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Post by Wallingford » Wed Dec 06, 2006 5:07 pm

Well, tonight I'm lowering my standards & hearing an LP I picked up of two of George Kleinsinger's "musical fairytales"--A Visit to a Zoo, and A Visit to an Orchestra. They're on the Peter Pan label.

Kleinsinger, most famous for Tubby the Tuba, tried making lightning strike twice & thrice with the same story-with-narration approach....I've heard, or read the scores to, other stuff he wrote, like The Story of Celeste, The Story of Winds, The Little Christmas Tree, and they all come up sadly short. It's still interesting to investigate these, just once.
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Post by PJME » Wed Dec 06, 2006 5:43 pm

Last night Saint Nicholas visited Europe again....so I had to listen to Benjamin Britten' s eponymous Cantata.
Lovely - i try to sing along....

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Post by moldyoldie » Wed Dec 06, 2006 6:53 pm

A radio broadcast of...

Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2
Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam/Neeme Järvi, cond.

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Post by Gary » Thu Dec 07, 2006 4:20 am

Anton Rubinstein:

Caprice Russe, for piano & orchestra in C minor, Op. 102

Piano Concerto No. 3 in G major, Op. 45


Valerie Traficante

Rheinland-Pfalz Philharmonic, Jose Serebrier

Label: Vox


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Cavalleria Rusticana

La Scala Chorus and Orchestra, Karajan

Label: DGG


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Mahler's 5th

New York Phil., B. Walter

Label: Sony


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Post by moldyoldie » Thu Dec 07, 2006 6:28 am

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Handel: Messiah
The English Concert & Choir/Trevor Pinnock, cond.
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Post by jserraglio » Thu Dec 07, 2006 11:41 am

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Ozawa-Chicago from the late '60s.

Always wanted to hear this perf ever since I heard Martinon do it live with the same orch. didnt have the record though.

But thanks to a tip in PC Mag, I found out that Napster USA lets you listen to their entire 2 million track catalog in streaming audio (32 kbps), free, full-length tracks and albums. I was amazed at the number of classical selections by major artists. Fifty albums by Artur Rubinstein for example, 28 albums with Reiner conducting, many in the RCA hybrid-SACD series, tons of Toscanini, Copland, Szell conducting Mozart in the OJ-Collection, Hilary Hahn, etc. And they let you listen to an entire album strait thru instead of track by track.

32 kbps is far from CD quality, but the sound is very acceptable even when routed thru my big sound system.

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Post by bOrbOt » Thu Dec 07, 2006 6:04 pm

Haydn - Symphony No.11

Adam Fischer/Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra

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Post by Gary » Fri Dec 08, 2006 3:29 am

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Spanish Guitar Virtuoso, Vol. 2

Guitarist--Angel Romero
EMI/Seraphim

Fantasia for guitar
Composed by Alonso de Mudarra

Gallarda, for vihuela
Composed by Alonso de Mudarra

Diferencias (7) for guitar on "Guárdame las vacas"
Composed by Luys de Narvaez

Grande Overture, for guitar in A major, Op. 61
Composed by Mauro Giuliani

Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 322 (L. 483)
Composed by Domenico Scarlatti

Sonata for keyboard in D minor, K. 32 (L. 423)
Composed by Domenico Scarlatti

Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 83 (L. S31)
Composed by Domenico Scarlatti

Sonata for keyboard in C minor, K. 11 (L. 352)
Composed by Domenico Scarlatti

Introduction, Theme, & Variations on a Theme From Mozart's "The Magic Flute, " for guitar, Op. 9
Composed by Fernando Sor

Suite española
Composed by Gaspar Sanz

Tonadillas al estilo antiguo, songs (10) for voice & piano, H. 136 La Maja de Goya
Composed by Enrique Granados

Fandango for guitar (Piezas españolas No. 1)
Composed by Joaquin Rodrigo

Elogio de la guitarra, for guitar
Composed by Joaquin Rodrigo

Preludes (3) for guitar, Nos 1-03 (complete) No. 1, Plegaria
Composed by Celedonio Romero

