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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Tue Mar 16, 2010 3:54 pm

ContrapunctusIX wrote:
Fergus wrote:Beethoven – Symphonies 5 & 6 Cluytens....
what are your initial impressions Fergus?
No. 5 is a very “determined” i.e. purposeful performance with some lovely brass....I really liked it....I loved the power and drive of it all.

In No. 6 the tone set in the cycle so far changes completely with the first and second movements as the touch is much softer and more delicate, tender even. The tempo, tone and dynamics are all taken up a notch again in the third movement as we witness the peasants’ merrymaking. The storm scene and the final movement which are some of my favourite passages in classical music, are really excellently played with a beautiful touch....when the storm arrives in the fouth movement the intensity reaches a great crescendo and, when the sun breaks through and the whole scene becomes illuminated by glowing sunlight. Wonderful stuff :D

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by ContrapunctusIX » Tue Mar 16, 2010 3:59 pm

Fergus wrote:
ContrapunctusIX wrote:
Fergus wrote:Beethoven – Symphonies 5 & 6 Cluytens....
what are your initial impressions Fergus?
No. 5 is a very “determined” i.e. purposeful performance with some lovely brass....I really liked it....I loved the power and drive of it all.

In No. 6 the tone set in the cycle so far changes completely with the first and second movements as the touch is much softer and more delicate, tender even. The tempo, tone and dynamics are all taken up a notch again in the third movement as we witness the peasants’ merrymaking. The storm scene and the final movement which are some of my favourite passages in classical music, are really excellently played with a beautiful touch....when the storm arrives in the fouth movement the intensity reaches a great crescendo and, when the sun breaks through and the whole scene becomes illuminated by glowing sunlight. Wonderful stuff :D
Yes, the Cluytens set really is fantastic, full of forward momentum when called for (as with the 3rd, 5th, etc.) but also sunny, lyrical moments when the scores ask for it (the 6th). It should come as no surprise that EMI chose Cluytens to conduct the Berliners for its very first stereo Beethoven cycle, he had a firm grasp of this music and his conceptions of these works are well-thought out.
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Tue Mar 16, 2010 4:01 pm

The more I hear about this Cluytens Beethoven set the more appealing it sounds Fergus :D

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by ContrapunctusIX » Tue Mar 16, 2010 4:04 pm

bombasticDarren wrote:The more I hear about this Cluytens Beethoven set the more appealing it sounds Fergus :D
if you can deal with less-than-perfect (but still acceptable) sound, it's both a bargain and a wonderful cycle.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Tue Mar 16, 2010 4:26 pm

ContrapunctusIX wrote:
bombasticDarren wrote:The more I hear about this Cluytens Beethoven set the more appealing it sounds Fergus :D
if you can deal with less-than-perfect (but still acceptable) sound, it's both a bargain and a wonderful cycle.
I absolutely agree that it is a wonderful cycle and I would easily recommend it to anyone who wants yet another Beethon symphonic cycle. :D
In relation to the sound I have to be very honest and confess that I had not noticed anything in that regard....perhaps because I was so enthralled by the performances. When I finish listening to and then re-listen to the set I will pay more attention to this detail :wink:

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Chung » Tue Mar 16, 2010 5:23 pm

Fergus wrote:
ContrapunctusIX wrote:
bombasticDarren wrote:The more I hear about this Cluytens Beethoven set the more appealing it sounds Fergus :D
if you can deal with less-than-perfect (but still acceptable) sound, it's both a bargain and a wonderful cycle.
I absolutely agree that it is a wonderful cycle and I would easily recommend it to anyone who wants yet another Beethon symphonic cycle. :D
In relation to the sound I have to be very honest and confess that I had not noticed anything in that regard....perhaps because I was so enthralled by the performances. When I finish listening to and then re-listen to the set I will pay more attention to this detail :wink:
The 3rd from Cluytens' set is the best that I've heard out of the 10 versions that I have. It's just a shame that Cluytens doesn't include the repeat in the first movement. The rest of the set is solid, and it reminds me quite a bit of Konwitschny's set with the exception of No. 7 where Konwitschny puts on arguably the best 7th in stereo - even better than Carlos Kleiber or Fritz Reiner.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by johnQpublic » Tue Mar 16, 2010 5:48 pm

