Classical Corner Classical Music Corner (thread #62)

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by George P, Oct 27, 2014.

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  1. PH416156

    PH416156 Alea Iacta Est

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    Now spinning this CD from the "Mercury Living Presence" boxset...never listened to it before, that's a cool disc. :)
    Of course I knew McBride's "Mexican Rhapsody" already, but the other compositions are very nice too

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  2. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

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    The best and under $11 used.
     
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  3. vanhooserd

    vanhooserd Forum Resident

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  4. SquaRoots

    SquaRoots The North Star Grassman

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    Thanks very much, George. I appreciate it!
     
  5. jasn

    jasn Forum Resident

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    Pretty astounding...

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  6. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

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    My pleasure.
     
  7. Byrdsmaniac

    Byrdsmaniac Forum Resident

    I have been following these threads for a while and I have appreciated learning from the experience of others even if I'm mostly too busy to add much to the conversation.

    Recently I have been enjoying some of the Vanguard recordings of Adrian Boult conducting the Philharmonic Promenade Orchestra of London. To me Boult's approach appears similar in some ways to Bruno Walter. They both emphasize balance of tone and dynamics to get across the whole structure of a piece of music. I also like that they divide the violins to either side of the conductor in the 19th century fashion.

    I would like to know about a Boult box set called Sir Adrian Boult: From Bach to Wagner.
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...colid=305CQOGSFUM38&coliid=I1OAMHYFM1WL2D&me=
    It appears to be later recordings made for EMI and I have two questions: First, do these performances also make use of divided violin sections? Secondly, do the performances compare favorably to Boult's own earlier recordings?

    Thanks for any help anyone can give me.
     
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  8. ToddBD

    ToddBD Forum Resident

    Here we go…I really enjoy this reading of the 15th, recorded just three months before Solti passed. CSO in full bloom in this music.
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  9. Bachtoven

    Bachtoven Lord of the strings

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    I count myself as a member of this disc's fan club--wow! I love the way she fearlessly attacks difficult passages. Wonderful sound, too.

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  10. TeacFan

    TeacFan Forum Resident In Memoriam

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    Hoping to Find this on some Black Friday discount deal.
    Overstock has it currently at $107 shipped w/no sales tax.
    Missed the Pop Mart $99 deal.
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  11. drh

    drh Talking Machine

    I have the set, but to be honest I don't remember about the violins. Without having made a scientific study, I'd say it does compare well as performances, however; Boult was unlike Walter in that he didn't slow down appreciably with age, so his later recordings tend to move along in much the same way as his earlier ones. I'd say the box is worth having just for the Brahms 2d serenade, which has been one of my favorite recordings since long before it was repackaged in the box (for the record, my old copy was coupled with the 3d sym., another lovely account).

    Incidentally, the "Philharmonic Promenade Orchestra of London" was one of the big London bands recording under a pseudonym for contractual reasons.
     
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  12. coopmv

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

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    So you are the Mr. Big Box for Angela Hewitt's recordings. I have her GV as single ... :righton::winkgrin:
     
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  13. Soulpope

    Soulpope Common one

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  14. John S

    John S Forum Resident

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    Interesting article on violin seating in orchestras.

    Debate over Placement of Orchestras' String Sections

    Whenever this issue pops up I think of Mahler's scoring for strings. He often has the first and second violin sections playing "call and answer." This stereophonic effect is of course enhanced by divided sections. At one point, he even has the second violins state the main theme in one of the symphonies. (Sorry I don't recall which one right now.) Also, Mahler often has each section the violins playing two and sometimes three parts in divisi. In that case, having the violins on either side of the podium makes for a wider, richer soundstage, to borrow an overworked audiophile term.
     
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  15. Byrdsmaniac

    Byrdsmaniac Forum Resident

    Thanks for the helpful info. I'm ordering it from Amazon today.
     
  16. Byrdsmaniac

    Byrdsmaniac Forum Resident

    Nice article. Thanks. I don't think divided violins work well for everything, but when the composer had these call and response effects in mind it makes a big difference to me. Some of the orchestral recordings of the Seattle Symphony done by John Eargle for Delos are done with divided violin sections and I find the ones I have heard quite effective.
     
