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    For Barber birthday (1910).

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    Taking a break from Schumann for

    Nørgård

    Animals in Concert
    Erik Kaltoft, piano

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

    contemplating this purchase:

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002N5KEB0/...I1ZJARUNDXTS5I

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    "I propose to create a heroic, monumental style of composition simple enough to inspire all people; completely free from fads, artificial mannerisms and false sophistications; direct, forceful, sincere, always original but never unnatural." -Alan Hovhaness

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    Default And even more piano music

    Someone recently posted a suggestion that Cortot and Moiseiwitsch were very good interpreters of Chopin's music. I forget who, however. Sorry, but thanks.

    Anyway, in order to follow up on this suggestion, my listening this morning consists of

    Chopin - Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23 - Cortot

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    And yes, he is good! (But I think I'll stick to Rubinstein or Moravec. The sound is unfortunately dated, though well cleaned up. Worthwhile, though.)

    Beethoven - Piano Sonata No. 4 in E-flat, Op. 7 - Jando (piano)

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    From a quite serviceable set. Maybe not my first choice of performers for Beethoven's sonati, but not bad at all.

    Liszt - Mephisto Waltz No. 4 - Jerome Rose (piano)

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    I'm not sure why, but I really like the way Rose performs music by Liszt. It's not full of fire and bravura the way many pianists approach Liszt. But I feel it has a solid musicality behind it, and the lack of fireworks often gives Liszt's a welcome lyricism.

    And, from the same set, Liszt's Pensées de Mortes from his Harmonies. Alfred Brendel (piano)

    This is, unfortunately, an old recording. I much prefer Brendel's later recordings of Liszt for Philips.

    Finishing with one of my favorite piano sonatas, the second sonata in A, Op. 21 by Szymanowski, performed by Martin Roscoe

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    Roscoe's is the best recording of those I'm familiar with. I wish Rubinstein had recorded this sonata. He has a wonderful way with Szymanowski's music, as the recording of four of the Op. 50 etudes shows. Rubinstein played this sonata in public, but I don't believe there's a recording available.

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    Copland playing Copland

    Four Piano Blues

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    Recorded 2011.


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    How to beat the Monday blahs ... especially the Monday after changing to daylight savings time...

    Poulenc - Concerto for Organ, Strings & Timpani

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    Quote Originally Posted by Selby View Post
    I am loving it. I'll admit, however, I'm not well versed in these pieces, so I do not have much to compare it to. I only have recordings by Hamelin and Hewitt, but I am preferring these interpretations of those pieces so far (Kinderszenen; Waldszenen; a few of the sonatas).

    I am very satisfied with the purchase and expect to spend a lot of time with it.
    Me too. I purchased it in January and listened to the first seven discs of this album. I'm not so sure it [Le Sage's playing] ranks up there with, say, Arrau or Earl Wild (I wish Earl did more Schumann than he did), but in its own right, the playing is consistently superb. And the recorded sound is nicely faithful and full (high up there with Hyperion, Chandos, Decca). The documentary is scholarly, which is a major plus for me.
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    Claudio Abbado and The Chamber Orchestra of Europe playing Schubert´s 4th symphony. It is Schubert, full of delicacy and elegance. And Abbado is an expert to stress that point.Unknown-1.jpeg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaneyes View Post
    For Barber birthday (1910).

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    I celebrated Barber's birthday by shaving.
    Facts don't care about your feelings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Selby View Post
    Copland playing Copland

    Four Piano Blues

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    I love the Four Piano Blues!
    Facts don't care about your feelings.

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    Going through the box, one symphony at a time........
    Allüberall und ewig blauen licht die Fernen! Ewig ... ewig ...

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    Default Béla Bartók - (2009) Pierre Boulez Conducts Bartók (Boulez) (8 CD)


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    Haydn : The Seasons

    Janowitz /Hollweg/ Berry.
    Karanjan conducting

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    Schoenberg, Erwartung.

    Listening without concentrating on the words. The orchestration is remarkable.

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    My favorite parts of the score are definitely the parts that sound like Khachaturian in ballet-mode.





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