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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Sun Nov 21, 2010 9:09 am

Jared wrote:
Seán wrote:Not Gardiner today, I see.
I know... :shock:

although I was too polite to say anything, I'm still quietly reeling from the shock... :wink:
polite, what's that? It's not in my vocabulary, sorry. :lol:
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Sun Nov 21, 2010 9:27 am

Beethoven - Violin Sonata No.1 (Isabelle Faust/Alexander Melnikov, Harmonia Mundi)

Brahms - Symphony No.4 (Riccardo Chailly, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Decca)

Handel - 'Haec est Regina virginum', 'Ah! che troppo ineguali' & 'Donna, che in ciel di tanta' (Anne Sofie von Otter/Reinhard Goebel, Musica Antiqua Koln, Archiv) below

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Sun Nov 21, 2010 9:34 am

Jared wrote:
Seán wrote:Not Gardiner today, I see.
I know... :shock:

although I was too polite to say anything, I'm still quietly reeling from the shock... :wink:
I am just keeping you guys on your toes....seeing if you are awake on a Sunday monning/afternoon :lol:

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Sun Nov 21, 2010 9:36 am

bombasticDarren wrote:Handel - 'Haec est Regina virginum', 'Ah! che troppo ineguali' & 'Donna, che in ciel di tanta' (Anne Sofie von Otter/Reinhard Goebel, Musica Antiqua Koln, Archiv) below

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I am sure that is a fine recording Darren....anything that I have by MAK is a joy 8)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Sun Nov 21, 2010 9:37 am

Fergus wrote:
Jared wrote:
Seán wrote:Not Gardiner today, I see.
I know... :shock:

although I was too polite to say anything, I'm still quietly reeling from the shock... :wink:
I am just keeping you guys on your toes....seeing if you are awake on a Sunday monning/afternoon :lol:
We do read your posts.
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Jared » Sun Nov 21, 2010 10:14 am

Fergus wrote:
bombasticDarren wrote:Handel - 'Haec est Regina virginum', 'Ah! che troppo ineguali' & 'Donna, che in ciel di tanta' (Anne Sofie von Otter/Reinhard Goebel, Musica Antiqua Koln, Archiv) below

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I am sure that is a fine recording Darren....anything that I have by MAK is a joy 8)
I don't mind admitting, that one's high on my wish list, too... :roll:

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

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Silver-toned perfection, out-classing Schwarzkopf any day...

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Jared » Sun Nov 21, 2010 10:28 am

^^ you know, I'm going to end up buying every version in print, don't you? :? :wink:

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Sun Nov 21, 2010 10:59 am

maestrob wrote:Image

Silver-toned perfection, out-classing Schwarzkopf any day...
It must be seriously good so 8)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Sun Nov 21, 2010 11:39 am

Fergus wrote:
bombasticDarren wrote:Handel - 'Haec est Regina virginum', 'Ah! che troppo ineguali' & 'Donna, che in ciel di tanta' (Anne Sofie von Otter/Reinhard Goebel, Musica Antiqua Koln, Archiv) below

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I am sure that is a fine recording Darren....anything that I have by MAK is a joy 8)
It is. Very highly recommended :D

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Jared » Sun Nov 21, 2010 12:37 pm

Strauss: Don Quixote
Schiff/ Masur/ Leipzig

Schumann: Cello Concerto
Schiff/ Haitink/ Berliner

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Sun Nov 21, 2010 12:52 pm

Brahms - Piano Quartet No.1 (Beaux Arts Trio/Walter Trampler, Philips)

Bruckner - Symphony No.3 (Roger Norrington, The London Classical Players, EMI)

Schumann - Cello Concerto (Jacqueline du Pre/Daniel Barenboim, New Philharmonia Orchestra, EMI) below

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Jared » Sun Nov 21, 2010 1:02 pm

^^ Darren, do you have any decent performances of the Schumann Violin Concerto at all? I know it was quite a flawed piece and therefore rarely recorded...

indeed, I know someone recently released a disk saying 'Violin Concerto' when underneath it said in small letters 'Transcription from Cello Concerto'... :?

