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Great Recordings and Reviews / Re: Chopin's mazurkas
« Last post by Mandryka on June 16, 2021, 11:43:04 PM »

It’s been around for more than six years but I’ve only just found it. Well recorded. Nils Henrik Asheim uses a square  piano from the 1830s by Collard & Collard, it sounds nice. He makes dances for the soul, not for the feet. I found it cloyed after 10 minutes and I took refuge in Olejniczak, but that’s not just a reflection of the performances.
Composer Discussion / Re: Dvorak's Den
« Last post by Wanderer on June 16, 2021, 11:37:20 PM »
Agrophobia or agoraphobia (or maybe acrophobia)? Agrophobia would be a fear of fields. 😀
Composer Discussion / Re: Japanese Avant Garde Composers Only.
« Last post by Mandryka on June 16, 2021, 10:49:20 PM »

I’m enjoying this Hosokawa recording this morning, the music may not be the most experimental or boldest, but there is something pleasant about it’s immersive quality. Hosokawa worked with Klaus Huber and I think you can clearly hear the influence here. Stefan Hussong makes a large contribution to the recording, I think he’s brilliant!
Composer Discussion / Re: Dvorak's Den
« Last post by Roasted Swan on June 16, 2021, 10:32:01 PM »
Just thought I would drop by to mention this fantastic resource:

There is so much valuable information packed within this site that the books I was considering on the composer are basically out-the-window at this juncture.

Never visited that site before - its great thankyou for the heads up.  New facts I now know about Dvorak;
1)  His main hobby was collecting pigeons
2) he suffered from agrophobia
3) he once said to a student; “You don’t smoke? Then you’ll never be a composer. All composers have to smoke!”
The Diner / Re: UEFA Euro 2020
« Last post by DaveF on June 16, 2021, 10:31:37 PM »
just don't mention the penalty! ???

Aaargh, that penalty!  Well, it was a pretty soft one, anyway - not sure it was (a) a foul or (b) inside the box.  But who needs penalties?  Nul points to Turkey, I thought, having watched Bale try that cheeky run along the goal-line from the previous corner and not realising he might try it again.  But yes, great match - not quite up to our demolition of Belgium in 2016, but we're getting there.
General Classical Music Discussion / Re: On-line Stores & Sellers
« Last post by Que on June 16, 2021, 10:21:30 PM »

I use them a lot less, certainly, and Amazon a lot more. I intend to experiment before long with Presto and Europadisc.

My experiences with those have been excellent.  :)
General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Last post by Roasted Swan on June 16, 2021, 10:15:44 PM »

Symphony no 1.

I’ve always liked Menuhin’s way with Elgar’s orchestral works: unfussy, direct and rather bold even if it’s not especially fast. It surely helps he knew Elgar and performed the violin concerto under his baton.

Technically, Menuhin was notoriously wayward and vague as a conductor but I completely agree with you about his Elgar recordings - both these symphonies on (as was) Virgin and his Enigma (on Tring) are really very good indeed.
General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Last post by Mirror Image on June 16, 2021, 07:59:03 PM »

Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 60, “Leningrad”
USSR Ministry of Culture SO

Despite the shortcomings in fidelity (strings are a bit too recessed and the brass and percussion in climaxes will peel the paint of a wall), I think these are extraordinary performances. Rozhdestvensky obviously knew this music inside out. I bought his set several years ago for an expensive price, but it was worth it as this cycle is one I’d put up against Kondrashin and Haitink (my two other favorites).
General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Last post by Mirror Image on June 16, 2021, 07:21:02 PM »
It could be the highlight of that symphony. Now I've come to think that Glazunov wrote some truly gorgeous slow movements. The ones in the 5th and 7th symphonies stand out as well.

That he did, Cesar. The more time I spend with Glazunov, the more I love his music.

Thread duty -

Violin Concerto No. 2 in C-sharp minor, Op. 129
State Academic SO of Russia ‘Evgeny Svetlanov’

I have since come around to both of these performances of these concerti. I think Ibragimova and Jurowski have the full measure of this music. Obviously, both of these incredible musicians are too young to remember the bleak period of their country’s history. Ibragimova moved to England with her family when she was still young, so she wasn’t exposed to the same environment that Jurowski was exposed to who was born in Moscow, but like Ibragimova, he moved with his family, but to Germany. Anyway, I suppose this is my long-winded way of saying that I believe that they brought their own unique perspectives to this music and either musician can say that their favorite composer is Brahms or Bach, but the reality is this music is truly in their blood and the performances reveal this or, at least, in my view they do.
Opera and Vocal / Re: What Opera Are You Listening to Now?
« Last post by T. D. on June 16, 2021, 06:49:02 PM »
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