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Lilas Pastia

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #42860 on: March 16, 2009, 04:16:34 PM »
Beethoven: 9th symphony, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Klemperer. A live performance from 1956. A very impressive 1st movement, an irritating Scherzo, a flowing and very human Adagio. In the Finale conductor and orchestra are not alone and in this particular instance the vocal forces are okay, no more. Typical Klemperer balances: secondary wwind lines jump out of the textures, timpani are also forward, and trumpets are piercingly loud. There are a few annoying mannerisms that cancel out the illuminating touches. Altogether, it's impressive but not likely to be taken off the shelf before long.

Daniel Jones: the 6th symphony. Tough and ungainly, but tightly knit and imposing. Repeated hearings are in order.

Dvorak: a highly unusual performance of the 9th symphony. Joseph Keilberth conducts the Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Rome. Live, 1952 (very good sound). A few horn clams and intonation problems are not enough to mar the enjoyment of an extremely dynamic, supercharged reading. This is a strange filler to a performance of Haydn's The Creation (also under Keilberth). I listened out of duty, but came away cheering the result.

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #42861 on: March 16, 2009, 04:33:10 PM »
I am enjoying this one a lot. Much thanks to MN Dave!  :)

Good news.

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #42862 on: March 16, 2009, 04:39:50 PM »
Bryden Thomson and my home band.
The fourth is just fabulous, the entire set worth every penny.
Should listen to it more.

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #42863 on: March 16, 2009, 05:06:49 PM »
1962

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #42864 on: March 16, 2009, 05:18:54 PM »
Yes!  One of my faves (have it both on LP and CD)!
"Maybe the problem most of you have ... is that you're not listening to Barbirolli." ~Sarge

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #42865 on: March 16, 2009, 05:27:00 PM »
On vinyl.



The album is basically brand new and has a wonderful gatefold with plenty of pics to enjoy with the even more wonderful music.

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #42866 on: March 16, 2009, 05:38:54 PM »
'I lingered round them, under that benign sky: watched the moths fluttering among the heath and harebells, listened to the soft wind breathing through the grass, and wondered how any one could ever imagine unquiet slumbers for the sleepers in that quiet earth.' ~ Emily Bronte

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #42867 on: March 16, 2009, 05:42:23 PM »
Kempff - LvB sonatas ('50s)

#12, 13, 14 and 15

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #42868 on: March 16, 2009, 05:54:41 PM »
Intro to American slang:  "Whatever floats your boat" = whatever you like; if something rocks your boat, that means it causes you trouble.

Now playing (and deserving my full attention, save for frequent sips of ice cold A&W Root Beer):




Darn it! I knew that I would get it wrong ;D

Ok...'floats my boat' then :)

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Dr. Dread

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #42870 on: March 16, 2009, 06:41:14 PM »
LvB
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Cleveland
Szell

Kullervo

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #42871 on: March 16, 2009, 06:51:47 PM »
Lately:






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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #42872 on: March 16, 2009, 07:20:35 PM »
Beethoven: 9th symphony, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Klemperer. A live performance from 1956. A very impressive 1st movement, an irritating Scherzo, a flowing and very human Adagio. In the Finale conductor and orchestra are not alone and in this particular instance the vocal forces are okay, no more. Typical Klemperer balances: secondary wwind lines jump out of the textures, timpani are also forward, and trumpets are piercingly loud. There are a few annoying mannerisms that cancel out the illuminating touches. Altogether, it's impressive but not likely to be taken off the shelf before long.


What a coincidence! :)

On the '57 on Testament:


I'm keeping this recording because of it's lively and lyrical character and superb singing - the best I've heard by Klemperer. But IMO Klemperer could have done better with another orchestra: I have my eye on a live '56 recording by Klemperer with the Concertgebouw Orchestra. 8)


I found it somewhat dissapointing. From our "Favourite 9th" thread :

High time to revisit it! :)

(But I forgot all about that Klemperer/RCO I mentioned... ::) Any suggestions which recording that might be?)

Butt what a pity it's not all that... :-\  What label BTW? Tahra? :)

Q

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #42873 on: March 16, 2009, 08:10:32 PM »
Um, so my listening today has been pretty awesome!!  0:)

The Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Orebro
Thomas Dausgaard

BEETHOVEN | Symphony No 8
BEETHOVEN | Symphony No 3
BEETHOVEN | Symphony No 4
BEETHOVEN | Symphony No 7
BEETHOVEN | Symphony No 1
BEETHOVEN | Symphony No 2
BEETHOVEN | Symphony No 5
BEETHOVEN | Symphony No 6
In that order. I don't have time for the Ninth, but they haven't recorded it anyways. The performances of Nos. 4 and 6 were a little disappointing, but perhaps only because the level at which the other six were played was so astonishingly great.

EDIT: And for an encore, the same forces at work in the "Egmont" overture. Far and away the best performance of that little piece I have ever, ever heard; the final coda nearly lifted me out of my chair.
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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #42874 on: March 16, 2009, 11:03:03 PM »
Yes, we have no bananas

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #42875 on: March 16, 2009, 11:23:23 PM »
Florent Schmitt: Tragedie of Salome

I have had this on LP but have never listened to it. Now I got the CD and I like this work and the other pieces as well. I need to explore this composer some more!
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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #42876 on: March 17, 2009, 12:12:57 AM »
Bryden Thomson and my home band.
The fourth is just fabulous, the entire set worth every penny.
Should listen to it more.

Hmmmm, yes excellent set, raw uncensored playing, with a strong bite. ;D

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #42877 on: March 17, 2009, 12:25:05 AM »
Thank you Harry.  Martinu's sound is a real joy.

Meanwhile...this....
Oh!  God!  This is BOILING!

Harry

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #42878 on: March 17, 2009, 12:30:29 AM »
Thank you Harry.  Martinu's sound is a real joy.

Meanwhile...this....
Oh!  God!  This is BOILING!

May I suggest more and far hotter boiling, by advising Georg Solti's account on Decca?  ;D

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #42879 on: March 17, 2009, 12:51:18 AM »
May I suggest more and far hotter boiling, by advising Georg Solti's account on Decca?  ;D

Good God, I thought this one would be definitive it's so magnificent...but Solti?  I'm going to find the bugger now...won't take long, I expect Amazon will have it.