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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #132540 on: March 21, 2019, 01:00:03 PM »
Curious about your reaction.

I'm torn between your reaction ("neo-classical") and Vandermolen's ("powerful and brooding"), though leaning towards Jeffrey's. In any case, I enjoyed it; an attractive piece of music (in the sense that it pulled me in) that fits my mood this evening.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #132541 on: March 21, 2019, 01:09:21 PM »
I'm torn between your reaction ("neo-classical") and Vandermolen's ("powerful and brooding"), though leaning towards Jeffrey's. In any case, I enjoyed it; an attractive piece of music (in the sense that it pulled me in) that fits my mood this evening.

Sarge

I can't say I didn't enjoy it, but I got the feeling it left a lot on the table. That bit with the french horns in the middle movement was the best part.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #132542 on: March 21, 2019, 01:15:16 PM »
For the last week or so I've been completely happy listening to Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann and Brahms.  Right now, this Schumann:



no. 2 in D minor, op. 121

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #132543 on: March 21, 2019, 01:32:08 PM »
An excellent pianist with sound to match (24/352.8 FLAC).


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Re: What are you listening to now?
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #132545 on: March 21, 2019, 02:40:19 PM »
I have this recording somewhere. It’s been quite some time since I’ve listened to any of Hahn’s music. I know our friend, Rafael (ritter), likes Hahn’s music, so it’d be nice to know what works he likes and perhaps suggestions on what would be a good work to ease into this composer’s sound-world?
Sorry I haven’t replied earlier, but I’m away for business in Germany.

Can’t elaborate now, but you’ll find some if my thoughts on Hahn (as well as those of other fellow GMGers who enjoy his music) here.

I’m particularly fond of the Piano Quartet No. 3 (there’s not any other piano quarters by Hahn Nos. 1 & 2 being string quartets). This CD is recommendable IMHO:

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #132546 on: March 21, 2019, 03:06:32 PM »
Shostakovich
Symphony #11
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #132547 on: March 21, 2019, 03:15:35 PM »
I'm torn between your reaction ("neo-classical") and Vandermolen's ("powerful and brooding"), though leaning towards Jeffrey's. In any case, I enjoyed it; an attractive piece of music (in the sense that it pulled me in) that fits my mood this evening.

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Am pleased that you enjoyed it Sarge.
I love the opening which, according to Wiren's wife, reminded her of a storm approaching.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #132548 on: March 21, 2019, 04:07:16 PM »


String Quartet no. 2 in F, op. 41 no. 2

Very warm ensemble playing and acoustic, IOW, perfect.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #132549 on: March 21, 2019, 04:29:57 PM »


A superb compilation of works (Der Geburtstag der Infantin, Valse lente, Festwalzer und Walzerintermezzo, Der Wind and Ein Tanzspiel). The strong dishes are Der Geburtstag and Ein Tanzspiel. The latter one is especially delightful: baroque dances/airs in a late-romantic fashion. Fantastic music.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #132550 on: March 21, 2019, 04:37:39 PM »
Among the CDs that landed today, I picked this for a first listen


So far, solid craftmanship in the late Romantic (post Brahms, pre Bruckner) tradition. Suites were composed (in order of the CD, which is the reverse of the listing on the cover) 1931-35, 1916-21, and 1882.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #132552 on: March 21, 2019, 05:14:11 PM »
Sorry I haven’t replied earlier, but I’m away for business in Germany.

Can’t elaborate now, but you’ll find some if my thoughts on Hahn (as well as those of other fellow GMGers who enjoy his music) here.

I’m particularly fond of the Piano Quartet No. 3 (there’s not any other piano quarters by Hahn Nos. 1 & 2 being string quartets). This CD is recommendable IMHO:



No worries, Rafael. Thanks for the feedback. 8)
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #132553 on: March 21, 2019, 05:33:02 PM »
Shostakovich
Symphony #11
Phila
Jansons


Devastating symphony, Karl. Great stuff! It seems the older I get, the more I prefer the Soviet performances of Shostakovich compared to the Western ones. My best recollection is that Kondrashin smoked this symphony. Rozhdestvensky is also very fine. Of the Westerners, Haitink is still tough to beat in The Year 1905.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #132554 on: March 21, 2019, 05:44:37 PM »
Continuing on from last night:

Prokofiev
Cinderella, Op. 87
Gennady Rozhdestvensky, conductor
USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra


“Works of art make rules; rules do not make works of art.” - Claude Debussy

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #132555 on: March 21, 2019, 05:48:20 PM »
Carl Reinecke
Various chamber bits:
Fantasy pieces for clarinet and piano op 22
Trio Clarinet, Horn Piano op 274
Sextet op 271

Hungaroton recording

Recommended to Schumann fans or Dvorak fans
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #132556 on: March 21, 2019, 06:03:13 PM »


Symphonies 1 and 6.

The first has been a firm favourite for many years. The 6th is quite the "Lone Ranger(*)" among Nielsen’s symphonies, because of its resolutely different cast, ideas and instrumentation (foretelling Vaughan Williams 8 ?), but also because it brings to mind associations with child plays.

I find the performances superb and, at any rate, entirely idiomatic.

(*) makes me think of the movie Night at the Museum.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #132557 on: March 21, 2019, 06:09:18 PM »
Last CD of this set


Highly recommended

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #132558 on: March 21, 2019, 07:17:22 PM »
Szymanowski
Twenty Mazurkas, Op. 50
Marc-André Hamelin, piano


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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #132559 on: March 21, 2019, 07:51:58 PM »
I had to stop the Szymanowski. I love his chamber, choral, orchestral music, and the opera King Roger, but his works for solo piano have been hugely disappointing for me as all the pieces I’ve heard seem like pianistic effects with no kind of narrative being told and there’s just no heart in the music, IMHO.

Fauré
String Quartet in E minor, Op. 121
Quatuor Ebène


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