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Post by Ralph » Tue May 10, 2005 7:33 am

Mahler's Second Symphony with Bernstein conducting the New York Philharmonic is accompanying my creating a final exam at the moment.
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Berio - Symphonia

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Post by karlhenning » Tue May 10, 2005 8:33 am

Dvorak Symphony No. 8
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Post by Thomas J » Tue May 10, 2005 9:23 am

Rued Langgaard - Symphonies 6 & 7, Danish National Radio Symphony Orch., Thomas Dausgaard

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Post by aroasvel » Tue May 10, 2005 12:42 pm

Currently, I'm listening to (or rather, watching) Carlos Kleiber with the Concertgebow (spelling on that?) Orchestra do Beethoven's 4th and 7th. Brilliant performance, the players play their hearts out for him. I'm a huge Kleiber fan, so there you have it.

(Father calls me up and says "Guess what, Kamila. Carlos Kleiber died")
(Me "What?!?!?!!?!?")

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Post by BWV 1080 » Tue May 10, 2005 12:54 pm

Rameau - Premier livre de pieces de clavecin 1706 played by Christophe Rousset

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Re: What I'm listening to

Post by Barry » Tue May 10, 2005 12:56 pm

aroasvel wrote:Currently, I'm listening to (or rather, watching) Carlos Kleiber with the Concertgebow (spelling on that?) Orchestra do Beethoven's 4th and 7th. Brilliant performance, the players play their hearts out for him. I'm a huge Kleiber fan, so there you have it.

(Father calls me up and says "Guess what, Kamila. Carlos Kleiber died")
(Me "What?!?!?!!?!?")
If you don't have the DVD with Kleiber conducting the VPO in Mozart's 35th (or is it 36th?) and Brahms 2nd symphonies, you should grab it. I'm not a huge Klieber fan in general (at least not of his studio orchestral recordings), but these are two fantastic performances. The only other Kleiber-led orchestral performance that made a real big impression on my is his Beethoven 6th on Orfeo. That one is also live, so I suppose I prefer live Carlos to studio Carlos.
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Post by Ralph » Tue May 10, 2005 1:04 pm

Sibelius 1, 3, 5 & 7: Bernstein.
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Post by Ralph » Tue May 10, 2005 5:04 pm

Now listening to two RCA CDs of the score to Richard Rodgers' "Victory at Sea." Any other fans of this fine music here?
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Post by Catison » Tue May 10, 2005 5:41 pm

Earlier I listened to Wuorinen's Saxophone Quartet, and now I am listening to Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin with Rachel Podger.

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Post by Corlyss_D » Tue May 10, 2005 6:01 pm

Catison wrote:Earlier I listened to Wuorinen's Saxophone Quartet, and now I am listening to Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin with Rachel Podger.
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Post by Corlyss_D » Tue May 10, 2005 6:02 pm

Ralph wrote:Now listening to two RCA CDs of the score to Richard Rodgers' "Victory at Sea." Any other fans of this fine music here?
Love it. Have the VHS complete series too.
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Re: What I'm listening to

Post by aroasvel » Tue May 10, 2005 7:26 pm

Barry Z wrote:
aroasvel wrote:Currently, I'm listening to (or rather, watching) Carlos Kleiber with the Concertgebow (spelling on that?) Orchestra do Beethoven's 4th and 7th. Brilliant performance, the players play their hearts out for him. I'm a huge Kleiber fan, so there you have it.

(Father calls me up and says "Guess what, Kamila. Carlos Kleiber died")
(Me "What?!?!?!!?!?")
If you don't have the DVD with Kleiber conducting the VPO in Mozart's 35th (or is it 36th?) and Brahms 2nd symphonies, you should grab it. I'm not a huge Klieber fan in general (at least not of his studio orchestral recordings), but these are two fantastic performances. The only other Kleiber-led orchestral performance that made a real big impression on my is his Beethoven 6th on Orfeo. That one is also live, so I suppose I prefer live Carlos to studio Carlos.
Ah yes, I have seen that one. My father owns it, so I needn't buy it. I think it's the Linz...or the Prague... I always mix up the names. (36th, though.)

Yep, very good. And also, there's a DVD of him doing Carmen, it's excellent! What an inspired opera. People take it for granted and say it's over-done, but it really is something wonderful.

And also a few other DVD's (I think my father owns them all!) But one of them isn't as good as the earlier ones.

