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« Reply #52180 on: Today at 03:24:46 PM »
Britten: Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

This work is much more brilliant than I had thought, and what a smashing performance! Britten was a quite clever composer.

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Malcolm Arnold: Symphony No.2, op.40; Symphony No.3, op.63. Andrew Penny, National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland

Happy centennial to the maestro Sir Malcolm.

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« Reply #52182 on: Today at 04:05:03 PM »
Bernard Haitink passed away, he was a conductor I always admired.He died peacefully.

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I'm not sure why I never picked this up earlier, it's great

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« Reply #52184 on: Today at 04:16:37 PM »
Bernard Haitink passed away, he was a conductor I always admired.He died peacefully.

For real? An important loss. May he rest in peace. We'll appreciate his legacy all this life and beyond. I think he was an indefatigable great conductor among the more respected.
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« Reply #52185 on: Today at 04:19:45 PM »
Bernard Haitink passed away, he was a conductor I always admired.He died peacefully.

Damn... I'm so sorry to hear that. I was just writing the other day about how he's probably the greatest living conductor, though he retired a couple of years back. Rest in peace to the maestro. Shall have to spin one of his recordings soon. After this, perhaps:



Malcolm Arnold: Concerto for Two Pianos, Three Hands, op.104. Phyllis Sellick, Cyril Smith, Malcolm Arnold, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

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« Reply #52186 on: Today at 04:46:33 PM »
Bernard Haitink passed away, he was a conductor I always admired. He died peacefully.

A tremendously versatile conductor whom I enjoyed listening to in a variety of music. I particularly enjoyed his Ravel orchestral works, his Strauss tone poems, and his Shostakovich Symphony no. 8, to name but a few. Condolences to his family. May he rest in peace.

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Damn... I'm so sorry to hear that. I was just writing the other day about how he's probably the greatest living conductor, though he retired a couple of years back. Rest in peace to the maestro. Shall have to spin one of his recordings soon. After this, perhaps:



Malcolm Arnold: Concerto for Two Pianos, Three Hands, op.104. Phyllis Sellick, Cyril Smith, Malcolm Arnold, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra


He will always be remembered for the many matinees on Christmas Day. Unforgettable concerts of most of the Mahler symphonies.


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Schumann symphonies 1 and 2 from the Haitink Symphony Edition



Haitink was not often mentioned in relation to this composer, but his interpretations are fresh, vital, with a welcome breadth of utterance.

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Gustav Mahler: Lieder aus Des Knaben Wunderhorn. Jessye Norman, John Shirley-Quirk, Bernard Haitink, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

In memoriam. Haitink had a feeling for Mahler that few could match.

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« Reply #52190 on: Today at 05:26:27 PM »
Yes,I enjoyed it very much.In de last part I heard reminicenties that made me think of Wagner.I listened afterwards to the Askenazy recording of that adagio and there  it was not so  prominent  .

Shostakovich certainly quotes Wagner in there.
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Joining several others in marking the centennial of Malcolm Arnold's birth:

Arnold
Symphony no. 5
London Symphony Orchestra
Richard Hickox




Arnold's sense of humor is evident here as in many of his works - but this is ultimately a tragic piece. The slow movement is strikingly gorgeous and instantly memorable, and of course it returns to cap off the finale - only it's cut short by a sudden turn to a minor key, and the symphony quickly collapses into darkness. Quite the piece.

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« Reply #52192 on: Today at 06:02:49 PM »
Joining several others in marking the centennial of Malcolm Arnold's birth:

Arnold
Symphony no. 5
London Symphony Orchestra
Richard Hickox




Arnold's sense of humor is evident here as in many of his works - but this is ultimately a tragic piece. The slow movement is strikingly gorgeous and instantly memorable, and of course it returns to cap off the finale - only it's cut short by a sudden turn to a minor key, and the symphony quickly collapses into darkness. Quite the piece.

Yes, Arnold had a distorted sense of reality and mental problems that stamped on many of his works. The Symphony No. 7 is especially disturbing, but quite witty and without losing his "sense of humor". One of my favorite English composers, in a top 25.
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Bizet: Symphony in C


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Very nice piano, totally clear in all registers and a strong bass, this man can play counterpoint, he can arrange the voices in an interesting way. The longest 960/i I can remember hearing, I don’t know if he talks about the choice in the booklet.
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Gustav Mahler: Lieder aus Des Knaben Wunderhorn. Jessye Norman, John Shirley-Quirk, Bernard Haitink, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

In memoriam. Haitink had a feeling for Mahler that few could match.

I'll go on the record in say that Haitink's recording of Das Lied von der Erde is a desert island recording for me. There's nothing like it and as much as I love say the Klemperer, there's a magic in the Haitink that I can't even put into words. Incredible performance.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
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NP:

Brahms
Clarinet Sonata in E-flat major, Op. 102 No. 2
Martin Fröst, Roland Pöntinen


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Early morning listening:
Vaughan Williams 'In the Fen County':
LPO, Bernard Haitink
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