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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Sat Dec 04, 2010 4:26 pm

Some seasonally appropriate music tonight....

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by johnQpublic » Sat Dec 04, 2010 5:06 pm

Suppe - Overture to "Unter der Erde" (Pollack/Marco Polo)
Grieg - Two Melodies, Op. 53 (Jarvi/DG)
Glinka - Premiere Polka (Svetlanov/Regis)
Glazunov - Symphony #5 (Serebrier/Warner)
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Sat Dec 04, 2010 7:04 pm

Listening to Lance's tribute too Karl Henning.
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Sat Dec 04, 2010 7:12 pm

Seán wrote:Listening to Lance's tribute too Karl Henning.
I'll keep you company Seán if I can stay awake :D

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Prometheus » Sat Dec 04, 2010 7:15 pm

Fergus wrote:
Seán wrote:Listening to Lance's tribute too Karl Henning.
I'll keep you company Seán if I can stay awake :D
Me three! :)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Sat Dec 04, 2010 7:48 pm

Prometheus wrote:
Fergus wrote:
Seán wrote:Listening to Lance's tribute too Karl Henning.
I'll keep you company Seán if I can stay awake :D
Me three! :)
Stay awake? Lads, I'm a night owl and I'm never in bed before two at the weekend.
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Post by karlhenning » Sat Dec 04, 2010 7:52 pm

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Sat Dec 04, 2010 7:52 pm

Seán wrote:Stay awake? Lads, I'm a night owl and I'm never in bed before two at the weekend.
I am the polar opposite Seán....I was up at 7.30 am this morning....listening to music of course :roll:

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Sat Dec 04, 2010 8:10 pm

Fergus wrote:
Seán wrote:Stay awake? Lads, I'm a night owl and I'm never in bed before two at the weekend.
I am the polar opposite Seán....I was up at 7.30 am this morning....listening to music of course :roll:
I LOVE to listen to music first thing in the morning, it soothes the savage beast in me.
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Prometheus » Sat Dec 04, 2010 8:18 pm

Seán wrote:
Fergus wrote:
Seán wrote:Stay awake? Lads, I'm a night owl and I'm never in bed before two at the weekend.
I am the polar opposite Seán....I was up at 7.30 am this morning....listening to music of course :roll:
I LOVE to listen to music first thing in the morning, it soothes the savage beast in me.
First thing in the morning and last thing at night for me. :)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Prometheus » Sat Dec 04, 2010 8:20 pm

Dvorak-Stabat Mater and Legends-Kubelik-DG.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Sun Dec 05, 2010 6:25 am

Seán wrote:
Fergus wrote:I LOVE to listen to music first thing in the morning, it soothes the savage beast in me.
Steady on Seán....do not show the World your true colours :shock:

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Sun Dec 05, 2010 6:26 am

Prometheus wrote:Dvorak-Stabat Mater and Legends-Kubelik-DG.

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That is not a work that I know very well....perhaps I will check out that Kubelik version :idea:

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Sun Dec 05, 2010 6:27 am

Of the appropriate cantata for the second Sunday in Advent, BWV 70a, only fragments survive. JSB incorporated the original version into a bigger scale work, BWV 70.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Sun Dec 05, 2010 8:20 am

Soler – Sonatas for Harpsichord....

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There is some really very good music on this CD. The playing and the recording are both very good and the harpsichord does sound very well balanced.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Sun Dec 05, 2010 9:39 am

Mahler - Symphony No.4 (Sarah Fox/Charles Mackerras, Philharmonia Orchestra, Signum Classics)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Sun Dec 05, 2010 9:42 am

Fergus wrote:
Prometheus wrote:Dvorak-Stabat Mater and Legends-Kubelik-DG.

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That is not a work that I know very well....perhaps I will check out that Kubelik version :idea:
I have it, it is beautifully recorded and played and like almost all religious music I can listen to it in small doses. I would imagine that you would like it Fergus.
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Donaldopato » Sun Dec 05, 2010 9:49 am

Back to Bernstein from the Symphony Edition set:

Mahler Symphony # 9 NYP

Been ages since I heard this recording, the 1965 performance holds up well.
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Sun Dec 05, 2010 10:15 am

bombasticDarren wrote:Mahler - Symphony No.4 (Sarah Fox/Charles Mackerras, Philharmonia Orchestra, Signum Classics)

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That's an interesting one. What do you make of it Darren?
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Sun Dec 05, 2010 11:51 am

Seán wrote:
Fergus wrote:
Prometheus wrote:Dvorak-Stabat Mater and Legends-Kubelik-DG.

