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Post by Ralph » Thu Jul 13, 2006 10:42 pm

Two fine American works well performed on the Arte Nova label with a conductor not usually associated with this music:

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Post by Gary » Fri Jul 14, 2006 2:58 am

Soundtracks from Charlie Chaplin movies. I don't get it, how could silent movies have soundtracks?

Label: Nostalgia

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City Lights

Gold Rush

The Circus


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Post by Ralph » Sat Jul 15, 2006 6:44 am

Here's a must for Shostakovichians. "The Execution of Stepan Razin" is very rarely performed and it's a solid, engrossing piece. The other performances here are enjoyable too.

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Post by Ralph » Sat Jul 15, 2006 11:41 am

Vivaldi goes well with 90 degree+ heat and this disc is a winner.

1. Concerto for Violin in G minor, RV 331 (12:57) Real AudioReal Audio Windows MediaWindows Media
Composer Antonio Vivaldi (1678 - 1741)
Conductor Andrea Marcon
Performer Giuliano Carmignola (Violin)
Genre Concerto
Ensemble Venice Baroque Orchestra
Period Baroque
Recording Studio
Venue Gustav Mahler Hall, Toblach, Italy
Recording Date 01/2006
2. Concerto for Violin in C major, RV 190 (14:03) Real AudioReal Audio Windows MediaWindows Media
Composer Antonio Vivaldi (1678 - 1741)
Conductor Andrea Marcon
Performer Giuliano Carmignola (Violin)
Genre Concerto
Ensemble Venice Baroque Orchestra
Period Baroque
Country Venice, Italy
Recording Studio
Venue Gustav Mahler Hall, Toblach, Italy
Recording Date 01/2006
3. Concerto for Violin in G minor, RV 325 (7:32) Real AudioReal Audio Windows MediaWindows Media
Composer Antonio Vivaldi (1678 - 1741)
Conductor Andrea Marcon
Performer Giuliano Carmignola (Violin)
Genre Concerto
Ensemble Venice Baroque Orchestra
Period Baroque
Country Italy
Recording Studio
Venue Gustav Mahler Hall, Toblach, Italy
Recording Date 01/2006
4. Concerto for Violin in D major, RV 217 (12:29) Real AudioReal Audio Windows MediaWindows Media
Composer Antonio Vivaldi (1678 - 1741)
Conductor Andrea Marcon
Performer Giuliano Carmignola (Violin)
Genre Concerto
Ensemble Venice Baroque Orchestra
Period Baroque
Country Venice, Italy
Recording Studio
Venue Gustav Mahler Hall, Toblach, Italy
Recording Date 01/2006
5. Concerto for Violin in G major, RV 303 (12:20) Real AudioReal Audio Windows MediaWindows Media
Composer Antonio Vivaldi (1678 - 1741)
Conductor Andrea Marcon
Performer Giuliano Carmignola (Violin)
Genre Concerto
Ensemble Venice Baroque Orchestra
Period Baroque
Country Venice, Italy
Recording Studio
Venue Gustav Mahler Hall, Toblach, Italy
Recording Date 01/2006

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Post by paulb » Sat Jul 15, 2006 8:50 pm

Listening to one of my many recordings of Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail/Fricsay conducting the RIAS/DG/recorded 1954/Rita Streich as Blonde, Maria Stader as constanza. Though its studio it alive with vibrancy.

Also Mozart's Le Nozze Di Figaro/Giulini conducting the fantastic Philharmonia recorded 1961/Schwarzkopf as Almaviva, Anna Moffo is fair as Susanna. Though I much prefer Mozart in live recordings, this studio also has great energy./EMI.
I may continue this weekend with other Abductions and Figaros. A survey of sorts.
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Post by Ralph » Sat Jul 15, 2006 9:19 pm

Haven't listened to Rampal in quite a while and I grabbed this disc off a shelf on a whim. Excellent playing of very nice music.

