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Post by Lance » Tue Jun 02, 2009 1:14 pm

While we have a thread on what you are listening today, I thought it might be interesting to see what CDs people are getting (new releases, reissues, or perhaps used CDs). Given the so-called "condition" of the CD classical market, I seem to sense people are still buying discs for their collections. No time parameters on acquisitions ... can be today, yesterday, or since the first of the year. If possible, show label name and number for those who might be interested in adding to their own collections. You can be as brief as you wish. Even count downloads!
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Post by nut-job » Tue Jun 02, 2009 1:21 pm

I'll start it off. Picked this one up yesterday.

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Was poking around Amazon and saw that the notorious reviewer "Santa Fe Listener" had condescendingly trash-talked one disc from the set. At that point I knew I had to have it. (Well, actually I listened to multiple excerpts and liked what I heard. Plus I generally admire Teldec engineering, and audio quality is a drawback on the other Vaughan Williams recordings I have). All for 17 pounds from MDT.

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Post by Jared » Tue Jun 02, 2009 2:47 pm

^^ I think you've got yourself a good deal there N-J; Andrew Davis is considered to be a good interpreter of British, 20th Cent composers. If you don't already have it, you may be interested in his excellent budget Elgar box-set:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Symphonies-Circ ... 284&sr=1-2

my personal highlight would be 'The Music Makers'.

that said, we have done very well for Orchestral RVW interpretations, as they more than competent box sets by Boult, Previn and Haitink all testify, while Hickox conducted some excellent performances; most notably his critally acclaimed rendition of Symph 2 'London'... :D
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Post by Jared » Tue Jun 02, 2009 2:54 pm

to help Lance's excellent new thread, I would juast say that today, I received through the post:

Brahms: Symph No 1/ Schumann: Faust Overture
BBC Scottish Symph Orch/ Ilan Volkov

I have to say, that in line with discussions within other threads, I am a little disppointed in this one, having listened to it twice in the car today. This is perhaps owing to my preference for Brahms Symphonies being dark, brooding, Romantic and just a little bit large orchestra syruppy...

this one plainly isn't, and I don't take to Brahms when it gambols along with a jolly, up-tempo spring in its step, like its pretending to be a Mendelssohn String Symphony... if you like that kind of thing, then do acquire this CD, but it probably won't be getting to many more listens fro me.. :wink:

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Post by nut-job » Tue Jun 02, 2009 2:56 pm

Jared wrote:^^ I think you've got yourself a good deal there N-J; Andrew Davies is considered to be a good interpreter of British, 20th Cent composers. If you don't already have it, you may be interested in his excellent budget Elgar box-set:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Symphonies-Circ ... 284&sr=1-2

my personal highlight would be 'The Music Makers'.

that said, we have done very well for Orchestral RVW interpretations, as they more than competent box sets by Boult, Previn and Haitink all testify, while Hickox conducted some excellent performances; most notably his critally acclaimed rendition of Symph 2 'London'... :D
Now you've reminded me how much V-W I already have, Boult/Decca cycle, Haitink cycle, Thompson cycle, most of the Hickox/Chandos, the Barbirolli recordings on EMI. But still the impression that there is more to discover. Non seem to have the audio engineering that would bring out all of the sonorities of this music. I am optimistic about what Teldec manages. What surprises me is that Decca never put together a stereo Vaughan Williams cycle.

P.S. to Lance. Maybe you should change your title to "What NEW music..." Some of the youngsters get music from those newfangled download thingamajigs. :D

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Post by Jared » Tue Jun 02, 2009 3:11 pm

^^ I completely agree n-j; it's nice to find another RVW fan on the site... :wink:

as an aside (and not unrelated to this thread), I'd like to thank you for this recommendation, you made me about 6 weeks ago:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Schubert-Sympho ... 386&sr=1-2

its winging its way over from the US at present, and I have to say, I'm most intrigued... :!:

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Post by Chalkperson » Tue Jun 02, 2009 3:35 pm

nut-job wrote:Non seem to have the audio engineering that would bring out all of the sonorities of this music. I am optimistic about what Teldec manages.
The Sea Symphony by Robert Spano is my favourite VW disc, i'm not that big a fan of VW but I love this disc...

http://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/alb ... m_id=55070

Symphony No.5 is good also...

http://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/alb ... _id=167481

I did not like any of Hickox's VW discs, even the "Gramophone Award Winning" Symphony No.2..but I don't really like his conducting that much anyhow...
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Post by Seán » Tue Jun 02, 2009 4:47 pm

I have just ordered Solti's Carmen:
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Post by Lance » Tue Jun 02, 2009 6:56 pm

Two new CALA Stokowski reissues:

CALA 0536 [78:40]
•Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherezade [45:53} from Phase 4, new remaster at 24-bit (from master tapes)
•Tchaikovsky: Marche Slav, Op. 31 [1107]
•Stokowski's spoken introduction at his 90th birthday concert in 1972 [1:21]
•Stokowski in rehearsal of Schehererzade recording sessions [21:38]

CALA 0549 [75:38]
•Enesco: Roumanian Rhapsodies Nos. 1 and 2 [22:53]
•Debussy: Nocturnes w/Robert Shaw Chorale of Women's Voices, Robert Shaw, conductor [26:33]
•Stravinsky: Firebird Suite [21:28]
All above with Leopold Stokowski and His Symphony Orchestra
•BONUS (first release in any format): Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries [4:43] in "binaural" track
All-American Youth Orchestra

Stravinsky transferred by LP by Mark Obert-Thorn
Debussy from master-tapes supplied by RCA Records
Enesco transferred from RCA LP
Wagner from binaural master from Sony-BMG archives
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Post by Lance » Tue Jun 02, 2009 7:04 pm

THE BERLIN RECTIAL
Gidon Kremer, violin • Martha Argerich
Live, Berlin, December 11, 2006

DISC 1 [58:01]
•Schumann; Violin Sonata #2 in d Op 121
•Bartók: Solo Violin Sonata (1944)

DISC 2 [58:47]
•Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op 15
•Bartók: Violin Sonata #1 (1921)
•Kreisler: Liebesleid (encore I)
•Kreisler: Schön Rosmarin

I see J&R has this on sale for $19.99, at least at the time of this post.
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Post by Lance » Tue Jun 02, 2009 7:14 pm

Some new Medici Arts (England):

MM028 [72:47]
Pierre Fournier, cello
•Elgar: Cello Concerto in e Op 85
Cologne Radio SO, Hans Rosbaud, conductor (r.1955)
•Dvorak: Cello Concerto in b Op 104
Cologne Radio SO, George Szell, conductor (r.1962)
•Beethoven: 12 Variations on the theme "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen" from Mozart's The Magic Flute, Op. 66
Franz Holetschek, piano (r.1957)

MM017 [77:55]
Walter Gieseking, piano
•Beethoven: Piano Concerto #4 in G Op 58
Cologne Radio SO, Joseph Keilberth, conductor (r.1953)
•Schumann: Piano Concerto in a Op 54
Cologne Radio SO Orchestra, Gunter Wand, conductor (r.1951)
•Debussy: La plus que lente AND Danse (Tarnatelle styrienne) (r.1948)
•Ravel: Jeux d'eau (r.1948)
•Bach: Partita No. 1 in B-flat BWV 825 (excerpts) (r.1948)

MM004 [67:58]
Clara Haskil, piano
•Mozart: Piano Concerto #9 in E-flat K271
Cologne Radio SO, Otto Ackermann, conductor (r.1954)
•Mozart: Piano Concerto #19 in F K459
Cologne Radio SO, Ferenc Fricsay, conductor (r.1952)
•Mozart: 9 Variations on a Minuet by Duport K573 (r.1956)
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Post by Lance » Tue Jun 02, 2009 7:20 pm

Ferrucio Busoni (1866-1924)
Piano Music - Volume 5

Naxos 8.570891, 73:28, DDD

-JS Bach/Busoni: Prelude & Fugue in E-flat BWV 552 ("St. Anne")
-6 Etudes, Op. 16
-6 Pieces, Op. 33b
-10 Variations on Chopin's C MInor Prelude, revised 1922 version of Op 22)

Recorded Potton Hall, Westleton, Suffolk, England Oct 2007
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Post by Lance » Tue Jun 02, 2009 7:30 pm

Some great opera excerpts by Balfe - Wallace - Benedict, and some Irish songs!