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That is not a work that I know very well....perhaps I will check out that Kubelik version :idea:
I have it, it is beautifully recorded and played and like almost all religious music I can listen to it in small doses. I would imagine that you would like it Fergus.
Two other like-minded souls have and obviously like it so it is promoted to the Wish List 8)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Sun Dec 05, 2010 11:52 am

Some lovely genteel music to accompany me on a walk in the ice and snow this afternoon....

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Post by johnQpublic » Sun Dec 05, 2010 11:55 am

Salieri - Overture to "Angiolina" (Bamert/Chandos)
Beethoven - String Quartet #10 (Talich/Calliope)
Berlioz - La Mort de Cleopatre (Davis/London)
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Sun Dec 05, 2010 1:28 pm

Beethoven - Violin Sonata No.6 (Isabelle Faust/Alexander Melnikov, Harmonia Mundi)

Britten - 'The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra' (Libor Pesek, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Virgin Classics)

Saint-Saens -Violin Concerto No.3 (Philippe Graffin/Martyn Brabbins, BBC Scotland Symphony Orchestra, Hyperion) below

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Sun Dec 05, 2010 1:30 pm

Seán wrote:
bombasticDarren wrote:Mahler - Symphony No.4 (Sarah Fox/Charles Mackerras, Philharmonia Orchestra, Signum Classics)

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That's an interesting one. What do you make of it Darren?
Highly enjoyable Sean. Following a great review in IRR I thought it might be worth a shot :)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Donaldopato » Sun Dec 05, 2010 1:37 pm

Nielsen Symphony # 3 and 5

Bernstein Royal Danish SO (3) NYP 5.

Classic performances that I have not heard in ages. Not a big fan of Nielsen, but Bernstein plays the hell out of # 3 and does an incredible job in #5, the only Nielsen symphony that I find totally interesting.
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Post by Fergus » Sun Dec 05, 2010 5:03 pm

bombasticDarren wrote:
Seán wrote:
bombasticDarren wrote:Mahler - Symphony No.4 (Sarah Fox/Charles Mackerras, Philharmonia Orchestra, Signum Classics)

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That's an interesting one. What do you make of it Darren?
Highly enjoyable Sean. Following a great review in IRR I thought it might be worth a shot :)

I love M4 and I really like Mackerras' work......

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Post by Fergus » Sun Dec 05, 2010 5:04 pm

Two very different, contrasting works; Shostakovich String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2 played by the Borodin Quartet....

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Post by Chalkperson » Sun Dec 05, 2010 8:49 pm

Fergus wrote:I love M4 and I really like Mackerras' work......
All his recordings in that series are worthy of your time and money... :wink:
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Post by Prometheus » Mon Dec 06, 2010 12:34 am

Fergus wrote:
Seán wrote:
Fergus wrote:
Prometheus wrote:Dvorak-Stabat Mater and Legends-Kubelik-DG.
That is not a work that I know very well....perhaps I will check out that Kubelik version :idea:
I have it, it is beautifully recorded and played and like almost all religious music I can listen to it in small doses. I would imagine that you would like it Fergus.
Two other like-minded souls have and obviously like it so it is promoted to the Wish List 8)
Cool. 8) Hope you like it. The orchestral version of Legends is a nice bonus to the set as well.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Prometheus » Mon Dec 06, 2010 12:36 am

Dvorak-Legends for Piano Four Hands-Matthies and Kohn-Naxos.

Listened to the four hand version of Legends after the orchestral one yesterday. Of the 10 pieces number 4 is my favorite.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by val » Mon Dec 06, 2010 5:07 am

J S BACH: Cantatas BWV 13, 73, 81 & 144 / La Petite Bande, Kuijken

Splendid direction of Sigiswald Kuijken and very good soloists. The problem is in the option of replacing the Choir by the voice of the four soloists, a minimalist choice that doesn't convince me.

Anyway, very good versions of the BWV 13 and 81. In the BWV 144 I miss the presence of a real choir in the first number ("Nimm was dein ist").

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by maestrob » Mon Dec 06, 2010 11:56 am

Bruckner VI: Solti/Chicago

A great recording: my other two are Steinberg and Klemperer. Solti/Chicago has the best sound, but the others are equally fine interpretations.

Mendelssohn Overtures: Marriner ASMF.

