In the week ending Saturday, 12 AUG 2006, I listened to the following:
1 ) 10/10 Bach: Cantatas 19, 20--Rilling & Co.--V. 6 of hanssler CBE.
2 ) 10/10 Bach: Sonatas for Viola da Gamba & Harpsichord, Bwv 1027-9.
Hille Perl, viola da gamba, Michael Behringer, hpsi. V. 124 of hanssler CBE. Timing only 37:47 total. Bach didn't write much for this particular combination of instruments.
3 ) 10/10 Telemann: 4 Triple Concerti.--Collegium Musicum 90, Simon Standage, dir. MHS
4 ) 10/10 Mozart: Cosi fan tutte--Barenboim, BPO+--3 CDs in 9 CD box of 3 operas on Warner Classics.
5 ) 9/5 Beethoven: Syms 4, 6--Mengelberg, cond, COA 4/1940--Grammofono 2000. Restored using CEDAR technology. These are decent MOR performances with no special quirks or insights. Although every effort has been made to restore the sound, it is still 1940 sound, of course. The restoration seems to have been made with the idea that when there is a choice between muffling the sound and letting some extraneous noise get through, they will keep the sound and allow the noise. This is, IMO, as it should be. High registers in the flute and other high pitched instruments sometimes sound a bit harsh and distorted. IMO, its not really worth putting up with the inferior sound for these rather ordinary performance unless you are a Mengelberg fanatic.
6 ) 10/10 Mahler: Sym 3--Abravanel, Utah SO, Univ of Utah Civic Chorale women's voices, Boys Choir of the Granite (UT) School District, Christina Krooskos, contralto. 2 CD MHS set, lic. from Vanguard. Excellent performance, esp by Krooskos and the boys choir.
7 ) 10/10 Shostakovich: Syms 5, 6, 9, 12--5 & 9 on one CD, 6 & 12 on another--Haitink, London Phil in 9, RCOA in the others. Philips. One of the most exciting 5ths around.
8 ) 10/9 The Art of Julius Katchen, Vol 8. A 2 CD Decca Double, all solo piano pieces from 1955-1961. CD 1--Schubert: Wanderer Fantasie |Schumann: Carnaval, Toccata in C, Arabeske in C |Debussy: Clair de lune |Manuel de Falla: Ritual Fire Dance from El amor brujo. CD 2--Chopin Piano sonatas 2, 3, Fantaisie-Impromptu in C# Minor, Op 66, Polonaise 6 in A Flat major, Op. 53 "Heroic" |Mendelssohn: Rondo capriccioso in E Major, Op 14 |Mendelssohn/Liszt: On Wings of Song, Op. 34 #2 |Bach: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, arr. by Dame Myra Hess. Fine performances, state of the art sound for the years of the recordings.
For other things I listened to, see the Kubelik thread.
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