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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49980 on: September 22, 2021, 03:40:59 AM »
Having my 65 birthday today I expect all kind of freebees in the form of music played today which I like. :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: At my home there stands a big box from JPC which my wife and friends ordered, really huge, so I will report later whats in it. ::) ::) ::) ::)

Congratulations,I wonder if there are also "Nutcrackers"in the huge box . :)  Have a pleasant evening with your friends.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49981 on: September 22, 2021, 03:49:30 AM »
Good afternoon all & Happy Birthday Harry !

Back to this gorgeous gem of a disc:

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49982 on: September 22, 2021, 03:58:48 AM »
Henry Purcell

A fine recording with the Parley of instruments and Red Byrd.


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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49983 on: September 22, 2021, 05:20:55 AM »


Some say Barbirolli's Elgar can be too much heart-on-the-sleeve but I disagree and in works like the Enigma Variations his response to the music is so deeply heartfelt it can move me to tears. On the other hand his Falstaff has a quixotic energy that is most engaging.

Excellent 1960s recordings.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49984 on: September 22, 2021, 05:30:18 AM »
Alfredo Casella SY2.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49985 on: September 22, 2021, 06:41:13 AM »
Alfredo Casella SY2.
A fine recording of a great work.

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Frankel: 'Curse of the Werewolf' - that doomed processional at the end is marvellous!
I'm sorry that Frankel remained so resolutely atonal in his symphonic scores. He could write great tunes. I'm sure that others will disagree with my point but that's how I feel about Frankel's music. This is my favourite disc of his music and I have several of his symphonies and the Violin Concerto in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust.
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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 #49986 on: September 22, 2021, 06:44:01 AM »
The friends? Or the discs? Or all of the above?
Everything!  ;D
"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 #49987 on: September 22, 2021, 07:05:19 AM »


Continuing my Elgar phase with Barbirolli's Symphony no 1 and Cockaigne Overture. Glorious performances both.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49988 on: September 22, 2021, 07:12:36 AM »
JS Bach - Musical Offering (Kuijken)



Schutz - Weihnachtshistorie (Hillier, Ars Nova Copenhagen)

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49989 on: September 22, 2021, 07:17:03 AM »
Continuing my Elgar phase with Barbirolli's Symphony no 1 and Cockaigne Overture. Glorious performances both.

Barbirolli was a god.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49990 on: September 22, 2021, 07:36:52 AM »
I listened to the Cluytens Big Box album containing piano concertos by Gian Carlo Menotti and Serge Nigg a few months ago, but have completely forgotten everything about them, so I'm listening again now and taking notes.  ;D

Cluytens big box CD 10

Menotti. The opening theme/gesture of the piece has the same rhythmic "shape" as the notorious tune from Shostakovich 7 (which also pops up in Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra), but it's cheerier and feels very much like a product of 30s-40s France. Menotti wasn't French, but boy does he do a good impression. Impassioned slow movement (5 of its 9 minutes are orchestra alone and then piano alone, before the two finally join up near the end) and bubbly, bouncy outer movements which seem like they'd fit in with a particularly goofy screwball comedy. That's especially true of the circusy finale with its carnival one-two oompah main theme. Lots of odd little orchestral touches, like bass drum rolls in the slow movement. It surely helps the French feel of the music to have Cluytens' orchestra on hand, with its distinctive woodwind sound, sleazy brass, and slick violins. This is my only ever encounter with perfectly good piano soloist Yury Boukoff. Overall, 33 minutes is pretty long for a silly trifle in the manner of Ibert, but it's an incredible throwback to the golden age of Hollywood-style composition.

Nigg. Poor guy, with that name he's never getting performed in an English-speaking country again. He was just 31 years old when this was recorded, and lived all the way to 2008. Within the first 90 seconds, this piece already comes across wilder, weirder, and way more interesting. From a soft, eerie tremolo, it basically erupts, with the piano creating a fountain-like effect as the first big climax arrives. The musical language is distinctive and eccentric, a mix of Roussel, Respighi, Stravinsky, maybe almost Berg? Or tiny little bits of Frank Martin? He studied harmony with Messiaen and 12-tone with Leibowitz, but isn't super derivative of either in this piece. You get glimpses, though.

The slow movement is exceptionally beautiful. It's clearly modeled after the Ravel Concerto in G, with the piano starting off all alone and using the same one-two-three left hand accompaniment, but harmonically it wavers, and the mood is more uncertain and poignant. Pierre Barbizet might be a little bit heavy-handed here, but he's great later in the movement, with its haunting ending, and the super-energetic finale.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49991 on: September 22, 2021, 07:40:26 AM »
This LP is hard to find these days. The playing and sound are superb.

Audio by B&W, McIntosh, Esoteric, VPI, and Sennheiser

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49992 on: September 22, 2021, 07:48:22 AM »
Having my 65 birthday today I expect all kind of freebees in the form of music played today which I like. :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: At my home there stands a big box from JPC which my wife and friends ordered, really huge, so I will report later whats in it. ::) ::) ::) ::)

Gefeliciteerd met je verjaardag, mijn vriend!
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49993 on: September 22, 2021, 07:51:21 AM »
My wife would have thrown the whole lot out!
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(* chortle *)
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49994 on: September 22, 2021, 07:59:46 AM »
CD 31:

“Wolferl”

Serenade № 11 in Eb, K. 375
Serenade № 12 in c minor, K. 388 (384a)



Some of my favorite music by the 20-something Mozart
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49995 on: September 22, 2021, 08:42:48 AM »
Einar Englund: Symphony No.2 'Blackbird'
My favourite of his symphonies, with a wonderful sense of nature - this is perhaps my favourite Englund CD:
"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 #49996 on: September 22, 2021, 10:13:17 AM »
Having my 65 birthday today I expect all kind of freebees in the form of music played today which I like. :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: At my home there stands a big box from JPC which my wife and friends ordered, really huge, so I will report later whats in it. ::) ::) ::) ::)

A Happy Birthday to you. Not everyone has the honor of sharing their birthday with Bilbo and Frodo.


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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49997 on: September 22, 2021, 10:43:30 AM »
Having my 65 birthday today I expect all kind of freebees in the form of music played today which I like. :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: At my home there stands a big box from JPC which my wife and friends ordered, really huge, so I will report later whats in it. ::) ::) ::) ::)

Happy birthday, Harry, and many more!  :D

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This disc, on Spotify - more Poulenc orchestral works:


Love it all, especially the Concert champêtre!

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49998 on: September 22, 2021, 10:58:03 AM »
Alfred Schnittke
Cello Concerto #2
Polyansky
Russian SSO
Chandos


First hearing of this; first hearing of anything by Schnittke, in fact.

Edit: I don't know what I was expecting here, but not this. Spinning for the second time, as I very much like it.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49999 on: September 22, 2021, 12:29:02 PM »
Happy birthday, Harry! I hope it's been a good one and that life finds you well. That's awesome that your wife and friends got you CDs.

P.S. How's your eye doing? I seem to recall you underwent retinal surgery some months ago to fix a macular pucker. (I work for an ophthalmologist so these things stick in my mind :P). Hope all has healed up and you've gotten some visual improvement.