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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by johnQpublic » Wed Dec 21, 2011 3:42 pm

'tis the Season ....Day 5

Humperdinck - Prelude: The Christmas Dream to "Blue Bird" (Rickenbacher/Virgin)
Frohlich - Christmas Mass (Tschupp/Jecklin)
Dupre - Nativite from "Symphonie-Passion" (Engels/Naxos)
F. Mendelssohn - "Say, where is he born" & "There shall a star" from "Christus" (Lumsden/Nimbus)
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Wed Dec 21, 2011 5:03 pm

Tchaikovsky - Symphony No.5 (Evgeny Mravinsky, Leningrad Philharmomic Orchestra, DG)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Wed Dec 21, 2011 5:13 pm

bombasticDarren wrote:Tchaikovsky - Symphony No.5 (Evgeny Mravinsky, Leningrad Philharmomic Orchestra, DG)

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There is some fabulous music making on the set 8)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Wed Dec 21, 2011 5:15 pm

Some more really beautiful Christmas music from Charpentier....


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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Chalkperson » Wed Dec 21, 2011 6:16 pm

Fergus wrote:
bombasticDarren wrote:Tchaikovsky - Symphony No.5 (Evgeny Mravinsky, Leningrad Philharmomic Orchestra, DG)

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There is some fabulous music making on the set 8)
Try and find the earlier, Mono Set too, also on DG... :D :D :D
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Wed Dec 21, 2011 6:25 pm

Chalkperson wrote:Try and find the earlier, Mono Set too, also on DG... :D :D :D
Cheers Chalkie :D

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Donaldopato » Wed Dec 21, 2011 9:42 pm

Ditto on the Mono and Stereo Mravinsky Tchaikovsky

I am however listening to:

Vagn Holmboe
Symphony #4 (Sinfonia Sacra)
Symphony # 5

Arhus SO Owain Arwel Hughes

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Wallingford » Wed Dec 21, 2011 11:32 pm

Fergus wrote:Some more really beautiful Christmas music from Charpentier....


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I"ll promise to check this out on Rhapsody, along with the Caldaras disc mentioned prior.
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 Fergus » Thu Dec 22, 2011 5:05 am

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I"ll promise to check this out on Rhapsody, along with the Caldaras disc mentioned prior.
Good for you....let us know what you think :D

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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 Jared » Thu Dec 22, 2011 10:15 am

This is one I first listened to 4 years ago, very early on in my CM listening days, and as I remembered saying to Fergus is something I struggled a bit with, primarily because the musical language was so unfamiliar. As a consequence I have left it on the shelf all this time with a view to giving it another go a few years down the line, when my understanding had matured a little...

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well, now is the time... :shock: :? 8)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by johnQpublic » Thu Dec 22, 2011 1:31 pm

'tis the Season...Day 6...with a nod to the first day of winter

F. J. Haydn - Introduction to "Winter" from "The Seasons" (Huss/Koch)
Fucik - Winter Storms Waltz (Neumann/Orfeo)
Glazunov - Winter from "The Seasons" (Serebrier/Warner)
Larsson - Pastoral Suite (Bernardi/CBC)
D. Scarlatti - Sonata in C, K513 "Pastorale"
Pez - Concerto pastorale for recorders and strings (Lucarelli/Fone)
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Post by ContrapunctusIX » Thu Dec 22, 2011 1:34 pm

Beethoven: Piano Trios Opp. 70 no. 2 & 97 "Archduke"
Wilhelm Kempff, Henryk Szeryng & Pierre Fournier
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by josé echenique » Thu Dec 22, 2011 1:40 pm

johnQpublic wrote:'tis the Season...Day 6...with a nod to the first day of winter

F. J. Haydn - Introduction to "winter" from "The Seasons" (Huss/Koch)
Fucik - Winter Storms Waltz (Neumann/Orfeo)
Glazunov - Winter from "The Seasons" (Serebrier/Warner)
Larsson - Pastoral Suite (Bernardi/CBC)
D. Scarlatti - Sonata in C, K513 "Pastorale"
Pez - Concerto pastorale for recorders and strings (Lucarelli/Fone)
The first time I ever heard of Pez was in a Christmas Concertos cassette in the BASF label with the Collegium Aureum back in the 70´s. The enterprising group Les Muffatti recorded the first cd totally dedicated to him and he is a most interesting and genial composer. I much recommend it:

