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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by johnQpublic » Mon Nov 21, 2011 11:09 am

Gretry - Overture to "Silvain" (Sanderling/ASV)
Jadin - Piano Sonata #2 (Wang/Discover)
Waldteufel - Espana, a waltz after Chabrier (Swierczewski/Nimbus)
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Mahler VIII

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by ContrapunctusIX » Mon Nov 21, 2011 1:29 pm

In light of the Brahms piano music thread:

Brahms: Piano Pieces, opp. 116 - 119
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by ContrapunctusIX » Mon Nov 21, 2011 1:34 pm

josé echenique wrote:Image
I have a few other Dvorak 9s with Kubelik, but not this one; how is it, josé?

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Mon Nov 21, 2011 2:35 pm

Mozart - 'Litaniae de venerabili altaris sacramento' (Margaret Marshall/Margaret Cable/Wynford Evans/Stephen Roberts/David Hill/George Guest, The Choir of St John's College, Cambridge/The Wren Orchestra, Decca)

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Post by bombasticDarren » Mon Nov 21, 2011 3:02 pm

J.S. Bach- Brandenburg Concerto No.4, No.5 & No.6 (Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano, Naive)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

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I own that disc as well.
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Mon Nov 21, 2011 4:18 pm

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Dvorak and Elgar cello concertos.

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Post by bombasticDarren » Mon Nov 21, 2011 4:21 pm

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Dvorak and Elgar cello concertos.
I have du Pre with Celibidache performing the Dvorak. I expect the Elgar is the justly famous Barbirolli recording?

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Post by Fergus » Mon Nov 21, 2011 4:28 pm

bombasticDarren wrote:....I expect the Elgar is the justly famous Barbirolli recording?
It is indeed Darren. It is a duplication for me but I wanted this set for the other performances.

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Post by bombasticDarren » Mon Nov 21, 2011 4:35 pm

Schumann - 'Konzertstuck' (David Guerrier/Antoine Dreyfuss/Emmanuel Padieu/Bernard Schirrer/Emmanuel Krivine, La Chambre Philharmonique, Naive)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Mon Nov 21, 2011 4:36 pm

Fergus wrote:
bombasticDarren wrote:....I expect the Elgar is the justly famous Barbirolli recording?
It is indeed Darren. It is a duplication for me but I wanted this set for the other performances.
The Haydn I have heard from du Pre is very nice too, but I love these performances even more:-

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Post by Fergus » Mon Nov 21, 2011 4:44 pm

bombasticDarren wrote: The Haydn I have heard from du Pre is very nice too, but I love these performances even more:-

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An obvious recommendation then :wink: Strangely, I only have two other preformances of the Haydn Cello Concertos, those by Christophe Coin and the other one is by Hidemi Suzuki.

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Post by Donaldopato » Mon Nov 21, 2011 5:46 pm

Mahler 10 (Cooke ed)
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

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Albeniz: Iberia
Marc-Andre Hamelin
Hyperion

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by josé echenique » Mon Nov 21, 2011 9:25 pm

ContrapunctusIX wrote:
josé echenique wrote:Image
I have a few other Dvorak 9s with Kubelik, but not this one; how is it, josé?
It´s an absolutely marvelous performance, but maybe you shouldn´t ask me because I´m a diehard Kubelik fan and totally biased :D
It´s very different from his studio BPO recording, because working "at home" with generous rehearsal time and his own orchestra, I think he delivers a more personal and Czech performance than he did for DG.
The first movement is tightly dramatic, the second is oh-so-lovely, with a homesick and long breathed cor anglais, and the finale is exhilarating. I join the cheering of the crowd!!!

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

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Launching myself through the new Decca Sound box set. First up was Ansermet's DeFalla- Three Cornered Hat and Dorati's Firebird and Rite of Sping. Spectacular!

