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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Wed Jun 10, 2020 12:02 pm

Johannes Moser, a cellist I follow, plays splendidly the amazing Shostakovich CC # 1 with Netherlands Phil under Karina Canellakis at Utrecht in 2018. I did not hear, but Britten’s Sea Interludes and Beethoven 7 also on the programme:


https://www.nporadio4.nl/concerten/7533 ... -beethoven

Paul Lewis played Schubert’s D.894 Sonata at Wigmore today ( as well as “ Moonlight “ I did not hear):


https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000jvw9

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by maestrob » Thu Jun 11, 2020 8:33 am

Moser is a cellist I follow, but not much recently. I'm happy he's finally gotten around to the Shostakovich concerto, and will listen with interest. He recorded this excellent CD of Russian sonatas (below) in 2006, available for listening on amazon Prime:

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Fri Jun 12, 2020 8:45 am

Back to Joaquin Turina's piano trios, mine the Naxos cd with Trio Arbos, here a fine recording of the 1904 Trio in F major,Lincoln Trio,Cedille cd. Recommended music:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6WC0Hl1xZQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5nMF7L_s3s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=un82NALAMYU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcs1AH1PJeA

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by maestrob » Fri Jun 12, 2020 9:32 am

Rach3 wrote:
Fri Jun 12, 2020 8:45 am
Back to Joaquin Turina's piano trios, mine the Naxos cd with Trio Arbos, here a fine recording of the 1904 Trio in F major,Lincoln Trio,Cedille cd. Recommended music:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6WC0Hl1xZQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5nMF7L_s3s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=un82NALAMYU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcs1AH1PJeA
Good morning!

I just got this in the mail: very fine, and available for listening to Prime members:

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by maestrob » Sat Jun 13, 2020 10:46 am

Found this today on amazon Prime, available for free listening to members, an excellent version of Shostakovich and Britten Cello Concertos by Johannes Moser, recorded in 2012. The Britten quite thorny and new to my ears, played with powerful interpretation, as is the Shostakovich, which was more intense than the concert posted earlier. Recommended!

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Mon Jun 15, 2020 7:39 pm

Martin Helmchen, a pianist I now eagerly follow, after not being impressed with some his first younger efforts I was able to hear ( he’s still young ). Here an example of why I now follow.One of the better of this PC I have heard,especially first, last mov. Wonderful cadenzas (by whom ?) :

Mozart PC # 22 , K.482, live with Haitink,Orchestra Mozart Bologna, not sure date,think 2019:

https://www.rtbf.be/auvio/detail_concert?id=2647188

Encore : Adagio from K.332 piano sonata.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by maestrob » Tue Jun 16, 2020 11:53 am

Rach3 wrote:
Mon Jun 15, 2020 7:39 pm
Martin Helmchen, a pianist I now eagerly follow, after not being impressed with some his first younger efforts I was able to hear ( he’s still young ). Here an example of why I now follow.One of the better of this PC I have heard,especially first, last mov. Wonderful cadenzas (by whom ?) :

Mozart PC # 22 , K.482, live with Haitink,Orchestra Mozart Bologna, not sure date,think 2019:

https://www.rtbf.be/auvio/detail_concert?id=2647188

Encore : Adagio from K.332 piano sonata.
Lovely playing, both by Helmchen and by the Orchestre Mozart, especially the winds in the middle movement. Did not hear the Schubert, but the Mendelssohn seemed to drag a bit, as is Haitink's wont. He generally makes a better acompanist IMHO.

There are quite a few recordings on amazon, including the beginnings of a Beethoven concerto cycle that I plan to explore in the coming days. Thanks for bringing him to our attention.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Fri Jun 19, 2020 6:34 pm

John Wilson conducts the BBC SSO in music by Britten, Copland and Bernstein from the 2018 Aldeburgh Festival with soloists Cedric Tiberghien and Robert Murray.

Britten: Sinfonia da requiem
Britten (arr. Matthews): Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo
Copland: Quiet City
Bernstein: Symphony No 2 'The Age of Anxiety'

I heard only the Bernstein starting about 1:22:00 in.Tiberghein discusses the Bernstein work, here the second time he’d played it.Not a work I connect with, but I have not read the Auden poem yet.

