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Re: What I listened to today

Post by barney » Sat Aug 01, 2020 5:12 pm

Norma, with Joan Sutherland. Sublime.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by maestrob » Sun Aug 02, 2020 2:15 pm

barney wrote:
Sat Aug 01, 2020 5:12 pm
Norma, with Joan Sutherland. Sublime.
Totally agree! :D

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by jserraglio » Fri Aug 07, 2020 6:13 am

Yves Nat (Beethoven and Schumann) via France Musique streaming podcast:

https://www.francemusique.fr/emissions/ ... oven-80623

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Sat Aug 08, 2020 2:36 pm

Solo piano music of Deodat de Severac ( 1870 -1921 ), “Cerdana” and “En Languedoc “, 2001 Naxos “Scenes from Southern France “ cd, Jordi Masso, pianist. Wonderful, exotic music perfect for Summer sunset time ( with an appropriate slightly chilled dry rose and/or sauvignon blanc ), impeccable , kaleidoscopic,nuanced playing by Masso.

https://www.prestomusic.com/classical/p ... c-volume-1

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Post by Rach3 » Sat Aug 08, 2020 2:49 pm

And finally, live video,1959,Gilels playing Prokofieff's 3rd Sonata.Astonishing even with dated sound and YT sound : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnJjUbWelAs

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Post by jserraglio » Sun Aug 09, 2020 5:44 am

Igor Levit's Beethoven sonata cycle now in progress in Salzburg: August, 2020.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Mon Aug 10, 2020 11:43 am

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000lndh

For fans of the pianist, Elisabeth Leonskaja live at 2009 Edinburgh Festival.I heard only the 3rd Ballade and following C minor Nocturne, the Ballade a rather melancholy,wistful reading, very distinctive , but for my taste missed the affirmative vitality of the work,the Nocturne a little more successful , but largely in the same vein as the Ballade.

Chopin: Nocturne in E flat major Op 55 No 2
Chopin: Sonata No 2 in B flat minor Op 35
Chopin: Nocturne in F minor Op 55 No 1
Chopin: Ballade in F major Op 38 No 2

INTERVAL: Beethoven: "Gassenhauer" Piano Trio in B flat major, Op 11, played by Eduard Brunner (clarinet), Wolfgang Boettcher (cello), Elisabeth Leonskaja (piano)

Chopin: Ballade No 3 in A flat major Op 47
Chopin: Nocturne in C minor Op 48 No. 1
Chopin: Nocturne in F sharp minor Op 48 No. 2
Chopin: Polonaise-Fantasy in A flat major Op 61
Chopin Waltz in C sharp minor Op 64 No 2
Chopin Nocturne in D flat major Op 27 No 2

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by jserraglio » Tue Aug 11, 2020 9:38 am

Wagner: Ring des Nibelungen_Knappertsbusch-Bayreuth 1958
Naxos of America (on behalf of Walhall Eternity Series)

1. "Das Rheingold"
https://youtu.be/_jpdSiq6rtQ

2. "Die Walkure"
https://youtu.be/0WRYBSovNi0

3. "Siegfried"
https://youtu.be/hVgy7uz70Lg

4. "Gotterdammerung"
https://youtu.be/


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Re: What I listened to today

Post by maestrob » Tue Aug 11, 2020 10:16 am

Hello, Joe!

Thanks for posting the above. To be truthful, I haven't heard the 1958 performances, so will investigate as I have time. For the record, my personal best Ring is the Testament release of the 1955 stereo recordings made by Decca, with Hotter still in top form. By the time Solti recorded him for commercial release in the famous set done in the studio, Hotter sounds tired and worn, with an uneven vibrato that leaves me feeling quite sad. While the stereo sound is by then vastly superior to the 1955 experimental live tapes, Hotter just isn't up to the task, IMHO.

