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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #51800 on: October 16, 2021, 05:45:29 AM »
Le Mort de Tintagiles by Loeffler, from this great CD:
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

'The test of a work of art is, in the end, our affection for it, not our ability to explain why it is good' (Stanley Kubrick).

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #51801 on: October 16, 2021, 05:48:51 AM »
???

The singer on this recording is Lena Susanne Norin.
Susanne Ansorg plays fiddle and rebec. From the top of my head I don't recall her singing on any recordings.

A couple of recordings with the lute player Peter Soederberg. This is lovely -- it's very much Que's sort of thing I think



As is this

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #51802 on: October 16, 2021, 05:50:43 AM »


Bernstein: Symphony No. 2, "The Age of Anxiety"


Not being in the mood for much musically today, this arrived at the eleventh hour, with a kaleidoscopic array of timbres, melodies and moods, and saved the day. Much appreciated and enjoyed.

A fantastic work! I love this performance, too. Have you heard the Zimerman/Rattle performance on DG? It's a must-hear!
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #51803 on: October 16, 2021, 05:53:53 AM »
Faure: Piano Quartet No. 1 [Nash Ensemble]





The opening movement is wonderfully lyrical and expansive and moves along at pace but never feels that it is in a hurry. There is also wonderful tension and drama here too. It is an exciting presentation. The Scherzo is taken at quite a pace but not at a breakneck speed. It is light in texture and it simply glides along swiftly. The extended opening to the slow movement, by way of supreme contrast, is elegiac in proportion. The pace and tone both pick up a little as the movement progresses and I like the way that the music expands as a result. Normal service, as before, is resumed in the final movement which is buoyant and exciting in its delivery.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #51804 on: October 16, 2021, 05:54:57 AM »
NP:

Shostakovich
The Age of Gold Suite, Op. 22a
Gothenburg SO
Järvi


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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #51805 on: October 16, 2021, 05:55:08 AM »
Josquin Desprez



I think that is a wonderful set.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #51806 on: October 16, 2021, 06:02:45 AM »



Anton Bruckner: Symphony No.9 in D minor, WAB 109. Günter Wand, NDR-Sinfonieorchester, live recording from Lübeck Cathedral

Wand is one of a school of "patient" Brucknerian conductors (mostly Germans) who let the music speak for itself. Early in my exploration of Bruckner I was talked out of buying the Wand/Köln Bruckner cycle in favor of the Barenboim/Berlin, a decision I do not regret in the slightest, but as a result I have not spent much time with Wand's recordings. This recording is brilliant, though. It all comes together like a flowing river. Interpretively they are not similar by any means, but I am reminded somehow, in feeling, of the Celibidache Bruckner 4th. Phenomenal orchestral sound from the Hamburg orchestra in Lübeck, the idyllic, Hanseatic hometown of Thomas Mann. Need to hear the Wand/NDR Bruckner 8th at the same cathedral.

I am with you on Wand in Bruckner and I do own the Köln cycle. Just curious, have you tried Jochum in Bruckner at all?
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #51807 on: October 16, 2021, 06:07:15 AM »
HINDEMITH, P.: Nobilissima Visione (Complete Ballet Music.)

Time I listened to that again.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #51808 on: October 16, 2021, 06:07:47 AM »
I am with you on Wand in Bruckner and I do own the Köln cycle. Just curious, have you tried Jochum in Bruckner at all?

Only the sacred music, I have Jochum's recording of the three masses, and the Te Deum, psalms and motets. Have not heard his symphony cycles yet. I expect to like them. I am fond of Jochum's work.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #51809 on: October 16, 2021, 06:14:56 AM »
Time I listened to that again.

Nice music, but the performance is just fair.
The disc below is another recording of complete ballet, but it is oop.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #51810 on: October 16, 2021, 06:15:32 AM »
Only the sacred music, I have Jochum's recording of the three masses, and the Te Deum, psalms and motets. Have not heard his symphony cycles yet. I expect to like them. I am fond of Jochum's work.

