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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Sun Nov 14, 2010 10:26 am

Beethoven - Symphony No.2 (Arturo Toscanini, NBC Symphony Orchestra, RCA)

Brahms - String Quartet No.2 (The Budapest String Quartet, Sony Classical)

Honegger - Symphony No.3 'Liturgique' (Herbert von Karajan, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, DG) below

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Sun Nov 14, 2010 11:19 am

bombasticDarren wrote:
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It is worth every one of the few pennies that you will spend on it Darren :D
Let's hope so...it's now on it's way :D
That took you 63 minutes....what kept you so long :shock: :lol: :lol:

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Sun Nov 14, 2010 11:22 am

bombasticDarren wrote:J.S. Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No.4-No.6 (Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan, BIS)
A recommendation then :?: :idea:

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Sun Nov 14, 2010 11:23 am

A selection of Buxtehude's vocal music sung by Emma Kirkby....

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Sun Nov 14, 2010 11:37 am

Fergus wrote:
bombasticDarren wrote:J.S. Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No.4-No.6 (Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan, BIS)
A recommendation then :?: :idea:
Definitely (although I felt No.6 was a bit laboured)
Overall I would say it sounds generally like I assumed it would based on my BCJ Cantata experiences :)
...which is a very good thing :lol:

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by josé echenique » Sun Nov 14, 2010 11:40 am

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This 21 cd box is a treasure trove of truly great Verdi singing: Scotto´s Violetta and Gilda, DFD´s Rigoletto, Carlo Bergonzi´Duque and Manrico, Piero Cappuccilli´Boccanegra and Macbeth, etc.
But today I´m listening to the one recording here that unfortunately no longer can be obtained separately: the Gabriele Santini DG Don Carlo. As you must know this is actually Santini´s second Don Carlo, a kind of stereo remake of his first mono recording for EMI, sharing the same soprano, Antonieta Stella, and the same basso, Boris Christoff. The new cast in my opinion, improves on the EMI. The Don Carlo here is Flaviano Labó, a stylish and elegant tenor that recorded too little, a definite improvement on the more crude Mario Filippeschi, and the Eboli is the young and vibrant Fiorenza Cossotto, who quite simply eclipses Elena Nicolai.
The Posa is more even with 2 very different and very individual great baritones: Tito Gobbi for EMI and Ettore Bastianini for DG. I rather prefer Bastianini in this role for his glorious golden voice, a voice second to none in the XX Century.
This superb recording is an important document. The great old opera is revealed in all it´s glory, the towering, incomparable Filippo II of Boris Christoff alone is worth the cost of the whole box, but there are many things here that are wonderful. This is a glimpse to an era of great vocal personalities and superb interpretations that no longer exist, at least in Verdi :(

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Sun Nov 14, 2010 2:25 pm

Liszt - 'A Symphony to Dante's "Divine Comedy"' (Daniel Barenboim, Damenchor des Rundfunkchors Berlin/Berliner Philharmoniker, Teldec)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Sun Nov 14, 2010 4:00 pm

Bruckner - Symphony No.4 'Romantique' (Philippe Herreweghe, Orchestre des Champs-Elysees, Harmonia Mundi)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Sun Nov 14, 2010 4:05 pm

bombasticDarren wrote:
Fergus wrote:
bombasticDarren wrote:J.S. Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No.4-No.6 (Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan, BIS)
A recommendation then :?: :idea:
Definitely (although I felt No.6 was a bit laboured)
Overall I would say it sounds generally like I assumed it would based on my BCJ Cantata experiences :)
...which is a very good thing :lol:
That will do Darren....it will entered onto on my Wish List :wink:

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Sun Nov 14, 2010 4:07 pm

Telemann – Tafelmusik, Production II played by Musica Antiqua Koln/Goebel....

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....simply a wonderful listen from beginning to end!

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Sun Nov 14, 2010 4:44 pm

Fergus wrote:Telemann – Tafelmusik, Production II played by Musica Antiqua Koln/Goebel....

