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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #127920 on: January 11, 2019, 01:48:17 PM »
Probably that he made it sound like Brahms. It was probably my third or forth classical record, so I didn't know better at the time.

I'll tell you a secret, it is the only version of the Vivaldi Four Seasons I have ever listened to.

Right there is a recommendation!  8)

YouTube offers Side 2:

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #127921 on: January 11, 2019, 02:06:57 PM »
Chopin: Sonata No. 2 Op. 35 [Ousset]


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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #127922 on: January 11, 2019, 02:08:07 PM »
Probably that he made it sound like Brahms. It was probably my third or forth classical record, so I didn't know better at the time.

I'll tell you a secret, it is the only version of the Vivaldi Four Seasons I have ever listened to.

That is both a tragedy and a travesty.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #127923 on: January 11, 2019, 02:26:29 PM »
Quiet City from this set:

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #127924 on: January 11, 2019, 02:34:35 PM »


An American Place

It's the first work I listen to from this composer, and it's turning out an inspiring piece. The music is unpretentious in scope, rather carefree and optimistic. Fortunately there are composers that are creating music in a tonal language, like Fuchs.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #127925 on: January 11, 2019, 03:01:47 PM »


An American Place

It's the first work I listen to from this composer, and it's turning out an inspiring piece. The music is unpretentious in scope, rather carefree and optimistic. Fortunately there are composers that are creating music in a tonal language, like Fuchs.

I have that Fuchs Naxos series and seldom listen to it. I suppose one of the main reasons is I find much of the music just goes nowhere, which is a problem I have with a lot of composers working today (there are exceptions of course). I remember hearing his American Rhapsody and first thinking “This is beautiful...” but then after that, the beauty starts wearing thin as there’s not much musical contrasts in the work --- it just kind of floats by the ear with nothing really sticking out. Perhaps I’m just being too hard on the composer? This very well could be the case, but seems like you’re enjoying it more than I did.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #127926 on: January 11, 2019, 03:02:46 PM »
Welcome back to GMG, John!

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #127927 on: January 11, 2019, 03:06:13 PM »


A second listening will take place today or tomorrow. Very positive impressions so far, esp. the noble, craggy slow movements. Also, one of the very rare instances where a tuba player is given melodic material to work with (symphony 2, first movement) !

Wordsworth studied under Tovey in Edinburgh. He died in Kingussie, Scotland, at the foot of the Grampians. I sense the barrenness and grandeur of the Highlands in his music, but it’s an impression only. Wordsworth is not a musical tone painter.


Kingussie, Scotland.


Ruthven Barracks, Kingussie.


I will be driving past Kingussie on Thursday and will have a good view of Ruthven Barracks on my way past.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #127928 on: January 11, 2019, 03:24:24 PM »
Symphony No. 3, “Liturgique”


One of the great records of all time IMHO and I'm no great fan of Karajan. The birdsong end of the 'Liturgique' has a unique poetry and sense of sadness in this recording.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #127929 on: January 11, 2019, 03:35:24 PM »
One of the great records of all time IMHO and I'm no great fan of Karajan. The birdsong end of the 'Liturgique' has a unique poetry and sense of sadness in this recording.

It’s certainly a moving symphony and HvK captured the anxiety and heartbreak of it all to chilling effect. Good to see you again, my friend.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #127930 on: January 11, 2019, 03:44:03 PM »
I have that Fuchs Naxos series and seldom listen to it. I suppose one of the main reasons is I find much of the music just goes nowhere, which is a problem I have with a lot of composers working today (there are exceptions of course). I remember hearing his American Rhapsody and first thinking “This is beautiful...” but then after that, the beauty starts wearing thin as there’s not much musical contrasts in the work --- it just kind of floats by the ear with nothing really sticking out. Perhaps I’m just being too hard on the composer? This very well could be the case, but seems like you’re enjoying it more than I did.

Welcome back, MI! I hope you stick in here for a longer time. Yes, I tend to agree with you. It's not music that leaves a strong impression for its material or development, but I did find it enjoyable and pretty.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #127931 on: January 11, 2019, 03:53:59 PM »
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #127932 on: January 11, 2019, 04:01:00 PM »
Yes,welcome back,Mirror Image! I was missing your contributions! :)

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #127933 on: January 11, 2019, 04:01:44 PM »
Yes,welcome back,Mirror Image! I was missing your contributions! :)

Yes, I was starting to wonder where MI was.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #127934 on: January 11, 2019, 04:46:52 PM »
Yes,welcome back,Mirror Image! I was missing your contributions! :)

Yes, I was starting to wonder where MI was.

Thank you both and thanks to all. :) I’ve been bitten by the classical bug yet again, so I’ll hopefully stick around for a longer time this time around.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #127935 on: January 11, 2019, 05:07:12 PM »
Selections from this fantastic recording:

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #127936 on: January 11, 2019, 05:25:54 PM »
Welcome back, MI! I hope you stick in here for a longer time. Yes, I tend to agree with you. It's not music that leaves a strong impression for its material or development, but I did find it enjoyable and pretty.

Thank you! Well, as I said, I’m probably being rather harsh to the composer, but those were my initial impressions. Now, when I buy something, I do a bit more thorough job of sampling the music, but, who knows, I may end up enjoying it after spending so much time away from it.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #127937 on: January 11, 2019, 05:33:36 PM »
Bax's mistress (his bird,as they might have,once,said!) Playing Bach's The Well Tempered Clavier,Book 1. Recorded in 1928. Prelude No 1 & Fugue No1,up to,to No 9. I started listening to this a few minutes ago. This is absolutely great! The booklet suggests that,had she been able to (allowed to) record Book 1,in it's entirety,her pioneering efforts might well be ranked alongside those of Fischer and Landowska. I don't know about that?! I'm no expert on Bach;but,listening to her playing,I can't help wishing she'd recorded the lot! And Bax's 'bit on the side' playing Bach!! ::) ;D Excellent sound on these transfers. Very clear & not too much intervention. These recordings could well be contemporary,if they were in state of the art,digital sound! Great cover shot,too! Love that pose!! ;D




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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #127938 on: January 11, 2019, 05:44:59 PM »
Selections from this fantastic recording:



I barely made it through Finzi’s Nocturne (New Year Music) without shedding a tear. This is a composer that I have repeatedly broken down with. It’s almost as if we shared a similar soul. The yearning quality of his music resonates deeply with me.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #127939 on: January 11, 2019, 05:47:55 PM »
Just finished this


Thank you to Kyjo for pointing this CD out.