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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49600 on: September 16, 2021, 11:50:13 PM »
Good morning all.

Buxtehude - sacred cantatas vol.2 /Chandos
(Purcell quartet, Kirkby)
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« Reply #49601 on: September 17, 2021, 12:36:47 AM »


Just arrived, very expressive and indeed dramatic Credo. Stimmwerck as always are impeccable.  The Cinquecento Heinrich Isaac release has prompted me to make an effort to explore German Renaissance music.

It's a nice recording, primarily due to the superb performances of Stimmwerck.

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« Reply #49603 on: September 17, 2021, 01:35:08 AM »
JS Bach

English Suite No.5, BWV 810
French Suite No.3, BWV 814
Toccata en Sol Mineur, BWV 915

(Rannou)
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« Reply #49604 on: September 17, 2021, 01:49:30 AM »
I have Oistrakh/Gilels in a similar live performance on a Melodiya LP of Shostakovich' op 134 sonata. It is absolutely hairraising.
Sorry, I had missed your post earlier.

Oh, neat!  Trying to find a copy of the cover, but am having problems with that.  Would you mind finding and posting an image of it?  Or a link to one?

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49605 on: September 17, 2021, 01:56:56 AM »
OT
Years ago our cat brought in a small frog from the garden. The frog disappeared behind a dresser. I had to remove all the crockery etc from the dresser to access the frog. When I asked my young daughter to assist she was most unhelpful, resulting in me angrily saying 'for goodness sake stop making such a fuss - it's just a tiny frog'. At that moment the frog leapt out from behind the dresser and I screamed and fell backwards into the piled up crockery sending everything cascading over the floor. My daughter has never let me forget this incident.
Oh, nooo! lol  Hope that you weren't left with a pile of broken/chipped crockery....and a laughing frog?  ;)

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« Reply #49606 on: September 17, 2021, 02:02:11 AM »
Thanks, PD. Nasty creatures. Yuk.

Well, we downsized about 5 years ago, but sadly COVID-19 has done to us what it has done to so many, and our working patterns going forward will mean that we will both continue to work primarily from home. As a result, we both want a home office each and more space overall - looking to buy something with those things, plus space for a craft room and a music room. Plus the offspring are starting to spread their genetic material, so more space for them to inflict grandparently duties will be required.

Have only just started looking, so haven't found anything yet, but technically we are open to a really wide range of fairly rural locations. We are a commuter couple who have bases about 80 miles apart, but flexible working patterns mean that we don't actually attend an office that often. We do need to think about being vaguely close to one location or equidistant, just for the sake of good sense.

All very frustrating welcome.

Needs must, I guess.

Thread duty:

Johan De Meij
Symphony #1 'The Lord of the Rings'
Peabody Conservatory Wind Ensemble
Harlan D Parker

Good luck with all of that!

Sounds like an interesting CD.  I'm guessing that "The Lord of the Rings" was inspired by the novels?  Or something completely different?

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49607 on: September 17, 2021, 02:05:58 AM »
A do-it-yourself playlist of Smetana's Ma Vlast on Spotify:

1. Vysehrad
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Neeme Jarvi



2. Vltava
Cleveland Orchestra
George Szell



3. Sarka
Staatskapelle Dresden
Paavo Berglund



4. From Bohemia's Woods and Fields
Vienna Philharmonic
Nikolaus Harnoncourt



5. Tabor
Janacek Philharmonic
Theodore Kuchar



6. Blanik
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Rafael Kubelik



For some reason, I just haven't gotten into these, save for Vltava and maybe From Bohemia's Woods and Fields. Maybe I just haven't found the right recording yet... maybe I need to give Mackerras a listen!
How clever!  This is considered one of "the classics" re "Ma Vlast".  It truly is wonderful.  :)



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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49608 on: September 17, 2021, 02:09:34 AM »
Eller: The Singing Fields

What a joy of a work this symphonic poem is. There is something of Sibelius here that provides a lovely sense of naturalness.


Hello SA

I can't see the image that you posted.  Is this the album that you were playing?  See link:  http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2000/nov00/eller.htm

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« Reply #49609 on: September 17, 2021, 02:15:13 AM »
Thanks for link, PD. That I will definitely watch. I have three Melodiya/EMI Richter/Oistrakh live concert LPs - there maybe more.





The Bartok/Prokofiev does not include dates but published by EMI in 1974, so that fits. The Franck/Brahms 3 was from same venue on 28th December 1968. The Shostakovich is again the Grand Hall from May 1969.
Thank you for those images and info Irons.  I'll add them onto my phone for when I go out record browsing.  ;D  Hope that you enjoy the concert.  I'll be interested in hearing to about how you find the sound to be vs. on the LP that you had just listened to.  Of course, listening via a computer isn't ideal to begin with!

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49610 on: September 17, 2021, 02:27:18 AM »
On Spotify:



PS Such nice performances!
 But recorded live and the included applause after each piece ruins the experience.... >:(
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49611 on: September 17, 2021, 02:43:18 AM »
How clever!  This is considered one of "the classics" re "Ma Vlast".  It truly is wonderful.  :)



PD

It has that reputation, after with do many accolades I couldn't resist to get it when crossed my path.

A very nice recording, but I'm afraid that in claiming this to be the ultimate performance the special historical circumstances of the performance got the better of most reviewers.

It is an old man's performance: slower and less energetic than I would prefer. it is also not perfectly balanced and with some untidiness - but allowances have to be made for a live recording.