Foroni - Overture #3 (Liljefors/Sterling)
Alfano - Cello Sonata (Magill/Naxos)
Berio - Eindrucke (Boulez/Erato)
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Post by Thomas J » Tue Mar 16, 2010 6:06 pm

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Malcolm Binns - English Northern Philharmonia, David Lloyd-Jones conductor

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by ContrapunctusIX » Tue Mar 16, 2010 6:31 pm

Chung wrote:
The 3rd from Cluytens' set is the best that I've heard out of the 10 versions that I have. It's just a shame that Cluytens doesn't include the repeat in the first movement. The rest of the set is solid, and it reminds me quite a bit of Konwitschny's set with the exception of No. 7 where Konwitschny puts on arguably the best 7th in stereo - even better than Carlos Kleiber or Fritz Reiner.
You know I'm in total agreement with you about the Konwitschny 7th, the absolute best period. Even there though, Cluytens' performance has to be considered one of the finest stereo versions available. Cluytens had a really uncanny knack for selecting the proper tempo for a given movement, and thus there is a sense of "rightness" when listening to his performances. In my days of listening, it certainly has been surprising to hear Francophones like Cluytens, Ansermet and Monteux excel in the German repertoire. It's a very different conception compared with the Austro-German tradition of Jochum, Isserstedt, Bohm et al but it's a view that's no less valid and is frequently (dare I say it?) more exciting.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Prometheus » Tue Mar 16, 2010 11:22 pm

Strauss-Alpine Symphony-Zinman-Arte Nova.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Wed Mar 17, 2010 3:45 am

ContrapunctusIX wrote:
Chung wrote:
The 3rd from Cluytens' set is the best that I've heard out of the 10 versions that I have. It's just a shame that Cluytens doesn't include the repeat in the first movement. The rest of the set is solid, and it reminds me quite a bit of Konwitschny's set with the exception of No. 7 where Konwitschny puts on arguably the best 7th in stereo - even better than Carlos Kleiber or Fritz Reiner.
You know I'm in total agreement with you about the Konwitschny 7th, the absolute best period....
Gentlemen, please, just when I have discovered such a wonderful set and have my spending somewhat under control you guys come up with another set with such acolades.... :lol: :lol:

it certainly has been surprising to hear Francophones like Cluytens, Ansermet and Monteux excel in the German repertoire. It's a very different conception compared with the Austro-German tradition of Jochum, Isserstedt, Bohm et al but it's a view that's no less valid and is frequently (dare I say it?) more exciting.
Gallic flair, perhaps :idea:

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Wed Mar 17, 2010 3:48 am

Prometheus wrote:Strauss-Alpine Symphony-Zinman-Arte Nova.
That work (played by any decent conductor) really should be in every collection :wink:

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Wed Mar 17, 2010 3:49 am

Early morning listening....

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Seán » Wed Mar 17, 2010 7:19 am

Back to Beethoven and two superb interpretations of his symphonies:

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Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony 2 & 5

Philharmonia Orchestra
Otto Klemperer conducting
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Post by Fergus » Wed Mar 17, 2010 10:05 am

Tchaikovsky – Marche Slave, Capriccio Italien, Romeo and Juliet Overture & 1812 Overture played by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Adrian Leaper....

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Peter Katin has the magic touch with Mozart!

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by moldyoldie » Wed Mar 17, 2010 11:49 am

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Sibelius: Symphony No. 5*
Nielsen: Pan and Syrinx; Symphony No. 4 "The Inextinguishable"
Philharmonia Orchestra*
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Simon Rattle, cond.
EMI

The young Simon Rattle of pre-knighthood was seemingly the cat's meow among British music critics throughout the '80s, a sensitive and often dynamic conductor whose recordings endeavored toward new benchmarks in much of the basic early modern repertoire. Here from 1982 (the CD is a re-release from 1993) is Rattle's initial foray into recording Sibelius, the popular Symphony No. 5, and it became the most talked about recording of the work since Karajan's in the '60s. Here ends the requisite dispensable history lesson.

