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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

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This is now listed new on Amazon for the bizarre price of $7,466,321.82. :!:

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Post by johnQpublic » Mon Nov 28, 2011 6:19 pm

Mason - Chanticleer Festival Overture (Hegyi/New World)
MacDowell - Second Modern Suite (Tanyel/Hyperion)
Paine - Prelude to "Oedipus Tyrannus (Klein/EMI)
Fry - The Breaking Heart (Rowe/Naxos)
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Chalkperson » Mon Nov 28, 2011 7:27 pm

CharmNewton wrote:
Chalkperson wrote:
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I've collected the recordings of David Munrow over the years, first on LP and later on CD. I've liked his approach to music making which seemed to combine the novel sounds of antique instruments with seemingly timeless values of musical expressiveness that we see in older generations of musicians. How does Munrow sound to you compared to someone like Gardiner, Marcon or tohers performing this music today?

John
I have tried really hard to enjoy David Munrow, I know i'm supposed to like him but I just don't enjoy the sound...
There's no law that says we have to like any artist or their recordings. I tried hard to like Karajan's Bruckner, but have given up on that. When I first started listening to Munrow, his recordings would be appreciated for a long time, even after his death, as if his place in history was assured. Now I'm not so sure.

John
I remember him from back in 1970 when he did the music for BBC's Six Wives of Henry Vlll, I picked up some discs about 20 years ago and just did not like them, I tried again over the years but never came around, that said, Alfred Deller is another one I just do not like...
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Post by Wallingford » Mon Nov 28, 2011 7:28 pm

Schnabel's complete Schumann recordings (which I'm trying to squeeze onto one CD):

Piano Concerto (w/Monteux & NYP)
Kinderszenen
Piano Quintet (w/Pro Arte Qrt.)
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Chalkperson » Mon Nov 28, 2011 7:29 pm

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Today it´s freezing here, and what better way to start the day than with some sub-zero music.
This is one of the best recitals Mattila has recorded, and her voice was in it´s absolute prime.
Agreed... :D
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by CharmNewton » Tue Nov 29, 2011 1:19 am

Chalkperson wrote:
CharmNewton wrote:
Chalkperson wrote:
CharmNewton wrote:
Fergus wrote:Image
I've collected the recordings of David Munrow over the years, first on LP and later on CD. I've liked his approach to music making which seemed to combine the novel sounds of antique instruments with seemingly timeless values of musical expressiveness that we see in older generations of musicians. How does Munrow sound to you compared to someone like Gardiner, Marcon or tohers performing this music today?

John
I have tried really hard to enjoy David Munrow, I know i'm supposed to like him but I just don't enjoy the sound...
There's no law that says we have to like any artist or their recordings. I tried hard to like Karajan's Bruckner, but have given up on that. When I first started listening to Munrow, his recordings would be appreciated for a long time, even after his death, as if his place in history was assured. Now I'm not so sure.

John
I remember him from back in 1970 when he did the music for BBC's Six Wives of Henry Vlll, I picked up some discs about 20 years ago and just did not like them, I tried again over the years but never came around, that said, Alfred Deller is another one I just do not like...
It probably wasn't proper to mention Munrow with musicians like Gardiner and Marcon, since Munrow was performing music from much earlier times--often in the 13th, 14th or 15th centuries and didn't often perform Baroque music and usually as a soloist when he did.

John

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by johnQpublic » Tue Nov 29, 2011 12:52 pm

Mendelssohn - Trumpet Overture (Marriner/Capriccio)
Frohlich - Fantasie [aka Andante & Minuet] (Friedrich/Jecklin)
Volkmann - Symphony #1 (Albert/cpo)
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Tue Nov 29, 2011 2:32 pm

CharmNewton wrote: It probably wasn't proper to mention Munrow with musicians like Gardiner and Marcon, since Munrow was performing music from much earlier times--often in the 13th, 14th or 15th centuries and didn't often perform Baroque music and usually as a soloist when he did.

John
That is a fair point John as we are really not comparing like with like.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Tue Nov 29, 2011 3:25 pm

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Tue Nov 29, 2011 4:29 pm

Sibelius - Symphony No.5 (Yoel Levi, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Telarc)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Tue Nov 29, 2011 4:52 pm

bombasticDarren wrote:Disc 1

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The odyssey begins....enjoy 8)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

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Beguiling and beautiful music.

