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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #41920 on: June 11, 2021, 06:23:01 AM »
Well, started the box below about a week ago, then we took a 4-day vacation to the mountains (Asheville, NC) - now back and listening the the remaining 3 discs - Dave :)

English Music for Viols w/ Fretwork - 5-disc set (contents below) - listening to John Jenkins (1592-1678) and William Lawes (1602-1645); Paul Nicholson on organ.  Dave :)

 

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #41921 on: June 11, 2021, 06:30:25 AM »
Murail - Winter Fragments (totally inappropriately :-[).


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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #41922 on: June 11, 2021, 06:47:46 AM »
Second the Becker.

Third the Becker. Few complete sets of anything have given me as much pleasure as this.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #41923 on: June 11, 2021, 06:51:17 AM »


A wonderful program let down by an atrocious performance. I never thought I’d say something bad about Marilyn Horne’s voice but here she is in dismal form. She shouts - not a single soft tone to be heard - and wobbles from first note to last. I listened to the Barber group and took it off the player in disgust.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #41924 on: June 11, 2021, 06:53:53 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.

When I was first getting into Martinů, the Thomson cycle was my go-to set as I found the performances quite exciting and hard-hitting. Nowadays, I can barely listen to any of these performances and this is mainly because I feel Thomson misses some of the more poetic moments in the music. Also, I’ve always felt the Scottish National Orchestra were, at the time, out of their element. But really it boiled down to these performances being what I personally perceive as being driven too hard by Thomson. I don’t think these symphonies sound good when they’re being played breathless --- they need more time to develop organically. This is why I believe Bělohlávek to have the full measure of Martinů’s style, because not only has he practically lived with his music throughout his professional life, but he brought a level of understanding and sympathy to his performances that simply cannot be ignored. Just my two cents.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #41925 on: June 11, 2021, 06:59:13 AM »


I found the Symphony for Strings too spicy and acerbic for comfort, but all the other works are quite wonderful.




Another excellent program by Dale Kavanagh. She has a knack for exploring the fringes of the guitar repertoire, especially its recent additions. The Domeniconi concerto is a real find, a beautiful work of some substance. The Genzmer piece displays a more reserved, cerebral mien. Excellent sound.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #41926 on: June 11, 2021, 07:25:02 AM »
JS Bach - Musical Offering BWV 1079 (Linde Consort)
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #41927 on: June 11, 2021, 07:30:09 AM »
Another excellent program by Dale Kavanagh. She has a knack for exploring the fringes of the guitar repertoire, especially its recent additions. The Domeniconi concerto is a real find, a beautiful work of some substance. The Genzmer piece displays a more reserved, cerebral mien. Excellent sound.
Dale Kavanagh has a new album this month playing her own compositions.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #41928 on: June 11, 2021, 07:47:27 AM »
Beethoven

Symphony No. 5 & 6

Concertgebouworkest








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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #41929 on: June 11, 2021, 09:11:43 AM »


Trying to work out whether I care enough about Heinrich Isaac’s masses to buy the new recording from Cinquecento. The answer is yes.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #41930 on: June 11, 2021, 09:36:39 AM »
Vivaldi, Antonio (1678-1741) - Cello Concertos w/ Roel Dieltiens and Ensemble Explorations - he performs a dozen 'solo' concertos and two w/ other instruments; Vivaldi wrote about 27 concertos for 'solo cello' and a number of others for joint instruments, including cello - the 'complete' set in my collection is w/ Francesco Galligioni doing all 27 works in a 4-disc Brilliant double jewel box; also own two CDs w/ Christophe Coin, as part of the large Naive boxes - all shown below; of course, there are many recordings of these cello works, so I'm sure many have their preferences.  Dave :)

     
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #41931 on: June 11, 2021, 09:41:24 AM »
Strauss: Violin Sonata in E flat major

Happy birthday, Richard!

I didn't recall how gorgeous this sonata is. It has the composer's trademarks.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #41932 on: June 11, 2021, 10:00:12 AM »
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 #41933 on: June 11, 2021, 10:10:43 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 #41934 on: June 11, 2021, 10:11:57 AM »
Thank you John. I have a few recordings of American composers conducted by him and I generally like them. I will look for his recordings of Hindemith and de Falla.

I really enjoy his Wm Schuman & Hanson.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #41935 on: June 11, 2021, 10:44:09 AM »
Igor Stravinsky
Symphony in Three Movements
Symphony in C
Symphony of Psalms

Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
Sir Georg Solti


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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #41936 on: June 11, 2021, 10:53:01 AM »
What’s your (and other members’) opinion of Gerard Schwarz as a conductor in general?  Thanks.

Like the others have said, he seems to be a successful advocate of American composers, and he had Seattle sounding good too. Hovhaness and Hanson stand out in my mind in particular, although there were many more underplayed American composers he surveyed. I didn't think he was as successful with the central symphonic repertoire, but I think his legacy stands well enough among modern Americana.
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“All the good music has already been written by people with wigs and stuff.”

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #41937 on: June 11, 2021, 11:15:33 AM »
Dale Kavanagh has a new album this month playing her own compositions.

I should check that out, thanks Brian !

Currently re-listening to that disc  :)

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #41938 on: June 11, 2021, 11:41:58 AM »
Vanhal, Johann (1739-1813) - Windy Chamber Music w/ the instruments and performers on the cover art below (click to enlarge) - for those interested, there is a thread HERE w/ plenty of recorded works shown and discussed, especially his Symphonies.  Dave :)

   


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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #41939 on: June 11, 2021, 11:54:16 AM »
What’s your (and other members’) opinion of Gerard Schwarz as a conductor in general?  Thanks.

Schwarz is one of those conductors I have very mixed feelings about.  Eternally grateful for the repertoire he has championed - much of which is wonderful - but rarely thrilled by the result!  I feel sometimes I like the music in spite of the conducting.  Whenever Schwarz has recorded standard repertoire when multiple alternative versions exist I would say rarely if ever is his version at the top or even near the top of the pile.  I know that his brief tenure as the Principal Conductor of the orchestra in Liverpool was greeted with very mixed response.  From friends invloved with the orchestra, I believe he was liked on a personal level but not found to be that inspiring for players or audiences.  Yet clearly the chemistry worked in Seattle.