Michael William Balfe [1808-1870]
•The Bohemian Girl (highlights)

Vincent Wallace [1812-1865]
• Maritana (highlghts)

(Sir) Julius Benedict (1804-1885)
• The Lily of Killarney (highlights)

Singers include Veronica Dunne, Uel Deane, Eric Hinds and others
Orchestra conducted by Havelock Nelson

• 11 Irish Love Songs
The Star of the County Down; Love at My Heart; Kitty Magee; Danny Boy; Open the Door Softly; Shaun O'Neill;
She Moved Thro' the Fair; If I Had a-Knew; Trottin' to the Fair; Lovely Jimmy; The Stuttering Lovers.
Veronica Dunne, soprano; Eric Hinds, baritone; Havelock Nelson, piano

I truly love music from Ireland and England during the time period of the 1800s. Balfe and Wallace were both Irisn and Benedict was British but uses an Irish setting for his work. I thank Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge for doing so much to dig up this rarely heard material. These are older (ADD) recordings made in Dublin in September 1967. Singers are so-so but the music is delightful, almost in a Gilbert & Sullivan manner.
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G. F. Handel

The People Shall Hear! Great Handel Choruses
The Bach Choir with Carol Sampson and Robin Blaze/The English Concert/David Hill
BIS 2009
SACD 1736


J.S. Bach

Jesu, deine Passion
Cantatas BWV 22, 23, 127 & 159
Collegium Vocale Gent
Philippe Herreweghe
Harmonia Mundi 2009
HMC 901998


J.S. Bach

Matthew Passion BWV 244
[Bach's Last Performimg Version, c. 1742]
Dunedin Consort & Players
John Butt - director
Nicholas Mulroy - Evangelist
Matthew Brook - Jesus

SACD CKD 313
Linn Records 2008

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Post by Chalkperson » Tue Jun 02, 2009 9:41 pm

Piotr Anderszewski at Carnegie Hall
Bach - Schumann - Janacek - Beethoven - Bartok
Virgin 2CD'S $9.99 - J+R On Sale

Bruckner - Symphony No.4
Kent Nagano - Bavarian State Orchestra
Sony SACD - $12.99 - J+R On Sale

American Choral Premieres
Hovhaness - Cohen - Nicholson - French
Blackwood - Kreutz - Ferris - White - Rochberg
William Ferris Chorale - Cedille $12.99 - J+R On Sale
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Post by Heck148 » Wed Jun 03, 2009 6:03 pm

I just bought 2 Naxos Corigliano discs Citrcus Maimus/Gazebo Dance; 7 Poems by Bob dylan/3 Hallucinations from "Altered States"- which I'm enjoying a great deal - I like what I've heard of Corigliano, he's written some very powerful stuff...

I also got a Karel Husa disc - the Trojan Woman ballet/2 Sonnets from Michelangelo -
ilike the ballet, so far....

