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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102760 on: November 23, 2017, 11:51:43 AM »
Poulenc: “L’Invitation au Château”....





Charming, captivating and very appealing music that is very well performed here.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102761 on: November 23, 2017, 11:53:14 AM »



Glad you enjoyed it :) I especially love the startlingly angry outburst in the middle of the second movement which contrasts with the overall optimistic tone of the piece. The finale is life-affirmingly joyous indeed!

I certainly did enjoy it and I am eagerly anticipating the exploration of the other music on this CD  8)
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« Reply #102762 on: November 23, 2017, 12:05:05 PM »
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Re: What are you listening to now?
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102764 on: November 23, 2017, 12:41:41 PM »
Some concertante works by Reynaldo Hahn:


The Violin Concerto is a tad too light and  glitzy for my taste, buy the Piano Concerto, full of nostalgia, is a long-time favourite of mine...
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102765 on: November 23, 2017, 12:58:13 PM »
Currently have about a half dozen books 'in progress', and was reading my Kindle edition of the one below on 'Musical Style' - now in the 1450-1600 section and specifically in the 1400s - a lot of discussion on Dufay - have a LOT of music from the medieval/Renaissance period but have not been a part of my recent listening, so pulled out the discs below - enjoying and must get back into this music! :)  Dave

   

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« Reply #102766 on: November 23, 2017, 01:16:04 PM »
Currently have about a half dozen books 'in progress', and was reading my Kindle edition of the one below on 'Musical Style' - now in the 1450-1600 section and specifically in the 1400s - a lot of discussion on Dufay - have a LOT of music from the medieval/Renaissance period but have not been a part of my recent listening, so pulled out the discs below - enjoying and must get back into this music! :)  Dave

   

I've looked at that book and almost bought it.   Is it any good?

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102767 on: November 23, 2017, 01:16:36 PM »
This is a sparkling Telemann recording!   :)



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Re: What are you listening to now?
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102769 on: November 23, 2017, 01:28:59 PM »
Currently have about a half dozen books 'in progress', and was reading my Kindle edition of the one below on 'Musical Style' - now in the 1450-1600 section and specifically in the 1400s - a lot of discussion on Dufay - have a LOT of music from the medieval/Renaissance period but have not been a part of my recent listening, so pulled out the discs below - enjoying and must get back into this music! :)  Dave

   

Nice, Sonic;)

This is also a very fine Dufay recording:



Note please, this is volume two, which is superior imo, to volume one.  The instrumental accompaniment is far more discreet here, than on volume one.

Cheers!  :)

Edit:  I find that Van Nevel recording to be really excellent. One of his best.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102770 on: November 23, 2017, 01:44:55 PM »
Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 53 [Barenboim]....


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« Reply #102771 on: November 23, 2017, 01:51:49 PM »
One of my least favorite Takemitsu works. I prefer Autumn, which has the same basic concept as November Steps with it’s fusion of East/West. If you haven’t heard the work, here it is:

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(Yeah, Autumn is awesome!)

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102772 on: November 23, 2017, 02:07:35 PM »
Earlier today, this new arrival of some of Ravel's piano pieces played by Claude Helffer.



I had high expectations, but am sorely disappointed. The general soundscape is mushy (for lack of a better term), and the phrasing is awkward (infuriatingly so in the Prélude from Le Tombeau de Couperin, which acquires a sort of stop-and-go feeling which makes no sense to me). A pity, as I have always admired Monsieur Helffer, and his Debussy (which I was listening to just some days ago) is a vastly superior affair.
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« Reply #102773 on: November 23, 2017, 02:09:03 PM »
Actually by coincidence I've been listening to his Neumeister Chorales at Walterhausen.

Nice and colorful interpretations, I think, but this Trost organ also invites the organist to use its colors. Think of vol. I of Josef Sluys' Böhm CDs e.g..
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102774 on: November 23, 2017, 02:16:00 PM »
A fine performance, indeed. You know if it’s Nielsen, I have to chime in somehow. ;) I remember reading some people’s opinion of this particular VC and some say “It’s not as fine as the wind concertos” or whatever, but, for me, it’s in a different world than those works and even though this is Nielsen still finding his ‘footing’ so to speak, people shouldn’t hold this over his head. I quite like the work and have always enjoyed it.

This isn't the first time you've expressed this, but I do always find it a little amusing that you consider Nielsen to still be finding his footing 20 years into his career. I do understand why, but it's kind of funny when, by the time of the 3rd Symphony and Violin Concerto we're talking about a man in his mid-40s.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102775 on: November 23, 2017, 02:54:07 PM »
I've looked at that book and almost bought it.   Is it any good?

