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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Sat Mar 20, 2010 2:15 pm

Haydn - 'Harmoniemesse' (Joanne Lunn/Sara Mingardo/Topi Lehtipuu/Brindley Sherratt/John Eliot Gardiner, The Monteverdi Choir/English Baroque Soloists, Philips)

Liszt - Piano Sonata (Nikolai Demidenko, Helios)

Mahler - Das Lied von der Erde' (Kathleen Ferrier/Julius Patzak/Bruno Walter, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Decca) below

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Post by moldyoldie » Sat Mar 20, 2010 4:02 pm

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Recording is a bit resonant for this, but vivid and spacious in the Chandos manner. I think I like these by the Grimethorpe Colliery UK Coal Band a tad better. Still, fun stuff!
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Post by Donaldopato » Sat Mar 20, 2010 8:43 pm

More fabulous Szell from the Cleveland Orchestra 75th anniversary set I borrowed from a neighbor:

Sibelius Symphony # 2

Szell Cleveland Orchestra Tokyo 5/22/70

If this is not the most incandescent Sibelius 2nds ever, I will eat my proverbial hat. This is Szell's second to last concert he ever conducted and he and his orchestra are on fire.

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Post by Fergus » Sun Mar 21, 2010 5:23 am

JSB - Mass in Am BWV234....

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Post by johnQpublic » Sun Mar 21, 2010 8:38 am

W.S. Bennett - Overture: The Naiades (Braithwaite/Lyrita)
Parry - Symphony #2 (Bamert/Chandos)
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Post by maestrob » Sun Mar 21, 2010 10:17 am

Shostakovich X: Ormandy/Philadelphia

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by josé echenique » Sun Mar 21, 2010 10:30 am

Spring brings the birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach. Let´s celebrate with an excellent new recording of the B-minor Mass in the Glossa label. This is Frans Brüggen´s second recording of the work, the first was made exactly 20 years ago for Philips after an European tour of the Orchestra of the XVIII Century that included first visits to the Soviet Union and Poland. The orchestra was so well received in Poland that they returned almost every other year. This new recording was recorded live last year in Warsaw to commemorate their first visit. Frans Brüggen is a master!!!

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Post by Prometheus » Sun Mar 21, 2010 10:39 am

Stravinsky-Petrushka-Bernstein-Sony.

The label says it is a great performance and it does not lie! :)

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Post by Fergus » Sun Mar 21, 2010 11:02 am

josé echenique wrote: .... Frans Brüggen is a master!!!
I too am fast becoming a very big fan 8)

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Post by Chung » Sun Mar 21, 2010 11:48 am

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Symphony No. 1 (I'm pleasantly surprised by what Herr Krips does here with the LSO after having heard his set of Mozart's symphonies with the Concertgebouw. The lyrical approach on No. 1 works very well.)

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Post by ContrapunctusIX » Sun Mar 21, 2010 1:24 pm

Mozart: Symphonies 35, 36, 38, 39, 40 & 41
Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra & Hans Graf - Capriccio

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Graf selects some very nice tempi and observes all repeats in the final 6 symphonies. Orchestral execution is very good in general, and the ensemble possesses a wonderful Mozart sound. There's a great deal of exciting and inspired playing throughout, and Graf is not afraid to get dramatic in the bigger moments. Tempo-wise I'd say Graf is generally a bit more sprightly than Bohm or Krips, but not as fast as Mackerras; it's an ideal choice to my ears. I didn't notice any serious problems with close-miking, although the tap of the baton in quite audible in places. I would say the sound is good, but I wouldn't say it is on par with the best modern digital recordings (these performances date from 1988-90). I noticed some congestion during the densely contrapuntal finale of the Jupiter. Overall though very satisfying, it's a little different from anything else in my collection. I plan on listening to Nos. 25, 28, 29, 31, 33 & 34 later this week.

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Post by bombasticDarren » Sun Mar 21, 2010 2:14 pm

Beethoven - Symphony No.6 'Pastoral' (Karl Bohm, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, DG) below

Brahms - Piano Concerto No.2 (Maurizio Pollini/Claudio Abbado, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, DG)

Schumann - Piano Quartet (Glenn Gould/Juilliard String Quartet, Sony Classical)

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Post by Fergus » Sun Mar 21, 2010 3:29 pm

Beethoven – Symphonies 7 & 8 Cluytens....

