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Post by Barry » Sun Aug 14, 2005 10:19 am

I finally picked up the Klemperer EMI Bruckner fourth. It's very good. It doesn't supplant Jochum/BPO as my top pick, but it's one of the better ones I've heard.

Also, some 50s mono Ormandy recordings: Sibelius tone poems and the Beethoven Emperor with Serkin. This is a fantastic recording of the Emperor by the way. It's very hard driven. Both Serkin and the Orchestra are in top form.
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Beethoven - 7th in A - Furtwrangler

Post by Bengti » Mon Aug 15, 2005 5:53 am

Beethoven Symphony No 7 in A. BPO/Furtwrangler 1953

... preceded by a fiery Leonre No 3, all from DG Original Masters - Furtwrangler's Live Recordings.

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Post by max-smith » Mon Aug 15, 2005 6:29 am

I like Shostakovich.
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Post by premont » Mon Aug 15, 2005 9:47 am

Corlyss_D wrote:Waverly Consort's 1492: Age of Discovery thoughtfully reissued on Virgin Veritas as a 2fer with the Consort's very successful realization of the Llibre Vermel.
Any more details about this? I should really want to aquire it, but I can´t find it on the usual sites Amazon.uk et.c.

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Post by premont » Mon Aug 15, 2005 12:35 pm

Thank you, Karlhenning, I ordered it immediately.

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Post by karlhenning » Mon Aug 15, 2005 12:40 pm

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Post by premont » Mon Aug 15, 2005 1:01 pm

In between my on-going long-term listening to Beethovens pianosonatas, I listened today to:

Froberger: Toccatas, Ricercares,Capriccios
played on a restored South-German baroque organ with mean-tone temperament by Joseph Kelemen (Arte Nova 74321 85322 2).
Some of Frobergers rarely heard more austere works written under the influence of Frescobaldi. When listening to music like that, the time seems to stand still in one eternal splitsecond.

and

Bach: Die Kunst der Fuge
played on a modern American organ (Schantz) by Michael Ferguson (Birolius 1001/2). Opulent organ sound and very brilliant organist. I found myself very often listening more to the organ and the organist, than to the music. Ferguson has made a conclusion for the last unfinished fugue, claiming that this should be the culmination of the work. He is certainly true in the theory, and his conclusion is truly in Bachs spirit - according to Fergusons interpretation in the booklet - but as a composer he can´t (as expected) compete with Bach, and instead the conclusion becomes the anticlimax of the work. But elsewhere the interpretation and realisation is truely imposing.

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Post by Ralph » Tue Aug 16, 2005 7:13 am

Enjoyed a nice album, "English Wind Music." The London Wind Orchestra under Denis Wick perform Holst's Suite No. 1, Suite No. 2 and "Hammersmith." Also on the disc Vaughan Williams's English Folksong Suite and Toccata Marziale.

The label is Resonance (RSN3006).
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Post by BuKiNisT » Tue Aug 16, 2005 9:14 am

Rachmaninov, Piano Concertos
Performed by Horowitz and Rihter.

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Post by Ralph » Tue Aug 16, 2005 12:14 pm

Clara Schumann gets a boost from NAXOS's recent release of her Piano Concerto and Piano Trio. The concerto is performed by Francesco Nicolosi with Stefania Rinaldi conducting the Alma Mahler Sinfonietta. The Trio features the same pianist and cellist Andrea Noferini and Rodolfo Bonucci, violin.

Well recorded and well performed with short, good booklet notes.

NAXOS 8.557552
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Post by Darryl » Tue Aug 16, 2005 12:34 pm

Munch/Boston Mendelssohn 4&5 on XRCD. Wow, this is some high-energy stuff!

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Post by Ralph » Tue Aug 16, 2005 2:25 pm

The heat wave has broken here in New York and that means, of course, listening to organ concertos, a rich tradition for Gothamites.