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Sun Nov 21, 2010 1:06 pm

Jared wrote:^^ Darren, do you have any decent performances of the Schumann Violin Concerto at all? I know it was quite a flawed piece and therefore rarely recorded...

indeed, I know someone recently released a disk saying 'Violin Concerto' when underneath it said in small letters 'Transcription from Cello Concerto'... :?
Er, I only have 2 :oops:

Zehetmair/Eschenbach
Kremer/Harnoncourt

I do remember hearing good things about a Szeryng/Dorati performance, but it had always been cost-prohibitive when I've searched for it online :(

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Post by Jared » Sun Nov 21, 2010 1:16 pm

^^ ah yes, I have the Zehetmair too... it's filed under 'Dvorak'... :lol:

they are few and far between tho, aren't they?... :?

hmm... this looks quite interesting, however...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Violin-Concerto ... 463&sr=1-9

:idea:

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Sun Nov 21, 2010 3:20 pm

Rachmaninov - Symphony No.2 & 'The Rock' (Mikhail Pletnev, Russian National Orchestra, DG)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Sun Nov 21, 2010 3:21 pm

Jared wrote:hmm... this looks quite interesting, however...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Violin-Concerto ... 463&sr=1-9

:idea:
I am definitely going to bear that one in mind :)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Jared » Sun Nov 21, 2010 3:38 pm

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Sonatas KV 376, KV 377... 8) :D

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Jared » Sun Nov 21, 2010 3:38 pm

bombasticDarren wrote:
Jared wrote:hmm... this looks quite interesting, however...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Violin-Concerto ... 463&sr=1-9

:idea:
I am definitely going to bear that one in mind :)
I agree... I liked the repertoire, of also playing the Cello Concerto on Violin... :D

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Sun Nov 21, 2010 3:41 pm

Jared wrote:Image

Sonatas KV 376, KV 377... 8) :D
This is the only set of recordings I have of Mozart's VSs....how do you find them?

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Jared » Sun Nov 21, 2010 3:44 pm

^^ Darren, did you see my note in the New Purchases thread?.. :wink:

this is my first listen to my new boxset.... so far, very good indeed... really very happy!

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Sun Nov 21, 2010 4:33 pm

Liszt – Années de pelerinage, disc 2....

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Disc No. 2 or “Italie” is probably my favourite in this set as I really like this thoughtful music.

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Post by Chalkperson » Mon Nov 22, 2010 12:05 am

bombasticDarren wrote:
Jared wrote:hmm... this looks quite interesting, however...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Violin-Concerto ... 463&sr=1-9

:idea:
I am definitely going to bear that one in mind :)
You could buy a couple of better Violin Concertos for sixteen quid...the Schumann really is a very average piece of music...
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Prometheus » Mon Nov 22, 2010 12:51 am

Bach-The Art of Fugue-Walcha-Archiv.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Jared » Mon Nov 22, 2010 5:11 am

Dvorak: Cello Concerto
Schiff/ Davis/ Concertgebouw

Prokofiev: Symphony-Concerto for Cello & Orchestra
Schiff/ Preview/ LAPO



OK folks, I have two small announcements to make...

Firstly, I'm now officially out of here until the end of the week... as I have a Union Conference to attend in Brecon, South Wales... have a good week everyone... :D

Secondly, I have to declare with deep regret that I am now officially OUT OF SPACE in my CD storage unit... :( at one time, I never thought I'd fill it, but the seemingly impossible has happened, and I'm going to have to consider what to do next, given limited storage (I think that small area under the bed might end up being used!.. :shock: :? )

anyway... see you!

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by val » Mon Nov 22, 2010 5:54 am

BRAHMS: Symphony n. 1; Haydn Variations / NDR Orchestra, Furtwängler (1951)

I have heard three versions of Furtwängler in this Symphony and this one is the best. In special because of the intense emotion of the Andante Sostenuto and the exceptional cohesion of the 4th movement.
But I still prefer the perfect articulation of Toscanini (with the NBC Orchestra) or the enthusiasm of the mono version recorded by Karajan with the VPO, not forgetting the beautiful recording of Rudolf Kempe with the BPO.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by josé echenique » Mon Nov 22, 2010 10:25 am

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This is the recording to hear today, in St. Cecilia´s Day: both Purcell and Handel´s odes and Haydn´s Cëcilien Messe. The 3 performances are beautiful and expert but not necessarily first choices.
Lucy Crowe stands out among the soloists, and Marc Minkowski and his band are very able jumping from XVII century London to XVIII century Vienna.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by maestrob » Mon Nov 22, 2010 11:47 am

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This outstanding disc is filled with fascinating and very original music: for those who think that Vivaldi is boring, this is the perfect antidote. Seriously great music-making!

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Mon Nov 22, 2010 1:38 pm

J.S. Bach - Oboe Concerto BWV 1053 (Douglas Boyd, The Chamber Orchestra of Europe, DG)

Brahms - String Quartet No.3 (The Budapest String Quartet, Sony Classical)

Dvorak - Symphony No.7 (Neeme Jarvi, Scottish National Orchestra, Chandos) below

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Mon Nov 22, 2010 3:30 pm

Prometheus wrote:Bach-The Art of Fugue-Walcha-Archiv.

