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Composer Discussion / Re: Mahler Mania, Rebooted
« Last post by Roasted Swan on Today at 12:35:55 PM »
Thanks for the alert, RS. What is the bitrate? I personally won't except anything lower than 256 kbps AAC.

Its variable so I suppose averaging around 230.  But these performance were never hi-fi in the first place and they are worth hearing.  Abravanel in Mahler certainly has something to say - quite different from the post-Bernstein confessional style....... and anyway its Free!

PS:  I just dipped into the start of No.8 to see how the audio coped and actually its remarkably good!  I like the way Abravanel splits his two main choirs and the soloists - no big names make a pretty good fist of things too.
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Composer Discussion / Re: Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998) SQ NO.4
« Last post by Mandryka on Today at 12:31:00 PM »
String Quartet No.4

One can surely not deny that the Alban Berg Quartet bring refinement and sophistication, and their 'live' performance of Schnittke's last SQ brings out any and all "Old World" feelings that this most inward of Schnittke scores presents. I hadn't really payed attention much to the opening movement, apparently, because this time I heard all the micro-tonal ennui that caught my ear. It seems Schnittke was trying to perfect the effect of "nausea", and here one can feel the shifting moods of angst and despair very well.

This is a long piece, and meaty and weighty, and seems to me to be DSCH's 18th SQ,... I believe Schnittke set out to make a DSCH SQ, and that this is what we got. I certainly will continue with this piece as an appendage of DSCH's legacy.

I'm going to call it a Masterpiece of 'Gotterdammerung' Music, the last gasp of 'Ultra-Late Romanticism' before the final flickering out (snuffing out?) of the light by the forces of darkness. How much more "towards the graveyard" can one go in music of such profound blackness? Sure, we could have special-effects of graveyard sounds, but here Schnittke sticks strictly to emotional states,- "human" feelings as opposed to "macabre".

I profer that there is no piece of Schnittke more representative of his deepest personal statement than this piece, and it is not the most easygoing endeavor to get to the end- but it stands as a huge monument, a gravestone, to what will never be again.


I just popped for the Bashmet/TCA Viola Concerto. I may actually not ever have heard this, being I'm totally getting it confused with Penderecki's of the same era. But, everyone says it's their favorite piece, so, I look forward with expectation.

The only items left of Schnittke's that I'm interested in would be the Symphonies 3-4, which recordings should I go for?

Anyone else got anything to say about the 4th quartet?
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Composer Discussion / Re: Mahler Mania, Rebooted
« Last post by Mirror Image on Today at 12:31:00 PM »
Just in case you need another Mahler cycle.  This week's FREE download from Classic Selections is the old Vox/Abravanel/Utah cycle here;

https://www.classicselectworld.com/collections/free-downloads/products/big-mahler-box-13-hour-digital-download

You simply put it in the basket and proceed with a purchase as normal but the price is £0.00.  Not the best ever and not the highest nit rates but well-worth hearing and Netania Devrath in the finale to No.4 is worth the price of admission(!) alone........

Thanks for the alert, RS. What is the bitrate? I personally won't except anything lower than 256 kbps AAC.
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The Diner / Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
« Last post by SonicMan46 on Today at 12:30:07 PM »
Have you learned anything watching these shows?  And if so, have you tried any of the recipes/techniques?

PD

Yes, all of the instructors describe techniques and precautions, many of which we knew already - all of the recipes are available on their website so easy to find and use, if desired - Susan will try an Indian side dish tonight, i.e. northern style potatoes w/ roasted cumin seed - I suggested adding a 'little' cayenne pepper and some squeezes of fresh lemon - sounds good to me, but there were SO many ways the Indians cook potatoes and the differences in the cuisines front north to south, east to west, and coast to the interior seem as variable as the different country cuisines in Europe - I've been to Europe nearly a dozen times mainly on vacation but also a few academic business trips - our last was to northern Italy (Milan, Bologna, etc). and I just fell in love w/ the northern Italian food, especially the veal dishes and risotto (and the lack of using tomatoes - just a pleasant change).  Dave :)

ADDENDUM: Just went on the MasterClass website to find that northern potato recipe - believe the one below will be our choice tonight -  :P

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For the northern potatoes- 2 large waxy potatoes, such as red potatoes or Yukon Gold- 2 tbsp vegetable oil or another neutral oil, such as peanut oil- 1 tsp whole cumin seeds- 1 tsp whole black mustard seeds- 1 tbsp sesame seeds- ¼ tsp cayenne pepper- Salt to taste- Lemon juice to taste
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Composer Discussion / Re: Mahler Mania, Rebooted
« Last post by Roasted Swan on Today at 12:26:03 PM »
Just in case you need another Mahler cycle.  This week's FREE download from Classic Selections is the old Vox/Abravanel/Utah cycle here;

https://www.classicselectworld.com/collections/free-downloads/products/big-mahler-box-13-hour-digital-download

You simply put it in the basket and proceed with a purchase as normal but the price is £0.00.  Not the best ever and not the highest nit rates but well-worth hearing and Netania Devrath in the finale to No.4 is worth the price of admission(!) alone........
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I'm in!

Myaskovsky
Vc Cto in c minor, Op. 66

Sasha Ivashkin, vc
Russian State Symphony
Valery Polyansky
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The Diner / Re: USA Politics (redux)
« Last post by drogulus on Today at 12:17:45 PM »
The mind reels.


     Would it be worse if it was a billion years? What do reeling minds advise we do with radioactive waste? I say we store it in bunkers underground surrounded by a fence with signs that have evil symbols on them, and keep the stuff there until we figure out how to transmute it to safe isotopes.

     Accelerator Transmutation of Waste

     It probably won't take 100,000 years to do this, but I can wait.
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Alas, I don't know any of the other performances, but I certainly did enjoy this one.  :)

I'll have to dig around upstairs as I don't think that I've heard his trios before now.

Myaskovsky's Cello Concerto
Rostropovich
Malcolm Sargent
Philharmonia Orchestra
1956
from the Rostropovich:  Complete EMI Recordings set


First time hearing it---enjoyable if very melancholic; it was also written between 1944-45 though!

PD





Brilliant Cello Concerto!
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NP:

Bartók
Piano Concerto No. 2, BB 101, Sz. 95
Ashkenazy
LPO
Solti


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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: Purchases Today
« Last post by The new erato on Today at 12:15:28 PM »
I drive stick and havent had that problem. Great little car, driving great. A CD player is not neccessary as you probably know... 😀
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