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....simply a wonderful listen from beginning to end!
Telemann is someone I have not yet investigated at all :oops:

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by johnQpublic » Sun Nov 14, 2010 6:37 pm

Marschner - Overture to "Des Falkners Braut" (Walter/Marco Polo)
Horneman - Gurre (Schonwandt/Chandos)
Janacek - Piano Sonata (Kvapil/Regis)
Ligeti - Mysteries of the Macabre (Masseurs/Teldec)
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Donaldopato » Sun Nov 14, 2010 7:06 pm

Two works from a wonderful young composer with a brilliant future

Jonathan Leshnoff

Symphony # 1 Forgotten Chants and Refrains
Double Concerto for Violin, Viola and Orchestra
Rush for Orchestra

Michael Stern, Iris Chamber Orchestra
Charles Wetherbee Violin, Roberto Diaz Viola

Naxos 8.559670

Definitely worth hearing. Ok full disclosure, Maestro Stern is a neighbor of mine and a good friend, but still a recording of wonderful, colorful, well written and performed new music.
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by val » Mon Nov 15, 2010 5:19 am

BEETHOVEN: The Complete Sonatas for Violin & Piano / Isabelle Faust, Melnikov (2009)

Beautiful. Perhaps the best modern version of the ten Sonatas, since the legendary versions of Grumiaux/Haskil and Francescatti/Casadesus. Everything is remarkable, but the version of the Sonata opus 96 is the best I ever heard.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by josé echenique » Mon Nov 15, 2010 11:28 am

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Elegant and very well written string quartets by the great Wilhelm Stenhammar.
The performances are good, but maybe it´s time for a new recording.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by ContrapunctusIX » Mon Nov 15, 2010 12:47 pm

Courtesy of my local library:

Milhaud: Complete Symphonies
Basel Radio Symphony Orchestra & Alun Francis
CPO

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Mon Nov 15, 2010 2:34 pm

Brahms - Violin Concerto (Gidon Kremer/Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Teldec) below

Bruckner - Symphony No.9 (Bruno Walter, Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Sony Classical)

Shostakovich - Symphony No.1 (Mariss Jansons, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, EMI)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Mon Nov 15, 2010 4:36 pm

bombasticDarren wrote:
Fergus wrote:Telemann – Tafelmusik, Production II played by Musica Antiqua Koln/Goebel....

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....simply a wonderful listen from beginning to end!
Telemann is someone I have not yet investigated at all :oops:
Not everyone's cup of tea Darren but I like him....if I could respectfully recommend this fantastic recording of a sample of Telemann's concertos played by Musica Antiqua Koln....one could not ask for a better introduction than this IMHO :D

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Mon Nov 15, 2010 4:39 pm

val wrote:BEETHOVEN: The Complete Sonatas for Violin & Piano / Isabelle Faust, Melnikov (2009)

Beautiful. Perhaps the best modern version of the ten Sonatas, since the legendary versions of Grumiaux/Haskil and Francescatti/Casadesus. Everything is remarkable, but the version of the Sonata opus 96 is the best I ever heard.
Yours is yet another in a line of high recommendations that I have read regarding that particular set 8)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Mon Nov 15, 2010 4:40 pm

Fergus wrote:
val wrote:BEETHOVEN: The Complete Sonatas for Violin & Piano / Isabelle Faust, Melnikov (2009)

Beautiful. Perhaps the best modern version of the ten Sonatas, since the legendary versions of Grumiaux/Haskil and Francescatti/Casadesus. Everything is remarkable, but the version of the Sonata opus 96 is the best I ever heard.
Yours is yet another in a line of high recommendations that I have read regarding that particular set 8)
It's a beauty Fergus :)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Mon Nov 15, 2010 4:55 pm

bombasticDarren wrote:
Fergus wrote:
val wrote:BEETHOVEN: The Complete Sonatas for Violin & Piano / Isabelle Faust, Melnikov (2009)

