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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Wed Jun 10, 2020 12:02 pm

Johannes Moser, a cellist I follow, plays splendidly the amazing Shostakovich CC # 1 with Netherlands Phil under Karina Canellakis at Utrecht in 2018. I did not hear, but Britten’s Sea Interludes and Beethoven 7 also on the programme:


https://www.nporadio4.nl/concerten/7533 ... -beethoven

Paul Lewis played Schubert’s D.894 Sonata at Wigmore today ( as well as “ Moonlight “ I did not hear):


https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000jvw9

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by maestrob » Thu Jun 11, 2020 8:33 am

Moser is a cellist I follow, but not much recently. I'm happy he's finally gotten around to the Shostakovich concerto, and will listen with interest. He recorded this excellent CD of Russian sonatas (below) in 2006, available for listening on amazon Prime:

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Fri Jun 12, 2020 8:45 am

Back to Joaquin Turina's piano trios, mine the Naxos cd with Trio Arbos, here a fine recording of the 1904 Trio in F major,Lincoln Trio,Cedille cd. Recommended music:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6WC0Hl1xZQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5nMF7L_s3s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=un82NALAMYU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcs1AH1PJeA

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by maestrob » Fri Jun 12, 2020 9:32 am

Rach3 wrote:
Fri Jun 12, 2020 8:45 am
Back to Joaquin Turina's piano trios, mine the Naxos cd with Trio Arbos, here a fine recording of the 1904 Trio in F major,Lincoln Trio,Cedille cd. Recommended music:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6WC0Hl1xZQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5nMF7L_s3s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=un82NALAMYU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcs1AH1PJeA
Good morning!

I just got this in the mail: very fine, and available for listening to Prime members:

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by maestrob » Sat Jun 13, 2020 10:46 am

Found this today on amazon Prime, available for free listening to members, an excellent version of Shostakovich and Britten Cello Concertos by Johannes Moser, recorded in 2012. The Britten quite thorny and new to my ears, played with powerful interpretation, as is the Shostakovich, which was more intense than the concert posted earlier. Recommended!

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Mon Jun 15, 2020 7:39 pm

Martin Helmchen, a pianist I now eagerly follow, after not being impressed with some his first younger efforts I was able to hear ( he’s still young ). Here an example of why I now follow.One of the better of this PC I have heard,especially first, last mov. Wonderful cadenzas (by whom ?) :

Mozart PC # 22 , K.482, live with Haitink,Orchestra Mozart Bologna, not sure date,think 2019:

https://www.rtbf.be/auvio/detail_concert?id=2647188

Encore : Adagio from K.332 piano sonata.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by maestrob » Tue Jun 16, 2020 11:53 am

Rach3 wrote:
Mon Jun 15, 2020 7:39 pm
Martin Helmchen, a pianist I now eagerly follow, after not being impressed with some his first younger efforts I was able to hear ( he’s still young ). Here an example of why I now follow.One of the better of this PC I have heard,especially first, last mov. Wonderful cadenzas (by whom ?) :

Mozart PC # 22 , K.482, live with Haitink,Orchestra Mozart Bologna, not sure date,think 2019:

https://www.rtbf.be/auvio/detail_concert?id=2647188

Encore : Adagio from K.332 piano sonata.
Lovely playing, both by Helmchen and by the Orchestre Mozart, especially the winds in the middle movement. Did not hear the Schubert, but the Mendelssohn seemed to drag a bit, as is Haitink's wont. He generally makes a better acompanist IMHO.

There are quite a few recordings on amazon, including the beginnings of a Beethoven concerto cycle that I plan to explore in the coming days. Thanks for bringing him to our attention.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Fri Jun 19, 2020 6:34 pm

John Wilson conducts the BBC SSO in music by Britten, Copland and Bernstein from the 2018 Aldeburgh Festival with soloists Cedric Tiberghien and Robert Murray.

Britten: Sinfonia da requiem
Britten (arr. Matthews): Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo
Copland: Quiet City
Bernstein: Symphony No 2 'The Age of Anxiety'

I heard only the Bernstein starting about 1:22:00 in.Tiberghein discusses the Bernstein work, here the second time he’d played it.Not a work I connect with, but I have not read the Auden poem yet.

