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Title: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on November 23, 2016, 06:54:18 pm
thought we had started this a while back... oh well.. its the Holidays here in the US and I've got several recordings of Nystroem ready on the CD player with my new headphones.... :)    I have the BIS Malmo Symphony set and one from Swedish Society and Caprice and Musica Sveciae.....



Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Anonden on November 24, 2016, 01:08:09 am
Def Leppard - Pyromania and then High and Dry...in my car anyway. Awfully loud. So loud one neighbour at a traffic light rolled up his windows......though people at least a car away can feel the bass of the drum.

Now I'm not listening to anything, except a police siren off in the distance.

You did ask.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on November 24, 2016, 09:22:55 pm
today... some of the Sterling CD series on Swiss Romantic composers...Hermann and Huber....


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Gauk on November 26, 2016, 07:58:00 am
I'm starting a programme of listening to all the Rubbra symphonies in sequence. It's not something I can do often, as they have such a profound emotional effect on me, I need time to recover. It occurs to me that possibly the reason his music has such an impact is the pervasively contrapuntal nature of the writing. Something like the first movement of #1 - it's loud, vigorous and dramatic, but there is polyphony right the way through which ratchets up the intensity.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on December 03, 2016, 11:57:12 pm
Asger Hamerik: The Symphonies, Requiem  an excellent collection if you don't have them in your CD collection yet.
A 4 CD collection of the complete symphonies.... Hamerik works are very pleasant and make a great addition to your collection.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002QEXBQS/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_12?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A10ZG70N54A9ZQ


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cjvinthechair on December 04, 2016, 11:04:06 am
Yes - nice idea for a thread, this; works very well on other fora.

Following Mr. Dave's Danish lead:

John Frandsen - Requiem (Da Capo - http://www.dacapo-records.dk/en/recording-john-frandsen-requiem.aspx)
Jesper Koch - Violin Concerto 'Arcadia Lost' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lU5I9MAeDRI&t=879s
(His Cello Concerto's also on YT, which I didn't realise till this a.m., so that will come next !)
Niels Viggo Bentzon - Symphony no. 12 'Tunis' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfkJJoulDXs


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Neil McGowan on December 04, 2016, 10:12:01 pm
We've been listening to a live relay of LADY MACBETH OF MTSENSK from the Staatsoper Munich, conducted by Kirill Petrenko, with Anja Kampe in the title role.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: magmasystems on December 05, 2016, 08:20:46 am
On my recent flight from New York to Bombay (Mumbai), I listened to Alistair Hinton's String Quintet. Thanks, Alistair, for composing such an amazing work.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: ahinton on December 05, 2016, 08:27:28 am
On my recent flight from New York to Bombay (Mumbai), I listened to Alistair Hinton's String Quintet. Thanks, Alistair, for composing such an amazing work.
You really are most kind indeed; thank you very much!

I consider myself fortunate that the piece is served by a wonderfully lifelike recording and fabulous performances from all the artists involved.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on December 06, 2016, 03:07:20 pm
served up on today's menu is Ludolf Nielsen Symphony no 1 on the Dacapo label  and Hamerik Sym #6 with Gade's Novelletters on the CPO label. 

After that its a little Swiss with Othmar Schoeck's Sommernacht on the Musiques Suisses label.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cjvinthechair on December 07, 2016, 09:02:07 am
Mmm...cold, wintry day in my holiday hotel, so maybe join Mr. Dave in Schoek's Sommernacht; then some more summery music -
Erkki Melartin - Symphony no. 4 'Summer Symphony' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDb2UKqwXJA
Otto Ketting - Summer Moon  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_9L5acVLrU
Maciej Malecki - Cantata 'Spring, Summer' (found on C-M-O)
Georg Haas - Traum in des Sommersnacht https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I03n-elZb7w

Hope it's warmer where you are....and if not,maybe one of these (or a better one of your own) will do the trick !


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on December 07, 2016, 02:48:15 pm
today's menu is a little Danish (ham) with Carl Nielsen's poems and overtures topped with some Swiss (cheese) of Fritz Brun Symphony no 1.   Ham and cheese...should be yummy!


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Clambert on December 07, 2016, 05:25:55 pm
(I'm starting a programme of listening to all the Rubbra symphonies in sequence. )

Funnily enough I've just done exactly the same thing, after listening to them piecemeal for years. One result, which I hadn't at all anticipated, was that I was left feeling that quite a few of them are too short (!) - in the sense that in the middle symphonies in particular I don't feel Rubbra always allows himself time to develop individual movements as fully as they deserve, which is not something that had struck me before? (Mind, the same can't be said of No 9, which I continue to find impenetrable, but then I am almost allergic to religious music!) And the final symphony - though I've played it half a dozen times - also eludes me, as though it's just too cryptic to decode. But what a superb body of work, and how criminal that it's so neglected. Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be anyone on the horizon who shows any sign of taking up Rubbra's cause...

Inspired by this marathon, I then did the same with the Malcolm Arnold nine - that's a VERY different emotional journey, and ends in a very different place...


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on December 08, 2016, 03:23:53 pm
on todays menu is Heinrich von Herzogenberg's Symphonies no 1 and no 2 with a little of Poul Schierbeck Symphony (1921).


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on December 08, 2016, 06:53:40 pm
plus a new CD that came in the post.... Volkmar Andreae's Symphony in C major  on the Guild label.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Neil McGowan on December 08, 2016, 08:43:16 pm
Frank Martin, Der Sturm  ('The Tempest')


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on December 09, 2016, 03:28:24 pm
Honegger Symphonies and Peter Erasmus Lange-Muller  symphonies also.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Elroel on December 09, 2016, 10:42:17 pm
Hallvard Johnsen's symphonies 7, 10 and 11


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cjvinthechair on December 10, 2016, 09:16:43 pm
Hallvard Johnsen's symphonies 7, 10 and 11
Yes - just got back from holiday to find these among dozens more excellent YT uploads from James Stuart. Will need another holiday after downloading/cataloguing this lot !
Getting these first so I can listen while starting to 'acquire' the rest !


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Elroel on December 11, 2016, 11:33:38 pm
Symphonies 5 and 6 are also there


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Neil McGowan on December 13, 2016, 04:05:26 am
Domenico Scarlatti's opera Tetide in Sciro is playing at the moment. Despite their advanced compositional merits and frequently good libretti, Scarlatti's operas have struggled to obtain a toehold in opera houses... even his famous surname hasn't given him the leg-up which being a respected source of oratorio-society pot-boilers gave Handel.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on December 13, 2016, 03:03:35 pm
some more Danish - --  Ludolf Nielsen's "Lackschmi" Ballet, his symphonies 1-3 and Hakon Borresen's symphonies 1-3


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cjvinthechair on December 13, 2016, 03:08:59 pm
Symphonies 5 and 6 are also there


Haven't actually found them very inspiring after all.
Whether that's the recording quality (NOT special), my own inadequacies (too many to count); or just maybe they aren't that
awesome in the first place.
Does anyone else rate them much more highly ?


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on December 13, 2016, 09:47:39 pm
Symphonies 5 and 6 are also there


Haven't actually found them very inspiring after all.
Whether that's the recording quality (NOT special), my own inadequacies (too many to count); or just maybe they aren't that
awesome in the first place.
Does anyone else rate them much more highly ?

which symphonies are you referring to? 


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on December 14, 2016, 03:39:13 pm
on today's menu is the new 5 CD set from Ondine...Finnish Orchestral works Vol 1 and 2 (from the new 5 CD set Finland 100 -  anniversary set)

Finland 100
A Century of Finnish Classics
5 CD collection celebrating 100 years of Finland's independence
Orchestral Works I & II
Concertos
Vocal Works
Chamber Music


https://www.ondine.net/?lid=en&cid=2.2&oid=5841
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Suomi-Finland-Various-Ondine-1300-2Q/dp/B01LYN9NNH/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1480427614&sr=8-1&keywords=ODE+1300-2Q 
 
 


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cjvinthechair on December 14, 2016, 04:18:05 pm
'Which symphonies are you referring to?'

Hallvard Johnsen...as on this page !


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cjvinthechair on December 16, 2016, 04:28:07 pm
http://www.wqxr.org/#!/playlist-daily/2016/dec/16/?scheduleStation=q2

Recently introduced, by a U.S. contact - not, unusually, from AMF ! -  to this excellent 'contemporary' radio station (sorry to all American friends who'll already know all about it - to this 'innocent' in England it's a marvel !).
Today's discovery - Christos Hatzis...'De Angelis'.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: shamus on December 17, 2016, 09:51:17 am
Not to worry, people ignore me consistently, maybe I am your culprit, if so, all is well and you are free as everybody else to do so.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Gauk on December 17, 2016, 07:07:32 pm
This is a bit harsh. Being curious about composers active in Germany during WW2 doesn't make one a neo-Nazi, any more than having an interest in Soviet music makes one a communist. We are, after all, interested in the music, not the politics of the time.

How did this bit of drama end up in this particular thread?


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cjvinthechair on December 17, 2016, 07:20:28 pm
 
I happen to like the basis for the thread....gives a good chance to be 'steered' towards something worth trying, or to stick up for favourites...of whatever provenance.



Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on December 17, 2016, 08:31:29 pm
on today's menu is Leif Kayser's Symphony no 1 and no 4.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on December 17, 2016, 08:43:31 pm
Oh dear- this is a thread started by Mr. Dave.
I happen to like the basis for the thread....gives a good chance to be 'steered' towards something worth trying, or to stick up for favourites...of whatever provenance.

So, Mr. Dave - and, MODERATORS, perhaps this falls in your realm- a gentleman is plainly not well; should we perhaps remove this attempt and start another, similarly harmless one ? Or do we soldier on and 'ignore' the 'afflicted' posts.
 'Full of freedom and delight' this clearly is NOT, as things stand !
OK  I deleted that post... sorry Neil if I offended you.  The intent was innocent... just interested in only the music at the time, nothing more.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cjvinthechair on December 17, 2016, 09:15:42 pm
Thank you, Mr. Dave - that seems to be a sign to 'carry on', so....something a little cheerful for Christmas:

Christopher Rouse - Karolju ;  followed by his Guitar 'Concerto de Gaudi'.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on December 18, 2016, 02:34:35 pm
a little choral music today: Randall Thompson Requiem  with the Philadelphia Singers on the Naxos label.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cjvinthechair on December 18, 2016, 03:02:51 pm
a little choral music today: Randall Thompson Requiem  with the Philadelphia Singers on the Naxos label.

What a good idea - I'll join you in that....followed by some Russian Christmas music; Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev's Christmas Oratorio.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on December 20, 2016, 10:08:40 pm
its been August Enna day today.... his sym #2 and violin concerto.... both on CPO


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Elroel on December 20, 2016, 10:40:05 pm
Oh, it is sometime ago since I heard Thompson's Requiem. Good idea. I was in a choral mood anyway today. Scandinavian and Baltic works (Gjeilo, Esenvalds, Sandstrom and others).

Alfeyev's Christmas Oratorio is a good idea too. I changed that one, taking out the russian speeches. 

For some odd reason, every year I listen in the days around Christmas to Beethoven's 9th and Mahler's No. 8 symphonies.


I wish all the members a wonderful Christmas time and may the year 2017 become the best one in your life (so far)


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on December 22, 2016, 04:13:10 pm
on today's menu is Otto Malling's Piano Concerto, some CFE Horneman  and Hakon Borresen's symphonies..(CPO recording)


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: shamus on December 22, 2016, 04:56:39 pm
Last evening I listened to as many of Sibelius' choral/orchestral and orchestral works (apart from the symphonies--another time!) as I could find on YouTube and was amazed at myself for never having listened well before to The Tempest, Swanwhite, Karelia suite, Pélleas and Mélisande, and Wood Nymph. I was bedazzled as you can expect and will now return for whatever else I can find. I am usually, for some reason, ever in pursuit of music that is new to me at the expense of these fine long-established works, but I realize that listening to these classics is more fulfilling.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Dundonnell on December 22, 2016, 05:04:38 pm
Last evening I listened to as many of Sibelius' choral/orchestral and orchestral works (apart from the symphonies--another time!) as I could find on YouTube and was amazed at myself for never having listened well before to The Tempest, Swanwhite, Karelia suite, Pélleas and Mélisande, and Wood Nymph. I was bedazzled as you can expect and will now return for whatever else I can find. I am usually, for some reason, ever in pursuit of music that is new to me at the expense of these fine long-established works, but I realize that listening to these classics is more fulfilling.

Well said! So many of Sibelius's other compositions are, as you say, quite magical.

And I too am so often "in pursuit of music that is new to me" that I tend to neglect the great masterpieces of the classical repertoire. When I listen to the Beethoven Eroica or the 9th or Schubert's Unfinished or the Great C major or the Brahms 4th or the Dvorak New World or the Tchaikovsky 4th etc etc I am blown away every time with the force almost of a new discovery :)


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on December 22, 2016, 10:00:07 pm
just arrived in the post... Langgaard's controversial Music of the Spheres....


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cjvinthechair on December 23, 2016, 04:30:00 pm
just arrived in the post... Langgaard's controversial Music of the Spheres....

Mmm...delightful;will go with that, then Joep Franssens 'Harmony of the Spheres'.     Any other contenders in this section ?


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Dundonnell on December 24, 2016, 09:55:35 pm
William Wordsworth's magnificent and magical Symphony No.5 (the Lyrita release of a broadcast from 1979).


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: shamus on December 24, 2016, 10:53:14 pm
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCEoz8yJmr4VN0h7QXH8x4w (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCEoz8yJmr4VN0h7QXH8x4w)

Soundtracks from mostly B (or Z?) horror movies and tv series. Kinda fun. Some of those guys' symphonies and concertos (if they existed) might have been pretty wonderful.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Jeff on December 25, 2016, 02:04:17 am
Fazil Say's exotic violin concerto,available on youtube.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on December 25, 2016, 03:00:44 am
Asger Hamerik: The Symphonies, Requiem   the 4 CD set....  and Merry Christmas !!


