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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Sun Oct 04, 2020 7:36 pm

Bronislav Martinu's 4th and 5th PC's are his " best" , more representative of his style and sound, but Martinu's early PC # 1 an absolutely delightful diversion from the virus, Trump and Trumpsters:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9I9WFMCjIPE

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by maestrob » Mon Oct 05, 2020 8:18 am

Rach3 wrote:
Sun Oct 04, 2020 7:36 pm
Bronislav Martinu's 4th and 5th PC's are his " best" , more representative of his style and sound, but Martinu's early PC # 1 an absolutely delightful diversion from the virus, Trump and Trumpsters:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9I9WFMCjIPE
Yes, I agree, thanks! I've got the set pictured below, which is still available, of the complete Martinu Piano Concertos. There is also a new set from the Bamberger Symphony just released: both are excellent. The new set (lower picture) is available for free listening on American amazon.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Mon Oct 05, 2020 5:45 pm

Solo piano music composed himself by the great pianist Robert Casadesus, my Opus cd, John Owings,pianist, not at YT that I could find, but here and recommended listening. A treasured memory is a late 60's live concert in Minneapolis with the Minnesota Orchestra,Skrowaczewski,with all 3 Casadesus, Robert,wife Gaby,son Jean, a Bach 2-piano concerto with Robert and Gaby, and 3-piano concertos by Mozart and Casadesus himself.

https://www.allmusic.com/album/casadesu ... 0001390563

Gerald Finzi's wonderful 1951 Cello Concerto, mine the Naxos cd, also here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bj_U1BntjPo

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by maestrob » Tue Oct 06, 2020 11:27 am

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Mon Oct 05, 2020 5:45 pm
Solo piano music composed himself by the great pianist Robert Casadesus, my Opus cd, John Owings,pianist, not at YT that I could find, but here and recommended listening. A treasured memory is a late 60's live concert in Minneapolis with the Minnesota Orchestra,Skrowaczewski,with all 3 Casadesus, Robert,wife Gaby,son Jean, a Bach 2-piano concerto with Robert and Gaby, and 3-piano concertos by Mozart and Casadesus himself.

https://www.allmusic.com/album/casadesu ... 0001390563

Gerald Finzi's wonderful 1951 Cello Concerto, mine the Naxos cd, also here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bj_U1BntjPo
Finzi's lovely Ecologue, written for piano and orchestra, has long been a personal favorite among English music. This is the first I've heard his Cello Concerto, and, while not great music, it brings one peace in these turbulent times. Thanks for posting!

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Wed Oct 07, 2020 11:21 am

maestrob wrote:
Tue Oct 06, 2020 11:27 am
Finzi's lovely Ecologue, written for piano and orchestra, has long been a personal favorite among English music. This is the first I've heard his Cello Concerto, and, while not great music, it brings one peace in these turbulent times. Thanks for posting!
Agreed in all respects.My first hearing of the Ecologue was a Proms broadcast a few years ago. Pianist Ashley Wass played the work in the second half.In the first half, he played the Vaughan Williams Piano Concerto,another neglected gem.During the very quiet section of the Concerto, one could hear the fierce rainstorm outside on the Albert Hall roof, even over Internet !

Today:

Ernst Bloch’s two very contrasting, very appealing Violin Sonatas, my Naxos cd, also at YT here, one Miriam Kramer,violin,Simon Over,piano:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Okr2WJ7 ... adio=1&t=5

Karol Szymanowski’s two Violin Concertos, works I have only recently warmed to , a bit, especially No.2, my Naxos cd, also at YT here, Ilya Kaler,violin,Warsaw Phil.,Antoni Wit:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iManux ... onuAF6NW-o

Both cd's real bargains.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by maestrob » Wed Oct 07, 2020 12:06 pm

Rach3 wrote:
Wed Oct 07, 2020 11:21 am
maestrob wrote:
Tue Oct 06, 2020 11:27 am
Finzi's lovely Ecologue, written for piano and orchestra, has long been a personal favorite among English music. This is the first I've heard his Cello Concerto, and, while not great music, it brings one peace in these turbulent times. Thanks for posting!
Agreed in all respects.My first hearing of the Ecologue was a Proms broadcast a few years ago. Pianist Ashley Wass played the work in the second half.In the first half, he played the Vaughan Williams Piano Concerto,another neglected gem.During the very quiet section of the Concerto, one could hear the fierce rainstorm outside on the Albert Hall roof, even over Internet !