Preludes (3) for guitar, Nos 1-03 (complete) No. 2, Aleluya
Composed by Celedonio Romero



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Villa-Lobos: Complete Music for Solo Guitar
Naxos

Chôros No. 1, for guitar, "Tipico brasileiro", A. 161

Suite populaire brésilienne (5), for guitar (Brazilian Folk Suite), A. 020

Estudios (12), etudes for guitar, A. 235

Prelúdios (5), for guitar, A. 419
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Post by moldyoldie » Fri Dec 08, 2006 7:18 pm

I guess Gary loves his gee-tar. :D

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Mozart: Symphony No. 38 in D major "Prague"
Vienna Philharmonic/Leonard Bernstein, cond.
Deutsche Grammophon

This is a great, relatively inexpensive 3-CD set including Mozart's late symphonies, plus Nos. 25 and 29. Between this and Klemperer's almost similar set, I don't know which I like more.

Micha, thank you for the interesting insight concerning Karajan, Bychkov, and the Berliners. It makes perfect sense.

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Post by Gary » Sat Dec 09, 2006 2:51 am

moldyoldie wrote:I guess Gary loves his gee-tar. :D
:)

You know, I have that Mozart set. Yep, inexpensive and well performed.


Currently listening to Caruso, part of Naxos' Complete Recordings Volume 3

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Post by bOrbOt » Sat Dec 09, 2006 3:18 am

Debussy - Complete Orchestral Works

Jean Martinon/Orchestre National de L'ORTF

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Post by jserraglio » Sat Dec 09, 2006 5:06 am

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Post by miranda » Sat Dec 09, 2006 10:08 am

Last night I listened to the first three discs of this 5-disc set, on Astree/Naive; the first two were a wonderful recording of Monteverdi's 1610 Vespers, and the third was an equally wonderful rendering of Charpentier's Canticum ad beatum Virginem Mariam. All had the pristine sound and impeccable musicianship that I have come to expect from Jordi Savall and co. And I've still got two more discs, of music by Hadyn and the Spanish composer Joan Cererols, to enjoy!

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Post by johnQpublic » Sat Dec 09, 2006 10:36 am

Estoniana

Tormis - Overture #2 (Chandos)
Tuur - Requiem (ECM)
Tubin - Symphony *9 (BIS)

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Post by moldyoldie » Sat Dec 09, 2006 4:34 pm

Always liked Tubin.

Currently listening to...

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Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 2 "A London Symphony"; Concerto Accademico; The Wasps: Overture
London Symphony Orch./André Previn, cond.
RCA

I've always loved Previn's way with Vaughan Williams, more so than Boult's, Thomson's, and Haitink's -- have yet to hear Handley, Barbirolli, and others.

To be followed by...

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Dvorák: Serenade in E major for String Orchestra; Serenade in D minor for Wind Instruments, Cello and Double Bass
Tchaikovsky: Andante Cantabile from Quartet No. 1 in D major; Chant sans Paroles (Song Without Words)

Czech Chamber Orchestra & Josef Vlach
Czech Philharmonic Wind Ensemble
Supraphon

I just got this in the mail today -- virgin voyage.

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Post by Gary » Sun Dec 10, 2006 3:22 am

Karajan's Haydn, not bad at all.

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Post by bOrbOt » Sun Dec 10, 2006 4:16 am

Satie - The Complete Solo Piano Music

Jean Thibaudet - Pianist

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Post by johnQpublic » Sun Dec 10, 2006 9:10 am

All DG's

Bruckner - Psalm 150 (Jochum)
Beethoven - Violin Sonata #1 (Dumay)
Grieg - Lyric Suite (Jarvi)

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Post by Inverness_Man » Sun Dec 10, 2006 1:59 pm

Just got a new Vaughn Williams CD of his orchestral works on Decca. Very nice. Lately I've been buying more works for Flute & Harp. I'd be interested in any recommendations on Flute & harp music. THX.
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Post by johnQpublic » Sun Dec 10, 2006 2:45 pm

Here's a flute/harp disc that I have:

http://www.cduniverse.com/search/xx/mus ... rdmann.htm

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Post by moldyoldie » Sun Dec 10, 2006 3:15 pm

Inverness_Man wrote:I'd be interested in any recommendations on Flute & harp music. THX.
Here's a personal favorite...

