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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #11600 on: October 12, 2007, 11:14:15 PM »
LULLY:    Atys, opera   / Les Arts Florissants, Christie  (Harmonia Mundi)

This is perhaps Lully's best opera. The Prologue is splendid with the colors of the instruments, the rhythm. The first two acts, however, are heavy with the kind of rhetoric declamation that Lully introduced in French vocal music.

But the opera has extraordinary moments: the scene of the Sleep, in the 3rd act, is a model followeed by many compsers (Rameau, Purcell), and the great tragedy of the 5th act, with Atys murdering Sangaride and then killing himself. In this scenes Lully is at the level of Monteverdi.

The interpreters are just acceptable, except the very touching Agnes Mellon in Sangaride and Bernard Deletré, irresistible comedian in the role of the God of the River.

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #11601 on: October 12, 2007, 11:23:25 PM »
LULLY:    Atys, opera   / Les Arts Florissants, Christie  (Harmonia Mundi)

This is perhaps Lully's best opera. The Prologue is splendid with the colors of the instruments, the rhythm. The first two acts, however, are heavy with the kind of rhetoric declamation that Lully introduced in French vocal music.

But the opera has extraordinary moments: the scene of the Sleep, in the 3rd act, is a model followeed by many compsers (Rameau, Purcell), and the great tragedy of the 5th act, with Atys murdering Sangaride and then killing himself. In this scenes Lully is at the level of Monteverdi.

The interpreters are just acceptable, except the very touching Agnes Mellon in Sangaride and Bernard Deletré, irresistible comedian in the role of the God of the River.

Thanks for that Val! :)
I believe this is still the only recording available, but considering the rising interest in baroque opera it surely won't be long before we get alternatives.

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Re: What are you listening to?
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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #11603 on: October 13, 2007, 01:01:39 AM »


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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #11604 on: October 13, 2007, 02:25:42 AM »


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oooOOOOooo.

J. Haydn op.64 Quatuor Mosaiques

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #11605 on: October 13, 2007, 03:07:10 AM »

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #11606 on: October 13, 2007, 03:27:34 AM »
Gliere - Overture to "Gyul'sara (Sinaisky/Chandos)
Myaskovsky - Symphony #21 (Nikolayev/Audiophile Classics)
Markevitch - Sinfonietta in F (Lyndon-Gee/Marco Polo)
Shostakovich - Suite from "Katerina Ismailova" (Jarvi/Chandos)

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #11607 on: October 13, 2007, 04:21:38 AM »
Last night: Borodin - Piano Quintet (New Budapest Quartet/Ilona Prunyi, piano)

Elgar - Violin Concerto (Groves/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic/Hugh Bean, violin)

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Re: What are you listening to?
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longears

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #11609 on: October 13, 2007, 04:33:36 AM »

A favorite. 

Harry

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #11610 on: October 13, 2007, 04:42:59 AM »

A favorite. 

The beautiful woman, or the music, or maybe even both........ :)

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #11611 on: October 13, 2007, 06:17:01 AM »
Rossini: Complete Works for Piano, vol. 1 - Paolo Giacometti

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #11612 on: October 13, 2007, 06:53:51 AM »


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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #11613 on: October 13, 2007, 06:57:38 AM »


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That looks like a very old E flat my friend!, if you ask me. ;D

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #11614 on: October 13, 2007, 06:58:11 AM »


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That looks like a beauty.  How's the transfer Q?
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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #11615 on: October 13, 2007, 06:59:50 AM »
The beautiful woman, or the music, or maybe even both........ :)

She's a wonderful violinist (and a beautiful woman), the music is smashing, and the recorded performance is first-rate!

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #11616 on: October 13, 2007, 07:00:44 AM »
Discs 1 and 2

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #11617 on: October 13, 2007, 07:13:00 AM »
That looks like a very old E flat my friend!, if you ask me. ;D

All recordings by Columbia made in 1941 (Dvorak) and 1942 (Mozart, Schumann). ;D
Recorded just before the American Federation of Musicians succeeded in getting a recording ban imposed (Note that all members of the Quartet fled Hitler's Germany and that violist Karl Doktor was Jewish... :-\)

That looks like a beauty.  How's the transfer Q?

Splendid. :)

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #11618 on: October 13, 2007, 07:23:17 AM »



did you find this from a marketplace seller? definitely a keeper, though IMO the 5th sonata in Prague is more intense and his smaller pieces don't come close to Sofronitsky or Zhukov

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #11619 on: October 13, 2007, 09:19:51 AM »
The beautiful woman, or the music, or maybe even both........ :)

So, is testosterone necessary to understand this music? I ask only for information . . . .