"Organ Concertos of the Classical Era" was my first choice. With Franz Haselbock at the organ, Eduard Melkus leads the Capella Academia Vienna in concertos by Haydn, Gregor Joseph Werner, Johann Georg Zechner, J.C. Bach, Marianus Konigsperger and the inimitable Joseph Anton Auffmann. While only 47 minutes long this is a very good disc with music rarely heard.

What isn't good is that to save money Hanssler only lists the works while offering the full program booklet as a download. Here's what happens when you go to their website for the booklet:

Please note: Booklet-Download is not available as download at the moment. Thanks for your understanding.

Well I'm not that understanding because even if I printed the booklet I couldn't keep it together with the disc in a CD storage unit.

That aside a typically well-recorded Hanssler CD.

Hanssler 94.052
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Post by jserraglio » Tue Aug 16, 2005 5:27 pm

Mahler, Symphony No. 9. Tilson Thomas/SFSO

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Cesar Franck, Symphony d-moll

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XRCD?

Post by Bengti » Thu Aug 18, 2005 1:13 am

Darryl wrote:Munch/Boston Mendelssohn 4&5 on XRCD. Wow, this is some high-energy stuff!
What is XRCD? I saw one the other day in HMV and it cost like double or more than the vanilla variant.

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Post by Corlyss_D » Thu Aug 18, 2005 3:20 pm

Some Scarlatti noodling.
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Post by jserraglio » Thu Aug 18, 2005 3:22 pm

Moeran, Symphony in G minor
Bliss, String Quartet No. 1
Mozart, Cosi fan tutte. Busch/Glyndebourne Festival
Martinu, Symphonies 3 & 5
. . . all on Naxos

Meredith Willson, The Music Man. Telarc
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Post by BuKiNisT » Thu Aug 18, 2005 5:50 pm

Rachmaninov, Isle of the Dead

Philadelphia orchestra, conducted by Rachmaninov.

Damn, i love this thing...

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Post by Ralph » Thu Aug 18, 2005 6:06 pm

Do I like the DG series, "The Originals?" Well, yes, in fact I do.

I just listened for the umpteenth time to Claudio Abbado conducting the London S.O. and London Symphony Chorus in Prokofiev's "Alexander Nevsky." With the same orchestra he conducts the composer's "Scythian Suite." And then with the Chicago S.O. comes "Lieutenant Kije."

A very fine disc from almost 20 years ago.

The chorus in Nevsky is powerful as is mezzo-soprano Elena Obraztsova.

Recomended. DG 447 419-2
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Post by Harvested Sorrow » Thu Aug 18, 2005 7:39 pm

BuKiNisT wrote:Rachmaninov, Isle of the Dead

Philadelphia orchestra, conducted by Rachmaninov.

Damn, i love this thing...
Good choice. It sounds a bit "flat" I supposed you'd say, due to the primitive production....but I still enjoy that recording. And I LOVE that piece.

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Post by Harvested Sorrow » Thu Aug 18, 2005 7:40 pm

Bach -- Sonata no. 6 for violin and harpsichord, Glenn Could (sorry, it doesn't give the name of the violinist)

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Post by Corlyss_D » Thu Aug 18, 2005 8:44 pm

premont wrote:Any more details about this? I should really want to aquire it, but I can´t find it on the usual sites Amazon.uk et.c.
:shock: :shock: :shock: {Where's the passing out emoticon?}

I can't remember the last time anyone asked me about an EM disc I was listening to.
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Post by CharmNewton » Thu Aug 18, 2005 10:38 pm

Several listenings of the Reiner/CSO Zarathustra/Heldenleben coupling on the earlier Living Stereo CD. WHile I prefer the 1962 Zarathustra over this one as a reading (and superior recording), I was swept away by his Ein Heldenleben. For a number of years, the only recording of this work I've listened to with regularity was Barbirolli's with the LSO (from Angel LP to imported LP and finally CD), but the Reiner is equally passionate and moving. The Chicago strings in the closing pages sound luminous. Reiner was famous for his recordings of Zarathustra, but I believe this Ein Heldenleben to be among the finest recordings he ever made.

