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    Henry Purcell

    A fine recording with the Parley of instruments and Red Byrd.


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    Svetlanov's Mahler 3 - a very fine performance: sane and slightly restrained but full of good things. One of my preferred accounts of this work.




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    George Frideric Handel

    6 Concerti grossi, op. 3

    The English Concert
    Trevor Pinnock

    1984

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    Chausson: Poème de l'amour et de la mer & Symphonie Op. 20

    Véronique Gens (soprano)

    Orchestre National de Lille, Alexandre Bloch
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    I don't think I've ever listened to this huge set before and had it for eons.

    So last night, the first Schoenberg quartet.

    Characteristically huge and grandiose, but interesting and not unattractive. A single listen far from adequate, so do it again.

    I have multiple versions of the Berg string music, I like it but prefer the operas, which I love.

    The Webern will follow.

    The good thing about the La Salle recordings is that for the Schoenberg string quartet with voice, they have Margaret Price!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogerx View Post




    Chausson: Poème de l'amour et de la mer & Symphonie Op. 20

    Véronique Gens (soprano)

    Orchestre National de Lille, Alexandre Bloch

    had to show it , didn't you?

    Pretty picture and attractive music, do I have to have it?

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    Some say Barbirolli's Elgar can be too much heart-on-the-sleeve but I disagree and in works like the Enigma Variations his response to the music is so deeply heartfelt it can move me to tears. On the other hand his Falstaff has a quixotic energy that is most engaging.

    Excellent 1960s recordings.
    "It's not enough to have a beautiful voice." Maria Callas

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    Markevitch - Overture to "Le Nouvel Age" (Lyndon-Gee/Marco Polo)
    Haas - Suite for Piano, Op. 13 (Schleiermacher/MDG)
    Frankel - Symphony #8 (Albert/cpo)
    "Music in any generation is not what the public thinks of it but what the musicians make of it"....Virgil Thomson

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    Great performances of Brahms 1st and 4th symphonies from Svetlanov. The 1st, with its blazing start, is muscular and powerful. The 4th has similar qualities but of course there is more scope (fully realised) for excitement in the last two movements. The performances also give us an authentic Brahms glow. The recordings are fine. Recommended.

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    Josef Holbrooke: Symphonic Poems

    Judith Ingolfsson (violin)

    Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt, Howard Griffiths
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    Colours in the Dark - The Instrumental music of Alexander Agricola.

    Ensemble Leones, Marc Lewon, Crawford Young (lute)


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    Quote Originally Posted by jim prideaux View Post
    I do not consider myself to be an expert and am therefore reluctant to pass judgement on performances/recordings. However I really did not enjoy these two performances.....I had just returned to the Prague and turned it off....something not quite right to these ears! Am now listening to Davis and the Staatskapelle Dresden performance. In both cases the recordings were new to me.....one from the Abbado Symphony Edition box set, the other from the Davis Symphonies box set. I am well aware that I am not comparing 'like with like' in that the orchestras are very different but I find myself far preferring Davis. It is not even as simple as preferring big modern orchestras to HIP informed outfits.......my performances of choice in this case have proven to be either conducted by Mackerras or Harnoncourt.
    As I suggested, I dug out my Abbado, Orchestra Mozart box and listened to the two Symphonies mentioned.

    I would have to say I didn't find them as much of a challenge as Jim.
    Abbado can be a cool customer and I will accept that at times in these live performances he does appear a little stolid, maybe he could have loosened his top coat a bit and let rip, thinking that through - maybe at his time of life (when the recordings were made) that might not have beem advisable.
    Overall I did enjoy the chamber scale live performances but concede that others have more elan and zip to their interpretations. Are they the best available I would doubt that but I am happy to have them to hand and will dip into some of the concertos in the next few days.

    Thanks for the reminder Jim.

    Mozart, Symphonies Nos 38 & 41 - Orchestra Mozart, Claudio Abbado.


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    After Malx has posted this work more than once in the last few days, I have been influenced! A fine work if not a favourite.

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    Giovanni Coperario: Fantasia a6 'al folgorante squardo'

    played by The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble

    Gawain Glenton, Conor Hastings - cornetto
    Nicholas Perry - tenor cornetto
    Emily White, Andrew Harwood-White - tenor sackbut
    Adrian France - bass sackbut


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