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  1. 2021 Listening Project - Jan 4

    William Walton
    Violin Concerto
    Joshua Bell, violin
    Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
    David Zinman, conductor

    This is a little out there for my tastes (maybe that means that my tastes are pretty conservative). There are impressive parts, certainly, but a little too lacking in melody for me.

    J.S. Bach
    Brandenburg Concerto #6
    The English Concert
    Trevor Pinnock, conductor
    1979

    I love this one, I think it
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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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