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Henk

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #37560 on: December 29, 2008, 03:25:59 PM »


Couleurs de la cite celeste.

George

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #37561 on: December 29, 2008, 03:26:54 PM »

Welcome back, George! How is the sound quality of that set? I look forward to seeing more comments about it :).

Thanks, nice to see you!

I have just begun (will report back once I have heard more), but Ward Marston is one of the best in the business!

You can read more here: http://www.classical.net/music/recs/reviews/r/rca61265a.php

I know for a fact that it's much better than the later version on RCA and it appears Naxos isn't going to be getting around to this stuff. MOT did the concerti, but that's it.  

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #37562 on: December 29, 2008, 03:27:44 PM »
Does this box set consist of live performances from Japan (the Canyon Classics recordings)?

I am 90% certain that is the case. The performances are certainly live, and certainly quite fantastic from what I've heard so far; but I'll have to check in order to confirm where the recordings where made and/or if they are the same as the Canyon release. :)


Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 (Vänskä/Minnesota) - Like the Ninth from these same forces, which I greatly enjoy, this is light and fleet and IMHO takes much from HIP practice, even though the Minnesota Orchestra is not a period ensemble.  Vänskä is fast but not so much so that the details seem to be wiped out.  The orchestral sound is polished, vigorous and with some evocative wind solos, and the crystal-clear recording was made in Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis.

--Bruce

Have you heard their recently-released 7th, coupled with the 2nd?

A fantastic recording, one of the best (if not the best) in their cycle, in my view: propulsive and incisive as all the rest of them, but also magnetic and searching unlike any other modern recording of the symphony I've encountered.

In fact, its masterfully-applied restraint brought to mind Toscanini's 1936 New York 7th - my benchmark for the piece.



Also, welcome back, George!

Ric

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #37563 on: December 29, 2008, 03:33:53 PM »
Chailly did a great performance on The Rite of Spring in this recording. Very impressive sound.


George

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #37564 on: December 29, 2008, 03:34:27 PM »
Also, welcome back, George!

Thank you sir.  0:)

karlhenning

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #37565 on: December 29, 2008, 03:35:00 PM »
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Afternoon, Karl.  Would you like me to turn this one up?

Yes, please!

Pianist Garrick Ohlsson's performances of Bach's Goldberg Variations and Handel's Keyboard Suite HWV 427.  These are very gentle and lyrical performances with few fireworks and sparing use of the sustaining pedal.  Ohlsson omits every repeat in the Goldbergs except for Var. 30 where he plays both.

His Handel performance is a little different in that he digs more deeply into the slower movements; he's also extremely slow in these two movements, and there were times when I wanted him to get on with it.

Overall, excellent interpretations that have certainly stood the test of time for the Bulldog.

I've greatly enjoyed his performances of both Chopin & Wuorinen, Don.

Renfield

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #37566 on: December 29, 2008, 03:49:38 PM »


I really could not resist giving the 7th a spin after I mentioned it, above. Such an amazing recording! 0:)

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #37567 on: December 29, 2008, 03:52:26 PM »


I really could not resist giving the 7th a spin after I mentioned it, above. Such an amazing recording! 0:)

And continued thanks to you and others making sure I put this one on my shelf as well.
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karlhenning

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #37568 on: December 29, 2008, 04:08:47 PM »
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Öinen ratsastus and auringonnousu (Night Ride and Sunrise), Opus 55
LSO
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This site seems to have shuttered up; pity!

karlhenning

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #37569 on: December 29, 2008, 04:22:43 PM »
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Luonnotar, Opus 70
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Bu

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #37570 on: December 29, 2008, 04:25:02 PM »
Getting acquainted with the complete ballet score:





Very interesting.  I have the later, complete symphony set released by RCA and wonder how those 30's records of the Fifth and Seventh compare to those other recordings.  