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Thu Dec 22, 2011 2:16 pm

Barber - Three Essays for Orchestra (Neeme Jarvi, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Chandos)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Thu Dec 22, 2011 2:40 pm

Jared wrote:This is one I first listened to 4 years ago, very early on in my CM listening days, and as I remembered saying to Fergus is something I struggled a bit with, primarily because the musical language was so unfamiliar. As a consequence I have left it on the shelf all this time with a view to giving it another go a few years down the line, when my understanding had matured a little...

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well, now is the time... :shock: :? 8)
Monteverdi is just about the 'oldest' composer in my collection. I like his Vespers very much, so please let me know how you get on with this disc also :)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Jared » Thu Dec 22, 2011 2:44 pm

bombasticDarren wrote:Monteverdi is just about the 'oldest' composer in my collection. I like his Vespers very much, so please let me know how you get on with this disc also :)
I've had these disks for over 3 years Darren, and I have to say they are quite different stylistically from his religious choral music, seeming to form a style of Venician folk-song which would be less usual to our ears today. I would heartily recommend you trying them, especially his final Book, 8 (above) but don't expect to love them upon first hearing...

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Thu Dec 22, 2011 3:08 pm

Jared wrote:
bombasticDarren wrote:Monteverdi is just about the 'oldest' composer in my collection. I like his Vespers very much, so please let me know how you get on with this disc also :)
I've had these disks for over 3 years Darren, and I have to say they are quite different stylistically from his religious choral music, seeming to form a style of Venician folk-song which would be less usual to our ears today. I would heartily recommend you trying them, especially his final Book, 8 (above) but don't expect to love them upon first hearing...
Quite right Jared, the Magrigals are not necessarily an easy listen for the novice in, or someone who does not have an ear for, Early Music. However, with persistence, the music can be very rewarding :D

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Thu Dec 22, 2011 3:10 pm

On vinyl, two very different versions of the same work....


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....followed by the Piano Trio version of the same work....


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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Jared » Thu Dec 22, 2011 3:15 pm

Fergus wrote:Quite right Jared, the Magrigals are not necessarily an easy listen for the novice in, or someone who does not have an ear for, Early Music. However, with persistence, the music can be very rewarding :D
absolutely... I've just gleened far more from it than I did back in 2008... it's down to acquiring an ear for it... but the performances are excellent

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Jared » Thu Dec 22, 2011 3:17 pm

Fergus wrote:On vinyl, two very different versions of the same work....


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....followed by the Piano Trio version of the same work....


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blimey Fergus... I'm surprised you can still find images of the covers online... :mrgreen:

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Thu Dec 22, 2011 3:25 pm

Jared wrote:
Fergus wrote:Quite right Jared, the Magrigals are not necessarily an easy listen for the novice in, or someone who does not have an ear for, Early Music. However, with persistence, the music can be very rewarding :D
absolutely... I've just gleened far more from it than I did back in 2008... it's down to acquiring an ear for it... but the performances are excellent

8)

Good for you....Familiarity Breeds Content :D

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Thu Dec 22, 2011 3:27 pm

Jared wrote: blimey Fergus... I'm surprised you can still find images of the covers online... :mrgreen:
I didn't Jared; they are my own images taken from my Photobucket account :lol:

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Thu Dec 22, 2011 3:57 pm

Mahler - Symphony No.4 (Laura Claycomb/Valery Gergiev, London Symphony Orchestra, LSO Live)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Thu Dec 22, 2011 4:49 pm

Haydn - Symphony No.44 Funeral (Ton Koopman, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Warner Apex)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Fri Dec 23, 2011 8:57 am

Currently listening to....


