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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49640 on: September 17, 2021, 09:14:52 AM »
This is the CD Cesar:


Very helpful, Jeffrey. Lately, many recordings of Nielsen's 5th are not enough to me. Thank you!
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49641 on: September 17, 2021, 09:16:15 AM »
Hello SA

I can't see the image that you posted.  Is this the album that you were playing?  See link:  http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2000/nov00/eller.htm

PD

Hi, PD!

Yes, that is. For me it's the best CD devoted to the Estonian Heino Eller's music, who was Tubin's teacher, another favorite composer of mine.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49642 on: September 17, 2021, 09:18:27 AM »
Agreed. I can’t say Silvestrov’s music appeals to me at all….

There are some works I can tolerate, but overall I do need to be in the right mood when I listen to his music.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49643 on: September 17, 2021, 09:20:46 AM »
+1 for the Carwithen, but you missed out on what is by far the best movement of the Foulds Keltic Suite, the 2nd movement Lament. It has an unforgettably beautiful main theme!

Good to know, Kyle. To be honest, I wasn't in the mood for Foulds that day, but with your encouragement I'm trying it in its entirely later. Thank you.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49644 on: September 17, 2021, 09:22:38 AM »
Elgar: Sospiri

Beautifully played and recorded but oddly, IMO, unidiomatic and uninvolved. Barbirolli is much better. The recording is also too spot-lit for my taste. I hope that the rest of the CD is better. There has been much hype about this release:

I only heard the Walton and I thought it was pretty nice, Jeffrey. On the strength of your impressions, I think I'll pass with the rest of the CD.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49645 on: September 17, 2021, 09:34:22 AM »
English Viola da Gamba Duos w/ Robert Smith and Paolo Pandolfo; a compilation but nearly all works split almost evenly between composers, Christopher Simpson (c. 1605-1669) and John Jenkins (1592-1678) - just a few reviews could be found but quite positive; a new arrival for me a week ago and a re-listen now.  Dave :)

 

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49646 on: September 17, 2021, 09:54:18 AM »
Totally agree. I listened to this a few weeks ago and found it disappointingly uninvolving, and its momentum hobbled by odd conductorial decisions. Don't think I even made it all the way through. Shame.

(p.s found your frog tale in #49603 very funny!)


Spinning here:



Palmgren: Sol och skyar (Sun and Clouds), Op. 102

Jouni Somero (piano)



Twelve short pieces evoking a series of uncomplicated moods, one associated with each month of the year. The textures are nicely transparent and although the music doesn't aspire to any depths, it has some affecting moments, and I find it easy to warm to.
Glad you liked the frog story - it was absolutely true and my daughter still reminds me of it. Yes, the DGG 'The British Project' CD has been a big disappointment in all respects.
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49647 on: September 17, 2021, 09:56:25 AM »
I only heard the Walton and I thought it was pretty nice, Jeffrey. On the strength of your impressions, I think I'll pass with the rest of the CD.
Probably because I'm less familiar with the Walton score I enjoyed it more than the Elgar or Britten. Haven't go round to the VW yet.
"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 #49648 on: September 17, 2021, 11:00:57 AM »
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49649 on: September 17, 2021, 11:20:31 AM »
The Tetzlaffs and friends do Schubert D. 956:



The most immediately crippling problem is that my streaming service (NML) cuts off the finale at 7:19, and the track is 9:09, so I can't hear the finale coda.

The other serious problem is a bizarre, mannered approach to phrasing throughout, with clipped notes and insistent crescendos/diminuendos on individual notes, especially at the starts and ends of phrases. This creates a sound picture which is absolutely "five individual virtuosos" rather than "one unified ensemble."

Not competitive.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49651 on: September 17, 2021, 12:16:26 PM »
Interesting!

Never heard this one?

I have this  recording on my wishlist  :)


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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49652 on: September 17, 2021, 01:04:28 PM »
I think some issues with tape speed on the Brahms YT. As for Bartok, sound is irrelevant. The intensity of the performance is mind-blowing, that first movement is akin to free-jazz! What is sonically lost is more then made up by actually seeing musical giants performing, and yes, DSCH liked it too. ;)
Yes, I loved the Bartok!   ;D  My question for you was whether or not the recording quality/transfer for the LP was significantly better than on the youtube clip.  I had read by someone who had commented on the YT thread that it was much better, but was curious as to what you recall hearing when you played your LP of it.