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Post by Lance » Mon Nov 21, 2011 11:41 pm

Bigshot ... welcome to CMG! Hope you enjoy yourself in these environs. This has been a long-time ever-growing group. We welcome your input and hope to see you frequently!
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Launching myself through the new Decca Sound box set. First up was Ansermet's DeFalla- Three Cornered Hat and Dorati's Firebird and Rite of Sping. Spectacular!
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Wallingford » Tue Nov 22, 2011 12:13 am

Chopin's four Impromptus (Kyriakou)
Dvorak's Romantic Pieces for violin, Op. 75 (Suk/Holecek)
Beethoven's Piano Sonata #5, Op. 10, #1 (Schnabel)
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Post by Wallingford » Tue Nov 22, 2011 12:14 am

...and Respighi's Feste Romane, conducted by Marriner

(again, just to hear if he knows how to)
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Post by Lance » Tue Nov 22, 2011 1:18 am

That is what I call a wonderful evening of listening to grand music-making. All superior artists! Kyriakou was a fabulous artist. Few people have approached her Mendelssohn recordings on record (for Vox). And the Four Romantic Pieces by Dvorak are one of my favourite violin selections. And Schnabel ... well, it doesn't get much better than that!
Wallingford wrote:Chopin's four Impromptus (Kyriakou)
Dvorak's Romantic Pieces for violin, Op. 75 (Suk/Holecek)
Beethoven's Piano Sonata #5, Op. 10, #1 (Schnabel)
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Tue Nov 22, 2011 2:51 am

josé echenique wrote:
ContrapunctusIX wrote:
josé echenique wrote:Image
I have a few other Dvorak 9s with Kubelik, but not this one; how is it, josé?
It´s an absolutely marvelous performance, but maybe you shouldn´t ask me because I´m a diehard Kubelik fan and totally biased :D
So am I.
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Tue Nov 22, 2011 2:53 am

bigshot wrote:Image

Launching myself through the new Decca Sound box set. First up was Ansermet's DeFalla- Three Cornered Hat and Dorati's Firebird and Rite of Sping. Spectacular!
bigshot, welcome to CMG. Agreed, Dorati's Stravinsky is spectacular.
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Post by josé echenique » Tue Nov 22, 2011 8:54 am

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Let´s celebrate St. Cecilia in her day: Purcell, Handel & Haydn did.
Minkowski performs the Purcell and Handel Odes and the Haydn St. Cecilia Mass. Lucy Crowe stands out in throughly excellent and expert performances.

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And no St. Cecilia Day could be complete without Handel´s Alexander´s Feast. Harnoncourt´s live 34 year old recording is still my favourite because of the extraordinary performances of Felicity Palmer and the then very young Anthony Rolfe Johnson. How they savor the English language, the Dryden texts!!!!

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by johnQpublic » Tue Nov 22, 2011 10:58 am

Donizetti - Overture to "Alina, Regina di Golconda" (frontalini/Bongiovanni)
Busoni - Piano Concerto (Hamelin/Hyperion)
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by ContrapunctusIX » Tue Nov 22, 2011 11:03 am

josé echenique wrote:
ContrapunctusIX wrote:
josé echenique wrote:Image
I have a few other Dvorak 9s with Kubelik, but not this one; how is it, josé?
It´s an absolutely marvelous performance, but maybe you shouldn´t ask me because I´m a diehard Kubelik fan and totally biased :D
It´s very different from his studio BPO recording, because working "at home" with generous rehearsal time and his own orchestra, I think he delivers a more personal and Czech performance than he did for DG.
The first movement is tightly dramatic, the second is oh-so-lovely, with a homesick and long breathed cor anglais, and the finale is exhilarating. I join the cheering of the crowd!!!
duly noted josé. I too am a big Kubelik fan. Based on your ringing endorsement of the above, I've ordered a copy. 8)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by ContrapunctusIX » Tue Nov 22, 2011 12:51 pm

Tchaikovsky: Symphonies 5 & 6
St. Petersburg Philharmonic & Yuri Temirkanov
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not too sure about these performances. They're a little...unorthodox, for lack of a better word.

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Post by bombasticDarren » Tue Nov 22, 2011 4:10 pm

Brahms - Symphony No.3 (Sergiu Celibidache, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, DG)

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Post by bombasticDarren » Tue Nov 22, 2011 4:32 pm

Hummel - Mass in B flat major (Richard Hickox, Collegium Musicum 90, Chandos)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by ContrapunctusIX » Tue Nov 22, 2011 7:33 pm

bigshot wrote:Image

Launching myself through the new Decca Sound box set. First up was Ansermet's DeFalla- Three Cornered Hat and Dorati's Firebird and Rite of Sping. Spectacular!
bigshot (perhaps we should nickname you bigbox? :) ), are the Dorati Stravinsky recordings the ones he made with the LSO, or the later recordings he made with Detroit? IIRC Decca now owns the rights to the MLP catalogue; I'm wondering if these are the same recordings...