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Post by Chalkperson » Wed Jun 03, 2009 8:17 pm

Heck148 wrote:I also got a Karel Husa disc - the Trojan Woman ballet/2 Sonnets from Michelangelo -
ilike the ballet, so far....
I like him, I have one disc "A Portrait of Karel Husa by the Ilinois State Universary Symphonic Band...plus the odd work here or there...I can understand you loving his stuff... :D
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Post by DavidRoss » Wed Jun 03, 2009 9:59 pm

Noteworthy acquisitions in the past month or two include:

Jos van Immerseel/Anima Eterna's LvB Symphonies on Zig Zag Territories
Sinopoli/Philharmonia's Mahler cycle on DGG
Jill Crossland's WTC books I & II on Signum Classics
Viktoria Mullova's Bach Sonatas & Partitas on Onyx
Anne-Sophie Mutter's Tchaikovsky & Korngold Concertos on DGG
Aikiko Suwanai's Sibelius & Walton Concertos on Philips

and I just placed the order for Abbado/BP's latest LvB Symphony cycle recorded in Rome in 2001 on DGG

Hmmm---all are additional recordings of favorite works. Funny that I seem to be getting more out of "new" recommendable performances of such beloved music than I get out of recordings of music that is new to me. Guess that's because most of the musical "backwaters" I've explored in recent years have yielded few if any treasures. On the other hand, I'm getting more out of hearing new music in live performance than I get out of hearing old faves. Guess that means the pendulum has swung again. :D
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The title is Sanskrit and means “room of light.” For Unsuk Chin, the title does not have any specific religious or mythological meaning. Instead, it refers in many respects to the character of the work as well as to the composition techniques employed. The composer tells that in Rocaná she was concerned with the behavior of beams of light – their distortion, refraction, reflections, and undulations. This was not a matter of mere illustration, but of their depiction by musical means: “Art as harmony parallel to nature” (Cézanne). Since sound waves – as the physical phenomenon of a bodiless oscillation – are similar to light waves, music seems the appropriate medium for a “translation” of light phenomena. Furthermore, physical phenomena like space depth and space density, spatial perceptions and illusions of various sorts were important associations in the composition process. Ólafur Elíasson’s installations The Weather Project and Notion Motion provided additional extra-musical inspiration.

The music in Rocaná flows uninterruptedly. The overall picture and the overall structure are one entity, one “tonal sculpture". However, one can look at it from various angles, since the inner structures are constantly changing. Even if the music at times gives the impression of stasis, subtle impulses, interactions, and reactions are continually present. Certain elements appear time and again, yet always in varied form. They are not developed: they instead lead seamlessly into one another and blend, forming new interactions and processes. Orderly structures suddenly turn into turbulence and vice versa. Pointilistic structures transform into cloudlike aggregates of sound and vice versa.

The composer once pointed out that because of her cultural background she has "a certain aversion to the sound world produced by traditional symphony orchestras rooted in 19th-century aesthetics, and I feel a great deal of affinity for non-European musical cultures. That is why I always try to introduce a completely different color into my compositions based on my experience of non-European music." In Rocaná, the instrumentation is more or less standard, but an attempt has been made to treat the orchestra like a "super-instrument" as well as like a virtuoso “illusion machine” that creates something new out of that which is familiar.

Primarily through the combination of various instrumental techniques, through rhythmic development and the interplay of overtone structures and microtones, shifts and changes of timbre are achieved; light and color phenomena playfully alternate with one another.

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Post by Jared » Thu Jun 04, 2009 10:14 am

DavidRoss wrote:
and I just placed the order for Abbado/BP's latest LvB Symphony cycle recorded in Rome in 2001 on DGG
I don't think you'll be disappointed, David... I really like the set... 8)

just purchased on ebay:

Schumann: Piano Concerto/ BBC Scottish/ Lars Vogt/ Martin Brabbins
& Symphony No 2: BBC Philharmonic/ Gianandria Noseda

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Post by maestrob » Fri Jun 05, 2009 9:18 am

Am currently engaged in fighting off the flu, after la bella esposa has been knocked out for a week with same. Put on Handel's Alcina w/Joyce DiDonato and, I must confess, am liking this better than either Fleming or Sutherland. DiDonato is truly a knockout, outstanding even among a group of very fine colleagues: she certainly has that star-quality that makes a great singer: effortless, yes truly effortless.

A truly outstanding effort, gifted to me by a friend on another forum! Many thanks!

