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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Sun Sep 25, 2011 9:12 am

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This was quite different from the Masses that I usually listen to and it was a bit of a challenge for me but I ultimately prevailed and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was quite a powerful performance!

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by josé echenique » Sun Sep 25, 2011 9:16 am

bombasticDarren wrote:
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first listen; a beautiful disk...
Agreed 8) :D
Isn´t it thrilling when Felicity Lott goes up there with the trumpet in the phrase: "The Trumpet shall be heard on high..."

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by josé echenique » Sun Sep 25, 2011 9:28 am

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I forgot to mention that of all Solti recordings this is my favourite. If I had to save one Solti recording this will be it.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Sun Sep 25, 2011 9:30 am

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Gustav Mahler
Symphony no. 5

Philadelphia Orchestra
Frank Kaderabek - Trumpet Mason Jones - Horn
James Levine - conducting.
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Jared » Sun Sep 25, 2011 9:31 am

josé echenique wrote: Isn´t it thrilling when Felicity Lott goes up there with the trumpet in the phrase: "The Trumpet shall be heard on high..."
this is undoubtedly a great 'Flotty' performance.. I'll have to listen out for that bit.. :D

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Jared » Sun Sep 25, 2011 9:32 am

Seán wrote: Gustav Mahler
Symphony no. 5

Philadelphia Orchestra
Frank Kaderabek - Trumpet Mason Jones - Horn
James Levine - conducting.
Sean: HOW many versions of M5 have you listened to this week? :lol:

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Sun Sep 25, 2011 9:36 am

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Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Symphony No. 1

Russian State Symphony Orchestra
Igor Golovschin - conducting.
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Sun Sep 25, 2011 9:49 am

Jared wrote:
Seán wrote: Gustav Mahler
Symphony no. 5

Philadelphia Orchestra
Frank Kaderabek - Trumpet Mason Jones - Horn
James Levine - conducting.
Sean: HOW many versions of M5 have you listened to this week? :lol:
Gosh, I don't know, Jared. I have twenty different versions of Mahler's Fifth, I tend to just grab a disk to tear me away from Schubert and I suppose that I have been delving into my Mahler Five recordings as a result of my attending the thrilling NSO Mahler Five concert in Dublin a couple of weeks ago.
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Jared » Sun Sep 25, 2011 10:12 am

^^ yes of course, live music can do that for you, can't it... its wonderful when you can get into that emotional 'zone' with a piece where every nuance and colour of tone can say something new to you...

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another listen to Annees de Pelerinage... Years 1-3.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Sun Sep 25, 2011 10:15 am

Jared wrote:^^ yes of course, live music can do that for you, can't it... its wonderful when you can get into that emotional 'zone' with a piece where every nuance and colour of tone can say something new to you...
Yes indeed, you put it very well, if I may say so.
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Sun Sep 25, 2011 1:00 pm

Beethoven - Symphony No.9 'Choral' (Sinead Mulhern/Carolin Masur/Dominik Wortig/Konstantin Wolff/Emmanuel Krivine, Choeur de Chambre les Elements/La Chambre Philharmonique, Naive)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by josé echenique » Sun Sep 25, 2011 3:31 pm

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The opera is never over till the fat lady sings...and this lady can sing just fine :D

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Post by bombasticDarren » Sun Sep 25, 2011 3:43 pm

Bizet - 'L'arlesienne' Suite No.1 (Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Telarc)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Wallingford » Sun Sep 25, 2011 8:14 pm

Tchaikovsky's Third, conducted by Kindler.....also by Beecham.....
If I could tell my mom and dad
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Getting ready for Christmas day
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by josé echenique » Mon Sep 26, 2011 11:00 am

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The older brother of Xaver Scharwenka. Very nice trios.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Mon Sep 26, 2011 1:03 pm

Shostakovich - String Quartet No.8 (The Shostakovich Quartet, Regis)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Jared » Mon Sep 26, 2011 1:19 pm

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absolutely scintilating version of Symphonie funebre et triomphale op.15...

