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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55040 on: November 29, 2021, 03:58:16 PM »
Do I need another Tchaikovsky PC No.1, probably not, but I think I need this  ;D

If you haven't heard this performance then, yes, yes you do. :)
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55041 on: November 29, 2021, 04:08:31 PM »
And now for a double-shot of Salonen's Sibelius in LA:

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55042 on: November 29, 2021, 04:13:37 PM »
I am listening to Disc 1 of this set
oh, nice!  Looking forward to hearing your comments!

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55043 on: November 29, 2021, 04:23:31 PM »
“Wolferl”
String Quartet in Bb, K. 458
Jerusalem Quartet
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55044 on: November 29, 2021, 04:35:03 PM »
I need to add the Discourse and the Edinburgh Overture to my Bliss traversal!

I'm not nearly as familiar with Shostakovich's non-string quartet chamber music as I'd like to be... sounds like the Piano Quintet is a good place to start! I do remember hearing the late (is it the last piece he completed before he died?) Viola Sonata and being moved by it.

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Arthur Bliss
Adam Zero (complete ballet)
English Northern Philharmonia
David Lloyd-Jones




This time with a full score (available on Nkoda.) My first impression was upheld - this is an innovative, imaginative, brilliantly orchestrated score!

Also, the discmates to the "Meditations on a Theme by John Blow":

Arthur Bliss
The Enchantress
Mary of Magdala
Dame Sarah Connolly, mezzo-soprano
James Platt, bass
BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Sir Andrew Davis

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Bliss's style is fully evident in his choral and vocal music as well; I was almost reminded of Samuel Barber in these pieces, in a way I wasn't with the orchestral music. Maybe it's his way with setting the English language? I'm not entirely sure. Connolly is excellent in both works, as is the BBC Chorus in "Mary of Magdala". About my only reservation is with the bass soloist (also in "Mary") - something about the quality of his voice is distinctly unappealing. But he has such a small role that it's not a huge deal.
You must hear 'Morning Heroes' - a big choral symphony if you don't already know it and the exquisite Oboe Quintet.
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"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55045 on: November 29, 2021, 04:37:26 PM »

CD 2:
Dvorak Symphonic Variations/Symphony no. 6
 Czech Philharmonic

[Of the 6 CDs in this set, 5 are devoted to Dvorak. Smetana is represented here only by Ma Vlast.]

Hollywood Beach Broadwalk

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55046 on: November 29, 2021, 04:43:42 PM »
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String Quartet in Bb, K. 589
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55047 on: November 29, 2021, 04:53:47 PM »
Now Tennstedt with Mahler 7th from discs 15 and 16

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55048 on: November 29, 2021, 04:59:21 PM »
Do I need another Tchaikovsky PC No.1, probably not, but I think I need this  ;D

Originally released as an LP twofer. I bought it at the time and was slightly disappointed with PC1 at first (didn’t find it barnstorming enough IIRC). And yet it eventually became one of my favourite performances. Great flair and a beautiful line.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55049 on: November 29, 2021, 05:01:45 PM »
You must hear 'Morning Heroes' - a big choral symphony if you don't already know it and the exquisite Oboe Quintet.


Thank you so much for the recommendations, Jeffrey! I look forward to listening to both works. I see 'Morning Heroes' was written as a requiem to those who died fighting in World War I, including Bliss's own brother.

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Shostakovich
Piano quintet*
Piano trio no. 2
Beaux Arts Trio
* with Eugene Drucker, violin, and Lawrence Dutton, viola
(on Spotify)




Impressive, formidable works; the finale of the Piano Quintet reminded me of the same movement in the 8th Symphony. And the Piano Trio, in spots, is Shostakovich at his most bleak and desolate. I couldn't help but think how these works would sound arranged for full orchestra!

