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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Sat Feb 04, 2012 8:05 am

This is a great 10 CD box set, I bought it from jpc in November for €10. The performances were recorded between 1949 and 1957, it is well worth having. There are some real gems in this collection not least Rimsky-Korsakov's, Scheherazade.

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CD 9
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Scheharazde

Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Rudolf Schultz - violin
Ferenc Fricsay - conductor

[Recorded in: 1956]

This is a sparkling, powerful performance and the soloist Rudolf Schultz is very impressive, it is very enjoyable, strongly recommended.

CD 6
Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 7

RIAS-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Ferenc Fricsay - conductor.

[Recorded in: 1953]
Seán

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by johnQpublic » Sat Feb 04, 2012 11:12 am

Cimarosa - Overture to "La baronessa Stramba" (Amoretti/Marco Polo)
J. C Bach - Wind Symphony #2 (Consotium Classicum/MDG)
F. J. Haydn - Piano Trio in D minor (Beaux Arts Trio/Philips)
W. A. Mozart - Symphony #12 (Mackerras/Telarc)
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Wallingford » Sat Feb 04, 2012 10:03 pm

Khachaturian's Masquerade Suite (Kostelanetz)
Horowitz's Carnegie Hall recital of 2/25/53
Bach's Brandenburg Concerto #5 (Stokowski, with Valenti, Brusilow & Kincaid)
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 » Sun Feb 05, 2012 6:28 am

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by josé echenique » Sun Feb 05, 2012 9:53 am

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Marvelous string quartets from Mozart´s almost exact (1756-1792) contemporary.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Sun Feb 05, 2012 3:04 pm

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by johnQpublic » Sun Feb 05, 2012 5:16 pm

Guglielmi - Overture in G (Biancalana/Bongiovanni)
Beethoven - Serenade for String Trio (Grumiaux/Philips)
Goetz - Symphony in F (Albert/cpo)
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Sun Feb 05, 2012 5:55 pm

On vinyl....


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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by johnQpublic » Mon Feb 06, 2012 8:41 am

Marschner - Overture to "Lukretia" (Walter/Marco Polo)
Schubert - Konzertstuck in D, D.345 (Zuckerman/Philips)
Scharwenka - Piano Concerto #4 (Hough/Hyperion)
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by josé echenique » Mon Feb 06, 2012 9:04 am

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Rafael Kubelik didn´t make nearly as many opera recordings as he deserved, but those that he did are all marvelous recordings that have stood well the test of time: the Fischer-Dieskau/Scotto Rigoletto, the long dormant Meistersinger, the James King Lohengrin, etc., and this star-studded Palestrina is so good that it seems almost impossible to surpass.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Wallingford » Mon Feb 06, 2012 10:09 pm

Mendelssohn's Symphony #2, Lobgesang

Bramwell Tovey leading the BSO, with sopranos Carolyn Sampson & Camilla Tilling, tenor John Tessier, and the Tangelwood Festival Chorus......in an on-demand concert on WGBH
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 johnQpublic » Tue Feb 07, 2012 11:15 am

LPs

R. Wagner - Overture to "The Flying Dutchman" (Ormandy/RCA)
Schoenberg - Pierrot Lunaire (Weisberg/Nonesuch)
Webern - Concerto, Op. 24 (Boulez/Columbia)
Stockhousen - Gesang der Junglinge (DGG)
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by josé echenique » Tue Feb 07, 2012 6:10 pm

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Brautigam is probably the finest pianoforte player around after Andreas Staier.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by johnQpublic » Wed Feb 08, 2012 10:51 am

LPs

Simply Sibelius

All'Overtura from "Scenes historiques, Op. 25" (Gibson/RCA)
Symphony #4 (Maazel/London)
Two Songs [Marssnon & Kullervon valitus] (Krause/London)
Finlandia (Karajan/Angel)
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by arglebargle » Wed Feb 08, 2012 9:58 pm

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Janacek - String Quartets - Panocha
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by johnQpublic » Thu Feb 09, 2012 11:36 am

J. P. E. Hartmann - Correggio Overture (Dausgaard/dacapo)
Lumbye - Salute to our Friends (Guth/Regis)
Nielsen - Symphony #4 (Blomstedt/London)
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by maestrob » Thu Feb 09, 2012 11:40 am

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Simply some of the finest singing ever.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by ContrapunctusIX » Thu Feb 09, 2012 12:45 pm

Beethoven: Violin Concerto
London Symphony Orchestra & Josef Krips
Alfredo Campoli, violin
Beulah

from the Art of Campoli II

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by ravel30 » Thu Feb 09, 2012 8:56 pm

Yesterday:

Sibelius Symphonies 4 and 5 from

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I am totally in love with this set. Beautifully played.