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Post by ContrapunctusIX » Tue Nov 22, 2011 7:39 pm

Mozart: Symphonies 39 - 41
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra & Karl Bohm
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Brahms: Symphony No. 3
Berlin Philharmonic & Eugen Jochum
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Post by Wallingford » Tue Nov 22, 2011 9:49 pm

Getting into a holiday mood, I've been hearing:

Leopold Mozart's Toy Symphony (Leibowitz)
Beethoven's arrangements of "O Sanctissima" and "Auld Lang Syne" (done by Academia Monteverdiana)
Beethoven's two piano sonatinas, WoO. 47, #1 & #2 (Demus)

AND

on a serious note, Mozart's K. 457 piano sonata (R. Casadesus)
and the Mahler arrangement of Schubert's Death & The Maiden quartet (MTT/SFSO.....live broadcast)
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bigshot » Wed Nov 23, 2011 3:23 am

ContrapunctusIX wrote:are the Dorati Stravinsky recordings the ones he made with the LSO, or the later recordings he made with Detroit?
It's the later digitally recorded Detroit. There's nothing licensed or acquired from other labels in this set. It's all recorded for Decca. (Even though Polygram owns both Mercury and Decca.)

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Here is a listing of all of the recordings in this set. Scroll down for the detailed list.

http://www.arkivmusic.com/albumpage/648280-E893-5

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Post by johnQpublic » Wed Nov 23, 2011 11:15 am

T. Brown - Baroque Overture (Pololanik/Capstone)
Cage - Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano (Takahashi/Denon)
Barber - Medea's Meditation and Dance of Vengeance (Jarvi/Chandos)
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Post by ContrapunctusIX » Wed Nov 23, 2011 11:24 am

bigshot wrote:
ContrapunctusIX wrote:are the Dorati Stravinsky recordings the ones he made with the LSO, or the later recordings he made with Detroit?
It's the later digitally recorded Detroit. There's nothing licensed or acquired from other labels in this set. It's all recorded for Decca. (Even though Polygram owns both Mercury and Decca.)

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Here is a listing of all of the recordings in this set. Scroll down for the detailed list.

http://www.arkivmusic.com/albumpage/648280-E893-5
thanks for the info...much appreciated. And welcome to CMG, by the way!

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bigshot » Wed Nov 23, 2011 2:33 pm

The Mercury Living Stereo mega box is the next logical step. I'd buy that in a heartbeat.

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Post by ContrapunctusIX » Wed Nov 23, 2011 2:57 pm

bigshot wrote:The Mercury Living Stereo mega box is the next logical step. I'd buy that in a heartbeat.
agreed, although Decca/Universal has done absolutely nothing with that catalogue since releasing selected recordings in CD format some years back. Luckily, I collected most of what showed up on CD in piecemeal fashion (at or least most of the discs I care about.) That of course included a huge number of Dorati discs. His Bartok is just as good as his Stravinsky, IMO.

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Post by CharmNewton » Thu Nov 24, 2011 11:06 am

bigshot wrote:The Mercury Living Stereo mega box is the next logical step. I'd buy that in a heartbeat.
The Mercury moniker was Living Presence. BMG has issued a box that contains many (60) of the recordings that were issued in the RCA Living Stereo series.

BTW, does anyone have that BMG box? Does it contain hybrid-SACDs of the material issued in that format or just standard CDs?

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Post by josé echenique » Thu Nov 24, 2011 11:08 am

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I didn´t really need another Beethoven symphony cycle, having bought just a few months ago the Krivine with La Chambre Philharmonique, but I have always loved the great Gewandhaus orchestra, and since this is only their fourth cycle (as far as I know: the Konwitschny in Berlin Classics and the 2 Philips cycles with Kurt Masur), I decided to give it a try.
I have only heard symphonies 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6. The Second gets a fine performance, the orchestra´s qualities immediately apparent: a string sound that is not only gorgeous but very characterful, these musicians really sing the music, and Old World woodwinds with lots of personality. The Eroica of course puts the conductor more into the limelight. The first movement doesn´t start "allegro con brio" but later picks up. The Funeral March needs more momentum, and out of nowhere the last movement is played really fast. I wouldn´t say this is a truly great Eroica, maybe Chailly needs to mature more the piece.
The Fourth (according to Chailly, the Beethoven symphony he has conducted the most) is much better:
better proportioned and superbly well played. The Fifth and the Sixth show some awareness of the period instruments movement. In the booklet, or rather "book" because that´s what you get, Chailly claims that his 3 most important influences were: Toscanini, Karajan and Gardiner. And that is certainly evident, the problem is that one shows here, the other there, and the third somewhere in between :?
I still have to finish the cycle to reach a definite conclusion, but so far I´d say that you do get superb playing, often fine conducting, but perhaps not a very consistent vision.