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Post by Sylph » Fri Jun 05, 2009 9:20 am

Yeah, I advertised Alcina some months ago. Only Chalk listened to me. :mrgreen:

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Post by Jared » Fri Jun 05, 2009 9:54 am

arrived in the post this morning:

Schubert: Symphony No 10 & Other Unfinished Symphonies
Charles Mackerras/ Scottish Chamber Orch (Hyperion)

a recommendation from Nut-Job... :wink:

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Post by Chalkperson » Fri Jun 05, 2009 10:03 am

Sylph wrote:Yeah, I advertised Alcina some months ago. Only Chalk listened to me. :mrgreen:
Chalk thinks that's a great recording, Chalk does not like Sutherland's voice or Fleming's blandness...he has been watching Joyce DiDonata for over five years now, ever since her Handel Arias disc with Patrizia Ciofi on Virgin, that was also Conducted by Alan Curtis... :D
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Post by nut-job » Fri Jun 05, 2009 10:36 am

Jared wrote:arrived in the post this morning:

Schubert: Symphony No 10 & Other Unfinished Symphonies
Charles Mackerras/ Scottish Chamber Orch (Hyperion)

a recommendation from Nut-Job... :wink:
Hope it doesn't disappoint. :)

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Post by EarlyCuyler » Fri Jun 05, 2009 1:25 pm

Sao Paulo/Neschling works by Francisco Mignone. Great disc, and the OSESP is one of the most underrated orchestras in the world. Check out anything they've done, is astounding playing.

Celibidache/Munich Bruckner Symphony. No.4. The only one I don't have. Found it for $2.98 at a used store. Its not my favorite reading, but still great to have for any Bruckner fan.

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Post by Chalkperson » Fri Jun 05, 2009 2:19 pm

The Amadeus Quartet
27 Haydn String Quartets
DG 10 Discs

Andres Segovia
The Bach Recordings
DG Vol.4
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The last one, 22 cds for 45 bucks, new. :D

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Post by Jared » Fri Jun 05, 2009 2:40 pm

^^ that lot should keep you out of mischief for a short while!... :lol:

I'd be particularly interested to hear what you think of the Harnoncourt Schumann... :D

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Post by nut-job » Fri Jun 05, 2009 3:21 pm

Jared wrote:^^ that lot should keep you out of mischief for a short while!... :lol:

I'd be particularly interested to hear what you think of the Harnoncourt Schumann... :D
It's going to be a long, long time before I've made it through that Haydn set. :) I will post my impressions of the Schumann when I have had a chance to listen.

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Post by Fergus » Fri Jun 05, 2009 4:59 pm

Jared wrote:
I'd be particularly interested to hear what you think of the Harnoncourt Schumann... :D
And so would I....as I have come late to the music of Schumann and am very taken with it I am interested to hear peoples' views of different recordings.

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Post by Febnyc » Fri Jun 05, 2009 5:56 pm

I am just about finished reading Jan Swafford's biography of Johannes Brahms. This is a marvelous book; it breathes life into the composer and creates a human being rather than just a name at the top of a score. As a result of Swafford's excellent analyses of many of Brahms' works, I have been filling in on pieces which are not on my shelves:

Most of the vocal/orchestra works - Gesang der Parzen, Nänie, Triumphlied, Alto Rhapsody (I'm not much of a fan of voice, but am making grand exceptions here);

String Quartet in Bb, Op.67 (missed it, don't know why);

A number of the songs (Brahms wrote so many!) - again, not my usual cup of tea, but now that I know the background - why written, under what circumstances, to whom dedicated, what hidden meanings are to be found - I am curious to hear some of these.

I am afraid that when I get to the end of this beautifully-written bio, I actually will miss Johannes Brahms - this at-times guarded, private, shy, manipulative, witty, cantankerous, gruff, attractive, generous genius - and man.