Rattle and the Philharmonia deliver a well-prepared and wonderfully understated interpretation that forces one to re-think this popular symphony in terms which are mostly extra-musical; i.e., cerebrally, as if inside the head of a dual-faced Janus consisting of the young conductor and the dourly disposed composer himself, only looking at each other instead of oppositely! Unlike Esa-Pekka Salonen's outright depressing recording with the same orchestra from a few years later, Rattle brings his own youthful intellect and optimism to bear on this fine music while effectively harnessing its more overtly dynamic attributes -- it's this latter consideration which may dissuade the novice listener and rebuff the seasoned one. A few listens, however, have brought me around. I've become particularly taken by the wonderful play (and interplay) of the woodwinds heard throughout, as well as the purposely blatty brass which evoke the large fowl flying overhead in the Sibelian realm. The big build in the coda to the first movement, one of the most thrilling moments in the entire repertoire for this listener, is rendered in a controlled manner and culminates not with a bang, not with a whimper, but merely as the end of the first part of a lengthier musical journey. The pianissimo strings in the finale are on the very threshold of audibility (even through headphones!), in itself an ear-catching technical feat, but it still remains temporally and emotionally consistent with this well-played, well-articulated, and sensitive performance. In my opinion, Bernstein and Karajan are the most effective in pulling out all the stops in all the right places in Sibelius No. 5 -- Rattle/Philharmonia is the antithesis, one I can now readily advocate as a fine alternative. I've read where Rattle's subsequent Sibelius No. 5 recording, part of his complete cycle with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, is appreciably different -- I've yet to hear it.

The Nielsen recordings here date from '85 during Rattle's prodigious stint with the Birmingham orchestra. Pan and Syrinx is a brief buffer between the main attractions --it's both evocative and powerful, especially the brooding cello and marvelous brass crescendo in the middle. In my limited experience with it, this is the most effective and entertaining performance I've heard.

Rattle's rendition of the Symphony No. 4 "Inextinguishable" invites a special scrutiny among those who love this work. I've read one critic describe the performance as "fussy", I suppose in reference to Rattle's tendency to deliberately fawn over certain details in sacrifice of momentum. As evidenced here, however, there's certainly much to love and fawn over. It's true that Rattle takes the middle two movements of this seamless symphony at a pace that elicits a great deal of both loving detail and charm. Where charm exists and flourishes, however, there's always a most effective countervailing aggression that follows -- this performance never wallows in sweetness and light. The culminating, all-consuming tympani battle in the final movement is brought to bear with resolute meaning and results in an equally powerful victory, putatively of Man's capacity for creative good over those forces which would usurp it. To my ears, Rattle's judgments and the orchestra's responses are much more effective than the likes of Karajan and Barbirolli in their likewise expansive and deliberative readings. Instead of "rattling" on, I'll conclude by saying that this lucid performance, as manifested by the young conductor's understanding of Nielsen's multi-fold wartime expression, is worth the "fuss"!
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Post by Chalkperson » Wed Mar 17, 2010 1:42 pm

Fergus wrote:
Prometheus wrote:Strauss-Alpine Symphony-Zinman-Arte Nova.
That work (played by any decent conductor) really should be in every collection :wink:
Then I strongly recommend this new recording... :mrgreen:
RICHARD STRAUSS
Eine Alpensymphonie
Orchestre Symphonique de Londres
Bernard Haitink

LSO- SACD LSO 0689(SACD)
Référence: Kord (Accord); Zinman (Arte Nova)


L'interprétation de la Symphonie alpestre a beaucoup évolué ces dernières années: accélération des tempos, dépoussiérage de la grandiloquence. Zinman à Zurich a bien défendu cette manière, la surprise nous venant de Pologne, avec la tonitruante et spectaculaire version de Kazimierz Kord. Welser-Möst, lui, est allé trop loin dans l'accélération, survolant le mystère de bien des passages.