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Mon Sep 26, 2011 1:27 pm

Haydn - Symphony No.93 (Eugen Jochum, London Philharmonic Orchestra, DG)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Mon Sep 26, 2011 2:25 pm

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Mon Sep 26, 2011 3:12 pm

Haydn - Symphony No.94 'Surprise' (Eugen Jochum, London Philharmonic Orchestra, DG)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Jared » Mon Sep 26, 2011 3:16 pm

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Mon Sep 26, 2011 3:31 pm

Jared wrote:Image

absolutely scintilating version of Symphonie funebre et triomphale op.15...
I really enjoyed that piece too Jared. Not recorded enough, in my view at least :?

This is another worthy recording:-

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Mon Sep 26, 2011 4:17 pm

bombasticDarren wrote:Haydn - Symphony No.94 'Surprise' (Eugen Jochum, London Philharmonic Orchestra, DG)

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I love Haydn's London Symphonies, are you enjoying that set Darren?
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Mon Sep 26, 2011 4:33 pm

Sometimes one spends very little on a CD or collection of CDs and one is struck by the fact that they contain truly marvellous music. This box set is just one example and it's available at a giveway price on Amazon.com. It's no surprise that the set is on the Membran label I suppose, it is really something special, highly recommended:

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This is the fourth CD

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
String Quartet 15

Anton Dvorak
String Quartet 12

Maurice Ravel
String Quartet


Quartetto Italiano
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Mon Sep 26, 2011 4:51 pm

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Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 1 & 2

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Claudio Abbado - conducting.


This evening I listened to the first two symphonies in this box set and I was hugely impressed with what I heard. Abbado's detailed interpretations and the BPO's sumptuous delivery make this music a real treat, the level of detail is really impressive and the DG engineers capture it beautifully, I feel. I am looking forward to exploring the rest of this set.

Why did it take me so long to get it? :?
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by ravel30 » Mon Sep 26, 2011 5:22 pm

Today I listened to the piece En Languedoc by Deodat de Severac

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Here is a composer who was close to Debussy and Albeniz (also friend with Albeniz) in style. Beautiful piano music that I highly recommend to anyone interested in that kind of music.

One of my favorite 'non mainstream' composer and pieces.

Salutations to my friends here. I don't write much anymore but still read and think of you.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by alarickc » Tue Sep 27, 2011 2:51 am

Live concert tonight with the Oregon Symphony.

Carlos Kalmar, conductor
• Elina Vähälä, violin

Glinka: Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla
• Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2

I had never heard the Glinka before and found it to be very enjoyable. The performance of Rachmaninoff's 2nd was rock solid, with the tempo lively but not rushed. The brass'es performance was the biggest treat to me. My favorite piece of the night however was the Prokofiev, the symphony provided an excellent accompaniment and Elina's playing had an ethereal quality in the first movement that I think I'll never forget. Truly a wonderful evening!
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by johnQpublic » Tue Sep 27, 2011 10:28 am

LPs

Donizetti - Overture to "Daughter of the Regiment" (Mackerras/Vanguard Everyman)
Rimsky-Korsakov - Suite from "Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh" (Smetacek/Parliament)
Stravinsky - Suite from ""L'Histoire du Soldat" (Carewe/Everest)
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by josé echenique » Tue Sep 27, 2011 11:20 am

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This is Ezio´s third recording, and the second of the 1750 Prague version. All 3 recordings are quite good, but the new Alan Curtis offering has the most glamourous voices. Recommended.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by maestrob » Tue Sep 27, 2011 11:34 am

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Tue Sep 27, 2011 4:47 pm

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Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 4 & 7

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Claudio Abbado - conducting.
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Tue Sep 27, 2011 5:06 pm

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Franz Schubert
String Quartet No. 13

Kodály Quartet
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Tue Sep 27, 2011 5:10 pm

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Gustav Mahler
Symphony No. 5

Kolner Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester
Gary Bertini - conducting.
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by josé echenique » Tue Sep 27, 2011 6:04 pm

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If you have heard Honeck´s previous Mahler recordings you will know what this is like.
Excellent orchestral performance, and Honeck is a honest and able Mahlerian, but what makes this version to stand out is the phenomenal sound. A Hi-Fi feast, especially in SACD equipment.

