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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #119260 on: August 06, 2018, 04:26:02 AM »
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #119261 on: August 06, 2018, 05:04:52 AM »


Weinberger plays BWV 771 (CU3), Grauhof Treutmann (CD13) Astonishing! He pulls out all the stops. Not for the faint hearted, it is powerful! I can’t imagine what this sounds like on Harry’s Avalons!

Fortunately for my blood pressure the music which immediately follows is a bit more pastoral, though the fact that you know what he can do when he wants to keeps you on the edge of your seat.

I like Weinberger’s CU3 - both this recording of the pedaliter chorales and the smaller chorales, which are on a G Silberman organ, CD11.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #119262 on: August 06, 2018, 05:55:21 AM »


Weinberger plays BWV 771 (CU3), Grauhof Treutmann (CD13) Astonishing! He pulls out all the stops. Not for the faint hearted, it is powerful! I can’t imagine what this sounds like on Harry’s Avalons!

Fortunately for my blood pressure the music which immediately follows is a bit more pastoral, though the fact that you know what he can do when he wants to keeps you on the edge of your seat.

I like Weinberger’s CU3 - both this recording of the pedaliter chorales and the smaller chorales, which are on a G Silberman organ, CD11.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #119263 on: August 06, 2018, 06:05:01 AM »
I'm beginning to wonder if this might be my favourite Arnold symphony?!! I didn't collect this until last,because of some of the controversy surrounding it,and I had some idea it could be very gloomy! After all that,I really like it. It's almost,wholly,introspective nature really appeals to me. It curls into the corners of your mind (as they say!) like no other Arnold symphony. In some ways I think it's the one Arnold symphony that gets anywhere near approaching the best of VW's symphonies. Not quite;but I'm very impressed,though. Far from a failure,I think Arnold's final symphony was a fine farewell to the form. Thank goodness he didn't end with No 8 (the weakest of the set,imho!). A pity he couldn't have been as philosophical as Havergal Brian;but people handle things in different ways. Allot of people would envy some of his achievements.



Arnold’s 9th is indeed a fine work and I think the devastatingly poignant, bleak fourth movement achieves masterpiece status. The first two movements are often strangely understated and pared-down, while the third movement is a typically Arnoldian boisterous scherzo. I still consider the 5th to be his finest symphony (its sense of dramatic narrative is unequaled in his output), but the 9th is certainly a fitting farewell to the form, especially that last movement.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #119264 on: August 06, 2018, 06:05:50 AM »
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #119265 on: August 06, 2018, 06:06:14 AM »
I'm beginning to wonder if this might be my favourite Arnold symphony?!! I didn't collect this until last,because of some of the controversy surrounding it,and I had some idea it could be very gloomy! After all that,I really like it. It's almost,wholly,introspective nature really appeals to me. It curls into the corners of your mind (as they say!) like no other Arnold symphony. In some ways I think it's the one Arnold symphony that gets anywhere near approaching the best of VW's symphonies. Not quite;but I'm very impressed,though. Far from a failure,I think Arnold's final symphony was a fine farewell to the form. Thank goodness he didn't end with No 8 (the weakest of the set,imho!). A pity he couldn't have been as philosophical as Havergal Brian;but people handle things in different ways. Allot of people would envy some of his achievements.


I agree with you although I know the Naxos recording better.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #119266 on: August 06, 2018, 06:06:23 AM »


In a sense, York Bowen might indeed be called an English Rachmaninoff: like the Russian's, his music is oftenly frowned upon by the cognoscenti for its unabashed tonality, impenitent Romanticism and supposed sentimentality --- and like the Russian's, it will forever remain popular with the great unwashed for whom a good tune caressing the soul is still worth more than a hundred experiments in coordinating music with acoustics.   ;D

