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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #41900 on: June 10, 2021, 04:57:16 PM »
Polish Songs Opus 74
First time I've ever listened to these works

Anna Haase soprano
Lucius Ruhl piano
Recorded for Ars Produktion Germany 2006

This performance is available only via Brilliant. But Ms. Haase recorded them a second time for Ars Produktion the next year with a different pianist, and that can be found on Amazon.  The 2007 performance is about 5 minutes quicker, and orders the songs differently.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #41901 on: June 10, 2021, 04:59:03 PM »
Very nice performance and good recording sound. I recommend it.
Also the complete piano box by Markus Becker is vg as well.

Second the Becker.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #41903 on: June 10, 2021, 05:27:31 PM »
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Symphony No. 3
Seattle Symphony
Schwarz




A fabulous symphony. A cannot stress how grateful I am for Gerard Schwarz’s championship of so many of mid-20th Century American composers. He has done them a great service. If the academics had their way, this kind of music wouldn’t ever see the light of day. Take from that statement what you will.

What’s your (and other members’) opinion of Gerard Schwarz as a conductor in general?  Thanks.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #41904 on: June 10, 2021, 06:13:52 PM »
What’s your (and other members’) opinion of Gerard Schwarz as a conductor in general?  Thanks.

I think he’s a fine conductor who has done some excellent work. Of course, it’s his championship of many of these mid-20th Century American composers that he’s probably most known for. But he’s turned in some good Ravel, Rimsky-Korsakov, Falla, Hindemith et. al.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #41905 on: June 10, 2021, 06:18:25 PM »
The greatest IMO of the Langgaard symphonies.

Honestly, while I do like Langgaard’s orchestral works like Music of the Sphere, the opera Antikrist and the SQs, I’m finding his symphonies definitely uneven in quality. He’s certainly not on the level of his fellow countryman Nielsen or Sibelius. I even think Atterberg’s symphonies and Stenhammar’s Symphony No. 2 are better. I’d say I’m most impressed with his 6th. This, for me, catches him in those rarer moments when he’s not looking forwards or backwards and is able to bring more of his individuality to the music.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #41906 on: June 10, 2021, 08:48:39 PM »
Honestly, while I do like Langgaard’s orchestral works like Music of the Sphere, the opera Antikrist and the SQs, I’m finding his symphonies definitely uneven in quality. He’s certainly not on the level of his fellow countryman Nielsen or Sibelius. I even think Atterberg’s symphonies and Stenhammar’s Symphony No. 2 are better. I’d say I’m most impressed with his 6th. This, for me, catches him in those rarer moments when he’s not looking forwards or backwards and is able to bring more of his individuality to the music.
I think that the symphonies are very uneven but 4,6 and 10 are ones that I enjoy a great deal.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #41907 on: June 10, 2021, 08:52:21 PM »
NP:

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Symphony No. 3
Seattle Symphony
Schwarz




A fabulous symphony. A cannot stress how grateful I am for Gerard Schwarz’s championship of so many of mid-20th Century American composers. He has done them a great service. If the academics had their way, this kind of music wouldn’t ever see the light of day. Take from that statement what you will.
One of the Great American Symphonies IMO and ranks with those by Harris, Copland, Schuman and Hanson. Schwarz's performance seems excellent, although I'm unaware of any alternative. The Delos release is preferable to the Naxos as it includes the lyrical and memorable Suite for Romeo and Juliet. I've been listening to Symphony No.1 and 'The Enormous Room' with great pleasure recently.
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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 #41908 on: June 10, 2021, 10:14:32 PM »
Morning listening:


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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #41909 on: June 10, 2021, 11:08:47 PM »
Good morning all,

Holst - A Choral Symphony.

