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    Starthrower have you seen Han's performance of the Sibelius on youtube? It's quite sensational.
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    Quote Originally Posted by starthrower View Post
    Hilary Hahn - Schoenberg/Sibelius violin concertos. I bought it for the Schoenberg but became a fan of the Sibelius.
    She also combined Stravinsky with Brahms and Mendelssohn with Shostakovich.

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    I really enjoy a DG recording by the Orpheus C.O. that consists of Prokofiev's 1st ('Classical') Britten's Simple Symphony and Bizet's early symphony.......as I have had the goood fortune to own this disc for what seems like years I seem to have grown used to the idea that the works are somehow linked and naturally sympathetic to each other!
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    I would like to see Rachmaninoff's Isle of the Dead coupled with Mendelssohn's Hebrides on one CD.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fritz Kobus View Post
    I would like to see Rachmaninoff's Isle of the Dead coupled with Mendelssohn's Hebrides on one CD.
    That would be very short measure for a CD ... you need to add Nielsen's Imaginary Journey to the Faroes
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    Quote Originally Posted by Becca View Post
    That would be very short measure for a CD ... you need to add Nielsen's Imaginary Journey to the Faroes
    And perhaps Reger's tone poem, Die Toteninsel, based on the same Böcklin picture which inspired the Rachmaninov work.
    '...a violator of his word, a libertine over head and ears in debt and disgrace, a despiser of domestic ties, the companion of gamblers and demireps, a man who has just closed half a century without a single claim on the gratitude of his country or the respect of posterity...' - Leigh Hunt on the Prince Regent (later George IV).

    ὃν οἱ θεοὶ φιλοῦσιν ἀποθνῄσκει νέος [Those whom the gods love die young] - Menander

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fritz Kobus View Post
    I would like to see Rachmaninoff's Isle of the Dead coupled with Mendelssohn's Hebrides on one CD.
    Quote Originally Posted by Becca View Post
    That would be very short measure for a CD ... you need to add Nielsen's Imaginary Journey to the Faroes
    I'll take it. Never herd of it before, but I'll take it. Now I have to go listen.

    EDIT: Nice piece. So now we have about half a CD. What else can go on it to fill it and fit together with these other three pieces.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fritz Kobus View Post
    I would like to see Rachmaninoff's Isle of the Dead coupled with Mendelssohn's Hebrides on one CD.
    My recording of Isle of the Dead - I only have one - is from The Reiner Sound. The CD version fills out the original LP. Here are the works:

    Works on This Recording
    1. Rapsodie espagnole by Maurice Ravel
    Conductor: Fritz Reiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    Period: 20th Century
    Written: 1907-1908; France

    2. Pavane pour une infante défunte by Maurice Ravel
    Conductor: Fritz Reiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    Period: 20th Century
    Written: 1899; France

    3. Totentanz, S 126 by Franz Liszt
    Performer: Byron Janis (Piano)
    Conductor: Fritz Reiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    Period: Romantic
    Written: 1849/1859; Weimar, Germany

    4. Isle of the Dead, Op. 29 by Sergei Rachmaninov
    Conductor: Fritz Reiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    Period: Romantic
    Written: 1909; Russia
    Date of Recording: 1957

    5. Invitation to the Dance, in D flat major J 260/Op. 65 by Carl Maria von Weber
    Conductor: Fritz Reiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    Period: Romantic
    Written: 1819; Dresden, Germany

    Oddly, this was not one of the RCA Living Stereo SACDs, but there is an audiophile SACD of the original LP programme:

    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    1. Rapsodie Espagnole
    I. Prelude a la Nuit
    II. Malaguena
    III. Habanera
    IV. Feria
    2. Pavan For A Dead Princess

    Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
    3. Isle Of The Dead, Op.29
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    Not necessarily an interesting coupling, but certainly an odd one.
    To release on 3 Jan 2020
    https://www.prestomusic.com/classica...-reicha-lenore
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fritz Kobus View Post
    Not necessarily an interesting coupling, but certainly an odd one.
    To release on 3 Jan 2020
    https://www.prestomusic.com/classica...-reicha-lenore
    I see what you'r doing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogerx View Post
    I see what you'r doing.
    Someone said of it: "Aside from the fact that the two composers were good friends, there doesn't seem to be anything otherwise linking the two works."

