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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #51760 on: October 15, 2021, 05:58:26 PM »
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #51761 on: October 15, 2021, 09:22:33 PM »
Finishing up the work week with an outstanding Shostakovich 8:

Shostakovich
Symphony no. 8
London Symphony Orchestra
Andre Previn

(on Spotify)



My preferred Shostakovich 8 has been Haitink and the Concertgebouw on Decca, but Previn is at least as good - he does the shattering climaxes perfectly (in the first movement, linking the third and fourth movements [which is particularly terrifying], and about halfway through the finale). I love the way he characterizes the trio of the scherzo (the vibrato in the trumpet solo is spot-on). I could have used a touch more desolation and detachment in the fourth movement and throughout the symphony, but all in all, a really excellent performance. I've been eyeing the Previn Warner Box - I'm not sure if it's OOP yet or heading in that direction - but this is one more reason to get it if I still can!

Just to let you know, all of Previn's Shostakovich on EMI (now Warner of course) can be bought as Japanese reissues. This is the way I acquired them. I initially cancelled an order with Amazon Japan, but the window to cancel closed before I could get back to it in time, so now I'll own all of Previn's Shostakovich on Warner. 8) He did the 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, 10th and 13th.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #51762 on: October 15, 2021, 11:40:06 PM »
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A dark masterpiece.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #51763 on: October 15, 2021, 11:49:22 PM »
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A dark masterpiece.

An absolutely wonderful work and this is, I think, its best recording. Quite superb.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #51764 on: October 15, 2021, 11:49:57 PM »




Percy Grainger was certainly an original who defies classification and this is an absolutely superb selection of orchestral music from his not so large output.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #51765 on: October 15, 2021, 11:52:04 PM »
While the items of my recent orders of Franco-Flemish repertoire are slowly trickling on, I'm taking the opportunity to return to THE set in the genre:

 

A gorgeous first disc with stunning works by a range of known and lesser known names.

Review by Stephen Midgley: Surely they can't keep this up .....

Interested parties for the set are advised to check various European Amazons.
The Italians want €47 for it, which is a steal...
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #51766 on: October 15, 2021, 11:55:02 PM »


Found the composer, and the ensemble, a real find!  :)
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #51767 on: October 16, 2021, 12:15:07 AM »


One of the more interesting Josquin mass recordings IMO. My only reservation concerns the sound. It needs speakers which can play quietly. But the interpretation has no fireworks, no explosions - that’s good!
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #51768 on: October 16, 2021, 12:23:27 AM »
If you can find it affordably (I think it's a Brilliant release) Sandro Ivo Bartoli's Busoni disc is very nice

Well, thanks for this Karl. Since I just made the "big" order from JPC I won't be buying classical music much in a long time.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #51769 on: October 16, 2021, 01:07:02 AM »


One of the more interesting Josquin mass recordings IMO. My only reservation concerns the sound. It needs speakers which can play quietly. But the interpretation has no fireworks, no explosions - that’s good!

I'll put it on the playlist.  :)

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I'm not a fan at all of alternative instrumentations of the Art of Fugue, which I firmly believe was written for the harpsichord.

But this... I find it absolutely captivating....
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #51770 on: October 16, 2021, 01:16:24 AM »
Beethoven: Overture - Egmont [Schmidt-Isserstedt]





Great atmosphere, drama and tension greets us from the opening bars. A combination of one or all of these elements continues throughout the presentation. The orchestra sounds wonderfully full throughout and the music sounds very rich as a result.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #51771 on: October 16, 2021, 01:17:50 AM »




I nave that CD, Que, and I have always found it to be different, interesting and very fine.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #51772 on: October 16, 2021, 01:34:00 AM »


Bernstein: Symphony No. 2, "The Age of Anxiety"


Not being in the mood for much musically today, this arrived at the eleventh hour, with a kaleidoscopic array of timbres, melodies and moods, and saved the day. Much appreciated and enjoyed.
It's a work that I have increasingly come to appreciate.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #51773 on: October 16, 2021, 01:37:08 AM »
There's a reasonable chance I'm going to become obsessed with figuring out the best way to complete my collection of Haydn string quartets. Short of buying one the single complete boxes of course. And in between deciding whether to buy a house...

I'm trying the Auryn quartet in the super early 'divertimenti'. They're certainly highly enjoyable in op.1/1, and not giving me the sense of being a fraction too smooth and stately that I got in whichever one of the later quartet collections I tried.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #51774 on: October 16, 2021, 01:41:49 AM »


Grieg's Concerto has some special resonances for me and this is a superb performance, slighty better, I think, than the Schumann, good though that is.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #51775 on: October 16, 2021, 01:42:05 AM »
Finishing up the work week with an outstanding Shostakovich 8:

Shostakovich
Symphony no. 8
London Symphony Orchestra
Andre Previn

(on Spotify)



My preferred Shostakovich 8 has been Haitink and the Concertgebouw on Decca, but Previn is at least as good - he does the shattering climaxes perfectly (in the first movement, linking the third and fourth movements [which is particularly terrifying], and about halfway through the finale). I love the way he characterizes the trio of the scherzo (the vibrato in the trumpet solo is spot-on). I could have used a touch more desolation and detachment in the fourth movement and throughout the symphony, but all in all, a really excellent performance. I've been eyeing the Previn Warner Box - I'm not sure if it's OOP yet or heading in that direction - but this is one more reason to get it if I still can!
That's my favourite recording by far (Previn). I purchased the Japanese reissue mentioned by John (MI) as I wanted the old LP cover which is one of my favourites:
"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 #51776 on: October 16, 2021, 01:45:47 AM »
Peter Warlock: The Curlew.



A dark masterpiece.
Totally agree Lol - and that is the greatest recorded performance.
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VW Symphony No.8
This is a very good performance, harder-driven than most but still with a very eloquent third movement. I like the other works on the CD as well. I'm a fan of Thomson's VW cycle:
"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 #51777 on: October 16, 2021, 01:50:36 AM »
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One of the greatest HM symphonies IMO, stormy, turbulent and culminating in a 'hard-won, though enduring sense of triumph' as one writer noted. The old Leicestershire Schools SO version was also excellent (Cond. James Loughran):
"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 #51778 on: October 16, 2021, 01:56:07 AM »

I had that fine Symphony on LP. That CD is now rather expensive but Symphony 1 'War' features (with a much less interesting cover image) in this enjoyable 2 CD set:
"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 #51779 on: October 16, 2021, 03:03:40 AM »
While the items of my recent orders of Franco-Flemish repertoire are slowly trickling on, I'm taking the opportunity to return to THE set in the genre:

 

A gorgeous first disc with stunning works by a range of known and lesser known names.

Review by Stephen Midgley: Surely they can't keep this up .....

Interested parties for the set are advised to check various European Amazons.
The Italians want €47 for it, which is a steal...

 I bought mine more than double this price,at that time it was considered almost oop,maybe it finally is now.