Started by Que, July 08, 2007, 11:09:09 PM
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Quote from: Que on July 18, 2007, 08:19:36 AMI'm also interested in harpsichord music from the German baroque. It seems that the general consensus is that after Bach, Johann Jakob Froberger is the man! I would very much like some advice on this!
Quote from: Don on July 18, 2007, 09:03:24 AMI wouldn't put much stock in the "consensus" premise. Since Froberger's music is much more reflective and inward than Bach's, I consider Froberger more an alternative to Bach depending on what mood the listener is in.
Quote from: Que on July 18, 2007, 09:13:04 AMNo consensus and a lot of different favourites - that's fine by me! Don, any favourite recordings on any German baroque harpsichord music other than Bach? Q
Quote from: premont on July 18, 2007, 02:51:12 PMMy favorite Buxtehude harpsichord CDs are the three-CD set by Lars Ultik Mortensen on Da Capo. Played on a mean tuned instrument. Colourful, brilliant,exuberant.
Quote from: Que on August 05, 2007, 09:29:13 PMAnyone? Q
Quote from: Que on July 28, 2007, 12:02:27 AMI "rediscovered" this morning a recording by Andrew Manze of Johann Heinrich Schmelzer's violin music.At the the time I bought the twofer below ("Fantastic Style") I was more focused on the Italian violin music on the first half of this issue! Picture of original issue on the right.But the Schmelzer is wonderful kind of pre-Biber. It shares the virtuosity and intensity and has lyrical elegance. Very nice indeed. High time I'd check the Q
Quote from: Que on October 05, 2007, 01:46:54 AMThis disc crossed my way as a bargain and I picked it up.I wasn't familiar before with Johann Joseph Fux. This disc contains three orchestral serenades/overtures based on dances, which - to my ears - show many similarities in musical style with Händel's orchestral output. And I honestly cannot say that Fux does anyhow less well in comparison to his colleague! Though his personal style is less "bright" and upbeat than Händel's - more mellow and reflective. These are very enjoyable pieces with a nice variety in instrumentation: trumpets, a bassoon, oboes and a recorder, elaborate writing for the strings. Fux maybe doesn't display much "oomph", but - on close listening to the detailing - plenty of profundity in his musical writing.But the disc does conclude with a juxtaposition of pieces - all inspired by the Turkish siege of Vienna - with plenty of "oomph"! Exotically instrumented with (military) drums, flutes and bells. But again, Fux doesn't go for the big "thrill". There are many interludes with intimate dances.Apart from this encounter with Fux, with this disc I discovered a first rate HIP ensemble: the Armonico Tributo Austria. Really excellent and on par with any major period instruments ensemble - they clearly need and deserve more exposure and recording.Q
Quote from: erato on October 05, 2007, 04:51:49 AMI seem to have heard that the Arcana label has been discontinued. My favourite Conti record with Bernarda Fink is on that label. Pity if so is the case.
Quote from: Que on October 05, 2007, 05:21:42 AMYes, it stopped its business due to the death of co-founder Michel Bernstein.I picked up some left overs now on sale. The catalogue is of great interest and will undoubtedly be picked up by another company - let's hope they will be reissued soon. Would love to get my hands on that issue with Bernarda Fink BTW..Q
Quote from: erato on October 05, 2007, 05:49:37 AMI can foresee a Brilliant 200 CD Arcana box at USD 50.I should be so happy. Instead there will be another complete 100CD Beethoven box.
Quote from: masolino on October 07, 2007, 02:10:10 AMBrilliant will never reproduce Arcana's exquisite booklet essays and cover art evenif they reissue the recordings. Get them now before they are never more.
Quote from: erato on October 07, 2007, 02:23:44 AMJust joking!And with arcane (!) repertoire like Fux and Conti the complete experience is about so much more than only the disc. Whereas I would be happy to buy my 5th Beethoven cycle without significant notes as long as they are cheap and compactly packaged, I really can't imagine doing thatwith more obscure repertoire.
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