Started by Dry Brett Kavanaugh, May 07, 2022, 08:50:54 AM
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Quote from: Mandryka on May 08, 2022, 06:02:54 AMThe Ranki/Rollo Mozart PC 27 is very good. I played it for the first time in a long time this morning and was very impressed. Andrianne Csengeri in Kurtag is special -- the one in the pic is good, but they're all good. Cziffra made several recordings in for Hungaroton -- they're all outstanding. Ranki's Haydn is quite distinctive -- I like what he does with the music more than anyone else who uses a modern piano. I also listened to the Faidit CD last night -- the singers are very fine I think. And some of the Bakfark - I have the whole set and it's too much for more than half an hour, but it's fine music, committed and characterful playing and the lute sounds slightly like a banjo, which is good.
Quote from: Mandryka on May 09, 2022, 07:51:48 PMDoes anyone know the connection between the Brahms waltzes and the Liszt Rhapsodies? Presumably one inspired the other, or was this sort of stuff common at the time? Astonishing that Cziffra could think of giving a concert with 21 Hungarian Waltzes! Who would do that now? In a way, it's too much - like the world's greatest display of fireworks which goes on slightly longer than it should. After a while you feel the need for an introspective intimate spiritual slow movement, but there ain't one! I listened to quite a bit of the Senlis box last night. In addition to the Brahms there's a fabulous Couperin recital, a Chopin recital which didn't have an impact on me, though it could be excellent. There's also a Liszt recital, but I couldn't possibly listen to the Brahms AND the Liszt in the same week, so I didn't play it. Sound is listenable, in a way rather good in that the piano timbre is caught - but clearly old live recordings. I think that old sound has its own charms actually, all part of the experience.
Quote from: Dry Brett Kavanaugh on May 11, 2022, 01:42:05 PM While Ranki's Mozart PC and Haydn recordings sound very good, I was impressed by his Ravel works. A lot of space and delicate nuances in his very sensitive performance- a sort of "iki" style. The Kurtag is innovative and new music. Atmospheric and inspiring.
Quote from: Mandryka on May 11, 2022, 06:56:15 PMWhat Kurtag? I have a radio recording of a concert with him playing some Bach/Kurtag. For iki style Ravel try Pogorelich's waltzes. Ranki made a recording of a couple of movements from Ma mère l'oye with Kocsis, from memory it was good, but Im not sure.
Quote from: Mandryka on May 08, 2022, 06:42:02 PMYes, there's a lot to enjoy in Hungaroton. But my reason for posting is to say that if you really want to hear the Hungarian dances played in a jaw dropping way, you need to find this One thing which makes the Faidit so nice is the singing of Gérard Le Vot. He's got a couple of other Troubadours recordings. The only other thing I've enjoyed from Peter Ella is an Art of Fugue on harpsichord - I'm not sure where I got it from.
Quote from: Irons on June 03, 2022, 12:26:06 AMOn the LP front Hungaroton is a treasure-trove for a collector.Names like Miklos Perenyi (cello) and Konstanty Kulka (violin) set the vinyl pulse racing but even more interesting are artists every bit as good as those in the West but completely unknown due to their Soviet masters not allowing them out of the Eastern Bloc.Qualiton was a sister label of Hungaroton.
Quote from: Irons on June 03, 2022, 12:26:06 AMOn the LP front Hungaroton is a treasure-trove for a collector.
Quote from: Mandryka on June 03, 2022, 01:08:54 AMMihaly Bacher recorded some lovely Mozart sonatas with Denes Kovacs. They're in the Denes Kovacs series on Doremi.
Quote from: Scion7 on November 21, 2022, 04:22:43 AMBartok Quartet does a good job on the Bartok string qts, but IMO the one's to beat are still the first Julliard Quartet versions from the Sixties (Columbia) and the Budapest Quartet on Hyperion.There are some nice oddities stuff on Hungaroton, the artwork of which caught my eye and made me grab them:
Quote from: Irons on November 21, 2022, 01:55:20 AMAnother Qualiton recording. The Bartok SQ went on to record complete Beethoven String Quartets for Hungaroton. This issue particularly interesting for Lajtha.
Quote from: Irons on November 26, 2022, 12:11:42 AM
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