Incidentally, while I greatly respect Hotter, I do find James Morris in Levine's DVDs superior, since Morris has a longer line and great sensitivity to the text as well. That set has other casting problems, though, so I still prefer the cast surrounding Hotter in 1955. The 1953 cast is also extraordinary. All these versions should be in every collection, and that's only a start!

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Post by jserraglio » Tue Aug 11, 2020 1:01 pm

maestrob wrote:
Tue Aug 11, 2020 10:16 am
my personal best Ring is the Testament release of the 1955 stereo recordings made by Decca, with Hotter still in top form. By the time Solti recorded him for commercial release in the famous set done in the studio, Hotter sounds tired and worn, with an uneven vibrato that leaves me feeling quite sad. While the stereo sound is by then vastly superior to the 1955 experimental live tapes, Hotter just isn't up to the task, IMHO.

Incidentally, while I greatly respect Hotter, I do find James Morris in Levine's DVDs superior, since Morris has a longer line and great sensitivity to the text as well. That set has other casting problems, though, so I still prefer the cast surrounding Hotter in 1955. The 1953 cast is also extraordinary. All these versions should be in every collection, and that's only a start!
The Keilberth Testament Ring is great, but I have a soft spot for Kna. I don't know enough about vocal art to hear deficiencies in Hotter's tone (anyway, I am one who prefers Billie Holiday after her voice was shot). I listened to Solti/Culshaw in June over 4 days and it completely blew me away, like being inside Wagner's head. The Bohm has long been a favorite. My first Ring and I still own the LP boxes with the corners cut off. I read Nilsson preferred herself in that one, not the Solti.

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Post by maestrob » Wed Aug 12, 2020 9:48 am

Thanks for reminding me about the Bohm Ring on Phillips. I've been wanting that for years (decades?), and just discovered that it's been reissued by Decca. Picked up a copy from a collector in Florida for $45 through amazon, a bargain! Interesting that Nilsson preferred Bohm's recording over the Solti. Now I have TWO Rings to go through! :D

Agree that the Solti Ring is an amazing achievement, with tremendous high-quality sound (love the sound effects as well!). It does have its slight weaknesses here and there, but it remains a major historical document, and it still sells well after al these years.

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Post by Rach3 » Wed Aug 19, 2020 12:18 pm

Karel Berman’s ( 1919-1995) , “Reminiscences 1938-1945“ Suite for Piano ,written partly at Terezin concentration camp.

Entire Suite , 22 minutes, played by pianist Paul Orgel from a Phoenix USA cd is at ( audio, score ) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTLGe-NLgvs

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Thu Aug 20, 2020 10:35 am

Edinburgh Festival,2011,live,interesting program by leading artists, thus this post.The Debussy one of my fav works, the Kodaly an extraordinary technical display perhaps my first hearing, the Marais charming, the Poulenc another fav of mine.Wonderful playing all.

Debussy: Cello Sonata
Kodaly: Sonata for solo cello, Op 8
Marais: Suite in D minor
Poulenc: Cello Sonata

Jean-Guihen Queyras - cello
Alexandre Tharaud - piano


https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000lv88

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by maestrob » Thu Aug 20, 2020 11:12 am

Rach3 wrote:
Thu Aug 20, 2020 10:35 am
Edinburgh Festival,2011,live,interesting program by leading artists, thus this post.The Debussy one of my fav works, the Kodaly an extraordinary technical display perhaps my first hearing, the Marais charming, the Poulenc another fav of mine.Wonderful playing all.

