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The 6th:

Earlier today. I love the approach here of having the soloists as the choir, utilizing a one-per-part. Such an amazing album...

Listening to the Brandenburgs as I type...

My favourite is the Jordi Savall but this Masaaki Suzuki version is a wonderful listen.

The Savall is more muscular with an exceptional darker tone and instrumental timbre. The dynamics are staggering with well seasoned fiery players who play from the heart. There is a force in the music that propels the concertos with such intensity. The 6th concerto is the real cherry on the cake - holy moly what a roller coaster. Astounding!

The Suzuki is exceptionally well recorded - BIS is renowned for their engineering. The Bach Collegium Japan have a brighter tone as they tend to favour A=460Hz as exemplified by their Bach cantata collection I love. The playing is exact, precise and at times too perfect. Suzuki manages to impart an emotionally engaging and sublime presentation of these works. The staging, imaging and resolution from my speakers is fantastic.

I may have found my ying and yang.

Savall and Suzuki, the dark and bright, the black and white

... so complementary, to die for versions of these unique concertos...



The Funeral Cantata is preceded by the Mortuary Music (symphonie funèbre in the autograph score). On other discs it’s vice versa. Be that as it may, this is incredibly intense and poignant, a lament on a grand scale indeed.

Hi André - own about a dozen or so CDs of the Swedish Mozart's music, but just one of his vocal works (inserted above), so your post piqued my interest - there is plenty of Kraus on Spotify but that specific CD is not there - also not sure that I have anything on that label, assume  out of Sweden?  Dave :)

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 vastly prefer Osborne’s pianism to Hough’s. I own Osborne’s solo piano set of Ravel and found it absolutely engaging from start to finish.
General Classical Music Discussion / Re: Purchases Today
« Last post by Mirror Image on Today at 03:19:28 PM »
I hope you enjoy the Milhaud more than I did, Jeffrey. I like that Malipiero set a lot.
General Classical Music Discussion / Re: Purchases Today
« Last post by Jeffrey Smith on Today at 03:16:52 PM »
And here is my jpc order with GioCar's help for some of it.

I must admit that JPC's prices were below Amazon MP even before the VAT deduction and the coupon.
The 4th:

Such an extraordinary symphony! The performance by Boult/New Philharmonia is scorching.
Composer Discussion / Re: Bruckner's Abbey
« Last post by Cato on Today at 03:03:46 PM »
My German is pretty weak, but if it was based on a theme or other materials provided by Bruckner, wouldn't another preposition or even a phrase be used instead of "von"?...aus or nach, I think.

To me von implies the whole thing was obtained from Bruckner.  But  it does not imply necessarily that Bruckner was the composer.   Bruckner might have given him the entire score...of a piece written by someone else--but that would be covered by von.

"Nach" is usually used to indicate that a work is "in the manner of" some other composer or artist.  My German isn't perfect either, though, so I couldn't tell you specifically what "von" would indicate here either.

Right!  "Nach" would imply "after Bruckner" i.e. in the style of.  If the manuscript were from Bruckner's library, then "aus" would be correct (e.g. Das Buch ist aus der Stadtbuecherei, i.e. "The book is from the public library."

Unfortunately, "von" can mean both "by" and "from" e.g. "Das ist ein Geschenk von meiner Freundin"  (That is a gift from my girl friend.)

"Ein Werk von Bruckner aus den Archiven..."  (A work by Bruckner from the archives...)
Interesting comments. I do not know the music of Sæverud but it sounds very appealing to me. Definitely one I need to to investigate.

He’s a fascinating composer, aligreto. Before jumping into his symphonies, I recommended checking out his Peer Gynt Suites Nos. 1 & 2. As fine as Grieg’s adaptation is, I have to say that Sæverud captures the unhinged, savage quality much more effectively than Grieg.
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