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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Jared » Wed Jan 04, 2012 5:20 pm

^^it's been a case of Mozart VCs at work and Mozart PCs at home recently Fergus... I simply can't think of anything that puts a bigger smile on my face... beautiful and life affirming stuff... 8)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by josé echenique » Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:08 pm

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These 2 concertos also are, as our good friend Jared says, "life affirming".
They probably are not masterpieces of the first order, but they certainly are good music, entertaining, urbane and extremely beautiful.
The Massenet has been recorded before by Aldo Ciccolini and I´m sure, others, but Stephen Coombs´s version is so elegant and Gallic that it´s quite simply irresistible. The Reynaldo Hahn is much rarer, Magda Tagliaferro (the dedicatee) made a recording in the 30´s, but as far as I know this is the only other version.
The Reynaldo Hahn is so tuneful, fun and Belle Epoque that I just can´t understand why it´s not heard more often.
This is one of the better offerings in Hyperion´s fascinating Romantic Piano Concertos series.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Donaldopato » Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:11 pm

Maniacal! :wink:

Nancarrow Studies for Player Piano

"The Original 1750 Arch Recordings"

Other Minds Recordings OM1012-15

So wonderful to have these classics available again. I had the LPs, sadly lost in a flood.
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Post by Wallingford » Wed Jan 04, 2012 10:40 pm

Sibelius' The Oceanides
Tchaikovsky's Sym.#2 ("Little Russian")

.......MTT/SFSO, live broadcast
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by johnQpublic » Thu Jan 05, 2012 11:13 am

Antheil - Tom Sawyer Overture (Wolff/cpo)
Zwillich - Symphony #1 (Nelson/New World)
Adams - El Dorado (Nagano/Nonesuch)
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by josé echenique » Thu Jan 05, 2012 1:09 pm

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This is one of Rossini´s greatest operas and indeed one of the greatest operas of the XIX Century.
Classically designed, beautifully proportioned, Semiramide is a thing of beauty.
Most people know this opera through the Sutherland/Bonynge recording. It was a serviceable recording in the 60´s, but recent scholarship and better Rossini singers show serious shortcomings that are no longer acceptable. This recording was taped live at the 1992 Rossini Bicentennial in Pesaro, and all said and done it´s still the best Semiramide available. Very well sung and superbly conducted by Zedda, it´s a pity that it´s not better recorded.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Thu Jan 05, 2012 1:32 pm

Medtner - Piano Concerto No.3 (Nikolai Demidenko/Jerzy Maksymiuk, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Hyperion)

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Post by bombasticDarren » Thu Jan 05, 2012 2:18 pm

Britten - Sinfonia da Requiem (John Barbirolli, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Legends)

Elgar - In the South (Alassio) (John Barbirolli, Halle Orchestra, BBC Legends)

Walton - Partita for Orchestra (John Barbirolli, Halle Orchestra, BBC Legends)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Thu Jan 05, 2012 3:22 pm

Walton - Belshazzar's Feast (Gwynne Howell/David Willcocks, The Bach Choir/The Philharmonia, Chandos)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Jared » Thu Jan 05, 2012 3:26 pm

bombasticDarren wrote:Image

I bet that's a lovely album Darren... I think JB is a wonderful exponent of those works... 8)

anyhoo:

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5th complete traversal of these delightful works... there's something about their beauty through simplicity which puts a smile on my face.. I love them!

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Thu Jan 05, 2012 3:28 pm

^^ It is Jared. The Elgar and Walton in particular. The Young Person's Guide.. is very rough recording though :(

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Post by bombasticDarren » Thu Jan 05, 2012 4:29 pm

Mendelssohn - Symphony No.3 Scottish (John Lubbock, Orchestra of St. John's, Resonance)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Thu Jan 05, 2012 6:25 pm

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Op. 33 No. 1

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Jared » Fri Jan 06, 2012 7:15 am

I am now moving onto my January disks... with a very strong Renaissance theme. These of course will be listened to carefully, in conjunction with my other listens. I have the Dufay on at present, and it's quite simply wonderful...

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every time I emerse myself into music from the Renaissance, I almost never want to return to listening to anything else... it completely entrances me..