Debussy: Cello Sonata
Kodaly: Sonata for solo cello, Op 8
Marais: Suite in D minor
Poulenc: Cello Sonata

Jean-Guihen Queyras - cello
Alexandre Tharaud - piano


https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000lv88
Excellent find! Will listen with interest soon. Thanks! I follow both of these artists, btw. Queyras has quite a few very fine recordings on amazon for free listening in case anyone is interested, including a stunning Dvorak Cello Concerto released in 2005, led by Jiri Belohlavek,. a conductor who knows how it goes.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Thu Aug 20, 2020 7:38 pm

maestrob wrote:
Thu Aug 20, 2020 11:12 am
Excellent find! Will listen with interest soon.
Fww, the Kodaly Sonata is extraordinary on all levels, not just technical, and Queyras' playing of that work is simply jaw-dropping.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by maestrob » Fri Aug 21, 2020 11:44 am

Rach3 wrote:
Thu Aug 20, 2020 7:38 pm
maestrob wrote:
Thu Aug 20, 2020 11:12 am
Excellent find! Will listen with interest soon.
Fww, the Kodaly Sonata is extraordinary on all levels, not just technical, and Queyras' playing of that work is simply jaw-dropping.
Just finished listening. What a magnificent recital! And yes, the Kodaly is remarkable, better in my estimation than Starker's late recording on Delos. Tharaud is no slouch either. Really enjoyed this. Many thanks, Steve! Keep 'em coming! :D

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Fri Aug 21, 2020 11:55 am

Jerusalem Quartet and Elisabeth Leonskaja playing the Shostakovich Piano Quintet,Op.57, and Dvorak Piano Quintet,Op. 81, live 2019 in Holland. I heard only the Shostakovich, a fav work of mine.

https://www.nporadio4.nl/concerten/8880 ... -leonskaja

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Post by Rach3 » Sat Aug 22, 2020 2:15 pm

Unsuk Chin’s Piano Concerto, Sunwook Kim,pianist,Seoul Phil. under Myung-Whun Chung, DGG 2014 (?). Listened as had not heard the work ,and the Concerto will be played by Berlin Phil. and Kim this season, but a one-hear for me:

https://tinyurl.com/yyuvrowv

Rosa Sabater plays Granados’ “Goyescas” , live 1974 recording, piano sound poor ,but the interpretations surmount. I may even prefer to AdL but for the sound:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezQzLjv3Bww

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Post by Rach3 » Mon Aug 24, 2020 2:47 pm

While I was not completely satisfied with all his playing here, it is indeed good to hear interest in these works by one of todays’s young lions, Denis Kozhukhin a recent QEOB Competition winner. July 5, 2020 at Flagey, Belgium.

Schubert Impromptus,D.935
A generous selection of Grieg’s Lyric Pieces

The “opening” Haydn Sonata No.39 listed was played after the encores, and I dont think live. I did not hear the Haydn, nor the recital's closing Ravel “ La Valse”, nor the encores,Rachmaninoff’s The Prelude, “Traumeri”, and a Tchaikovsky.

https://www.rtbf.be/auvio/detail_les-gr ... id=2671929

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Post by Rach3 » Wed Aug 26, 2020 2:36 pm

Cuarteto Casals playing Beethoven String Quartets Op.18,#3, Op.135, and Op.59, # 2, in Holland in 2017.I heard only Op.135. 135 and 131 are my favs of his quartets, along with the "Cavatina" from 130.I believe I read somewhere the physicist Albert Einstein requested the slow mov. of 135 be played at his funeral.

https://www.nporadio4.nl/concerten/6716 ... uziekdagen

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Post by Rach3 » Thu Aug 27, 2020 12:34 pm

Listened today to the Piano Concertos Nos.1 and 2, and Cello Concerto, of Marie Jaell ( 1846-1925 ), a virtuoso pianist , friend of Saint-Saens, and composer previously unknown to me, interested because her life will be discussed , and many of her works played, on next week’s 5 - part “Composer of the Week” program on BBC Radio 3. The Concertos are attractive, will bear more hearings. At YT are also several recordings of many other of her works, of which I heard just the pianos “Feuillet d’album”, Piano Sonata, and “Six petits morceaux “, all of which had their moments, but probably not works I’ll hear again.Others will be on the BBC program as well,and I do plan to hear the programs . WDR label cd’s of her complete solo and concerto piano works ( 4 volumes,5 cd’s ) are at Amazon-US, and Presto,but expensive.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsccAoKVnhE ( PC No.2 )

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2f0M-VJ1zI0 ( PC No. 1 )

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHiYcwYLi9Q (Cello Concerto )

The YT’s are Romain Descharmes,pianist PC No.1,David Violi,pianist PC No.2,National Orchestra of Lille,Joseph Swenson,perhaps live.Label is Ediciones Singulares also at Amazon,3 cd’s,includes the Cello Concerto with Xavier Phillips,cellist,Brussels Philharmonic under Herve Niquet.