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Post by Fergus » Sat Jun 06, 2009 8:20 am

Febnyc wrote:
..... again, not my usual cup of tea, but now that I know the background - why written, under what circumstances, to whom dedicated, what hidden meanings are to be found - I am curious to hear some of these.
I like that too....when you read about a work and it is put into a greater context it sometimes takes on an additional dimension, making it that little bit more enjoyable.

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Post by Jared » Sat Jun 06, 2009 9:20 am

this morning, I received:

Schumann:

Piano Concerto: Lars Vogt/ Martyn Brabbins/ BBC Scottish Symph
Symphony No 2: Gianandrea Noseda/ BBC Philharmonic


played it once just now, thoroughly enjoyed it... lively, engaging rendition of both works.. :D

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Post by Ken » Sat Jun 06, 2009 9:43 am

Bartók: The Wooden Prince, Cantata Profana
Pierre Boulez/Chicago Symphony Orchestra
DGG

Hindemith: Ludus Tonalis, Suite '1922'
Boris Berezovsky
Warner

Schumann: The Symphonies, etc.
John Eliot Gardiner/Orchestre Révolutionaire et Romantique
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Post by Fergus » Sat Jun 06, 2009 9:46 am

Ken wrote:
Schumann: The Symphonies, etc.
John Eliot Gardiner/Orchestre Révolutionaire et Romantique
Arkiv
I would love to hear what you think of that one when you eventually get around to listening to it.

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Post by maskedman » Sat Jun 06, 2009 11:33 am

[quote="Ken"]Bartók: The Wooden Prince, Cantata Profana
Pierre Boulez/Chicago Symphony Orchestra
DGG

Hindemith: Ludus Tonalis, Suite '1922'
Boris Berezovsky
Warner

Schumann: The Symphonies, etc.
John Eliot Gardiner/Orchestre Révolutionaire et Romantique
Arkiv[/quote

Ken,
I have a few Wooden Prince discs. Boulez does a great job with CSO,
but I prefer his with the NYP. My favorite version is with Suskind on Bartok Records 1308...]

Robert

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Post by Ken » Sat Jun 06, 2009 12:34 pm

Fergus wrote:
Ken wrote:
Schumann: The Symphonies, etc.
John Eliot Gardiner/Orchestre Révolutionaire et Romantique
Arkiv
I would love to hear what you think of that one when you eventually get around to listening to it.
I've had a once-over of two of the three discs. JEG's take on the Spring Symphony is as bouncy as any I've heard (excepting, perhaps, Bernstein), and the period instruments bring a certain edginess to a work that always sounds a bit bloated when played with a modern orchestra. The finale is a whirlwind of colour. The first disc also includes the two extant movements of Schumann's early 'Zwickau' Symphony (1834); compare this with Dausgaard and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra's recent release that only includes the opening movement. The Gardiner performance also features far greater dynamic contrasts and a much brighter sound than Dausgaard's.

The third disc features the Konzertstück for Four Horns--an especially formidable challenge for the period hornists, and here expertly pulled off. The smaller supporting ensemble does not drown out the soloists; as such I don't feel as though the horns had to project themselves as much as in some modern-forces recordings, which means better overall tone quality. The 'Rhenish' Symphony, my favourite work of the composer's, though, leaves something to be desired. There is nothing particularly objectionable about the performance, but Gardiner doesn't seem to have the same knack for rhythm and syncopation that Dohnanyi or Sawallisch do and that the piece demands. Some of the instrumental nuances also seems to get lost in the ORR's overall framework. Tempi are fairly standard throughout. The revised 1851 version of the D minor Symphony is wonderfully played; Gardiner's approach to the overall narrative is as characterful as any I've heard.

I'll give a better review once I've listened to all three discs a couple of times.
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Post by Fergus » Sat Jun 06, 2009 3:16 pm

Ken wrote:
I'll give a better review once I've listened to all three discs a couple of times.
Thanks for the quick response, Ken.
That cycle is definitely one that I want to buy.
I appreciate the summary; one's initial reactions are often the most interesting.