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by johnQpublic » Fri Jan 06, 2012 11:30 am

Rimsky-Korsakov - Overture to "May Night" (Golovschin/Naxos)
Myaskovsky - Symphony #21 (Nikolayev/Audiophile Classics)
Rachmaninoff - Symphonic Dances (Temirkanov/RCA)
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Fri Jan 06, 2012 2:12 pm

Mendelssohn - Symphony No.4 Italian (John Lubbock, Orchestra of St. John's, Resonance)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Fri Jan 06, 2012 2:18 pm

Jared wrote:^^it's been a case of Mozart VCs at work and Mozart PCs at home recently Fergus... I simply can't think of anything that puts a bigger smile on my face... beautiful and life affirming stuff... 8)
A brief, but valuable, post there Jared :D

I often ponder the Mozart PCs and wonder if there is any other section of WAM's output (or anyone's for that matter) that is as pleasing. I try to ration my listening of them in order to savour them fresh each time I do choose to delve in. I am not sure I can agree with you as stongly regarding the violin concertos - but they remain a pleasurable listen for sure :)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Fri Jan 06, 2012 3:12 pm

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Op. 33 No. 1
It is magnificent, I love it.
Seán

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Fri Jan 06, 2012 3:14 pm

Liszt - A Faust Symphony (Siegfried Jerusalem/Georg Solti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Decca)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Jared » Fri Jan 06, 2012 3:48 pm

bombasticDarren wrote:
Jared wrote:^^it's been a case of Mozart VCs at work and Mozart PCs at home recently Fergus... I simply can't think of anything that puts a bigger smile on my face... beautiful and life affirming stuff... 8)
A brief, but valuable, post there Jared :D

I often ponder the Mozart PCs and wonder if there is any other section of WAM's output (or anyone's for that matter) that is as pleasing. I try to ration my listening of them in order to savour them fresh each time I do choose to delve in. I am not sure I can agree with you as stongly regarding the violin concertos - but they remain a pleasurable listen for sure :)
Darren, I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that I'm an idiot... I didn't mean the VCs or PCs at all... rather, the Violin & Piano Sonatas... :? As an aside, yes his PCs are immensely pleasing... his VCs are always highly enjoyable, but written in his relative youth, aren't as great.

sorry for the misleading post... :oops:

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Fri Jan 06, 2012 3:51 pm

^^ not to worry. I am sure Mozart would be happy with any praise we can throw in his direction... :wink:

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Fri Jan 06, 2012 5:53 pm

bombasticDarren wrote: I often ponder the Mozart PCs and wonder if there is any other section of WAM's output (or anyone's for that matter) that is as pleasing....
I have long wondered whether or not this is so because he, like Beethoven, played them himself so they were more "personal" works as such :?:

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Fri Jan 06, 2012 6:06 pm

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I have recently finished a traversal of this Bruckner symphonic cycle by Wand and I thought that No. 8 in this set was a magnificent performance and a real stand out in the cycle.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Fri Jan 06, 2012 6:32 pm

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....Part Six for the Feast of the Epiphany.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Wallingford » Fri Jan 06, 2012 9:16 pm

A live program of premieres by Osmo Vanska & the Minnesota Orchestra:

MICHAEL R. HOLLOWAY: Rhythm: Theta Beta Theta [World premiere]
ANDREIA PINTO-CORREIA: Xántara [World premiere]
HANNAH LASH: God Music Bug Music [World premiere]
SHEN YIWEN: First Orchestral Essay
ADRIAN KNIGHT: Manchester
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Post by josé echenique » Sat Jan 07, 2012 9:19 am

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The great Mariella Devia in her spectacular prime, well that´s not exactly true because, right now, even though she is 64, she is still singing magnificently.
Forget about Gheorghiu, Netrebko or Bartoli, this is one of the great divas of our time.

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Post by Jared » Sat Jan 07, 2012 9:44 am

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I think it was Chalkie who advised me to get some Sheppard...

well, he's right; this disk is simply ravishing... 8)

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whilst this disk has a wonderful mixture of Tallis & Sheppard with Manchicourt & Guerrero... equally stunning.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by johnQpublic » Sat Jan 07, 2012 11:01 am

Fesca - Overture in D, Op. 41 (Beermann/cpo)
Brahms - Cello Sonata #2 (Ma/RCA)
Hindemith - Lustige Sinfonietta (Albert/cpo)
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Sat Jan 07, 2012 12:07 pm

Liszt - Les Preludes, Prometheus (Georg Solti, London Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus, Decca) & Dante Symphony (Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Choeur de la section artistique du College Voltaire/L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Decca)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Sat Jan 07, 2012 1:45 pm

Khachaturian - Violin Concerto (Leonid Kogan/Pierre Monteux, Boston Symphony Orchestra, RCA)

Prokofiev - Alexander Nevsky (Rosalind Elias/Fritz Reiner, Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, RCA)

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Post by Fergus » Sat Jan 07, 2012 3:30 pm

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Sat Jan 07, 2012 3:46 pm

Copland - Appalachian Spring (Aaron Copland, Boston Symphony Orchestra, RCA) & Rodeo: Suite (Morton Gould & his Orchestra, RCA)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Sat Jan 07, 2012 4:38 pm

bombasticDarren wrote:Copland - Appalachian Spring (Aaron Copland, Boston Symphony Orchestra, RCA) & Rodeo: Suite (Morton Gould & his Orchestra, RCA)

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I have to confess that I don't get Copland.
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Sat Jan 07, 2012 4:42 pm

But I do really get this:
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Johann Sebastian Bach
BWV 1041-1043, 1060

Bach Collegium Japan
Masaaki Suzuki - conducting.


