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Post by Wallingford » Fri Oct 27, 2006 3:15 pm

......another Philharmonia comp in the ol' Walkman:

Afternoon Of A Faun (Cantelli)
Thieving Magpie (Karajan)
last mvt. of Sibelius' Fifth (Salonen.......never thought much of his style, but LOVE the way he makes the tympani punch out the grace notes preceding the final two chords!)
Beethoven's King Stefan Overture (Klemperer)
Bartok's "Slightly Tipsy" from Hungarian Sketches (Jarvi)
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Post by jserraglio » Fri Oct 27, 2006 4:13 pm

Berlioz' rousing Hymne des Marseillais, for chorus & large orchestra

Charles Munch in French repertoire with the BSO
Ravel's Bolero, La Valse
Debussy's Faun
Ibert's Escales


this weekend, a Zubin Mehta vinyl festival . . .

LAPO
Scheherazade
New World Symphony
Beethoven Seventh
Ein Heldenleben

IPO
Creatures of Prometheus excerpts
Tchaikovsky Fifth
Dvorak Seventh

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Post by CharmNewton » Fri Oct 27, 2006 9:24 pm

Howard Hanson: Symphony No. 3*
Symphony No. 6*
Fantasy Variations on a Theme of Youth**

* Seattle Symphony
** Carol Rosenberger, piano
** New York Chamber Symphony
Gerard Schwarz, cond.
Delos DE 3092

I really enjoyed this. Emotional music, richly scored.

John

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Post by BWV 1080 » Fri Oct 27, 2006 9:32 pm

Working my way through the 25 disc Best of the Mozart Edition I scored on eBay for $60. Tonight was violin sonatas with Grumiaux and excerpts from La Nozze di Figaro

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Post by Länzchen » Fri Oct 27, 2006 11:40 pm

karlhenning wrote:Wuorinen: Second String Quartet
The Group for Contemporary Music


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It starts out, teasing you with the seeming promise of more-or-less tonality. But then, like the Ancient Mariner, it fixes you with its glittering eye :-)

Cheers,
~Karl
Karl, I really am becoming interested in Wuorinen, and who better to ask than you---is there a CD you would recommend for my first one of his works? I have a few which I'm looking at but just am not sure. His music seems just great for me.

inspired by someone's mentioning of her, i'm listening to the Uchida recording of Schönberg's works right now.

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Post by karlhenning » Sat Oct 28, 2006 5:53 pm

The magnificent Shostakovich Opus 145a:

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. . . because you cannot listen to just anything before going to Symphony Hall for Moses und Aron :-)
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Post by karlhenning » Sat Oct 28, 2006 6:00 pm

Länzchen wrote:Karl, I really am becoming interested in Wuorinen, and who better to ask than you---is there a CD you would recommend for my first one of his works? I have a few which I'm looking at but just am not sure. His music seems just great for me.
Perhaps this one:

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It has a good mix of chamber and orchestral work, so that there is textural variety, and all the pieces are strong:

The Third Piano Concerto
The Second String Quartet
Natural Fantasy for organ solo
On Alligators for 'double quartet'

Cheers,
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Post by jserraglio » Sat Oct 28, 2006 7:45 pm

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Offenbach's Gaite Parisienne--complete ballet. Ormandy/Philly.

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Post by RebLem » Sun Oct 29, 2006 12:57 am

OK, I finally got my stereo hooked up with new cables Saturday of last week. So, in the 8 days ending Saturday, 28 OCT 2006, I listened to the following:

9/10 Bach, J.S.: Organ Works, Vol 15 of 17--Kevin Bowyer, organ. 2 Nimbus CD set. Includes the Rinck Chorales,

9/10 Beethoven: Sym 6; Egmont Overture--Wyn Morris, cond., LSO--IMP Classics.

9/9 Mahler: Syms 1 & 2--Eliahu Inbal, cond., Frankfort RSO (in #2, Helen Donath, soprano, Doris Soffel, alto, North German Radio Sym Cho, Hamburg, Dale Warland Singers--3 Brilliant CDs, part of a set.