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Christo on December 25, 2016, 05:31:15 pm
The US premiere, live at Carnegie Hall, 25 September 1958 (a month after the composer's untimely demise), of Vaughan Willams' Ninth Symphony under Leopold Stokowski.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Dundonnell on December 26, 2016, 05:30:57 pm
Back to Classical Music ::) ;D ;D

John Veale's Symphony No.2-undoubtedly my discovery of 2016 :)

Brilliant, Bold, superbly orchestrated! A confident assertion of the tonal tradition composed in 1965 when Veale was being totally shunned by the modernist ascendancy. A symphony which bursts with the same sort of vitality, urgency and bounding self-confidence as the Walton 1st of 30 years before. A symphony fully worthy of standing alongside the best of William Alwyn or the first five symphonies of Malcolm Arnold. A symphony of such colour and brimming vitality that it makes Arnold Cooke (hehe!!) seem anaemic.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: autoharp on December 27, 2016, 10:52:42 am
just arrived in the post... Langgaard's controversial Music of the Spheres....

Mmm...delightful;will go with that, then Joep Franssens 'Harmony of the Spheres'.     Any other contenders in this section ?

Johanna Beyer's Music of the spheres (1938)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opCPWvliSE0


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cjvinthechair on December 27, 2016, 02:55:57 pm
Ah...well - think perhaps will stick with the first two ! However, for 1938...extraordinary 'music' !


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: shamus on December 28, 2016, 02:00:26 am
Langgaard Sym 1-16, couldn't sleep, then didn't want to until I was finished. Like No. 3 the best.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on December 28, 2016, 03:16:33 pm
getting lost in Langgaard's symphonies today...


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Christo on December 29, 2016, 05:09:16 pm
John Veale's Symphony No.2-undoubtedly my discovery of 2016 :)

Brilliant, Bold, superbly orchestrated! A confident assertion of the tonal tradition composed in 1965 when Veale was being totally shunned by the modernist ascendancy. A symphony which bursts with the same sort of vitality, urgency and bounding self-confidence as the Walton 1st of 30 years before. A symphony fully worthy of standing alongside the best of William Alwyn or the first five symphonies of Malcolm Arnold. A symphony of such colour and brimming vitality that it makes Arnold Cooke (hehe!!) seem anaemic.
My discovery of the year too. But happen to disagree about Cooke's temper; I find his First, especially, no less exciting (love its apparent 'undercooled' mood, as in all Cooke; very Low Saxon  ;)).


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: shamus on December 29, 2016, 07:22:46 pm
Two days ago all of Rosenberg, yesterday all of Alfven, still wonder why I don't listen more often, devoured them in earlier times, Alfven No. 3--How could I let it lie so long? Tomorrow maybe Wiren?


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on December 29, 2016, 08:15:10 pm
Two days ago all of Rosenberg, yesterday all of Alfven, still wonder why I don't listen more often, devoured them in earlier times, Alfven No. 3--How could I let it lie so long? Tomorrow maybe Wiren?

yes Alfven No 3..... forgot I did that last week.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Dundonnell on December 30, 2016, 02:55:42 am
John Veale's Symphony No.2-undoubtedly my discovery of 2016 :)

Brilliant, Bold, superbly orchestrated! A confident assertion of the tonal tradition composed in 1965 when Veale was being totally shunned by the modernist ascendancy. A symphony which bursts with the same sort of vitality, urgency and bounding self-confidence as the Walton 1st of 30 years before. A symphony fully worthy of standing alongside the best of William Alwyn or the first five symphonies of Malcolm Arnold. A symphony of such colour and brimming vitality that it makes Arnold Cooke (hehe!!) seem anaemic.
My discovery of the year too. But happen to disagree about Cooke's temper; I find his First, especially, no less exciting (love its apparent 'undercooled' mood, as in all Cooke; very Low Saxon  ;)).

There was just a bit of (very 'British'), "putting my tongue in my cheek" with the allusion to Arnold Cooke ;D (But let's not re-open that particular door ;D ;D)


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: shamus on December 30, 2016, 03:09:29 pm
OK, got the Wiren, sorry to say not too memorable, then started on Atterberg, need to go back and listen again. Maybe I will move to Norway next starting with Saaverud, then it is time to hear Tubin again, then down the Baltic coast to Latvia and Ivanovs.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on December 30, 2016, 04:01:17 pm
still stuck in Denmark... its Han Christian Lumbye... then onto Paul Von Klenau's symphonies.. I think Lumbye's Champagne Galop is appropriate for New Year's Eve!!   Happy New Year everyone!


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: shamus on December 31, 2016, 08:37:21 am
Moved to Denmark, too, Holmboe delicious.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cjvinthechair on December 31, 2016, 04:38:48 pm
To celebrate a new year holiday to Malta, starting on Jan. 3rd, listening to Charles Camilleri - organ concerto, clarinet concerto, & accordion concerto.

Happy 2017 to everyone.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on January 04, 2017, 03:15:51 pm
todays list includes a rare item indeed  Franz Syberg's symphony and Louis Glass Sym no 3 on the CPO label.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on January 06, 2017, 09:52:40 pm
just snagged the CEF Weyse symphonies 1-7  on dacapo...got  them cheap (used) on amazon.  (reminds me of Beethoven).... after that its Alfven's Cantata series on Sterling..(vol 1)


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Elroel on January 06, 2017, 10:37:53 pm
... and I was listening to the cantatas Julekantate Nº 3 (Christmas) & Påskekantate Nº 1 (Eastern) of Weyse.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cjvinthechair on January 07, 2017, 09:26:44 am
Greetings from depressingly unsunny Malta !

Good suggestions, thanks - Weyse Christmas Cantata no. 3, & the Alfven cantatas !

Currently listening to Ernesto Cordero guitar concerto 'Festivo', followed, if we're allowed to mention band music, by Serge Lancen 'Mascarade' for brass quintet & band, then Kara Karayev(or Gara Garaev as you prefer !) 'Don Quixote' symphonic engravings.
Then time for a cocktail & lunch (+some football on TV !)....& later some Dutilleux, Leshnoff & Nishimura.

Who needs sunshine anyway !


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on January 09, 2017, 06:57:15 pm
on todays menu is August Enna's  The Little Match Girl (A Musical Fairy Tale)  and The Shepherdess and the Chimney-Sweep  (Ballet)...


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cjvinthechair on January 10, 2017, 12:50:29 pm
on todays menu is August Enna's  The Little Match Girl (A Musical Fairy Tale)  and The Shepherdess and the Chimney-Sweep  (Ballet)...

Ah - have David Lang's 'Little Match Girl Passion', but not the Enna. Will search for it, thanks !

Listening today to some Hindemith recently 'acquired' : Cantata 'Apparebit Repentina Dies', Clarinet Concerto, & Funeral Music for viola & orchestra...
then Pehr Henrik Nordgren's Concerto for Organ & chamber orchestra, and Folke Rabe Horn Concerto.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: shamus on January 10, 2017, 02:34:41 pm
Allan Pettersson's Symphonies and violin concertos. Overwhelming me, in a very good way.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on January 10, 2017, 03:30:03 pm
I grabbed a handful of symphonies today.... Harty's Irish Symphony, Sir Edward German's Sym #2, Thuille's Symphony, Lazzari's Symphony in E, Tournemire's Symphony no 3, and Hans Rott Symphony No 1.....


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on January 10, 2017, 04:22:38 pm
on todays menu is August Enna's  The Little Match Girl (A Musical Fairy Tale)  and The Shepherdess and the Chimney-Sweep  (Ballet)...

Ah - have David Lang's 'Little Match Girl Passion', but not the Enna. Will search for it, thanks !

Listening today to some Hindemith recently 'acquired' : Cantata 'Apparebit Repentina Dies', Clarinet Concerto, & Funeral Music for viola & orchestra...
then Pehr Henrik Nordgren's Concerto for Organ & chamber orchestra, and Folke Rabe Horn Concerto.

oh I see you have some Pehr Henrik Nordgren music.... his music is somewhat interesting and edgy...... I see that Alba has a new CD coming out called "Storm Fear"  with 2 of his piano concertos.   


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cjvinthechair on January 11, 2017, 12:54:58 pm
on todays menu is August Enna's  The Little Match Girl (A Musical Fairy Tale)  and The Shepherdess and the Chimney-Sweep  (Ballet)...

Ah - have David Lang's 'Little Match Girl Passion', but not the Enna. Will search for it, thanks !

Listening today to some Hindemith recently 'acquired' : Cantata 'Apparebit Repentina Dies', Clarinet Concerto, & Funeral Music for viola & orchestra...
then Pehr Henrik Nordgren's Concerto for Organ & chamber orchestra, and Folke Rabe Horn Concerto.

oh I see you have some Pehr Henrik Nordgren music.... his music is somewhat interesting and edgy...... I see that Alba has a new CD coming out called "Storm Fear"  with 2 of his piano concertos.   

Ah - interesting, thanks; quite well off for his violin concerti etc., but nothing in the way of PCs. Will keep an eye out !

So, following on (sort of) from string concerti...today : Chris Thile Mandolin Concerto; Boris Tishchenko Harp Concerto; Kee Yong Chong Concerto 'Shui Mo' for erhu, pipa, guzheng & sheng; + Harpsichord Concerti by Vladimir Godar & Viktor Kalabis.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: shamus on January 11, 2017, 03:37:50 pm
Alexander Lokshin symphonies (No. 6 was never performed), another victim of Zhdanov, wrote film music to survive.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cjvinthechair on January 11, 2017, 03:54:27 pm
Alexander Lokshin symphonies (No. 6 was never performed), another victim of Zhdanov, wrote film music to survive.

Ah - coincidence there. Friend on-line was mentioning him just yesterday, so put on a disc with his Songs for Margaret, + Symphonies 7 & 10.
Might be in a minority here, but love symphonies involving a singer (or lots !). Lovely stuff !


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on January 11, 2017, 03:54:44 pm
I've got the new release from Ondine in the CD player..>>. Klami/Englund Violin Concertos.. Klami's - Works from Piano and String Orchestra and Seppo Pohjola's Sym 1 and 2


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cjvinthechair on January 11, 2017, 06:12:45 pm

Alexander Lokshin symphonies (No. 6 was never performed), another victim of Zhdanov, wrote film music to survive.

Um...just looked up what I think I have of Lokshin....& it appears to include Symphony 6, which in my version starts with a bass(?) soloist.
Dunno...you tell me - is that right ?



Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Gauk on January 11, 2017, 10:08:49 pm
just snagged the CEF Weyse symphonies 1-7  on dacapo...got  them cheap (used) on amazon.  (reminds me of Beethoven)

I picked these all up on the Naxos label in Torshavn many years ago.  :)


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cjvinthechair on January 13, 2017, 12:25:09 pm
'Live' listening this evening - Henri du Mont Motets & Charpentier Te Deum at the Valletta (Malta) International Baroque Festival....& more tomorrow, with Bach cantatas and VCs.
Can't beat the live experience, or some of Valletta's centuries-old churches as venues !


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on January 13, 2017, 04:25:45 pm
today's menu is Borresen's Symphonies 1-3 and some Dvorak symphonies .. mixed bag today.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: djarvie on January 14, 2017, 02:25:27 pm

Alexander Lokshin symphonies (No. 6 was never performed), another victim of Zhdanov, wrote film music to survive.

Um...just looked up what I think I have of Lokshin....& it appears to include Symphony 6, which in my version starts with a bass(?) soloist.
Dunno...you tell me - is that right ?


Lokshin Symphony no 6 is on YouTube - and it does indeed start with a bass soloist.  It's on a channel called "Aleksandr Lokshin".  I'm listening to it now, and it's exciting stuff.
If you want to see the lyric, expand the first comment, then paste the Russian text into Google Translate.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cITt7WqcLgo (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cITt7WqcLgo)


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cilgwyn on January 14, 2017, 05:22:39 pm
Mozart operas for the last two days! I prefer the older recordings for the singers they used to have. I just finished listening to Beecham's recording of Die entführung aus dem serail. I've got the 'fat box' edition with the bloke with the turban (or whatever it is?) on his head,by the way. I'm going to put on Karajan's emi recording of Cosi fan tutte next,in glorious mono next!! One for Elisabeth Schwarzkopf fans. I'll put on the stereo Bohm on,then. Also with Schwarzkopf. Apparently there are some people who don't enjoy her singing?!! ;D I went through a couple of Die zauberflöte recordings the other day. I particularly enjoyed the Beecham,Böhm and Solti recordings.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cjvinthechair on January 14, 2017, 08:07:41 pm

Alexander Lokshin symphonies (No. 6 was never performed), another victim of Zhdanov, wrote film music to survive.

Um...just looked up what I think I have of Lokshin....& it appears to include Symphony 6, which in my version starts with a bass(?) soloist.
Dunno...you tell me - is that right ?


Lokshin Symphony no 6 is on YouTube - and it does indeed start with a bass soloist.  It's on a channel called "Aleksandr Lokshin".  I'm listening to it now, and it's exciting stuff.
If you want to see the lyric, expand the first comment, then paste the Russian text into Google Translate.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cITt7WqcLgo (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cITt7WqcLgo)


Ah - corroborative evidence; thanks - had no idea where my download was from !    Yup, so many Lokshin symphonies have singers, which to me is (nearly !) always an improvement - this does make a fine sound !


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Elroel on January 14, 2017, 09:57:03 pm
 Hello djarvie,

Very pleased you found Lokshin's 6th symphony.
It was the missing symphony in my collection of the symphonies of this fine composer


Thanks for sharing,

Elroel


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Christo on January 14, 2017, 11:18:08 pm
Playing Joseph Marx again and again. 'Debussy', say most comments, but in honest: I don't think so.
(http://www.joseph-marx.org/images/cd-covers/cpo7773202_300x300.jpg)


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Dundonnell on January 15, 2017, 04:47:46 pm
Hello djarvie,

Very pleased you found Lokshin's 6th symphony.
It was the missing symphony in my collection of the symphonies of this fine composer


Thanks for sharing,

Elroel

May I too offer my thanks for this link to the "missing" Lokshin symphony :)



Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cjvinthechair on January 15, 2017, 06:21:02 pm
Lokshin - nice that some discussion leads to a happy resolution !

So, tonight, following a kind 'steer' on another thread, Klami 'Psalmus' Oratorio; then, since they happen to follow on in this section of my download collection, Peter Klatzow Marimba Concerto, & Dmitri Klebanov Symphony no. 1 'Babi Yar'.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on January 15, 2017, 07:51:06 pm
todays menu includes Ludolf Nielsen's symphonies 1-3 and Kurt Atterberg's Sym 2 & 5.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on January 16, 2017, 04:51:22 pm
today it is Fritz Brun day.... symphonies and piano concerto...all Swiss


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on January 17, 2017, 03:36:21 pm
today's its Sergey Taneyev's String Quartets..... Naxos finally has completed their cycle with the Carpe Diem SQ.  I just picked up the vol 5.   Sure do miss those Tower Records days... when I used to drop in there and pick up a handful of new releases...:(


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cjvinthechair on January 18, 2017, 07:19:25 pm
today it is Fritz Brun day.... symphonies and piano concerto...all Swiss

Yes, nice reminder, thanks - had a few pieces, but have managed to add to those today !


