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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #141600 on: September 12, 2019, 01:12:45 AM »

Music in Germany from Schutz to Bach. Compiled by Jerome Lejeune.

CD II.
Composers on disc II.
Heinrich Schutz, Johann Krieger, Johann Sebastiani, Hieronymus Praetorius, Thomas Selle.
 
Performers:
Vox Luminis, Lionel Meunier, Ricercar consort, Philippe Pierlot, Capella Sancti Michaelis, Erik van Nevel, Cantus Colln, Konrad Junghanel, Concerto Palatino, Akademia, Francoise Lasserre, Les Corsaires du Roy.

Soloists:
Barbara Borden, Douglas Nasrawi, Henri Ledroit, Bernard Foccroulle, Agnes Mellon, Steve Dugardin, Stephan van Dijk, Paul Agnew, Job Boswinkel, Monika Mauch, Mark Padmore, Marius van Alten, Jan van Elsacker, Philippe Froeliger, Renaud Delaigue, Bertrand Chuberre, Emmanuel Vistorsky, Claire Lefilliatre, Vincent Gregoire, Herve Lamy, Max van Egmond, James Bowman.



The first half of the CD is dedicated to Heinrich Schutz, and again Vox Luminis is starting CD II,
Track 3 "Domine labia mea aperies" from Symphoniae Sacrae I is filling my heart with awe, sung by Barbara Borden and Douglas Nasrawi, and accompanied by Concerto Palatino is a winner. Henri Ledroit is performing together with Bernard Foccroulle on Harpsichord "Eile mich Gott zu erretten" from the Kleine geistliche Konzerte. It has the emotional gravitas it needs, and the performance is perfectly acceptable, although I have it also with a soprano, and that has my preference. No matter this is really good.
A moving rendition of "Aus Tiefer not" (Becker Psalter) by Vox Luminis, well balanced and spiritual moving. A favourite with me is Scheidt's "Herr, nun lasst du deinen Diener" from the Musikalische Exequien, also performed by Vox Luminis. For me this composition has an extra meaning, coupled with a personal experience. Really well performed. I know the complete text that follows by heart.
The rest is always on a high level, no complaints whatsoever.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #141601 on: September 12, 2019, 01:36:49 AM »


 A reconstruction of the 1595 Venetian Coronation of Doge Marino Grimani. Superb performances of the music of the Gabrielis in magnificent sound.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #141602 on: September 12, 2019, 01:45:39 AM »
https://outhere-music.com/en/albums/the-flemish-polyphony-colour-book-of-200-pages-8-cd-s-in-a-magnificent-box-ric-102

Thank you for the link. It is the same price on JPC de. I acquired the present boxes for 24,95€, on JPC, and I forgot to order the Flemish polyphony.
So I will wait a little me thinks.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #141603 on: September 12, 2019, 01:46:24 AM »


 A reconstruction of the 1595 Venetian Coronation of Doge Marino Grimani. Superb performances of the music of the Gabrielis in magnificent sound.

Yes, that was also my conclusion. I very much liked this performance.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #141604 on: September 12, 2019, 02:02:11 AM »
Sibelius: Symphony No 6 in D minor - Berglund/Chamber Orchestra of Europe - I disliked this cycle on first hearing, revisiting No 6 confirms that dislike. As Roasted Swan posted recently, it si distinctive in a 'need to be different kind of way'. I found it irritating. No 3 from the cycle isn't too bad though.

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« Reply #141605 on: September 12, 2019, 02:42:33 AM »
Music in Germany from Schutz to Bach. Compiled by Jerome Lejeune.

CD III.

Composers on disc III.
Thomas Selle, Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow, Franz Tunder, Matthias Weckmann, Dieterich Buxtehude.

Performers:
Vox Luminis, Lionel Meunier, Ricercar consort, Capella Ricerar, Capella Sancti Michaelis, Erik van Nevel, Collegium Vocale, Philippe Herreweghe.