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Post by Ralph » Tue May 10, 2005 7:47 pm

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Ralph wrote:Now listening to two RCA CDs of the score to Richard Rodgers' "Victory at Sea." Any other fans of this fine music here?
Love it. Have the VHS complete series too.
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Me too but a late night TV ad had me ordering the DVD set for very little. Eagerly awaiting it.
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Post by karlhenning » Wed May 11, 2005 6:09 am

Catison wrote:Earlier I listened to Wuorinen's Saxophone Quartet ....
I don't know this work; what are your thoughts on it?
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Post by Ralph » Wed May 11, 2005 7:41 am

Rachel Barton playing a concerto by the amazing, brilliant and little known black composer, the Chevalier de Saint George, on Cedrille.

And next, Mahler's Third on DG with Bernstein conducting and colleagues with offices near mine complaining.
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Post by karlhenning » Wed May 11, 2005 7:43 am

The Schoenberg arrangement of the Brahms G minor Piano Quartet

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Post by Michel » Wed May 11, 2005 9:51 am

Just waking from a long afternoon's napping, so I put on the second movement of Dvoraks 9th, conducted by Kondrashin.

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Post by Ralph » Wed May 11, 2005 11:45 am

Beethoven's Seventh Symphony conducted by Bernstein at Tanglewood, his last appearance in front of an orchestra.
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Post by Thomas J » Wed May 11, 2005 3:59 pm

Shostakovich - Symphony #3. WDR Symphony Orch., Rudolf Barshai

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Post by Michael » Wed May 11, 2005 5:09 pm

Ralph wrote:Beethoven's Seventh Symphony conducted by Bernstein at Tanglewood, his last appearance in front of an orchestra.
Just downloaded Bernstein with Boston in the 70s conducting Tchaik 5...hmmm..never to be ignored, a genius but the version is rather weird, he takes you on board tho...ravishing string sound :D
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Post by Ralph » Wed May 11, 2005 6:15 pm

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Ralph wrote:Beethoven's Seventh Symphony conducted by Bernstein at Tanglewood, his last appearance in front of an orchestra.
Just downloaded Bernstein with Boston in the 70s conducting Tchaik 5...hmmm..never to be ignored, a genius but the version is rather weird, he takes you on board tho...ravishing string sound :D
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His New York Philharmonic DG recording of Tschaikovsky's Fifth in concert (I was there) has agonizingly slow tempi but I like it anyway.
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Post by karlhenning » Wed May 11, 2005 6:42 pm

Pierrot Lunaire

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Post by Ralph » Wed May 11, 2005 9:08 pm

Mahler's Fifth Symphony, Chailly with the Royal Concertgebouw. I heard them do this work at Avery Fisher Hall and really enjoyed the performance. The CD is excellent.
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Post by Catison » Wed May 11, 2005 11:18 pm

karlhenning wrote:
Catison wrote:Earlier I listened to Wuorinen's Saxophone Quartet ....
I don't know this work; what are your thoughts on it?
I don't know why, but I absolutely love the sound of a saxophone quartet. There is such a purity of sound. It has the best parts of the string quartet and the brass quintet, full sound and transparency. I got introduced to the Rascher Quartet through Glass' Concerto for Saxophone Quartet (which, btw, is an awesome piece even if you don't like most of Glass). They have a really great sound. They definitely take saxophone music to places you wouldn't think it could go.

But I was looking through Amazon the other day, searching for Wuorinen discs, and I came across this CD.

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It has all these wonderful American pieces for saxophone quartet. So I ordered it, but I have only gotten though the Wuorinen piece. Great music.

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Post by Ralph » Thu May 12, 2005 6:00 am

I will look for that NAXOS disc-doesn't seem to be in Tower yet.

This morning, started with Schubert's Ninth Symphony with Bernstein conducting.
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Post by karlhenning » Thu May 12, 2005 6:03 am

Catison wrote:
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Catison wrote:Earlier I listened to Wuorinen's Saxophone Quartet ....
I don't know this work; what are your thoughts on it?
I don't know why, but I absolutely love the sound of a saxophone quartet. There is such a purity of sound. It has the best parts of the string quartet and the brass quintet, full sound and transparency.
When I adapted my Egyptian Dance from White Nights for wind ensemble, there is a passage originally for strings which I recomposed a bit to suit the sax quartet within the ensemble. Was so pleased with how this came out in the reading at Jordan Hall, that I am determined to go back to this combination sometime in future.