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cilgwyn on January 20, 2017, 01:36:02 pm
Hoddinott's Fourth Symphony on cordless headphones. I downloaded this from here and put it on a cd-r (with David Wynne's third). I expected something pretty dour ang gruelling,judging from some of the posts at the GMG forum. Surprise! This is fantastic. My attention was caught right from the start.Full of thrilling,colourful,exciting orchestration. It feels so full of energy at times. Power packed,I call it! (I love the dark,sombre way it opens) Indeed,I couldn't find anything particularly forbidding here. Although,I'll admit,it's not exactly Eric Coates!! ;D Why isn't this on cd?!! ??? ::) If it isn't,it should be!! :( >:(
Come on bis...Chandos...Dutton!!!


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cilgwyn on January 20, 2017, 03:33:41 pm
Yes,Hoddinott's Fourth Symphony. In a word,fantastic! :)


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Dundonnell on January 20, 2017, 05:19:17 pm
Perhaps Dutton will release that broadcast recording. Probably its only chance in the current climate.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: shamus on January 20, 2017, 06:16:47 pm
I thought I would do a Schnittke symphony marathon yesterday evening, I haven't listened to them for a long time, but remembered having been impressed, but the ones I liked must have been the later ones, didn't care for 1 or 2 very much, will check out the rest tonight. Need to check Hoddinott again, too it sounds like! I like this thread, lots of good ideas. Having collected too much like I have for so many years, things fall by the side somehow, but at least I can re-listen to a lot of stuff! Thanks to all who share your listening with me.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cilgwyn on January 20, 2017, 06:18:17 pm
Mind you,I haven't even got the Lyrita cd of 2,3 & 5 yet,so I can't really preach at the cd labels. This is the first Hoddinott composition that's really "clicked" with me (as they say). I have got the Chandos recording of the Sixth on a muisicassette. I'll have to get that out now. I liked that,but I actually liked this one better! Not so keen on the David Wynne;but I'm going to be nice about it because he's Welsh!
Of course that means I have to be nice about Karl Jenkins!! ??? ;D


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Dundonnell on January 20, 2017, 08:00:34 pm
Hoddinott's 6th is my favourite amongst his symphonies-it has an atmosphere of mystery I find entrancing.

....and on the same Chandos disc is "Lanterne des Morts"-which has a similarly magical rich atmosphere.

As a busy Professor at University College, Cardiff Hoddinott composed mainly at night and this gives much of his music a nocturnal quality which some find oppressing or "grey". I will concede that he probably wrote too much and that there can be a certain sameness to some of his shorter works. But then "nocturnalism" is a description often applied to Bartolk's middle-period music. I happen to like that sound quality in both composers.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on January 24, 2017, 05:08:19 am
today  it is Adolphe Samuel's Symphony no 6 with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic... and Kurt Atterdberg's Violin Concerto!


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on January 25, 2017, 03:43:02 pm
Bloch's Symphony in C # minor with the LSO (Naxos) and Volkmar Andreae's Symphony in C major and Piano Concerto in D (Guild label)


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on January 26, 2017, 03:41:19 pm
I picked up a CD from a used bookseller last week called Icelandic Orchestral Music with the Iceland SO on the Chandos label... for a grand total of 49cents USD, less than the cost of cup of coffee.   Never know what you will stumble on at these used bookstores.  (compsers represented on CD: Isolfson, Bjornsson, Leifs and Runolfsson)  seldom heard.

Next is Pierre Maurice Orchestral Music from the Sterling CD label...


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Alex Bozman on January 26, 2017, 08:53:36 pm
I'm very fond of the Runolfsson piece, On Crossroads on that CD, though the only other piece of his that I've heard is the Symphony Esja.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: britishcomposer on January 26, 2017, 10:07:48 pm
I too like the Runolfsson suite very much. I've been a bit disappointed of the Esja Symphony, but perhaps this is owing to the bad recording quality of my tape. The piece was broadcast in the mid 1990 by Euroclassic Notturno. I've been waiting for another airing since, in vain. Do you have a better recording, Alex?


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Elroel on January 26, 2017, 10:50:56 pm
Today I start listening to the symphonies of Roger Sessions.
His nine symphonies were written during half a century. The first in 1927, last from 1974, but revised in 1978.

There were big changes in Sessions composing. Until 1930 his works were neoclassical; he then changed to
a very complex harmonious, principly still tonal.
From 1951 he wrote mostly serial music.
Some musicologists find that these changes were very gradual.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Alex Bozman on January 27, 2017, 10:10:20 pm
I too like the Runolfsson suite very much. I've been a bit disappointed of the Esja Symphony, but perhaps this is owing to the bad recording quality of my tape. The piece was broadcast in the mid 1990 by Euroclassic Notturno. I've been waiting for another airing since, in vain. Do you have a better recording, Alex?
My recording was from a broadcast on the BBC of an Iceland SO performance in the early hours. Afraid the quality of my tape isn't great either. 


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cjvinthechair on January 28, 2017, 09:13:24 am
Managed to find the Runolfsson, which was very pleasant, so for further far Northern listening going for Leifs: Groa's Spell & Iceland Cantata (+ the very lengthy Requiem!), + Nordal: Choralis, Adagio, Epitafion, Mid-Winter & Rapture.
Thanks for the Icelandic 'steer'.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on February 01, 2017, 07:27:42 pm
I've shifted today to the 2CD set of JPE Hartmann  (1805-1900)  his Valkyrien - The Valkyrie Op62 - complete ballet on the CPO label.   


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Gauk on February 01, 2017, 09:04:11 pm
I've shifted today to the 2CD set of JPE Hartmann  (1805-1900)  his Valkyrien - The Valkyrie Op62 - complete ballet on the CPO label.   

Ooooh - did not know about that.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: shamus on February 02, 2017, 07:21:19 am
Mozart Piano Concertos 17-27


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Christo on February 02, 2017, 12:23:33 pm
of an Iceland SO

One out of many Icelandic SO's, you mean.  8)


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on February 03, 2017, 03:18:59 am
On today's menu is Alberic Magnards symphonies 1-4 on the BIS label.  Then on to Dohnanyi Symphony no 1.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Gauk on February 03, 2017, 01:45:28 pm
On today's menu is Alberic Magnards symphonies 1-4 on the BIS label.  Then on to Dohnanyi Symphony no 1.

What, all four? I couldn't do that. I listen to one, and then I need some time to digest and reflect. Maybe I'll come back to the next the following day.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on February 03, 2017, 03:38:04 pm
On today's menu is Alberic Magnards symphonies 1-4 on the BIS label.  Then on to Dohnanyi Symphony no 1.

reading about Magnard's tragic end (at age 49) "marauding German soldiers in WW1 (1914) shot him while he was defending his house at Baron-sur-Oise, France; the house was burned down and flames consumed a large amount of his manuscripts."


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cjvinthechair on February 03, 2017, 09:10:00 pm
Mixture from all corners tonight:
 Giya Kancheli - Nu.Mu.Zu
Mariano Morales - Symphony no. 1 'Death of an Angel'
Malika Kishino - Koto Concerto
Jon Leifs - Iceland Cantata

Never going to see it on a concert platform, but at home...why not !



Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on February 04, 2017, 07:27:13 pm
just got in the mail today Janis Ivanovs new CD release: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra/Sym 14/ Sym 20.   This is a new issue from LMIC/SKANI.  It comes with a nice 56 page booklet with lots of photos in a paper cardboard jewelcase.  They are selling these now on amazon.co.uk   These are prior recordings remastered from the 1970s and 80s.  These are probably limited issues. 


https://www.amazon.co.uk/Janis-Ivanovs-Symphonies-Piano-Concerto/dp/B01BBU9SUU/ref=pd_cart_recs_1_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=3TKN5FEGQKA7TADCTZDK


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: shamus on February 05, 2017, 04:11:41 pm
Zara Levina new release piano concertos, had the first one over 30 years ago (still here, though I can't play it anymore) in a Melodiya LP boxset, have always loved them, hope others get to hear them and pay some overdue respect to this wonderful composer.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cjvinthechair on February 05, 2017, 04:56:30 pm
Zara Levina new release piano concertos, had the first one over 30 years ago (still here, though I can't play it anymore) in a Melodiya LP boxset, have always loved them, hope others get to hear them and pay some overdue respect to this wonderful composer.

Without access to the new release, very hard to find anything apart from a YT 1st PC...nothing else 'substantial' on Classical Music Online.

Going to enjoy tonight, with a warm fire & a glass of something, a few of the works 'discovered' today on YT. Started out with a little 'steer' from CMO, & developed, randomly but very pleasantly, from that, which is on now to start the evening.
Marcel Dupre- Cortege & Litany for organ & orchestra
Artin Poturlian - Violin Concerto
Narong Prangcharoen - 'Endless Tear' for voice & orchestra
Elliott Gyger - Piano Concerto 'From Joyous Leaves'
Amos Elkana- Clarinet Concerto 'Tru'a'
Seth Custer - Nocturne          .........ideal before bed !


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on February 07, 2017, 05:52:14 pm
today's menu is Symphonies 1-2 by J.P.E. Hartmann... then onto Carl Nielsen's symphonies 1-3  then lastly some dessert with Jakob Gade and his Jealousy Suites, Tangos and Waltzes!!


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Elroel on February 07, 2017, 09:58:20 pm
Right now Graham Lerch's 2d symphony. (Didn't remember how it sounded);
followed by Philip Sawyers' 2nd symphony and closing the evening with
Jan Radzynski's David (a one mvm symphony).



Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Elroel on February 07, 2017, 10:08:27 pm
Well, listening to Graham Lerch's 2nd symphony, I stopped after 20 seconds. It was a synthetic one. I can not listen to them. In stead I placed Brahms's 3td symphony on the turntable.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on February 07, 2017, 10:40:02 pm
Just got in the mail (post) today the complete symphonies (1-16) of Rued Langgaard...... cracked open sym #1  so far...( the Dacapo box set)


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cjvinthechair on February 08, 2017, 02:02:44 pm
Ah...Langgaard complete syms.: not sure I could do them back to back, but much pleasure to be found!

Don't know Radzynski's sym., only got the cello Concerto. Is it worth pursuing?

Also don't know if anyone reads (or has any time for!) my little concert lists. If they lead someone to discover something appealing, that's great - otherwise, rather a wasted effort.
For now, at least, here's this evening's, again all recent 'discoveries'.

Jess Langston Turner - 'Reanimations' for 2 trumpets & wind ensemble
Wang Chenwei - Pipa Concerto 'Rama'
Petar Stajic - Symphony no. 4
Florent Schmitt - Oriane et le Prince d'Amour
Hector Quintanar - Piano Concerto
Henryk Gorecki - O Domina Nostra........choral work before bed - always nice !


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Elroel on February 08, 2017, 03:31:56 pm
Mr Clive wrote:
Don't know Radzynski's sym., only got the cello Concerto. Is it worth pursuing?

I would say try it. It's on Youtube. Here is the link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MP37J9PgS3k

 


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cjvinthechair on February 08, 2017, 06:04:50 pm
Ah, excellent, thanks...& that leads to one or two other things among the 'recommendations' !


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on February 19, 2017, 03:38:13 am
today... we listened to Jón Leifs - Geysir and other Leifs music.... with the volume turned up loud... until the dog started yelping


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: ahinton on February 19, 2017, 06:55:32 am
today... we listened to Jón Leifs - Geysir and other Leifs music.... with the volume turned up loud... until the dog started yelping
You managed to hear the dog?


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Elroel on February 19, 2017, 09:54:50 am
So: not loud enough!


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Elroel on February 19, 2017, 09:58:44 am
Today I started listening to Johannes Brahms' Violin Concerto
Janine Jansen, The Concertgebouw Orch, Bernard Haitink


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cjvinthechair on February 19, 2017, 03:55:53 pm
Well...why not take a lead from Mr. Elroel; some fairly recent 'discoveries' for violin (+) :

Jani Golob - Concerto for violin & cello
Mei-Mi Lan - Concerto for violin & wind ensemble 'Chilia'
Gerald Garcia - Concerto Romantico for violin, guitar & strings
Erkki-Sven Tuur- Concerto for violin, clarinet & orchestra


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on February 20, 2017, 01:32:12 am
interesting... today all day I've been listening to Paul Von Klenau's Symphony no 9 in 8 movements.  composed in Copenhagen in 1944-1945.. the manuscript lay unknown for more than 50 yrs until it appeared in the 2001 discovery of a large collection in manuscripts in Viennaand was finally performed in 2014 (Dacapo label). It is a traditional symphony with choir and four soloists (SATB).  Its 88 minutes total. 


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: guest140 on February 20, 2017, 03:59:42 am
Well...why not take a lead from Mr. Elroel; some fairly recent 'discoveries' for violin (+) :


Going for the violin is always a good decision!  ;D


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cjvinthechair on February 20, 2017, 03:20:44 pm
Well...why not take a lead from Mr. Elroel; some fairly recent 'discoveries' for violin (+) :


Going for the violin is always a good decision!  ;D

Yes, surely is...& not least + other delightful instruments !
 Do you ever go 'off track' slightly to viola works ? I seem somehow nowadays to like the viola best of all the stringed instruments; possibly a bit like a contralto voice - still has a fine upper register, but can sink a little further (towards the majesty of the cello !).


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Gauk on February 21, 2017, 07:44:47 pm
The last-but-one CD from the BBC Music Magazine included John Adams's "Dharma at Big Sur" for electric violin and orchestra. UGH! What a horrible sound that thing makes! There is something about electrical amplification that just coarsens the tone and makes any instrument sound uglier. And that goes for the human voice as well.

I like SOME of John Adams's work, but he seems to me to be a very hit-and-miss composer.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: mjkFendrich on February 22, 2017, 10:17:06 am

The last-but-one CD from the BBC Music Magazine included John Adams's "Dharma at Big Sur" for electric violin and orchestra. UGH! What a horrible sound that thing makes! There is something about electrical amplification that just coarsens the tone and makes any instrument sound uglier.

