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Re: What I listened to today

Post by neilnw » Mon Jul 25, 2022 2:43 pm

Bach's Chromatic Fantasy & Fugue (Tureck)
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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Thu Jul 28, 2022 11:10 am

Heard on radio today, Malcolm Arnold's brief Concerto for Two Pianos -Three Hands:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iL9eng-9wnw

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by maestrob » Fri Jul 29, 2022 9:53 am

Rach3 wrote:
Thu Jul 28, 2022 11:10 am
Heard on radio today, Malcolm Arnold's brief Concerto for Two Pianos -Three Hands:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iL9eng-9wnw
Malcolm Arnold is vastly underrated, IMHO. Thanks for this! My recording below:

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by neilnw » Fri Jul 29, 2022 8:19 pm

https://www.discogs.com/release/8042777 ... r-Volume-2
https://www.discogs.com/release/6964162 ... -The-Piano

....and the Brahms F Minor Sonata; HAROLD BAUER was a rarity among pianists....a pianist who made music with unfailing taste, and who took up the piano only in his mid-20s, at the behest of Paderewski (Bauer gave up a huge career as a violinist).
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Re: What I listened to today

Post by maestrob » Sat Jul 30, 2022 8:48 am

neilnw wrote:
Fri Jul 29, 2022 8:19 pm
https://www.discogs.com/release/8042777 ... r-Volume-2
https://www.discogs.com/release/6964162 ... -The-Piano

....and the Brahms F Minor Sonata; HAROLD BAUER was a rarity among pianists....a pianist who made music with unfailing taste, and who took up the piano only in his mid-20s, at the behest of Paderewski (Bauer gave up a huge career as a violinist).
I have a CD of Harold Bauer on Nimbus with piano rolls, and agree with your assessment, but have not had the chance to explore further. I do like his Bach better than his Brahms, which sounds a bit disjointed to me. Your post has given me some ideas. Thanks, Neil.

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Post by neilnw » Sat Jul 30, 2022 6:50 pm

And thanks for the extra link. Here's the (belated) link I had to google to get the LP I was speaking of on discogs....An LP I had till 30 years ago, when it went to a richer home:
https://www.discogs.com/sell/item/1751975962
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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Sun Jul 31, 2022 10:29 am

Igor Levit,NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester,Alan Gilbert, Schleswig-Holstein Festival July,2022, Brahms’ 2nd PC.Good quality video.Does not replace my fav readings by Gilels and Backhaus and Rubinstein, but very fine by all concerned,Levit's playing energized the orchestra.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfZ402SU6Io

Encore: Schumann, “ Der Dichter spricht “ from “Kinderscenen “

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by maestrob » Mon Aug 01, 2022 7:43 am

Rach3 wrote:
Sun Jul 31, 2022 10:29 am
Igor Levit,NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester,Alan Gilbert, Schleswig-Holstein Festival July,2022, Brahms’ 2nd PC.Good quality video.Does not replace my fav readings by Gilels and Backhaus and Rubinstein, but very fine by all concerned,Levit's playing energized the orchestra.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfZ402SU6Io

Encore: Schumann, “ Der Dichter spricht “ from “Kinderscenen “
Thanks, Steve. I will watch this today.

My all-time favorite of Brahms II would be Richter/Leinsdorf, fww. Then add in Stephen Hough, Hamelin, Peter Serkin, Lars Vogt. The second movement of Richter/Leinsdorf/Chicago was recorded in one long take.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by neilnw » Mon Aug 01, 2022 8:58 am

Beethoven's Cantata on the Accession of King Leopold II, WoO 88 (kaljuste, Estonian NSO, Cameron, Joks, Korts )
Mozart's 35th & Haydn's 101st (Toscanini 1, both w/NYP)
Rimsky's Antar Symphony (Gould)
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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Ricordanza » Tue Aug 02, 2022 6:00 am

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More good listening to accompany my walks in the neighborhood. This "second-tier" composer wrote some very appealing music, and the young Stephen Hough (this was recorded in 1992) brings both brilliance and poetry to these works.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by maestrob » Tue Aug 02, 2022 8:29 am