Today:

Ernst Bloch’s two very contrasting, very appealing Violin Sonatas, my Naxos cd, also at YT here, one Miriam Kramer,violin,Simon Over,piano:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Okr2WJ7 ... adio=1&t=5

Karol Szymanowski’s two Violin Concertos, works I have only recently warmed to , a bit, especially No.2, my Naxos cd, also at YT here, Ilya Kaler,violin,Warsaw Phil.,Antoni Wit:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iManux ... onuAF6NW-o

Both cd's real bargains.
Wonderful repertoire choices. Thanks for posting the youtube links so that all can hear them.

I have the Bloch CD, which is a great representation of his violin sonatas. Played to perfection! As to Szymanowski's Violin Concertos, I first heard those in the superb 1996 CD release played by the unjustly neglected (in these pages) Thomas Zehetmair, led by Simon Rattle. Zehetmair's recording of Berg's Violin Concerto is still my personal favorite. I've also recently acquired the 2006 release by Nicola Benedatti of the First Violin Concerto, which offers a wonderfully lush accompaniment by Daniel Harding and the London Symphony Orchestra. Both Szymanowski releases are available in American for free listening: I would encourage you to hear Benedetti, whose ravishing tone is almost inhumanly beautiful.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Wed Oct 07, 2020 4:01 pm

Rach3 wrote:
Mon Oct 05, 2020 5:45 pm
Solo piano music composed himself by the great pianist Robert Casadesus, my Opus cd, John Owings,pianist, not at YT that I could find,
I was able to find these of Casadesus' own works at YT,although not the Owings cd :

7 of Casadesus’ Op.5 Preludes, about 13 mins. total, played by Cor De Groot (!):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVqiBLmxvTY

His Op.40 Toccata , about 5 minutes, played by his late son Jean:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIJaktZ_woM

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Thu Oct 08, 2020 11:23 am

Igor Levit live at Wigmore Hall today. Posted as I had not heard the Brahms works before. The Beethoven sonata more “ appassionata” than “ pathetique “ .
Levit always interesting,often unexpected.

Brahms/Busoni: Choral Preludes
Beethoven: Sonata no.8 in C minor Op. 13 ‘Pathetique'
Brahms: Vier ernste Gesänge,Op.121

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000n6wt

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Sun Oct 11, 2020 11:02 am

Nice changes of pace, tonal, romantic works, attractive even if not “ deep “.

Swedish composer Gunnar de Frumerie’s (1908-1987) Variations and Fugue for Piano and Orchestra, Op.11.Laszlo Simon, pianist, Stockholm Phil.,Yuri Ahronovitch,1990 single Caprice cd. Mine an mp3 of a live radio broadcast.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QC-zjQleiWo ( 12 minutes )

His Concerto for Two Pianos ( 1953,revised 1975 ) , the composer and his wife , pianists, orchestra not identified, apparently from a Caprice 3-cd set. I do not have a recording. ( 20 minutes)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0NCaAhF7HU

The cd’s are at Amazon-US.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by maestrob » Sun Oct 11, 2020 11:16 am

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Just listened to Andre Watts's stunning debut recital album on amazon (released on a single CD in 2007 but now sadly OOP, although you can download FLAC files from Presto Classical) for the first time in many, many years. I had the LP of this when I was much younger, but naturally can't play it now that I no longer have a turntable. Recorded in 1967 when Watts finally signed a contract with Columbia Records when he was barely 21, his playing here shows not just his famed virtuosity but sensitivity and depth. His elegance in the Haydn Sonata is just as insightful as in his late Liszt.

Sadly, I missed the brief release of the box set of Watts's complete recordings for the Columbia label, even though I've been an admirer since my teenage years.

It was a joy to hear this great pianist again.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Sun Oct 11, 2020 11:58 am

maestrob wrote:
Sun Oct 11, 2020 11:16 am
Just listened to Andre Watts's stunning debut recital album on amazon (released on a single CD in 2007 but now sadly OOP, although you can download FLAC files from Presto Classical) for the first time in many, many years.
By sheer luck, I happened to see the Young People's Concert on TV in real time during which Bernstein introduced him to play the Liszt E-flat ( 3 young girls each played a mov. of Mozart's K.488 Concerto first). I think he was 16. And then, amazingly, by sheer luck, heard the NYPO weekly broadcast concert on radio in real time , about 3 - 6 weeks later, at which Watts replaced an ill Glenn Gould, again to play the Liszt, the concert that launched him.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by maestrob » Sun Oct 11, 2020 1:43 pm

