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    Now listening to "Death & the Maiden" from the Quartetto Italiano's set of Schubert's last four string quartets:



    I don't think sublime is too strong a word to describe this performance.
    Blog Index of JACE's 100 Favorite Classical Recordings: 1 - 50 and 51 - 100

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    Scarlatti Sonatas, played on the accordion by Mie Miki. This really works!



    The recording can still be had as part of a 5-disc set, on Brilliant, of Scarlatti on various instruments. Quite cheap from 3rd party sellers.

    http://www.amazon.com/Sonatas-D-Scar...atas+brilliant


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    Mozart - String Quartets Nos. 13 in G Minor, K173, & 19 in C, K465
    Heutling String Quartet


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    Does anyone remember Connoisseur Society In-Sync cassettes? They were an audiophile label that issued primarily piano and a few chamber releases. I hadn't listened to any in at least 10, maybe 15 years! So today I dug some out, and wow, what rich, warm piano tone, and virtually no wow and flutter. Today's offerings were Anthony di Bonaventura playing Scarlatti Sonatas and Francisco Aybar playing Granados' "Goyescas." I have around 15 CS tapes and need to revisit all of them.

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    Franz Schubert String Quintet in C Major, D. 956

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kontrapunctus View Post
    Does anyone remember Connoisseur Society In-Sync cassettes? They were an audiophile label that issued primarily piano and a few chamber releases. I hadn't listened to any in at least 10, maybe 15 years! So today I dug some out, and wow, what rich, warm piano tone, and virtually no wow and flutter. Today's offerings were Anthony di Bonaventura playing Scarlatti Sonatas and Francisco Aybar playing Granados' "Goyescas." I have around 15 CS tapes and need to revisit all of them.
    Was "Connoisseur Society" the ones who had translucent red vinyl for quartet lps back in the 60s?

    edit: whoops, sorry, I'm thinking of "Concert Hall Society"


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    I decided to give this some more attention:

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    Scarlatti Piano Sonatas
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    I am amazed at the variety. It seems to me, I read once that all 500 or so of them sound the same. Not so. It's hard to believe that this is Baroque music. Ravishing.

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    Upon reading in the latest hbdirect Classics & Jazz catalog (March 2015) that among the new boxed sets for March 2015 is the latest compilation from the Donaueschinger Musiktage on the NEOS label (5 CDs), I was inspired to dig into my collection of prior Donaueschinger releases from that same label and took down the Musiktage 2011 to sample for the evening:

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    This is music for folks who love it contemporary. I am currently listening to the opening work on disc one of this 3 SACD collection: it is "Séraphin"-Symphonie by Wolfgang Rihm.

    http://www.swr.de/swr2/festivals/don...htc/index.html

    Noisy stuff. But just perfect, too.

    I plan to soon add the new 2015 set to my Donaueschinger Musiktage collection (which, I believe, includes a good many if not all the NEOS releases related to this festival), including these:

    WWE4CD20201 Donaueschinger Musiktage 2000
    WWE2CD20215 Donaueschinger Musiktage 2001
    WWE3CD20229 Donaueschinger Musiktage 2002
    WWE2CD20230 Donaueschinger Musiktage 2003

    NEOS41006/07 Donaueschinger Musiktage 2005 (SACD)

    NEOS10725 Donaueschinger Musiktage 2006, Vol. 2
    NEOS10726 Donaueschinger Musiktage 2006, Vol. 3
    NEOS10727 Donaueschinger Musiktage 2006, Vol. 4


    NEOS10824 Donaueschinger Musiktage 2007, Vol. 1 (SACD)
    NEOS10825 Donaueschinger Musiktage 2007, Vol. 2 (SACD)
    NEOS10826 Donaueschinger Musiktage 2007, Vol. 3 (SACD)
    NEOS40808 Donaueschinger Musiktage 2007 - War Zones (SACD)

    NEOS10944 Donaueschinger Musiktage 2008, Volumes 1-3

    NEOS11051 Donaueschinger Musiktage 2009, Vol. 1 (SACD)
    NEOS11052 Donaueschinger Musiktage 2009, Vol. 2 (SACD)
    NEOS11053 Donaueschinger Musiktage 2009, Vol. 3 (SACD)

    NEOS11114-17 Donaueschinger Musiktage 2010 (SACD)
    NEOS11214-16 Donaueschinger Musiktage 2011 (SACD)
    NEOSB00F4IE9CI Donaueschinger Musiktage 2012 (SACD)
    NEOS11411 Donaueschinger Musiktage 2013 (SACD)

    I have a couple from the 1990s, too, including the COL LEGNO 4-CD set titled 40 Jahre Donaueschinger Musiktage 1950-1990.

    Great stuff!

    So. What am I currently listening to? Contemporary music by Wolfgang Rihm.

