Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by George P, May 27, 2014.
More piano works, now playing the following CD ...
For those of you on the fence about the Murray Perahia box I just received mine and this thing is a BEAST!
Much bigger than I anticipated and seemingly really well made. I haven't opened it yet but this thing is quite imposing in all the right ways.
One of the strongest shipping boxes I have ever received from Amazon btw.
Feels like $55 very well spent.
I also like Christie and Paillard in Rameau although Minkowski did do an excellent Hippolyte et Aricie. Only English and French performers seem to be able to play his music successfully. Rameau requires a deft touch because much of his music is dance related. In fact there has probably never been a classical composer whose music is more danceable. What is frustrating is how poor the DVDs of Rameau's operas have been in terms of the staging and choreography.
As indicated Mullova only learned Baroque technique because she wanted to play Bach more in the style. That's why I commended her dedication because almost no acclaimed musician sets their technique aside and tries to learn a different technique.
I agree. I still enjoy Munchinger's performances. The Collegium Aureum also did a good one with period instruments around 1970 although it wasn't exactly HIP as defined today.
I read somewhere when the last movement of the Beethoven Ninth was performed, someone had to physically turn Beethoven around for him to see how thrilling it was to both the orchestra and the audience ...
Now listening to "Beethoven - Piano Concerto No.5" performed by Helene Grimaud and the Staatskapelle Dresden led by Vladimir Jurowski on DG.
Indeed, great piano music can be contagious ...
Beethoven obviously heard it perfectly in his mind. He also said "I don't think about your stupid mewling violin when the Spirit speaks to me", so maybe it was a blessing to all concerned that he couldn't carp at their playing.
Now listening to "Risonanza - Modern Czech Music for Oboe, Harp and Piano" featuring Katerina Englichova - Harp/Vilem Veverka - Oboe/Ivo Kahanek - Piano on Supraphon.
More piano works, now playing the following CD on Supraphon ...
May I have some recommendations for Verdi's 'Macbeth' both on DVD and CD??? Thank you!
We may have an opera specialist at CMC ...
This is comic book Shakespeare, not remotely like Othello or Falstaff. But if you are enthused about it anyway the best recordings were by Leinsdorf and Muti. Sinopoli has a digital recording that emphasizes the rum tum tum if that is what you are seeking.
No DVD recommendation. But Sinopoli with Zampieri is probably the best of a bad lot.
I love Munchinger.I have records of his covering most of the classical LP era,from the early 50s to the late 80s.I wasn't sure how well regarded he is these days with all this "period" "authenticity"c**p that's been so popular since the late 80s or so.
Some of my favorite Brandenbergs are the 1940s recordings by Koussevitzky.
Muti's CD production with Cossotto as Lady Macbeth on EMI
Well he won't pass muster in HIP circles but Munchinger did respect period style by using smaller forces and keeping overt Romanticism out of it. His interpretation often had good rhythmic nuance and phrasing. He had good instincts with German Baroque music; however I do not enjoy his Vivaldi etc. I think period sensitive performance (as opposed to HIP) is essential but that doesn't mean that one has to use period instruments unless the characteristics are totally different with modern instruments. Also many aspects of period style are conjectural. It is not as if there is unanimity in the HIP faction about what is authentic or not. Also we should accept that composers make do with what they have. Would Bach have used boy trebles in his cantatas if he could have used women instead? Who knows?? Being period sensitive does not mean you have to do it exactly as Composer X would have done it in 1706 but that you should analyze the requirements of the style and play accordingly.
Now listening to "Miracles Of Santiago - Music from the Codex Calixtinus" by Anonymous 4 on Harmonia Mundi. A beautiful way to start the day.
First listen to CD 2 "Douce Amie - Trouveres Songs And Minstrels' Dances" from the "Love, Revelry And The Dance In Mediaeval Music" box set performed by Millenarium on Outhere.
Now listening to "Alessandro Scarlatti - St. John Passion" performed by Rene Jacobs with Schola Cantorum Basiliensis from the "DHM 50th Anniversary Edition" box set.
Rameau: Les Indes Galantes. Soloists, Paillard Orchestra and Chorus. Erato original.
I was fortunate enough to attend a concert with him conducting the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra a few years before he passed away ...
I have many Erato LP's by Jean Paillard which I have not played in over twenty years. He clearly was the old schooler when it came to baroque music ...
I got a used copy of this a few months ago. This recording is OOP until HM decides to release a big box, which neither of us will buy since we already have too many A4 singles ...
Many of Munchinger's original London recordings are now OOP. Fortunately, Newton Classics has been re-releasing some of them ...
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