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    Tchaikovsky Symph. 5, Slavonic March, Eugene Onegin Waltz & Polonaise
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    Quote Originally Posted by Judith View Post
    Bruckner Symphony no
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    Very powerful especially second movement which I love
    I'm prepared to "like" any of Bruckner's symphonies, but I wouldn't mind knowing which specific one I'm "liking" here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Johnson View Post
    I'm prepared to "like" any of Bruckner's symphonies, but I wouldn't mind knowing which specific one I'm "liking" here.

    Sorry. Had trouble typing yesterday. No 9

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    MENDELSSOHN
    Symphony No. 4 in A major, op. 90 “Italian” • Symphony No. 5 in D minor, op. 107 “Reformation”

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    Not my usual fare, and indeed, a bit too wallpapery for me. But I got the whole 'Contemporaries of Mozart' series second hand for 50 cents per CD, so for background it'll do.
    Allüberall und ewig blauen licht die Fernen! Ewig ... ewig ...

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    Franz Liszt's orchestral output part one, plus a disc containing his three principal organ works.


    Symphonic Poem no. 1 - Ce qu'on entend sur la montagne (What One Hears on the Mountain) S95 (1848–49 - rev. 1850 and 1854):
    Symphonic Poem no. 2 - Tasso: Lamento e Trionfo S96 (1849 - rev. 1850–51):
    Symphonic Poem no. 3 - Les préludes S97 (1850–55):
    Symphonic Poem no. 4 - Orpheus S98 (1853–54):
    Symphonic Poem no. 5 - Prometheus S99 (1855):
    Symphonic Poem no. 6 - Mazeppa S100 (1851–54):
    Symphonic Poem no. 7 - Festklänge (Festive Sounds) S101 (1853 rev. 1861):




    Fantasy and Fugue on the chorale Ad nos, ad salutarem undam from Act I of Giacomo Meyerbeer's opera Le prophète S259 (1850):
    Prelude and Fugue on the name B-A-C-H - 2nd version S260/2 (1859-60):
    Variations on Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen (Weeping, Lamenting, Worrying, Fearing) from Cantata no. 12 by J.S. Bach for piano S180 - version for organ S673 (orig. 1862 - arr. 1862-63):




    Dante Symphony S109 (1855-56):

    '...a violator of his word, a libertine over head and ears in debt and disgrace, a despiser of domestic ties, the companion of gamblers and demireps, a man who has just closed half a century without a single claim on the gratitude of his country or the respect of posterity...' - Leigh Hunt on the Prince Regent (later George IV).

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    Mozart: Piano concertos 25& 26
    Murray Perahia.

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    Yesterday, among other things: Shostakovich's Symphony #15 and Piano Sonata #2 by Eugene Ormandy with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Emil Gilels respectively from an RCA "High Performance" CD.

    The final symphony by Shostakovich, who remains, probably, the most popular and acclaimed symphonist of the 20th century, is a gem. The 15th has all the Shostakovich mannerisms that we, his fans, know and love, but it's also a throwback to the composers youth when his sense of humor was less angry and sarcastic. The eerie fade-out final movement is one of the most poignant swan songs in classical music history. Ormandy and his Philadelphians are as solid as ever, giving the music a straight-forward but lyrical reading.

    While Shostakovich is best known for what he composed for orchestra, the Piano Sonata #2 is a wonderful example that demonstrates how much the composer was also exemplar in dealing in miniature: piano and chamber music. While the symphonies and other orchestral pieces are typically big and over-the-top, the Piano Sonata #2 showcases a more personal and intimate style, and of course, the composer's fellow Russian, Emil Gilels, is excellent.

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    Faure - Nocturne no.3 op.33 - Michael Landrum, piano

    The last piece I listened in before noon.

    Really, just checking if the posts go through, it's been too quiet here

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    Brahms - Piano Quintet with Maurizio Pollini

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    Rossini: Ermione
    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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    Brahms - Piano Quintet with Maurizio Pollini

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    Chant Gregorien


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    Schönberg - Berg - Strauss




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    Been listening to Kuhn's Brahms cycle and I can't say I'm very impressed. Sluggish, homogenized, dreary performances on the whole (the 3rd is the only one that can stand the very broad tempo). Compared to Dorati, Szell and Levine it's pretty dire, tbh. Oh well.


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