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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55220 on: December 01, 2021, 01:57:56 PM »
Shostakovich: Symphony No.4
Marinsky Orchestra: Gergiev
Beautifully recorded and performed - and yet, it does not replace the Ormandy and Previn's performances which, IMO, have a unique integrity about them:

"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 #55221 on: December 01, 2021, 01:58:55 PM »

And while we're on the topic of Janet Baker: her Brahms Alto Rhapsody with Adrian Boult reduces me to a puddle of goo. I'm openly weeping just typing about it... :-[

Posted this on the Purchases thread in response to Greg, who bought the Baker/Barbirolli Mahler Song Cycles (a move of which I wholeheartedly approve ;D)... and, well, you all knew this was coming:

Brahms
Alto Rhapsody
Dame Janet Baker, mezzo-soprano
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Sir Adrian Boult

(on Spotify)



There's something about the way Baker sings this that never fails to move me... at first, she's urgent, pleading... and then soothing and comforting. Halfway through the work, when minor turns to major and the choir makes their entrance while Baker floats her caressing hymn above, just gets me. Every. Single. Time. It's been ten minutes since that glorious C-major plagal cadence and I **still** can't stop crying...

Sorry, I realize this is probably TMI ;D - but that's the effect music can have on me sometimes!

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55222 on: December 01, 2021, 02:22:34 PM »
Late night listening.
Vaughan Williams 'On Wenlock Edge'. A beautiful and moving performance.
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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 #55223 on: December 01, 2021, 02:22:52 PM »
Chopin, Op.28 Préludes
Martha Argerich
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55224 on: December 01, 2021, 02:29:28 PM »
NP:

Hindemith
Die Junge Magd
Cornelia Kallisch, mezzo-soprano
Ensemble Villa Musica




This Hindemith work could've easily made it into my "Top 10" favorite song cycles. It's mournful, reflective but has an Impressionistic sound-world.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55225 on: December 01, 2021, 02:49:50 PM »
Ohhhhhh ! That’s a good one !  :)

Yes, exotic and vibrant music!






Great discs!

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55226 on: December 01, 2021, 03:02:28 PM »
NP:

Hindemith
Die Junge Magd
Cornelia Kallisch, mezzo-soprano
Ensemble Villa Musica




This Hindemith work could've easily made it into my "Top 10" favorite song cycles. It's mournful, reflective but has an Impressionistic sound-world.

A beauty!
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55227 on: December 01, 2021, 03:04:47 PM »
A beauty!

What does “Gold” indicate for MDG recordings?

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« Reply #55228 on: December 01, 2021, 03:06:54 PM »
A beauty!

And, I'm vexed that when I compiled my list, I neglected Das Marienleben!
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55229 on: December 01, 2021, 03:07:49 PM »
What does “Gold” indicate for MDG recordings?

Dunno; I'll leave that q. for John.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55230 on: December 01, 2021, 03:44:02 PM »
And thus, Ladies & Gentlemen: The French Correction! 8)

Bien joué, Charles!  8)

 ;D
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55231 on: December 01, 2021, 03:47:34 PM »
Love it! Perhaps my favorite M5.

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Never checked Donhanyi's Mahler. Added to the streaming queue  :)
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55232 on: December 01, 2021, 03:52:11 PM »
Sibelius
Luonnotar & Pohjola's daughter
From the Bernstein Concertos box.

(A first listen to both works)
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55233 on: December 01, 2021, 04:25:13 PM »
Sibelius
Valse Triste
The Swan of Tuonela
Finlandia

From the same Bernstein box.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55234 on: December 01, 2021, 04:30:11 PM »
Gavriil Popov
Symphonies 1 and 2
Gennady Provatorov
Moscow State SO
USSR Radio and TV SO
Olympia


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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55235 on: December 01, 2021, 04:32:11 PM »
I had to skip about 55 pages of this thread...

Mendelssohn, Elijah



I'm still surprised that my favourite Mendelssohn works to stream have been the larger sacred vocal works, with choir and orchestra. I don't know about versions yet, but I can see myself working to add a good series of them to my collection.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55236 on: December 01, 2021, 04:45:30 PM »
Stenhammar
Symphony no. 2
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Herbert Blomstedt

(on Spotify)



I'm still warming up to this piece - both the Westerberg recording (which I heard last week) and Blomstedt's are wonderful, and there's a lot to love in this symphony, but it just hasn't 'clicked' for me yet. I do want to 'keep on listening', because I can see this is a substantial and consequential work. Maybe I'll try listening with a score next - that often helps.

I get what you mean. I really like 1st and 4th movements, but the inner ones sound less inspired to these ears. I think I enjoy the lovely and life-affirming First Symphony the best.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55237 on: December 01, 2021, 04:50:33 PM »
Posted this on the Purchases thread in response to Greg, who bought the Baker/Barbirolli Mahler Song Cycles (a move of which I wholeheartedly approve ;D)... and, well, you all knew this was coming:

Brahms
Alto Rhapsody
Dame Janet Baker, mezzo-soprano
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Sir Adrian Boult

(on Spotify)



There's something about the way Baker sings this that never fails to move me... at first, she's urgent, pleading... and then soothing and comforting. Halfway through the work, when minor turns to major and the choir makes their entrance while Baker floats her caressing hymn above, just gets me. Every. Single. Time. It's been ten minutes since that glorious C-major plagal cadence and I **still** can't stop crying...

Sorry, I realize this is probably TMI ;D - but that's the effect music can have on me sometimes!

I have enjoyed many Brahms Alto Rhapsodys, but inevitably, soloists always get compared to DJB.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55238 on: December 01, 2021, 04:52:50 PM »
Apparently in 2021, I clocked up 78, 352 minutes listening to music via Spotify. 1149 artists, over 58 genres of music.

This puts me ahead of 98% of the UK population for listening.

It seems quite a lot.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55239 on: December 01, 2021, 04:53:18 PM »
Havergal Brian Symphony No. 21




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