C'est dire que je n'étais pas prêt de grimper aux rideaux pour une version un peu plus pondérée, renouant avec une certaine "ancienne manière". Mais voilà: Bernard Haitink revenant sur cette partition la scrute avec une intelligence extralucide et son enregistrement est fascinant.

Le SACD (splendidement enregistré) ne ralliera pas tous les suffrages: Haitink n'est pas spectaculaire au sens du "geste" ou de l'élan. Mais sa dissection de la symphonie alpestre est un bonheur suprême. Et partout, lorsqu'on se dit "là, il manque quelque chose" (ex. l'Orage) il nous contredit aussitôt par une idée qui, toujours, repose sur le creusement sonore (en l'occurrence un véritable déchaînement, patiemment retenu).

Toute dissection présente le risque de la sclérose: tempos figés, sécheresse expressive, etc. Ce n'est pas le cas ici: la véritable peinture sonore déployée par le chef prend vie à tout instant. Ce disque est fascinant d'intelligence et nous fait retrouver au concert le Haitink des grands jours.

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Post by bombasticDarren » Wed Mar 17, 2010 2:25 pm

Dvorak - Symphony No.8 (Rafael Kubelik, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, DG) below

Grieg - Violin Sonata No.3 (Augustin Dumay/Maria Joao Pires, DG)

Haydn - String Quartet No.50 (The Angeles String Quartet, Philips)

Tchaikovsky - Piano Concerto No.2 (Victoria Postnikova/Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Decca)

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Post by Seán » Wed Mar 17, 2010 3:08 pm

bombasticDarren wrote:Dvorak - Symphony No.8 (Rafael Kubelik, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, DG)
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I love Kubelik's Dvorak recordings. I must revisit the Kubelik/BPO CD now that you have reminded me of it.
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Wed Mar 17, 2010 3:50 pm

Vivaldi – Music for Mandolin and Lute....

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Prometheus » Wed Mar 17, 2010 3:54 pm

Fergus wrote:
Prometheus wrote:Strauss-Alpine Symphony-Zinman-Arte Nova.
That work (played by any decent conductor) really should be in every collection :wink:
Indeed. I have a few versions and I like them all.
Seán wrote:Back to Beethoven and two superb interpretations of his symphonies:

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony 2 & 5

Philharmonia Orchestra
Otto Klemperer conducting
I got that box set for a great value and it was very much worth it.

Haydn-Piano Sonatas-Buchbinder-Warner Classics.

Selections from this box set.

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Post by bombasticDarren » Wed Mar 17, 2010 3:55 pm

Seán wrote:I love Kubelik's Dvorak recordings. I must revisit the Kubelik/BPO CD now that you have reminded me of it.
They are good to have Sean...I don't have the complete Kubelik cycle though. I have the Kertesz cycle and am very interested in getting the Neeme Jarvi and Scottish National Orchestra cycle...that was a great conductor/orchestra pairing imho :)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by ContrapunctusIX » Wed Mar 17, 2010 5:28 pm

Sibelius: Symphony No. 7; Finlandia; Pohjola's Daughter
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra & Paavo Berglund

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If the 7th on this disc is any indication, this is going to be one whale of a cycle.

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Post by piston » Wed Mar 17, 2010 5:58 pm

Back to Weinberg's World War II "series." To which I add a bigger picture of courageous Anna.
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Post by Donaldopato » Wed Mar 17, 2010 8:17 pm

More Tansman:

Sinfoniettas Nos. 1 and 2
Chamber Symphony
Sinfonia piccola

Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Oleg Caetani
Peppy, interesting, colorful and hardly small scale works.

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Post by Barry » Wed Mar 17, 2010 10:22 pm

Haydn and Hindemith, conducted by Jochum.

