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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by karlhenning » Wed Dec 29, 2010 9:33 am

Prometheus wrote:Shostakovich-Songs-Delos.

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I haven't heard that volume; but the volume I have heard (vol. 3, 1922-1942) is excellent!

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by maestrob » Wed Dec 29, 2010 10:35 am

Seán wrote:Image

Dmitri Shostakovich
Symphony No.1

WDR Symphony Orchestra, Cologne
Rudolf Barshai - conducting


This is a great performance of a wonderful symphony.
I thought VI & IX in that set were exceptional as well.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Wed Dec 29, 2010 11:55 am

maestrob wrote:
Seán wrote: Dmitri Shostakovich
Symphony No.1

WDR Symphony Orchestra, Cologne
Rudolf Barshai - conducting


This is a great performance of a wonderful symphony.
I thought VI & IX in that set were exceptional as well.
It's been awhile since I listened to them, I would like to go through the symphonies again one by one over the next couple of weeks or so.
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by johnQpublic » Wed Dec 29, 2010 11:58 am

Wolf-Ferrari - Overture to "La dama boba" (Marriner/EMI)
Cras - Legende for Cello & Orchestra (Demarquette/Timpani)
Gruber - Four Pieces for Solo Violin (Kovacic/Largo)
Landowski - Symphony #4 (Pretre/Erato)
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Wed Dec 29, 2010 12:05 pm

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Franz Joseph Haydn
Symphonies 82, 83 & 84

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Sigiswald Kuijken - coducting


I have spent so much of my time listening to Beethoven over the last few months that I have neglected Haydn's works. I bought these CDs in February of this year and they are a real treat, they are probably my favourite versions of the Paris Symphonies. The first movement of the 84th is particulary good I feel.
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Wed Dec 29, 2010 12:08 pm

Seán wrote:
bombasticDarren wrote: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.
Anyone is welcome to respond Sean :D . You know that :wink: :lol:

The RLPO seem to be going through a resurgence under Petrenko for sure - give the Shostakovich discs a try, especially the 10th :D

I also agree - the Mackerras LvB set is great stuff, and so are some of the Pesek recordings of the same period :D

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Wed Dec 29, 2010 12:12 pm

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Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 7

Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra of New York
Arturo Toscanini - conducting.


This Naxos CD is one of my favourite CMG recommendations of 2010. The Seventh was recorded in 1936 and has been beautifully restored, it's a must for all lovers of Beethoven's Seventh.
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Wed Dec 29, 2010 12:19 pm

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Cosi Fan Tutte

La Petite Bande Orchestra & Chorus
Sigiswald Kuijken - conducting


I'm not one to spend a couple of hours listening to an opera from start to finish - Carmen excepted. I am struggling with this one not least because I have it in the 170 Mozart CD box set and so I don't, therefore, have the songs and accompanying translations. I do like it though and La Petite Bande do sound very good indeed.
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Wed Dec 29, 2010 12:35 pm

Bartok - Violin Concerto No.2 (Arabella Steinbacher/Marek Janowski, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Pentatone)

Mozart - Horn Concerto No.2 & No.3 (William Purvis, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, DG) below

Schubert - Piano Sonata D.959 (Murray Perahia, Sony Classical)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Wed Dec 29, 2010 3:12 pm

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Maurice Ravel
Piano Concerto

Klára Würtz piano
Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra
Theodore Kuchar - conducting.


I really like both Klára Würtz (in Mozart & Schumann) and Kuchar's directing the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra (in Nielsen, Smetana, et al), this is a lovely recording too.

[Edited to correct a silly mistake]
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Wed Dec 29, 2010 3:18 pm

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Johann Sebastian Bach / Arnold Schönberg
Prelude and Fugue in E flat major

SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden Baden und Freiburg
Michael Gielen - conducting.


I am not familiar with the original, anyway, this is beautifully orchestrated, I wonder how other CMGers feel about it?
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Post by karlhenning » Wed Dec 29, 2010 3:39 pm

I enjoy Schoenberg's orchestrations of Bach very well, Seán. The art of arranging was a core discipline for the Second Viennese School.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Wed Dec 29, 2010 3:50 pm

karlhenning wrote:I enjoy Schoenberg's orchestrations of Bach very well, Seán. The art of arranging was a core discipline for the Second Viennese School.

