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Re: Monthly Focus
« Reply #100 on: July 18, 2021, 07:14:23 AM »
I also did the same thing for Tchaikovsky's 6th. :o

While I do agree with this, there was one instance where I listened to the same work 11 times in a row and that was Berg’s Violinkonzert (the Mutter/Levine performance). This concerto was completely new to me at the time, but I became rather obsessed with it (and I still am but obviously to a lesser degree ;)).

It isn't crazy.
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Re: Monthly Focus
« Reply #101 on: July 18, 2021, 08:56:26 AM »
Possibly. Did I abuse it here?  I also like Live and let live.
This was at least good for a decent Bond movie title...
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Re: Monthly Focus
« Reply #102 on: July 18, 2021, 09:05:30 AM »
This was at least good for a decent Bond movie title...

(* chortle *)
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Re: Monthly Focus
« Reply #103 on: August 04, 2021, 05:15:26 AM »
Well, after Brahms  last month, it's another cello sonata no 2 with Faure.  After the beautiful no 1, wanted to know this one better.
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Re: Monthly Focus
« Reply #104 on: August 11, 2021, 11:41:40 PM »
It has been quite a while since I had listened to Fauré's Cello Sonata No. 2 so I took my versions down and dusted them off:


1. Igloi & Benson:




2. P. Tortelier & Heidsieck




3. Isserlis & Devoyon




4. Bruns & Ishay





I will post relevant comments in the Fauré thread for anyone interested.
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Re: Monthly Focus
« Reply #105 on: August 12, 2021, 08:26:50 AM »
Well, after Brahms  last month, it's another cello sonata no 2 with Faure.  After the beautiful no 1, wanted to know this one better.
Performed by Steven Isserlis and Pascal Devoyon🎼🎼

Nice!
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Re: Monthly Focus
« Reply #106 on: September 04, 2021, 04:01:58 AM »
Well, for this months focus it's Mendelssohn Cello Sonata no 2. Wanted to know this one better and ashamed to say not very familiar with it because it is beautiful and easy to listen.
Recording that am using is by
Steven Isserlis
Stephen Hough

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Re: Monthly Focus
« Reply #107 on: September 04, 2021, 05:37:59 AM »
Interesting, Judith. I don't know it at all.
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Re: Monthly Focus
« Reply #108 on: September 04, 2021, 07:20:29 AM »
Well, for this months focus it's Mendelssohn Cello Sonata no 2. Wanted to know this one better and ashamed to say not very familiar with it because it is beautiful and easy to listen.
Recording that am using is by
Steven Isserlis
Stephen Hough

You also have me there, Judith. I neither have this in my collection nor have ever heard it. I will have to search the web for listening samples.
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Re: Monthly Focus
« Reply #109 on: September 06, 2021, 06:47:40 AM »
Well, for this months focus it's Mendelssohn Cello Sonata no 2. Wanted to know this one better and ashamed to say not very familiar with it because it is beautiful and easy to listen.
Recording that am using is by
Steven Isserlis
Stephen Hough

I must say, I admire your single-mindedness. I have spent the last three months listening to 2 or 3 Shostakovich SQs each day, and toward the end, despite their innate beauty and fascination, have begun to weary of them due to over exposure. One piece per month is outstanding focus and concentration. I need to up my game. Perhaps my lack of stamina is holding me back in my ability to know the deep nuances of particular pieces as I should. Having said that, I think I now know the Shostakovich better than any other SQ cycle that I have heard.

This month is more SQs, continuing with Holmboe at a rate of two a day, every day, but I need the variety of a couple of listening projects alongside a broad smattering of other works both new and familiar. Bartok, Sculthorpe, Mansurian, etc. Oh, and a Shostakovich symphony daily. I take my hat off to your patient attention! I am a mere amateur in a school of experts, I think.

