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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #1060 on: October 10, 2019, 01:43:03 PM »
Fourth listen in a month. Holy cow what a work and what a performance.



You're making me hearing it once again. I've only listened to the cpo recording, but I think it's not the definitive performance. The Caprice rendition has received more praises.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #1061 on: October 10, 2019, 01:44:12 PM »


Symphonies nos 5 and 6. I’ve read all kinds of critics and comments on these performances. For some reason they seem to have elicited rather polarized feelings. My own response is extremely positive. I hear what bothers some - the perceived aloofness, the emotional neutrality, the analytical stance. It reminds me of criticisms leveled at Boulez or Maazel. It could be justified if your idea of a nielsenesque symphonic journey entails high levels of emotional engagement (adrenalin) and a fondness for coruscating colours and blazing perorations. A nordic Janacek, then. I happen to fancy that, too, a lot actually. :)

What I hear in these performances is incredible refinement of textures, X-ray like perspective on the score’s orchestration, infinite attention to balances, clarity and refinement of playing ( the NYP is simply glorious). Am I talking Debussy here? No, but there is something to be said for shedding LED lighting on Nielsen’s music (I wish they'd give us some Sibelius, too!).

I often praise an orchestral execution and recording that brings transparency and clarity to the music at hand. Here it’s the actual conception of the music that is clear and transparent. It helps that the execution is so refined and the recording so well balanced.

Not the only way to approach these work, but I enjoyed this disc tremendously.

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« Reply #1062 on: October 10, 2019, 01:51:34 PM »


Symphony No. 3

I consider it my favorite Alwyn symphony. Such a coruscating piece!! My kind of stuff!! It even has some Nielsen, Walton and VW elements listening to it carefully. The LSO sound relentless, shattering, violent, threatening, accurate. Hickox and his orchestra made a stupendous job here. I'm thoroughly impressed and delighted to say the least!! To sum up, what a blast!!

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« Reply #1063 on: October 10, 2019, 01:57:10 PM »


Symphonies nos 5 and 6. I’ve read all kinds of critics and comments on these performances. For some reason they seem to have elicited rather polarized feelings. My own response is extremely positive. I hear what bothers some - the perceived aloofness, the emotional neutrality, the analytical stance. It reminds me of criticisms leveled at Boulez or Maazel. It could be justified if your idea of a nielsenesque symphonic journey entails high levels of emotional engagement (adrenalin) and a fondness for coruscating colours and blazing perorations. A nordic Janacek, then. I happen to fancy that, too, a lot actually. :)

What I hear in these performances is incredible refinement of textures, X-ray like perspective on the score’s orchestration, infinite attention to balances, clarity and refinement of playing ( the NYP is simply glorious). Am I talking Debussy here? No, but there is something to be said for shedding LED lighting on Nielsen’s music (I wish they'd give us some Sibelius, too!).

I often praise an orchestral execution and recording that brings transparency and clarity to the music at hand. Here it’s the actual conception of the music that is clear and transparent. It helps that the execution is so refined and the recording so well balanced.

Not the only way to approach these work, but I enjoyed this disc tremendously.

Oh yes, that set is a real winner.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #1064 on: October 10, 2019, 02:02:56 PM »
I succumbed to temptation, I'm listening to the Pettersson's VC. I don't have the aforementioned recording on my hands, so I'm playing it on YouTube. So far, intense, very intense, powerfully intense.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/hv19nLH9cqQ" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" class="bbc_link bbc_flash_disabled new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/hv19nLH9cqQ</a>

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #1065 on: October 10, 2019, 02:13:03 PM »


It looks interesting! I had forgotten this disk. The last recording of these concertos that I purchased was Seiler/ Concerto Köln, which is playing in my system as I write this. 
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #1066 on: October 10, 2019, 03:53:02 PM »
I far prefer that old LP to the new SACD from BIS. If the latter were the only one available, then it would be perfectly fine, but Haendel's is in another universe.

Absolutely. She looks down on the competition from a great height. Plus, she plays the more challenging unrevised score. Not that the latter is child play in comparison, but a layer of intensity is missing.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #1067 on: October 10, 2019, 03:56:52 PM »


Symphonies 2 and 3. Same comments as above (symphonies 5 and 6). In the glorious 3rd symphony Gilbert nails the tempo of the finale unerringly. Once again the orchestra sounds in a league of its own. Kudos to the Dacapo sound crew for achieving punch and transparency in perfect balance.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #1068 on: October 10, 2019, 06:14:43 PM »


Violin Concerto

A first listen to this work. A dramatic and melancholy concerto full of arresting moments. Unexpectedly thrilling. Great discovery.

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« Reply #1069 on: October 10, 2019, 06:18:15 PM »


Violin Concerto

A first listen to this work. A dramatic and melancholy concerto full of arresting moments. Unexpectedly thrilling. Great discovery.

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« Reply #1070 on: October 10, 2019, 06:39:19 PM »
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #1071 on: October 10, 2019, 06:48:10 PM »
Sgambati: Piano Concerto



Not quite on the level of the symphonies, but very ingratiating music.

Raff: Symphony No. 9, "Im Sommer"



Very charming.




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« Reply #1072 on: October 10, 2019, 07:16:22 PM »
Stravaganze
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You know it's been a long day, when you misread that as: The King's Nose.

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« Reply #1073 on: October 10, 2019, 08:10:13 PM »
You know it's been a long day, when you misread that as: The King's Nose.

A long day, but a good day!

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« Reply #1074 on: October 10, 2019, 08:11:57 PM »
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« Reply #1076 on: October 10, 2019, 09:52:04 PM »
Gaultier: Apollon Orateur - 17th Century French Lute Music
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #1077 on: October 10, 2019, 10:47:46 PM »
Hear! Hear!  ;D
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« Reply #1078 on: October 10, 2019, 11:36:41 PM »


Not an actual Vivaldi Vespers, nor even a reconstruction of a particular event, more a liturgical concert of the type one might have heard back in Vivaldi's day to celebrate a day in the Christian calendar, in this case the Feast of the Assumption.

The performances by Alessandrini and his team are excellent and, though we have over two hours of music here, the selection is nicely varied.
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