In any event, happy that you enjoyed watching it; I suspected that you would.  ;)

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49653 on: September 17, 2021, 01:31:26 PM »
I'm also hearing Symphony #5 again now. We have a fortnight off work to prep for putting our house on the market, so my listening is somewhat reduced atm, but this symphony is now likely to be forever known as The Spider Symphony. I played it in the car earlier when making a trip to the tip, and the largest spider in the entire universe appeared on the dashboard from the garden rubbish, causing me to react like a teenage girl, screaming like a man possessed. I had to stop the car to let my wife bravely evict it while I stood on the other side of the road. Putting it on again now, led her to exclaim that 'this is that spider symphony, isn't it?'.

I am ashamed.

This made my day - thanks for sharing! :laugh:
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49654 on: September 17, 2021, 01:55:59 PM »
Smetana's Ma Vlast, Playlist II on Spotify, now with 67% more Czech Philharmonic!:

1. Vysehrad
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (1954)
Vaclav Talich



2. Vltava
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Wolfgang Sawallisch



3. Sarka
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Vaclav Neumann



4. From Bohemia's Woods and Fields
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Jiri Belohlavek



5. Tabor
Vienna Philharmonic
James Levine



6. Blanik
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Charles Mackerras



I couldn't find Kubelik's 1990 Czech Phil performance on Spotify for some reason... they have his other four (Chicago, Boston, Vienna, Bavarian Radio) but not the most famous one. Vysehrad and Sarka have grown on me, but the last two I'm still working on. Enjoyed the Talich and Belohlavek, so thank you for the recommendations!

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49655 on: September 17, 2021, 02:13:13 PM »
Felix Mendelssohn
Variations Sérieuses, op. 54
Rondo Capriccioso, op. 14

Jean‐Yves Thibaudet - piano
(rec. 2001)

“All the good music has already been written by people with wigs and stuff.”

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49656 on: September 17, 2021, 03:53:18 PM »
My Bernstein-Serenade-a-day serving for today:

Leonard Bernstein
Serenade
Gidon Kremer, violin
Israel Philharmonic
Leonard Bernstein




I still like Hilary Hahn and David Zinman the best so far, and it's really not even close. Still, Kremer brings a lot to the table, and it's great to have the composer's own take on his masterpiece.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49657 on: September 17, 2021, 03:58:47 PM »
The Tetzlaffs and friends do Schubert D. 956:



The most immediately crippling problem is that my streaming service (NML) cuts off the finale at 7:19, and the track is 9:09, so I can't hear the finale coda.

The other serious problem is a bizarre, mannered approach to phrasing throughout, with clipped notes and insistent crescendos/diminuendos on individual notes, especially at the starts and ends of phrases. This creates a sound picture which is absolutely "five individual virtuosos" rather than "one unified ensemble."

Not competitive.

Just the opposite as I heard about Brahms's 2nd String Quintet performed by Lepiziger Streichquartett on MDG earlier. All the members felt integrated, joined, working as a team, without intentions of standing out in the expenses of the other members.

I'd probably hear it (the Schubert) because to find out how "special" it is.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49658 on: September 17, 2021, 03:59:11 PM »


Symphony No 5




K.387, 521, 156.

The comparison with the Alban Berg Quartet is instructive. I hear more sensibility, more nuance, a greater ability to switch from light to shade in a heartbeat with the Talich. With them K 421 is a miracle of sensitivity, an opera without words.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49659 on: September 17, 2021, 04:06:08 PM »
Just the opposite as I heard about Brahms's 2nd String Quintet performed by Lepiziger Streichquartett on MDG earlier. All the members felt integrated, joined, working as a team, without intentions of standing out in the expenses of the other members.

I'd probably hear it (the Schubert) because to find out how "special" it is.
For hardcore Schubert quintet nerds I would definitely recommend streaming it just to hear the unusual character.