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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Thu Jan 13, 2011 6:12 pm

Fergus, far be from me to try and put you off a set of recordings by Harnoncourt of all people but...

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Franz Schubert
Symphony No. 9

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Nikolaus Harnoncourt


I listened to the Harnoncourt take on the Great. In parts, particularly in the first and second movement I really liked it, however, it's when he gets to the (slow) Scherzo at a length of 14 minutes (compared to my bench mark recording by Solti/VPO at 10 minutes) that I feel that the symphony really drags. The fourth movement is played at a good tempo but again it is too restrained. It doesn't sweep me up like Bohm, Solti & Szell do. This is definitely not my first choice of the Ninth. I expect that others will differ though.
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Thu Jan 13, 2011 6:16 pm

OK Seán, thank you for your honest appraisal :wink:

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Thu Jan 13, 2011 6:20 pm

Fergus wrote:OK Seán, thank you for your honest appraisal :wink:
I'll listen to the Eigth tomorrow.
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Donaldopato » Thu Jan 13, 2011 6:53 pm

Martinu for the evening... starting with # 3 and then on to who knows which else. Probably not the 4th as it is being programed by our Symphony this weekend.

Martinu Complete Symphonies
Thomson Royal Scottish National Orchestra Chandos
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Prometheus » Fri Jan 14, 2011 12:28 am

Suk-Fantastic Scherzo / Summer Tale-Mackerras-Decca.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by johnQpublic » Fri Jan 14, 2011 11:20 am

Lully - Overture to "d'Alcidiane et Polexandre" (Mallon/Naxos)
Rameau - Gavotte avec 6 Doubles (Pinnock/Archiv)
Auber - Ballet from "La Muette de Portici" (Anderson/Sterling)
Thomas - Ophelia's Mad Scene from "Hamlet" (Dessay/EMI)
Saint-Saens - Romance, Op. 67 (Isserlis/RCA)
Poulenc - Concerto for Two Pianos & Orchestra (Douchable & Collard/Erato)
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Fri Jan 14, 2011 12:56 pm

Beethoven - Symphony No.7 (Osmo Vanska, Minnesota Orchestra,BIS) & No.5 (Kurt Masur, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Warner Apex) below

Brahms - 'Agnes', 'Dein blaues Auge halt so still', 'Regenlied', 'Ophelia-Lieder', 'Klage I','Klage II' & 'Des Liebsten Schwur' (Jessye Norman/Daniel Barenboim, DG)

Mendelsson - String Quartet No.5 (Melos Quartett, DG)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Fri Jan 14, 2011 2:40 pm

Beethoven - Symphony No.2 (Simon Rattle, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, EMI)

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

Zemlinsky - 'Lyric' Symphony (James Johnson/Vlatka Orsanic/Michael Gielen, SWR Symphony Orchestra, Arte Nova) below

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Fri Jan 14, 2011 4:27 pm

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I heard that work by Zemlinsky for the first time last year Darren and I really enjoyed....I intend to get more of his work.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Fri Jan 14, 2011 4:28 pm

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There is a real eclectic mix of music on this one!

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by johnQpublic » Fri Jan 14, 2011 4:36 pm

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Gershwin on mandolin. That one's a bit of a stretch. :D
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Fri Jan 14, 2011 4:44 pm

johnQpublic wrote: Gershwin on mandolin. That one's a bit of a stretch. :D

Indeed John but it is merely a transcription of "Preludes for Piano (1926)" apparently.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Donaldopato » Sat Jan 15, 2011 12:28 pm

Martinu:

Sinfonietta La Jolla
Toccata e due canzone
Concerto Grosso

Prague Chamber Orchestra (conductorless)

Supraphon 3958-2
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by johnQpublic » Sat Jan 15, 2011 12:31 pm

Kosslovski - Overture to "Fingal" (Yesipov/Chant du monde)
Kalinnikov - The Cedar and the Palm (Jarvi/Chandos)
Stravinsky - Petroushka (Boulez/Universal Classics)
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by ContrapunctusIX » Sat Jan 15, 2011 2:14 pm

Stravinsky: Jeu des Cartes; Danses Concertrantes; Scenes de Ballet
various ensembles & Robert Craft
Naxos

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Bartok: Piano Concertos
Budapest Festival Orchestra & Ivan Fischer
Andras Schiff, piano
Teldec

