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    Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 'Eroica'
    Berlin Philharmonic - Karajan (1984)


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    Sibelius first and fifth symphonies, Sir Colin Davis and the LSO

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    Frédéric Chopin
    Franz Liszt
    Maurice Ravel


    Benjamin Grosvenor, piano

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    Offenbach: Gaîté parisienne

    Offenbach: Gaîté Parisienne
    Rossini: La Boutique fantasque


    Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler

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    Hearing Henri

    Lazarof - Volo (Thomas/Laurel)
    Lazarof - Icarus (Schwarz/Delos)
    "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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    Bedřich Smetana - various works part one of two while I wait for the locksmith.

    Smetana's output was quite widespread but it was opera where his true ambitions lay and which comprises the largest part of his output - and typically I haven't got any by him!

    For anyone who enjoys the Má Vlast cycle I'd recommend Smetana's three other tone poems if they haven't already heard them - although two of the subjects aren't Czech like Má Vlast they are still rich and vivid like their later, more famous siblings.

    Smetana's piano music is usually overlooked - admittedly most of the pieces on the two discs I have are salon polkas but there are savoury pickles dotted amongst the sweeter bonbons. There are some agreeable changes of pace and mood with the choral works, too, despite most of them being patriotic and/or folk-based.

    The early-ish piano trio was one of Smetana's few forays into chamber music - although not lacking in accomplishment it is nevertheless overshadowed by the two masterly string quartets from the later period of his life.


    Bagately a impromptus [Bagatelles and Impromptus] - eight pieces for piano op.6 (1844):




    Polka in F-minor for piano (c. 1853):
    Polka in A for piano (c. 1853 - comp. 1883):
    Polka in E for piano (c. 1853):
    Polka in G-minor for piano (c. 1853):
    Tři salonní polky [Three Salon Polkas] for piano op.7 (1848-54):
    Tři poetické polky [Three Poetic Polkas] for piano op.8 (1854):
    Vzpomínky na Čechy ve formě polek [Souvenir of Bohemia in the Form of Polkas] - two pieces for piano op.12 (1859-60):
    Vzpomínky na Čechy ve formě polek [Souvenir of Bohemia in the Form of Polkas] - two pieces for piano op.13 (1859-60):




    Piano Trio in G-minor op.15 (1855 - rev. 1857):




    Richard III - tone poem after William Shakespeare for orchestra op.11 (1857-58):
    Wallenstein's Camp - tone poem after Friedrich Schiller for orchestra op.14 (1858-59):
    Hakon Jarl - tone poem after Adam Oehlenschläger for orchestra op.16 (1860-61):




    Píseň svobody [Song of Liberty] for mixed choir and piano [Text: Jiří Kolář] (1848):
    Píseň česká [Czech Song] for unaccompanied male choir [Text: Jan Jindřich Marek a.k.a. Jan z Hvězdy] (1860):
    Tři jezdci [The Three Riders] for unaccompanied male choir [Text: Jiljí Vratislav Jahn] (1862):
    Česká píseň [Czech Song] for mixed choir and orchestra [Text: Jan Jindřich Marek a.k.a. Jan z Hvězdy] (1868 - rev. 1878):
    Odrodilec [The Renegade] for unaccompanied male choir [Text: Ambrož Metlíňský] (1863-64):
    Odrodilec (II) [The Renegade (II)] for unaccompanied male choir - second version [Text: Ambrož Metlíňský] (1864):

    '...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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    to the 4 great Schoenberg string quartets played by the Juillard String Quartet in the early 50's

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    Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
    Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan, Christa Ludwig. Deutsche Grammophon.

    A serious, concentrated afternoon's listening. I may be away some time .........

    5 Ruckert Lieder


    1. Blicke mir nicht in die Lieder! (Look not, love, on my work unended!) – 14 June 1901
    2. Ich atmet’ einen linden Duft (I breathed the breath of blossoms red) – July 1901
    3. Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen (O garish world, long since thou hast lost me) – 16 August 1901
    4. Um Mitternacht (At midnight hour) – Summer 1901
    5. Liebst du um Schönheit (Lov'st thou but beauty) – August 1902

    INTERMISSION

    Symphony No.6 (1903-04, revised 1906)


    1. Allegro energico, ma non troppo. Heftig, aber markig.
    2. Scherzo: Wuchtig
    3. Andante moderato
    4. Finale: Sostenuto – Allegro moderato – Allegro energico





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    Quote Originally Posted by Reichstag aus LICHT View Post
    By coincidence, my current listening is this unusual recording by the "Ludus Modalis" under Bruno Boterf - unusual in that it's based on an early edition of Monteverdi's score, where ritornelli and instrumental embellishments are marked as optional. Despite lacking the high-octane instrumental splendour of mainstream versions, this recording puts more of a spotlight on the voices, which are luckily top-notch here:

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    I bought this on a whim a couple of days ago, and I'm glad I did. A beautiful recording, and a very pleasant surprise!
    I'll seek this out myself

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    Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4
    Leningrad PO - Mravinsky


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogerx View Post


    Stabat Mater - Italian Sacred Music from the 18th Century

    Abchordis Ensemble, Marie Lys (soprano), Andrea Buccarella, Antonio Masotti (bass vocal), Luca Cervoni (tenor), Maria Chiara Gallo (mezzo-soprano)
    Everyday when I come here I am influenced by the excellent selections of fellow posters. Yet another.
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    I'm listening to it as a season ticket holder.

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    Michelangelo Rossi

    Recently seen,it's a good idea to listen to this recording


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    Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine

    Ludus Modalis, Bruno Boterf


    Release Date: 5th Oct 2018
    Catalogue No: RAM1702
    Label: Ramée
    Length: 90 minutes
    Recording of the Month
    BBC Music Magazine
    January 2019
    Recording of the Month
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    Rachmaninov Variations

    Daniil Trifonov (piano)

    Philadelphia Orchestra, Yannick Nézet-Séguin


    Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43
    Rachmaninov: Variations on a Theme of Chopin, Op. 22
    Rachmaninov: Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42
    Trifonov: Rachmaniana

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