Encore: Richter and Britten playing Schubert’s 4-hand Fantasy live at Aldeburgh,1965.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000k3dj

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by maestrob » Sat Jun 20, 2020 11:16 am

Bernstein actually recorded his Symphony II three times. The first, for Columbia, was with Lukas Foss on piano and was released briefly on a 78RPM set in 1950, later on LP, and remains available today and can be heard on amazon Prime. I grew up with a reel-to-reel tape of the 1960 stereo remake with Philippe Entremont, and have loved it ever since. Later on, when Bernstein redid his symphonies when he switched labels to DGG, he recorded it again. a disc I have not played often. The Auden poem that inspired Bernstein is a masterpiece. I haven't read it in years, but I remember being very impressed with its sentiments when a young man, along with some works by t. s. eliot.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Sun Jun 21, 2020 2:16 pm

maestrob wrote:
Sat Jun 20, 2020 11:16 am
Bernstein actually recorded his Symphony II three times.
Thanks for the info. Discovered I did not have a recording ! Ordered a Naxos cd, very cheap used on Amazon,which cd also contains his "West Side Story" Dances and " Candide" Overture.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Sun Jun 21, 2020 2:17 pm

June 18,2020, at Muziekhaven,Zaandam,pianist Natalia Milstein, Beethoven Sonatas 16,27,23. I had forgotten how charming is 16, and while I dont connect much with 27 period, I found her unpretentious “Appassionata” enjoyable. Very mature playing for a 25-year old facing huge challenges in these times. Protoge of Goerner and Schiff : https://www.nathaliamilstein.com/biography

https://www.nporadio4.nl/concerten/9383 ... a-milstein

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Mon Jun 22, 2020 5:11 pm

Had not heard Piotr Anderszewski recently, and my first hearing of the Schumann,here at Schwetzingen Festival, 2019 :

https://www.rtbf.be/auvio/detail_concert?id=2649718

Bach: WTC, Book 2 ( five )
Schumann: Sieben Klavierstucke in Fughettenform,Op.126 (echoes of Prokofieff in the sixth stucke , or my cheap shiraz ?)
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.31,Op.110 ( with 109,my favs, perfectly paced final mov.here)

Kirill Petrenko, Berlin Phil.,Berlin,Feb.,2020, playing Rachmaninoff’s arguably “best” work, the Symphonic Dances, about 60 minutes into the broadcast.Marvelous :

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000k8s6

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Wed Jun 24, 2020 3:40 pm

Cedric Tiberghien, a pianist I follow, plays Schumann’s Op.17 Fantasy on an 1840 Streicher at 2018 Aldeburgh Festival.I’m once again convinced another composer who was either frustrated the music he heard in his ear could not be fully reproduced in his day ; or who would have been surprised but grateful for what the Steinway D does for his creation.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000k88f

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Thu Jun 25, 2020 11:54 am

Angela Hewitt played Bach at Wigmore Hall earlier today.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000k9wg

Toccata in C minor BWV911 ; Sinfonia in E flat BWV791 ; Prélude from English Suite No. 6 in D minor BWV811 ; Adagissimo from Capriccio on the Departure of his Beloved Brother BWV992 ; Fantasia in C minor BWV906 ; Sarabande from French Suite No. 5 in G BWV816 ; Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor BWV903; Bach arr. Angela Hewitt: Alle Menschen müssen sterben BWV643

A 2019 recital by a pianist I follow, Adam Laloum :

https://www.rtbf.be/auvio/detail_concert?id=2651051

Beethoven Sonata # 28,Op.101; Schumann Humoresque,Op.20 ; Schubert Sonata # 20,D.959 ( my fav of his sonatas). I did not hear the Schumann.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Fri Jun 26, 2020 10:58 am

Mark Padmore and Mitsuko Uchida performed Schubert’s “Winterreise “ today in London. I did not hear , but may be of interest so posting.Audio only here:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000k9yt

I did hear Martha Argerich playing Chopin’s 3rd Piano Sonata live in Hamburg, June,2020. Live video here.Preferred the performance here to her 1965 recording I have :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4JNdXe ... e=youtu.be

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Sat Jun 27, 2020 12:13 pm

Over past few days, listened to some selections from cd’s put out in commemorative sets by New York Phil, “ Bernstein Live “ and “The Historic Broadcasts 1923 to 1987. Sound varies , of course, but still very listenable. Hope these are available thru NYPO or elsewhere.

Hindemith,”Mathis der Maler “, Bernstein conducting,Dec.23,1956. I heard the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra ( conductor not recalled ) ca.1980,do this live on a US tour of theirs. Seems to work better live.

Bruckner,Sym.No.6 (Nowak ed.), Bernstein conducting,Mar.27,1976.My only infrequent venture past No.7.

Bruckner,Sym.No.9 (Original Version) , Otto Klemperer,Oct.14,1934 .Sound not very good , but a one-time hear for me in any event.

Brahms,Violin Concerto, Heifetz,Toscanini,Feb.24,1935.Heifetz more emotionally engaged, freer in tempo and phrasing, than in his 50’s studio with Reiner/CSO.From Lawrence Gilman’s review: “Mr.Heifetz has often negotiated this wickedly treacherous music with amazing security and aplomb.But last evening the sovereign poise and ease and supremacy of his playing assumed a legendary quality as the performance passed from actuality into history.”

Chopin,PC # 1,Rubinstein,Walter,Feb.9,1947.While I prefer slightly the slow mov.in his studio 60’s recording with Skrowaczewski as a bit warmer, more relaxed, for me the 1947 is more effective as a whole, and still one of best I’ve heard.

