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Re: What I listened to today

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John F wrote:
Fri Aug 31, 2018 4:11 pm
ContrapunctusIX wrote:
Fri Aug 31, 2018 3:06 pm
Shostakovich: string quartets
Borodin Quartet (stereo set, 1-15)

Not as well-recorded as the Decca Fitzwilliam set, but better musically. Working my way through the set in chronological order.
If you can get it, the original Borodin Quartet (with Rostislav Dubinsky, 1st violin) is best of all, I'd say, though it omits the quartets composed after Dubinsky emigrated. Kopelman is certainly a good player but not so special.
Thanks John, I’ll be sure to check that out. I believe I looked at it on amazon sometime back; it’s in mono, right?
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Re: What I listened to today

Post by jserraglio » Sat Sep 01, 2018 10:57 am

Wagner: Walkure III, scene 3 & Siegfried III complete 1985

Thomas Stewart (Wotan)
Ute Vinzing (Brunnhilde)
James King (Siegfried)
Christa Ludwig (Erda)

Vienna Philharmonic
cond. Leonard Bernstein
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Re: What I listened to today

Post by jserraglio » Sat Sep 01, 2018 12:13 pm

Strauss: Elektra

Elektra - Astrid Varnay
Chrysothemis - Hildegard Hillebrecht
Clytemnestra - Martha Mödl
Aegisth - James King
Orest - Eberhard Wächter

Wiener Philharmoniker
Herbert von Karajan

Salzburg Festival August 17, 1964

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Re: What I listened to today

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jserraglio wrote:
Sat Sep 01, 2018 10:57 am
Wagner: Walkure III, scene 3 & Siegfried III complete 1985

Thomas Stewart (Wotan)
Ute Vinzing (Brunnhilde)
James King (Siegfried)
Christa Ludwig (Erda)

Vienna Philharmonic
cond. Leonard Bernstein
James King's voice (and physique) were ideal for Siegfried, but this is his only performance of any part of that role. He also avoided Tristan, singing only Act 2 (with the conventional big cut) in concert at Indiana University. Most of his operatic roles were quite short, however demanding - Bacchus in "Ariadne auf Naxos" is typical. A good thing too, because as he said in a New York talk, he always sang his part complete with full voice on the day of the performance. :roll: For more about King's career and attitudes, see this interview:

http://www.bruceduffie.com/king.html
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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Belle » Sun Sep 02, 2018 6:58 pm

Today, Biber's Rosenkranz Sonaten 1-8. Love that scordatura!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mq-SrUZUluU

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Re: What I listened to today

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Beethoven: Late Quartets
Juilliard Quartet (60’s recording)
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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Belle » Wed Sep 19, 2018 8:01 pm

Today I'm listening to my CD "Martha Argerich Live from The Concertgebouw 1978 and 1979". The CD includes the Scherzo #3 in C sharp Minor by Chopin; well, what a hurry she is in playing this piece. Argerich rushes over the poetic parts of the work and her concentration is on technique and bravura; many of the sections were just a blurr of notes. My experience with this pianist is that she's always in a hurry and has an appointment somewhere. Such a pity as this Scherzo is a charming work. The Bartok sonata is just bang bang. The only pieces I like on this CD are Ginastera "Danzas Argentinas", Op. 2. The Bach Partita No. 2 was pleasing also. Otherwise, a very mixed bag which didn't endear me to this musician one bit.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Belle » Tue Sep 25, 2018 12:07 am

Just listening to MediciTV broadcast of Sunday night's concert with the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Gianadrea Noseda. This piece was particularly stunning: Joshua Bell, violin.

Pablo de Sarasate, Carmen Fantasy Op. 25
Introduction and Habañera

And what delectable dishes are both conductor and soloist!!!

Then this stunning Credo by PENDERECKI:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1AeZOEA0TU

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Belle » Tue Sep 25, 2018 7:04 pm

I absolutely adore the Ravel String Quartet in F Major and am listening to it right now. Joy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieRQyyPowH0

What's not to absolutely love about Ravel?