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Post by Ken » Thu Mar 18, 2010 8:46 am

In advance of seeing Midori play the selfsame work in recital tonight:

Schumann: Violinsonate Nr. 2 in d-moll, Op. 121

Isabelle Faust/Silke Avenhaus
CPO

Carolin Widmann/Denes Varjon
ECM New Series

George Enescu/Celiny Chilley
Naxos

Ara Malikian/Serouj Kradjian
Hänssler
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Post by johnQpublic » Thu Mar 18, 2010 10:15 am

Rossini - Overture to "La scala di seta" (Abbado/DG)
Bossi - Siciliana e giga (Frontalini/Bongiovanni)
Dallapiccola - Il prigioniero (Salonen/Sony)
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Post by maestrob » Thu Mar 18, 2010 11:13 am

One of the great Bruckner recordings, now sadly OOP:

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Some of the most profound Bach you'll ever hear on piano, from the original GMN release, now thankfully available again from Anne-Marie McDermott:

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Post by Prometheus » Thu Mar 18, 2010 2:34 pm

Chopin-Waltzes-Francois-EMI.

Due to Lance's thread about these works I figured I'd give them a spin.

Liszt-Hungarian Rhapsodies-Campanella-Phillips.

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Post by ContrapunctusIX » Thu Mar 18, 2010 5:31 pm

Brahms: Symphonies 1 & 2
Vienna Philharmonic & Rafael Kubelik - Decca

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I really liked Kubelik's performances of Symphonies 3 & 4, but I found Symphonies 1 & 2 from his VPO cycle to be even more convincing. I like this 1st as much as any I've heard, I'd put it on par with Szell's excellent account among others. The 2nd is excellent too, with a really propulsive and muscular finale that I enjoyed nearly as much as my favorite versions by Monteux and Karajan. The VPO sounds wonderful throughout. The late 1950s stereo sound is a little boxy but it never detracts from enjoyment.

Sibelius: Symphonies 2 & 5
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra & Paavo Berglund - Toshiba EMI

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More excellent performances from what is fast becoming my favorite Sibelius cycle. I loved Berglund's 5th with the HPO, but this one is even better! The coda at the end of the first movement is absolutely exhilarating in this performance. The sound is excellent on these 20-bit remastered imports. I look forward to the arrival of the last 2 discs in this cycle.

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Post by bombasticDarren » Thu Mar 18, 2010 6:47 pm

Vaughan Williams - 'Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis' & Symphony No.2 'A London Symphony' (Bernard Haitink, London Philharmonic Orchestra, EMI)

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Post by Prometheus » Thu Mar 18, 2010 8:45 pm

Glazunov-Saxophone Concerto
Debussy-Rhapsodie for Saxophone and Orchestra
Rahbari-Naxos.

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Post by josé echenique » Thu Mar 18, 2010 9:37 pm

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Easter is just around the corner. This is my favourite recording of Rossini´s difficult-to-bring-off Stabat Mater. The quartet is stupendous, crowned by the gorgeous soprano of Luba Orgonasova. Cecilia Bartoli lives up to her reputation of course, and the elegant tenor of Raúl Giménez is a pleasure to hear. Myung Whun-Chung understands how this music should go, his conducting is more Rossinian than Giulini´s or Muti´s, this is the Stabat Mater to have.

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Post by josé echenique » Thu Mar 18, 2010 9:51 pm

[quote="ContrapunctusIX"]Brahms: Symphonies 1 & 2
Vienna Philharmonic & Rafael Kubelik - Decca

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I really liked Kubelik's performances of Symphonies 3 & 4, but I found Symphonies 1 & 2 from his VPO cycle to be even more convincing. I like this 1st as much as any I've heard, I'd put it on par with Szell's excellent account among others. The 2nd is excellent too, with a really propulsive and muscular finale that I enjoyed nearly as much as my favorite versions by Monteux and Karajan. The VPO sounds wonderful throughout. The late 1950s stereo sound is a little boxy but it never detracts from enjoyment.