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Sat Jan 15, 2011 2:49 pm

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Antonín Dvorák
Symphony No. 9

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Rafael Kubelik - conducting.
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Sat Jan 15, 2011 3:19 pm

Brahms - 'Vom Strande', 'Salome', 'Madchenfluch', 'Alte Liebe', 'Romanzen und Lieder' & 'Madchenlied' (Jessye Norman/Daniel Barenboim, DG)

Schubert - String Quintet (Alban Berg Quartett/Heinrich Schiff, EMI) below

Sibelius - Symphony No.6 & No.7 (Lorin Maazel, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, London)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by CharmNewton » Sat Jan 15, 2011 3:59 pm

Schubert: Sonata in G major, Op. 78
Peter Serkin, pianist

RCA Victor LSC-2874 (LP)

Breaking in a new Stanton cartridge, listening to the Schubert sonata. Serkin was a teen-ager when he made this recording in c. 1966. His sound is very warm and full-bodied and his Schubert has much grace.

I don't know if Serkin is still active or how well remembered he is, but it would be nice for Sony/BMG to re-issue his early recordings.

John

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by johnQpublic » Wed Aug 03, 2011 10:47 am

Kern - Overture to "Very Warm for May" (McGlinn/EMI)
Lee - Morango..Almost a Tango (Kronos/Nonesuch)
Adams - Christian Zeal and Activity (de Waart/Nonesuch)
Lewis - Atto (composer/CRI)
Lazarof - Icarus (Schwartz/Delos)
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by maestrob » Wed Aug 03, 2011 11:07 am

CharmNewton wrote:Schubert: Sonata in G major, Op. 78
Peter Serkin, pianist

RCA Victor LSC-2874 (LP)

Breaking in a new Stanton cartridge, listening to the Schubert sonata. Serkin was a teen-ager when he made this recording in c. 1966. His sound is very warm and full-bodied and his Schubert has much grace.

I don't know if Serkin is still active or how well remembered he is, but it would be nice for Sony/BMG to re-issue his early recordings.

John
Peter Serkin is indeed quite active these days:

http://www.cmartists.com/artists/peter-serkin.htm
Highlights of Peter Serkin's recent and upcoming US appearances include performances with the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, Philadelphia and Minnesota Orchestras, and the Boston, Chicago, National, Detroit, St. Louis, Toronto, Cincinnati and Atlanta symphonies; recitals in Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Orchestra Hall in Chicago and New York's 92nd Street Y; and summer festival appearances at Ravinia, Aspen, Ojai, Caramoor, Tanglewood, Blossom, Saratoga and the Mann Center with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Internationally, in August and September of 2011, Mr. Serkin is the featured soloist at the Saito Kinen Festival in Matsumoto, Japan where he appears with both of the festival's orchestras led by Seiji Ozawa and Diego Matheuz and then tours China with the festival orchestras. He also plays recitals in Matsumoto, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. His recent and upcoming engagements in Europe include appearances with the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics, Deutsches Symphony Orchestra, Danish Radio Orchestra and the Bamberg Symphony.
I knew his sister Ursula briefly during the 1970's: she was a teacher in the NYC school system, and lacked an interest in being a performer herself.

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Post by bombasticDarren » Wed Aug 03, 2011 2:39 pm

Sibelius - Symphony No.7 (Neeme Jarvi, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, DG)

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Post by bombasticDarren » Wed Aug 03, 2011 2:40 pm

Milhaud - 'La Creation du monde' (Leonard Bernstein, Orchestre National de France, EMI)

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Post by bombasticDarren » Wed Aug 03, 2011 2:41 pm

Mozart - Piano Concerto No.23 (Maurizio Pollini/Karl Bohm, Vienna Philhamonic Orchestra, DG)

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Post by bombasticDarren » Wed Aug 03, 2011 3:01 pm

Beethoven - Piano Concerto No.4 (Pierre-Laurent Aimard/Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Teldec)

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Post by bombasticDarren » Wed Aug 03, 2011 3:39 pm

Beethoven - 'Egmont - Overture' & 'Coriolan - Overture' (David Zinman, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Arte Nova)

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Post by Donaldopato » Wed Aug 03, 2011 6:00 pm

In a bit of return to normalcy:

Shostakovich Symphony # 1 Ormandy/Philadelphia
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by josé echenique » Wed Aug 03, 2011 11:50 pm