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Post by bombasticDarren » Sun Mar 21, 2010 4:07 pm

Bartok - 'Concerto for Orchestra' (Georg Solti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Decca)

Chopin - Cello Sonata (Mstislav Rostropovich/Martha Argerich, DG) below

Sibelius - Symphony No.1 (Simon Rattle, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, EMI)

Vaughan Williams - 'The Lark Ascending' (Sarah Chang/Bernard Haitink, London Philharmonic Orchestra, EMI)

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Air » Sun Mar 21, 2010 8:10 pm

I've spent my afternoon listening to different interpretations of Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. I think my personal preferences run something like this:

1. William Kapell / Fritz Reiner
2. Benno Moiseiwitsch / Basil Cameron
3. Artur Rubinstein / Fritz Reiner
4. The rest

I'd say that the Kapell is the most direct, extroverted, exciting, and on the edge performance of the three mentioned. It's a modern interpretation that carries the work to its greatest emotional potential. On the other hand, Moiseiwitsch is more flexible - elegant and lyrical in the manner of the older Romantic school. I greatly admire how he is able to mold charm and brilliance into one. It's a wonderful recording that in many ways hasn't received the attention that it deserves. And lastly is Rubinstein's famous interpretation with Reiner. He's in many ways a pianist in the modern vein that also happens to be a warm-blooded Romantic. I bloody love the balance he creates in the work - something that Kapell and Moiseiwitsch don't hit right on the head in their interpretations. Great playing by all three though - kicking Rachmaninov's own recording off my top three list.

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Post by Chalkperson » Sun Mar 21, 2010 10:27 pm

Air wrote:I've spent my afternoon listening to different interpretations of Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. I think my personal preferences run something like this:

1. William Kapell / Fritz Reiner
2. Benno Moiseiwitsch / Basil Cameron
3. Artur Rubinstein / Fritz Reiner
4. The rest

I'd say that the Kapell is the most direct, extroverted, exciting, and on the edge performance of the three mentioned. It's a modern interpretation that carries the work to its greatest emotional potential. On the other hand, Moiseiwitsch is more flexible - elegant and lyrical in the manner of the older Romantic school. I greatly admire how he is able to mold charm and brilliance into one. It's a wonderful recording that in many ways hasn't received the attention that it deserves. And lastly is Rubinstein's famous interpretation with Reiner. He's in many ways a pianist in the modern vein that also happens to be a warm-blooded Romantic. I bloody love the balance he creates in the work - something that Kapell and Moiseiwitsch don't hit right on the head in their interpretations. Great playing by all three though - kicking Rachmaninov's own recording off my top three list.
Following on from another Thread, may I ask this question, whilst you say that Rubinstein is a pianist "in the modern vein" and that the Composers own reading was not as good as the three you name, when making your comparisons, did you listen to any recording that was less than Fifty Years Old...just asking... :wink:
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Air » Sun Mar 21, 2010 11:23 pm

Chalkperson wrote:
Air wrote:I've spent my afternoon listening to different interpretations of Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. I think my personal preferences run something like this:

1. William Kapell / Fritz Reiner
2. Benno Moiseiwitsch / Basil Cameron
3. Artur Rubinstein / Fritz Reiner
4. The rest

I'd say that the Kapell is the most direct, extroverted, exciting, and on the edge performance of the three mentioned. It's a modern interpretation that carries the work to its greatest emotional potential. On the other hand, Moiseiwitsch is more flexible - elegant and lyrical in the manner of the older Romantic school. I greatly admire how he is able to mold charm and brilliance into one. It's a wonderful recording that in many ways hasn't received the attention that it deserves. And lastly is Rubinstein's famous interpretation with Reiner. He's in many ways a pianist in the modern vein that also happens to be a warm-blooded Romantic. I bloody love the balance he creates in the work - something that Kapell and Moiseiwitsch don't hit right on the head in their interpretations. Great playing by all three though - kicking Rachmaninov's own recording off my top three list.
Following on from another Thread, may I ask this question, whilst you say that Rubinstein is a pianist "in the modern vein" and that the Composers own reading was not as good as the three you name, when making your comparisons, did you listen to any recording that was less than Fifty Years Old...just asking... :wink:
Ashkenazy?

