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One of the most interesting and rewarding SQ sets I know. Hope you like it !
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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening to now?
« Last post by André on Today at 06:23:12 AM »
A very fine recording indeed and my favorite Mahler symphony.Janet Baker is awesome and the orchestra with the formidable acoustics of the concert hall fulfills all my desires.
Needless to say that Haitink is one of my favorite Mahler conductors. :)

+1 to all of the above statements   :)
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Great Recordings and Reviews / Re: New Releases
« Last post by Mandryka on Today at 06:20:04 AM »
I do not recall commenting on these particular recordings - and I am not familiar with (all of) them...  8)

If you search the forum for "Oxbridge" you'll find that it is actually Mandryka used that term for a certain style of performing Early Music, and that you've had in fact discussions with him in the past on that topic.

Anyway, that doesn't take away from the fact that for Early Franco-Flemish repertoire, I am inclined to look for a different style than the Hilliard's.

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Oxbridge for the vowel sounds, especially prominent in some people who sing for Mary Berry, maybe only Brits notice it. What is it exactly that you and others find a bit offputting about the Hilliard approach?

I have a slight quibble with Hilliard, by the way. I don't like the way that the countertenor is, at least in some recordings, so forward and prominent. And sometimes I feel that Rogers Covey-Crump's style could do with a bit more colour, tension and relief.
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I seem to have acquired the Chandos 2 cd set of Daniel Jones' String Quartets for around £19! I just hope it will be in the "Very good" condition described. That seller hasn't let me down yet. I've been hoping to acquire this set for a long,long time;but it's always horribly expensive!

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The Jazz Lounge / Re: The Monkastery
« Last post by San Antone on Today at 06:17:14 AM »
I saw the Monk quartet performing live in Croydon, just south of London, when I was about 14.  Very special!

Lucky you!   8)
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Great Recordings and Reviews / Re: New Releases
« Last post by San Antone on Today at 06:15:42 AM »
Critized is a too strong Word, I'd rather say I prefer other ways of presenting the Music.

I do not recall commenting on these particular recordings - and I am not familiar with (all of) them...  8)

If you search the forum for "Oxbridge" you'll find that it is actually Mandryka used that term for a certain style of performing Early Music, and that you've had in fact discussions with him in the past on that topic.

Anyway, that doesn't take away from the fact that for Early Franco-Flemish repertoire, I am inclined to look for a different style than the Hilliard's.

Q

Fair enough.   :)

The recordings in this box are really very fine indeed. The recording of the Josquin Desprez CD is one of my all time favorites.The Ockeghem requiem is also a beauty. :)


Another precinct reporting ...   8)

 :D
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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening to now?
« Last post by Traverso on Today at 06:14:53 AM »
Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde [Haitink]





I think that this is a powerful, high voltage performance packed with drama and intensity in the first movement. Baker is simply wonderful in the intense and somewhat sensuous second movement. The third movement is another strong performance and the fourth movement is yet another intense yet lyrical performance. The fifth movement certainly has the requisite sense of invorgourization and dream like intoxication. Once again the Abschied is a powerful and intense performance with a radiant interpretation from Baker. The orchestral accompaniment throughout is impeccable.

A very fine recording indeed and my favorite Mahler symphony.Janet Baker is awesome and the orchestra with the formidable acoustics of the concert hall fulfills all my desires.
Needless to say that Haitink is one of my favorite Mahler conductors. :)
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Composer Discussion / Re: Roy Harris (1898-1979)
« Last post by cilgwyn on Today at 06:08:56 AM »
I replied about the Keith Clark recording on the 'What are you listening to thread'. I like the above Koch CD more than many (it was generally poorly reviewed). Above all I like the combination of two of my very favourite American symphonies. The Schuman No.6 (described somewhere as a 'Requiem for the 20th Symphony') may not be as immediately approachable as Symphony 3 but it is in my view just as great. In this case Gerald Schwarz's Naxos recording of the 6th Symphony is much more recommendable than Alsop's disappointing Harris series. I also enjoyed the Harris 7th Symphony - a more reflective view than Ormandy. As with Neeme Jarvi's Chandos CD of Harris and Copland's Third symphonies I enjoyed this one more than the critics did.
I'm going to have to disagree with you here......just a bit!! ;D There are some good reviews of this cd on the internet! Classics Today (see below) and some customer reviews on Amazon,are very positive! I do quite like the Keelan's performance of the Harris,for the reasons I described in my earlier post. The sound quality is an added bonus. It seems richer,and more spacious,than the Kuchar recording. If there were more recordings of this symphony available,I'm sure there would be a better one. Still,I was pleasantly surprised! It's not brilliant,but it does have some things about which I do like! The Ormandy is in mono. I wish it had been in stereo. Increasing the bass,via the remote, helps improve the sound quality;and yes,it is easily the finest performance. I have listened to the Kuchar recording,multiple times now,over a period of time,and I think it's a pretty good account. Not a great,as per Ormandy, but pretty good. The fact that it is in stereo and DDD sound quality is an added bonus. On that basis,I wish he could have recorded the other Harris symphonies instead of Alsop! On the other hand,while Keelan's recording of Schumann's Sixth,may be satisfactory,but there are,obviously,superior alternatives to choose from. Putting them both on one cd was a great idea,though!
I wish to goodness Bernstein could have recorded Harris' Sixth or Seventh! Having this Keelan recording of the Seventh was useful in another way,though. It has enhanced my perception of this symphony. And that's not a bad thing!! :)

https://www.classicstoday.com/review/review-7090/
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The Diner / Re: Non-Classical Music Listening Thread!
« Last post by aligreto on Today at 06:00:32 AM »
Cohen: The Future


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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening to now?
« Last post by aligreto on Today at 05:56:54 AM »
Oh no! Not the opera thread!! ??? :o :o :o :o :o :o



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