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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #13880 on: November 18, 2007, 01:58:25 PM »
Thanks to a recommendation by Mark a couple of pages back:



It really is quite good so far (I'm on the second movement).  :)

And how was it once you reached the end? I'm so impressed with this recording, that I'm going to download Saint-Saens' Third Symphony by the same forces on the same label. Far be it from me to side with David Hurwitz, but he went nuts for Nezet-Seguin's reading of the old 'Organ' symphony. Very soon, I may be following suit (at any rate, I have about a dozen other recordings of the work to use as reliable yardsticks ;)).


I've been 'experiencing' (there's really no better word to describe it) this:



Now, I must own about five or six recordings of this work, and I've heard at least two or three others, but none has hit me quite like this one. Not that I say this as a glowing, spellbound endorsement, mind you. My heart is still in a tug-of-love between Hough's reading on Hyperion, and Wild's on Chandos. But neither of these - nor any of the others I've heard - struck me as being so intensely or so astonishingly personal.

Helfgott did (in part) injury to his mental health getting under skin of this work, so this live performance can't have been an easy thing to attempt. He opens with flurries of notes that make it sound as though his fingers are tripping over themselves (not a good thing, I might add), but regains composure and gives a reading that seriously forced me to rethink how I hear this masterpiece. With some interpretations of a familiar work, it's sometimes easy to go on auto-pilot; not so with this one. My concentration was pushed to its limits as I sat quite astounded by what Helfgott does the notes I thought I knew. And by the end, I could only conclude that, on its own terms at least, this performance works. The sound isn't demonstration quality, the piano is a little further forward in the picture than is ideal, and the orchestral accompaniment is certainly not the finest I've heard. But Helgott's playing is compelling, rightly or wrongly. If you see this going cheap, get it.
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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #13881 on: November 18, 2007, 02:05:37 PM »
Haydn String Quartets Op. 77
Tátrai String Quartet 
Hungaroton 

Now that I have most of their set, I'd be interested in your take on these guys.

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #13882 on: November 18, 2007, 02:37:54 PM »
Yes, we have no bananas

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #13883 on: November 18, 2007, 02:43:38 PM »
Now that I have most of their set, I'd be interested in your take on these guys.

Love 'em George.  Absolutely love 'em.  I am missing 4 cds (sets) to complete their run of Haydn Quartets.
Op. 76
Op. 9
Op. 1,2,42,and 103
Seven Last Words of Christ

Each of these four cd sets are pretty pricey, but I really should finish them off.  

If you want their complete run of Haydn's Quartets you can grab them in one swoop for about $240 (that's 23 discs worth of music).
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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #13884 on: November 18, 2007, 03:03:20 PM »
Ives: Symphony #1 Litton/Dallas Symphony Orchestra

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #13885 on: November 18, 2007, 03:06:32 PM »
Ives: Symphony #1 Litton/Dallas Symphony Orchestra

Thanks for mentioning Ives. Up next: Central Park in the Dark.

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #13886 on: November 18, 2007, 03:08:20 PM »
Tonight *deep breath*:


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« Reply #13887 on: November 18, 2007, 03:09:55 PM »
Susato Dansereye 1551
Pickett/New London Consort
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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #13888 on: November 18, 2007, 03:13:05 PM »
Thanks for mentioning Ives. Up next: Central Park in the Dark.
No Problem!  I'll eventually get to that piece.  Symphony #4 is next on the disc :)

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #13889 on: November 18, 2007, 03:17:33 PM »


The recording is now released on DHM label rather than Conifer which no longer exists.
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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #13890 on: November 18, 2007, 03:22:25 PM »




So that is standard costume and not the result of unfortunate graphic design? Silly me!

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« Reply #13891 on: November 18, 2007, 03:26:45 PM »
So that is standard costume and not the result of unfortunate graphic design? Silly me!

It's an update on the original costume design used by Rameau. :) 
See Minkowski's DVD for another version.
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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #13892 on: November 18, 2007, 03:31:57 PM »
It's an update on the original costume design used by Rameau. :) 

Designed for a "Fools festival"? ::)
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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #13893 on: November 18, 2007, 03:33:21 PM »
It's an update on the original costume design used by Rameau. :) 
See Minkowski's DVD for another version.
A faboulous DVD - and the depicted costume is absolutely correct for this comic opera. This is Paul Agnew in a hilarious performance as the Frog Princess. If you know the opera this cover is funny, not ugly.

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« Reply #13894 on: November 18, 2007, 03:41:24 PM »
A faboulous DVD - and the depicted costume is absolutely correct for this comic opera. This is Paul Agnew in a hilarious performance as the Frog Princess. If you know the opera this cover is funny, not ugly.

Yes - one of those lucky instances where a postmodern staging is perfect for Baroque music.
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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #13895 on: November 18, 2007, 04:24:17 PM »


One of the most beautiful discs I own.

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #13896 on: November 18, 2007, 04:39:13 PM »



I revisited Boulez's take on the great Lulu for the first time in a long time, and I was reminded anew of how truly great both the work and the recording are.  I should probably revisit the Davis and Bohm (live) recordings again soon.
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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #13897 on: November 18, 2007, 04:42:23 PM »
Wanderer, I got it from a local shop which does special imports.
But it has been reviewed and is available in France (it received a Diapson d'Or) - saw it on Fnac and Alapage, and an Italian on-line shop (la Bottega) as well.
For members in the US: It has also been reviewed in Fanfare, so there has to be an US-source as well.

But the price of the Czechs - €11 - seems pretty attractive to me. :)

Q

Indeed... It's on the wish list all right. Thanks for the heads-up!  :)

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #13898 on: November 18, 2007, 04:55:42 PM »
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Ruggiero Ricci


You can tell something is difficult when Ruggiero Ricci has trouble with it!
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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #13899 on: November 18, 2007, 05:01:14 PM »
Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst
Six Polyphonic Studies for Solo Violin

Ruggiero Ricci


You can tell something is difficult when Ruggiero Ricci has trouble with it!
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Goodness gracious, he's just about fallen apart twice in the first of the six studies. This may be the most technically bad playing I've heard on disc in a long while.