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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #141580 on: September 11, 2019, 01:32:37 PM »
Ravel: Daphnis and Chloé.



The attraction was Ma Mére l'Oye but it is Daphnis that stole the show with the most atmospheric rendition I have heard. I admired the few recordings Skrowaczewski with his Minneapolis (as it was called then) Orchestra made for Mercury. This for Vox is better still.

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."
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #141581 on: September 11, 2019, 03:17:26 PM »
Mahler
Symphony 1
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #141582 on: September 11, 2019, 03:40:40 PM »


Interesting but their secrets are not revealed at first tries. They require more patience.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #141583 on: September 11, 2019, 04:56:24 PM »


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.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #141584 on: September 11, 2019, 06:25:30 PM »
Roy Harris: Symphony 7


What do you think, Jeffrey?


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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #141585 on: September 11, 2019, 08:26:42 PM »


Bach's Cantata 51 with Maria Stader singing and Karl Richter conducting

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #141586 on: September 11, 2019, 08:54:47 PM »
What do you think, Jeffrey?


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# 2, Op. 3/145 # 12, Op. 103, # 17, Op. 146

I rate Roy Harris 7th Smphony very highly Karl. It is characteristically sibelian I think with great washes of sound. My favourite Harris symphonies in order are 3,7,6,5 and 1.

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William Schuman: Symphony 6 - his masterpiece along with No.3 I think. I like these NZSO performances although reviews of them were rather mixed:

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Re: What are you listening to now?
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #141588 on: September 11, 2019, 10:33:17 PM »


The English choral tradition at its best.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #141589 on: September 11, 2019, 11:04:25 PM »
Bach


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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #141590 on: September 11, 2019, 11:08:27 PM »


I listened to this recording a few weeks ago,part of this attractive box.


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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #141591 on: September 11, 2019, 11:48:33 PM »
Music in Germany from Schutz to Bach. Compiled by Jerome Lejeune.

CD 1.
Composers on disc I.
Martin Luther,Michael Altenburg, Michael Praetorius, Johann Bach, Andreas Hammerschmidt, Samuel Scheidt, Johann Hermann Schein, Johann Rudolph Ahle.

Performers:
Vox Luminis, Lionel Meunier, Choeur de Chambre de Namur, Denis Menier, Greta de Reyghere, Agnes Mellon, Guy De Mey, Ricercar consort, Capella Ricercar, La Fenice, Philippe Pierlot, Henri Ledroit.


This is the second box in de series Jerome Lejeune released over the years. I bought 3 of them for a pittance, but they are worth more as I paid for them. After the Renaissance box you have to turn around your soul to music that is  totally different, especially if it comes to the emotional content, and the protestant spirituality it is more in line with my upbringing, and therefore akin to the call of my soul. Most of the performers I met previous in the Renaissance box, so I know what to expect. Vox Luminis is a favourite, and they open the journey with Luther's "Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott" an apt start me thinks. I will pick some highlights along the way just to give an impression of this CD. "Unser Leben ist ein Schatten "by Johann Bach is a stunning piece, with two beautiful sopranos, (not named) from Vox Luminis, as is by the same ensemble "Surrexit Christus Hodie" composed by Samuel Scheidt and the deeply felt "Ist nicht Ephraim, mein teurer Sohn" by the same composer. The gravitas and concentration is amazing and highly satisfying in this performance. Well balanced singing from Greta De Reyghere and Agnes Mellon in "Christ unser Herr zum Jordan kam" composed by Johann Hermann Schein.
"Wo ist der neugeborene König" composed by Andreas Hammerschmidt, is a deeply moving piece, and well performed by Greta De Reyghere & Agnes Mellon, Guy de Mey and Victor Demaiffe as Bass. Ricercar consort together with Capella Ricercar.  The following track with Greta De Reyghere "Sonata super Nun Lobt , mein Seel, den Heren" also by Hammerschmidt is pretty impressive, especially the winds of the Ricercar Consort.
And as a surprise, which I did not expect, is the fine performance of the counter Henri Ledroit, in Jesu dulcis memoria, by the composer Johann Rudolph Ahle. He has a pleasant voice, and together with the Ricercar Consort, it is a winning combination. The music is really nice.
Sound overall is excellent, and hardly complaints about the performances.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #141592 on: September 12, 2019, 12:04:11 AM »
Music in Germany from Schutz to Bach. Compiled by Jerome Lejeune.