Woohoo! Another Bowen fan! I thought I was the only one  :laugh:
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #119267 on: August 06, 2018, 06:11:03 AM »
This is a magnificent work in my view (The Vision of Judgment), Fricker's masterpiece I think. Thanks to cilgwyn for recommending it. I have played probably over twenty times since purchasing it recently. I love the cheer from a member of the audience at the end:

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #119268 on: August 06, 2018, 06:50:56 AM »
Concerto for two string orchestras, piano and timpani. Czech PO, Karel Sejna. I have never heard a more urgent, moving and riveting performance. The music full conveys the sense of looming catastrophe over Czecholsovakia in 1938. Thanks to John (MI) for posting this (surprisingly inexpensive) double album:


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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #119269 on: August 06, 2018, 06:51:30 AM »
Good afternoon all,

Earlier : Roussel symphony No. 4 (Janowski)



Now: Domenico Scarlatti - sonatas for Viola D'amore & harpsichord

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #119270 on: August 06, 2018, 07:08:31 AM »
Telemann: Musique de table, Production I [Bruggen]





The recording has great weight and body given the relative size of the ensemble [no credits given in this edition to the sound engineers]. The music is very well played in a lively, lilting manner. The Trio and the Conclusion [in particular] in this section are notable, stand out movements for me.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #119271 on: August 06, 2018, 07:27:28 AM »
Elgar's delightful 1916 recording of The Starlight Express. I've got the old Pearl 5 cd set,pictured here (albeit,a bit "chopped off" in this photo!) The bronzed cd's work perfectly.......so far!


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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #119272 on: August 06, 2018, 07:29:20 AM »
My first order from St.-Laurent Studio (placed 10 days ago) arrived from Canada today, and this went straight into the CD player:



So far, Debussy’s Jeux is a fine prrformance, but nowhere near the excellence of the rendition Maderna gave of the same piece in Berlin four years earlier (which, as reported here, bowled me over some months ago).

I’m now halfway through Berio’s Sinfonia (here given in its provisional four movement version). This is a historic occasion, as it’s the work’s European premiere. The first movement has a welcome urgency and rawness (perhaps the fact that this is a live concert has something to do with this). O King (Berio at his considerable best IMHO) is here indeed “immobile e lontano”, beatifully delicate. Things are also fine in the In ruhig fliessender Bewegung movement (the vocals are provided by the Swingle Singers, who were so closely associated with this work for many years since its unveiling), but this extraordinary musical patchwork perhaps requires better sound than what this live concert can offer to be fully appreciated (the sound is quite decent, actually, but not up to studio quality). In this performance, the reciter does not end the movement by saying “Thank you, Mr. Maderna”....but I do.  ;)

After the Sinfonia, we’ll have Bartók’s MSPC...what a program, eh? (Even if it’s compiled from three diffferent concerts spanning three years).
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #119273 on: August 06, 2018, 07:50:44 AM »
Back on the cd player! A Ceremony of Carols,right,now. A bit early for Xmas,I know;but I actually hadn't heard these works until this cd arrived today!!! (Although,I did hear some of them in a boxy Lp transfer (not of this recording)which put me off? So,I can't really count that!).


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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #119274 on: August 06, 2018, 07:51:57 AM »
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #119275 on: August 06, 2018, 08:17:24 AM »
JS Bach: Auf, schmetternde Töne der muntern Trompeten, BWV 207a
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Reused material, but what a beauty! An intense feeling of happiness takes over me, every time I listen to this cantata.  :)
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #119276 on: August 06, 2018, 08:35:42 AM »
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #119277 on: August 06, 2018, 09:12:14 AM »
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #119278 on: August 06, 2018, 10:12:50 AM »
Woohoo! Another Bowen fan! I thought I was the only one  :laugh:

Now we can start a club: The Bowenites. Membership allowed on the single condition of humming the Bolero for violin and piano.  :D
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #119279 on: August 06, 2018, 10:15:34 AM »
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Quite long at 3 hours and 50 minutes, but otherwise good stuff.
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