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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #41940 on: June 11, 2021, 11:59:50 AM »
Igor Stravinsky
Symphony in Three Movements
Symphony in C
Symphony of Psalms

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #41941 on: June 11, 2021, 01:02:23 PM »
Igor Stravinsky
Song of the Nightingale

Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Scheherazade

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While I am revisiting a handful of Stravinsky right now, I couldn't pass over listening to Reiner's Scheherazade while I was here.

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« Reply #41942 on: June 11, 2021, 01:23:46 PM »
Disc 75: American Masters

Piston
The Incredible Flutist Suite

Hill
Prelude for Orchestra

Schuman
In Praise of Shahn

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #41943 on: June 11, 2021, 01:25:15 PM »
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 #41944 on: June 11, 2021, 01:26:20 PM »
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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That is a fine collection and I have all but the Dieltiens set. Two other sets that I would add would be those played by Coin [Naive] and Harnoy [RCA]. Both are contrasting sets but that is the joy of this game.  :)
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #41945 on: June 11, 2021, 02:19:33 PM »
Cheers Dave,

That is a fine collection and I have all but the Dieltiens set. Two other sets that I would add would be those played by Coin [Naive] and Harnoy [RCA]. Both are contrasting sets but that is the joy of this game.  :)

Hi Fergus - thanks for the comments - as shown in the set of images in my post, I have V.1/2 of Coin in those Naive Vivaldi boxes (own three); actually I had Harnoy and after adding Galligioni's 4-disc set, I culled her out of my collection (not that I did not like it but space, as usual for me); OTOH,  I really enjoyed re-listening to the Dieltiens set - attached are some reviews that I did not post before, if interested.  Dave :)

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« Reply #41946 on: June 11, 2021, 02:35:58 PM »
Hi Fergus - thanks for the comments - as shown in the set of images in my post, I have V.1/2 of Coin in those Naive Vivaldi boxes (own three); actually I had Harnoy and after adding Galligioni's 4-disc set, I culled her out of my collection (not that I did not like it but space, as usual for me); OTOH,  I really enjoyed re-listening to the Dieltiens set - attached are some reviews that I did not post before, if interested.  Dave :)

Cheers Dave,
I had a "Senior Moment" there regarding Coin  ::)  :-[  ;D
I will download and read the Dieltiens reviews - thank you for posting them.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #41947 on: June 11, 2021, 02:50:27 PM »
Cheers Dave,
I had a "Senior Moment" there regarding Coin  ::)  :-[  ;D
I will download and read the Dieltiens reviews - thank you for posting them.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #41948 on: June 11, 2021, 03:32:21 PM »


In the form of CD 5 of Brilliant's Chopin: Complete Edition. If Amazon is correct, it's not available as an individual physical CD.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #41949 on: June 11, 2021, 04:18:17 PM »


First listening. More exposure will be required to assess the Vespers. The symphony is very interesting. Built along the model of Sibelius’ own 7th - and commissioned for a concert that was to include Mahler’s 7th (!) it is in a single movement lasting 21 minutes in this recording (the commission specified a maximum length of 20’). Like its model it contains different sections that relate to and complete one another. Tonal but not assigned a specific key it ends on a very affirmative C major chord (another nod to the S7).

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #41950 on: June 11, 2021, 04:48:55 PM »
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.

Belohlavek has recorded the 6 symphonies twice with the Czech Phil, and then again with the BBC SO. As if that was not enough he recorded some of them singly on different occasions. Which one would you recommend, John ? I don’t know any of his performances and have only the Naxos performances to compare…

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #41951 on: June 11, 2021, 05:35:04 PM »


Historical Recordings
Stravinsky conducting
Excerpts from The Firebird [recorded Paris November 1928]
Suite from Petrouchka [recorded London June 1928]
Suite from L'Histoire du Soldat [recorded Paris May 1932]
Originally released on Columbia (so those like Karl who have The Big Stravinsky Box should find them there) but remastered for this set--and remastered very well, since the sound is much closer to 1950 mono than 1930 mono.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #41952 on: June 11, 2021, 06:02:39 PM »
Your two cents has gone into my ponder pouch, John  ;)

Just hope that pouch doesn’t get too full. ;) ;D
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #41953 on: June 11, 2021, 06:10:18 PM »
Belohlavek has recorded the 6 symphonies twice with the Czech Phil, and then again with the BBC SO. As if that was not enough he recorded some of them singly on different occasions. Which one would you recommend, John ? I don’t know any of his performances and have only the Naxos performances to compare…

Actually, Bělohlávek has only one complete symphony cycle and it’s with the BBC SO on the Onyx label. The Chandos and Supraphon recordings are incomplete --- on Chandos he recorded the 1st and the 4th through the 6th. On Supraphon, he’s done the 1st and the 3rd through the 6th. I like all of his performances, but I’ll have to give the edge to the BBC SO cycle just because I think they’re great performances, but also for it’s consistency. Another cycle I like a lot is Neeme Järvi’s cycle on BIS with the Bamberg SO. These aren’t as hard-hitting as Thomson’s, but I think he is able to achieve more lyricism than Thomson, which is quite important. The Neumann cycle is just too leisurely for my tastes, but I do think he nailed the 2nd, 3rd and 5th symphonies, which aren’t always easy to pull off. Anyway, Bělohlávek and Järvi would be the cycles I’d recommend over all of the others and there’s quite a few out there nowadays.
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« Reply #41954 on: June 11, 2021, 06:14:02 PM »


Ensemble Ioculatores - Songs And Dances Of The Middle Ages

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« Reply #41955 on: June 11, 2021, 06:16:21 PM »
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Strauss
Hornkonzert Nr. 2 in Es
Barry Tuckwell, horn
Royal PO
Ashkenazy




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« Reply #41956 on: June 11, 2021, 06:22:55 PM »
Now playing this new arrival:

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Don Quixote, Op. 35
Lorne Munroe, cello
William Lincer, viola
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« Reply #41957 on: June 11, 2021, 06:32:28 PM »
CD 1
PCs 20 and 21


[CD 2 has the Fantasia in c minor, the Piano Quartet in g minor, the Masonic Funeral Music, and PC 22]

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« Reply #41959 on: June 11, 2021, 11:13:01 PM »
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