Rach3 wrote:
Sun Oct 11, 2020 11:58 am
maestrob wrote:
Sun Oct 11, 2020 11:16 am
Just listened to Andre Watts's stunning debut recital album on amazon (released on a single CD in 2007 but now sadly OOP, although you can download FLAC files from Presto Classical) for the first time in many, many years.
By sheer luck, I happened to see the Young People's Concert on TV in real time during which Bernstein introduced him to play the Liszt E-flat ( 3 young girls each played a mov. of Mozart's K.488 Concerto first). I think he was 16. And then, amazingly, by sheer luck, heard the NYPO weekly broadcast concert on radio in real time , about 3 - 6 weeks later, at which Watts replaced an ill Glenn Gould, again to play the Liszt, the concert that launched him.
Wonderful memories! Those concerts have, of course, been issued on DVD. Watching them only increases my admiration of Bernstein as the Great Explainer of classical music. There will never be another. His ease and poise in front of a television audience that he KNEW was interested in what he had to say, will not again be possible in this country. We have changed so very much, mostly for the better, during my lifetime, but, tragically, have lost the love of great European music that was once at the center of our culture.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Thu Oct 15, 2020 8:20 pm

Rzewski's "The People United " Variations, the Hamelin Hyperion cd.The composer here live in 1986 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiWwYsWWVSk

Music for our time.Made me feel a little better ; a little.

One of the great variation works for solo piano, right there with "Goldberg", "Diabelli", Brahms'"Handel", Reger's Bach and Telemann.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Sun Oct 18, 2020 9:11 am

Artur Schnabel's Piano Sonata, Chandos cd by the late Geoffrey Tozer. At YT is a recording of the Sonata by Jenny Lin, but unfortunately in fragments, could not find whole work on autoplay.Takes some getting used to , but rewarding in the end. Here is the 2nd mov. from Lin:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyCh_P- ... adio=1&t=9

Schnabel's Dance Suite , also on the Tozer and Lin cd, is also at YT, the Tozer cd at YT at least in part, Lin perhaps as well.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Mon Oct 19, 2020 8:59 am

While I will probably take this recital in smaller segments , not having the stamina of Prom-ers, just starting to hear:

Sir Andras Schiff plays Bach’s WTC ,Book 2 , complete, by memory, no Pause I believe, at 2018 Proms:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000nl00

I have an odd recording mix , Book 1 complete with Richter live, Book 2 recorded on Naxos with Edwin Fischer.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:00 pm

The rarely heard , thus this post , Violin Concerto of Kurt Weill. Tamas Kocsis,violin,Ulster Orchestra,Jac van Steen,live in Belfast,Sept.,2019, at about 23:30 in to this archived broadcast. “Atonal” , but worth hearing as Weill could not totally suppress his lyrical gifts.Virtuosic as well, Kocsis the concertmaster of the Orchestra.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000nmpl

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by maestrob » Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:35 pm

Rach3 wrote:
Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:00 pm
The rarely heard , thus this post , Violin Concerto of Kurt Weill. Tamas Kocsis,violin,Ulster Orchestra,Jac van Steen,live in Belfast,Sept.,2019, at about 23:30 in to this archived broadcast. “Atonal” , but worth hearing as Weill could not totally suppress his lyrical gifts.Virtuosic as well, Kocsis the concertmaster of the Orchestra.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000nmpl
Interesting. I like the Weill, myself. Have it by Zehetmair. I wonder if Thomas Kocsis is related to Zoltan, the pianist?

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Wed Oct 21, 2020 9:40 pm

Two excellent and interesting live programs by interesting pianists of different generations,Peter Donohoe and Pavel Kolesnikov.

Donohoe certainly favors fast tempi in both Brahms works and the Berg ( often too quick for me , even in the Sonata ). Donohoe played all his works straight through, without pauses for applause. From many notes and emotions to fewer and fewer of each, then back to many.

Kolesnikov played his first three Liszts as if a single work, and the first five ( through Liszt “Vision” ) before an applause break.Other than the TE’s, the other Liszts were new to me.The Liszt S.238 and Scriabin Sonata were played attaca by Kolesnikov, as were the Liszt Elegie No.1 (? ) and “Tempest.” Kolesnikov still “growing” , and needing to, both interpretatively and technically, but a pianist I follow. ( Scriabin No.2 and “Tempest” two of my fav piano sonatas )

Donohoe’s program and playing “blanc et noir “, Kolesnikov’s program and playing “technicolor”. Donohoe was co-Silver at Tchaikovsky Competition 1982, Kolesnikov was winner at Canada’s 2012 Honens.

