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    Baltsa recorded this recital in 1981 when on the threshold of a major career. Ranging from a classically poised performance of Sesto's Parto, parto, from La Clemenza di Tito, through bel canto arias by Rossini, Mercadante and Donizetti to Verdi's Lady Macbeth and Mascagani's Cavalleria Rusticana, it is pretty far ranging and Baltsa rises to the challenge.

    The only rarity on the disc is an aria for Bianca from Mercadante's Il Giuramento, which exploits Baltsa's glorious middle register and thrilling top notes, as does Leonora's O mio Fernando from Donizetti's La Favorita, which is hugely exciting and possibly the prize of the disc.

    The best of the Rossini arias is Tanti affetti from la Donna del Lagol her Rosina and Angelina are accomplished but a little lacking in charm. However her Lady Macbeth is thrillingly malevolent and her Santuzza steeped in desperation.

    A fine debut recital.
    "It's not enough to have a beautiful voice." Maria Callas

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    After reading a post by an Albinoni enthusiast on 'Baroque Exchange', I am attempting to correct my ignorance & listening to Concertos 7-12 by Christopher Hogwood & the Academy of Ancient Music.
    http://youtu.be/BHLJ8nJZ1tU

    It's serene, elegant, lyrical - I'm enjoying it so far. Lacks a little in feistiness but we'll see...
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    Stravinsky's Rite of spring

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    Tarik O'Regan vocal works - Conspiare

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    Mackerras Nutcracker on Telarc as another thread prompted me

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    Boccherini's magnificent string quintets. Great morning music
    Stabat Mater & Requiem Project:

    REQUIEMS
    Dvorak
    Faure Requiem
    Mozart
    Rossini
    Salieri
    Verdi

    STABAT MATERS
    Boccherini
    Dvorak
    Haydn
    Mayr
    Poulenc
    Rossini
    Steffani
    Vivaldi

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    I realised last week that I hadn't got Beethoven's Spring and Kreutzer sonatas on cd....so I went on to Spotify and placed a search for 'Beethoven Spring Sonata' & up came a long list of 'tracks'. I duly started by clicking on the first & considering that & then on to the next...in my quest for an interpretation that I liked. But then I wasn't being sufficiently convinced by most & wasting a lot of time...so I just got to clicking the forward arrow until I came across a select few that sounded 'right-enough' to my individual ear. It left me with about three to chose from but then a friend arrived & I quickly investigated further the very first of those picked and then hurriedly purchased it from zoverstocks on Amazon for a penny! It's arrived with today's post...is in mint condition & is an excellent full-bodied recording. I'm on the second movement at the moment & this is the cd...

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    Takako Nishizaki, violin & Jeno Jando, Piano

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    "Any healthy man can go without food for two days - but not without poetry" ~ Charles Baudelaire

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    Ned Rorem's Violin Concerto - Gidon Kremer, violin, Leonard Bernstein, cond.

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    Some concerti for unusual instruments today :

    Piero Niro - Concerto for Italian bagpipe & orchestra https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-P3Ck4v9dQ
    Efrem Podgaits - Concerto for bayan & chamber orchestra https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1ksz286tiA
    Avner Dorman - Concerto for piccolo, piano & strings https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6eWrcoJ3wI
    Andrew Downes - Concerto for guitar, electric bass guitar & strings - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FYxLicf91k
    Eric Ewazen - Concerto for marimba & orchestra https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmPGUzAo36I
    Clive

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    Still working my way through the Haydn symphonies. No. 54, 55 & 56 were up tonight. Antal Dorati led the Philharmonia Hungarica.

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    Got this based on a recommendation and it arrived in the mail yesterday and had to listen to it right away. James Ehnes plays the Korngold, Barber and Walton Violin Concertos. Bramwell Tovey led the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. The playing is exquisite in these concertos! I am already a big fan of the Korngold concerto, but the Barber and Walton are just as enthralling on this disc!

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    Turned next to Ferdinand Ries' Symphonies No. 5 & 3. Howard Griffiths led the Zürcher Kammerorchester. I was struck by how similar Ries' 5th Symphony is to Beethoven's. I really like the way the 'Fate' motif is toyed around with by Ries in this one.
    There's no point being grown-up if you can't be childish sometimes!

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    I'm having such a difficult time in having to throw out my old VHS video collection. I've got about 300 tapes full of programmes, films, concerts and operatic performances...many I'd love to be able to keep but on either of my video recorders, they just don't sound very good at all now. So I'm trying to find replacements for those performances that I've particularly enjoyed.
    I managed to find such a one for the ENO Production of Xerxes directed by Nicholas Hytner....broadcast on Channel 4 when that channel used to regularly provide programmes featuring music & drama of high quality....& the DVD has arrived today.
    At the moment, Valerie Masterson, Ann Murray and Lesley Garrett (the 'Doncaster Diva!') are on screen...with Sir Charles Mackerras & the Orchestra of the English National Opera in the pit...& it's transporting me straight back to the 1980's.
    Where did all the intervening years go?!.....


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    Quote Originally Posted by SimonNZ View Post


    Ned Rorem's Violin Concerto - Gidon Kremer, violin, Leonard Bernstein, cond.
    I have the Rorem and it should be better known.

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    Bach Sonatas for Violin and Keyboard BWV 1014-1019
    Bach Sonatas for Viola da Gamba and Keyboard BWV 1027-1029

    Being a Gould fan I first gave this a listen...

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    I was immediately struck by the Viola da Gamba sonatas. During the first few seconds you are put in the mood with a joyful melody played in perfect synch by piano and cello. The rest of the first cd is such a pleasure to listen to until I got to the first two violin sonatas. Here's a taste of the first movement of the first sonata...
    http://youtu.be/PNvlGHNOZuo

    Laredo is capable and Gould of course is Gould! Still there was something missing. Try as I might I realised that I should proceed to listen to the second CD and go back to the first two sonatas later.

    The 3rd violin sonata was impeccable. Melody and harmony intertwined together with the first slow movement bringing almost tears on first listen.
    The 4th was astonishing... the first movement was a mirror image of Erbarme Dich from the St Matthew's Passion. This time the violin was the alto with the piano complementing it marvellously.
    The rest of the sonatas were remarkable but I still longed for more.

    Then I thought about how Bach's choral works came to life even more when I listened to period performances.
    So I opted to find a period performance of these works...

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    Bach Sonatas for Violin and Keyboard BWV 1014-1019 by Gustav Leonhardt and Sigiswald Kuijken

    The first sonata immediately bounced out with the 'energy' of the harpsichord like I never heard before. The violin complemented it in an impeccable manner. I couldn't resist repeating the first movement marvelled at the harpsichord's sound...
    http://youtu.be/RxaswfpHuRY

    I was used to the harpsichord in concertos but it was not a favourite of mine for solo works. However in the right hands, in this case Gustav Leonhardt, it is truly amazing. Kuijken is also magnificent from start to finish.

    The other five sonatas were astonishing. The details were so clear and every movement was imbued with the perfectly matching sounds of the period violin and harpsichord. These period performances brought to life these works by JS Bach in a fresh, precise and thorough way.

    Don't get me wrong the modern performance is great in its own way and both interpetations are a must listen.

    It just felt like the harpsichord and the period violin were meant to be together from the beginning, whilst the piano and modern violin were mere shadows of what was meant to be.
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    JS Bach: The Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (Arranged for String Trio by Dmitry Sitkovetsky)

    Trio Echnaton: Mayra Salinas, violin -- Sebastian Krunnies, viola -- Frank-Michael Guthmann, cello

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