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    Default Current Listening Vol II

    A new thread for the same subject matter.

    The previous thread, Current Listening Vol I, was hogging lots of resources on our servers trying to load well over 4000 pages of postings (over 1,000,000 posts) for each user with each access.

    We've created this new volume to continue posting.

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    I'm going to repost my response to Millionrainbows in the first thread here then, so he (or Cosmos, since he's potentially involved with this discussion) has a chance to reply.

    "I'm giving it a try. It seems a little too sweet for me on first impression. I can tell it's nicely crafted, though. I have to be in a receptive mood for some things..." -Millionrainbows in reference to the Korngold Piano Quartet that Cosmos posted

    I gave his piano quintet posted by Cosmos a listen and it's pretty different from what I'm used to hearing from Korngold, more Romantic. The string quartets I suggested, for example, are written more in a German Expressionist vein mixed with some neo-classicsm (but not atonal from what I understand).

    Try this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BLV0oQwJzw


    Also, keep in mind he was a big movie music composer so some of that aesthetic may have slipped into his serious works. But I don't think it's too bad in that regard.
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    OK, but hoprfully there will be acces to view the old posts in the future to

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    Adolfs Skulte
    Symphony no. I
    -The Latvian Radio Symphony Orchestra/Leonids Vigners.
    Symphony no. II "Ave Sol"
    -The Latvian Radio Symphony Orchestra & Choir/Leonids Vigners.
    -Elza Zvirgzdina, soprano.
    -Leonid Zarins, tenor.
    Symphony no. IV
    -The Latvian Radio Symphony Orchestra/Edgars Tons.
    Symphony no. V
    -The Leningrad Philharmonic/Jansons.
    Symphony no. VI
    -The Latvian State Symphony/Vasily Sinaisky.

    Janis Ivanovs
    Symphonies nos. VI & VII(*).
    -Helsinki Radio Orchestra/Arvids Jansons.
    -The Latvian Radio Symphony Orchestra/Leonids Vigners(*).

    Janis Medins
    Symphonic sketches "Imanta" & "Raven's Mill."
    -The Latvian National Symphony/Imanta Resnis.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Krummhorn View Post
    The previous thread, Current Listening Vol I, was hogging lots of resources on our servers...
    Embedded (You Tube and other) videos don't help, either. Even just to load a single page with those videos makes it difficult to load and scroll a single page. My preference would be for linking to, not embedding, videos.

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    Lucia Dlugoszewski's "Space is a Diamond" for solo trumpet, played by Gerard Schwarz (rec. 1999).

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    Quote Originally Posted by oskaar View Post
    OK, but hoprfully there will be acces to view the old posts in the future to
    The old thread is still fully readable - it is closed only to new postings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by violadude View Post
    I'm going to repost my response to Millionrainbows in the first thread here then, so he (or Cosmos, since he's potentially involved with this discussion) has a chance to reply.

    "I'm giving it a try. It seems a little too sweet for me on first impression. I can tell it's nicely crafted, though. I have to be in a receptive mood for some things..." -Millionrainbows in reference to the Korngold Piano Quartet that Cosmos posted

    I gave his piano quartet posted by Cosmos a listen and it's pretty different from what I'm used to hearing from Korngold, more Romantic. The string quartets I suggested, for example, are written more in a German Expressionist vein mixed with some neo-classicsm (but not atonal from what I understand).

    Try this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BLV0oQwJzw


    Also, keep in mind he was a big movie music composer so some of that aesthetic may have slipped into his serious works. But I don't think it's too bad in that regard.
    Ahh, yes, that's more like it. The playing is different, too. Those violin players in the earlier piano quartet were heavily into that sweet vibrato.

    That just goes to show you that you can't always go on a first impression. These string quartets, I think, will be worth exploring. Thanks for the response, violadude.
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    I'm enjoying this disc during my "free" period between classes. I especially like his transcription of Mozart's Piano Sonata K. 283.



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    Some of this past weekend's thrift shop finds:

    Strauss (Richard): Sonata for Violin and Piano in E Flat Major Op. 18/Dvorak: Romantic Pieces Op. 75
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    Villa-Lobos:A Lenda do Caboclo/Ondulando (Estudo Op. 31)/Valsa da Dor/A Prole do Bebe #2/Cirandinhas
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    Beethoven: Piano Trios #1 in E Flat Op. 1 #1/#5 in D Op. 70 #1 "Ghost"
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    J. Haydn, The Creation - 'Holde Gattin, dir zur Seite'; 'Singt dem Herrn, alle Stimmen' (Roland Bader; Seidl; Elsner; Volle; Chor und Orchester der Staatsphilharmonie Krakau).

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    Really an excellent recording of The Creation. A bit of a hall effect, but the soloists, choir and orchestra are great and the tempos well-chosen.

    G. P. Telemann, Tafelmusik - Production I
    Overture - Suite in E minor for two Flutes, Strings & B.c.;
    Quartet in G Major for Flute, Oboe, Violin & B.c.;
    Concerto in A Major for Flute, Violin, Violoncello, Strings & B.c.
    (Pieter-Jan Belder; Musica Amphion).

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    A great recording of the Tafelmusik, imo. Transparent, clear and spirited playing.
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    I made a John Cage mix CD, I wish you all could hear it. It has Fontana Mix, Three Dances for prepared piano, Seventy-Four for orchestra (two versions), and Metamorphosis, an early 1935 piano 12-tone piece.

    I have a Mac G5, and I use a program called Toast to make these CDs. They are all full-resolution AIFF files. This also allows me to copy CDs which I check out from the library. Scan the cover art-in, and it's almost as good as owning the CD.

    Yeah, yeah, I know all about Spotify and all that. I'm old-school. At least I know what my file source is.

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    Late last night, I really wanted to put the singing to the test in these three recordings of the last Strauss-Hoffmansthal collaboration, the massively-textured Die Agyptische Helena. So I listened to them on my Shure SRH1840 headphones, which are especially great for the mid-ranges of vocal music; without sounding too fatiguing; unlike the Sennhseiser 800's do after listening to them for a couple of hours.

    The Dame Gwyneth/ Barbara Hendricks Decca incarnation is by far the most outstanding in terms of timbral beauty and dramatic expressivity. Jones' voice gets slightly wobbly at times, but it doesn't detract from her beauty of tone. Hedricks is just drop-dead gorgeous in her overall delivery. The Decca sound engineering from the late seventies is uniformly excellent, capturing a clear separation between instruments and the three-dimensional depth of a larger sound stage.

    In contrast, the Telarc recording quality is warm, and with a good bass-register response, but without a realisitc ambient acoustic to it. Voight's singing is pretty but uninspiring.

    The Rysanek has some beautiful singing, but with abysmal sound quality. Keilberth's mid-fifties conducting is, as you'd expect, dramatically-convincing and lively; but even making allowances for the sub-optimal sound, the performance doesn't have the exotic feel of the Dorati; in my view anyway.
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    For Ives death day (1954).


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    FJ Haydn, Symphony #102.
    Boston Baroque, Martin Pearlman.

    One of the best period performances of arguably Haydn's greatest symphony.
    If you have this one and the Davis/ Concergebouw big orchestra performance, you have all the bases covered for this great work.

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