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The Diner / Re: Five Favorite Paintings
« Last post by OrchestralNut on Today at 09:23:12 AM »
How can you post pictures?
Sorry, posting videos and pics on GMG is not very easy for me.

I know how to do it with a computer but same function doesn't work with my phone, which is what I have now.
Composer Discussion / Re: Schumann's Shoebox
« Last post by SonicMan46 on Today at 09:18:26 AM »
Do we have any views about the quality of complete (allowing for slightly varying degrees of "completeness") series of Schumann's solo piano works?

I know there's a Jorg Demus set from around the 1970s. There's Dana Ciocarlie, who I seem to remember getting pretty favourable opinions around here. There's Florian Uhlig on Hanssler (going for the "I'm the only one who's pursued every alternative version" completeness award). I believe Brilliant Classics put a box together from a range of pianists. Claves has a series of 6 double-CD albums with several different pianists....................

My two 'complete' sets (plus now culled down other single/double discs) are Dana Ciocarlie (added in 2020) and Eric Le Sage - more discussion in another forum thread Schumann solo piano music, for those interested; tried to look for some reviews in my usual sites on Ciocarlie without any luck, just curious - her recordings were done 'live' but there is absolutely no audience noise (see San Antone's comments in the link).  Dave :)


General Classical Music Discussion / Re: Shoo, Schoonderwoerd?
« Last post by Que on Today at 09:10:14 AM »
And finally, a confession: I love, love, love Schoonderwoerd's recordings of the Beethoven PCs. They are so delightful, so life-affirming like a winter morning bathed in sunlight, which is something we experienced here in Prague today and it made me immediately recall this set.

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Is it the perfect interpretation? Hah, of course not. Is this guy's approach highly debatable? Hah, of course it is. The only thing that's certain: I'm gonna continue to enjoy every single creaky, clanky, cheery second of it. Any Schoonderwoerd fans over here? Haters? Does he deserve that much flak? I've enjoyed O'Hanlon's takedown, even though I obviously disagree with him – give me 'skeletonised' Beethoven over pompous exuberance any day.

I know we are in a minority, but I'm with you my friend!  8)
The Diner / Re: Five Favorite Paintings
« Last post by ritter on Today at 09:09:34 AM »
Nice thread idea, Andrei!

You may not be surprised that my taste in painting is aligned with my taste in music. My “sweet spot” is the Franco-Spanish members of the “École de Paris”, in the period spanning from ca. 1930 to ca. 1973 (the year Picasso died).

Here go 5 artworks I’m particularly fond of (in no particular order):

Raoul Dufy, Amphitrite, oil on canvas 184 x 136  (1936) —hat tip to André  ;)

Georges Braque, The Billiard Table, oil on canvas 89 x 116 cm (1945)

Francisco Borès, Composition aux citrons, oil on canvas 89 x 116,5 cm (1954). I made a futile attempt to bid for this in auction in 2020, but it was beyond my reach  :(

Fernand Léger, Nature morte aux fruits, lithograph on arches paper  (75 copies), 49 x 64 cm (1948). I’m lucky enough to have one signed copy hanging on my wall  :).

Óscar Dominguez, Pájaros, oil on canvas 45 x 32 cm (1949)

General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Last post by "Harry" on Today at 09:03:46 AM »
Bought in 1989. Never played it it seems.

Carl Friedrich Abel
The Symphonies opus 7.
Cantilena, Adrian Shepherd.

I cannot get too enthusiastic about this performance, tis clearly old school. Sound is okay though.
The Diner / Re: Five Favorite Paintings
« Last post by Dry Brett Kavanaugh on Today at 09:02:39 AM »
How can you post pictures?
Sorry, posting videos and pics on GMG is not very easy for me.
General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Last post by Que on Today at 09:01:38 AM »
Hi Guys - concerning the piano pic on the Eurodisc (first pic below), I googled Walter-Flügel in Mozarts Geburtshaus (translation 'Walter Grand Piano in the Mozart Birthplace' from a web translation site) - well plenty of pics appeared but the second one below w/ a gal sitting at presumably Mozart's Walter fortepiano (FP), I believe the instruments are the same; the most revealing evidence (to me as a woodworker) is the grain pattern on the top - so I believe the pics are of the same FP; so why would that pic be put on the cover if the FP was not used?  Don't know?  I have the back labels of the discs and as stated by Andrei, just 'piano' is listed - I'm also currently listening to the recording but hard to tell where I'm at on a single MP3 CD-R containing all 5 CDs, the metadata is whacky (as usual -  ;D) - Dave :)


Very nice detective work!
Except I just noticed this - released 2020. I can’t see how to hear it here in the UK - if anyone can help, please say.佐藤豊彦氏%E3%80%80リュート・ソロcd/

I’ve just received a batch of five lute recordings from Japan, including this. No surprises: it is British music iki style, tons of space for the phrases to breathe, it must be very hard to do, to judge how long to hold a note, a rest. Masterful playing obvs. Without wishing to wax poetic, one feels one is in the presence of an angel.

HMV Japan are wonderful! Easy to deal with, all the customs stuff dealt with, a good system of discounts especially for multiple orders, reasonable delivery charges and the package got from Tokyo to London in about as much time as a package takes to get from Glasgow to London.
The Diner / Re: Coronavirus thread
« Last post by Dry Brett Kavanaugh on Today at 08:54:25 AM »
Best wishes for a speedy recovery for your parents, John.

My son called 2 days ago to say he had tested positive, one day after receiving his booster shot - obviously the protection doesn’t kick in instantly. He has a sore throat, headaches and general fatigue. He’s very upset as he’s been extra careful all the time and works from home. He did that one day trekking excursion and got a lift from a friend. They were not wearing masks for the ride back in the car… ::)

Andre, your son is in my prayers. It appears that he had been infected/contacted BEFORE the booster shot. I tend to think that it was fortunate that he had a booster, which would significantly reduce the severity of the infection and enhances the recovery. Hope he will get well soon. My prayers.

The sound of this 1954 recording is still quite beautiful - astonishing, in fact: it’s almost 70 years old ! The performance finds Reiner in a relaxed, flexible mood, wallowing in the glorious sounds of Strauss’ score. No sign of undue tension. He was never a speed merchant but sometimes his readings could sound cold and rigid. Not so here, thankfully. My only (small) quibble is an overly assertive trumpet (Adolf Herseth) in the 4th section, The Hero at Battle - but then I guess it’s justified musically.

Great stuff, Andre. You remind me I need to get around to ripping this set to my computer:

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