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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaneyes View Post
    Contrary to rumor, millionrainbows does not win a car for being the first non-administrative poster of Current Listening Volume IV.
    Nor do I see it as being prize-worthy, being in such close temporal proximity to Krummhorn.

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    Default Mahler Challenge Barbirolli vs Boulez vs Kubelik vs Tennstedt E7 - II

    Mahler
    Symphony No.7 "Song of the Night"
    Cond. Rafael Kubelík, SOdBR, DG (1971/2015 Remastered Edition)
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    Mahler
    Symphony No.7
    Cond. Pierre Boulez, ClevO, DG (1996/2013 Re-Issue)
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    Mahler
    Symphony No.7 "Song of the Night"
    Cond. Otto Klemperer, NPO, WC (1968/2012 Remastered Edition)

    Semi-final 2 + this alien: Yes, we are back to normal, seeing that Mr Boulez and Kubelík keep demonstrating their strengh. Boulez, however, remains in the same level of No.5 and No.6, not going beyond the score. He is slightly above Tennstedt. Kubelík was about to suffer from this too seeing the decent "Langsam (Adagio)", but he wakes up during the Night music to achieve a high-class "Scherzo" and prove he is convincing for the 4 points. Kubelík wins the semi-final for this better played recording. But...
    Then comes Otto Klemperer, with a studio performance more than 30 minutes longer than Kubelík's and he makes the New Philharmonia play an unknown Mahler, especially during the Adagio, but also a bit in "Night Music 2" and the "Rondo-Finale". He blows Kubelík and everyone else away. He could have done this challenge in the style of John Barbirolli. Both Barbirolli and Klemperer recorded the first stereo high-class Mahler symphonies for EMI (Klemperer was the priority and Barbirolli had to stick with those that Otto did not choose). Between them, Emi had at 1970 Mahler symphonies No.2, No.4-No.7 and a Double No.9 plus DLVE by OK and RL by JB.

    Final results: Klemperer outbalances the rest of the recordings but he is unable to get a single point. Kubelík earns the 4 points for his very well delivered No.7. And then Boulez beats Tennstedt thanks to his 1996 sound, because the conductors are on par.


    1st: Klemperer NPO 1968
    2nd: Kubelík SOdBR 1971 (4p)
    3rd: Boulez ClevO 1996 (3p)
    4th: Tennstedt LPO 1981 (2p)
    5th: Kubelík SOdBR Live 1976
    6th: Barbirolli HO+BBC Live 1960 (1p)

    1st: Boulez (19p) (2+3+3+4+2+2+3)
    2nd: Kubelík (18p) (4+1+4+3+1+1+4)
    3rd: Tennstedt (17p) (1+4+2+1+4+3+2)
    4th: Barbirolli (16p) (3+2+1+2+3+4+1)

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    Recorded 2007 (M10/Cooke III), 1991 .


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    Diviners among us, show us the way through the fog:

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    Today marks my first encounter with the Mahler of Glorious John, via the Fifth. Long did I avoid these recordings, believing for no reason that they were badly played and worse, badly recorded - oh what a fool this one was. The impact is immediate, the emotions very much heart-on-sleeve. Sir John doesn't let us believe for a moment that he's going to treat this score as clinical, just another symphony, etc - no. We are front and center for "I feel this way, and here's why." It's very personal, very touching music-making. EMI's sonics are of a particularly high level, not at all bad for the late 60s. If someone would care to point me in a direction where I may learn the recording location, I'd be forever obliged. My next spin in Barbirolli's world will be with the Ninth. Oh boy.

    At the polar opposite of the spectrum, we have Solti and his boys burning the house down - and he's taking us with him. Once upon a time I owned this recording via that great box of Solti's complete Mahler (a purchase at the time I wish now would have remained with the seller) but remembered the First being not so bad as all that. Several years later, the assessment remains correct. For pure virtuosity alone, this one's hard to beat. That brass is superhuman, and Decca puts them very forward in the sonic picture. Curiously enough, the percussion doesn't have that much impact, in particular the bass drum - odd, but I've found that's a Solti thing less than a Chicago thing. Life goes on. This is a romp of a reading, with Mahler's mystery playing second fiddle (heh) to the "look at what this orchestra can do" factor - which is fine. Virtuosity and head-charging has its merits as well. I'll keep this one around for a while.

