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  1. yasujiro

    yasujiro Forum Resident

    Location:
    tokyo
    This SACD remains in the catalogue. It can't be sold at the price.
    Wasn't it possibly the same cellist's Bach Suites set?
     
  2. SBurke

    SBurke Nostalgia Junkie

    Location:
    Philadelphia, PA
    How is it? I love both of those artists. Mark Padmore especially; he has been one of my favorite tenors since I saw him few a years ago sing the tenor part of Schumann's "Paradise & the Peri." They were together in NYC a few months ago, stupid of me not to have gone.
     
  3. OE3

    OE3 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    No, that was Starker's Cello Suites by Bach.
     
  4. john greenwood

    john greenwood Well-Known Member

    Location:
    NYC
    I've been looking at HDTracks.
     
  5. John S

    John S Forum Resident

    Location:
    Columbus, OH
    POLYPHONIC DIALOGUES
    Multichannel-Hybrid SACD

    Shostakovich
    From 24 Preludes and Fugues Op.87
    Nos. 2,4,5,7,12,15

    Rodion Shchedrin (b. 1932)
    From Two Polyphonic Pieces (1961)
    No. 2: Basso Ostinato

    From 24 Preludes and Fugues (1964-1970)
    Nos. 1,2,3,7,10,14,19

    From 25 Polyphonic Preludes (1972)
    (Polyphonic Notebook)
    No. 12: Toccatina-Collage

    Joachim Kwetzinsky - piano

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    This is a very interesting release from 2L. Rodion Shchedrin was very close to Shostakovich since Shchedrin was a boy of nine. During those early years his father was Shostakovich’s personal secretary.

    The track sequence is notable. In between the Basso Ostinato and the Toccatina-Collage, the composers’ preludes and fugues are alternated in pairs. The stylistic differences are therefore highlighted. Shchedrin’s occasionally atonal, jazz-influenced, and percussive approach is contrasted with Shostakovich’s linear, more melodic feel. On first hearing, I expected the difference to be night and day, but these two have an awful lot in common. Yes, there’s contrasts here, however this record flows very well.

    Joachim Kwetzinsky is a young Norwegian who has technique to burn, and a keen musical intelligence. He writes very good album notes, too. You can see him play the piece that opens this album here. The Basso Ostinato is definitely growing on me!

    The SQ of this is beyond reproach. Seems to me the piano is miked just right and the acoustics of the Sofienberg Church in Oslo are superior. The multichannel layer is full 5.1. This is gorgeous music wrapped in an equally gorgeous package.

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    Shchedrin and Shostakovich on summer holiday.

    You can hear Shchedrin play his 4 piano 8 hand Omage to Chopin (with Nicolas Economou, Paul Gulda and Chick Corea) here:

    http://www.classicaltv.com/v605/rodion-shchedrin-homage-to-chopin
     
  6. George P

    George P Notable Member

    Location:
    NYC
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    Picked this up today. All live performances, mostly from the late sixties.
     
  7. It's a beautiful recording. As a German I'm always very critical when a non native speaker sings this kind of material in German and I get easily turned off by accents but you couldn't tell he's a British tenor, outstanding interpretation and his German is flawless.
     
  8. SBurke

    SBurke Nostalgia Junkie

    Location:
    Philadelphia, PA
    Good to know! I don't speak German and can't judge pronunciation, but I had the same reaction to his part in the Schumann performance. His voice sounds so natural. No strain, carries well in the hall, just seems to rest right on the notes. It's interesting how his career has seemed to really grow in just the last couple of years, though he's been around for a while I think.
     
  9. OE3

    OE3 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Now playing:
    • Stravinsky: Firebird + Petrouchka + The Rite of Spring - Igor Stravinsky/Columbia Symphony Orchestra [Columbia Masterworks 196? 3LP boxed set, mid-late 60's reissue of 1960 recordings -- these and the three Composer & Performer sets on Andante are essential, IMO, for the Stravinsky devotee]
     

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  10. adriatikfan

    adriatikfan Forum Resident

    I had the great good fortune of seeing Mark Padmore perform last year.

