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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Mon Dec 27, 2010 10:05 am

josé echenique wrote:Image

So far I have heard the Lohengrin and Les Troyens, obviously the bonbons of the box :lol:
Both are excellent. It is heartbreaking to hear how good Deborah Voigt sounded not that long ago, after seeing her voiceless Minnie on December 10th at the MET. Ben Heppner too is in finest voice both as Aeneas and Lohengrin. But the reason to buy the box is the exquisite Didon of the much lamented Lorraine Hunt. What a loss to us all :(
The sound is very acceptable, as you hear it in he MET broadcasts, but the German engineers of the Bavarian Radio and the Austrians of the ORF manage a more natural sound with greater depth and range.

I will hear the Lulu next.
Ah, you've got it. I was tempted but that's too much opera for the likes of me.
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Mon Dec 27, 2010 10:09 am

Fergus wrote:
Seán wrote:Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 6

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
André Cluytens - conducting

No. 6 is probably my overall favourite Beethoven symphony but it is not high up there for many people I fear. I have loved it from the moment that I first heard it back in the mists of time....
That Cluytens/BPO performance might win over another few hearts, it is wonderful.
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Mon Dec 27, 2010 10:20 am

and back to Mahler again:

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Gustav Mahler
Symphony No. 2

Edith Mathis soprano
Norma Proctor contralto
Sinfonieorchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Rafael Kubelik - conducting


I have just finished listening to this recording made by Kubelik and the BRSO. It was recorded in 1969, four years after the BRSO recorded the "Resurrection" with Klemperer. This Kubleik performance with the Bavarians is a spinge-tingling, tear-jerking, delicate, powerful, tour-de-force by the BRSO. It is a wonderful, wonderful recording, it's up there with the best of them.
Which has me wondering why I don't listen to it more often, I must do so.

Next up, it's Bach :D
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by josé echenique » Mon Dec 27, 2010 11:44 am

Seán wrote:
josé echenique wrote:Image

So far I have heard the Lohengrin and Les Troyens, obviously the bonbons of the box :lol:
Both are excellent. It is heartbreaking to hear how good Deborah Voigt sounded not that long ago, after seeing her voiceless Minnie on December 10th at the MET. Ben Heppner too is in finest voice both as Aeneas and Lohengrin. But the reason to buy the box is the exquisite Didon of the much lamented Lorraine Hunt. What a loss to us all :(
The sound is very acceptable, as you hear it in he MET broadcasts, but the German engineers of the Bavarian Radio and the Austrians of the ORF manage a more natural sound with greater depth and range.

I will hear the Lulu next.
Ah, you've got it. I was tempted but that's too much opera for the likes of me.
I would recommend it to you if it had some Verdi, Puccini and Rossini, but Wozzeck, Lulu, Pelléas, Moses und Aron, the Great Gatsby and the Rake´s Progress among other things are not exactly easy listening. I imagine Levine chose these works because he´s proud of how well he conducted them. On the other hand Poulenc´s Les Mamelles de Tiresias is a delicious little gem and I´m looking forward to hear it.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Mon Dec 27, 2010 1:02 pm

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Johann Sebastian Bach
Christmas Oratorio Part 3

Concentus musicus Wien
Nikolas Harnoncourt - conducting


Edited to correct an error in original post
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by johnQpublic » Mon Dec 27, 2010 1:11 pm

Berlioz - Roman Carnival Overture (Davis/RCA)
Huber - Symphony #2 (Weigle/Sterling)
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by karlhenning » Mon Dec 27, 2010 1:57 pm

Hindemith
The three piano sonatas
Glenn Gould

Bartók
Violin Concerto № 2, Sz. 112
Menuhin, vn
New Philharmonia
Doráti

Bartók
Selections from Duets for 2 Violins, Sz. 98
Menuhin & Gotkovsky, vns

Bartók
String Quartet № 3, Sz. 85
String Quartet № 5, Sz. 102
String Quartet № 6, Sz. 114
Keller Quartet

Wuorinen
Trio for Bass Instruments (1981)
David Taylor, b tn
David Braynard, ta
Donald Palma, cb

