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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #42020 on: June 13, 2021, 03:08:11 AM »
I should revisit those Kabalevsky symphonies. I’ll listen to the 4th first on your recommendation, Jeffrey.
There are two recordings AFAIK John, the CPO set which is fine but a more urgent, but less well recorded, version from Kabalevsky himself. I enjoy both versions.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #42021 on: June 13, 2021, 03:44:06 AM »
Bartók

Four Orchestral Pieces
Concerto for Orchestra

Chicago symphony Orchestra


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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #42022 on: June 13, 2021, 04:11:39 AM »


Richard Wagner: Preludes from Der fliegende Holländer, Tannhäuser, Lohengrin, etc. Daniel Barenboim, Chicago Symphony Orchestra


Nice disc. Among many recordings of the overtures and preludes, Markevitch’s album is my personal favorite. The recording is old (1954/1959) and monaural. But it has an aura, and the performance is majestic. Plus, the recording sound is not bad. Also, I find Paray’s recording enjoyable though I could be biased.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #42023 on: June 13, 2021, 04:36:38 AM »
RVW Symphony #3

I believe that currently this cycle and these symphonies by RVW would be my indispensable choice for a Desert Island Discs. Few composers are able to stop me in my tracks so consistently and so powerfully. I know lists change, but I can't imagine many rivals in all my collection.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #42024 on: June 13, 2021, 04:55:08 AM »
Trying a new Deutsche Grammophon release: Dustin O’Halloran, “Silfur”.

Utterly tedious. What is DG of all labels doing peddling this?
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #42025 on: June 13, 2021, 05:01:56 AM »
There are two recordings AFAIK John, the CPO set which is fine but a more urgent, but less well recorded, version from Kabalevsky himself. I enjoy both versions.

I own the CPO set, which I liked overall, but thought could use a bit more edge in the playing. I do believe I have that Kabalevsky conducted performance somewhere, but I’m not exactly sure where.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #42026 on: June 13, 2021, 05:04:39 AM »
NP:

Shostakovich
String Quartets Nos. 1, 2 & 4
Borodin Quartet


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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #42027 on: June 13, 2021, 05:23:01 AM »

Nice disc. Among many recordings of the overtures and preludes, Markevitch’s album is my personal favorite. The recording is old (1954/1959) and monaural. But it has an aura, and the performance is majestic. Plus, the recording sound is not bad. Also, I find Paray’s recording enjoyable though I could be biased.

Both look excellent. I have been wanting to check out the Paray Wagner disc (for some reason I am very drawn to the idea of French conductors taking on Wagner; I like what I've heard of Cluytens' Bayreuth recordings) but never heard of the Markevitch.

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« Reply #42028 on: June 13, 2021, 05:32:15 AM »
Both look excellent. I have been wanting to check out the Paray Wagner disc (for some reason I am very drawn to the idea of French conductors taking on Wagner; I like what I've heard of Cluytens' Bayreuth recordings) but never heard of the Markevitch.

I’m similar only that I’m quite drawn to Italian conductors in Germanic music. :)
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #42029 on: June 13, 2021, 05:33:36 AM »
Bartók

Four Orchestral Pieces
Concerto for Orchestra

Chicago symphony Orchestra



Excellent, Jan. 8) I’m still rather ambivalent about the Concerto for Orchestra. My mind tells me I should like it, but my heart disagrees. The heart always wins.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #42030 on: June 13, 2021, 05:52:22 AM »
Beach, Amy (1867-1944) - Piano Music w/ Kirsten Johnson (Amy Beach Project) - controlled by a dominant mother, living with Victorian age morals, and married to a Boston doctor, 24 years her senior, Beach would have led a much different life in a later age, but my thoughts only - check the links for more, if interested.  Kirsten Johnson researched this project thoroughly and wrote all of the 4 volume booklet notes.  Finally, I love the Winslow Homer paintings as cover art and have seen at least three in person; after all, she was a 'member' of the Second New England School (sometimes known as the 'Boston Six').  Dave :)

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #42031 on: June 13, 2021, 06:04:07 AM »
Motivated by posts in "Purchases Today":



Picked up this budget set a few years ago (it's now on the even cheaper Alto) and it's become a favorite.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #42032 on: June 13, 2021, 06:51:43 AM »
Motivated by posts in "Purchases Today":



Picked up this budget set a few years ago (it's now on the even cheaper Alto) and it's become a favorite.