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Well, no problem posting images, that´s good.
I reviewed this Terradellas opera just last week, and in these sad days of no CMG, I gave it another listen and liked it even more. A very enjoyable Neapolitan opera, fiendishly difficult to sing. At the end of the second act there´s an aria for Sesostri called "Se perde l´usignolo" sung by Sunhae Im that is so richly decorated, the tessitura so high, that it vies with Semele´s "Myself I shall adore".
Most of the singers in this recording are well known from several René Jacobs recordings: Sunhae Im, Alexandrina Pendatchanska and the sweet voiced tenor Kenneth Taver have all recorded for HM before and sing spectacularly well here.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by johnQpublic » Thu Aug 04, 2011 9:51 am

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Schubert - Italian Overture in D (Vaughn/RCA)
Sibelius - Kullervo (Berglund/Angel)
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Mark Harwood » Thu Aug 04, 2011 11:01 am

So, all that Incredible String Band stuff was just a bad dream.
That's a relief.

:wink:
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by maestrob » Thu Aug 04, 2011 11:13 am

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Boris Godunov: Christoff/Cluytens

Still a magnificent recording of the complete Rimsky version, including the actual bells of the Kremlin.

Evelyn Lear is magnificent as Marina, as is Dmitr Ouzounov as Dmitri. Christoff also sings the role of Pimen, using a different microphone, which is highly effective in the confrontation between Boris and Pimen in Boris's death scene, set as the final act in this recording.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Thu Aug 04, 2011 4:59 pm

Mark Harwood wrote:So, all that Incredible String Band stuff was just a bad dream.
That's a relief.

:wink:
:lol: :lol: :lol:

I am still lurking Mark :wink:
The good news is that I will have to post it all again :mrgreen:

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Thu Aug 04, 2011 5:01 pm

Fergus wrote:
Mark Harwood wrote:So, all that Incredible String Band stuff was just a bad dream.
That's a relief.

:wink:
:lol: :lol: :lol:

I am still lurking Mark :wink:
The good news is that I will have to post it all again :mrgreen:
and only pretend that you've listened to it. :wink:
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Thu Aug 04, 2011 5:05 pm

Seán wrote:
Fergus wrote:
Mark Harwood wrote:So, all that Incredible String Band stuff was just a bad dream.
That's a relief.

:wink:
:lol: :lol: :lol:

I am still lurking Mark :wink:
The good news is that I will have to post it all again :mrgreen:
and only pretend that you've listened to it. :wink:
No Seán, I will never stop listening to the ISB :D

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Thu Aug 04, 2011 5:12 pm

Fergus wrote:
Seán wrote:
Fergus wrote:
Mark Harwood wrote:So, all that Incredible String Band stuff was just a bad dream.
That's a relief.

:wink:
:lol: :lol: :lol:

I am still lurking Mark :wink:
The good news is that I will have to post it all again :mrgreen:
and only pretend that you've listened to it. :wink:
No Seán, I will never stop listening to the ISB :D
or JSB. 8)
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Thu Aug 04, 2011 5:15 pm

Seán wrote:or JSB. 8)
Quite correct my friend :lol:

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Thu Aug 04, 2011 5:16 pm

CharmNewton wrote:Schubert: Sonata in G major, Op. 78
Peter Serkin, pianist

RCA Victor LSC-2874 (LP)

Breaking in a new Stanton cartridge, listening to the Schubert sonata. Serkin was a teen-ager when he made this recording in c. 1966. His sound is very warm and full-bodied and his Schubert has much grace.

I don't know if Serkin is still active or how well remembered he is, but it would be nice for Sony/BMG to re-issue his early recordings.

John
A Stanton cartridge? wow that takes me back a bit, I had one on a Rega 2 TT that I bought in 1978. I expect it's well run in now.
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by CharmNewton » Thu Aug 04, 2011 11:20 pm

Seán wrote:
CharmNewton wrote:Schubert: Sonata in G major, Op. 78
Peter Serkin, pianist

RCA Victor LSC-2874 (LP)

Breaking in a new Stanton cartridge, listening to the Schubert sonata. Serkin was a teen-ager when he made this recording in c. 1966. His sound is very warm and full-bodied and his Schubert has much grace.

I don't know if Serkin is still active or how well remembered he is, but it would be nice for Sony/BMG to re-issue his early recordings.