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Post by paulb » Sat Jul 15, 2006 9:43 pm

Bach's BMinor mass.
Karl Richter/Munchener Bach Orch/Live Tokyo, 1969/DG
Eugene Jochum /Munich Pro Arte Orch/Live Germany/1957/Philips.
Both are outstanding and is impossible to choose one over the other.
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Post by jserraglio » Sun Jul 16, 2006 12:19 am

Kirchner, Piano Concerto No. 1
  • Kirchner, Mitropoulos, New York Philharmonic Orchestra
Imbrie, Symphony No. 3
  • Farberman, LSO
Persichetti, Symphony No. 8
  • Mester, Louisville Orchestra

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Post by Gary » Sun Jul 16, 2006 1:45 am

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Boris Godunov
Modest Mussorgsky/Revised by Rimsky-Korsakov

Boris Christoff (Boris, Pimen, Varlaam)
John Lanigan (Shuisky)
Dimitri Ouzounov (Grigory/Dimitry)
Evelyn Lear (Marina)
Anton Diakov (Rangoni)
Kiril Dulguerov (Simpleton)
Chorus of the National Opera of Sofia
Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire, Paris/André Cluytens
EMI Classics 67881 ADD 3CDs: 69:56, 56:13, 77:11
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Post by RebLem » Sun Jul 16, 2006 2:03 am

In the week ending Saturday, 15 JULY 2006, I listened to

1 ) 9/7 Tchaikovsky: The Maid of Orleans--B. Khaikin, cond Kirov Theater Orch (1946) |5 arias by Arensky, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, & Tchaikovsky (1947-8 ). 3 CD MYTO set. Fine performances, good sound for the late '40's

2 ) 10/9 Hermann Abendroth cond. Schumann Syms 1 & 4 (1955-6) |Brahms: Serenade 1 (1953) |Tchaikovsky: Rococo Vars--Milos Sadlo, cello (1951) |Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder--Tiana Lemnitz, sop. Leipzig RSO in Schumann 4, Berlin RSO in all others. 2 Music & Arts CDs. Excellent performances, esp in Schumann & Wagner, fairly good sound for the period.

3 ) 9/10 J.S. Bach: Complete Organ Works, Vol 17--Kevin Bowyer, organist. Includes Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080. 3 CD MHS set, lic from Nimbus. Good performances, but not as good as Marie-Claire Alain. Superb sound.

4 ) 10/6 Beethoven: Piano Concerti 3, 4; Rondo in C Major--A Schnabel, piano, Sargent, LPO rec 1933. NAXOS HISTORICAL CD. Great performances and great sound for 1933.

5 ) 9/9 Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps |Petrushka |The Firebird | Orpheus--Colin Davbis, cond. LSO (Orpheus), RCOA (all others) 2 Philips CDs--Good performances, good sound, but below the very highest standard in both.

6 ) 10/9 Shostakovich: Sym 7 "Leningrad"--Ancerl, Czech Phil (1957, MONO) Supraphon--One of the greatest performances of this work, good, but not the best, sound for the period.

7 ) 10/10 Prokofiev: Piano Concerti 1-5--Ashkenazy, Previn, LSO |Violin Concerti 1 & 2--Bell, Dutoit, Montreal |Sinfonia concertante for cello & orch, Op. 125 |Concertino for cello & orch, Op. 132--Harrell, cello, V Ashkenazy, cond RPO. 3 CD Decca Trio set. Superb performances, great sound.

8 ) 10/10 Lou Harrison: Sym 3 (1982)--Dennis Russel Davies, cond. Cabrillo Music Festival Orch |Grand Duo for Violin & Piano (1988)--Romauld Tecco, violin; Dennis Russell Davis, piano--MHS--Fine performances of fine works by a conservative, modern composer. Superb sound.
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Post by jserraglio » Sun Jul 16, 2006 5:45 pm

Wallingford Riegger, Study in Sonority [for ten violins]

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Post by CharmNewton » Sun Jul 16, 2006 9:39 pm

A collection of violin pieces played by Leonid Kogan on Yedang Classics (CT-10017). These all date from the 1950-1955, but have very forward and present sound, not at all harsh. Of special interest were two sonatas for violin and guitar (timely for another thread) by Filippo Graniani (b. 1767). Delightful music, much like Boccherini.

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Post by jserraglio » Mon Jul 17, 2006 7:45 am

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Ray Charles & Cleo Laine - Porgy & Bess

It's delightful, it's delicious,
It's delectable, it's delirious,
It's dilemma, it's delimit, it's deluxe,
It's de-lovely.
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Post by Donaldopato » Mon Jul 17, 2006 3:26 pm

Karol Rathaus (1895-1954) Symphonies 2 and 3 CPO 777031 Israel Yinon Brandenburg State Orchestra Frankfurt.

Expressively dark but not completely pessimistic music, much like a Shostakovich String Quartet.

