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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Sat Jan 01, 2011 10:57 am

Beethoven - Piano Concerto No.3 (Paul Lewis/Jiri Belohlavek, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Harmonia Mundi)

Faure - Violin Sonata No.1 (Krysia Osostowicz/SusanTomes, Helios)

Respighi - 'Gli uccelli', 'Ancient Airs and Dances - Suite No.1 & No.3' & 'Trittico botticelliano' (Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, DG) below

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Post by Donaldopato » Sat Jan 01, 2011 11:23 am

Interrupted my Beethoven with a suggestion from a friend I ran into this AM:

Berlioz Damnation of Faust
Marie-Ange Todorovitch, Alain Vernhes, René Schirrer, Philippe Gerard, Michael Myers
Jean-Claude Casadesus, Orchestre National de Lille

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Sat Jan 01, 2011 11:29 am

Seán wrote:
Fergus wrote:I recently got to listen to parts of the recording below and I was well impressed....

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Oh, I didn't realise that you had that, I'm a bit surprised actually as it is probably a big band approach. That said, I do really like Chailly and the Gewandhausorchester is a fabulous orchestra.
I do not actually have it Seán....I only got to listen to parts of it recently. However I am a fan of Chailly and I did like what I heard so I am considering it :D

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Post by Fergus » Sat Jan 01, 2011 11:32 am

josé echenique wrote:Image
That one is on my Wish List....should I get it José :D

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Post by Fergus » Sat Jan 01, 2011 11:35 am

Beethoven – Symphonies Nos. 5 Klemperer....

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Another fine performance but there was a first stumble in this cycle for me in the final movement which for me was played too slowly but, more importantly for me, it did not have enough bite or spirit to it.

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Post by bombasticDarren » Sat Jan 01, 2011 11:38 am

Fergus wrote:
josé echenique wrote:Image
That one is on my Wish List....should I get it José :D
Pardon me for jumping in :oops: - but you should get it Fergus as it provides a fresh perspective on a great work. One of my purchases of the year, I think :)

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Post by josé echenique » Sat Jan 01, 2011 12:31 pm

bombasticDarren wrote:
Fergus wrote:
josé echenique wrote:Image
That one is on my Wish List....should I get it José :D
Pardon me for jumping in :oops: - but you should get it Fergus as it provides a fresh perspective on a great work. One of my purchases of the year, I think :)
Darren is quite right Fergus, it´s a magnificent performance, very, very beautiful.
Even in a crowded field of great performances, because the mighty Missa Solemnis has been uncommonly well served by the gramophone, Herreweghe´s stands out.

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Post by johnQpublic » Sat Jan 01, 2011 1:22 pm

CDs

Strauss, Jr - Overture to "Die Fledermaus" (Walter/Marco Polo)
Lumbye - Final Galop from "Napoli" (Guth/Regis)
Schubert - Rondo in A for Piano 4-Hands, D.951 (Gulda & Hinterhuber/Naxos)
Waldteufel - Les Grenadiers Waltz (Swierczewski/Nimbus)
Lanner - Styrian Dances (Alban Berg Qrt/EMI)

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Josef Strauss - Fireproof Polka (Fiedler/RCA)
Tchaikovsky - Waltz from "Sleeping Beauty" [arr. for 4 Tubas] (Fletcher/Argo)
Kabelevsky - Comedian's Galop from "The Comedians" (Ormandy/Columbia)
G.H. Green - Chromatic Foxtrot (Eastman Marimba Band/Mercury)
Strauss, Jr. - Wiener Blut (Boskovsky/London)
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Post by bombasticDarren » Sat Jan 01, 2011 1:43 pm

Saint-Saens - Symphony No.3 'Organ' (Peter Hurford/Charles Dutoit, Orchestre symphonique de Montreal, Decca)

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Post by Seán » Sat Jan 01, 2011 3:16 pm

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Antonio Vivaldi
Bajazet Act One

Ildebrando D'Arcangelo (Bass Baritone), Marijana Mijanovic (Mezzo Soprano), Vivica Genaux (Mezzo Soprano), David Daniels (Counter Tenor), Elina Garanca (Mezzo Soprano), Patrizia Ciofi (Soprano)
Europa Galante
Fabio Biondi - conducting.


I was attracted to this particular performance because it is under the direction of (Fabulous) Biondi and it doesn't disappoint.
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Post by Seán » Sat Jan 01, 2011 3:20 pm

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Johann Sebastian Bach
Harpsichord Concerto in D minor BWV 1052

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Sviatoslav Richter piano
Vaclav Talich - conducting.


