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Jesús López Cobos 1940-2018
« on: March 02, 2018, 02:34:39 PM »
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Spanish conductor Jesús López Cobos, renowned for his bel canto interpretations and his 15-year tenure as music director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, has died aged 78 following a battle with cancer.

News confirmed by Cincinnati news paper and his agency on Twitter.

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« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2018, 02:37:13 PM »
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Spanish conductor Jesús López Cobos, renowned for his bel canto interpretations and his 15-year tenure as music director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, has died aged 78 following a battle with cancer.

News confirmed by Cincinnati news paper and his agency on Twitter.

I particularly liked his recording of Honegger's Pastoral d'eta.



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« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2018, 02:42:49 PM »
Sad. He was a very fine brucknerian. I also love his Respighi, Albeniz and Villa Lobos recordings.

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« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2018, 06:01:32 PM »
Very sad. I have a number of operas and other works with him at the helm and generally quite enjoy them. I always felt he was a bit under the radar, but perhaps he preferred it that way?
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« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2018, 08:16:12 PM »
I don’t really know much about López-Cobos, but I understand it that he was quite a good conductor. A shame. RIP, Maestro.
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« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2018, 10:52:30 AM »
RIP
The Honegger CD is especially good but so are his recordings of Respighi's Metamorphoseon etc and Church Windows as well as a nice Hovhaness CD, not to mention Shostakovich's 1st and 15th Symphonies.
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« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2018, 02:35:03 PM »
Excellent Dukas disc:



Very fond of this excellent example of the Telarc sound:



He was, of course, very good at Spanish music



but also Mahler



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« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2018, 02:51:00 PM »
I did find this disc amongst my collection with López-Cobos at the helm:



The best to my memory, it’s a great disc, especially noteworthy was the work Homenajes, which is seldom recorded and I remember hearing the work on GPR (Georgia Public Radio) driving home one night. I kept wondering “Who in the world is this?” When I found out it was Falla and this particular recording being played, I bought it immediately after I got home.
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« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2018, 03:12:44 PM »
http://www.rhinegold.co.uk/classical_music/jesus-lopez-cobos-25-february-1940-2-march-2018/


Spanish conductor Jesús López Cobos, renowned for his bel canto interpretations and his 15-year tenure as music director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, has died aged 78 following a battle with cancer.

News confirmed by Cincinnati news paper and his agency on Twitter.

Oy!  What a day!  I just received information about two other people (one being the wife of a former colleague, the other a high-school classmate) dying in the past two days!

I heard him once in a live broadcast from Cincinnati: marvelous conductor evoking a great sound from the orchestra.

Excellent Dukas disc:



Very fond of this excellent example of the Telarc sound:



He was, of course, very good at Spanish music



but also Mahler





Yes to all those TELARC CD's!



Amazon has a bunch of negative reviews for the Solti Bruckner Sixth...listed under this disc!!!  :o ???

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« Reply #9 on: March 04, 2018, 03:14:42 PM »
Amazon has a bunch of negative reviews for the Solti Bruckner Sixth...listed under this disc!!!  :o ???

This comes as no surprise really. I find incorrect listings on their site all the time. Seems like this is usually what happens when you have people who don’t know what they’re doing inputing the information.
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« Reply #10 on: March 04, 2018, 04:38:27 PM »
I can assure you that this Bruckner 6th is excellent (Lopez Cobos, that is, not Solti  :D) !

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« Reply #11 on: March 04, 2018, 05:11:33 PM »
I can assure you that this Bruckner 6th is excellent (Lopez Cobos, that is, not Solti  :D) !

Amen!  0:)
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« Reply #12 on: March 04, 2018, 05:12:14 PM »
I can assure you that this Bruckner 6th is excellent (Lopez Cobos, that is, not Solti  :D) !

Agreed.  I'm also fond of his recording of Mahler's Tenth in the Mazzetti orchestration.

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« Reply #13 on: March 04, 2018, 06:36:57 PM »
Listening to these Telarcs (Chruch Windows and now Bruckner 6) reminds me what a huge dynamic range they have and how difficult it is to find a comfortable volume in my living room.  I'll have to wait until all the neighbors are at work to fully enjoy them.

Looks like this may be his last recording



Sounds like very cinematic Spanish music.
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« Reply #14 on: March 05, 2018, 08:43:16 AM »
Listening to these Telarcs (Chruch Windows and now Bruckner 6) reminds me what a huge dynamic range they have and how difficult it is to find a comfortable volume in my living room.  I'll have to wait until all the neighbors are at work to fully enjoy them.

My impression (I'm thinking mostly of the Respighi) was not of large dynamic range, so much as a poorly balanced recording. The brass seem inappropriately loud and direct compared with the strings, which seem recessed. I'm not sure whether to blame Telarc (whose recording technique depends on the acoustics of the hall to a greater degree than some other labels) or Lopez Cobos. I tend to blame Telarc, since I've enjoyed Lopoz Cobos conducting other orchestras.

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Re: Jesús López Cobos 1940-2018
« Reply #15 on: March 05, 2018, 08:59:07 AM »
Looks like this may be his last recording

Sounds like very cinematic Spanish music.
There is another CD due in April of the same composer, recorded during the same week in 2016. For what it's worth, I do find Palomo quite enjoyable - he is not quite as splashy/flashy as the adjective "cinematic" suggests, but that is close, and he definitely follows the Spanish orchestral style set out by composers like Turina and Rodrigo.


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« Reply #16 on: March 05, 2018, 09:25:25 AM »
Listening to these Telarcs (Church Windows and now Bruckner 6) reminds me what a huge dynamic range they have and how difficult it is to find a comfortable volume in my living room. I'll have to wait until all the neighbors are at work to fully enjoy them.

 8)  PUMP UP THE VOLUME!!!   8)
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Re: Jesús López Cobos 1940-2018
« Reply #18 on: March 05, 2018, 01:20:56 PM »
Oy!  What a day!  I just received information about two other people (one being the wife of a former colleague, the other a high-school classmate) dying in the past two days!

I heard him once in a live broadcast from Cincinnati: marvelous conductor evoking a great sound from the orchestra.

Yes to all those TELARC CD's!



Amazon has a bunch of negative reviews for the Solti Bruckner Sixth...listed under this disc!!!  :o ???
Sorry to hear of your sad news Leo.
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« Reply #19 on: March 05, 2018, 01:40:07 PM »
Sorry to hear of your sad news Leo.

Thank you!  The Rota Fortunae has not been the best for too many people of my acquaintance recently.

However, I feel just fine!   8)

Lopez-Cobos apparently liked Respighi (but really, who doesn't?  ;)  ) quite a bit!




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