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What I listened to today

Post by RebLem » Sun Nov 05, 2017 1:08 am

​Spent most of the afternoon and evening today (Saturday the 4th) listening to classical music--a CD of Haydn symphonies from the Christopher Hogwood set, a 2 CD set of Britten's opera GLORIANA, a Ferenc Fricsay recording of the Dvorak New World Symphony and two excerpts from Smetana's Ma Vlast, a CD of short choral works by Dietrich Buxtehude from the Ton Koopman set of the complete works of Buxtehude, the Brahms PC 2 from Leon Fleisher, George Szell and the Cleveland orch., plus a solo Fleisher performance of some Brahms Waltzes, a CD of the two Mendelssohn String Quintets, and the Mariss Jansons recording of the Shostakovich 8th Symphony with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orch + a 12 minute clip of a rehearsal by him with the PSO. All in all, a very musical day.
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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Belle » Sun Nov 05, 2017 2:02 am

A listening session thoroughly well spent, by the sound of it!!

This afternoon (wet and miserable) it's been Beethoven and Stephen Kovacevich; Piano Sonata No. 18, Op. 31 No. 3. The Scherzo of the second movement is lively and energetic and then there's the rest of it!! I've been following with my Henle Verlag score and the fairly short Menuetto and Trio of the third movement is perfectly charming, full of delicious repeats. It reminded me very much of Haydn, except for the dissonant chords and harmony! :D

But the tour de force is the final movement Presto con fuoco. I felt intoxicated with exhilaration after hearing it and the sweet spot was hit. Oh boy, was it hit!! How is it that Beethoven seems to get better and better over time? One would think I'd be bored after having spent 50 years in the company of the Beethoven Sonatas but I honestly think that's impossible. After initial reservations with Kovacevich in this sonata I've settled into it nicely and the recorded sound quality is superb.

By a miracle of good fortune I have these musical companions which yield more secrets on every hearing.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by RebLem » Mon Nov 06, 2017 2:40 am

​Today, Sunday, I listed to a lot of CDs.

1) Haydn Symphonies 61, 66, & 69 from the Hogwood collection,


2) CD 6 of 8 in the Maurizio Pollini set of the Beethoven Piano Sonatas, beginning with the Waldstein,

3) A Simon Rattle CD with the City of Birmingham Symphony & Chorus featuring three choral works by Karol Szymanowki: Songs of a Fairy-Tale Princess, Op. 31 with soprano Iwona Sobotka, Harnassie, Op. 55,a ballet-pantomime in two tableaux with Timothy Robinson, tenor, and Love Songs of Hafiz, Op. 26, with Katarina Karneus, mezzo-soprano.


4) CD 19 in the Ferenc Fricsay 45 CD box of the complete orchestral DGG recordings featuring works by 5 German speaking 20th century composers: Werner Egk, Gottfried von Einem, Hans Werner Henze, Wolfgang Fortner, and Rolf Liebermann,


5) Another CD in the 29 CD set of the Ton Koopman cycle of the complete works of Dietrich Buxtehude, featuring 8 choral works,


6) CD 1 of a 7 CD set of Charles Munch/BSO Sony recordings featuring the Tannhauser Overture and Venusberg Music, the Prelude and Liebestod from Act one of Tristan und Isolde, the Magid Fire Music from Die Walkure, and Siegfried's Rhine Journey and Brunnhilde's Immolation Scene from Die Gotterdammerung with Eileen Farrell doing vocal parts in Isolde's Liebestond and Brunnhilde's Immolation scene,


7) Mendelssohn Chamber Music with the Prazak Quartet and the Kocian Quartet and pianist Jaromir Klepac. String Octet in E Flat Major, op 20 (1825) (32'14) and Piano Sextet in D Major, Op. 110 (1824) (28'26),


8 ) Mariss Jansons recordings of Shostakovich Sym 9 (Oslo Phil) and 10 (Philadelphia Orch).
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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Belle » Mon Nov 06, 2017 3:11 am

Wonderful!!!

Today I listened to more of the Beethoven Sonatas and this time I compared Kovacevich with Brendel in "Les Adieux" and found the latter more to my liking. I hadn't realized before how that last movement ("Return") seems as though it has, at times, the actual rhythm of a team of horses!! From 14:35 here; well, that's my reading of it!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2CLFPii7Qg

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by THEHORN » Mon Nov 06, 2017 4:30 pm

Lately I've been listening to some things borrowed from my local library on interloan .
You can reserve anything from any of the Westchester country libraries , books, magazines, CDs and DVDs on line at your local library website within the country , and it comes to your library within about a week , at the cost of only forty cents per item . Very convenient !

Sir Colin Davis two CD set of the Symphonie Fantastique , Harold in Italy , Symphonie Funebre & two overtures with the LSO .
Sir Colin and the Staatskapelle, Dresden in Hansel & Gretel with Gruberova, Christa Ludwig on Philips .
Mozart symphonies 35-41 with Karl Bohm and the Berlin Philharmonic on DG .
Harnoncourt and the Concentus Musicus, Wien , Beethoven symphonies 4 and 5 on Sony .
le Nozze Di Figasro with Nezet-Seguin & the Chamber orchestra of Europe with Hampson, Yoncheva , and Luca POisaroni (haven't heard this yet ) .
The four Schumann symphonies with the late Hans Vonk and the Cologne radio symphony on EMI ,
Sir Simon Rattle & the CBSO on EMI in 6 Pieces for orchestra by Webern, 5 Pieces for orchestr
a by Schoenberg, and the Lulu Suite by Berg .
Prokofiev symphonies 1 & 7 with USSR symphony orchestra , Svetlanoc & Rozhdestvensky on Melodiya .
Dennis Russell Davies & the American Composer's orchestra in "The Mysterious Mountain " symphony and "Lousadzak " Plus the "Elegiac " symphony by Lou Harrison on Musicmasters .

