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    Quote Originally Posted by HerbertNorman View Post
    I do like it a lot...it was the last piece I got to see live , before we got locked down again... The Karajan recording is one of the very best imho. Could I be as curious to ask , what's coming next in the Beethoven marathon you've got planned?
    Well, a few things this morning: the Kyrie from the Missa Solemnis (the Ormandy/Philadelphia recording, which was beautiful); the short cantata Meerestille und Glückliche Fahrt, op.112; & now, back to Karajan's cycle...:



    Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No.1 in C major, op.21. Herbert von Karajan, Berlin Philharmonic

    I really wasn't planning a marathon, but I've decided it's high time I listen through the cycle in chronological order over a week or so, one or two symphonies a day, something I don't think I've ever done. Obviously, I'm just getting started here with the 1st. People like to say this symphony is Haydnesque, and perhaps it is, but I don't hear anything but pure Beethoven, albeit in a more classical mode than some of his later symphonies. Perhaps this is a result of Karajan bringing out some of the elements that tie this work to his later symphonies. Anyway, I'm greatly enjoying this symphony, as I always do.

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    Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5
    Boston Symphony Orchestra - Andris Nelsons

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    Byrd: Infelix Ego

    Philippe Herreweghe

    Collegium Vocale Gent, Marnix de Cat, Dorothee Mields, Thomas Hobbs, Harry van der Kamp, Manuel Warwitz

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    The Valkyrie - ENO, 4th February 1970, Norman Bailey, Alberto Remedios, Rita Hunter, Clifford Grant, Ann Howard. Conducted glacially by Goodall. It’s ok but lacks drive and Bailey sounds a bit grainy. Alberto has a lovely sound but I think he lacks heft. Rita is brilliantly accurate and her top notes gleam but like Remedios I find she too lacks heft. Good enough but if you have the commercial release of the Goodall Valkyrie I wouldn’t rush to buy this. If I can generate the enthusiasm I’ll let you know what the Siegfried is like when I get to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Malx View Post
    In a nostalgic mood this morning which prompted me to look out a couple of the earliest Sibelius discs I bought in the late eighties.

    Sibelius, Violin Concerto - Cho-Liang Lin, Philharmonia Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen.

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    A great performance and a great recording of a great violin concerto. Cho-Liang Lin and the Philharmonia with Esa-Pekka Salonen play magnificently.
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    Bach

    English Suites

    After the lovely French Suites played by Leonhard now the English by van Asperen


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    Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 10
    Gerard Willems

    Always good to be able to listen to some Australian music now and again!

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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

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    Rodion Shchedrin's Piano Concerto No. 5
    Valery Gergiev, The Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Denis Matsuev (piano)

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    Quote Originally Posted by flamencosketches View Post
    Well, a few things this morning: the Kyrie from the Missa Solemnis (the Ormandy/Philadelphia recording, which was beautiful); the short cantata Meerestille und Glückliche Fahrt, op.112; & now, back to Karajan's cycle...:



    Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No.1 in C major, op.21. Herbert von Karajan, Berlin Philharmonic

    I really wasn't planning a marathon, but I've decided it's high time I listen through the cycle in chronological order over a week or so, one or two symphonies a day, something I don't think I've ever done. Obviously, I'm just getting started here with the 1st. People like to say this symphony is Haydnesque, and perhaps it is, but I don't hear anything but pure Beethoven, albeit in a more classical mode than some of his later symphonies. Perhaps this is a result of Karajan bringing out some of the elements that tie this work to his later symphonies. Anyway, I'm greatly enjoying this symphony, as I always do.
    Now Symphony No.2 in D major, op.36 from the same set. I've always felt the 2nd was less memorable and not as good as the 1st, and still I'm tempted to agree. Probably my least favorite Beethoven symphony, but still well worth a listen, and I'm not giving up on it just yet. I may come to love it in time.

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    Sergei Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky
    André Previn, Anna Reynolds, London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra
    I'm not familiar with this specific recording. How is it?

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    Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1 "Winter Reveries"
    Oslo PO - Mariss Jansons


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    Quote Originally Posted by adriesba View Post
    I'm not familiar with this specific recording. How is it?
    Glorious. I really enjoyed it. The chorus sounds a little English in places, but I can forgive them that, I think. It is a glorious sound overall.

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    Contemporaries of Mozart Krommer: Symphony Op. 102 Symphony Op. 40/

    London Mozart Players, Matthias Bamert

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    Johann Sebastian Bach's BWV 120a - Herr Gott, Beherrscher aller Dinge
    Masaaku Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan

    The closest thing to Bach perfection I know! Wonderful performance of a masterful cantata. I defy anyone not to want to dance their way through the opening chorus!

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