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Post by Bengti » Fri Aug 19, 2005 1:34 am

BuKiNisT wrote:Rachmaninov, Isle of the Dead

Philadelphia orchestra, conducted by Rachmaninov.

Damn, i love this thing...

Yeah talk about the performance overcoming the sonic boundaries and bowling you over. That is a desert island performance.

Symphonic Dances, Ashkenazy on Decca

Any good recommendations for the Symphonic Dances besides this one ? I found the Pletnev one on DG a dissappointment.

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Post by jserraglio » Fri Aug 19, 2005 4:44 am

André Previn, Piano Concerto / Guitar Concerto. Vladimir Ashkenazy and Eduardo Fernández soloists. Previn/RPO on a London CD.

<img src="http://www.andre-previn.com/pix/default_previn.jpg" width="75" height ="100">André Previn

Two interesting works by this many-faceted musician.

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Post by Bengti » Fri Aug 19, 2005 7:27 pm

Berg Violin Concerto Daniel Hope, BBCSO, Watkins.

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Post by Corlyss_D » Sat Aug 20, 2005 10:59 am

8 pieces for Clarinet by Bruch. Lovely stuff.
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Post by Ralph » Sat Aug 20, 2005 9:43 pm

The Kubin Quartet with Jiri Hosek, cello, performing String Quartets 1, 2 and 3 and String Quintet No. 1 of Karl Ditters von Dittersdorf. Superb renditions of timeless music. ARS (new label for me) 31 0477-2
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Post by jserraglio » Sun Aug 21, 2005 7:12 am

Serebrier, Symphony No. 3.
Another fascinating disk from the Naxos label.

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Post by Dalibor » Sun Aug 21, 2005 1:41 pm

jserraglio wrote:Mahler, Symphony No. 9. Tilson Thomas/SFSO
I hope you are not too young, since this work sounds to me as coming from an old, dying man...

Stravinsky: The Fairy's Kiss

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Post by Dalibor » Sun Aug 21, 2005 5:21 pm

I agree!! Stravinsky is one of my favorites and this work was one of the first I heared, and was ENTRANCED. It was not only subtle and deeply felt, but was also one of the rare large scale works almost without a boring second. It just blows all the way through.. I give it a listen from time to time since then, expecially at night.

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Post by Ralph » Sun Aug 21, 2005 7:10 pm

jserraglio wrote:Serebrier, Symphony No. 3.
Another fascinating disk from the Naxos label.

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José Serebrier
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Definitely agree on this one.
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Post by Ralph » Sun Aug 21, 2005 7:15 pm

The September issue of my favorite music magazine, the one from the venerable BBC, arrived yesterday. The enclosed CD is on right now-Sir Edward Downes conducting the BBC Philharmonic in Orchestral Music From the Operas, in this case Dick Wagner's works.

Included are the Preludes to Acts I and III of "Lohengrin," the "Rienzi"Overture, the Prelude to Act III of "Tannhauser," the Prelude to Act I of "Parsifal," the Prelude to "Tristan and Isolde" and the "Liebestod" from Tristan.

Sixty-nine minutes long, this is a fine disc with excellent performances. Once again BBC Music Magazine makes my day. Now to read it!
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Post by Ralph » Sun Aug 21, 2005 9:34 pm

Concertos for Two Harps performed by Susanna Mildonian and Catherine Michel with the Orchestre de Chambre National de Toulouse under Alain Moglia. The concertos are by Gossec, Debusy, Ravel, Malecki and Francaix.

I don't think I've heard any of these works live. The performances are very nice, the harpists delivering nuanced readings of unfamiliar works.

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Post by Wallingford » Tue Aug 23, 2005 12:52 pm

Mahler 6 twice--once by Mariss Jansons and once by George Szell.

