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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening to now?
« Last post by Conor71 on Today at 10:40:29 PM »
Recent listening:

Mahler: Symphony #7 In E Minor, "Lied Der Nacht" - Rattle/CBSO (Live Recording)

Agree that this is an excellent version of the work.

Mahler: Symphony #7 In E Minor, "Lied Der Nacht" - Haitink/RCOA

I commented (a few years back) that I thought the 1st Movement may have been a bit too slow but, having listed again today, it would seem to be of a similar pace to Rattle's version.
Actually, I thought this was a really nicely rendered version of the work so I'm glad I gave it another chance.

Bruckner: Symphony #7 In E, WAB 107, "Lyric" - Tintner/RSNO

For a first listen - I consider this to be one of Bruckner's best Symphonies and was kind of dreading what the Royal Scottish NO might do with it but I was pleasantly suprised and found this to be a pretty good (if not too remarkable) performance.
I seem to remember that the Bruckner #5 with RSNO in this box was very disappointing and quite poorly played but I will need a refresher listen of it soon..
No. 36 today. Lovely.


A serious, engaged and restrained  performance of some music from Codex Huelgas and elsewhere here from the women's ensemble Cum Jubilo. The music they chose is often polyphonic, in presentation at least - sometimes they sing two songs simultaneously, or break up a song to create a sort of paired down antiphony. No instruments, which may not be justifiable historically but, for better or for worse, it contributes to a feeling of purity, austerity, interiority. All that makes me want to say that they're like a women's Orlando Cosort or Gothic Voices.  And like Orlando Consort and the others their manner of creating tones is not folksy and fish-wifey, nor exotic and oriental. Neither is it like a 19th century lieder singer. As with Anonymous 4 I find the similarity of the timbres of the voices very attractive, like an piece of organ music played with full organ. But the comparison with Anonymous 4 doesn't really carry into other areas: they're punchier, less soothing and less sweet.
I donít mean to be negative, but Martucci just isnít a good composer IMHO.

I disagree. First of all, what is a definition of a bad composer, and can we really judge from our perspective?
We have a personal opinion and that is natural, but to be able to judge a composer, one must have the technical knowledge to unravel a composition.
Martucci may not be a great melodist, but his orchestral works are well constructed, and repeated listening will bring rewards. Surface listening will leave you empty.
The Diner / Re: Non-Classical Music Listening Thread!
« Last post by α | ž ∆ Ů on Today at 09:32:12 PM »
Kate Bush - Hounds Of Love

Vivaldi's Four Seasons was played obsessively by my mother (even though she doesn't listen to classical music  ??? ) when I was in the womb (and in the first 2 years of my life) and look how I turned out  :laugh:
I know this woman is a babe, Sarah Chang:

Whoops...wrong thread. ;D

thank you. I think itís fun for people to share their experiences even if we can come to no conclusion. Except maybe it canít hurt. Well, Xenakis during birth might be traumatic.

Birth is traumatic  :-X
Composer Discussion / Re: Dmitri's Dacha
« Last post by Mirror Image on Today at 09:18:51 PM »
Of course. I sometimes use the stereo to play it at high volume  ;D Which recording do you like the most?

Iíd have a difficult time picking an absolute favorite, but Haitink, Rozhdestvensky, and Rostropovich (LPO) are certainly strong contenders for the top spot for me.
General Classical Music Discussion / Re: babies and classical music
« Last post by Mirror Image on Today at 09:17:14 PM »
I know this woman is a babe, Sarah Chang:

Whoops...wrong thread. ;D
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