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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55000 on: November 29, 2021, 08:58:38 AM »
Yes, saw that (and I should have them in the big Brilliant Classics box, so I'll listen to them soon)...

But, unfortunately, he didn't do Macarena... :D
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« Reply #55001 on: November 29, 2021, 09:07:08 AM »
Yes, saw that (and I should have them in the big Brilliant Classics box, so I'll listen to them soon)...

But, unfortunately, he didn't do Macarena... :D

I'm sure that if he had taken to it, the result woud have been just as delightful as Una paloma blanca.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55002 on: November 29, 2021, 09:15:54 AM »


It’s hard to imagine a duller, greyer art cover than this. But the music on the disc is absolutely first class. The two main items are the fiddle concertos, one for violin, one for viola, of about the same length. Both play to their instrument’s most expressive tonal qualities, with superbly singing lines. Though they are dark in content and intent, I found the music extremely engrossing. Frankel is known to have composed a string of symphonies using dodecaphonism in the latter part of his career, these two concertos are anything but thorny. The last work is a piano trio and strings concertante work. It’s more spiky in manner and jolly in tone. This is a superb disc.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55003 on: November 29, 2021, 09:21:02 AM »
Ballet Gala

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« Reply #55004 on: November 29, 2021, 09:24:26 AM »


It’s hard to imagine a duller, greyer art cover than this. But the music on the disc is absolutely first class. The two main items are the fiddle concertos, one for violin, one for viola, of about the same length. Both play to their instrument’s most expressive tonal qualities, with superbly singing lines. Though they are dark in content and intent, I found the music extremely engrossing. Frankel is known to have composed a string of symphonies using dodecaphonism in the latter part of his career, these two concertos are anything but thorny. The last work is a piano trio and strings concertante work. It’s more spiky in manner and jolly in tone. This is a superb disc.

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« Reply #55005 on: November 29, 2021, 09:24:59 AM »
Ballet Gala

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The best Ballet box one could wish for!
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« Reply #55006 on: November 29, 2021, 09:35:21 AM »
Such an appropriately seductive, atmospheric work. A shame it wasn't included in Chandos' Glière survey, because it really calls for a top-notch performance and sound.

Yes, very atmospheric. Before you replied, I was looking for another of Glière's The Sirens, but it looks like all that exists is an old Russian broadcast. Most unfortunate.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55007 on: November 29, 2021, 09:44:29 AM »
Shostakovich's Piano Quintet with the Borodin Trio with Mimi Zweig and Jerry Horner on Chandos.  A particularly poignant intermezzo.  Fascinating, well-written liner notes by Robert Layton and wonderfully recorded.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55008 on: November 29, 2021, 09:47:51 AM »
Shostakovich's Piano Quintet with the Borodin Trio with Mimi Zweig and Jerry Horner on Chandos.  A particularly poignant intermezzo.  Fascinating, well-written liner notes by Robert Layton and wonderfully recorded.

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Such a great piece! I love Shostakovich symphonies (most all of them), and his operas, but sometimes I think his real legacy is his chamber music.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55009 on: November 29, 2021, 09:53:18 AM »
The best Ballet box one could wish for!

It is also a very nice box to look at. :)

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55010 on: November 29, 2021, 09:59:53 AM »


Anyone listening to this CD blind would, I'm sure, guess correctly that the music emanated from the late nineteenth century. I doubt very much though that they would guess the composer was Italian. The music seems to owe a lot more to Schumann and Brahms than it does to anyone else, Brahms in particular.

Excellent performances of some rather gorgeous music by the Italian Giuseppe Martucci.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55011 on: November 29, 2021, 10:17:39 AM »
NP:

Tchaikovsky
Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
Gilels
New Philharmonia
Maazel


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« Reply #55012 on: November 29, 2021, 10:21:32 AM »
Such a great piece! I love Shostakovich symphonies (most all of them), and his operas, but sometimes I think his real legacy is his chamber music.

--Bruce
I've been meaning to revisit his quartets (been a while).  I found the liner notes to be particularly helpful in trying to better understand what all was and had been going on in the Soviet Union during that time and getting a small sense of what the atmosphere was like and what people were feeling and experiencing then.