Donohoe:

BRAHMS
Intermezzo, Op.117 No.2 in B flat minor & No.3 in C sharp minor

BERG
Sonata, Op.1

SCHOENBERG
Klavierstücke, Op.23 Nos.1-2

WEBERN
Variations, Op.27

BRAHMS
Sonata No.1 in C major, Op.1

Live, LSO St Luke's in London on 2nd October 2020
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000nmx3

Kolesnikov :

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Franz Liszt
- Chant du Berceau, S 198
- Douze études d'exécution transcendante, S 139 : n°8 Wilde Jagd
- Elégie n°2, S 197

Alexandre Scriabine - 4 Morceaux, op. 51 : Danse languide

Franz Liszt
- Douze études d'exécution transcendante, S 139 : n°6 Vision

Franz Liszt
- La cloche sonne, S 238

Alexandre Scriabine - Sonate n°2 en sol dièse mineur, op. 19 « Sonate-Fantaisie »

Franz Liszt (?) : Perhaps Elegie no. 1,S.197 ?

Ludwig van Beethoven - Sonate n°17 en ré mineur pour piano, op. 31/2 « La Tempête »

Encore: Chopin “Raindrop” Prelude

https://www.rtbf.be/auvio/detail_concert?id=2694376

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Lance » Thu Oct 22, 2020 12:10 am

Brian, I got the Andre Watts Complete Columbia recordings set in 2016 from Amazon Prime for $33. I see the set is still available from Presto for $43.25. Cannot believe it is already unavailable in the USA.
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Sadly, I missed the brief release of the box set of Watts's complete recordings for the Columbia label, even though I've been an admirer since my teenage years.
It was a joy to hear this great pianist again.
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Re: What I listened to today

Post by maestrob » Thu Oct 22, 2020 7:34 am

Lance wrote:
Thu Oct 22, 2020 12:10 am
Brian, I got the Andre Watts Complete Columbia recordings set in 2016 from Amazon Prime for $33. I see the set is still available from Presto for $43.25. Cannot believe it is already unavailable in the USA.
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Sadly, I missed the brief release of the box set of Watts's complete recordings for the Columbia label, even though I've been an admirer since my teenage years.
It was a joy to hear this great pianist again.
Wow! How'd I miss that?? :roll:

Many thanks, Lance, for double-checking me! I just put a copy in my next order from England! :D

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Thu Oct 22, 2020 1:51 pm

I am listening to the first half live just now.Do not plan to hear the second . All will be archived and available later yet today. Per BBC:

“As part her long-delayed final season before retiring from the concert stage Tasmin Little, one of Britain's best-loved violinists, is joined by four of her favourite piano partners in a wide-ranging and intriguing programme where the familiar rubs shoulders with the lesser known.

Introduced live from the Royal Festival Hall by Andrew McGregor as part of Southbank Centre’s Inside Out season.”

Brahms: Scherzo (from Sonata (F.A.E.)) (Piers Lane)
Clara Schumann: 3 Romances, Op.22 (Martin Roscoe)
Lili Boulanger: Nocturne (Piers Lane)
Brahms: Sonata no. 3 in D minor, Op.108 (Andrey Gugnin)

Interval ( Interview with Ms.Little and excerpt from one her recordings.)

Roxanna Panufnik: Hora Bessarabia
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Demande et Réponse (from Petite suite de concert, Op.77) (Piers Lane)
Amy Beach: Romance, Op.23 (Martin Roscoe)
Amy Beach: Sonata in A minor, Op.34 (John Lenehan)

Tasmin Little (violin)
Andrey Gugnin, Piers Lane, John Lenehan and Martin Roscoe (piano)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000nmxc

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Post by Lance » Thu Oct 22, 2020 11:10 pm

Have a few of her recordings ... enjoy her art. How novel to have FOUR (4) pianists of high caliber as her accompanists. Would love to have her recording of the Brahms with Andrey Gugnin, an outstanding pianist in every way.
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Re: What I listened to today

Post by maestrob » Fri Oct 23, 2020 9:22 am

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Have a few of her recordings ... enjoy her art. How novel to have FOUR (4) pianists of high caliber as her accompanists. Would love to have her recording of the Brahms with Andrey Gugnin, an outstanding pianist in every way.
I will miss hearing her new recordings. Over time, I've accumulated quite a bit of her repertoire, and think she is surely one of our Great Performers. I'm assuming that she's invested well and will live securely from now on while we enjoy her many fine CDs. Hope this concert is issued on disc, as I would gladly buy a copy!

