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That’s a great program, Danny. Enjoy and report, please !


A great program. Lawrence Power is a phenomenal violist.

What a fantastic program. Would love to hear the Hillborg premiere. And agree with all the comments on Power, who is one of the world's great violists.


Cheers all! What a great night! I'm not a huge lover of the Don Juan, but it was well played, and great to hear :)

As for the Hillborg, for me it was the highlight of the evening. If you like Hillborg's clarinet concerto and VC, it was very much of the same world. Lots of double bass slaps, lots of oomph from the orchestra, lots of energy from Power, and certainly a piece that I am looking forward to hearing again. The finale ends with a real flourish in the climax that had the audience responding loudly and enthusiastically. Manze was a dervish conducting, and Hillborg was beaming when he took his bows. I did try to snap the structure that was projected behind the orchestra to share here, but the phone police were on me immediately :)

The Wiren was my wife's favourite, and again, it was filled with passion! Excellent stuff. The Sibelius 5 was characteristically beautiful!

Good to be out and good to retire to the Philharmonic pub afterwards for drinks and fine architecture with marble boobage aplenty, if you like that sort of thing. No masks in evidence really, apart from in small numbers, and the COVID passport stuff was required but not hugely adhered to, as my wife's NHS app refused to work but they let her in on a nod once they'd asked about double vaccination.
The Diner / Re: Last Movie You Watched
« Last post by Iota on Today at 05:22:01 AM »
I've seen that. I remember quite liking it. Though I do wonder whether people who can't hear the difference between Norwegian, German and Danish (there's also Danish if I recall correctly) would get as much out of it, because the process of communicating across languages is a fairly major part of the plot at times.

I'm not sure the impact of not distinguishing the difference between the languages would be too limiting in appreciating events, quite a bit is evident from dialogue and situation I think. Indeed one of the opening scenes is the German envoy with the responsibility of negotiating a peaceful handing over of power to Vidkun Quisling's collaborationist regime, listening to a Norwegian radio news broadcast and asking his wife to translate.
There is some Danish and even a bit of English as a lingua franca at one point.

On the subject of dialogue between languages, it's perhaps worth mentioning that Quisling's name became a standard word meaning traitor or collaborator in a number of languages after the war, so strong was the condemnation of his role in these events.

Introductions / Re: Hi All!
« Last post by Papy Oli on Today at 05:18:12 AM »
Hello and Welcome, Simon !
General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Last post by Iota on Today at 05:00:12 AM »
Really sorry to hear of Haitink's passing, whose humility and music-making I've appreciated for over forty years since I bought my first Mahler Symphony LP's on Philips with him.


I know that as far as Mahler is concerned, Haitink liked the songs of "Des Knaben Wunderhorn" the most. Fortunately, we have a nice recording here that shows the orchestra and the acoustics of the hall in all their glory.
It seems appropriate, therefore, to listen to these songs that I also love very much.

That's interesting to hear, will try and join you in that recording later. RIP Maestro Haitink

Sadly I think many of the top tier cycles are out of print. Most cycles should fit your requirement for great sound, it will probably come down to just varying degrees of how dry or resonant you like recordings.

My preferences for what should be in print in order (my strong preference for informed style and on historical instruments which have more color than modern organs, especially in things like reed stops)

Kooiman and pupils - quite expensive but IMHO worth every cent. Very deep, reaching, heavenly interpretations. Sharply articulated. Someone in the JSB thread wrote more on the recording quality which I agree with.

Olivier Vernet - I have one of the earlier editions with a cartoon drawing of Bach on the box, a couple of years ago I saw some label reissued this. IIRC he was a pupil of Alain but I find his interpretations more interesting than hers (I've only briefly heard her first cycle, I have the second and third)

Bernard Foccroulle ‎– probably the least essential, interpretations are more reserved and comes across as small scale, intimate. Still interesting.

I don't think you can go wrong with most cycles, even the most plain of interpretations let you hear how great this music is. The only two I've been put off by were Koopman (liberal use of ornamentation) and Rubsam Naxos (very eccentric tempi).
Composer Discussion / Re: Bruckner's Abbey
« Last post by Cato on Today at 04:20:32 AM »
I must admit I do enjoy Bruckner red in tooth and claw but that said The Haitink/Concertgebouw cycle is an absolute prime example of how to let the music unfold with a sure sense of musical direction and utter control.  Very fine indeed.

Many thanks for the comment...and your picture of the "merry" people waiting for their excursion is a classic!  ;)

I wonder how Haitink would fare in a comparison with Carl Schuricht, who was also known for a straight-forward approach in his recordings of the symphonies.
General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Last post by Madiel on Today at 04:18:24 AM »
Most of this Sibelius album.

The final piano quartet (for 2 violins, cello and piano) is particularly interesting as it originally had an opus number, written the year before Kullervo and the original version of En saga. Definitely has the flavour of other works from the early maturity - I found myself weirdly thinking of the Lemminkainen Suite.
Introductions / Re: Hi All!
« Last post by Pohjolas Daughter on Today at 04:09:18 AM »
Hello Simon!  And welcome to the forum!

Great Recordings and Reviews / Re: Beethoven's Piano Sonatas
« Last post by hvbias on Today at 04:07:08 AM »
I listened to the last volume from Giltburg, the first two movements of 109 were very strange but I liked the rest of that volume, actually closing movement of 109 had me listening quite intently. After finishing I thought that movement was played much slower than it sounded but actual timing was not that eccentric; one of my favorites comes in at a bit over 14 minutes. I'll probably listen to the full cycle to see if it's worth buying. Sadly the Hammerklavier timings don't look that interesting.

Plus one to what the other poster said on the Fazioli, the tone is gorgeous.
Composing and Performing / Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
« Last post by Rons_talking on Today at 03:59:25 AM »
After hearing Ibert's wonderful "Divertissment" I composed 3 short wind pieces in the 20s French style. I hope you like them!
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