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That one I would definitely be interested in....what is the verdict on it?

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Mon Nov 22, 2010 3:33 pm

Jared wrote:
.... I have to declare with deep regret that I am now officially OUT OF SPACE in my CD storage unit... :( at one time, I never thought I'd fill it, but the seemingly impossible has happened, and I'm going to have to consider what to do next, given limited storage (I think that small area under the bed might end up being used!.. :shock: :? )
Chalkie,I bet, is going to advise you to rip to your hard drive and sell your CDs :lol:

Enjoy the break Jared :D

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Mon Nov 22, 2010 3:34 pm

Mahler – Two versions of 5 Ruckert-Lieder

1) Baker/Barbirolli
2) Ludwig/von Karajan

The Baker/Barbirolli version has, for me, more refinement and tenderness while the Ludwig/von Karajan versionhas more power and presence. I like both versions very much but the Baker/Barbirolli version is something special indeed!

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Mon Nov 22, 2010 3:38 pm

Brahms - Piano Concerto No.1 (Nelson Freire/Riccardo Chailly, Gewandhausorchester, Decca)

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Post by absinthe » Mon Nov 22, 2010 4:30 pm

The recent talk of this composer Vorzhak prompted me to play my Living Presence rec of Janos Starker performing the Concerto Op104. Why not, I thought?

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What a beautiful sound!


(The Concerto is quite good too)

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Post by Fergus » Mon Nov 22, 2010 5:22 pm

absinthe wrote:The recent talk of this composer Vorzhak prompted me to play my Living Presence rec of Janos Starker performing the Concerto Op104. Why not, I thought?

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What a beautiful sound!


(The Concerto is quite good too)
I love to listen to music played on the cello and I have only recently "discovered" Janos Starker by buying his JS Bach cello suites. I was instantly won over and he is now a cellist that I will consider for all of the works that he performs which interest me :D

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Post by josé echenique » Mon Nov 22, 2010 7:34 pm

bombasticDarren wrote:Brahms - Piano Concerto No.1 (Nelson Freire/Riccardo Chailly, Gewandhausorchester, Decca)

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I´ d say the most satisfactory recording of the Brahms concertos post Gilels. This is a model in exemplary balance between piano and orchestra, and God, the playing of the Gewandhaus orchestra!!! Wow!!!!!

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Post by josé echenique » Mon Nov 22, 2010 9:00 pm

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I ´ve heard several of the most significant Marschallins of my time: Söderström, Te Kanawa, Gwyneth Jones, Fleming, etc., but the greatest of all was Anna Tomowa-Sintow. I first heard her in this role in Vienna in 1986, and then in Chicago and Berlin. Te Kanawa was more beautiful and glamorous, but no other Marschallin in my experience lived the role inside-out like her.
Her creamy, generous voice filled every demand put on it, she never had to put any pressure like Söderström, and the words were far more clear and articulated than with Te Kanawa, who on occasion swallowed consonants, often lots of them. Tomowa-Sintow made you care for the Marschallin, and when she gives up the Octavian she´s most affecting. In this 1995 ROH performance she´s untouched by time, the voice absolutely gorgeous, and it is a great pity that the same can not be said of Ann Murray as the Octavian, who under pressure can be shrill. No complaints about Barbara Bonney as Sophie, she is exquisite, and certainly no complaints about the commanding, sonorous Baron Ochs of Kurt Moll, who maybe isn´t as vulgar and lecherous as he should be, but who can complain about such a great voice.
Andrew Davis is an excellent Straussian, and the orchestra plays splendidly for him. The BBC sound has air and presence, it is very well recorded.
All in all, a most enjoyable Rosenkavalier.

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Post by Prometheus » Tue Nov 23, 2010 12:38 am

Fergus wrote: That one I would definitely be interested in....what is the verdict on it?
I obtained it as I'm a fan of AOF and solo organ. It does not disappoint. This is the only recording I have with Walcha who I have heard is pretty good in most other recordings.

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Post by Prometheus » Tue Nov 23, 2010 12:41 am

Gounod-Faust-Bonynge-Decca.