Wagner,Immolation Scene from “Gotterdammerung”, Flagstaff,Walter,Mar.23,1952.From the Variety review: “ There was continuous applause for 21 minutes and 35 seconds ( official clocking by CBS’s James Fassett) after the Immolation Scene , with the diva taking a dozen bows.Applause didn’t stop till concertmaster John Corigliano announced that Mme.Flagstad had left the building.Philharmonic officials couldn’t recall any such ovation since the one accorded Arturo Toscanini when he retired from conductorship of the orchestra in 1936…” (Of course, the 1952 audience had not already been sitting 4 hours.)

Poulenc, “Concert champetre”, the composer as pianist,Mitropolous,Nov. 14, 1948.Had not heard for years, but I prefer his Piano Concerto.

Shostakovich, VC # 1,David Oistrakh,Mitropolous,American premiere,Jan.1,1956.Despite the sound limits, wonderful, a warmer tone and emotion than the more hard-driven readings most seem to give today.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Sat Jun 27, 2020 6:55 pm

Rach3 wrote:
Sat Jun 27, 2020 12:13 pm
Over past few days, listened to some selections from cd’s put out in commemorative sets by New York Phil, “ Bernstein Live “ and “The Historic Broadcasts 1923 to 1987. Sound varies , of course, but still very listenable. Hope these are available thru NYPO or elsewhere.
Finished up today.

Beethoven PC # 3, Schnabel,Szell, June 17,1945.Some dropped, missed notes in climax of first mov. cadenza, and in third mov., but in fairness live, and Schnabel's misses rarely concern me ( not here, but did concern me in his studio Brahms 2nd PC with Boult ) as the musical vision transcends. A relaxed, romantic, not dark, reading. Audience applauded after each of first two movs., and they did with Heifetz' Brahms VC discussed earlier in this thread.

Tchaikovsky Sym. # 2, "Little Russian" , Igor Stravinsky conducting, Jan.7,1940, the only PIT symphony I listen to, and a fine work. NY Sun interview Jan.2, 1940 with Stravinsky : " I say he is the greatest Russian musician because of such things as the way he constructs musical sentences, the originality of his placing of accents, the genius of his harmonic interpretations." Albert Goltzer, NYPO oboe,1938-84 : " He couldn't conduct very well - he was very awkward - so we had to play in spite of him."

Prokofieff PC # 2, Vladimir Ashkenazy,Bernstein, Nov.29,1958, the pianist's NYPO debut during his first USA tour.I believe Ashkenazy shared Gold with John Ogdon at Tchaikovsky Competition in 1962.A magisterial,nostalgiac first mov., with a wonderfully constructed first mov. cadenza, not as anguished and frenzied a first mov., or cadenza, as often the case, yet with plenty of technique.Ashkenazy saves fireworks for the final mov. “Boston has just recovered from a second attack of Prokofiev…The First Piano Concerto ,played by the composer,showed up wretchedly.Truthfully,it is not a good piece…The concert closed with the Second Suite from his ballet ‘Romeo and Juliet.’ This is a more serious work,inclined to be too long for a suite.. and if you could forget that there was a program to it, it could have been very beautiful to hear.” 1938,”Modern Music” review by : 20-year old Harvard student Bernstein.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Fri Jul 03, 2020 2:50 pm

Piano music of Illmari Hannikainen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=linkvU3wDLw Piano Concerto,Op.7, apparently no commercial recording

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kdhluKfJeM Variations Fantasques,Op.19, FC Records cd,Jouni Somero,piano

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Wed Jul 08, 2020 10:35 am

Ľubica Čekovská: Piano Concerto (2003 )
Miki Skuta , piano
Slovak National Youth Orchestra
Conductor Benjamin Bayl

Young EuroClassic Festival, 2019 , Berlin

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000kpks

Tonal, aleatory,interesting , but a one-hear for me, 15 minutes.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Thu Jul 09, 2020 3:24 pm

Youngish Dutch pianist Hannes Minnaar plays the “Goldberg” Variations and the Manneke work July 7,2020 at Grote Kerk, Naarden. My first knowledge of composer Manneke, a very attractive 12 minute work.The Bach was very pleasant, warm, nimble,romantic, nothing new but kept my attention even though initially I was not sure I was in a mood to hear the work at all. Live audience !

