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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening to now?
« Last post by Madiel on Today at 04:35:39 AM »
Shostakovich, Four Poems of Captain Lebyadkin, op.146



Shostakovich's last songs are settings of deliberately awful poetry, taken from Dostoyekvsky's novel Demons aka The Possessed. Captain Lebyadkin is one of the characters who is inordinately fond of his own attempts at poetry.

These songs are fairly mad, or brilliant, or a bit of both. This is definitely an interesting album with a fair few satirical songs as well as some very serious ones.
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Last night saw a concert by students from the Musikhochschule. Programme was some choral music by Brahms and Gottwald spliced between movements of Mahler’s 9th Symphony. I really liked the programming idea and the performances were all wonderful, I just wish there was an intermission at some point during the two hour concert!

On Friday I’m seeing BRSO perform some Zimmermann and Adams and on Saturday I’m seeing Otello for the third time. I am hoping Kaufmann adds something of musical quality to his performance next time (or at least be able to project his voice); I’ve heard that it usually takes a few performances for him to be at his best.
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Furthermore, the GoFundMe appeal has now exceeded $6000:
https://www.gofundme.com/helping-karl-to-recover-from-stroke

We don't know how many people, like myself, have sent contributions independently of these two funds.

Excellent news!

Perhaps Karl will continue to recover at a rate faster than expected, thereby minimizing costs of therapy, etc.
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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening to now?
« Last post by "Harry" on Today at 04:07:48 AM »
Jacques Arcadelt, Madrigali, CD II. Second rerun.
Cappella Mediterranea, Leonardo Garcia Alarcon.


In the mood for these madrigali. For me they belong to the very best in this genre from that time.
As to the performances nothing but praise. Sound is good too.
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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening to now?
« Last post by Traverso on Today at 03:54:48 AM »
Schütz

I have always had a soft spot for the Schütz recordings from Dresden.
 
 CD 1
Palms of David ( selection )


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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening to now?
« Last post by Madiel on Today at 03:24:11 AM »
Finally moving on to the 2nd disc of the Hyperion Debussy songs.



The first set of Fetes Galantes gets off to a great start with En sourdine, where I can mentally shake off Faure. Rather harder in Clair de lune. But this is perhaps the first time my song collection is large enough for me to be able to compare how different composers set the same poetry. A project for later.
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The fund-raising on FaceBook for Karl's recovery is almost at $7,000 ! 

I have written about pushing the fund to $10,000 by Sunday night: if you can afford to donate something again, that would be most wonderful!  0:)

Furthermore, the GoFundMe appeal has now exceeded $6000:
https://www.gofundme.com/helping-karl-to-recover-from-stroke

We don't know how many people, like myself, have sent contributions independently of these two funds.
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Great Recordings and Reviews / Re: New Releases
« Last post by Madiel on Today at 03:04:12 AM »
Why can't these idiots just say what they are selling?

Because they're not in fact fools and are hoping to fool you.

Or to put it in a less nefarious way, they are focused on selling and on PR. Facts are not, on the whole, exciting selling points.
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Great Recordings and Reviews / Re: Recordings That You Are Considering
« Last post by Mandryka on Today at 03:01:10 AM »
I ordered the Scarlatti via aDe yesterday (for 7 something € - price just went up to 16 again ...)

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The Scarlatti is incredibly colourful and breathtakingly virtuoso, I’m hoping he plays François Couperin in a similar way, since I think the music could benefit.
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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening to now?
« Last post by "Harry" on Today at 02:58:42 AM »
Jacques Arcadelt, Motetti, Madrigali, Chansons. CD I. Second rerun.
Additional composers on this disc: Pierre Louis Dietsch, Ave Maria, after Arcadelt.
Franz Liszt, Ave Maria d' Arcadelt for Organ.

Choeur de Chambre de Namur, Leonardo Garcia Alarcon.


Still find this complete set a treasure trove full of works by Arcadelt. This renaissance master is a firm favourite of mine in that field. Would not want to be without these beautiful performances, very well recorded.
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