Encore: Richter and Britten playing Schubert’s 4-hand Fantasy live at Aldeburgh,1965.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000k3dj

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by maestrob » Sat Jun 20, 2020 11:16 am

Bernstein actually recorded his Symphony II three times. The first, for Columbia, was with Lukas Foss on piano and was released briefly on a 78RPM set in 1950, later on LP, and remains available today and can be heard on amazon Prime. I grew up with a reel-to-reel tape of the 1960 stereo remake with Philippe Entremont, and have loved it ever since. Later on, when Bernstein redid his symphonies when he switched labels to DGG, he recorded it again. a disc I have not played often. The Auden poem that inspired Bernstein is a masterpiece. I haven't read it in years, but I remember being very impressed with its sentiments when a young man, along with some works by t. s. eliot.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Sun Jun 21, 2020 2:16 pm

maestrob wrote:
Sat Jun 20, 2020 11:16 am
Bernstein actually recorded his Symphony II three times.
Thanks for the info. Discovered I did not have a recording ! Ordered a Naxos cd, very cheap used on Amazon,which cd also contains his "West Side Story" Dances and " Candide" Overture.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Sun Jun 21, 2020 2:17 pm

June 18,2020, at Muziekhaven,Zaandam,pianist Natalia Milstein, Beethoven Sonatas 16,27,23. I had forgotten how charming is 16, and while I dont connect much with 27 period, I found her unpretentious “Appassionata” enjoyable. Very mature playing for a 25-year old facing huge challenges in these times. Protoge of Goerner and Schiff : https://www.nathaliamilstein.com/biography

https://www.nporadio4.nl/concerten/9383 ... a-milstein

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Mon Jun 22, 2020 5:11 pm

Had not heard Piotr Anderszewski recently, and my first hearing of the Schumann,here at Schwetzingen Festival, 2019 :

https://www.rtbf.be/auvio/detail_concert?id=2649718

Bach: WTC, Book 2 ( five )
Schumann: Sieben Klavierstucke in Fughettenform,Op.126 (echoes of Prokofieff in the sixth stucke , or my cheap shiraz ?)
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.31,Op.110 ( with 109,my favs, perfectly paced final mov.here)

Kirill Petrenko, Berlin Phil.,Berlin,Feb.,2020, playing Rachmaninoff’s arguably “best” work, the Symphonic Dances, about 60 minutes into the broadcast.Marvelous :

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000k8s6

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Wed Jun 24, 2020 3:40 pm

Cedric Tiberghien, a pianist I follow, plays Schumann’s Op.17 Fantasy on an 1840 Streicher at 2018 Aldeburgh Festival.I’m once again convinced another composer who was either frustrated the music he heard in his ear could not be fully reproduced in his day ; or who would have been surprised but grateful for what the Steinway D does for his creation.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000k88f

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Thu Jun 25, 2020 11:54 am

Angela Hewitt played Bach at Wigmore Hall earlier today.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000k9wg

Toccata in C minor BWV911 ; Sinfonia in E flat BWV791 ; Prélude from English Suite No. 6 in D minor BWV811 ; Adagissimo from Capriccio on the Departure of his Beloved Brother BWV992 ; Fantasia in C minor BWV906 ; Sarabande from French Suite No. 5 in G BWV816 ; Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor BWV903; Bach arr. Angela Hewitt: Alle Menschen müssen sterben BWV643

A 2019 recital by a pianist I follow, Adam Laloum :

https://www.rtbf.be/auvio/detail_concert?id=2651051

Beethoven Sonata # 28,Op.101; Schumann Humoresque,Op.20 ; Schubert Sonata # 20,D.959 ( my fav of his sonatas). I did not hear the Schumann.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Fri Jun 26, 2020 10:58 am

Mark Padmore and Mitsuko Uchida performed Schubert’s “Winterreise “ today in London. I did not hear , but may be of interest so posting.Audio only here:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000k9yt

I did hear Martha Argerich playing Chopin’s 3rd Piano Sonata live in Hamburg, June,2020. Live video here.Preferred the performance here to her 1965 recording I have :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4JNdXe ... e=youtu.be

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Sat Jun 27, 2020 12:13 pm

Over past few days, listened to some selections from cd’s put out in commemorative sets by New York Phil, “ Bernstein Live “ and “The Historic Broadcasts 1923 to 1987. Sound varies , of course, but still very listenable. Hope these are available thru NYPO or elsewhere.

Hindemith,”Mathis der Maler “, Bernstein conducting,Dec.23,1956. I heard the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra ( conductor not recalled ) ca.1980,do this live on a US tour of theirs. Seems to work better live.

Bruckner,Sym.No.6 (Nowak ed.), Bernstein conducting,Mar.27,1976.My only infrequent venture past No.7.

Bruckner,Sym.No.9 (Original Version) , Otto Klemperer,Oct.14,1934 .Sound not very good , but a one-time hear for me in any event.

Brahms,Violin Concerto, Heifetz,Toscanini,Feb.24,1935.Heifetz more emotionally engaged, freer in tempo and phrasing, than in his 50’s studio with Reiner/CSO.From Lawrence Gilman’s review: “Mr.Heifetz has often negotiated this wickedly treacherous music with amazing security and aplomb.But last evening the sovereign poise and ease and supremacy of his playing assumed a legendary quality as the performance passed from actuality into history.”