BBC : https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000m475

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Fri Aug 28, 2020 5:16 pm

Posted for the calibre of the artists, the wonderfully varied programme including one of my fav violin sonatas, the Janacek, and my first hearing of the very powerful 1959 Shostakovich sonata premiered in 1960 by Oistrakh and Richter ( during the enegetic 2nd mov. of which Tetztlaff probably pulled-off or broke a string, approx. 1:32:25 in, and had to go off-stage about 60 secs.). I did not hear the Mahler. 2017 Edinburgh Festival, Queen’s Hall.

Per BBC Radio 3 :
“German violinist Christian Tetzlaff and Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes ( a musical pairing that has performed together for over twenty years ) open their recital with Janacek's violin sonata, written during great turmoil in 1914. Then follows a selection of Sibelius's miniatures and Mozart's elegant Sonata No 27, written in just one hour. They close with Shostakovich's Violin Sonata, written for his friend the violin virtuoso David Oistrakh. “

Janacek: Violin Sonata, JW VII/7
Sibelius: Danses champêtres, Op 106 nos 2, 4 and 5
Mozart: Violin Sonata No 27 in G, K379
INTERVAL: Karen Cargill sings Mahler's Rückert-Lieder
Shostakovich: Violin Sonata, Op.134

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000m172

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Sat Aug 29, 2020 9:49 am

Rach3 wrote:
Thu Aug 27, 2020 12:34 pm
Listened today to the Piano Concertos Nos.1 and 2, and Cello Concerto, of Marie Jaell ( 1846-1925 ), a virtuoso pianist , friend of Saint-Saens, and composer previously unknown to me, interested because her life will be discussed , and many of her works played, on next week’s 5 - part “Composer of the Week” program on BBC Radio 3.
Jaell’s Cello Sonata is also impressive, a gem, the YT here Lisa Erbes,cello,Lara Erbes,piano, a Solstice cd. Her 2nd Piano Concerto and the Cello Sonata the two of her works I’ve most enjoyed so far :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrYLb5q ... nE&index=6

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Post by Rach3 » Tue Sep 01, 2020 2:37 pm

A 2019 recital by a pianist I follow ( and have his Simax cd of Mozart PC’s 21 and 22 ) , works I have in recordings by other pianists, with the exception of the Vorisek Sonata, a new work for me. An interesting selection of some not oft heard works, with sensitive, colorful, nuanced playing by Hadland:

Smetana: 3 Czech Dances
Janáček: On an Overgrown Path, Book II ( 5 selections )
Martinů: Etude in A minor; Polka in A minor (from Etudes and Polkas, Book I)
Voříšek: Sonata in B flat minor, Op 20

Christian Ihle Hadland (piano)

Recorded at LSO St Luke's, London, on 10 May 2019.The pianist discusses Smetana and Janacek briefly.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0006mhx

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Tue Sep 01, 2020 3:22 pm

Rach3 wrote:
Sat Aug 29, 2020 9:49 am
Her 2nd Piano Concerto and the Cello Sonata the two of her works I’ve most enjoyed so far :
I now add a third:

"18 Pièces pour piano d'après la lecture de Dante", Marie Jaell ,composer. Pianist here Cora Irsen,WDR cd.I suspect influenced by her time with Liszt and his impressionistic, more spartan late solo piano works, but her own manner and style, very interesting, almost Minimalist at times:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hOU-qX ... l214w1y__I

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Re: What I listened to today

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Soulful music; soulful playing. Includes the justly popular Rachmaninoff sonata, but also less familiar works by Miaskovsky, Schnittke and others. Highly recommended.

