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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #42000 on: June 12, 2021, 06:21:56 PM »
Credendum (An Article of Faith), for orchestra

A vibrant and solemn work with very cool rhythmic passages. I definitely find very compelling how Schuman wrote for the timpani, and that's noticeable here.



A great work and the performance is quite good, too, although I wish the string section was larger in the Albany SO. They always had a thin sound and the Schuman certainly requires more beefy and muscular strings than what the Albany strings provide.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #42001 on: June 12, 2021, 06:37:48 PM »
NP:

Dvořák
Symphony No. 1 In C Minor, "The Bells Of Zlonice", Op. (B 9)
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Neumann


From this marvelous set -

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #42002 on: June 12, 2021, 06:38:55 PM »
Borodin: Symphony no. 1 in E-flat major



Like I said in the "fine first symphonies" poll, I don't understand why no one, not even on this forum, ever talks about this rhythmic, tuneful symphony - it's just marvelous! It's equally as good as the more famous Second. And it gets one hell of a fiery performance here! Tjeknavorian drives the music along while still giving it weight and impact. Terrific stuff!


Kabalevsky: Symphony no. 2 in C minor



Between two high-spirited, exuberant movements lies a substantial slow movement of considerable depth which rises to two powerful climaxes. I just love Kabalevsky's music!


Weber: Clarinet Quintet in B-flat major



Weber really knew how to write delightful, virtuosic, and soulful music for the clarinet, and he doesn't relegate the strings to an accompanying role either. Feel-good music!


Walton: Piano Quartet



My goodness, I had forgotten how astounding this early work is! One can hear an impressionistic Ravelian influence in some passages (especially in the gorgeous slow movement), but overall this is a stunningly mature work. Walton really comes into his own in the exciting, syncopated finale. I simply can't imagine this performance being bettered, either. It's undoubtedly one of my favorite Walton works as well as one of the great piano quartets.


Smetana: Má vlast



It had been a while since I had listened to this iconic work, and I can't say my affection for it increased drastically. The Moldau is definitely my favorite movement; most of the others strike me as too bombastic (I think it's all the cymbal crashing and triangle dinging that does it for me). To me, Smetana's chamber works represent a more personal and emotional side of his musical personality.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #42003 on: June 12, 2021, 07:08:13 PM »
Two sonatas for cello and piano

Very dull works. This is not the Bantock I enjoy.

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« Reply #42004 on: June 12, 2021, 07:09:29 PM »
A great work and the performance is quite good, too, although I wish the string section was larger in the Albany SO. They always had a thin sound and the Schuman certainly requires more beefy and muscular strings than what the Albany strings provide.

I did notice that, but fortunately the other instruments didn't disappoint.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #42005 on: June 12, 2021, 07:10:53 PM »
Walton: Viola Concerto



Another wonderful Walton re-acquaintance. Great as his other three concerti are (including the Sinfonia Concertante), I think this one is overall the most balanced and engaging. I mean, how could that central scherzo not make you smile? And who knew James Ehnes was as great a violist as he is a violinist!


Shebalin: Symphony no. 3



This exceeded my expectations! A dramatic, cogent, and colorful symphony which stands midway in between the styles of his teacher Myaskovsky, his student Shostakovich, and Kabalevsky. Btw, it's none other than Gergiev conducting here (in a rare appearance outside the standard rep)!


Glazunov: Symphony no. 8 (Jarvi)



Oddly enough, I can't say this is one of my favorite Glazunov symphonies (those would be nos. 2, 5 and 6). Glazunov seems to be aiming at something a bit darker and more profound in this symphony but IMO never quite attains it. For example, the dramatic opening of the slow movement seems to prepare the way for a grand tragic statement, however the majority of the rest of the movement is much more relaxed in character. I also missed the typical sparkling, tuneful Glazunovian scherzo here - this one is instead a noodling chromatic affair. I know Jeffrey (vandermolen) will disagree strongly with me! ;) (The two "filler works" on this disc are largely forgettable IMO.)


