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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: Purchases Today
« Last post by Brian on Today at 06:23:10 PM »
I've seen James Ehnes live at least four times? Barber concerto in Montreal and Kernis concerto here. He's one of the great violinists alive in my opinion.
The Diner / Re: Pictures I like
« Last post by JBS on Today at 06:19:32 PM »
By Lilla Cabot Perry.

The trope of musicians playing their instrument in the middle of nowhere was not invented by modern CD cover art designers.
Opera and Vocal / Re: What Opera Are You Listening to Now?
« Last post by Mirror Image on Today at 06:08:01 PM »

Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten (The Stigmatized) is a gorgeously lyrical work. The roles of Carlotta and Alviano are very demanding. Kudos to Anne Schwanewilms whose voice soars easily and with great purity. The role does not lie particularly high, but it’s the frequent forays in the upper third of the voice that make it a difficult role. In the tenor role of the hunchback Alviano Robert Brubaker similarly displays stamina right until the climactic ending. Superb contribution from Nagano and the excellent Deutsche Oper Berlin orchestra. Staged for the Salzburg Festival in 2005 in Vienna’s Felsenreitschule.

The only fault I can find is that baritone Michael Volle sweats profusely and some camera close ups are rather disgraceful. Other than that it’s very good. The scene where the cave reveals the abducted girls is striking. Gezeichneten comes in a box with 2 other 20th century works, Zimmerman’s Die Soldaten and Berg’s Lulu. I know of 4 different versions of the work. It may well be Schreker’s magnum opus.

Very nice, Andre. Anne Schwanewilms sings in one of the Strauss lieder recordings on Hyperion and has a lovely voice. I should revisit that recording.
The Diner / Re: Last Movie You Watched
« Last post by SonicMan46 on Today at 06:06:05 PM »
Los Hermanos - The Brothers - tonight, another from the Winston-Salem Riverrun Film Festival from my previous post - a documentary described in the quote below - mixture of Spanish and English w/ subtitles - really held our interest and worth a view.  Dave :)

Virtuoso Afro-Cuban-born brothers—violinist Ilmar and pianist Aldo—live on opposite sides of a geopolitical chasm a half-century wide. Tracking their parallel lives in New York and Havana, their poignant reunion, and their momentous first performances together, Los Hermanos/The Brothers offers a nuanced, often startling view of estranged nations through the lens of music and family. Featuring an electrifying, genre-bending score, composed by Cuban Aldo López-Gavilán, performed with his American brother, Ilmar, and with guest appearances by maestro Joshua Bell and the Harlem Quartet. (Source)

Composer Discussion / Re: The Nielsen Nexus
« Last post by Mirror Image on Today at 05:51:17 PM »
Re-listening again to the first two symphonies!


Symphony No. 1, CNW 25
Symphony No. 2, CNW 26

Alan Gilbert, conducting
New York Philharmonic


Enjoying these performances so far.  After these repeat performances, I'll move on to a multiple listen to Symphony No. 3

Always a good idea, Ray. Right now, I’m stuck on the Schwarzkopf/Szell recording of Strauss’ Vier Letzte Lieder and other orchesterlieder.
Listening to this recording yet again:

Not very often will I play an album again from start to finish after I just listened to it, but this recording has completely exceeded my expectations in every way imaginable.
One of my favourite albums to listen to on vinyl, through valve amps and "warm" sounding speakers. Absolutely divine!

I can certainly hear how it would sound on vinyl. I’m not a big fan of classical on vinyl (jazz on vinyl is a different story), but I can imagine this sounding fantastic.
Well, this is indeed a beauty:

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Indeed. I love that piece.
Composer Discussion / Re: The Nielsen Nexus
« Last post by k a rl h e nn i ng on Today at 03:55:40 PM »
It's an infamous "party record".

On one hand there is the natural curiosity.  But for me it is overruled by "Do I really want to hear the train-wreck of a well-beloved piece, just because a jazz legend is responsible for the wreckage?"
General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Last post by André on Today at 03:30:16 PM »

When I was a teen the Monteux performance of the Franck symphony was my introduction to the work. I loved the piece  so much that I soon bought another version of it (pictured above). I was sorely disappointed, finding it turgid and uninspiring. Over the years I’ve become a discriminating fan of Furtwängler’s art - sort of a hit and miss scorecard. When he hits, it’s bonanza. When he misses, he sounds out of sorts. I’ve reconciled myself with his view of the work, meaning I now see where he comes from and where he’s taking it. I just don’t think it’s appropriate to Franck’s symphony. There’s a level of tension allied to a transparency of textures that elude him. I have a dozen other versions that I prefer to this.

I kept that disc (in lp) for a long time because of Ferrier’s singing of 3 Rückert lieder - my introduction to that great artist’s unique voice.
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