Haven't heard all options, not by a long shot, but personally found Talich's 1954 recording very satifying.
Would be in for a modern Czech performance, so the Belohlavek recommendation is welcome!   :)


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« Reply #49612 on: September 17, 2021, 02:58:56 AM »


This is more like it, with improved recording and more focused programming.
Recommended.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49613 on: September 17, 2021, 03:05:20 AM »
Sweelinck

The Complete Keyboard Works

Bernard Winsemius
Leo van Doeselaar
Harald Vogel


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« Reply #49614 on: September 17, 2021, 03:22:24 AM »
Brahms - Violin Sonatas

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« Reply #49615 on: September 17, 2021, 03:27:21 AM »
I'm also hearing Symphony #5 again now. We have a fortnight off work to prep for putting our house on the market, so my listening is somewhat reduced atm, but this symphony is now likely to be forever known as The Spider Symphony. I played it in the car earlier when making a trip to the tip, and the largest spider in the entire universe appeared on the dashboard from the garden rubbish, causing me to react like a teenage girl, screaming like a man possessed. I had to stop the car to let my wife bravely evict it while I stood on the other side of the road. Putting it on again now, led her to exclaim that 'this is that spider symphony, isn't it?'.

I am ashamed.

I wouldn't be ashamed, a phobia's a powerful thing. I learnt early on the intensity of feeling associated with such things, as in my early twenties I was working in London and going out with a girl who was temporarily living with my mother in the Home Counties. One night I decided to surprise her and drove down at about 4 in the morning expecting to find her fast asleep, but instead found her standing on a chair in the middle of the dining room looking terrified. She'd been standing there for hours unable to move as there was a spider (out of sight) in the corner of the room, and she hadn't wanted to wake my mother to remove it.
I had no idea at that point she had a phobia of spiders, but it really hit home that night, as she was otherwise absolutely fearless, high-kicked her way through Oxford, went on to edit a national magazine etc, but with a spider anywhere in her vicinity, she became more or less immobilised with fear.

I always liked the Milton quote - "The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.." as it seems to perfectly express the raw power of the mind involved in such instances (as well as many others).


On topic:



Dutilleux: 3 Préludes


This alternates between interesting and just okay, the just okay stuff being largely in the third prelude. Not sure if he's written more stuff in the interesting non-tonal harmonic language of the first two, I certainly find it appealing. I guess a search is due.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49616 on: September 17, 2021, 03:32:26 AM »
Brahms - Violin Sonatas



Very nice. You are on a major Brahms binge!  :)

Any particular pieces that have stood out for you so far?
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« Reply #49617 on: September 17, 2021, 03:52:33 AM »
It has that reputation, after with do many accolades I couldn't resist to get it when crossed my path.

A very nice recording, but I'm afraid that in claiming this to be the ultimate performance the special historical circumstances of the performance got the better of most reviewers.

It is an old man's performance: slower and less energetic than I would prefer. it is also not perfectly balanced and with some untidiness - but allowances have to be made for a live recording.

Haven't heard all options, not by a long shot, but personally found Talich's 1954 recording very satifying.
Would be in for a modern Czech performance, so the Belohlavek recommendation is welcome!   :)


Haven't heard Talich's recording of it (I do have a handful from that Special Edition), but will keep an eye out for it.  Interesting your comments regarding "ultimate performance"...and possibly a good idea for a different thread:  I don't think that there is really such a thing as an ultimate recording though I do think that regarding the Kubelik one that it is one of those up there for a number of reasons--including the special historic significance.  In any event, I've quite enjoyed listening to it in the past.

And, yes, it is good too to hear modern/contemporary recordings of classic works.  Will try to find the Belohlavek to sample on youtube.  And, if you do purchase it, please share with us how you find it to be.  :)

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« Reply #49618 on: September 17, 2021, 04:31:51 AM »
Very nice. You are on a major Brahms binge!  :)

Any particular pieces that have stood out for you so far?

Quite ! It is an other key unlocking or evolution of my tastes, this one, Ray.

I always used to find Brahms depressing or boring, or both, with some exceptions when listening to his symphonies and some piano music. His chamber music always left me cold in previous attempts. No idea why. Now, it's just gorgeous throughout.

Schickalslied, the Clarinet Quintet, the Clarinet sonatas, the first String Sextet really stood out so far but the rest isn't too shabby either  ;D

I have some more first listens still ahead: Piano quintet, the Lieder, the String quintets, the Hungarian Dances at least

And some works to revisit: Piano Trios, String Quartets, Symphonies and overtures/variations, Requiem, Piano music, Violin Concerto.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #49619 on: September 17, 2021, 04:54:18 AM »
Quite ! It is an other key unlocking or evolution of my tastes, this one, Ray.

I always used to find Brahms depressing or boring, or both, with some exceptions when listening to his symphonies and some piano music. His chamber music always left me cold in previous attempts. No idea why. Now, it's just gorgeous throughout.

Schickalslied, the Clarinet Quintet, the Clarinet sonatas, the first String Sextet really stood out so far but the rest isn't too shabby either  ;D

I have some more first listens still ahead: Piano quintet, the Lieder, the String quintets, the Hungarian Dances at least

And some works to revisit: Piano Trios, String Quartets, Symphonies and overtures/variations, Requiem, Piano music, Violin Concerto.

Brahms is a composer I constantly struggle with and I’ve taken long breaks with his music only to come back and end up at square one again.
"When a man is in despair, it means that he still believes in something." - Dmitri Shostakovich