Nah, i'm a dinosaur. I like listening to and comparing older recordings best.

I think Schonberg calls Rubinstein "the modern type of Romantic pianist" in his book. This is what I was kind of getting at. All the characteristics of a Romantic without any of the affectations, exaggerations, etc. of old (not to say I don't like the older Romantic schools, I do). Just lyrical, heart-rendering playing, elegant phrasing, and a brilliant, golden tone...

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Post by Prometheus » Sun Mar 21, 2010 11:31 pm

Zemlinsky-String Quartets-Schoenberg Quartet-Chandos.

Some excellent music and performances on these discs.

Liszt-Piano Concertos; Piano Sonatas-Richter-Phillips.

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Post by Chalkperson » Mon Mar 22, 2010 8:40 am

Air wrote: Ashkenazy?

Nah, i'm a dinosaur. I like listening to and comparing older recordings best.
Ashkenazy, I hope not...

Dinosaur, no, Connoisseur would be a better word... :wink:

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Teresa Berganza singing Garcia Lorca=HEAVEN!!!!

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Post by bombasticDarren » Mon Mar 22, 2010 3:19 pm

Mozart

Violin Concerto No.3 (Anne-Sophie Mutter/Herbert von Karajan, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, DG) below

Symphony No.35 'Haffner' (Charles Mackerras, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Linn)

'Eine kleine Nachtmusik' (Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus musicus Wien, Teldec)

Clarinet Quintet (Thea King/Gabrieli String Quartet, Hyperion)

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Post by moldyoldie » Mon Mar 22, 2010 4:14 pm

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Brahms: Sonata No. 1 for Cello and Piano in E minor, Op. 38; Sonata No. 2 for Cello and Piano in F major, Op. 99
Yo-Yo Ma, cello; Emanuel Ax, piano
RCA (Musical Heritage Society)

Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax give technically proficient readings, allowing the tortured Romanticism of Brahms to shine through in his notes without gooey nor overt over-expression. Some have written that these performances lack the fire and passion found in others; I find that to be a virtue here as the music speaks well for itself -- understated, communicative, and intellectually engaging. The recording is comfortably close and the range of tones from both instruments are sublimely rendered. Very fine!
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Post by Ken » Mon Mar 22, 2010 4:16 pm

Schumann: Klaviertrio in d-Moll, Op. 63
Alfred Cortot, Jacques Thibaud, Pablo Casals
Naxos Historical
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Post by ContrapunctusIX » Mon Mar 22, 2010 5:22 pm

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Symphony No. 1 (I'm pleasantly surprised by what Herr Krips does here with the LSO after having heard his set of Mozart's symphonies with the Concertgebouw. The lyrical approach on No. 1 works very well.)
Chung, how is the sound? I've long debated whether it was worth the $8.95 to go grab this set but from what I've read, the sound is absolutely atrocious. There was another OOP release on the Vanguard label which is supposed to be superior sonically, but it's outrageously expensive.

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Post by Chung » Mon Mar 22, 2010 8:45 pm

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Symphony No. 1 (I'm pleasantly surprised by what Herr Krips does here with the LSO after having heard his set of Mozart's symphonies with the Concertgebouw. The lyrical approach on No. 1 works very well.)
Chung, how is the sound? I've long debated whether it was worth the $8.95 to go grab this set but from what I've read, the sound is absolutely atrocious. There was another OOP release on the Vanguard label which is supposed to be superior sonically, but it's outrageously expensive.
The sound on this release is good enough for the most part (but hardly the best). I admit that I'm not an audiophile so what may pass as listenable for me may be God-awful for you. Madacy (the distributor for this edition in the tin box) seems to have had enough sense to get someone to do a decent job on converting the original tapes to CD. The drums at the beginning of the 4th movement of the 9th sound muffled, though - I don't like that.

