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Great Recordings and Reviews / Re: Nielsen Symphonies
« Last post by SonicMan46 on Today at 04:44:49 PM »
Thanks Guys for all of the positive comments - believe that I'll be happy w/ both sets of recordings and glad that BRO restocked the Gilbert ones when I was looking - not always a coincidence -  ;)  :laugh: Dave
String Quartet in Bb, K. 589
Jerusalem Quartet
General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Last post by JBS on Today at 04:37:26 PM »

CD 2:
Dvorak Symphonic Variations/Symphony no. 6
 Czech Philharmonic

[Of the 6 CDs in this set, 5 are devoted to Dvorak. Smetana is represented here only by Ma Vlast.]
I need to add the Discourse and the Edinburgh Overture to my Bliss traversal!

I'm not nearly as familiar with Shostakovich's non-string quartet chamber music as I'd like to be... sounds like the Piano Quintet is a good place to start! I do remember hearing the late (is it the last piece he completed before he died?) Viola Sonata and being moved by it.

Thread Duty: more Bliss!

Arthur Bliss
Adam Zero (complete ballet)
English Northern Philharmonia
David Lloyd-Jones

This time with a full score (available on Nkoda.) My first impression was upheld - this is an innovative, imaginative, brilliantly orchestrated score!

Also, the discmates to the "Meditations on a Theme by John Blow":

Arthur Bliss
The Enchantress
Mary of Magdala
Dame Sarah Connolly, mezzo-soprano
James Platt, bass
BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Sir Andrew Davis

(on Spotify)

Bliss's style is fully evident in his choral and vocal music as well; I was almost reminded of Samuel Barber in these pieces, in a way I wasn't with the orchestral music. Maybe it's his way with setting the English language? I'm not entirely sure. Connolly is excellent in both works, as is the BBC Chorus in "Mary of Magdala". About my only reservation is with the bass soloist (also in "Mary") - something about the quality of his voice is distinctly unappealing. But he has such a small role that it's not a huge deal.
You must hear 'Morning Heroes' - a big choral symphony if you don't already know it and the exquisite Oboe Quintet.
String Quartet in Bb, K. 458
Jerusalem Quartet
I am listening to Disc 1 of this set
oh, nice!  Looking forward to hearing your comments!

Great Recordings and Reviews / Re: Box Blather
« Last post by Mirror Image on Today at 04:12:12 PM »
88 cds. Pretty robust.  I have the French and Russian boxes, so will be steering clear of this one. Probably :-\

And now for a double-shot of Salonen's Sibelius in LA:

Great Recordings and Reviews / Re: Box Blather
« Last post by classicalgeek on Today at 04:04:02 PM »
88 cds. Pretty robust.  I have the French and Russian boxes, so will be steering clear of this one. Probably :-\

I missed out on those boxes when they were first released, so I'm at least considering the 88 CD stereo box. The OSR may not have been among the world's best orchestras, but they have a distinctive timbre that really works well in a lot of these pieces.

The Zoltan Kocsis Decca box (it's been covered in this thread) apparently will now be released on February 4:

And there's a Heinrich Schiff Decca box slated for mid-February: - I think Warner need to issue an H. Schiff box too. His Bach Cello Suites on EMI were my go-to recording!
Do I need another Tchaikovsky PC No.1, probably not, but I think I need this  ;D

If you haven't heard this performance then, yes, yes you do. :)
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