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

  1. Octave

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    Shostakovich: COMPLETE SYMPHONIES (USSR Ministry of Culture SSO, Rozhdestvensky - Melodiya, 11cd)
    [with the eleventh disc the composer's reduction of the 10th for piano four hand, played by Shost and Weinberg]

    It's been several years since I went through all of the symphonies in a short amount of time....too short, this time. I think one symphony a day is as fast as I will take it, next time. Devastating. It's weird I'd forgotten how horrifying and grotesque and hysterical so many stretches get; I don't think that's just a function of the blistering Rozh touch. I am now scared to listen to the Kondrashin set, which will be happening next month.

    I also just purchased the Petrenko/Naxos at a very nice price from JPC, hat-tip to the Classical Megabox thread. But that will have to wait for 2019....I don't think I can bear to hear the whole cycle a third time within a month.

    Also the string quartets by the Mandelring Quartet.
     
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  2. Bachtoven

    Bachtoven Forum Resident

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    Op.106--very muscular and powerful outer movements, with an achingly beautiful Adagio. Superbly recorded.

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  3. Bachtoven

    Bachtoven Forum Resident

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    Considering that this derives from concerts beginning the day after 9/11, I would have expected a more searing performance. It's still very good, and so is the sound--highly detailed and transparent.

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  4. bruce2

    bruce2 Forum Resident

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    Connecticut, USA
    I spent days agonizing over which set of Beethoven Piano Sonatas to purchase as my first, and ended up going with Wilhelm Backhaus on Decca. I am hoping it arrives tomorrow. I hope I made a good choice, as the set wasn't cheap.
     
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  5. J.A.W.

    J.A.W. Music Addict

    The mono Japanese Decca Backhaus set, or the later, mainly stereo set?
     
  6. bruce2

    bruce2 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Connecticut, USA
    Stereo set. 1992 CD release made in Germany.
     
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  7. Bachtoven

    Bachtoven Forum Resident

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    I'm enjoying this DSD file
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    via my new McIntosh MA9000 amp! It sounds fantastic...I sense no loss of warmth compared to my previous tube amp.

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  8. California Couple

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    Took a work break today and sat in my car in the sun and listened to the third movement.
    Great way to calm out.
    I think that march inspired Prokofiev because I hear hints of his later sound in it.
    This is my 1972 go to version:

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  9. Claus

    Claus Restaurant Critic

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    I just listened to the Symphony No. 9 by Dvorak, conducted by Kertesz. The SACD is awesome, my new digital reference and very close to the original Decca LP. The Japanese SACD (Stereo Sound) was remastered from the original analogue Decca tapes in UK.
     
  10. Octave

    Octave Shake Appeal

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    Hindemith: DIE HARMONIE DER WELT (RSO-Berlin, Mark Janowski - Wergo, 3cd, 2002)
     
  11. yasujiro

    yasujiro Forum Resident

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    Try LIVING STEREO vinyl of Chicago Symphony & Fritz Reiner playing Scheherazade and Pictures At An Exhibition.
     
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  12. yasujiro

    yasujiro Forum Resident

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    This Japan box has the best mastering of the tapes.
     
  13. Octave

    Octave Shake Appeal

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    STRAVINSKY IN HOLLYWOOD (dvd, 53 min.)

    This was included in the 2015 big Columbia box. I don't especially recommend it....it's a mediocre doc with a pretentious voiceover narration (lots of idle 'psychological' speculation) and ridiculous dialogue-free "re-enactments" clogging up a big chunk of the running time. (Though one sequence---of Stravinsky driving out into the desert with Robert Craft and Vera, kneeling in the sand and having a mystical vision---was worth a guffaw.)
    What made the viewing worth all of this was some chunks of a latter-day interview with the aged Craft (somewhat interesting) and some footage of Stravinsky that I had not seen before, including him discussing his faith while in bed in (apparently) his pajamas. Which latter I found funny and oddly moving. ("I believe because it's absurd. It doesn't come from my brain." All this with that Cheshire Cat grin.)
     
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  14. Octave

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    Shostakovich: SYMPHONIES etc.
    (Kirill Kondrashin - Melodiya, 11cd, rec. 1965-1975)

    Limited/variable but, so far, very clear sound. Blazing intensity! Will work my way through this over the next week or two.
     
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  15. Octave

    Octave Shake Appeal

    Chapeau, Åke

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    Stravinsky: MONUMENTUM, MASS, SYMPHONY OF PSALMS, BACH CHORAL VARIATIONS (Royal Flemish, Philippe Herreweghe - Pentatone, 2010)
     
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  16. mrwolk

    mrwolk One and a half ears...no waiting!

