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Bozo
2019-07-02 17:29:33 UTC
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Albert Roussel,complete solo piano music,Emanuel Torquati,piano,Brilliant Classics cd
Ligeti, Musica ricercata, Pierre-Laurent Aimard,piano,Sony cd
Dutilleux and Balakirev piano sonatas,Donna Amato,piano,Olympia cd
Myaskovsky Piano Sonatas 7,8,9,Yellowed Leaves,Murray McLachlan,piano,Olympia cd
"Best-Loved Piano Classics,Vol. 2 " , Moura Lympany, EMI
Hank Drake
2019-07-02 18:56:06 UTC
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Complete Beethoven Sonatas, Wilhelm Backhaus- Decca (stereo version)

Listening on Spotify, deciding whether to buy the upcoming Decca Backhaus box.

Hank
Andy Evans
2019-07-03 20:01:37 UTC
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Claus Ogerman with Freddy Hubbard and with Danilo Perez. Really like his orchestrations.
Oscar
2019-07-05 03:15:58 UTC
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Simon Rattle and Covent Garden's recording of Janáček's Cunning Little Vixen on Chandos. A 2003 re-issue of an orig. 1990 EMI recording made through the patronage of The Peter Moores Foundation, i.e. Opera in English. It's a beautiful version of this great work that I haven't listened to in I-can't-remember how long. A 2CD set bought for $3.99 new-old-stock a few days ago on a whim.


Review in the Gramophone by Edward Greenfield (R.I.P.), 2003:

<< Rattle’s vivaciously sung Vixen in a glossy new transfer continues to enchant and charm

The recent DVD-Video of a cut version of this charming opera (BBC/Opus Arte 6/03) has reminded us what gains there are with such a conversational piece in having an English text. Simon Rattle recorded this fine set, originally for EMI, in June 1990 at the Abbey Road Studios, immediately after the run of stage performances at Covent Garden with this same cast. It was generously sponsored, then as now, by the Peter Moores Foundation, and comes as part of the Chandos Opera in English series more handsomely packaged than before, though without the Rattle/Philharmonia version of Taras Bulba which came as a bonus on EMI.

Anyone who wants the opera in English need not hesitate. Each member of the large cast has plainly gained from having so recently performed the same music on stage, adding to the dramatic bite of the story. They make an outstanding team, with Lillian Watson in the name part delightfully bright and fresh and Thomas Allen commanding both musically and dramatically in the key role of the Forester. How rarely have we had such a firm, full-toned baritone voice so ideal for recording. The other characterisations are all strongly individual, of both humans and animals, with outstanding contributions from Robert Tear as the Schoolmaster and Gnat and Gwynne Howell as the Badger and Priest.

Rattle’s warmly expressive conducting demonstrates throughout the special love he has for this score, with the Covent Garden orchestra responding brilliantly. In interpretation, Rattle’s approach provides a clear contrast with that of Sir Charles Mackerras on his classic Decca version with the Vienna Philharmonic and a Czech cast. As our leading Janácek specialist Mackerras characteristically brings out the sharp angular side of the score, the distinctively jagged element, where Rattle’s manner is more moulded, maybe more immediately persuasive if less obviously idiomatic.

The recording is beautifully balanced, with the new Chandos transfer a degree more open on top and cleaner in texture, important in the ensembles. What matters is that the words in both are ideally clear, with excellent diction from everyone. >>
Mark Zimmer
2019-07-11 18:55:05 UTC
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Post by Hank Drake
Complete Beethoven Sonatas, Wilhelm Backhaus- Decca (stereo version)
Listening on Spotify, deciding whether to buy the upcoming Decca Backhaus box.
Hank
I'll be interested in reading your thoughts on this decision, Hank, as I'm tossing the same question around myself.
Lawrence Chalmers
2019-07-11 21:35:01 UTC
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Post by Bozo
Albert Roussel,complete solo piano music,Emanuel Torquati,piano,Brilliant Classics cd
Ligeti, Musica ricercata, Pierre-Laurent Aimard,piano,Sony cd
Dutilleux and Balakirev piano sonatas,Donna Amato,piano,Olympia cd
Myaskovsky Piano Sonatas 7,8,9,Yellowed Leaves,Murray McLachlan,piano,Olympia cd
"Best-Loved Piano Classics,Vol. 2 " , Moura Lympany, EMI
Rzewski plays Rzewski the 7cd Nonesuch box

after hearing Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues from North American Ballads from various players on YT. Other treasures by and played by him do not appear
on any other issues like Stop the War and North American Ballad No. 5 or
his Nanosonatas. The People United, etc. I like less than these others.
number_six
2019-07-13 19:27:09 UTC
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Pleyel - Symphonies Concertantes in B flat and A, violin cto
Thakar, Baltimore CO, David Perry (Naxos)

I had wanted a recording of the B-flat, very happy with this disk.