Beautiful. Perhaps the best modern version of the ten Sonatas, since the legendary versions of Grumiaux/Haskil and Francescatti/Casadesus. Everything is remarkable, but the version of the Sonata opus 96 is the best I ever heard.
Yours is yet another in a line of high recommendations that I have read regarding that particular set 8)
It's a beauty Fergus :)
I think that is another one that is going to creep onto my ever expanding Wish List :roll:

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Post by Jared » Mon Nov 15, 2010 5:04 pm

Fergus wrote: I think that is another one that is going to creep onto my ever expanding Wish List :roll:
I know the feeling Fergus... even when I'm away! :lol:

well, I'm (finally) back, having listened to Liszt (Orchestral Wks), Rachmaninov (Vespers) & Dufay (Mass for St Anthony) on my travels... love the last two; the Liszt is an acquired taste which I'm getting into gradually... should learn to play in smaller doses.. :lol:

anyway, I hope you're all keeping well.... :D

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Post by Fergus » Mon Nov 15, 2010 6:15 pm

Nice to have you back mate :D

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Post by Prometheus » Tue Nov 16, 2010 12:25 am

Liszt-Beethoven Symphony 7 and 8 Transcriptions-Scherbakov-Naxos.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by johnQpublic » Tue Nov 16, 2010 11:22 am

Alyabiev - Overture to "Three Tens" (Korsakov/MCA Classics)
Balakirev - Islamey (Bronfman/Sony)
Gubaidulina - Viola Concerto (Bashmet/DG)
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Tue Nov 16, 2010 1:55 pm

Busoni - Piano Concerto (Garrick Ohlsson/Christoph von Dohnanyi, The Cleveland Orchestra & Men's Chorus, Telarc) below

Debussy - 'La Mer' (Vladimir Ashkenazy, The Cleveland Orchestra, Decca)

Elgar - Piano Quintet (Peter Donohoe/Maggini String Quartet, Naxos)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Tue Nov 16, 2010 3:08 pm

bombasticDarren wrote:Honegger - Symphony No.3 'Liturgique' (Herbert von Karajan, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, DG) below

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That version of the Third symphony was one of the BBC R3 Building a Library recommendations on Saturday, do you like that recording Darren?
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Post by bombasticDarren » Tue Nov 16, 2010 3:26 pm

Seán wrote:
bombasticDarren wrote:Honegger - Symphony No.3 'Liturgique' (Herbert von Karajan, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, DG) below

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That version of the Third symphony was one of the BBC R3 Building a Library recommendations on Saturday, do you like that recording Darren?
I do like it Sean. But not my favourite piece of music by any stretch :wink:

I download the BBC Building a Library podcast every week. Is a highlight of my week :lol: :oops:

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Post by Seán » Tue Nov 16, 2010 3:43 pm

bombasticDarren wrote:
Seán wrote:
bombasticDarren wrote:Honegger - Symphony No.3 'Liturgique' (Herbert von Karajan, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, DG) below
That version of the Third symphony was one of the BBC R3 Building a Library recommendations on Saturday, do you like that recording Darren?
I do like it Sean. But not my favourite piece of music by any stretch :wink:
I wasn't "knocked out" by it either. I have a set of his symphonies with DuToit, it's okay, nothing special.
I download the BBC Building a Library podcast every week. Is a highlight of my week :lol: :oops:
I love the BAL broadcast, that and Lance's program on a Saturday night make for a very pleasant weekend's listening let me tell you. :wink:
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Tue Nov 16, 2010 3:47 pm

Rossini - 'Stabat Mater' (Luba Orgonasova/Cecilia Bartoli/Raul Giminez/Roberto Scandiuzzi/Myung-Whun Chung, Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsoperchor/Wiener Philharmoniker, DG)

