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

  1. Wes H

    Wes H Forum Resident

    Location:
    Virginia
    This evening I'm playing a 1978 Nonesuch LP of Six Sonatinas for Piano by Italian composer Ferruccio Busoni -- a composer better known for his Bach transcriptions than for his own original works. Composed between 1910 and 1920, these "Sonatinas" are wide-ranging in style: One sounds almost classical, yet others are more 20th century--with nods to Bizet and Prokofieff--but never atonal. As played by Paul Jacobs (on a Baldwin SD-10 Concert Grand), these short pieces are magical.

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    The cover illustration is a portrait of the composer by his son, Raffaello Busoni, who drew it from memory in 1925, a year after his father's passing.

    Recorded in June 1978, New York, by Marc J. Aubort & Joanna Nickrenz (Elite Recordings, Inc.) / Mastering by Robert C. Ludwig (Masterdisk).
    Liner notes by Paul Jacobs.
     
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  2. drh

    drh Talking Machine

    Busoni himself made some recordings and reproducing piano rolls; alas, like Caruso, he died just before electric recording became available. I have one of his records, for which I paid a pretty penny, even though I think it's not one of the more rare ones: English Columbia L 1445, which couples the first prelude and fugue from Bach's Well Tempered Clavier, Book I, with Chopin's Etude op. 25 no. 5.
     
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  3. joshm2286

    joshm2286 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Texas
    I started listening to classical music back in 2001 to relax. About three or four years ago a family member gave me a CD with Chopin and I really enjoyed it. The CD was a part of Sony's Infinity Digital series so I bought 4 more classical titles from that series and really enjoy them. To my ears they were mastered and recorded well. I recommend them. My favorites are Chopin,Bach, Mozart and Vivaldi.
     
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  4. George P

    George P Smellin' Like A Rose Thread Starter

    Location:
    NYC
    Welcome to the thread!

    Chopin is one of my favorite composers as well!
     
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  5. SBurke

    SBurke Nostalgia Junkie

    Location:
    Philadelphia, PA
    Hi folks, hope all are doing well. :wave:

    I would encourage anybody who likes some of the APR releases of older piano recordings (e.g. early Kempff) to check out emusic.com. Many of these releases are available for download, including the booklet (essential, in my view), and given the current sale the site is offering for download credit, they're effectively about 75% off the price you'd find on Amazon. I am in the process of downloading about a half-dozen right now . . .

    Go here: https://www.emusic.com/label/267331/APR

    The prices look standard -- but if you post $75 to an emusic account, you get $200 in credit in the current sale. Plus there's probably some promotion for joining.

    :cheers:
     
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  6. Wes H

    Wes H Forum Resident

    Location:
    Virginia
    Interesting! Did Busoni make recordings playing his own compositions (or just works by other composers)?
     
  7. drh

    drh Talking Machine

    I regret to say, no--Bach, Chopin, Weber, Beethoven, and Liszt, but no music of his own. My favorite online resource, Wikipedia, the encyclopedia anyone can edit, gives a list here: Ferruccio Busoni discography (as pianist) - Wikipedia

    If the accompanying information is to be believed, he visited the studios for two sessions but rejected all the recordings from the first, which consequently were never issued and are believed lost.

    Egon Petri was one of his students.

    Have you heard Busoni's piano concerto? Quite an odd piece--but then, so is his opera, Doktor Faust.
     
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  8. Wes H

    Wes H Forum Resident

    Location:
    Virginia
    I've not heard Busoni's Piano Concerto. I'm curious, though, so I'll see if I can find it on a streaming service. Thanks for the background info.

    I do, however, have a 1957 Columbia Masterworks recording of his Violin Concerto (composed in 1897). It is performed by Joseph Szigeti, who was a friend of Busoni and performed with him.

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    English musicologist Edward J. Dent describes the Violin Concerto as "cheerful and attractive in character without any pretense of being revolutionary in style." (I'll agree with that!) ;)
     
  9. Gasman1003

    Gasman1003 "The Thinking Man's Drinking Man"

    Location:
    Liverpool UK
    76 years ago today this piece was performed for the first time, during some pretty bleak days:

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    Shostakovich - "Symphony No. 7 in C Major, Op.60 - 'Dedicated To Leningrad' "
    Yevgeni Svetlanov conducts The USSR State Symphony Orchestra.

    Μелодия (Melodiya) Records, USSR, C 01693-6

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    The Story Behind Shostakovich's Leningrad Symphony - Classic FM

    "The first performance was given on March 5, 1942 by the Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre, which had also been evacuated to Kuibyshev, conducted by Samuil Samosud."
     
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  10. crispi

    crispi Vinyl Archaeologist

    Location:
    Berlin
    Wow. It’s been 76 years already? How time flies! :)

    But seriously, it’s totally possible that there is still someone around who experienced the premiere first hand.
     
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  11. Gasman1003

    Gasman1003 "The Thinking Man's Drinking Man"

    Location:
    Liverpool UK
    Yeah, I guess that's true.

    Interesting how the symphony was heard in the UK and USA before being heard in Leningrad, although with all that was occurring, not too surprising.
     
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  12. George P

    George P Smellin' Like A Rose Thread Starter

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    Just finished another enjoyable spin of this CD. I wish this pianist would record more. I love his Brahms as well.
     