Hank, that's a lovely disc, my copy from MHS. Hummel wrote very fine chamber music as well, as on this disc I bought recently on Lance's recommendation:

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Tue Aug 02, 2022 9:56 am

Ricordanza wrote:
Tue Aug 02, 2022 6:00 am
More good listening to accompany my walks in the neighborhood. This "second-tier" composer wrote some very appealing music, and the young Stephen Hough (this was recorded in 1992) brings both brilliance and poetry to these works.
Completely agree about those two Hummel PC's.His Piano Sonatas are very fine as well, especially Nos.4 and 5. Here is the slow mov.of 5, but do hear the whole work:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-2roQD ... dbLs-Zqsno

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by jserraglio » Tue Aug 02, 2022 7:36 pm

Glenn Gould —> ‘How Mozart Became a Bad Composer’. The problem is, GG proposes, “Too many of his works sound like interoffice memos.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pR74rorRxs
Yep, this nut *was* a genius. I laughed all the way thru his stunning commentary exploding my presuppositions EXCEPT when Gould *touched* the keyboard. Then my jaw dropped.

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Post by neilnw » Fri Aug 05, 2022 10:56 am

More from that most underrated of Sibelius conductors, Tauno Hannikainen, doing Sibelius' Fourth:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udpQmZzuGqU&t=68s
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Re: What I listened to today

Post by neilnw » Fri Aug 05, 2022 7:42 pm

Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde (Reiner/Forrester/Klein)

....this was from the Mahler edition of Time-Life's Great Men of Music series--two lone discs separated from their two mates, mainly as part of my new playstack of LPs I was working on till dehydration hit me, and I was hospitalized about 10 days, and Most of my album collection got donated to the local Goodwill! Whoever was buying that whole set (30 volumes) was in for a nasty surprise with that volume--that is, unless it was being sold as separate albums (most likely). As Goodwill normally charge $2 per disc, one who was going for the whole set could bargain on spending $240 for the nearly-whole set.
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Post by neilnw » Fri Aug 05, 2022 8:04 pm

A little update on this post:
viewtopic.php?f=10&t=29030&p=523924#p523924

My good stylus has just begun distorting, so I'm going ahead on using that on the above-mentioned set. I'll try to add thoughts of my own on the performances....I have high expectations for this set, having never been a Van Beinum buff.
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Re: What I listened to today

Post by maestrob » Sat Aug 06, 2022 8:21 am

neilnw wrote:
Fri Aug 05, 2022 7:42 pm
Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde (Reiner/Forrester/Klein)

....this was from the Mahler edition of Time-Life's Great Men of Music series--two lone discs separated from their two mates, mainly as part of my new playstack of LPs I was working on till dehydration hit me, and I was hospitalized about 10 days, and Most of my album collection got donated to the local Goodwill! Whoever was buying that whole set (30 volumes) was in for a nasty surprise with that volume--that is, unless it was being sold as separate albums (most likely). As Goodwill normally charge $2 per disc, one who was going for the whole set could bargain on spending $240 for the nearly-whole set.
Neil, do try to hear Bruno Walter's 1960 stereo version of Das Lied von der Erde with Mildred Miller and the great German tenor Ernst Haefliger. Fww, I have a special relationship with that recording and prefer both the conducting and singing on that one. Here's the LP cover:

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by neilnw » Sat Aug 06, 2022 9:32 am

Already have that album, thank you (with original jacket)...agree wholeheartedly about the performance.
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Re: What I listened to today

Post by maestrob » Sat Aug 06, 2022 9:59 am

neilnw wrote:
Sat Aug 06, 2022 9:32 am
Already have that album, thank you (with original jacket)...agree wholeheartedly about the performance.
Good man!

