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Re: Gurn's Classical Corner
« Reply #3360 on: March 19, 2020, 11:44:10 AM »
Hi Gurn - thanks for the recommendations - about through w/ my Hoffmeister listening - finishing w/ the Wind Serenades w/ Klocker and team!

Yesterday while on BRO, I ordered 3 more Hoffmeister CDs (one a double-disc), first ones shown below, then added a Naxos disc from Amazon, all w/ excellent Fanfare reviews (can post for those who may be interested) - so, a rather 'inexpensive' purchase spree - :)  Dave

P.S. Bro also had a 3rd V. of the piano sonatas w/ the same performer - decided two was enough - ;)

     

Yeah, I was late to the party!  :-\  Tell me, are those sonata disks on pianoforte (fortepiano) or on modern piano? If on fortepiano, I will snap them up myself. I have a few disks on Grand Piano (Turk's sonatas, for example) and they are really quite good.

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Re: Gurn's Classical Corner
« Reply #3361 on: March 19, 2020, 12:00:35 PM »
Yeah, I was late to the party!  :-\  Tell me, are those sonata disks on pianoforte (fortepiano) or on modern piano? If on fortepiano, I will snap them up myself. I have a few disks on Grand Piano (Turk's sonatas, for example) and they are really quite good.

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Hi Gurn - I've attached the 3 Fanfare reviews and the recordings are listed as (pn), so assume a modern piano; plus, reading the reviews yesterday before my purchase, I don't remember that the type of piano was mentioned (but may have missed it?) - also here is the Grand Piano website - my brief perusal does not reveal PI vs. MI for the piano although I've not looked thoroughly - hope this helps (a little).  Dave

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Re: Gurn's Classical Corner
« Reply #3362 on: March 19, 2020, 12:08:14 PM »
Hi Gurn - I've attached the 3 Fanfare reviews and the recordings are listed as (pn), so assume a modern piano; plus, reading the reviews yesterday before my purchase, I don't remember that the type of piano was mentioned (but may have missed it?) - also here is the Grand Piano website - my brief perusal does not reveal PI vs. MI for the piano although I've not looked thoroughly - hope this helps (a little).  Dave

The trailer for volume 1 shows her playing a Steinway.

My impression of Grand Piano is that all their releases are on modern piano, no matter who the composer might be,

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Re: Gurn's Classical Corner
« Reply #3363 on: March 19, 2020, 12:25:32 PM »
The trailer for volume 1 shows her playing a Steinway.

My impression of Grand Piano is that all their releases are on modern piano, no matter who the composer might be,

I know you would think that, but the Turk sonatas say 'piano' but they are on fortepiano. I'm not where I could dig out the disk right now, but I would remember if they weren't (well, I wouldn't have bought them).  It would be so easy to just tell you up front. Equally so if you DIDN'T want fortepiano! 

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« Reply #3364 on: March 19, 2020, 12:27:07 PM »
Hi Gurn - I've attached the 3 Fanfare reviews and the recordings are listed as (pn), so assume a modern piano; plus, reading the reviews yesterday before my purchase, I don't remember that the type of piano was mentioned (but may have missed it?) - also here is the Grand Piano website - my brief perusal does not reveal PI vs. MI for the piano although I've not looked thoroughly - hope this helps (a little).  Dave

Thanks, Dave. Doing the research now. BRO is useless for such things. They have a Vanhal disk on GP that is equally interesting, but also only says 'piano'... :-\

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Re: Gurn's Classical Corner
« Reply #3365 on: March 24, 2020, 11:00:20 AM »
Thanks, Dave. Doing the research now. BRO is useless for such things. They have a Vanhal disk on GP that is equally interesting, but also only says 'piano'... :-\

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Well, the BRO order arrived yesterday and now listening to the Hoffmeister recordings below (I've re-attached the reviews and included one on the clarinet sonatas).  Concerning Biliana Tzinlikova in the solo keyboard works, the booklets simply state 'Piano', although the pics included have her next to a modern piano - the sound of the instrument certainly is modern, but she plays in a more classical mode w/ little use of the pedals to my ears.  Interestingly, she is on the faculty at the University Mozarteum in Salzburg (LINK), so likely quite use to performing on different keyboard instruments; the works on her first two CDs are all from the 1790s, thus 'why not use' a fortepiano?  An email address is listed in that link - could send her a brief note (have been pretty lucky in getting responses from artists)?

