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    Handel: Semele

    Kathleen Battle (Semele), Marilyn Horne (Juno/Ino), Samuel Ramey (Cadmus/Somnus), John Aler (Jupiter), Michael Chance (Athamas), Neil Mackie (Apollo), Sylvia McNair (Iris)

    Ambrosian Opera Chorus, English Chamber Orchestra, John Nelson
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    A dip into the album that started this whole thing off for me, and I still can't remember why I bought it:



    Mendelssohn: Piano Trio No. 1

    Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Emanuel Ax


    Then will listen to both of these to decide which I prefer:



    Mendelssohn: Octet

    James Ehnes, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Erin Keefe, Andrew Wan, Augustin Hadelich, Cynthia Phelps, Richard O'Neill, Robert DeMaine, Edward Arron




    Mendelssohn: Octet

    Emerson String Quartet

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    Stravinsky, Orpheus; Danses Concertantes
    Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

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    I'm not big on Brahms and conseqeuntly I have only a small collection of Brahms works, which I'm working through at the moment. Boult's 1970s cycle of the symphonies have always been considered reliable, if not particularly revelatory. This Disky issue of the original EMI recordings was a gift from one of the British promoters of the label and is my only recording of the symphonies. I think I used to have Karajan's earlier DG cycle on LP.

    Anyway they fill a gap in my collection well enough. Today I'm listening to the first two discs, which inlclude the first two symhonies, the Tragic Overture, St Antony Variations and Janet Baker sublime in the Alto Rhapsody.
    "It's not enough to have a beautiful voice." Maria Callas

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neo Romanza View Post
    Two Back-To-Back Alexander Nevsky performances:

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    Svetlanov's is one of my favourite recordings of Nevsky - an all round fine disc.

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    Georgia Mann plays the best in classical music, with familiar favourites alongside new discoveries and musical surprises.

    0915 Playlist starter – listen and send us your ideas for the next step in our musical journey today.

    1010 Song of the Day – harnessing the magic of words, music and the human voice.

    1030 Playlist reveal – a sequence of music suggested by you in response to today’s starter.

    1100 Essential Five – the second of our picks of Hilary Hahn's finest recordings.

    1130 Slow Moment – time to take a break for a moment's musical reflection.

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    Ludo - various chamber works part six for late morning and early afternoon.


    Cello Sonata no.3 in A op.69 (1808):




    Piano Trio no.5 in D [Ghost] op.70 no.1 (1808):
    Piano Trio no.6 in E-flat op.70 no.2 (1808):




    String Quartet no.10 in E-flat [Harp] op.74 (1809):
    String Quartet no.11 in F minor op.95 (1810):

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    ὃν οἱ θεοὶ φιλοῦσιν ἀποθνῄσκει νέος [Those whom the gods love die young] - Menander

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    Sibelius: Symphony No. 6
    Lahti SO - Vanska

    My Sibelius streak continues, although I am less familiar with his 6th and 4th symphonies than I am with the others.


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    Quote Originally Posted by haziz View Post
    It was very good. Herreweghe and the orchestra also manage to clarify Schumann's occasionally dense orchestration, I suspect partly due to his period instrument background, although I believe the Antwerp SO is a modern instrument orchestra. It certainly deserves a better, and more attentive listening session by me in the near future; I was doing other things with the music in the background during most of it.
    It's funny. I am a big Herreweghe fan but found his Schumann rather boring when I listened to it. Perhaps I should try again.

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    Fanny Mendelssohn: String Quartet in E flat major
    Musica Vitae

    This sounds like a re-arrangement for small string orchestra. I will need to come back and re-listen to the original quartet.

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    - La Marseillaise & Other Favorites
    Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
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    I wasn't sure about posting this again as nobody liked it last time I posted it (I try not to post music that won't be of interest) but I listened to it this morning and it is worth recording that I am loving the Boccherini Stabat Mater and Dorothee Mields wonderful singing in it (which was what I bought it for originally).

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    Sibelius: Symphony No. 4
    Philadelphia Orchestra - Ormandy

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    Sibelius: Lemminkäinen Suite, Op. 22

    Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä


    Sibelius: Lemminkäinen and the Island Maidens (from Lemminkäinen Suite, Op. 22)
    Sibelius: Lemminkäinen in Tuonela (from Lemminkäinen Suite, Op. 22)
    Sibelius: Lemminkäinen's Return (from Lemminkäinen Suite, Op. 22)
    Sibelius: The Swan of Tuonela (from Lemminkäinen Suite, Op. 22)
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