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Listenin' to Classical Music and Conversation

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by bluemooze, Feb 22, 2017.

  1. bluemooze

    bluemooze Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Frenchtown NJ USA
    Listening to CD 67 from "Leonard Bernstein Edition - Concertos & Orchestral Works" on Sony.

    Tchaikovsky - Ouverture Solennelle "1812" / Hamlet / Serenade For Strings / Andante Cantabile Op. 11/2 - New York Philharmonic

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  2. Mirror Image

    Mirror Image Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 - 1975)

    NP:

    Schoenberg
    6 Lieder, Op. 8
    Anja Silja, soprano
    Wiener Philharmoniker
    Dohnányi


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  3. coopmv

    coopmv Newton 1/30/2001 - 8/31/2011

    Location:
    CT, USA
    Now playing CD20 from the following box for a first listen ...

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  4. ibanez_ax

    ibanez_ax Forum Resident

  5. Klavier

    Klavier Forum Resident

    Location:
    US
    The cover doesn't do much for me, but he's an outstanding pianist. Great sound, too. (24/96 FLAC) His Fazioli piano sounds wonderful.

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    From Limelight: "Its title borrowed from The Hunchback of Notre Dameby Victor Hugo, Spira, Spera(Breathe, Hope) was prompted by the near-catastrophic fire in the historic Parisian cathedral in 2019. Remembering childhood visits there to hear performances of Bach on its venerable Cavaillé-Coll organ, Emmanuel Despax responded with this artfully sequenced, eloquently dispatched compendium of transcriptions for piano."
     
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  6. Jamsterdammer

    Jamsterdammer Forum Resident

    Location:
    Amsterdam
    Now playing: Georg Muffat - Complete Apparatus Musico-Organisticus - Adriano Falcioni - recorded 2013

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  7. coopmv

    coopmv Newton 1/30/2001 - 8/31/2011

    Location:
    CT, USA
    Now playing the following SACD, a recent arrival for a first listen ...

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  8. canzld

    canzld Forum Resident

    Location:
    Toronto, Canada
    Nordic folk tunes arranged by the Danish String Quartet
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  9. Marble Index

    Marble Index Forum Resident

    Location:
    Norway
    Hello everybody!

    I hope it's okay for me to post a question in here. I've been trying to find the Flagstad recording from the clip below on CD, but with my limited opera knowledge I can't be sure if I'm just not searching for it in the right ways or with the right words, or if it never has never been available on CD. Does anyone on here know?



    Thanks in advance! :angel:
     
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  10. Mirror Image

    Mirror Image Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 - 1975)

    NP:

    Zemlinsky
    Symphonische Gesänge, Op. 20
    Willard White, bass-baritone
    Concertgebouw
    Chailly


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  11. coopmv

    coopmv Newton 1/30/2001 - 8/31/2011

    Location:
    CT, USA

    How about the following set by Flagstad, conducted by Furtwangler ...

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    https://www.amazon.com/Wagner-Nibelungen-Furtwängler-Flagstad-Orchestra/dp/B00009VGPL
     
  12. coopmv

    coopmv Newton 1/30/2001 - 8/31/2011

    Location:
    CT, USA
    I suspect the Wagner Ring by Flagstad is also in the following Furtwangler Legacy box, which I bought over 10 years ago though I have not taken the time to go through the recordings ...

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  13. Mirror Image

    Mirror Image Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 - 1975)

    I’ll probably end up listening to this entire recording:

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    This could lead to other Saint-Saëns recordings. He’s one of those ‘potato chip’ composers for me.
     
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  14. coopmv

    coopmv Newton 1/30/2001 - 8/31/2011

    Location:
    CT, USA


    Here is Kirsten Flagstad singing Liebestod from Wagner Tristan und Isolde. No video, only singing and applause ...
     
