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    William Bolcom's Two Songs
    Roger Vignoles, Fatma Said (soprano)

    Fatma Said performs very convincingly!

    I wish she had performed the Britten Cabaret Songs. I think she'd be wonderful at them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeh375 View Post
    AB, are you aware that there is a recording of a Britten/Pears recital on the BBC iPlayer? I've not listened to it yet but thought I'd give a fellow Britten nut a heads up.
    This one??.

    Appreciate the heads-up, but I have actually seen this one (if that's the one you mean!). I'm a bit annoyed not to have seen some of the other programs that pop-up when you type 'Britten Pears' into their search engine, though!
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    Carlo Gesualdo's Tenebrae Responsories for Holy Saturday
    Peter Phillips, The Tallis Scholars

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    Engelbert Humperdinck's Sleeping Beauty
    Martin Fischer-Dieskau, Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra

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    Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8 in C minor, Op. 65
    London Symphony Orchestra, Gianandrea Noseda

    This interpretation doesn't have quite the emphasis on trenchant brutality as say, Mravinsky, but rather seems focused on discovering the surviving humanity amidst the horror. Less angsty and more lyrical, in other words, by comparison. Less obsessive terror and more pathos. I think in the end, I'm glad this interpretation doesn't just try to outdo the likes of Mravinsky or Kondrashin for brutality; we already have those on record, after all. This offers something different but for me still compelling: the human face of tragedy is never forgotten.

    By the way, don't think this means Noseda's is in any way a "tame" performance; it certainly is not. It still smacks you in the face when it is supposed to. It's a matter of emphsis, where time is taken and how. For example: I come away from the first movement thinking much more about the long, eloquent English horn solos, and the gorgeous strings-only episodes, than about the mechanized violence that tried to crush it all.

    Different, but recommended.

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    Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4

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

    "Life's a long song, but the tune ends too soon for us all." Ian Anderson lyric

    "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy." Hamlet

    "Man does not live by bread alone......"

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    Hannah Lash - Filigree
    JACK Quartet

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    Dvorak Symphony no 6, Janacek Idyll. A wonderful disk.


    Dvorak Piano Quintet no 2, String Quintet


    Bartok Violin Concerti 1 and 2, Viola Concerto


    Bartok String Quartets 1, 3 and 5 (Disk one)


    Martinu Symphony no 4. From Spotify. First time listening to this. Very impressive. I will definitely listen to this again.

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    Brahms: Violin Sonatas Kosef Suk (violin) and Julius Katchen (piano) on Decca

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    The wonderful violin sonatas of Brahms. Fine performances too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AbsolutelyBaching View Post
    Morton Gould's Spirituals for Orchestra
    Arthur Fagen, ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra

    I'm sure someone posted these a week or two ago (maybe more recent). I can't find the post now. But it inspired me to go out and buy this CD and I'm very happy I did so! So thank you to whoever it was that was playing this stuff earlier!
    That was me. And you're welcome!

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    Haydn, Symphony No. 70

    I have the Naxos complete box and the complete Fischer set, but I'm too lazy to pull them out, so I'm listening to Hogwood on YouTube.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6IGVbqVzgQ

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    Mussorgsky/Ravel, Pictures at an Exhibition - Berlin PO, Herbert von Karajan.

    A stately stroll through the galleries.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Manxfeeder View Post
    Haydn, Symphony No. 70

    I have the Naxos complete box and the complete Fischer set, but I'm too lazy to pull them out, so I'm listening to Hogwood on YouTube.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6IGVbqVzgQ
    Love the honesty - but think of the exercise you are missing out on

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    Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 Emil Gilels and the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Eugen Jochum on DG

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    Also included are the Op. 10 Ballades.

    All rather good.

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