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Nancy Allen Plays Ravel & Debussy
Nancy Allen, solo harp
Accompaniment on two pieces by:
Ransom White, flute; David Shifrin, clarinet; Tokyo String Quartet
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz, cond.
EMI

Exquisitely beautiful!

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Post by Corlyss_D » Sun Dec 10, 2006 3:59 pm

Home for Thanksgiving. Hillier conducting a variety of ensembles, including Theatre of Voices.
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Post by jserraglio » Sun Dec 10, 2006 4:01 pm

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Beethoven: Missa Solemnis / Reger: Variations & Fugue on a Theme by Mozart
Bohm/BPO

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Post by RebLem » Sun Dec 10, 2006 5:19 pm

During the week ending Saturday, 9 DEC 2006, I listened to the following:

1 ) 10/10 Bach: J.S.: 3 Concerti for 1 Harpsichord & String Orch; 3 Concerti for 2 Harpsichords and String Orch., S 1060-62; 2 Concerti for 3 Harpsichords & String Orch., S. 1063-4; Concerto for 4 Harpsichords and String Orch., S 1065--Janigro, cond., I Solisti di Zagreb. 2 MHS CDs, lic from the Bach Guild. Very fine recordings from 1958 (solo concerti) and 1964 (multiple harpsichord concerti). Recorded at a high level; you will need to turn the volume level down several notches.

2 ) 9/10 Beethoven: Syms 2, 6--Menuhin, cond., Sinfonia Varsovia. Warner Classics Apex CD. Good, but fairly routine performances.

3 ) 9/10 Schumann: Waldszenen, Op 82; Geistervariationen uber den, Lletzten Gedanken; Sonata 3 in E Minor, Op 14, aka Piano Concerto without orchestra; Hasche Mann; Mit Gott--Jorg Demus, piano--Vol 9 of 13 CD Nuovo Era set of complete Schumann paino music.

4 ) 10/10 Sullivan, Arthur: The Golden Legend (oratorio)--Richard Corp, cond., New London Orch, The London Chorus, Janice Watson, soprano (Elise), Jean Rigby, mezzo-soprano (Ursula), Mark Wilde, tenor (Prince Henry), Jeffrey Black, baritone (Lucifer), Jonathan Brown, tenor (A Forester)--2001 recording. 2 hyperion CDs. A wonderful performance of a seldom heard work.

5 ) 10/10 Mahler: Sym 9; Sym 10: Adagio--Inbal, cond., Frankfurt RSO. 1986 recording . 2 Brilliant CDs, lic from DENON. Excellent performances. I don't know why there is a recording of the Adagio from Sym 10, as the set also contains a performance of the entire Sym 10 on another CD.

6 ) 10/10 Balada, Leonardo: Hangman, Hangman! |The Town of Greed--Colman Pearce, Carnegie Mellon Opera Theater. Various cast members. Naxos CD, 2001 recording. Balada is a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon. These works are described on the cover as "two tragi-comic chamber operas," and, indeed they are. These are delightful singspiel pieces, heavily influenced, both in musical style and world view, I think it is fair to say, by the work of Kurt Weill.

