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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #77540 on: December 17, 2010, 09:25:53 AM »
BEETHOVEN | Symphony No 4
Academy of Ancient Music
Christopher Hogwood

My favorite Beethoven Fourth, even though I have no idea why Hogwood includes a fortepiano in the ensemble during the slow movement  :o :o

I think I once had that CD . . . .

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #77541 on: December 17, 2010, 09:38:13 AM »
Possibly my very favorite Liszt recording:

Liszt
Pièces Tardives
Jos van Immerseel, pianos Érard
Sergei Istomin, vc

 

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #77542 on: December 17, 2010, 09:43:08 AM »
Well, here is my Listening Log so far today, on Beethoven's "baptism day". (I missed his birthday. :( )

Friday, December 17
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No 25, Op 79. Andrea Lucchesini, piano
Beethoven: Andante favori. Sviatoslav Richter, piano
Beethoven: Symphony No 1. Saarbrucken Radio SO; Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
Beethoven: Symphony No 2. Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen; Paavo Jarvi
Beethoven: Symphony No 3. Swedish Chamber Orchestra; Thomas Dausgaard   
Beethoven: Symphony No 4. Academy of Ancient Music; Christopher Hogwood
Beethoven: Symphony No 5. Anima Eterna; Jos van Immerseel

Now, I'm going off to cook dinner, but any guesses what I'll be hearing later? :)

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #77543 on: December 17, 2010, 10:02:10 AM »
Possibly my very favorite Liszt recording:

Liszt
Pièces Tardives
Jos van Immerseel, pianos Érard
Sergei Istomin, vc

 


Especially the Csardas obstinée of 1884.

Antoine Marchand

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #77544 on: December 17, 2010, 10:16:04 AM »
Especially the Csardas obstinée of 1884.

Apparently it's a great disc. Some days ago I read an interesting interview of Viviana Sofronitsky (fortepianist and wife of the fortepiano builder Paul McNulty) and she expressed exactly the same opinion... But probably your opinion is more objective because she is a friend of Istomin and even recorded a disc with him (Mendelssohn's output for cello).  :)

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #77545 on: December 17, 2010, 10:19:48 AM »
Truly a wonderful disc; so we may be sure that Viviana's opinion is not clouded by her musical friendship : )

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #77546 on: December 17, 2010, 10:31:29 AM »
Sure, M. Henning? Hmm....



Dmitri Shostakovich
String Quartet No. 14 in F major, Op. 142
Emerson String Quartet (performing live)

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #77547 on: December 17, 2010, 10:55:59 AM »



A great recording so far. Litton is an underrated conductor I think.
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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #77548 on: December 17, 2010, 11:10:14 AM »



A great recording so far. Litton is an underrated conductor I think.

Yeah I like his Shostakovich and his Mahler. :)

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« Reply #77549 on: December 17, 2010, 11:19:22 AM »
Yeah I like his Shostakovich and his Mahler. :)


Yes, his Mahler is quite good. He did a smoking performance of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10 that I'm still quite fond of.
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« Reply #77550 on: December 17, 2010, 11:32:31 AM »

Yes, his Mahler is quite good. He did a smoking performance of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10 that I'm still quite fond of.

I thought I was the only one that liked that recording!  Awesome! :)

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« Reply #77551 on: December 17, 2010, 11:36:44 AM »
I thought I was the only one that liked that recording!  Awesome! :)


Oh no, when I went on a Shostakovich binge late last year, this was one recording I had returned to quite often. Litton has recorded Symphonies Nos. 5, 6, 8, & 10. All are great performances.
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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #77552 on: December 17, 2010, 12:33:12 PM »
cd's   off a floor stack and on to a shelf...
SPOHR  String Quartets  11 in F op. 43    12  in C  op. 45/1
New Budapest Quartet
LANSKY As If... for string trio and computer-synthesized sound
AUSTIN  Montage: Theme and Variations for violin and computer-music on tape
MELBY  Concerto for flute and computer-synthesized tape
ROSENBOOM   for 2 percussion ensembles and tape
BRAXTON  Composition 107  saxophone, piano, tape, percussion
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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #77553 on: December 17, 2010, 01:22:25 PM »
My listening log so far, up to 9:20 pm.

