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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by arthound » Mon Dec 05, 2011 1:58 am

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

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How does this compare to his BPO recording of the same works CPIX? My guess is that the Decca set is brisker :wink: .

Good to have you posting again. How many Brahms 1-4 sets did you pick up while you were absent from CMG? 8)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by ContrapunctusIX » Mon Dec 05, 2011 7:18 am

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

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How does this compare to his BPO recording of the same works CPIX? My guess is that the Decca set is brisker :wink: .
you're right, tempi are moderate. Giulini had yet to enter his super slomo phase when these were recorded. It's actually a very enjoyable disc.
Good to have you posting again. How many Brahms 1-4 sets did you pick up while you were absent from CMG? 8)
thanks...and shockingly, I haven't acquired much Brahms recently, other than a Steinberg/PSO EMI Brahms 1 and a Japanese release of the EMI Furtwangler/VPO cycle. Oh and an Anda/Klemperer Brahms PC #2 on andante.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by josé echenique » Mon Dec 05, 2011 10:50 am

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Hérold is now best remembered as the composer of the ballet La Fille Mal Gardée, but in his own time he was better known as an opera composer. Much less well known are the little and charming piano concertos that he composed in his youth, circa 1810, some of the first noteworthy piano concertos to come from France. These are small-scaled, tuneful, agreeable works. Neuburger understands what he´s playing and doesn´t overpower them. The Sinfonia Varsovia though well conducted by Niquet occasionally sounds too abrasive and brassy for these works, pity that period instruments were not used because they would be ideal for this music. Anyhow, I was glad to hear these performances. A charming disc.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by maestrob » Mon Dec 05, 2011 12:14 pm

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Symphonies V & VI: Enjoyably energetic interpretations......

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by johnQpublic » Mon Dec 05, 2011 12:57 pm

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Gomez - Overture to "Il Guarany" (Wilson/Silver Crest)
Villa-Lobos - Bachianas Brasileiras #9 (Capolongo/Angel)
Alsina - Consecuenza (Globokar/DGG)
Chavez - Piano Concerto (Rodriquez/RCA)
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Mon Dec 05, 2011 1:51 pm

bombasticDarren wrote:
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What's your verdict on this one Fergus?
I thought that they were masterly performances Darren. Some can be put off by the old mono recordings but I do not mind them and other than the fact that it is in mono the recording itself is of very good quality....but this CD is really all about wonderful and beautiful violin playing.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Mon Dec 05, 2011 2:04 pm

Sibelius - Symphony No.2 (Petri Sakari, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Naxos)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Mon Dec 05, 2011 2:07 pm

Fergus2 wrote:I thought that they were masterly performances Darren. Some can be put off by the old mono recordings but I do not mind them and other than the fact that it is in mono the recording itself is of very good quality....but this CD is really all about wonderful and beautiful violin playing.
I will have to pull that one off the shelf again soon in that case :!:

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Mon Dec 05, 2011 2:11 pm

arthound wrote:Levi is a fine conductor of Sibelius IMO.
I certainly think his recording of the 5th symphony is worthy of high praise, some of the more comparatively exalted maestros struggle to impart the wealth of feeling that Levi musters in the finale. Only my view, of course... :wink:

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Mon Dec 05, 2011 3:24 pm

Ives - Symphony No.1 (Zubin Mehta, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Decca)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Mon Dec 05, 2011 4:19 pm

Beethoven - Symphony No.4 (Herbert von Karajan, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, DG)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Mon Dec 05, 2011 4:47 pm

bombasticDarren wrote:Sibelius - Symphony No.2 (Petri Sakari, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Naxos)

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I have Nos. 1 & 3 with the same forces Darren and I really like that recording. How do they do here?

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Mon Dec 05, 2011 4:51 pm

Vaughan Williams - 'Five Mystical Songs' (Henry Herford/Hilary Davan Wetton, Guildford Choral Society/The Philharmonia Orchestra, Hyperion Helios)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Mon Dec 05, 2011 4:52 pm

Fergus wrote:
bombasticDarren wrote:Sibelius - Symphony No.2 (Petri Sakari, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Naxos)

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I have Nos. 1 & 3 with the same forces Darren and I really like that recording. How do they do here?
Exceptional. I purchased the whole Sakari cycle for just over £10.00 on Amazon Marketplace. Silly money really :roll: :wink:

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Wallingford » Mon Dec 05, 2011 9:49 pm

Some of Beethoven's WoO. works (his unpublished works, those without an opus number):

Musik zu einem Ritterballet, WoO. 1 (Reichert)
12 German Dances, WoO. 8 (Marriner)
Duo in E-flat for Viola & Cello with two Obbligato Eyglasses, WoO. 32 (Primrose/Feuermann)
6 Variations in F on a Swiss Air, WoO. 64 (Zabaleta)
12 Variations in F on Mozart's "Se vuol ballare," WoO. 40 (G. & I. Kremer)

....and the complete mandolin works, WoO. 43 & 44 (Kunschak)
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by ContrapunctusIX » Mon Dec 05, 2011 11:21 pm

Brahms: Violin Concerto
Philadelphia Orchestra & Eugene Ormandy
Joseph Szigeti, violin
Columbia

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All I can say is, wow!

