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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102740 on: November 23, 2017, 07:16:18 AM »
Streaming Nielsen Violin Concerto. I plan on buying this version eventually on the grounds of the Sibelius, so I might as well use it for my current Nielsen exploration.



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.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102741 on: November 23, 2017, 07:18:26 AM »
Speaking of Nielsen’s VC, now playing:

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102742 on: November 23, 2017, 07:36:36 AM »
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102743 on: November 23, 2017, 08:32:56 AM »
On now. I love these fiery performances by Wyn Morris. Dubbed the Welsh Furtwangler,by one critic. His own fiery ,disagreeable temperament seems to have been his eventual undoing. Showered with praise by the critics;followed by a miserable decline into current obscurity. No one even mentions him here,in Wales! Giving a recording part to Maggie Thatcher might not have helped much,either?! (In Wales,anyway!). His Beethoven recordings have been reissued though (fairly,recently) and do seem to have some admirers. I've collected the original Pickwick/Imp cd's. I remember them being on the racks in WH Smiths and Woolworths,back in the late 80's,early to mid 90's.  I think his Mahler Fifth is fantastic,too! Looking at his photo;I get the feeling I wouldn't have wanted to get on the wrong side of him. He does have that 'Maestro',look,fair play!! ??? ;D

   

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102744 on: November 23, 2017, 09:05:39 AM »
Thanksgiving morning listening:



A sublime recording.  Recommended by Amazon's Gio.  Wonderful mix of music from the 12th to the 17th centuries.



Recommended by Que quite recently; I jumped on this after reading his review (the incredibly low-price factored in here too).

A winner in all regards.   ;)

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102745 on: November 23, 2017, 09:09:32 AM »
Wiren: Violin Concerto [Sparf/Comissiona]....





This is a first listen to this work for me. I find it to be  intriguing and exciting in the first movement. The middle movement is quite a lyrical, if somewhat austere, piece. The final movement I find to be quite a contrast in tone to the first two movements it being celebratory and joyous in nature. The orchestration is lean but appealing throughout.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102746 on: November 23, 2017, 09:11:21 AM »

Giving thanks to great music and GMG friends.  Cheers!  :)

Have a great day Hipster  8)
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102747 on: November 23, 2017, 09:14:26 AM »
Roberta Mameli (Soprano), Luca Pianca (Lute)
Music of Claudio Monteverdi,  Giulio Caccini,  Barbara Strozzi,  Sigismondo D'India, Andrea Falconieri, Pietro P. Raimondo, Tarquinio Merula


How did you like it ?  I have seen favorable reviews, so I am curious.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102748 on: November 23, 2017, 09:14:41 AM »
Interesting because my reaction to Marcon's Bach is quite similar to yours. Johanssen however I find more rewarding, even if his style is somewhat restrained. Try the triosonatas and the CD: Der junge Bach played on the Schnitger organ in Cappel.

Actually by coincidence I've been listening to his Neumeister Chorales at Walterhausen.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102749 on: November 23, 2017, 09:29:29 AM »



Whilst the turducken slowly roasts, some Bach, disc six.  While the mono recordings lack the bass heft of the later stereo set, the upper registers sound more than adequate.  This is one set of organ works that works as well through headphones as speakers.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102750 on: November 23, 2017, 09:32:42 AM »


Beauty Farm Bauldewein mass "en douleur et tristesse" - distinctive music, worth hearing - possibly more than once.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102751 on: November 23, 2017, 09:34:34 AM »
Mozart: Horn Concerto No. 1 [Brain/von Karajan]....


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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102752 on: November 23, 2017, 09:35:12 AM »
Interesting because my reaction to Marcon's Bach is quite similar to yours. Johanssen however I find more rewarding, even if his style is somewhat restrained. Try the triosonatas and the CD: Der junge Bach played on the Schnitger organ in Cappel.

Andrea Marcon & Bach is not the happiest of combinations... heavy and rigid....

Johanssen is much more to my liking, however. :)

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102753 on: November 23, 2017, 09:38:19 AM »
Thanksgiving morning listening:



Recommended by Que quite recently; I jumped on this after reading his review (the incredibly low-price factored in here too).

A winner in all regards.   ;)

Giving thanks to great music and GMG friends.  Cheers!  :)

Great!  And  many thanks in return.  :)

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102754 on: November 23, 2017, 09:40:42 AM »
After a busy day:


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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102755 on: November 23, 2017, 09:51:28 AM »
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.

Like faulting L'oiseau de feu for not being Petrushka!
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102756 on: November 23, 2017, 09:57:31 AM »
Holst: Egdon Heath [Hickox]....





An evocative, sometimes forlorn, sometimes slightly menacing and disconcerting but always absorbing performance.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102757 on: November 23, 2017, 10:06:53 AM »
After a busy day:


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Perfect program and interpreter for chilling out in the evening. Excellent!
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102758 on: November 23, 2017, 10:10:44 AM »
A pretty nice symphony, but not a favorite of mine from Casella. The Sinfonia (Symphony No. 3), his last symphony, is my favorite with an absolute heart-rendering slow movement, Andante molto moderato quasi adagio. This particular movement, for me, is one of the best things he has composed. The Alun Francis recording is the one to own. Noseda totally misses the point in this slow movement and rushes through some key moments that should have been treated more delicately.

Agreed, John. Casella's Third is his masterpiece and the Francis recording does it full justice.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #102759 on: November 23, 2017, 10:21:10 AM »
Wiren: Violin Concerto [Sparf/Comissiona]....





This is a first listen to this work for me. I find it to be  intriguing and exciting in the first movement. The middle movement is quite a lyrical, if somewhat austere, piece. The final movement I find to be quite a contrast in tone to the first two movements it being celebratory and joyous in nature. The orchestration is lean but appealing throughout.

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!
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