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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49880 on: September 20, 2021, 09:19:15 AM »


Heck yeah. En Saga that really feels saga-like. Absolutely terrifying, take-no-prisoners Pohjola. Thrill rides. Ormandy + Sibelius = dream team.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49881 on: September 20, 2021, 10:08:12 AM »
Karl, are you still going in order? You're making great progress. Bouncing around out of order, I think I've listened to all of 18 discs and parts of 3-4 more. Got plans to get to the halfway mark this week.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49882 on: September 20, 2021, 10:19:44 AM »
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Prokofiev
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« Reply #49883 on: September 20, 2021, 10:21:54 AM »
Salvatore Di Vittorio (b. 1967). Volume II of his orchestral works on Naxos (8.579033).

I'm a lot into this Italian composer who "follows the footsteps of Respighi." I like the first volume a lot and this second volume sounds great too. The opening work "Ode Corelliana" was impressive. This music is very easy to listen to, but it isn't dumb. Under the surface it is interesting, at least to my ears...  :P

These are quite fresh compositions. The oldest composition on this disc is from 2011 and the newest, Sinfonia No. 4 was completed in 2019.
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« Reply #49884 on: September 20, 2021, 10:36:22 AM »
Today Symphony No.7 and the Violin Concerto. Both are excellent. Heifetz has always been my gold standard, but Ferras does a fine job—perhaps a little less white hot at times than Heifetz.


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« Reply #49885 on: September 20, 2021, 11:23:26 AM »
My own private little homage to Sylvano Bussotti continues tonight with this CD:


These are live recordings made in Japan during a visit the composer made to that country in 2008. Fragments from several works, ranging from solo instrumental pieces and duos to works for chamber chorus and the ballet Autotono for chamber ensemble. At the end, Bussotti himself sings his arrangement of Puccini’s canzonetta E l’uccelino.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49886 on: September 20, 2021, 11:29:43 AM »
NP:

Prokofiev
String Quartet No. 2 in F Major, Op. 92
Pavel Haas Quartet




Prokofiev's 2nd quartet is so unique. One of my favourites.

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« Reply #49887 on: September 20, 2021, 12:08:47 PM »
The music is modern-sounding but very approchable. All three works clock in around 22-25 minutes.

The flute concerto is spiky and bristling, with an interesting use of unusual « contemporary techniques such as whistle tones, tongue rams, key clicks and multi-phonics » (so the notes say). Lest that sound forbidding, the result is very satisfying. Schafer never overdoes the modernisms.

The harp concerto is a very atmospheric piece whose movements evolve from ‘Very relaxed’ to ‘Spirited’ to ‘Energetically’. There is no slow movement, but the first and last have slower sections. The piece becomes more dynamic as it progresses, the orchestra becoming more present right until the end. It’s a fascinating piece and must be quite spectacular to watch, with plenty of wind and percussion interventions peppering the discourse.

The violin work is a ‘double rhapsody’, meaning soloist and orchestra do their thing independently instead of concurrently as in a classic concerto. It is very free in form: 8 contrasted sections played without a break, with the violin taking on a very free, songful role, moving in and around the orchestra’s own material. It is the most modern of the three works.

Anyone familiar with the superb quartets will find Schafer in a less severe, concentrated mood here (more open and communicative).

André, thank you for the detailed rundown, it is greatly appreciated. What I have heard live of Schafer has piqued my interest, but it never crossed my mind to seek him out on record. Perhaps it is time to investigate what is available from him.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49888 on: September 20, 2021, 12:10:20 PM »
Alexander Brincken.

Orchestral Music Volume I.

Symphony No. 4 & Capriccio for Piano and Chamber Orchestra.

Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Rainer Held.
Alexander Brincken, Piano.


Fascinating, both works! Your right Jeffrey the music draws you in, and makes it hard work to get out.
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« Reply #49889 on: September 20, 2021, 12:16:32 PM »
Felix Mendelssohn
Symphony 4 in A Major 'Italian', op. 90

Boston SO - Charles Munch
(rec. 1958)

Rounding off the Mendelssohn symphonies.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
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« Reply #49891 on: September 20, 2021, 12:26:48 PM »
Salvatore Di Vittorio (b. 1967). Volume II of his orchestral works on Naxos (8.579033).

I'm a lot into this Italian composer who "follows the footsteps of Respighi." I like the first volume a lot and this second volume sounds great too. The opening work "Ode Corelliana" was impressive. This music is very easy to listen to, but it isn't dumb. Under the surface it is interesting, at least to my ears...  :P

These are quite fresh compositions. The oldest composition on this disc is from 2011 and the newest, Sinfonia No. 4 was completed in 2019.

Interesting, Poju.

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« Reply #49892 on: September 20, 2021, 12:47:07 PM »
Prokofiev's 2nd quartet is so unique. One of my favourites.

Yeah, a killer piece. Love it.
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« Reply #49893 on: September 20, 2021, 12:48:21 PM »
Today Symphony No.7 and the Violin Concerto. Both are excellent. Heifetz has always been my gold standard, but Ferras does a fine job—perhaps a little less white hot at times than Heifetz.



A fantastic box set. Karajan’s Sibelius on DG have long been favorites.
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« Reply #49894 on: September 20, 2021, 12:53:45 PM »
An indirect suggestion from Poju:

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/5ThcAQtUX1k" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" class="bbc_link bbc_flash_disabled new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/5ThcAQtUX1k</a>
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49895 on: September 20, 2021, 12:54:39 PM »
It might turn into an American night...

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« Reply #49896 on: September 20, 2021, 02:02:58 PM »
An indirect suggestion from Poju:

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/5ThcAQtUX1k" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" class="bbc_link bbc_flash_disabled new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/5ThcAQtUX1k</a>

Cool.  ;)
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49897 on: September 20, 2021, 02:11:50 PM »
Last night, my second listen to the Colin Davis symphonies box:

Symphonies: Colin Davis box
CD 27
Stravinsky
Symphony in C
London Symphony Orchestra
Sir Colin Davis




This touched off a Stravinsky in C listening binge on Spotify:









No one performance stood out above the rest, but Stravinsky's own recording is really insightful, of course. It's Stravinsky at his neoclassical peak - it's remarkable how rarely he uses the full orchestra, even though the piece is scored for the same forces as Brahms' Second Symphony (plus a piccolo).

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49898 on: September 20, 2021, 03:14:40 PM »
Hello what about one of my favorite CD of Gesualdo hey, what about it, because it's rare in a way, sacrae Cantiones Liber Secundus Vocalcnsort Berlin whit James Wood, we don't see much Liber Secundus from Gesualdo, wich is the second book of sacred music.

Great direction here, and material, love the sleeve , bought it when it came out!

Nice program!
you get Opening Cantide, Prayer for Salvation, Despair and Weeping, Peace and Hope, Praise and Thanks, Closing Canticle.

You will spin this CD again and again and again, I swear to God all mighty, what a gem of a CD.

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« Reply #49899 on: September 20, 2021, 03:59:12 PM »
Those guys are great. Have you heard this recording?



I heard them in concert a few years ago--they played Brouwer's "Sonata de los viajeros " from that recording--a 30-minute tour-de-force!

Thank you. On the wishlist it goes.
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CD 21 of the Orpheus box (like Karl, I'm going in order, but other CDs keep interposing)

Z. Kodaly Hungarian Rondo/Summer Evening[Magyar Rondo/Nyari Este]
J. Suk Serenade for Strings in E Flat Opus 6

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The cover image is by Magritte: La Voix du Sang.
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