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Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by George P, May 29, 2015.

  1. dale 88

    dale 88 Errand Boy for Rhythm

    Location:
    west of sun valley
    James Ehnes, violin
    Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
    Andrew Manze
    Beethoven: Violin Concerto; Romances 1 & 2
    Schubert: Rondo D438

    Onyx, 2017
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  2. bruce2

    bruce2 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Connecticut, USA
    I finally ordered this Chopin 2-CD set yesterday. Hope it arrives by Saturday so I can enjoy it this weekend!
     
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  3. dale 88

    dale 88 Errand Boy for Rhythm

    Location:
    west of sun valley
    Wonderful sound & performance on this. I haven't listened to the CD layer yet, just the stereo SACD.

    Hannu Lintu
    Finnish Radio Symphony
    Anne Sofie Von Otter

    Sibelius: Tapiola; En Saga; 8 Songs

    Ondine, 2017
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  4. bruce2

    bruce2 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Connecticut, USA
    I just got this yesterday and listened to both discs. I am no expert but the second movement of the First Concerto featured some of the finest and most emotionally moving piano playing I have heard.
     
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  5. dale 88

    dale 88 Errand Boy for Rhythm

    Location:
    west of sun valley
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    Gautier Capucon
    Mahler Chamber Orchestra
    Daniel Harding

    Virgin Classics, 2003

    Very good interpretations of the Haydn cello concertos. It also includes cello concerto #4, which is now considered to have an unknown composer.
     
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  6. BradOlson

    BradOlson Country/Christian Music Maven

    This is considered by many audiophiles THE definitive 1812 Overture recording there is: Mercury Living Presence 1812 Overture-Dorati
     
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  7. dale 88

    dale 88 Errand Boy for Rhythm

    Location:
    west of sun valley
    British Music
    Sir Charles Groves
    Warner box set, 24 CDs
    2015

    Disc 1
    Elgar: Severn Suite
    Nursery Suite
    Grania and Diarmid
    The Light of Life
    Caractacus- Woodland Interlude
    The Crown of India Suite

    This box set includes some of the best sound ever recorded by EMI.

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  8. drh

    drh Talking Machine

    Finally got around to replacing the rear speakers in my cobbled-together 5-channel setup for SACDs (sold the old, much too large ones a while back), only to discover that in the interim my Sony SACD player has fallen victim to the dread "doesn't recognize SACD layers any more" disease. :sigh: So instead I played a bunch of acoustic 78s that I hadn't gotten around to sampling yet. Among them was something interesting: Grieg's first Peer Gynt suite performed by Columbia's house ensemble, "Prince's Orchestra." The director being one Charles Prince. The group's sound is suspiciously like the "Prince's Band" that sometimes played march music and such for the same label. Be that as it may, a bit bloopy/windy thought it may be, the recording was strikingly clear and clean, and the performance really quite effective in a somewhat old fashioned sort of way. I got a chuckle when my 13-yr-old daughter wandered in and asked why that recording sounded kinda odd--the look on her face when I told her it was recorded about 100 years ago was priceless, as was her remark, "And I thought anything recorded in 2015 was old!" :laugh:

    I wonder: could this be the first complete recording of that perennial favorite?
     
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  9. drh

    drh Talking Machine

    And speaking of SACDs, in case any of you out there are Yevgeny Sudbin fans and are not on the ArkivMusic mailing list, this just in from said vendor:

    "Scheduled for wide release on February 2nd, we at ArkivMusic are delighted to be able to offer our customers early exclusive access to Yevgeny Sudbin and the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s new recording of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3 at a special low price. Conducted by Sakari Oramo, this set of recordings represents the conclusion of a piano concerto cycle 10 years in the making."

    It's a hybrid SACD. The "special price" is $15. FYI.

    [The editor in me feels compelled to note that, literally, the first sentence indicates we at ArkivMusic are scheduled for wide release on February 2d, but I'll let that pass.]
     
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  10. Åke Bergvall

    Åke Bergvall Forum Resident

    Location:
    Karlstad, Sweden
    For those of you who don't want to wait and don't mind a download, the same recordings are already available from eClassical in hi-res stereo and surround for $18.04 (for the first few days it was available for $11.27, but that is past). For a recent review, see HRAudio.net - Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 2 & 3 - Sudbin / Oramo .
     
  11. dale 88

    dale 88 Errand Boy for Rhythm

    Location:
    west of sun valley
    Jiri Belohlavek
    BBC Symphony
    Onyx, 2011
    3 CDs

    Martinu: the 6 Symphonies
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  12. crispi

    crispi Vinyl Archaeologist

    Location:
    Berlin
    Haha. I see what you mean.
     
  13. crispi

    crispi Vinyl Archaeologist

    Location:
    Berlin
    Interesting article from Gramophone about lesser known symphonies from the 1700s. What I learned:

    • there were over 16,000 symphonies composed that century
    • of the items on that list, I’ve heard zero symphonies
     
  14. bruce2

    bruce2 Forum Resident

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    Connecticut, USA
    Just read the review. I don't have much Rachmaninoff in my collection so I may buy this SACD when it's released next month!
     