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Post by bigshot » Thu Nov 24, 2011 11:58 am

CharmNewton wrote:
bigshot wrote:RCA Living Stereo series.

BTW, does anyone have that BMG box? Does it contain hybrid-SACDs of the material issued in that format or just standard CDs?
Standard CDs, but it doesn't matter. I spent the better part of two days doing a level matched A/B comparison and there was no audible benefit to SACD as long as the mastering is the same as the CD.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Thu Nov 24, 2011 2:37 pm

Sibelius - Symphony No.5 (Herbert von Karajan, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, DG)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Thu Nov 24, 2011 3:09 pm

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I think that is a great on Darren 8)

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Post by Fergus » Thu Nov 24, 2011 3:10 pm

josé echenique wrote:Image

I didn´t really need another Beethoven symphony cycle, having bought just a few months ago the Krivine with La Chambre Philharmonique, but I have always loved the great Gewandhaus orchestra, and since this is only their fourth cycle (as far as I know: the Konwitschny in Berlin Classics and the 2 Philips cycles with Kurt Masur), I decided to give it a try.
I have only heard symphonies 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6. The Second gets a fine performance, the orchestra´s qualities immediately apparent: a string sound that is not only gorgeous but very characterful, these musicians really sing the music, and Old World woodwinds with lots of personality. The Eroica of course puts the conductor more into the limelight. The first movement doesn´t start "allegro con brio" but later picks up. The Funeral March needs more momentum, and out of nowhere the last movement is played really fast. I wouldn´t say this is a truly great Eroica, maybe Chailly needs to mature more the piece.
The Fourth (according to Chailly, the Beethoven symphony he has conducted the most) is much better:
better proportioned and superbly well played. The Fifth and the Sixth show some awareness of the period instruments movement. In the booklet, or rather "book" because that´s what you get, Chailly claims that his 3 most important influences were: Toscanini, Karajan and Gardiner. And that is certainly evident, the problem is that one shows here, the other there, and the third somewhere in between :?
I still have to finish the cycle to reach a definite conclusion, but so far I´d say that you do get superb playing, often fine conducting, but perhaps not a very consistent vision.
That was an interesting assessment Pepe....I look forward to your thoughts on Nos. 7 & 9 particularly.

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Post by Fergus » Thu Nov 24, 2011 3:11 pm

bombasticDarren wrote:Sibelius - Symphony No.5 (Herbert von Karajan, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, DG)

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One of the favoured sets in my collection 8)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Thu Nov 24, 2011 3:36 pm

Grieg - Piano Concerto (Stephen Hough/Andrew Litton, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Hyperion)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Jared » Thu Nov 24, 2011 3:56 pm

Hi Folks,

I have just got back from visiting most of my reletives, on the way to a work conference in Wales... been away 8 days, so I am afraid I've not got much listening done, but am pleased to say I have at least managed three full traversals of this great set:

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I am also delighted to say that on Saturday night, I went to hear the Malvern Festival Orch & Chorus perform Mendelssohn's Elijah, and on Sunday Night, hear the Chandos Symphony Orchestra perform Sean's fave... Mahler V. Both evenings were really enjoyable.. 8) :D

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Post by bombasticDarren » Thu Nov 24, 2011 4:03 pm

Jared wrote:I am also delighted to say that on Saturday night, I went to hear the Malvern Festival Orch & Chorus perform Mendelssohn's Elijah, and on Sunday Night, hear the Chandos Symphony Orchestra perform Sean's fave... Mahler V. Both evenings were really enjoyable.. 8) :D
Good to hear. Opportunities for concert-going in East Anglia are hardly regular so I am glad your travels reaped some reward :)

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Post by Jared » Thu Nov 24, 2011 4:07 pm

bombasticDarren wrote:Good to hear. Opportunities for concert-going in East Anglia are hardly regular so I am glad your travels reaped some reward :)
aren't they just... unless you visit either Holkham Hall or Snape Maltings... in either case, you'll have to sell your birthright to afford a ticket... :?

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