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Post by karlhenning » Tue Dec 04, 2007 9:20 am

Dmitri Dmitriyevich

Three Fantastic Dances, Opus 5
Konstantin Scherbakov

October, Opus 132, symphonic poem
BBC Phil
Gianandrea Noseda
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Post by slofstra » Tue Dec 04, 2007 10:15 am

Lutoslawski's Symphony No.4 and No. 3 and one other piece.

The Symphony No. 3 could best be described as the sound of various insects coming at you from every corner of the room. Turn out the lights and see how long you can stand it.

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Post by karlhenning » Tue Dec 04, 2007 11:29 am

Oh my!

I heard the Lutosławski Fourth in (of all places) Tallinn, Estonia. It wasn't the premiere, of course; but it was only when I was in the concert hall that I learnt that the maestro had passed away. I composed a modest piano toccata, called Lutosławski's Lullaby, which (as it turns out) I am going to play as the Closing Voluntary for this Sunday's service. Since the title is not very liturgical, it will appear in the bulletin as Berceuse pour un compositeur défunt.

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Post by slofstra » Tue Dec 04, 2007 12:16 pm

karlhenning wrote:Oh my!

I heard the Lutosławski Fourth in (of all places) Tallinn, Estonia. It wasn't the premiere, of course; but it was only when I was in the concert hall that I learnt that the maestro had passed away. I composed a modest piano toccata, called Lutosławski's Lullaby, which (as it turns out) I am going to play as the Closing Voluntary for this Sunday's service. Since the title is not very liturgical, it will appear in the bulletin as Berceuse pour un compositeur défunt.

Cheers,
~Karl
Don't get me wrong. I am generally a fan. The third consists of various truncated phrases played on a variety of instruments. One could very well associate each phrase with a different variety of insect. So in terms of 'how much one can stand' I was referring not to the quality of the music but to the vicarious excitement of being marauded by various large insects. To some this might be a squeamish delight. To others, just keep the lights on.

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Post by BWV 1080 » Tue Dec 04, 2007 12:57 pm

Schumann - Piano Trios, Quartet & Quintet - Phillips

Mozart String Quintets K593, K614 - Naxos

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Post by Jelly » Wed Dec 05, 2007 3:00 am

Vaughan Williams: Symphony no. 6 - Boult/LSO

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Post by karlhenning » Wed Dec 05, 2007 8:03 am

Jelly wrote:Vaughan Williams: Symphony no. 6 - Boult/LSO
Wonderful piece!

Listening to:

JSB
Les variations Goldberg, BWV 988
Konstantin Lifschitz


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Post by James » Wed Dec 05, 2007 8:20 am

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Preludes & Fugues #13-24 BWV 858-869 ( 51'48 )
Gould's phenomenal articulation & dynamic control just throws light on Bach's polyphonic genius,
and the rhythmic integrity is adrenalin like. A great & absorbing odyssey ...

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Post by karlhenning » Wed Dec 05, 2007 11:29 am

Schuman
Symphony No. 8
NY Phil
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Post by karlhenning » Wed Dec 05, 2007 12:43 pm

It ain't Zeisl, but it's my own treasure-plumbing:

Vagn Holmboe
Symphony No. 10, Opus 105
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Post by Donaldopato » Wed Dec 05, 2007 1:39 pm

Working my way through the Shostakovich String Quartets by the Sorrel Quartet on Chandos. Very gutsy and dramatic readings, interesting contrast to the Beethoven, Borodin and Fitzwilliam recordings.

Karl, the Holmboe Symphonies are a wonderful treasure to mine. Accessible and yet interesting.
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Post by karlhenning » Wed Dec 05, 2007 2:38 pm

Vagn Holmboe
Benedicite domino, Opus 59 No. 3


Excellent sacred choral writing; this would be lots of fun to sing.
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Post by karlhenning » Thu Dec 06, 2007 1:55 pm

Brahms
Ein deutsches Requiem, Opus 45
Prague Philharmonic Chorus
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Sinopoli
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Post by Wallingford » Fri Dec 07, 2007 1:36 am

Chopin's Andante Spianato & Grande Polonaise (Richter/Kondrashin....the famous live BBC one)
Sibelius' Tapiola (Hannikainen)
Mozart's 38th (Golschmann)
Vaughan Williams' Old King Cole incidental music (Boult)
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Never mattered we were always ok
Getting ready for Christmas day
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Post by James » Fri Dec 07, 2007 10:13 am

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6 "Schübler" Chorales, BWV 645-650 (17'51)
& Chorale Partita, BWV 768 (20'41)
great stuff...

