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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49940 on: September 21, 2021, 06:37:34 AM »
Samuel Jones: Symphony No.3 (Palo Duro Canyon)
This is my favourite work on this enjoyable and imaginative CD (I also have a recording of the Symphony No.3 on Naxos):
"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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« Reply #49941 on: September 21, 2021, 08:53:17 AM »
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49942 on: September 21, 2021, 09:32:42 AM »
NP:

Debussy
Préludes, Books I & II
Jacobs




Desert island music for me and Jacobs performance is still the one to best.

Lately when I've listened to the Préludes, it has been the excellent recording by my old friend Haydée Schvarz.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49943 on: September 21, 2021, 09:34:29 AM »
Returned to the Weinberg Chamber Symphony No 3 in this recording, by the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin



A world of difference from the Naxos recording, which I found extremely unsatisfying. The final movement, in particular, came to life in this recording. It alternates between a jaunty andantino melody and what sound like a slightly off-kilter hymn tune.

Good!
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49944 on: September 21, 2021, 09:35:38 AM »
The cello concerto to end all cello concertos. No 2 from this 2 CD set:



No 1 is a very fine concerto as well, though less gloomy and noisy.



Great album!
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« Reply #49945 on: September 21, 2021, 09:36:23 AM »
Locatelli

L'Arte del Violino,Op.3

CD 1    Concerto 1-2-3 & 4


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« Reply #49946 on: September 21, 2021, 09:38:56 AM »
I've been embarking on an Elgar Odyssey.

Du Pré's Cello Concerto was followed by Nigel Kennedy's second rcording of the Violin Concerto with Simon Rattle. It was his frst recording that put him on the map and his second seems to have divided opinion. He and Rattle adopt quite expansive tempi, but I like this recording and the Vaughan-Williams is wonderfully rapt.



Barbirolli is often my guide in Elgar (as he was in Du Pré's Cello Concerto), as also in Vaughan-Williams, and this disc is an absolute classic, which has rarely been out of the catalogue For this issue, EMI added Elgar's Elegy and Sospiri, one of the most heartbreaking five minutes in all of music. A wonderful disc.

Love that Kennedy/Rattle disc. Bought it at a still-working B & N
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49947 on: September 21, 2021, 10:07:23 AM »
CD 30:

“Wolferl”

Serenade in Bb Gran Partita, K. 361 (370a)
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« Reply #49948 on: September 21, 2021, 10:14:32 AM »
Morning listening


I may go back and listen to this again. I really enjoyed it.
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« Reply #49949 on: September 21, 2021, 10:58:26 AM »
I may go back and listen to this again. I really enjoyed it.

That can be said of most of that set, including the Haydn (which I warmed to as I went along).

Meanwhile, this afternoon an operatic rarity.

The above is not the issue I'm listening to, but is the only Amazon listing that has an image with singers and performance details.  The one I am listening to is an Opera d'Oro release (with reasonably good sonics) that is listed here with no image.


Since it's Opera d'Oro, there's no libretto. Reading the plot synopsis on Wikipedia, that may be a good thing. The plot is wildly unhistorical (Philip Augustus gets himself killed in a duel while pretending to be the Duke of Burgundy on an embassy to the Holy Roman Emperor) but the music is well handled. There are no bel canto fireworks (the opera was composed for the 1830s Prussian court) but a good deal of melodies and ensemble singing. Think Rienzi (Wagner admired Spontini's operas, so it's probably no coincidence.) By necessity the performance is heavily cut; the original supposedly ran over four hours.

As an alternate to this performance, the only option is a recording from the 1954 Maggio Musicale Fiorentino under Vittorio Gui with Corelli and Udovick, of which several versions seem to be available.  This 1970 performance seems to be harder to find. The one to which the image belongs is labelled "currently unavailable".
 I remember seeing a listing for a Myto issue but can't locate it now, and there don't seem to be any other options.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49950 on: September 21, 2021, 11:06:00 AM »
That can be said of most of that set, including the Haydn (which I warmed to as I went along).

