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Re: New Releases
« Reply #11480 on: April 05, 2021, 07:14:52 PM »
I thought Ensemble Musica Nova did a pretty good job with that one as well.

I’ve never managed to enjoy it, I can’t say whether the problem is me, the music or the performances.
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« Reply #11481 on: April 06, 2021, 01:22:04 AM »
I’ve never managed to enjoy it, I can’t say whether the problem is me, the music or the performances.

Their style is rather abstract, emotionally detached.
It is done to absolute technical and aesthetic perfection and it works for me, but could imagine some feeling different about it.

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« Reply #11482 on: April 06, 2021, 01:54:48 AM »
And there are two more in that grouping - the violin concertos and Harnasie - all with the Katowice orchestra and Stryja.

I recognise that Szymanowski/Stryja series, with Naxos labels, from doing my Szymanowski exploration. It actually got quite confusing because Antoni Wit recorded almost exactly the same music, also on Naxos.

The impression I got was that the Wit recordings were held in higher regard, though the Stryja ones weren't considered bad by any means.
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« Reply #11483 on: April 06, 2021, 08:18:30 AM »
Well, this is unexpected: Naxos has revived its super-duper budget label, Amadis. For those who don't remember it, Amadis CDs were Naxos' old 1980s Eastern European and Hong Kong-based recordings, reissued on CDs with black covers for just $3-4. I don't think a single one is still in print; the only one that even got any press was a pretty solid Theodore Kuchar-conducted program of Shostakovich VC1 + Symphony 5.

Now, suddenly, here comes Amadis, Part II. Again, it's all 1980s Marco Polo recordings being reissued. Looks like the drive is primarily digital (Presto is offering each new album to download for $7), but Naxos Music Library does have "back cover inlay" PDF files to download, and those files have bar codes. Why would you need a bar code on a download? Is physical release coming for Amadis? Not sure. Guess we'll find out in a month or two.

Anyway, I don't think too many of these will be interesting to too many people, but if you missed some of this stuff on Marco Polo and have $7 sitting around, you may take a look. I'll post a small sampling of what's becoming available this month, rather than posting a thorough list.


Presumably these are download only Brian?
I have a number of them on Marco Polo, including the Donald Johanos version of Gliere's 3rd Symphony which the famous Hurwitz rated highly (it is a very good performance) and also that terrific early Bloch Symphony, along with the Ippolitov-Ivanov disc (also v. good).
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« Reply #11484 on: April 07, 2021, 11:27:04 AM »
Jeffrey - presumably download only, that is all that we've seen so far from Naxos, but the "back cover image" PDF files do contain bar codes, so there is a bit of mystery.

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Re: New Releases
« Reply #11485 on: April 07, 2021, 11:34:27 AM »
MORE MAY!



This includes both Ravel concertos, Gershwin concerto, Rhapsody in Blue, and American in Paris.



Guess Coleman's birth year is unknown?

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Re: New Releases
« Reply #11486 on: April 09, 2021, 07:56:59 PM »
I have been reviewing several new releases on the Naxos Music Library.

I did not post anything about them because the music was tonal but boring.

The following had one work that appealed to my ears: The Stephen Hartke Willow Run, which was for saxophone and nine players.


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« Reply #11487 on: April 09, 2021, 09:26:04 PM »
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Another Burleske, Pascal Rogé's new take on Ravel's concerti and Helmchen in Weber's Konzertstück? Call me interested.

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Re: New Releases
« Reply #11488 on: April 10, 2021, 06:57:14 PM »


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« Reply #11489 on: April 11, 2021, 06:29:01 PM »
Normally I try to avoid making negative remarks, but I have recently had some bad luck listening to new recordings on the Naxon Music Library.

Sometimes I had the a problem with a bad performance.

Most of the time to my ears the music was boring.  Most of the time it was tonal boring.

I just completed listening, to my ears, avant-garde boring.