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Post by premont » Sat Dec 08, 2007 9:51 am

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6 "Schübler" Chorales, BWV 645-650 (17'51)
& Chorale Partita, BWV 768 (20'41)
great stuff...
Thanks for the timings, - very useful.

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Post by Wallingford » Sat Dec 08, 2007 7:44 pm

Sibelius' 7th & Tchaikovsky's Francesca da Rimini (Golschmann)
Alec Wilder's Trombone Sonata (Swallow/Wingreen)
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Never mattered we were always ok
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Post by karlhenning » Sat Dec 08, 2007 8:07 pm

Chopin Waltzes
Adam Harasiewicz
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Post by piston » Sat Dec 08, 2007 8:45 pm

William Wallace:
Prelude to The Eumeides
Pelléas and Mélisande Suite
Creation Symphony in C sharp minor

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins
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Post by RebLem » Mon Dec 10, 2007 11:24 pm

CD 1 of the 11 CD Kondrashin set of the Shostakovich symphonies. Syms 1,2, & 3. At the moment, as I write this, Sym 2. I had thought these were really old performances, but they're not, they're from the 1970's and in excellent sound. Superb performances, as well, at least on the evidence of the first half the CD 1. I can see now why many consider it the best traversal of the symphonies. By the end, I may agree.
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Post by Chalkperson » Tue Dec 11, 2007 12:03 am

RebLem wrote:CD 1 of the 11 CD Kondrashin set of the Shostakovich symphonies. Syms 1,2, & 3. At the moment, as I write this, Sym 2. I had thought these were really old performances, but they're not, they're from the 1970's and in excellent sound. Superb performances, as well, at least on the evidence of the first half the CD 1. I can see now why many consider it the best traversal of the symphonies. By the end, I may agree.
Glad you got this box Rob, I think it's the best ever, now if only I could get Karl to listen to these instead of Maxim's... :wink:

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Post by James » Tue Dec 11, 2007 7:16 am

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Some sublime Bach...
Baker/Marriner...Cantata #169 (23'42),
very moving...

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Post by James » Thu Dec 13, 2007 12:04 pm

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Symphony #6 [26'08]
So muscular its almost modern,
gripping stuff..

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Post by Jelly » Fri Dec 14, 2007 9:41 pm

Così fan tutte - Jacobs

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Post by CharmNewton » Sat Dec 15, 2007 1:39 pm

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Starker's colorful tone is beautifully captured in this re-mastering, although the Schumann sounds a bit under-rehearsed. The Lalo and Saint-Saens are wonderful. The Lalo is rarely heard today. Like the Elgar Cello Concerto, it seems to bring out the best in everyone involved.

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Post by Wallingford » Fri Dec 21, 2007 8:29 pm

Franck's Symphonic Variations (Joyce/Munch)
Schumann's Manfred Overture (Klemperer)
Schumann's First (the Mahler toni-home-perm treatment....conducted by Ceccato)
Berlioz' three familiar dance episodes from The Damnation Of Faust (Sebastien)
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Post by karlhenning » Fri Dec 21, 2007 9:26 pm

Magnus Lindberg Clarinet Concerto
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Post by Donaldopato » Fri Dec 21, 2007 9:34 pm

Jon Leifs "Edda" Pt 1 Creation of the World BIS SACD 1350. Incredible music.
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Post by Chalkperson » Fri Dec 21, 2007 11:13 pm

Donaldopato wrote:Jon Leifs "Edda" Pt 1 Creation of the World BIS SACD 1350. Incredible music.
Me too, yesterday in fact...stunning... :D

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Post by Ken » Sat Dec 22, 2007 6:10 pm

Robert Schumann - Lieder
Fischer-Dieskau and Eschenbach/Demus

Ah, what a voice... :oops:
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Post by James » Sun Dec 23, 2007 12:34 pm

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Stravinsky's Suite de l'Histoire du soldat (14'26)
extremely witty, engaging & rhythmically varied,
clarinet, violin & piano arrangement of this fave..

