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Composer Discussion / Re: Stephen Sondheim (1930-2021)
« Last post by VonStupp on Today at 03:48:39 PM »
I don't get to musical theatre too often when listening, but I was looking around to see what I still had of Sondheim's soundtracks. I definitely kept everything that had Angela Lansbury in it, a frequent collaborator of Sondheim, and who just turned 96 herself.

I came across this 2009 interview with both Sondheim and Lansbury today. They obviously had great respect for each other and wonderful stories to tell:

https://nymag.com/arts/theater/features/62635/
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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Last post by Linz on Today at 03:45:44 PM »
I am listening to Bruckner's Quintet and Quartet with the Altomonte Ensemble
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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Last post by VonStupp on Today at 03:39:57 PM »
Howard Hanson: Symphony No.4 'Requiem' (for his father).
This is IMO one of the great Hanson discs as, not only does it include two of his finest symphonies (No.4 was also recorded by Bernstein) but also two very moving shorter works, which are not even mentioned on the front of the CD. These are the poignant 'Elegy in Memory of Serge Koussevitsky' (1956) and 'Dies Natalis' (1967). Excellent performances from Gerard Schwarz and the Seattle SO:


I don't have the Naxos reissue, but the Hanson Vol. 5 on Delos paired with The Mystic Trumpeter. I remember Dies Natalis being the best of the lot on that Delos recording, and I love the hymn tune Hanson exploits.

VS
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Howard Hanson: Symphony No.4 'Requiem' (for his father).
This is IMO one of the great Hanson discs as, not only does it include two of his finest symphonies (No.4 was also recorded by Bernstein) but also two very moving shorter works, which are not even mentioned on the front of the CD. These are the poignant 'Elegy in Memory of Serge Koussevitsky' (1956) and 'Dies Natalis' (1967). Excellent performances from Gerard Schwarz and the Seattle SO:


Wonderful disc!
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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Last post by ritter on Today at 03:04:18 PM »
Good evening, Karl!
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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: Purchases Today
« Last post by "Harry" on Today at 03:04:00 PM »
Ordered:



A sensible acquisition my friend :)
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The Diner / Re: Pictures I like
« Last post by vandermolen on Today at 03:02:41 PM »
Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy by David Hockney.
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Works for “spatialised orchestra” by Marc-André Dalbavie : Concertate il suono, Antiphonie (double concerto for clarinet —Romain Guyot— and basset horn —Jérôme Voisin— ), and The Dream of the Unified Space.


Pascal Rophé conducts the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.

Of course the spatialisation cannot be appreciated in a standard stereo recording, but there’s plenty of musical interest in these pieces regardless, and I have always found Dalbavie’s very sensual language hugely appealing.

Nice! Good night, Rafael.
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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: Purchases Today
« Last post by Que on Today at 02:59:32 PM »
Ordered:

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Not knowing the Ermitage recording, his DG Davidsbündlertänze is enjoyable too ...
He's one of my favorite pianists.  Will have to see what other recordings I have of him of this work...maybe on LP?  I do have some boxed sets of his.  Love his Bartok in particular.  :)  Which ones do you have of his MT?

Here's a photo of that Ermitage CD for you:



The CD info is ERM 168-2

Hi PD - I've culled out a few Bartok SQ recordings in the past but likely not the Takács Quartet; I have their complete Beethoven SQ discs and enjoy (along w/ several other groups). But being curious, I was looking at reviews of the Alexander and Emerson performances (attached if you're interested) - comparison is often made to the Takács recordings, however, don't believe I've heard them in Bartok (and likely would enjoy from the comments made and seeing some reviews).  Now this morning I was looking for reviews on the Ragazze Quartet CDs but could not find any except some on the Channel website - thus will be curious. 
So, pardon but I'm a bit confused, do you own the Takács recordings or did own...a bit confused by your comments.  Or are you perhaps not certain whether or not you owned them in the past and perhaps got rid of them?  In any event, can you listen to them online and see whether or not you like them?

Looking forward to your comments about the Ragazze Quartet's recordings.

Best,

PD

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