Cheers,
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Thanks Karl. I like what I have heard of Schönberg's work thus far. His early orchestrations were sumptious, very impressive indeed. His arangement of the piece by Bach is marvelous.
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Wed Dec 29, 2010 3:54 pm

Seán wrote:Image
Wow Seán....a marathon listening session; you must have received special leave of absence from "She Who Must Be Obeyed" today....was your good lady wife out shopping with your daughter? :lol:

Anyway I agree that the Kuijken set is wonderful and those who are not familiar with it should make its acquaintance!

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Wed Dec 29, 2010 3:56 pm

Seán wrote:Image

This Naxos CD is one of my favourite CMG recommendations of 2010. The Seventh was recorded in 1936 and has been beautifully restored, it's a must for all lovers of Beethoven's Seventh.
Does it differ significantly from the box set Seán?

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Wed Dec 29, 2010 3:58 pm

Seán wrote: .... I am struggling with this one not least because I have it in the 170 Mozart CD box set and so I don't, therefore, have the songs and accompanying translations. I do like it though and La Petite Bande do sound very good indeed.
I have not heard that version myself Seán but you do seem to have a winning combination there!

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Wed Dec 29, 2010 3:59 pm

Fergus wrote:
Seán wrote:Image

This Naxos CD is one of my favourite CMG recommendations of 2010. The Seventh was recorded in 1936 and has been beautifully restored, it's a must for all lovers of Beethoven's Seventh.
Does it differ significantly from the box set Seán?
I prefer this version to the later one.
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Wed Dec 29, 2010 4:01 pm

bombasticDarren wrote: Image
How are you finding the performances on those new purchases of yours Darren?

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Wed Dec 29, 2010 4:02 pm

Seán wrote:I prefer this version to the later one.
I must put it on the Wish List so :roll:

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Wed Dec 29, 2010 4:03 pm

Fergus wrote:
Seán wrote: .... I am struggling with this one not least because I have it in the 170 Mozart CD box set and so I don't, therefore, have the songs and accompanying translations. I do like it though and La Petite Bande do sound very good indeed.
I have not heard that version myself Seán but you do seem to have a winning combination there!
The Mozart box set has some real gems in it, but like I say I don't have easy access to the text and that's a pain. There are several operas with La Petite Bande and Kuijken and some with Mackerras and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra too.
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Wed Dec 29, 2010 4:04 pm

Fergus wrote:
Seán wrote:I prefer this version to the later one.
I must put it on the Wish List so :roll:
Yep, do.
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Post by Fergus » Wed Dec 29, 2010 4:08 pm

Seán wrote:Yep, do.
Done....Thanks for that!

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Wed Dec 29, 2010 4:08 pm

Fergus wrote: Wow Seán....a marathon listening session; you must have received special leave of absence from "She Who Must Be Obeyed" today....was your good lady wife out shopping with your daughter? :lol:
I am on annual leave until the 4th January and I am intent on relaxing and enjoying my time off. I usually don't have time to listen to music and to post here about it too, so the posting suffers. In addition, my two lovely teenage children now have laptops of their own so I have access to ye olde family computer anytime I want. :D
Anyway I agree that the Kuijken set is wonderful and those who are not familiar with it should make its acquaintance!
Yes, it has me wanting more.
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Wed Dec 29, 2010 4:10 pm

Coincidentally continuing the Russian theme this evening with Shostakovich – String Quartets Nos. 11-13....

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More magnificent music!

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Wed Dec 29, 2010 4:12 pm

Seán wrote:....In addition, my two lovely teenage children now have latops of their own so I have access to ye olde family computer anytime I want. :D
Welcome to the Legions of the Silver Surfers :lol: :lol:

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Wed Dec 29, 2010 4:16 pm

Fergus wrote:
Seán wrote:....In addition, my two lovely teenage children now have latops of their own so I have access to ye olde family computer anytime I want. :D
Welcome to the Legions of the Silver Surfers :lol: :lol:
Silver Sufferers, more like. :roll:
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Wed Dec 29, 2010 5:13 pm

Finishing off the evening with some lute music by Giovanni Maria da Crema....

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by johnQpublic » Wed Dec 29, 2010 5:22 pm

Seán wrote: Maurice Ravel
Piano concerto No. 3
I was always hoping Ravel would get around to doing a 3rd :wink:
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Wed Dec 29, 2010 6:00 pm

johnQpublic wrote:
Seán wrote: Maurice Ravel
Piano concerto No. 3
I was always hoping Ravel would get around to doing a 3rd :wink:
:lol: Ahem,
Maurice Ravel
Piano Concerto in G
. :oops:
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Post by Donaldopato » Wed Dec 29, 2010 6:03 pm