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Belle » Wed Sep 26, 2018 8:22 pm

Penderecki, Concerto Grosso (for 3 Cellos):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDRsxm3HrNE

I sent my Polish physician friend the Penderecki 'Credo' because he dared me to find something "accessible" from this composer. He returned with "I hate it". I don't think he'd be too fond of the Concerto Grosso, though it does sound a little like Shostakovich (I agree with one of the U-tube comments).

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by John F » Thu Sep 27, 2018 1:06 am

What did you think of the violin concerto I recommended to you? (If you've listened to it.)
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Re: What I listened to today

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John F wrote:
Thu Sep 27, 2018 1:06 am
What did you think of the violin concerto I recommended to you? (If you've listened to it.)
I found it no more or less accessible than, say, Berg and it's the sort of work I see could myself appreciating more in the concert hall than at home on the hi-fi system (if that makes any sense). But I don't see myself owning a recording of it.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Belle » Tue Oct 09, 2018 4:32 am

In the last 30 hours we have travelled about 800km round trip by car to see one of my husband's oldest friends who is dying of cancer. We arrived at the hospital at 11am today to find him in a deep coma, surrounded by family. On the way back home - a 6 plus hour trip - I listened to Beethoven Symphony #7. I found great consolation in that work and I felt empowered by its majesty. Last night I couldn't sleep at all so it was the "Hammerklavier". That will never put anybody to sleep.

In times of extreme stress and trouble I turn to Beethoven.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by John F » Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:34 am

2018 is turning out to be a bad year for our old friends. One of the library volunteers just lost his best friend to cancer, and my oldest friend - we go back nearly 60 years to college - is dying of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known in America as Lou Gehrig's Disease. We older ones had better make the most of our friendships while we still can.
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Re: What I listened to today

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John F wrote:
Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:34 am
2018 is turning out to be a bad year for our old friends. One of the library volunteers just lost his best friend to cancer, and my oldest friend - we go back nearly 60 years to college - is dying of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known in America as Lou Gehrig's Disease. We older ones had better make the most of our friendships while we still can.
Totally agree. How sad for both of you. We just lost a close friend to complications from pneumonia of all things. He just didn't agree to go to the hospital in time. My sincerest condolences.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Belle » Tue Oct 09, 2018 4:18 pm

You're always such a thoughtful person; thank you for your comment. I feel it's time to hug those near and dear as we slip closer towards our own eternity. Recently a close friend's son was killed instantly in a car accident (he was 39) and I wrote to her during one of our exchanges, "I wanted to tell you it was one of the best days of my life when I met you". I think we need to say this often to those friends we love, even if this is more problematic (for me) with family!!

When I was listening to the Beethoven I was thinking of the great man dying in that room in Schwarzpanierplatz in Vienna over a protracted number of days - without the aid of doctors, nursing staff and morphine!! Dreadful to contemplate.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Belle » Wed Oct 24, 2018 11:31 pm

Today, the Bach Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 903 played by this magnificent pianist, Leon Fleisher. I find I just NEED music of this complexity and originality more and more with each passing day!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdCf2dSTvMo

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Re: What I listened to today

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Belle wrote:
Wed Oct 24, 2018 11:31 pm
Today, the Bach Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 903 played by this magnificent pianist, Leon Fleisher. I find I just NEED music of this complexity and originality more and more with each passing day!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdCf2dSTvMo
Thanks for that, Belle! After I finish Pogorelich, this is next. 8)

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by jserraglio » Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:46 pm

Richard Wagner: TRISTAN und ISOLDE

Spas Wenkoff (Tristan)
Catarina Ligendza (Isolde)
Yvonne Minton (Brangäne)
Donald McIntyre (Kurwenal)
Karl Ridderbusch (Marke)
Herbert Steinbach (Melot)
Heinz Zednik (Junger Seemann & Hirte)
Heinz Feldhoff (Steuermann)


Chor und Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele
Carlos Kleiber

30.07. 1976, live, STEREO, Festspielhaus, Bayreuth
from the Bavarian Radio.

