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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimace View Post
    Three REFERENCE recordings in one post! Wow! Certainly the recommendations of the day. I would like some comments for Rowicki's Circle. Highly acclaimed but not (also) without critics, especially for its tempi. (I'm NOT Dvorak's specialist, 5/9th excepted and I still try to establish a good opinion for many of his works.)

    Well, I was relying on music stored on my phone since I was at the edge of WIFI reception in my garden, listening on headphones.

    Regarding the Rowicki, I like it quite a bit. It is probably my second favorite after the Kertesz cycle, and I think I actually prefer Rowicki over Kertesz in the earlier symphonies. The recording sound quality is probably also a bit better with Rowicki's recording.
    I bought the Kertesz cycle sometime in the early nineties, and except for CDs of individual Dvorak symphonies, it was my only complete cycle for the next 15 years or so. I have listened to the Kertesz therefore the most, imprinted on his style and tempi, and still have a soft spot for that full traversal of the symphonies. I would probably rank Rowicki second. I have since also added the cycles by Kubelik, Pesek and Suitner, in addition to numerous CDs of individual symphonies. I like them all but would rank Kertesz and Rowicki ahead. Another excellent cycle is the one by Vaclav Neumann, which I do not own but often stream through a streaming service I subscribe to. Neumann also has the Czech Philharmonic at his disposal adding to the "authenticity", although I am not sure how much that adds, since the London players seem fine belting out superb Dvorak! As you may have guessed, Dvorak is one of my favorite composers.

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    Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 "Romantic"
    Rundfunk-Sinfonie Orchester Berlin (Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra) - Heinz Rogner

    Well, for a composer whose music I supposedly intensely dislike, I seem to be playing a lot of Bruckner lately, particularly his 4th Symphony!



    Excuse the Amazon watermark, it is however an MP3 download from them. I usually avoid MP3 purchases, but for $8.99 for the entire symphony cycle, I just couldn't resist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by haziz View Post
    Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 "Romantic"
    Rundfunk-Sinfonie Orchester Berlin (Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra) - Heinz Rogner

    Well for a composer who's music I supposedly intensely dislike, I seem to be playing a lot of Bruckner lately, particularly his 4th Symphony!



    Excuse the Amazon watermark, it is however their MP3 download. I usually avoid MP3 purchases, but for $8.99 for the entire symphony cycle, I just couldn't resist.
    Did you see the Berlin Philharmoniker Hi-Res download available from 7 Digital for about £10?

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    Johannes Brahms - various works part seven for tonight.


    String Quartet no.1 in C-minor op.51 no.1 (bet. c. 1865-73):
    String Quartet no.2 in A-minor op.51 no.2 (by 1873):
    String Quartet no.3 in B-flat op.67 (1875):




    Choralvorspiel und Fugue on the 17th century hymn O Traurigkeit, O Herzeleid [O Sadness, O Heartache] for organ WoO7 (orig. 1858 - fugue added 1873):




    Variationen über ein Thema von Joseph Haydn for orchestra op.56a (1873):




    Drei Quartetten for soprano, alto, tenor, bass and piano op.64 [Texts: C.O. Sternau a.k.a Otto Inkermann/Friedrich von Schiller/Georg Friedrich Daumer, after Turkish folk sources] (1874):
    Neue Liebeslieder - fifteen songs for soprano, alto, tenor, bass/baritone and piano duet op.65 [Texts: Georg Friedrich Daumer, after various folk sources] (1869-74):

    '...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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    RENAISSANCE WINDS
    Regal and Popular 16th Century Music for Wind Band
    Alamire - Du Tertre - Gervaise - Henry VIII (King of England) - Antonio - Heinrich - Clément - Josquin des Prez - Phalese - Senfl
    Ensemble Doulce Mémoire

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    Gioachino Rossini

    La Cenerentola

    Orchestra e coro del Teatro Comunale di Bologna
    Riccardo Chailly

    1993, reissued 2012

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    Quote Originally Posted by HenryPenfold View Post
    Did you see the Berlin Philharmoniker Hi-Res download available from 7 Digital for about £10?


    I am not sure which cycle you are referring to? I am however still curious, even though I have now accumulated about as many Bruckner symphony cycles as I do have of Dvorak, even though one composer is one of my favorites, and the other is not. I have so far accumulated the cycles by Karajan (two copies of it actually), Wand, Chailly and both Jochum cycles, in addition to the (mostly) Rogner cycle that I purchased only today.

    P.S. I think I figured it out. I am assuming you are referring to this cycle?

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    A couple of Beethoven Quartets this evening.

    Beethoven, String Quartet Op 131 - Talich Quartet.

    Beethoven, String Quartet Op 130 - Hungarian Quartet.