John
A Stanton cartridge? wow that takes me back a bit, I had one on a Rega 2 TT that I bought in 1978. I expect it's well run in now.
I have three turntables, each has a Stanton cartridge. One is a 500EE, which also has a stylus for 78 RPM discs. Another is a 681EEE, which I've had since 1974 and the newest one is a 720EE that replaced a generic cartridge in a USB turntable.

John

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Fri Aug 05, 2011 1:18 pm

CharmNewton wrote:
Seán wrote:
CharmNewton wrote:Schubert: Sonata in G major, Op. 78
Peter Serkin, pianist

RCA Victor LSC-2874 (LP)

Breaking in a new Stanton cartridge, listening to the Schubert sonata. Serkin was a teen-ager when he made this recording in c. 1966. His sound is very warm and full-bodied and his Schubert has much grace.

I don't know if Serkin is still active or how well remembered he is, but it would be nice for Sony/BMG to re-issue his early recordings.

John
A Stanton cartridge? wow that takes me back a bit, I had one on a Rega 2 TT that I bought in 1978. I expect it's well run in now.
I have three turntables, each has a Stanton cartridge. One is a 500EE, which also has a stylus for 78 RPM discs. Another is a 681EEE, which I've had since 1974 and the newest one is a 720EE that replaced a generic cartridge in a USB turntable.

John
Three turntables? very nice, I only have one, it's a Clearaudio Champion Limited Edition (LE) with a Unify arm and Maestro cartridge using a Tom Evans phono amp, I'm very happy with it.
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by johnQpublic » Fri Aug 05, 2011 3:56 pm

R. Wagner - Overture for "Christoph Columbus" (Rahbari/Naxos)
Tubin - Symphony #5 (Jarvi/BIS)
Part - In principio (Kaljuste/ECM)
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Post by Fergus » Sat Aug 06, 2011 4:49 am

Once again please forgive me if these are duplications of lost posts as I am just trying to establish where I left off prior to the "event"....


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Very fine playing all around and I was quite taken with the Orchestral Suite No. 4 on the disc.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Sat Aug 06, 2011 8:46 am

I haven't posted my listening habits for quite some time. This morning I listened to:

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Camille Saint-Saëns
Symphony No. 3

Philadelphia Orchestra
Eugene Ormandy - conducting.
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by CharmNewton » Sat Aug 06, 2011 10:14 am

Seán wrote:
CharmNewton wrote:
Seán wrote:
CharmNewton wrote:Schubert: Sonata in G major, Op. 78
Peter Serkin, pianist

RCA Victor LSC-2874 (LP)

Breaking in a new Stanton cartridge, listening to the Schubert sonata. Serkin was a teen-ager when he made this recording in c. 1966. His sound is very warm and full-bodied and his Schubert has much grace.

I don't know if Serkin is still active or how well remembered he is, but it would be nice for Sony/BMG to re-issue his early recordings.

John
A Stanton cartridge? wow that takes me back a bit, I had one on a Rega 2 TT that I bought in 1978. I expect it's well run in now.
I have three turntables, each has a Stanton cartridge. One is a 500EE, which also has a stylus for 78 RPM discs. Another is a 681EEE, which I've had since 1974 and the newest one is a 720EE that replaced a generic cartridge in a USB turntable.

John
Three turntables? very nice, I only have one, it's a Clearaudio Champion Limited Edition (LE) with a Unify arm and Maestro cartridge using a Tom Evans phono amp, I'm very happy with it.
Two of my turntables are pretty old. The Empire dates from the early 1960s and weighs about 11 Kg, including its base. It plays 78 RPM discs (I still have about 1,000 of these). The only button is on/off.. You manually have to move the belt up or down a pulley to change speeds. Still it is built like a tank and I love it.

My Dual CS 508 I picked up at a charity tent sale. It replaced a 1229 that suffered accidental damage to the arm. I still miss that 1229.

The USB turntable is an Ion, and was one of the first of its kind. Not high quality materials for sure, but it works well with the new cartridge and makes LP to CD teansfers a bit easier.

And to keep my reply on topic, I'm listening to Mahler's Symphony No. 7 conducted by Simon Rattle.

John

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by maestrob » Sat Aug 06, 2011 11:22 am

Seán wrote:I haven't posted my listening habits for quite some time. This morning I listened to:

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Camille Saint-Saëns
Symphony No. 3

Philadelphia Orchestra
Eugene Ormandy - conducting.
A great recording, Sean!

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