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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #50100 on: September 24, 2021, 04:36:34 PM »
Still more Poulenc! This time, the chamber music, on Spotify:



A delight from first note to last - Poulenc is one of those composers who I wish I could write like! I seem to remember these chamber works for winds popping up on student recitals when I was in college - they're not too long, wonderful to listen to, and a whole lot of fun! The clarinet sonata (not on this particular recording) was especially a favorite.

I'm familiar with the Naxos series, but apparently Brilliant Classics has their own complete Poulenc chamber music with Italian musicians. Has anyone heard that?

Do you know about the Decca set featuring Pascal Roge?

There's also an EMI [now Erato] set with all (or almost all) of Poulenc's works. I don't remember who does the chamber works there--probably a mix.

With those two I feel I have enough--though I ought to look for this Naxos series since Tharaud is a favorite of mine.

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The Decca is available as individual CDs if you don't want the piano music.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #50101 on: September 24, 2021, 04:39:05 PM »
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #50102 on: September 24, 2021, 05:15:26 PM »
Do you know about the Decca set featuring Pascal Roge?

There's also an EMI [now Erato] set with all (or almost all) of Poulenc's works. I don't remember who does the chamber works there--probably a mix.

With those two I feel I have enough--though I ought to look for this Naxos series since Tharaud is a favorite of mine.

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The Decca is available as individual CDs if you don't want the piano music.

Thank you for the recommendations! I think the Roge set is on Spotify, so I'll have to do some comparative listening. I knew EMI recorded his complete songs, but I didn't know they did his (almost) complete works! I'll have to see if I can sample what as well.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #50103 on: September 24, 2021, 05:37:12 PM »
Exactly ! That bizarre solo violin at the end is quite eye-popping. The revision is nowhere as original.

Yes, that one. Somehow it gives me goosebumps. It's like otherwordly, weird but impressive at once.

Langgaard has some fine moments in symphonies and works overall. Maybe not too great, but compelling he really was.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #50104 on: September 24, 2021, 05:42:18 PM »
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Koechlin
La course de printemps
Stuttgart Radio Symphony
Heinz Holliger




What can I say? The music is excellent - it defies categorization in the best possible way. And I'm simply amazed at the way Koechlin writes for orchestra - I've been able to follow this and the Seven Stars Symphony with a full score - and it's opulent, late-Romantic scoring at its finest. But not in a thick and busy Richard Strauss (or Schoenberg in Pelleas und Melisande or Gurrelieder) sort of way - he actually writes few tutti passages. He's a master of orchestral color - multi-divided strings with generous use of harmonics, evocative writing for solo woodwinds, restrained but pointed use of percussion - I could go on!
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #50105 on: September 24, 2021, 05:51:49 PM »
A Hindemithian night:

Der Schwanendreher

The peak of wit. Vintage Hindemith. And what a razor-shape performance this is. The best combination, perhaps?




Die Harmonie der Welt (only the last two acts)

Holy cow, this is amazing. A solemn, festive, serious, rigurous, somewhat dour, very in the spirit of a Lutheran scene by a man is perceived here. Hindemith manages to handle these elements to give us a masterpiece. And that's only the last two acts! Very promising to say the least.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #50106 on: September 24, 2021, 05:55:52 PM »
Alfred Schnittke
Cello Concertos 1 and 2
Polyansky
Russian SSO
Chandos


My goodness. This sound world is extraordinary. Complex, moving, unusual, even unearthly. I find this fascinating.

Yes, he is amazing. His sense of bleakness, desolation, desires to live and weirdness are easily perceived at first.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #50107 on: September 24, 2021, 06:01:33 PM »

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« Reply #50108 on: September 24, 2021, 06:06:40 PM »
A Hindemithian night:

Der Schwanendreher

The peak of wit. Vintage Hindemith. And what a razor-shape performance this is. The best combination, perhaps?




Die Harmonie der Welt (only the last two acts)

Holy cow, this is amazing. A solemn, festive, serious, rigorous, somewhat dour, very in the spirit of a Lutheran scene by a man is perceived here. Hindemith manages to handle these elements to give us a masterpiece. And that's only the last two acts! Very promising to say the least.



Der Schwanendreher is one of my favorite Hindemith pieces. As you say, vintage Hindemith, and I like how the orchestra is primarily winds and brass. It seems to pick up where his Kammermusiken left off. And I'm familiar with the Mathis der Maler symphony, but I haven't heard the full opera yet! Off to Spotify to see if they have it...

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #50109 on: September 24, 2021, 06:40:52 PM »
Der Schwanendreher is one of my favorite Hindemith pieces. As you say, vintage Hindemith, and I like how the orchestra is primarily winds and brass. It seems to pick up where his Kammermusiken left off. And I'm familiar with the Mathis der Maler symphony, but I haven't heard the full opera yet! Off to Spotify to see if they have it...

You are lucky. The opera is on Spotify!

Indeed. The chamber-like sonorities provide a most engaging musical discourse, making use of German folksongs and adapting the impressions in the piece. Hindemith is a firm favorite of mine, in my top 25.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #50110 on: September 24, 2021, 07:54:00 PM »


This past Spring I heard Ivan Fischer on Radio 3 UK conducting Mahler 2 with the Budapest Festival Orchestra.  What a surprise it was, I liked it so much I went out and bought the company two cd set.  It is listed as 'unavailable' on Amazon now, but I got it a few months ago.  This is a really interesting and absorbing take on Mahlers Resurrection Symphony, I'd recommend it to anybody, including Mahler himself, but he has not resurrected yet...