10/10 Glazunov: Syms 4 & 5--Valeri Polyansky, Russian State Sym Orch.--MHS CD, lic from Chandos.

10/10 Shostakovich: Syms 5, 6--Barshai, WDR Sym Orch--Brilliant CD. Among the best performances of these two syms I have ever heard, and absolutly the best recorded. This one is a winner, folks.
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Post by CharmNewton » Sun Oct 29, 2006 3:27 pm

Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 (1893)
Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43 (1902)

Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Paul Paray, conductor


I picked this Mercury Living Presence CD second hand last Thursday, and it's a real winner. These are swift, highly detailed readings, superbly played by the Detroit Symphony. Paray is really a force here. Unlike Giulini's CSO recording of the Dvorak which underlines the strikingly modern harmonic language of the work, this is more in the Toscanini mold, direct and exciting. The Sibelius is a very classical reading in that it makes Sibelius emerge as a part of the great symphonic traditions of Haydn, Beethoven and Brahms. This impression is aided by a recording that captures extraordinary details in the winds. Sibelius did not score this work for a large orchestra, and the clarity (plus brevity--39 minutes) make this sound very fresh. I'd rate this recording ahead of Monteux in both conception and execution, especially the latter. The Detroit Symphony was (and possibly still is) a great orchestra.

This disc is now OP, but I expect it will emerge in their SACD series as both masters are three channel.

John

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Post by hautbois » Mon Oct 30, 2006 2:27 am

Inspired by the post regarding Morton Gould's symphonic band, i listened to:

Russian Concert Band Music
Alf Nilsson, oboe
Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Stockholm Concert Band

French Wind Band Classics
Joseph Alessi, trombone
Timothy Reynish, Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra

2 superb releases from the Chandos label.

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Post by Jack Kelso » Mon Oct 30, 2006 4:53 am

Handel and Schumann oratorios (again!)----what an abundance of ideas, inspiration and beauty lies within these works!

Jack
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Post by Eetu Pellonpää » Mon Oct 30, 2006 5:05 am

Haydn String Quartets op.1 nos. 1-4

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masterpiece?

Post by PJME » Mon Oct 30, 2006 1:42 pm

I'm going to listen to Donald Martino's "Paradiso choruses" ( "Dante" /1974)
coupled with his concerto for alto sax & orch. on New world records.

I might put it later on Pizza's "neglected masterpieces " list...but I've completely forgotten this work!
:oops:

almost midnight : Paradiso choruses is a great & wonderful piece, even in this very uneven performance.
More tomorrow.
Peter

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Post by Eetu Pellonpää » Tue Oct 31, 2006 7:38 am

J.S.Bach "Christmas Cantatas" BWV 57, 110 and 122.

I'm not celebrating christmas yet, this disc just got into my hand in the library. I thought to lend systematicly J.S.Bach's cantatas, as some of them have been the best music by him I have yet heard (that being VERY good). I really enjoy music with singing, and 15-25 min. long cantatas are quite easy to listen trough also during in hectic moments (working, driving etc.).

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Post by paulb » Tue Oct 31, 2006 7:53 am

Just got in , for the 2nd time, as i dumped this cd last yr, Schonberg/Uchida/Boulez/Philips.
Schonberg/Concerto for piano
Webern/piano variations
Schonberg/op11,op19
Berg/piano sonata

Highly recommended.
Yeah I know Uchida and Boulez take the tempo maybe seemingly a bit too slow, but the opening movement is andante and i like the way everything is defined. Maybe not for some tase, but I love the concerto so much, and that's that. Not many others to choose from, even so its a winner performance with this kid.

+ Uchida's work on the solo pieces is outstanding.
Super highly recommended.
And to think I dumped it just last yr. :roll:

Also getting alot of play is DG's 8 cd set of complete Berg.
Forget the individual cd releases of Berg/DG, just get this complete set.
All performances are from very good to outstanding, no duds on the set.


