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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #3280 on: November 08, 2019, 08:37:35 PM »
Listening to back-to-back performances of The Oceanides from these recordings:



Then I’m going to play the Yale version of this tone poem from this recording:

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #3281 on: November 08, 2019, 10:06:41 PM »


Another nice free disc from BBC Music Magazine and an unusual coupling.

That was a very nice BBC freebie.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #3282 on: November 09, 2019, 12:21:35 AM »


Symphony in F major The Cotswolds

I already know why this work is not more popular: sounds more German than English!  ;D

It's a pretty good symphony, not as bad as I had thought of initially. The 2nd movement was the most compelling, a solemn elegy of certain profoundity.

Holst's harshest critic - his daughter Imogen - conceded that the 2nd movement "Elegy in Memoriam William Morris" was easily the best section of the work.  Of the 3 complete recordings (The Elegy is on a Lyrita disc too) this Bostock is easily the weakest both Davis on Chandos and Faletta on Naxos make a much stroinger case for the whole work....

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #3283 on: November 09, 2019, 12:43:16 AM »
Brahms PC 1 Lars Vogt


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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #3284 on: November 09, 2019, 01:18:54 AM »
Brahms PC 1 Lars Vogt



Not quite sure that playing piano and conducting orchestra was a good choice. There are moments when they evolve in different worlds :-\

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #3285 on: November 09, 2019, 01:47:36 AM »


CD1

Several people whose opinions I value have praised this so my expectations were high. Unfortunately, they were not met in the least.

I couldn't disagree more with Todd's enthusiastic review: https://www.good-music-guide.com/community/index.php/topic,26952.msg1222127.html#msg1222127

Plodding to, and often beyond, the limit of disintegration. I'm sorry but I can think of no other way to put it. I'm not in principle opposed to slowness (as in Barenboim's way with Schiubert's sonatas, for instance) but Mr. Paik takes it to insane levels. And the problem is compounded by the fact that, for all this exaggerated slowness, the effect, far from being light and ethereal, it's heavy and earthbound. Boredom set in after just the first three Nocturnes (at Paik's tempos this means actually about half an hour --- okay, I'm exaggerating but not too much) and eventually I stopped listening somewhere half-way through the disc. Listening to CD2 is not even an option.

Possibly the worst performance of the Nocturnes I've ever heard.

Sorry, Todd, Mandryka, George.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #3286 on: November 09, 2019, 01:59:08 AM »
My favourite version of the symphonies. I particularly appreciate the strong, biting playing, the lucid, natural sound and the conductor’s urgent, objective conceptions.
I will have to give those a listen, then. I've not heard any of them. He's up against some serious competition, though I have noticed with Nielsen that one person's masterful performance (Horenstein) can be easily bested by another person's masterful performance (Bernstein) which in turn is swiftly superceded by another person's masterful performance (Blomstedt).

And so forth.

It might be that Nielsen is a composer that comes across as brilliant no matter who's doing the conducting. Or that no one gets it entirely right, but does enough sensitive and idiomatic things to make a fairly decent (nice transformation of "masterful performance," eh?) performance overall.

In any case, I'm intrigued. I think that "biting" and "lucid" are good qualities to have in a Nielsen performer.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #3287 on: November 09, 2019, 02:20:52 AM »
After listening to samples of possible purchases at jpc, I've put this on:


What can I say? It's simply perfect... apart from the fact neither the composer nor the ensemble is recorded enough.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #3288 on: November 09, 2019, 02:21:58 AM »
Liszt, Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, Leslie Howard.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #3289 on: November 09, 2019, 02:59:41 AM »
Bach

Cantatas CD47




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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #3290 on: November 09, 2019, 03:15:33 AM »
Bach

Cantatas CD47



Are you enjoying the Koopman set as much as the Leonhardt/Harnoncourt?   :)

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #3291 on: November 09, 2019, 03:35:02 AM »
CD V of this fine box. Second rerun.

Performers: Greta de Reyghere, Agnes Mellon, Barbara Borden, Douglas Nasrawi, Bernard Foccroulle, Stephan van Dijck, Paul Agnew, Mark Padmore, Monika Mauch, Gerd Türk, Andreas Scholl, Maria Cristina Kiehr, Max van Egmond, James Bowman, Hans Jörg Mammel, Bart Jacobs, Henri Ledroit, Marion Verbruggen, Siebe Henstra, Vox Luminis, Cantus Cölln, Collegium Vocale Gent, Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Ricercar Consort, Capella Sancti Michaelis, Concerto Palatino, Akademia, Stylus Phantasticus, Clematis, Flanders Recorder Quartet, Ensemble La Fenice, Pygmalion, Lionel Meunier, Konrad Junghänel, Philippe Pierlot, Francoise Lasserre, Erik van Nevel, Philippe Herreweghe, Leonardo Garcia Alarcon

It's really worth the money and an enjoyable effort to listen to the many composers and their works. Especially as they come in perfect performances, well most of them, with sometimes a odd one out, but that's a personal thing. Sound quality is most of the time very good.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #3292 on: November 09, 2019, 04:09:00 AM »
Revisiting:


Perhaps stating the obvious, as I am an ardent Enrico Gatti fan, but it really doesn't get any better than this.....
If anyone likes some pointers on other Gatti recordings, let me know.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #3293 on: November 09, 2019, 04:27:35 AM »
Revisiting:


Perhaps stating the obvious, as I am an ardent Enrico Gatti fan, but it really doesn't get any better than this.....
If anyone likes some pointers on other Gatti recordings, let me know.

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This record I have, if it is the opus I, but I would be interested which ones you recommend.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #3294 on: November 09, 2019, 04:53:42 AM »
CD VI of this box.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #3295 on: November 09, 2019, 06:46:21 AM »
CD VII from this box!

Just a load of gorgeous music in pristine performances.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #3296 on: November 09, 2019, 07:07:20 AM »
Martinu: Czech Rhapsody - Jiri Belohlavek conducting the Prague Symphony Orchestra & Kuhn Mixed Choir with Ivan Kusnjer baritone - stirring stuff!

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« Reply #3297 on: November 09, 2019, 07:48:07 AM »
Martinu: Czech Rhapsody - Jiri Belohlavek conducting the Prague Symphony Orchestra & Kuhn Mixed Choir with Ivan Kusnjer baritone - stirring stuff!

Pounds the table!
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #3298 on: November 09, 2019, 08:00:29 AM »
 

 

 




Over the course of the last couple work weeks, I streamed a big chunk of the Doric Quartet's discography in the early morning work hours.  There's nary a weak recording in the bunch.  Sure, the Aron Quartett breathe even more like into the criminally under-recorded Korngold works, and no one can make Adams truly compelling, and in the other rep, established faves probably remain established faves, but the Janacek quartets have no little intensity, the Schubert G Major rocks, and the Haydn works delight.  Op 20 is rock solid, Op 64 too, but it is in Op 76, with a perfect combination of refinement and copious hints of rustic influences and idiosyncratic touches, where the Doric show they can compete with anyone.  Here's to hoping they release and LvB cycle next year.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #3299 on: November 09, 2019, 08:01:20 AM »
CD VIII, the last one in this box.

I had a very pleasant afternoon with the last four CD'S.
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