Started by OrchestralNut, March 08, 2021, 10:44:48 AM
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Quote from: VonStupp on June 12, 2021, 02:41:11 AMIgor StravinskyPulcinellaJeu de cartesTeresa Berganza, Ryland Davies, John Shirley-QuirkLondon Symphony OrchestraClaudio AbbadoFrom Abbado's LSO years, a joyous recording. As a Yank from the west of the Atlantic, is it strange that I love John Shirley-Quirk's baritone so much? I gobble up anything I can find him, usually oratorios and sacred works, but he is consistently terrific.
Quote from: Roasted Swan on July 09, 2021, 09:11:23 AMVS - why should this be strange?! For me Shirley-Quirk's voice is synonymous with so much of my favourite British music (well he was the go-to baritone for EMI for pretty much all of it!). A golden age of recording caught a golden voice in its prime. His performances will remain reference recordings for me - not exlusively the best but the one the others have to beat......
Quote from: VonStupp on July 09, 2021, 09:29:44 AMFor me, I find JS-Q wonderfully consistent. Whether it is Bach's B minor Mass with Marriner, Elgar's Light of Life with Hickox late in his career, or this Stravinsky with Abbado, literature I assume was out of his wheelhouse, I am always enchanted with his abilities.I suppose, though, steady as a rock as opposed to starry or exotic.VS
Quote from: LKB on June 18, 2022, 07:04:30 AMJS-Q was the reason l became an operatic baritone over 40 years ago. There aren't many videos of him in action, but at least there's this:https://youtu.be/OEo2e2PnhuM
Quote from: OrchestralNut on March 13, 2023, 10:57:59 AMCD 8: Saison 1911Igor StravinskyPetrouchkaCity of Birmingham Symphony OrchestraSir Simon RattleA very good performance, although I still prefer Monteux/BSO and Stravinsky conducting.Paul DukasLe PeriOrchestre National de l'O.R.T.F.Jean MartinonA nice surprise. Never heard this piece before. Very colourful and elaborate orchestration!Saison 1912Claude DebussyPrelude a l'apres-midi d'un fauneBerlin PhilharmonincSir Simon RattleIt's nice, but nothing extraordinary, as I'm just not big on Debussy in general.
Quote from: Pohjolas Daughter on March 13, 2023, 12:06:04 PMThanks for your reviews. Must admit, though, that I do feel rather sad reading your Debussy comment. Hope that he grows on you over time. Lots of gorgeos music there!PD
Quote from: OrchestralNut on March 13, 2023, 12:08:03 PMI'm probably a little harsh on Debussy. I have from time to time enjoyed some things, but it is always tepid enthusiasm. I realize he is a very popular and very major composer. Just happens to be one of my blind spots.
Quote from: JBS on March 13, 2023, 06:12:27 PMTo be fair I've heard Foreplay to the Afternoon of a Mythical Humanoid so often it usually bores me now. It's too famous for its own good.My copy of the Warner set is supposed to land tomorrow.
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