NP:

Tchaikovsky
Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
Gilels
New Philharmonia
Maazel



Good choice!  :)

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55013 on: November 29, 2021, 10:32:59 AM »
Good choice!  :)

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Indeed. 8) Quite a good performance.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55014 on: November 29, 2021, 10:34:10 AM »
Caecilia-Concert - boy, completely forgot about having these three CDs!  The group's website HERE; built around a trio of members (Adam Woolf on trombone, Wouter Verschuren on dulcian, and Kathryn Cok on keyboards, i.e. harpsichord and organ) w/ additional performers added when needed.  They specialize in 17th century music for instruments and voice at times - a nice change of pace!  8)  Dave

   

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55015 on: November 29, 2021, 10:36:34 AM »
Shostakovich's Piano Quintet with the Borodin Trio with Mimi Zweig and Jerry Horner on Chandos.  A particularly poignant intermezzo.  Fascinating, well-written liner notes by Robert Layton and wonderfully recorded.

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Great piece! (As you know)
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55016 on: November 29, 2021, 10:37:49 AM »
I've been meaning to revisit his quartets (been a while).  I found the liner notes to be particularly helpful in trying to better understand what all was and had been going on in the Soviet Union during that time and getting a small sense of what the atmosphere was like and what people were feeling and experiencing then.


Yes. Sometimes I marvel that he was able to write anything at all -- never mind works of such magnificence -- given the difficulties.

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« Reply #55017 on: November 29, 2021, 11:04:39 AM »
Schubert
String Quartet in Bb, D 18
Wiener Konzerthausquartett

And—goosebumps—

CD 15:

Alexei Haieff
String Quartet № 1 (1951)

Samuel Barber
Hermit Songs, Op. 29

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55018 on: November 29, 2021, 11:22:30 AM »
Good research there Lol! I like the Edinburgh Overture.

I need to add the Discourse and the Edinburgh Overture to my Bliss traversal!

Shostakovich's Piano Quintet with the Borodin Trio with Mimi Zweig and Jerry Horner on Chandos.  A particularly poignant intermezzo.  Fascinating, well-written liner notes by Robert Layton and wonderfully recorded.

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Such a great piece! I love Shostakovich symphonies (most all of them), and his operas, but sometimes I think his real legacy is his chamber music.

--Bruce

Great piece! (As you know)

I'm not nearly as familiar with Shostakovich's non-string quartet chamber music as I'd like to be... sounds like the Piano Quintet is a good place to start! I do remember hearing the late (is it the last piece he completed before he died?) Viola Sonata and being moved by it.

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Adam Zero (complete ballet)
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This time with a full score (available on Nkoda.) My first impression was upheld - this is an innovative, imaginative, brilliantly orchestrated score!

Also, the discmates to the "Meditations on a Theme by John Blow":

Arthur Bliss
The Enchantress
Mary of Magdala
Dame Sarah Connolly, mezzo-soprano
James Platt, bass
BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Sir Andrew Davis

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Bliss's style is fully evident in his choral and vocal music as well; I was almost reminded of Samuel Barber in these pieces, in a way I wasn't with the orchestral music. Maybe it's his way with setting the English language? I'm not entirely sure. Connolly is excellent in both works, as is the BBC Chorus in "Mary of Magdala". About my only reservation is with the bass soloist (also in "Mary") - something about the quality of his voice is distinctly unappealing. But he has such a small role that it's not a huge deal.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55019 on: November 29, 2021, 11:38:02 AM »


Pierné deserves more exposure, but this is only partly successful. Superior sound quality and characterful solo playing by various instrumental leaders, but the climaxes of Cydalise suffer from rather sloppy ensemble playing, especially violins that struggle to hit the right notes. In general this sounds underrehearsed. Plus, of course, you're only getting the suites, not complete works. For Ramuntcho, the Chandos recording has more polish although it's a bit slower at times, and for Cydalise, the Luxembourg/Shallon complete disc offers more realistic, less analytical recorded sound and a truly epic soundworld...and completeness.

The disc was recorded in October 2015 and released in October 2021, an unusual delay for Naxos. I wonder if they initially decided against releasing it, then changed their minds when COVID created lots of gaps in the release calendar.