The 2-CD set of Clarinet/Piano Sonatas is well done (the attached review is actually of two competing recordings coming out at a similar time - unusual for this accelerated interest in Franz Anton?) - Claudia Bracco plays a Steinway piano; Luigi Magistrelli performs on 3 different clarinets (C, B Flat, & A - mostly on the C), from the first half of the 20th century, i.e. 1916, 1930, & 1956 - SO, if the music is of interest to you, not period instruments.  Happy 'hunting' @ BRO!  Dave :)

   

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Re: Gurn's Classical Corner
« Reply #3366 on: March 24, 2020, 11:09:00 AM »
Well, the BRO order arrived yesterday and now listening to the Hoffmeister recordings below (I've re-attached the reviews and included one on the clarinet sonatas).  Concerning Biliana Tzinlikova in the solo keyboard works, the booklets simply state 'Piano', although the pics included have her next to a modern piano - the sound of the instrument certainly is modern, but she plays in a more classical mode w/ little use of the pedals to my ears.  Interestingly, she is on the faculty at the University Mozarteum in Salzburg (LINK), so likely quite use to performing on different keyboard instruments; the works on her first two CDs are all from the 1790s, thus 'why not use' a fortepiano?  An email address is listed in that link - could send her a brief note (have been pretty lucky in getting responses from artists)?

The 2-CD set of Clarinet/Piano Sonatas is well done (the attached review is actually of two competing recordings coming out at a similar time - unusual for this accelerated interest in Franz Anton?) - Claudia Bracco plays a Steinway piano; Luigi Magistrelli performs on 3 different clarinets (C, B Flat, & A - mostly on the C), from the first half of the 20th century, i.e. 1916, 1930, & 1956 - SO, if the music is of interest to you, not period instruments.  Happy 'hunting' @ BRO!  Dave :)

   

Thanks for that info, Dave. One thing I have learned over the years of trying to make informed judgments about instruments used: if they don't talk about the instruments, then they are modern. PI people are proud to let you know what they were playing that day. MI people don't seem to care. Hell, even if I was an MI person, I would still want to know what kind of piano you played! :o  Just like Badura-Skoda, when he played a modern piano (which he did surprisingly often) he would tell you that it was nearly always an Imperial Bösendorfer. A hell of a piano in its own right, but I digress... :)

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Re: Gurn's Classical Corner
« Reply #3367 on: March 25, 2020, 11:47:37 AM »
Jadin, Hyacinthe (1776-1800) - Solo KB Sonatas, String Quartets & String Trios w/ the performers shown below - this short-lived French composer (died at 24 y/o from tuberculosis) has been discussed before in this thread but almost 10 years ago - looked back on my posts then and have virtually the same recordings; the KB Sonatas are on fortepianos - the Fuller is a 3-disc set that was an MP3 DL for me - just checked Amazon and not much new has appeared.  Reviews attached of some of the CDs shown.  Dave :)


     

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Re: Gurn's Classical Corner
« Reply #3368 on: March 27, 2020, 02:10:27 PM »
Kozeluch, Leopold (1747-1818) - Bohemian composer, pianist, and teacher who moved to Vienna in 1778, spending the rest of his life there as a popular musical figure - held a number of royal appointments including replacing Mozart as the court composer.  He lived a long life and was a prolific composer in many genres - see quote below from the link given. 

As usual, a 'forgotten' composer after his death who is seeing somewhat of a 're-birth' - I own about 10 discs shown below (note 4 of his symphonies are part of a box w/ others included - no duplication w/ the Bamert recording; plus, Naxos seems to have started a series - but I enjoy his chamber and keyboard works more); will be looking on Amazon for any new/replacements.  Dave :)

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The classical composer Leopold Koželuch left around 400 compositions. Among these there are about thirty symphonies, twenty-two piano concertos, including a concerto for piano four-hands, two clarinet concertos, twenty-four violin sonatas, sixty-three piano trios, six string quartets, two oratorios, nine cantatas and various liturgical works. Among his music there are also operas and works for ballet, which—with the exception of one opera —have yet to be heard in recent years. Koželuch's substantial output of keyboard compositions reflected the promotion of his reputation as a specialist keyboard virtuoso. By contrast, the musicologist Allan Badley labels Koželuch's symphonic compositions as "modest by the standards of the time". His works are currently cataloged using Poštolka numbers, after the work of the musicologist Milan Poštolka. (Source)

     

       

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Re: Gurn's Classical Corner
« Reply #3369 on: March 28, 2020, 10:03:27 AM »
Kozeluch - Fortepiano Sonatas - Brilliant is about to release V. 3 of Jenny Kim's recordings of the keyboard sonatas; her first 2 volumes totaled 4 discs (Sonatas 1-16); this next release will contain 4 discs (Sonatas 17-33) listed at a bargain price on Amazon USA.  Now, the label Grand Piano has released 12 CDs of the composer's complete KB sonata cycle (about 50 works) from 2013-2018 w/ Kemp English also on fortepiano - these are available individually (first & last shown below), so a MAJOR investment - just sent Grand Piano an email asking about plans to put the dozen discs in an inexpensive box - anxious for a response - I listened to his Vs.1/2 on Spotify this morning and was impressed - but either set will do; if I receive a NO answer, then will likely purchase the upcoming Brilliant release.  Anyone listening to these recordings - comparative comments?  Dave :)
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