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by josé echenique » Tue Dec 06, 2011 8:59 am

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This is one of Andreas Scholl´s finest recordings. After listening to his effortful Bertarido in last saturday´s MET broadcast of Handel´s Rodelinda, it´s good to be reminded of how well he sang before he decided to do the large opera houses of the World.
In this recording the voice is hauntingly beautiful. An excellent recording.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by ContrapunctusIX » Tue Dec 06, 2011 5:08 pm

Beethoven: Appassionata Sonata
Artur Schnabel
Shinseido

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this Japanese pressing is light years better than the standard EMI release. I don't know how it compares to the Dante set or the Naxos set, but I know it's a step up from what I had previously.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by johnQpublic » Tue Dec 06, 2011 5:34 pm

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ContrapunctusIX wrote: All I can say is, wow!
Yes, WOW! It's "nonbreakable"
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by johnQpublic » Tue Dec 06, 2011 5:36 pm

Graupner - Overture in D minor for 3 Chalumeaux and Orchestra (Maillet/Pierre Verany)
J. S. Bach - Sonata in G for Violin and Continuo (Podger/Channel)
Handel - Organ Concerto in D minor, Op. 7, No. 4 (Nicholson/Hyperion)
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by ContrapunctusIX » Tue Dec 06, 2011 6:25 pm

johnQpublic wrote:
ContrapunctusIX wrote: All I can say is, wow!
Yes, WOW! It's "nonbreakable"
so I guess you didn't like the performance, eh?

I don't know: nobody plays like Szigeti anymore, and I mean that in the best way.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Donaldopato » Tue Dec 06, 2011 6:44 pm

Inspired by the Hamelin thread:

Busoni Piano Concerto Op 39

Marc-Andre Hamelin Piano, Mark Elder City of Birmingham SO

Hyperion

Not really a concerto but more of a "happening" to recall a now archaic 1960's phrase.
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by johnQpublic » Wed Dec 07, 2011 11:54 am

R. Wagner - Overture to "Das Liebesverbot" (Rahbari/Naxos)
Mahler - Symphony #9 (Bernstein/DG)
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Wed Dec 07, 2011 3:34 pm

Sibelius - Symphony No.6 (Petri Sakari, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Naxos)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Wed Dec 07, 2011 3:46 pm

bombasticDarren wrote:Sibelius - Symphony No.6 (Petri Sakari, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Naxos)

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You have convinced me....I will buy that cycle :roll:

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Wed Dec 07, 2011 3:51 pm

Fergus wrote:
bombasticDarren wrote:Sibelius - Symphony No.6 (Petri Sakari, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Naxos)

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You have convinced me....I will buy that cycle :roll:
I'm glad. It's really impressive so far and, as I have posted before, the second-hand prices are extremely generous. :)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Wed Dec 07, 2011 4:16 pm

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I thought that this was wonderful, exciting music that was played with real gusto and conviction!

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Wed Dec 07, 2011 4:18 pm

Milhaud - Symphony No.1 (Michel Plasson, Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, DG)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Donaldopato » Wed Dec 07, 2011 6:28 pm

Lou Harrison Symphony # 2 (Elegiac)
Hovhaness "Lousadzak" for Piano and Orchestra
Hovhaness Symphony # 2 "Mysterious Mountain"

American Composers Orchestra Dennis Russell Davies
Keith Jarrett piano

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by josé echenique » Wed Dec 07, 2011 8:24 pm

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Anne Sofie von Otter´s first recording of Les Nuits de´été with James Levine and the Berlin Philharmonic is downright my favourite version of this gorgeous song cycle, yes, I like it even better than some other celebrated recordings like Regine Crespin´s or Janet Baker´s. So I was eagerly anticipating her second recording with Marc Minkowski. She´s 56 this year, and considering her age her voice is in excellent shape, though it would be silly to pretend that she sounds as fresh as when she recorded the cycle for Levine almost 20 years ago. Her interpretation though is still marvelous, with flawless French and masterful word-painting.
The Harold en Italie gets a truly great performance, with marvelous orchestral playing and state of the art audio. Much as I love the Gardiner, I think this is now my preferred version.
And the booklet is gorgeous too.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by maestrob » Thu Dec 08, 2011 11:43 am

