Thread: Current Listening Vol VI

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knorf View Post
    I think I very much need to hear this.
    If you haven't heard it yet you are in for a treat (imo).
    Haitink excels in the Adagio finale - which I find totally entrancing.
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    Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.
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    Beethoven, Symphony No 1 - Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantic, John Eliot Gardiner.



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    Mozart, Piano Sonata in B flat, K333

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    Offenbach


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    Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 in D minor (with 4th movement completion by Schaller)
    Philharmonie Festiva, Gerd Schaller

    New arrival. I haven't heard the Schaller version of the last movement before.

    (Pointless complaint: this is a 2018 release, and they still put it into a stupid forking double-jewel box?! WTF Profil?!)


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    Shostakovich - Cello Concertos nos. 1 & 2


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    Elgar: The Black Knight, Op. 25

    Edmund Walters (chorus master), Edmund Walters (director)
    Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Liverpool Philharmonic Choir, Liverpool Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra
    Sir Charles Groves
    Recorded: 1984-04-28
    Recording Venue: 27 & 28 April 1984, Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool

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    Wonderful set
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    Today I loaded the CD player up with five CDs featuring Pierre Boulez/Columbia recordings:

    1. Debussy: La Mer; Prelude the Afternoon of a Faun; Jeux (Pierre Boulez/New Philharmonia Orchestra) CBS Great Performances
    2. Bartok: Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta (Pierre Boulez/BBC Symphony Orchestra); Concerto for Orchestra (Pierre Boulez/New York Philharmonic Orchestra) Pierre Boulez conducts Bartok Sony box set
    3. Schoenberg: Serenade (Pierre Boulez/Ensemble Intercontemporain w/ John Shirly-Quirk, baritone); Five Pieces for Orhestra (Pierre Boulez/BBC Symphony Orchestra); Ode to Napoleon (Pierre Boulez/Ensemble Intercontemporain w/David Wilson-Johnson, speaker) Pierre Boulez conducts Schoenberg Sony box set
    4. Schoenberg: Five Pieces for Mixed Chorus; Three Satires for Mixed Chorus, Six Pieces for Male Chorus, Psalm 130 "De Profundis"(Pierre Boulez/Members of the London Sinfonietta w/BBC Singers); Moderner Psalm; Survivor from Warsaw (Pierre Boulez/BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus w/John Shirley-Quirk, speaker on Moderner Psalm, and Gunther Reich, speaker, on Survivor from Warsaw) Pierre Boulez conducts Schoenberg Sony box set
    5. Boulez: Le Marteau sans Maitre (Pierre Boulez/Ensemble Musique Vivante w/Yvonne Minton, mezzo-soprano); Livre pour cordes (Pierre Boulez/Strings of the New Philharmonia Orchestra) Masterworks of the 20th Century Sony box set

    Some of these were recordings were early favorites that I first enjoyed on vinyl: The Debussy album; Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra, and Schoenberg's earth-shattering Survivor from Warsaw. You can blame it on imprinting but I still think that Boulez is the go-to guy for Debussy, as I'm very picky with my Debussy and see Debussy as a hard composer to get right, and Boulez' steady hand seems to capture all the mood and mystery of Debussy without over-playing it. Next-up another outstanding rendition of two great and popular pieces by Bartok, and I was shocked and bewildered to learn that such a great Bartok champion and interpreter as Boulez would have disparaging words to say about it. According to Lives of the Great Composers by Harold Schonberg, Boulez had stated that Bartok "Lacks interior content", and Concerto for Orchestra is "only the residue of the nationalistic thrusts of the 19th century." Why record it then? I mean, it can't be THAT bad if you're going to go to all the trouble of conducting it, right? On to two discs featuring the music of Arnold Schoenberg, and how could I ever know 35 years ago, that Schoenberg's seemingly twisted and inside-out compositions would begin to make sense to me, and Serenade, especially, is surprisingly listenable and even enjoyable fare, once you stop looking for a melody to hold on to and take it for what it is. Going forward, we leave the Schoenberg binge with Survivor from Warsaw, a powerful, sad, and even disturbing, eight minutes where the reality of war and man's inhumanity to man is highlighted and followed by a call to faith and hope. We round things out with two original compositions by Boulez himself. Like Schoenberg's Serenade, Boulez' Le Marteau sans Maitre or Hammer Without a Master is also listenable and enjoyable given an even chance; though the Livre pour cordes is thornier and more of a challenge.

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    Assorted choral compositions by Michel-Richard de Lalande, Vincent Dumestre conducting Le Poème Harmonique and Ensemble Aedes providing the voices. I like de Lalande a lot: post Lully and pre-Rameau (approximately). The spectacular richness of the CD artwork is a pretty accurate reflection of the lushness of the choral harmonies that lie within, too!

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    Edward Elgar - various works part nine for the rest of today.


    Pleading - song for voice and piano op.48, arr. for voice and orchestra [Text: Arthur Leslie Salmon] (1908):




    Angelus - part-song for mixed choir and organ op.56 [Text: attributed to Tuscan sources, but probably by Edward Elgar] (1909):




    Elegy for string orchestra op.58 (1909):




    Violin Concerto op.61 in B-minor (1907-10):




    Symphony no.1 in A-flat for orchestra op.55 (1907-08):
    Symphony no.2 in E-flat for orchestra op.59 (1909-11):

    '...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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    Beethoven, Harp and Serioso Quartets

    Personally, I prefer the Lindsay quartet for Beethoven, mostly for their edge-of-the seat playing and intensity.


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    Stravinsky

    Le Sacre du Printemps


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    Gade, N: Violin Concerto in D minor, Op.56

    Christina Astrand (violin)
    Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra
    John Storgårds
    Recorded: 14-21 October 2008
    Recording Venue: Tampere Concert Hall, Finland

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