This entire disc:



I can't believe I had overlooked this magical, colorful album before. These five works feature unusual instrumental combinations (often featuring harp and various woodwinds) which Bax exploits to the highest degree. They overall represent Bax's sunnier side but are not free of darker moments. The Threnody and Scherzo features a particularly prominent bassoon part which, at one point, quotes the opening of his Third Symphony! The performances by the ASMF Chamber Ensemble are fully attuned to Bax's idiom. Any admirer of the composer can't miss this disc!


Boccherini: various symphonies from these discs



Boccherini deserves to be recognized as one of the great Classical Era composers. These inventive, colorful symphonies are especially remarkable for their extended instrumental solos, especially for string instruments (witness the extended cello duets (!) in the first movement of op. 12/2). I particularly enjoyed the Symphony in C major, op. 37/1 on the Chandos album.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #42006 on: June 12, 2021, 07:13:44 PM »
I did notice that, but fortunately the other instruments didn't disappoint.

It’s too bad Schwarz didn’t record it when he was doing his cycle with the Seattle Symphony.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #42007 on: June 12, 2021, 07:16:03 PM »
NP:

Shostakovich
Piano Sonata No. 1, Op. 12
Lilya Zilberstein




An absolute brilliant performance!

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #42008 on: June 12, 2021, 07:19:10 PM »
Bax: Piano Quintet in G minor

One of Bax's most inspired, tuneful and eloquent works. A work for a desert island.


Woohoo!
I agree.  ;D
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« Reply #42009 on: June 12, 2021, 07:21:20 PM »
Walton: Viola Concerto



Another wonderful Walton re-acquaintance. Great as his other three concerti are (including the Sinfonia Concertante), I think this one is overall the most balanced and engaging. I mean, how could that central scherzo not make you smile? And who knew James Ehnes was as great a violist as he is a violinist!


Shebalin: Symphony no. 3



This exceeded my expectations! A dramatic, cogent, and colorful symphony which stands midway in between the styles of his teacher Myaskovsky, his student Shostakovich, and Kabalevsky. Btw, it's none other than Gergiev conducting here (in a rare appearance outside the standard rep)!


Glazunov: Symphony no. 8 (Jarvi)



Oddly enough, I can't say this is one of my favorite Glazunov symphonies (those would be nos. 2, 5 and 6). Glazunov seems to be aiming at something a bit darker and more profound in this symphony but IMO never quite attains it. For example, the dramatic opening of the slow movement seems to prepare the way for a grand tragic statement, however the majority of the rest of the movement is much more relaxed in character. I also missed the typical sparkling, tuneful Glazunovian scherzo here - this one is instead a noodling chromatic affair. I know Jeffrey (vandermolen) will disagree strongly with me! ;) (The two "filler works" on this disc are largely forgettable IMO.)


This entire disc:



I can't believe I had overlooked this magical, colorful album before. These five works feature unusual instrumental combinations (often featuring harp and various woodwinds) which Bax exploits to the highest degree. They overall represent Bax's sunnier side but are not free of darker moments. The Threnody and Scherzo features a particularly prominent bassoon part which, at one point, quotes the opening of his Third Symphony! The performances by the ASMF Chamber Ensemble are fully attuned to Bax's idiom. Any admirer of the composer can't miss this disc!


Boccherini: various symphonies from these discs



Boccherini deserves to be recognized as one of the great Classical Era composers. These inventive, colorful symphonies are especially remarkable for their extended instrumental solos, especially for string instruments (witness the extended cello duets (!) in the first movement of op. 12/2). I particularly enjoyed the Symphony in C major, op. 37/1 on the Chandos album.
Don't know the Boccherini but +1 for all the others Kyle.  :)
PS I don't 'strongly disagree' with you re: Glazunov Kyle, although I like all the Glazunov symphonies - recently I've come to appreciate No.3 more, so that my favourites are now 1-3, 7 and 8. and the fragment of No.9 which I wish AG had completed.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #42010 on: June 12, 2021, 07:30:54 PM »
Borodin: Symphony no. 1 in E-flat major



Like I said in the "fine first symphonies" poll, I don't understand why no one, not even on this forum, ever talks about this rhythmic, tuneful symphony - it's just marvelous! It's equally as good as the more famous Second. And it gets one hell of a fiery performance here! Tjeknavorian drives the music along while still giving it weight and impact. Terrific stuff!