I love this stuff, but it is not for everyone. Some do find it too gray and forboding.

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Post by Ralph » Mon Jul 17, 2006 10:48 pm

I was in a real Tubin mood today as the temperature hit 97.

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Post by jserraglio » Tue Jul 18, 2006 2:58 pm

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Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade
Eugene Ormandy - Philadelphia on Columbia CL 850, a reissue of the original 1953 recording ML 4888.
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great performance

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Post by Barry » Tue Jul 18, 2006 3:52 pm

jserraglio wrote:Album Cover
Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade
Eugene Ormandy - Philadelphia on Columbia CL 850, a reissue of the original 1953 recording ML 4888.
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great performance
Have you also heard the "barking dog" recording they did of Scheherazade about a half dozen years earlier than than that one? If so, do you have any preference between the do? I've got a private transfer of the one from the 40s, but haven't heard the one you cite above. And I happen to love the concertmaster the Philly O had from the early to mid 50s.
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Post by jserraglio » Tue Jul 18, 2006 6:48 pm

Barry Z wrote:Have you also heard the "barking dog" recording they did of Scheherazade about a half dozen years earlier than than that one? If so, do you have any preference between the do? I've got a private transfer of the one from the 40s, but haven't heard the one you cite above. And I happen to love the concertmaster the Philly O had from the early to mid 50s.
No, I havent heard the celebrated "barking dog" recording. This one, CL 850, is evidently a circa 1956 reissue of the 1953 recording (ML 4888) on a Columbia 6-eye red label--I think the performance is wonderful--gfweis called it his Scheherazade of choice here a while back and I wouldnt argue with that. It is a highly charged interpretation.
gfweis wrote:the Ormandy mono Scheherazade [CL 850, is] . . . my favorite recording, followed by Goosens/LSO, Monteux/LSO, and Bernstein/NYP (all stereo). Such committed, energized playing from the Philadelphians, and such a dramatic, involving interpretation! It's clearly superior to Ormandy's later stereo version on CBS Masterworks. He seems to take the music more seriously in the earlier mono recording. I'm sorry that I can't help on the production date, which I have done some looking for with no success. BTW, I've actually found two copies of this lp at thrift stores (the second one with much quieter surfaces). They're out there!
By the way, thanks for giving us all a heads-up on the mono Ormandy recordings. I had no idea they were so special--I've been able to track some of em down at libraries--just heard ML 5185 (Schuman Credendum) & ML 5108 (Gesensway Four Squares of Philly / Persichetti Symphony 4). All three are worthy scores which I could not find at all in print on CD. Gotta love our university libraries for archiving everything in such fine playable condition--these records rocked--as did RCA LSC 3212 containing Schuman's and Persichetti's 9th symphonies. Currently waiting for the Tchaikovsky 4th and Brahms Symphonies 1 and 4 to arrive.
  • I was surprised to see the concertmaster Jacob Krachmalnick listed as a violinist on the Ray Charles/Cleo Laine Porgy and Bess LP I just listened to. He must have sat in as a sideman for Norman Granz after leaving Philadelphia.

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Post by Barry » Tue Jul 18, 2006 8:33 pm

Thanks for posting that. I'll have to get the vinyl and find someone to transfer it for me. It always seems to be available via Ebay.

I've also thought about getting a retro-turntable box.
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Post by jserraglio » Tue Jul 18, 2006 10:34 pm

Barry Z wrote:Have you also heard the "barking dog" recording they did of Scheherazade about a half dozen years earlier than than that one? If so, do you have any preference between the two?
How about I send you a CD transfer of my vinyl copy of CL 850 and you can judge for yourself? The transfer is already done, it'll take 3 min to burn another copy. Send your mailing address via PM if youre interested.
Barry Z wrote:I've also thought about getting a retro-turntable box.
Another option might be to add an inexpensive turntable to your present setup, plug it into a phono preamp like the NAD PP2 Phono Preamp (less than $100 discounted online), & plug that into your amplifier/receiver's AUX input or any other unused line-level input.