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Post by johnQpublic » Mon Dec 06, 2010 12:01 pm

Enescu - Concert Overture in A (Mandeal/Arte Nova)
Shostakovich - Symphony #5 (Jarvi/Chandos)
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Post by Seán » Mon Dec 06, 2010 2:10 pm

maestrob wrote:Bruckner VI: Solti/Chicago

A great recording: my other two are Steinberg and Klemperer.
The Klemperer Bruckner Six was my first Bruckner recording, I was hugely impressed by it, it gave me a taste for more of the same.
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Post by bombasticDarren » Mon Dec 06, 2010 2:21 pm

Beethoven - Symphony No.5 (Arturo Toscanini, NBC Symphony Orchestra, RCA)

Chopin - Piano Concerto No.2 (Krystian Zimerman, Polish Festival Orchestra, DG) below

Wagner - 'Siegfried Idyll' (Otto Klemperer, Philharmonia Orchestra, EMI)

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Post by bombasticDarren » Mon Dec 06, 2010 3:25 pm

Ravel - 'Daphnis et Chloe' (Charles Munch, New England Conservatory Chorus and Alumni Chorus/Boston Symphony Orchestra, RCA)

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Post by Fergus » Mon Dec 06, 2010 4:51 pm

bombasticDarren wrote:Beethoven - Symphony No.5 (Arturo Toscanini, NBC Symphony Orchestra, RCA)
I trust that you and Toscanini are becoming good friends Darren :D

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Post by Fergus » Mon Dec 06, 2010 4:52 pm

Lully – Les Comedies-ballets performed by Les Musiciens du Louvre/Minkowski....

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This is great music making.

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Post by Seán » Mon Dec 06, 2010 5:17 pm

bombasticDarren wrote:Ravel - 'Daphnis et Chloe' (Charles Munch, New England Conservatory Chorus and Alumni Chorus/Boston Symphony Orchestra, RCA)
It's a lovely recording.
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Post by johnQpublic » Tue Dec 07, 2010 10:40 am

Rossini - Overture to "Semiramide" (Abbado/DG)
Reznicek - Schlemihl (Jurowski/cpo)
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Post by maestrob » Tue Dec 07, 2010 11:05 am

Beethoven Sonatas, Vol I: Russell Sherman

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#1, 16, & 32

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Post by bombasticDarren » Tue Dec 07, 2010 4:38 pm

Roussel - Symphony No.3 (Charles Munch, Orchestre de l'Association des Concerts Lamoureux, Warner Elatus)

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Post by bombasticDarren » Tue Dec 07, 2010 4:39 pm

Fergus wrote:
bombasticDarren wrote:Beethoven - Symphony No.5 (Arturo Toscanini, NBC Symphony Orchestra, RCA)
I trust that you and Toscanini are becoming good friends Darren :D
Very much so Fergus. Only disappointment so far has been the 4th :?

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Post by Donaldopato » Tue Dec 07, 2010 5:58 pm

Bernstein NYP Sibelius Symphony # 1 and 6
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Post by RebLem » Tue Dec 07, 2010 9:42 pm

In recent days, I have been listening to

CD 1 of 8 CD DGG set of the complege DGG recordings of Monique Haas, pianist. Mozart: Piano Concerto 14 in E Flat Major, K. 449 (22:04)--Ferdinand Leitner, cond. Berlin Philharmonic. Rec 18-20 Dec 1957 |Sonata for Piano Duet in B Flat Major, K. 358 (186c) (12:34) |Sonata for Piano Duet in D Major, K. 381 (123a) (10:18 ) |Sonata for 2 pianos in D Major, K. 448 (375a) (20:20)--Heinz Schröter, piano II, rec. 1955-7.

Haydn: String Quartet in E Flat Major, Op. 0 (17:24) |String Quartet in B Flat Major, Op. 1/1 (17:05) |String Quartet in E Flat Major, Op. 1/2 (19;43) |String Quartet in D Major, Op. 1/3 (15:27)--The Angeles String Quartet, CD 1 of a 21 CD set of the complete Haydn string quartets--Philips, rec. 4/1994--6/1999, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Belvedere, CA.

Dvorák: Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95 "From the New World" (40:18 ) |Smetana: Vlatava (from Ma Vlast)--Mariss Jansons, cond. Oslo Philharmonic--CD 3 of 3 CD EMI set of the Dvorák Symphonies 5 and 7-9 + Othello Overture and Scherzo capriccioso. Rec 11/1988.

