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    Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 "Eroica"
    San Francisco Symphony - Herbert Blomstedt


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    Schubert - Overture for String Quintet, D. 8 (St. Luke's Chamber/MusicMasters)
    Silcher - Three Choruses for Men's Choir (Huber/Carus)
    Brahms - Study #2 (on Rondo from Weber's Piano Sonata #1) (Jones/Nimbus)
    R. Schumann - Violin Sonata #2 (Beikircher/Arte Nova)
    "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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    Some Dohnanyi cello music


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    A lovely disc.




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    Have not listened to this in a while, and it seems nice for a Sunday morning wake-up…

    The Chamber Music Society Of Lincoln Center. Various by Beethoven, Carter, Schumann, Mozart, Bach, Faure, Moszkowski, Haydn, Brahms, and Saint-Saens. The Classic Record Library 4 LP box 1975.

    Nice collection.

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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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    Borodin: Symphony No. 2
    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Vladimir Ashkenazy


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    A nice end for today's music ...


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    Maybe sums up the virtues and drawbacks of this set. The 5th is a great performance, and the playing is raw and powerful and no holds barred. But the recording fails miserably at the end, and I'm very tolerant of recording flaws. It just loses its power.

    The 3rd, I don't know if I've ever listened to it before. Certainly a slightly odd construct/shape and the material seems a little like a try-out. I didn't bother with the text, I will look, as I understand it that's unlikely to be rewarding.

    So I think I like the 5th as much as, probably more than, any of my other recordings but leaves me wanting because of the recording flaw.

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    Not just listening, getting a lesson from uncle Claudio. Except still, after staring intently, don't quite see what he does with those unbelievable trills at the end of the Beethoven. In general he conjures up a sense of timelessness that is far beyond what any other pianist achieves, to me. But the film captures his hands at an angle where I can't be sure of his fingerings and it just makes me nuts. This is very difficult technically. My guess is the shape of his hand actually lets him trill with finger combinations that I can't make work. So another solution must be found.

    This is the Op. 111 to beat all. I love Rudolf Serkin's concert (Vienna?) with the 3 last sonatas when he was probably 90, but the Op. 111 isn't the best of those.

    This film is from Paris in 1970 and I ordered another yesterday from London, 1960. Maybe the cameraman will have mercy on me. And if so, I may just find out that Arrau does things I can't do. Imagine that.

    These last sonatas, from Op. 101 on, are so out of time, so unusual and perplexing and enchanting that a lifetime wouldn't be enough.

    PS: Arrau's edition with Peters, singularly unhelpful. Guarding his secrets. There's a funny and probably true story of the very odd little man De Pachmann, who, when playing a passage for which he thought he had a special fingering, if possible would shield the passage from the view of the audience with the other hand. His biography is worth a read, a real basket case. Few recordings extant but some miraculous playing, a Liszt Rigoletto paraphrase that's very fine.

    But I digress, back to trilling.
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    J. S. Bach: Cantatas for the Eighth Sunday after Trinity
    Wo Gott der Herr nicht bei uns hält, BWV 178
    Erforsche mich, Gott, und erfahre mein Herz, BWV 136
    Es ist dir gesagt, Mensch, was gut ist, BWV 45
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    The Monteverdi Choir, the English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner


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    Fantastic Dvorak from Giulini.
    Great sound.
    No divided symphonies.
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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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    Poul Ruders: Piano Concerto No. 1
    Rolf Hind
    Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Markus Stenz


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    Szymanowski, Symphony No. 2

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    Ernst Märzendorfer, Vienna Chamber Orchestra

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