I think this live performance sounds better than Kleiber's DG studio recording with the DSKO which I also own, and the cast is good. I burned this b'cst to one DVD-R so I could listen straight thru. I like Carlos Kleiber's conducting.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by John F » Tue Oct 30, 2018 3:59 pm

The Kleiber studio recording involved many, many recording sessins stretching over years. Amazing that it holds together at all. The Bayreuth Festival performance you're listening to, from a single broadcast, is much better.
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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Wallingford » Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:11 pm

This isn't today, but rather the LPs I listened to the past few weeks, using the old cartridge and saving the new cartridge for some fresh, unopened vinyl:

Weber's Oberon and Der Freischutz Overtures, and Smetana's Moldau (Szell, NYP)
Tchaikovsky's Symphony #4 (Koussevitzky)
Gershwin's Cuban Overture and "I Got Rhythm" Variations (Fiedler)
Kodaly's Hary Janos Suite (Toscanini)
Debut! (full album of Henry Mancini pieces, played by him with the Philadelphia Orchestra)
Bartok Mikrkosmos excerpts (played by his widow, Ditta-Pasztory Bartok)
Handel Water Music excerpts (Van Beinum)
Mozart's Piano Concert #27 (Casadesus/Szell)
Schubert's Symphony #1 (Leibowitz)
If I could tell my mom and dad
That the things we never had
Never mattered we were always ok
Getting ready for Christmas day
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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Lance » Fri Nov 02, 2018 12:35 am

And what, out of this group, captured your musical heart the most?
Wallingford wrote:
Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:11 pm
This isn't today, but rather the LPs I listened to the past few weeks, using the old cartridge and saving the new cartridge for some fresh, unopened vinyl:

Weber's Oberon and Der Freischutz Overtures, and Smetana's Moldau (Szell, NYP)
Tchaikovsky's Symphony #4 (Koussevitzky)
Gershwin's Cuban Overture and "I Got Rhythm" Variations (Fiedler)
Kodaly's Hary Janos Suite (Toscanini)
Debut! (full album of Henry Mancini pieces, played by him with the Philadelphia Orchestra)
Bartok Mikrkosmos excerpts (played by his widow, Ditta-Pasztory Bartok)
Handel Water Music excerpts (Van Beinum)
Mozart's Piano Concert #27 (Casadesus/Szell)
Schubert's Symphony #1 (Leibowitz)
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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Wallingford » Fri Nov 02, 2018 10:17 am

Lance wrote:
Fri Nov 02, 2018 12:35 am
And what, out of this group, captured your musical heart the most?
Wallingford wrote:
Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:11 pm
This isn't today, but rather the LPs I listened to the past few weeks, using the old cartridge and saving the new cartridge for some fresh, unopened vinyl:

Weber's Oberon and Der Freischutz Overtures, and Smetana's Moldau (Szell, NYP)
Tchaikovsky's Symphony #4 (Koussevitzky)
Gershwin's Cuban Overture and "I Got Rhythm" Variations (Fiedler)
Kodaly's Hary Janos Suite (Toscanini)
Debut! (full album of Henry Mancini pieces, played by him with the Philadelphia Orchestra)
Bartok Mikrkosmos excerpts (played by his widow, Ditta-Pasztory Bartok)
Handel Water Music excerpts (Van Beinum)
Mozart's Piano Concert #27 (Casadesus/Szell)
Schubert's Symphony #1 (Leibowitz)
TheToscanini Kodaly always impressed me with its cleanness and its immaculetteness; it can easily rival any modern-day performance. And I like the Bartok very much, though this was a Qualiton recording leased to the cheapie budget label, Mace; there was always this post-echo coming from the right channel in the wake of the last chord struck by Madame Bartok.
If I could tell my mom and dad
That the things we never had
Never mattered we were always ok
Getting ready for Christmas day
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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Belle » Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:12 pm

John F wrote:
Tue Oct 30, 2018 3:59 pm
The Kleiber studio recording involved many, many recording sessins stretching over years. Amazing that it holds together at all. The Bayreuth Festival performance you're listening to, from a single broadcast, is much better.
I've found this poor quality image of Carlos Kleiber in the pit for rehearsals at Bayreuth with "Tristan und Isolde" - this opera performed at the time of my wedding in 1974!! So long ago now (sigh). What an inspirational man Carlos Kleiber was and how very much missed by me he remains. (I remember where I was and exactly what I was doing when I heard on the radio that he'd died!)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbdSmDmkcIc

I hope the recording quality from these performances, discussed on this thread, is much better than what we get from the secretly-recorded pit camera!