James

Post by James » Mon Dec 24, 2007 8:57 am

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the lively "Dumbarton Oaks" Concerto (15'19)
"in the style of the Brandenburg Concertos",
neoclassical lines in a bastard harmonic environment...
& the great Octet for wind instruments (14'35)
another work where the inspiration seems close to Bach,
beautifully scored, clean transparent textures,
counterpoint with strong rhythmic propulsion at the fore...

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Post by CharmNewton » Mon Dec 24, 2007 12:46 pm

The Baroque Oboe--Harold Gomberg, Oboe (Columbia LP MS 6832)

Telemann: Concerto in D minor
Vivaldi: Concerto in F major, P. 306
Telemann: Sonata in C minor
Handel: Sonata in G minor, Op. 1, No. 6

Seiji Ozawa leads the Columbia Chamber Orchestra (concerti)
Gomberg Baroque Ensemble (sonatas)
Nathan Stutch, Cello
Morris Newman, Bassoon
Igor Kipnis, Harpsichord

Rummaging through used vinyl netted this obscure gem. Harold Gomberg may have produced the most beautiful tone I've ever heard from an oboe--rich, colorful and exotic. He is very well recorded here and the performances are wonderful. The composers themselves would have been bewitched by this sound. The notes advise that the music was revised and edited by James Goodfriend, then the Music Editor of HiFi/Stereo Review magazine who also wrote the album notes.

I don't believe any of these performances have made it to CD, but you never know with some of the compilation discs. Their silly titles often conceal wonderful music. This has to be one of Ozawa's earliest recordings.

John

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Post by karlhenning » Wed Dec 26, 2007 9:03 am

Courtesy of Sinterklaas:

Jehan Alain
Messe modale "en septuor" for flute, organ & women's chorus


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Post by karlhenning » Wed Dec 26, 2007 9:57 am

André Jolivet
Suite liturgique for women's chorus, oboe, cello & harp


This is exquisite!

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Post by Seán » Wed Dec 26, 2007 2:38 pm

Hello, this my first post. The knowledge of the people on this board and your willingness to share opinions is very impressive. I have visited often but have just recently become a member.

After many years of listening to jazz I have started buying and listening to classical cds/LPs. I mainly listen to Stravinsky and recently I have started listening to Mahler's symphonies. So I have joined the Forum to indulge my love for and develop my knowledge of classical music.

The first two symphonies that I started listening to are Mahler's Fifth and Sixth. This is the first Mahler cd that I bought and I find that I am returning to it again and again:

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Post by karlhenning » Wed Dec 26, 2007 2:56 pm

Welcome aboard, Seán!

Cheers,
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Post by Chalkperson » Wed Dec 26, 2007 3:34 pm

Hey Sean, welcome to our little Virtual Village, please post often and regularly, we love answering questions...

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Post by karlhenning » Thu Dec 27, 2007 10:55 am

Varèse
Amériques
Nocturnal

Concertgebouworkest
Chailly
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Post by karlhenning » Thu Dec 27, 2007 10:57 am

Carl Maria von Weber (orch. Berlioz)
Invitation to the Dance, Opus 65
Cz Phil
Karel Ančerl
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Post by Seán » Thu Dec 27, 2007 12:03 pm

Thanks Karl and Chalkperson for your kind comments.

I bought this CD today and have listened to Mahler's Second Symphony twice already. It's Abbado conducting the Lucerne Festival Orchestra in Lucerne, it's a live performance and is on the DG label.

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I am also listening to Otto Kemplerer conduct the Second with the Philharmonia Orchestra this was recorded in 1962.

