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Quote from: Symphonic Addict on May 25, 2023, 05:41:40 PMFew Soviet quartet cycles are so compelling and special like the six SQs by Vadim Salmanov (1912-78). These works represent a major achievement, I am astounded by the musical quality of each of them, no dull or weak examples here. The music is loaded with sorrow, intensity, bitterness, eloquence and profoundness in spades, not devoid of many piquant moments either.Seriously engrossing and rewarding stuff.
Quote from: Symphonic Addict on April 08, 2023, 08:02:31 PMKarel Husa: Symphony No. 1 (1953)Astounding and gripping music by this Czech composer, redolent of the brooding styles of Kalabis, Ivanovs (not as depressing, though), and perhaps Kabelac. Remarkable stuff that could comfortably be one of my discoveries of this year. My curiosity was piqued to explore further.Paul Kletzki: Symphony No. 3 (1939)Very different and more advanced than his Second Symphony, there's something energetic music on here. One instantly feels this work will feature a relentless character, and effectively, it unfolds that way a good deal of the time. It reminded me of K.A. Hartmann's soundworld, the music has seriousness, gravitas and drive, just as contrapuntal density. Hans Gál: Piano Quartet in A major (left hand) (1926)A peach of a piano quartet, the ideas struck me like original and engaging in a way not much dissimilar to Paul Juon's melodic gift. A winning work expertly written. I suspect the rest of the disc will be of interest and good quality too.Joseph Jongen: Deux Sérénades for string quartet (1918)Two thoroughly eloquent pieces imbued with graceful beauty and sensual gestures. Jongen's idiom seems to relate to that of Ravel, albeit the former has his own ideas, his own voice.
Quote from: vandermolen on May 30, 2023, 11:22:20 PMI'd ignored this CD for years having read some negative reviews. How wrong I was! Following an enthusiastic comment on the forum (can't remember by whom) I bought a second-hand copy which completely revived my interest in the Enigma Variations, which I found more moving than ever before.
Quote from: relm1 on May 31, 2023, 05:57:19 AMAgreed, this is a very fine and unorthodox performance. Very moving by the glorious ending but I can see why that romanticism might rub some people the wrong way. It's a bit of Elgar by way of Mahler.
Quote from: vers la flamme on May 31, 2023, 04:16:38 PMI know that Lenny and the BBCSO did not exactly get on famously.
Quote from: relm1 on May 31, 2023, 05:11:45 PMYes for sure check out the Lenny BBCSO Elgar Enigma. It's special. I don't know if I would characterize it as Lenny and the BBCSO didn't get on famously. A friend who performed in a major London orchestra in the 1970's and under Lenny described him as loud and obnoxious. He rubbed a lot of people the wrong way. This doesn't mean he wasn't annoying and flashy, he was loud and obnoxious which drives most people crazy, but they also found him brilliant. He was a bit of a diva and that drives most anyone crazy.
Quote from: vers la flamme on May 31, 2023, 06:23:20 PMI was thinking of a video I saw the other day of some members of the BBCSO brass section disagreeing with Bernstein and rolling their eyes at him as he tried to correct them in a certain passage. That, and the fact that I don't think he was ever invited back However, I'm sure you're right that it was not an altogether negative experience for the orchestra, and a very good recording came of it.
Quote from: kyjo on December 21, 2022, 08:07:25 PMArnold's 6th is a fine work, but have you heard the 5th? To my ears, it's his ultimate masterpiece and an unforgettably powerful work.
Quote from: kyjo on December 20, 2022, 06:53:31 PMYes, a wonderful score! Definitely check out his 3rd Symphony if you haven't already - a sunny, generously melodic work with a slow movement that's absolutely to die for. It's by far my favorite of his 5 symphonies, btw.
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