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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Mon Jan 03, 2011 5:12 am

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Oh dear, do I have to wait until the 6th to enjoy the last part? No, I won't! :)
Enjoying it so....good for you 8)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

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One for the Wish List for me I think :idea:

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Mon Jan 03, 2011 5:16 am

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
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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.
Try Mackerras :wink:

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Mon Jan 03, 2011 5:19 am

Charpentier – Te Deum....

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This is a wonderful performance!

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by val » Mon Jan 03, 2011 5:23 am

JOHANN STRAUSS: Walzer / RIAS Orchestra, Ferenc Fricsay (1950/1952)

One of the greatest recordings of this repertory, with the one of Clemens Krauss. The technical conditions are very acceptable.

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Post by bombasticDarren » Mon Jan 03, 2011 5:52 am

Brahms

Serenade No.2 (Adrian Boult, London Philharmonic Orchestra, EMI)

String Sextet No.1 (The Raphael Ensemble, Hyperion)

Symphony No.3 (Eugen Jochum, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, DG) below

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by josé echenique » Mon Jan 03, 2011 8:52 am

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A priceless recording.

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Post by bombasticDarren » Mon Jan 03, 2011 9:30 am

Beethoven

'7 Variations on 'Bei Mannern, welche Liebe fuhlen'' & '12 Variations on 'Ein Madchen oder Weibchen'' (Pablo Casals/Rudol Serkin, Sony Classical) below

Piano Concerto No.5 'Emperor' (Paul Lewis/Jiri Belohlavek, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Harmonia Mundi)

Symphony No.9 'Choral' (Eileen Farrell/Nan Merriman/Jan Peerce/Norman Scott/Arturo Toscanini, Robert Shaw Chorale/NBC Symphony Orchestra, RCA)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by johnQpublic » Mon Jan 03, 2011 11:05 am

Zelenka - Overture to "Capriccio #3" (Sonnentheil/cpo)
J. S. Bach - English Suite #6 (Piricone/Scandinavian Classics)
Boismortier - Concerto #6 for 5 Recorders without Basso Continuo (Musica Dolce/BIS)
Barsanti - Concerto Grosso #1 (Auser Musici/Tactus)
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Mon Jan 03, 2011 11:09 am

My favourite purchases of 2010, Number 6.

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Gustav Mahler
Das Lied von der Erde

Richard Lewis
Maureen Forrester
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Fritz Reiner - conducting.


I had to decide between the Klemperer and the Reiner led performances and as I listen to Reiner's more often than Klemperer I choose the Reiner recording.
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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 » Mon Jan 03, 2011 11:25 am

maestrob wrote:Image
That's a terrific set, it's a real pity that Abbado did not complete the cycle of London Symphonies.
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Mon Jan 03, 2011 3:39 pm

Seán wrote:My favourite purchases of 2010, Number 6.

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Gustav Mahler
Das Lied von der Erde

Richard Lewis
Maureen Forrester
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Fritz Reiner - conducting.


I had to decide between the Klemperer and the Reiner led performances and as I listen to Reiner's more often than Klemperer I choose the Reiner recording.
That's a performance that I have not heard much about Sean - it might warrant investigation :wink:

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Mon Jan 03, 2011 3:40 pm

Sibelius - Symphony No.1 (Osmo Vanska, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, BIS)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Mon Jan 03, 2011 4:34 pm

Bartok – Piano Concerto No. 1....

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Mon Jan 03, 2011 5:47 pm

bombasticDarren wrote:Sibelius - Symphony No.1 (Osmo Vanska, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, BIS)
Did you enjoy the First Symphony Darren? I really like Vanska's work.
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Mon Jan 03, 2011 5:48 pm

Fergus wrote:Bartok – Piano Concerto No. 1....

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It's great stuff, though I prefer the Abbado/CSO/Pollini performance.
Seán

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by josé echenique » Mon Jan 03, 2011 7:41 pm

Seán wrote:
bombasticDarren wrote:Sibelius - Symphony No.1 (Osmo Vanska, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, BIS)
Did you enjoy the First Symphony Darren? I really like Vanska's work.
Vanska´s is my preferred Sibelius cycle.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Donaldopato » Mon Jan 03, 2011 9:25 pm

josé echenique wrote:
Seán wrote:
bombasticDarren wrote:Sibelius - Symphony No.1 (Osmo Vanska, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, BIS)
Did you enjoy the First Symphony Darren? I really like Vanska's work.
Vanska´s is my preferred Sibelius cycle.
I am in the minority, I didn't really get all that excited about Vanska's Sibelius. I still prefer Davis/BSO and Bernstein.
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Post by Donaldopato » Mon Jan 03, 2011 9:27 pm

Speaking of Bernstein:

Mahler Symphony # 10 Adagio
Mendelssohn Symphony # 3 "Scottish"

Bernstein NYP

strange disc mates, but that is how the Bernstein Symphony Edition paired them. Oh I wish Bernstein had recorded a complete Mahler 10... :(
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Prometheus » Tue Jan 04, 2011 12:46 am

Haydn-Complete String Quartets-Angeles String Quartet-Phillips.