Soloists:
Henri Ledroit, Agnes Mellon, Greta de Reyghere, Max van Egmond, James Bowman, Guy de Mey, Deborah York, Jan Kobow, Benoit Haller, Ian Honeyman, Francois Fernandez.


The following highlights on CD II are for me:  "Es begab sich aber" composed by Thomas Selle, performed by Greta de Reyghere, Guy de Mey, plus the Ricercar consort and ensemble. Apart being a fine and well written piece, the narrative is perfect too, well sung! De Reyghere can lash out with her voice sometimes, but this combination works well.
Loved "Ach Herr, lass deine lieben Engelein" composed by Franz Tunder, sung by Greta De Reyghere, with the Ricercar consort, her voice is kind of floating like angels in heaven, brittle and full of feeling.
Also a highlight is Weckmann's composition "Weine Nicht" beautifully performed by James Bowman, Ian Honeyman and Max Van Egmond, plus the Ricercar consort. All three voices are a match made in heaven, for there is a real synergy. Superb.

Good performances throughout, and good sound.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
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« Reply #141607 on: September 12, 2019, 04:02:48 AM »
ALL of the Ravel recorded by this combination is very good.  Transformed when released on CD.  I'd known it through the old warp-prone crackly Vox LP's and suddenly on CD the brilliance of the music making was revealed.  The (complete) Ma Mere L'Oye and a sparkling Alborada highlights for me alongside the Daphnis Suites.....

From an Amazon review...." [These] were recorded by the famous team of Marc Aubort and the late Joanna Nickrenz who were among the first to use Dolby A Noise reduction (called Dolby s/n stretcher), which for the first time achieved a signal to noise ratio of over 80 db on magnetic tape. These recordings were made in the mid to late 1970's for the Vox/Turnabaout label in the new Minnesota Orchestra Hall. This hall is considered by many to be the most acoustically perfect hall in the world. Marc Aubort and Joanna Nickrenz captured the orchestra and ambient hall beautifully. There is great detail yet the hall reverberation is captured to great and beautiful effect which really enhances the performance."

Thanks for info, much appreciated. I noted that the audiophile label Mobile Fidelity released this set of works on CD - they are not silly are they! If I can locate a Turnabout LP I will break a long held rule of avoiding "Bolero".
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #141608 on: September 12, 2019, 04:10:59 AM »
Music in Germany from Schutz to Bach. Compiled by Jerome Lejeune.

CD III.

Composers on disc III.
Thomas Selle, Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow, Franz Tunder, Matthias Weckmann, Dieterich Buxtehude.

Performers:
Vox Luminis, Lionel Meunier, Ricercar consort, Capella Ricerar, Capella Sancti Michaelis, Erik van Nevel, Collegium Vocale, Philippe Herreweghe.

Soloists:
Henri Ledroit, Agnes Mellon, Greta de Reyghere, Max van Egmond, James Bowman, Guy de Mey, Deborah York, Jan Kobow, Benoit Haller, Ian Honeyman, Francois Fernandez.


The following highlights on CD II are for me:  "Es begab sich aber" composed by Thomas Selle, performed by Greta de Reyghere, Guy de Mey, plus the Ricercar consort and ensemble. Apart being a fine and well written piece, the narrative is perfect too, well sung! De Reyghere can lash out with her voice sometimes, but this combination works well.
Loved "Ach Herr, lass deine lieben Engelein" composed by Franz Tunder, sung by Greta De Reyghere, with the Ricercar consort, her voice is kind of floating like angels in heaven, brittle and full of feeling.
Also a highlight is Weckmann's composition "Weine Nicht" beautifully performed by James Bowman, Ian Honeyman and Max Van Egmond, plus the Ricercar consort. All three voices are a match made in heaven, for there is a real synergy. Superb.

Good performances throughout, and good sound.

that describes her voice very well. ;)

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #141609 on: September 12, 2019, 04:19:14 AM »
Also listening to Sibelius over the last couple of days - Symphonies 4 & 5 - Berglund conducting the Bournemouth SO

Excellent!

