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    All Human Beings, Max Richter

    CD 2
    Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.
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    7 & 8
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    Bartok, Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2


    I don't know these pieces well enough to give an informed opinion on them, but the engineered sound is very much alive.

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    Beethoven, Piano Sonatas Nos 8 Op 13 'Pathetique' & 10 Op 14 No 2 - Emil Gilels.




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    And the remaining two Beethoven concertos from Solomon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manxfeeder View Post
    Bartok, Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2


    I don't know these pieces well enough to give an informed opinion on them, but the engineered sound is very much alive.

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    ...ain't no flies on Pollini! Everything he touches turns to gold.
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    Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition / A Night on Bald Mountain
    Britten: The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

    Seiji Ozawa, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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    Razumovskys
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    Mozart violin concertos 3-5 ... Kremer and Harnoncourt:

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    Beethoven, Sonata Op. 109


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    Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 1

    That picture makes me wonder if he's saying, "Why are we looking at a score by Mozart if this box doesn't have any Mozart in it?"

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    Maybe this 1 May 1936 recording isn't the quietest or most clear or most dynamic musical document ever made, but in this Testament mono release (SBT 1004), digitally remastered and technically "restored" by Richard C. Burns (who improved the sound beyond his earlier attempt produced for a German radio broadcast on 9 February 1985, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Berg's birth) we catch a glimpse of, or rather hear history being sounded in what is currently the best available recording of this historic concert premiere. This recording marks the second performance of the Berg Violin Concerto, performed by the violinist for whom it was written, Louis Krasner, under the baton of Anton Webern, who worked on the earlier premiere performance before suffering a breakdown which led to the appointment of conductor Hermann Scherchen, one day prior to the premiere at the Barcelona ISCM Festival on 19 April 1936, to lead the work with the Pau Casals Orchestra.

    The liner notes for the recording (by Krasner and Burns) prove fascinating, as in the passage where Burns relates how he came to the original recording:

    One evening in the spring of 1976, Louis Krasner came to see me carrying a shopping bag from which he produced a number of acetate disc recordings. These were mostly of his performances of the music of Berg and Schoenberg that he had arranged to be recorded off-the-air. The prize of the collection turned out to be nothing less than the second performance of the Berg Violin Concerto, with Anton Webern conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
    ... About ten years previously he had told be about this, the most memorable of his performances of the Berg Concerto, and that there was no recording of it in the BBC archives. ... However, in the process of cleaning out his attic before moving to Brookline, Massachusetts, he discovered a trunk containing this forgotten recording that he had arranged to have recorded of the air some 40 years previously.
    The recording was cut on eight acetate discs at 78rpm recorded on one side.


    One of the wonderful passages from Krasner's notes (first published in Fanfare magazine Nov/Dec. 1987) relates the violinist's initial meetings with Anton Webern:

    I met Anton Webern in Vienna on several occasions in the early 1930s through young composers and other musicians close to Schoenberg's circle. Sometimes I was invited also to join the group, when they accompanied Webern to their usual 'stammplatz' in the well-known Café Museum after a concert.
    What still excites my memory, however, as an early profound music experience, were the lectures on Beethoven piano sonatas that Webern gave for a few invited musicians .... They were musical revelations for me. Webern played a phrase or two of a Beethoven sonata and then in most minute detail he analysed the sense, the feel, of each motive and each bar of music. He searched out the communicative meaning and its innermost expressive content, the significance and relationship of each sub-phrase and the necessity and inevitability of each progression the organisation of Beethoven's completed and convincing musical idea. ... Webern was totally engrossed. His slight physical frame seemed to fade out, and he was all spirit. Webern was himself consumed -- he became Beethoven, and he drew his listeners into his being. As a performer, Webern was re-creator.


    Those anti-serialists, anti-new-music folks who erroneously assume that "modern composers" fashion their trivial "noise music" only because they are incapable of writing real music, as did Beethoven, for instance, should take this observation by Louis Krasner as a caution. Apparently Anton Webern, the composer of Symphony Op. 21, Concerto Op. 24, Variations For Piano Op. 27, and Variations For Orchestra Op. 30, among other fine serial-styled works, could have no doubt written music akin to the style of Beethoven, music for which he apparently had a mastery, except that he didn't want to, choosing rather to pursue a more original path. And few composers are arguably as original as Anton Webern.

    In any case, my personal concert of the day proved rather illuminating with my hearing (once again) of the Krasner/Webern performance of Alban Berg's profoundly beautiful Violin Concerto, inspired, apparently, by the death of 18 year-old Manon Gropius, daughter of friends of Berg's, which led to the dedication 'Dem Andenken eines Engels'. And though this is a highly organized serial work, Berg does quote a Carinthian folk-tune and a passage from Bach's Cantata No. 60. A true masterpiece, and a worthy listen, anytime.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Manxfeeder View Post
    Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 1

    That picture makes me wonder if he's saying, "Why are we looking at a score by Mozart if this box doesn't have any Mozart in it?"

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    Actually, it's an old Playboy magazine with a Mozart score cover wrapped round it. Boys will be boys!

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

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    Here's what I've been listening to lately:

    Barrios. From the Jungles of Paraguay. I have quite a few albums of solo guitar works, this is one of my favourites. I keep coming back to this one over and over. Wonderful music.


    Villa Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras no 5, 2, 1 and 9. I have been familiar with this album since the 1970s. It is a deeply personal association with a long and personal story. And my mother met Villa Lobos' widow in the 1970s.


    Villa Lobos The Complete Choros, disks 1 2 and 3.


    Piazzolla Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, Ginestera Concerto for String Orchestra, Golijov Last Round for double string quartet and bass. A very enjoyable disk.


    Piazzolla Concerto for bandoneon and orchestra, and several other tracks. I heard the concerto performed live some twenty years ago, which got me hooked on Piazzolla.

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