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  1. 2021 Listening Project - Jan 3

    J.S. Bach
    Goldberg Variations
    Glenn Gould, piano
    1955

    I've always enjoyed this, but listening more carefully this time I have two criticisms. First, the sound (even through my cheap earbuds) really isn't very good. Second, and more importantly, I don't understand why Gould takes everything so *fast* (except for variation 25 in the middle, which seems to just crawl along at time). It makes the variations run together, and makes them hard for me to distinguish.
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  2. 2021 Listening Project - Jan 2

    Handel
    Harpsichord Suites (all 4)
    Glenn Gould, harpsichord

    I've owned this recording for a while. This is my only recording of harpsichord music, and I'm not sure how I feel about the sound of the harpsichord on this recording. It almost sounds electric at times to me. Nevertheless, I really like this music.

    A strange thought that occurred to me on this listen. The Allegro of Suite 2 reminds me of a guitar solo in some bombastic heavy metal stadium show.
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  3. 2021 Listening Project - Jan 1

    Johannes Brahms
    Violin Concerto
    Isabelle Faust, violin
    Mahler Chamber Orchestra
    Daniel Harding, conductor

    I purchased this recently with a gift card from Target, of all places. I also own the Heifetz 1955 recording, which I have listened to many times, so it's difficult to evaluate this one on it's own merits without comparing to the Heifetz.
    The tempos seem slower, but I think I need to listen again a few times to decide whether or not I like that.
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  4. 2021 Listening Project

    As I mentioned on a thread, I'm planning on listening carefully to all of my classical music this year. This is not an overwhelming proposition, because my collection consists of less than 5 days of music (not small by a reasonably person's standards, but tiny compared to many on this site). At 30 minutes per day it should take less than 8 months.

    What I want to do is listen to each piece while giving my undivided attention, so that I can truly *listen* to it. So listening while I
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  5. Riccardo Muti - Felix Mendelssohn - New Philharmonia Orchestra ‎– Symphony No. 3

    We restart our bi-monthly Tuesday Blog shares with Vinyl’s Revenge, and an old all-Mendelssohn EMI recording featuring Riccardo Muti and the Philharmonia.

    From the late 1950s to the early 1970s the Philharmonia Orchestra's chief conductor was Otto Klemperer, with whom the orchestra gave many concerts and made numerous recordings of the core orchestral repertoire.

    In 1972, Klemperer announced his retirement from the directorship of the orchestra (briefly known as the
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