Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by George P, May 29, 2015.
Until I heard Gekic's, I felt the same.
Alessandro Scarlatti Sinfonie di Concerto Grosso
Italian Baroque CD 38 (2015, Brilliant Classics)
This 50 box set is fast becoming my favorite (among the handful that I own). It's also the easiest to handle. Fussing w/packing is the last thing you want to do with your first Benzedrine.
Spinning this good compilation. Been a while since I heard Chout.
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 6
Lieutenant Kije Suite
Suite from the Love for Three Oranges
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
A very nice disc. Does anyone have another version of Symphony 6 that they like?
From this set. Not as tough sounding as with other conductors, but IMO this strikes a balance I like.
I have this set and recommend it for Prokofiev's symphonies. I'll revisit #6 soon and report back.
Dimitri Shostakovich Symphony No. 9 in E-flat major, Op. 70 (1978 vinyl, Мелодия/Melody)
Romance from Incidental Music to the Film "The Gadfly"
Russian State Symphony Orchestra
In the disc player tonight...
The American composer and pianist Frederic Rzewski has died
Here’s a better Frederic Rzewski article:
Frederic Rzewski, ‘daredevil pianist’ and iconoclastic composer, dies at 83
Now enjoying this fine CD.
DEBUSSY Arrangements for 2 Pianos on Camille Saint-Saëns' Étienne Marcel (1993, Marco Polo/Naxos)
Daniel Blumenthal, piano
Robert Groslot, piano
II. Entrée des Écoliers et des Ribauds
III. Musette Guerriere
VI. Entrée des Bohémiens et Bohémiennes
Ashkenazy gives a fine account of the Mussorgsky Pictures on this well-recorded London LP.
On side 2 are other Russian works that make this an enjoyable program:
Taneyev-- Prelude & Fugue; Liadov-- A Musical Snuff-Box; Borodin-- Scherzo in A flat major; Tchaikovsky-- Dumka, Op. 59.
Recorded in Kingsway Hall, London -- Pictures in June 1982; rest of LP in January 1983.
Album released in 1983.
While on the subject of pianists, today I heard much of Mozart's 27th pno. cto. with Angela Hewitt as soloist. Now, I suspect I needn't tell most of the denizens here she's a mystery to me: her Bach gets lots of play and lots of accolades, but I find it, or at least what I've heard of it, flat and dull. When the Mozart was announced, I was looking forward to hearing her in it in hopes maybe I'd like her way with that composer better. No dice--still flat, still dull. Maybe "dutiful" is the word I want. Anyhow, that was my impression on one hearing, interrupted a time or two (lost the last part of the slow mvt. and the first of the concluding mvt.), in the car. Now, I suppose you could make the argument her way with both composers is in keeping with "authenticity" by avoiding Romantic mannerisms, but to this listener she drains all the life out of what she plays, denuding it of sparkle or zest and turning slow mvts. into a long slog. If the "keeping with authenticity" analysis is correct, however, I'd expect her to be more unbuttoned in Romantic era literature. I've never heard her play any. Has anybody here encountered her in, say, Brahms or Mendelssohn or Schubert? If so, what did you think of it?
Here is some lockdown Debussy:
I admire your persistence with Hewitt, David. I heard her in a few things (I think it was all Bach) and gave up on her. Too many pianists, too little time.
Enjoying an old favorite.
Thanks! If you like the work, you might be interested in this recording. It's from 1949, made by Wladyslaw Szpilman, the pianist whose life was the basis of the movie The Pianist.
Nice, I like it! Faster than what is typically done in more recent recordings. My favourite is Cortot from 1919:
ROSSINI: Overtures - Herbert von Karajan conducting The Philharmonia Orchestra (LP "MANUFACTURED FOR CAPITOL INDUSTRIES-EMI INC. BY EMI GERMANY", sleeve "PRINTED IN CANADA")
Now enjoying Schubert's second piano trio from the above set.
Cortot is great! One of my favorite pianists.
Sonates, Naples, 1685
I really enjoyed his timing, touch and interpretations on piano.
Has anyone got any opinions of this disc?:
I’m not familiar with this label ‘the classical Russia revelation’. Is it recommendable?
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