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Ricordanza wrote:
Wed Sep 02, 2020 6:32 am
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Soulful music; soulful playing. Includes the justly popular Rachmaninoff sonata, but also less familiar works by Miaskovsky, Schnittke and others. Highly recommended.
Just finished hearing this on amazon. What a lovely disc, Hank! Thank you for the suggestion! Even the Schittke, whom I don't normally care for, was enjoyable. :)

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Post by Rach3 » Thu Sep 03, 2020 8:04 pm

Rach3 wrote:
Tue Sep 01, 2020 3:22 pm
I now add a third:
"18 Pièces pour piano d'après la lecture de Dante", Marie Jaell ,composer. Pianist here Cora Irsen,WDR cd.
I have ordered the WDR cd of the "18 Pieces", the one work of hers to hear if you're hearing just one.Amazing work considering apparently composed in 1894.

Bio: https://songofthelarkblog.com/2017/11/01/marie-jaell/

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Post by maestrob » Fri Sep 04, 2020 1:13 pm

Rach3 wrote:
Thu Aug 27, 2020 12:34 pm
Listened today to the Piano Concertos Nos.1 and 2, and Cello Concerto, of Marie Jaell ( 1846-1925 ), a virtuoso pianist , friend of Saint-Saens, and composer previously unknown to me, interested because her life will be discussed , and many of her works played, on next week’s 5 - part “Composer of the Week” program on BBC Radio 3. The Concertos are attractive, will bear more hearings. At YT are also several recordings of many other of her works, of which I heard just the pianos “Feuillet d’album”, Piano Sonata, and “Six petits morceaux “, all of which had their moments, but probably not works I’ll hear again.Others will be on the BBC program as well,and I do plan to hear the programs . WDR label cd’s of her complete solo and concerto piano works ( 4 volumes,5 cd’s ) are at Amazon-US, and Presto,but expensive.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsccAoKVnhE ( PC No.2 )

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2f0M-VJ1zI0 ( PC No. 1 )

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHiYcwYLi9Q (Cello Concerto )

The YT’s are Romain Descharmes,pianist PC No.1,David Violi,pianist PC No.2,National Orchestra of Lille,Joseph Swenson,perhaps live.Label is Ediciones Singulares also at Amazon,3 cd’s,includes the Cello Concerto with Xavier Phillips,cellist,Brussels Philharmonic under Herve Niquet.

BBC : https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000m475
Tried the Piano Concerto II and the solo pieces posted above separately, and found them, as you said, to have interesting moments, but agree that I'm not interested in adding them to the collection. As a friend of Saint-Saens, she's worthy of a hearing anyway. Thanks!

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Post by Rach3 » Fri Sep 04, 2020 2:23 pm

maestrob wrote:
Fri Sep 04, 2020 1:13 pm
Tried the Piano Concerto II and the solo pieces posted above separately, and found them, as you said, to have interesting moments, but agree that I'm not interested in adding them to the collection.
Suggest also hearing Jaell's Cello Sonata and "18 Pieces pour piano d'apres la lecture de Dante", links here earlier ( despite the annoying YT ads ), my 2 favs of the specific works I've referred to here.The available cd's I could find were pricey.The Cello Sonata I could find only at Amazon-France, but did not feel strongly enough to purchase the Solstice cd at the price asked.The "18 Pieces" were at Amazon-US and I did feel strongly enough about that work to purchase the WDR.Thanks for listening.

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Post by diegobueno » Sun Sep 06, 2020 9:11 am



Since getting the CD, I've been listening to Being by Michael Torke pretty much non-stop*. Being (2019) is a 42 minute opus for a 25-member chamber orchestra. It is in 9 movements, all of which move at the tempo of quarter = 126. If you are familiar with Torke's style, this is a prime example of it. If you aren't familiar with his style, you should be.

