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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49520 on: September 15, 2021, 10:30:01 AM »
Nino Rota: Symphony No.1 - a delightful, charming, moving and ultimately inspiriting score:
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"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

'The test of a work of art is, in the end, our affection for it, not our ability to explain why it is good' (Stanley Kubrick).

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49521 on: September 15, 2021, 10:43:46 AM »
More from the three sets of Hindemith’s complete orchestral music on the CPO label I bought early this summer:


The works on this CD (No. 3 of the first box) range from the early(ish), the Nusch-Nuschi Dances, op 20, from 1921, through the Concert Music for Strings and Brass, op. 50 from 1939, to the Symphony “Die Harmonie der Welt” from 1951 (the only work on this disc I already knew).

It might be that I’m simply just in the right mood for this kind of thing, but I’m finding this really good!  :)
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49522 on: September 15, 2021, 10:44:53 AM »
More from the three sets of Hindemith’s complete orchestral music on the CPO label I bought early this summer:


The works on this CD (No. 3 of the first box) range from the early(ish), the Nusch-Nuschi Dances, op 20, from 1921, through the Concert Music for Strings and Brass, op. 50 from 1939, to the Symphony “Die Harmonie der Welt” from 1951 (the only work on this disc I already knew).

It might be that I’m simply just in the right mood for this kind of thing, but I’m finding this really good!  :)

Excellent!
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49523 on: September 15, 2021, 11:12:31 AM »

2 versions of the January 20, 1944 concert in which Willem Mengelberg conducted the Grand Orchestre de Radio-Paris in Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique Symphony : one is issued on the Malibran label, the other by Yves St-Laurent on his own label. Malibran has filtered out most of the heavy hiss and crackles but by doing so the high frequencies have been tamed substantially, a pity especially in an orchestral recording of a french ensemble whose timbres were so individual, so highly different from other orchestras. The tang and bite of the bassoons, horns and trumpets in particular has been reduced. The YSL restoration takes some time getting used to because of the heavy surface noise, but what is revealed is a vibrancy, an immediacy that shows how remarkable the orchestra was. The timpanist was Pierre Dervaux, the first cello Paul Tortelier, no less.



I have both COA Mengelberg Pathétiques (1937 and 1941) and this one from Paris is substantially different, the funebre and lamentoso aspects absolutely shattering, especially in the long (12 minutes) finale. The particular circumstances of the recording were certainly not lost on the musicians or the public ( https://thecanadian.news/2020/12/30/in-the-furrows-of-history/). Mengelberg would conduct in Paris right up to the Liberation, his last concert for life being with this same orchestra in Beethoven’s 9th symphony. He never stepped on a podium again.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49524 on: September 15, 2021, 11:30:17 AM »
Bartok: 1st Violin Sonata.



A concert performance in the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire.
I had missed this!  Cool Irons!  Will have to look for that one!  :)

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49525 on: September 15, 2021, 11:44:36 AM »
Berg Violin Concerto listening binge, part two (all on Spotify):









Mutter still has a hold on first place, but Perlman and Zukerman are close behind. Also really enjoyed Faust (thanks for the recommendation, John!), perhaps not as much as the top three, but she brings a lot to the piece. Shaham missed the mark for me, but his performance did have some nice moments. He has another recording out with David Robertson and the Staatskapelle Dresden, which I haven't heard.

Overall, of the eight I've heard in the last two days, I'd rank them thus, in case anyone is curious:
1. Mutter/Levine
2. Perlman/Ozawa
3. Zukerman/Boulez
4. Faust/Abbado
5. Steinbacher/Nelsons
6. Stern/Bernstein
7. Shaham/Tilson Thomas
8. Kremer/C. Davis
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49526 on: September 15, 2021, 11:51:57 AM »
Now on to Ernst Krenek. Piano music (with composition dates covering the period from 1922 to 1958, and spanning 153 opus numbers!) played by Geoffrey Douglas Madge.