Kabalevsky: Symphony no. 2 in C minor



Between two high-spirited, exuberant movements lies a substantial slow movement of considerable depth which rises to two powerful climaxes. I just love Kabalevsky's music!


Weber: Clarinet Quintet in B-flat major



Weber really knew how to write delightful, virtuosic, and soulful music for the clarinet, and he doesn't relegate the strings to an accompanying role either. Feel-good music!


Walton: Piano Quartet



My goodness, I had forgotten how astounding this early work is! One can hear an impressionistic Ravelian influence in some passages (especially in the gorgeous slow movement), but overall this is a stunningly mature work. Walton really comes into his own in the exciting, syncopated finale. I simply can't imagine this performance being bettered, either. It's undoubtedly one of my favorite Walton works as well as one of the great piano quartets.


Smetana: Má vlast



It had been a while since I had listened to this iconic work, and I can't say my affection for it increased drastically. The Moldau is definitely my favorite movement; most of the others strike me as too bombastic (I think it's all the cymbal crashing and triangle dinging that does it for me). To me, Smetana's chamber works represent a more personal and emotional side of his musical personality.
+1 for Kabalevsky and I love that set, although symphonies 1 and 4 are my favourites. I think that No. 4 is a much more interesting and greater work than most people seem to think.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #42011 on: June 12, 2021, 07:49:43 PM »
+1 for Kabalevsky and I love that set, although symphonies 1 and 4 are my favourites. I think that No. 4 is a much more interesting and greater work than most people seem to think.

I should revisit those Kabalevsky symphonies. I’ll listen to the 4th first on your recommendation, Jeffrey.
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« Reply #42012 on: June 13, 2021, 12:31:20 AM »
It was a toss-up between David Bowie and Beethoven.

Piano Concerto No.3 won for the current slot.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #42013 on: June 13, 2021, 01:11:12 AM »
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Mozart: Symphony #41 in C, K 551, "Jupiter"


Rene Jacobs leading this performance - very nice... :)

I don't know it but I will bet that it is indeed very nice.
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« Reply #42014 on: June 13, 2021, 01:12:12 AM »
It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and leave no doubt.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #42015 on: June 13, 2021, 01:13:19 AM »
Yes, indeed, although I have more attachment to the 2nd.

A more mature work.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #42016 on: June 13, 2021, 01:16:03 AM »
Fux: Requiem [Clemcic]





I have very limited exposure to the music of Fux but I did enjoy this fine work by any standard. The vocal lines flow easily and the orchestral accompaniments are sympathetic and interesting. I particularly like the soprano lines and the solo soprano voice which delivers them. I also like the instrumental movements scattered throughout the work.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #42017 on: June 13, 2021, 01:45:30 AM »
Fux: Requiem [Clemcic]




I have very limited exposure to the music of Fux but I did enjoy this fine work by any standard. The vocal lines flow easily and the orchestral accompaniments are sympathetic and interesting. I particularly like the soprano lines and the solo soprano voice which delivers them. I also like the instrumental movements scattered throughout the work.

I like the music - even though Fux is a quite a conservative composer - but I couldn't deal with Clemencic's slow tempi and low energy level.

This recording I found to be more to my liking:


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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #42018 on: June 13, 2021, 02:00:40 AM »
Beethoven: Symphony No 6 in F major Pastoral - Concertgebouw Orchestra  conducted by Eugen Jochum

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Werner Egk

Little Abraxas Suite
French Suite after Rameau for large orchestra

Gottfried von Einem
Cappricio for Orchestra

Hans Werner Henze
Ballet Variations

Wolgang Fortner
Symphony (1947)  Finale

Rolf Liebermann
Suite on Swiss folk songs