    Location:
    Ottawa, Canada
    Currently listening to Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra on Idagio streaming service (lossless stream)..Hungarian Natl. Orch. with Zoltan Kocsis conducting. (didn’t know he had taken up the baton..what’s with all the piano players conducting?)...Fantastic, at least to my ears, recording and reading of the work.
     
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  17. Rose River Bear

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    I like all of Kocsis recordings of Bartok as pianist and conductor. IIRC, the Concerto CD you heard is OOP and sells for over $100 used. Kocsis died young. A loss to the classical music world.
     
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  18. J.A.W.

    J.A.W. Music Addict

    Zoltán Kocsis was co-founder of the Budapest Festival Orchestra with Iván Fischer, and appeared as a conductor from 1987. He was musical director of the Hungarian National Orchestra from 1997 until his death. He died in 2016 at the age of 64.

    I like his Bartók Piano Concertos with Iván Fischer/Budapest Festival Orchestra and his Bartók Solo Piano recordings.
     
  19. Octave

    Octave Shake Appeal

    Revisiting some Finzi, and whetting my appetite for my first big listening project of the new year: Britten.

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    Britten & Finzi: SERENADE, NOCTURNE & DIES NATALIS (Mark Padmore, Stephen Bell, Britten Sinfonia - Harmonia Mundi, 2012)
     
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  20. Åke Bergvall

    Åke Bergvall Forum Resident

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    Perhaps I should join you in a Britten year. I've had the big Decca Britten box on my shelves for too long with only sample tastes, and also most of his operas on DVD and/or Blu-ray. Thanks for the nudge!
     
  21. Octave

    Octave Shake Appeal

    These are great, and it's a pity that they seem to remain out of print. It seems like Decca/Univ could have easily enough appended them to that budget reissue box of Kocsis' Bartok piano music. Kocsis was a lion!

    I am going to start with that same big Decca set, which has been on the shelf untouched for over five years now. :/ Pathological. After that, a bit later in the year, I think I will be seeking out some additional recordings, a documentary or three, and above all some video discs of operas. I will probably be seeking some suggestions here in a couple months.
    My last big dose of Britten was working through (mainly) that EMI ~complete works set, and it was incredibly rewarding.....can't wait!

    Two more jaunts back into Stravinsky, with Ilan Volkov:

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    Stravinsky: ballets (BBC Scottish, Ilan Volkov - Hyperion, two discs)
     
  22. bruce2

    bruce2 Forum Resident

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    Connecticut, USA
    I just acquired my first Britten recording, the 1963 Decca recording of War Requiem. Will have to give it a second listen later today.
     
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  23. Octave

    Octave Shake Appeal

    That sounds like a marvelous entree. I did not love it when I first heard it, but now I cannot ever imagine feeling that way. From an old blog post by Alex Ross:
    And as a gateway drug, a greatest hit but also a timestopper (but make sure to hear Pears sing it):



    Now the Great Bear and Pleiades where earth moves
    Are drawing up the clouds of human grief
    Breathing solemnity in the deep night
    Who can decipher
    In storm or starlight
    The written character
    Of a friendly fate
    As the sky turns, the world for us to change?
    But if the horoscope' s bewildering
    Like a flashing turmoil of a shoal of herring
    Who can turn skies back and begin again?
     
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  24. Octave

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    Finzi: EARTH AND AIR AND RAIN - SONG CYCLES TO HARDY (Martyn Hill & Thomas Varcoe w/Clifford Benson - Hyperion, 2cd)
     
  25. Åke Bergvall

    Åke Bergvall Forum Resident

    Location:
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    Same here! That is a great box, and great value too! You said you'd come back in a few months for the Britten operas, but here's some early appetizers: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B014JD2LLO. I snagged a copy for €30 a year ago, but I've only looked at Peter Grimes so far. The same box is also available from jpc for €50: Benjamin Britten: A Britten Collection - 5 Opern auf Blu-Ray (5 Blu-ray Discs) – jpc , or €40 on DVD: Benjamin Britten: A Britten Collection - 5 Opern auf DVD (6 DVDs) – jpc , and they also have another, slightly older but excellent 8 opera collection on DVD for €40: Benjamin Britten: A Tribute to Benjamin Britten - 8 Opern auf DVD (8 DVDs) – jpc .
     
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