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

  1. Mild Mavis

    Mild Mavis Forum Resident

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    Reminds me that I have that on vinyl. I'll have to find it and give it a spin.
     
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  2. Mild Mavis

    Mild Mavis Forum Resident

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    One of the problems of this forum for me, in particular the classical music threads, is that when I see something that looks interesting and I don't know it I want to listen to it. E.G. I like what I know of Richard Strauss (the four last songs being some of the most beautiful music ever written IMO) but I don't know this so now I have to find the time to listen to it which would be fine but it joins a long queue and how to I prioritise. Thanks heavens I'm retired. Or maybe you guys you should stop posting stuff I don't know:D.
    Obviously I don't mean that but there is so much wonderful music that I really do find it difficult.
     
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  3. J.A.W.

    J.A.W. Music Addict

  4. Mild Mavis

    Mild Mavis Forum Resident

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    I have his recording of Concierto De Aranjuez which I thought was wonderful until I heard Julian Bream's recording with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe conducted by John Eliot Gardner. Williams is an early digital vinyl version, '83 I think, so maybe the sound quality is influencing me on this.
     
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  5. Bachtoven

    Bachtoven Forum Resident

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    That one is a remake--his recording of it with Ormandy is analog. It's available in two version:
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  6. Daedalus

    Daedalus I haven't heard it all.....

    I go thru the same thing!
     
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  7. dale 88

    dale 88 Errand Boy for Rhythm

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    Originally a Teldec recording, this mostly Fucik disc is excellent, much better than the Neeme Jarvi disc of Fucik compositions.
    Vaclav Neumann
    Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
    Fucik: Entry of the Gladiators; Famous Marches and Waltzes
    Dvorak: Slavonic Rhapsody
    Apex, 2002
    recorded in 1972,1973
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  8. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

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    Good to hear Neumann didn't Fucik it up. [​IMG]
     
  9. dale 88

    dale 88 Errand Boy for Rhythm

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    and my typing skills almost got me banned.:shh:
     
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  10. drh

    drh Talking Machine

    Aah, yes, "The Entry of the Gladiators." The quintessential circus tune. I actually wrote a little piece that briefly discusses it in the larger context of musings about the circus, available here: [Vintage column] On an Overgrown Pathé - [English] The same chestnut is also available on a Mercury recording called "Screamers" (Eastman Wind Ens., Frederick Fennell) to which I refer there as well.

    I've not been listening to that one of late, but one other thing has really caught my fancy.

    A chaconne, as I suppose I needn't belabor, is, in essence, a set of variations set over a ground bass, which is to say a short figure that endlessly repeats a la a theatrical vamp. I'll confess, I am an absolute sucker for a ground bass, and hence for a good chaconne--and this album

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    has what must be "the mother of all chaconnes." The album notes attribute it to Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, one of my favorite composers of the era, although it must be said that attribution is speculative. What is not speculative is that the work in question goes on for 17 mesmerizing minutes--a real ground-bass-fest for those of us susceptible to such things. Great performance, too, by a youngish American ensemble called ACRONYM, with the players turning it into something of a Baroque jam fest. It's taken its place right alongside Buxtehude's sonata BuxWV 273 in B-Flat, which, at least as presented by Reinhard Goebel and the Musica Antiqua Koln crew, long was my undisputed favorite ground bass exemplar. That one, at around 7 minutes (I'm talking about the first mvt. here), albeit with a slow interruption midway, is no slouch, but--17 minutes straight of a single pattern! Eat your heart out, Bolero!

    The rest of the CD is good stuff, well played and sung, too, but that chaconne--well, it's the star of the show. Strongly recommended by me!

    ACRONYM: The Battle the Bethel & the Ball
    Music of Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber (1644-1704)
    Olde Focus Recordings FRC913
     
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  11. TonyACT

    TonyACT Boxed-in!

    Just purchased, may have to go in the 'guilty pleasures' box :winkgrin::

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    5 CDs, I'm buying it mainly for the Puccini and Verdi opera music sans vocals.
     
  12. Bachtoven

    Bachtoven Forum Resident

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    Superb playing and sound. Qobuz 24/44.1. He plays a Chris Maene Straight Strung Concert Grand piano--it certainly sounds clear and even. It even has a bonus work: Thoughts on Bach, which Daan Manneke composed for him. I might get the SACD version at some point. For more information about the piano: the Straight Strung Grand Piano (chrismaene.be)

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  13. Bachtoven

    Bachtoven Forum Resident

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    A sprawling (88 minutes) but enjoyable work.

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  14. TonyACT

    TonyACT Boxed-in!

    I'm interested in the conductor / composer side of these popular conductors. It's interesting how long it took Mahler's symphonies to be generally accepted; I have Klemperer conducting his own second symphony - will keep the Furtwangler in mind. cpo are an interesting label.
     
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  15. Bachtoven

    Bachtoven Forum Resident

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    Excellent playing and sound. I think Fisk gave the harpsichord's left hand parts to the cello, he plays the right hand, and left the violin part intact.

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  16. Daedalus

    Daedalus I haven't heard it all.....

    Black coffee and this:[​IMG]
     
  17. Mild Mavis

    Mild Mavis Forum Resident

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    I'm a sucker for the Goldbergs so I'll just have to give this a listen.
     
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  18. Daedalus

    Daedalus I haven't heard it all.....

    And now( may be one of the best performances available and in great sound): [​IMG]
     
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  19. Bachtoven

    Bachtoven Forum Resident

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    Hmmm...her unusually gentle touch robs most of the pieces of some drama. There's some ravishing playing, of course, but I'm a bit disappointed. Great sound. Qobuz 24/192.

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  20. Wes H

    Wes H Forum Resident

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    Since today is Glenn Gould's birthday, I cannot let these 24 hours slip by without playing his 1955 recording of the Bach Goldberg Variations.

    This is the first release from January 3, 1956 --a Columbia 6-eye Mono LP -- which I always play annually on September 25th.

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    Original recording took place in the Columbia 30th Street Studio, NYC, June 10/14-16, 1955. Gould supplied the album's extensive liner notes, where he wrote:

    "We are accustomed to consider at least one of two prerequisites indispensable to an Air for variations, a theme with a melodic curve with veritably entreats ornamentation, or an harmonic basis, stripped to its fundamentals, pregnant with promise and capacity for exhaustive exploitation."

    You gotta love it... ! As George Szell said of him: "That nut's a genius!"

    Happy Birthday, Glenn!

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  21. Daedalus

    Daedalus I haven't heard it all.....

    When I get done with the Eresko Rachmaninoff-this with be next on TT:[​IMG]
     
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  22. Rose River Bear

    Rose River Bear Senior Member

    Definitely some of my favorites in that set. Especially Suisse.
     
  23. Bevok

    Bevok Forum Resident

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  24. Daedalus

    Daedalus I haven't heard it all.....

    Another iconic recording from Karajan.[​IMG]
     
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  25. Daedalus

    Daedalus I haven't heard it all.....

    You and Japanese writer Murakami.
     

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