Daan Manneke
Gedanken zu Bach. Auch wie flüchtig, ach wie nichtig…

Johann Sebastian Bach
Goldberg-variaties BWV.988

https://www.nporadio4.nl/concerten/9397 ... 8-compleet

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Mon Jul 13, 2020 7:50 am

Per a YT Comment the song is "Zoriu Byut (Reveille)" by Russain composer Georgy Sviridov:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFHQNgO3jTA

Apparently this is part 6 of larger work, all of which is apparently at YT. I'm not normally a big fan of this genre, but will explore this one further.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Mon Jul 13, 2020 10:34 am

Rach3 wrote:
Mon Jul 13, 2020 7:50 am
Per a YT Comment the song is "Zoriu Byut (Reveille)" by Russain composer Georgy Sviridov:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFHQNgO3jTA

Apparently this is part 6 of larger work, all of which is apparently at YT. I'm not normally a big fan of this genre, but will explore this one further.
Here is the entire work(s?), a section of which I posted just earlier :

хор мальчиков хорового училища им.М.И.Глинки (СПб)
(Boys Choir of the Choir College named after M.I. Glinka (St. Petersburg)) per Google translator

Video (1) is just an invocation by a priest ,no singing. If you start with (2) here, YT will autoplay the rest to end,although you may have to click a typical start arrow in middle of a screen. About 45 minutes.Recommended. I do not know if this is one work or several, although I assume,seems one.The composer does have a brief Wiki page , and there appear to be several recordings of his works at Amazon-US. Perhaps Russian-speakers here can assist ; TIA.Great soloists in 5,6,7,8.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jg0FuiYHQ7Q (2 )
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDm770Uoy-4 (3)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YPnhoUvPNk (4)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7SWJuAI_2s (5)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFHQNgO3jTA (6)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-xMBmKQwg8 (7)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyYF9AlIboY (8)

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Mon Jul 13, 2020 10:43 am

Rach3 wrote:
Mon Jul 13, 2020 10:34 am
Here is the entire work(s?), a section of which I posted just earlier
хор мальчиков хорового училища им.М.И.Глинки (СПб)
(Boys Choir of the Choir College named after M.I. Glinka (St. Petersburg)) per Google translator
This perhaps THE work in the video:

Geyorgy Sviridov (1915–1998): The Bells of Dawn
Text: Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837)
The Bells of dawn... from my hands
Ancient Dante tome falls out,
On my lips an unfinished poem
Falls silent —
The spirit is far away.
A familiar, alive sound,
How often did you ring out
There, where so long ago
I quietly grew up.
The Bells of Dawn.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Wed Jul 15, 2020 11:00 am

I really was not ready to hear the PIT PC #1 again just yet, but pianist Pavel Kolesnikov is an interesting pianist I follow, so decided to hear his take on the warhorse. Glad I did. Interesting right from the start and throughout. Credit Davis for respecting the approaches. About 21:00 in to this BBCR3 broadcast :

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000ktdl

The BBC Symphony Orchestra in Shanghai (2019) at Shanghai Symphony Hall.

Huan Ruo: Folk Songs for Orchestra I: Flower Drum Song from Feng Yang II: Love Song from Kang Ding III: Little Blue Flower IV: The Girl from the Da Ban City

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 (Pavel Kolesnikov, piano)

Elgar: Variations on an original theme ('Enigma')

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Wed Jul 15, 2020 12:10 pm

Per BBC: “ As part of BBC Arts' Culture in Quarantine initiative, Scotland's most distinguished pianist Steven Osborne performs Schubert's last piano sonata live from City Halls, Glasgow, in this first series of concerts since lockdown. “ (July 15 I believe.)

Schubert: Impromptu D935 No.1
Schubert: Sonata D960

Encore : “ I Love You,Porgy “ , Gershwin

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000ktdg

Not much “new” here , but the unaffected playing of the “old” worth hearing, Osborne’s program a purposeful choice.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Wed Jul 15, 2020 6:00 pm

https://www.medici.tv/en/concerts/alexa ... ch-brahms/

Debussy, Violin Sonata,L.140
Shostakovich,Piano Trio # 1, Op.8
Brahms,Viola Sonata, Op.120, #1 ( I did not hear ; no clarinet )
Brahms, Piano Quartet #1, Op.25

Evian, France, July 9,2020,with audience. ( Not possible in USA,of course,thanks to Trump,GOP,libertarians,alt.right wack jobs.)

Alexandre Kantorow,piano; Liya Petrova,violin;Antoine Tamestit,viola;Bruno Philippe,cello.

Kantorow got a workout. ( But then, he had to play the Tchaikovsky PC # 2 ( uncut) followed by Brahms’ PC # 2 at the 2019 Tchaikovsky Competition Finals with about 10 minutes between.) Tamestit seems to have enjoyed these youngsters ( a bit of struggle in the Brahms Andante, but… ), all of whom are rising stars I’ll follow. I think I may prefer Brahms’ piano quartets to his symphonies.Great performances all here.

Bad video sync issues, but playing surmounts ! You may need to sign up for a free account if dont have one ; easy to do.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Ricordanza » Thu Jul 16, 2020 6:38 am

My companion on my last couple of walks has been the remarkable pianist Arcadi Volodos (via my iPhone). "Volodos Plays Liszt" is an album of ten pieces which display Volodos' artistry as well as his incredible technical command. Highlights for me are Vallee D'Obermann (the opening track), St. Francis preaching to the birds, Sposalizio (a piece I attempted to play in my early days), and Volodos' "enhancement" of the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 13. Great stuff.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by maestrob » Thu Jul 16, 2020 10:48 am

Ricordanza-

Volodos is a great pianist, and I love that album. Also love his Brahms disc: Volodos captures the intimacy of Brahms's late works like no other pianist, and with such beauty. His live performance of Rachmaninoff III conducted by Levine in Berlin is, by contrast, electrifying, as you can tell when the otherwise silent audience erupts at the finale. Truly a very special artist!