Actually this work is in someways a throw-back to Torke's minimalist origins, since it deals in repeated interlocking rhythmic patterns. Frequently, his procedure is to layer several of these patterns together, and then introduce a new one while eliminating an old one. In this way the music evolves at a fairly quick rate. Here he feels free to introduce modulations to distant keys. So you get music that's always moving forward, like a long car trip through an urban area, where all the buildings are whizzing by while the highway rolls continuously underneath you. Others have likened this piece to an "all-night disco". It certainly is an uplifting experience and it might just make you dance.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nK3q01mta2o



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Re: What I listened to today

Post by maestrob » Sun Sep 06, 2020 9:46 am

Thanks, Mark! I always enjoy your discoveries in contemporary music, and will check this out soon. Happy Labor Day weekend to you!. :D

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Mon Sep 07, 2020 1:51 pm

A pianist I follow,Claire Desert. The Schumann studies I discovered I had never heard, a great work.Once again,I did not connect with a Widmann work.A very fine Schumann "Fantasie" , for me perhaps the crown jewel of Romantic solo piano, a work I prefer over the Liszt B minor Piano Sonata.


Enregistré le 12/07/2020 au Studio 4 de Flagey à Bruxelles, Claire Désert, piano.

Ludwig van Beethoven - Sonate pour piano n° 17 en ré mineur, op. 31/2, ¿Der Sturm¿

Robert Schumann - Études basées sur un thème de Beethoven, WoO 31

Jörg Widmann - sélection des Elf Humoreske

Robert Schumann - Fantasie en do majeur, op. 17


https://www.rtbf.be/auvio/detail_concert?id=2677284

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Post by Rach3 » Tue Sep 08, 2020 2:48 pm

Pianist Claire Huangchi live in Sweden in Jan., 2020. An exhilarating recital by a pianist I follow, and who continues to mature.My fav Schubert piano sonata , rare chance ( in my experience) to hear the solo piano versions of the Brahms live.I’ll defer to the Scarlatti experts here ; torrential Rachmaninoff Op.23,# 2.

Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)
Four Keyboard Sonatas (K.443, K.208, K.29, K.435)

Franz Schubert
Piano Sonata No. 20 in A, D.959

Sergey Rachmaninov
Prelude in C sharp minor, Op 3, No. 2
Preludes Nos 1-7, from 'Ten Preludes, Op 23'

Johannes Brahms
Hungarian Dances Nos. 1-5

Encores:

Ignacy Jan Paderewski
Nocturne, Op. 16, No. 4
Caprice à la Scarlatti in G, Op 14, No. 3

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000mcrq

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Post by maestrob » Wed Sep 09, 2020 11:57 am

Thanks Rach3 for those two recitals, which I will get to soon!

Been listening today to excerpts from the Rubinstein Box, many of which can be found now on amazon for free listening. Beethoven, Brahms Trios & Sonatas, as well as some Schubert, all excellent. Also, I've been exploring the music of Charles Villiers Stanford, an Irish composer, organist and composition professor, who studied in Vienna in the late 1800's and grew to admire the music of Brahms. His music is quite compelling and much of it was recorded in the 1990's by Vernon Handley with the Ulster Orchestra after long neglect. Stanford, unlike Brahms, also wrote operas, some of which have now been recorded. He had a long and successful career, but was quickly superseded in the public's mind by his student Ralph Vaughan-Williams, as well as Elgar, Britten & Walton.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Thu Sep 10, 2020 7:27 pm

Thanks to a friend’s tip about her Bach playing , I heard both these over the past couple days:


Evelyne Crochet’s (1934 - ) “Goldberg”, Elite Recordings 2012 cd.Extraordinary ; she was 78.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IHuRKIebmw&t=364s

Sir Andras Schiff’s “Goldberg” live at 2015 Proms.Excellent. ( He was 61.) :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTopxwu1KUE

The “winner “ ? Apparent from the opening aria , a more “Classical” vs. more “Romantic” approach.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by maestrob » Fri Sep 11, 2020 12:00 pm

Rach3 wrote:
Tue Sep 08, 2020 2:48 pm
Pianist Claire Huangchi live in Sweden in Jan., 2020. An exhilarating recital by a pianist I follow, and who continues to mature.My fav Schubert piano sonata , rare chance ( in my experience) to hear the solo piano versions of the Brahms live.I’ll defer to the Scarlatti experts here ; torrential Rachmaninoff Op.23,# 2.

Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)
Four Keyboard Sonatas (K.443, K.208, K.29, K.435)

Franz Schubert
Piano Sonata No. 20 in A, D.959

Sergey Rachmaninov
Prelude in C sharp minor, Op 3, No. 2
Preludes Nos 1-7, from 'Ten Preludes, Op 23'

Johannes Brahms
Hungarian Dances Nos. 1-5

Encores:

Ignacy Jan Paderewski
Nocturne, Op. 16, No. 4
Caprice à la Scarlatti in G, Op 14, No. 3

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000mcrq
Thanks for posting this, Rach3!

A very interesting artist with her own personality in everything she plays. I liked her Scarlatti: she certainly has nimble fingers, and that works well for her there. However, I felt that her touch was a bit light for Rachmaninoff, where she occasionally and with good taste showed off her quick reflexes. The Schubert was lovely, but as she matures, I'm sure she'll add more depth and poetry to her interpretation. The Brahms Hungarian Dances were, again, a bit light, but they came across better for me than her Rachmaninoff. The Paderewski encores were just right for her. All in all, a fine performance, but, as you suggested, she's got some maturing to do before she becomes a major artist.

I've noticed that she has four discs available for listening on amazon. I plan on hearing them soon.

For the Rachmaninoff Preludes, may I recommend Eldar Nebolsin on Naxos? He's a much more mature artist, of course (b.1974), and I find he's got even more depth in his playing than Giltburg's excellent rendition on the same label. Nebolsin was originally signed by Decca, but switched some years ago to Naxos and has made some very fine recordings with them.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Thu Sep 17, 2020 5:46 pm

One of those inspired lives I stumbled across. The Poulenc,Rach ( “heavenly length”,but refreshingly sprightly here ) both favs of mine, the Helbock work and Demenga,Schumann encores new to me and all excellent music.I think I have heard these artists before,favorably, but perhaps not. ( One of the advantages of my increasing dotage is I get to hear “new” artists, works ! ) In any event, welcome respite from Kushner, Trump,Barr,Atlas,Navarro, Fox,GOP, ie Fuhrer Trump and his Nazis, who may accomplish what Hitler could not destruction of America. A Vienna audience yelling , whistling approval ? In January ?

https://www.rtbf.be/auvio/detail_concert?id=2681462

Enregistré le 15/01/2019 à la Konzerthaus de Vienne

Francis Poulenc : Sonate pour violoncelle et piano

David Helbock : Soul-Searching (2018. Commandé par la Vienna Konzerthaus et le European Concert Hall Organisation)

Serge Rachmaninov : Sonate en sol mineur pour violoncelle et piano, op. 19

Thomas Demenga (1954) - New York Honk (bis)
Robert Schumann : Du bist wie eine Blume, No. 24 de 'Myrthen, op. 25' (bis)

Kian Soltani, violoncelle
Mario Häring, piano

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Thu Sep 17, 2020 5:53 pm

maestrob wrote:
Fri Sep 11, 2020 12:00 pm
For the Rachmaninoff Preludes, may I recommend Eldar Nebolsin on Naxos?
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Thanks ! Yes, I have heard some of Nebolsin's Preludes and he is excellent.My collection already had those that Richter recorded, Keene's complete set on Phillips lps, Fiorentino's complete from 1966 on APR cd, Weissenberg's I dont like at all,Ratser,a few by Kissin and others, so I have held off acquiring Nebolsin.

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