This is gorgeous vibrant music-making from Richter and the CPO under the direction of Talich, I love it.
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Sat Jan 01, 2011 3:25 pm

Fergus wrote:
Seán wrote:
Fergus wrote:I recently got to listen to parts of the recording below and I was well impressed....

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Oh, I didn't realise that you had that, I'm a bit surprised actually as it is probably a big band approach. That said, I do really like Chailly and the Gewandhausorchester is a fabulous orchestra.
I do not actually have it Seán....I only got to listen to parts of it recently. However I am a fan of Chailly and I did like what I heard so I am considering it :D
I think that I heard excerpts from that recording on CD Review, I'm not certain now, it was Chailly and the Gewandhausorchester playing Bach and I wasn't convinced by it, but that was just hearing it the one time and I'm not sure if it actually was the Oratorio or the Brandenburg's now that I think of it. :?
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Sat Jan 01, 2011 3:39 pm

Mahler - Symphony No.6 (Mariss Jansons, London Symphony Orchestra, LSO Live)

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Post by Fergus » Sat Jan 01, 2011 5:52 pm

josé echenique wrote:
bombasticDarren wrote:
Fergus wrote:
josé echenique wrote:Image
That one is on my Wish List....should I get it José :D
Pardon me for jumping in :oops: - but you should get it Fergus as it provides a fresh perspective on a great work. One of my purchases of the year, I think :)
Darren is quite right Fergus, it´s a magnificent performance, very, very beautiful.
Even in a crowded field of great performances, because the mighty Missa Solemnis has been uncommonly well served by the gramophone, Herreweghe´s stands out.
Thanks guys....straight onto the Wish List so!!

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Post by Fergus » Sat Jan 01, 2011 5:54 pm

Seán wrote: I was attracted to this particular performance because it is under the direction of (Fabulous) Biondi and it doesn't disappoint.
He rarely does IMHO :wink:

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Post by Fergus » Sat Jan 01, 2011 5:55 pm

bombasticDarren wrote:Saint-Saens - Symphony No.3 'Organ' (Peter Hurford/Charles Dutoit, Orchestre symphonique de Montreal, Decca)

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Now there is an interesting one....how did that one go Darren?

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Post by Fergus » Sat Jan 01, 2011 5:56 pm

Seán wrote:I do not actually have it Seán....I only got to listen to parts of it recently. However I am a fan of Chailly and I did like what I heard so I am considering it :D
I think that I heard excerpts from that recording on CD Review, I'm not certain now, it was Chailly and the Gewandhausorchester playing Bach and I wasn't convinced by it, but that was just hearing it the one time and I'm not sure if it actually was the Oratorio or the Brandenburg's now that I think of it. :?[/quote]

I will let you know if I decide to get it :wink:

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Sat Jan 01, 2011 5:58 pm

Prompted by a recent post by Darren; Tchaikovsky – Manfred Symphony....

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This is the only version that I have of this work.

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Post by mcq » Sat Jan 01, 2011 6:51 pm

First of all, a neglected masterpiece by Johann Hermann Schein and one of the finest things that Herreweghe has ever done (Harmonia Mundi).

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Then I played Minkowski's fabulous version of Gluck's Orphee et Eurydice (DG Archiv).

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Next was one of my favourite versions of Bach's Mass in B Minor, as conducted by Thomas Hengelbrock (Deutsche Harmonia Mundi).

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Lastly was Jan Dismas Zelenka's beautiful Missa Dei Patris as conducted by Frieder Bernius (Carus).

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What a wonderful day of music.

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Post by Chalkperson » Sat Jan 01, 2011 9:22 pm

Fergus wrote:
Seán wrote:
Fergus wrote:I recently got to listen to parts of the recording below and I was well impressed....

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Oh, I didn't realise that you had that, I'm a bit surprised actually as it is probably a big band approach. That said, I do really like Chailly and the Gewandhausorchester is a fabulous orchestra.
I do not actually have it Seán....I only got to listen to parts of it recently. However I am a fan of Chailly and I did like what I heard so I am considering it :D
I liked it, very much actually...
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Post by bricon » Sun Jan 02, 2011 2:39 am

Dvorak
Violin Concerto
Legends Op,59


Nordic Chamber Orchestra/Christian Lihdberg (c)
Richard Tognetti – violin

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Post by Fergus » Sun Jan 02, 2011 3:26 am

JSB – Cantatas BWV58 & BWV153 for the Sunday after New Year....

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Post by Fergus » Sun Jan 02, 2011 6:26 am

JS Bach - Christmas Oratorio part V....

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Post by Seán » Sun Jan 02, 2011 6:54 am

My favourite purchases of 2010, Number 1.