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    I've planned a Bruckner symphony for each night this week, starting with:



    Bruckner: Symphony No. 3

    Sir Georg Solti

    Chicago Symphony Orchestra


    Edit: And I'm going to tag on the SQ of the week:



    Beethoven: String Quartet No. 13 & Grosse Fuge

    Takács Quartet
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    BBC Radio 3: Proms 2021

    Quoting from the BBC Radio 3 website:

    About This Event:
    Composed over a period of just two months in the summer of 1788, Mozart’s three final symphonies together form a musical sequence that explores all sides of humanity. No. 39 offers a grand introduction, its fanfares and dances setting the scene, before we’re plunged into the dark drama of the Symphony No. 40, and finally emerge into the sunlight of the ‘Jupiter’ Symphony, with its dazzling fugal finale. The Scottish Chamber Orchestra is conducted by its dynamic Principal Conductor Maxim Emelyanychev.

    An Evening of Mozart with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra
    20:00 Sun 1 Aug 2021 Royal Albert Hall
    The Scottish Chamber Orchestra and their young Principal Conductor Maxim Emelyanychev showcase Mozart’s final three symphonies – composed over a period of just two months in the summer of 1788.


    Programme

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Symphony No. 39 in E flat major(29 mins)
    Symphony No. 40 in G minor(30 mins)
    interval
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Symphony No. 41 in C major, 'Jupiter'(31 mins)

    Performers

    Scottish Chamber Orchestra
    Maxim Emelyanychev
    conductor

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/live:bbc_radio_three

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    Quote Originally Posted by haziz View Post
    BBC Radio 3: Proms 2021

    Quoting from the BBC Radio 3 website:

    About This Event:
    Composed over a period of just two months in the summer of 1788, Mozart’s three final symphonies together form a musical sequence that explores all sides of humanity. No. 39 offers a grand introduction, its fanfares and dances setting the scene, before we’re plunged into the dark drama of the Symphony No. 40, and finally emerge into the sunlight of the ‘Jupiter’ Symphony, with its dazzling fugal finale. The Scottish Chamber Orchestra is conducted by its dynamic Principal Conductor Maxim Emelyanychev.

    An Evening of Mozart with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra
    20:00 Sun 1 Aug 2021 Royal Albert Hall
    The Scottish Chamber Orchestra and their young Principal Conductor Maxim Emelyanychev showcase Mozart’s final three symphonies – composed over a period of just two months in the summer of 1788.


    Programme

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Symphony No. 39 in E flat major(29 mins)
    Symphony No. 40 in G minor(30 mins)
    interval
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Symphony No. 41 in C major, 'Jupiter'(31 mins)

    Performers

    Scottish Chamber Orchestra
    Maxim Emelyanychev
    conductor

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/live:bbc_radio_three
    I'll probably catch up with this concert on the BBC iplayer or sounds or whatever they call it these days later in the week. I enjoy the SCO - I think of them as my local band as they play regularly at three different venues within an hours drive of where I am. The only issue I have is them, or any chamber sized orchestra playing in the cavernous RAH - it is a strange acoustic even with a full symphony orchestra.
    Hope you enjoy

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    THE ART OF FUGUE
    J.S. Bach
    Les Voix Humaines – consort of viols

    ATMA Classique
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    Beethoven: Diabelli Variations plus Andras Schiff on ECM

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    An interesting double CD from Andras Schiff. The first disc is played on a modern piano, and features the Diabelli Variations preceded by Piano Sonata No. 32 (Beethoven's last piano sonata)

    The second disc is played on an 1820 Viennese piano. This again features the Diabelli variations, together with the Op. 126 Bagatelles. This piano has four pedals producing more pronounced tonal contrasts tahn the pedals on the modern instrument.

    I have many different recordings of the Diabelli variations. Despite this I have had a somewhat troubled time with the piece. I sometimes feel Beethoven is rather showing off, and that whilst many of the variations are extraordinary the piece as a whole doesn't compare favourably with the late Piano Sonatas. This recording does bring out the innate musicality in the work. Plus i recently purchased the Brendel recording of these variations which I was highly impressed by. Maybe I'm warming to the work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Malx View Post
    I'll probably catch up with this concert on the BBC iplayer or sounds or whatever they call it these days later in the week. I enjoy the SCO - I think of them as my local band as they play regularly at three different venues within an hours drive of where I am. The only issue I have is them, or any chamber sized orchestra playing in the cavernous RAH - it is a strange acoustic even with a full symphony orchestra.
    Hope you enjoy
    Don't know if the link specifies but the concert is on TV (BBC4) as well as radio.
    '...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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    THE GARDEN OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS
    Le Jardin des Délices
    Guillame de Machaut - Anonymous Various Mediterranean - Alexandre Agricola
    La Nef

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