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    First spin; received this in the mail today:

    Leoš Janáček (1854-1928)

    Janáček: The Piano
    Cathy Krier, piano

    currently: On an Overgrown Path, JW 8/17 (1900-11)

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    Default Scriabin Schumann Mozart u.a.

    I've got a few different works on tap for this afternoon:

    Tchaikovsky - Manfred Symphony (in B minor) - a very young Tilson-Thomas and the London SO

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    Elgar's 3rd Pomp and Circumstance March - Boughton conducts the English String Orchestra

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    Jay Greenberg's Fifth Symphony - Serebrier conducts the London SO

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    A few selections from this massive Amazon offering

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    Serenade No. 6 in D, K.239 - I Solisti di Zagreb
    Piano Sonata No. 9 in E-flat, K.271 - Herbert Kraus conducts the Vienna Mozart Ensemble with Daniel Gerard (piano)

    This Amazon set has some very well recorded works on it, but the Serenade is not what I'd call a good recording. It's rather rough, it seems. I've heard several recordings by I Solisti di Zagreb, and they're a find ensemble, but this recording seems just a perfunctory walk-through.

    The Piano Concerto on the other hand is well played and recorded. Not my first choice of artists, but suitable enough.

    Schumann - Piano Sonata No. 3 in F minor - Boris Bloch

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    I really like the way Bloch handles this sonata, but the recording is one of the worst I've heard. The piano sounds curiously dimensionless and shallow, almost as if it were recorded in a wide open field with the mike right up against the strings. This is not so objectionable in the Clara variations of the third movement, but in the other movements, it is quite irritating.

    And to finish, a rather random selection of Scriabin preludes, played variously by Michael Ponti, Evgeny Zarafiants, and Vladimir Horowitz.

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    My most heartfelt and sincere condolences to Kevin.

    Liszt's "Benediction de Dieu dans la Solitude" is one of the most comforting pieces that I know of, and never better played than on this recording:

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    I hope that time and music will bring you a sense of inner peace and consolation.
    "The only absolute in music is that there are no absolutes." Jorge Bolet (1914-1990)

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    Schnittke Symphony no. 0

    How's that work then?!

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    on the radio:

    Beethoven's Symphony No.7 - Frans Brüggen, cond.

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    Debussy: Suite Bergamasque, L.75 and Deux Arabesques, L.66 (Zoltan Kocsis) - The Debussy Edition

    Scriabin: The Poem of Ecstasy (Gergiev, Kirov Orchestra)

    "No composer has been more innovative than Beethoven, he radically changed the nature and character of the music composed in the two centuries that followed his earliest works" - Charles Rosen ("The Classical Style")

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    Just finished a WONDERFUL performance of my new favorite work: Franck's Violin Sonata [Isaac Stern, violin; Alexander Zakin, piano]

    Now, listening to Schumann's 3 Violin Sonatas for the first time


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    Quote Originally Posted by jim prideaux View Post
    Medtner 2nd and 3rd Piano Concertos as performed by Demidenko,Maksymiuk and the BBC S.O.......in a word, glorious!
    One of my favorite albums tbh

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    More string quartets in an attempt to keep up with the works people are nominating in another thread:


    Vaughan Williams
    String Quartet No. 2 in A minor

    Maggini Quartet [Naxos, 2001]




    Tippett
    String Quartet No 4

    Tippett Quartet [Naxos, 2008]




    Maxwell-Davies
    String Quartets No. 9 & No. 10

    Maggini Quartet




    Weinberg
    String Quartet No. 4, Op. 20

    Quatuor Danel [cpo, 2007]




    Taneyev
    String Quartet No. 4

    Carpe Diem String Quartet [Naxos, 2011]



    And, goodness me, here we are in 'Current Listening Volume III'. It doesn't seem that long since we moved to Volume II. Anyway, here's to the next few months' listening.

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    Juan Crisostomo Arriaga (1806-1826): Symphony in D Major

    Concerto Koln

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    Default Igor Stravinsky -- Petrushka

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    Igor Stravinsky, Ernest Ansermet, L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande -- Petrushka

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    Martinu's Piano Sonata - Giorgio Koukl, piano

    As much as I love Martinu in other areas, I've found I'm still not warming to the solo piano works

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    J.S. Bach Well-Tempered Clavier Book Two Preludes and Fugues 13-18.
    Gustav Leonhardt, harpsichord.

    Continuing my traversal of WTC Books One and Two.

    Glorious!
    Facts don't care about your feelings.

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    Schubert Symphony No 1 D major Maazel Bavarian RSO

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MKCRatznbk
    "I'm playing all the right notes. But not necessarily in the right order!"

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    ANCIENT VOICES
    Vox Sacra: Sampler of various works
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    Harmonia Mundi
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    simul justus et peccator

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