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    Glière & Glazunov: Concertos

    Dame Joan Sutherland (soprano), Richard Bonynge (piano), Osian Ellis
    (harp), Josef Sivo (violin)

    London Symphony Orchestra, L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Horst Stein


    Glazunov: Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 82
    Glière: Concerto for Harp and Orchestra in E flat major Op. 74
    Grechaninov: Lullaby, Op. 108
    Stravinsky: Pastorale

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    Massenet: Thaïs

    Renée Fleming (Thaïs), Thomas Hampson (Athanael), Giuseppe Sabbatini
    (Nicias), Estefano Palatchi (Palemon)

    Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, Yves Abel



    Gramophone Magazine November 2000

    At last — a modern recording of Thaïs with a soprano who can sing
    the title-role...There is just enough individuality in her singing to
    give Fleming's Thaïs a personality of her own, and vocal loveliness
    brings a bloom to her every scene...Thomas Hampson...is her match in
    sensitivity and roundness of tone.
    Penguin Guide 2011 edition

    [Thais] finds an ideal interpreter in Renee Fleming. After making
    the heroine's unlikely conversion to virtue totally convincing, she
    crowns her performance with a deeply affecting account of her death
    scene...[Hampson] cannot quite equal her in such total conviction but
    he is vocally ideal.
    Good CD Guide

    Within minutes of Renée Fleming's entrance it is clear that she
    simply has a vocal class that puts her in a different league. The
    famous Meditation is a dream. It is clear that this new Thaïs has
    pretty well everything going for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HenryPenfold View Post
    I agree, the Stuttgart Mozart is special, but the earlier LCP is up there too.

    I know so many people who have it in for him, but he's a near genius (and wonderful live in concert, I vouch).
    Henry....Intrigued by the fact that Norrington has seemed to attract such criticism/'vitriol' over the years. To my ears his Beethoven SWR recordings are 'bang on'.....I also have the good fortune to have access to his Schumann and Mendelssohn recordings with the same orchestra that I also find impressive. Am seriously considering the recent Brahms symphony release and the Mozart box looks attractive to me.

    As Beethoven 4 is one of my favourite symphonies by anybody I am going to go back to the Harnoncourt recording on your recommendation in your next post!
    'so where are the strong, who are the trusted and where is the harmony, sweet harmony?'
    (Nick Lowe)

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    Davis's 2001 LSO performance of Elgar's 1st Symphony runs to about the same timings as Barbirolli's, but it just seems a lot slower, right from the rather opening theme, which sounds lugubrious rather than nobilmente. Not a patch on the Barbirolli I listened to yesterday and the symphony failed to make anywhere near the same effect.
    Last edited by Tsaraslondon; Sep-23-2021 at 09:01.
    "It's not enough to have a beautiful voice." Maria Callas

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    Quote Originally Posted by jim prideaux View Post
    Henry....Intrigued by the fact that Norrington has seemed to attract such criticism/'vitriol' over the years. To my ears his Beethoven SWR recordings are 'bang on'.....I also have the good fortune to have access to his Schumann and Mendelssohn recordings with the same orchestra that I also find impressive. Am seriously considering the recent Brahms symphony release and the Mozart box looks attractive to me.

    As Beethoven 4 is one of my favourite symphonies by anybody I am going to go back to the Harnoncourt recording on your recommendation in your next post!
    This is a must-have!



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    Quote Originally Posted by Knorf View Post
    Anton Webern: Passacaglia, Op. 1; Fünf Sätze, Op. 5; Sechs Stücke, Op. 6; Symphony, Op. 21
    Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

    Stunning, intense performances of this gorgeous music!


    Stunning, intense gorgeous ..........

    Knorf, your words capture to perfection this release - an enterprise driven by Karajan, without which, recorded music would be so much poorer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HenryPenfold View Post
    Stunning, intense gorgeous ..........

    Knorf, your words capture to perfection this release - an enterprise driven by Karajan, without which, recorded music would be so much poorer.
    I have to admit to not much liking the music of the New Viennese School, but I do own and enjoy Karajan's recordings of Berg, Webern and Schoenberg.
    "It's not enough to have a beautiful voice." Maria Callas

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    Quote Originally Posted by jim prideaux View Post
    .....and on to 39,40 and 41 with Gunter Wand conducting the NDR Sinfonieorchester.
    And again this morning!
    'so where are the strong, who are the trusted and where is the harmony, sweet harmony?'
    (Nick Lowe)

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    Alban Berg - various works part two of three for either side of an hour's walk.


    Wozzeck - opera in three acts [Libretto: Alban Berg, after the drama Woyzeck by Georg Büchner] (1914-22):




    Kammerkonzert for piano, violin and winds (1923–25):




    Schliesse mir die Augen beide [Close Both My Eyes] - song for voice and piano (second setting) [Text: Theodor Storm] (1925):
    Sieben frühe Lieder for voice and piano, rev. and arr. for high voice and orchestra by Alban Berg [Texts: Carl Hauptmann/Nikolaus Lenau/Theodor Storm/Rainer Maria Rilke/Johannes Schlaf/Otto Erich Hartelben/Paul Hohenberg] (orig. c. 1905–08 - arr. 1928):




    Lyrischen Suite for string quartet (1925–26):

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    '...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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    Could not resist a second hand bargain and it has just turned up in the post do first listen to......

    Harnoncourt and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe

    Mozart-38th and 39th Symphonies.

    Clearly very different to Wand and the NDR SO......But both are equally valid as far as I am concerned.

    So long as the opening minutes of the 38th bring a sense of expectation and a smile to my face it works for me!
    'so where are the strong, who are the trusted and where is the harmony, sweet harmony?'
    (Nick Lowe)

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    Strauss R: Ein Heldenleben

    Antonio Pappano, Orchestra dell'Academia nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Roberto González Monjas




    Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 5

    Osmo Vänskä, Minnesota Orchestra




    Nielsen: Symphony No. 3 "Sinfonia Espansiva"

    Sakari Oramo, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Staying with Barbirolli for Elgar's 2nd.

    With this issue I also get to listen again to Barbirolli's sublime performances of Sospiri and Elegy.
    "It's not enough to have a beautiful voice." Maria Callas

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    Lyapunov: Piano Works, Vol. 2

    Florian Noack (piano)

    Lyapunov: Barcarolle in G sharp minor, Op. 46
    Lyapunov: Chant de Noël
    Lyapunov: Chant du Crépuscule, Op. 22
    Lyapunov: Chanteurs de Noels
    Lyapunov: Cortège des Mages
    Lyapunov: Fêtes de Noël, Op. 41
    Lyapunov: Humoreske, Op. 34
    Lyapunov: Novelette, Op. 18
    Lyapunov: Nuit de Noël
    Lyapunov: Preludes (7), Op. 6
    Lyapunov: Three Pieces, Op. 1
    Lyapunov: Variations & Fugue in D sharp minor on a Russian Theme, Op. 49

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    Bach - Sonatas for Violin & Harpsichord. Giulia Nuti, Chiara Zanisi

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