This is heavenly music. I have had it on repeat play this afternoon and evening.
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Donaldopato » Sat Jan 07, 2012 9:42 pm

Beethoven Piano Concerto # 1

Goode/Fischer Budapest Festival Orchestra Nonesuch

Fine playing, excellent tempo choices, but a bit mechanical to my ear. Orchestra is magnificent. Still prefer Bronfman/Zinman or the classic Fleisher/Szell, but this is quite rewarding for the detail and the excellent accompaniment.
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Post by Jared » Sun Jan 08, 2012 4:10 am

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the magnificent Haydn odyssey continues unabated... I really, really love Haydn.. 8)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Jared » Sun Jan 08, 2012 4:11 am

Seán wrote:
bombasticDarren wrote:Copland - Appalachian Spring (Aaron Copland, Boston Symphony Orchestra, RCA) & Rodeo: Suite (Morton Gould & his Orchestra, RCA)

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I have to confess that I don't get Copland.
me neither, Sean... I'm sorry to have to say.

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Post by bombasticDarren » Sun Jan 08, 2012 5:56 am

Debussy - La Mer (Guido Cantelli, Philharmonia Orchestra, Testament)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Sun Jan 08, 2012 6:10 am

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I bought that one in 2011 and I really enjoyed it.

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Post by bombasticDarren » Sun Jan 08, 2012 6:12 am

Dvorak - Symphony No.9 From the New World (Vaclav Talich, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Supraphon)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by arthound » Sun Jan 08, 2012 6:31 am

Fergus wrote:
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I bought that one in 2011 and I really enjoyed it.
It's a great disc Fergus. I wasn't sure how I would like a HIP performance of these work but am very happy with them!

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Post by Jared » Sun Jan 08, 2012 6:38 am

arthound wrote:
Fergus wrote:
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I bought that one in 2011 and I really enjoyed it.
It's a great disc Fergus. I wasn't sure how I would like a HIP performance of these work but am very happy with them!
I can imagine that to be an excellent disk actually... I don't know why I feel this way about Schumann, but his music more than any other composer seems to benefit as much from heavier orchestration (even Chailly's Mahlerised Symphs!) as it does from HIP related performances without sounding either muddy or too lightweight... 8)

then again, maybe it's just me.. :?

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Post by Jared » Sun Jan 08, 2012 6:39 am

I'm warming to this one, significantly...

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Sun Jan 08, 2012 6:50 am

arthound wrote:
Fergus wrote:
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I bought that one in 2011 and I really enjoyed it.
It's a great disc Fergus. I wasn't sure how I would like a HIP performance of these work but am very happy with them!
That was exactly how I felt prior to buying it but I put my faith in those performing artists and the conductor nad, like you, i too was not disappointed :D

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Sun Jan 08, 2012 6:51 am

Jared wrote:I'm warming to this one, significantly...

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Familiarity will breed content :wink:

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Sun Jan 08, 2012 7:14 am

Beethoven - Piano Concerto No.1 (Richard Goode/Ivan Fischer, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Nonesuch)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Jared » Sun Jan 08, 2012 7:29 am

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I think that given time, I might well be warming to this one too... although it might take a little longer.

I learnt a big lesson from Monteverdi's Book of Madrigals VIII recently... if you find it difficult, leave it on the shelf for a couple of years and come back to it... your tastes will have matured in the meantime, and you'll find its language easier to appreciate. That might also happen with Rameau, although it probably won't need to be on the shelf for a couple of years.... :)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Sun Jan 08, 2012 7:38 am

Jared wrote: I think that given time, I might well be warming to this one too... although it might take a little longer.

I learnt a big lesson from Monteverdi's Book of Madrigals VIII recently... if you find it difficult, leave it on the shelf for a couple of years and come back to it... your tastes will have matured in the meantime, and you'll find its language easier to appreciate. That might also happen with Rameau, although it probably won't need to be on the shelf for a couple of years.... :)
Agreed; however if you understand and can appreciate the musical language of Monteverdi's madrigals I can't understand why you have any difficulty with Rameau. Perhaps you just simply do not like his music? That is of course allowed but you will, if this turns out to be true, receive a 10 year ban from further participation on these boards :mrgreen:

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