Britten: Albert Herring, comic opera in 3 acts, Op. 39 (137:56)--Benjamin Britten, cond. English Chamber Orch., Sheila Rex, Mrs. Herring, Peter Pears, Albert, her son, and various other roles played by Sylvia Fischer, Johanna Peters, John Noble, Own Brannigan, Edgar Evans, April Cantelo, Joseph Ward, Catherine Wilson, Sheila Amit, Anne Pashley, & Stephen Terry--CDs 1 & 2 of 8 CD set of "Britten Operas I," also featuring Billy Budd, Owen Wingrave, & Peter Grimes. Rec. 4/1964 Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh. First performed Glyndebourne 20 June 1947.

Reviews:

The Monique Haas Mozart recordings are very good. Leitner is one of those big orchestra Mozarteans; not much in the way of up to date scholarship here. The real pieces of interest are the sonatas on this CD, which are excellent. Recommended with reservations.

I have had this box of the Haydn Quartets by The Angeles String Quartet for about 2 years now, and I am just now beginning to listen to them. CD 1 of the set is an auspicious beginning. Crystal clear, impeccably recorded with just the right acoustical ambience, microphone not too close and not too far away. My favorites are the Op. 1/1 and Op. 1/3. The Angeles players tend toward a more than usually romantic phrasing of the slow movements, which are soaringly lyrical here. Highly recommended.

The Mariss Jansons disc contains an extroverted and energetic performance of the New World Symphony. Nothing wrong with it, but somehow Bohemia's fertile fields and those of northeast Iowa, where Dvorák spent his summers while in the US, do not translate well in fjord country. It just doesn't have that central Euopean or Midwestern soul, or any sort of ruminative sense of what its all about.

Albert Herring is the only comic opera in this box; the other 3 operas are on more serious subjects. The setting is Loxford, a small market town in East Suffolk, April and May, 1900. The characters are all merchants and other leading citizens (the mayor, the police superintendent, the head teacher at the local school) and their children, both adult and otherwise. Mrs. Herring is a local grocer who dominates her son in a rather overbearing manner. The leading citizens meet to choose a Queen or King of the May for the upcoming festival, and choose Albert Herring. His mother is pleased, he less so, but the attention grows on him, and he manages to acquire enough independence to rebel and dip into the till and go on a little bender, and he will have none of his mother's attempts to reassert her control when he returns, even though she and the leading citizens had assumed he had met with foul play and was dead, because such behavior seemed to be so out of character for him. He cuts the apron strings, and the good guys live happily ever after, more or less.

Needless to say this is a fine performance conducted by the composer himself, who was a very fine conductor not only of his own works, but of those of others as well. It is also extremely well recorded. There is a little scene near the end of Act 2 in which a coin falls on a table or the floor or some hard surface, and spins around before it settles down. It was so realistic on my stereo that I thought at first that it was actually happening in my living room amd began looking around for a fallen, spinning coin! Highly recommended.
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Post by Chalkperson » Tue Dec 07, 2010 10:29 pm

Following someone's suggestion, I just played the Reiner/Rubinstein rendition of Brahm's First, to be honest i've heard better piano playing in a bar... :wink:
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Post by johnQpublic » Wed Dec 08, 2010 12:29 pm

Burtch - Overture: Aladdin (Penny/Marco Polo)
Hindemith - Kleine kammermusik (Syrinx Quintet/MDG)
Riisager - Etudes (ballet after Czerny) (Rozhdestvensky/Chandos)
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Post by bombasticDarren » Wed Dec 08, 2010 1:33 pm

Beethoven - Violin Sonata No.7 & No.8 (Isabelle Faust/Alexander Melnikov, Harmonia Mundi)

Brahms - Symphony No.2 (Charles Munch, Boston Symphony Orchestra, RCA/Sony) below

Walton - Violin Concerto (Ida Haendel/Paavo Berglund, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, EMI)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Jared » Wed Dec 08, 2010 2:53 pm

Seán wrote:
Fergus wrote:
Jared wrote: anyway folks.... just a quick note to say that I'm now out of here until Thursday. Am flying to Munich for a 3 day conference, later today...

happy listening, and will catch up on my return... 8)

Enjoy and be safe :D
Jared, pay a visit to Ludwig Beck, you won't be disappointed.
hi folks... have just got back; absolutely knackered. no Ludwig Beck I'm afraid, but I did manage a lovely walk around the parkland and river, in the snow and -10 degrees, before the conference started... after that it was a really heavy programme.. :(

that said, I have managed to listen to my Mozart Violin Sonata boxset in the car, there and back to/from the airport.. :)

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