Matt.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by josé echenique » Fri Feb 10, 2012 9:53 am

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We have grown with these (Callas) recordings, we have listened to them hundreds of times, and yet they still amaze, they still marvel. Callas´s Leonora is beyond compare, even among the likes of Zinka Milanov and Leontyne Price, La Divina was in a class of her own. Di Stefano has been accused of not having the squillo for Manrico, but he is the one tenor who sounds young enough to be Azucena´s son (I know Manrico is NOT Azucena´s son ha, ha) but he still is magnificent, singing his heart out and giving it all as if there´s no tomorrow. And what can we say of the glorious Azucena of Fedora Barbieri, a commanding, terrific performance that has not been equaled since. And the gorgeously sung Di luna of the great Rolando Panerai is also a performance to treasure. His high-baritone is just right for this role. And Karajan conducts an elegant, Italianate Trovatore, without the Brucknerian overtones of his later EMI version with Price.
Here we are in the company of giants.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by maestrob » Fri Feb 10, 2012 10:49 am

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The new benchmark for solo Debussy.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by BWV 1080 » Fri Feb 10, 2012 11:57 am

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The new benchmark for solo Debussy.
got that as well and would concur

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by BWV 1080 » Fri Feb 10, 2012 12:00 pm

my commute is too long:

Beethoven - Cello Sonata op 69
Messiaen - Catalog d' oiseaux L'alouette calandrelle , La bouscarle
Schoenberg - 3rd SQ

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by johnQpublic » Fri Feb 10, 2012 1:11 pm

Lully - Overture from "Xerxes" (Mallon/Naxos)
Daquin - Le Coucou (Pinnock/Arkiv)
Marias - 5 Selections from "Suite d'un gout etranger" (Coin/London)
F. Couperin - L'Imperiale fro "Les Nations" (Savall/Astree)
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by ravel30 » Fri Feb 10, 2012 11:51 pm

maestrob wrote:Image

The new benchmark for solo Debussy.
I would agree with that too.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by ravel30 » Fri Feb 10, 2012 11:54 pm

This morning:

The Four Seasons by Vivaldi from this local recording:

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Mozart Symphony no. 40 and 41 from

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Bruckner Symphony no. 9 Baremboim/Chicago Symphony orchestra

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My favorite version of that symphony and one of the many reasons why I would like to purchase the complete cycle containing that very same version. My stereo was set of a relatively high level and the brilliance, clarity and amazing play was clearly apparent in every corner of that performance

No matter what people here think of Baremboim I think that he among my favorite conductor

Borodin Symphony no. 3 Ansermet/Orchestre de la Suisse Romande from

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Matt.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Sat Feb 11, 2012 8:02 am

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Franz Schubert
String Quartet in D minor D810 "Der Tod und das Mädchen" (Death and the Maiden)
Quartettsatz in C minor D703

Amadeus Quartet


Both recordings were made in 1954, this is wonderful music.
Seán

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by maestrob » Sat Feb 11, 2012 10:33 am

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The Kabalevsky #2 is a major work: why it's not performed and recorded more often is beyond me. Isserlis's BBC recording (free with the magazine) is also very fine.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by johnQpublic » Sat Feb 11, 2012 11:46 am

Reinagle - Overture in G (Gallois/Naxos)
Foote - String Quartet in D (Kohon/Vox)
Piston - Symphony #6 (Slatkin/RCA)
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Wallingford » Sat Feb 11, 2012 12:50 pm

Vaughan Williams' Tuba Concerto (Olka/Schwarz)
Mozart's Bassoon Concerto (Garfield/Ormandy)
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 » Sun Feb 12, 2012 10:43 am

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A sort of Missa Brevis (Kyrie/Gloria/Credo) from the "Catholic" Bach.
Beautiful works and an admirable recording.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by maestrob » Sun Feb 12, 2012 12:07 pm

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Where's Jack these days?

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Wallingford » Sun Feb 12, 2012 5:53 pm

Bach's Clavier Concerto #2 (Leonhardt)
Mussorgsky-Ravel Pictures At An Exhibition (Rodzinski)
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 johnQpublic » Sun Feb 12, 2012 6:11 pm

Mayr - Overture to "Sisara" (Renzetti/Warner Fonit)
F. Mendelssohn - Piano Concerto #2 (Brautigam/BIS)
R. Strauss - Suite from "Capriccio" (Jarvi/Chandos)
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Wallingford » Sun Feb 12, 2012 8:53 pm

Beethoven's Piano Sonatas #1 & #3 (Schnabel)
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 johnQpublic » Mon Feb 13, 2012 3:44 pm

Langford - Two Worlds Overture (Sutherland/ASV)
Lilburn - A Birthday Offering (Southgate/Continuum)
Kernis - Colored Field (Mork/Virgin)
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by josé echenique » Mon Feb 13, 2012 5:50 pm