Lilas Pastia

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« Reply #37571 on: December 29, 2008, 04:29:15 PM »
Samuel Scheidt (1587-1654): Tabulatura Nova. Kevin Komisaruk, Organ. I believe TN is a compilation of some scope, but the notes here fail to let us know which portion of Scheidt's Magnum Opus have been selected. Be that as it may, this is quite splendid music. Scheidt 'invented' the varied choral (i.e. instrumental variations on a sung choral). This compilation comprises 5 such pieces, as well as a toccata, an alamande and a fantasia. Everything is quite substantial, with 8 works clocking in at some 77 minutes. Quite a find for me, as apart from some Telemann and vocal/choral Schütz, Bach's predecessors are a big blind spot in my musical culture.

I've selected this quote from SCHERZO MAGAZINE (Spain, January 2007) to serve as an echo of my own impression on the disc: "Komisaruk’s performance is characterized by clarity in articulation, which gives the listener an immediate and complete perception of the music that goes beyond the printed page. His ability and extreme facility with registration should also be mentioned."  When it comes to instrumental music, the performer has nowhere to hide. In this particular instance it was clear to me from the start that this was both illuminating and stimulating. Not a minute of my listening time passed with less than complete concentration. Scheidt's music is not of the 'learned' type, nor does it attempt to dazzle à la Buxtehude. The artistic and practical elements seem to be in perfect balance, much like Bach's two and three-part Inventions.
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karlhenning

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #37572 on: December 29, 2008, 04:34:19 PM »
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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #37573 on: December 29, 2008, 04:36:01 PM »
IMO, both the Schostakovich and Schnittke are wonderful pieces -- I had not heard them before this recording.  The performance and sound are very fine as well.

karlhenning

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« Reply #37574 on: December 29, 2008, 04:36:31 PM »
Samuel Scheidt (1587-1654): Tabulatura Nova. Kevin Komisaruk, Organ. I believe TN is a compilation of some scope, but the notes here fail to let us know which portion of Scheidt's Magnum Opus have been selected. Be that as it may, this is quite splendid music. Scheidt 'invented' the varied choral (i.e. instrumental variations on a sung choral). This compilation comprises 5 such pieces, as well as a toccata, an alamande and a fantasia. Everything is quite substantial, with 8 works clocking in at some 77 minutes. Quite a find for me, as apart from some Telemann and vocal/choral Schütz, Bach's predecessors are a big blind spot in my musical culture.

I've selected this quote from SCHERZO MAGAZINE (Spain, January 2007) to serve as an echo of my own impression on the disc: "Komisaruk’s performance is characterized by clarity in articulation, which gives the listener an immediate and complete perception of the music that goes beyond the printed page. His ability and extreme facility with registration should also be mentioned."  When it comes to instrumental music, the performer has nowhere to hide. In this particular instance it was clear to me from the start that this was both illuminating and stimulating. Not a minute of my listening time passed with less than complete concentration. Scheidt's music is not of the 'learned' type, nor does it attempt to dazzle à la Buxtehude. The artistic and practical elements seem to be in perfect balance, much like Bach's two and three-part Inventions.

Delighted that this has turned out so well, André!

karlhenning

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #37575 on: December 29, 2008, 04:40:27 PM »
Chailly did a great performance on The Rite of Spring in this recording. Very impressive sound.

This looks like a very nice reissue.  (Not a temptation for me . . . I have so many excellent turns of Le sacre & Petrushka already, and excellent accounts of Apollo & Jeu de cartes, and I tend to prefer my L'oiseau de feu complete . . . .)

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #37576 on: December 29, 2008, 07:18:33 PM »
Valse Triste from this, to see if the album is any good:


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« Reply #37577 on: December 29, 2008, 08:28:10 PM »
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Le pas d'acier, Opus 41
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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #37578 on: December 29, 2008, 09:14:31 PM »
Ruggles

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #37579 on: December 30, 2008, 12:02:23 AM »


Good morning! :)

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