Then, too, I have a piece for ten winds, half saxophones, half low brass, called Out in the Sun ... and about half finished :-)

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Post by karlhenning » Thu May 12, 2005 6:04 am

After the Schoenberg (a fine recording) we listened to some Mozart and Dvorák
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Post by Ralph » Thu May 12, 2005 6:34 am

And now Shostakoovich, Symphony No. 7, Chicago Symphony Orchetra, Bernstein.
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Post by Ralph » Thu May 12, 2005 11:41 am

After lunch "The Yellow River Concerto" on NAXOS. A nice piece for my office after six of us enjoyed a terrific dim sum repast.
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Post by Thomas J » Thu May 12, 2005 6:19 pm

Rued Langgard - Symphony #1 Pastorals of the Rocks, Fra Dybet
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Of all the Langaard symphonies I've listened to so far, this is my favorite right behind is his 6'th.

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Post by Ralph » Thu May 12, 2005 7:23 pm

Based on my recommendation on another thread I just listened for the first time in months to Rudolf Firkushny performing Dvorak's complex and totally engaging Piano Concerto.
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Post by Dana » Fri May 13, 2005 8:20 am

Ralph wrote:Beethoven's Seventh Symphony conducted by Bernstein at Tanglewood, his last appearance in front of an orchestra.
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I have listened to both recordings recently, as in one he did with the new york philharmonic years ago and the last one with boston at tanglewood, both superb, the young one was more aggresive in a sort of way, the boston recording was just remarkable, it sort of pulled out the utter beauty that beethoven should have wanted it to be, it was much more in depth and the tempo was just perfect.

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Post by Michel » Fri May 13, 2005 9:02 am

I've just finished my final year essay; the last of my university education! As a result, I'm listening to Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto - a piece I always put on when I have overcome or achieved something; simply marvelous.

Unfortunately, I could not find my favourite recording in my heap of CD's (Chung) so I had to put on Chang, which I haven't heard in ages. Its alright, kinda unusual. Too tired to say anything else.

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Congratulations!
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Post by Ralph » Fri May 13, 2005 9:21 am

This morning, "Les Sept Sauts," Baroque music from jolly old Stuttgart. Some fine music including several pieces by the unjustly unknown Theodor Schwartzkopff (1659-1732). ATMA Classique ACD2 2344
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Post by Michel » Fri May 13, 2005 10:14 am

karlhenning wrote:Congratulations!
Thanks Karl, I'm very happy. Now I can finalise my job. and move on up:)

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Post by Wallingford » Fri May 13, 2005 4:46 pm

Well, I've been putting together some mix tapes of a couple of the greatest Scandinavian orchestras--the STOCKHOLM PHILHARMONIC & the DANISH RADIO SYMPHONY.

Of the former, I've got Blomstedt conducting Lidholm's Poem For Orchestra, and Rosenberg's Sinfonia Grave (Symphony #2--both on Discofil 33160); Dorati conducting Pettersson's Symphony #7 (Decca/London); and cellist Elemer Lavotha, with Nilson conducting on Nyestroem's Sinfonia Concertante (Caprice 1272). Also: Okko Kamu and Carlid's Mass For Strings (same disc).

Of the latter group, some more-agreeable-on-the-ears stuff, J.P.E. Hartmann's Symphony #1 & Yrsa Overture, with Woeldike conducting (Danish EMI's "Dansk MusikAnthologi", DMA 014). AND: A Danish pops program with John Frandsen conducting, including a liberal helping of Nielsen's Aladdin excerpts (Arte Symfonia 002)

Oh, by the way--those are all LPs.

On CD, I'm primping myself for the Cleveland Orchestra coming to town, with the Uni/Eloquence reissue of Ashkenazy conducting Debussy's La Mer & Nocturnes & Faun.
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Post by Barry » Fri May 13, 2005 4:47 pm

R-K's Scheherazade, one of my favorite pieces which I tend to listen to frequently in spurts of a week or two at a time. This particular recording, my favorite one, is by Stokowski and the London Symphony.
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Post by Coriolan » Fri May 13, 2005 5:31 pm

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Ralph wrote:Now listening to two RCA CDs of the score to Richard Rodgers' "Victory at Sea." Any other fans of this fine music here?
Love it. Have the VHS complete series too.
I Think you may be showing your age. I remember when the Victory at Sea series started on tv back in the early 50's. I didn't miss any of the 26 episodes and I continued to watch repeats for years after. I also have the VHS series as well as the 2 Cd set of the music score. One of the best series on TV.

