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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #136380 on: May 26, 2019, 10:17:17 AM »
I happened to listen to this performance last week and I had 2 abiding thoughts.... 1) I think this is RVW's most original and most powerful symphony of all - a genuine work of individual genius and 2) I felt the Chandos sound/recording did not 'support' the mood of the work... too literal.  But I rather liked Thomson's quite weighty/earthy approach and I also thought Yvonne Kenny's voice suited the off-stage soprano part very well.

Thomson’s RVW cycle is exemplary, but I haven’t heard A Pastoral Symphony in quite some time, so perhaps I more or less was trying to find my way into the music again, which, perhaps, is why I didn’t give Thomson completely high marks.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #136381 on: May 26, 2019, 10:34:37 AM »
Rachmaninov: Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom [Minin]





This is a rich, profound and very rewarding listening experience. The performance is very contemplative and atmospheric and is always most understated and engaging. It has the requisite gravitas, intensity and presence for this most powerful work. The choir sing with passion and conviction.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #136382 on: May 26, 2019, 10:36:18 AM »



A legendary performance - one of the best.


A very fine performance indeed and highly recommended.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #136383 on: May 26, 2019, 10:39:37 AM »
Mozart

Symphony No.29, from childhood on I cherish this symphony.

I have so many fine recordings from these symphonies but these ones with dear Otto remain very attractive to me.



Yes, Symphony No. 29 is also a very dear favourite of mine. I share your joy in this work.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #136384 on: May 26, 2019, 12:11:04 PM »



The anti-Volodos.  Superb for what it is.  Fine transfers.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #136385 on: May 26, 2019, 12:19:00 PM »
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #136386 on: May 26, 2019, 12:36:05 PM »
A London Symphony - an excellent performance:
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #136387 on: May 26, 2019, 01:43:40 PM »
I think I’m done with British music for awhile...a little goes a long way with these composers I’m afraid...

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Breathtakingly gorgeous work. Certainly one of my favorites from Debussy (my numero uno).
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #136388 on: May 26, 2019, 01:51:54 PM »


I'm really impressed how tastes change over the time. I remember not liking these symphonies, but now, they make much more sense to me. I can find enjoyment in them, and I rather like that gray atmosphere they depict.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #136389 on: May 26, 2019, 01:53:50 PM »
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Symphony 5. Best performance of Bax's most integrated symphony (like VW's 5th Symphony dedicated to Sibelius) along with Leppard's magnificent version on Lyrita.


Indeed, the Thomson performance sounds more epic than others. It's my 2nd favorite after the No. 1, also performed by Thomson on Chandos.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #136390 on: May 26, 2019, 03:10:14 PM »



As sort of prep work for Lucchesini's upcoming Schubert twofer, I popped for the high res download of this disc.  I had previously streamed via my phone, but proper listening yielded even better results - and results were fantastic before.  The proper sound and playback gear yielded entirely more satisfying Scarlatti, with ample rhythmic swagger.  And Lucchesini owns Berio's music.  (Literally in the case of the pieces written for the pianist and his wife as a wedding present.)  It would take someone of the stature of YES or Volodos or Anderszewski to challenge Lucchesini here.

But the Schubert, well, that is what I really wanted.  The Moments Musicaux are sublime, on par with any recordings out there.  In the case of the Air russe, I am hard pressed to think of a better version.  The Widmann works are better than expected, too.  Lucchesini alternates between Scarlatti and Berio to start, and Schubert and Widmann to end, and some may dislike this approach, but it works fantastically well.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #136391 on: May 26, 2019, 04:45:43 PM »
Sibelius symphony no 4, multiple versions. Comments in the Sibelius 4 thread.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #136392 on: May 26, 2019, 06:17:13 PM »
Finishing this set  today. At the moment,  PC 23 K488



This was one of the bargains I got from Arkivmusic's Warner clearance. It was worth the price I paid, but I am not sure if it is worth more than that. Sound is sometimes too dry or too compressed, interpretations very mainstream, and KV 503 is split between two CDs. Nothing seriously wrong with it, but nothing is seriously outstanding, either.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #136393 on: May 26, 2019, 06:57:42 PM »
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #136394 on: May 26, 2019, 07:33:18 PM »
The playing and sound more than make up for the lackluster cover.



There’s another Partita 6 he recorded on the same label, celestial harmonies, it’s part of a live concert. In my opinion it’s one of the great modern piano Bach recordings. The whole concert is inspired (Debussy, Chopin) The one on your CD I can’t remember.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #136395 on: May 26, 2019, 07:35:43 PM »



The anti-Volodos.  Superb for what it is.  Fine transfers.

The intermezzi are so fast and non-nostalgic and so different (I think) from his other recordings, I wonder what was going on. But yes, it is anti-Volodos and it is superb in its way.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #136396 on: May 26, 2019, 08:31:14 PM »
Vaughan Williams Flos Campi, Hickox conducting the Northern Sinfonia




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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #136397 on: May 26, 2019, 08:32:28 PM »


I'm really impressed how tastes change over the time. I remember not liking these symphonies, but now, they make much more sense to me. I can find enjoyment in them, and I rather like that gray atmosphere they depict.
Once again were in agreement Cesar although Symphony 4 is my favourite by Kokkonen.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #136398 on: May 26, 2019, 08:35:11 PM »
Indeed, the Thomson performance sounds more epic than others. It's my 2nd favorite after the No. 1, also performed by Thomson on Chandos.
Yes, indeed. I think my order of favourite Bax symphonies would be 3 and 5 together in first place followed by 4 and 1 together and then 7 and 2 together and then 6. However, as in the VW symphonies ,I love them all!

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #136399 on: May 26, 2019, 09:21:22 PM »
There’s another Partita 6 he recorded on the same label, celestial harmonies, it’s part of a live concert. In my opinion it’s one of the great modern piano Bach recordings. The whole concert is inspired (Debussy, Chopin) The one on your CD I can’t remember.
Thanks for the tip--I just ordered that live recording.