Also, Klemperer's take on the Symphonie Fantastique.
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Post by Ralph » Sat Aug 27, 2005 7:53 pm

DG is raiding its huge vault to release both stereo and mono recordings for the first time in a series called "The Legendary Deutsche Grammophon Sound of the 1950s." The discs are presented in plain cardboard cases, attractively designed but with a minimumn of information about the music, sometimes none.

Today's purchase, for $9.99, is Igor Markevitch conducting the Berlin Philharmonic in a mono performance of Mussorsky's "Pictures..." (Ravel orchestration). Also on the disc is a mono reading of Rimsky-Korsakow's (their spelling) Russian Easter Overture and the short "Die Mainacht." Last but not least, the composer's suite for "Der goldene Hahn." The last two works are in stereo.

The Russian Easter Overture is one of my absolute favorite pieces and both the performance and the sound - mono though it is - are excellent. So everything else on this disc.

I have other discs in this emerging series and there ain't been no clunker yet.

DG 00289 477 5479.
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Post by Huckleberry » Mon Aug 29, 2005 10:28 pm

Leontyne Price singing Barber's songs, most notably the Hermit Songs. These are certainly worth listening to if you like the genre.
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Post by Huckleberry » Tue Aug 30, 2005 4:24 pm

The original version of Dvorak's Silent Woods, written for piano and orchestra. (I was unaware of its existence until a month ago.)

In addition, the later version for cello, which I believe is what most listeners are familiar with.

The cello version is decidedly more moving and more compatible with the title.
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Post by BWV 1080 » Tue Aug 30, 2005 7:45 pm

Carter SQ 3 = Julliard

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Post by jserraglio » Sun Sep 04, 2005 3:55 am

Offenbach, L'Île de Tulipatan excerpts in MIDI format
Beethoven, Piano Sonatas 19, 20, 22, 23, 30-32, Richter, Philips
Mandy Patinkin Sings Sondheim, Nonesuch
Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Handel Arias, Avie SACD


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Post by Donald Isler » Tue Sep 06, 2005 7:56 pm

Two historic, and very different versions of the Apassionata Sonata, played William Murdoch and Nicolai Medtner.
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Post by BWV 1080 » Tue Sep 06, 2005 8:16 pm

Been on a Wayne Shorter kick, In a Silent Way, WR's Sweetnighter and my new acquisition, Speak no Evil Other than that its the Mozart "Haydn" quartets on a Hyperion recording with the Solomon Quartet

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Post by Lance » Wed Sep 07, 2005 1:27 am

I should be contributing to this thread, though it is plenty long as it is.

Here's some new material I've been hearing:

Naxos 557595 - Hummel: Piano & Violin Concerto, Op. 17; Violin Concerto (completed by Gregory Rose) - World Premiere Recording of this Version. Alexander Trostiansky, violin; Polina Osetinskaya, piano; Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, Gregory Rose, conductor.

Testament SBT-1028 - Szymon Goldberg, violin - Mozart: Violin Concertos 3, 4, and 5 (5 previously unpublished). All with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Walter Susskind, conductor. [Goldberg is an incredibly wonderful violinist!]

Analekta 3035 - Denis Brott, cellist - Music by Gregor Piatigorsky, Gian Carlo Menotti, Grant Beglarian, and Franz Josef Haydn. Samuel Sanders is the violinist, Tony Randall is the narrator in the Beglarian piece. I was interested in this disc for two reasons: pianist Samuel Sanders, since I knew him, prepared his piano, and thought him to be a wonderful assisting artist, and for Piatigorsky's music. In the Menotti piece, Piatigorsky's grandson, Evan Drachman, plays Piatigorsky's own Stradivarius cello in the Menotti Sonata for Two Celli.
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Post by Lance » Wed Sep 07, 2005 1:44 am

Lately:

Virgin 45721 - Vivaldi: Virtuoso Canatas - Philippe Jaroussky, countertenor with Ensemble Artaserse. See separate post on this disc.

