even from hearing a few, brief passages. The choral writing, for instance, is characteristically Janacek, as is the use of ostinatos and much of the melodic material. I have to admit that I was a bit uncertain by the opening movements when I first heard the work, but it certainly grew on me, and the final three movements are superb, sporting for instance one of Janacek's most gorgeous big tunes, and the work as a whole builds up to a marvelously stirring finale. No fan of the composer should be without this one."


Shostakovich - Piano Quintet



A very fine new recording of this masterwork, which emphasizes the work's neo-Baroque and neoclassical elements, thereby asserting the work's relative uniqueness in the Shostakovich canon. The accompanying String Quartet no. 3 is great as well.


Gershwin - Second Rhapsody



A fully delightful work, easily worth mentioning in the same breath as Rhapsody in Blue and the Concerto in F. Sizzling performance, too.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #132267 on: March 15, 2019, 08:14:17 PM »
Joining kyjo in Sculthorpe, but Earth Cry.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #132268 on: March 15, 2019, 08:41:32 PM »
Da Shozz
Symphony 1
USSR State Orchestra, Kondrashin
This is the 1951 recording
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Sculthorpe - Mangrove



As usual for Sculthorpe, this piece is so evocative and mysterious. Even though I've never been to the Australian outback, Sculthorpe's music certainly makes me feel like I'm there!

Yes, indeed. I’ve always equated Sculthorpe to be an Impressionist of sorts as his music does seem to evoke the Australian landscapes he loved so dearly.

Joining kyjo in Sculthorpe, but Earth Cry.


Well, since both of you are listening to Sculthorpe, I might as well, too!

Sculthorpe
Memento mori
David Porcelijn, conductor
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra


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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #132270 on: March 15, 2019, 08:46:19 PM »
Kyjo, quick! Let's both put on Mozart.
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« Reply #132271 on: March 15, 2019, 08:53:18 PM »
Kyjo, quick! Let's both put on Mozart.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #132272 on: March 15, 2019, 08:55:08 PM »
Mahler, Das Klagende Lied, revised version



Noting that if I want an Australian landscape I just stroll about 50 metres. Whereas medieval castles are in extremely short supply.
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« Reply #132273 on: March 15, 2019, 08:58:06 PM »
Noting that if I want an Australian landscape I just stroll about 50 metres. Whereas medieval castles are in extremely short supply.

I hope, one day, I can travel to Australia. Your country is deeply fascinating to me.
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« Reply #132274 on: March 15, 2019, 09:13:02 PM »
I hope, one day, I can travel to Australia. Your country is deeply fascinating to me.

Foreign places are like that. Home, not so fascinating.

When I’m in North America I get a bit excited when I see a squirrel. I’m sure the locals don’t. Whereas of course there are things here that much of the rest of the world thinks are amazing and I’m fairly nonchalant about.

Of course, the vast majority of us live on coastal fringes and we find the outback pretty exotic. In fact there’s an awful lot of this continent-country I’ve yet to see. Too busy going to Europe to see castles...
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« Reply #132275 on: March 15, 2019, 09:26:01 PM »
Da Shozz
Piano Quintet
Shostakovich and the Beethoven Quartet
Not so great sound, great playing.
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« Reply #132276 on: March 15, 2019, 11:31:49 PM »
Streaming Faure, La Naissance de Venus



I can only find evidence of 3 recordings of this work, and this local one is the one I can actually find to listen to. And it's quite lovely. Definitely a work that deserves wider exposure.
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« Reply #132277 on: March 15, 2019, 11:47:53 PM »
Last evening, no TV and instead this:




What an amazing work Schutz' Auferstehung is - too long since I've last heard it. And an amazing performance and recording.
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« Reply #132278 on: March 15, 2019, 11:59:14 PM »
I eventually found one of the other copies of La Naissance de Venus, the only one with the original piano accompaniment, hiding on Youtube.

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/ggonApB8zp8" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/ggonApB8zp8</a>

Now I think I want the album this comes from, which is around in CD form but not online. It seems to have a mix of choral works and songs. Many of the choral works are pretty rare.  And certainly this performance bodes well for the rest.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #132279 on: March 16, 2019, 12:00:24 AM »


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