I'm listening to the String quartet's Lyric Suite and sq op3, played by the LA SALLE Quartet. Outstanding performance!!!!!! These guys can play!
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Post by karlhenning » Tue Oct 31, 2006 8:40 am

paulb wrote:Just got in , for the 2nd time, as i dumped this cd last yr, Schonberg/Uchida/Boulez/Philips.
Schonberg/Concerto for piano
Webern/piano variations
Schonberg/op11,op19
Berg/piano sonata

Highly recommended.
You see, Paul? One year you dump the CD, the next year, it's "highly recommended."

All I say, Paul, is this is one of a hundred reasons why I trust my ears, sooner than your apparent readiness to trash a given composer, or piece, or recording.

Tangentially, my listening last night included:

Sibelius
Symphony No. 5 in E-flat Opus 82, Symphony No. 6 in D Opus 104
Berglund / Helsinki Phil


Cheers,
~Karl
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Post by Ralph » Tue Oct 31, 2006 10:31 am

I couldn't imagine a Halloween without listening to the music of Christopher Graupner. Not that a special day is needed to enjoy these fine pieces. I especially recommend this CD to those unfamiliar with Graupner.

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Post by karlhenning » Tue Oct 31, 2006 10:39 am

Dmitri Dmitriyevich
Six Romances on Verses of Raleigh, Burns and Shakespeare, Opus 140
Ildar Abdrazakov / BBC Phil / Noseda


Delicious allusions to "Humor" from the Thirteenth Symphony, in the setting of "McPherson before his execution" (Burns).

The title, Six Romances on Verses of Raleigh, Burns and Shakespeare, ironically glosses over the sixth of the series, a deadpan 'clarification' of the traditional "The Grand Old Duke of York," called "The King's Campaign":
Up the hill, the good King marched his regiment of men,
Then down the hill, without them all, the King came once again.
Naturally, he omits the poignant second couplet:
And when they were up, they were up; and when they were down, they were down;
And when they were only half-way up, they were neither up nor down.
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Post by praestant » Tue Oct 31, 2006 12:56 pm

I've been listening to a CD transfer I made last week to share with some friends (and kids).
It's from a tape compilation I made back in 1984.
I titled it "BUMPS IN THE NIGHT".

It consists of excerpts and snippets from various composers
interspersed with sounds of wind, squeeky doors, chains,
screams, ghoulish laughter, a really STRANGE piano
and howling wolves.

The snippets are from:
Bach: *THE* organ toccata in Dm #565
(begins and ends the program)
Holst: The Planets (on synthesizer): Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus.
(in four locations on the recording)
Dukas: Sorcerer's Apprentice
Prokofiev: from Alexander Nevsky: Battle on the Ice
Subotnik: Silver Apples of the Moon
(in two locations)
Rimsky-Korsakof: Night on Bare Mountain
Poulenc: Organ Concerto (intro plus that "demonic carousel" LOL)
Grieg: In the Hall of the Mountain King
Wagner: Overture to "The Flying Dutchman"

It was fun when I made it, and is double fun listening to it again
after all these years!

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Post by Ralph » Tue Oct 31, 2006 2:48 pm

How about some Albrechtsberger? I needed a fix of Johann Georg's inimitable style today:

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Post by popagano » Tue Oct 31, 2006 3:12 pm

Bruckner's 5th Thielemann, live, Munchner Philharmoniker, DG

This is a fabulous live recording, I'm a great fan of Thielemann; It's a shame that he has so few recordings. [/img]

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Post by karlhenning » Tue Oct 31, 2006 3:27 pm

Silvestre Revueltas
Sensemayá
Mata / New Philharmonia


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Post by Wallingford » Tue Oct 31, 2006 5:39 pm

Beethoven's Ninth & Sibelius' Second--both concert performances with MTT/SFSO.