EMI 86483 [2 CDs] - Marcelle Meyer, pianist - Scarlatti: 32 sonatas; Bach: 2- and 3-Part Inventions. [Wonderful pianist!] [Historical]

EMI 86452 [2 CDs] - Aldo Ciccolini, pianist - Early recordings, first time on CD: Liszt: Excerpts from Years of Pilgrimate; 6 Consoloations. [Mono only.] [Historical]
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Post by Lance » Wed Sep 07, 2005 10:23 pm

Listening to selections from the following:

[1] EMI 85207 (Rarissime) [2 CDs] - Daniel Wayenberg, pianist. Ravel: The Two Piano Concerti w/Champs-Elysées Theater Orchestra, Ernest Bour, conductor; Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit; Andre Jolivet: Piano Sonatas 1 and 2 (recorded in presence of composer); Liszt: Mephisto Waltz; Funéerailles. Recordings from 1954-1964.

[2] EMI 85246 (Rarissime) [2 CDs] - Samson François, pianist. Chopin selections including Sonata #2, Nocturnes Nos. 2, 15, Ballade #4, Scherzo #3, preludes, waltzes and etudes; Bach/Busoni Toccata, Adagio & Fugue in C; Bach/Busoni: 2 Chorale Preludes (Ich ruf zu Dir; Nun freut euch, lieben Chrstien g'mein); Bach/Liszt: Prelude & Fugue in A Minor; Franck: Prelude, Chorale & Fugue; Fauré: Impromptu #2, Op 31; Nocturnes (2) No. 2 Op 33/2; #3 in B-flat, Op 36; Schumann: Toccata; Prokofiev: Toccata; Six visions fugitives. Recorded 1952-1956.

[3] EMI 86490 (Rarissime) [2 CDs] - Aafje Heynis, contralto. First time on CD, all recordings. Schubert, Strauss, Brahms, Wolf, Mahler lieder. Arias by Gluck (Orfeo) and Haydn. Dvorak: Biblical Lieder; music by Franck (La Procession), a Nocturne; Caplet; and Brahms 4 Serious Songs. Irwin Gage, pianist; Albert de Klerk, organ; Toonkunstkoor Amsterdam; Amsterdam Philharmoinc, Anton Kersjes, conductor. Recordings from 1971-1973.

[4] EMI 85231 (Rarissime) [2 CDs] - André Navarra, cellist. Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto #1/Op. 33; Lalo: Cello Concerto; Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme; Dvorak: Cello Concerto; Bloch: Schelomo. Orchestra of the National Opera Theater of Paris, Emanuel Young, conductor; London SO, Richard Austin, conductor; New SO of London, Rudolf Schwarz, conductor. First time on CD for these recordings, all mono, made in 1955 in Paris and London.

[5] Sony Classical 53120 - F. J. Haydn: The Last Four Piano Trios. Includes Trios Nos. 42, 43, 44, 45. Robert Levin, fortepiano; Vera Beths, violin; Anner Bylsma, cello. This is a brilliant recording. Levin is fast becoming one of my favourite keyboard artists; Bylsma always has been a favourite. Beths fits in perfectly!
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Is no one listening to anything of late? :cry:
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Post by Huckleberry » Thu Sep 08, 2005 1:23 pm

Lance wrote:Is no one listening to anything of late? :cry:
Okay, Lance, I'll compete with your thrice-great lists above with:

Bruckner 1, the Unrevised 1866 Linz version, conducted by Tintner (needless to say). This well-priced Naxos CD also has the 1876 Adagio to #3.

That's all you'll get out of me for a while since I listen to everything 5 times. :D

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I finally know what I want to be when I grow up:
Chief Dog Brusher, Music Room Keeper, and Assistant Sunlight Manager
in a hillside Mansion for Ancient Musicians.

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