Being an amateur violinist myself - without any ambitions into the electric violin terrain, I really like Adams' "Dharma at Big Sur" very much.
Maybe it depends on the recording - I've got Leila Josefowicz' DGG recording which has an overwhelming crescendo at the end.
(In any case much better than Philip Glass 2nd violin concerto!)


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on February 22, 2017, 02:47:22 pm
Today, I'm stepping back into the classical era.... I've got C.E.F. Weyse (1774-1842) set up in the CD player.  Sym 1-7.   Every piece ends on a major chord... no dissonance....suns out... everyone is happy!! 


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cjvinthechair on February 22, 2017, 04:44:46 pm
Sun's out ?! Not in these parts, I fear.

Never mind...must try to stay happy - some rather less 'classical' music today from cheap discs picked up yesterday.

 English music by:
David Ellis - Concert Music, Celebration, September Threnody, Solus
Piers Hellawell - Agricolas, Degrees of Separation
Simon Holt - ...era madrugada, canciones
Stephen Montague (adopted English !) - Snakebite, At the White Edge of Phrygia, Varshavian Autumn
Graham Waterhouse - Chieftain's Salute, Sinfonietta


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on February 23, 2017, 07:36:42 pm
today its Paul Juon day.... Piano Quartets on CPO, and Silhouettes on Musiques Suisses.     Russian born but finally settled in Switzerland.
If I have time, I listen to the new release on CPO  Rhapsodische Sinfonie..


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Christo on February 23, 2017, 09:17:48 pm
Finally arrived: Hendrik Andriessen, Symphony No. 3 (1946) and Symphonie Concertante (1962)
(https://www.opusklassiek.nl/cd-recensies/cd-gsch/afbeeldingen/andriessen_h01.jpg)


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on February 23, 2017, 10:32:51 pm
that's actually on my to get list.  Tell us if you like it.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on February 24, 2017, 09:29:27 pm
todays choices are Poul Ruders Symphony no 2/Piano Concerto on Dacapo  and Niels Gade Echoes from Ossian and Hamlet. etc  on CPO     Listening to Ruders right now.... its a bit rough...


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on March 01, 2017, 11:39:34 pm
Today's menu was Stenhammar's Sym 1 and 2 and Dag Wiren's Symphony 2 and 3. 


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Jeff on March 02, 2017, 07:41:00 am
Gavriil Popov's 1st,on a par with the Shostakovich 4th.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cilgwyn on March 05, 2017, 11:21:11 am
The Sawallisch recording of Capriccio by Richard Strauss,with Schwarzkopf,amongst others. I've listened to a huge pile of operas over the last few weeks. Mozart,Weber,Kienzl,Nicolai,Gounod,Thomas,Bizet,Offenbach,Berlioz,Puccini,Goetz,Cornelius,Busoni and Marschner, have all featured;and now Richard Strauss! Not content with that I 've got Flotow's Martha (Heger) and Rimsky Korsakov's Sadko on order!


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Christo on March 05, 2017, 12:05:54 pm
(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71wKaU609jL._SX355_.jpg)


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: erato on March 05, 2017, 04:11:29 pm
The Sawallisch recording of Capriccio by Richard Strauss,with Schwarzkopf,amongst others.
A superb performance, absolute classic.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cilgwyn on March 05, 2017, 04:46:58 pm
I played the Karl Böhm recording (Dg 1972) afterwards. Even without stereo,I preferred the Sawallisch. They're certainly good singers in the Bohm;but the Sawallisch simply outclasses it in every respect. I must admit I'm a bit of a fan of Schwarzkopf,too....and that recording team (Walter Legge).


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cilgwyn on March 05, 2017, 04:53:21 pm
I'm listening to Karajan's recording of Ariadne auf Naxos now.More Strauss,more Schwarzkopf. This is a wonderful recording,too.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on March 06, 2017, 01:16:12 am
I'm listening to Karajan's recording of Ariadne auf Naxos now.More Strauss,more Schwarzkopf. This is a wonderful recording,too.

Nice!!   I'll look into that!    I just got Lars Larsson's Symphony no 2 on CPO...  BIS released the Symphony no 2 back in the 1990s (same orchestra)... just put in the player!

Finland has its Sibelius, Norway has Grieg, Denmark has Nielsen.... Sweden has ????   Atterberg????   any comments???


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: shamus on March 06, 2017, 07:00:44 am
Atterberg OK, Alfven, great to my taste.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on March 06, 2017, 06:07:06 pm
some Danish ham on today's menu   ... with Niels Gade  - The Symphonies (1-8) with Neeme Jarvi conducting the Stockholm Sinfonietta on the BIS label.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Christo on March 07, 2017, 08:52:43 am
(http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2014/Aug14/Enescu_sy5_7778232.jpg)


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cjvinthechair on March 07, 2017, 02:57:08 pm
Had somehow missed 'Isis', so delighted to find that !

Am about to go on holiday to Turkey, so 'getting in the mood' !

Yalcin Tura - Dance tunes for violin & strings
Hasan Alnar - Qanun concerto 'Mesnevi'
Munir Beken - Symphonic poem 'Kanakkale'
Hakan Sensoy - 'Yol Yorgunu' for English horn & strings
Necil Kazim Akses - Symphony no. 4 ' Sinfonia Romanesca Fantasia'
Selman Ada - Harp concerto


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Christo on March 07, 2017, 08:39:18 pm
Had somehow missed 'Isis', so delighted to find that !

Am about to go on holiday to Turkey, so 'getting in the mood' !

Yalcin Tura - Dance tunes for violin & strings
Hasan Alnar - Qanun concerto 'Mesnevi'
Munir Beken - Symphonic poem 'Kanakkale'
Hakan Sensoy - 'Yol Yorgunu' for English horn & strings
Necil Kazim Akses - Symphony no. 4 ' Sinfonia Romanesca Fantasia'
Selman Ada - Harp concerto

 ;D I thought I knew 'my' Turkish composers, bought some CD's in Istanbul too and collected a few dozens more. But in this list, only Alnar and Akses are names I'm familiar with, and the symphony is the only piece I happen to know.  :-X


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cjvinthechair on March 08, 2017, 08:54:49 am
Chance for a bit of YT research, Mr. Christo - a few others there may be new to you as well: certainly were to me not so very long ago !


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on March 10, 2017, 08:19:33 pm
Atterberg's Symphony no 4   Tubin's Symphony #4  the "Lyrical" 


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on March 13, 2017, 07:33:28 pm
Today's platter is Langgaard's Music of the Spheres with the DNSO and Choirs..... with Thomas Dausgaard in charge.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cjvinthechair on March 14, 2017, 03:12:15 pm
Doesn't get much better than that !

Have you (or others) tried Harmony of the Spheres by Joep Franssens ?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLkmMEEiNBk

Recommend it (& the Dutch Composers Channel the link comes from )!


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Elroel on March 14, 2017, 07:54:19 pm
Doesn't get much better than that !

Have you (or others) tried Harmony of the Spheres by Joep Franssens ? 

Yes I have, mr. Clive and I agree it is a wonderful work, that even gives more when you listen it for 2nd or 3td time. I got it, I believe, two years ago from a radio performance.

You should also listen to his Concerto Hypnagotique, a piano cto and to 'Rising Phenix', a work for chorus and orch.

These two were recently on Youtube


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Christo on March 14, 2017, 11:23:14 pm
Love it too.

Met Joep Franssens only once, about 15 years ago in Rotterdam, when he attended a Peteris Vasks Festival and he and Vasks met there too. Memories.  :)


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cjvinthechair on March 15, 2017, 03:18:29 pm

You should also listen to his Concerto Hypnagotique, a piano cto and to 'Rising Phenix', a work for chorus and orch.

These two were recently on Youtube

Now...I'm easily caught out, but : Concerto Hypnagogique I can find, but by Joey Roukens.
 Rising Phoenix doesn't ring a bell, which most modern choir works do nowadays, & I can't find it on YT at all !
Will be very happy to be wrong about both !

Glad I'm not the only one with a liking for Franssens - can add Vasks (& Roukens) to that too, + sooooo many others. We've truly a blessed 'hobby' here, if only we can keep abreast of things !

***Update - found Phenix - it's Roukens again !


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: shamus on March 15, 2017, 03:36:01 pm
I listened yesterday and last night to Rachmaninoff's 3 symphonies, 4 piano concertos and even the arrangement of Sym no. 2 for pf and orch. It was odd that I found symphony No. 3 to seem almost new to me, wondered how I had not listened to it enough when I first found classical music (40+ years ago) to hear familiar themes as I did all the rest. My favorites (this go around) were Symphony No. 1 and Pf Cto No. 4. I have a few pieces that make me start waving my arms and almost crying and Sym no. 1 does that to me with the first mvt. Always was mad at Glazunov for destroying the first performance (and Cui for reviewing it hellishly) in a way that sent Sergei to a hypnotist/counselor, sad that he never got to hear a good performance of it before he died. Also sad that the 4th piano concerto which he himself felt good about never gained the popularity for him that his No. 2 and No. 3 did. Glad he went to the hypnotist counselor, though! Really good performance of pf cto No. 4 on youtube by Botinis and Yuri Favorin.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Elroel on March 16, 2017, 11:23:53 pm
Mr. Clive,

My fault, of course the ones I mentioned are by Joey Roukens. Another composer who has my attention


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on March 17, 2017, 03:49:29 pm
Holmboe's Vol 4 on the Dacapo label Complete Chamber Concertos.... by the way I read about the mass of manuscripts kept by Paul von Klenau's granddaughter that were recently turned over by her Estate to the Danish National Library,  which included several symphonic pieces.   Plans were to publish the scores and perhaps record these either by Danacord or Dacapo.   


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on March 17, 2017, 04:27:44 pm
I listened yesterday and last night to Rachmaninoff's 3 symphonies, 4 piano concertos and even the arrangement of Sym no. 2 for pf and orch. It was odd that I found symphony No. 3 to seem almost new to me, wondered how I had not listened to it enough when I first found classical music (40+ years ago) to hear familiar themes as I did all the rest. My favorites (this go around) were Symphony No. 1 and Pf Cto No. 4. I have a few pieces that make me start waving my arms and almost crying and Sym no. 1 does that to me with the first mvt. Always was mad at Glazunov for destroying the first performance (and Cui for reviewing it hellishly) in a way that sent Sergei to a hypnotist/counselor, sad that he never got to hear a good performance of it before he died. Also sad that the 4th piano concerto which he himself felt good about never gained the popularity for him that his No. 2 and No. 3 did. Glad he went to the hypnotist counselor, though! Really good performance of pf cto No. 4 on youtube by Botinis and Yuri Favorin.

which version of recordings did you listen to???  I like Neeme Jarvi's


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Gauk on March 17, 2017, 06:23:15 pm
I discovered today the bizarrely named Melcher Melchers, born Henrik Svensson. I thought I knew my Swedish late-romantic composers, but I never heard of this one before. Definitely deserves to be heard. First and second piano concertos are available on YT, plus a symphony.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on March 17, 2017, 06:30:16 pm
Yes.. I have the CD of the piano concerto and other misc works  .. its on Amazon.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on March 18, 2017, 06:13:21 pm
Niels Gade.. wonderful Danish composer.... Symphonies... then onto J.P.E. Hartmann symphonies 1-2, another great composer!   on MarcoPolo label


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Gauk on March 18, 2017, 11:41:19 pm
Yes.. I have the CD of the piano concerto and other misc works  .. its on Amazon.

This raises a question. I haven't checked, but it wouldn't surprise me if the YT recordings I was listening to were ripped from a commercial CD. One at least was from a Swedish Radio broadcast (the announcer's voice comes on at the end), but this might have been a broadcast of a CD.

Do we have a policy here not to link to YT items known to be ripped from CDs?


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on March 20, 2017, 06:17:09 pm
Yes.. I have the CD of the piano concerto and other misc works  .. its on Amazon.

This raises a question. I haven't checked, but it wouldn't surprise me if the YT recordings I was listening to were ripped from a commercial CD. One at least was from a Swedish Radio broadcast (the announcer's voice comes on at the end), but this might have been a broadcast of a CD.

Do we have a policy here not to link to YT items known to be ripped from CDs?

no I think that is YTs responsibility... I do see a lot of YT's that say "content removed due to copyright"  or "due to owner's request"


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on March 20, 2017, 06:18:23 pm
todays it is Langgaard's Sym 12-14... hmmmm  they sound familiar..


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Christo on March 22, 2017, 07:44:37 pm
Hendrik Andriessen, Symphony No. 3 (1946) - Andriessen probably my favourite Dutch composer:
(https://cps-static.rovicorp.com/3/JPG_500/MI0003/868/MI0003868336.jpg?partner=allrovi.com)


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Elroel on March 22, 2017, 07:56:15 pm
Now listening to a work by the english (born bulgarian) composer Dobrinka Tabakova:
Immortal Shakespeare, for chorus & small orchestra.

If you're not aware of her bulgarian start, you would be certain that you listen to a very english work.





Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on March 22, 2017, 09:14:05 pm
I picked up the new CD of Atterberg Vol 2 with Neeme Jarvi conducting....  seems somewhat faster tempo's  as compared to the CPO release.
After that I picked a used copy of Eduard Erdmann Sym no 3 on CPO....   new condition CD at just $4 bucks...what a deal!   I love used bookstores...


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cjvinthechair on March 22, 2017, 09:38:56 pm
Now listening to a work by the english (born bulgarian) composer Dobrinka Tabakova:
Immortal Shakespeare, for chorus & small orchestra.

If you're not aware of her bulgarian start, you would be certain that you listen to a very english work.

Well, that got me searching...didn't know it was on YT. Thanks, Mr. Elroel !


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on March 22, 2017, 11:46:28 pm
I picked up the new CD of Atterberg Vol 2 with Neeme Jarvi conducting....  seems somewhat faster tempo's  as compared to the CPO release.
After that I picked a used copy of Eduard Erdmann Sym no 3 on CPO....   new condition CD at just $4 bucks...what a deal!   I love used bookstores...