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Jan Dismas Zelenka
Capriccio No's 1, 2 & 3

Camerata Bern
Alexandr van Wijnkoop - conducting


This was one of my personal finds of 2010. Zelenka's music is beautifully played on this lovely collection of his orchestral works, and in particular, Barry Tuckwell's horn playing is very impressive throughout the entire set.
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Post by Seán » Sun Jan 02, 2011 8:38 am

My favourite purchases of 2010, Number 2.

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Jean Sibelius
Symphony No. 1

New York Philharmonic Orchestra
Leonard Bernstein - conducting.


I haven't yet listened to all of the music in this complation. This 60 CD set contains many really superb recordings not least of which is my favourite perfomance of Sibelius's First Symphony, it is a real pleasure to listen to.
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Post by Fergus » Sun Jan 02, 2011 9:00 am

R Strauss – Symphony for Wind Instruments and the Oboe Concerto in D....

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....wonderful, beguiling music :D

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by josé echenique » Sun Jan 02, 2011 9:26 am

Seán wrote:Image

Antonio Vivaldi
Bajazet Act One

Ildebrando D'Arcangelo (Bass Baritone), Marijana Mijanovic (Mezzo Soprano), Vivica Genaux (Mezzo Soprano), David Daniels (Counter Tenor), Elina Garanca (Mezzo Soprano), Patrizia Ciofi (Soprano)
Europa Galante
Fabio Biondi - conducting.


I was attracted to this particular performance because it is under the direction of (Fabulous) Biondi and it doesn't disappoint.
And besides the extraordinary Europa Galante just look at the lineup of singers!!!
Vivica Genaux´s spectacular big aria, which is not even by Vivaldi but by Broschi, Farinelli´s brother, would be reason enough to buy the recording.
If you enjoy Bajazet Sean, and I´m sure you will, you may want to investigate Vivaldi´s L´ Olimpiade, which I think is Vivaldi´s finest opera. There is a magnificent recording with Rinaldo Alessandrini and his Concerto Italiano and some fabulous singers like Sara Mingardo and Sonia Prina. Definitely worth buying :D

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Post by josé echenique » Sun Jan 02, 2011 9:48 am

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And since we are talking Baroque Opera I would like to say a few things about Domingo Bernabé Terradellas, a slightly younger contemporary of Vivaldi. He was born in Barcelona but studied mostly in Naples, so his style is 100% Neapolitan. He was very famous all over Europe and composed operas for London, Paris and Brussels among other cities. He died before he was 40, there is a story that he drowned himself in Rome after the failure of his last opera, but this story has never been confirmed.
Well, the good news is that he is being rediscovered, besides this opera there is a recital of opera arias with the group Dolce e Tempesta and soprano Maria Grazia Schiavo.
Terradellas was a very individual composer, with a personality all his own, his is really excellent music, distinctive, inspired and passionate, an important rediscovery I´d say.
I also have to praise the young group Real Opera de Cámara and the conductor Juan Bautista Otero, they already have some recordings to their credit and all are stylish, elegant and very well produced.
This is a fascinating and very enjoyable recording.

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Post by Seán » Sun Jan 02, 2011 10:03 am

josé echenique wrote:
Seán wrote:
Antonio Vivaldi
Bajazet Act One

Ildebrando D'Arcangelo (Bass Baritone), Marijana Mijanovic (Mezzo Soprano), Vivica Genaux (Mezzo Soprano), David Daniels (Counter Tenor), Elina Garanca (Mezzo Soprano), Patrizia Ciofi (Soprano)
Europa Galante
Fabio Biondi - conducting.


I was attracted to this particular performance because it is under the direction of (Fabulous) Biondi and it doesn't disappoint.
And besides the extraordinary Europa Galante just look at the lineup of singers!!!
Vivica Genaux´s spectacular big aria, which is not even by Vivaldi but by Broschi, Farinelli´s brother, would be reason enough to buy the recording.
If you enjoy Bajazet Sean, and I´m sure you will, you may want to investigate Vivaldi´s L´ Olimpiade, which I think is Vivaldi´s finest opera. There is a magnificent recording with Rinaldo Alessandrini and his Concerto Italiano and some fabulous singers like Sara Mingardo and Sonia Prina. Definitely worth buying :D
I do really like Bajazet, particularly Act One. I will see if I can get that copy of L´ Olimpiade, thanks José.
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Post by maestrob » Sun Jan 02, 2011 11:02 am

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The nuance and delicacy of Moravec's playing comes through beautifully on headphones. This is some of the best playing I've ever heard.