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Post by Chalkperson » Sat Jun 06, 2009 4:13 pm

It's an SACD day today... :D

I just picked up a new disc by Paul Hillier and The Theatre of Voices, it is David Lang's "The little match girl passion" and four other Vocal Works, Lang is one of the founders of Bang on a Can and he received a Pullitzer Prize for this piece...it's on Harmonia Mundi and is an SACD...it's very, very good...

Also my James Levine SACD of Daphnis et Chloe with the BSO just arrived, I will listen to that tonight, right now i'm listening to a superb SACD of Shosty's The Nose by Gergiev and the Mariinsky Opera, this Opera is perfect for multichannel as the Precussive aspects of this work sound incredible...whilst it does not displace Gennadi Rozhdestvensky's Melodiya recording, it certainly equals it...Rozhdestvensky's disc is also valuable because of his reconstruction of The Gamblers, that alone is another great reason to get both of these wonderful recordings...
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Post by Sylph » Sat Jun 06, 2009 4:20 pm

Chalkperson wrote:Also my James Levine SACD of Daphnis et Chloe with the BSO just arrived
No CSO for you? :P :mrgreen:

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Post by Lance » Sat Jun 06, 2009 4:35 pm

A bunch of CDs from the CBC label in Canada:

•1172 - Faces of a Prima Donna - Faustina Bordini: Kimberly Barber, mezzo; Arion Baroque Orchestra, Monica Haggett, conductor
•5063 - French & Italian Opera Arias w/Judith Frost, mezzo; Vancouver SO, Mario Bernardi, conductor
•5156 - Manon Feubel, soprano w/De Laval SO, Jacques Lacombe, conductor (Catalani, Puccini, Verdi, Dvorak, Mozart, etc.)
•2006 [4 CDs] - Frank Sinatra, The Man, The Music, narrated by Ross Porter (biography set w/music)
•1167 - Sing All ye Joyful, music by Ruth Watson Henderson w/Elmer Iseler Singers, Lydia Adams, conductor
•2017 - Maureen Forrester Grande Dame of Song" - Brahms 4 Serious Songs; Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder w/John Newmark, piano; Brahms songs w/Thomas Muraco, piano
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Post by Chalkperson » Sat Jun 06, 2009 5:19 pm

Sylph wrote:
Chalkperson wrote:Also my James Levine SACD of Daphnis et Chloe with the BSO just arrived
No CSO for you? :P :mrgreen:
Nah, thought about it, but went with Levine, it's the whole ballet, I have Haitink's Quad Recording of the Suites so Levine's multichannel felt like the right fit...also I don't have many Non Operatic recordings by Levine, this will be a good place to start, I ordered the Deutsche Requiem too... :D
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Post by Sylph » Sat Jun 06, 2009 5:22 pm

Chalkperson wrote:
Sylph wrote:
Chalkperson wrote:Also my James Levine SACD of Daphnis et Chloe with the BSO just arrived
No CSO for you? :P :mrgreen:
Nah, thought about it, but went with Levine, it's the whole ballet, I have Haitink's Quad Recording of the Suites so Levine's multichannel felt like the right fit...also I don't have many Non Operatic recordings by Levine, this will be a good place to start, I ordered the Deutsche Requiem too... :D
Oh, but how can a serious collector like you not have Haitink's reading, too? :mrgreen: I bet it's because it has Poulenc's Gloria. You don't like the French. It's a SACD, too.

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Post by CharmNewton » Sat Jun 06, 2009 6:08 pm

Chalkperson wrote:
Sylph wrote:
Chalkperson wrote:Also my James Levine SACD of Daphnis et Chloe with the BSO just arrived
No CSO for you? :P :mrgreen:
Nah, thought about it, but went with Levine, it's the whole ballet, I have Haitink's Quad Recording of the Suites so Levine's multichannel felt like the right fit...also I don't have many Non Operatic recordings by Levine, this will be a good place to start, I ordered the Deutsche Requiem too... :D
Is that the CSO recording with Kathleen Battle? Awesome performance. One of my earliest CD purchases.