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    Something different: The Third Symphony of Avet Terterian, an Armenian composer of the Soviet era. From an online review: “Barbaric percussion hammer away. Gaudy colours light up the horizon. The xylophone rattles. Wood blocks clatter. There are sour mutterings from the brass. The strings slip and slide in the primeval mud. Weird instruments (duduk and zurna) make a thoroughly hair-raising appearance sounding like bagpipes on cocaine or ancient horns sounded from the peak of mount Ararat.”

    It can be found on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q81PlU6qw8Y

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    Jacob clement (non the pope)
    Huelgas ensemble
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    Great cd , all do, it's not that i dont like Jacob clement, but i like him lesser than other franco-flemish species, but he still good.perhaps i did not heard him enought already.But i dig his chansons in french and flemish and Adieu mon esperance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KirbyH View Post
    Diviners among us, show us the way through the fog:

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    Today marks my first encounter with the Mahler of Glorious John, via the Fifth. Long did I avoid these recordings, believing for no reason that they were badly played and worse, badly recorded - oh what a fool this one was. The impact is immediate, the emotions very much heart-on-sleeve. Sir John doesn't let us believe for a moment that he's going to treat this score as clinical, just another symphony, etc - no. We are front and center for "I feel this way, and here's why." It's very personal, very touching music-making. EMI's sonics are of a particularly high level, not at all bad for the late 60s. If someone would care to point me in a direction where I may learn the recording location, I'd be forever obliged. My next spin in Barbirolli's world will be with the Ninth. Oh boy.

    At the polar opposite of the spectrum, we have Solti and his boys burning the house down - and he's taking us with him. Once upon a time I owned this recording via that great box of Solti's complete Mahler (a purchase at the time I wish now would have remained with the seller) but remembered the First being not so bad as all that. Several years later, the assessment remains correct. For pure virtuosity alone, this one's hard to beat. That brass is superhuman, and Decca puts them very forward in the sonic picture. Curiously enough, the percussion doesn't have that much impact, in particular the bass drum - odd, but I've found that's a Solti thing less than a Chicago thing. Life goes on. This is a romp of a reading, with Mahler's mystery playing second fiddle (heh) to the "look at what this orchestra can do" factor - which is fine. Virtuosity and head-charging has its merits as well. I'll keep this one around for a while.
    The Sirs have it! Thanks for that, KirbyH. Sir Georg's 1 & 7 (Decca Originals) hold special Mahler places for me.

    And you have much to look forward to with Sir John's Mahler, namely his M6 and M9. For the former, I like the older EMI Rouge et Noir reissue because of S-A order. For the latter, the EMI GROC remastering makes a difference. Enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaneyes View Post
    The Sirs have it! Thanks for that, KirbyH. Sir Georg's 1 & 7 (Decca Originals) hold special Mahler places for me.

    And you have much to look forward to with Sir John's Mahler, namely his M6 and M9. For the former, I like the older EMI Rouge et Noir reissue because of S-A order. For the latter, the EMI GROC remastering makes a difference. Enjoy!
    Oh man, I've had the Originals pressing of the 7th for years now - that's a thumper right there, both for Solti and Decca. It's part of a holy triumvirate of 7ths for me - Abbado, Levine, and Solti, all with Chicago. (The Abbado was one of my first recordings owned of ANY Mahler symphony.) I have the latest Japanese remaster of the Ninth and the Gemini Sixth, coupled with Ein Heldenleben. Oh, what glories await me!

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    I'm listening to music!
    Classical music isn't dead, it's more alive than it's ever been. It's just not on MTV.

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    Copland: Symphony No. 3. Bernstein/NYP. Still my favourite recording of this essential American symphony. Highly recommended.


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    DIE KUNST DER FUGE
    Johann Sebastian Bach
    Berliner Saxophon Quartett

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    simul justus et peccator

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    Im lisening to a marveleous wonderfull cd called Morales mass for the feast of st Isidore of Seville, great great offering we have here on brilliant the cost of admission is rather cheap, you will get a healthy dose of fine instrumental by Guerrero, Rogier, Cabezón and a mysterious instrumental Gombert consort piece, but more importantly you get missa milles regrets by none other than (dramatic drum rolls) you guest it Morales, that explain
    his financial situation he was an unlucky man whent broke fews time, so this may be the theme here.Mandatory lisening, you guys got to heard this, iberic pennisula finest, im quite positive on this quite frankly.
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