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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #20980 on: July 07, 2020, 12:31:55 PM »
Shostakovich Chamber Symphony op. 118a


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« Reply #20981 on: July 07, 2020, 02:02:28 PM »


Gustav Mahler: Symphony No.8 in E-flat major. Klaus Tennstedt, London Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir.

A good performance, very weighty and serious, but quite driven.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #20982 on: July 07, 2020, 02:49:57 PM »
Korngold: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35



This performance gets better and better with each successive listen.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
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« Reply #20984 on: July 07, 2020, 03:13:53 PM »
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #20985 on: July 07, 2020, 03:31:48 PM »
Finished the Tennstedt Mahler 8th. Now, strictly for comparative purposes...:



Gustav Mahler: "Alles Vergängliche..." from Symphony No.8. Georg Solti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Viennese choirs, soloists etc.

A very different recording. A lot more presence, of the choirs especially. In the Tennstedt they often sounded ghostly, almost as if they were not really there, whereas here their presence is undeniable. It almost reminds me of Beethoven's 9th in that sense. The Chicago brass are as rich, incisive, and buzzy as ever, and they completely stand out from everything else—it's very unique, and I think I would consider it a fault more than a feature, but I haven't fully decided what I think. This recording is a true sonic triumph, but I'm not entirely sure I'm on the same page interpretively. Very interesting music making nevertheless! I'm going to listen to the whole recording soon.

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« Reply #20986 on: July 07, 2020, 03:32:26 PM »
Symphony in F sharp, Op. 40



The best performance I’ve heard so far of the Korngold Symphony. It’s too bad Korngold didn’t write more as I can imagine the next one being a bit more astringent and having a hue of Neoclassicism about it. But this is me just wishing for something that can’t happen. :) Anyway, this is a stunning symphony.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #20987 on: July 07, 2020, 03:47:01 PM »


Gustav Mahler: Symphony No.8 in E-flat major. Klaus Tennstedt, London Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir.

A good performance, very weighty and serious, but quite driven.

I love that one!

A recent Seventh for 7-7...

Mahler: Symphony No. 7
Budapest Festival Orchestra, cond. Fischer


Wonderfully played, and the second Nachtmusik movement in particular was lovely, but perhaps a bit less interpretive presence than I prefer.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #20988 on: July 07, 2020, 04:47:02 PM »
The 6th:



One of my favorites from Bruckner and this HvK set is one of my desert island picks.
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« Reply #20989 on: July 07, 2020, 05:00:34 PM »



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« Reply #20990 on: July 07, 2020, 07:04:36 PM »
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #20991 on: July 07, 2020, 08:06:48 PM »
NP:

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #20992 on: July 07, 2020, 08:17:30 PM »
Having found various Fauré singers with potential (sometimes in mixed programs) based on particular works, I'm now going back to listen to the full albums to see if that potential is fully realised.

This album currently.



Impression so far is: very good, without being heart-stoppingly amazing (see Dietschy for that...). But even "very good" is better than most singers can manage to my ears in Fauré. Diction is extremely good.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #20993 on: July 07, 2020, 10:04:42 PM »
One of DG's very earliest Quartets that they recorded. And the 7th or 8th (depending on how you count: https://ionarts.blogspot.com/2017/10/a-survey-of-beethoven-string-quartet.html) quartet ever to record the complete Beethoven String Quartets.

Interesting and comprehensive link.
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« Reply #20994 on: July 07, 2020, 10:06:48 PM »
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« Reply #20995 on: July 07, 2020, 11:07:42 PM »
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #20996 on: July 07, 2020, 11:21:00 PM »
Symphony in F sharp, Op. 40



The best performance I’ve heard so far of the Korngold Symphony. It’s too bad Korngold didn’t write more as I can imagine the next one being a bit more astringent and having a hue of Neoclassicism about it. But this is me just wishing for something that can’t happen. :) Anyway, this is a stunning symphony.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #20997 on: July 07, 2020, 11:26:19 PM »
Finished the Tennstedt Mahler 8th. Now, strictly for comparative purposes...:



Gustav Mahler: "Alles Vergängliche..." from Symphony No.8. Georg Solti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Viennese choirs, soloists etc.

A very different recording. A lot more presence, of the choirs especially. In the Tennstedt they often sounded ghostly, almost as if they were not really there, whereas here their presence is undeniable. It almost reminds me of Beethoven's 9th in that sense. The Chicago brass are as rich, incisive, and buzzy as ever, and they completely stand out from everything else—it's very unique, and I think I would consider it a fault more than a feature, but I haven't fully decided what I think. This recording is a true sonic triumph, but I'm not entirely sure I'm on the same page interpretively. Very interesting music making nevertheless! I'm going to listen to the whole recording soon.

It certainly is a tour-de-force.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #20998 on: July 08, 2020, 12:05:38 AM »
Brahms

Symphony No.4
Haydn Variations
Hungarian Dance 1,3 & 10


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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #20999 on: July 08, 2020, 12:10:22 AM »
You haven't been round here for years! Great to hear from you again.  :)

Yes indeed, have been away a long time.
But I intend to visit more often so I will see you around no doubt  ;D
Hope you are well!
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