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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Thu Jan 12, 2012 2:38 pm

Britten - The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

Prokofiev - Peter and the Wolf (Willie Rushton/Sian Edwards, London Philharmonic Orchestra. CfP)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Thu Jan 12, 2012 3:26 pm

Mozart - Clarinet Quintet (Gervase de Peyer/Amadeus Quartet, BBC Legends)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Thu Jan 12, 2012 3:43 pm

johnQpublic wrote: and with today's listening I reached a milestone. Starting in 2008, I kept track of my listening selections and excepting multi-disc sets of operas, oratorios and ballets, I have heard at least one composition from each CD in my collection. I'm still working on saying the same for my LPs and the goal after that will be to have listened to every item I own. Do keep in mind I only listen for about an hour most days and some days no listening occurs, so these next goals are years out in the future. 8)
Congratulations on you milestone John as your collection is obviously used and listened to and does not simply sit adorning a shelf :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 bombasticDarren » Thu Jan 12, 2012 4:03 pm

Beethoven - Piano Concerto No.5 Emperor (Richard Goode/Ivan Fischer, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Nonesuch)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by josé echenique » Thu Jan 12, 2012 7:43 pm

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What do you know, yet another pretty girl records an XVIII Century arias album. This time I have to accept that I liked the voice, it´s very pretty, and she is not an uncaring singer, but once more I have to say that I miss the time when soubrettes had personality and magnetism: Graziella Sciutti, Hilde Güeden, Irmgard Seefried, Lucia Popp, etc., but at least Reiss is a big improvement on DG´s latest babe du jour: Mojca Erdmann whom I just recently heard as Zerlina at the MET and was not impressed.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Wallingford » Thu Jan 12, 2012 7:45 pm

Beethoven's Piano Sonata #31 (Casadesus)
Ravel's Frontispiece and Sites auriculaires (Kalish/Jacobs)
Ravel's Serenade grotesque (Beret)
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 josé echenique » Thu Jan 12, 2012 8:49 pm

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This is a little gem of an opera, in fact this is rather an intermezzo that was played within a larger Paisiello opera called "L´ Osteria di Marechiaro" (available on dvd in a production from the Teatro San Carlo).
La Cappella de´Turchini is just the ideal group to give that inimitable Neapolitan flavor to this music.
Roberta Invernizzi and Maria Ercolano are stunning in the female leads. Ercolano in fact has a delicious tarantella that will stay in your head for days, but all the ensemble is flawless and ideal.
Antonio Florio must be congratulated for singlehandedly uncover all these Neapolitan treasures.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Wallingford » Thu Jan 12, 2012 11:40 pm

de Falla's El amor brujo (Ozawa/Bergonza)
Beethoven's Piano Sonata #24 (Casadesus)
Sibelius' Four Pieces for violin & piano, Op.78 (Ricci/Rabinof)
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 Fergus » Fri Jan 13, 2012 9:38 am

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I must check that one out Pepe :idea: The only works that I have of Paisiello are two mandoline concertos which I really like.

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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 » Fri Jan 13, 2012 11:59 am

M. Arnold - A Sussex Overture (composer/Reference)
Bridge - Cherry Ripe (Groves/EMI)
Delius - A Walk to the Paradise Garden (Wordsworth/Collins)
Simpson - Symphony #6 (Handley/Hyperion)
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Post by bombasticDarren » Fri Jan 13, 2012 12:52 pm

Khachaturian - Spartacus - excerpts & Gayaneh - excerpts (Aram Khachaturian, Wiener Philharmoniker, Decca)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Jared » Fri Jan 13, 2012 12:57 pm

^^ Good evening Darren and welcome to the weekend!

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Post by bombasticDarren » Fri Jan 13, 2012 1:34 pm

Ives - Symphony No.1 (Neeme Jarvi, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Chandos)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Jared » Fri Jan 13, 2012 1:38 pm

quickly becoming a favourite...

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Fri Jan 13, 2012 2:47 pm

Debussy - Nocturnes (Carlo Maria Giulini, Philharmonia Orchestra, EMI)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Fri Jan 13, 2012 3:34 pm

Bax - Symphony No.2 (David Lloyd Jones, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Naxos)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Fri Jan 13, 2012 4:16 pm

Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition (Orch: Ravel) (Seiji Ozawa, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sony Classical)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Jared » Fri Jan 13, 2012 4:45 pm

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My Bach Cantata odyssey begins with erm... Christmas Cantatas?