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by jserraglio » Mon Aug 08, 2022 5:16 am

Stokowski-Philadelphia Orchestra - Mahler Symphony No. 2 (Nov. 9, 1967). Stoki, true to form, makes cuts in the last mvmt.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by jserraglio » Mon Aug 08, 2022 8:30 am

Ormandy-Philadelphia Orchestra - Tchaikovsky: Symphony 6 (13.12.1936 & 9.1.1937), Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition, arr. Cailliet (17.10.1937). Biddulph 1997. Transfers by Mark Obert-Thorn. Two firsts here: the PIT 6th was Ormandy's first recording with the Philadelphians. The Pictures was the world-premiere recording of the Lucien Cailliet orchestration.

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Re: What I listened to today

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jserraglio wrote:
Mon Aug 08, 2022 8:30 am
Ormandy-Philadelphia Orchestra - Tchaikovsky: Symphony 6 (13.12.1936 & 9.1.1937), Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition, arr. Cailliet (17.10.1937). Biddulph 1997. Transfers by Mark Obert-Thorn. Two firsts here: the PIT 6th was Ormandy's first recording with the Philadelphians. The Pictures was the world-premiere recording of the Lucien Cailliet orchestration.
The 'Pathetique' was sort of a specialty item throughout much of Ormandy's recording career: it was his first release for RCA, then his first (IIRC) release during the Columbia 78 era. It was then his premier release upon his & the orchestra's return to RCA in 1968, and Columbia reissued its stereo recording (MS-6169) to compete head-to-head with the Victor disc. And both these Columbia issues of the same performance remained in the catalog for quite a few years.
Good music is that which falls upon the ear with ease and quits the memory with difficulty.
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Re: What I listened to today

Post by jserraglio » Mon Aug 08, 2022 12:03 pm

neilnw wrote:
Mon Aug 08, 2022 9:52 am
jserraglio wrote:
Mon Aug 08, 2022 8:30 am
Ormandy-Philadelphia Orchestra - Tchaikovsky: Symphony 6 (13.12.1936 & 9.1.1937), Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition, arr. Cailliet (17.10.1937). Biddulph 1997. Transfers by Mark Obert-Thorn. Two firsts here: the PIT 6th was Ormandy's first recording with the Philadelphians. The Pictures was the world-premiere recording of the Lucien Cailliet orchestration.
The 'Pathetique' was sort of a specialty item throughout much of Ormandy's recording career: it was his first release for RCA, then his first (IIRC) release during the Columbia 78 era. It was then his premier release upon his & the orchestra's return to RCA in 1968, and Columbia reissued its stereo recording (MS-6169) to compete head-to-head with the Victor disc. And both these Columbia issues of the same performance remained in the catalog for quite a few years.
He recorded it last in 1981 for Delos near the end.

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Post by jserraglio » Mon Aug 08, 2022 12:12 pm

Szell & The Cleveland Orchestra - Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 1969 Blossom Music Festival WCLV broadcast. Though he did record him, Szell was not a conductor I ever associated with Tchaikovsky, let alone with the Pathetique, which I'm pretty sure he never recorded commercially; but this is a very sensitive performance.

I love the rousing applause and shouts of approval this summer crowd gave the players after the third movement. Szell had the orchestra stand to acknowledge them.

One year later, Szell would be dead.

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Post by neilnw » Tue Aug 09, 2022 3:36 pm

jserraglio wrote:
Mon Aug 08, 2022 12:03 pm
neilnw wrote:
Mon Aug 08, 2022 9:52 am
jserraglio wrote:
Mon Aug 08, 2022 8:30 am
Ormandy-Philadelphia Orchestra - Tchaikovsky: Symphony 6 (13.12.1936 & 9.1.1937), Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition, arr. Cailliet (17.10.1937). Biddulph 1997. Transfers by Mark Obert-Thorn. Two firsts here: the PIT 6th was Ormandy's first recording with the Philadelphians. The Pictures was the world-premiere recording of the Lucien Cailliet orchestration.
The 'Pathetique' was sort of a specialty item throughout much of Ormandy's recording career: it was his first release for RCA, then his first (IIRC) release during the Columbia 78 era. It was then his premier release upon his & the orchestra's return to RCA in 1968, and Columbia reissued its stereo recording (MS-6169) to compete head-to-head with the Victor disc. And both these Columbia issues of the same performance remained in the catalog for quite a few years.
He recorded it last in 1981 for Delos near the end.
Oops! I got the wrong catalog number up above....I got it from a google, which has many discs misidentified. It's really MS-6160.