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Post by josé echenique » Tue Nov 16, 2010 7:56 pm

bombasticDarren wrote:Rossini - 'Stabat Mater' (Luba Orgonasova/Cecilia Bartoli/Raul Giminez/Roberto Scandiuzzi/Myung-Whun Chung, Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsoperchor/Wiener Philharmoniker, DG)

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Isn´t Luba Orgonasova to die for in that recording?
I´m just crazy about her.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by ContrapunctusIX » Tue Nov 16, 2010 11:52 pm

Stravinsky: Agon; Orpheus; Jeu des Cartes
BBC Scottish SO & Ivan Volkov
Hyperion

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Post by maestrob » Wed Nov 17, 2010 12:12 pm

bombasticDarren wrote:
Seán wrote:
bombasticDarren wrote:Honegger - Symphony No.3 'Liturgique' (Herbert von Karajan, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, DG) below

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That version of the Third symphony was one of the BBC R3 Building a Library recommendations on Saturday, do you like that recording Darren?
I do like it Sean. But not my favourite piece of music by any stretch :wink:

I download the BBC Building a Library podcast every week. Is a highlight of my week :lol: :oops:
I would echo that BBC recommendation of the HVK/Honegger disc above: it's a real winner, IMHO, and one of HVK's best recordings. If you're interested in a set of the complete symphonies, I would recommend Serge Baudo & the Czech Philh. (below):

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Post by maestrob » Wed Nov 17, 2010 12:15 pm

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This is from Eschenbach's complete traversal of Rousseau's Symphonies. Eschenbach has the true measure of these works, IMHO.

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Post by bombasticDarren » Wed Nov 17, 2010 1:45 pm

J.S. Bach - Cantata BWV 79 'Gott der Herr ist Sonn und Schild' (Joanne Lunn/William Towers/Peter Harvey/John Eliot Gardiner, The Monteverdi Choir/The English Baroque Soloists, Soli Deo Gloria)

Mahler - Symphony No.10 (Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Sony Classical) below

Schubert - String Quartet No.15 (Juilliard String Quartet, CBS Masterworks)

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Post by johnQpublic » Wed Nov 17, 2010 3:41 pm

Moniuszko - Overture to "Paria" (Satanowski/cpo)
Granados - Escenas romanticas (Larrocha/London)
Szymanowski - Violin Concerto #1 (Edinger/Thorofon)
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Wed Nov 17, 2010 4:19 pm

bombasticDarren wrote:Mahler - Symphony No.10 (Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Sony Classical) below

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Avert your eyes Fergus, wonderful recording Darren, isn't it?
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Post by Seán » Wed Nov 17, 2010 4:22 pm

maestrob wrote: This is from Eschenbach's complete traversal of Rousseau's Symphonies. Eschenbach has the true measure of these works, IMHO.
That's another set for my wish list so.
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Wed Nov 17, 2010 4:24 pm

maestrob wrote:I would echo that BBC recommendation of the HVK/Honegger disc above: it's a real winner, IMHO, and one of HVK's best recordings. If you're interested in a set of the complete symphonies, I would recommend Serge Baudo & the Czech Philh. (below):

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Thanks, I'll bear that in mind.
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Wed Nov 17, 2010 4:33 pm

Seán wrote:
bombasticDarren wrote:Mahler - Symphony No.10 (Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Sony Classical) below

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Avert your eyes Fergus, wonderful recording Darren, isn't it?
I am obviously in a minority of one in relation to this one :roll: :lol:

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Post by Fergus » Wed Nov 17, 2010 4:34 pm

josé echenique wrote:
bombasticDarren wrote:Rossini - 'Stabat Mater' (Luba Orgonasova/Cecilia Bartoli/Raul Giminez/Roberto Scandiuzzi/Myung-Whun Chung, Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsoperchor/Wiener Philharmoniker, DG)

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Isn´t Luba Orgonasova to die for in that recording?
I´m just crazy about her.
I have not listened to this one in quite some time so I must dig it out soon :idea:

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Wed Nov 17, 2010 4:35 pm

Brahms – Symphony No. 3....