BWV 63,64,121 & 133 for the 1st, 2nd & 3rd days of Xmas... oh well, what can you expect from a man who was playing 'Christ on the Mount of Olives' and 'Seven Last Words' on Christmas Day?

I promise not to post this rather garish image too often... so if I don't post in here, I think it will be same to assume that over the next month, I will be listening to something from this boxset!

anyway, so far... so wonderful!

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Fri Jan 13, 2012 5:21 pm

A live concert on our National broadcaster....

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gerhard Markson
Tasmin Little, violin
Thomas Carroll, cello
Weber: Overture Der Freischütz
Brahms: Concerto for Violin and Cello Op.102
Beethoven: Symphony No.6 in F 'Pastoral'

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Wallingford » Fri Jan 13, 2012 6:33 pm

Beethoven's Piano Concerto #3 (Haskil/Markevitch)
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 » Fri Jan 13, 2012 11:36 pm

This live direct concert with the COLORADO SYMPHONY, conducted by PIETARI INKINEN:

Mussorgsky's Khovanshchina intro
Shostakovich's Violin Concerto #1 (w/Karen Gomyo)
Mussorgsky-Ravel's Pictures At An Exhibition
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 ContrapunctusIX » Sat Jan 14, 2012 12:14 am

Debussy, Ravel: String Quartets
Quatuor Talich
Calliope

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by arthound » Sat Jan 14, 2012 4:37 am

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Ozawa doesn't seem to get a lot of love around here but this is a superb Mahler 2nd IMO.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Sat Jan 14, 2012 9:41 am

A Darren recommendation....


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These are both terrific performances and I thought that No. 7 was infused with a little more hope than usual.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Donaldopato » Sat Jan 14, 2012 10:21 am

The Mozart Piano Concerto threat inspired this AM's listening on Spotify:

Piano Concerti #23 and 24 (probably 25-27 too)
Perahia English Chamber Orchestra
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Post by Jared » Sat Jan 14, 2012 10:53 am

a little break off from the Cantatas:

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Jared » Sat Jan 14, 2012 2:13 pm

Bach: Cantatas for the 1st day of Whitsun... naturally... :-//

BWV 172, 59, 74 & 34.

(I've been made to promise that I won't post the album 'artwork' again... )

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Sat Jan 14, 2012 2:52 pm

Walton - Symphony No.1 (Andrew Litton, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Decca)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Sat Jan 14, 2012 3:11 pm

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Jean-Philippe Rameau CD 44
Suites from Les Indes Galantes & Dardanus

Collegium Aureum

Jean-Philippe Rameau CD 44
Hippolyte et Arieie
Pygmalion

La Petite Bande/Sigiswald Kuijken
Zoroastre
La Petite Bande/G. Leonhardt

Georg Philipp Telemann CD 50
Concertos from Tafelmusik

Collegium Aureum


I love the sound of Collegium Aureum.
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Sat Jan 14, 2012 3:36 pm

Now this is as a new one on me, I never thought that I would come to like this music, but I do, I like it very much indeed, particularly the first two parts, 'Ad pedes' and 'Ad genua'. There is a beautiful, simplistic, wholesomeness to this music, that is deeply involving, I found myself listening to it again and again so that I could find the patterns in it.

Well, these Japanese artists make a glorious sound:

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Dietrich Buxtehude
Membra Jesu nostri

Bach Collegium Japan
Masaaki Suzuki - conducting.
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Post by bombasticDarren » Sat Jan 14, 2012 3:50 pm

Sibelius - Symphony No.7, The Oceanides, Finlandia & Tapiola (Paavo Berglund, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, EMI)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Sat Jan 14, 2012 4:43 pm

Vaughan Williams - Norfolk Rhapsody No.1 & Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (Leonard Slatkin, Philharmonia Orchestra, RCA)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Jared » Sat Jan 14, 2012 4:43 pm

Bach: Cantatas for the 11th Sunday after Trinity

(I'm not sure when that is exactly, but I will bet my bottom dollar it isn't mid January!)

BWV: 179, 199 & 113.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by johnQpublic » Sat Jan 14, 2012 7:02 pm

Kosslovsky - Overture to "Esther" (Yesipov/Chant du monde)
Alyabiev - Variations on the Ukranian Folk Tune "The Cossack on the Danube" (Rudin/Fuga Libra)
Rubenstein - Piano Concerto #4 (Banowetz/Marco Polo)
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Sat Jan 14, 2012 7:02 pm

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Acts 1, 2 & 3.