Sibelius: Symphonies 2 & 5
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra & Paavo Berglund - Toshiba EMI


Do you know Kubelik´s digital Brahms cycle in Orfeo with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra?
It is often ignored but I rather like it. It is mellow, an old man´s Brahms, but it has inevitable logic, palpable love for the music and it is very well played. It´s fascinating to compare it with the much earlier Decca recording. There are about 35 years between these recordings.
Berglund also has a later Sibelius cycle with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, I would say the COE plays better than the Bournemouth Symphony. but my personal favourite Sibelius is Osmo Vanska´s with the Lahti Orchestra on BIS.

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Post by Chalkperson » Fri Mar 19, 2010 12:48 am

josé echenique wrote:Image

Easter is just around the corner. This is my favourite recording of Rossini´s difficult-to-bring-off Stabat Mater. The quartet is stupendous, crowned by the gorgeous soprano of Luba Orgonasova. Cecilia Bartoli lives up to her reputation of course, and the elegant tenor of Raúl Giménez is a pleasure to hear. Myung Whun-Chung understands how this music should go, his conducting is more Rossinian than Giulini´s or Muti´s, this is the Stabat Mater to have.
That's a wonderful recording...
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Post by Ken » Fri Mar 19, 2010 2:30 am

Schumann: Klavierquintett in E-moll, Op. 44
Thomas Rajna
Alberni String Quartet
Brilliant

Quite a lovely recording.
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Ken » Fri Mar 19, 2010 4:54 am

Hindemith: Violinsonaten
Ulf Wallin
Roland Pöntinen
BIS
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by ContrapunctusIX » Fri Mar 19, 2010 12:07 pm

josé echenique wrote: Do you know Kubelik´s digital Brahms cycle in Orfeo with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra?
It is often ignored but I rather like it. It is mellow, an old man´s Brahms, but it has inevitable logic, palpable love for the music and it is very well played. It´s fascinating to compare it with the much earlier Decca recording. There are about 35 years between these recordings.
I have that set, and I agree with you, it is quite enjoyable. However in spite of the inferior sound I'd have to say that I like his earlier cycle better...more energetic and youthful sounding Brahms performances, which I generally prefer.
Berglund also has a later Sibelius cycle with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, I would say the COE plays better than the Bournemouth Symphony.
I do not own and have not heard Berglund's COE cycle, which is unfortunately OOP and rather expensive these days. From what I've read, he uses a smaller orchestra and achieves greater clarity at the expense of power. Considering I already own 2 other cycles of his (the Helsinki PO set and the Bournemouth SO set) I can't say I'm in any rush to pick up yet another Berglund cycle, as I find his 2 previous traversals to be extremely satisfying.
my personal favourite Sibelius is Osmo Vanska´s with the Lahti Orchestra on BIS.
I also have this cycle and I enjoy it quite a bit, though I prefer either of the Berglund sets I own as well as Alexander Gibson's cycle with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (on Chandos).

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by johnQpublic » Fri Mar 19, 2010 12:41 pm

LPs

V. Alling - Overture de Ballet (Benson/Golden Crest)
Benson - Helix (Ebbs/Coronet)
Adler - Canto 2 (Knaub/Golden Crest)
Schwantner - In Aeternum (Pittman/Delos)
B. Rogers - 3 Japanese Dances (Fennell/Mercury)
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Prometheus » Fri Mar 19, 2010 3:30 pm

Mahler-Symphony No. 2-Klemperer-EMI.

Sibelius-Complete String Quartets-Finlandia.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Fri Mar 19, 2010 3:39 pm

Beethoven - Piano Sonata No.4 (Wilhelm Kempff, DG) below

Brahms - Piano Concerto No.1 (Maurizio Pollini/Claudio Abbado, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, DG)

Mahler - Symphony No.8 'Symphony of a Thousand' (Cheryl Studer/Angela Maria Blasi/Sumi Jo/Waltraud Meier/Kazuko Nagai/Keith Lewis/Thomas Allen/Hans Sotin/Guiseppe Sinopoli, Philharmonia Chorus/The Southend Boys' Choir/Philharmonia Orchestra, DG)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by karlhenning » Fri Mar 19, 2010 3:49 pm

