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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening to now?
« Last post by kyjo on Today at 09:38:57 PM »
Martinu's Cello Sonata no. 1:

All I can say! I was completely bowled over by this powerful work! It certainly helps that it's given such a no-holds-barred performance as it is here by Isserlis and Mustonen.
Opera and Vocal / Re: What Opera Are You Listening to Now?
« Last post by jessop on Today at 09:38:01 PM »
Woke up early this morning as usual, I have some extra time :) before going to work, so, in preparation of my Sciarrino matinée of next Sunday at La Scala, I'm listening to:

Just finished Act 1, with that hauntingly beautiful scene between Macbeth and Lady M.
Now Act 2, with those quotations from Don Giovanni and Un ballo in maschera that always give me goosebumps.

Sciarrino surely is the most interesting (i'd say greatest ;)) living opera composer, imho.

Oh absolutely one of the greatest (of all time? Possibly.....) And the ACT 2 quotations are almost chilling I would say!
France has been secular for less than 250 years. It had been christian for more than 1000 years before that (since around 500 AD). One might well argue that Christianity or more probably Western European Christian culture was a ladder (a guile of Reason or of the Weltgeist) that led to modern secularism/humanism and that could and should be cast away once that supposedly more advanced stage was reached.

Too bad the French Revolution didn't stick. We would be living in utopia by now.
General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening to now?
« Last post by kyjo on Today at 09:17:16 PM »
Arnold's Guitar Concerto:

Really enjoyable stuff! The first movement features one of Arnold's most beautiful melodies as its secondary theme. The extended slow movement moves into darker territory with its mysterious, bluesy harmonies.
He looks like Joly Braga Santos with a mustache.

Ha! I thought the same thing ;D
Messiaen - Oiseaux exotiques

General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening to now?
« Last post by kyjo on Today at 08:42:38 PM »
Brahms' SQ 3:

A beautiful work in an exceptionally thoughtful, warm-hearted performance. This, folks, is how Brahms should be played! The Belcea Quartet makes the venerated Amadeus Quartet sound cold and stoic by comparison, IMO.
General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening to now?
« Last post by kyjo on Today at 08:37:31 PM »
From the last several days

Brahms: Piano Trio No. 3

Via Tidal.  Excellent big-boned reading.  I gather that this Yo-Yo fellow is some kind of pop star who dabbles in classical music.  He's not bad.

Enescu: Symphony No. 1

A very fine Straussian work by a young genius.  24/96 download from eClassical.

Ben-Haim: Concerto Grosso and Symphony No. 2

Via Tidal.  Beautiful, lyrical works, among the best of mid-20th Century neo-Classicism.

Yes, that new Brahms Piano Trios album is a winner! I'm not always a fan of Yo-Yo's chamber recordings (he often plays too softly for my taste), but I have no reservations with the recording at hand.

I'm planning to listen to the Ondine recording of Enescu's First Symphony sometime soon. I remember listening to an old Marco Polo recording of it a while back and enjoying it quite a bit. That Ben-Haim disc looks great, too.

CD 6, Les heures persanes (1919). Beautiful music, highly experimental at times. The fascinating notes detail the exact places where Koechlin engages into polytonality, chords consisting of perfect fourths and fifths, atonality, twelve note areas, note repetitions as ostinatos, pedal notes/chords, parallel ninth chords, etc.

Considering the number of opuses Koechlin wrote during his very long life, it stands to reason that this set represents only a very partial account of his piano and chamber works. But, incomplete as it is, it’s still a fascinating and indispensable compendium. I should receive the set of orchestral works soon. I can’t wait!

I have the Naxos recording of Heures Persanes....lives up to your description.
CD 2

Sonatina for Two Violins & Piano, H 198 and then off to bed:

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