Very true.
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« Reply #49951 on: September 21, 2021, 11:17:31 AM »
That can be said of most of that set, including the Haydn (which I warmed to as I went along).

Meanwhile, this afternoon an operatic rarity.

The above is not the issue I'm listening to, but is the only Amazon listing that has an image with singers and performance details.  The one I am listening to is an Opera d'Oro release (with reasonably good sonics) that is listed here with no image.

Since it's Opera d'Oro, there's no libretto. Reading the plot synopsis on Wikipedia, that may be a good thing. The plot is wildly unhistorical (Philip Augustus gets himself killed in a duel while pretending to be the Duke of Burgundy on an embassy to the Holy Roman Emperor) but the music is well handled. There are no bel canto fireworks (the opera was composed for the 1830s Prussian court) but a good deal of melodies and ensemble singing. Think Rienzi (Wagner admired Spontini's operas, so it's probably no coincidence.) By necessity the performance is heavily cut; the original supposedly ran over four hours.

As an alternate to this performance, the only option is a recording from the 1954 Maggio Musicale Fiorentino under Vittorio Gui with Corelli and Udovick, of which several versions seem to be available.  This 1970 performance seems to be harder to find. The one to which the image belongs is labelled "currently unavailable".
 I remember seeing a listing for a Myto issue but can't locate it now, and there don't seem to be any other options.
A most interesting opera, jbs. I do not know the Muti recording, only the earlier Vittorio Gui (which I could buy I it’s “oficial” release on the Maggio Musicale’s house label):

 

Unfortunately, the only revival in living history in the original German, in Erfurt 3 years ago as reported here, seems not to have been commercially filmed or recorded.

THREAD DUTY:

Giuseppe Sinopoli conducts Sylvano Bussotti’s Bergkristall and Lorenzaccio Sumphony (North German Radio Symphony Orchestra).


Two really captivating scores. AFAIK, these were the first recordings ever released of Sinopoli as a conductor.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49952 on: September 21, 2021, 12:25:32 PM »
Returned to the Weinberg Chamber Symphony No 3 in this recording, by the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin



A world of difference from the Naxos recording, which I found extremely unsatisfying. The final movement, in particular, came to life in this recording. It alternates between a jaunty andantino melody and what sound like a slightly off-kilter hymn tune.

This is an excellent disc. I was surprised at how negative your feelings were about that 3rd chamber symphony. My own recollection was more positive  :). For the 2nd chamber symphony the Olympia disc is perfect IMO - coupled with the 2nd symphony (check under Vainberg, not Weinberg).

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« Reply #49953 on: September 21, 2021, 12:28:55 PM »
Felix Mendelssohn
Symphony 5 in D 'Reformation', op. 107

Boston SO - Charles Munch
(rec. 1957)

Finishing off Mendelssohn's symphonies. I used to think the Reformation Sym. was a bit stuffy, but I kinda dig it. Maybe Munch helps in that respect, as he doesn't handle Mendelssohn with a velvet glove.

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« Reply #49954 on: September 21, 2021, 12:34:04 PM »


K387 (my favourite among the ‘Haydn quartets’). Compared to the Berg and Talich Quartets I prefer the Juilliards’ tempi throughout: animated, even zippy, they never dawdle. The flip side is that they don’t smell the flowers, which can be nice sometimes. Also, their trademark plain yogurt tones may sound a bit tart sometimes. Still, I think I’d choose them over the others for most listening sessions.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49955 on: September 21, 2021, 12:58:52 PM »
This morning, Poulenc (and others) on Spotify:





And the complete 'Les Biches' from this disc:


Uniformly delightful.

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« Reply #49957 on: September 21, 2021, 04:25:57 PM »


A wonderful program.

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« Reply #49958 on: September 21, 2021, 04:40:10 PM »
Symphony 5, The Swan of Tuonela, and Tapiola--all are excellent.


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« Reply #49959 on: September 21, 2021, 05:42:04 PM »
Seventy one minutes and twentynine seconds of beautiful music

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