Chopin,PC # 1,Rubinstein,Walter,Feb.9,1947.While I prefer slightly the slow mov.in his studio 60’s recording with Skrowaczewski as a bit warmer, more relaxed, for me the 1947 is more effective as a whole, and still one of best I’ve heard.

Wagner,Immolation Scene from “Gotterdammerung”, Flagstaff,Walter,Mar.23,1952.From the Variety review: “ There was continuous applause for 21 minutes and 35 seconds ( official clocking by CBS’s James Fassett) after the Immolation Scene , with the diva taking a dozen bows.Applause didn’t stop till concertmaster John Corigliano announced that Mme.Flagstad had left the building.Philharmonic officials couldn’t recall any such ovation since the one accorded Arturo Toscanini when he retired from conductorship of the orchestra in 1936…” (Of course, the 1952 audience had not already been sitting 4 hours.)

Poulenc, “Concert champetre”, the composer as pianist,Mitropolous,Nov. 14, 1948.Had not heard for years, but I prefer his Piano Concerto.

Shostakovich, VC # 1,David Oistrakh,Mitropolous,American premiere,Jan.1,1956.Despite the sound limits, wonderful, a warmer tone and emotion than the more hard-driven readings most seem to give today.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Sat Jun 27, 2020 6:55 pm

Rach3 wrote:
Sat Jun 27, 2020 12:13 pm
Over past few days, listened to some selections from cd’s put out in commemorative sets by New York Phil, “ Bernstein Live “ and “The Historic Broadcasts 1923 to 1987. Sound varies , of course, but still very listenable. Hope these are available thru NYPO or elsewhere.
Finished up today.

Beethoven PC # 3, Schnabel,Szell, June 17,1945.Some dropped, missed notes in climax of first mov. cadenza, and in third mov., but in fairness live, and Schnabel's misses rarely concern me ( not here, but did concern me in his studio Brahms 2nd PC with Boult ) as the musical vision transcends. A relaxed, romantic, not dark, reading. Audience applauded after each of first two movs., and they did with Heifetz' Brahms VC discussed earlier in this thread.

Tchaikovsky Sym. # 2, "Little Russian" , Igor Stravinsky conducting, Jan.7,1940, the only PIT symphony I listen to, and a fine work. NY Sun interview Jan.2, 1940 with Stravinsky : " I say he is the greatest Russian musician because of such things as the way he constructs musical sentences, the originality of his placing of accents, the genius of his harmonic interpretations." Albert Goltzer, NYPO oboe,1938-84 : " He couldn't conduct very well - he was very awkward - so we had to play in spite of him."

Prokofieff PC # 2, Vladimir Ashkenazy,Bernstein, Nov.29,1958, the pianist's NYPO debut during his first USA tour.I believe Ashkenazy shared Gold with John Ogdon at Tchaikovsky Competition in 1962.A magisterial,nostalgiac first mov., with a wonderfully constructed first mov. cadenza, not as anguished and frenzied a first mov., or cadenza, as often the case, yet with plenty of technique.Ashkenazy saves fireworks for the final mov. “Boston has just recovered from a second attack of Prokofiev…The First Piano Concerto ,played by the composer,showed up wretchedly.Truthfully,it is not a good piece…The concert closed with the Second Suite from his ballet ‘Romeo and Juliet.’ This is a more serious work,inclined to be too long for a suite.. and if you could forget that there was a program to it, it could have been very beautiful to hear.” 1938,”Modern Music” review by : 20-year old Harvard student Bernstein.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Fri Jul 03, 2020 2:50 pm

Piano music of Illmari Hannikainen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=linkvU3wDLw Piano Concerto,Op.7, apparently no commercial recording

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kdhluKfJeM Variations Fantasques,Op.19, FC Records cd,Jouni Somero,piano

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Wed Jul 08, 2020 10:35 am

Ľubica Čekovská: Piano Concerto (2003 )
Miki Skuta , piano
Slovak National Youth Orchestra
Conductor Benjamin Bayl

Young EuroClassic Festival, 2019 , Berlin

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000kpks

Tonal, aleatory,interesting , but a one-hear for me, 15 minutes.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Thu Jul 09, 2020 3:24 pm

Youngish Dutch pianist Hannes Minnaar plays the “Goldberg” Variations and the Manneke work July 7,2020 at Grote Kerk, Naarden. My first knowledge of composer Manneke, a very attractive 12 minute work.The Bach was very pleasant, warm, nimble,romantic, nothing new but kept my attention even though initially I was not sure I was in a mood to hear the work at all. Live audience !

Daan Manneke
Gedanken zu Bach. Auch wie flüchtig, ach wie nichtig…

Johann Sebastian Bach
Goldberg-variaties BWV.988

https://www.nporadio4.nl/concerten/9397 ... 8-compleet

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