Seán wrote:
johnQpublic wrote:
Seán wrote: Maurice Ravel
Piano concerto No. 3
I was always hoping Ravel would get around to doing a 3rd :wink:
:lol: Ahem,
Maurice Ravel
Piano Concerto in G
. :oops:
I was not surprised in the least since we now have Brahms' Piano Concerto # 3 and Rachmaninoff's 5th.
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Post by Donaldopato » Wed Dec 29, 2010 6:05 pm

Some of the Symphonies of Danish master Vagn Homboe

Symphony # 8 and 9

Aarhus Symphony Orchestra Hughes BIS 618
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Wed Dec 29, 2010 6:13 pm

Donaldopato wrote:
Seán wrote:
johnQpublic wrote:
Seán wrote: Maurice Ravel
Piano concerto No. 3
I was always hoping Ravel would get around to doing a 3rd :wink:
:lol: Ahem,
Maurice Ravel
Piano Concerto in G
. :oops:
I was not surprised in the least since we now have Brahms' Piano Concerto # 3 and Rachmaninoff's 5th.
Thanks Don, I do like "Rachmaninoff's 5th" but Brahms?.........pass.....so far, he just doesn't do anything for me, it's me not Brahms.
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by josé echenique » Wed Dec 29, 2010 7:28 pm

Seán wrote:
Fergus wrote:
Seán wrote: .... I am struggling with this one not least because I have it in the 170 Mozart CD box set and so I don't, therefore, have the songs and accompanying translations. I do like it though and La Petite Bande do sound very good indeed.
I have not heard that version myself Seán but you do seem to have a winning combination there!
The Mozart box set has some real gems in it, but like I say I don't have easy access to the text and that's a pain. There are several operas with La Petite Bande and Kuijken and some with Mackerras and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra too.
Cosí fan Tutte is the most duplicated work in my collection, well over 40 versions, and it is one of the true miracles mankind has produced. Obviously, there is no perfect recording of this masterpiece, but there are good things in the Kuijken recording: 1.-La Petite Bande and 2.-Soile Isokoski as Fiordiligi. The men though acceptable are nowhere as good. It was recorded live in Spain and there is a sense of purpose, but there are other recordings better sung and better conducted. Harmonia Mundi produced a most handsome version for René Jacobs, it is gorgeously sung by Véronique Gens and Bernarda Fink and Jacobs has a lot of things to say about the score. So far it´s my favorite of all Jacobs Mozart recordings. Perhaps when you have a chance you should investigate it and compare it with the Kuijken.

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Post by josé echenique » Wed Dec 29, 2010 7:32 pm

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Who says old dogs can´t learn new tricks?

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Post by Donaldopato » Wed Dec 29, 2010 7:58 pm

Seán wrote:
Donaldopato wrote:
Seán wrote:
johnQpublic wrote:
Seán wrote: Maurice Ravel
Piano concerto No. 3
I was always hoping Ravel would get around to doing a 3rd :wink:
:lol: Ahem,
Maurice Ravel
Piano Concerto in G
. :oops:
I was not surprised in the least since we now have Brahms' Piano Concerto # 3 and Rachmaninoff's 5th.
Thanks Don, I do like "Rachmaninoff's 5th" but Brahms?.........pass.....so far, he just doesn't do anything for me, it's me not Brahms.
yes two of Brahms is quite enough.
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Post by Chalkperson » Wed Dec 29, 2010 11:01 pm

Donaldopato wrote:
Seán wrote: Thanks Don, I do like "Rachmaninoff's 5th" but Brahms?.........pass.....so far, he just doesn't do anything for me, it's me not Brahms.
yes two of Brahms is quite enough.
I would take a third of Brahms if that had ever been offered... :wink:
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Thu Dec 30, 2010 5:10 am

Seán wrote: :lol: Ahem,
Maurice Ravel
Piano Concerto in G
. :oops:
A bottle or two of Red consumed there :?:

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Thu Dec 30, 2010 5:14 am

josé echenique wrote:.... Harmonia Mundi produced a most handsome version for René Jacobs, it is gorgeously sung by Véronique Gens and Bernarda Fink and Jacobs has a lot of things to say about the score. So far it´s my favorite of all Jacobs Mozart recordings. Perhaps when you have a chance you should investigate it and compare it with the Kuijken.
That sounds like one that I might check out José :D

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Post by Fergus » Thu Dec 30, 2010 5:16 am

josé echenique wrote:Image

Who says old dogs can´t learn new tricks?
Well, well, well....that is certainly intruiging!!! How does it sound José?

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Post by Fergus » Thu Dec 30, 2010 5:17 am

The music of Arvo Part....