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Thu Jul 16, 2020 4:29 pm

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Thu Jul 16, 2020 6:38 am
My companion on my last couple of walks has been the remarkable pianist Arcadi Volodos (via my iPhone).
Thanks for this ! Agreed, a great pianist. His Schubert is very fine as well.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Thu Jul 16, 2020 4:39 pm

Very enjoyable recital by the Lebanese pianist El Bacha, a pianist I follow. His own works attractive, as well.About 90 minutes.Very musical “Islamey.”

https://www.rtbf.be/auvio/detail_les-gr ... id=2656018

Enregistré le 31/07/2016 à l' Eglise Saint-Gilles de Saint-Hubert, Festival de Wallonie

Enrique Granados - Goyescas ("Los Majos Enamorados")
- Los requiebros (les flatteries ou les compliments)
- Coloquio en la reja (dialogue à la prison)
- El fandango de candil (fandango à la chandelle)
- Quejas, o la maja y el ruisenor (complainte ou la jeune fille et e rossignol
- El amor y La muerta (balada) (Ballade de l'amour et de la mort)
- Epilogo : serenata del especto (sérénade au spectre)

Abdel-Rahman El Bacha - Sept pièces
- Prélude andalou
- Chant andalou
- Prélude oriental
- Chanson libanaise
- Comptine
- Danse rituelle
- Bacchus

Robert Schumann - Album Für die jugend , Op.68,No.32 ,“Sheherazade"

Mili Balakirev - Islamey

Abdel-Rahman El Bacha - Cavalier au désert (bis)

Abdel-Rahman El Bacha, piano

Wiki bio: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdel_Rahman_El_Bacha 1978 Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Competition winner

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Fri Jul 17, 2020 11:30 am

Gergiev and Denis Matsuev play Shostakovich's PC # 1 , "Virtual Verbier ", may need to sign up for a free account:

https://www.medici.tv/en/concerts/virtu ... y-gergiev/

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by maestrob » Sat Jul 18, 2020 1:44 pm

Rach3 wrote:
Thu Jul 16, 2020 4:39 pm
Very enjoyable recital by the Lebanese pianist El Bacha, a pianist I follow. His own works attractive, as well.About 90 minutes.Very musical “Islamey.”

https://www.rtbf.be/auvio/detail_les-gr ... id=2656018

Enregistré le 31/07/2016 à l' Eglise Saint-Gilles de Saint-Hubert, Festival de Wallonie

Enrique Granados - Goyescas ("Los Majos Enamorados")
- Los requiebros (les flatteries ou les compliments)
- Coloquio en la reja (dialogue à la prison)
- El fandango de candil (fandango à la chandelle)
- Quejas, o la maja y el ruisenor (complainte ou la jeune fille et e rossignol
- El amor y La muerta (balada) (Ballade de l'amour et de la mort)
- Epilogo : serenata del especto (sérénade au spectre)

Abdel-Rahman El Bacha - Sept pièces
- Prélude andalou
- Chant andalou
- Prélude oriental
- Chanson libanaise
- Comptine
- Danse rituelle
- Bacchus

Robert Schumann - Album Für die jugend , Op.68,No.32 ,“Sheherazade"

Mili Balakirev - Islamey

Abdel-Rahman El Bacha - Cavalier au désert (bis)

Abdel-Rahman El Bacha, piano

Wiki bio: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdel_Rahman_El_Bacha 1978 Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Competition winner
Very well done! The Goyescas were quite idiomatic, the Islamey sparkling, and El-Bacha's own compositions were quite interesting and accessible. I see that he has recorded quite a lot of Chopin, and some Prokofiev and a set of the Beethoven Sonatas are available for listening on amazon. Never heard of him before, and I appreciate the discovery thanks to your post. Will definitely explore further. :)

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Tue Jul 21, 2020 11:07 am

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Sun Jun 21, 2020 2:17 pm
June 18,2020, at Muziekhaven,Zaandam,pianist Natalia Milstein, Beethoven Sonatas 16,27,23. I had forgotten how charming is 16, and while I dont connect much with 27 period, I found her unpretentious “Appassionata” enjoyable. Very mature playing for a 25-year old facing huge challenges in these times. Protoge of Goerner and Schiff
Different recital I did not hear , same 3 works but in video:

https://www.francemusique.fr/concert/ma ... n-milstein

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Tue Jul 21, 2020 2:54 pm

Martha Argerich plays Prokofieff’s PC # 3 with Verbier Festival Youth Orchestra,Mikhail Pletnev conducting, 2007, at about 2:18:00 here, must-see TV for pianophiles.Unfortunately,sync problems between audio/video.She sounds like no other I’ve heard in this work ( even after breaking a right-hand fingernail in first mov.):

https://www.medici.tv/en/concerts/verbi ... -argerich/

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by maestrob » Wed Jul 22, 2020 11:44 am