    I'm not German but I earn my keep by teaching it and I also thought his German pronunciation and enunciation was flawless.

    Best Wishes
    David
     
  11. coopmv

    coopmv Newton 1/30/2001 - 8/31/2011

    Location:
    CT, USA
    I bought this excellent recording just before Christmas ... :righton:
     
  12. I will have to make sure to catch him live here in the UK. :righton:
     
  13. coopmv

    coopmv Newton 1/30/2001 - 8/31/2011

    Location:
    CT, USA
    Highly recommended??
     
  14. Same here, as you said, highly recommended.
     
  15. coopmv

    coopmv Newton 1/30/2001 - 8/31/2011

    Location:
    CT, USA
    I think it is OOP.
     
  16. George P

    George P Notable Member

    Location:
    NYC
    According to a fellow pianophile, yes. I have yet to hear it, though.
     
  17. coopmv

    coopmv Newton 1/30/2001 - 8/31/2011

    Location:
    CT, USA
    And that was what I was referring to ...
     
  18. coopmv

    coopmv Newton 1/30/2001 - 8/31/2011

    Location:
    CT, USA
    You can't go wrong with recordings by Emil Gilels ...
     
  19. OE3

    OE3 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    MiilesSmiles referred to Starker's Dvorak Cello Concerto SACD, you replied I sold mine for $199. Not true.
     
  20. John S

    John S Forum Resident

    Location:
    Columbus, OH
    Now playing:

    Richard Strauss
    Macbeth
    &
    Alpine Symphony

    Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
    Marek Janowski
     

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  21. OE3

    OE3 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Great disc! I also have Haitink's more buttoned-down 2009 Alpine Symphony on LSO Live SACD. Janowski's Brahms cycle was superb, I thought, and he has a new Requiem to round out the set. Haven't heard any of his Bruckner on SACD, have you?
     
  22. Dvorak goes for $399. ;):D
     
  23. John S

    John S Forum Resident

    Location:
    Columbus, OH
    This disc was a gift. To be honest the Alpine Symphony has, for some reason, fallen through the cracks of my listening experience. Except for snippets on the radio, the music is unfamiliar to me. The music here seems competently played, and the SQ is great. (Macbeth is a pleasant surprise.)

    Is the Janowski Brahms with Pittsburgh? Right now all I have is Karajan's 1978 set. I am certainly not predisposed to multiple sets, but I am thinking about another cycle.

    I wrote off Bruckner in youthful ignorance many years ago; it is time I do some woodshedding on him. So no, I have heard very little of anybody's Bruckner. I will get around to him as soon as I get close to finishing my Mahler project. At the speed I'm going, that won't happen till late summer.
     
  24. jiminiss

    jiminiss Forum Resident

    Location:
    western mass
    now not playing: the copy I received on mofi vinyl of the Solti/Chicago Beethoven Symphony #9. the copy i got is so noisy it's unenjoyable. i'm afraid to take the chance on another, so have ordered the Speakers Corner reissue. hoping that they did a good job pressing this. Anyone have it?

    I also just got the Bohm of the 6th on a new Japanese pressing (of the DGG). that sounds great thankfully. on order is used vinyl of the Cluytens/berlin 9th (been listening to the french cd Cluytens box set and love the performances and find the sound very good). also found and ordered a used box vinyl set of the full Nine Szell/cleveland.

    I am going through a major shift back to listening to more analog than cd, and have added a ton of new classical lp's. have to say that when i get back under the headphones just using my laptop playing the Cluytens Beethoven, it sounds really really good. but my vinyl rig smokes my digital, so the improvement in sound is more than the medium diffference.
     
  25. jiminiss

    jiminiss Forum Resident

    Location:
    western mass
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