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Post by Donaldopato » Tue Nov 29, 2011 6:18 pm

Bruckner Symphony # 4 Gunter Wand Koln Radio Symphony RCA
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by josé echenique » Wed Nov 30, 2011 8:19 am

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This should be a serious consideration for any Wand fan. So far I have heard the Brahms´4th, Bruckner´s 5 & 9 and Schubert´s 8th. Both Bruckner symphonies are very fine, especially the Ninth, but the outstanding performance is the muscular, virile and exhilarating Brahms´4th, a terrific performance!
The former RIAS Symphonie-Orchester plays superbly, and as expected from German radio sources, the sound is excellent.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by ContrapunctusIX » Wed Nov 30, 2011 10:59 am

Mozart: String Quintets
Fine Arts Quartet & Yuri Gandelsman
Lyrinx

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A great-sounding SACD version of the Quintets.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Wallingford » Thu Dec 01, 2011 12:30 am

Bizet's Symphony in C (Leibowitz)
If I could tell my mom and dad
That the things we never had
Never mattered we were always ok
Getting ready for Christmas day
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by johnQpublic » Thu Dec 01, 2011 11:33 am

Bortnyansky - Overture to "Le fils-rival" (Korsakov/MCA)
Gliere - Symphony #3 (Johanos/Naxos)
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Wallingford » Fri Dec 02, 2011 1:01 am

Franck's Violin Sonata (Francescatti/Casadesus)
Bartok's 44 Duos for two violins--excerpts (Perlman/Zukerman)
If I could tell my mom and dad
That the things we never had
Never mattered we were always ok
Getting ready for Christmas day
--Paul Simon

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by josé echenique » Fri Dec 02, 2011 6:20 pm

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Surely the most satisfactory all-around Don Giovanni since Giulini´s. No mean accomplishment for Sir John.
The Don Giovanni and the Leporello are expertly cast: a light, high, youthful baritone for Don Giovanni, and a characterful, idiomatic young basso cantante for Leporello. It´s of paramount importance to contrast these voices, because the Commendatore and Masetto are also basses and one runs the risk of having them all sounding too much the same. The Donna Anna is one of the finest in the discography, Luba Orgonasova no less, and in sovereign voice, her 2 arias are the highlights of the recording. Charlotte Margiono as Donna Elvira is also well contrasted with Orgonasova and portrays a deeply hurt, introspect woman, not the crazy, vengeful, old lady that Schwarzkopf and others have preferred.
Gardiner like Giulini, with similar fast tempi, conducts a very well rehearsed production where everything falls into place. This is a Don Giovanni to have.

Great choice Fergus!!!

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Post by johnQpublic » Fri Dec 02, 2011 7:29 pm

Arne - Overture to "The Guardian Outwitted" (Terey-Smith/Dorian)
W. A. Mozart - String Quartet #11 (Eder/Naxos)
C. P. E. Bach - Andante con tenerezza (Pletnev/DG)
F. J. Haydn - Symphony #78 (Salonen/Sony)
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Sat Dec 03, 2011 6:33 am

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Great choice Fergus!!!
I am honoured that you think so Pepe :D

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by josé echenique » Sat Dec 03, 2011 10:56 am

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Opera Rara is the most puzzling record company ever. What were they thinking by issuing at full price a Donizetti opera that is not exactly "Rara", with a less than premium cast, when there are recordings with important singers like Antonietta Stella, Edita Gruberová and Mariella Devia?

I have heard the Cuban soprano Eglise Gutiérrez several times in the theater. She is an OK singer, but nowhere in the league of Gruberová or Devia, really, this is another example of less than inspired casting from Opera Rara. Sure, the libretto is gorgeous, and typically, very well documented, but what counts is the recording itself, and it just can´t compete with the Arts or Nightingale versions.
The Arts especially, is an outstanding version with superb Bel Canto singing from Mariella Devia and tenor Luca Canonici, and it sells at mid-price, definitely the library choice:

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But Opera Rara, though rarely, can also bring a really beautiful, useful, interesting and well produced recording.
Maria di Rohan is one of Donizetti´s best operas, though one unfortunately neglected by record companies. Up to now most people know it from a live, late 80´s Nuova Era live recording with soprano Mariana Nicolescu. A serviceable recording that is now outclassed by this Opera Rara version.
Here they had the good sense to hire a very good soprano that is actually worth preserving for posterity.
Krassimira Stoyanova first came to my attention in Harmonia Mundi´s version of the Rossini Stabat Mater conducted by Marcus Creed. Her voice is typically slavic, with a natural, attractive vibrato. She also has a musical persona, thank God she is not one of those anonymous singers that one forgets as soon as they stop singing. Her Maria di Rohan is exciting and memorable, we need more of this.
The rest of the cast is very good: lyric tenor Josep Bros, and baritone Christopher Purves in the rewarding role of the Duque of Chevreuse, a favourite role of the great Mattia Battistini.
And last but not least we get a superb orchestra of period instruments that plays very stylishly, quite simply, a delight. Sir Mark Elder understands the idiom and must be congratulated for a job well done.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by johnQpublic » Sat Dec 03, 2011 11:19 am