    Here's the listing from that 2011 collection:

    Dohmen: zirckel/richtscheyt/felscher
    SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, François-Xavier Roth

    Haddad, S: Kontra-Gewalt
    Nina Janßen (clarinet)
    François-Xavier Roth

    Hagen, L P: To Zeitblom
    Gjermund Larsen (Hardanger fiddle), Lars Petter Hagen & Wieland Hoban (speakers)
    SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, François-Xavier Roth

    Mitterer: Little Smile
    Ensemble musikFabrik, Enno Poppe

    Rihm: Séraphin-Symphonie
    Ensemble musikFabrik, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Emilio Pomàrico

    Saunders, R: Stasis
    Ensemble musikFabrik

    Schiphorst: Studie zu Figuren - Serie A
    Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart

    Thomalla: The Brightest Form of Absence
    Sarah Maria Sun (soprano)
    Ensemble musikFabrik, EXPERIMENTALSTUDIO des SWR

    If some of these names seem unfamiliar, then you have some exploring to do. Lucky you. (I highly recommend Saed Haddad's Kontra-Gewalt for clarinet and orchestra. A must hear.)

    Can't wait to get the latest collection from Donaueschinger Musiktage.

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    Bach

    The Well-Tempered Clavier
    Book 1
    Preludes and Fugues 9-16


    Glenn Gould

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    Borromeo Quartet & Guests - Schubert: "Trout" Quintet

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mq0JkRk25M
    "I'm playing all the right notes. But not necessarily in the right order!"

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    A marvelous disc of brief pieces for solo violin by Spanish and Latin-American composers: Albéniz, Roque Cordero, Cesar Espejo, Manuel Quiroga, Astor Piazzolla, Luis Jorge Gonzalez, etc...

    The biography of the violinist, Rachel Barton Pine, is a narrative of the perseverance of Art and the Artist over adversity. In spite of her family's financial hardships, she worked hard at her lessons as a violinist... home schooling allowed her to practice 8 hours a day... and she debuted with the Chicago String Ensemble at age 7, and with the Chicago Symphony under the baton of Erich Leinsdorf at age 10. Pine received several scholarships and played upon loaned instruments and wore thrift store clothing to recitals. In order to cut corners, she frequently chose to often perform works for solo violin saving money on both sheet music and accompanists came out of the family budget. At age 14, she was forced by circumstances to contribute significantly to her family's expenses by taking jobs playing at weddings and in orchestras. Explaining how she managed, she says, "I put on a lot of makeup and pretended I was older than I was."

    She attained notable success in a number of violin competitions, for example in 1992 becoming the youngest (at age 17) and the first American gold medal winner at the Johann Sebastian Bach International Competition in Leipzig. She also earned 2nd prizes in the József Szigeti Violin Competition (1992) and the International Fritz Kreisler Competition (1992), as well as awards from the Montreal International Musical Competition (1991), the Paganini Competition (1993), and the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition (1993).

    In 1995, her career (and life) were almost tragically cut short. Pine was severely injured in a train accident in a suburb of Chicago where she taught violin lessons. As she was exiting a commuter train with her violin over her shoulder, the doors closed on the strap to her case, pinning her left shoulder to the train. The doors, which were controlled remotely and had no safety sensors, failed to reopen, and she was dragged nearly 400 feet by the train before being pulled underneath and run over, severing one leg and mangling the other. Pine was saved by the prompt application of tourniquets by several passengers who disembarked from the train after pulling its emergency brake handles.

    She sued the railroad for compensation for her injuries and legal and medical expenses, eventually winning a jury verdict in her favor. The trainline changed its conductor safety procedures following the accident and made other changes to the trains themselves.

    The esteem in which she was held by the classical music community was highlighted when the conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra organized a benefit concert and raised over $75,000 after her accident. After a two-year hiatus to allow for recovery from her injuries, aided by numerous surgeries and physical therapy, Pine resumed her career.

    Pine has appeared as a soloist with orchestras around the world under conductors such as Charles Dutoit, Zubin Mehta, Neeme Järvi, Marin Alsop, Semyon Bychkov, Plácido Domingo, Franz Welser-Möst, Daniel Barenboim, Christoph Eschenbach, and José Serebrier.

    Pine's choice of music for solo violin, which begun as a practical consideration, soon became a passion. The artist became increasingly intrigued by the entire oeuvre of music for solo violin and eventually befriended and studied with Harry Edlund who had written the book, Music for Solo Violin Unaccompanied and amassed the world's largest collection of music for unaccompanied violin. Pine would inherit this collection when Edlund and his wife died.

    It was during her sorting out Edlund's collection that she first came upon the music for solo violin by Spanish and Latin-American composers. Her passion for this music was only deepened as the result of Honeymoon cruise embarking from Buenos Aires to Santiago.

    Beyond classical music, Pine has a passion for the Baroque, performing Bach and Buxtehude as well as rarely heard repertoire by artists including Johann Schop, Georg Muffat, and Johann Georg Pisendel. She also has a love for folk, Celtic, rock, and jazz, and performs on a 6-string Viper electric violin in the thrash/doom metal band Earthen Grave.

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    those not sufficiently prepared. Yes, art is dangerous. Where it is chaste, it is not art.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marschallin Blair View Post


    Best "Battle on the Ice"

    Rolling Valhallan thunder.
    Yea verily!!!!!

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    Karl Stamitz (1745-1801): Oboe Quartet in E Flat, Op.8, No.4

    Pavel Verner on oboe with members of the New Vlach Quartet: Jana Vachova, violin -- Petr Verner, viola -- Mikael Ericsson, cello

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    Alan Rawsthorne's String Quartet Nos. 1, 2 and 3 - Maggini Quartet

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