I hadn’t pulled this particular CD from my shelves in at least 25 IIRC. It’s rather good  ;)
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49527 on: September 15, 2021, 12:16:22 PM »


The 4th. I had forgotten how beautiful the work is, very much comparable to its big sister, the 5th.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49528 on: September 15, 2021, 12:23:21 PM »
CD 26:

“Wolferl”
Horn Concerto № 3 in Eb, K. 447
Horn Concerto № 2 in Eb, K. 417
Oboe Concerto in C, K.314 (271k)
Bassoon Concerto in Bb, K. 191 (186e)
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49529 on: September 15, 2021, 12:37:21 PM »
Berg Violin Concerto listening binge, part two (all on Spotify):









Mutter still has a hold on first place, but Perlman and Zukerman are close behind. Also really enjoyed Faust (thanks for the recommendation, John!), perhaps not as much as the top three, but she brings a lot to the piece. Shaham missed the mark for me, but his performance did have some nice moments. He has another recording out with David Robertson and the Staatskapelle Dresden, which I haven't heard.

Overall, of the eight I've heard in the last two days, I'd rank them thus, in case anyone is curious:
1. Mutter/Levine
2. Perlman/Ozawa
3. Zukerman/Boulez
4. Faust/Abbado
5. Steinbacher/Nelsons
6. Stern/Bernstein
7. Shaham/Tilson Thomas
8. Kremer/C. Davis

Good to hear you enjoyed the Faust/Abbado performance, but glad to see Mutter/Levine in your top spot. It’s definitely the best performance I’ve heard bar none.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49530 on: September 15, 2021, 01:00:11 PM »
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49531 on: September 15, 2021, 01:11:43 PM »

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49532 on: September 15, 2021, 01:28:23 PM »
After my Berg Violin Concerto listen-a-thon, back to Janacek. More of these delightful suites from his operas:



His sound world is unmistakable - squealing clarinets, pealing trumpets, subterranean trombones, high timpani - and I love it!

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49533 on: September 15, 2021, 01:32:44 PM »
Now playing this entire recording:



The only work I’ve heard on this recording is Sieben Worte, which is a stunning piece. Enjoying these other two works as well.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49534 on: September 15, 2021, 02:25:42 PM »


The 4th. I had forgotten how beautiful the work is, very much comparable to its big sister, the 5th.

A great piece and performance. Love it.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49535 on: September 15, 2021, 02:27:06 PM »
More from the three sets of Hindemith’s complete orchestral music on the CPO label I bought early this summer:


The works on this CD (No. 3 of the first box) range from the early(ish), the Nusch-Nuschi Dances, op 20, from 1921, through the Concert Music for Strings and Brass, op. 50 from 1939, to the Symphony “Die Harmonie der Welt” from 1951 (the only work on this disc I already knew).

It might be that I’m simply just in the right mood for this kind of thing, but I’m finding this really good!  :)

Wonderful to read, Rafael. I have a huge respect for Hindemith and his music. He wrote some utterly fantastic works.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49536 on: September 15, 2021, 02:47:45 PM »
Krzysztof Penderecki
Orchestral Works Vol.2
Symphony 5
Antoni Wit
Polish NRSO


First music of the day, and first concentrated hearing of Symphony #5
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49537 on: September 15, 2021, 03:08:02 PM »
Stenhammar: Symphony No.2
A marvellous recording, which has restored my faith in this work.

Marvellous recording? Yes. Marvellous performance? It could be, but I don't feel it was that special.

Just my two cents.  :D
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« Reply #49538 on: September 15, 2021, 03:10:56 PM »
A great piece and performance. Love it.

Curious. I heard it the other day. I can't say it has hooked me yet. I think it's rather languid and meandering. The good parts are scarce IMO. Silvestrov's style has huge profoundness, his symphonies are featured by being very human and psychological, but I just need more bite and action.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49539 on: September 15, 2021, 03:19:50 PM »
Carwithen: Concerto for Piano and Strings

Unquestionably enchanting! A hidden gem IMO.




Foulds: Keltic Suite

I just played the first movement The Clans. Eminently cheerful, frolicsome, and also rather forgettable at the end. A shame.

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