    Fascinating cover though. And I do like Camilla Nulund, so will wait for the day some used copies come up at reasonable prices. I only have a couple recordings of Egmont, so another would be a good idea for me.
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    1. Though not strictly a "coupling", I've enjoyed a thoughtfully chosen selection of French chamber works for harp and strings by the Montreal Chamber Players (a subset of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal) on a CD entitled, "Autour de la harpe":

    Albert Roussel, Serenade, Op. 30
    Joseph Guy Marie Ropartz, Prelude, Marine and Chansons
    Claude Debussy, Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp
    Maurice Ravel, Introduction et allegro
    Charles Koechlin, Quintet no. 2 for Flute, Harp and String Trio, "La Primavera", Op. 223.

    Here is the full album on You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pR9C...SF0oIZ-_oZuJBo

    I've liked this CD so much that I actually bought a 'back up' copy, which is something I rarely do:

    https://www.amazon.com/Debussy-Koech...=dmusic&sr=1-1
    https://www.amazon.com/Autour-Harp-R...s=music&sr=1-2

    2. The coupling of the Robert Schumann's Fantasie Op. 17, which was dedicated to Franz Liszt, and Franz Liszt's Sonata in B Minor, dedicated to Robert Schumann, makes for another interesting program of music. It's been done by a number of pianists, but I believe Alicia de Larrocha was the first to bring these two works together on a single LP album: https://www.prestomusic.com/classica...fantasie-op-17

    3. Alicia de Larrocha also coupled Mozart with Haydn (& Bach), and Mozart with Handel during her Decca years, which are albums that I'd strongly recommend:

    https://www.amazon.com/ALICIA-LARROC...s=music&sr=1-4
    https://www.amazon.com/Bach-Mozart-H...s=music&sr=1-2
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...dm_ws_sp_ps_dp

    Especially her Haydn Andante con variazioni with Mozart Piano Sonatas, K. 311, 330, and Fantasia, K. 397:

    https://www.amazon.com/Mostly-Mozart...s=music&sr=1-7
    https://www.amazon.com/Mozart-Sonata...s=music&sr=1-3

    & her Handel Keyboard Suite No. 5 in E Major "The Harmonious Blacksmith", coupled with 2 Mozart Piano Sonatas, & Busoni's transcription of J.S. Bach's Chaconne:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjeFYoXf_WY
    https://www.discogs.com/Alicia-De-La...lease/10068836

    4. In addition, Alicia de Larrocha coupled Mozart's Fantasy in C minor, K. 475 and Sonata in C minor, K. 457 together, possibly more than once:

    https://www.amazon.com/Mozart-Piano-.../dp/B000003F0X
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMsTV0XscQ8

    But unfortunately she didn't include Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 8, "Pathétique", Op. 13, with these works, which would have been inspired programming.

    That's one of the reasons why I've admired pianist Elizabeth Rich's Mozart Piano Sonata survey for the Connoisseur Society label, because Rich astutely included a performance of Beethoven's "Pathétique" Sonata in Volume 5, and I believe she may be the only pianist to ever do so (although unfortunately, the Beethoven sonata isn't included on her disc with K. 475 & K. 457, but rather with later Mozart sonatas.) Beethoven's Op. 13 is indebted to Mozart's Piano Sonata, K. 457 (and Fantasia in C Minor, K. 475), and most significantly, it is the only time in Beethoven's oeuvre that he directly quotes a contemporary composer. Surprisingly, no pianist has ever coupled Beethoven's "Pathétique" with Mozart's K. 457 (& K. 475) on a single album, as far as I know.

