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

  1. Slice

    Slice Fan Of Rock

    Location:
    Keller, TX
    Ronnie James Dio said that he & Ritchie Blackmore liked Bach, and Dio liked Beethoven, too, but Ritchie didn't much.
    Good evening to ya!
     
  2. dale 88

    dale 88 Errand Boy for Rhythm

    Location:
    west of sun valley
    Saint-Saens
    Cello Concertos 1 & 2
    The Carnival of the Animals
    Africa
    Wedding-cake
    Neeme Jarvi
    Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
    Chandos, 2016
    SACD/CD
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    Everything is well done, but I preferred the recording of Africa with Louis Lortie, piano.
    The orchestral recording of The Carnival of the Animals is good, but I prefer the original chamber composition version with the Capucons, Frank Braley, d'Alberto, Emmanuel Pahud etc below on Erato:
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  3. drh

    drh Talking Machine

    Well, now how's that for coincidence? I was just listening to the Africa Fantasy myself, albeit not in the same recording. Here's the one I was playing:

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    The pianist is one Gwendolyn Mok. I know little or nothing about her, but no one involved here need be less than proud of the result. The SACD contains several less familiar Saint-Saens scores as well, all also well played.

    My own favorite Carnival of the Animals, as it has been from the day I first brought it home from the local public library as a kid, is this one:

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    I was sad to see that Hugh Downs, who reads the Ogden Nash "incidental poems" here, died a few weeks ago.

    At midnight in the museum hall
    The fossils gathered for a ball
    There were no drums or saxophones,
    But just the clatter of their bones,
    A rolling, rattling, carefree circus
    Of mammoth polkas and mazurkas.
    Pterodactyls and brontosauruses
    Sang ghostly prehistoric choruses.
    Amid the mastodontic wassail
    I caught the eye of one small fossil.
    "Cheer up, sad world," he said, and winked-
    "It's kind of fun to be extinct."

    RIP Mr. Downs. You helped a young traveler in music get off to a happy start.
     
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  4. dale 88

    dale 88 Errand Boy for Rhythm

    Location:
    west of sun valley
    Throughout the day I enjoyed this 3-disc set of the Original Works for Violin & Keyboard by CPE Bach. Excellent sound and playing. Played on a Stradivarius and Steinway.
    CPE Bach
    Complete Original Works for Violin & Keyboard
    Tamsin Waley-Cohen, violin; James Baillieu, piano
    Signum, 2019
    3 CDs
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  5. MikaelaArsenault

    MikaelaArsenault Forum Resident

    Location:
    New Hampshire
  6. dale 88

    dale 88 Errand Boy for Rhythm

    Location:
    west of sun valley
    No thanks. For me they were overly repetitive and irritating.
    Gorecki: String quartets 1 & 2
    Tippett Quartet
    Naxos, 2018
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  7. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    NYC
    Another one I need!
     

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