  13. drh

    drh Talking Machine

    The Classic FM site mentions that Toscanini led the US premiere. What it doesn't mention is that he did so only after winning a quite heated and, if memory serves, public squabble with Leopold Stokowski, who also wanted to conduct that event, and that Shostakovich evidently did not at all like the way Toscanini led the score. I'm pretty certain it did not enter the Maestro's repertory in any meaningful way after the premiere. If you want to hear his way with it, the historic first US performance was released on LP and has been available on CD, both in authorized editions.
     
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  14. Gasman1003

    Gasman1003 "The Thinking Man's Drinking Man"

    Location:
    Liverpool UK
    Thank you
     
  15. George P

    George P Smellin' Like A Rose Thread Starter

    Location:
    NYC
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    Now at the end of my Mahler symphony traversal, enjoying this CD.
     
  16. layman

    layman Forum Resident

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    New York, NY
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    I failed to fully appreciate and understand the piece until I came across this recording.
     
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  17. RiRiIII

    RiRiIII Forum Resident

    Location:
    Athens, Greece
    coming:

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    M1, M3, M5, M6, M7 are previously released,
    M2 should be the "subscribers only" Cd set
    M4 and M8 first releases ?

    "The performances were recorded live between 1996 and 2016 in the Philharmonie im Gasteig and the Herkulessaal of the Munich Residenz, and most of them are recent. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Mahler's Symphony No. 1, Mariss Janson conducts Symphonies Nos 2, 5, 7 and 9, Bernard Haitink Nos. 3 and 4, Daniel Harding No. 6 and Colin Davis no. 8, the "Symphony of a Thousand"."
     
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  18. crispi

    crispi Vinyl Archaeologist

    Location:
    Berlin
    “Evil twin”:

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  19. coopmv

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

    Location:
    CT, USA
    Have you tried S Richter?
     
  20. George P

    George P Smellin' Like A Rose Thread Starter

    Location:
    NYC
    He did record the work in question. A shame, as his Schumann is superb!
     
  21. coopmv

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

    Location:
    CT, USA
    While I do not think S. Richter was among the best Chopin pianists out there, his Schumann should be excellent from what I recalled ...
     
  22. Hiro

    Hiro Forum Resident

    Location:
    Poland
    Earl Wild's performance of Paderewski's Piano Concerto in A Minor, op. 17 (2nd Mov) is just pure musical bliss......

     
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  23. dale 88

    dale 88 Errand Boy for Rhythm

    Location:
    west of sun valley
    Luis Fernando Perez
    Federico Mompou: Oeuvres pour piano.
    Mirare, 2017

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    Very well played first volume of Mompou's piano music by Perez. I have liked Perez' previous discs of Soler, Granados, Albeniz and Chopin.
    01 - (4:02) Frederico Mompou: Cançons I Danses: Cançó I Dansa I
    02 - (3:21) Frederico Mompou: Cançons I Danses: Cançó I Dansa II
    03 - (4:15) Frederico Mompou: Cançons I Danses: Cançó I Dansa III
    04 - (4:41) Frederico Mompou: Cançons I Danses: Cançó I Dansa IV
    05 - (4:33) Frederico Mompou: Cançons I Danses: Cançó I Dansa V
    06 - (4:32) Frederico Mompou: Cançons I Danses: Cançó I Dansa VI
    07 - (3:22) Frederico Mompou: Cançons I Danses: Cançó I Dansa VII
    08 - (4:15) Frederico Mompou: Cançons I Danses: Cançó I Dansa VIII
    09 - (5:01) Frederico Mompou: Cançons I Danses: Cançó I Dansa IX
    10 - (3:28) Frederico Mompou: Cançons I Danses: Cançó I Dansa X
    11 - (4:15) Frederico Mompou: Cançons I Danses: Cançó I Dansa XI
    12 - (3:44) Frederico Mompou: Cançons I Danses: Cançó I Dansa XII
    13 - (4:00) Frederico Mompou: Cançons I Danses: Cançó I Dansa XIV
    14 - (4:01) Frederico Mompou: Paisajes: I. La Fonte Y La Campana
    15 - (4:25) Frederico Mompou: Paisajes: II. El Lago
    16 - (5:14) Frederico Mompou: Paisajes: III. Carros De Galicia
    17 - (1:34) Frederico Mompou: Scènes D'enfants: I. Cris Dans La Rue
    18 - (2:06) Frederico Mompou: Scènes D'enfants: II. Jeux Sur La Plage
    19 - (1:27) Frederico Mompou: Scènes D'enfants: III. Jeu II
    20 - (2:01) Frederico Mompou: Scènes D'enfants: IV. Jeu III
    21 - (3:11) Frederico Mompou: Scènes D'enfants: VI. Jeunes Filles Au Jardin
    22 - (1:58) Frederico Mompou: Música Callada I, N.Iii
     
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  24. dale 88

    dale 88 Errand Boy for Rhythm

    Location:
    west of sun valley
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    Zemlinsky: String Quartets Nos. 3 & 4
    Escher Quartet
    Naxos, 2013
    If you are into Berg, Schoenberg etc, you may like Nos. 3 & 4.

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    Zemlinsky: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2
    Escher Quartet
    Naxos, 2014
    String Quartet No. 1 is a very lyrical work. 17 years later No. 2 is more into the avant-garde of its time.
     
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  25. JuniorMaineGuide

    JuniorMaineGuide Forum Resident

    I’ve been on a family vacation so I have not had much listening time, but my recent obsession has been Debussy’s Pelleas and Melisande (Roger Desormiere with the “orchestre symphonique”). It’s providing a great backdrop to the rocky beaches, rain, and mountains. Everything about this recording is powerful in its understatedness and feels “right”.

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