Just put the brand new Zara Levina Piano Concerto 1 and 2 in the CD player....if you remember, the Piano Concerto no 2 was a poor recording on the Russian Disc label as Nina Makarova: Symphony in D minor / Zara Levina: Piano Concerto 2..

this new recording on the Capricio label is sharp and crisp.  The piano performance is wonderful.  Maria Lettberg is on piano with the Rundfunk-Sinfonie Orchester Berlin.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Gauk on March 23, 2017, 10:50:48 am
Hendrik Andriessen, Symphony No. 3 (1946) - Andriessen probably my favourite Dutch composer:

I was once at a concert where I sat directly behind the composer Louis Andriessen. I had such a temptation to lean forward, tap him on the shoulder, and tell him how much I enjoyed his father's music.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on March 23, 2017, 04:04:25 pm
on todays plate is Symphonic Works 1 by HENDRIK ANDRIESSEN.   Looks like I need to get Vol 2 and vol 3 of the CPO cycle.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Christo on March 23, 2017, 04:46:04 pm
Hendrik Andriessen, Symphony No. 3 (1946) - Andriessen probably my favourite Dutch composer:
I was once at a concert where I sat directly behind the composer Louis Andriessen. I had such a temptation to lean forward, tap him on the shoulder, and tell him how much I enjoyed his father's music.

 ;D :D I sat directly behind him about ten years ago during a re-enactment in Utrecht of his father's 'The Fourteen [Canonical] Hours', whilst he was sitting next to the -then- Roman Catholic Archbishop (even Cardinal) and heard him accept the latters congratulations with his father's music.  :D :D ;) (Hendrik was an staunch Catholic BTW).

And I personally grabbed him with his neck (literally, I blush to confess) twenty years ago, after a concert, in the pub next to the Amsterdam Concertgebouw in order to introduce him to Pēteris Vasks (whose Third SQ had just been premiered there by the Kronos Quartet).

But to do Louis a little more justice: here he is (after 22 seconds) in the audience, clearly moved by a superb RCO performance under Reinbert de Leeuw of his father's fine Ricercare:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwbZz7NSTMA (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwbZz7NSTMA)


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Gauk on March 23, 2017, 10:58:19 pm
Very nice - so I should have acted! I was not sure how he would have taken it.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on March 23, 2017, 11:35:25 pm
very good !!


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: shamus on March 24, 2017, 08:40:04 am
I found numerous orchestral pieces by Charles Wuorinen on YouTube, had never really explored his music before, not too interested in the electronic things but very much enjoyed these instrumental pieces.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on March 24, 2017, 04:06:21 pm
On today's menu is some modern Swedish music:  Blomdahl's Three Symphonies on BIS, and Rosenberg's Sym no 6 and 3...then I've got the new Tuur CD "Peregrinus Ecstaticus" from Ondine with the Finnish Radio Sym Orchestra. 


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cjvinthechair on March 24, 2017, 04:19:53 pm
then I've got the new Tuur CD "Peregrinus Ecstaticus" from Ondine with the Finnish Radio Sym Orchestra. 

Ah, now that's worth some research !


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Elroel on March 27, 2017, 11:24:35 pm
Michael Nyman's 'Musique à grande vitesse' was the last work I listened to today. It's a hypnotic work; the moment you're beginning to think about quitting the work, the orchestra changes and you're (or at least I was) captured again.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: shamus on March 28, 2017, 08:43:40 am
I found Arthur Sullivan's Te Deum on YouTube and enjoyed it so much.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on March 28, 2017, 01:45:10 pm
today's menu is Berwald Symhonies 1-4 with Thomas Dausgaard directing.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cjvinthechair on March 28, 2017, 02:18:02 pm
I found Arthur Sullivan's Te Deum on YouTube and enjoyed it so much.
Do agree - he should be remembered for more than operettas (brilliant though they were).

Since we're highlighting women composers elsewhere, thought I'd have an all ladies concert ! Anna Clyne - Prince of Clouds, Vivian Fung - Piano Concerto 'Dreamscapes', Gloria Coates- Symphony no. 4 'Chiaroscuro', Unsuk Chin - 'Su' for sheng & orchestra, Heather Schmidt - double concerto for viola, horn & orchestra 'Light and Shadow', Grace Williams - The Dancers for soloist, choir & orchestra.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: shamus on March 28, 2017, 02:51:47 pm
Bravo to Clive, sounds like a concert to pursue, if I can find them all. So much to discover in that half of the human race's sound creation, and still a lot to find from the male half, too. Immortality, where are you, I need time!!!
Listening to more music from YouTube Yuri Mashin--Юрий Машин--if you want to search him, more results seem to come up if one types the name in Cyrillic, enjoyable music also, a big tone poem, Te Deum and Viola Concerto.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cjvinthechair on March 28, 2017, 08:20:43 pm
Listening to more music from YouTube Yuri Mashin--Юрий Машин--if you want to search him, more results seem to come up if one types the name in Cyrillic, enjoyable music also, a big tone poem, Te Deum and Viola Concerto.

Ah, nice spot, Mr. Shamus- well worth investigating !


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on March 30, 2017, 03:31:41 pm
on the menu today is the new Hyperion release #70 in the Romantic Piano Concerto series... Dorothy Howell/Amy Beach/ Cecile Chaminade... with the BBC Scottish SO. Rebecca Miller conducting.    All women and all wonderful.    Remember that men to the left and women to the right, because women are always right!!


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on April 03, 2017, 02:02:00 am
I'm having a Danish day today... Louis Glass symphonies...just heard Sym #2 of Hakon Borresen.  Glass symphonies are interesting... wonder if CPO will continue with their Glass series... the Danacord series are not the best mixed recording.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cjvinthechair on April 04, 2017, 04:44:25 pm
Well now...as a small change from 'Russian' matters, as posted recently...at length...nearby, listening, as suggested by another wonderful forum (Concert Archive) to Ginastera's Oratorio 'Turbae ad Passionem Gregorianam', + a symphony by Harold Schiffman (discovered by exploring the North/South Recordings on Naxos Music Library).
So many excellent on-line venues to steer you in directions you might otherwise never conceive of !


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on April 07, 2017, 06:30:14 pm
Todays offerings are Niels W. Gade complete symphonies..  on BIS label.   Some happy music for Friday!


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: shamus on April 07, 2017, 07:31:05 pm
P2 Live, on demand from Swedish radio from yesterday evening (USA), concert dedicated to Albert Schnelzer with Stravinsky's Firebird. Also violin concerto by Sofia Levkovskaya.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cjvinthechair on April 07, 2017, 08:45:19 pm
P2 Live, on demand from Swedish radio from yesterday evening (USA), concert dedicated to Albert Schnelzer with Stravinsky's Firebird. Also violin concerto by Sofia Levkovskaya.

Well, couldn't find the concert - but decided to listen to a group under 'L' in my downloads with Levkovskaya as the central piece. So:
Yuri Levitin - Oboe Concerto
Vladimir Levitt - Kaddish for cello & strings
L'kaya - VC
Alexandre Levy - Suite Brasiliera
Ernst Levy - Symphony no. 15

A not untypical group, that I've downloaded at one time or another over the last 10+ years, & quite possibly never listened to till tonight. Thanks for the excuse, Mr. Shamus !


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Christo on April 08, 2017, 04:02:31 pm
Well now...as a small change from 'Russian' matters, as posted recently...at length...nearby, listening, as suggested by another wonderful forum (Concert Archive) to Ginastera's Oratorio 'Turbae ad Passionem Gregorianam', + a symphony by Harold Schiffman (discovered by exploring the North/South Recordings on Naxos Music Library). So many excellent on-line venues to steer you in directions you might otherwise never conceive of !
I wasn't aware of any recording of Ginastera's Turbae ad Passionem Gregorianam per coro e orchestra op. 43 (1974) but, alarmed alerted  :D by your post, I found one on Youtube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYesfutPk8Y


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cjvinthechair on April 08, 2017, 04:13:12 pm
Mr. Christo - glad you found something;hoping perhaps you meant 'alerted' rather than 'alarmed', though. My posts aren't...usually...that worrying !


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Elroel on April 08, 2017, 10:43:14 pm
Thank you Christo for the link to Ginastera, and following that link I found even more Ginastera there.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: shamus on April 09, 2017, 12:31:06 am
Luis Naon http://luisnaon.com/ (http://luisnaon.com/)


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cjvinthechair on April 09, 2017, 09:15:16 am
Luis Naon http://luisnaon.com/ (http://luisnaon.com/)

You've quite defeated me there, Mr S. Will have to start from scratch with him....thanks !


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: shamus on April 09, 2017, 04:00:19 pm
Some of his stuff doesn't really float my boat but I like enough to give it a trial listen at least!


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cjvinthechair on April 09, 2017, 04:44:06 pm
Well - Palm Sunday, in the Christian calendar. Shall be in a Moslem country (Turkey) for Easter...& it's a nice peaceful Spring-like evening in UK (for a change !), so thought some reflective choral music would be nice with a glass of wine.
So, with Wine as a guide, went to W in my downloads, and picked out these Winners:
Julian Wachner - Missa Brevis
Kurt Weill - Recordare for choir
James Whitbourn - Requiem Canticorum
Harald Weiss - Requiem 'Schwarz vor Augen und es war Licht'


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cjvinthechair on April 10, 2017, 06:28:11 pm
Last of these little concerts you'll have to put up with for a fortnight or so - actually, the aim is as much to provoke a 'let's find out about him/her' reaction as to promote whatever I happen to fancy listening to; not,sadly, too convinced it works or is appreciated.
Works from the Turkish neck of the woods:
Kareem Roustom (originally from Syria) - Double Concerto for Arabic violin, cello, percussion & string quartet 'Resonances'
Walid Gholmieh (Lebanon) - Symphony no. 4
Vassos Nicolau (Cyprus) - 'Ison' for choir
Martun Israelyan (Armenia) - Book of Autumn Songs for mezzo & orchestra
Giya Kancheli (Georgia) - 'Styx' for cello & orchestra
Hasan Alnar (Turkey) - Qanun Concerto 'Mesnevi'

Will be listening to many such on a Turkish beach (World War 3 permitting !) with a cocktail in hand over Easter - for which festival (to colleagues whom it affects) much happiness to all.




Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on April 13, 2017, 04:43:42 pm
R. Vaughan Williams: Norfolk Rhapsody / In the Fen Country / Five Variants of "Dives and Lazarus" / Fantasia on Greensleeves / The Lark Ascending     Bryden Thomson (Conductor),  London Philharmonic


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Christo on April 14, 2017, 08:54:52 am
R. Vaughan Williams: Norfolk Rhapsody / In the Fen Country / Five Variants of "Dives and Lazarus" / Fantasia on Greensleeves / The Lark Ascending     Bryden Thomson (Conductor),  London Philharmonic
Bryden Thomsons is my favourite Vaughan Williams conductor. Now playing:
(https://cps-static.rovicorp.com/3/JPG_500/MI0001/056/MI0001056657.jpg?partner=allrovi.com)


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Christo on April 15, 2017, 08:42:26 pm
Luis de los Cobos: Symphony No. 1 "Cursus Vitae" (1956)
(https://media2.jpc.de/image/w600/front/0/8436009801027.jpg)


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on April 16, 2017, 01:27:25 am
today its Handel's Messiah and the Royal Fireworks.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on April 16, 2017, 05:35:45 am
Steinberg's Passion week. on Naxos.. for Easter    Happy Easter !!


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: shamus on April 16, 2017, 07:40:51 am
Scanning through list of Finnish composers https://core.musicfinland.fi/ (https://core.musicfinland.fi/), listened to Pohjola, Kaipainen, Nuorvala, Sonninen, mostly thanks to YouTube or their websites, and many more to explore.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on April 21, 2017, 01:21:46 pm
Vivaldi  and Telemann today... with some Handel...... I call it happy music !!


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Christo on April 21, 2017, 08:15:19 pm
The most recent Dutton cd I acquired - because I missed it when it came out, though I was aware of the special qualities of Elis Pehkonen by that time (a very fine composer and one of the reasons I bought it):
(http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2010/Sept10/oboe_cdlx7249.jpg)


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: shamus on April 22, 2017, 09:24:08 pm
Carlos Vidaurri


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cjvinthechair on April 25, 2017, 09:39:01 pm
Carlos Vidaurri

Ah, what have you found of his to listen to - & where ? I have only two pieces; 6 Mystical Songs, & Musica para una Imagen Venerada.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: shamus on April 26, 2017, 02:25:27 pm
That's all I found so far. :(


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cjvinthechair on April 26, 2017, 08:51:35 pm
That's all I found so far. :(

Ah, and here I was thinking you'd a treasure trove tucked away!

Never mind - listening tonight to a couple of today's downloads:
Djuro Zivkovic - The Mystical Sacrifice
Franghiz Ali-Zadeh - The New Passion

These are commissions by the Concertgebouw orchestra, given in Holland around Easter time this year.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on April 26, 2017, 09:04:09 pm
all week I've been listening to primarily the Estonian Female Song Society 2CD, a CD called New Estonian Choral Music (2012-2014) and a rather obscure CD called "Gratias"  produced by the Estonian TV Girls Choir.  Then a little Riisager Orchestral music.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on April 26, 2017, 11:03:24 pm
all week I've been listening to primarily the Estonian Female Song Society 2CD, a CD called New Estonian Choral Music (2012-2014) and a rather obscure CD called "Gratias"  produced by the Estonian TV Girls Choir.  Then a little Riisager Orchestral music.

interesting that Riisager was born at Port Kunda  in Estonia.... a small town in Estonia (Kunda)  primarily people of German extraction...but so was King George I of England...came to England to rule after Queen Anne died  and refused to speak English..


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: shamus on April 28, 2017, 06:27:30 am
I enjoyed the broadcast on French radio of a concert featuring 4 works by Nicolas Bacri. If interested they do have re-plays. https://www.francemusique.fr/emissions/le-concert-du-soir/portrait-de-nicolas-bacri-33595 (https://www.francemusique.fr/emissions/le-concert-du-soir/portrait-de-nicolas-bacri-33595)


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cjvinthechair on April 28, 2017, 05:19:35 pm
I enjoyed the broadcast on French radio of a concert featuring 4 works by Nicolas Bacri. If interested they do have re-plays. https://www.francemusique.fr/emissions/le-concert-du-soir/portrait-de-nicolas-bacri-33595 (https://www.francemusique.fr/emissions/le-concert-du-soir/portrait-de-nicolas-bacri-33595)

Ah, terrific, thanks, Mr. Shamus ! Have a reasonable spread of Bacri's work, but don't think I've any of these -  recording session is required !