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Post by Chalkperson » Sat Jun 06, 2009 10:45 pm

CharmNewton wrote:
Chalkperson wrote:
Sylph wrote:
Chalkperson wrote:Also my James Levine SACD of Daphnis et Chloe with the BSO just arrived
No CSO for you? :P :mrgreen:
Nah, thought about it, but went with Levine, it's the whole ballet, I have Haitink's Quad Recording of the Suites so Levine's multichannel felt like the right fit...also I don't have many Non Operatic recordings by Levine, this will be a good place to start, I ordered the Deutsche Requiem too... :D
Is that the CSO recording with Kathleen Battle? Awesome performance. One of my earliest CD purchases.

John
No, it's a Live Recording with the CSO released recently on their own Label...
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Post by Chalkperson » Sat Jun 06, 2009 10:52 pm

Sylph wrote:
Chalkperson wrote:
Sylph wrote:
Chalkperson wrote:Also my James Levine SACD of Daphnis et Chloe with the BSO just arrived
No CSO for you? :P :mrgreen:
Nah, thought about it, but went with Levine, it's the whole ballet, I have Haitink's Quad Recording of the Suites so Levine's multichannel felt like the right fit...also I don't have many Non Operatic recordings by Levine, this will be a good place to start, I ordered the Deutsche Requiem too... :D
Oh, but how can a serious collector like you not have Haitink's reading, too? :mrgreen: I bet it's because it has Poulenc's Gloria. You don't like the French. It's a SACD, too.
Did you buy both... :mrgreen:
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Post by Wallingford » Sat Jun 06, 2009 11:10 pm

Well, what really made my day just an hour ago was my latest order from Disco Archivia, with these prize concerts:

--Beecham's only performances of Beethoven's Ninth & Dvorak's Eighth
--An Xmas 1960 concert with Paray & the Detroit Symphony.......doing (for the "heavy" first half) Brahms' Fourth; and (for the "jolly" last half) Rimsky's Capriccio espagnol, Tchaikovsky Nutcracker excerpts, and that trio for 2 flutes & harp from Berlioz' L'enfance du Christ
--Dame Myra Hess doing Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto, w/Ansermet leading the NYP (mid-50s)
--Martinon leading the NYP (early 70s) in Berlioz' Symphonie fantastique
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Post by slofstra » Mon Jun 08, 2009 1:08 pm

Febnyc wrote:I am just about finished reading Jan Swafford's biography of Johannes Brahms. This is a marvelous book; it breathes life into the composer and creates a human being rather than just a name at the top of a score. As a result of Swafford's excellent analyses of many of Brahms' works, I have been filling in on pieces which are not on my shelves:

Most of the vocal/orchestra works - Gesang der Parzen, Nänie, Triumphlied, Alto Rhapsody (I'm not much of a fan of voice, but am making grand exceptions here);

String Quartet in Bb, Op.67 (missed it, don't know why);

A number of the songs (Brahms wrote so many!) - again, not my usual cup of tea, but now that I know the background - why written, under what circumstances, to whom dedicated, what hidden meanings are to be found - I am curious to hear some of these.

I am afraid that when I get to the end of this beautifully-written bio, I actually will miss Johannes Brahms - this at-times guarded, private, shy, manipulative, witty, cantankerous, gruff, attractive, generous genius - and man.
Thanks for that review of Swafford's biography of Brahms. I'll be sure to get it. His general guide to classical music is quite readable and enjoyable.

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Post by Cyril Ignatius » Mon Jun 08, 2009 2:51 pm

I've been getting new "old" recordings lately. The EMI best Of series is great: Elizabeth Schwarzkoff; Victoria De Los Angeles, Barbara Hendricks, and Morella Freni - each of these is fantastic.

Also: Brendel's Schubert Box set from years ago, and hi Box set of the Beethoven Concertos. I am currently working on getting more Mutter recordings.

And I am continuing a larger project to get ost of the rest of the von Karajan Legacy DVD series.
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