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Post by Chalkperson » Tue Nov 23, 2010 2:47 am

josé echenique wrote:
bombasticDarren wrote:Brahms - Piano Concerto No.1 (Nelson Freire/Riccardo Chailly, Gewandhausorchester, Decca)

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I´ d say the most satisfactory recording of the Brahms concertos post Gilels. This is a model in exemplary balance between piano and orchestra, and God, the playing of the Gewandhaus orchestra!!! Wow!!!!!
Yep, i'd agree with that...
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Post by Chalkperson » Tue Nov 23, 2010 2:49 am

Fergus wrote:
Jared wrote:
.... I have to declare with deep regret that I am now officially OUT OF SPACE in my CD storage unit... :( at one time, I never thought I'd fill it, but the seemingly impossible has happened, and I'm going to have to consider what to do next, given limited storage (I think that small area under the bed might end up being used!.. :shock: :? )
Chalkie,I bet, is going to advise you to rip to your hard drive and sell your CDs :lol:
Double Yep, that's the way to go, Apple released Air Tunes today, i'll write a little more about how important a development that is, at a later date...
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Tue Nov 23, 2010 5:41 am

Chalkperson wrote:
josé echenique wrote:
bombasticDarren wrote:Brahms - Piano Concerto No.1 (Nelson Freire/Riccardo Chailly, Gewandhausorchester, Decca)

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I´ d say the most satisfactory recording of the Brahms concertos post Gilels. This is a model in exemplary balance between piano and orchestra, and God, the playing of the Gewandhaus orchestra!!! Wow!!!!!
Yep, i'd agree with that...

Yes, it's great isn't it :-)

One of the few recordings from the past 5 or so years that sails to the top of the pile in it's repertoire IMHO

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Tue Nov 23, 2010 8:05 am

bombasticDarren wrote:
Chalkperson wrote:
josé echenique wrote:
bombasticDarren wrote:Brahms - Piano Concerto No.1 (Nelson Freire/Riccardo Chailly, Gewandhausorchester, Decca)

I´ d say the most satisfactory recording of the Brahms concertos post Gilels. This is a model in exemplary balance between piano and orchestra, and God, the playing of the Gewandhaus orchestra!!! Wow!!!!!
Yep, i'd agree with that...

Yes, it's great isn't it :-)

One of the few recordings from the past 5 or so years that sails to the top of the pile in it's repertoire IMHO
Oh, a Brahms recording that I might enjoy?
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by johnQpublic » Tue Nov 23, 2010 11:14 am

Sullivan - Overture to "Yeomen of the Guard" (Faris/Nimbus)
Elgar/Payne - Symphony #3 (Daniel/Naxos)
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by absinthe » Tue Nov 23, 2010 11:37 am

Fergus wrote:
absinthe wrote:The recent talk of this composer Vorzhak prompted me to play my Living Presence rec of Janos Starker performing the Concerto Op104. Why not, I thought?

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What a beautiful sound!


(The Concerto is quite good too)
I love to listen to music played on the cello and I have only recently "discovered" Janos Starker by buying his JS Bach cello suites. I was instantly won over and he is now a cellist that I will consider for all of the works that he performs which interest me :D
Much the same here, Fergus. I also love the sound of the cello and tried his recordings of the Lalo, Schumann and Saint-Saens Concerti. I was already acquainted with Mercury's "Living Presence" recordings and found the sound quality superb with his artistry overwhelming. That led me to the Bach Suites though I'm no huge Bach fan! He's become my cellist of choice, too. :)

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Post by maestrob » Tue Nov 23, 2010 11:50 am

absinthe wrote:
Fergus wrote:
absinthe wrote:The recent talk of this composer Vorzhak prompted me to play my Living Presence rec of Janos Starker performing the Concerto Op104. Why not, I thought?

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What a beautiful sound!


(The Concerto is quite good too)
I love to listen to music played on the cello and I have only recently "discovered" Janos Starker by buying his JS Bach cello suites. I was instantly won over and he is now a cellist that I will consider for all of the works that he performs which interest me :D
Much the same here, Fergus. I also love the sound of the cello and tried his recordings of the Lalo, Schumann and Saint-Saens Concerti. I was already acquainted with Mercury's "Living Presence" recordings and found the sound quality superb with his artistry overwhelming. That led me to the Bach Suites though I'm no huge Bach fan! He's become my cellist of choice, too. :)
I've lived with the reel-to-reel recording of that since it was first issued by Ampex, and it's my favorite version of the cello concerto. Mercury sure knew how to make excellent recordings in their day!

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Tue Nov 23, 2010 12:09 pm

Seán wrote:Oh, a Brahms recording that I might enjoy?
I think there's a reasonable chance of that Sean :wink:

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Tue Nov 23, 2010 12:10 pm

Britten - 'Young Apollo' (Steven Osborne/Ilan Volkov, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Hyperion)

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Post by maestrob » Tue Nov 23, 2010 12:24 pm

bombasticDarren wrote:Britten - 'Young Apollo' (Steven Osborne/Ilan Volkov, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Hyperion)

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Yes!!

Highly recommended! :D

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