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by johnQpublic » Thu Dec 08, 2011 12:02 pm

Chappell - Boy Wizard Overture (Sutherland/ASV)
Britten - Second Suite for Unaccompanied Cello (Hugh/Naxos)
Bax - Symphony #6 (Del Mar/Lyrita)
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Thu Dec 08, 2011 1:56 pm

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Sonata Op. 2 No. 3

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Thu Dec 08, 2011 2:33 pm

Sibelius - Symphony No.5 (Petri Sakari, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Naxos)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Thu Dec 08, 2011 2:42 pm

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Suite No. 2

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Thu Dec 08, 2011 3:10 pm

Sibelius - Symphony No.7 (Petri Sakari, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Naxos)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Thu Dec 08, 2011 5:58 pm

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This is a wonderfully spirited performance.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by johnQpublic » Fri Dec 09, 2011 2:17 pm

F. J. Haydn - Overture to "Orlando Paladino" (Huss/Koch)
W. A. Mozart - Serenade #9 "Posthorn" (Harnoncourt/Teldec)
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by ContrapunctusIX » Fri Dec 09, 2011 2:33 pm

Bach: Art of Fugue
Zoltan Kocsis, piano
Philips

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Jared » Fri Dec 09, 2011 4:01 pm

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what a truly wonderful traversal this had been.... completely lived up to my expectations, both in terms of the quality of the music and performances ... fabulous!

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Fri Dec 09, 2011 4:24 pm

Sibelius - Symphony No.3 (Petri Sakari, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Naxos)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by ContrapunctusIX » Fri Dec 09, 2011 4:28 pm

Schumann: Piano Quintet
Takacs Quartet & Marc-Andre Hamelin
Hyperion

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Dvorak: Symphonies 8 & 9
Budapest Festival Orchestra & Ivan Fischer
Philips

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Fri Dec 09, 2011 4:54 pm

Ravel - 'Ma Mere l'Oye' & 'Bolero' (Pierre Boulez, Berliner Philharmoniker, DG)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Jared » Fri Dec 09, 2011 5:00 pm

^^ I think that disk has to be my idea of hell, Darren... :wink:

btw, how did you get on with the Trout I sent you?

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Fri Dec 09, 2011 5:11 pm

Jared wrote:^^ I think that disk has to be my idea of hell, Darren... :wink:
Why's that?

I did listen to the Schubert disc. I think it's a piece that comes off very well in most performances. I have added it to my collection permanently Jared - so that's a good sign :wink:

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Jared » Fri Dec 09, 2011 5:14 pm

^^ don't like Ravel... not really taken by Boulez... and Bolero has to be just about the worst piece of 'classical' music ever written... :shock:

purely my uneducated opinion, of course.. :mrgreen:

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Fri Dec 09, 2011 5:18 pm

^^ Ah, but you see, I adore Ravel is all his guises, despite his flaws I am fascinated by Boulez, AND I absolutely love the Bolero (admittedly it a bit of a guilty pleasure :oops: )

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Jared » Fri Dec 09, 2011 5:25 pm

bombasticDarren wrote:^^ Ah, but you see, I adore Ravel is all his guises, despite his flaws I am fascinated by Boulez, AND I absolutely love the Bolero (admittedly it a bit of a guilty pleasure :oops: )
I'm sure there HAS to be something I really love that you just don't like... can't think what it might be, though... :lol: :mrgreen:

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by josé echenique » Fri Dec 09, 2011 10:07 pm

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It´s good to revisit a long cherished recording. When new I remember some nasty reviews about Giulini´s autumnal reading and Bruson´s unsmiling Falstaff. I didn´t agree with those views then, and I still don´t almost 30 years later. Those who compare it unfavorably with the Toscanini, de Sabata or Mario Rossi versions are just missing Giulini´s point of view, different but equally valid. The same with Renato Bruson´s fat knight. He may not have the theatrical genius or verbal acuity of Giuseppe Taddei or Tito Gobbi, let alone the great Mariano Stabile, but he does offer an outstanding voice and true Verdi style (something that even Bryn Terfel didn´t get right in the Abbado recording).
The Los Angeles Philharmonic play superbly for the great old man.
So this is not the greatest Falstaff ever, but it´s a truly great Falstaff from a conductor who once was known as the greatest Verdi conductor in the World.

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