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Re: New Releases
« Reply #8660 on: April 24, 2019, 07:33:18 AM »
^^ I know the Debussy performers already did another album (the ballets?) that you rated highly.
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« Reply #8661 on: April 24, 2019, 07:41:44 AM »
I think that where you have a musician who is constantly curious, constantly experimenting, there are bound to be disorienting results, and the joy of listening is to follow the path as it were, to explore the journey with the conductor. So I’m very glad to have Harnoncourt’s last Mozart recordings.

I like that Harnoncourt would generally peel away the performance tradition of a work and reimagine it, sometimes using original source material, general knowledge of period practices, or just his own sense of musicality. As you say, sometimes the results are disorienting, sometimes they are extraordinary. In the extraordinary category I put the Concertgebouw Mozart, the Schumann symphonies, there are too many to list. I remember his Bartok as being a dud.

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« Reply #8662 on: April 24, 2019, 07:44:04 AM »


Op 18 No 3 / Kongsgaard Variations / Op 131



I think the op 131 is well worth listening to. No major new conceptions but well executed mainstream played passionately and well recorded. They have found a feeling of slightly boisterous fun which suits the music well -- maybe it's not so mainstream after all!  If it were a concert (and indeed a stream is not unlike a concert) people would be on their feet at the end demanding an ovation, and go home with a smile on their faces.

They're specialists in post war music as far as I can see, I shall be exploring!
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« Reply #8663 on: April 24, 2019, 09:54:21 AM »
^^ I know the Debussy performers already did another album (the ballets?) that you rated highly.
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« Reply #8664 on: April 24, 2019, 11:29:21 AM »
I don't know that I agree with the theory at all. But I would prefer that sort of eccentricity over what appears to be little more than an attempt to persuade people to pay the price of 2 CDs for 1.5 CDs worth of music.

I see a preorder price of $25, which doesn’t seem out of line for a new release of ~100 minutes of music on a non-budget label. Alia Vox’s single discs go for $20-22.

And I think there can be value in segues between pieces — there is a fantastic DVD of Sokolov playing several Beethoven sonatas attacca.

That being said, I am not a fan of repeating recordings within a package. To me, the effect here is to draw attention to the limitations of the format. Is the idea to listen to the 3 symphonies consecutively? Repeating the central work doesn’t accomplish that at all. But having a fairly high opinion of Savall, I’ll probably give it a go on spotify to see what he makes of these transitions.

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« Reply #8665 on: April 24, 2019, 05:22:30 PM »
^^ I know the Debussy performers already did another album (the ballets?) that you rated highly.

Yes, that’s the recording and it’s a fine one. One of the best performances of Jeux that I’ve heard.
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« Reply #8666 on: April 25, 2019, 05:43:55 AM »


Oh hell yeah.





He gave a concert with op 119 in Germany this time last year, and I just heard a recording of it.  I think it's the best solo playing I've heard from him.  I haven't heard him in op 126 but I have heard him do late Beethoven, op 111 and the Diabelli variations in 2016, I was less impressed, but that could just be me or the night.

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« Reply #8667 on: April 27, 2019, 04:46:17 AM »


D. 959, 547, 915


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« Reply #8669 on: April 27, 2019, 05:37:50 AM »
Haochen Zhang's first BIS CD was very introspective (1.X.1905, Brahms Op 117, etc), and very very good. This will hopefully show a very different side of him.

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« Reply #8670 on: April 27, 2019, 06:31:39 AM »
JUNE!!!! PART 1!!!!


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« Reply #8671 on: April 29, 2019, 07:52:28 AM »
Rachel Podger has just released her own transcriptions of Bach's cello suite for her instrument - the violin:

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« Reply #8672 on: April 30, 2019, 10:28:18 AM »
BIS confirms by email that the new Helsinki PO/Susanna Mälkki "Wooden Prince" is the beginning of a small Bartók series and the beginning of a longer collaboration between label, orchestra, and conductor. Promising news.

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« Reply #8673 on: April 30, 2019, 10:57:35 AM »
BIS confirms by email that the new Helsinki PO/Susanna Mälkki "Wooden Prince" is the beginning of a small Bartók series and the beginning of a longer collaboration between label, orchestra, and conductor. Promising news.

Excellent! I can’t wait for her to do The Miraculous Mandarin. One of my all-time favorite works.
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Re: New Releases
« Reply #8674 on: April 30, 2019, 11:11:47 PM »
Part of the same release isn't it?


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Re: New Releases
« Reply #8675 on: May 01, 2019, 05:05:43 AM »
Part of the same release isn't it?



Ah yes, couldn’t remember what other work was coupled with The Wooden Prince. A pity it’s not the complete Mandarin with wordless chorus.
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« Reply #8676 on: May 04, 2019, 12:42:09 AM »
Excellent! I can’t wait for her to do The Miraculous Mandarin. One of my all-time favorite works.

Having recently questioned another (unrelated) thread where someone said a particular version of a piece was all you'd ever need, I'm going to be a complete hypocrite and say exactly that about the Miraculous Mandarin Suite - the Ormandy/Philadelphia version is jaw-droppingly stunning in execution and mood.... (I do prefer the complete ballet - but for the Suite this has never been bettered as far I I have heard)


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Re: New Releases
« Reply #8677 on: May 04, 2019, 12:47:05 AM »


Major new release for weirdos—all first recordings

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« Reply #8678 on: May 04, 2019, 02:01:10 AM »


Major new release for weirdos—all first recordings

I will be getting this. You may like this one, it's inspired by  Hildergard's music, I like it very much.

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« Reply #8679 on: May 04, 2019, 02:47:37 AM »
I will be getting this.
I already have it!

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You may like this one, it's inspired by  Hildergard's music, I like it very much.


I'll definitely give it a try as well, although wary of anything marketed as "mindfulness" (a useful but limited therapeutic practice which has apparently become capitalist big business)—but haven't heard of any of these performers before and if they're down to record Radulescu they can probably do just about anything they want.