Honestly, I can't believe this man (Tilson Thomas)......his interpretations were intelligent and well-thought-out all along, but he's now added a real incisiveness to the execution of it all. Astonishing stuff.
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Post by hautbois » Wed Nov 01, 2006 12:37 am

Sibelius symphony No.2
Szell/Concertgebouw

absolutely BEAU-TI-FUL

Now last night i went to the BBC Proms in Kuala Lumpur at the twin towers Philharmonic Hall. The BBC Symphony performed under Jiri Belohlavek, Richard Strauss's Don Juan, Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21 (Nikolai Lugansky on the Steinway.), Janacek's The Cunning Little Vixen Suite, and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 6. While honestly i didn't expect much (didn't even plan to go at first) beforehand, it proved to be sorry to have thought so at all. Richard Simpson's oboe solo moved me to tears in Don Juan, such beautiful beautiful beautiful playing.

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Post by Jack Kelso » Wed Nov 01, 2006 1:08 am

popagano wrote:Bruckner's 5th Thielemann, live, Munchner Philharmoniker, DG

This is a fabulous live recording, I'm a great fan of Thielemann; It's a shame that he has so few recordings. [/img]
Be patient, he's still young (for a famous conductor). One of his very BEST is the Schumann 3rd ("Rhenish").....WOW! Critique was also excellent.

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Post by lmpower » Wed Nov 01, 2006 2:33 pm

I have recently become enamored of the first movement of Brahms' third trio opus 101 with the Borodin trio. It opens as powerful and dramatic as anything by Brahms, but then a second subject enters as a wonderfully Brahmsian expression of glorious nostalgia. The composer gets to demonstrate his appreciation of the cello's timbre here. Clara Schumann said "no previous work of Johannes has so completely overwhelmed me." So I am in good company in being thrilled by this work.

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Post by paulb » Wed Nov 01, 2006 10:28 pm

Alfred Schnittke's 4 violin concertos/Kremer (OOP cd)
I love the 4th vc, the 3rd is OK, but the 1,2 vc's don't rea;;y work for me, as Alfred mentions in the notes that vc1 is only for hisotorical purposes, "its was my beginning".
Even as good as the 4th vc is, it is still not on par with his finest works, of which all the concerto grosso are.
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In fact i just listed it on amazon.
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Post by Ralph » Wed Nov 01, 2006 10:43 pm

Symphonies by Kraus late in the evening. NAXOS has put out some good performances.

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Post by karlhenning » Thu Nov 02, 2006 11:03 am

Carlos Chávez
Symphony No. 5
Mata / LSO


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Post by AntonioA » Thu Nov 02, 2006 2:39 pm

Les Contes D´Hoffman by Offenbach

Cover says :"World premiere recording" of the "original conception"

A pirate Lp set i recently ordered from France. It´s a 1980 live recording from Dallas . Nicolai Gedda as Hoffman and Jose van Dam as the villains.
Rosalind Elias sings the roles of Stella and Guiletta and the conductor is Antonio de Almeida. Andre Cluytens 1948 recording ill never be beaten, but it´s interesting to hear a perfomance of a more complete score with a cast like this.
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Post by Länzchen » Thu Nov 02, 2006 6:21 pm

Karl, thanks for the suggestion on Wuorinen, that CD seems to have a nice selection of pieces. Hopefully I will be able to aquire it someday.

I checked out some cd's from the public library for the first time, was pleased with their selection; it's difficult to find any classical music in stores where I live, so I assumed that it would be the same at the library.

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...and also---couldn't find a picture of it---Elliot Carter Symphony #1 and Piano Concerto performed by The Nashville Symphony Orchestra on Naxos with pianist Mark Wait.

I am quite thrilled with Messiaen's Quatour, Shostikovich's Symphony, and Carter's Concerto.....although I wonder if Bernstein takes the opening minutes of the 5th symphony perhaps a bit too slowly, I won't be able to say until I compare it to other recordings.

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Post by hautbois » Fri Nov 03, 2006 1:34 am

Is the Shostakovich 5th Symphony with the NYPO a DDD? When was it recorded? I own a version by Lenny and the NYPO which is a ADD, just curious, as i would really be interested in a later version, perhaps better?