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55050 on: November 29, 2021, 05:24:19 PM »
And now for two back-to-back late Shostakovich symphonies: the 13th and 14th from these recordings -



Absolutely incredible pieces through and through. Both performances are spine-tingling and hair-raising in their aural assaults. But, also, appropriately eerie when the music calls for it and late Shostakovich wouldn't be himself if there wasn't some of this trademark spookiness.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55051 on: November 29, 2021, 06:02:27 PM »
“Papa”
String Quartet in f minor, Op. 20 № 5, Hob III:35
String Quartet in D, Op. 33 № 3, Hob III:42

Jerusalem Quartet

And the conclusion of an outstanding box:

CD 16

Lukas Foss
String Quartet № 1 in G (1947)

American Art Quartet

Wm Bergsma
String Quartet № 3 (1956)

Juilliard String Quartet


Part of me wants to go right back and listen through the box again. I like the Foss a great deal. Was the Bergsma meandering, or was I inattentive? unfinished business for next time.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55052 on: November 29, 2021, 06:31:17 PM »
Part of me wants to go right back and listen through the box again. I like the Foss a great deal. Was the Bergsma meandering, or was I inattentive? unfinished business for next time.

I half remember the Bergsma as being less interesting than the Foss.
Perhaps it's better judged in isolation from its discmate?

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55053 on: November 29, 2021, 07:23:50 PM »
Now playing the 5th and Clarinet Concerto from these recordings -



Bernstein was in his element in Nielsen just as much as he was Sibelius. The story about Bernstein showing up in Copenhagen and conducting the Royal Danish Orchestra on their home turf and playing their national musical hero at the time must have been thrilling. For my money, Lenny outclasses everyone in these two symphonies, especially the Danish conductors. Sorry, but not sorry for saying this! :)

P. S. I'm sure this post will get a table-pounding from Cesar. ;)
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« Reply #55054 on: November 29, 2021, 07:56:06 PM »
I half remember the Bergsma as being less interesting than the Foss.
Perhaps it's better judged in isolation from its discmate?

You may be right, at that.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55055 on: November 29, 2021, 08:43:05 PM »
NP:

Prokofiev
Le pas d'acier, Op. 41
WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln
Michail Jurowski


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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55056 on: November 29, 2021, 09:31:29 PM »
Last work for the night:

Delius
A Song of the High Hills
Peter Hoare (tenor), Rebecca Evans (soprano)
Chorus of the Welsh National Opera, Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera
Mackerras


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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55057 on: November 30, 2021, 12:41:00 AM »
Thank you so much for the recommendations, Jeffrey! I look forward to listening to both works. I see 'Morning Heroes' was written as a requiem to those who died fighting in World War I, including Bliss's own brother.

Thread duty:

Shostakovich
Piano quintet*
Piano trio no. 2
Beaux Arts Trio
* with Eugene Drucker, violin, and Lawrence Dutton, viola
(on Spotify)




Impressive, formidable works; the finale of the Piano Quintet reminded me of the same movement in the 8th Symphony. And the Piano Trio, in spots, is Shostakovich at his most bleak and desolate. I couldn't help but think how these works would sound arranged for full orchestra!
My pleasure James!
You are right about Morning Heroes. There's a new recording on Chandos with Andrew Davis. It's very good apart from the climax of the last movement (the return of the 'canon fire' from the Somme) which is really puny compared to the Charles Groves performance. On the Chandos version you get the moving 'Hymn to Apollo' thrown in as well, which the booklet note links (convincingly I think) to Bliss's trauma over the loss of his much-loved brother in the First World War.

PS I remember that Shostakovich Piano Quintet CD being a No.1 choice in a survey some years ago.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55058 on: November 30, 2021, 12:56:25 AM »
Thank you so much for the recommendations, Jeffrey! I look forward to listening to both works. I see 'Morning Heroes' was written as a requiem to those who died fighting in World War I, including Bliss's own brother.

Thread duty:

Shostakovich
Piano quintet*
Piano trio no. 2
Beaux Arts Trio
* with Eugene Drucker, violin, and Lawrence Dutton, viola
(on Spotify)




Impressive, formidable works; the finale of the Piano Quintet reminded me of the same movement in the 8th Symphony. And the Piano Trio, in spots, is Shostakovich at his most bleak and desolate. I couldn't help but think how these works would sound arranged for full orchestra!

 Although composed much later his brother's death was the inspiration for the moving Bliss Cello Concerto. Not a common held view but I rate this work higher then the more famous concertos for piano and violin.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55059 on: November 30, 2021, 01:21:22 AM »
Although composed much later his brother's death was the inspiration for the moving Bliss Cello Concerto. Not a common held view but I rate this work higher then the more famous concertos for piano and violin.
Interesting Lol. I like the Cello Concerto as well. I think Bliss originally called it a 'Concertino' but Britten questioned the diminutive title and persuaded Bliss to change it to the more appropriate 'Concerto'.
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