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Post by bombasticDarren » Sun Jan 15, 2012 6:22 am

Mozart - Piano Concerto No.23 (Richard Goode, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Nonesuch)

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Post by bombasticDarren » Sun Jan 15, 2012 6:51 am

Svendsen - Symphony No.1 (Thomas Dausgaard, Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Chandos)

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Post by bombasticDarren » Sun Jan 15, 2012 8:09 am

Chopin - Scherzo No.1-No.4 (Garrick Ohlsson, Hyperion)

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Post by Jared » Sun Jan 15, 2012 8:20 am

Bach: Cantatas

BWV98 for 21st Sunday after Trinity
BWV139 for 23rd Sunday after Trinity
BWV16 for New Year's Day

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Post by bombasticDarren » Sun Jan 15, 2012 10:26 am

J.S. Bach - Cantata BWV 63 Christen, atzet diesen Tag (Claron McFadden/Bernarda Fink/Christoph Genz/Dietrich Henschel/John Eliot Gardiner, The Montevrdi Choir/The English Baroque Soloists, Soli Deo Gloria)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by josé echenique » Sun Jan 15, 2012 10:51 am

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Acts 1, 2 & 3.
That´s one of Colin Davis´s best recorded efforts in recent years Fergus. And fortunately Heppner was still in top form when the recording was made. Overall, it´s an excellent Les Troyens. Colin Davis´s previous, landmark recording in PHILIPS is memorable mostly because of Jon Vickers as Aeneas, but the Dido and Cassandra are nowhere in his class. Originally PHILIPS wanted Janet Baker as Cassandra and Regine Crespin as Dido, but for contractual reasons it couldn´t be.

My personal favourite Les Troyens is not even in cd, but in dvd. Gardiner who also has a very British (because the French hate Berlioz ha, ha) affinity with the score conducted a glorious and gorgeous production at the Chatelet, and the Dido and the Cassandra, Susan Graham and Anna Caterina Antonacci look and sound like Aegean goddesses.

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Go figure, the stupid people of Opus Arte forgot to put the name of Gregory Kunde on the cover, the Aeneas!!!!.

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Post by Jared » Sun Jan 15, 2012 11:02 am

josé echenique wrote: Gardiner who also has a very British (because the French hate Berlioz ha, ha) affinity with the score
why do the French 'hate' Berlioz, Pepe? Would it perhaps be the inverse reason as to why he's the only French composer I actually like?

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Post by bombasticDarren » Sun Jan 15, 2012 12:17 pm

J.S. Bach - Cantata BWV 65 Sie werden aus Saba alle kommen & BWV 123 Liebster Immanuel. Herzog der Frommen (Magdalena Kozena/Sally Bruce-Payne/James Gilchrist/Peter Harvey/John Eliot Gardiner, The Monteverdi Choir/The English Baroque Soloists, Soli Deo Gloria)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by josé echenique » Sun Jan 15, 2012 12:36 pm

Jared wrote:
josé echenique wrote: Gardiner who also has a very British (because the French hate Berlioz ha, ha) affinity with the score
why do the French 'hate' Berlioz, Pepe? Would it perhaps be the inverse reason as to why he's the only French composer I actually like?
Believe it or not but I know many French people who totally dislike Berlioz. Of course there have been some notable French conductors who have made him proud like Monteux and Minkowski, but when one thinks of Berlioz it´s usually Anglos like Colin Davis and John Eliot Gardiner who come to mind.
Maybe the urban legend of the French vs Berlioz started with the Paris Opéra preferring Wagner´s Tannhäuser over Les Troyens (as you can imagine Berlioz was totally furious over it).
During the first decades after it´s completion in 1858 it was usually played in 2 parts in different evenings, and the first more or less complete performance was given as late as 1890 when the composer was long dead.
In the 20th Century the 2 productions that put Les Troyens back in the map were a 1957 one conducted by Rafael Kubelik (his enormous Catholic tastes!!!!) and the celebrated 1969 Colin Davis production at Covent Garden recorded by Philips. When the new La Bastille Theatre opened in 1989 with a production of Les Troyens they cut the ballets.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Jared » Sun Jan 15, 2012 12:58 pm

josé echenique wrote: During the first decades after it´s completion in 1858 it was usually played in 2 parts in different evenings, and the first more or less complete performance was given as late as 1890 when the composer was long dead.
I can understand that that must have been rather galling (or, Gauling?) for a composer, to find that his work was being overlooked in favour of a Prussian/ Germanic composer, given the distrust between the two powers at this time... and even more so after the Franco-Prussian war of 1870... :?

yes, he can be a little bombastic, but personally, I'd still listen to Berlioz over Wagner any day of the week... :wink:

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