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Re: What I listened to today

Post by jserraglio » Thu Apr 04, 2019 12:50 pm

With thanks to "Frank" from the UK at his The Music Parlour blogspot for making this available.

George Gershwin: "Of Thee I Sing"

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Opera North Chorus, English Northern Philharmonia conducted by Wyn Davies
BBC Radio 3 FM. 4 July 1998. Live from the Grand Theatre, Leeds.
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Re: What I listened to today

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Mon Apr 01, 2019 2:45 pm
Weinberg String Quartets, over the last 2-3 days, Nos. 5-10 at various YT's, 5,8,9 particularly striking, 9 a real tour de force, but all worth hearings. Hope to get to the rest soon. Also his Cello Concerto ; wow,
Inspired by his string quartets, I explored some of his piano sonatas, all of which seem to be at YT. ##2,3 made the greatest impression on first hearing, can recommend the music ( also great pianism each case ) :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=by4cykDSGL0 ( # 3 )

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07tRQAef32s ( #2 )

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by jserraglio » Sat Apr 06, 2019 3:55 am

With thanks to "Frank" from the UK at his The Music Parlour blogspot.

Great Gershwin 2001 Peacock Theatre Covent Garden Festival

Kim Criswell - George Dvorsky - Kevin Cole (& piano)
BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by David Charles Abell

BBC Radio 3 FM. 26 December 2001.

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Re: What I listened to today

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Cathy Berberian
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Re: What I listened to today

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Re: What I listened to today

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With thanks to musicparlourshowbiz.blogspot.com:

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Belle » Wed Apr 17, 2019 12:48 am

Carlos Kleiber conducting Borodin's Symphony No. 2 in B Minor - a work with which I'm totally unfamiliar. Just glad to hear anything at all with the name Kleiber attached to it!! :D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DF09Cipq_w

Also watched and listened to this on the weekend!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGqdHXLr04I

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Belle » Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:41 am

Concentus Musicus, Wien/Harnoncourt/Arnold Shoenberg Choir, "Alexander's Feast". Recorded at Melk Abbey in 2011: not the very best version I've heard (a bit soft around the edges), but enjoyable.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSSL81TQ0nM

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Belle » Thu Apr 18, 2019 5:04 pm

Absolutely magnificent; I didn't know of this work: those jarring dissonances and that translucent sound on period instruments!! Perfection. And just right for the contemplative mood today, Good Friday.

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Eurodisc 201 084-366 digitizwd vinyl LP, never on CD.

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Acknowledgment to musicparlourshowbiz.blogspot.com for sharing this broadcast.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by jserraglio » Sun Apr 21, 2019 8:33 am

Keiser Reinhard (attr.) - Markus Passion
attributed to Reinhard Keiser. It may also have been composed by his father Gottfried or by Friedrich Nicolaus Bruhns.
://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eWigKs0EKQ


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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Belle » Sun Apr 21, 2019 2:09 pm

jserraglio wrote:
Sun Apr 21, 2019 8:33 am
Keiser Reinhard (attr.) - Markus Passion
attributed to Reinhard Keiser. It may also have been composed by his father Gottfried or by Friedrich Nicolaus Bruhns.
://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eWigKs0EKQ

Absolutely gorgeous!!!

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by maestrob » Wed Apr 24, 2019 12:38 pm

Belle wrote:
Sun Apr 21, 2019 2:09 pm
jserraglio wrote:
Sun Apr 21, 2019 8:33 am
Keiser Reinhard (attr.) - Markus Passion
attributed to Reinhard Keiser. It may also have been composed by his father Gottfried or by Friedrich Nicolaus Bruhns.
://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eWigKs0EKQ

Absolutely gorgeous!!!
Agreed! Thanks for posting!

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Belle » Wed Apr 24, 2019 7:05 pm

Actually, and very curiously, the instrumentation sounds more like the period of Monteverdi while the choral sound is definitely early 18th century at times. The Keiser (1674-1739) (attrib.) Markus Passion reveals the influence of Monteverdi, Schutz and Biber. The recitative is certainly more 17th century than 18th. The positive organ and lute/chittarone accompaniment was standard practice before Bach, but this BC is filled out rather more in that it has some interesting ostinati and in this sense it's of a later time. The Lutheran chorales sound like Bach but at least one is accompanied by a violin which is more reminiscent of the Italians and Vivaldi. The movement, in a very pronounced way, from tonic to dominant is very Bachian.

It's musicologically a very interesting, somewhat hybrid, piece and absolutely gorgeous to hear. Ergo, I would question the date of 1705.

