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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #38600 on: April 23, 2021, 06:09:39 PM »
NP:

Zemlinsky
Ein Tanzpoem
Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne
Conlon




Utterly enchanting.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #38601 on: April 23, 2021, 06:44:24 PM »
Rota: Symphony No. 3
Antheil: Symphony No. 6


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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #38602 on: April 23, 2021, 06:54:31 PM »
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Messiaen
L’Ascension
Orchestre Philharmonique de L’ORTF
Constant


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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #38603 on: April 23, 2021, 10:05:23 PM »
Morning listening (on Spotify):



PS I kind of expected to be blown away by this recording, but I'm not.... ::)

Is it because of the largish ensemble with four tenors? The "pretty" smoothness, sometimes glossing over accents & details? I'm not sure .... this deserves another (comparative) listen some other time.
This mass has also been recorded by Cut Circle/ Rodin, Cantica Symphonia/Boeke, Maletto and an older recording by Dominique Vellard.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #38604 on: April 23, 2021, 10:08:31 PM »
Another listen to this.


Recommended.

Noted!  I'm not surprised. After all, it's Enrico Gatti..  :)

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #38605 on: April 23, 2021, 10:58:08 PM »
Rota: Symphony No. 3
Antheil: Symphony No. 6



I have the Antheil disc Cesar but I wonder what the Rota symphony is like. I know that Christo is a fan.

Now, playing (again):
Kalnins: Symphony No.6
It should, I imagine, appeal to admirers of Philip Glass but it is not the same:

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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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« Reply #38606 on: April 23, 2021, 11:02:11 PM »


Superb. Arnell's evolution from no 1 (1939) to no 5 (1962) is fascinating. A wonderful disc.



Listened to the Rosza, Tiomkin, 2 Steiners, 2 Korngolds this week. Amazing production values. Gerhardt was able to secure the participation of the Ambrosian Singers, pianist Earl Wild and contralto Norma Procter (aka the solo alto from Horenstein’s famous M3) for what are sometimes very short contributions. Orchestra and recorded sound are top notch. The whole series was recorded in the Kingsway Hall in 1973. DeLuxe stuff.
The Gerhardt box set is high on my wish list and Arnell was a fine composer - but I don't know the SQs.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #38607 on: April 23, 2021, 11:09:05 PM »
Kabalevsky: Cello Sonata.



Surprisingly dark and heartfelt which doesn't fit my image of the composer.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #38608 on: April 23, 2021, 11:26:35 PM »


Stunning!  :)

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #38609 on: April 23, 2021, 11:33:35 PM »
Strauss: The Four Last Songs sung by Soile Isokoski





Beim Schlafengehen is one of my all time favourite pieces of music ever, in any genre, and Isokoski nails it. Wonderful stuff.

Isokoski has that wonderful type of soprano voice that Strauss apparently preferred; not too “light” and not too “heavy”. Mid-toned but still with body is how I would probably ignorantly and unflatteringly call it. It has the strength to deliver but retains the lighter quality that helps transcend the music into the ether. Nothing ever feels forced or unnatural in her easy flow of delivery.
The Orchestra performs wonderfully well throughout and Janowski is a fine interpreter and presenter of this music. A superb disc overall and an unhesitating recommendation.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #38610 on: April 24, 2021, 12:46:12 AM »
Good morning all,

I don't think I have ever listened some Bizet beyond some Carmen highlights.

Starting with Une chasse dans la forêt d'Ostie.

Symphony in C will follow from the same set.


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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #38612 on: April 24, 2021, 12:51:58 AM »
Dvorak, Violin Sonata



The violinist being Josef Suk, the composer's great-grandson.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #38613 on: April 24, 2021, 12:54:27 AM »
Rawsthorne: Piano Concerto No.1
Best Rawsthorne disc known to me.
I rate Pritchard's 'Symphonic Studies' as the No.1 choice. He was an underrated conductor:
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #38614 on: April 24, 2021, 01:01:32 AM »
Varèse: Ecuatorial [Chailly]





This is a powerful and atmospheric work with, what I find to be, a menacing undertone to it.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #38615 on: April 24, 2021, 01:11:26 AM »
Dvorak, 6 Mazurkas op.56

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #38616 on: April 24, 2021, 01:44:40 AM »
Messiaen

Continue my exploration of Vingt Regards sur L'Enfant-Jésus now with Yvonne Loriod




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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #38617 on: April 24, 2021, 01:45:34 AM »
Finishing my night off (well early morning, currently 3AM here) with two pieces by Jennifer Walshe, a truly lovely, visionary, and revolutionary composer (it is likely you've never heard anything like her before).

Duration & its simple modes (has some Meredith Monk vibes)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XffBZePtEWc

Language ruins everything (has some The Twilight Zone - The Obsolete Man vibes).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dl26ORHSdrk

So good.  :)

The same sort of mindset as Cassandra Miller I think, kind of Fluxus meets c21 postmodernism.  They both work here in London often, I have a friend who works with them. I like the stuff with the invented personae the best -- Irish Avant Garde etc. And this, whis has a slightly disturbing Beckett like mad quality

https://jenniferwalshe.bandcamp.com/album/all-the-many-peopls
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #38618 on: April 24, 2021, 02:26:52 AM »



Listened to the Rosza, Tiomkin, 2 Steiners, 2 Korngolds this week. Amazing production values. Gerhardt was able to secure the participation of the Ambrosian Singers, pianist Earl Wild and contralto Norma Procter (aka the solo alto from Horenstein’s famous M3) for what are sometimes very short contributions. Orchestra and recorded sound are top notch. The whole series was recorded in the Kingsway Hall in 1973. DeLuxe stuff.

It is a marvelous set, André. Glad you are enjoying it!

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« Reply #38619 on: April 24, 2021, 02:43:01 AM »
Some Alkan to start the day.  BTW, the story of his death due to a falling bookcase has been fairly debunked by music scholar Hugh Macdonald (whom I've met twice!).  Instead, he was found under a porte-parapluie (a heavy coat/umbrella rack).  He likely fainted and brought it down on himself while grabbing onto it to support himself.  He was found, still alive, and taken to his bedroom but died later that same day. 

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