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I have no preference yet both are wonderful.
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Post by karlhenning » Thu Dec 27, 2007 12:07 pm

Seán wrote:I bought this CD today and have listened to Mahler's Second Symphony twice already. It's Abbado conducting the Lucerne Festival Orchestra in Lucerne, it's a live performance and is on the DG label.
What Debussy is on that?

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Post by Seán » Thu Dec 27, 2007 12:12 pm

karlhenning wrote:
Seán wrote:I bought this CD today and have listened to Mahler's Second Symphony twice already. It's Abbado conducting the Lucerne Festival Orchestra in Lucerne, it's a live performance and is on the DG label.
What Debussy is on that?

Cheers,
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Hi Karl,

It's La Mer
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Post by Ken » Thu Dec 27, 2007 6:57 pm

Now that I have a lot of free time at home for the holidays, I've been pounding back some of the favourites in my catalogue:

Today:

Schumann - Symphonies (Dohnanyi/Cleveland O/Decca) [Might be my 'desert island' album]
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Brahms - 10 Intermezzi (Glenn Gould/Columbia)
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Bartok - Complete String Quartets (Novak Quartet/Phillips)
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Post by moldyoldie » Fri Dec 28, 2007 5:30 am

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Debussy: Orchestral Works 1
-La Mer
-Trois Nocturnes
-Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
-Marche écossaise
-Berceuse héroique
-Musiques pour Le Roi Lear
-Jeux
-Images
-Printemps

Orchestre National de l'O.R.T.F.
Jean Martinon, cond.
EMI (2 CDs)

This two-disc set presenting fine '70s-era performances of Debussy's most popular orchestral works must be one of the most outstanding bargains available! I've owned a previous CD incarnation of what makes up Disc #1 of this set and must say that the present remastering represents a very noticeable improvement; most of the previous harshness is cleaned up and the orchestra, for the most part, sounds clear and distinct. The loud crescendos during La Mer still display a bit of distortion, but not so much as to be disconcerting and dispel one's enjoyment.

Conductor Martinon and the sound engineers don't apply the "impressionist gauze" to these works (re: Munch/Boston/RCA and Dutoit/Montreal/Decca); neither will one hear the crystalline delineation of orchestral timbres heard in Reiner and Boulez nor the overt dynamism heard in Tilson Thomas' La Mer. Debussy's notes are simply allowed to speak evocatively on their own with lively, committed performances by the French orchestra. I feel confident in saying that these recordings might well stand alone in any home classical music collection with the possible exception of La Mer, whose many fine recorded interpretations compel duplication.

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Post by Seán » Fri Dec 28, 2007 2:29 pm

I am enjoying the Cleveland Orchestra conducted by Boulez perform Stravinsky's magnificent Rite of Spring and the London Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Haitink perform Petrushka

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Post by karlhenning » Fri Dec 28, 2007 5:02 pm

Prokofiev
Le pas d'acier, Opus 41
Cologne WDR Symphony / Jurowski
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Post by Seán » Sat Dec 29, 2007 7:00 am

Herbert von Karajan and the Berliner from 1972. I love this:

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Post by moldyoldie » Sat Dec 29, 2007 6:53 pm

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Mahler: Symphony No. 6
Frankfort Radio Symphony Orchestra
Eliahu Inbal, cond.
Denon (2 CDs)

This performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 6 from 1986 is about as straightforward and no-nonsense as any Mahler symphony I've heard -- no fawning or groveling here! The martial rhythm which sets the stage is appropriately snappy and conductor Inbal keeps the pace on a steady and even keel throughout. Though the Frankfort orchestra lacks the heft of the majors, all timbres are clearly delineated and the sound reproduction is crystal clear -- orchestral ensemble is exemplary. The explosive fortissimos, including the two massive hammerblows in the tragic finale and at the hair-raising final bars, are splendidly chilling! For those to whom it matters (conductors and musicologists debate about it and apparently Mahler was non-committal), the Scherzo movement is placed second followed by the Andante.

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Debussy
Jeux
CBSO / Rattle
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