  15. Marble Index

    Marble Index Forum Resident

    Location:
    Norway
  16. Jamsterdammer

    Jamsterdammer Forum Resident

    Location:
    Amsterdam
    Now playing: Arnold Schoenberg - Suite, Op.29; Wind Quintet, Op.26 - London Sinfonietta, David Atherton - recorded 1974

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  17. ToddBD

    ToddBD Forum Resident

    Mahler Monday...in the disc player

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    Mirror Image Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 - 1975)

    NP:

    Mahler
    Symphony No. 8 in E-flat
    Margaret Price, Agnes Baltsa, Hermann Prey et. al.
    Wiener Philharmoniker
    Bernstein


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    I haven’t listened to this symphony in ages. I’m quite enjoying it I must say. Also, I refuse to call Mahler’s symphonies any of the nicknames that have been given to them by other musicians during Mahler’s own time and afterwards. These nicknames were never Mahler-approved.
     
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    Mirror Image Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 - 1975)

    I never could quite get into Boulez’s Mahler for some reason. He’s one of my favorite conductors, especially when it comes to so many of my favorite composers, but there just seems to be a disconnect here. Of course, and if we’re talking about Germanic music, Boulez totally nailed Schoenberg, Berg, Webern and that Bruckner 8th of his (w/ the Wiener Philharmoniker) is magnificent. It just seems he’s not too interested in Mahler’s music to make his performances stand out from an incredibly crowded field.
     
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  20. jɑmbo

    jɑmbo Forum Resident

    Location:
    Australia
    I've enjoyed the Jean-Marie Leclair I've heard so far in the Paillard Erato box, but this disc is a step above. The Violin Concerto in D major is the stand out.

    Leclair: Violin Concerto in A major, Op. 10, No. 2
    Leclair: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 7, No. 2
    Leclair: Violin Concerto in G minor, Op. 10, No. 6

    Jean-François Paillard
    Orchestre de chambre Jean-François Paillard
    Huguette Fernández (violin)


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  21. CMT

    CMT Forum Resident

    On the turntable:
    Beaux Arts Trio, Haydn ‎– Piano Trios H. XV Nos. 7, 9 & 12 Volume 9
    Philips ‎– 9500 326

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  22. Jamsterdammer

    Jamsterdammer Forum Resident

    Location:
    Amsterdam
    Now playing: Arthur Honegger - Le Dit des Jeux du Monde; Concerto da Camera - Plasman, Chalvin, Orch. Philh. du Luxembourg, Tamayo - rec. 1999

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  23. ToddBD

    ToddBD Forum Resident

    In reading Tony Duggan's review of this performance, he mentions Boulez as "the eye of the lawyer matched to the mind of the alchemist" here, an interesting way to put it. And I generally agree with Duggan's assessment that the first movement is almost dead perfect, but the Rondo needs more of the burlesque element...more raucousness and a bit more of an unbridled approach. The end of the Finale is not quite wistful enough for me, it's a little too clinical...this is where the "get out of the way of the music" doesn't quite give the best result, which is sad because if those two elements were present, this recording could be the gold standard IMO. I think Boulez's approach works almost completely overall, but some who prefer their Mahler a little more rough hewn are probably not very satisfied with this one. I'm not saying you are one of those people, I'm just speaking in generalities :righton:

    For instance, from my perspective I know there are many who just gush over Bernstein's Mahler, he's their absolute favorite interpreter, but mostly I find his Mahler performances overly indulgent, the emotional extremes that are wrung out of the music give it an almost trite sense of balance, in my opinion. Not that they aren't worthwhile or explore some good musical depth, but they're not my favorite. I know they were legendary in their time, but I also chalk this up to my overall view of Bernstein's conducting, which is basically overly indulgent. I don't mean to offend, I just don't ride on the Lenny bandwagon very much.
     
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  24. ToddBD

    ToddBD Forum Resident

    More Boulez on the podium...on the turntable, Columbia 2-eye stereo

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    Mirror Image Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 - 1975)

    I LOVE Bernstein’s Mahler and I’m well-aware of the criticisms of his conducting (and not just in Mahler) and I’ve come to the conclusion that if a conductor can make this music speak to me, then they did their job and Bernstein more than did his job here. But, this isn’t to say I don’t like other conductors in Mahler. There’s more than one way to conduct Mahler as we all know. Boulez just strikes me as a dull to be honest when he, otherwise, is such an incredible conductor. To be even more honest, I’d say his earlier conducting on Columbia is where it’s at in terms of excitement, intellectual curiosity and sheer razor sharp focus. Some other favorite Mahlerians: Haitink, Klemperer, Abbado, Chailly, Karajan and Tennstedt.
     

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