While doing that- having been to a 'discussion' today on classical/jazz 'fusion', a few hours listening along those lines:
Crt Sojar Voglar - Concerto for alto & tenor saxophones & orchestra
Harold Farberman - Concerto for jazz drummer & orchestra
Emile Deltour - Concerto in jazz for harp & orchestra
Jorge Calandrelli - Concerto for jazz clarinet & orchestra
Jaromir Hnilicka - Missa Jazz

 


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Christo on April 29, 2017, 04:10:57 pm
Trying to play all recorded - six out of seven - symphonies by Camargo Guarnieri. Has anyone ever heard of a recording of his Seventh from 1985 (that isn't even listed at Wikipedia)?

So far, we have exquisite recordings with the São Paulo SO conducted for BIS by John Neschling of symphonies No. 1 (1944), 2 "Uirapuru" (1945), 3 (1952), 4 "Brasília" (1963), 5 (1977), 6 (1981):
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Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cjvinthechair on May 01, 2017, 06:17:11 pm

 'Has anyone ever heard of a recording of his Seventh from 1985 (that isn't even listed at Wikipedia)?'


Ah, yes - Mr. Dundonnell's bemoaning something similar elsewhere on the Forum- how do these substantial works of major composers just fall off the radar ?

Sorry - I've no answer...so I'm going to celebrate May(Labour) Day by listening to some recent Russian (& sometime Russian) 'finds':

Jan Freidlin - Symphony no. 5 'Nostalgias'
Alexander Levkovich - Clarinet Concerto
Victoria Poleva - 'Pieta' for violin & orchestra
Boris Golovin - The Butterfly of Zhuanzi
Vasif Adigezalov - Violin Concerto

Have my doubts if anyone ever reads through these 'concerts', or has any remotest interest....but if perhaps someone does, & wonders about a piece of music/composer, I'm always contactable by PM.



Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Gauk on May 01, 2017, 09:29:41 pm
I have been listening repeatedly to the 5th symphony of Rued Langaard (both versions). There are two things I would like to say about this work (and it would be a boring post if I didn't say something).

1. The composer would hate me saying this, but parts of it, especially early on, remind me very much of Nielsen.

2. I think this piece gives the lie to the oft-made remark that Langaard wrote one extraordinary work (Music of the Spheres) and that the rest of his output was pretty humdrum. I think it is clear that this is from the same hand as wrote that masterpiece. Particularly the first version, which is the shorter of the two, and not the one that appears on the Da Capo CD. I am struck by the final section, excised from the second version. Over a repeated four-note sighing motif in the winds, a solo violin executes a mad, frenetic cadenza before the whole thing tails off into silence. The effect is memorable, totally weird, and even a little disturbing. I don't think I ever heard anything quite like it.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on May 01, 2017, 10:13:04 pm
OK...  I've got the Dacapo box set... I'll listen to it again... yes parts of his symphonies are brilliant... others not so much..  The 2nd is brilliant... I'll give a listen again to the 5th.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cilgwyn on May 02, 2017, 10:52:17 am
I have been listening repeatedly to the 5th symphony of Rued Langaard (both versions). There are two things I would like to say about this work (and it would be a boring post if I didn't say something).

1. The composer would hate me saying this, but parts of it, especially early on, remind me very much of Nielsen.

2. I think this piece gives the lie to the oft-made remark that Langaard wrote one extraordinary work (Music of the Spheres) and that the rest of his output was pretty humdrum. I think it is clear that this is from the same hand as wrote that masterpiece. Particularly the first version, which is the shorter of the two, and not the one that appears on the Da Capo CD. I am struck by the final section, excised from the second version. Over a repeated four-note sighing motif in the winds, a solo violin executes a mad, frenetic cadenza before the whole thing tails off into silence. The effect is memorable, totally weird, and even a little disturbing. I don't think I ever heard anything quite like it.
I think his opera Antikrist is pretty extraordinary! I've certainly never heard anything else quite like it.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: shamus on May 02, 2017, 02:13:50 pm
Seems like people always like to point how immature first symphonies are, and they likely must be so described (myself caring not), but listening to Nielsen's and Sibelius' first symphonies is still a treat for me and will probably lead to another Scandinavian binge in the next day or so. Then of course I couldn't resist Stenhammar's Piano Concerto No. 2, one of my all time favorites, so will move on to more of him in this impending binge. I also ran across a contemporary composer new to me, Hubert Hoche, whose music has me happy, too, has a website with downloadable pieces. Best wishes, Jim


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: shamus on May 02, 2017, 02:18:37 pm
And, by the way, Clive, I find your "concerts" fascinating and often use them as a starting point, so don't despair, you are appreciated! Lets not let this interesting thread go away....


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cjvinthechair on May 02, 2017, 02:36:14 pm
Thank you, Mr. Shamus ! Will now go and research Hubert Hoche - a 'new' name for sure....& anyone with decent downloads on his website gets my vote !


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cjvinthechair on May 04, 2017, 03:00:00 pm
Well - Hubert Hoche quite a success; so....this evening, a German concert of recent 'discoveries' (remember they're only 'recent' to me!) to celebrate !

Stefan Wolpe - Piece in 3 parts for piano & 16 instruments
Heinz Winbeck - Lenau-Fantasien
Dimitri Terzakis - Seelenbilder (OK, so he was born Greek; apparently a German citizen since 1985!)
Rolf Riehm- Wer sind diese Kinder
Paul Graener - Flute Concerto

And - because I hate to be without my choral/sacred piece: Felix Draeseke - Great Mass


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on May 04, 2017, 03:17:55 pm
I've got 2 CDs of Neeme Jarvi's Atterberg cycle and the new CD of Tonu Korvits Moorland Elegies for today.  I'll let you know what I think of the Korvits CD.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Gauk on May 04, 2017, 09:49:25 pm
First symphonies - well, being in Croatia at the moment, It seemed right to listen to some Croatian music. So - the Stephan Sulek symphonies? Actually I am just listening to the first, repeatedly. The interesting thing about first symphonies is, you think, here is a composer announcing to the world his symphonic ambition. How does he set about it? In Sulek's case, there is the additional complication that he was writing in 1944, when his country was fighting against the Nazis.

It really is a fascinating work. You might call it a decapitated symphony, as there is no conventional first movement. It starts with an anguished passacaglia - then a scherzo with obvious recollections of Stravinsky's "Fireworks", and then a quick-march finale that recalls Rouseel.

Often, in pieces like this, you might wonder, "which theme will prove triumphant in the end?". Will it be the finale main theme? Or the second subject? Or will the first movement main subject make a surprise return? Here, it is the trio from the scherzo that turns out to be what motivates everything.

Really, if you played this in any concert hall, the audience would be demanding, "Why have we never heard this before?" I've been walking around whistling that trio. Loudly.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Christo on May 05, 2017, 09:30:50 am
Many thanks, Gauk. Listening for the very first time to the First Symphony (1944) of Stjepan Šulek (1914-1986), the playful scherzo at the moment. Definitely a powerful voice, but a name I only became aware of when this box appeared, two years ago, and people here started  referring to him. Wikipedia lists ten symphonies:

First Symphony (1944)
Second Symphony (1946)
Third Symphony (1948)
Fourth Symphony (1954)
Fifth Symphony (1964)
Sixth Symphony (1966)
Seventh Symphony (1979)
Eighth Symphony (1981)
Epitaf (1971)
Runke (1972)

This Musicweb overview is also very helpful: http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2016/Sep/Sulek_symphonies.htm
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Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cjvinthechair on May 05, 2017, 04:52:35 pm
Sulek's symphonies are pretty well covered on YT.
I've also, from somewhere, a piece entitled 'Epitaph for a Lost Illusion', from 1971, but as it's only 12m. or so, I didn't have it down as any sort of symphony.
'Runke' is listed for sure, but it's not something I've found on the Net....unless anyone knows differently, of course ?!


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on May 08, 2017, 01:54:27 am
Today I've refreshed myself on Silvestrov's works.... his Symphony no 7 is on youtube... actually sounds like it could have been an extension of Sym. No 6.   

Here is no 7:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZIVAzV7jQA

actually his Bagattelle's are wonderful:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMuWF7Yn1jw


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: shamus on May 08, 2017, 04:31:49 pm
Can't go wrong with Silvestrov. I am surprised at myself that I never noticed Stravinsky's Symphony Op. 1, written under the tutelage of Rimsky-Korsakov, so I listened to that, not overwhelming, especially after all these years of listening to Sacre, Firebird, and Petrushka again and again! But interesting. Then I am listening to several symphonic pieces by Vitezslav Novak again after several years, didn't those Bohemians ever write anything ugly? Cheers, Jim


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on May 10, 2017, 03:53:55 pm
on the menu today is Steinberg's  symphony no 1 and 2 and Glazunov symphonies 4 & 7  with Neeme Jarvi conducting all symphonies.  I find the Glazunov cycles on Orfeo label the most interesting.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: shamus on May 10, 2017, 03:55:38 pm
Sounds like a good day to go back to Steinberg! Thanks.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Gauk on May 12, 2017, 04:26:13 pm
More Stjepan Šulek - on to the 2nd, "Eroica". "Squilibrato" more like. It starts with a very fast and almost cartoonish Allegro con brio, which peters out into the second movement, a plaintive Adagio that develops into a slow fugue on the high strings. The brass come in, and the fugue works up to a climax with much weeping and wailing. The third movement is a scherzo that seems to keep trying to escape from its trio. The movement morphs into a slow tread in the bass, and we are directly into the finale, which starts off as a funeral march, again with mournful wailing. Then something rather odd happens. The bass ostinato tread finds itself alone, and it speeds up. On top of it appears a jaunty little tune. Odd fanfares sound, and the orchestration thickens with percussion and various counter-melodies until the whole thing sounds like the first movement of the Leningrad symphony re-imagined by Charles Ives. It works up into a Bolero-like climax, wheels through several key changes, and then silence, punctured by several great hammer blows. You think "is this the end of it?" and the strings come in with a warm major-key idyll that swells into a noble climax and fades again. Finally, the first movement material comes racing back in with a short allegro coda that is at last heroic.

Bizarre. I'd love to know more about what was in the composer's mind (the work dates from 1946). I do find I am recognising an individual voice in Šulek's works, particularly how he constructs and orchestrates his material.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cjvinthechair on May 12, 2017, 04:51:49 pm
Mr. Gauk - was wondering what to put on for a rainy evening in England: will 'go Croatian', & start with Sulek 2 with your 'notes'.
Then Davor Bobic - Oboe Concerto, Milko Kelemen - 'Drammatico' for Cello & orchestra....& as so often something sacred/sung to finish: Dragan Filipovic 'Dona Eis Requiem'.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: shamus on May 12, 2017, 08:13:24 pm
Grieg's Piano Concerto, and his Symphony, of course the former floated my boat the best, sometimes I just have to go back to the "roots" for a fully satisfying listening experience. Then back to the off-the-beaten-path with Levente Gyöngyösy's Sym no. 4 and "Missa Vanitas Vanitatum". Gyöngösy has a website and there's a lot on YouTube if you are interested.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cjvinthechair on May 12, 2017, 09:05:13 pm
Then back to the off-the-beaten-path with Levente Gyöngyösy's Sym no. 4 and "Missa Vanitas Vanitatum". Gyöngösy has a website and there's a lot on YouTube if you are interested.
Yes - one of the best YT Channels, & some excellent music !
Talking of Hungary, there's a really good spread of Hungaroton availabilities on YT....particularly welcome here in UK as it's one of the very few orchestra/label sites that doesn't simply come up as 'unavailable'.
Do other countries have this problem with YT discs ? USA doesn't seem to, as one or two 'contacts' kindly send stuff across for me that I can't get.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: shamus on May 13, 2017, 03:56:04 pm
Getting started today on a Vainberg/Weinberg symphonic binge.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Elroel on May 14, 2017, 10:02:45 am

Do other countries have this problem with YT discs ? USA doesn't seem to, as one or two 'contacts' kindly send stuff across for me that I can't get.

Yes Mr. Clive, other countries have that same problem, or at least as far as the Netherlands is concerned.

But back to the music itself. Today I follow Shamus's idea: Miaskovsky is on the turntable: his 6th symphony. I think it will be followed by Shostakovich 7th. The symphony that impressed me much when I heard it for the 1st time, so many years ago. Next follow very different works: the recently received 1st and 5 th symphonies by Nicolas Bacri.
Does anyone of you have a recording of his 2nd and 3td symphonies?


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: shamus on May 14, 2017, 09:53:49 pm
Continuing with Weinberg, long, pleasant journey, of course for this unrepentant completist it is heartbreaking that I can't find Nrs. 9, 11, 13, 15--has anyone picked them up from an unadvertised or un-googlable concert or something?
And also have been listening to Maltese music, found on YouTube channel by Brian Schembri, conductor.https://www.youtube.com/user/feopemt (https://www.youtube.com/user/feopemt). Malta very interesting country, the language is Semitic with many overlays, came originally from Arabic spoken long ago in Sicily and Southern Spain.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on May 15, 2017, 03:36:03 am
This afternoon, after celebrating Mother's Day with the family.. its been Tamberg cycle including the new Symphony No 4  just got in the mail this week.
beautiful self produced  with great liner notes..    production supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia..  too bad other orchestras can't do the same without relying on commercial labels


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cjvinthechair on May 15, 2017, 08:43:18 am
And also have been listening to Maltan music, found on YouTube channel by Brian Schembri, conductor.https://www.youtube.com/user/feopemt (https://www.youtube.com/user/feopemt).

Ah, good 'steer', thanks, Mr. Shamus !


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: shamus on May 15, 2017, 08:33:46 pm
Belarussian composers from Classical-Onlinehttp://classic-online.ru/ (http://classic-online.ru/), have to sign in, go to "country" and many countries listed with pictures of composers where available. Translates easily with google, though doesn't always make sense!
Abelovich Sym no. 3, Aladov Sinfonietta, Wagner pf cto, ctino with folk orchestra, etc.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on May 15, 2017, 09:55:57 pm
Belarussian composers from Classical-Onlinehttp://classic-online.ru/ (http://classic-online.ru/), have to sign in, go to "country" and many countries listed with pictures of composers where available. Translates easily with google, though doesn't always make sense!
Abelovich Sym no. 3, Aladov Sinfonietta, Wagner pf cto, ctino with folk orchestra, etc.

good selection there Shamus.... wish we had more to pick from under Belarus... he has several there including lots of Melodiya.. I remember a few years ago I sent a contrib and got access without the wait time, so I could download several selections.  Wish we had Abelovich's Sym 1 and Aladov's Symphonies 1-9.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Gauk on May 16, 2017, 09:18:37 am
Mr. Gauk - was wondering what to put on for a rainy evening in England: will 'go Croatian', & start with Sulek 2 with your 'notes'.
Then Davor Bobic - Oboe Concerto, Milko Kelemen - 'Drammatico' for Cello & orchestra....& as so often something sacred/sung to finish: Dragan Filipovic 'Dona Eis Requiem'.

