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Quote from: Pohjolas Daughter on November 20, 2022, 04:40:30 AMAt a charity shop, I found a LP of Karajan conducting a Sibelius symphony. In short, the LP wasn't from the same era/pressing as the sleeve. I've learned also to double-check whether the LP is mono or stereo.PDp.s. Vaughan Williams sounds like a nice way to "start" my morning; I did already listen to some music from a baroque music program. Must admit, I'm appreciating the tiny bit of extra heat generated by my tube equipment!
Quote from: vandermolen on November 21, 2022, 01:14:18 AMWell PD - at least it was the same composer (Sibelius)! They managed to find the right LP when I got back to the shop. I'm enjoying VW conducting DNP again this morning.
Quote from: Abdel Ove Allhan on December 26, 2022, 08:40:54 AMI posted this on another forum on RVW's B-Day.Have been revisiting his Piano Concerto in C lately. I was previously familiar with the older 2 piano version which seemed a little unwieldy in that arrangement but now I have the Ashley Wass performance with the Liverpool Phil. and have thoroughly reignited my passion for RVW's masterpiece. Apparently Bartok loved the Toccata1st movement. It is suitably bravura and a bold sonic barrage that would have the hipsters clutching their pork pie hats. The second movement is sumptuously romantic night music with quietly sweeping piano arpeggios and hints of the Fuga theme sprinkled liberally about which then leads to an even more beautiful and transcendent melody that would melt a dodecaphonists face. The Fuga Chromatica con Finale Alla Tedesco is a romp. Inversions, retrogrades, canons abound in this free form but still tonal and "fugal-y" relevant fugue form. The Finale alla tedesco carries over the Fuga theme and developes it further into a demonic waltz/cadenza and after a lovely recapitulation of the Night/Transcendant music the orchestra and piano swell to a full and radiant mp C chord and evaporate into the cool evening.HBD, RVW,
Quote from: vandermolen on December 26, 2022, 11:16:33 AMAn interesting review of the earlier Boult symphony cycle:https://www.enjoythemusic.com/magazine/music/0504/classical/williams.htm
Quote from: Abdel Ove Allhan on December 26, 2022, 08:40:54 AMand after a lovely recapitulation of the Night/Transcendant music the orchestra and piano swell to a full and radiant mp C chord and evaporate into the cool evening.
Quote from: Albion on December 26, 2022, 11:27:05 AMThe RVW Piano Concerto is magnificent, either in the solo or duet versions: it just works. A great coupling for it is on Lyrita with John Foulds' equally stunning Dynamic Triptych with Howard Shelley and Vernon Handley. Both superb performances (as usual with both artists). Along with the Three Mantras this was one of Foulds' most visionary works and is well worth seeking out (and then supplement it with the Oramo discs on Warner and the Corp discs on Dutton). But returning to the RVW, why does nobody ever play it in concert? Simply because the magnificent symphonies get most of the playing time - when is the last time that you heard the oboe, violin or tuba concertos live? Erm, never. The same can be said of most of the choral works and the operas. In a way there is just too much excellence and concert planners can only get their heads around a limited repertoire. Alright, if you've got a chorus do A Sea Symphony, if you haven't do one of the others or possibly the overture to The Wasps or the orchestral version of Serenade to Music. Over the years I've supplemented the great EMI 30 disc "Collectors Edition" box with virtually everything else that has now been recorded (especially by Dutton, Naxos and Albion) to the point where I can't really envisage that there will be any other significant "recording premieres". Undoubtedly the Piano Concerto would go down a storm - it's virtuosic, tuneful and wonderfully orchestrated. Either version is equally satisfying (the EMI box has both) but it's essential RVW...
Quote from: Irons on December 27, 2022, 02:39:45 AMInteresting indeed. Thanks for posting, Jeffrey. A well researched review but I think worth mentioning that the Decca set was produced by the great John Culshaw and sound engineering by the equally great Kenneth Wilkinson. The reviewer mentions the set was recorded 1953-54. I am shocked to discover these unbelievable set of recording dates.Symphony No.4 2/12/1953Symphony No.5 3/12/1953Symphony No.6 15/12 1953I do not have the recording dates of the other symphonies to hand. The intensity of the sessions at the Kingsway Hall must have been something!
Quote from: vandermolen on December 28, 2022, 02:32:16 AMSee above post
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