7) 10/10 Zyman, Samuel: Quintet for piano, violin, vioa, clarinet, & bassoon (16:23)--The Chelsea Chamber Ensemble | Solamente Sola. a cycle of 4 songs on poems by Salvador Carrasco (8:31)--Rachel Rosales, soprano, Mirian Conti, piano | Concerto for Piano and Chamber Ensemble (23:09)--Mirian Conti, piano, Samuel Zyman, cond., Chelsea Chamber Ensemble. Antilles New Directions CD. This is relatively conservative music by a fine young composer. I liked the first two works better than the last, which has a hint of Rimsky-esque orientalisms throughout.
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Arvo Pärt: Cello Concerto "Pro et Contra"; Perpetuum Mobile; Symphonies Nos. 1-3
Bamberg Symphony Orchestra/Neeme Järvi, cond.
Bis

Now, this disc I like! I can't stand Pärt's mystical choral tintinnabulistic whateveryouwannacallit, namely Miserere, et al.

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Post by Gary » Mon Dec 11, 2006 5:17 am

Danish composer C.E.F. Weyse (1774-1842): The Late Piano Works

Bohumila Jedlickova, piano

Label: Marco Polo/Naxos in association with dacapo


8 Etudes op. 51 (1831)

4 Etudes op. 60 (1837)

Allegro di bravura, A minor op. 50 (1831)

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This morning is Leg Two of my virgin voyage with these WWII-era recordings.

Disc #2 of 4
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5; Symphony No. 6 "Pastoral"
Berlin Philharmonic Orch./Wilhelm Furtwängler, cond.
Music & Arts

I must say, I'm pleasantly surprised at the overall recording quality -- much harshness on the fortissimos of the Pastoral, however, as well as spring colds made audibly manifest. :wink:
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Post by Gary » Tue Dec 12, 2006 3:10 am

Mahler's 1st
Berliner Philharmoniker/Abbado
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Post by Micha » Tue Dec 12, 2006 3:33 am

That Mahler 1 was recorded in the first concert after Abbado had been announced as new principal conductor. I remember if it was a very nice performance, but I never heard the CD. How do you like it?

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Post by Gary » Tue Dec 12, 2006 3:44 am

Like it very much. Even though it was a live performance, you don't hear the audience until the very end. I'm on the last movement as I'm writing this.

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Post by johnQpublic » Wed Dec 13, 2006 9:03 am

This Ives Choral LP:

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Post by Barry » Wed Dec 13, 2006 10:24 pm

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This morning is Leg Two of my virgin voyage with these WWII-era recordings.

Disc #2 of 4
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5; Symphony No. 6 "Pastoral"
Berlin Philharmonic Orch./Wilhelm Furtwängler, cond.
Music & Arts

I must say, I'm pleasantly surprised at the overall recording quality -- much harshness on the fortissimos of the Pastoral, however, as well as spring colds made audibly manifest. :wink:
That's a fabulous set. It's always my first recommendation to those looking to explore Furtwangler's Beethoven. Although I personally prefer his best post-war performances in the 3rd, 5th and 6th symphonies, the 4th, 7th and 9th from this set are my favorite Furtwangler performances of those symphonies. The performance of the Coriolon Overture is also amazing.
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Post by Wallingford » Thu Dec 14, 2006 5:27 pm

I'm primping myself holidaywise by listening to a couple of episodes of the old-time radio drama series, Family Theater.

I'm hearing a couple of great stories: "The Juggler Of Our Lady":
http://www.archive.org/details/familyth ... novdec1954
.......and "The Fourth Wise Man." (sorry, can't find any download for this one, though I've got both on a CD)

"The Juggler" was first broadcast in '47, "Fourth Wise Man" in '49.
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Post by johnshade » Thu Dec 14, 2006 7:25 pm

I played my DVD of Strauss's Arabella. (Conductor: Thielemann w/ Te Kanawa and Brendel. Met Production.) I have had the DVD for a year or two and have watched it before. But this time, Wow. This is a good production. A very entertaining opera, no longueurs, and marvelous orchestration and melodic arias by Strauss. Many consider it a second class Rosenkavalier, but the opera can stand on its own.