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Continuing with Johann Christian Bach, it´s always a pleasure to revisit this 1772 Serenata composed for London. The music is really excellent, with several and important flute obligatos composed for a flautist friend of J.C. Bach.
The recording is everything one could wish for.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Wallingford » Mon Feb 13, 2012 11:14 pm

Enescu's Roumanian Rhapsody #1 (Rodzinski....also Toscanini)
Liszt's Mephisto Waltz (Rodzinski....also Koussevitzky)
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 maestrob » Tue Feb 14, 2012 12:10 pm

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by johnQpublic » Tue Feb 14, 2012 12:30 pm

Auber - Overture to "Le Dieu et la bayadere" (Anderson/Sterling)
Ibert - Suite from "Le Jardinier de Samos" (Audoli/Arion)
Alain - Lamento & Premiere Fantaisie (Lebrun/Naxos)
Ohana - Livre des prodiges (Skrowaczewski/Erato)
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by josé echenique » Tue Feb 14, 2012 12:55 pm

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This is one of my favorite recordings of Prokofiev´s Romeo & Juliet. To say that the Concertgebouw plays magnificently is an understatement, and Myung-Whun Chung works his magic through the selections (what a pity that it was not recorded complete :( ) , still this is far more than just another recording of the concert suite, it´s music-making of the highest order, the incredibly moving "Death of Juliet" alone is worth the price of the disc.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by maestrob » Wed Feb 15, 2012 11:49 am

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This is one of my favorite recordings of Prokofiev´s Romeo & Juliet. To say that the Concertgebouw plays magnificently is an understatement, and Myung-Whun Chung works his magic through the selections (what a pity that it was not recorded complete :( ) , still this is far more than just another recording of the concert suite, it´s music-making of the highest order, the incredibly moving "Death of Juliet" alone is worth the price of the disc.
Chung is a great conductor, under-appreciated in America, although he was trained here, and is a Juilliard grad, having finished his training there with Jean Morel. There's a very fine Shostakovich IV w/Philadelphia (the orchestra that issued the world premiere recording of the work under Ormandy) that's been issued by DGG, but most of his recordings were made in Europe.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by maestrob » Wed Feb 15, 2012 11:53 am

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With Levine's disciplined yet musical approach to Beethoven, Kissin shines in both concerti.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by johnQpublic » Wed Feb 15, 2012 12:47 pm

Cherubini - Overture to "Lodoiska" (Frontalini/Nuova Era)
Gounod - "O, legere hirondelle from "Mireille" (Dessay/EMI)
Bruch - Violin Concerto #3 (Krecher/MDG)
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by josé echenique » Wed Feb 15, 2012 7:22 pm

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I heard Zimerman in Concerto #1 substituting at the very last minute for an indisposed Martha Argerich back in 1986. Ozawa conducted the Vienna Philharmonic. Next year they recorded both concertos in Boston.
I would say it´s the finest version since the Richter/Kondrashin.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Wallingford » Wed Feb 15, 2012 11:07 pm

Kodaly's Hary Janos Suite (Schwarz)
Schuman's Credendum (Ormandy)
Piston's Symphony #4 (Ormandy)
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 maestrob » Thu Feb 16, 2012 12:12 pm

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Also: Beethoven Piano Concerti II & IV: Sherman/Czech Philh.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by josé echenique » Thu Feb 16, 2012 12:16 pm

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This is a live 2-cd recording of a concert given at Paris´Theatre des Champs-Elysées on December 19, 2011, for the 10th anniversary of the ensemble Concert d´Astrée.
There´s some Rameau, Lully and Purcell in the first half, but the composer most generously represented is Handel, with selections from both operas and oratorios.
Pretty much EVERYBODY in the Baroque circuit was there: Natalie Dessay, Sara Mingardo, Philippe Jaroussky, Patricia Petibon, Sandrine Piau, Ann Hallenberg, Topi Lehtipuu, plus guest stars like Rolando Villazón, Anne Sofie von Otter, Lorenzo Regazzo and Christopher Purves.

It´s all great fun, and it does have some outstanding performances, like Petibon singing a mad-crazy version of the aria "Aux langueurs d´Apollon" from Rameau´s Platée (the character is La Folie, so it´s only right that it´s mad-crazy). Anne Sofie von Otter is also outstanding in Phédre´s great lament from Hippolyte et Aricie.
On top of everything, the concert was given for a benefit of cancer research, so besides the great music there´s a noble cause to support.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by oisfetz » Thu Feb 16, 2012 4:51 pm

Alf Hurum's string quartet op.6. If you like Grieg's quartet, you'll love this wonderful one.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by johnQpublic » Thu Feb 16, 2012 6:39 pm

LPs

Handel - Overtue to "Scipio" (Bonynge/London)
F. J. Haydn - Organ Concerto, Hob. XVIII: 8 (Chorzempa/Philips)
Gretry/Gevaert - Danses villageoises (Strauss/Seraphim)
Beethoven - Ruins of Athens (Beecham/Angel)
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