Wuorinen
Trombone Trio (1985)
Ronald Borror, trombone
Daniel Druckman, marimba & vibraphone
Alan Feinberg, piano

Berlioz
L’enfance du Christ, Opus 25
Florence Kopleff, contralto
Cesare Valletti, tenor
Gérard Souzay, baritone
Giorgio Tozzi, bass
Lucien Olivier, baritone
NEC Chorus
BSO
Chas Munch


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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Mon Dec 27, 2010 2:49 pm

Mozart - Piano Concerto No.20 (Mikhail Pletnev, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Virgin Classics)

Ravel - 'Bolero' (Claudio Abbado, London Symphony Orchestra, DG)

Schubert - Piano Sonata D.958 (Murray Perahia, Sony Classical) below

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Mon Dec 27, 2010 4:31 pm

Sibelius - Symphony No.6 (Colin Davis, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Philips)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Mon Dec 27, 2010 4:32 pm

Seán wrote:That Cluytens/BPO performance might win over another few hearts, it is wonderful.
I hope so Seán; it is a wonderful work and Cluytens does a great job with it as you say.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Mon Dec 27, 2010 4:34 pm

Seán wrote:Image

Gustav Mahler
Symphony No. 2

Edith Mathis soprano
Norma Proctor contralto
Sinfonieorchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Rafael Kubelik - conducting

I listened to that version only recently Seán and it is a very fine M2 I agree :D

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Mon Dec 27, 2010 4:38 pm

Seán wrote:Image

Johann Sebastian Bach
Christmas Oratorio Part 3

Bach Collegium Japan
Masaaki Suzuki - conducting
I think that you have the wrong image there my friend :wink:

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Mon Dec 27, 2010 4:39 pm

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Mon Dec 27, 2010 4:40 pm

Fergus wrote:
bombasticDarren wrote: Image
How did you find that particular recording Darren?
A handy pair of recordings to have. I preferred the performance of the 2nd - great expression of the dynamics within the work. The 4th I felt was a little unsubtle and aggressively recorded - still very good though :)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Mon Dec 27, 2010 4:44 pm

Fergus wrote:Image
I love the Franck VS - I have Grumiaux/Hajdu recording of it and play it often :D

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Post by karlhenning » Mon Dec 27, 2010 4:53 pm

Berlioz
La mort d’Ophélie
St Anthony Singers
English Chamber Orchestra
Sir Colin Davis

Berlioz
La mort de Cléopâtre, scène lyrique
Anne Pashley, soprano
St Anthony Singers
English Chamber Orchestra
Sir Colin Davis

Britten
War Requiem, Opus 66
Elisabeth Söderström, soprano
Robt Tear, tenor
Sir Thos Allen, baritone
Mark Blatchley, chamber organ
Boys of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford
CBSO Chorus
CBSO
Sir Simon Rattle


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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Mon Dec 27, 2010 6:01 pm

Fergus wrote:
Seán wrote:Image

Johann Sebastian Bach
Christmas Oratorio Part 3

Bach Collegium Japan
Masaaki Suzuki - conducting
I think that you have the wrong image there my friend :wink:
:lol: :lol: :lol: You are almost correct, but well done Fergus. I did a copy and paste - in indecent haste, because I wanted to get back to listening to more music. I did listen to the Concentius musicus Wien under the direction of the esteemed Harnoncourt and I went back to listen to the Suzuki version of Part 3. Thank you sir. :wink:
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by josé echenique » Mon Dec 27, 2010 7:47 pm

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I heard the Lulu today. Levine gets top notch playing from the orchestra. Christine Shäfer as Lulu and David Kuebler as Alwa can also be seen in an excellent Glyndebourne production on dvd. Both are excellent, Shäfer a more innocent and less knowing sounding Lulu than Stratas is very effective in the role. Hanna Schwarz sounds a little bit tired as the Countess Geschwitz, but delivers her last lines with consummate artistry. The theme of Alwa´s declaration of love for Lulu in the second act still haunts me.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bricon » Mon Dec 27, 2010 10:31 pm

karlhenning wrote:
Britten
War Requiem, Opus 66
Elisabeth Söderström, soprano
Robt Tear, tenor
Sir Thos Allen, baritone
Mark Blatchley, chamber organ
Boys of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford
CBSO Chorus
CBSO
Sir Simon Rattle
This looks VERY tempting.

karl what are your thoughts about the recording?