For Croatian music, don't neglect Ivo Maček (1914-2002). He wrote mostly chamber and piano works, but they are worth a listen.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cjvinthechair on May 16, 2017, 03:05:02 pm

For Croatian music, don't neglect Ivo Maček (1914-2002). He wrote mostly chamber and piano works, but they are worth a listen.

Thanks, Mr. Gauk. Not a name I have any examples from, but afraid I'm not clever enough to appreciate much chamber/solo work...need a sweeping canvas that this small brain can get to grips with !

Saving another post, going to tack tonight's listening on here. Ladies...followed by gentlemen tonight:
Ylva Q. Arkvik - Vox Pacis
Tera De Marez Oyens - Accordion Concerto
Joanna Bruzdowicz - Violin Concerto 'The Cry of the Phoenix'
Walter Ross - Trombone Concerto no. 1
Roger Calmel - Requiem a la Memoire de Marie Antoinette


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on May 16, 2017, 03:58:21 pm
todays offering is the new CD of Eino Tamberg Symphony no 4  and then the Ballet-Symphony Op 10 that originally appeared on early Melodiya  (D mono series).  These are recent CD releases from the Estonian Music Info Center.  Sometimes I have to listen to Tamberg and Silvestrov to appreciate music!


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: shamus on June 04, 2017, 03:27:48 am
Decided it had been long enough since I had listened to the piano concertos of Lalo, Massenet, Pierne, Alkan and Jaëll and plan to move on to the St. Saens (all 5) and whomever else I can find from that era, any suggestions? I am always so satisfied by these revisitations, after all the browsing for the new and "unknown" (to me at least), the beauty of these works makes me (almost) give up on the pursuit of the yet-unheard holy grail. Maybe I have already found it and just don't know it. It would be interesting to know which piano concertos stay with other people on the forum long after the first hearing. I think of somewhat less than mainstream Pfitzner, Stenhammar No. 2, Henselt, Rheinberger, Goetz, for myself and of course I could go on and on. Anyway, it's all good, as the young folks say.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on June 07, 2017, 04:15:22 am
Making my way thru a stack of Swedish composers ... starting with Tor Aulin  and Frida Andree    (listened to all the Neeme Jarvi Atterbergs)..


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Gauk on June 07, 2017, 08:39:09 am
Decided it had been long enough since I had listened to the piano concertos of Lalo, Massenet, Pierne, Alkan and Jaëll and plan to move on to the St. Saens (all 5) and whomever else I can find from that era, any suggestions? I am always so satisfied by these revisitations, after all the browsing for the new and "unknown" (to me at least), the beauty of these works makes me (almost) give up on the pursuit of the yet-unheard holy grail. Maybe I have already found it and just don't know it. It would be interesting to know which piano concertos stay with other people on the forum long after the first hearing. I think of somewhat less than mainstream Pfitzner, Stenhammar No. 2, Henselt, Rheinberger, Goetz, for myself and of course I could go on and on. Anyway, it's all good, as the young folks say.

An interesting and very little-known piano concerto of that generation is the Tcherepnin concerto - not by Alexander, whose five PCs I much admire, especially the second, but by his father Nikolai. It's in one movement, like the Rimsky-Korsakov one, and dominated by a four-note motif announced at the opening by the orchestra. I snipped off that one bar and use it as a ringtone for incoming text messages on my can't-tell-you.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on June 07, 2017, 12:54:17 pm
Decided it had been long enough since I had listened to the piano concertos of Lalo, Massenet, Pierne, Alkan and Jaëll and plan to move on to the St. Saens (all 5) and whomever else I can find from that era, any suggestions? I am always so satisfied by these revisitations, after all the browsing for the new and "unknown" (to me at least), the beauty of these works makes me (almost) give up on the pursuit of the yet-unheard holy grail. Maybe I have already found it and just don't know it. It would be interesting to know which piano concertos stay with other people on the forum long after the first hearing. I think of somewhat less than mainstream Pfitzner, Stenhammar No. 2, Henselt, Rheinberger, Goetz, for myself and of course I could go on and on. Anyway, it's all good, as the young folks say.

An interesting and very little-known piano concerto of that generation is the Tcherepnin concerto - not by Alexander, whose five PCs I much admire, especially the second, but by his father Nikolai. It's in one movement, like the Rimsky-Korsakov one, and dominated by a four-note motif announced at the opening by the orchestra. I snipped off that one bar and use it as a ringtone for incoming text messages on my can't-tell-you.
   oh what a great idea!  think I will do the same for my eye telephone .    Yes, Nikolai, student of Rimsky... wrote some great piano works.   I believe there is only one recording of that concerto on CD  ??       https://www.amazon.com/Russian-Piano-Concertos-Alexi-Golovin/dp/B00008FATQ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1496848859&sr=8-2&keywords=nikolai+tcherepnin+piano+concerto


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cjvinthechair on June 07, 2017, 03:20:38 pm
Well, searching for some inspiration for an evening's listening, so decided to have a concert by 'Nikolai'...or equivalent.

Nikolai Tchaikin - Bayan Concerto
Nicholas Maw - Ghost Dances
Nico Muhly - Cello Concerto
Nicolas Flagello - Dante's Farewell
Nicolas Bacri - Concerto Luminoso 'L'Ete'
Nikolai Sidelnikov - Cantata 'Sacred Conversations'


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dschfan on June 07, 2017, 04:42:05 pm
Weigl symphony no.3 so far.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on June 07, 2017, 06:23:42 pm
also on the CD player is the new Naxos release of Pizzetti... Symphony and Harp Concerto...!!


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Toby Esterhase on June 07, 2017, 11:08:51 pm
IMHO nice listening
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Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Gauk on June 08, 2017, 08:18:43 am
This is very weird. In my last post the word i_p_h_o_n_e (without the underscores) was replaced by "can't-tell-you". What gives?


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Christo on June 08, 2017, 09:59:22 am
Just testing: can't-tell-you.

(I typed the same word, and had the same - very curious - outcome.   ???


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on June 08, 2017, 01:23:07 pm
This is very weird. In my last post the word i_p_h_o_n_e (without the underscores) was replaced by "can't-tell-you". What gives?

apparently the admin has auto changed the word eye _p_h_o_ne  to i can't tell you....i don't know why..??  who knows... its silly... we are all big boys here.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on June 08, 2017, 03:11:15 pm
todays menu is Natanael Berg's Symphonies 1 & 2 Piano Concerto and Gustaf Bengtsson Symphony no 1.  some more Swedes.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: shamus on June 08, 2017, 04:30:15 pm
Enjoying Montague Phillips symphony, Cecile Chaminade's Callirhoe, et al from Afternoons on BBC this week. Don't have an I-can't-tell-you, so couldn't-tell-you-about-it-anyway.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on June 08, 2017, 07:17:24 pm
I discovered that a while back, when I responded to something from my i_p_h_o_n_e....... it would auto change to:  ---->>>>>can't-tell-you      maybe the administrator has a Samsung or LG and hates Apple  ????!?


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on June 09, 2017, 03:27:15 pm
stumbled on a used CD of interest in a used bookstore:   Stankovich's Symphony of Pastorals/Chamber Symphony... on the Consonance label with the Ukrainian State SO performing and Fedor Glushchenko conducting.. and some Berwald Symphonies with DNRSO performing Dausgaard conducting. 

some times these used CDs are 50 cents USD...wonder how they stay in business.....


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Christo on June 09, 2017, 09:45:10 pm
Enjoying some lesser-known Respighi, the premiere recording of the Concerto a Cinque (1933) including:
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Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cjvinthechair on June 10, 2017, 02:15:34 pm
Respighi - wonderful composer ! Didn't have the Concerto a Cinque...rectified that, thanks !

May stick to Italy for tonight's music - the 3 Ps...Perosi, Petrassi, Pizzetti; + 1 more..Procaccini, then some Ghedini & Rendine, plus to finish the marvellous Malipiero.
Sure there's a bottle of verdicchio to go with that !


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on June 10, 2017, 07:16:12 pm
I just ordered a "bootleg" copy of Shteinberg's Symphony no 5  Symphony Rhapsody by the St. Petersburg SO (rehearsal performance).  Looks like it is 42 min long.. divided into 4 movements  1. Lento  2. Lento non troppo 3. Moderato, alla marcia, 4. Lento   

Notes says Symphony-Rhapsody based on Uzbek tunes-folk songs and by K. Djabbarov and S. Kalanov.     

Hoping to share it, however, since its coming from St. Petersburg.. it may take a while.



Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Christo on June 12, 2017, 09:27:42 pm
Respighi - wonderful composer ! Didn't have the Concerto a Cinque...rectified that, thanks
Agree about Respighi, especially the 'later, lesser-known'. Own a couple of recordings of the late (1933) Concerto a Cinque, but I think I like this one - the earliest, also the first one I heard - most. I don't think it's a masterpiece, but thoroughly enjoyable it certainly is. A bit like the even more strictly 'neo-classical' Harpsichord concerto in Manuel de Falla's oeuvre or like Samuel Barber's Capricorn Concerto (or even Stravinsky's Ebony Concerto for that matter).


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cjvinthechair on June 13, 2017, 02:13:10 pm
Surprising - to me at least - how much Respighi produced beyond the 'obvious'...& it's all lovely stuff.
 See where you're going with Barber Capricorn & De Falla harpsichord - but not a huge fan of the 'Ebony', I'm afraid. Maybe the YT commentator who suggests Stravinsky didn't fully understand the jazz idiom is onto something; it does seem a bit of a mess to me.
Dunno - I'm no expert !

Love the harpsichord, so a few pieces involving that tonight sounds promising:
Dutilleux -Les Citations for harpsichord, oboe, double bass & percussion
Aperghis - Le Reste du Temps for cello, harpsichord & ensemble
Henze - Apollo & Hyazinthus for soprano, harpsichord & ensemble
Tabakova - Suite in Old Style for viola, harpsichord & strings
McCabe - Concertante for harpsichord & chamber orchestra
Szymanski - Partita 3 for amplified harpsichord & orchestra




Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on June 14, 2017, 01:48:11 am
todays serving is a nice 3 CD set from Naxos called Norway in Music.   All the hits from Norway...Grieg Tveitt  Sinding   Hanssen  Halvorsen Svendsen Bull   ...


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on June 29, 2017, 12:43:02 am
Really enjoying this danacord release of Langgaard's Sym 5,7,9.   For a release in 1992...wonderful!!


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Christo on June 29, 2017, 08:55:36 am
Later Rimsky. The Golden Cockerel, Tsar Saltan and Christmas Eve suites. Visited his apartment / museum in Saint-Peterburg a few years ago and am now reminded of that world.
http://www.saint-petersburg.com/museums/rimsky-korsakov-memorial-apartment-museum/


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: shamus on June 29, 2017, 05:25:22 pm
Edwin Carr orchestral music on YouTube, impressed by End of the Golden Weather particularly


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on June 29, 2017, 11:57:05 pm
Later Rimsky. The Golden Cockerel, Tsar Saltan and Christmas Eve suites. Visited his apartment / museum in Saint-Peterburg a few years ago and am now reminded of that world.
http://www.saint-petersburg.com/museums/rimsky-korsakov-memorial-apartment-museum/

Thank you for this link.. very interesting!!  I also read that the Tchaikovsky Foundation has something similar in Moscow.  Apparently, the home he used in dwell in has been in the family since his death, and they turned it into a museum also.  Wonder how that worked under the USSR and then since 1990??  did it revert back to the family or did they purchase the home from the State??


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Christo on June 30, 2017, 06:51:51 am
Later Rimsky. The Golden Cockerel, Tsar Saltan and Christmas Eve suites. Visited his apartment / museum in Saint-Peterburg a few years ago and am now reminded of that world.
http://www.saint-petersburg.com/museums/rimsky-korsakov-memorial-apartment-museum/

Thank you for this link.. very interesting!!  I also read that the Tchaikovsky Foundation has something similar in Moscow.  Apparently, the home he used in dwell in has been in the family since his death, and they turned it into a museum also.  Wonder how that worked under the USSR and then since 1990??  did it revert back to the family or did they purchase the home from the State??

No, it wasn't. If I recall well, his home was in use as a 'kommunalka' (communal apartments) for a whole bunch of families in the early Soviet period, and only much later restored to its former glory, It feels like a time capsule, but it isn't. Somehow the family managed to preserve many of his belongings, and they were all put back in place, so the memorial museum is 'real' enough to feel like one.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on July 05, 2017, 07:13:39 pm
Today's Cd player is loaded with Langgaard symphonies cycles on the Danacord label....


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on July 07, 2017, 09:56:54 pm
the new CPO CD of Vladimir Jurovsky (Yurovsky) Sym No 5 (born near Kiev and was a student of Myaskovsky) and Zara Levina's (born in Ukraine and studied under Gliere and Myaskovsky) Piano Concerto on the Capriccio label..  something different for  a Friday !!


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: BigEdLB on July 08, 2017, 05:09:27 pm
KUSC 91.5 while Uber driving between passengers...  Most any day...


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: shamus on July 09, 2017, 05:28:31 am
Aequilibria by Anna Thorvaldsdottir, one of 2017 Rostrum pieces, and one of the better, at least to my taste. Found it archived on Latvian Radio last Wednesday. Earlier caught Ion Dumitrescu's Sinfonietta, off Romanian radio, archived, too on program "Polifonie" which appears at about 1300 their time M-F, just click on the red title and the archive of about a week will come up. Some good Romanian stuff to find there. Another offering there was Liviu Ionescu's "poem Coreografic" and Hilda Jerea's "Suita I din baletul Haiducli". God, I love Romanian music. And a delicate reworking to chamber size of Wagner's "Vorspiel und Liebestod" from Tristan by Reinbert de Leeuw on NPO 4. Wow, back in the 70's I never could have dreamed of the abundance of listening experiences the current times and technologies have brought us. Now I have to die! dandelion...