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Post by Jack Kelso » Fri Nov 03, 2006 1:54 am

karlhenning wrote:Carlos Chávez
Symphony No. 5
Mata / LSO


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Now this looks very interesting to me, Karl. I had the "Sinfonia India" when I lived in the States. I'll have to look for these again.

I'm also looking to get the symphonies of Peter Mennin---I still remember my enthusiasm for his Fifth. What do you think of his music?

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Post by Länzchen » Fri Nov 03, 2006 10:19 am

hautbois wrote:Is the Shostakovich 5th Symphony with the NYPO a DDD? When was it recorded? I own a version by Lenny and the NYPO which is a ADD, just curious, as i would really be interested in a later version, perhaps better?
hautbois,

As you can see, it says "DDD" on the cover of the cd, but otherwise I can find no other information pertaining to that....this recording was made in 1979; Bernstein made two recordings with the NYPO, yours is perhaps the earlier one. The sound I would say is quite good, although when it coems to interpretation I cannot say since I havn't heard any other performances of this piece. Accord to some reviews on amazon.com I'm reading right now, the tempos on the newer recording are much slower.

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Post by karlhenning » Fri Nov 03, 2006 10:38 am

Jack: I know too little of Mennin's music to say!

Yesterday, apart from Chávez:

Kremerata Baltica: Las ocho estaciones

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And:

Beethoven Grosse Fuge, Opus 133
Quatuor Hongrois


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Post by jserraglio » Sat Nov 04, 2006 2:38 am

Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt LP vinyl festival today:
  • -Beethoven's First & Second, Fourth, Fifth & Eighth
    -Dvorak's New World and Slavonic Dances from LPs - Otterhouse's site
--Debussy Recital - Dubravka Tomsic, piano, on Stradivari.

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Post by Wallingford » Sat Nov 04, 2006 5:27 pm

Sibelius' En Saga & Swan of Tuonela (Segerstam)
Strauss' Till Eulenspiegel (Rodzinski)
Shostakovich's Fifth (Hugh Wolff/Detroit Sym.--concert broadcast)

ALSO:
Strauss' Alpine Symphony, another concert broadcast, with the combined Seattle Youth Symphony & Portland Youth Phil. The kids do alright.
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Post by RebLem » Sun Nov 05, 2006 1:45 pm

In the week ending Saturday, Nov. 4. 2006, I have listened to

1 ) 8/9 Bach, J.S.: Goldberg Variations (54:19)--Gustav Leonhardt, harpsichord--MHS, lic from Vanguard. Too closely miked for my taste; that's why I downgraded the sound to a 9. Good performances, but not, it seems to me, very nuanced readings.

2 ) 9/10 Schumann: Kinderszenen. Op. 15; 3 Romances, Op. 28; 7 Klavierstudcke in Fughettenform, Op. 126; 6 Etudes after Paganini, Op 10--Jorg Demus, piano. Vol. 4 of 13 Vol set of complete Schumann Solo Piano Works on Nuovo Era.

3 ) 9/9 Mahler: Sym 3--Inbal, cond. Frankfurt RSO, Women's Chorus of the Frankfurter Kantorei, Limberger Domsingknaben, Doris Sofel, alto--2 Brilliant CDS from 15 CD Inbal set of all Mahler's Syms.

4 ) 10/10 Glazunov: Sym 6, Op 58; Characteristic Suite, Op. 9--Valeri Polyansky, cond., Russian State Sym Orch.--MHS, Vol 5 of a 5 Vol set of the Glazunov Syms and other orchestral works. lic from Chandos. Actually, the suite is the more interesting work here. Not exactly what I would call profound, but definitely rousing, especially in the last movement. This is really exciting playing.