Over the course of the past few days I have listened to this 21 disc box set in order. Much enjoyed! :)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by johnQpublic » Tue Jan 04, 2011 11:31 am

Volkmann - Richard III Overture (Albert/cpo)
Joachim - Violin Concerto #2 "In the Hungarian Style" (Oliviera/IMP)
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Tue Jan 04, 2011 12:00 pm

Dvorak - Symphony No.7 (Christoph von Dohnanyi, The Cleveland Orchestra, Decca)

Szymanowski - String Quartet No.1 & No.2 (Goldner String Quartet, Naxos)

Wagner - 'Tristan und Isolde - Act 1' (Birgit Nilsson/Wolfgang Windgassen/Christa Ludwig/Martti Talvela/Eberhard Waechter/Karl Bohm, Chor und Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, DG) below

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Tue Jan 04, 2011 12:07 pm

Seán wrote:
bombasticDarren wrote:Sibelius - Symphony No.1 (Osmo Vanska, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, BIS)
Did you enjoy the First Symphony Darren? I really like Vanska's work.
I did enjoy it Sean - I thought the performance had great energy so my expectations for the Vanska Beethoven set I am soon receiving are raised :wink:

That said, Vanska's Sibelius set feels to me a little overrated :? . When I first got into Sibelius all the guides and messageboards pointed towards Vanska as the real deal, and up to a point it is a very fine cycle. But I do prefer the Colin Davis Boston set on Philips that got me started on Sibelius originally - I come back to it over and over :)

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Post by maestrob » Tue Jan 04, 2011 12:32 pm

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Today, it's concerti I & II, exquisitely done, as were the later ones which I heard first. The attention to orchestral detail is astonishing: these are beautiful performances equal or surpassing the best I've heard. Magnificent piano playing as well, of course.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Tue Jan 04, 2011 1:32 pm

maestrob wrote:Image

Today, it's concerti I & II, exquisitely done, as were the later ones which I heard first. The attention to orchestral detail is astonishing: these are beautiful performances equal or surpassing the best I've heard. Magnificent piano playing as well, of course.
I thought it was a wonderful set maestrob :D

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Tue Jan 04, 2011 2:19 pm

Bruckner - Symphony No.5 (Guiseppe Sinopoli, Staatskapelle Dresden, DG)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Tue Jan 04, 2011 2:54 pm

bombasticDarren wrote:
Seán wrote:
bombasticDarren wrote:Sibelius - Symphony No.1 (Osmo Vanska, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, BIS)
Did you enjoy the First Symphony Darren? I really like Vanska's work.
I did enjoy it Sean - I thought the performance had great energy so my expectations for the Vanska Beethoven set I am soon receiving are raised :wink:

That said, Vanska's Sibelius set feels to me a little overrated :? . When I first got into Sibelius all the guides and messageboards pointed towards Vanska as the real deal, and up to a point it is a very fine cycle. But I do prefer the Colin Davis Boston set on Philips that got me started on Sibelius originally - I come back to it over and over :)
I agree with you that it does have great energy and I might add dynamic range too, that said my favourite cycle now is the Bernstein/NYPO set of recordings. I haven't listened - at any great length - to the Maazel/VPO cycle and from what I can make out that set sounds really good too.
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bombasticDarren wrote:
maestrob wrote:Image

Today, it's concerti I & II, exquisitely done, as were the later ones which I heard first. The attention to orchestral detail is astonishing: these are beautiful performances equal or surpassing the best I've heard. Magnificent piano playing as well, of course.
I thought it was a wonderful set maestrob :D
I agree, the best since Perahia/Haitink...
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Tue Jan 04, 2011 5:09 pm

Seán wrote:
Fergus wrote:Bartok – Piano Concerto No. 1....

