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Composer Discussion / Re: Prokofiev's Paddy Wagon
« Last post by Daverz on Today at 05:03:02 PM »
Will have to compare it to the Fedoseyev when I get a chance.

I don't like how the Strobel sometimes cuts abruptly from one number to the next, but perhaps that's only a Tidal issue.  Not unknown for the Tidal rip to be messed up.

Of the Stasevich versions, I still think the Sokhiev is more exciting (and no annoying narration) and Muti is the most exciting of all (but with the annoying narration).
Trump congratulated Putin on his election victory, a man who murdered, assaulted and jailed his political opponents and members of the press. That is a vile, despicable act demonstrating Trump's contempt for democratic institutions and his unfitness for office.

In happier news, the Shithole is likely to be subpoenaed and deposed in one or more civil actions, brought by a porn star, a Playboy bunny, and one of his numerous sexual assault victims. Makes ya' proud to be a 'Murican, don't it?   
Composer Discussion / Re: Mahler Mania, Rebooted
« Last post by Crudblud on Today at 04:00:46 PM »
I like Boulez in the 7th, but my personal choice is Gielen. Right from the start, the way he phrases those tremolos really gets me going.

One of my favourites apart from that is the wonderfully bizarre Scherchen recording from 1965 with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra is not great, and the players make a lot of mistakes, but Scherchen's approach has a "just works" kind of thing going on no matter how crazy it might seem at first. The return of the first movement theme in the finale hits home in a way I've never heard in any other recording.

Scherchen's Mahler track record is quite spotty. Aside from his eccentric choices in interpretation he was often saddled with second (sometimes third, fourth, or fifth) rate orchestras, or inadequate forces, or short rehearsal times, and some of his recordings, like the infamous 5th with the RAI Milan orchestra, have huge chunks cut out of the score (the Scherzo lasts just five minutes!), but the Toronto 7th and the excellent 1958 2nd are both well worth hearing. There's also a disc with the 1st and 10th (Adagio) on Westminster (some imprint of DGG) that I like very much.
Great Recordings and Reviews / Re: Classical Guitar
« Last post by jessop on Today at 03:55:14 PM »
This was on while my son was being born last Tuesday. The doctor said, "this is good music." It's my wife's favorite.

Congratulations to you and your wife! It is wonderful music indeed and I hope your son grows up to enjoy it just as much. ;D
Great Recordings and Reviews / Re: Recordings That You Are Considering
« Last post by André on Today at 03:32:57 PM »
I’m considering the Poulenc box myself. Reviews are uniformly laudatory. 3 discs of piano music, 2 of chamber works and 1 of concertante works. Incomplete, but as much as I like this composer, I’m not going all out to have everything. This box nicely fills some gaps.
The Diner / Re: The unimportant news thread
« Last post by André on Today at 03:26:55 PM »
Welcome, Sam !

General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening to now?
« Last post by Fidgety on Today at 03:16:36 PM »
Paganini for Two
Gil Shaham & Göran Söllscher

One of my earliest all-time faves!
Great Recordings and Reviews / Re: Classical Guitar
« Last post by milk on Today at 03:07:48 PM »
I love this album!

This was on while my son was being born last Tuesday. The doctor said, "this is good music." It's my wife's favorite.
Great Recordings and Reviews / Re: Classical Guitar
« Last post by milk on Today at 03:06:19 PM »

I'm trying to get into these...after my recent allergy to romantic music BUT I'm making an exception for guitar and Carter is a genius. There's an added feature here: Carter playing on his finger tips instead of nails (which is some issue I don't really understand but seems worth noting).
That clarinet, violin, piano trio concert looks like good fun, NikF! It's a great little ensemble to compose for and very satisfying to hear in performance. I hope you enjoy!

Thanks, jessop. I get a lot from live performances, and that one is something I'm certainly looking forward to.
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