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Post by Barry » Wed Jul 19, 2006 9:48 am

jserraglio wrote:
Barry Z wrote:Have you also heard the "barking dog" recording they did of Scheherazade about a half dozen years earlier than than that one? If so, do you have any preference between the two?
How about I send you a CD transfer of my vinyl copy of CL 850 and you can judge for yourself? The transfer is already done, it'll take 3 min to burn another copy. Send your mailing address via PM if youre interested.
Barry Z wrote:I've also thought about getting a retro-turntable box.
Thanks! The message is in your box.

jserraglio wrote:Another option might be to add an inexpensive turntable to your present setup, plug it into a phono preamp like the NAD PP2 Phono Preamp (less than $100 discounted online), & plug that into your amplifier/receiver's AUX input or any other unused line-level input.
Not sure I can do that at this point. I'm so cramped for space at the moment. My condo was fine for one person, but there are two of us now. Maybe when we move into a bigger place, probably in the next year or two. There is actually a unit on the market that looks like an old-fashioned turntable box, but it also has a CD player and enables the user to burn directly from the LP to a black CD. That's also something I'm thinking about. I can fit a stand-alone unit like that in a corner of the bedroom.
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Post by jserraglio » Wed Jul 19, 2006 9:59 am

There is actually a unit on the market that looks like an old-fashioned turntable box, but it also has a CD player and enables the user to burn directly from the LP to a black CD.
Cool, I've seen these advertised but didnt know they allowed you to burn from vinyl.

I've checked my mail and your CD will be in today's mail.

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Post by jserraglio » Thu Jul 20, 2006 7:44 am

William Walton, Troilus & Cressida.
Louis and Ella, Porgy & Bess.

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Post by Ralph » Thu Jul 20, 2006 9:22 am

Can't go wrong on a warm, cloudy morning with Eugene Ormandy conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra in Prokofiev's first symphony.

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Post by PJME » Thu Jul 20, 2006 10:26 am

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The "concerto grosso for stringquartet and orchestra" has become a composition I really treasure. Although it has a strong Bohuslav Martinu -flavour ( Does anyone know if Orbon and Martinu knew each other???), it is a work with a soul - the emotional impact is strong.

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Post by Ralph » Thu Jul 20, 2006 3:36 pm

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The "concerto grosso for stringquartet and orchestra" has become a composition I really treasure. Although it has a strong Bohuslav Martinu -flavour ( Does anyone know if Orbon and Martinu knew each other???), it is a work with a soul - the emotional impact is strong.
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I agree - a very nice NAXOS release.
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Post by Ralph » Thu Jul 20, 2006 9:53 pm

Inb the mood for well-performed Haydn tonight I pulled this disc off a shelf.

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Post by Gary » Thu Jul 20, 2006 10:40 pm

Various dead masters playing various Chopin pieces.

Cortot
Backhaus
Dinu Lipatti
Wladimir von Pachmann
Solomon
Gilels
Myra Hess
Paderewski
Arrau
Arthur Rubinstein
Horowitz
Moritz Rosenthal
Ignaz Friedman
Simon Barere
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Post by Ralph » Thu Jul 20, 2006 10:51 pm

After a fine Indian dinner I craved a Handel oratorio. And not the usual ones. So this performance of "Solomon" hit the deck while I relaxed.

A very good performance.

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Post by Ralph » Sat Jul 22, 2006 7:12 am

"The Italian Dramatic Lament" with works by Monteverdi, Peri, Kapsberger, Caccini and the incomparable Rogniono started my day. Beautiful playing and singing by The Catacoustic Consort. NAXOS score again.

I previously mentioned this wonderful release. If you're an Early Music fan and you don't have it, shame on you.

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Post by Wallingford » Sat Jul 22, 2006 2:09 pm

Doing some heavy-duty Walkman listening on extensive bus trips:

Yesterday, an NSO compilation with Rostropovich conducting Prokofiev's Romeo & Juliet excerpts; Howard Mitchell doing Shostakovich's Age Of Gold suite; & Dorati leading the Magic Fire Music.

Today, it's a Lamoureux Orchestra program, with Fricsay conducting Mozart's C Major Mass & Tzipine leading Roussel's Suite in F.
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Post by Ralph » Sat Jul 22, 2006 2:35 pm

Another day of of again, o again stormy weather so I'm productively enscounced in my ofice. Michael Praetorius is good company on this lively. disc.

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Post by Lark Ascending » Sat Jul 22, 2006 3:27 pm

Schubert - Symphonies 5,6, 8 & 9 and Rosamunde Overture (Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Herbert von Karajan)
Delius - various orchestral works (Paris, Brigg Fair, Eventyr, Irmelin and La Calinda)
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Post by Ralph » Sat Jul 22, 2006 8:52 pm

Nick Medtner's piano concertos enjoy a vigorous reading on this release. For those unfamiliar with his music, this is a fine place to start.