Schnittke
Concerto for piano & string orchestra, Opus 136 (1979)
Victoria Lubitskaya, pf
Russian State Orchestra
Mark Gorenstein

Skryabin
Piano Sonata № 10, Opus 70 (1912/13)
Piano Sonata № 9, Opus 68 (1911-13)
Piano Sonata № 8, Opus 66 (1912/13)
Maria Lettberg

Scelsi
Elohim
Anagamin

Klangforum Wien
Hans Zender

Andriessen
Hoketus
Bang on a Can


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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Donaldopato » Fri Mar 19, 2010 6:31 pm

Mahler Das Lied von der Erde
Janet Baker
Richard Lewis
George Szell Cleveland Orchestra

Live recording 2/5&7/70

Cleveland Orchestra 75th anniversary CD Edition

Shame this was never commercially released, it is a gorgeous performance.
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by josé echenique » Fri Mar 19, 2010 8:41 pm

ContrapunctusIX wrote:
josé echenique wrote: Do you know Kubelik´s digital Brahms cycle in Orfeo with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra?
It is often ignored but I rather like it. It is mellow, an old man´s Brahms, but it has inevitable logic, palpable love for the music and it is very well played. It´s fascinating to compare it with the much earlier Decca recording. There are about 35 years between these recordings.
I have that set, and I agree with you, it is quite enjoyable. However in spite of the inferior sound I'd have to say that I like his earlier cycle better...more energetic and youthful sounding Brahms performances, which I generally prefer.
Berglund also has a later Sibelius cycle with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, I would say the COE plays better than the Bournemouth Symphony.
I do not own and have not heard Berglund's COE cycle, which is unfortunately OOP and rather expensive these days. From what I've read, he uses a smaller orchestra and achieves greater clarity at the expense of power. Considering I already own 2 other cycles of his (the Helsinki PO set and the Bournemouth SO set) I can't say I'm in any rush to pick up yet another Berglund cycle, as I find his 2 previous traversals to be extremely satisfying.
my personal favourite Sibelius is Osmo Vanska´s with the Lahti Orchestra on BIS.
I also have this cycle and I enjoy it quite a bit, though I prefer either of the Berglund sets I own as well as Alexander Gibson's cycle with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (on Chandos).
I understand perfectly your preference for Berglund. The finest performances I have ever heard of Sibelius symphonies in the flesh were conducted by him. He even made a rather second-rate orchestra sound truly first class. I know orchestral musicians love him and respect him.
If ever his COE cycle is rereleased is also worth a hearing. I wouldn´t say it sounds underpowered, I don´t know exactly how many musicians are playing, my guess is between 50-60, but they play extremely well.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Sat Mar 20, 2010 5:55 am

Beethoven - 'Meeresstille und gluckliche Fahrt' (John Eliot Gardiner, The Monteverdi Choir/Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique, Archiv) below

Copland - 'Fanfare for the Common Man' & 'Appalachian Spring' (Zubin Mehta, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Decca)

Martinu - 'Concerto for Double String Orchestra, Piano and Timpani' (Jaroslav Saroun/Vaclav Mazacek/Jiri Belohlavek, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Chandos)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by maestrob » Sat Mar 20, 2010 9:58 am

Bruckner VI: Steinberg/Boston

Also:

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by josé echenique » Sat Mar 20, 2010 10:16 am

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This is quite a find. Not much is known of Giuseppe Giordani, a late baroque Italian composer, but this gorgeous Passion should put him in the musical map. His Passion is very different from Bach´s and the Northern German Protestant composers, but the music is really good and in it´s own gentle way, it´s very moving. Certainly worth investigating. Get it before it´s deleted.
The performance by the Academia Montis Regalis is beautiful, and the female alto who sings the Evangelist is outstanding.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Prometheus » Sat Mar 20, 2010 11:10 am

Dvorak-String Quartets-Prager Streichquartett-DG.

Selections from this box set.

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