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  1. 2021 Listening Project - Feb 27

    Bach
    Sonata for Solo Violin, No. 1
    Sergiu Luca, violin
    Nathan Milstein, violin
    Paul Galbraith, guitar (his own transcription)

    I own three recordings of the complete Bach solo violin (Luca, Milstein, & Galbraith), plus Hilary Hahn's incomplete set from 1997. I am going to try to listen to all recordings for a given piece on the same day, to try to compare them. The music is sufficiently great that I think that won't get repetitive.

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  2. 2021 Listening Project - Feb 26

    Brahms
    Cello / Piano Sonata No. 1
    Jacqueline de Pré, cello
    Daniel Barenboim, piano

    I never listened to this before (I think), and I loved it, especially the first two movements. For the 1st movement I just wrote down in my notes "Wow!". The second sounded familiar, perhaps it has been used in a movie or something like that?

    Nearly all of the Brahms that I own (which isn't that much!) is chamber music (the exception is the violin concerto),
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  3. 2021 Listening Project - Feb 25

    Chopin
    Nocturnes, Op 48/1 & Op 48/2
    Maurizio Pollini

    48/1 was great, I really liked it. 48/2 I'm not sure sure about. I don't think I really "get" it, but upon a second listen it started to come together more. Maybe I'll really love it after a few more listens!

    Tchaikovsky
    Symphony No. 2
    London Symphony Orchestra
    Igor Markevitch

    I liked the theme in movement 2, and all the thrilling stuff in the 4th movement.
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  4. 2021 Listening Project - Feb 21

    Adémar de Chabannes
    Troped Apostolic Mass for St. Martial
    New York Ensemble for Early Music

    I tend to like this kind of "chant" music, and this recording is no exception. This is nearly entirely plainchant - there are only a few times where there is any harmonization of the voices (those moments really stand out). It does somewhat run together, but since it's a style that I like, that's OK. Perhaps if you listen to a lot of music in this style, the subtleties
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  5. 2021 Listening Project - Feb 15

    Beethoven
    String Quartets Op. 18, No. 5 & 6
    Medici Quartets

    I enjoyed all 6 of the Op 18 quartets, but I think 18/5 was my favorite. All the movements were great, especially the 3rd.
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