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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #128060 on: January 13, 2019, 07:10:11 AM »
Sibelius: Symphony No. 3 [Gibson]





I like this version. It is a fine, somewhat contemplative interpretation and performance where Gibson delivers the work in a somewhat ruminative but always engaging and interesting way.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #128061 on: January 13, 2019, 07:41:52 AM »
Selections from this marvelous disc:

“There will be sunshine again and the violins will sing of peace on earth.” - Closing line from Weinberg’s Symphony No. 6, Op. 79

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #128062 on: January 13, 2019, 08:02:10 AM »
This whole disc:

“There will be sunshine again and the violins will sing of peace on earth.” - Closing line from Weinberg’s Symphony No. 6, Op. 79

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #128063 on: January 13, 2019, 08:10:07 AM »
I took a chance yesterday and exposed a friend of mine to a piece of Vaughan Williams music; one that I love in particular.  It was the Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis on this LP.  I'm delighted to report that, in his words, "It was a religious experience"!   ;D  He listens to mostly baroque music (in terms of classical music) and some earlier music too (loves the Tallis Scholars), so I thought the connection might help it to be a good fit.  He also told me that he knows that he has one album of VW's music but not certain which one it is though now that he's heard and enjoyed this work, he's tempted to try other pieces of music by Vaughan Williams [Yippee!].



Best wishes,

PD

Well, this is certainly great to hear! Tell your friend to listen to Flos campi next or since your friend likes RVW’s string writing so much, I’d recommend them either Partita for Double String Orchestra, Concerto Grosso, or, a popular one like Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus. Save the symphonies for another time. ;) Baby steps...that’s what it’ll take.
“There will be sunshine again and the violins will sing of peace on earth.” - Closing line from Weinberg’s Symphony No. 6, Op. 79

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #128064 on: January 13, 2019, 08:27:43 AM »
Silvia Marcovici Bruch Violin Concerrto
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 :-*
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #128065 on: January 13, 2019, 08:35:08 AM »
I took a chance yesterday and exposed a friend of mine to a piece of Vaughan Williams music; one that I love in particular.  It was the Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis on this LP.  I'm delighted to report that, in his words, "It was a religious experience"!   ;D  He listens to mostly baroque music (in terms of classical music) and some earlier music too (loves the Tallis Scholars), so I thought the connection might help it to be a good fit.  He also told me that he knows that he has one album of VW's music but not certain which one it is though now that he's heard and enjoyed this work, he's tempted to try other pieces of music by Vaughan Williams [Yippee!].



Best wishes,

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The composer Herbert Howells (aged c.19) was at the first performance, conducted by VW in Gloucester Cathedral in 1910. He was in such a state of spiritual excitement after hearing it that he spent the rest of the night pacing the streets.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #128066 on: January 13, 2019, 08:35:32 AM »
Selections from this marvelous disc:


A wonderful CD!
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #128067 on: January 13, 2019, 08:37:14 AM »
Silvia Marcovici Bruch Violin Concerrto
from here


 :-*

Svetlanov!  How old is that recording?


This whole disc:



Late pre-serial Stravinsky (Concerto in D) gives hints at times of his future interest, which arises (I have thought, most curiously arises) after Schoenberg's death.  0:)
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #128068 on: January 13, 2019, 08:49:45 AM »
Svetlanov!  How old is that recording?


Late pre-serial Stravinsky (Concerto in D) gives hints at times of his future interest, which arises (I have thought, most curiously arises) after Schoenberg's death.  0:)

live recordings from 1981 (she was 29..!) The sound is very good
Just started Brahms :-*)

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #128069 on: January 13, 2019, 08:51:47 AM »
A wonderful CD!

It certainly is, Jeffrey!