Rach3 wrote:
Tue Jul 21, 2020 2:54 pm
Martha Argerich plays Prokofieff’s PC # 3 with Verbier Festival Youth Orchestra,Mikhail Pletnev conducting, 2007, at about 2:18:00 here, must-see TV for pianophiles.Unfortunately,sync problems between audio/video.She sounds like no other I’ve heard in this work ( even after breaking a right-hand fingernail in first mov.):

https://www.medici.tv/en/concerts/verbi ... -argerich/
Unfortunately I have trouble with medici, so couldn't watch this, but must say that Argerich, for me, shows more electricity and personality in everything she plays than any other currently active pianist. She is a stunning performer and appeals to my taste as a leading artist. Consistently excellent in her recordings throughout her career, she chooses her conductors and partners carefully.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Wed Jul 22, 2020 2:21 pm

Young pianist, Selim Mazari, my first hearing, playing Beethoven recently , live video at Paris studios of Radio France. Piano Sonatas No.4,Op.7 and “Moonlight” , as well as the “Eroica” Variations, Op.35. I did not hear “Moonlight”, just the other two.

https://www.francemusique.fr/concert/ma ... ven-mazari

I believe Radio France may be engaging several young pianists to present all the LvB piano sonatas over the next months.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Wed Jul 22, 2020 3:26 pm

Ernest Chausson’s Concert for Violin,Piano and String Quartet,Op.21, Lara St.John,violin,Marc-Andre Hamelin, piano,Ulysses Quartet, live video at Boston’s WGBH studio, July 14,2020. Remarkable work. About 1:02:00 into the program, after the Debussy Violin Sonata and Ravel String Quartet by these same forces.I heard only the Chausson.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUVlQDi ... e=youtu.be

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by maestrob » Thu Jul 23, 2020 11:12 am

Rach3 wrote:
Wed Jul 22, 2020 3:26 pm
Ernest Chausson’s Concert for Violin,Piano and String Quartet,Op.21, Lara St.John,violin,Marc-Andre Hamelin, piano,Ulysses Quartet, live video at Boston’s WGBH studio, July 14,2020. Remarkable work. About 1:02:00 into the program, after the Debussy Violin Sonata and Ravel String Quartet by these same forces.I heard only the Chausson.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUVlQDi ... e=youtu.be
Lara St. John and Hamelin are both interesting to me. This is something I will hear in it's entirety soon, as I really like all the works on the program. Thanks for this! :)

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Thu Jul 23, 2020 11:19 am

Joshua Bell plays Vieuxtemps’ 5th Violin Concerto with Verbier Festival Orchestra under Daniel Harding, in 2011, and the Dvorak Violin Concerto with Verbier Youth Orchestra under Manfred Honeck , in 2019, live videos:

https://www.medici.tv/en/concerts/verbi ... shua-bell/

Wish the Vieuxtemps were performed more often.I believe Heifetz recorded it (?).Impassioned terrific readings of both concertos by Bell here.

Also on the program ( works I did not hear ) are the Franck Quintet and Haydn’s 1st Violin Concerto, other smaller.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Thu Jul 23, 2020 8:46 pm

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Thu Jul 16, 2020 4:39 pm
Very enjoyable recital by the Lebanese pianist El Bacha, a pianist I follow. His own works attractive, as well.About 90 minutes.Very musical “Islamey"....
1978 Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Competition winner.
More. El Bacha,live in Brussels,July,2019.The Mendelssohn may have been new to me ; Horowitz recorded or played in his career prior to 1953 ? A mastery of 4 different worlds here.I don’t listen to the Schumann as often as I should; may be his greatest work, even more so than his Piano Concerto or Op.17 Fantasy ?

Mozart: Fantasy,K.475
Mendelssohn: Fantasy Op.28, “Sonate ecossaise”
Chopin : Fantasy, Op.49
Schumann : Piano Quintet, Op.44 , with MONA Quartet
Encore : A brief Schubert I could not identify.