Anyway, there's still this!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ta8Tqjn7Suo

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Kubelik conducts Beethoven Symphonies DG

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Puccini: Il Trittico de Billy-Met 2018 broadcast

Handel: Teseo (arr Jacobs) Jacobs/Academy of Ancient Music, Berlin 2018 Vienna live

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Wallingford » Sat Dec 01, 2018 8:49 pm

These past two weeks I’ve been celebrating the installation of a new cartridge by trying it out on a pile of unplayed vinyl….stuff I’ve had over the decades and never played. There’re two Murray Hill sets of Mozart, and my near-complete Time-Life Great Men of music series. The latter include LPs I’ve had over four decades—I never listened to the complete sets when I received them. I’d generally leave out chamber music and vocal/choral works. So I’ve been hearing now:

Bach’s Mass in b excerpts (Shaw)
Berlioz’ Les nuits d’ete (Price/Reiner)
Mozart’s Quartet #15 (Guarneri Qt.)
Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte exerpts (Price, Raskin, Troyance, Milnes, Leinsdorf, Philharmonia Orch., Ambrosian Opera Chor.)
Haydn's Harmoniemesse (Marriner)
Prokofiev’s Violin Conc. #1 (Friedman/Leinsdorf)
Beethoven’s “Razmovsky” Qrt. (Guarneri Qt.)
Sibelius/ Violin Conc. (Perlman/Leinsdorf)
Sibelius’ Sym. #2 (Ormandy 3)
Wagner’s Gotterdammerung finale (Flagstad/Munch)
Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll (Monteux)
Mendelssohn’s Violin Conc. (Laredo/Munch)
Mendelssohn’s Italian Sym. (Munch)
Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream excerpts (Martinon)
Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture (Reiner)
Mendelssohn’s Capriccio Brillant (Graffman/Munch)

All are drawn, you might’ve guessed, from RCA’s Red Seal catalog.

The reason this list is so “Mendelssohn-heavy” is that that volume was still unopened….got it recently on ebay at an irresistible price.
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That the things we never had
Never mattered we were always ok
Getting ready for Christmas day
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Re: What I listened to today

Post by RebLem » Mon Dec 03, 2018 12:29 am


On Sunday, November 2, 2018, I listened to two CDs.
 
1. Frank Bridge (1879-1941): CD 3 of 6 in a set titled "Bridge Orchestral Works." |Tr. 1. Coronation March, H97 (1911) (6'19) (world premiere recording) |Tr. 2. Summer, H 116 (1915) (10'42) |Tr. 3. Phantasm for piano and orchestra, H 182 (1931) (24'21) |Tr. 4. There is a Willow Gros aslant a Brook II. 173 (1927) (11'19) |Tr.. 5-7. Vignettes de danse, H. 166 (1938) (11'21) |Tr. 8. Sir Roger de Coverley (A Christmas Dance), H. 155 (1922) (premiere recording of this version) (4'41)--Howard Shelley, piano (Tr.3), Richard Hickox, cond., BBC Symphony Orchestra of Wales. TT: 69'51)--CHANDOS.--Rec. NOV 2000-OCT 2004.
 
 
2. Sergei Taneyev (1856-1915): CD 1 of 2. |Tr. 1-3. John of Damascus, cantata for chorus and orchestra, Op. 1 (based on the poem of the same name by A. K. Tolstoy) (25'20)--rec. 1991. |Tr. 4-7. Symphony 4 in C Minor, Op. 12 (41'10)--rec. 1988--Evgeny Svetlanov, cond. USSR State Academy Symphony Orchestra, Academic Choir of the USSR All-Union Radio (Tr. 1-3) Melodiya.
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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Belle » Mon Dec 10, 2018 6:49 pm

Today, as I'm preparing a dinner here for 6, I'm listening to the Shostakovich Piano Trio No. 2 in E and what a magnificent work it is. That whole sound world appeals to me.

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