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    Veronique Gens with John Axelrod leading the Orchestre national des Pays de la Loire in music by Berlioz and Ravel:


    Hector Berlioz:
    Herminie
    Les Nuits d'ete
    Maurice Ravel:
    Sheherazade
    I love music. I want music. I need music.

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    Osvaldo Golijov : The Dreams And Prayers Of Isaac The Blind
    Kronos Quartet & David Krakauer

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    The Dreams And Prayers Of Isaac The Blind by Golijov has been recorded a number of times, but this premier recording has remained my favorite.

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    Liszt

    Benjamin Grosvenor (piano)



    Gramophone Magazine March 2021

    An ideal Liszt Sonata performance requires transcendental virtuosity, prodigious colouristic resources, a sense of drama and narrative flow and a gift for fusing both architecture and passion. Benjamin Grosvenor’s interpretation embodies these qualities and then some...One may miss Arrau’s golden-toned largesse or the gaunter classicism of Fleisher, Curzon and Brendel, yet Grosvenor’s Liszt Sonata clearly belongs in such company.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogerx View Post


    Liszt

    Benjamin Grosvenor (piano)



    Gramophone Magazine March 2021

    An ideal Liszt Sonata performance requires transcendental virtuosity, prodigious colouristic resources, a sense of drama and narrative flow and a gift for fusing both architecture and passion. Benjamin Grosvenor’s interpretation embodies these qualities and then some...One may miss Arrau’s golden-toned largesse or the gaunter classicism of Fleisher, Curzon and Brendel, yet Grosvenor’s Liszt Sonata clearly belongs in such company.
    I listened to this recording last week and was not impressed. Since 2015 I've listened to every recording of the Liszt sonata available, at last count 287. I trust my ears more than this reviewer. Grosvenor's playing was sloppy in places, and bland in others, overall a mediocre performance.

    And the reviewer did not mention the pianists who have really nailed this work:

    Krystian ZIMERMAN
    Martha ARGERICH
    Marc-André HAMELIN
    Louis LORTIE
    Jorge BOLET [1]
    Dezsö RÁNKI [1]
    Jorge BOLET [3]
    Nikolai DEMIDENKO
    Sviatislav RICHTER [1] (Carnegie Hall)
    Vladimir HOROWITZ [1]

    The numbers in brackets indicate which of multiple recordings by a pianist.

    There is another new recording of the B Minor Sonata, by Vladimir Skomorokhov - it is superior to Grosvenor.

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    Last edited by SanAntone; Mar-06-2021 at 04:39.

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    The Golden Renaissance: Josquin des Prez (2021)
    Stile Antico

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    Nicely done.

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    [QUOTE=SanAntone;2024273]I listened to this recording last week and was not impressed. Since 2015 I've listened to every recording of the Liszt sonata available, at last count 287. I trust my ears more than this reviewer. Grosvenor's playing was sloppy in places, and bland in others, overall a mediocre performance.

    And the reviewer did not mention the pianists who have really nailed this work:

    Krystian ZIMERMAN
    Martha ARGERICH
    Marc-André HAMELIN
    Louis LORTIE
    Jorge BOLET [1]
    Dezsö RÁNKI [1]
    Jorge BOLET [3]
    Nikolai DEMIDENKO
    Sviatislav RICHTER [1] (Carnegie Hall)
    Vladimir HOROWITZ [1]

    The numbers in brackets indicate which of multiple recordings by a pianist.

    There is another new recording of the B Minor Sonata, by Vladimir Skomorokhov - it is superior to Grosvenor.


    In my world Only Pogorelich is lonely at the top but..... this is also good In a room full of love .
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    Britten - Songs

    Ian Bostridge (tenor) & Graham Johnson (piano)
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    Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 3 in E-flat major Op. 29/Piano Concerto No. 5 in F major, Op. 103 'Egyptian'


    Jean-Philippe Collard (piano)
    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    André Previn
    Recorded: 1986-09-13
    Recording Venue: 12 & 13 September 1986, No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London.
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    Early start with Barbirolli and the Halle perfroming two of my long term favourite works by Sibelius....

    Karelia Suite and Symphony no.5
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    'so where are the strong, who are the trusted and where is the harmony, sweet harmony?'
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    First time hearing this.
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    H.L.Mencken

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    Jan Ladislav Dussek: Messe Solemnelle

    Stefanie True (soprano), Helen Charlston (mezzo-soprano), Gwilym Bowen (tenor), Morgan Pearse (bass), Choir of the AAM, Academy of Ancient Music, Richard Egarr
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    Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky

    USSR Symphony Orchestra and RSFSR Russian Chorus conducted by Yevgeny Svetlanov
    Larissa Avdeyeva, mezzo-soprano




    Not the best sound quality, but it sure has spirit!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jim prideaux View Post
    Early start with Barbirolli and the Halle perfroming two of my long term favourite works by Sibelius....

    Karelia Suite and Symphony no.5
    And on to Pelleas and Melisande.....
    'so where are the strong, who are the trusted and where is the harmony, sweet harmony?'
    (Nick Lowe)

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    Prokofiev: Love for Three Oranges Suite

    London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Antal Dorati





    Excellent! Still in a Prokofiev mood.

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