CD 1.
Composers on disc I.
Martin Luther,Michael Altenburg, Michael Praetorius, Johann Bach, Andreas Hammerschmidt, Samuel Scheidt, Johann Hermann Schein, Johann Rudolph Ahle.

Performers:
Vox Luminis, Lionel Meunier, Choeur de Chambre de Namur, Denis Menier, Greta de Reyghere, Agnes Mellon, Guy De Mey, Ricercar consort, Capella Ricercar, La Fenice, Philippe Pierlot, Henri Ledroit.


This is the second box in de series Jerome Lejeune released over the years. I bought 3 of them for a pittance, but they are worth more as I paid for them. After the Renaissance box you have to turn around your soul to music that is  totally different, especially if it comes to the emotional content, and the protestant spirituality it is more in line with my upbringing, and therefore akin to the call of my soul. Most of the performers I met previous in the Renaissance box, so I know what to expect. Vox Luminis is a favourite, and they open the journey with Luther's "Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott" an apt start me thinks. I will pick some highlights along the way just to give an impression of this CD. "Unser Leben ist ein Schatten "by Johann Bach is a stunning piece, with two beautiful sopranos, (not named) from Vox Luminis, as is by the same ensemble "Surrexit Christus Hodie" composed by Samuel Scheidt and the deeply felt "Ist nicht Ephraim, mein teurer Sohn" by the same composer. The gravitas and concentration is amazing and highly satisfying in this performance. Well balanced singing from Greta De Reyghere and Agnes Mellon in "Christ unser Herr zum Jordan kam" composed by Johann Hermann Schein.
"Wo ist der neugeborene König" composed by Andreas Hammerschmidt, is a deeply moving piece, and well performed by Greta De Reyghere & Agnes Mellon, Guy de Mey and Victor Demaiffe as Bass. Ricercar consort together with Capella Ricercar.  The following track with Greta De Reyghere "Sonata super Nun Lobt , mein Seel, den Heren" also by Hammerschmidt is pretty impressive, especially the winds of the Ricercar Consort.
And as a surprise, which I did not expect, is the fine performance of the counter Henri Ledroit, in Jesu dulcis memoria, by the composer Johann Rudolph Ahle. He has a pleasant voice, and together with the Ricercar Consort, it is a winning combination. The music is really nice.
Sound overall is excellent, and hardly complaints about the performances.

Greta De Reyghere has a beautiful voice and Henri Ledroit  died far too young and was trained by the the famous Alfred Deller.This set is on my wishlist.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #141593 on: September 12, 2019, 12:09:06 AM »
An amazing birthday gift from maestro Karl Henning!!!

the entire Kondrashian Shostakovich Symphonies cycle (listened to #5 last night and  YES! Really seemed to emphasize the Mahler influence on that symph)

the entire Rozhdestvensky Prokofiev symphony cycle

Shosty's Preludes and Fugues (Nikolayeva) and....

the Shost. Violin Concerto 2 as performed by Kremer (this  one I took the time to listen to for the first time last night and was quite impressed)

Many thanks, Karl, this was my only birthday present (besides my mom's usual 50). I was feeling almost completely alone for my birthday when this package came in...nobody to spend my birthday with, just that one perfunctory gift from my mom.

I'm so grateful, Karl. These CDs will be listened to until their grooves wear off!
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #141594 on: September 12, 2019, 12:16:53 AM »
Also listening to Sibelius over the last couple of days - Symphonies 4 & 5 - Berglund conducting the Bournemouth SO

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #141595 on: September 12, 2019, 12:31:10 AM »
This is also a nice one  ;)



Yes. This i own already.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #141596 on: September 12, 2019, 12:43:04 AM »
Just a first listen but it sounded quite a dated approach to me.


I do not own the LP in question, but I own this:

https://www.discogs.com/Machaut-Landini-Dufay-Ancient-Instrument-Ensemble-Of-Zurich-Ballads-Rondeaux-And-Virelais-From-The-1/release/11257830

In some way the unrefined quality of his voice seems unsuited to that kind of music.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #141597 on: September 12, 2019, 12:43:20 AM »
Yes. This i own already.


I have yet to acquire this box of the Flemish polyphony. Just wait for a good price.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #141599 on: September 12, 2019, 01:07:08 AM »
Webern

5 Pieces For Orchestra (1913)   
   
3 Orchestral Songs For Voice & Orchestra (1913-194)
     
Symphony, Op. 21

Das Augenlicht, Op. 26
 
Cantata No. 1, Op. 29
 
Variations For Orchestra, Op. 30
 
Cantata No. 2, Op. 31