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Post by bombasticDarren » Sun Jan 02, 2011 1:27 pm

Beethoven - Piano Concerto No.4 (Paul Lewis/Jiri Belohlavek, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Harmonia Mundi)

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Post by bombasticDarren » Sun Jan 02, 2011 1:28 pm

Fergus wrote:
bombasticDarren wrote:Saint-Saens - Symphony No.3 'Organ' (Peter Hurford/Charles Dutoit, Orchestre symphonique de Montreal, Decca)

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Now there is an interesting one....how did that one go Darren?
It's a recording I have yet to gel with tbh :?

I like the piece - but prefer my Levine and Munch recordings :)

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Post by johnQpublic » Sun Jan 02, 2011 2:52 pm

LPs

Rossini - Overure to "Barber of Seville" (Karajan/Angel)
Beethoven - Piano Trio #6 (Istomin, Rose, Stern/Columbia)
Gretry - Suite de Ballet from "Cephale et Procris" (Strauss/Seraphim)
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Post by bombasticDarren » Sun Jan 02, 2011 3:03 pm

Schubert - Symphony No.9 'Great' (Georg Solti, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Decca)

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Post by Seán » Sun Jan 02, 2011 4:17 pm

bombasticDarren wrote:
Fergus wrote:
bombasticDarren wrote:Saint-Saens - Symphony No.3 'Organ' (Peter Hurford/Charles Dutoit, Orchestre symphonique de Montreal, Decca)

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Now there is an interesting one....how did that one go Darren?
It's a recording I have yet to gel with tbh :?

I like the piece - but prefer my Levine and Munch recordings :)
I agree, I have that recording, I'd like to get a copy of Levine's now that you mention it.
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Post by Seán » Sun Jan 02, 2011 4:36 pm

My favourite purchases of 2010, Number 3.

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Gustav Mahler
Symphony No. 3

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
James Levine - conducting.


Oh what a pleasure it is to strive to attain something like say a particular recording and to do so for three years and then to find it and when one listens to it to find that it actually exceeds one's expectations of it, to be able wallow in the sheer pleasure of it all and so it is with Levine's and the CSO's performance of Mahler's Third symphony AND in addition to that I get to listen to 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9 & 10 as well....JOY!
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Post by Seán » Sun Jan 02, 2011 4:43 pm

My favourite purchases of 2010, Number 4.

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Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Sonatas 12, 13, 14 & 15

Wilhelm Kempff piano.


To my ear this is music on a different plain to what I've heard before , it appears effortless and flows beautifully, what a wonderful collection of sonatas it is.
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Post by Seán » Sun Jan 02, 2011 4:47 pm

and Back to Bach:

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Johann Sebastian Bach
Christmas Oratorio Part 5

Bach Collegium Japan
Masaaki Suzuki - conducting


Oh dear, do I have to wait until the 6th to enjoy the last part? No, I won't! :)
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Post by Seán » Sun Jan 02, 2011 4:53 pm

bombasticDarren wrote:Schubert - Symphony No.9 'Great' (Georg Solti, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Decca)

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That is a realy great GREAT, it's my favourite.
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Post by Seán » Sun Jan 02, 2011 6:54 pm

My favourite purchases of 2010, Number 5.

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Ludwig van Bethoven
String Quartets 4 & 5

Budapest String Quartet.


I love this set. The recordings were made in the late fifties and have been beautifully remastered, they have given me an entirely different perspective on these great works.
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Post by Donaldopato » Sun Jan 02, 2011 6:55 pm

One of the more enjoyable works by Brahms (thanks to Arnold Schoenberg):

Piano Quartet in g op 25 arranged for Orchestra by Schoenberg

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Post by Seán » Sun Jan 02, 2011 6:57 pm

Donaldopato wrote:One of the more enjoyable works by Brahms (thanks to Arnold Schoenberg):

Piano Quartet in g op 25 arranged for Orchestra by Schoenberg

Craft Chicago, SO
Sony 78746
8)
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Post by Donaldopato » Sun Jan 02, 2011 7:06 pm

Seán wrote:
Donaldopato wrote:One of the more enjoyable works by Brahms (thanks to Arnold Schoenberg):

Piano Quartet in g op 25 arranged for Orchestra by Schoenberg

Craft Chicago, SO
Sony 78746
8)
What annoys me about Brahms is the dull, heavy orchestration of his orchestral works and the monotonous use of strings and middle range colors. Schoenberg throws this all out for a lighter, colorful texture.
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Post by Seán » Sun Jan 02, 2011 7:14 pm

Donaldopato wrote:
Seán wrote:
Donaldopato wrote:One of the more enjoyable works by Brahms (thanks to Arnold Schoenberg):

