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My interest is piqued by that Timpani Concerto! I haven't heard much Aho, sadly - I remember having the disc of his Tuba and Contrabassoon Concerti, and being fascinated by his writing for the solo instruments.

That Aho CD is outstanding. You'll appreciate both concertos' qualities.
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Bo Linde.

Orchestral Works Volume II.

A Merry Overture.
Musica Concertante.
Suite Variee.
Suite Boulogne.
Gävle SO, Petter Sundkvist.
SACD recording.


First listen.

Remarkable composer and music!
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Happy day to a unique composer!

Sibelius: Symphony No. 3 (currently my least favorite). I'm loving it right now, nonetheless.

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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: Purchases Today
« Last post by Symphonic Addict on Today at 08:44:47 PM »
Just bought:



An important release in the Nielsen discography. This is where the magnificent Saga-Drøm comes from, but don't quote on that (maybe our fellow Nielsenite Cesar can confirm this for me?). Anyway, looking forward to hearing this recording.

The very nice booklet (awful cover art, though) contains this:

We do not know whether it was lack of time that was the reason why Nielsen reused his tone poem Saga-drøm (Saga Dream) of 1908, but the piece serves as an excellent introduction to the fairy-tale atmosphere.

I'm familiar with Nielsen's operas, Aladdin and other orchestral works, but not Moderen. I definitely need to hear this.
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Close to pulling the trigger on a Russian chamber music extravaganza:

 

I already have some outstanding Taneyev recordings of chamber music w. piano and string trios, but this is an effective way to get the SQs. The Myaskovsky SQ are terra incognita. There's a "20% of $65" deal at an eBay seller I sometimes use...

I don't know the Taneyev (I'm not a big fan of his music anyway), but Myaskovsky SQs are okay --- they're not too memorable and rather inconsistent, but YMMV of course. I know you're not much a 'symphony guy' but the symphony was more of his forte.
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Great Recordings and Reviews / Re: Recordings That You Are Considering
« Last post by T. D. on Today at 08:41:16 PM »
Close to pulling the trigger on a Russian chamber music extravaganza:

 

I already have some outstanding Taneyev recordings of chamber music w. piano and string trios, but this would be an effective way to get the SQs. The Myaskovsky SQ are terra incognita. There's a "20% off $65" deal at an eBay seller I sometimes use...
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The Diner / Re: USA Politics (redux)
« Last post by SimonNZ on Today at 08:33:35 PM »


Objection to nuclear energy is simply irrational and that irrationality can no longer be tolerated give the impending global warming catastrophy.

We are only ten years out from Fukushima, so some skepticism may be permitted without being called irrational.

Regarding safe and easy storage of waste as well as the safety of facilitids: how would you rate the strength of environmental regulations and enforcement where you are  or in neighboring countries? Other environmental disaster have proven that there is little incentive to do anything other than the barest minimum and little punishment when even that is not met.
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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: Purchases Today
« Last post by Mirror Image on Today at 08:21:08 PM »
Just bought:



An important release in the Nielsen discography. This is where the magnificent Saga-Drøm comes from, but don't quote on that (maybe our fellow Nielsenite Cesar can confirm this for me?). Anyway, looking forward to hearing this recording.
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The Jazz Lounge / Re: What Jazz are you listening to now?
« Last post by T. D. on Today at 08:18:16 PM »


Giving this a spin, as I'll soon have to decide on the upcoming Tristano Mosaic...
The (seemingly improbable) live session from the Sing Song Room at the Confucius Restaurant in Manhattan is awesome.
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Last works for the night:

Stravinsky
Duo concertant
Ilya Gringolts (violin), Peter Laul (piano)




The Duo concertant is one of my favorite works from Stravinsky and there's no doubting the authoritative performances from Gringolts and Laul. This is the performance that made this work come alive for me. Exquisite from start to finish.

Sibelius
Kullervo, Op. 7
Raili Kostia, Usko Viitanen
Bournemouth SO, Helsinki University Male Choir
Berglund




The best Kullervo I've ever heard (and there are many fine ones besides this one of course), but Berglund is in his element here. In fact, I never heard a bad recording with him when he was conducting the Bournemouth SO. Anyway...superb!
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