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by maestrob » Fri Oct 23, 2020 10:35 am

Lance wrote:
Thu Oct 22, 2020 11:10 pm
Have a few of her recordings ... enjoy her art. How novel to have FOUR (4) pianists of high caliber as her accompanists. Would love to have her recording of the Brahms with Andrey Gugnin, an outstanding pianist in every way.
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Just heard this, the latest (2020) release by Tasmin Little, on amazon. Interesting repertoire and quite approachable. It's now on my Presto list for next month! As a determined Anglophile, this is a must-have for me. It's Volume III in her series of British Violin Sonatas, and well worth having. :)

Thanks for bringing her up, Rach3 & Lance!

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Post by Rach3 » Wed Oct 28, 2020 11:04 am

If you enjoy this PC, may want to hear this veteran Russian pianist whom I dont encounter often,although have always listened whenever I find him playing . I dont enjoy this PC, for me one of Mozart’s least inspired creations, lots of note-spinning,perhaps owing to the circumstances of its creation (?), a work not even Volodin can save for me ,although he makes a gallant effort here:

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Johann Sebastian Bach - Suite Orchestrale No. 3 en Ré Majeur, BWV 1068

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Concerto No. 26 en Ré Majeur pour piano et orchestre, K. 537 (Couronnement)

Robert Schumann (1810-1856) - Widmung, op. 25/1 (bis)
Arrangement de Franz Liszt

Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphonie No. 2 en Ré Majeur, op. 36

Alexei Volodin, piano
Gulbenkian Orchestra
Ton Koopman, direction

https://www.rtbf.be/auvio/detail_concert?id=2696806

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Wed Oct 28, 2020 4:34 pm

Solo piano music of Russian Arthur Vincent Lourie ( 1892 - 1966 ), various artists. If new to this composer, might want to start with “Phoenix Park Nocturne” and “Intermezzo” ( my original experiences with his solo piano music ). Also my first hearings today, his powerful “Concerto spirituale” for chorus, piano and orchestra (1929) , Viktoria Postnikova , pianist,with Deutsches Sinfonieorchester and Chorus, Berlin conducted by Gennady Rozhdestvensky, and his “Sinfonia dialectica” (1930) ,live broadcast with Cleveland Orchestra under Dohnanyi. All from his pre-Stalin , avant-garde period.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mStIP_3 ... rUVhxccmV1

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Sun Nov 01, 2020 10:02 pm

JS Bach, Two and Three-Part Inventions/Sinfonias,Glenn Gould, pianist, SONY Classics "Gould Edition" cd.

Orlando Gibbons, complete solo keyboard works, Daniel-Ben Pienaar, pianist,Deux-Elles 2-cd set.

Guy Sacre,24 Preludes for Piano,Billy Eidi,pianist from the collection of the composer's solo piano works on a Timpani cd.

I believe all are at YT.Kindred spirits in many ways, and good music for troubled times.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by maestrob » Mon Nov 02, 2020 9:02 am

Rach3 wrote:
Sun Nov 01, 2020 10:02 pm
JS Bach, Two and Three-Part Inventions/Sinfonias,Glenn Gould, pianist, SONY Classics "Gould Edition" cd.

Orlando Gibbons, complete solo keyboard works, Daniel-Ben Pienaar, pianist,Deux-Elles 2-cd set.

Guy Sacre,24 Preludes for Piano,Billy Eidi,pianist from the collection of the composer's solo piano works on a Timpani cd.

I believe all are at YT.Kindred spirits in many ways, and good music for troubled times.
I bought the Gibbons when you posted it a while back, and just heard it again a few days ago. Very fine playing, and well-recorded. Rare music that is quite satisfying to hear in these troubling times. It's available for streaming on amazon as well.

Also, thanks for posting the Ton Koopman concert, which I heard yesterday. A bit odd to hear a modern piano with that orchestra, but very well done nevertheless. Koopman, besides being a fine conductor, is also a sensitive keyboard artist. He recorded the Schubert Impromptus on a period piano decades ago, and it was released on CD, but I've misplaced my copy and have not been able to replace it for years.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Mon Nov 02, 2020 11:03 am

maestrob wrote:
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Koopman, besides being a fine conductor, is also a sensitive keyboard artist. He recorded the Schubert Impromptus on a period piano decades ago, and it was released on CD, but I've misplaced my copy and have not been able to replace it for years.
Glad you enjoyed, and thanks as I was not aware of Koopman's keyboard skills.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Mon Nov 02, 2020 12:38 pm

My first hearing of this Chausson trio today ; wonderful , powerful work. The young Van Baerle Trio live at Concertgebouw Nov.1, 2020.I heard only the Chausson, in fact twice , back to back, will look for a recording. Van Baerle Trio is Hannes Minnaar,pianist,Maria Milstein ( no relation to Nathan),violinist, Gideon den Herder,cellist.