I’ve read some mixed reviews about this particular set, T. D., which why I never got around to buying it. But since I own the Borodin (both Chandos and Melodiya sets), Pacifica, Fitzwilliam, Brodsky (Teldec), Emerson and Rubio I think I’m good now. ;) I was considering the Quatuor Danel set for awhile, but backed out at the last minute.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #42033 on: June 13, 2021, 07:04:05 AM »
I’ve read some mixed reviews about this particular set, T. D., which why I never got around to buying it. But since I own the Borodin (both Chandos and Melodiya sets), Pacifica, Fitzwilliam, Brodsky (Teldec), Emerson and Rubio I think I’m good now. ;) I was considering the Quatuor Danel set for awhile, but backed out at the last minute.

Didn't mean to suggest anything, was sure you weren't lacking for sets!  ;)
If you're not familiar with the Fitzwilliams, good buy, I'd say it's one you should hear.
I haven't noticed anything amiss with the eponymous set on Regis/alto, and consider it "in the pack" with many other good recordings. It's the one I most often spin these days. I rely more on forum comments than website reviews and saw only enthusiastic ones, but I wasn't on GMG at the time...

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #42034 on: June 13, 2021, 07:09:35 AM »
+1 for Kabalevsky and I love that set, although symphonies 1 and 4 are my favourites. I think that No. 4 is a much more interesting and greater work than most people seem to think.

Kabalevsky’s 4th Symphony is indeed one of his greatest works, possessing a depth and memorability on par with anything by his more famous contemporaries. That “doom-laden procession” that closes the first movement could knock anyone’s socks off! To be honest, I think most people who dismiss Kabalevsky’s music haven’t actually listened to any of his works besides maybe his short didactic piano works for children! :D
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #42035 on: June 13, 2021, 07:13:36 AM »
Kabalevsky’s 4th Symphony is indeed one of his greatest works, possessing a depth and memorability on par with anything by his more famous contemporaries. That “doom-laden procession” that closes the first movement could knock anyone’s socks off! To be honest, I think most people who dismiss Kabalevsky’s music haven’t actually listened to any of his works besides maybe his short didactic piano works for children! :D
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #42036 on: June 13, 2021, 07:19:33 AM »
Trying a new Deutsche Grammophon release: Dustin O’Halloran, “Silfur”.

Utterly tedious. What is DG of all labels doing peddling this?

While I hesitate to issue blanket statements condemning the major labels like DG since they have issued some unexpectedly interesting stuff recently (e.g. P. Jarvi’s Franz Schmidt cycle), I must say that the majority of stuff they release these days is annoyingly artist-centric and showing some questionable lapses in taste with gimmicky “crossover”-ish stuff. All I can say is, thank God for labels like Naxos, Chandos, CPO, BIS, Ondine, Capriccio, etc. who continue to give us high-quality recordings of interesting repertoire and don’t always feel the need to plaster a picture of the latest hot-shot young soloist on the cover of every disc.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #42037 on: June 13, 2021, 10:10:21 AM »
Delius: Cello Concerto [Du Pré]





I have never been a fan of the music of Delius but neither have I ever heard this Cello Concerto. I am a long term admirer of Du Pré as a cellist so I decided to give this version a go as a result of my partiality to her. No joy here I am afraid. I honestly find the music of Delius to be overtly saccharine and even boring. I just do not get it and not even my revered Du Pré could convince me. It ends as it begins; a constant stream of placid lyricism that is just not enough for me.
Apologies if I have upset the sensibilities of the many Delius fans out there. I have tried but I have continually failed to be convinced.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #42038 on: June 13, 2021, 10:11:03 AM »
I like the music - even though Fux is a quite a conservative composer - but I couldn't deal with Clemencic's slow tempi and low energy level.

This recording I found to be more to my liking:



Thank you for both the comment and the recommendation.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #42039 on: June 13, 2021, 10:27:34 AM »
Didn't mean to suggest anything, was sure you weren't lacking for sets!  ;)
If you're not familiar with the Fitzwilliams, good buy, I'd say it's one you should hear.
I haven't noticed anything amiss with the eponymous set on Regis/alto, and consider it "in the pack" with many other good recordings. It's the one I most often spin these days. I rely more on forum comments than website reviews and saw only enthusiastic ones, but I wasn't on GMG at the time...

I seem to be the odd man out here, because the Fitzwilliam set is my least favorite. I also found the Brodsky rather underwhelming. My favorite is the Melodiya Borodin (don't have the Chandos) followed by Pacifica and then Emerson. The Shostakovich Quartet set and the Danel are, however nothing to sneeze at, and so is the Mandelring. (Don't have the Rubio.)

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