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Re: Monthly Focus
« Reply #110 on: September 06, 2021, 07:29:10 AM »
I really like Telemann's concerti and cantatas... Telemann will probably be my monthly focus.  Last month it was Holmboe's string quartets (not all of them just one volume).

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Re: Monthly Focus
« Reply #111 on: September 06, 2021, 09:21:20 AM »
I must say, I admire your single-mindedness. I have spent the last three months listening to 2 or 3 Shostakovich SQs each day, and toward the end, despite their innate beauty and fascination, have begun to weary of them due to over exposure. One piece per month is outstanding focus and concentration. I need to up my game. Perhaps my lack of stamina is holding me back in my ability to know the deep nuances of particular pieces as I should. Having said that, I think I now know the Shostakovich better than any other SQ cycle that I have heard.
You've earned an informed overview.
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Re: Monthly Focus
« Reply #112 on: September 06, 2021, 10:33:30 AM »
Well, for this months focus it's Mendelssohn Cello Sonata no 2. Wanted to know this one better and ashamed to say not very familiar with it because it is beautiful and easy to listen.
Recording that am using is by
Steven Isserlis
Stephen Hough

I had not heard this work before so I went in search of it. I chose Maisky/Tiempo as my introduction. I very much liked the work on first listen and I felt that the musicians presented it very well indeed.


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Re: Monthly Focus
« Reply #113 on: September 06, 2021, 11:41:16 AM »
Both of Mendelssohn's cello sonatas are very good pieces. I dislike calling such a famous composer underrated (because the term is used inflationary) but a lot of his brilliant chamber music is neglected in favor of the (justly) famous octet, 1st piano trio and a minor and f minor string quartets.
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Re: Monthly Focus
« Reply #114 on: September 06, 2021, 10:01:12 PM »
You've earned an informed overview.

Indeed. Time well spent.

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Re: Monthly Focus
« Reply #115 on: September 07, 2021, 04:06:49 AM »
Both of Mendelssohn's cello sonatas are very good pieces. I dislike calling such a famous composer underrated (because the term is used inflationary) but a lot of his brilliant chamber music is neglected in favor of the (justly) famous octet, 1st piano trio and a minor and f minor string quartets.

Don't forget the string quintets!

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Re: Monthly Focus
« Reply #116 on: September 07, 2021, 05:10:41 AM »
Well, for this months focus it's Mendelssohn Cello Sonata no 2. Wanted to know this one better and ashamed to say not very familiar with it because it is beautiful and easy to listen.
Recording that am using is by
Steven Isserlis
Stephen Hough
Must admit, I haven't hauled out any Mendelssohn in quite some time but I enjoyed listening to this work.  I believe that the only recording that I have of it is with Janos Starker and Gyorgy Sebok.  It's a lovely recording and is on Mercury (great sound!).  If you're interested in listening to this version, it's on youtube here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMIRDPisPSo (other uploads to youtube too).

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« Reply #117 on: October 04, 2021, 05:00:36 AM »
Must admit, I haven't hauled out any Mendelssohn in quite some time but I enjoyed listening to this work.  I believe that the only recording that I have of it is with Janos Starker and Gyorgy Sebok.  It's a lovely recording and is on Mercury (great sound!).  If you're interested in listening to this version, it's on youtube here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMIRDPisPSo (other uploads to youtube too).

Sorry for the late reply but thank you for this. Enjoyed this one!

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Re: Monthly Focus
« Reply #118 on: October 04, 2021, 05:00:58 AM »
Decided I wanted to explore Saint Saens further, so this month it is his piano concerto no 1 in D major.
Lovely recording also by
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Sakari Oramo!

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Re: Monthly Focus
« Reply #119 on: October 04, 2021, 05:15:31 AM »
Decided I wanted to explore Saint Saens further, so this month it is his piano concerto no 1 in D major.
Lovely recording also by
Stephen Hough
CBSO
Sakari Oramo!

Saint Saens piano concerti are amazing works! And I love the Hough recordings.