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Great Recordings and Reviews / Re: Recordings That You Are Considering
« Last post by mc ukrneal on December 10, 2017, 12:07:30 PM »


I am now comparing all of Hyperion's online sound samples back-to-back. Osborne and Hough both record Images (all), Estampes, Children's Corner, and L'Isle Joyeuse. The non-overlapping tracks: Osborne has Masques and ...D'un cahier d'esquisses, while Hough has La plus que lente.

Crazy to let them record directly competing albums so close together.

Based on the samples, Hough has a habit of pausing for a fraction of a second between every single phrase of "Pagodes" which would drive me insane. In general Osborne's style seems more forward-moving and propulsive, while still of course being Debussian. I even like Osborne's sound better (Hough recording, which took place across multiple dates/venues, seems a bit muffled). Guess that decision is made!
I happened to pick up the Gramophone magazine with the review of the Osborne and they liked it very much.
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The Diner / Re: Three-Word Posts
« Last post by LKB on December 10, 2017, 12:07:28 PM »
Calamitous catastrophic cacophony
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Composer Discussion / Re: Vaughan Williams's Veranda
« Last post by vandermolen on December 10, 2017, 12:06:27 PM »
It's a hard symphony to get right. Recordings tend to fail because of 3 reasons:

1) not enough power and fury in the 1st mvt.
2) inability to achieve the right mixture of spooky post-apocalyptic mood and symphonic forward motion for the finale to work
3) inadequate sonics

I think both Handley and Boult do well on these factors, overall. I may try to pick up Abravanel and Berglund at some point.

Also, the 'big tune' at the end of the first movement if often played too emotionally in my view. Boult's objective approach works brilliantly here. The finale is often too loud or too fast (Boult, LPO and Abravanel are exceptions). Boult's LPO recording has the added bonus of the composer's appreciative speech.
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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: Purchases Today
« Last post by GioCar on December 10, 2017, 11:43:34 AM »
Pounds the table! Love that set of PCs.

I've never been too much impressed by his symphonies, but I've read very good things on his piano concertos.
I'm more familiar with his chamber music, in particular with his amazing string quartets. Have you ever heard them?
Unfortunately they are quite neglected by the record labels and seldom programmed in the concert seasons, but they really deserve much more attention...
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Composer Discussion / Re: Vaughan Williams's Veranda
« Last post by Archaic Torso of Apollo on December 10, 2017, 11:41:48 AM »
In my view there are very few entirely successful performances of Symphony 6 on CD. considering.

. The 6th is a difficult work to find a good performance of that does it justice.

It's a hard symphony to get right. Recordings tend to fail because of 3 reasons:

1) not enough power and fury in the 1st mvt.
2) inability to achieve the right mixture of spooky post-apocalyptic mood and symphonic forward motion for the finale to work
3) inadequate sonics

I think both Handley and Boult do well on these factors, overall. I may try to pick up Abravanel and Berglund at some point.
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The Diner / Re: One Word Posts
« Last post by aligreto on December 10, 2017, 11:41:09 AM »
extraterrestrial
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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening to now?
« Last post by aligreto on December 10, 2017, 11:39:47 AM »
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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening to now?
« Last post by aligreto on December 10, 2017, 11:38:36 AM »
A trio of Nordic third symphonies from the following recordings:



The Sæverud 3rd is the real ‘oddball’ work here. It’s austerity truly speaks of the Norwegian landscape unlike Grieg's fairy-tale, picturesque music.

Interesting comments. I do not know the music of Sæverud but it sounds very appealing to me. Definitely one I need to to investigate.
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Composer Discussion / Re: Vaughan Williams's Veranda
« Last post by vandermolen on December 10, 2017, 11:38:23 AM »
I agree with that but he is picking up steam in my estimation. In other words. I can appreciate him more today than before. A recent listen to his 8 quite impressed me.

Sarge

I don't think that anyone who invested in Handley's boxed set of the VW symphonies should be disappointed - they are all good performances and more consistently so than some other cycles (Slatkin and Davis for example). Many rate his No.5 as best of all and 6 and 9 are a great disc together. A Sea Symphony is very strong as well but I prefer his earlier LPO version of A London Symphony (1936) - the RLPO No.6 though is far superior to the old boxed-in LPO version although I like the 'Prelude and Fugue' fill-up better than the more recent versions.
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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening to now?
« Last post by San Antonio on December 10, 2017, 11:33:44 AM »
Fauré: Messe des Pêcheurs de Villerville [Herreweghe]....





This is poignantly sung in a very appealing acoustic.

Good one.
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