  17. john greenwood

    john greenwood Well-Known Member

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    This morning it's Maria Lettberg performing Scriabin.
     
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  18. alankin1

    alankin1 Forum Resident

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    Now playing:
    Peter Tchaikovsky – Symphony No.2 Op.17 "Little Russian"
    — New York Philharmonic — Leonard Bernstein (Sony Classics) from:

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  19. EasterEverywhere

    EasterEverywhere Forum Resident

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    Now spinning this very issue. 1944 broadcast recording.Image from ebay,not my copy.Forgot how great this was.Need to pull out the Furtwangler isssue from the Furtwangler Society from the 70s for comparison.
     
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  20. Robin L

    Robin L Musical Omnivore

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    I get the "Symphonia Domestica" part, the rest is too small to read—who is doing this?
     
  21. ibanez_ax

    ibanez_ax Forum Resident

    Not sure I would have bothered to pick this up if it wasn't sealed in the $1.99 used bin at Hastings. This record commemorates the Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra's visit to China in 1983. I'm familiar with the Respighi piece on side one. The Chinese compositions on side two are new to me and are interesting. The record is flawless. Maybe I should have kept it sealed since someone on Amazon is selling it new for $200.00! That's only 100 times more than I paid. I could always sell it some day as a near mint copy but I buy music to listen.

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  22. ibanez_ax

    ibanez_ax Forum Resident

    I listen to most classical music with headphones. I'm just getting over a head cold, so I haven't used my headphones the last couple of weeks. It's hard to listen when your head feels like a giant cotton ball is pressing against your brain!
     
  23. ToddBD

    ToddBD Forum Resident

    So the school's library was getting rid of stuff that never gets checked out to make room for storing other materials, and I happened upon this set. As a Klemperer man, I needed the Schubert 5th. Very clean (of course, because it was hardly ever checked out) and some great performances on here. These are Angel pressings from 1967.
    Beethoven: Leonore #3, Philharmonia/Klemperer
    Weber: Der Freischutz Overture, Philharmonia/Klemperer
    Schubert: Symphony #5 in Bb, Philharmonia/Klemperer
    Schubert: Songs from Die Schone Mullerin, Fischer-Dieskau/Gerald Moore
    Beethoven: Piano Concert #4, Emil Gilels, Philharmonia/Leopold Ludwig
    Beethoven: Piano Sonata #27 in E minor, Hans Richter-Hasser
    Rossini: Excerpts from Barber of Seville, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Vittorio Gui
    Beethoven: Quartet #16 in F Major, Hungarian String Quartet
    Beethoven: Symphony #3 in Eb Major, Philharmonia/Klemperer
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  24. ToddBD

    ToddBD Forum Resident

    AND this one as well…here's a rep list, can't wait to dig in.

    Mendelssohn: Fingal's Cave Overture, Berlin Philharmonic/Karajan
    Liszt: Les Preludes, Philharmonia/Karajan
    Chopin: Mazurka #17, Polonaise #3, Ballade #1, Waltzes Op, 64 Nos. 1, 2, 3, Witold Malcuzynski
    Verdi opera excerpts: Il Trovatore, Royal Opera Rome/Schippers…Macbeth, Philharmonia/Nicola Rescigno…Un Ballo in Maschera, Berlin Philharmonic/Alberto Eredo…La Traviata, Royal Opera Rome/Franco Ferraris
    Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto, Nathan Milstein, Philharmonia/Leon Barzin
    Liszt: Piano Concerto #1, Philharmonia/Constantin Silvestri
    Schumann: Papillons, Fischer-Dieskau/Gerald Moore
    Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Francaise/Sir Thomas Beecham
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  25. Bachtoven

    Bachtoven Lord of the strings

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    No. 1 and 7 from this set--fabulous playing and sound:

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    And Beethoven's 32nd Sonata from this set--it's Sokolov, so of course it's great, and with quite decent sound.

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