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Quote from: Spotted Horses on Today at 07:49:05 AMI think Todd recently reported listening to it and didn't hate it.

Thomson was my first exposure to the music, and I liked it enough to be hooked on Martinu. But when I heard Valek I found it brought out a lyrical, rhapsodic character in the music, which I enjoyed. Thomson puts an emphasis on dramatic aspects which, to my ear, makes the Martinu symphonies sound more conventionally symphonic. The other standard recommendation is Belohlávek/BBC, but I found the audio quality unsatisfactory, sort of artificial sounding to my ear. I'm looking forward to listening to Belohlávek/Czech Phil (although there isn't a complete cycle).
Most interesting, thanks.

TD:

CD 45

Tchaikovsky
Symphony № 5 in e minor, Op. 64

Philharmonic Society of New York (New York Philharmonic)

recorded 27 Mar 1954
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So you do care about the interpretation. The comments you made are exactly about the interpretation.
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Composer Discussion / Re: Karol Szymanowski (1882-19...
Last post by Mandryka - Today at 10:01:54 AM
Quote from: Dry Brett Kavanaugh on February 05, 2023, 12:11:41 PMNice, sensitive performance. The composition of the sonata is too similar to Scriabin and it makes me feel uncomfortable a little.

Yes it is like Scriabin in Bingham's hands.
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Great Recordings and Reviews / Re: New Releases
Last post by Løvfald - Today at 09:49:03 AM
At last CPO has completed the Raff's string quartet cycle.
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The Diner / Re: What TV series are you cur...
Last post by Papy Oli - Today at 09:47:09 AM
Quote from: Irons on Today at 08:58:12 AMLate to the party, first series of Happy Valley done.



Last episode of the third and final series transmitted last night. Doing our best with difficulty to avoid the outcome as Happy Valley has created some noise in the UK press.   :-X

"Enjoy" the journey, Lol. The conclusion last night was very good.   
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I just think it is the most unbelievably refined, nuanced and delicate piano playing. I don't care about the interpretation, she can make great sounds come out of that piece of furniture. @Todd - try it!
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GMG News / Re: If You Change Your Usernam...
Last post by (poco) Sforzando - Today at 09:36:57 AM
I used to be merely "sforzando," after my friend Brian wrote at one point that "I don't know what 'sforzando' means, though clearly it means something." As indeed it does. Then I was told that "sforzando" might be a bit strong, so I amended my user name to "(poco) 'sforzando,'" an oxymoron if ever there was one. But that's where it will stay.

When I was still active on ClassicalMusicGuide.com, before I was kicked off for making too much fun of the humorless far-right moderator, I called myself "Alban Berg." But that was kind of arrogant.
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The first part was very thrilling, frightfully beautiful; now, on youtube:

Luigi Dallapiccola
Ulisse, act 2^

Lorin Maazel & Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin


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The Diner / Re: Last Movie You Watched
Last post by SonicMan46 - Today at 09:32:45 AM
Any Tyrone Power (1914-1958) fans here?  :D

Power made about 50 films (LIST) - I own only a half dozen w/ favorites being The Mark of Zorro (1940) and The Long Gray Line (1955) - so added some more a DVD-R > HD streamer & a physical BD:

The Rains Came (1939) w/ Power, Myrna Loy, George Brent et al - short summary below - although Tyrone is dressed in Indian garb be doesn't look like a native, but typical of the era - one of the best parts of the film is the earthquake and floods which earned the first 'Special Effects Oscar' and worth a watch for that reason.

Rawhide (1951) w/ Power and Susan Hayward - western action at a stagecoach way station w/ some beautiful scenery - the two stars have a nice 'chemistry' together - if you're a fan of the actors and like westerns then recommended - worth a watch just for Jack Elam's performance.  Dave  :)

QuoteIn 1938, Lady Edwina Esketh (Myrna Loy) is a British aristocrat living in India with her crude husband, Lord Esketh (Nigel Bruce). At a lavish party, Edwina is reunited with the womanizing Tom Ransome (George Brent), an old flame who tries to rekindle their relationship. Edwina, however, has her sights set on Major Rama Safti (Tyrone Power), a handsome Indian doctor committed to helping the poor. But after Rama falls for Edwina, a widespread plague threatens their relationship. (Source)
QuoteRawhide is a Western film produced by Twentieth Century-Fox. It was directed by Henry Hathaway and produced by Samuel G. Engel from a screenplay by Dudley Nichols. The music score was by Sol Kaplan and the song "A Rollin' Stone" by Lionel Newman. The cinematography was by Milton R. Krasner. The film stars Tyrone Power and Susan Hayward with Hugh Marlowe, Dean Jagger, Edgar Buchanan, Jack Elam and George Tobias. (Source)