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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #134060 on: April 19, 2019, 04:10:56 PM »
Tubin: Symphony No. 7 [Jarvi]





The opening movement is dark, shadowy and somewhat disconcerting in tone. The orchestration is rich and there is a power and intensity to the performance which is unrelenting throughout the movement. The slow movement is also dark in tone but it is somewhat  lyrical in its musical language. The scoring is interesting particularly in the use of the textures of the woodwinds. Once again the final movement is quite dark in tone and contains a high level of intensity and agitation throughout. The continuation of the interesting scoring is very appealing and engaging. The character of the symphony is very atmospheric, dramatic and turbulent and the performance here is compelling.

That was the first symphony I ever listened by Tubin. I listened on the radio (it was the 3rd movement, actually) around 2006, at first I thought it was something by Shostakovich, those militaristic rhythms reminded me of him. At that time I was not as knowledgeable about classical music as I am now. Just when the symphony ended, I could hear the name of both the composer and the work. I remember being quite intrigued by a composer I had never heard of. Since then, I've been a declared Tubin fan!

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #134061 on: April 19, 2019, 04:14:54 PM »
Bricht



Interesting music from yet another composer whose career was upended by the Nazis.  The Fort Wayne Orchestra makes a good enough showing, but I can't help wondering how this music would sound in the hands of a Viennese orchestra.



More gorgeous music from Marx.



In the Symphony, though this is quite fine, I still prefer Dausgaard for his greater characterization and warmer sound.  In the Serenade, you can barely hear the plucked basses even with the sound cranked all the way up.  I much prefer Stig Westerberg here.  That still leaves the other 2 works, which are very good to have.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #134062 on: April 19, 2019, 04:29:28 PM »
Be thankful it is CD covers, and not a presentation of scans of your pancreas.  :o
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Baron - LOL! Actually my sub-specialty was GI radiology, so the pancreas was certainly included in some of my lectures - could put up some pics -  ;) :laugh:  Dave :)

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #134063 on: April 19, 2019, 07:00:37 PM »
Martinu
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Very nice, Ken. I think I’ll join you, but only from this set:

“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 #134064 on: April 19, 2019, 10:02:49 PM »
More from this 3CD-set:



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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #134065 on: April 19, 2019, 11:13:48 PM »
More seasonal music from Spain (Catalonia): Lamentationes by early Baroque comoposer Joan Baptista Comes:


Ravishing!  :)

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #134066 on: April 19, 2019, 11:26:18 PM »
Mozart: Symphony No. 40 [Norrington]





This is a hard nosed, unsentimental account of this work. The tempi are brisk, and the recorded sound is good and full. There is good power, energy and drive in the performance.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #134067 on: April 19, 2019, 11:27:22 PM »
Be thankful it is CD covers, and not a presentation of scans of your pancreas.  :o
:)

Very true  ;D
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #134068 on: April 19, 2019, 11:30:42 PM »
He [Martinu] is well worth exploring. All the symphonies are excellent, but also look for the Double Concerto.
We had a discussion about the standard repertory. I think Martinu is one of the composers with the best chance to get into it, because 5he symphonies are all directly appealing and not too long. The world would be a better place if a few renditions of La Mer were replaced by a Martinu ...

I have not heard the Double Concerto.
Brave words on La Mer  ;D
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #134069 on: April 19, 2019, 11:34:57 PM »



That was the first symphony I ever listened by Tubin. I listened on the radio (it was the 3rd movement, actually) around 2006, at first I thought it was something by Shostakovich, those militaristic rhythms reminded me of him. At that time I was not as knowledgeable about classical music as I am now. Just when the symphony ended, I could hear the name of both the composer and the work. I remember being quite intrigued by a composer I had never heard of. Since then, I've been a declared Tubin fan!

When I had bought the set I knew very little of Tubin and therefore I did not know what to expect from the music. To date, I have been more than impressed.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #134070 on: April 20, 2019, 12:26:41 AM »



Guillaume Faugues: Basse Danse - A very engaging piece of danse music with a strong rhythmic flavour.
Francisco Varoter: Voi che passate - A somewhat plaintive but attractive song which is very well delivered.
Ioan Ambrosio Dalza: Pavana alla veneziana, saltarello, piva - A wonderful instrumental piece with very engaging musical textures.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #134071 on: April 20, 2019, 12:26:48 AM »
Marvellous Lamentazioni from Italy:


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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #134072 on: April 20, 2019, 01:12:45 AM »
Honegger: Cello Concerto [Rozhdestvensky/Rostropovich]





This is a relatively short but very worthwhile listen. The first movement is marked by the juxtaposition of alternating tender, lyrical passages and turbulent episodes. The slow movement is highly intense, haunting and forlorn in tone and the performance is electric. The final section is somewhat lighter in tone but is still disconcerting and somewhat whimsical. The final movement is propelled by a forward momentum that is marked by a signature tune which is constantly being ambushed by flitting counterpoint. This live performance is very engaging in its power and intensity, both of which are well caught on this recording.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #134073 on: April 20, 2019, 01:29:12 AM »


outstanding!
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #134075 on: April 20, 2019, 01:58:50 AM »


Talked a friend who is trying to get into classical to buy the Davrath Auvergne when I saw it in a secondhand shop today. We went back to his house and played it and he was immediately impressed.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #134076 on: April 20, 2019, 02:27:35 AM »
Bach

Österliche Freudenzeit

Oster Oratorium

Kommt.eilet und laufet ihr flüchtigen Füsse BWV 249
 

Osterfesttag 

Bleib bei uns,dennn es will Abend werden BWV 6


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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #134077 on: April 20, 2019, 03:15:15 AM »
I finally got around to having my opera lessons in Danish. Or my Danish lessons in opera...



And what a glorious thing it is. As a person who isn't really into opera... I can definitely get into this. To the point where I actually laughed out loud a few times, especially in the First Act.

The recording is fabulous. The only downside is that the libretto translation prefers rhyming over meaning. Clearly, it's a translation that's designed to be suitable for singing, but as I'm listening to a recording in Danish I don't need a translation I can sing, I need one that properly translates what the singers on the recording are singing.  But as far as these rhyming things go, it's not too bad at actually conveying the same meaning as the original.

I shall just have to practise my Danish to the point where I don't need the translation at all. And listen to this a lot. Because it's without doubt the best time I've had with a full-length opera.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #134078 on: April 20, 2019, 03:15:20 AM »
Victoria: Tenebrae Responsories for Holy Saturday - Westminster Cathedral Choir conducted by David Hill

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #134079 on: April 20, 2019, 03:42:35 AM »
Mahler: Das Knaben Wunderhorn [Szell]





Two towering vocal greats expertly performing and being led by the great Szell conducting the London Symphony Orchestra makes for compelling listening.
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