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Re: Monthly Focus
« Reply #61 on: May 03, 2021, 07:41:54 AM »
Nice, Andrei. The work obviously made an impression on you at that time.

Yes, it did. (Tchaikovsky does that to me, usually). I should revisit it asap and see if that impression still stands.
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« Reply #62 on: May 03, 2021, 07:43:31 AM »
Yes, it did. (Tchaikovsky does that to me, usually). I should revisit it asap and see if that impression still stands.

I might do the same.  :D

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« Reply #63 on: May 09, 2021, 03:35:42 AM »
Tchaikovsky: String Quartet No. 2 [Borodin Quartet]





The opening movement of this work is a very fine piece of writing. The musical language is on the edge; it is a touch dissonant and always exciting with great forward momentum, drive and energy; indeed, frantic in parts. Emotionally, it is highly charged and it is very well delivered here; quite exhilarating in places, I find. The first movement is a complete entity and is self possessed. The second movement, Scherzo, is a tense and agitated affair throughout. It is well driven and delivered here with great tension and urgency. I like the musical language of the slow movement in terms of its questioning and probing nature. It is emotionally very challenging and demanding but ultimately very rewarding in the delivery of its message. There is terrific emotional turmoil and conflict here which strives for and finds a resolution of sorts. The final movement is an altogether different affair. It is confident and assertive in its message which is robustly delivered here. This is a terrific performance of this wonderful and emotionally powerful work.
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« Reply #64 on: May 09, 2021, 03:55:31 AM »
Tchaikovsky: String Quartet No. 2 [Borodin Quartet]





The opening movement of this work is a very fine piece of writing. The musical language is on the edge; it is a touch dissonant and always exciting with great forward momentum, drive and energy; indeed, frantic in parts. Emotionally, it is highly charged and it is very well delivered here; quite exhilarating in places, I find. The first movement is a complete entity and is self possessed. The second movement, Scherzo, is a tense and agitated affair throughout. It is well driven and delivered here with great tension and urgency. I like the musical language of the slow movement in terms of its questioning and probing nature. It is emotionally very challenging and demanding but ultimately very rewarding in the delivery of its message. There is terrific emotional turmoil and conflict here which strives for and finds a resolution of sorts. The final movement is an altogether different affair. It is confident and assertive in its message which is robustly delivered here. This is a terrific performance of this wonderful and emotionally powerful work.

Fergus, this must be a later Borodin recording than the one I have (on Chandos Historical). Although the liner notes strangely don't indicate the recording dates, but I am assuming late 1950's.

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Re: Monthly Focus
« Reply #65 on: May 09, 2021, 04:12:56 AM »
Yes, my Teldec set was recorded in 1993.
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Re: Monthly Focus
« Reply #66 on: May 12, 2021, 09:58:32 AM »
What an unusual, interesting and wonderful choice. I would like to know what prompted that decision.

The only version that I have is the wonderful version from one of the Supraphon Dvorak box sets with Neumann conducting Milos Sadlo on cello and the ever wonderful Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.





This recording is very powerful and has a great presence.

I don't recall ever having heard this concerto before; I do love his later one, so will have to look into it!  :)

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« Reply #67 on: May 12, 2021, 10:14:11 AM »
I don't recall ever having heard this concerto before; I do love his later one, so will have to look into it!  :)

Definitely worth your time.
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Re: Monthly Focus
« Reply #68 on: May 12, 2021, 10:19:11 AM »
I could never do a ‘monthly focus’ on a piece of music for the reason that I think variety is the spice of life and even if you absolutely love a piece of music, it can become something that you wouldn’t want to listen to for a long-time. Plus, there are too many composers to have a monthly focus anyway.
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« Reply #69 on: May 12, 2021, 10:47:55 PM »
Fergus, this must be a later Borodin recording than the one I have (on Chandos Historical). Although the liner notes strangely don't indicate the recording dates, but I am assuming late 1950's.

I think maybe the Chandos set is the same that EMI released (LP) under licence from Melodiya. They were all recorded between 1965 - 1969. This set had Dubinsky as first violin who was later to defect.
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Re: Monthly Focus
« Reply #70 on: May 12, 2021, 11:29:36 PM »
Fergus, this must be a later Borodin recording than the one I have (on Chandos Historical). Although the liner notes strangely don't indicate the recording dates, but I am assuming late 1950's.

There are three different recordings. The Chandos is, according to its website, recorded in 1964 by the original members of the quartet. Never heard that recording, it is bound to be fascinating. The line up of the quartet changed in 1974, and the Melodiya-EMI recordings were made between 1978 and 1980. I think those are from a technical and artistic point of view superior to the 1993 Teldec recording, never mind the better recording technique.
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Re: Monthly Focus
« Reply #71 on: May 13, 2021, 01:56:22 AM »
Well, this month it's Tchaikovsky SQ no 2. Love the no 1 but not so familiar with this one and want to know it better.  Recording is by Endellion SQ🎻🎻🎼🎼
I don't know his string quartets Judith.  How are you enjoying the second one?  And out of curiosity, about how often do you listen to a work over the course of a month?  And besides listening to it, do you do much research about it and/or follow along with a score?  I can't read music myself but do envy those who can.  :)

I could never do a ‘monthly focus’ on a piece of music for the reason that I think variety is the spice of life and even if you absolutely love a piece of music, it can become something that you wouldn’t want to listen to for a long-time. Plus, there are too many composers to have a monthly focus anyway.
I imagine that she listens to other music over the course of the month too.  ;)  But to each his/her/their own.  I admire her ability to focus on a work and get to know it better myself.

Definitely worth your time.
Will do Fergus!

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