I am aware that there is an awful version of Krips' cycle of Beethoven released by Bescol, but this isn't it. For $10 or cheaper it's a good enough thrill but it hardly displaces other sets that I have.

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Post by Barry » Tue Mar 23, 2010 8:38 am

I listened to some very good Schubert by Kertesz and the VPO last night. The "Unfinished" is among the three or four best I've heard. The fifth and ninth aren't quite at that level, but they're still very good and worth a listen.

I see the entire set of symphonies that they recorded is available used for under $30 at Amazon. I picked up the following two discs used for about $2 each plus shipping last week:

http://www.amazon.com/Schubert-Symphoni ... 290&sr=8-2

http://www.amazon.com/Schubert-Unfinish ... 290&sr=8-4

The fifth comes on both discs, but it was worth getting the repeat to pick up both the 8th and 9th for so little money, especially since I listen to these three more than any other Schubert symphony by a wide margin. The disc with the Unfinished is one of those old Lonodon Weekend Classic discs. The sound isn't the greatest, as was often a problem with some of the relatively early CDs, especially budget lines. But it's more than acceptable for the price.
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Post by karlhenning » Tue Mar 23, 2010 8:51 am

Yesterday's listening:

Schnittke
Concerto for piano (four hands) & chamber orchestra (1988)
Ewa Kupiec & Maria Lettberg, pf
Berlin Radio Symphony
Frank Strobel

Andriessen
Workers' Union
Hout

Bang on a Can

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Variations on a Chord, Opus 39 (1965)
Improvisation & Fugue, Opus 38 (1966)
Victoria Lubitskaya, pf

Alkan
Troisième recueil de chants, Opus 65
Marc-André Hamelin

Scelsi
Konx-Om-Pax (1968)
The Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic & Concert Choir
Juan Pablo Izqueirdo


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Post by josé echenique » Tue Mar 23, 2010 9:17 am

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This has to be one of the most beautiful Bach cantatas disc ever recorded. Andreas Scholl in his prime, before he started singing opera in big theatres like the MET, had one of the most hauntingly beautiful voices of our time. The 3 great alto cantatas receive deffinitive performances, with the support of Herreweghe´s expert orchestra and that incomparable oboist, Marcel Ponseele.

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Joyce DiDonato!!! Yes, yes, yes!!!!

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Post by ContrapunctusIX » Tue Mar 23, 2010 9:59 am

Barry wrote:I listened to some very good Schubert by Kertesz and the VPO last night. The "Unfinished" is among the three or four best I've heard. The fifth and ninth aren't quite at that level, but they're still very good and worth a listen.

I see the entire set of symphonies that they recorded is available used for under $30 at Amazon. I picked up the following two discs used for about $2 each plus shipping last week:

http://www.amazon.com/Schubert-Symphoni ... 290&sr=8-2

http://www.amazon.com/Schubert-Unfinish ... 290&sr=8-4

The fifth comes on both discs, but it was worth getting the repeat to pick up both the 8th and 9th for so little money, especially since I listen to these three more than any other Schubert symphony by a wide margin. The disc with the Unfinished is one of those old Lonodon Weekend Classic discs. The sound isn't the greatest, as was often a problem with some of the relatively early CDs, especially budget lines. But it's more than acceptable for the price.
I have those discs as well. I agree about the 9th not quite being in the elite class, but it's still very enjoyable. The 8th is really excellent though.

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Post by bombasticDarren » Tue Mar 23, 2010 2:34 pm

Beethoven - Symphony No.8 (David Zinman, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Arte Nova) below

Mozart - String Quintet No.6 (Arthur Grumiaux/Arpad Gerecz/Georges Janzer/Max Lesueur/Eva Czako, Philips)

Wagner - 'Siegfried Idyll' (Georg Solti, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Decca)

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Post by bombasticDarren » Tue Mar 23, 2010 3:32 pm

Brahms - String Quartet No.3 (Alban Berg Quartet, Teldec)

Elgar - Cello Concerto (Jacqueline du Pre/John Barbirolli, London Symphony Orchestra, EMI) below

Shostakovich - Symphony No.9 (Mstislav Rostropovich, National Symphony Orchestra, Warner Elatus)

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Post by Fergus » Tue Mar 23, 2010 4:24 pm

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That was a recent purchase of mine but I have not listened to it yet....I am really looking forward to it :D

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How are you finding Mr. Zimnan's Beethoven Darren?

