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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimace View Post
    This is strange, because Stefan, many years ago, won (if I remember correctly) the International Beethoven Competition in Wien... Although this competition isn't among the most famous worldwide, is very respectable. I know Stefan more as Klavier Professor and less as stage pianist but I must admit that to make something special with Beethoven's Piano Concertos is extremely difficult. They have been played thousands of times and many of them from piano giants.
    My comment about not being at the top of his game is referring to Beethoven - not Stefan. The Triple concerto is a work I greatlly enjoy - but have seen too many people belittling this work. I do recognise it may not be top tier Beethoven though.

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    Recent listening.


    Parry: Symphony No. 5. Bamert. For Saturday Symphony. Pleasant but unmemorable.



    Baroque. Geminiani, Vivaldi violin concertos. Nicola Benedetti. Fabulous music making and the sound of the ensemble is great. Recommended.



    "Générations" Senaillé & Leclair: Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord. Théotime Langlois de Swarte & William Christie. I had never heard of Senaillé before and he wrote some beautiful music. Recommended, nice synegry between the performers.



    Brahms: Sonatas & Liebeslieder for Cello and Piano. Emmanuelle Bertrand & Pascal Amoyel. I love the Brahms Cello Sonatas and these are as eloquent and lovely as I’ve heard. Recommended.




    Moeran: In the Mountain Country. Falletta, Ulster. Evocative and well performed.


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    Quote Originally Posted by LudwigvanBeetroot View Post
    I was underwhelmed by Barshai's 5. Being rather unfamiliar with the symphony I'm not sure whether it was the recording or the symphony itself so am now listening to others, starting with Bernstein/NY Phil.

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    OK I think what bothered me about Barshai's is the recording engineering; the orchestra sounds too distant in places (compare the opening bars with Bernstein or Kondrashin). Also Barshai's doesn't have enough bite or sharpness or something, not that it's a bad recording by any means. Kondrashin's is my favourite of those I've listened to.

    Now to Shosty's 6th with Barshai.

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    Act 4.
    Gorgeous sound.
    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

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    More Sibelius 2:




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    Beethoven: Piano Trio 'Archduke' plus Trio WoO 38 Ashkenazy, Perlman & Harrell on EMI

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    The 4th CD from this set, featuring the Archduke Piano Trio. Earlier this evening I played the third disc - which had suffered significant degradation rather spoiling my enjoyment. Luckily this CD seems OK in that regard.

    The Archduke trio is a rather special work for me. My parents had a modest collection of LP's which I listened to regularly from the age of about 10 years old. One of my favourite's was a recording of the Archduke Piano Trio. This - along with an LP of Beethoven's last String Quartet, was my introduction to Beethoven's chamber music. It certainly bowled me over. I have musical friends who find this music difficult to appreciate. I just can't see how that can be!!

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    Anton Bruckner - Symphony nr. 3
    Musikkollegium Winterthur - Thomas Zehetmair
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    Wonderful set
    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

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    Berwald: Symphonies 1-4
    Sixten Ehrling & Malmö Symphony Orchestra


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    Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole
    Capucon - Orchestre de Paris - Paavo Jarvi


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    Elgar & Bruch: Violin Concertos

    Rachel Barton Pine (violin)

    BBC Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Litton
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.” ― Mark Twain

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    Quote Originally Posted by fbjim View Post
    Klemperer's recording of the Egmont overture.

    I think late period Klemperer was born to play the first fifteen seconds of this. Anything in that dramatic foreboding mode (like the Schubert unfinished or Brahms 1's first movement) he could hit out of the park as well as anyone
    and then he would fall asleep

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    Quote Originally Posted by mparta View Post
    and then he would fall asleep
    Man the opening is so good that he could fill the rest with fart noises as far as I care.

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