A first listen methinks.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #41910 on: June 11, 2021, 12:16:24 AM »
Beethoven: String Quartets [Gewandhaus Quartet]





String Quartet Op. 95

I am always fascinated by the fact that you listen to a piece of music there is quite often something that you did not notice before in it. In this case it is the busy viola work in the first movement. What truly wonderful string writing in the slow movement; it is superb. The third movement Scherzo is also wonderful. The music is terrifically edgy with a calm trio section to calm things down but even this has something of an edge to it. The Final movement is a real mixed bag in terms of tones and tempi but it certainly finishes with a flourish.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #41911 on: June 11, 2021, 12:17:00 AM »
Good morning all,

Holst - A Choral Symphony.

A first listen methinks.



A good one, that  8)
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #41912 on: June 11, 2021, 12:17:05 AM »
Beethoven

Symphony No 4 & 7

Concertgebouworkest




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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #41913 on: June 11, 2021, 12:18:28 AM »
Beethoven: String Quartets [Gewandhaus Quartet]





String Quartet Op. 95

I am always fascinated by the fact that you listen to a piece of music there is quite often something that you did not notice before in it. In this case it is the busy viola work in the first movement. What truly wonderful string writing in the slow movement; it is superb. The third movement Scherzo is also wonderful. The music is terrifically edgy with a calm trio section to calm things down but even this has something of an edge to it. The Final movement is a real mixed bag in terms of tones and tempi but it certainly finishes with a flourish.

This is a real fine set,good recorded too. :)

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #41914 on: June 11, 2021, 12:27:01 AM »



This is a real fine set,good recorded too. :)

Yes, it is Jan. I had a chance some years ago to buy it but I turned it down for some reason back then. I am very glad that I have it now  :)
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #41915 on: June 11, 2021, 12:46:59 AM »
Beethoven

Symphony No 4 & 7

Concertgebouworkest



One of my favourite "traditional" LvB symphonies cycles!  :)

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #41916 on: June 11, 2021, 02:00:49 AM »
One of my favourite "traditional" LvB symphonies cycles!  :)

And rightly so... :)

The singing strings in these lyrical perfomances are wonderful ,the recording is vivid and clear,in my opinion this is one of the most attractive sets available.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #41917 on: June 11, 2021, 02:07:02 AM »
I am blessed this year with divers maladies, but this last one will prevent me from listening at least a week. I had some loss of hearing in the upper frequencies, especially the left ear, wich also gave me pain. Checking this morning with my doc, turns out that both ears have a smear prop, quite large, she could only see a half moon of my membrane, and there was a slight infection in my left ear because of it. I got the proverbial drops, to make the infection less insistent, and the other ear I will use some olive oil to get the stuff soft, for Monday afternoon she will flush both ears, and my hearing should be back to normal. Which would be fine, for I decided to buy an Esoteric player, and fase the Nu-Vista out. But I also have to rebuild the electrics in both office and listening room, also, so that will keep me occupied for at least a week.
Just to know for all that might be interested.
Cheers.

PS. That will not keep me from ordering some new exciting things this weekend at JPC :laugh:
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #41918 on: June 11, 2021, 02:41:32 AM »
One of my favourite "traditional" LvB symphonies cycles!  :)

One of my favourites also. I bought it back in 1970; it came in a massive box with a gold embossed medallion of Beethoven on the cover. Nos 4 & 8 are my favourite performances  from this cycle. I used to love No 6 but now find it too slow.

Edit: Now listening to Symphony No 4 from the set (on LP)
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #41919 on: June 11, 2021, 03:36:38 AM »
Martinu: Symphony No. 1 [Thomson]





What a wonderful sound world this work is and Thomson probes and explores it very well. The musical language of the first movement is dramatic and its presentation is very exciting. The Scherzo is filled with unbridled energy and vitality and is a powerful presentation. The drive and forward momentum is terrific. The Trio section is somewhat an oasis of relatively  reduced calm but, effectively, not very much so as the intensity does not reduce very much. The conclusion is terrifically exciting. The third movement, Largo, is a total contrast to what has preceded it. It is quite dark and desolate in its musical language and this is a powerful presentation of that musical message. The energy, drive and vitality of the first two movements is resumed here. This is powerful and exciting music given a very fine airing here which is well driven to a very fine conclusion.
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