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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #1620 on: Today at 10:50:47 AM »
'Walton meets Sibelius' is quite accurate I think but I still like the 'Symphony 1940' a lot, maybe because Walton and Sibelius are two of my favourite composers!
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That is a pretty strong reason!  :)

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« Reply #1621 on: Today at 10:52:16 AM »
This set is pretty good, too:



Very interesting. I was unaware of another cycle. They look like very meaty CDs. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

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« Reply #1622 on: Today at 10:53:36 AM »
Indeed, I am.  :)

Cheers, Que.
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« Reply #1623 on: Today at 10:54:55 AM »
Britten: Six Metamorphoses.



To compose for oboe solo must be a challenge but Britten pulls it off. The six after Ovid are; Pan, Phaeton, Niobe, Bacchus, Narcissus and Arethusa. Each are completely different in mood and with the constant flow of ideas make for an engrossing listen. The oboe soloist is Janet Craxton.

The premiere performance of the Six Metamorphoses must go down in musical history as one of the strangest. Composed for the 1951 Aldeburgh Festival, Joy Boughton (daughter of Rutland Boughton) made the first performance from a punt on the river Meare at Thorpness. Her audience also sat in punts.

That Britten work is certainly new to me. Sounds appealing. Otherwise, I do know the other work on that LP (the Hindemith Octet), which is one of his late chamber works and it's certainly a strong piece.

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« Reply #1624 on: Today at 10:56:33 AM »
I certainly must revisit this cycle, which I've owned for many, many years now, but have neglected recently. The multifaceted Krenek is a composer I greatly admire, and your post have piqued my interest again.  :)

I've read that this ensemble did not play these works with real commitment or something like that. Not sure about it, but I did not find these performances bad at all.

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« Reply #1625 on: Today at 11:24:55 AM »
Earlier this evening:
Honegger Symphony 4, L'ORTF Munch - a fabulous performance even more moving than Ansermet's poetic interpretation. Munch takes the slower music more slowly, which invests it with more gravity. I would not be without either performance of this underrated symphony. 'Metaboles' by Dutilleux is an ideal coupling for Honegger. A great disc:


Now playing:
Bax Symphony No.7 LPO Leppard - the greatest performance IMO of this fine work:


I have the Lyrita CD but much prefer the LP cover from the American release.
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« Reply #1626 on: Today at 11:56:21 AM »
It's a shame because that orchestra is pretty good. And to make you more jealous, I've also heard his Oboe Concerto and Concerto for string quartet and orchestra live.  ;)

Lucky you yet again! ;) :D

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« Reply #1627 on: Today at 12:25:19 PM »


I’m only listening to the last few pieces of the mass, the second CD. Quite extraordinary, and special. Monumental Aus Tiefer Not Schrei. . .  Amazing sound take.

What comes across is a sort of feeling of accuracy, and a great dancing quality.

She was a student of Xavier Darasse and I can hear a connection - kaleidoscopic colours. But without the weightiness of symphonic approaches to organ à la Tuinstra. 
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #1628 on: Today at 01:03:01 PM »



I will listen to 9 short orchestral works by Valein later tonight. It was nice reacquainting myself with the symphonies after a few years. IIRC the short works were more to my liking.





Suite no 3 was destroyed in the fire that consumed his house in 1970, along with about 80% of his compositional output. So we have these suites to fall back on. Recognizably from the composer’s pen, and yet each suite has a specific atmosphere: Mountain Songs, Troll Tunes, Wedding Suite, etc. He also composed fine large-scale orchestral works and some concertos. I yet have to find a Tveitt work I don’t enjoy.

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« Reply #1629 on: Today at 01:16:12 PM »
Schubert: Symphony No. 5 [Bohm]





This is a robust presentation which retains all of the lyricism of this charming work.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #1630 on: Today at 01:19:55 PM »
First two Beethoven Op. 59 string quartets played by the Budapest String Quartet (earlier mono cycle).


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« Reply #1631 on: Today at 01:23:41 PM »




Suite no 3 was destroyed in the fire that consumed his house in 1970, along with about 80% of his compositional output. So we have these suites to fall back on. Recognizably from the composer’s pen, and yet each suite has a specific atmosphere: Mountain Songs, Troll Tunes, Wedding Suite, etc. He also composed fine large-scale orchestral works and some concertos. I yet have to find a Tveitt work I don’t enjoy.

I am very interested in those two CDs André as I own and enjoy the following CD....


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