Followed by his studio recordings of Beethoven’s “Appassionata” (complete) and “ Waldstein” (almost complete ) Sonatas. Wonderful emotional clarity and lyricism.

https://www.rtbf.be/auvio/detail_les-gr ... id=2661698

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Fri Jul 24, 2020 11:58 am

Andras Schiff plays “Emperor” (2016,and conducts ), Bach BWV 1052 (2016,and conducts) , and Bartok 3rd (2019, Gabor Takacs-Nagy conducting) piano concertos at Verbier Festival . I heard the Bach and Bartok. Must see TV :

https://www.medici.tv/en/concerts/verbi ... e-quartet/

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Sat Jul 25, 2020 10:50 am

Rach3 wrote:
Fri Jul 24, 2020 11:58 am
Andras Schiff plays “Emperor” (2016,and conducts ), Bach BWV 1052 (2016,and conducts) , and Bartok 3rd (2019, Gabor Takacs-Nagy conducting) piano concertos at Verbier Festival . I heard the Bach and Bartok. Must see TV :

https://www.medici.tv/en/concerts/verbi ... e-quartet/
P.S. I decided to hear Schiff’s “Emperor",too. ( Not sure I’d ever heard him play it.) Whatever your views of his more Classical , Schubertian reading,this was an inspired performance by all concerned.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by maestrob » Sat Jul 25, 2020 11:39 am

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Wed Jul 22, 2020 3:26 pm
Ernest Chausson’s Concert for Violin,Piano and String Quartet,Op.21, Lara St.John,violin,Marc-Andre Hamelin, piano,Ulysses Quartet, live video at Boston’s WGBH studio, July 14,2020. Remarkable work. About 1:02:00 into the program, after the Debussy Violin Sonata and Ravel String Quartet by these same forces.I heard only the Chausson.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUVlQDi ... e=youtu.be
Finally got a chance to hear this. Truly inspired playing by all concerned! Have never heard of the Ulysses Quartet: they have no recordings listed on amazon that I could find, but to my ears they are the equal of many more famous groups. The Ravel was inspired! Lara St. John proved herself again to be a first-rank talent in both the Debussy and Chausson works, while, of course, Hamelin (who just happened to have chosen the piano for the hall back in 2007) was his usual ebullient, extremely musical self in the Debussy and Chausson. Thia should be issued on a CD, if possible, for posterity, and soon. Unfortunately the youtube sound was marred by occasional glitches, especially in the beginning, but the concert was well worth hearing in spite of that. Many thanks, Rach3!

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Sun Jul 26, 2020 5:07 pm

Inspired by Ricordanza's review of his "stormy" Brahms 4th concert 12 years ago, I did a Brahms SymphonyThon this afternoon.( While sunny outside, "heat index " here 110 F., 42-43 C.Fortunately, malbec should be consumed chilled .) I had not heard my recordings for years,having fallen a bit out of love with the symphonies , and in the case of # 2 probably after too many hearing on various programs.My recordings are all lp's, # 1 Munch/Boston Symphony on then RCA's Victrola budget label, # 3 Steinberg/Pittsburgh on a Command Classics 35mm, # 4 Walter/Columbia Symphony Orchestra on then Columbia's budget Odyssey label.Discovered (!) I have no recording of # 2 , probably for reason indicated.Life is short ; I suppose I should acquire a Presto download.In any event, if I get just one for the island, it would be # 1. If get 2, #1,#3.Thanks for your memories , Ricordanza.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by maestrob » Mon Jul 27, 2020 12:09 pm

Rach3 wrote:
Sun Jul 26, 2020 5:07 pm
Inspired by Ricordanza's review of his "stormy" Brahms 4th concert 12 years ago, I did a Brahms SymphonyThon this afternoon.( While sunny outside, "heat index " here 110 F., 42-43 C.Fortunately, malbec should be consumed chilled .) I had not heard my recordings for years,having fallen a bit out of love with the symphonies , and in the case of # 2 probably after too many hearing on various programs.My recordings are all lp's, # 1 Munch/Boston Symphony on then RCA's Victrola budget label, # 3 Steinberg/Pittsburgh on a Command Classics 35mm, # 4 Walter/Columbia Symphony Orchestra on then Columbia's budget Odyssey label.Discovered (!) I have no recording of # 2 , probably for reason indicated.Life is short ; I suppose I should acquire a Presto download.In any event, if I get just one for the island, it would be # 1. If get 2, #1,#3.Thanks for your memories , Ricordanza.
Rach3---

For the record, I'm not an admirer of any of the versions of Brahms you mentioned, except for Steinberg/Pittsburg, which thankfully was briefly issued on an MCA set of CDs of all the symphonies about 30 years ago here in the U. S., that now sits on my shelves. For best Brahms, I would recommend Solti/Chicago, available for listening to American amazon Prime members, and long my favorite set in stereo. As for historic recordings, I'm most fond of Toscanini's live early 1950's renderings with the Philharmonia Orchestra, in spite of some idiots setting off fireworks briefly in IV. These are definitive readings by the maestro, in much warmer and fuller sound than the very dry commercial recordings he made at the same time in studio 8H with the NBC orchestra.