    Nor have I seen Mozart's late Piano Sonata no. 17 in B flat Major, K. 570, ever coupled with Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 24 in F Major, Op. 78, which seems like another missed opportunity for interesting comparative listening.

    However, I have seen Mozart's Piano Concerto no. 24 in C minor, K. 491--which Beethoven much admired, coupled with Beethoven's Piano Concerto no. 3: by pianist Yevgeny Sudbin, who recorded both concertos with Osmo Vanska and the Minnesota Orchestra for BIS in 2014: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...dm_ws_sp_ps_dp. Clara Haskil also recorded K. 491 with Beethoven's Piano Concerto no. 4, but I'm not certain if the coupling was Haskil's choice, or a later idea by a record label: https://www.amazon.com/Mozart-Piano-...dmusic&sr=1-12

    5. Pierre Laurent Aimard offers a fascinating coupling of Maurice Ravel's Gaspard de la Nuit and Elliot Carter's Night Fantasies--two nocturnal visions for solo piano: https://www.amazon.com/Pierre-Lauren...=music&sr=1-20. Although if you're looking for these works individually, you might want to also consider Ivo Pogorelich's Gaspard de la Nuit, and Charles Rosen's Night Fantasies (or the recordings Paul Jacobs, Ursula Oppens, & Gilbert Kalish, with whom Rosen jointly commissioned Night Fantasies)--though Aimard's Teldec CD is certainly worth hearing.

    Carter, Night Fantasies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpxA8aH2w-I
    Ravel, Gaspard de la Nuit, Le Gibet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEl07mV-TYA

    6. Speaking of Ivo Pogorelich, his DG recordings offer some wonderful couplings, such as the young Pogorelich's remarkable Prokofiev Piano Sonata no. 6 (which was awarded a Penguin Guide Rosette) and Ravel Gaspard de la Nuit (which was NOT awarded a Rosette, bafflingly, as I recall they described his pianism as "narcissistic"!; as well as his Beethoven Piano Sonata no. 32, Op. 111, coupled with Robert Schumann's Symphonic Etudes & Toccata:

    https://www.amazon.com/Ravel-Gaspard.../dp/B000001G54
    A later reissue added Chopin to the original program: https://www.deutschegrammophon.com/us/cat/4636782

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKgcHjq1xKQ
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHLFjVIYKQo

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-WL...&start_radio=1

    7. Which brings to mind a 'classic' Maurizio Pollini DG album that contains performances of Stravinsky's Petrouchka, Prokofiev's Sonata no. 7, Webern's Variationen, Op. 27, and the Boulez Sonata no. 2--what a combination!, and shows Pollini's more 'intellectual' style of pianism at its best, in my view:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9wW...uB7H1JSXT1sfHX
    https://www.amazon.com/Stravinsky-Pe...s=music&sr=1-1

    8. Which brings to mind the seemingly odd at first glance coupling of pianist David Fray's debut recording for Virgin Classics, where Fray combined J.S. Bach's Partita no. 4 with Pierre Boulez's 12 Notations of piano, and Incises:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uaov...&start_radio=1
    https://www.amazon.com/Bach-Partita-...s=music&sr=1-1

    9. Another pianist that devises thoughtful couplings & varied programs is Roland Pöntinen. I've enjoyed his CDs "Evocation", "Pianorama", and "Music for a Rainy Day 1" over the years, along with other 'program' music by him (& the other excellent musicians that he regularly performs with):

    https://www.amazon.com/Evocation-Fre...s=music&sr=1-1
    https://www.amazon.com/Pianorama-Cin...=music&sr=1-72
    https://www.amazon.com/Music-Rainy-D...s=music&sr=1-8
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...dm_ws_sp_ps_dp
    https://www.amazon.com/Caf%C3%A9-lai...=music&sr=1-42
    https://www.amazon.com/Evening-Bells...music&sr=1-102
    https://www.amazon.com/French-Beauti...music&sr=1-127
    https://www.amazon.com/Mysteries-Mac...7740770&sr=1-6