OK, so you know what to expect from the Symphonies from what you have already experienced with the Sacred Music under Jochum. As you already know there is not a quantum leap between Bruckner's Sacred and Symphonic music.
Happy listening  :)
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #51811 on: October 16, 2021, 06:20:43 AM »
OK, so you know what to expect from the Symphonies from what you have already experienced with the Sacred Music under Jochum. As you already know there is not a quantum leap between Bruckner's Sacred and Symphonic music.
Happy listening  :)

Maybe not a quantum leap, but there are some fundamental differences, I think. In any case, the sacred music has yet to fully click with me like the symphonies have.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #51812 on: October 16, 2021, 06:26:56 AM »
Re: LP cover PD - all those Thomson VW symphony recordings feature paintings by J.M.W. Turner - I think they go well with the music.
Ah, that explains it!  Years ago, I had this picture (poster) up in my living quarters  :):



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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #51813 on: October 16, 2021, 06:29:17 AM »
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique - Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam conducted by Mariss Jansons - live performance from 1990

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #51814 on: October 16, 2021, 06:31:14 AM »



Another go, through cans this time.  Ms Huangci must of course record everything under the sun, but she really needs to record solo Ravel.  The pristine fingerwork on display here - and in everything she does - mandates it.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #51815 on: October 16, 2021, 06:44:20 AM »
André,

How did you like that album?  What did you think of the violin concerto in particular?
Love that LP cover!
Good to see more women getting appointed as music directors.  :)  I haven't heard any recordings/concerts with her conducting before, but am looking forward to it.

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Hi, PD. The disc is still in the player, I have to give it another spin before I can comment. I’ve had it for years but didn’t remember a thing when I put it on yesterday. One thing I can comment on is that the VC has been cut at a very low level and the violin is recorded distantly - which may be a realistic balance, but doesn’t help in terms of the listening experience. I note that there are a few versions on disc out there, so presumably the piece holds a certain interest to violinists. That of Benjamin Schmid looks interesting. He’s one of my favourite violinists and the coupling appeals to me (Klami’s concerto).

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #51816 on: October 16, 2021, 06:45:54 AM »




What makes this recording stand out from all the other Missa Se La Face est pale? Is it worth having if you already have access to pleasant performances of the music?

The sound quality is excellent, radiant. And the ordinarium is interspersed with some lovely polyphonic propers, unrecorded elsewhere as far as I know - this is another valuable unique selling point.


The interpretation is very much about independent parts and sweet harmonious cross relations at the cadences, and calm rapt control - never showy. The tactus is well chosen IMO - the music breathes and I have lots of time to smell the roses. I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of it is one to a part, it’s really hard to say. The recording is beefed up with some of Dufay’s motet, including a lovely rendition of Magnanime Gentis.

There’s a tenor who caught my attention. The countertenor sounds like a ♂





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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #51817 on: October 16, 2021, 06:47:02 AM »
It's growing on me too.  :)


Thanks for posting, a beautiful recording indeed! My interest is always aroused when I see Lena Susanne Norin involved, ever since I got fairly hooked on her Figures of Harmony recording with Crawford Young. There's a spellbinding tranquillity about her voice, yet it's always full of nuance and feeling. The instrumental playing on the disc is quite something too.

Happy to read this  :)

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #51818 on: October 16, 2021, 06:48:20 AM »
Bach

This is my oldest organ LP with the eight little preludes and fugues.
As a very young man I visited a Trappist monastery and as I walked into the church a theology student who was also proficient in playing the organ was playing these pieces. It was a lovely experience on a sunny winter morning.

Albert de Klerk and Meindert Boekel  (chorals) organ


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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #51819 on: October 16, 2021, 06:51:57 AM »




What makes this recording stand out from all the other Missa Se La Face est pale? Is it worth having if you already have access to pleasant performances of the music?

The sound quality is excellent, radiant. And the ordinarium is interspersed with some lovely polyphonic propers, unrecorded elsewhere as far as I know - this is another valuable unique selling point.


The interpretation is very much about independent parts and sweet harmonious cross relations at the cadences, and calm rapt control - never showy. The tactus is well chosen IMO - the music breathes and
I have lots of time to smell the roses. I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of it is one to a part, it’s really hard to say. The recording is beefed up with some of Dufay’s motet, including a lovely rendition of Magnanime Gentis.
There’s a tenor who caught my attention. The countertenor sounds like a ♂

Looks like I'll have to add this one to my collection, thank you very much for this recommendation.  :)