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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening to now?
« Last post by α | on Today at 02:53:51 PM »
Just been on an addictive Richard Barrett binge  8)


and his cycle Construction

But right now:  :D

Jonathan Harvey - Speakings

I finished listening to this set today with No.2--fantastic. Then, I made a most pleasant discovery: There was a 3rd LP labeled "Bonus Recording" on the sleeve--it contains Gilels' performance of Beethoven's Sonatas No.21 and 28! Both, of course, are superb. This is an International Preview Society edition--anyone remember them? Not sure if all of their releases contain bonus recordings, but I was most pleased to have this one!

Vaughan Williams (hasn't completely grown on me yet)


     I am unimpressed. It reminds me of the debt phobes in economics who boohoo constantly about how we are leaving a gazillion dollars in debt to the grandkiddies. It's maximally bogus. We leave everything to them.

     So suffering outweighs joy for some people and they kill themselves, I get it. And the knowledge that life has suffering in it isn't pleasant and may affect the balance. Oh yes, there's a balance. As much as I can't stand "meaning of life" philosophy I can't leave this one alone. Also, a philosopher that isn't funny and isn't having fun with ideas is no good.
Great Recordings and Reviews / Re: Beethoven's Piano Sonatas
« Last post by (: premont :) on Today at 01:39:20 PM »
Nah, Kovacevich is just too interesting to let go for this price.
Hit and miss, I guess, but still interesting.

Yes, interesting I agree.

The interpretation is on the aggressive side, reinforced by a very close miking. You are not left in doubt, that the piano is a percussion instrument.

Honorable mentions: Rubbra, Hanson, Vaughan Williams (hasn't completely grown on me yet)
The Diner / Re: Culinary knives
« Last post by Jay F on Today at 01:27:41 PM »
I'd get my old knives sharpened before buying all new ones. BUT, if I were to start fresh, I would look into the Japanese knives that weren't yet as popular when I bought my knives back in the early 1980s. I don't know if they're what I'd choose, ultimately, but I'd at least want to try some in hand. Here are some from
String Quartet in G major, D. 887
Belcea Quartet

General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening to now?
« Last post by aligreto on Today at 01:23:46 PM »
A Jacqueline Du Pr recital....

Schumann: Three Fantasy Pieces Op. 73
Mendelssohn: Song Without Words Op. 109
Faur: legie Op. 24

Composer Discussion / Re: Max Reger(1873-1916)
« Last post by kyjo on Today at 01:20:42 PM »
My first recommendations would be the charming Clarinet Quintet and 4th String Quartet. The Cello Suites are not to be missed either; being a fellow cellist, I hope you have heard these (fiendishly difficult!) gems. The Bengtsson CD is superb - he emphasizes Reger's strong ties to Bach nicely.

Thanks for recommendations! Ah yes, I know the cello suites (mainly the first two) and they are indeed great and fiendishly difficult! I learned the Prelude to no. 1 a while back and have tried (unsuccessfully ;D) to sightread some of the other movements.
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