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Post by Prometheus » Tue Mar 23, 2010 7:23 pm

Weber / Mahler-Die Drei Pintos-Bertini-RCA.

Chopin-Piano Concertos-Gilels / Watts-Sony.

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Post by Barry » Wed Mar 24, 2010 12:20 pm

Last night, from the Philadelphia Orchestra's 100th anniversary boxed set, a disc of Stokowski-led performances:

From 1917: what may be the Orchestra's first recording, of one of the Brahms Hungarian Dances.

From 1931: An experimental live stereo recording made at the Academy of music by Bell Labs of Beethoven's 5th. This live performance is much more exciting than the studio recording of the fifth they made earlier that year. In fact, I'd put it in the class of some of the great live Furtwangler Beethoven fifth performances as being among the most thrilling I've ever heard.

From 1964: A live Sibelius 2nd during one of Stokowski's return visits to the Academy. Again, it's a super performance.
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Post by Chung » Wed Mar 24, 2010 8:36 pm

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Beethoven, Symphony No. 8 (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Hermann Scherchen)

No. 8 is in mono but who cares? This disc is a joy to hear with Scherchen on the podium.

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Post by Barry » Wed Mar 24, 2010 10:05 pm

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Beethoven, Symphony No. 8 (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Hermann Scherchen)

No. 8 is in mono but who cares? This disc is a joy to hear with Scherchen on the podium.
I agree. It's my favorite recording of the Beethoven eighth. If you get a chance to hear his recording of the King Stephen Overture, I believe with the Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera, it's a similarly joyous performance.
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Post by josé echenique » Wed Mar 24, 2010 10:45 pm

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Someone, sooner or later has to put things right. In the late 70´s and 80´s, DG and EMI tried to convince us that Katia Ricciarelli and Mirella Freni were Aidas, even in the year 2000 Teldec was guilty of the same nonsense with Cristina Gallardo-Domas. Lyric sopranos totally out of place in this huge, demanding role.
Here we have the genuine article in spinto soprano Anna Tomowa-Sintow, who does have an Aida voice and is a superb one. This 1979 Live Munich performance is already an historic document. After a slightly tentative "Celeste Aida" (always understandable live, the tenor is still cold) Domingo sings the best Radames this side of Franco Corelli. Riccardo Muti conducts magnificently his excellent Bavarian forces, far better than in his EMI studio version. The sound is very good, no distortion. no hiss and a satisfactory range. The recording is taken from a single performance, no re-takes. That night, made Verdi proud.

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Post by Prometheus » Wed Mar 24, 2010 11:23 pm

Chopin-Piano Sonatas-Ashkenazy-Decca.

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Post by Chalkperson » Thu Mar 25, 2010 12:01 am

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Someone, sooner or later has to put things right. In the late 70´s and 80´s, DG and EMI tried to convince us that Katia Ricciarelli and Mirella Freni were Aidas, even in the year 2000 Teldec was guilty of the same nonsense with Cristina Gallardo-Domas. Lyric sopranos totally out of place in this huge, demanding role.
Here we have the genuine article in spinto soprano Anna Tomowa-Sintow, who does have an Aida voice and is a superb one. This 1979 Live Munich performance is already an historic document. After a slightly tentative "Celeste Aida" (always understandable live, the tenor is still cold) Domingo sings the best Radames this side of Franco Corelli. Riccardo Muti conducts magnificently his excellent Bavarian forces, far better than in his EMI studio version. The sound is very good, no distortion. no hiss and a satisfactory range. The recording is taken from a single performance, no re-takes. That night, made Verdi proud.
Excellent set of discs... :D
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Post by Lance » Thu Mar 25, 2010 12:08 am

I couldn't concur more! Orfeo really has an inside track - with best sound - with much of this live material.
Chalkperson wrote:
josé echenique wrote:Image