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It's great stuff, though I prefer the Abbado/CSO/Pollini performance.
I have to confess that I still do not fully comprehend this music though I will continue to persist :roll:

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Tue Jan 04, 2011 5:11 pm

bombasticDarren wrote: Image
I notice that you are delving deeper and deeper into Wagner Darren.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Tue Jan 04, 2011 5:11 pm

Chalkperson wrote:
bombasticDarren wrote:
maestrob wrote:Image

Today, it's concerti I & II, exquisitely done, as were the later ones which I heard first. The attention to orchestral detail is astonishing: these are beautiful performances equal or surpassing the best I've heard. Magnificent piano playing as well, of course.
I thought it was a wonderful set maestrob :D
I agree, the best since Perahia/Haitink...
I've just ordered a copy of it.
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Tue Jan 04, 2011 5:12 pm

Fergus wrote:
Seán wrote:
Fergus wrote:Bartok – Piano Concerto No. 1....

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It's great stuff, though I prefer the Abbado/CSO/Pollini performance.
I have to confess that I still do not fully comprehend this music though I will continue to persist :roll:
As Ciaran said, "it's like Stravinsky on steroids". :lol:
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Post by Fergus » Tue Jan 04, 2011 5:22 pm

Seán wrote:As Ciaran said, "it's like Stravinsky on steroids". :lol:
He was very accurate....as he usually is :wink:

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Post by Seán » Tue Jan 04, 2011 6:23 pm

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Albert Roussel
Symphony No. 1

Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Stéphane Denève - conducting


This is a beautiful performance of Roussel's equivalent of the "4 seasons". The woodwinds in the first - winter - movement really shine, I thought. I will definitely return to this again and again.
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Tue Jan 04, 2011 6:25 pm

Fergus wrote:
Seán wrote:As Ciaran said, "it's like Stravinsky on steroids". :lol:
He was very accurate....as he usually is :wink:
True, and if you want the full WHAM effect there's none better than Abbado/CSO with Pollini. :D
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by josé echenique » Tue Jan 04, 2011 8:13 pm

bombasticDarren wrote:Bruckner - Symphony No.5 (Guiseppe Sinopoli, Staatskapelle Dresden, DG)

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That´s my favourite recording of the Fifth, the playing of the Staatskapelle is out of this World. I think it´s by far the best recording in Sinopoli´s Bruckner cycle, what a pity he died soon afterwards. :(

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Post by Donaldopato » Tue Jan 04, 2011 8:38 pm

Lutoslawski: Concerto for Orchestra Music Funebre, Mi-Parti

Tortelier BBC SO Chandos
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Post by johnQpublic » Wed Jan 05, 2011 1:25 pm

Mozart - Overture to "Cosi fan tutte" (Marriner/EMI)
Mahler - Symphony #3 (Jarvi/Chandos)
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Wed Jan 05, 2011 2:33 pm

My favourite purchases of 2010, Number 7.

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Einojuhani Rautavaara
Symphony No. 3

Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra
Max Pommer - conducting.


Quirky, refreshing and thoroughly enjoyable, the music of Rautavaara is a real treat.
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Wed Jan 05, 2011 3:21 pm

Seán wrote:
Fergus wrote:
Seán wrote:As Ciaran said, "it's like Stravinsky on steroids". :lol:
He was very accurate....as he usually is :wink:
True, and if you want the full WHAM effect there's none better than Abbado/CSO with Pollini. :D
I think that I have enough WHAM to be going on with thanks :wink:

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Post by Fergus » Wed Jan 05, 2011 3:23 pm

Seán wrote:Image
I must get some complete set of Rautavaara's symphonies....if not that one.

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Post by Fergus » Wed Jan 05, 2011 3:24 pm

Schubert – The “Trout” Quintet played by Domus....

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I bought this many years ago and I still play it regularly as it is a performance that continues to give much enjoyment.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Wed Jan 05, 2011 3:46 pm

Fergus wrote:Schubert – The “Trout” Quintet played by Domus....

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I bought this many years ago and I still play it regularly as it is a performance that continues to give much enjoyment.
I really will have to get some of Schubert's chamber music :oops: , I am particularly interested in catching a good trout too.
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Post by Fergus » Wed Jan 05, 2011 3:53 pm

The one above would be a good one to catch :wink:

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Post by ContrapunctusIX » Wed Jan 05, 2011 4:11 pm

Fergus wrote:
Seán wrote:
Fergus wrote:Bartok – Piano Concerto No. 1....

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It's great stuff, though I prefer the Abbado/CSO/Pollini performance.
I have to confess that I still do not fully comprehend this music though I will continue to persist :roll:
I might recommend that you move on to concertos 2 & 3, which are of better quality, and are more immediately accessible.

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Post by Chalkperson » Wed Jan 05, 2011 5:15 pm

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Great pair of discs, get Vol.2 if you do not already own it...
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Post by Fergus » Wed Jan 05, 2011 5:19 pm

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Great pair of discs, get Vol.2 if you do not already own it...
Yep....I agree ( I also own Vol. 2) :D

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