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Offline The new erato

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #102700 on: February 25, 2012, 12:41:26 AM »
This is good, and in some cases very good, music, well performed and recorded.



The 1889 Air sounds for the life of me like a mature Mahler Adagietto before Mahler himself dappled in the form, superbly written for strings, com posed by a Bostonian!

The disc with his Piano Quarte, also on Naxos (formerly on Marco Polo) is even finer. Arthur Foote is a composer I would like to hear more from.
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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #102701 on: February 25, 2012, 12:58:26 AM »
John Foulds is an interesting and confusing composer. What little I've heard sprawls in all directions. The Quartetto Intimo, op 89, is very interesting in a post impressionistic kind of way, but not easy to come to terms with. Here I am, trying again!


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« Reply #102702 on: February 25, 2012, 01:09:45 AM »
Well this doesn't need introduction, for Weiss is a composer on par with Bach, and Robert Barto is a well respected musician, who made a huge success of this series. This is the latest instalment, and very good it is!


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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #102703 on: February 25, 2012, 01:10:46 AM »
This is good, and in some cases very good, music, well performed and recorded.



The 1889 Air sounds for thel ife of me like a mature Mahler Adagietto befor Mahler himself dappled in the form, superbly written for strings, com posed by a Bostonian!

The disc with his Piano Quarte, also on Naxos (formerly on Marco Polo) is even finer. Arthur Foote is a composer I would like to hear more from.

He is well respected by me too, I try to collect all I can get from him.

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #102704 on: February 25, 2012, 01:37:59 AM »
You probably meant Mace as the label, but anyone who was buying then probably has several Turnabout lps.
Like Naxos today, these labels* with their low prices were the way to get widely acquainted with music that had only been read about but never heard.
*must include Nonesuch and the Seraphim re-releases of the EMI catalogue - got lots!
Yes indeed, it's from the long gone and to me completely unknown Mace label, whomever they were. But it looks very Turnabout, doesn't it? And indeed I have quite a few Turnabout LPs in my LP shelves.

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #102705 on: February 25, 2012, 01:40:53 AM »
That I usually prefer the work played with a bit more bite.

Which recordings, in your opinion, contain more bite? Thanks. (You know searching for one member's posts (yours) in a single thread (AoF thread) is no easy task in GMG. :))
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Navneeth

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #102706 on: February 25, 2012, 01:46:13 AM »
I just reread the Top Violin Concerto thread which reminded me of the long, uh... "disagreement" (over time and many threads) Bunny and I had about Mutter's Mozart. It's a beautiful Saturday morning--warm and sunny: perfect for a bit of Mozart. The A major K.219, Mutter playing and conducting the London Philharmonic:




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the phone rings and somebody says,
"hey, they made a movie about
Mahler, you ought to go see it.
he was as f*cked-up as you are."
                               --Charles Bukowski, "Mahler"

Willoughby earl of Itacarius

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #102707 on: February 25, 2012, 01:53:46 AM »
This is a recording which should be in every ones collection, for it is worthwhile in many respects. A unknown composer, he was a Franciscan monk, with a extraordinary talent for the Cello, but also for the Organ, and besides that he composed a lot of choral works for Church. The suites on this disc are of a ethereal beauty, which so much small scale intensity in the notes, that it touches my heart many a time. He is not lost in fancy writing, but composes carefully in loving strides. It breaths a restful atmosphere and alights the room with a warmth that caresses your heart. Carefully researched and performed, by musicians that clearly loved the project. Played on authentic instruments or good copies of them, respecting the performance practice of those days, this also unknown ensemble gives us a excellent impression of the music, and its time. Perfect recording too, and the price is consumer friendly, so I say go for it, it might give you a lot of pleasure, as it did me!

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #102708 on: February 25, 2012, 02:15:36 AM »
BEETHOVEN:     Piano Sonata n. 26 opus 81A              / Wilhelm Backhaus

This sonata has a large number of excellent versions.
My favorites are those of Backhaus, powerful and with the usual cohesion, Friedrich Gulda, more dynamic, and Rudolf Serkin, live in New York, not as perfect as the other two but more aggressive and dramatic.

Other remarkable versions: Alfred Brendel, Bruno Leonardo Gelber (sublime 2nd movement), Nelson Freire, Emil Gilels.

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #102709 on: February 25, 2012, 02:16:56 AM »
Is the Luccari on period instruments, Harry? :)

As for myself, yes why not follow up with the newly acquired disc with the pretty cover, showcasing that rare but beautiful instrument - the viola d'amore! :) The ideal disc for our Sonic Dave, I would think... :)



BIBER: Partia VII for 2 violas d'amore & b.c.
HUBERTY: Aria for soprano & viola d'amore "Un ruisselet bien clair"; Duetto for 2 violas d'amore
J. C. GANSPECK: Aria for soprano, 2 violas d'amore & b.c. ; Maria schönste Bluemen zirt"
ARIOSTI: Cantata for solo voice, viola d'amore & b.c. "Pur al fin gentil Viola"
W. GANSPECKH: Partita for 2 violas d'amore & b.c.

