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    Default Current Listening Vol VII

    Current Listening Vol VII

    A new thread for the same subject matter.

    The previous thread, Current Listening Vol VI has become another huge file and slow to load. Since this particular thread is the most popular one on the site, we have created this new volume to continue posting.

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    Links to previous Current Listening threads:
    Current Listening Vol I
    Current Listening Vol II
    Current Listening Vol III
    Current Listening Vol IV
    Current Listening Vol V
    Current Listening Vol VI
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    Music begins where words leave off. Music expresses the inexpressible.

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    Johann Sebastian Bach

    Consolatio

    Cantatas BWV 22, 75, and 127

    Ricercar Consort
    Philippe Pierlot, director

    2017

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    Currently listening to Nadia Boulanger's Fantaisie (variée) for piano and orchestra (1912). The rest of the album's very good too. Superb playing.

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    Regards,

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    Fiona Talkington presents a highlight from last year's concert season.

    Japonese conductor Kazuki Yamada directs the Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid and the tenor François Paolino in the ‘Te Deum’ by Berlioz.

    The programme begins with the Symphony in C by Bizet, and early work, in which the composer of Carmen demonstrates his innate flair for orchestration.

    In the second half, the enormous forces of the RTVE Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and the Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid perform the Te Deum by Berlioz, an oratorio of colossal scale and rarely performed for that reason. Tenor François Piolino is the soloist. The programme begins with Bizet’s Symphony in C.
    Concert given in Feburary, 2019.
    In the second half, the enormous forces of the RTVE Symphony Orchestra and massed choruses perform the Te Deum by Berlioz, an oratorio of colossal scale requiring the acoustics of a vast buiding - and rarely performed for that reason. Tenor François Piolino is the soloist.

    François Paolino, tenor
    Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of RTVE
    Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid
    Kazuki Yamada, conductor

    Concert given in February 2019.
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    Alfredo Casella's La Giara.
    Christian Benda, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana.
    A short ballet, with excellent and highly imaginative music. The story is about a lawyer whose olive oil jar breaks and needs fixing. Sounds quite fun!
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    I'm listening to all the tracks with Arthur Rubenstein. This set is at the top of my favorite purchases from last year.

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    A Monday Morning Concert ... a private concert, of course, in my personal listening space. In the mood for piano trios. So ....

    Began with Charles Ives, Trio For Violin, Violoncello And Piano (1904):

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    This Musical Heritage Society disc features trios by American composers. The Ives is especially well played and fun to listen to. The recording, by the way, is stunning, with great tone and instruments that are right there in the room with you.

    Moved on to a lesser known Trio (at least to me, though I have listened to it before), the Marcel Tyberg Piano Trio in F Major (1935-36):

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    This delightful work of art contrasts nicely with the Ives, seeming oddly almost from the same universe of sound, if less harmonically surprising. We know Ives often ran counter to 19th century Romanticism, while Tyberg embraces it, which leads to the oddness. A pleasant piece about which there is nothing to complain. Almost folksy at times, and almost "American" sounding, especially following the Ives. Yet, Tyberg's chamber music is, as the line notes suggest, "imbued with the spirit of Beethoven and Mendelssohn" and the Trio "brims with a richly Romantic esprit." Worth second and third hearings, certainly.

    To complete my morning concert, I turned to an old favorite: Beethoven's Piano Trio No. 1 in E-Flat, this one performed by the Xyrion Trio from the NAXOS box set Beethoven Complete Edition:

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    The Piano Trios may be among the least listened to (by me) of Beethoven's major series (symphonies, string quartets, piano sonatas -- all of which I access regularly), but of the Trios the one I tend to turn to most is Number One. It's light and jaunty and leaves little room for philosophical angst or speculations, as does much of Beethoven's music, including, I would suggest, some of the later Trios.

    So, I hope all of you have an equally pleasant and enjoyable daily concert.

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    Handel: Israel in Egypt

    Andrew Parrott

    Emma Kirkby, Emily Van Evera, Taverner Choir & Players

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    Jean Langlais. Cinq Méditations sur l'Apocalypse (just to cheer me up, you understand!)
    Bruno Mathieu on the organ (which is the Grand Orgue Cavaillé-Coll de la Cathédrale de Saint-Brieuc, which I believe is in Brittany, on the pointy-out bit of north-west France, due south of Torquay (or nearly so)).

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    Bach

    Vol.8 CD2

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    Samuel Barber - various works part five of five for tonight.


    The Lovers - cycle of nine songs for baritone, mixed choir and orchestra op.43 [Texts: Pablo Neruda] (1971):




    Despite and Still - cycle of five songs for voice and piano op.41 [Texts: Robert Graves/Theodore Roethke/James Joyce] (1968-69):
    Three Songs for voice and piano op.45 [Texts: Gottfried Keller (transl. by James Joyce)/Czesław Miłosz/Christopher Middleton] (1972):




    Mutations from Bach for brass and tympani WoO (1967):
    A Fadograph of a Yestern Scene - tone Picture for orchestra after Finnegans Wake by James Joyce op.44 (1971):
    Canzonetta for oboe and string orchestra op.48 (1977-78):




    Ballade for piano op.46 (1977):




    Third Essay for Orchestra op.47 (1978):

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

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    THE GLORY OF EARLY MUSIC
    A Naxos Sampler of 15th - 17th c. Instrumental Music
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    Period instruments
    Very well recorded
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    Martinu Symphony no. 1 and 6

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    Buxtehude: Membra Jesu Nostri The Sixteen directed by Harry Christphers on CORO

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    A fine recording of Buxtehude. A composer long unjustly ignored by me - until a couple of years ago.

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