Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by George P, May 29, 2015.
Don't pick on me this is amazing.
That famous 15 sec long transition between the third and the final movement that I now realise calls out for the best stereo equipment is going to keep me engrossed for the rest of this short May Day holiday period after I upgraded to headphones with higher impedance to match the technical specs of the hardware I had been using with less powerful cans.
Funny, I just heard that work for the first time today (the Boston/Ozawa recording). Tuneful stuff alright. I always imagined Mephisto as having a rather high-pitched voice though and not as a bass.
Timeless masterpieces of course, but I don't really like The Lindsays' recordings. They sound mannered to me, with ritardandos and accents where they shouldn't be. The Angeles Quartet are wonderful in op. 76, and so are the Tokyo Quartet (if only they were recorded in better sound!).
A baritone on this a bass on Colin Davis,
No picking here--it's a score of rare beauties. Gounod's "King of Thule" aria is no slouch, but after Berlioz it sounds kinda square. And so it goes. I don't know this recording, but Charles Munch led a fine performance of this work with the Boston SO, among the first stereo recordings made by RCA (but, I think, not released in that form for some years afterward; it initially appeared in mono). Eliahu Inbal is one of those names that have been around forever but don't seem to get a lot of attention. I feel an eternal debt of gratitude to him for (on radio) giving me my introduction to Schubert's 3d Sym., to this day a score I love, when I was in collage, all the way back in the late 1970s.
If it's a high-voiced Mephisto you want, you can find one in Schnittke's Historia von D. Johann Fausten. (https://www.amazon.com/Schnittke-Historia-Von-Johann-Fausten/dp/B000003G0S). Note that the "tuneful" quotient here is, shall we say, rather less than that in the various 19th c. adaptations of the Faust legend.
Oh, by the way, to return to the Berlioz Damnation of Faust for a moment, here's something you might not expect: there exists a recording of Wilhelm Furtwangler, of all people, leading a performance of the work on August 26, 1950 (concert from the Lucerne Festival), in German with a cast including Elisabeth Schwarzkopf as Marguerite. Very slow tempos, and to be honest I've always thought translating French into German was something of a disaster; moreover, on the scale of low to high fidelity, it languishes somewhere around "non" (at least, in my issue on Archipel). Still, worth a hearing, at least.
New acquisitions dept.: Today's mail brought me a four-record 78 RPM set of Rachmaninoff's cello sonata performed by Marcel Hubert (vlc.) and Shura Cherkassky (pno.). As far as I can recall, that's the only time I've ever seen Cherkassky's name associated with a chamber music piece. Can anybody here think of any others? Yes, I'm being lazy here; I know I should start checking on the web and in Wikipedia and whatnot, but it's late, and....
That sentence left me breathless.
You're not the only one...
Yesterday and today I've been listening through Pierre-Laurent Aimard's Messiaen recordings:
Not yet. But the cd you posted must be good indeed and Harmonia Mundi is one of my favorite labels ever
About Dvorak's chamber music, I have this cd by the Quatuor Talich on Calliope:
I should check my cd collection because I don't know if I have something else in miscellaneous boxes etc.
One of the most beautiful Masses in music history! The beginning is stunning
Now listening to
ALBAN BERG - Wozzeck
Tito Gobbi (sung in Italian)
Moving on to Håkon Austbø's Messiaen recordings today:
Hilary Hahn - Schoenberg and Sibelius violin concertos
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Esa Pekka Salonen
Speaking of Hilary Hahn, a new release is on the way: it will be out on next May 17. I must confess I don't know the composer, but I think it's worth the purchase... an album for solo violin by HH is always remarkable.
Now enjoying CD 4 from this desert island box set. So serene, perfect music to close a stressful week. Sound and performance is exemplary.
Every time I listen to this CD, I am completely blown away with his playing. In the slower works he is incredibly tender, hypnotic. In the faster ones he is a fearless panther.
A panther is like a leopard,
except with spots it isn't peppered.
If you should see a panther crouch,
prepare to say "ouch."
Or better yet, if called by a panther,
My most recent pianistic enthusiasm is for a newly acquired set of selected Chopin mazurkas played by Ignaz Friedman on US Columbia 78 RPM set M 159 (a relatively late pressing of recordings from the early '30s). It's a really wonderful collection; I'll confess, the mazurkas are not usually the first works to which I turn when I think "I'd like to hear some Chopin," but this set just might change my mind. How I missed it all these years I don't know, but I'm delighted to have made its acquaintance at this late date.
Thanks for sharing that! I Googled, but can't find a definition for anther as a verb.
Like you, the Mazurkas were not high on my list of Chopin works, but they have grown on me quite a bit. The modern pianist Luisada's DG set is wonderful, as is Wasowski's. I have Friedman's on Naxos and enjoy them, but I like Rubinstein's two mono sets more. I would be remiss if I din't mention Maryla Jonas's Mazurkas too.
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