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Anyone who is not familiar with this composer would do very well to start their investigations here. There is some really beautiful, melodious music with gorgeous harmonies contained in these smaller secular works. I have had this disc for a number of years now and it is always a joy to revisit.

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Post by Seán » Thu Dec 30, 2010 5:55 am

Fergus wrote:The music of Arvo Part....

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Anyone who is not familiar with this composer would do very well to start their investigations here. There is some really beautiful, melodious music with gorgeous harmonies contained in these smaller secular works. I have had this disc for a number of years now and it is always a joy to revisit.
Duly noted, thank you. :wink:
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Post by Seán » Thu Dec 30, 2010 5:56 am

Fergus wrote:
Seán wrote: :lol: Ahem,
Maurice Ravel
Piano Concerto in G
. :oops:
A bottle or two of Red consumed there :?:
Just the one. :oops:
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Thu Dec 30, 2010 6:01 am

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Symphony No. 40

Prague Chamber Orchestra
Charles Mackerras - conducting.


This is a lovely interpretation of this very fine work. I'm looking forward to listening to No. 41 next.
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Thu Dec 30, 2010 6:11 am

josé echenique wrote:
Seán wrote:
Fergus wrote:
Seán wrote: .... I am struggling with this one not least because I have it in the 170 Mozart CD box set and so I don't, therefore, have the songs and accompanying translations. I do like it though and La Petite Bande do sound very good indeed.
I have not heard that version myself Seán but you do seem to have a winning combination there!
The Mozart box set has some real gems in it, but like I say I don't have easy access to the text and that's a pain. There are several operas with La Petite Bande and Kuijken and some with Mackerras and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra too.
Cosí fan Tutte is the most duplicated work in my collection, well over 40 versions, and it is one of the true miracles mankind has produced. Obviously, there is no perfect recording of this masterpiece, but there are good things in the Kuijken recording: 1.-La Petite Bande and 2.-Soile Isokoski as Fiordiligi. The men though acceptable are nowhere as good. It was recorded live in Spain and there is a sense of purpose, but there are other recordings better sung and better conducted. Harmonia Mundi produced a most handsome version for René Jacobs, it is gorgeously sung by Véronique Gens and Bernarda Fink and Jacobs has a lot of things to say about the score. So far it´s my favorite of all Jacobs Mozart recordings. Perhaps when you have a chance you should investigate it and compare it with the Kuijken.
That's a very impressive collection José, well done. Perhaps I should have a look out for the Jacobs recordings as you suggest. I find that after Bizet, the Mozart's operas are the most accessible, however, it is difficult to listen to two hours of music without the text, I will persevere with the Kuijken recording over the next few days as I do have the time to do so. It's all very enjoyable really.
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Thu Dec 30, 2010 7:14 am

Fergus wrote:
josé echenique wrote:Image

Who says old dogs can´t learn new tricks?
Well, well, well....that is certainly intruiging!!! How does it sound José?
Looks interesting.... :)

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Post by bombasticDarren » Thu Dec 30, 2010 7:25 am

Szymanowski - Symphony No.4 'Symphonia Concertante' (Leif Ove Andsnes/Simon Rattle, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, EMI)

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Post by bombasticDarren » Thu Dec 30, 2010 7:28 am

Fergus wrote:
bombasticDarren wrote: Image
How are you finding the performances on those new purchases of yours Darren?
I am pleasantly surprised Fergus. I tend to forget how fine Mozart's wind concertos are - these performances have made me sit up and take note once again :)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by josé echenique » Thu Dec 30, 2010 8:58 am

Fergus wrote:
josé echenique wrote:Image

Who says old dogs can´t learn new tricks?
Well, well, well....that is certainly intruiging!!! How does it sound José?
I don´t know yet Fergus, since it will be released in February, but it´s already been ordered of course!
But you can´t help admiring Abbado for keeping up with the times. He knows it´s just not possible to keep performing Baroque Music as Klemperer and I Musici did 50 years ago.
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Thu Dec 30, 2010 9:19 am

Seán wrote:
Fergus wrote:The music of Arvo Part....

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Anyone who is not familiar with this composer would do very well to start their investigations here. There is some really beautiful, melodious music with gorgeous harmonies contained in these smaller secular works. I have had this disc for a number of years now and it is always a joy to revisit.
Duly noted, thank you. :wink:
There really is some very simple but beautiful music on that disc and I would be deeply surprised if you were not very impressed with it Seán :wink:

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Thu Dec 30, 2010 9:22 am

Seán wrote:Image
That whole cycle was a joy from beginning to end!

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