Started by Todd, April 06, 2007, 07:22:52 AM
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Quote from: Todd on July 05, 2007, 06:46:27 AMHow much more exotic than a blend of East and West can one get? (Perhaps Mongolian throat singing or Gambian folk music I suppose.) Surely then Tan Dun should be worth a listen. I mean, I inaugurated this thread with a recording of similar (well, not really) works by Huang Ruo, so another success should be assured.(snip)But a good singer, good instrumentalist, and world-class sound cannot save this recording from being a world-class dud. I suppose one might conclude that I'm just not open to different cultural influences, but my positive experiences with Huang Ruo and Bright Sheng lead me to a different conclusion: Crap knows no international boundaries. Blech.
Quote from: Todd on July 03, 2007, 06:25:40 AMJohann Jakob Froberger is a name I'd only read about up until I got this disc. Those who've already discovered his music seem to hold him high regard. Since the fine harpsichordist Blandine Verlet (she of the fine Louis Couperin recordings, among other things) recorded some of his music, I figured his music was worth a shot. On the evidence of this disc, Mr Froberger's music is not really for those wanting showy, bombastic music. Granted, the title ou l'tranquillité doesn't promise the most extroverted works, but the style of writing present here, which includes excerpts from larger suites, is very much of a personal, introspective nature. The music practically begs the listener to kick back, relax (but not too much), and simply get lost in the slow, delicate, intricate, and quite intimate musical ideas. No Big Bang, no Flash, no Dazzle. Just fine music. Now, some may find such sustained intricacy and intimacy boring or hard to get into, and this certainly isn't a disc I'll just plop in for easy thrills, but if you've got a hankerin' for this type of music, this disc seems quite a fine choice. Perhaps Froberger's other music is more obvious and extroverted, though what I've read about him doesn't lead me to believe he's another Scarlatti, but I rather fancy this music. It's refreshing in a way.Ms Verlet's playing is superb – nuanced, precise but not at all clinical, and imbued with life, all without any overstatement. Or understatement. Sound quality is top notch, too, and one gets some fine accompaniment from some birds in this springtime recording.
Quote from: Maciek on July 09, 2007, 04:56:47 PMWhat? Don, am I to understand you did not bring back Wladyslaw Klosiewicz's Froberger disc from your trip to Poland?I suppose you missed out on his Goldbergs and Scarlatti Sonatas as well?
Quote from: Don on July 22, 2007, 05:58:01 PMDidn't buy any cds in Poland; never happened to run across a record store.
Quote from: Todd on May 12, 2007, 07:41:14 PMThat's a young Val Kilmer in the great comedy Top Secret!
Quote from: Todd on November 17, 2007, 06:35:54 AM
Quote from: gmstudio on November 17, 2007, 04:21:23 PMIs this a part of their Japanese Classics series?
Quote from: Anne on November 17, 2007, 02:11:36 PMHe looks like he's come straight out of a Dickens' movie.
Quote from: Todd on November 21, 2007, 10:36:15 AMSo, a mixed bag, with a hit and a miss. Fine sound, fine conducting, and fine playing throughout.
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