Piano Quartet in g op 25 arranged for Orchestra by Schoenberg

Craft Chicago, SO
Sony 78746
8)
What annoys me about Brahms is the dull, heavy orchestration of his orchestral works and the monotonous use of strings and middle range colors. Schoenberg throws this all out for a lighter, colorful texture.
That's what I find so difficult about his symphonies so I don't bother with them now. I will return to them.
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Post by Chalkperson » Sun Jan 02, 2011 7:42 pm

Seán wrote:
Donaldopato wrote:
Seán wrote:
Donaldopato wrote:One of the more enjoyable works by Brahms (thanks to Arnold Schoenberg):

Piano Quartet in g op 25 arranged for Orchestra by Schoenberg

Craft Chicago, SO
Sony 78746
8)
What annoys me about Brahms is the dull, heavy orchestration of his orchestral works and the monotonous use of strings and middle range colors. Schoenberg throws this all out for a lighter, colorful texture.
That's what I find so difficult about his symphonies so I don't bother with them now. I will return to them.
I'm slowly beginning to enjoy them, they are better than Schumann's, but only just, for me Symphonic Music ends with Beethoven and restarts with Bruckner, followed by Mahler and Shostakovich...
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Post by Seán » Sun Jan 02, 2011 7:45 pm

Chalkperson wrote:
Seán wrote:
Donaldopato wrote:
Seán wrote:
Donaldopato wrote:One of the more enjoyable works by Brahms (thanks to Arnold Schoenberg):

Piano Quartet in g op 25 arranged for Orchestra by Schoenberg

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What annoys me about Brahms is the dull, heavy orchestration of his orchestral works and the monotonous use of strings and middle range colors. Schoenberg throws this all out for a lighter, colorful texture.
That's what I find so difficult about his symphonies so I don't bother with them now. I will return to them.
I'm slowly beginning to enjoy them, they are better than Schumann's, but only just, for me Symphonic Music ends with Beethoven and restarts with Bruckner, followed by Mahler and Shostakovich...
What about Berlioz, Mendelssohn & Schubert then, and all of the Russian composers too?
Seán

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Donaldopato » Sun Jan 02, 2011 8:26 pm

Seán wrote:
Chalkperson wrote:
Seán wrote:
Donaldopato wrote:
Seán wrote:
Donaldopato wrote:One of the more enjoyable works by Brahms (thanks to Arnold Schoenberg):

Piano Quartet in g op 25 arranged for Orchestra by Schoenberg

Craft Chicago, SO
Sony 78746
8)
What annoys me about Brahms is the dull, heavy orchestration of his orchestral works and the monotonous use of strings and middle range colors. Schoenberg throws this all out for a lighter, colorful texture.
That's what I find so difficult about his symphonies so I don't bother with them now. I will return to them.
I'm slowly beginning to enjoy them, they are better than Schumann's, but only just, for me Symphonic Music ends with Beethoven and restarts with Bruckner, followed by Mahler and Shostakovich...
What about Berlioz, Mendelssohn & Schubert then, and all of the Russian composers too?

I am not much a fan of Mendelssohn but would add the colorful and sorely neglected Berwald.
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Chalkperson » Sun Jan 02, 2011 11:33 pm

Seán wrote:
Chalkperson wrote:
Seán wrote:
Donaldopato wrote:
Seán wrote:
Donaldopato wrote:One of the more enjoyable works by Brahms (thanks to Arnold Schoenberg):

Piano Quartet in g op 25 arranged for Orchestra by Schoenberg

Craft Chicago, SO
Sony 78746
8)
What annoys me about Brahms is the dull, heavy orchestration of his orchestral works and the monotonous use of strings and middle range colors. Schoenberg throws this all out for a lighter, colorful texture.
That's what I find so difficult about his symphonies so I don't bother with them now. I will return to them.
I'm slowly beginning to enjoy them, they are better than Schumann's, but only just, for me Symphonic Music ends with Beethoven and restarts with Bruckner, followed by Mahler and Shostakovich...
What about Berlioz, Mendelssohn & Schubert then, and all of the Russian composers too?
They are just more of the same, Bruckner, Mahler and Shostakovich broke new ground in the Symphonic Structure...
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Mon Jan 03, 2011 5:09 am

bombasticDarren wrote: It's a recording I have yet to gel with tbh :?

I like the piece - but prefer my Levine and Munch recordings :)
Interesting comments Darren; I was hoping that you could compare it to the Munch recording, which you did....thank you for that :D

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Mon Jan 03, 2011 5:11 am

bombasticDarren wrote: Image
I have not listened to that one in a long time....I must dig it out soon :wink:

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