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Conradi: Ariadne

Gemstone rarity of German baroque opera. There is a commercial recording with the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra on CPO.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFUz2WDZeGY


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Post by jserraglio » Sun May 05, 2019 5:22 am

Only recording of a complete Wagner opera by AT that I know of.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by John F » Sun May 05, 2019 6:58 am

This is a truly great performance and we're very lucky to have it. Act 2 reached a special height, as Hugo Burghauser of the Vienna Philharmonic and Toscanini himself acknowledged at the time and afterward.
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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Belle » Fri May 10, 2019 8:20 pm

Today a CD of Bach Toccatas BWV910-916, played by Trevor Pinnock. Stunning playing and I especially love this Toccata:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bw_2lX18hh4

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Barenboim Ring Bayreuth 1989

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Post by jserraglio » Tue May 21, 2019 5:31 am

Metropolitan Opera House
December 14, 1963

WAGNER GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG

Brünnhilde...............Birgit Nilsson
Siegfried...............Hans Hopf [Last performance]
Gunther.................Norman Mittelmann
Gutrune..................Mary Curtis-Verna
Hagen...................Ernst Wiemann
Waltraute................Mignon Dunn
Alberich................Gerhard Pechner
First Norn..............Lili Chookasian
Second Norn.............Mignon Dunn
Third Norn..............Mary Curtis-Verna
Woglinde................Mary Ellen Pracht
Wellgunde...............Rosalind Elias
Flosshilde...............Gladys Kriese
Vassal..................William Dembaugh
Vassal..................John Trehy

Conductor...............Joseph Rosenstock

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Tue May 21, 2019 2:49 pm

London premiere ( World premiere was a week earlier at Salford ) of Gerald Barry’s brief Viola Concerto ( 2018-2019 ), Lawrence Power, Thomas Ades, Britten Sinfonia, live at the Barbican, my first hearing of the Irish composer’s ( 1952 - ) music, not auspicious for me :

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00057k2

About his new concerto, Barry says :
"I partly discovered music through exercises. I did not distinguish between these exercises and art. They were the same to me as Mozart or Schubert. Exercises have always been pure things for me, clean, unaffected by dreaded profundity. They are liberating and free, and I always feel good psychologically and physically after playing them. This Viola Concerto is, I suppose, a homage to their ecstasy."

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Post by jserraglio » Thu May 23, 2019 12:00 pm

Mendelssohn Elias Sawallisch/LGO Philips LP

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by jserraglio » Fri May 24, 2019 2:57 am

Georges Aperghis


Graffitis (1981) for a Percussionist
Études pour orchestre 4-6 (2012-14)
Le corps à corps for a Percussionist and his Zarb (1978)

Christian Dierstein, percussion
WDR Sinfonieorchester
Brad Lubman
WDR Köln broadcast


Konzert für Akkordeon und Orchester (2015)

Teodoro Anzellotti, accordion
Gürzenich-Orchester Köln
Emilio Pomarico
May 2019

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Vladimir Jurowski/RSOB - Grisey Les espaces acoustiques 2019 Berlin

Wonderful work. A different performance of it slated for sometime tomorrow.

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Stefan Asbury-hrso - Grisey Les espaces acoustiques 2010 Darmstadt

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by jserraglio » Sun May 26, 2019 3:21 am

Leinsdorf/Boston - Strauss Ein Heldenleben 1963 RCA LP vinyl.

An excellent recording by a conductor often dismissed in this country. The Japanese, connoisseurs of CM, have long since reissued it.
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jserraglio wrote:
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Leinsdorf/Boston - Strauss Ein Heldenleben 1962 RCA LP vinyl.

An excellent recording by a conductor often dismissed in this country. The Japanese, connoisseurs of CM, have long since reissued it.
Dismissed? Not by me! It wasn't Leinsdorf's fault that the Boston Symphony was in such sorry shape when he took it over, and he nevertheless made many excelent recordings there (Prokofiev Symphonies and Concertos, anyone?). I first heard Mahler I by Leinsdorf and, in spite of the harsh strings and other flaws, Leinsdorf's passion won me over at the tender age of 13/14. Leinsdorf's opera recordings for RCA (including but not limited to a Butterfly w/Anna Moffo, her first recording for RCA IIRC), have remained staples of my collection, as has Leinsdorf's famous first recording of a concerto (Brahms II) w/Sviatoslav Richter in Chicago, during which the second movement was done in one take complete!

Leinsdorf's personality was abrasive, it true, but he made some very excellent music.

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Post by jserraglio » Sun May 26, 2019 11:38 am

"It Ain't Necessarily So" sung by Sammy Davis, Jr. arr. Andre Previn from Porgy and Bess 1959 film version (a bootleg video by necessity).

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=gC-vSZr_9 ... pp=1&app=m


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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Belle » Sun May 26, 2019 5:16 pm

This was a superb performance of that song from "Porgy and Bess" and I remember the LP recording of it from my youth. Two nights ago I watched "Sweet Charity" for the first time in decades, not realizing it was based on Fellini's "Nights of Cabiria". I was struck by Sammy Davis Junior's performance as "Daddy" in that clever, but very dated, sequence and his easy talent and versatility. What a performer!! Apart from one other memorable dance scene in "Sweet Charity" with MacLaine and two others, I thought the film was a monumental bore!! Sammy Davis saved "Sweet Charity" from oblivion, IMO.