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Post by RebLem » Sun Jul 23, 2006 2:04 am

In the week ending Saturday, 22 JULY 2006, I listened to

1 ) 10/10 Buxtehude: 7 Cantatas + Passacaglia, BuxWV 161 arranged for strings--Kevin Mallon, cond., Aradia Ensemble, with 3 vocal soloists--NAXOS. Generally, I have found many of the performances on NAXOS excellent, but the sound less than the best. The Mendelssohn chamber music series is an example--fine performances, but too closely miked and immediate so that you have no sense of being part of an audience some distance away in a room; ot pften feels like sound pouring into your ears from a foot or so away. The present CD is a happy exception. Superb performances, well and sensitively recorded. Track 1, the 7:57 Was frag'ich nach der Welt, is worth the cost of the CD all by itself. For those of you unfamiliar with Buxtehude cantatas, listening to one after listening to a Bach cantata is like listening to a Haydn String Quartet right after hearing one of the late Beethoven quartets. It is lovely, tuneful, sophisticated, but a great deal easier to follow than Bach, just a joy to listen to.

2 ) 10/10 Bach: Cantatas 21, 22--Rilling, hannsler CBE V.7--so far, having come this far through the Bach cantatas, these 2 and #8 are my favorites.

3 ) 10/10 Vivaldi: 6 Recorder Concerti--Dan Laurin, recorder, Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble members, in this case, a string quintet + a harpsichordist. MHS, lic from BIS.

4 ) 10/10 Schumann: Symphonies (complete) |Genoveva Over. |Manfred Over.--Kubelik, Berlin PO, rec c. 1964. State of the art sound for the period. 2 DG

5 ) 10/10 Mahler: Syms 6, 9, 10 (adagio only)--Haitink, RCOA. 3 Philips CDs from the box of the complete syms.

6 ) 10/9 Ravel: 15 works for piano solo |Piano Concerto for left hand--Ormandy, Philadelphia Orch, Robert Casadesus, pianist in all works. 2 CD Sony recorded 1946-1951, mono--great performances, state of the art sound for the period.

7 ) 10/10 Shostakovich: Syms 1, 3--Haitink, cond. London Philharmonic Orch & Choir in #3. CD 1 of Haitink Shostakovich cycle.
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Post by Wallingford » Sun Jul 23, 2006 3:30 pm

Tchaikovsky Violin Conc. (Kogan/Silvestri)
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Post by paulb » Sun Jul 23, 2006 7:57 pm

Berg
Schonberg
Webern
Man life is good when one is listening to these 3 supreme masters.
Been listening all this week and most likely all next as well.
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Post by jserraglio » Wed Jul 26, 2006 11:03 am

  • Shostakovich, Quartets Nos. 6, 7, 8 (Manhattan Quartet)
  • Shostakovich, Quartet No. 8 (Borodin Quartet)
<div align="left">"That's the way Stravinsky was - bup bup bup - The poor guy's dead now - play it legato."--Ormandy

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Post by Wallingford » Wed Jul 26, 2006 12:42 pm

Bizet's Symphony in C (Lombard/Strasbourg Phil.........I NEVER KNEW that poignant slow movement had a fugue until I heard this recording!......I'd keep it, but Lombard chooses to take the last-movement repeat, which balls up the timing).

Bizet's Lazy-N excerpts (same disc, musicians)

Sibelius' Pohjola's Daughter (Davis/LSO.......I never heard a conductor milk so much dramatic impact from this powerful score!).
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Getting ready for Christmas day
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Post by miranda » Wed Jul 26, 2006 3:24 pm

Brahms--Sonatas for cello and piano, Intermezzos--Arthur Rubinstein, Gregor Piatigorsky

Rameau--Une Symphonie Imaginaire(selections from Rameau's orchestral and ballet music)--Les Musiciciens du Louvre, Mark Minkowski

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Le nozze di Figaro

Post by PJME » Wed Jul 26, 2006 5:42 pm

Just watched & listened to Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro - live from the Salzburger Festspiele ( on German TV/ARD). I was moved to tears.
A great cast :
Il Conte Almaviva
Bo Skovhus
La Contessa Almaviva
Dorothea Röschmann
Susanna
Anna Netrebko
Figaro
Ildebrando D‘Arcangelo
Cherubino
Christine Schäfer
Marcellina
Marie McLaughlin
Bartolo
Franz-Josef Selig
Basilio
Patrick Henckens
Don Curzio
Oliver Ringelhahn
Antonio
Florian Boesch
Barbarina
Eva Liebau
And the Wiener Philharmoniker under Nicolaus Harnoncourt.