EDIT: the contributions of the to me new soprano Monika Mauch are wonderful! :)

PS No matter how beautiful those cardboard Winter & Winter cases look, the slot that keeps the CD can actually scratch it! :o What I do is slide the disc carefully out and keep it in a paper sleeve folded into the case.

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À chacun son goût.

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #102710 on: February 25, 2012, 02:27:31 AM »
Prokofiev Violin Concerto #2 G minor, Previn conducting Mullova and the Royal Philharmonic




Sarge
the phone rings and somebody says,
"hey, they made a movie about
Mahler, you ought to go see it.
he was as f*cked-up as you are."
                               --Charles Bukowski, "Mahler"

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #102711 on: February 25, 2012, 02:33:09 AM »
Rosenberg Violin concerto nr2
Interesting..


Willoughby earl of Itacarius

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #102712 on: February 25, 2012, 02:45:05 AM »
Is the Luccari on period instruments, Harry? :)

As for myself, yes why not follow up with the newly acquired disc with the pretty cover, showcasing that rare but beautiful instrument - the viola d'amore! :) The ideal disc for our Sonic Dave, I would think... :)



BIBER: Partia VII for 2 violas d'amore & b.c.
HUBERTY: Aria for soprano & viola d'amore "Un ruisselet bien clair"; Duetto for 2 violas d'amore
J. C. GANSPECK: Aria for soprano, 2 violas d'amore & b.c. ; Maria schönste Bluemen zirt"
ARIOSTI: Cantata for solo voice, viola d'amore & b.c. "Pur al fin gentil Viola"
W. GANSPECKH: Partita for 2 violas d'amore & b.c.

EDIT: the contributions of the to me new soprano Monika Mauch are wonderful! :)

PS No matter how beautiful those cardboard Winter & Winter cases look, the slot that keeps the CD can actually scratch it! :o What I do is slide the disc carefully out and keep it in a paper sleeve folded into the case.

Q

Zuccari is on period instruments Que!

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #102713 on: February 25, 2012, 03:18:28 AM »
Havergal Brian Symphony #18 (1961), Friend conducting the BBC Scottish SO




Sarge
the phone rings and somebody says,
"hey, they made a movie about
Mahler, you ought to go see it.
he was as f*cked-up as you are."
                               --Charles Bukowski, "Mahler"

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #102714 on: February 25, 2012, 04:18:11 AM »
Weber Overtures: Abu Hassan, and Der Beherrsher der Geister, Horst Stein conducting the Vienna Phil




Sarge
the phone rings and somebody says,
"hey, they made a movie about
Mahler, you ought to go see it.
he was as f*cked-up as you are."
                               --Charles Bukowski, "Mahler"

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #102715 on: February 25, 2012, 05:18:20 AM »
This is a recording which should be in every ones collection, for it is worthwhile in many respects. A unknown composer, he was a Franciscan monk, with a extraordinary talent for the Cello, but also for the Organ, and besides that he composed a lot of choral works for Church. The suites on this disc are of a ethereal beauty, which so much small scale intensity in the notes, that it touches my heart many a time. He is not lost in fancy writing, but composes carefully in loving strides. It breaths a restful atmosphere and alights the room with a warmth that caresses your heart. Carefully researched and performed, by musicians that clearly loved the project. Played on authentic instruments or good copies of them, respecting the performance practice of those days, this also unknown ensemble gives us a excellent impression of the music, and its time. Perfect recording too, and the price is consumer friendly, so I say go for it, it might give you a lot of pleasure, as it did me!



What time period, Harry?

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #102716 on: February 25, 2012, 05:28:47 AM »
I know I'm not inventing the wheel, but I need to say it: what a freaking-mighty-fine-gipsy-fiddler was Jascha Heifetz!



The sensitive poet (Heifetz) "against" the well lubricated war machine (Munch/BSO), particularly in Beethoven; well, not properly "against", but really in perfect dialogue with. Good sound quality in the remastered version included here:



CD 06:
Beethoven - Concerto in D, Op. 61 (Rec. in 1955)
Mendelsohnn - Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 (Rec. in 1959)

Jascha Heifetz, violin
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Charles Munch, conductor

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #102717 on: February 25, 2012, 06:25:04 AM »
Another RCA Living Stereo release:





CD 26:
César Franck - Symphony in D Minor [Rec. in 1961]
Igor Stravinsky - Pétrouchka [Rec. in 1959]

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Pierre Monteux, conductor

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #102718 on: February 25, 2012, 06:25:12 AM »
Havergal Brian Violin Concerto, Friend conducting the BBC Scottish SO




Sarge
the phone rings and somebody says,
"hey, they made a movie about
Mahler, you ought to go see it.
he was as f*cked-up as you are."
                               --Charles Bukowski, "Mahler"

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #102719 on: February 25, 2012, 07:00:51 AM »
What time period, Harry?

1694-1788.

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