  15. scompton

    scompton Forum Resident

    Location:
    Arlington, VA
    I don't have any of those works but I do have works by four of the composers: Vanhal, Gossec, Krauss and Rosetti. Rosetti wrote some very nice music horn concertos that are on releases by CPO. I've never been that impressed by the Vanhal I've heard. That said, classical and baroque are my least favorite periods.

     
  16. crispi

    crispi Vinyl Archaeologist

    Location:
    Berlin
    This might interest some of you. I just found out that the German National Archives has digitised many of their newsreel films from the '40s up to the '90s in very good quality. Many short reports are to be found there (including rare footage of Monique Haas recording in the studio of DG in 1949). You can search by keyword or person, everything is catalogued nicely.

    Here is an 8-minute short of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau recording Schubert with Gerald Moore in March 1969, transferred from the original 16mm-footage. You can see them listen to playback of a song recorded the previous day (“Einsamkeit”) and then record another one (“Geheimes”). The studio is Ufa Berlin, according to my research. Unfortunately, they are not on Youtube, so I cannot link to them directly, but you can click here to go to the video.

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  17. dale 88

    dale 88 Errand Boy for Rhythm

    Location:
    west of sun valley
    Great to see. I recently purchased the 2005 reissue of these sessions

    21 CDs
    Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
    Schubert Lieder
    DGG, 2005
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    Here is another photo of these sessions from 1967.
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  18. dale 88

    dale 88 Errand Boy for Rhythm

    Location:
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    Lisa Della Casa
    Lieder Recital
    Decca
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    from the box set
    Decca Sound: 55 Great Vocal Recitals
    Decca, 2016
    55 CDs

    All of the CDs have much bonus material. So much so, that 2 discs so far have gone over the usual 80 minute limit, causing my disc player to stop playing somewhere near the end of the disc. I get around it by ripping the contents.
     
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  19. dale 88

    dale 88 Errand Boy for Rhythm

    Location:
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    Alexander Markovich
    Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
    Neeme Jarvi

    Chandos, 20114
    2 CDs

    Scharwenka: Complete Piano Concertos
     
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  20. George P

    George P Forum Pianophile Thread Starter

    Location:
    NYC
    Wow, that looks like something I should check out! I read on Wikipedia that his style is similar to Schumann and Rachmaninoff. Is that your take?
     
  21. George P

    George P Forum Pianophile Thread Starter

    Location:
    NYC
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    My first spin of this didn't wow me nearly as much as his Beethoven and Chopin did, but I am giving it another try now.
     
  22. dale 88

    dale 88 Errand Boy for Rhythm

    Location:
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    I found the concertos accessible and enjoyable like Rachmaninov, however I do not find it easy to make comparisons among composers. The notes writer mentions Chopin, Liszt and Grieg in the notes about the first concerto. Brahms and Chopin are mentioned in the notes about the second. Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky are mentioned in the notes for the third and fourth concertos. Whether anyone else would find these concertos interesting -- I can't say.

    I found I did not have any reservations about the pianist.

    The recorded sound is excellent.
     
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  23. drh

    drh Talking Machine

    Scharwenka, by the by, made records himself. Mine are both for Columbia; dunno if he visited other labels. The selections are relatively varied but all "core Romantic," so to speak: Chopin's "Valse Brillante," Liszt's "Liebestraum," Mendelssohn's Rondo Capriccioso, and the pianist's own Polish Dance op. 3/1. That last must have been his "greatest hit" of the time, as I have three contemporary recordings of it by other performers--one a bird whistler!
     
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  24. George P

    George P Forum Pianophile Thread Starter

    Location:
    NYC
    Good to know. Looks like APR has released his 7 recordings on this set.
     
  25. drh

    drh Talking Machine

    Hi, George, hope you're having a nice Sunday. I had a look at your link, and "guilt by association" had me moving on to Vassily Sapellnikoff, a name not familiar to me previously. That in turn led to a letter Tchaikowsky wrote to him in 1889, which, among other things, outlined the program Tchaikowsky was planning to conduct at a concert a week later. I found interesting how it bears out Tchakowsky's famous admiration for Mozart; two works of that earlier master figure in the concert:

    [begin quotation]

    Next week there is a concert at which I am conducting. The programme is:

    1) Symphony in D major by Mozart
    2) Violin Concerto by Tchaikovsky (Brodsky)
    3) Excerpts from Mozart's Idomeneo
    4) Overture by Taneyev [5]
    5) Small pieces for violin [by Spohr and Sarasate]
    6) Jota aragonesa by Glinka
    [end quotation]

    Even today, Idomeneo is a bit off the beaten Mozart path, and yet there's echt-Romantic Tchaikowsky championing it around 125 years ago, in Russia, at the height of the Romantic period, during the heyday of Russian nationalism. I would certainly love to know how he went about interpreting the music!

    Incidentally, "Jota Aragonesa" is one of my favorite musical picture postcards, a real delight. In fact, it figured on one of my very first CDs, a collection of Glinka tidbits purchased even before I had a player of my own (a fellow 78 collector had generously given me temporary custody of his while he digested a big haul of shellac platters that had come his way). Not, as it happens, one of my better sounding purchases; the performances, courtesy of the USSR SO led by Evgeny Svetlanov, are first rate, but the Chant du Monde remastering is a fine example of how early CDs gave the format a reputation for steely brightness. Probably drawn from LP masters and not properly rebalanced would be my guess.
     
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