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Post by maestrob » Wed Sep 28, 2011 10:47 am

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Wed Sep 28, 2011 11:31 am

Haydn - Symphony No.95 (Eugen Jochum, London Philharmonic Orchestra, DG)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by johnQpublic » Wed Sep 28, 2011 11:38 am

LPs

Ibert - Ouverture de fete (Martinon/EMI)
Poulenc - Sonata 1918 (Eden & Tamir/London)
Nigg - Violin Concerto (Ferras/Heliodor)
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Wed Sep 28, 2011 1:16 pm

Shostakovich - Symphony No.6 (Vasily Petrenko, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Naxos)

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Post by bombasticDarren » Wed Sep 28, 2011 2:12 pm

Mozart - Symphony No.40 (Josef Krips, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Decca)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Wed Sep 28, 2011 2:13 pm

Seán wrote:
bombasticDarren wrote:Haydn - Symphony No.94 'Surprise' (Eugen Jochum, London Philharmonic Orchestra, DG)

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I love Haydn's London Symphonies, are you enjoying that set Darren?
Excellent so far Sean. I have yet to hear a Haydn symphony that i didn't like; but the 'London' sets are a class apart :D

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Wed Sep 28, 2011 2:28 pm

bombasticDarren wrote:
Seán wrote:
bombasticDarren wrote:Haydn - Symphony No.94 'Surprise' (Eugen Jochum, London Philharmonic Orchestra, DG)

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I love Haydn's London Symphonies, are you enjoying that set Darren?
Excellent so far Sean. I have yet to hear a Haydn symphony that i didn't like; but the 'London' sets are a class apart :D
Oh dear, yet another one for the 'ponder pile', thanks Darren.
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Wed Sep 28, 2011 2:44 pm

Bartok - 'Divertimento for String Orchestra' (Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, RCA)

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Post by maestrob » Thu Sep 29, 2011 11:09 am

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Five stars. This release is a perfect example of the influence a great conductor can have on a second-rank orchestra to improve the music-making to first-rank level. Here the Royal Liverpuddlians sound like NY or Boston at their best. A fantastic release, and one to treasure. Many thanks to cliftwood who pointed this great performance out to me.

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Post by bombasticDarren » Thu Sep 29, 2011 12:36 pm

Haydn - Symphony No.96 'Miracle' & No.97 (Eugen Jochum, London Philharmonic Orchestra, DG)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Thu Sep 29, 2011 1:21 pm

Rodrigo - 'Concierto de Aranjuez' (Julian Bream/John Eliot Gardiner, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, RCA)

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Post by bombasticDarren » Thu Sep 29, 2011 1:44 pm

Elgar - 'Enigma Variations' & 'Pomp and Circumstance March No.1' (Leonard Bernstein, BBC Symphony Orchestra, DG)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Thu Sep 29, 2011 2:32 pm

Beethoven - Symphony No.1 (Bernard Haitink, London Symphony Orchestra, LSO Live)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Thu Sep 29, 2011 3:02 pm

J.S. Bach - Cantata BWV 8 'Liebster Gott, wenn werd ich sterben', BWV 125 'Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin' & BWV 138 'Warum betrubst du dich, mein Herz' (Deborah York/Ingeborg Danz/Mark Padmore/Peter Kooy/Philippe Herreweghe, Choeur et Orchestre du Collegium Vocale, Harmonia Mundi)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by johnQpublic » Thu Sep 29, 2011 5:20 pm

J. S. Bach - Overture to "Clavier Partita #4" (Pinnock/Hanssler)
Rameau - Suite from "Daphnis et Egle" (Terey-Smith/Naxos)
Cazzati - Sonata a 5 "La Bianchina" (Parley of Instruments/Hyperion)
Vivaldi - Lute [Guitar] Concerto in D, RV 93 (Parkening/EMI)
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