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Mon Jul 27, 2020 4:43 pm

maestrob wrote:
Mon Jul 27, 2020 12:09 pm
As for historic recordings, I'm most fond of Toscanini's live early 1950's renderings with the Philharmonia Orchestra, in spite of some idiots setting off fireworks briefly in IV. These are definitive readings by the maestro, in much warmer and fuller sound than the very dry commercial recordings he made at the same time in studio 8H with the NBC orchestra.
Thanks, maestrob ! And Gramophone agrees with you (below).
Here I believe is that Brahms 2nd , now a Testament cd.YT comment says the principal horn was Dennis Brain :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FI4RNYYXK4U

The 2nd is a fine work, of course. I agree Toscanini great here . I get a bit impatient “ waiting “ for the final mov. ( the work , not the performance here ). Although , not as impatient as waiting in Bruckner or Wagner ! I’m going to pass on 2nd for now.

Gramophone,2010 review of the recordings, from Presto site :

“The concerts recorded here preserve the two legendary occasions in the autumn of 1952 when in a Brahms cycle at the Royal Festival Hall Toscanini conducted the Philharmonia Orchestra, then only six years old but already the front runner among London orchestras. The recording itself, now legendary, has generated pirated versions, but never before has the original made by EMI, under the supervision of Walter Legge, been officially released. Testament's remastering is a revelation. This new set brings the clearest of demonstrations that the RCA recordings of Toscanini and the NBC Symphony Orchestra made during the last years of his life (including his Brahms cycle of the very same 12-month period) give only an imperfect picture of a conductor who at the time, and for a generation or so previously, was almost universally counted the greatest in the world. That reputation has been eroded over the years, but this issue may help to put the record straight.
Take for example the quite different NBC version of No 3 that he recorded in New York barely a month after this performance: as Alan Sanders says in his note, a 'rhythmically staid recording which entirely lacked the lyricism and eloquence of the Philharmonia performance'.
His description points to the marked contrasts, not only in No 3 but in all four symphonies.
Whereas the New York performances, resonant and superbly drilled, have a hardness and rigidity, with the dynamic contrasts ironed out, thus eliminating pianissimos (partly a question of recording balance), the Philharmonia's consistently bring a moulding of phrase and subtlety of rubato which bears out the regular Toscanini instructions to 'Sing!'. And in contrast with most Toscanini recordings, the hushed playing is magical. The New York players, by comparison, seem to have forgotten how to respond to the finer subtleties of this notorious taskmaster among conductors. The extra flexibility of the Philharmonia performances over the NBC has an interesting effect on tempo too. Whereas in No 1 the NBC speeds of 1951 are faster, not just than those of the Philharmonia but of the 1941 NBC performance, in the other three symphonies the Philharmonia timings tend to be a degree quicker, notably in No 3, where for example the Andante flows far better.
Walter Legge fought hard to get these live recordings officially released – now we can understand why.”

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by maestrob » Tue Jul 28, 2020 9:36 am

Right on! :D Enjoy the Malbec, too. That's my favorite wine when we dine out, sadly not so often these days!

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Tue Jul 28, 2020 10:56 am

Mikhail Pletnev live video from Moscow July 27,2020, playing Beethoven's Piano Sonata No.31,Op.110,probably my fav of those sonatas.As expected, very individual, but very effective, moving.Pletnev's a very expansive view,stretching the musical lines as far as he can without losing shape or momentum, the 2nd mov. not rushed or bombastic as some play it , and a wonderful build to the end of the work after the return of the fugue , where many pianists are too rushed, interesting rhythmically in hushed andante section of that fugue movement.A Beethoven Rondo and Mozart piano sonata also on the recital I did not hear.

https://www.medici.tv/en/concerts/virtu ... l-pletnev/

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Thu Jul 30, 2020 9:57 am

More Pletnev.Posting as the music not typical. Mikhail Pletnev and Lucas Debargue play in 2018 Pletnev’s own 20 minute Fantasia Helvetica for Two Pianos and Orchestra, with Verbier Youth Orchestra under Stanislav Kochanovsky, my first hearing of the work.After an ambiguous opening few bars, a light-hearted work, enjoyed even though a one-hear. Also, Pletnev playing Alexander Tsfasman’s Jazz Suite for Piano and Orchestra in 2013 with Verbier Youth Orchestra under Kent Nagano, another first ( and last ) hearing of for me of this “Hollywood” music which does give Pletnev a technical workout. In both works, Pletnev with a sense of humor ; who knew . And hats off to him for presenting these works rather than a warhorse.

https://www.medici.tv/en/concerts/verbi ... l-pletnev/

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Re: What I listened to today

Post by Rach3 » Sat Aug 01, 2020 4:48 pm

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Thu May 21, 2020 8:33 pm
Returned to some lp's had not heard for years ( and dusting off the diamond needle,remember those ? ):
More dusting:

Ravel's Piano Trio, extraordinary work not played often as should be, Caecilian Trio,Turnabout lp , still best performance I've heard.

Alkan's Op.33 Piano Sonata, "Les Quartre Ages",Ronald Smith, pianist,Arabesque lp, probably the composer's most satisfying work for me.

Mozart Symphonies 25,29,34,35,36,38,Berlin Phil.,Boehm, DGG lp box "Mozart-The Great Symphonies", these my fav Mozart symphonies (plus 40th).

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