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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 2021 Listening Project - Feb 14

    Feb 14

    A Lammas Ladymass
    Anonymous 4

    I liked this, but unfortunately waited too long to write about it. I did write down that I particularly enjoyed the "O quam glorifica" hymn, and the Motet on O quam glorifica/O quam beata domina/O quam felix femina.

    Franck (arr. Delsart)
    Cello / Piano Sonata
    Jacqueline de Pré, cello
    Daniel Barenboim, piano

    I bought the CD with this piece only last month, and this
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  5. Arturo Toscanini (1867-1957)

    For our tenth anniversary year, I couldn't resist programming a Once Upon the Internet montage, featuring tracks I downloaded years ago from the now defunct Japanese site Public Domain Classic.

    The site (as well as the still active Italian site LiberMusica) contained lots of old mono recordings from the NBC Symphony Orchestra under Arturo Toscanini, inclosing his complete 1949-52 Beethoven cycle - from which I chose the second symphony - and some other fine gems, including this Cherubini
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