5 ) 10/10 Shostakovich: Sym 7 "Leningrad" (71:34)--Barshai, WDR Sinfonieorchester--Brilliant. An absolutely magnificent performance in superb sound. This is the best recorded performance of the work I have every heard, and definitely one of the 3-4 best performances. Just as a performance, it has no superiors, but maybe a few equals--either Bernstein recording, the Ancerl, maybe 1 or 2 others.
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Post by bOrbOt » Mon Nov 06, 2006 2:53 am

Schumann - Piano Concerto In A Minor

Murray Perahia/Claudio Abbado/Berlin Philharmonic

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Post by karlhenning » Mon Nov 06, 2006 1:31 pm

Cage
Sonatas & Interludes for prepared piano
Boris Berman


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Post by CharmNewton » Mon Nov 06, 2006 11:26 pm

Länzchen wrote:I am quite thrilled with Messiaen's Quatour, Shostikovich's Symphony, and Carter's Concerto.....although I wonder if Bernstein takes the opening minutes of the 5th symphony perhaps a bit too slowly, I won't be able to say until I compare it to other recordings.
That Bernstein performance of the Shostakovich 5th is awesome. Like his New York Mahker 6th, it is intense from start to finish and the bass drum whacks at the conclusion are the closest to the real thing I've heard on a recording--1979 digital to boot.

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Post by CharmNewton » Mon Nov 06, 2006 11:31 pm

karlhenning wrote:Cage
Sonatas & Interludes for prepared piano
Boris Berman


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I remember a lecture Cage gave at Northwestern University (broadcast over WNUR a number of years ago) and was impressed by his sincereity, demeanor and wonderful sense of humor. A true original, like Varese. Thanks for mentioning this one, and I hope you enjoyed it.

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Post by karlhenning » Tue Nov 07, 2006 8:37 am

In all candor, John, it isn't many of Cage's pieces that I really enjoy as music, his sincerity, gentle demeanor and fine sense of humor (and goodness knows these are all important and worthy things in life) notwithstanding. But the Sonatas & Interludes I find simply well-made, thoroughly enjoyable music; they deserve to be better known.

(If I may indulge in the sort of seeming contradiction in which Cage would have exulted, I think Cage both benefits from the fame of 4'33, and suffers from the fame of 4'33.)

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Post by premont » Tue Nov 07, 2006 10:45 am

RebLem wrote: 1 ) 8/9 Bach, J.S.: Goldberg Variations (54:19)--Gustav Leonhardt, harpsichord--MHS, lic from Vanguard. Too closely miked for my taste; that's why I downgraded the sound to a 9. Good performances, but not, it seems to me, very nuanced readings.
Very true, but this was in the early 1950es and represented a kind of embryonic HIP. Fortunately he rerecorded the work twice, having matured to the great master we all ought to know.

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Post by premont » Tue Nov 07, 2006 10:53 am

karlhenning wrote: (If I may indulge in the sort of seeming contradiction in which Cage would have exulted, I think Cage both benefits from the fame of 4'33, and suffers from the fame of 4'33.)
No contradiction at all. In my home country lived a businessman, who said: Bad PR is better than no PR at all.

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Post by karlhenning » Tue Nov 07, 2006 11:04 am

premont wrote:No contradiction at all. In my home country lived a businessman, who said: Bad PR is better than no PR at all.
I think he was paraphrasing Oscar Wilde's "The only thing worse than being talked about, is not being talked about," Poul :-)

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Post by karlhenning » Tue Nov 07, 2006 11:09 am

Hmm . . . listened last night to the second disc of Barenboim's recording of the Goldberg Variations. From the very fact that the piece is divided over two discs, of course, I knew to expect broader girth . . . and there is certainly plenty of nuance, though I wonder if I quite care for the type (or degree) of nuance :-)

I would feel very differently about the matter, if the recording had cost me anything (as it is, it was one of a shelf of discs that a friend who was moving office was morally prepared to part with, left for any takers). But, having received the disc at no cost, I enjoy it in a sense, though it is some distance from how I prefer to hear the piece. Romantified in curious ways.

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Post by Dalibor » Tue Nov 07, 2006 11:28 am

Paul Hindemith: "Mathis Der Maler" (hope the spelling is right)

I like all of this retro-modern take (say Stravinski biblical and ancient-inspired stuff), and this is something like renessance-modern music. NOt too spectacular, but harmonicaly it is interesting and I also now see where John Williams (the film composer) took much of his harmonic twists from

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