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Post by J Nguyen » Sat Dec 16, 2006 2:34 am

Mahler- Das Lied von de Erde
Bertini/ Cologne Radio Orchestra/ Ben Heppner/ Marjana Lipovsek
EMI Classics

This is only the second Mahler recording to which I've listened; so I'm pretty excited. The only other recording I've heard is Boulez and the BBC Symphony Orchestra recording of the 8th.

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Post by johnQpublic » Sat Dec 16, 2006 8:59 am

Elgar - Froissart Overture (Gibson/Chandos)
Faure - Piano Quartet #1 (Nash/CRD)
Rheinberger - Fantasie for Orchestra (Athinaos/Signum)

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Post by Gary » Sun Dec 17, 2006 5:23 am

Delibes' Coppélia

National Philharmonic Orchestra [of London]
Richard Bonynge
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Post by CharmNewton » Sun Dec 17, 2006 10:30 am

Beethoven: Symphonies 1, 4, 6 and 7
Cleveland Orchestra
George Szell
(from Sony Essential Classics CDs)

Beethoven: Symphony No. 3
Philadelphia Orchestra
Ricardo Muti
(from the EMI complete 6-CD set)

Mozart: Fantasie in D minor, K. 397
Sonata in G major, K. 283
Sonata in A major, K. 331
Ivo Pogorelich, Piano
(from a DG CD)

This last mentioned disc had me Googling to see if Pogorelich is still performing (he is) since he doesn't seem to record any more. This Mozart disc form 1994 is thoughtful and only occasionally mannered (never in the 'I don't want to hear this again' categoty, though) and has a really exciting and ringing Alla Turca in K. 331.

I like the way Szell projects his brass in Beethoven--they really ring out.

The Muti Beethoven set is also top drawer. Performances are taut, often fiery. They are detailed and extremely well played. Some listeners feel that every Beethoven Symphony cycle must have at least one clinker on general principles. Not here (or the Szell cycle either).

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Post by Wallingford » Sun Dec 17, 2006 3:29 pm

Saint-Saens' "Organ" Symphony (Munch 1, w/NYP)
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Post by RebLem » Sun Dec 17, 2006 5:12 pm

In the week ending Saturday, December 16, 2006, I listened to the following:

1. 10/10 Bach, J.S.: Brandenburg Concerti 1-6—Akademie fur Alte Musik, Berlin—2 CD Harmonia Mundi set, recorded 1997—IMO, the premiere OIP set. Personally, I prefer the Marriner HIP set, not least because of the use of a horn instead of the high trumpet in # 2; it also has a slightly slower pace. The performers on this set are speed demons in what seems to me to be the extreme, but there is no doubt that it is stylish and dazzlingly beautiful, especially with regard to instrumental balances. In any event, IMO, this and the Marriner are the two indispensable sets.

2. 9/9 Beethoven: Syms. 5 & 7—Menuhin, Sinfonia Varsovia—Warner Classics Apex, recorded 1994. Routine live performances and sound quality. This set, so far, is turning out to be a major disappointment.

3. 9/10 Schumann: Humoresque, Op 20 |Faschingsschwank Aus Wien, Op 26 |Toccata, Op. 7 |Supplement to Op. 68—Jorg Demus, piano—Vol. 10 of 13 in Nuovo Era cycle of complete Schumann solo piano music.

4. 9/10 Schumann: Noveletten, Op. 21 |Etuden fur den Pedalflugel, Op. 56—Jorg Demus, piano—Vol. 11 of 13 in Nuovo Era cycle of complete Schumann solo piano music.

5. 10/10 Bruch: Das Lied von der Glocke (The Lay of the Bell), Op. 68 (song cycle)—Jac van Steen, cond. Staatskapelle Weimar, Prague Phil. Cho., Kuhn’s Mixed Cho.+ SATB Soli—2 CD cpo set, recorded 2004/5—this cycle sets to music Schiller’s most beloved poem, which compares the process of of casting a bell to the phases of a human life cycle. Superb performances by all involved.

6. 9/10 Mahler: Sym. 7—Abravanel, cond. Utah SO—MHS CD, licensed from Vanguard.