Shostakovich Sym 5 - Haitink, Concertgebouw (London)
number_six
2019-07-21 17:06:08 UTC
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Grumiaux - Berg and Stravinsky vicos (Decca Japan)
Markevitch for Berg, Bour conducts the Stravinsky

Villa-Lobos - Choros 1-7 - Leaper, Orq Gran Canaria on ASV

Beau Hunks Saxophone Soctette - Contrasts (Basta)
Bozo
2019-07-28 13:50:52 UTC
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Martinu :

Double Concerto,H.271,Saroun,Mazacek,Behlohlavek,Czech Phil
Piano Concerto # 5 , Kahanek,Solyan,BBCSSO
Violin Concerto # 2, Faust,Behlohlavek,Prague Phil
HT
2019-07-28 13:57:58 UTC
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Post by Bozo
Double Concerto,H.271,Saroun,Mazacek,Behlohlavek,Czech Phil
Piano Concerto # 5 , Kahanek,Solyan,BBCSSO
Violin Concerto # 2, Faust,Behlohlavek,Prague Phil
Great music!

Henk
Bozo
2019-07-29 23:30:53 UTC
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Bartok's 4th String Quartet , Emersons,1988 DGG cd set of the complete. Amazing work I am finally connecting with emotionally . Perhaps courtesy of my increasing dottage (?). I may be enjoying Nos.3-5 more than the other 3 !
Todd Michel McComb
2019-07-30 01:47:20 UTC
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Among recordings released in the past few days:

Season of Sadness (& apropos some comments in another thread)
https://ilusorecords.bandcamp.com/album/season-of-sadness

Rhetorica
https://ernestorodrigues.bandcamp.com/album/rhetorica

Will be reviewing the latter, perhaps not the former, but I appreciated
hearing it....
number_six
2019-08-07 01:09:21 UTC
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Post by Todd Michel McComb
Season of Sadness (& apropos some comments in another thread)
https://ilusorecords.bandcamp.com/album/season-of-sadness
By the Law of Music -- an earlier Matthew Shipp CD on Hat Art -- was worth a listen.
Andrew Clarke
2019-08-07 12:43:34 UTC
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Post by Todd Michel McComb
Season of Sadness (& apropos some comments in another thread)
https://ilusorecords.bandcamp.com/album/season-of-sadness
Rhetorica
https://ernestorodrigues.bandcamp.com/album/rhetorica
Will be reviewing the latter, perhaps not the former, but I appreciated
hearing it....
Bourgeois individualism at its most extreme. How are the workers suppose to march to this cacophony?

Cornelius Cardew would have hated every minute of it.

The same goes for such typically sentimental stuff as the following, which appears in the notes to "Season of Sadness". I'm sure a lot of us wrote this sort of stuff in incense-filled rooms as our latest muse padded around in her Indian cotton dress, with flowers in her hair, on her way to doing the washing-up:

"We are living in a sad moment in time
Discourse is too often framed in anger
Obtuseness, belligerence and intolerance prevail

Freedom is an artefact
Have things really changed so much, so quickly, will they ever be the same again?

We shall endure this Season of Sadness
Because our music speaks with respect, it does not discriminate
We open our hearts and share all that is in
Forever equal in the moment"

Frankly, how can music speak with respect - for what? - or indeed discriminate - against what? How is freedom an artifact? Who is opening their hearts and what on earth are they sharing? Really? Gimme a break, or at least a pig's foot.

Andrew Clarke
Canberra

Bozo
2019-07-31 12:51:24 UTC
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Bartok's 4th String Quartet , Emersons,1988 DGG cd set of the complete. Amazing work I am finally >connecting with emotionally . Perhaps courtesy of my increasing dottage (?). I may be enjoying Nos.3-5 >more than the other 3 !
Finished up the set. No.4 remains the gem , for me. Honorable mention to No.5.
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