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    It's been quite a 'rocky' day, and I need to get grounded, so I will have an early preview of Symphony 4 for the Saturday Symphony, from my collection:

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    A short... but fairly successful... day painting. Listening included:





    Gardiner adds a number of choral works by Brahms... as well as favorites of the composer... with the intent of establishing a setting for his symphonies which Gardiner points out are profoundly rooted in song. As with number one yesterday, these additional works are often as splendid (and with the Monteverdi Choir... as splendidly performed) as the symphonies. I am a sworn Wagnerian... but I am slowly coming around to really loving Brahms.



    I'm not a big Boulez fan for many composers... but this is certainly an oeuvre that he is quite at home with.
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    I think this is a first I have decided to listen comparatively... but I really can't keep an entire movement in my head... yikes! I am playing one movement of each, alternatingly, beginning with the first, then the next movement, etc., with Norrington and Karajan:


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    Britten: String Quartet No. 2 in C major, Op. 36
    Emperor Quartet

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    Allmusic says of the first movement, "At its end all three themes are played at once." I confess I missed that somehow, and it's a shame. Usually that's the sort of thing I get all worked up over. Instead I noticed the 3rd movement with its unusual strummed cello --or perhaps viola. I'm not used to hearing that in a string quartet. I'd like to hear it again with a score someday.

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    Sibelius: Tapiola, Op.112
    Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Paavo Berglund

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    I suspect we've seen this album here once or twice. The symphonies are fantastic. Tapiola? It's okay I guess.

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    I really like Beethoven's Fourth Symphony, but only the third movement was familiar to me

    My impression of difference is not very profound: I immediately noticed that the Norrington version sounds lighter and clearer, compared to the full and mighty force of the Karajan performance. All but the third movement have significantly different timings, differing from 60-120 seconds per movement, but I didn't notice significant differences in tempo.

    I'll leave the discs in the player and do the same exercise again tomorrow. Perhaps I can gain something deeper

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    Disc 3: Symphonies 4 & 5

    The more I listen to Dvorak, the more I am impressed. I'm embarrassed to admit that I have still not picked up a recording of Rusalka.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StlukesguildOhio View Post
    I'm embarrassed to admit that I have still not picked up a recording of Rusalka.
    This


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    Farrenc: Symphony No. 3 in G minor
    North German Radio Symphony, cond. Goritzki

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    http://sdtom.wordpress.com/2014/07/2...dkhachaturian/

    A re-release from Naxos. Excellent CD if you like the Russian soundtracks
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    ^ love that cover!

    "From a city in the grip of seige and starvation comes a story of love and jealousy..."

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    This is a piece that I'm going to have to listen to a lot to follow everything, but nevertheless after just a few listens I can already tell that this is a giant late 20th century piece. The punctuating four-note rythym (that reappears throughout sometimes as more than four notes), the aleatoric textures, the neoromanticism, the climaxes... this is a very intense piece.


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    Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4 / Eugen Jochum, Staatskapelle Dresden

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    F. J. Haydn, Piano Concerto in D Major, Hob. 18/11 (Emanuel Ax; Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra).

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    Coming back to these concertos is extremely rewarding. Ax plays them wonderfully. Excellent music .

    Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Major (Heinrich Schiff; Sir Neville Marriner; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields).

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    Handel : Messiah
    Colin Davis/? SO

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    A little something special before bed

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