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Tue Dec 28, 2010 3:39 am

bombasticDarren wrote:A handy pair of recordings to have. I preferred the performance of the 2nd - great expression of the dynamics within the work. The 4th I felt was a little unsubtle and aggressively recorded - still very good though :)
Thanks for that Darren....it is always interesting to read different parspectives on the Brahms' symphonies.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Tue Dec 28, 2010 3:41 am

bombasticDarren wrote:
Fergus wrote:Image
I love the Franck VS - I have Grumiaux/Hajdu recording of it and play it often :D
Those are three very good works on that disc and it is a recording that I have had for a long time and one that I return to and enjoy often.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Tue Dec 28, 2010 3:44 am

Seán wrote: :lol: :lol: :lol: You are almost correct, but well done Fergus. I did a copy and paste - in indecent haste, because I wanted to get back to listening to more music. I did listen to the Concentius musicus Wien under the direction of the esteemed Harnoncourt and I went back to listen to the Suzuki version of Part 3. Thank you sir. :wink:
That is a very acceptable excuse indeed :D

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Post by Fergus » Tue Dec 28, 2010 3:45 am

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Piano concerto No. 4....a really very good performance.

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Post by bombasticDarren » Tue Dec 28, 2010 4:55 am

Prokofiev - Symphony No.3 (Neeme Jarvi, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Chandos)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Tue Dec 28, 2010 7:23 am

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Pjotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
The Nutcracker

Orchestre de La Suisse Romande
Ernest Ansermet - conducting


This is a Brilliant Classics release of a Decca recording from 1958, it is wonderful music, beautifully recorded too.
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Tue Dec 28, 2010 8:16 am

Seán wrote:Image
I used to listen to the Tchaikovsky ballets quite a lot in the past but I have not done so in recent years. That looks like an interesting set.

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Post by Fergus » Tue Dec 28, 2010 8:17 am

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Tue Dec 28, 2010 10:48 am

Fergus wrote:
Seán wrote:Image
I used to listen to the Tchaikovsky ballets quite a lot in the past but I have not done so in recent years. That looks like an interesting set.
It is very good. I picked it up a several weeks ago in Tower for less than €20. It's well worth getting.
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Post by maestrob » Tue Dec 28, 2010 10:50 am

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Richter: The Master Volume 8/Bach

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Post by johnQpublic » Tue Dec 28, 2010 11:19 am

Rosner - Millennium Overture (Palmer/Albany)
Currier - Vocalissimus (MOSAIC/New World)
Harris - Symphony #3 (Bernstein/DG)
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Tue Dec 28, 2010 11:32 am

Shostakovich - Piano Concerto No.1 & No.2 (Andre Previn/William Vacchiano/Leonard Bernstein, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Sony Classical)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by josé echenique » Tue Dec 28, 2010 11:58 am

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I haven´t heard this, but I know a certain Chalkie who can´t have enough of Rattle´s previous Liverpool recording and would certainly like to hear what Rattle can do in Berlin.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Tue Dec 28, 2010 12:57 pm

josé echenique wrote:Image

I haven´t heard this, but I know a certain Chalkie who can´t have enough of Rattle´s previous Liverpool recording and would certainly like to hear what Rattle can do in Berlin.
I expect that, like me, our Chalkie might prefer to listen to one of Abbado's, Kubleik's, Solti's or even one of Klemperer's take on the Resurrecton before listening to that one. :lol: :wink:
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Tue Dec 28, 2010 1:03 pm

Tchaikovsky - 'Manfred' Symphony (Vassily Petrenko, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Naxos)

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Post by karlhenning » Tue Dec 28, 2010 1:50 pm

bombasticDarren wrote:Tchaikovsky - 'Manfred' Symphony (Vassily Petrenko, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Naxos)
I expect that should be mighty good.

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Post by bombasticDarren » Tue Dec 28, 2010 2:20 pm

karlhenning wrote:
bombasticDarren wrote:Tchaikovsky - 'Manfred' Symphony (Vassily Petrenko, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Naxos)
I expect that should be mighty good.

