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    More music in memory of Bernard Haitink.


    Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 9
    Concertgebouw O (5) - LPO (9) - Haitink


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    A wonderful new release. In addition to the works listed on the cover, he includes 4 excerpts from "Rosamunde" that he transcribed.


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    Prokofiev: Ballet Suites from Romeo and Juliet & Chout London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Claudio Abbado on Decca

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    After just listening to Prokofiev ballet extracts (including Romeo and Juliet) I'm now listening to slightly younger performances (1966). As well as Romeo and Juliet it and featuring Chout, an earlier ballet preceeding the great Prokofiev ballets by a couple of decades .

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    Berio's Sinfonia
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    New guitar concerto from Marcus Paus.

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    The always reliable Takacs.

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    Rebirth of a Nation

    DJ Spooky (narrator)

    Kronos Quartet

    Release Date: 30th Oct 2015
    Catalogue No: CA21110
    Label: Cantaloupe
    Length: 79 minutes
    Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.
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    Johannes Brahms

    Clarinet Quintet in B minor, op. 115
    Six Songs for clarinet and piano
    Clarinet Trio in A minor, op. 114

    Martin Fröst, clarinet

    2014

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    Xenakis: Phlegra / Jalons / Keren / Nomos Alpha / Thallein
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    DG released this today as a "single." I don't why it wasn't included on the original release. Anyway, it's very good but I prefer the slightly more demonic version by Horowitz. I listened to it via Qobuz.


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    Alois Klíma conducts Prokofiev - Summer Day Suite, Op.65, Prague Chamber Orchestra & A Winter Camp Fire, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra. Crossroads/Supraphon, unknown release date. Assume late 60’s, as other Crossroad releases.

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    Rozhdestvensky conducts Prokofiev - The Stone Flower. Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra. Мелодия/Angel 1968

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    If someone asks me about the (recording) foundations of the Ring, without many consideration I will answer with three names: Karajan, Solti and Asahina. Karajan is Wagner's compatriot. The powerful original. Solti is the Anglo-Saxonic approach, the outer look to the Gesamtkunstwerk, which combines the English elegance (this is the key work) with the German power. Asahina is the great observer. He is gloriously approaching the Wagnerian epos as a king the battlefield and instructs his troops how to march to victory. He is the calculative force on the podium.

    Beside these fundamentals we have also many other approaches to Wagner's Werk. Some of them are very good, but no one is original as the three has been mentioned above. Wagner is for the opera / music what the Greek drama is for the theater / scenic arts: the standard. You can't change a lot of things. You have a limited options for innovations, etc.

    One more difficulty is the quality of the voices. The arias are long, hard and with the tendency (some times) to be boring or monotonous. The casting for Wagner's works (using movies terminology) is of paramount importance. And the conductor is also responsible, after he has made his selection, to teach the singers how ideally could perform their roles. Karajan was the best in this field. Solti & Asahina also made superbly this demanding job. (the Jap without many options, to say the truth and for this reason is so great.)

    Solti's Ring took TEN years for completion. We are speaking for a monumental effort and a result of the highest caliber. A recording for the eternity. DECCA celebrated this historical event with 1970's presentation set with 22 LP's (the original is 19) The 3 extra LP's and the special booklet is Deryck Cooke's introduction / commentary to the work. A unique feature from which the listener can learn everything for the Ring. The book is also a Kunstwerk. The wooden presentation box is also a luxurious sample of the English quality. A stellar object from the golden era of the big recordings. (if I remember correctly the box is more than 12 kilos...)

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    Stravinsky - Agon - Leinsdorf/BSO from this Sony box.

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