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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #42040 on: June 13, 2021, 07:13:36 AM »
Kabalevsky’s 4th Symphony is indeed one of his greatest works, possessing a depth and memorability on par with anything by his more famous contemporaries. That “doom-laden procession” that closes the first movement could knock anyone’s socks off! To be honest, I think most people who dismiss Kabalevsky’s music haven’t actually listened to any of his works besides maybe his short didactic piano works for children! :D
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #42041 on: June 13, 2021, 07:19:33 AM »
Trying a new Deutsche Grammophon release: Dustin O’Halloran, “Silfur”.

Utterly tedious. What is DG of all labels doing peddling this?

While I hesitate to issue blanket statements condemning the major labels like DG since they have issued some unexpectedly interesting stuff recently (e.g. P. Jarvi’s Franz Schmidt cycle), I must say that the majority of stuff they release these days is annoyingly artist-centric and showing some questionable lapses in taste with gimmicky “crossover”-ish stuff. All I can say is, thank God for labels like Naxos, Chandos, CPO, BIS, Ondine, Capriccio, etc. who continue to give us high-quality recordings of interesting repertoire and don’t always feel the need to plaster a picture of the latest hot-shot young soloist on the cover of every disc.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #42042 on: June 13, 2021, 10:10:21 AM »
Delius: Cello Concerto [Du Pré]





I have never been a fan of the music of Delius but neither have I ever heard this Cello Concerto. I am a long term admirer of Du Pré as a cellist so I decided to give this version a go as a result of my partiality to her. No joy here I am afraid. I honestly find the music of Delius to be overtly saccharine and even boring. I just do not get it and not even my revered Du Pré could convince me. It ends as it begins; a constant stream of placid lyricism that is just not enough for me.
Apologies if I have upset the sensibilities of the many Delius fans out there. I have tried but I have continually failed to be convinced.
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« Reply #42043 on: June 13, 2021, 10:11:03 AM »
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:



Thank you for both the comment and the recommendation.
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« Reply #42044 on: June 13, 2021, 10:27:34 AM »
Didn't mean to suggest anything, was sure you weren't lacking for sets!  ;)
If you're not familiar with the Fitzwilliams, good buy, I'd say it's one you should hear.
I haven't noticed anything amiss with the eponymous set on Regis/alto, and consider it "in the pack" with many other good recordings. It's the one I most often spin these days. I rely more on forum comments than website reviews and saw only enthusiastic ones, but I wasn't on GMG at the time...

I seem to be the odd man out here, because the Fitzwilliam set is my least favorite. I also found the Brodsky rather underwhelming. My favorite is the Melodiya Borodin (don't have the Chandos) followed by Pacifica and then Emerson. The Shostakovich Quartet set and the Danel are, however nothing to sneeze at, and so is the Mandelring. (Don't have the Rubio.)

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #42045 on: June 13, 2021, 10:38:10 AM »


Few think much of Leinsdorf as a puccinian, but he had a long career at the Met and recorded Bohème, Turandot, Tabarro, Butterfly (twice) and Tosca. This is his first Butterfly, with Price and Tucker. While I think Sinopoli’s DG account is even more moving vocally and orchestrally refulgent, this is one of the better offerings. Price takes great care with the words and the vocal colours. Butterfly is a different woman when act 2 starts, and her change of fortunes requires the interpreter to ‘mature’ vocally between acts - not an easy feat. Freni, who recorded the role twice, would not sing it on stage, on account of the overwhelming emotional toll the character goes through in acts 2 and 3. The sound on this 1962 set is extremely refined: spacious, with pinpoint clarity and smoothness.

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« Reply #42046 on: June 13, 2021, 11:41:30 AM »
While I hesitate to issue blanket statements condemning the major labels like DG since they have issued some unexpectedly interesting stuff recently (e.g. P. Jarvi’s Franz Schmidt cycle), I must say that the majority of stuff they release these days is annoyingly artist-centric and showing some questionable lapses in taste with gimmicky “crossover”-ish stuff. All I can say is, thank God for labels like Naxos, Chandos, CPO, BIS, Ondine, Capriccio, etc. who continue to give us high-quality recordings of interesting repertoire and don’t always feel the need to plaster a picture of the latest hot-shot young soloist on the cover of every disc.

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« Reply #42047 on: June 13, 2021, 11:46:21 AM »
Among the many brass-CDs I own (amazing they actually play!  :laugh:), the Empires, the Canadians, et al, this remains a personal fave; it dates back to '85/86 :

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #42048 on: June 13, 2021, 11:47:05 AM »
HANDEL:  The 4 Coronation Anthems
Vancouver Chamber Choir     CBC Vancouver Orch.   Mario Bernardi, cond.
Okay, but not worth looking for
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #42049 on: June 13, 2021, 12:48:48 PM »


Few think much of Leinsdorf as a Puccinian, but he had a long career at the Met and recorded Bohème, Turandot, Tabarro, Butterfly (twice) and Tosca. This is his first Butterfly, with Price and Tucker. While I think Sinopoli’s DG account is even more moving vocally and orchestrally refulgent, this is one of the better offerings. Price takes great care with the words and the vocal colours. Butterfly is a different woman when act 2 starts, and her change of fortunes requires the interpreter to ‘mature’ vocally between acts - not an easy feat. Freni, who recorded the role twice, would not sing it on stage, on account of the overwhelming emotional toll the character goes through in acts 2 and 3. The sound on this 1962 set is extremely refined: spacious, with pinpoint clarity and smoothness.