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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Fri Dec 23, 2011 2:41 pm

Wagner - Orchestral Highlights: Der Ring des Nibelungen & Siegfried Idyll (Donald Runnicles, Staatskapelle Dresden, Teldec)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Jared » Fri Dec 23, 2011 2:47 pm

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third listen... :wink:

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Fri Dec 23, 2011 3:22 pm

On vinyl, 2 LP set....


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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Fri Dec 23, 2011 3:36 pm

Jared wrote:
Jared wrote:Image
third listen... :wink:
I have that disc and am yet to listen to it Jared. Do you think I should prioritise it in my listening? :wink:

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Jared » Fri Dec 23, 2011 3:41 pm

bombasticDarren wrote:I have that disc and am yet to listen to it Jared. Do you think I should prioritise it in my listening? :wink:
that's a very subjective question... it's a great performance of arguably CM's crowning glory... however for my money, it doesn't quite match up to the Gardiner version, which may ultimately end up being JEG's crowning glory...

I think you should play it when you're in the mood for some late Renaissance chant & polyphony... (which is me most of the time, these days... :wink: )

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Post by bombasticDarren » Fri Dec 23, 2011 4:06 pm

Sibelius - Symphony No.3 (Sakari Oramo, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Erato)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by johnQpublic » Fri Dec 23, 2011 6:17 pm

'tis the Season.....Day 7

Hindemith - Introduction to "The Long Christmas Dinner" (Janowski/Wergo CD)
Menotti - Amahl & the Night Visitors (Grossman/RCA LP)
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Post by josé echenique » Fri Dec 23, 2011 7:20 pm

Jared wrote:
bombasticDarren wrote:I have that disc and am yet to listen to it Jared. Do you think I should prioritise it in my listening? :wink:
that's a very subjective question... it's a great performance of arguably CM's crowning glory... however for my money, it doesn't quite match up to the Gardiner version, which may ultimately end up being JEG's crowning glory...

I think you should play it when you're in the mood for some late Renaissance chant & polyphony... (which is me most of the time, these days... :wink: )
Both the Gardiner and McCreesh are excellent recordings and can´t be faulted, but really, Rinaldo Alessandrini´s is the finest of the lot, with pure Monteverdi blood running in the collective blood system of the marvelous Concerto Italiano. And since he has singers of the caliber of Roberta Invernizzi and Sara Mingardo among his soloists, well, no one can match that.
By the way Jared, Gardiner said that of all his recordings he feels the proudest of the Verdi Requiem, quite understandably because it is an electrifying performance with throughly idiomatic singing from the Monteverdi Choir, though if I had to vote for Gardiner´s greatest recording it would surely have to be his Don Giovanni. No mean achievement to have the finest recording of Don Giovanni since the classic 1959 Giulini.

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Post by Jared » Sat Dec 24, 2011 4:06 am

josé echenique wrote:Both the Gardiner and McCreesh are excellent recordings and can´t be faulted, but really, Rinaldo Alessandrini´s is the finest of the lot, with pure Monteverdi blood running in the collective blood system of the marvelous Concerto Italiano. And since he has singers of the caliber of Roberta Invernizzi and Sara Mingardo among his soloists, well, no one can match that.
By the way Jared, Gardiner said that of all his recordings he feels the proudest of the Verdi Requiem, quite understandably because it is an electrifying performance with throughly idiomatic singing from the Monteverdi Choir, though if I had to vote for Gardiner´s greatest recording it would surely have to be his Don Giovanni. No mean achievement to have the finest recording of Don Giovanni since the classic 1959 Giulini.
Thanks Pepe, you always put an interesting perspective on things... :D

I didn't even think of Alessandrini who I've only recently become acquainted with via Vivaldi... I may give him a try in due course. Personally, I'm not the keenest of fans of the Verdi Requiem (too operatic) and am therefore happy enough with my Reiner version for the rare occasions it warrants a listen.. I though about adding the Pappano version last year when all the fuss was made about it, but found it fairly easy to resist in the end... I'm afraid I have similarly mixed feelings about Rossini's Stabat Mater... :roll:

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Sat Dec 24, 2011 8:35 am

Handel - Messiah (Dorothea Roschmann/Susan Gritton/Bernarda Fink/Charles Daniels/Neal Davies/Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort & Players, Archiv)