Monsigny - Overture to "Le Deserteur" (Lajouanique/Itowo)
Schubert - Zwei Lieder [Litanei auf das Fest Aller Seelen & Alinde] (Fischer-Dieskau/EMI)
Chopin/Glazunvov - Etude, Op. 10, No. 6 (Kliegel/Naxos)
Gorecki - Lerchenmusik (London Sinf. Soloists/Nonesuch)
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Sat Dec 03, 2011 3:44 pm

Haydn - Cello Concerto No.1 (Christophe Coin/Christopher Hogwood, The Academy of Ancient Music, L'Oiseau-Lyre)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Sat Dec 03, 2011 4:29 pm

bombasticDarren wrote:Haydn - Cello Concerto No.1 (Christophe Coin/Christopher Hogwood, The Academy of Ancient Music, L'Oiseau-Lyre)

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A favoured work by Haydn for me Darren 8)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Sat Dec 03, 2011 6:29 pm

5 pieces by Isaac Albeniz....

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Wallingford » Sat Dec 03, 2011 8:41 pm

Chopin's Berceuse, played by:

Ashkenazy
Moiseiwitsch
Novaes
Friedman
Godowsky
Rosenthal
Solomon
Michelangeli
If I could tell my mom and dad
That the things we never had
Never mattered we were always ok
Getting ready for Christmas day
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Wallingford » Sun Dec 04, 2011 12:54 am

Debussy's La mer (Freccia)
Balakirev's Islamey (Gamley)
Griffes' Pleasure Dome of Kubla Khan (Gerhardt)
If I could tell my mom and dad
That the things we never had
Never mattered we were always ok
Getting ready for Christmas day
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by johnQpublic » Sun Dec 04, 2011 12:45 pm

LPs

Suppe - Overture to "Pique Dame" (Paray/Mercury)
Sibelius - Symphony #5 (Karajan/Angel)
Prokofiev - Violin Concerto #1 (Stern/Columbia)
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Post by bombasticDarren » Sun Dec 04, 2011 1:53 pm

Haydn - Cello Concerto No.2 (Christophe Coin/Christopher Hogwood, The Academy of Ancient Music, L'Oiseau-Lyre)

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Post by bombasticDarren » Sun Dec 04, 2011 2:17 pm

Ravel - 'Le Tombeau de Couperin', 'Pavane pour une infante defunte', 'Alborada del gracioso' & 'Une barque sur l'ocean' (Jean Martinon, Orchestre de Paris, EMI)

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Post by bombasticDarren » Sun Dec 04, 2011 3:49 pm

Bartok - Piano Concerto No.1 (Andras Schiff/Ivan Fischer, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Warner Elatus)

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Post by bombasticDarren » Sun Dec 04, 2011 4:08 pm

Haydn - String Quartet No.25, No.26 & No.28 (The Angeles String Quartet, Philips)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Wallingford » Sun Dec 04, 2011 4:08 pm

Sibelius' En saga

....played by Szell & the Clevelanders (live performance.....they never did this commercially)
If I could tell my mom and dad
That the things we never had
Never mattered we were always ok
Getting ready for Christmas day
--Paul Simon

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Sun Dec 04, 2011 4:09 pm

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What's your verdict on this one Fergus?

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by ContrapunctusIX » Sun Dec 04, 2011 4:43 pm

Mozart: Symphonies 40 & 41
New Philharmonia Orchestra & Carlo Maria Giulini
Decca

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Donaldopato » Sun Dec 04, 2011 8:57 pm

Since it was mentioned in a thread:

Julián Orbón (1925-1991)

Symphonic Dances
Concerto Grosso for String Quartet and Orchestra
Three Symphonic Versions

Asturias Symphony Orchestra Maximiano Valdés Conductor

Great stuff...
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Wallingford » Sun Dec 04, 2011 9:47 pm

Nielsen's Sixth (Jensen)
If I could tell my mom and dad
That the things we never had
Never mattered we were always ok
Getting ready for Christmas day
--Paul Simon

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Wallingford » Sun Dec 04, 2011 9:50 pm

Holst's The Planets

....played by Varga and the Colorado Symphony, from a live broadcast.....no performance to crow about, but it IS the closest to being my hometown orchestra
If I could tell my mom and dad
That the things we never had
Never mattered we were always ok
Getting ready for Christmas day
--Paul Simon

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Wallingford » Mon Dec 05, 2011 12:21 am

St-Saens' Christmas Oratorio, Op. 12 (Cambreling/Lagrange/Tasset/Schaer/Guigue/Chamber Orch. of Lyons)
If I could tell my mom and dad
That the things we never had
Never mattered we were always ok
Getting ready for Christmas day
--Paul Simon

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by arthound » Mon Dec 05, 2011 1:55 am

bombasticDarren wrote:Sibelius - Symphony No.5 (Yoel Levi, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Telarc)

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Levi is a fine conductor of Sibelius IMO.

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