Friday, December 17
Beethoven: Symphony No 1. Saarbrucken Radio SO; Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
Beethoven: Symphony No 2. Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen; Paavo Jarvi
Beethoven: Symphony No 3. Swedish Chamber Orchestra; Thomas Dausgaard   
Beethoven: Symphony No 4. Academy of Ancient Music; Christopher Hogwood
Beethoven: Symphony No 5. Anima Eterna; Jos van Immerseel
Beethoven: Symphony No 6. Staatskapelle Berlin; Daniel Barenboim
Beethoven: Symphony No 7. Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; Carlos Kleiber
Beethoven: Symphony No 8. Scottish Chamber Orchestra; Charles Mackerras

Hmm... something is missing!

On a side note, if you stipulate one symphony per conductor/orchestra, this is by far the best [or most to my taste] cycle which can be assembled out of the recordings in my collection. The listening has been consistently outstanding. My only regrets are that I wasn't able to include Vanska, Abbado/Rome, Gardiner, Szell, or Karajan. Too many great recordings! Oh, and my Op 125 pick is not from that quintet either.  8)  Hint: It's in Sergeant Rock's top three!

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #77554 on: December 17, 2010, 01:28:06 PM »
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« Reply #77555 on: December 17, 2010, 03:35:27 PM »
I've completed my one-day Beethoven cycle!

No 1. Saarbrucken Radio SO; Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
No 2. Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen; Paavo Jarvi
No 3. Swedish Chamber Orchestra; Thomas Dausgaard   
No 4. Academy of Ancient Music; Christopher Hogwood
No 5. Anima Eterna; Jos van Immerseel
No 6. Staatskapelle Berlin; Daniel Barenboim
No 7. Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; Carlos Kleiber
No 8. Scottish Chamber Orchestra; Charles Mackerras
No 9. Cleveland Orchestra; Christoph von Dohnanyi

No weak links - just bliss!  8)

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #77556 on: December 17, 2010, 03:50:05 PM »
Last night listened to:

Zemlinsky: The Mermaid (Symphonic Fantasy); Sinfonietta
New Zealand SO/Judd
(Naxos)

I got this a while back & have listened to the Sinfonietta quite often, which I have found I liked more than The Mermaid. I like the former because it is quite a modernistic work, with some of the rhythms of composers like Stravinsky. The middle slow movement has an all pervading sense of tragedy, a bit like the slow movements of Mahler's late symphonies. Only just over 20 minutes long, Zemlinsky crammed a lot into that relatively short space of time. The Mermaid sounds similar to film music (though it was written in 1903) & has this phrase in the middle movement that reminds me of the main theme of Tchaikovsky's 5th. At more than 40 minutes, this is a pretty long work. I like how Zemlinsky captures the feel of the mermaid's underwater world in the opening bars. Some very good orchestration here, in both works. I saw a recording of his Lyric Symphony, and I'll try to buy it today. I am a bit daunted by that work, as the last time I heard it it sounded a bit dark, but I want to own it so I can subject it to repeated listening. I also want to get the EMI double budget Gemini set of his choral and vocal works. If anyone has heard this set, please PM me, I would like to know a bit more about it, thanks...

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« Reply #77557 on: December 17, 2010, 04:31:05 PM »


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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #77558 on: December 17, 2010, 05:20:50 PM »
Now:




This is such a freaking cool recording.


Next:





Later:




“Works of art make rules; rules do not make works of art.” - Claude Debussy

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #77559 on: December 17, 2010, 06:39:23 PM »
I hadn't listened to this set in a long time...



... but I just needed to wait until the fugue in C major to recall the reason: Hantaï can be a sensible, even a great harpsichordist (his two Goldbergs, f.i.), but IMO he has real problems to manage the virtuosism... What sense have those insane speeds, Pierre?  >:(



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