I should've known that first number had a familiar ring--It's one of Ormandy's very greatest, his second account of Ravel's Bolero, one of the few perfect ones, with Tombeau and Alborada.
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Post by neilnw » Wed Aug 10, 2022 8:29 pm

I've spent the past week listening to the 8-record set from Philips, The Art of Eduard van Beinum, a 1978 compilation. I've heard nearly all the set, bypassing the three-sider Bruckner Fifth. Couldn't have put it on even if I tried, as by the thirteenth side my already-worn stylus had died on me, once and for all.

From my perspective, van Beinum was a conductor who could nearly always be counted on to deliver thoughtful, imaginative, patrician performances of standard repertory items. His Schubert Sixth is sprightly and spirited; his account of the "Unfinished" has profundity.

Beinum had a special affinity for Debussy; I once had an LP of his La mer. Here we have almost a solid hour's worth of idiomatically played Debussy: here is a maestro who could rival Dutoit in attaining the veiled type of sound called for. As stated above, my hearing of the three Nocturnes was aborted by the thoroughly-worn stylus. But the three Images allowed me to get a somewhat clearer picture of Beinum's way with the composer; extra brownie-points to Philips for being able to squeeze the complete cycle onto one LP side (about 32 minutes).

There's a disc's worth of pops favorites--Finlandia, Merry Wives of Windsor, Roman Carnival, Stars & Stripes Forever, Two Elegiac Melodies plus several others. Again, the maestro was most reliable.

Bartok's Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta finds Beinum on not-quite-as-comfortable turf--it wasn't till the last two movements that I found myself getting into his personalized treatment. (I once had a disc of Beinum's Concerto for Orchestra; again, a performance split right down the middle.)

Kodaly's suite from Hary Janos finds him again on comfy turf, as does Mendelssohn's "Italian" Symphony.

I didn't put on the Scheherazade LP--I apparently didn't bathe it like all the others (to get out that embedded sawdust).

His Mozart 29th is a winner all the way.
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Post by neilnw » Wed Aug 10, 2022 8:38 pm

Here's a link to a couple of nice cheap copies of the set: https://www.discogs.com/sell/release/11726796?ev=rb
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Re: What I listened to today

Post by jserraglio » Thu Aug 11, 2022 6:54 am

Leopold Stokowski & the Hollywood Bowl SO => Bach Matthäus-Passion, abridged and sung in English, 1946.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by jserraglio » Fri Aug 12, 2022 8:43 am

Schumann: Manfred Overture
Benjamin Lees: Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra
Walton: Variations of a Theme by Hindemith
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 (Emperor)


Cleveland Orchestra
George Szell, conductor
Clifford Curzon, piano
Jan 26, 1967
WCLV broadcast

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by jserraglio » Fri Aug 12, 2022 5:41 pm

Rochberg: Symphony No. 2 world premiere. 1959 Szell/Cleveland.

Who knew Szell championed a serialist work.

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Post by neilnw » Mon Aug 15, 2022 5:17 pm

...part of an MTT/BSO concert from 9/24/70:

Sibelius' Fourth
Schoenberg's 5 Pieces for Orchestra
Wagner's Dawn & Siegfried's Rhine Journey
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Post by neilnw » Tue Aug 16, 2022 7:27 pm

Some more BSO concerts, all from Tanglewood:

Brahms' First (Leinsdorf, 8/14/66)....as good as a performance can get of this work

AND....

this concert from 8/7/64: Schuller conducting his 7 Studies on Themes of Paul Klee (some audience guffaws audible), and former asst. conductor & concertmaster Richard Burgin, leading La mer
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