Not too shabby !

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by RebLem » Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:57 am


Today, Monday, Nov. 6, I listened to the following:


1. CD 27 in the 32 CD box of Christopher Hogwood's partial set of Haydn Symphonies. Hear #s 67 & 68.


2. CD 7 of 8 in the Maurizio Pollini set of th Beethoven piano sonatas: #s 27, 28, and 29, the Hammerklavier.


3. Two short, one act operas by neglected British composer Elizabeth Maconchy (1907-1994) on the CHANDOS label. One is a comic opera called THE SOFA (39'01). In it, a sexually profligate young man, Dominic, tries to seduce a young woman named Monique. She is a willing participant, but his Grandmother, a witch with magical powers, transforms him into a sofa and decrees that he can be restored to his humanity only when another couple consummate their love on the sofa. The opera goes through a couple of false hopes, until it finally happens and he is happily restored to humanity. The librettist was "Ursula Vaughan Williams, wife of her old teacher Ralph Vaughan Williams, and a prominent poet and writer in her own right," per the liner notes.

The second opera is a more serious one called THE DEPARTURE (31'00). It is, like THE SOFA, a dystopic fantasy in which Julia, a woman seated at a makeup table suddenly realizes, as people around her keep ignoring her, that she is dead. She tries to reestablish contact with her husband Mark, who is nearby but going on with his life in his grief. She sings of their first meeting and he finally hears a faint echo and becomes aware of her ghost, They reminisce, but this prepares Julia for the afterlife and reconciles her with death, and she moves on.


This is a production of the Independent Opera Orchestra of Sadler's Wells, conducted by Dominic Wheeler. The packaging is a work of art in itself. Its only one Cd, but it ensconced in one of those trifold affairs with a little pocket attached to one of the sides that encases the booklet of liner notes, texts and a few pics.


4. CD 20 in the Ferenc Fricsay complete orchestral recordings for DGG. Manuel de Falla's Nights in the Gardens of Spain (22'36), Jean Francaix's Concertino for Piano and Orch. (7'29), Arthur Honegger's Concertino for Piano and Orch. (9'46), Alexander Tcherepnin's Ten Bagatelles for Piano and Orch., Op. 5 (12'42), and Sergei Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op 41 (24'27). Margrit Weber os the pianist. Done with various Berlin Broadcasting orchestras.
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Re: What I listened to today

Post by RebLem » Tue Nov 07, 2017 1:00 am

THEHORN wrote:
Mon Nov 06, 2017 4:30 pm
Lately I've been listening to some things borrowed from my local library on interloan .
You can reserve anything from any of the Westchester country libraries , books, magazines, CDs and DVDs on line at your local library website within the country , and it comes to your library within about a week , at the cost of only forty cents per item . Very convenient !


Dennis Russell Davies & the American Composer's orchestra in "The Mysterious Mountain " symphony and "Lousadzak " Plus the "Elegiac " symphony by Lou Harrison on Musicmasters .

Not too shabby !
Is that the Alan Hovhanness's Mysterious Mountain, or did Lou Harrison do another one?
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Re: What I listened to today

Post by RebLem » Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:12 am

I​ have been suffering from frequent nosebleeds--at least once a day, sometimes twice, even thrice a day for ten days or so before last Friday. Finally, on Friday, it just got too bad, so I called 911 and got an ambulance which took me to Presbyterian Hospital, which is the best hospital in Albuquerque. I had eaten breakfast, but no others, and I called about 3 PM or so and have been hospitalized since until Sunday, when I was discharged about 2 PM. I hve some followups to... do, but I am feeling much better.
Anyway, on Thursday and Friday, I listened to a few CDs, as follows:
1. CD 28 oi the 32 CD Hogwood set of Haydn symphonies. Specificall, #s 62, 63 "La Roxelane" and 70.
2. Another CD in the Ton Koopman set of the complete works of Dietrich Buxtehude--short choral works. The disc numbering system is just too complicated to explain, but I am about 2/3 of the way through the set at this point.
3. CD 2 of a 7 CD set called Charles Much Late Romantic Masterpieces. This CD features 2 magnificent Tchaikovsky performances--the 4th Sumphony and the Serenade for Strings in C Major, op. 48.
4. CD 4 of the Tokyo String Quartet cycle of the Beethoven String Quartets, this one of just one work, SQ 7 in F Major, Op. 59/1 "Rasumovsky."
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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Ricordanza » Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:15 am

Feel better!

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by lennygoran » Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:27 am

Glad you're doing better-what was causing the nose bleeds? Regards, Len

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by jbuck919 » Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:27 am

lennygoran wrote:
Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:27 am
Glad you're doing better-what was causing the nose bleeds? Regards, Len
Now that's none of your business. ;) I have also had anomalous conditions that required a hospitalization. (For one of them, nosebleeds were an after-effect because the last thing they did was shoot me with a blood thinner, afraid that I might have clot somewhere inside). Hospital is not prison, but it can sure seem like it when one is there. No sane person wants to be hospitalized, and I won't even try to go into the indignities involved. Let's be glad that Rob is better, and didn't have to stay that long. (My longest hospitalization was for five weeks, and I kid you not.)

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by lennygoran » Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:14 am

Oops, hope I didn't offend him in any way. Regards, Len

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