Someone, sooner or later has to put things right. In the late 70´s and 80´s, DG and EMI tried to convince us that Katia Ricciarelli and Mirella Freni were Aidas, even in the year 2000 Teldec was guilty of the same nonsense with Cristina Gallardo-Domas. Lyric sopranos totally out of place in this huge, demanding role.
Here we have the genuine article in spinto soprano Anna Tomowa-Sintow, who does have an Aida voice and is a superb one. This 1979 Live Munich performance is already an historic document. After a slightly tentative "Celeste Aida" (always understandable live, the tenor is still cold) Domingo sings the best Radames this side of Franco Corelli. Riccardo Muti conducts magnificently his excellent Bavarian forces, far better than in his EMI studio version. The sound is very good, no distortion. no hiss and a satisfactory range. The recording is taken from a single performance, no re-takes. That night, made Verdi proud.
Excellent set of discs... :D
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by josé echenique » Thu Mar 25, 2010 9:20 am

Lance wrote:I couldn't concur more! Orfeo really has an inside track - with best sound - with much of this live material.
Chalkperson wrote:
josé echenique wrote:Image

Someone, sooner or later has to put things right. In the late 70´s and 80´s, DG and EMI tried to convince us that Katia Ricciarelli and Mirella Freni were Aidas, even in the year 2000 Teldec was guilty of the same nonsense with Cristina Gallardo-Domas. Lyric sopranos totally out of place in this huge, demanding role.
Here we have the genuine article in spinto soprano Anna Tomowa-Sintow, who does have an Aida voice and is a superb one. This 1979 Live Munich performance is already an historic document. After a slightly tentative "Celeste Aida" (always understandable live, the tenor is still cold) Domingo sings the best Radames this side of Franco Corelli. Riccardo Muti conducts magnificently his excellent Bavarian forces, far better than in his EMI studio version. The sound is very good, no distortion. no hiss and a satisfactory range. The recording is taken from a single performance, no re-takes. That night, made Verdi proud.
Excellent set of discs... :D
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And much the same can be said of this 1987 Vienna Otello. Domingo reaches Shakespearean heights, he is in opulent voice, a singer in full command of his resources, what an amazing artist!!! And Tomowa-Sintow sings with such dignity and passion, with the right weight of voice for Desdemona. Mehta conducts a throughly idiomatic performance. The Vienna State Opera forces in high spirits for an obvious special night.
We have so much to thank Orfeo, may they keep unearthing these treasures from Munich, Salzburg and Vienna for many years.

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Chalkperson » Thu Mar 25, 2010 10:20 am

josé echenique wrote:We have so much to thank Orfeo, may they keep unearthing these treasures from Munich, Salzburg and Vienna for many years.
I love Orfeo, I have dozen's of their discs, wonderful stuff...
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Wallingford » Thu Mar 25, 2010 11:20 am

From a compilation tape of the ORCHESTRE DE LA SUISSE ROMANDE:

Sibelius' Night Ride And Sunrise (Stein)
Stravinsky's Symphony in Three Movements (Dutoit)
Prokofiev's Sixth, and Stravinsky's Suites #1 & #2 for Small Orchestra (Ansermet)
Ravel's Mother Goose Suite (Jordan)
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That the things we never had
Never mattered we were always ok
Getting ready for Christmas day
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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by Fergus » Thu Mar 25, 2010 3:34 pm

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Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Post by bombasticDarren » Thu Mar 25, 2010 4:01 pm

Fergus wrote:
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How are you finding Mr. Zimnan's Beethoven Darren?
I come back to it time and time again Fergus...I really enjoy it, probably my favourite modern cycle (the 9th is patchy though) :D

Tonight:-

Beethoven - Symphony No.9 'Choral' (Irmgard Seefried/Maureen Forrester/Ernst Haefliger/Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Ferenc Fricsay, Chor der St.-Hedwigs-Kathedrale/Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, DG)

Brahms - String Sextet No.2 (Cecil Aronowitz/William Pleeth/Amadeus Quartet, DG)

Saint-Saens - Piano Concero No.2 (Stephen Hough/Sakari Oramo, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Hyperion) below

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