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Post by Wallingford » Wed Jul 26, 2006 6:49 pm

Stokowski (w/LSO) doing Afternoon Of A Faun

.......slowest damned Faun I've ever heard.
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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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Post by jserraglio » Fri Jul 28, 2006 8:30 am

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  • Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 4
  • Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 5
  • Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 6
superb perfs by Ormandy/Phillly from the '50s
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Post by Wallingford » Fri Jul 28, 2006 6:15 pm

Got another recently-heard performance to pick a bone with:

Stanley Black's take on An American In Paris.

This (I believe) was part of London/Decca's "Phase-4" series......so it's inexplicable WHY the label couldn't fork over the extra money for the LSO to use a couple extra taxi horns (there're only TWO used here--and the WRONG DAMNED notes, to boot!).
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Never mattered we were always ok
Getting ready for Christmas day
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Post by Wallingford » Fri Jul 28, 2006 6:17 pm

Also, historical recordings of Beethoven's Third & Seventh.......led by King Frederick IX of Denmark.

The kid's not one-quarter bad, to my ears.
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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Post by Wallingford » Sat Jul 29, 2006 7:07 pm

Presently, it's:

St-Saens' Third (Benzi, with Asma at the organ)
Chopin's PC#2 (Blumenthal/van Otterloo)
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Never mattered we were always ok
Getting ready for Christmas day
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Post by RebLem » Sun Jul 30, 2006 3:06 am

In the week ending Saturday, 29 JULY 2006, I didn't do much listening. This is one of my shortest weekly lists in a while--only 3 issues, 5 CDs--

1 ) 10/10 Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier--Solti, VPO--Decca, 3 CDs. Rec 1968-9, it has an all star cast. Magnificent 207 page booklet with 4 languages. Also, another smaller, 27 page booklet on Solti and Strauss, and reminiscences by Michael Kennedy and James Lock, two of the Decca production people who worked on the recording. Of particular note is the fact that Solti was the first post-WWII music director of the Munich Opera House, and worked with Strauss in that capacity. At one point, preparing for a performance of a Strauss opera, Solti asked him for advice on tempi. "It is very easy," replied Strauss. "I set Hofmannsthal's text at the pace at which I would speak it, with a natural speed and in a natural rhythm. Just recite the text and you will find the right tempo."

2 ) 10/10 Blumer, Theodor (1881-1964): Wind Quintet, Op 52 (1924) |Dance Suite, Op 53 |Original theme & variations for wind quintet and piano, Op 45--Moran Woodwind Quintet, Shirley Irek, piano (in Op 45)--Crystal CD. All the players here are faculty members and musicians in residence at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. These are wonderfully tuneful, uncomplicated pieces in the Straussian manner; the first two sound very much like the Strauss of the "Happy Workshop." The theme & variations goes a little beyond that, and is the finest piece here, in your reporter's humble opinion. Don't turn your noses up at the Univ of Neb. These are superb performances.

3 )10/10 Harrison, Lou: Seven Patorales |Glanville-Hicks, Peggy: Etruscan Concerto |Riley, Terry: June Buddhas from Mexico City Blues--MHS CD--Various musicians, incl Brooklyn Phil, Keith Jarrett, Dennis russell Davies. The Riley work is for chorus, and features the Voices Saintpaulia.
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Post by Lark Ascending » Sun Jul 30, 2006 2:42 pm

Vaughan Williams - Symphony No.6 (New Philharmonic), Concerto for two pianos & orchestra (London Philharmonic), Job:A Masque for Dancing (London Symphony Orchestra). All conducted by Sir Adrian Boult
"Look here, I have given up my time, my work, my friends and my career to come here and learn from you, and I am not going to write a petit menuet dans le style de Mozart." - Ralph Vaughan Williams to Maurice Ravel

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Post by miranda » Sun Jul 30, 2006 4:11 pm

Kevin Volans--String Quartets #2 and #3, Balanescu String Quartet

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