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Re: New Releases
« Reply #11491 on: April 12, 2021, 02:29:22 AM »
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Re: New Releases
« Reply #11492 on: April 12, 2021, 11:03:19 PM »


Sony seems to be on a roll mining their mono era.  But will we get a Rodzinski in Cleveland box?

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Re: New Releases
« Reply #11493 on: April 12, 2021, 11:43:17 PM »
MORE MAY!



This includes both Ravel concertos, Gershwin concerto, Rhapsody in Blue, and American in Paris.



Guess Coleman's birth year is unknown?


I like the look of One Movement Kansas City SO Symphonies CD.
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Re: New Releases
« Reply #11494 on: April 13, 2021, 12:12:01 AM »


Sony seems to be on a roll mining their mono era.  But will we get a Rodzinski in Cleveland box?

What are Rodzinski highlights in terms of specific recordings?  :)

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Re: New Releases
« Reply #11495 on: April 13, 2021, 03:58:15 PM »
I’m not sure if this box set has been mentioned yet, but it certainly went unnoticed by me until I decided to place an order with JPC today:



Some general information here:

https://www.deutschegrammophon.com/en/catalogue/products/the-unknown-richard-strauss-12279

From JPC’s website:

This 15-CD edition of rarely recorded works by Richard Strauss brings selected rarities to light and makes an indispensable contribution to our understanding of the great late Romantic and tone poet Strauss. Originally released by the Koch label, these award-winning recordings are finally available again after a long time.

The works are conducted by the passionate Strauss connoisseur Karl Anton Rickenbacher, played by dedicated Strauss orchestras such as the Wilden Gung'l from Munich, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. In addition to true rarities such as the Strauss choral works (with the Rundfunkchor Berlin), the solo piano music (with Stefan Vladar) and the piano concertos for the left hand (soloist: Echo Award winner Anna Gourari), the edition also includes better-known works, such as the popular Rosenkavalier waltz sequence and the incidental music for "Bürger als Edelmann" and "Des Esels Schatten", both with the incomparable Peter Ustinov in the role of the narrator.

After their release, Crescendo described the recordings as "an editorial tour de force" - the recordings certainly contribute to a deeper understanding of the multifaceted personality of Richard Strauss as a composer.
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Re: New Releases
« Reply #11496 on: April 13, 2021, 04:20:57 PM »
What are Rodzinski highlights in terms of specific recordings?  :)

If you are unfamiliar with his recordings, I'd probably start with some of the stereo or later mono recordings for EMI and Westminster (reissued by DG). 

I love this EMI "Artist Profile" set, but it may be hard to find:



Scribendum has a box set of the Westminster and EMI stuff, though I can't vouch for the transfers (probably copied from CDs, though):



https://www.prestomusic.com/classical/products/8335614--the-art-of-artur-rodzinski

The Amazon reviews are helpful:

https://www.amazon.com/Art-Artur-Rodzinski/dp/B071L9FFDQ

Of the Westminster discs, I'd probably start with his Tchaikovsky and Dvorak:





The last is good mono.

The other Westminster/DG discs are worth having as well (Dvorak Slavonic Dances, a Kodaly disc, Brahms and Tchaikovsky concertos with Erica Morini.)

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« Reply #11497 on: April 13, 2021, 08:59:36 PM »
If you are unfamiliar with his recordings, I'd probably start with some of the stereo or later mono recordings for EMI and Westminster (reissued by DG). 

Thank you for your suggestions!  :)

And that Amazon review was indeed very  informative.
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Re: New Releases
« Reply #11498 on: April 14, 2021, 08:55:50 AM »
July on Hyperion:

Angela Hewitt - "Love Songs" - an album of transcriptions and encores and romantic bits
Garrick Ohlsson - Brahms Sonatas 1 & 2

plus a concept album of 20th century bassoon works, chamber and orchestral

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Re: New Releases
« Reply #11499 on: April 14, 2021, 11:01:33 PM »
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