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Post by jserraglio » Sun May 26, 2019 5:44 pm

Belle wrote:
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This was a superb performance of that song from "Porgy and Bess" and I remember the LP recording of it from my youth.
On the P & B studio LP ST, the great Cab Calloway sang Sportin' Life, not Sammy Davis. Probably for contractual reasons.

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Post by Belle » Sun May 26, 2019 7:30 pm

Doah!! Absolutely, of course!! (Senior's moment!) CC had loads of personality!! What else did he do?

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Belle wrote:
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What else did he do?
Besides leading his band? He sang the Sportin' Life in the young cast (Price & Warfield) that goodwill-toured Europe for the Dept of State in 1952ff. It's available in good sound on the Guild label and is worth listening to.

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American operatic soprano Leontyne Price, American jazz singer Cab Calloway (1907 - 1994) and William Warfield (1920 - 2002) in the London production of Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess.

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Cab Calloway as Sportin' Life

Cab Calloway is my favorite Sportin' Life, and Sammy Davis, Jr. was obviously influenced by him. Cuts and all, the 1952 Berlin Porgy with Price/Warfield/Calloway is my favorite recording, of many I know.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Knahangy9u0


jonthesYT wrote:Cab Calloway singing the role of Sportin' Life live in Berlin in 1952, the famous touring production of Gershwin and Heyward's "Porgy and Bess" with Leontyne Price as Bess, part of which was recorded for a single LP several years later with Price. Excellent sound which I cleaned and remastered, really such be issued; though that production did cut a lot of music it was two and a half hours. Oh to have been in the audience. Calloway not only sings it with an abandon I've not heard by anyone else, he also acts it. It seemed perfectly natural they were partying - what else did they have to do in their circumstances and who could resist partying with Cab around? Remastered by Tormented Artist Ink Studios (me). Calloway is a constant reminder that 'jazz' was a slang word for 'sex'.
The one thing I especially liked about the It Ain't Necessarily So Hollywood musical style production number in the 1959 movie was how much like an African village festival it was, despite the fact that Otto Preminger insisted that the movie had to be shot on a sound stage.

African/American culture has enriched my life, starting off with the great Little Richard in the mid-fifties.

Tutti-Frutti. Rock rocks.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_C9q4tuwXI



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQ6akiGRcL8


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Post by maestrob » Mon May 27, 2019 10:51 am

Grew up with the recording below: it's the only classical recording Skitch Henderson made IIRC, and it's a surefire winner. William Warfield was a client of mine at the NYAC during the 1980's, but he never autographed my CD because it was issued in 1990......

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Post by jserraglio » Mon May 27, 2019 1:39 pm

Own it on Living Stereo LP. But I really like the discs in this HP series from BMG.

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Post by jserraglio » Tue May 28, 2019 8:47 am

14 LPs of E. Power Biggs on Columbia and CBS. Sony may never release a Complete Album Collection set of this great artist.

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Post by jserraglio » Thu May 30, 2019 6:39 am

Day 1 of the Leinsdorf-Met RING
1961 - 1962 Season

Richard Wagner
DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN

December 16, 1961

DAS RHEINGOLD

Wotan...................George London
Fricka..................Irene Dalis
Alberich................Ralph Herbert
Loge....................Karl Liebl
Erda.....................Jean Madeira
Fasolt..................Jerome Hines
Fafner..................Ernst Wiemann
Freia....................Heidi Krall
Froh....................Robert Nagy
Donner..................Norman Mittelmann
Mime.....................Paul Kuen [Debut]
Woglinde................Martina Arroyo
Wellgunde...............Rosalind Elias
Flosshilde..............Mignon Dunn

Conductor................Erich Leinsdorf

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Post by jserraglio » Fri May 31, 2019 7:34 am

Day 2 of the Leinsdorf-Met RING
1961 - 1962 Season

Richard Wagner
DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN

December 23, 1961

DIE WALKÜRE

Brünnhilde..............Birgit Nilsson
Siegmund................Jon Vickers
Sieglinde................Gladys Kuchta
Wotan...................Otto Edelmann
Fricka..................Irene Dalis
Hunding..................Ernst Wiemann
Gerhilde................Carlotta Ordassy
Grimgerde...............Mary MacKenzie
Helmwige.................Heidi Krall
Ortlinde................Martina Arroyo
Rossweisse..............Margaret Roggero
Schwertleite............Gladys Kriese
Siegrune................Helen Vanni
Waltraute...............Mignon Dunn

Conductor...............Erich Leinsdorf

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Day 3 of the Leinsdorf-Met RING
1961 - 1962 Season

Richard Wagner
DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN

January 13, 1962

SIEGFRIED

Siegfried...............Hans Hopf
Brünnhilde..............Birgit Nilsson
Wanderer.................George London
Erda....................Jean Madeira
Mime....................Paul Kuen
Alberich.................Ralph Herbert
Fafner..................Gottlob Frick
Forest Bird.............Martina Arroyo

Conductor...............Erich Leinsdorf

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