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    Yesterday I dug a CD out of the rack at random and it was the Schwarz Naxos one. I don't mind Hohavness' sound-world but it can be much of a muchness, samey and very like a film score. The guitar concerto is a simple piece but the rest of the disc is very nice. The highlight on here is arguably Hovhaness' finest 8 minutes....Khrimian Hairig. Gorgeous piece and beautifully recorded and performed. Symphony 60 is engaging enough. I should play this more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Merl View Post
    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.

    Merl- I thought I was doing well on the more obscure recordings with Manacorda's Schubert but who is this guy?...I must also admit to not having heard of the band either......this is starting to resemble my 6th form days back in the mid 70's where there was an on going competition to 'out obscure' one's rivals......I won it hands down as the only person to possess Pete Sinfields solo album!
    'so where are the strong, who are the trusted and where is the harmony, sweet harmony?'
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    Been so busy no listening for three days. I come back to a new thread with technical difficulties - things seem to change much more rapidly than in my youth!

    I will try to post without duplication!

    Now listening to Errki Melartin, Violin Concerto etc - John Storgards, Tampere PO, Leif Segerstam.

    melartin violin concerto.jpg
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    Early Symphonies to begin some listening today...

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    Mendelssohn - Symphony no. 2 from the Gerard Schwarz collection, Naxos

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    Goldberg variations on recorders!

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    Brahms: Two Rhapsodies Op. 79; Piano Pieces Op. 117- 119. Radu Lupu on Decca
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    The late solo piano works of Brahms - some of my favourite 19th century piano works. Well played too.

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    Barber: Violin Concerto
    Barber: String Quartet
    Mahler: Symphony No. 5
    Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2
    Richard Strauss: Aus Italien
    Saint-Saens: Violin Concerto No. 3

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    Luzzaschi: Concerto della Dame. La Venexiana/ Cavina (Glossa)

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    Beethoven - Mendelssohn

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    Mendelssohn Octet


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    Quote Originally Posted by Merl View Post
    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.

    My favourite set is Muti with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Very full and powerful.
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    FINZI - PARRY - BRIDGE
    An English Suite
    Gerald Finzi - Frank Bridge - C. Hubert H. Parry
    English String Orchestra
    William Boughton - conductor
    Martin Jones - piano

    Nimbus
    P.M. Summer
    simul justus et peccator

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    Dvořák - The Water Goblin
    Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Nikolaus Harnoncourt conductor

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIDTah3SvCU

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    Listening to Symphony No. 5 today; Berglund w/ Bournemouth.

    My plan is to listen to a few other conductor's versions too, before I hear it at the Oregon Symphony (!) tomorrow night. (I'm going with my daughter, & I'm really excited ).
    And here's a bit from the program email that the Symphony sent out that I thought you might enjoy ~

    "Each piece on this program is a gem, and together they will make a wonderful and exciting display. Of course, the Sibelius symphony will be the crowning achievement, with its majestic and inspiring sonorities. There is also a story related to this symphony that I love to tell. At the end of the final movement there are several short, loud chords played by the entire orchestra. One enthusiastic audience member, who thought that the first chord signaled the end of the piece, shouted a lone “BRAVO!” However, the piece was not over, and the orchestra played the next chord, after which the same audience member exclaimed “SORRY!” The orchestra then played the final chords to end the work. I share this story for your amusement, and also to save you from shouting “BRAVO” too early this weekend.
    Enjoy! "


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