Hi SanAntone - the book was first published in 1966 (and reprinted in 1986, but not really a 2nd edition); the author is Richard L. Crocker, born in 1927 and still alive (check the link for more detail, if interested).  The book is well written w/ a LOT of detail on early music (believe the author's specialty) - there is a lot on theory, musical evolution, sheet music examples, etc. - I scanned this material quickly (really hard for me to understand - not my training or inherent aural skills); concentrates on the major composers of their times, again well done - I have the paperback and the printing is small and not easy to read; I'm looking at the book on my iPad (a very easy read and a cheaper Kindle option).  The book is highly rated on Amazon (except for a 2* commenter who probably was overwhelmed by the musical detail and theory) - I would likely do a 4* rating w/ the reservation that some knowledge of music annotation and theory would help.  Dave :)

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« Reply #102776 on: November 23, 2017, 03:05:18 PM »



l'An mil was composed in 1897. It is a big work (ca 35 mins.), a symphonic poem with large chorus and (a brief) baritone solo in part 2.

Very detailed program:

Miserere mei - the people's fear for the year 1000. Will Satan appear?
Fête des fous et de l'âne - a parody / blasphemy of a religious service. "...those who took the threats of the Apocalyps as purely symbolic, celebrated the Feast of fools and the ass..."
Te Deum laudamus...:the reassured crowds kneel in prayer. The Te Deum bursts forth in the surprise of the unhoped  -for dawn.

Very nice - the first and last movements are very lyrical, Franckiste, aiming for the grandiose. The second movement is mostly fast, almost good humoured - made me even think of Honegger's Jeanne d'Arc ( the proces scene).
This could appeal, I guess, to those who love Franck, ofcourse, Gounod, Massenet,or even Debussy's Sébastien . Elgar?


Very rare, unusual & interesting:

http://www.atelierlyriquedetourcoing.fr/17_18/spect1718/paradisperdu.html


24/11 and 26/11/17

Atelier Lyrique de Tourcoing: a recreation of Théodore Dubois' (1837-1924) oratorio "Paradis perdu", after Milton.
Dans l’instrumentation originale d’après le manuscrit autographe de Théodore Dubois
Drame-oratorio en quatre parties créé en 1878
Livret d’Edouard Blau d’après le poème de John Milton

Direction musicale, Jean Claude Malgoire
Conception visuelle et scénographie, Jacky Lautem

Ève - Magali Simard-Galdès, soprano
Adam - Antonio Figueroa, ténor
Satan - Marc Boucher, baryton
L’Archange - Mireille Lebel, mezzo-soprano
Uriel, le fils - Denis Mignien, ténor
Molock - Philippe Favette
Belial - Kamil Ben Hsain Lachiri

Choeur de chambre de Namur
Préparation du choeur, Thibaut Lienaerts

La Grande Écurie et la Chambre du Roy

Nice choice! I played this work some weeks ago, and it left me a pleasant impression. I think I'll be listening to it again soon.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102777 on: November 23, 2017, 03:06:42 PM »
Nice, Sonic;)

This is also a very fine Dufay recording:

 

Note please, this is volume two, which is superior imo, to volume one.  The instrumental accompaniment is far more discreet here, than on volume one.

Edit:  I find that Van Nevel recording to be really excellent. One of his best.

Hi HIPster - I own about a half dozen CDs of Dufay, including the one added above (Motets, V. 1 w/ Quadrivium) - assume that is what you mean above - will take a look at V. 2 and also need to re-listen to the one I already own - thanks.  Dave :)

ADDENDUM: I just ordered the CD recommended in your post!
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102778 on: November 23, 2017, 03:19:01 PM »
Continuing my listening this afternoon to Renaissance Music, especially the masses based on the Cantus Firmus melody L'homme armé - this apparently was a popular 'song' of the times and was used in about 40 masses from my reading:

   

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102779 on: November 23, 2017, 03:26:42 PM »
Hi SanAntone - the book was first published in 1966 (and reprinted in 1986, but not really a 2nd edition); the author is Richard L. Crocker, born in 1927 and still alive (check the link for more detail, if interested).  The book is well written w/ a LOT of detail on early music (believe the author's specialty) - there is a lot on theory, musical evolution, sheet music examples, etc. - I scanned this material quickly (really hard for me to understand - not my training or inherent aural skills); concentrates on the major composers of their times, again well done - I have the paperback and the printing is small and not easy to read; I'm looking at the book on my iPad (a very easy read and a cheaper Kindle option).  The book is highly rated on Amazon (except for a 2* commenter who probably was overwhelmed by the musical detail and theory) - I would likely do a 4* rating w/ the reservation that some knowledge of music annotation and theory would help.  Dave :)

Thanks.  If he is a early music specialist, then I am very interested.