I agree, Leinsdorf is strong here. Leontyne Price is an acquired voice, and for me may be too big for the role, but I do like this recording very much (which I think I have on SACD). My other go-to is Karajan with Freni on audio-only Blu-ray, although Leinsdorf is more dramatic.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #42050 on: June 13, 2021, 12:59:55 PM »
Charles Ives
Three Places in New England
New England Holidays
They Are There!

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
David Zinman


Zinman and Baltimore are a little too gentle with this music, but it is a decent recording of Ives' homage to his home.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #42051 on: June 13, 2021, 02:53:33 PM »
I seem to be the odd man out here, because the Fitzwilliam set is my least favorite.
Just for the record: +1.  That said, I have no quarrel with their collaboration in the Op. 57 with Volodya Ashkenazy.
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« Reply #42052 on: June 13, 2021, 02:58:50 PM »
TD: I do love The Bobs, so I dig their sui generis arrangement of Gershwin:

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« Reply #42053 on: June 13, 2021, 03:14:01 PM »
Good morning all   :blank:

Can't sleep, playing some Nocturnes...

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #42054 on: June 13, 2021, 03:25:39 PM »
Disc 79: Dances from Operas

Borodin
Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances from Act II (arr. Rimsky-Korsakov)
The only Borodin I have performed in, myself, as an auxiliary percussionist

Gounod

Faust — Ballet Music (BTW it is a performance of Faust from which the audience spills out onto Covent Garden at the start of Geo. Cukor's My Fair Lady)

Ponchielli
La Gioconda: Dance of the Hours

Rimsky-Korsakov
Снегурочка–весенняя сказка The Snow Maiden–A Spring Fairy Tale) : Dance of the Tumblers (my wife & I had some light snow for our spring wedding in Petersburg)

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Samson et Delila: Bacchanale from Act III

Verdi:
Aida
Dance of the Priestesses (Act I)
Dance of the Moorish Slaves (Act II)
Ballet (Act II)
Grand March (Act II)


Tchaikovsky
Евгений Онегин (Eugene Onegin): Waltz from Act II

NY Phil
Lenny
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #42055 on: June 13, 2021, 03:47:23 PM »
Kabalevsky’s 4th Symphony is indeed one of his greatest works, possessing a depth and memorability on par with anything by his more famous contemporaries. That “doom-laden procession” that closes the first movement could knock anyone’s socks off! To be honest, I think most people who dismiss Kabalevsky’s music haven’t actually listened to any of his works besides maybe his short didactic piano works for children! :D

Ahem. His piano works for children are arguably the BEST works for children I ever played.
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« Reply #42056 on: June 13, 2021, 03:54:07 PM »
While I hesitate to issue blanket statements condemning the major labels like DG since they have issued some unexpectedly interesting stuff recently (e.g. P. Jarvi’s Franz Schmidt cycle), I must say that the majority of stuff they release these days is annoyingly artist-centric and showing some questionable lapses in taste with gimmicky “crossover”-ish stuff. All I can say is, thank God for labels like Naxos, Chandos, CPO, BIS, Ondine, Capriccio, etc. who continue to give us high-quality recordings of interesting repertoire and don’t always feel the need to plaster a picture of the latest hot-shot young soloist on the cover of every disc.

Crossover doesn’t have to be this bad though. And I don’t know if it counts as crossover when the works have titles that are just opus numbers...

One of the crossover things that DG published was actually my favourite pop artist, Tori Amos, with songs derived from classical pieces. So I’m not against THAT for example.

Or Sarah Kirkland Snider’s song cycles.

But there’s a vein of ‘populist classical’ music that is so inane, tapping into the mood of relaxation music that I never liked either, crossing over with that rather than genuine pop music. Vaguely pretty tunes that don’t mean anything and don’t go anywhere.
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« Reply #42057 on: June 13, 2021, 04:13:19 PM »
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.

Yes, the Bax CD is pure delight. There are quite few of Boccherini's symphonies I enjoyed, but I didn't find them too special, and I can't agree with you about the Glazunov. I think it's splendid and it shows how Glazunov was changing his style to more late-Romantic and personal one. We can't agree always it seems.  ;)
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« Reply #42058 on: June 13, 2021, 04:21:35 PM »
Today's listens have been about overtures (thus far) from several recordings:

Diepenbrock - De Vogels
Dukas - Goetz de Berlichingen
Rossini - Otello
J. Strauss II - Der Zigeunerbaron
Sullivan - The Mikado
Panufnik - Tragic Overture


Diepenbrock really knew his woodwinds! What a colourful tapestry he painted here. A ravishing piece. That was special. Likewise the Sullivan and the Panufnik. I too found the others quite good, nonetheless.
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« Reply #42059 on: June 13, 2021, 06:24:14 PM »
CD1 of the three CDs in this
The Quartet and Quintet Opp 47 and 44

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