Beethoven: Piano Trio,Op.70,”Ghost” Trio
Chausson: Piano Trio, Op.3

https://www.nporadio4.nl/concerten/9517 ... eistertrio

I find this work, and his Op.21 Concert,much more appealing than his "Poeme".

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Handelian » Mon Nov 02, 2020 3:25 pm

Handel’s Ode to Queen Anne. A lady that had so much amazing music written for her.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Handelian » Tue Nov 03, 2020 1:18 am

Handel’s Messiah with William Christie. Five amazing soloists

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Re: What I listened to today

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Szell-VPO - LvB 5 [Gulda] Bruckner 3 1966 Classica Japan DVD 2019

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Tue Nov 03, 2020 9:54 am

Solo piano music of Howard Hanson, Naxos' "American" series cd, Thomas Labe, pianist.A certain sameness, but honest emotion, compelling lyricism, American romantic " openness". " Poemes erotique" and the Piano Sonata are works to be re-heard from time to time.

Sergio Fiorentino's early 1990's debut APR cd, the Scriabin Piano Sonatas Nos. 1,4, and the Rachmaninoff Piano Sonata No.1. Extraordinary Golden Age playing.The Scriabin 4th a neglected gem. Perhaps Rachmaninoff's finest solo piano, along with his Op.32 Preludes and Op.39 Etudes Tableaux.

Joseph Kalichstein's debut cd on Vanguard,the Prokofief 9th Piano Sonata, and Bartok's Allegro Barbaro and Piano Sonata. Quite an unusual program for a debut cd ! Kalichstein's talents were wasted on the rather unattractive Bartoks,but the Prokofieff another neglected gem, a ballet and elegy for piano solo I also have neglected hearing as often as should.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by maestrob » Tue Nov 03, 2020 10:07 am

Handelian wrote:
Tue Nov 03, 2020 1:18 am
Handel’s Messiah with William Christie. Five amazing soloists
I play Messiah every Christmas to bring back memories of Carnegie Hall, as I've mentioned earlier. It's a Great Work, and I'm very glad to have several recordings, including a great one on RCA led by Robert Shaw with Judith Raskin, a Great Singer who studied with my voice teacher and who graciously allowed me to observe her voice lessons during the 1980's when I was studying vocal technique.

At the time, she was putting her voice back together after a bout with breast cancer. She succeeded, and taught the technique I learned at Manhattan School in those years, giving recitals of fiendishly difficult XXth Century music here in New York. Sadly, her cancer returned, and she had to be hospitalized. After being operated on, she called my teacher (Dan Merriman) and, with her abdomen totally non-functional, sang a run of high notes from her hospital bed, culminating in a high D, proving to us both that his technique, which ignored the abdominal muscles, worked handsomely! Sadly though, the operation failed and she passed in December 1984. Merriman (who later served as a judge in my competition) and I were heartbroken.

While her Messiah with Shaw is now dated musically, her silvery tones still echo from my speakers every year. Americans can stream her recording now on amazon.

https://www.nytimes.com/1984/12/22/obit ... nship.html

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by maestrob » Tue Nov 03, 2020 2:39 pm

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Mon Nov 02, 2020 12:38 pm
My first hearing of this Chausson trio today ; wonderful , powerful work. The young Van Baerle Trio live at Concertgebouw Nov.1, 2020.I heard only the Chausson, in fact twice , back to back, will look for a recording. Van Baerle Trio is Hannes Minnaar,pianist,Maria Milstein ( no relation to Nathan),violinist, Gideon den Herder,cellist.

Beethoven: Piano Trio,Op.70,”Ghost” Trio
Chausson: Piano Trio, Op.3

https://www.nporadio4.nl/concerten/9517 ... eistertrio

I find this work, and his Op.21 Concert,much more appealing than his "Poeme".
Thought this was an excellent concert, thanks! Chausson's youthful Piano Trio (written in 1881 when he had just finished studying with Massenet) is not his best chamber music. While I do admire it, and his Poeme, as well as his only Symphony, IMHO his Op. 21 Concert for Violin, Piano & String Quartet is a better work. I've had the Piano Trio in this recording since it was issued in 2008:

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Tue Nov 03, 2020 5:57 pm

Rach3 wrote:
Tue Nov 03, 2020 9:54 am
Solo piano music of Howard Hanson, Naxos' "American" series cd, Thomas Labe, pianist...
Sergio Fiorentino's early 1990's debut APR cd, the Scriabin Piano Sonatas Nos. 1,4 ...
Joseph Kalichstein's debut cd on Vanguard,the Prokofief 9th Piano Sonata...
Sorry,meant to include some examples of the works.Could not find the Fiorentino APR or Kalichstein Vanguard on YT.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGhssirme7g Richter ,1979, Prokofieff Piano Sonata No.9
''I love it more and more. The performer of Prokofiev's Ninth Sonata must overcome numerous hidden difficulties, intrinsic only to do it. Possesing a light and intimately chamber quality , it conceals an assortment of riches that are not perceivable at once. This is a sonata that is bereft of any outward effects whatsoever, it is dear to me by its purity and sincerity, in which the composer's conception is revealed.'' Richter.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=le9iOqSKHXw Fiorentino,live,Scriabin Piano Sonata No.4
“Amazing, in many ways among the best interpretations of this unplayable piece! Incredibly, Fiorentino even piles on extra difficulties by choice, fleshing out some chords more fully & richly,(naughty!), and putting part of the bass line down an octave in the shattering final climax!!!" YT comment. ( I have no score to double check, nor do I know what he did on the APR studio , but APR sure sounds fine.)

Labe’s Naxos recording, tracks 3-5 three of Howard Hanson's “Poemes”, tracks 6-8 the Sonata.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXIpyBm ... Z4&index=3

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by maestrob » Wed Nov 04, 2020 1:21 pm

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Needing a respite from all the political tension, I absorbed this disc of arias by Renata Scotto. Her singing reminded me of what drew me to opera in the first place: depth and meaning in every note, along with great pathos. Her greatness was unique, in spite of her poor decision to record Abigaille, which ruined her voice at the end of her career. In her heyday, she sang everything from Butterfly to Lucia, and stunned audiences worldwide with her artistry.

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Re: What I listened to today

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Handel - Julius Caesar from Glyndebourne

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Sat Nov 07, 2020 6:44 pm

My first hearing today, Peter Mennin's Piano Sonata, Naxos cd, Myron Silberstein, pianist, worth hearing. About 17 minutes:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QX2mo0PkRic

I do have a recording of his Piano Concerto ( also at YT) with the late John Ogdon, thus my interest.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by maestrob » Sun Nov 08, 2020 1:23 pm

Rach3 wrote:
Sat Nov 07, 2020 6:44 pm
My first hearing today, Peter Mennin's Piano Sonata, Naxos cd, Myron Silberstein, pianist, worth hearing. About 17 minutes:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QX2mo0PkRic

I do have a recording of his Piano Concerto ( also at YT) with the late John Ogdon, thus my interest.
Rach3:

If you're interested in Mennin today, you might want to add this interesting CD to your listening on amazon:

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https://smile.amazon.com/s?k=peter+menn ... ef=sr_pg_2

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Sun Nov 08, 2020 6:06 pm

maestrob wrote:
Sun Nov 08, 2020 1:23 pm
If you're interested in Mennin today, you might want to add this interesting CD to your listening on amazon:
Thanks ! Dont think I have any of Sessions' works.
For this Sunday,revisited the "Credendum" for violin and orchestra, and 3rd PC both of Nicholas Flagello ; Carl Vine's 3rd Piano Sonata ; and some solo piano works of Henry Martin ; all posted about here earlier.Next up tomorrow, Artur Schnabel's Piano Sonata again, heard his Dance Suite a few days ago, also posted about here earlier.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Handelian » Mon Nov 09, 2020 2:44 am

I listen to the Romeo and Juliet from the Metropolitan Opera yesterday. Well worth hearing with Anna Netrebko and Robert Algana in fine form. The production was absolutely sumptuous

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by maestrob » Mon Nov 09, 2020 9:50 am

Rach3 wrote:
Sun Nov 08, 2020 6:06 pm
maestrob wrote:
Sun Nov 08, 2020 1:23 pm
If you're interested in Mennin today, you might want to add this interesting CD to your listening on amazon:
Thanks ! Dont think I have any of Sessions' works.
For this Sunday,revisited the "Credendum" for violin and orchestra, and 3rd PC both of Nicholas Flagello ; Carl Vine's 3rd Piano Sonata ; and some solo piano works of Henry Martin ; all posted about here earlier.Next up tomorrow, Artur Schnabel's Piano Sonata again, heard his Dance Suite a few days ago, also posted about here earlier.
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I used to correspond with the conductor of the CD pictured above, John McGlaughlin Williams, on the New York Times Forum when it was still active. Bought the CD when it was issued: now the music is only available on amazon by mp3 download. Flagello's music intrigued me then, so your post about the Third Concerto prompted me to find this CD on amazon: Is it the one you have? Perhaps I'll listen to it today. :)

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by maestrob » Mon Nov 09, 2020 10:03 am

Handelian wrote:
Mon Nov 09, 2020 2:44 am
I listen to the Romeo and Juliet from the Metropolitan Opera yesterday. Well worth hearing with Anna Netrebko and Robert Algana in fine form. The production was absolutely sumptuous
Yes indeed! I recorded that broadcast on DVD when it happened, and was very pleased with the performance as well. IIRC, Placido Domingo conducted, and did a fine job on the podium.