Cheers,
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Yes Karl, really very good :D

Are you a particular fan of the piece, or the players? Maybe both?

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Tue Dec 28, 2010 2:21 pm

Gershwin - 'Rhapsody in Blue' & 'An American in Paris' (Andre Previn, London Symphony Orchestra, EMI)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Tue Dec 28, 2010 3:11 pm

bombasticDarren wrote:
karlhenning wrote:
bombasticDarren wrote:Tchaikovsky - 'Manfred' Symphony (Vassily Petrenko, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Naxos)
I expect that should be mighty good.

Cheers,
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Yes Karl, really very good :D

Are you a particular fan of the piece, or the players? Maybe both?
Well it was different era and a different orchestra perhaps but the RLPO were capable of great things as evidenced by their perfomance on the Beethoven Symphony cycle under the guidance of Charles Mackerras. I am watching with interest their recordings of the Shostakovich Symphonies with Petrenko, perhaps there will be a box set in the offing in a year or two, that would certainly interest me. Oh and yes I know I'm not Karl :oops: sorry.
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Tue Dec 28, 2010 3:18 pm

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Alexander Borodin
Symphony No.1
Symphony No.3

U.S.S.R. State Symphony Orchestra
Evgeny Svetlanov - conducting.


Superb, I love it.
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Tue Dec 28, 2010 4:57 pm

Seán wrote:Image

It is very good. I picked it up a several weeks ago in Tower for less than €20. It's well worth getting.
Thanks for that Seán....I may well check that one out :idea:

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Tue Dec 28, 2010 5:01 pm

bombasticDarren wrote:Tchaikovsky - 'Manfred' Symphony
I think that is a great work Darren and one that I have not heard in a while; I must give it a listen sometime soon :idea:

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Post by Fergus » Tue Dec 28, 2010 5:09 pm

I broke open this recent purchase this evening and played symphonies nos. 1 & 2....

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Normally I would not listen to these two works in minute detail but my attention was arrested on this occasion I must say, particularly with Symphony No. 1. This was a work performed with quite a specific voice.

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Post by Donaldopato » Tue Dec 28, 2010 6:18 pm

More from the Bernstein set:

Prokofiev Symphony # 1 and 5
Nielsen Symphony # 3 and 5

The Nielsen is a classic and was quite enjoyable (this coming from someone who is not all that sold on Nielsen)

The Prokofiev was a disappointment, especially # 5. Sort of a rough and ready reading.
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Tue Dec 28, 2010 8:21 pm

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Mily Balakirev
Symphony No.1

U.S.S.R. State Symphony Orchestra
Evgeny Svetlanov - conducting.


I like it, but it's not my favourite version of this symphony.
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Prometheus » Wed Dec 29, 2010 12:19 am

Shostakovich-Songs-Delos.

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Post by Fergus » Wed Dec 29, 2010 4:40 am

Telemann – Christmas Cantatas....

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This was a very nice recording indeed.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Wed Dec 29, 2010 6:47 am

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Dmitri Shostakovich
Symphony No.1

WDR Symphony Orchestra, Cologne
Rudolf Barshai - conducting


This is a great performance of a wonderful symphony.
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Wed Dec 29, 2010 6:58 am

Fergus wrote:I broke open this recent purchase this evening and played symphonies nos. 1 & 2....

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Normally I would not listen to these two works in minute detail but my attention was arrested on this occasion I must say, particularly with Symphony No. 1. This was a work performed with quite a specific voice.
When visiting a newly acquired box set I usually start with the First and Second Symphonies and then move to the Seventh. I hope that you like that set, it certainly is a big-band approach by Klemperer and the Philharmonia.
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Wed Dec 29, 2010 8:44 am

Seán wrote:When visiting a newly acquired box set I usually start with the First and Second Symphonies and then move to the Seventh. I hope that you like that set, it certainly is a big-band approach by Klemperer and the Philharmonia.
If the rest of it continues as it has started then I will be very pleased indeed :D

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Wed Dec 29, 2010 8:49 am

Mozart – Piano Concertos Nos. 20 & 27....

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I really enjoyed these two performances....there was a lot of fluidity in the playing.

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