Late pre-serial Stravinsky (Concerto in D) gives hints at times of his future interest, which arises (I have thought, most curiously arises) after Schoenberg's death.  0:)

Stravinsky’s serial phase is a curious one, indeed, but I do believe that Craft had a hand in whispering the praises of The Second Viennese School in ol’ Igor’s ears.
“There will be sunshine again and the violins will sing of peace on earth.” - Closing line from Weinberg’s Symphony No. 6, Op. 79

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #128070 on: January 13, 2019, 08:52:01 AM »
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 [Previn]





This is a strong, assertive and taut performance with plenty of power behind the delivery when required.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #128071 on: January 13, 2019, 08:55:39 AM »
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 [Previn]





This is a strong, assertive and taut performance with plenty of power behind the delivery when required.

I need to revisit Prokofiev’s symphonies. I remember the 2nd, 5th, and 6th really being the strongest. What’s your take on them?
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“There will be sunshine again and the violins will sing of peace on earth.” - Closing line from Weinberg’s Symphony No. 6, Op. 79

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #128072 on: January 13, 2019, 09:01:20 AM »
Did you enjoy the performances Dave?

Hi Aligreto - really enjoyed and a keeper for me - loved the Horn Quintet which is probably a more polished Mozart composition - take a look at the reviews attached (2 excellent and 1 less so) - currently listening on Spotify to the Dennis Brain recording w/ Karajan made in 1953 but wonderfully remastered - a smoother more 'laid back' performance but nothing really to criticize except for its age, I guess; the Pyatt recording is from 1996 and the sound is better.  All in all, I still like my valveless PI recordings better - :)  Dave

 

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #128073 on: January 13, 2019, 09:14:43 AM »
D'Indy, String Quartet #2, Prat Quartet on Naive.



I recently listened to the first movement, but have now had time to listen to the entire work twice through. Unlike the other d'indy chamber music I've listened to, this is a serious work, and very skillfully constructed. There is a single four-note motif that seems to tie the work together. It is introduced in the first movement in unison, then becomes the subject of a sort of slow fugue. Finally it is transformed into the lively main theme of the music. There is a compact scherzo, a sensuous slow movement, and a finale which also returns to the fundamental motif. Strikes me as a first class string quartet. I'll have to find the rest of them. I have the first quartet on a Hyperion release, only the third is missing from my collection.

I should revisit the series of orchestral works released by Chandos (Gamba). I listened to several and found them very good, then got derailed. I also have various EMI France recordings of d'Indy orchestral music.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #128074 on: January 13, 2019, 09:30:46 AM »
I'm enjoying Miklós Rózsa's Violin Concerto! :) More spiky than the Korngold,that precedes it,but still tuneful! I find this quite,rewarding music!





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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #128075 on: January 13, 2019, 09:35:54 AM »



I need to revisit Prokofiev’s symphonies. I remember the 2nd, 5th, and 6th really being the strongest. What’s your take on them?

I actually like all of the Prokofiev symphonies I must admit. I like the musical language and the scoring in these works. I admire the Kitajenko performances.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #128076 on: January 13, 2019, 09:37:14 AM »
Hi Aligreto - really enjoyed and a keeper for me - loved the Horn Quintet which is probably a more polished Mozart composition - take a look at the reviews attached (2 excellent and 1 less so) - currently listening on Spotify to the Dennis Brain recording w/ Karajan made in 1953 but wonderfully remastered - a smoother more 'laid back' performance but nothing really to criticize except for its age, I guess; the Pyatt recording is from 1996 and the sound is better.  All in all, I still like my valveless PI recordings better - :)  Dave

 

Cheers Dave. I have, and enjoy both of those versions. Thank you for the reviews.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #128077 on: January 13, 2019, 09:39:17 AM »
It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and leave no doubt.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #128078 on: January 13, 2019, 09:53:23 AM »


Op. 106.

It's good. Honestly the whole set is good so far. This may end up becoming my go-to modern piano recommendation. (Composers always seem to have good results playing Beethoven, I'm not sure why.)

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« Reply #128079 on: January 13, 2019, 09:57:10 AM »
I really like that image.

I had taken for granted that it was d'Indy

The credit reads: Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum: Ivry sur Siene, France, 1956.

D'Indy died in 1931, so it aint him...