My favorite CD of that opera is pictured below. Ruth Ann Swenson is a radiant Juliette, and Domingo's French is quite good. The conductor, Leonard Slatkin, is not known for his work in opera, but he learned his craft at Juilliard from Jean Morel, who conducted quite frequently at the MET and recorded with many MET singers for both Columbia and RCA Records here in the U. S. Swenson sings the Poison Aria with great feeling, an aria that was a standard cut when Freni recorded the role decades earlier with Corelli (and his awful French!). It's unfortunately OOP, but there are lots of used copies in good condition on Amazon U. S.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Mon Nov 09, 2020 6:31 pm

maestrob wrote:
Mon Nov 09, 2020 9:50 am
Bought the CD when it was issued: now the music is only available on amazon by mp3 download. Flagello's music intrigued me then, so your post about the Third Concerto prompted me to find this CD on amazon: Is it the one you have? Perhaps I'll listen to it today. :)
Yes, that's mine, an Artek cd.

IMHO, Flagello's 3rd PC is the one PC of his to hear, dark, wild. I do not care for his first two PC's.The "Credendum" is also a must hear. This cd is at YT as well.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Mon Nov 09, 2020 8:50 pm

Per BBC Radio 3 today : “ The BBC Concert Orchestra ( under Gavin Sutherland ) is the featured orchestra today in a socially distanced studio recording from Alexandra Palace Theatre last month, with Clare Hammond playing the Piano Concerto by Doreen Carwithen.”

Carwithen’s concerto I believe was premiered at a 1952 Proms concert.My first hearing.Sometimes nice to hear a work that is a simple pleasure, without more, especially during these times. She was the wife of Brit composer William Alwyn, whose solo piano works I also enjoy. A brief bio of her : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doreen_Carwithen

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000p7mw ( At about 14:30 into the broadcast.)

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Mon Nov 09, 2020 9:39 pm

Benjamin Grosvenor,pianist, plays the LvB PC# 1 with BBC Phil./Collon live today :
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000p0jb

Extraordinary for an under-30, Grosvenor’s a richly detailed and nuanced reading yet with complete spontaneity. Chose the less-often heard ( in my experience) 2nd cadenza Beethoven wrote for the first mov. Encore, a slow dance of Ginestera.

Also 3 early Chopin Decca recordings by Grosvenor I did not hear as I have the cd’s.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Mon Nov 09, 2020 10:40 pm

I prefer Bartok’s PC’s Nos.1 and 3, especially 3 ( one of my fav PC’s period ) , but interesting to hear Barto again after his return. Can’t comment on the performance as I do not know the work that well, my recordings 50’s Gyorgy Sandor Vox lp and Pollini/Abbado/CSO on a DGG lp. Bartok # 2 perhaps the technically most difficult of all piano concertos ever written.

Enreistré le 29/11/2018 au Grand Studio de la NDR à Hanovre

Franz Liszt - Von der Wiege bis zum Grabe (Du berceau à la tombe) , poème symphonique S.107

Bélà Bartók - Concerto No. 2 en Sol Majeur pour piano et orchestre, Sz. 95
- Concerto pour orchestre, Sz. 116

Tzimon Barto, piano
NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Christoph Eschenbach, direction

https://www.rtbf.be/auvio/detail_concert?id=2701639

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Wed Nov 11, 2020 5:58 pm

https://www.nporadio4.nl/concerten/9523 ... uziekhaven

Dutch composer Hans Kox, Piano Quartet No.2 ( 7 minutes ! ) . Live at Zaandam Nov.1 , 2020. My first hearing of this composer.Bio: http://donemus.nl/hans-kox/

“From 1984, Kox devoted himself entirely to composing. To that end, he secluded himself, for “Composing is simply the loneliest profession on earth. I knew that when I got started, and actually, I wouldn’t have it any other way.” In more than 50 years, Kox completed about 150 compositions. His music has no specific intentions or meaning. Kox describes his music as “just music, sound. Music is itself, however one wants to interpret this.”

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