    10. Flautist Sharon Bezaly likewise devises interesting couplings & programs: such as her BIS recording with pianist Ronald Brautigam, where they play Prokofiev's Sonata in D Major, Op. 94 coupled with Franz Schubert's Variations in E minor on the song "Trockne Blumen", Dutilleux's Sonatina, and Jolivet's Chant de Linos: https://www.amazon.com/Masterworks-F...s=music&sr=1-5.

    11. Another interesting program is a 2017 MSR CD by pianist Jeffrey LaDeur, entitled "The Unbroken Line", where LaDeur focuses on the solo piano music by Claude Debussy that was influenced by Rameau (such as in Debussy's Images Book 1 and Preludes Book 2), along with works by Rameau--including LeDeur's own arrangement of "Tristes Apprêts" from Rameau's opera, Castor et Pollux:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ws4m...GgEmv0kMHOW_GY
    https://www.amazon.com/Debussy-Ramea...c&sr=1-1-fkmr0

    (By the way, in the spring of 2020, pianist Víkingur Ólafsson will be releasing a DG album that similarly couples Debussy and Rameau.)

    12. I've also enjoyed the various couplings on Dame Janet Baker's recordings over the decades: especially (1) her singing of Elgar's "Sea Pictures", coupled with Jacqueline Dupre's Elgar Cello Concerto--both with the LSO under Sir John Barbirolli; (2) her singing of Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder, R. Strauss Four Songs, and Brahms Alto Rhapsody, with the London Philharmonic under Sir Adrian Boult; (3) her Duparc "Songs with Orchestra", coupled with Chausson's "Poeme de l'amour et de la Mer", with the London Symphony Orchestra under Andre Previn, and (4) her classic Decca recording of French chamber songs by Ravel, Chausson and Delage, with The Melos Ensemble of London:

    https://www.amazon.com/Janet-Baker-F...c&sr=1-1-fkmr0
    https://www.amazon.com/French-Songs-...c&sr=1-2-fkmr1

    13. Which reminds me of yet another excellent CD of French chamber songs that I've enjoyed immensely!, entitled "La Bonne Chanson", sung by Anne Sofie von Otter with a small group of chamber musicians. This excellent CD includes Ravel's beautiful "Trois Poémes de Stéphane Mallarmé", Chausson's "Chanson Perpetuelle", Faure's "La bonne chanson" song cycle, and Delage's exotic "Quatre Poémes Hindous". It's a desert island CD for me, as I'd even take it over Dame Janet's French Songs, due to the better DG sound engineering and Otter's gorgeous performances: https://www.amazon.com/Anne-Sofie-vo...s=music&sr=1-1

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    ^That Pollini disc with the Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Webern, and Boulez is phenomenal. I just got it the other day and have been listening to it quite a bit. Intellectual pianism is right; his playing here, not altogether dissimilarly to his late Beethoven discs, is passionate and virtuosic yet controlled, contained. Pollini has seriously won a fan in me from those two discs. I'll pick up any recording of his blindly now.

    I need to check out some more entries on your list! That Sudbin/Vänskä Beethoven and Mozart disc sounds particularly excellent. I too think it is bizarre that no pianist has combined Beethoven's Pathétique with Mozart's K 457 sonata. That would be an excellent coupling.

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    Two with Franck that I like




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    RVW - Sinfonia Antartica + Towards an Unknown Region

    After the chill terrors of RVW's Seventh Symphony, the choral piece Towards the Unknown Region warms your heart like nothing else! Amazing pairing on a single disc, very much recommended to any Vaughan Williams afficionado! Plus brilliant Bryden Thompson conducting London Symphony Orchestra
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