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bombasticDarren wrote:Handel - Messiah (Dorothea Roschmann/Susan Gritton/Bernarda Fink/Charles Daniels/Neal Davies/Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort & Players, Archiv)

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Darren... that's just so 'last week'... :lol: :mrgreen:

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Sat Dec 24, 2011 9:21 am

Jared wrote:
josé echenique wrote:Both the Gardiner and McCreesh are excellent recordings and can´t be faulted, but really, Rinaldo Alessandrini´s is the finest of the lot, with pure Monteverdi blood running in the collective blood system of the marvelous Concerto Italiano. And since he has singers of the caliber of Roberta Invernizzi and Sara Mingardo among his soloists, well, no one can match that.
By the way Jared, Gardiner said that of all his recordings he feels the proudest of the Verdi Requiem, quite understandably because it is an electrifying performance with throughly idiomatic singing from the Monteverdi Choir, though if I had to vote for Gardiner´s greatest recording it would surely have to be his Don Giovanni. No mean achievement to have the finest recording of Don Giovanni since the classic 1959 Giulini.
Thanks Pepe, you always put an interesting perspective on things... :D

I didn't even think of Alessandrini who I've only recently become acquainted with via Vivaldi... I may give him a try in due course. Personally, I'm not the keenest of fans of the Verdi Requiem (too operatic) and am therefore happy enough with my Reiner version for the rare occasions it warrants a listen.. I though about adding the Pappano version last year when all the fuss was made about it, but found it fairly easy to resist in the end... I'm afraid I have similarly mixed feelings about Rossini's Stabat Mater... :roll:

I would heartily second Pepe's choice there Jared :D

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Post by Fergus » Sat Dec 24, 2011 9:22 am

Cantata for Christmas Eve....


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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by josé echenique » Sat Dec 24, 2011 9:23 am

Jared wrote:
josé echenique wrote:Both the Gardiner and McCreesh are excellent recordings and can´t be faulted, but really, Rinaldo Alessandrini´s is the finest of the lot, with pure Monteverdi blood running in the collective blood system of the marvelous Concerto Italiano. And since he has singers of the caliber of Roberta Invernizzi and Sara Mingardo among his soloists, well, no one can match that.
By the way Jared, Gardiner said that of all his recordings he feels the proudest of the Verdi Requiem, quite understandably because it is an electrifying performance with throughly idiomatic singing from the Monteverdi Choir, though if I had to vote for Gardiner´s greatest recording it would surely have to be his Don Giovanni. No mean achievement to have the finest recording of Don Giovanni since the classic 1959 Giulini.
Thanks Pepe, you always put an interesting perspective on things... :D

I didn't even think of Alessandrini who I've only recently become acquainted with via Vivaldi... I may give him a try in due course. Personally, I'm not the keenest of fans of the Verdi Requiem (too operatic) and am therefore happy enough with my Reiner version for the rare occasions it warrants a listen.. I though about adding the Pappano version last year when all the fuss was made about it, but found it fairly easy to resist in the end... I'm afraid I have similarly mixed feelings about Rossini's Stabat Mater... :roll:
There´s nothing wrong with operatic religious music Jared. As Rossini himself said: "the good Lord will forgive me since He created me for composing opera buffa". :D And besides "operatic" vocal writing can be found in almost every religious composition from the Monteverdi Vespers to Britten´s War Requiem, including the Pergolesi Stabat Mater, the Bach Passions, Mozart´s C-minor Mass, Haydn´s Stabat Mater and Beethoven´s Missa Solemnis. And even Brahms, whose German Requiem is not operatic at all considered Verdi´s a masterpiece.
If in due course you want to add another Verdi Requiem to complement the Reiner, I´d recommend the Gardiner rather than the Pappano (which is excellent too), but the Gardiner has an outstanding display of the prowess of the Monteverdi Choir, because Gardiner managed to turn them into a very "operatic" choir :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by josé echenique » Sat Dec 24, 2011 9:24 am

Fergus wrote:Cantata for Christmas Eve....


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Essential Christmas listening Fergus.

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