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Post by Ralph » Fri May 13, 2005 10:40 pm

Great day for wandering around Manhattan. Listened to Sibelius 4,5 6 & 7 and several tone poems - all conducted by Ashkenazy.
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Post by Sisyphus » Sat May 14, 2005 8:42 am

The past couple evenings I have been listening to Strauss family music played by the Vienna String Sextet. The experience, as the ARG reviewer put it, is like listening to the music in the intimate atmosphere of a tavern (yes, I had a few German beers to add to the experience). The contents: Kunstlerleben; Schnell-Polka; Wo die Zitronen Bluhen, Waltz; Pizzicato-Polka; Dynamiden; Frauenherz-Polka; Schatwalzer; and Wein, Weib und Gesang-Waltz. The last two were arranged by Webern (with harmonium) and Berg (with piano). The recording is excellent. I found a copy on the Borders-Amazon site. Pan Classics 510 159. Good stuff.
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Post by Michel » Sat May 14, 2005 9:49 am

I'm listening to some really fantastic music. Moiseiwitsch doing Beethoven 3 and 5 PC. (Former with Sargeant, latter with Szell, 1950, 1938 respectively)

The haunting but beautiful rising trills that I love so much in the Emperor's adagio are so fast, even those the performance isn't! Kinda odd but an otherwise cracking performance!

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Post by mahlerfan » Sat May 14, 2005 10:27 am

I've been listening to alot of Mozart. His piano sonatas performed by Eschenbach, some of his violin sonatas performed by Richter and Kagan, his symphonies performed by Mackerras and the Prague Chamber Orchestra, his violin concertos performed by Grumiaux, and coming up his horn concertos performed by Civil. :)

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Post by MaestroDJS » Sat May 14, 2005 10:55 am

Better too busy than not enough. I'm in the office again working through another weekend. The economy is definitely on the upswing in the realm of engineering, because I literally have twice or thrice as much work as I can handle. Last week I worked 69 hours, and this week will probably be 65. Luckily, the workload should calm down somewhat after Memorial Day, so relief is in sight. Good thing I'm hyperactive. I can either treat my neuroses or harness them, and it seems much more lucractive to harness them. :D

To help me through this workload, I'm listening to the Naxos CDs of music by Polish composer Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937). Mighty good stuff.

Szymanowski more or less went through the typical 3 periods in his music. His earliest period was greatly influenced by Richard Strauss and Max Reger, and his middle period added the influences of Claude Debussy, and Oriental idioms. The 3rd and final period of Polish Nationalism and Modernism produced perhaps his finest works: both of his violin concerti, his two string quartets, his ballet Harnasie and his marvelous Stabat Mater. My favorite is his Symphony No. 4 "Symphonie Concertante" for piano and orchestra, which really gets the pulse going. The finale seems to be a foot-stompin' cross between a mazurka and a bacchanale. Definitely music to turn the amplifiers up to eleven.

Szymanowski had a musical language is all his own, with an exotic, ravishing and yet austere beauty. Special mention should be made of his piano music: his Études, Mazurkas, Variations, Sonatas etc. are outstanding.

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Post by Ralph » Sat May 14, 2005 5:48 pm

Right at the moment, a neat discovery: NAXOS has a Brazilian Music series and I have a just acquired disc of tangos, waltzes and polkas for piano by Ernesto Nazareth (1863-1934). Villa-Lobos held him in high regard and this hour+plus CD is lively and engaging thanks to pianist Iara Behs who plays these pieces with verve. I've never heard of her but she apparently is a leading concert pianist in her native country, having trained in Germany and elsewhere. Wish she'd come here.

You can't go wrong with this disc. NAXOS 8.557687.
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Post by Ralph » Sun May 15, 2005 8:23 am

It's one of those slightly damp after a thunderstorm May Sunday mornings when only Berwald will satisfactorily accompany the obligatory bagel with cream cheese. So I just listened to a lovely recording of his Piano Trios in E flat Major and D Minor and the C Minor Piano Quinter. The Berwald Quintet and pianists Lucia Negron and Stefan Lindgren and Bernt Lysell on violin and Lucia Negro on cello perform these satisfying works. Musica Sveciae MSCD 521 (probably hard to find-I've had this CD for years).
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Post by Thomas J » Sun May 15, 2005 8:43 am

On a lousy day here in the Northeast, presently listening to Rutland Boughton(1878 - 1960) Symphony #3 along with his Concerto for Oboe and Strings #1. Sarah Francis - Oboe, Vernon Handley - cond., Royal Philharmonic Orch.

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Post by GK » Sun May 15, 2005 9:06 am

This morning a piano recital by Imogen Cooper incuding:

Schumann--Humoreske; Kreisleriana
Brahms--Seven Fantasas

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