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The sleeve notes for this work say “This, his [Toscanini’s] final statement of the music, is by considerable margin, the broadest , the most deliberate of all [his versions].”
This version of Brahms’ third symphony is indeed a measured affair as far as the inner movements are concerned but there is certainly nothing lacking in the outer movements and I would certainly be interested in hearing an up-beat Toscanini version of this work!!

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Wed Nov 17, 2010 4:38 pm

Fergus wrote:
Seán wrote:
bombasticDarren wrote:Mahler - Symphony No.10 (Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Sony Classical) below
Avert your eyes Fergus, wonderful recording Darren, isn't it?
I am obviously in a minority of one in relation to this one :roll: :lol:
We are all "out-of-step" except you Fergus. :roll: :lol: :lol:
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Post by Fergus » Wed Nov 17, 2010 4:46 pm

Seán wrote:We are all "out-of-step" except you Fergus. :roll: :lol: :lol:
Somehow I don't think so Seán :wink:

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by ContrapunctusIX » Wed Nov 17, 2010 6:45 pm

Berg, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky: Violin Concertos
Concertgebouw & Igor Markevitch (Berg); Concertgebouw & Ernst Bour (Stravinsky); Vienna Symphony & Bogo Leskovic (Tchaikovsky)
Arthur Grumiaux, violin

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Grumiaux may be remembered best for his Mozart recordings and chamber collaborations with Clara Haskil, but he proves to be no slouch with two the modern works on this disc. The Stravinsky in particular is excellent. The Tchaikovsky, in mono with the mediocre Vienna Symphony, is the weakest selection on the disc, although I wouldn't say it's bad by any means.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Prometheus » Thu Nov 18, 2010 12:23 am

Mahler-Symphony 10-White-Divine Art.

Learned of this disc from a mention by StephenSutton a few months ago. :wink:

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Post by josé echenique » Thu Nov 18, 2010 10:05 am

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A pleasant Handel recital by Zubin Mehta´s nephew. His voice is easy on the ear, the problem is that it´s not distinct enough, and he could show a little more imagination too.
He started very young singing boy soprano and then worked as a record producer before dedicating his time 100% to singing. A decade ago, when he was still very young, he produced Janos Starker last recording of Bach´s Cello Suites!
For a Handel operatic recital of this kind Max Emanuel Cencic on Virgin has the better voice and the more fiery temperament, but Mehta can produce some sweet sounds and with the invaluable help of the Freiburger Barockorchester under René Jacobs the disc can be bought with confidence. As a guest for the marvelous Sosarme duet "Per le Porte del Tormento" he has Rosemary Joshua, probably the finest track on the disc.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Jared » Thu Nov 18, 2010 11:23 am

Fergus wrote:
Seán wrote:
bombasticDarren wrote:Mahler - Symphony No.10 (Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Sony Classical) below

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Avert your eyes Fergus, wonderful recording Darren, isn't it?
I am obviously in a minority of one in relation to this one :roll: :lol:
I think you are, old bean... whilst I don't think it is the final word on M10 interpretations, I certainly find it a very interesting and refreshing recording... :idea:

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Post by johnQpublic » Thu Nov 18, 2010 12:49 pm

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Mozart - Overture to "Cosi fan tutti" (Walter/Columbia)
Mahler - Symphony #9 (Solti/London)
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Post by bombasticDarren » Thu Nov 18, 2010 2:15 pm

J.S. Bach - Cantata BWV 192 'Nun danket alle Gott' (Joanne Lunn/Peter Harvey/John Eliot Gardiner, The Monteverdi Choir/The English Baroque Soloists, Soli Deo Gloria)

Beethoven - Violin Sonata No.7 (Arthur Grumiaux/Clara Haskil, Decca)

Elgar - Symphony No.2 (Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra, LSO Live) below

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