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    Liszt Symphonic Poems. Volume 1 today, volume 2 tomorrow.




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    Quote Originally Posted by eljr View Post
    you inspired me.... see above
    That's good - I also hope Bourdon has as well.
    '...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).

    ὃν οἱ θεοὶ φιλοῦσιν ἀποθνῄσκει νέος [Those whom the gods love die young] - Menander

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    LAMENTA
    The Lamentations of the Prophet Jeremiah
    Ferrabosco the Elder - Thomas Tallis - Antoine Brumel - Robert White - Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
    The Tallis Scholars
    Peter Philips - director

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    P.M. Summer
    simul justus et peccator

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    This CD has double value for me:

    1. Many of the performances (Soneto 104, Scriabin Etüde, etc.) are ''close the shop''
    2. I have played many of the works are presented to it.

    And of course, this is the most important, we are listening pure history, or, better, how a man became (one more time) God. Very sentimental item, HUGE music, the ONE and ONLY Wladimir to his personal Everest and higher.

    (I present here the Jap issue, which is the best in every aspect).

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    „Es gibt drei Arten von Pianisten: jüdische Pianisten, homosexuelle Pianisten -- und schlechte Pianisten.“ V. Horowitz

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    https://www.swr.de/swrclassic/sympho...e-swr-592.html
    Discovered some live concerts on bbc and swr today. Orion by Saariaho now.

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    SCATTERED ASHES
    Josquin's Miserere and the Savonarolan Legacy
    Josquin Des Prez - Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina - Orlande de Lassus - Claude Le Jeune - Jean Lhéritier - Nicolas Gombert - Jacobus Clemens Non Papa - William Byrd
    Magnificat
    Philip Cave - director

    Linn
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    Operator Error.
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    The cover for this CD is ugly (bordering on vulgar) ... what was Mercury thinking?!! The MacDowell work (currently listening) is anything but clownish ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by eljr View Post
    Always thought the artwork may this recording so popular. Spectacular

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    Quote Originally Posted by 13hm13 View Post
    The cover for this CD is ugly (bordering on vulgar) ... what was Mercury thinking?!! The MacDowell work (currently listening) is anything but clownish ...

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    This is indisputably the worst classical album cover of all time. The music looks interesting, but how do they expect me to enjoy it when I have to deal with that picture?

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    ^Agreed, that is absolutely atrocious.

    Current listening (well, it just finished):



    César Franck: Violin Sonata in A major. Kyung Wha Chung, Radu Lupu. This is probably one of the great chamber works of all time, definitely of the Romantic era. Given a fine, sensitive reading by these two performers, if a bit too quiet. I feel like they might have done well to dig into the inner movements more. But nevertheless.

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    Default 20-02-26 Miscellany

    Diamond: Music for Romeo and Juliet
    Gerard Schwarz / New York Chamber Symphony



    I love David Diamond’s symphonies, but this is closer to a 1950s sword and sandal movie soundtrack with lots of violin vibrato, not exactly to my current taste. The recording seems muffled also or else something is wrong with my speakers. The final segment (No. 5) does include some nice sonorous strings with complex harmonies. It may be a canon of sorts.
    [Edit: It was indeed my speakers, not plugged in all the way, but I won’t go back and re-listen. The rest still holds true.]



    Spohr: Violin Concerto No. 12 in A major (Concertino No. 1), Op. 79
    Libor Pesek / Capella Istropolitana / Takako Nishizaki, violin



    Fantastic! Spohr uses so much restraint in dealing with the orchestra, using it almost in a supporting role for the violin, which has a wonderful rich tone in this recording, never scritchy-scratchy. For some time the concerto almost sounds like a violin recitative if there is such a thing. The music swells and recedes like gentle waves, a pleasant contrast to my usual Beethoven forays. Somehow I missed the slow movement if there was one. The movements run together as a continuos whole.



    Schubert: Symphony No. 6 in C, D. 589
    Michael Halasz / Failoni Chamber Orchestra, Budapest



    Oddly enough I don’t know this piece that well. Not by memory anyway.
    Movement 1. Very happy music, and I needed that today. I’m ready for spring.

    Movement 2. Lovely. It sounds like one of Schubert’s songs orchestrated. Who knows? Maybe it is. But then it goes all Beethovenian. Quite an exciting contrast.

    Movement 3. More joy with a mildly hunting overtone. It reminds of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, Scherzo. Also finally we are treated to Schubert’s sudden modulations. Heaps of them.

    Movement 4. Not as interesting to me as the other three. A little too martial.

    All in all, one of the best listening nights for me in a very long time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allegro Con Brio View Post
    This is indisputably the worst classical album cover of all time. The music looks interesting, but how do they expect me to enjoy it when I have to deal with that picture?
    You got off lightly. After looking at the picture I couldn't eat my dinner. I was hungry at bedtime and ate some cheese and went to bed. I had the most terrible nightmares. I'm thinking of suing.

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    The better clown cover art ... from a classical music album ... that won an Oscar ... currently listening to Bathroom Dance:

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    Gustav Holst / Sir Adrian Boult / Vienna State Opera Orchestra And Vienna Academy Chorus ‎– The Planets

    Would Sir Adrian have approved of THIS cover , tho'.... ahem ...


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