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« Reply #141610 on: September 12, 2019, 04:19:58 AM »
that describes her voice very well. ;)

She made a recording of BWV 21 for Kuijken, rather nicely. I’m very keen on voices like that, voices which shower you with diamonds.
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« Reply #141611 on: September 12, 2019, 04:33:53 AM »
She made a recording of BWV 21 for Kuijken, rather nicely. I’m very keen on voices like that, voices which shower you with diamonds.

An exfoliating shower?

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #141612 on: September 12, 2019, 05:02:37 AM »
Andre Souris
Symphonies and orchestral songs
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Film music really of the conventional 1930s. Left me unsmiling ....
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« Reply #141613 on: September 12, 2019, 05:07:38 AM »
Music in Germany from Schutz to Bach. Compiled by Jerome Lejeune.

CD IV.

Composers on disc IV.
Dieterich Buxtehude,Nicolaus Bruhns, Anonymous, Johann Christoph Bach, Johann Michael Bach, Johann Sebastian Bach.

Performers:
Vox Luminis, Lionel Meunier, Ricercar consort, Collegium Vocale, Rene Jacobs, Stylus Phantasticus.

Soloists:
Henri Ledroit, Agnes Mellon, Greta de Reyghere, Max van Egmond, James Bowman, Guy de Mey,  Maria Cristina Kiehr, Martina Bover,Andreas Scholl, Gert Turk, Ulrich Messthaler/


The CD starts with a wonderful composition by Buxtehude, "Ich suchte des Nachts" with a more than excellent Guy de Mey, and Max van Egmond, together with the Ricercar consort. Did not hear this before, and fell with my nose in the butter, a saying in Holland, for I have enjoyed this immensely.
And who could resist when Maria Cristina Kiehr sings "Herr, wenn ich nur dich habe"  by Buxtehude, accompanied by Stylus Phantasticus? Superb.
Nicolaus Bruhns wrote  "Die Zeit meines Abschieds ist vorhanden" with, Greta de Reyghere, Max van Egmond, James Bowman, Guy de Mey & Ricercar consort, and what a sublime work that is. Did not hear it before, but its a firm favourite now.
And I certainly enjoyed two composition at the end performed by Vox Luminis the first being "Halt, was du hast" by Johann Michael Bach & "Ich lasse dich nicht" by Johann Christoph Bach & Johann Sebastian Bach. Such intense but very controlled interpretations. A clear articulation, and fine coloring.
All on this CD has been enjoyed. Sound is uniformly good.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #141614 on: September 12, 2019, 05:11:26 AM »
Debussy: Pelleas et Melisande [von Karajan]


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« Reply #141615 on: September 12, 2019, 05:13:00 AM »


The organ concerto is challenging music set in a challenging sound world. The symphony inhabits a different sphere. It is coruscating, airy, almost pointillistic. It is also challenging but for a different reason: the musical argument is hard to pin. It makes me think of those glass cages with a blower where someone tries to catch dollar bills. I find myself more attuned to the symphony than the concerto. Although titled « no 1 » by the composer, it seems to be his only symphony.


As far as I know André this is still his only Symphony.
Interestingly, I really like the Organ Concerto. I find it to be a powerful and dramatic work.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #141616 on: September 12, 2019, 05:17:26 AM »
Piano stuff

Sibelius, 8 Little Pieces op.99 (and they are indeed very little)
Scriabin, 4 Preludes op.22
Brahms, Fantasias op.116 (which apparently I haven't listened to since 2010, ouch)

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #141617 on: September 12, 2019, 05:39:53 AM »
Debussy: Pelleas et Melisande [von Karajan]




It often gets a bad press, but I rather like Karajan's take on Debussy's great opera.
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« Reply #141618 on: September 12, 2019, 05:40:13 AM »


Wonderfully sprightly performances of the Brandenburgs from Alessandrini and Concerto Italiano.
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« Reply #141619 on: September 12, 2019, 05:41:24 AM »
It often gets a bad press, but I rather like Karajan's take on Debussy's great opera.

Yes, I thoroughly enjoyed the listen after many years.
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