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« Reply #50111 on: September 24, 2021, 07:55:48 PM »


This past Spring I heard Ivan Fischer on Radio 3 UK conducting Mahler 2 with the Budapest Festival Orchestra.  What a surprise it was, I liked it so much I went out and bought the company two cd set.  It is listed as 'unavailable' on Amazon now, but I got it a few months ago.  This is a really interesting and absorbing take on Mahlers Resurrection Symphony, I'd recommend it to anybody, including Mahler himself, but he has not resurrected yet...

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #50112 on: September 24, 2021, 10:04:15 PM »
You are lucky. The opera is on Spotify!

Indeed. The chamber-like sonorities provide a most engaging musical discourse, making use of German folksongs and adapting the impressions in the piece. Hindemith is a firm favorite of mine, in my top 25.

And it appears the full score is on IMSLP. I'm going to have to carve out some time soon!

And Hindemith is definitely in my top 25 too! My gateway to him may have been some of his more popular works: the Symphonic Metamorphoses and the Mathis der Maler symphony, which are phenomenal. But the Kammermusiken really hooked me on Hindemith. They're works of genius - I love them all, especially the last one, the Organ Concerto! Like Schwanendreher, the orchestra is mostly winds and brass, and it works especially well with the organ.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #50113 on: September 25, 2021, 12:14:56 AM »
Sibelius: 'Pelléas and Mélisande Suite'.
This is a very enjoyable CD. I think highly of the Iceland SO conducted by Petri Sakari (I like their Klami CD on Chandos very much as well).
As a British listener I can never hear 'At The Castle Gate' without expecting the late Patrick Moore to appear to present 'The Sky at Night', for which it was the theme music:

Now playing - Copland's 'The Tender Land Suite' which I much prefer to the Appalachian Spring:

Only when I heard the Tender Land Suite on the radio did I realise how good it was; for years I'd had it on the 'B-Side' of my RCA LP of the Appalachian Spring (Boston SO/Copland) but had never played it before  ::)
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #50114 on: September 25, 2021, 02:44:13 AM »
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #50115 on: September 25, 2021, 02:45:38 AM »
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Koechlin
La course de printemps
Stuttgart Radio Symphony
Heinz Holliger




What can I say? The music is excellent - it defies categorization in the best possible way. And I'm simply amazed at the way Koechlin writes for orchestra - I've been able to follow this and the Seven Stars Symphony with a full score - and it's opulent, late-Romantic scoring at its finest. But not in a thick and busy Richard Strauss (or Schoenberg in Pelleas und Melisande or Gurrelieder) sort of way - he actually writes few tutti passages. He's a master of orchestral color - multi-divided strings with generous use of harmonics, evocative writing for solo woodwinds, restrained but pointed use of percussion - I could go on!

It's good to see this recording again,I will listen to it later this day.  :)

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #50116 on: September 25, 2021, 03:14:10 AM »



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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #50117 on: September 25, 2021, 03:22:23 AM »
Superb playing and sound. Qobuz 24/44.1. He plays a Chris Maene Straight Strung Concert Grand piano--it certainly sounds clear and even. It even has a bonus work: Thoughts on Bach, which Daan Manneke composed for him. I might get the SACD version at some point. For more information about the piano: https://www.chrismaene.be/nl/the-straight-strung-grand-piano/


I have to have more patience when I listen to this music on the piano but this paid off. I confess I don't hear the difference with this instrument compared to other modern pianos. To me, it's much more about the way grand pianos are recorded that makes the difference. But the performance is solid and there are moments of feeling and sensitivity in this.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #50118 on: September 25, 2021, 03:36:08 AM »
Sibelius: 'Pelléas and Mélisande Suite'.
As a British listener I can never hear 'At The Castle Gate' without expecting the late Patrick Moore to appear to present 'The Sky at Night' ..

Haha, so true!


Playing here:



Henze: Piano Concerto No.2

Rolf Plagge (piano), Markson/ND Philharmonie



Something of a behemoth in concerto terms at 50 mins or so, and it certainly feels it. The first 15 mins or so ambles along very engagingly in post-Schoenbergian mode, with various exquisite soundscapes ballooning out of the undergrowth. The music then takes a turn into choppier waters with a marked increases in decibel output, which was fine for a bit, but then wildly outstayed its welcome and rather blotted the copybook for me. Really a movement of two halves as the good Jimmy Greaves might have said.

The second movement continued in not dissimilar territory, but now peppered rather than overwhelmed by a few fairly savage interjections, striking a more successful balance than in the first movement.
Ultimately the piece an intriguing/impressive curate's egg for me, some striking and original music but some lumpy stuff too. Though maybe I just prefer quiet Henze to loud.


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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #50119 on: September 25, 2021, 04:18:17 AM »
David Diamond, Romeo and Juliet, recording by Gerard Schwarz and the Seattle Symphony



An engaging piece with some colorful, vigorous orchestral writing, poignant melodies and harmonies. Beautifully performed and recorded.

Intrigued to read in the recording notes that there was a recording released by Columbia on 78 rpm shellac discs. I wonder if it is possible to track that down on CD or download.