7. 9/10 Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde—Inbal., cond. Frankfurt RSO, Jard van Nes, mezzo-soprano, Peter Schreier, tenor—Brilliant CD, licensed from Denon, recorded 1988.

8. 10/10 Mahler: Sym 10 (D Cooke performing version)—Inbal, cond. Frankfurt RSO—Brilliant CD, licensed from Denon, recorded 1992.

9. 10/10 Turina: Complete piano trios (4), including world premiere recording of an early 1904 trio, which has serious artistic substance—Trio Arbois—Naxos CD, recorded 2000.

10. 9/10 Shostakovich: Sym 14—Barshai, cond. WDR SO, Alla Simoni, soprano, Vladimir Vaneev, bass—Brilliant CD--Sound quality in this series continues to be awesome and unparalleled in these works. But the timbre of Vaneev’s voice is rather restricted, and the orchestra does not seem as enthusiastic in previous CDs in this series, so the performance is one of the weaker ones in the Barshai series.

11. 9/10 Shostakovich: Sym 15—Barshai, cond. WDR SO—Brilliant CD—Weaker performance than most in the Barshai series, especially in the last movement.

12. 10/10 Silver, Sheila (b 1946)—Piano Concerto (1996) |6 Preludes for piano, after poems of Baudelaire (1991)—Alexander Paley, piano, and, in concerto, Gintaras Rinkevicius, cond., Lithuanian State SO—Naxos CD. Ms. Silver was born in Seattle in 1946. Perhaps I should just quote from the blurb on the back cover, which is a condensation of material in the liner notes: “Sheila Silver…has written in a wide range of media, from solo instrumental works to large orchestral works, from opera to feature film scores. Her musical language, powerful and emotionally charged, is a unique synthesis of the tonal and atonal worlds, coupled with a rhythmic complexity which is both masterful and compelling. Conceived as a symphony with piano solo, the Piano Concerto deals with the theme of struggle and transcendence, while the Six Preludes, ranging from the delicate to the ferocious, evoke images from Baudelaire and Provence.” Alexander Paley is a pianist new to me, but he aquits himself admirably, and I have a 6 CD set of the complete solo piano music of Mily Balakirev he recorded for the ESS.A.Y. label on my shelves awaiting a first listen and review.
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Post by ch1525 » Mon Dec 18, 2006 12:48 am

I'm listening to:

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Lovely little pieces!!!

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Post by miranda » Mon Dec 18, 2006 7:54 am

Wow, Reblem--I'll have to obtain that Sheila Silver recording at some point. I have read and reread Charles Baudelaire in translation; he is one of my favorite poets of all time and music based on his poems intrigues me greatly.

In the last few days I've listened to:

Tarquinio Merula: Arie e Capricci--Montserat Figueras, Jordi Savall, A. Lawrence King, R. Lislevand, L. Duftschmid, and Jordi Savall (Astree).
Yet another radiant and heartfelt release from Jordi, Montserrat, and their compatriots.

Antonio Vivaldi--Concert for the Prince of Poland---Academy of Ancient Music, Andrew Manze, director (Harmonia Mundi). This was my first encounter with the music of Vivaldi, and I was not disappointed. Rousing, stately, and compelling music; an impeccably performed and recorded release.

Handel--Messiah--Taverner Choir and Players, Andrew Parrott (Virgin Veritas). Great release--the lyrics are clear, the choir is magnificent, and Emma Kirkby really shines in this release--but then, she always has--in every recording I've heard of her, anyway.

Benjamin Britten--The Rescue of Penelope/Phaedra, Halle Orchestra, Kent Nagano, with Dame Janet Baker and Lorraine Hunt (Erato). I bought this mainly for Lorraine, who is stellar as always, but the narration portion of this cd is well worth listening to as well.

Grieg--Lyric Pieces--Leif Ove Andsnes (EMI Classics) What can I say, other than this is one of my favorite composers, performed by a superb pianist.
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