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cjvinthechair on July 09, 2017, 03:20:22 pm
Ah, Mr. Shamus - some grounds for research there, thanks !


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: shamus on July 09, 2017, 04:11:00 pm
Dandelion?  Can't say "d**n"?


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: shamus on July 09, 2017, 04:14:46 pm
Of course listening to Beamish Pf cto no. 3, wasn't careful reading the upload, see now it is the premiere by St. Paul, apparently no American station ever got around to broadcasting it. Also Charles Wuorinen Pf Cto No. 4, just appeared on YouTube.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cjvinthechair on July 09, 2017, 04:50:24 pm
Yep,got Wuorinen, thanks ! Full-time job keeping up with YT...quite phenomenal resource !

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5IIz2ifWslKie8oqo4EX8A
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCO0-BvTg999jFDmnLZaO0Fw

Couple of reasonably recent (I believe !) Channels that people might not have come across.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Neil McGowan on July 09, 2017, 08:53:12 pm
If I recall well, his home was in use as a 'kommunalka' (communal apartments) for a whole bunch of families in the early Soviet period

I'm not aware of any House-Museum of Tchaikovsky here in Moscow currently. The House-Museum most often referred to is the Tchaikovsky Estate - which is in Klin, a small town about an hour's drive north of Moscow. There is also a small Tchaikovsky Centre in Moscow - on the Garden Ring (Sadovoe Koltso) near to Barrikadnaya Metro. I don't think it ever belonged to Tchaikovsky during his lifetime, but he did (according to the plaque outside) live there at some periods of his life.  The upper floor (which would have been the servants quarters in the 19th c) has been converted into a rather pleasant concert hall for chamber music, although even small orchestral concerts can be slotted in with care. There are now some exhibition halls about his life on floors 2 and 3, but there are no apartments. Not far away is Chaliapin's House-Museum, which is administered by the same organisation.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Christo on July 10, 2017, 07:28:50 am
If I recall well, his home was in use as a 'kommunalka' (communal apartments) for a whole bunch of families in the early Soviet period
I'm not aware of any House-Museum of Tchaikovsky here in Moscow currently. The House-Museum most often referred to is the Tchaikovsky Estate - which is in Klin, a small town about an hour's drive north of Moscow. There is also a small Tchaikovsky Centre in Moscow - on the Garden Ring (Sadovoe Koltso) near to Barrikadnaya Metro. I don't think it ever belonged to Tchaikovsky during his lifetime, but he did (according to the plaque outside) live there at some periods of his life.  The upper floor (which would have been the servants quarters in the 19th c) has been converted into a rather pleasant concert hall for chamber music, although even small orchestral concerts can be slotted in with care. There are now some exhibition halls about his life on floors 2 and 3, but there are no apartments. Not far away is Chaliapin's House-Museum, which is administered by the same organisation.
In the Summer of 1995 I visited Votkinsk in Udmurtia, where his family estate had been turned into a house-museum for the composer. I see it still is: http://www.russianmuseums.info/M1819


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Neil McGowan on July 11, 2017, 09:59:59 pm
In the Summer of 1995 I visited Votkinsk in Udmurtia, where his family estate had been turned into a house-museum for the composer. I see it still is: http://www.russianmuseums.info/M1819

Thanks for that!  I had heard (vaguely) that the family's former estate was still in existence in central Russia.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on July 12, 2017, 06:04:12 pm
today's menu served up is Heinrich von Herzogenberg's Symphonies 1&2 and Han Pfitzner's Symphony and Fantasie  both on the CPO label.  This evening will be Hendrik Andriessen's Vol 1 Symphony no 1  also on the CPO label.  Really appears that CPO is taking the lead in bringing unknown composers to their label.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Gauk on July 27, 2017, 09:37:22 am
I'm just back from an extended road trip. On such occasions, I usually listen to music on my iPod, which is plugged into the car's stereo. I make long playlists for such journeys, but often a long time in advance, so by the time I actually come to listen, I forget which pieces are there. The stereo's display is not much help either, so there is a bit of guessing to be done.

One piece came up which was displayed just as "Symphony No 7". Once it got going, I could recognise the style as George Lloyd, but it is a long time since I heard this work, and was therefore listening to it without even knowing basic things like how many movements it has.

There's a "big tune" that appears in the slow movement, and the listener suspects that this will eventually return triumphant to close the work. It doesn't. Nothing in the first two movements prepares one for the Hell's kitchen that erupts at the start of the third. The slow movement theme does reappear, and calms things down to the extent that the work eventually returns to the calm but eerie mood that opens the work.

One would love to know what was going through the composer's mind. In particular, it would be interesting to know which movement was composed first. For instance, does a composer come up with the theme he wants to end the work on, and then decide it has to appear in a previous movement, or is the first appearance already written before he decides to re-use it in the finale?


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on October 19, 2017, 12:55:22 pm
this week its been Handel's  Concerti Grossi.. series.... all good driving music.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Neil McGowan on October 19, 2017, 02:57:21 pm
Excellent stuff - which recording(s) have you been listening to?

I find William Christie with Les Arts Florissants convincing in that repertoire - impeccable period credentials, but with all the calories left in :-)) 


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Toby Esterhase on October 19, 2017, 04:29:37 pm
Good listening but i'd appreciate more stereo
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Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on October 19, 2017, 04:49:48 pm
listening to WFMT last night on the drive home.. and they were featuring the music of "October" since it is October... and of course, they played "The Trails of October" by Shotogarenko  (Shtoharenko)...  Cantata-Symphony.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: shamus on October 19, 2017, 06:49:50 pm
Hear cantata by Bram Kortekaas on radio and then followed trail to some more things--young
Dutch composer, very accomplished, on Soundcloud then found Tijmen van Tol, also very enjoyable.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: kyjo on October 20, 2017, 06:10:29 am
Tubin's Symphony no. 2 The Legendary with Jarvi/Swedish Radio SO on BIS. An absolutely stunning work.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on October 20, 2017, 11:26:25 am
Tubin's Symphony no. 2 The Legendary with Jarvi/Swedish Radio SO on BIS. An absolutely stunning work.

good thought... think I'll get mine out and give a listen!   with the 4th


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cjvinthechair on October 20, 2017, 07:34:29 pm
Hear cantata by Bram Kortekaas on radio and then followed trail to some more things--young
Dutch composer, very accomplished, on Soundcloud then found Tijmen van Tol, also very enjoyable.

Ah - something 'new' to stimulate interest here, thanks. Found the composers - struggling with the cantata; is it listenable anywhere, do you think ?


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: shamus on October 21, 2017, 07:45:40 pm
Prokofiev symphonies sort of in order, haven't listened to them for awhile and I wonder why! Loved No. 3 in particular.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on October 21, 2017, 08:41:52 pm
today I got out my old LPs of Shtogarenko Sym #3 and Ukraine-Symphony Cantata


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: shamus on October 23, 2017, 04:40:26 am
Felix Mendelssohn symphonies--with great pleasure!


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on October 23, 2017, 04:52:21 am
Yes... I was doing that today also.   


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: kyjo on October 23, 2017, 06:39:49 pm
Yesterday, Respighi's Church Windows (Philharmonia Orchestra/Geoffrey Simon on Chandos). That final movement, in particular, is absolutely magnificent!


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Dundonnell on October 23, 2017, 06:55:08 pm
Yesterday, Respighi's Church Windows (Philharmonia Orchestra/Geoffrey Simon on Chandos). That final movement, in particular, is absolutely magnificent!

Great work :)


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on October 23, 2017, 08:56:48 pm
Today.. a little Mozart Symphonies 35-41  Karl Bohm and the Berliner Philharmoniker  on DG


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: shamus on October 23, 2017, 09:17:02 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cn6P67D67uk (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cn6P67D67uk)

Ah Respighi, wonderful Respighi, for a visceral and highly pleasurable experience one could watch the above noted performance of "Belkis, Queen of Sheba" on YouTube if inspired to go back to Respighi, as I will soon due, thanks Kyjo for the "jog"!
Today listening to streaming Finnish radio broadcast of Tchaikovsky and a piece by Sebastian Hilli, whom I must research some more.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Neil McGowan on October 23, 2017, 11:58:04 pm
https://youtu.be/Uo-H8IFiikw (https://youtu.be/Uo-H8IFiikw)

Handel's ALCINA at the Bolshoi Theatre  (production on loan from Aix-en-Provence festival, but with a different line-up of international soloists + 2-3 Bolshoi performers).

Musically very together and credible (cond Andrea Marcon, who followed the production from Aix), and sung quite deftly by Heather Engerbretson (Alcina), David Hansen (5* as Ruggiero), Katerina Bradic (Bradamante) and Anna Aglatova (Morgana).

Great to see Moscow can now muster its own baroque players (on baroque oboes, theorboes, recorders), without having to fly them in all the time.  Production elegant but rather uninvolved. Having a 'transformation machine' in the attic (to turn Alcina's various victims into wolves, bears, trees etc) was quite good the first time we saw it...  but the fifth time round was really pushing it a bit.  The palace doesn't fall down when Alcina's powers desert her (despite being rigged with dynamite by Oronte).


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on October 24, 2017, 03:44:32 pm
Just got this in the post today "Russian Composers around 1900"  I'm particularly interested in the Lysenko Overture from Taras Bulba.. Its on the MDG label  with the Beethoven Orchester Bonn.... a live performance.



 https://www.amazon.com/Russian-STEFAN-BEETHOVEN-ORCHESTER-BLUMIER/dp/B0090PX5YY/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1508856245&sr=8-12&keywords=Beethoven+Orchester+Bonn


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Gauk on October 30, 2017, 07:13:10 pm
There was some discussion recently of Sacheverell Coke's piano concertos - I have discovered his 24 preludes have been recorded -

https://www.somm-recordings.com/recording/roger-sacheverell-coke-24-preludes-15-variations-finale/ (https://www.somm-recordings.com/recording/roger-sacheverell-coke-24-preludes-15-variations-finale/)

They are well worth hearing - somewhere between Rachmaninoff and Scriabin.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: shamus on October 30, 2017, 09:47:32 pm
York Bowen Piano Concertos 1-4 and Symphonies 1 and 2


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Elroel on October 30, 2017, 10:21:19 pm
Today I found the composer Jorge E. López.
There quite a few of works on YT.

His symphonies 3 & 4 are very listenable. I'll let me surprise by his other works


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: kyjo on October 31, 2017, 05:45:46 am
Bernstein: Symphony no. 2 The Age of Anxiety (Thibaudet/Alsop/Baltimore SO). Not sure why I had ignored this work for so long. It gets off to a bit of slow start, but Part II contains some of Bernstein's finest music. That ending is glorious!


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cjvinthechair on October 31, 2017, 08:30:32 pm
Bernstein: Symphony no. 2 The Age of Anxiety (Thibaudet/Alsop/Baltimore SO). Not sure why I had ignored this work for so long. It gets off to a bit of slow start, but Part II contains some of Bernstein's finest music. That ending is glorious!
Played the start/end of this yesterday to a group of elderly classical lovers...who were not expecting to enjoy it; they did !

Since I'm here - haven't 'bothered' to post a 'concert' for some while...on the probably accurate assumption the nobody looks at it.
 Tough - it's All Hallows' Eve in England, and the saints are in conflict with the devils (mostly the ones scaring the daylights out of you by hammering on the door demanding a treat...or else); thus there are no lights (except for this small laptop) on in our property, so some 'saintly' music might help the night to pass swiftly & painlessly.

Olivier Messiaen - Hymne au Saint Sacrement
Steven Reineke - The Witch & the Saint
Isadora Zebeljan - The Horses of Saint Mark
Gian Francesco Malipiero - Saint Francis of Assisi
Aita Donostia - Les Trois Miracles de Sainte Cecile
Askold Murov - Symphony no. 6 'Offerings to the Russian Holy Saints

Peace and safety to all.



Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: kyjo on November 04, 2017, 05:34:12 am
Tonight, Palmgren's Piano Concerto no. 2 The River (from a new Alba CD) and Tubin's Symphony no. 6 (Jarvi/BIS). The former is a wonderfully atmospheric and inspiriting score which takes Rachmaninoff as a starting point, but Palmgren has an individual voice. The latter is thunderous, percussive work which is notable for its RVW-esque use of a malevolent, sleazy solo saxophone. I find the hushed ending to be quite moving.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: shamus on November 04, 2017, 02:59:44 pm
Strange new stuff on SoundCloud, composers Henry Ajax, Chris Hung, Voro García, Fabio Cachao---How's that for an unapologetic obsessive compulsive new music seeker?


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Elroel on November 05, 2017, 02:44:37 pm
Strange new stuff on SoundCloud, composers Henry Ajax, Chris Hung, Voro García, Fabio Cachao---How's that for an unapologetic obsessive compulsive new music seeker?

Well, I have a look now. All names you show are new to me.
 Thanks


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: shamus on November 05, 2017, 03:46:39 pm
Giving the Coke concertos another chance, don't know how many times I will need to do that before (or if) I add them to my long list of wonderful listens, but I echo remarks on the other topic that Coke did as much as he could with his life problems and I honor him for that.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Toby Esterhase on November 06, 2017, 01:13:20 am
Old fashioned but amazing works
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Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Gauk on March 12, 2018, 06:59:06 pm
You know me well enough that I'm not likely to write about standard repertoire without good reason. But I have been listening to a new recording of Tchaikovsky 6 by Teodor Currentzis conducting Musica Aeterna, and it really is blow-your-sock-off stuff. Well worth hearing.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on March 12, 2018, 11:51:00 pm
I've been glued to the Bortkiewicz CDs all this weekend and starting today (Monday)   Just got the 2nd and 3rd Piano Concerto.. lovely, along with the 1st Piano Concerto....


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on March 21, 2018, 03:32:36 pm
OK  on tap for today... is Delius's Florida Suite... I've been stuck on Delius here in the last few days.    Interesting to read about his adventures from England to Jacksonville Florida's orange groves and life in N. Florida and then back again to the UK.     I spent a summer in Florida in my late teens, picking oranges... so I can almost smell the orange blossoms when I listen to his music.....

Dave


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on April 03, 2018, 05:35:09 am
on tap today, its been Strauss greatest hits (Jr. and Josef))  with the Royal PO..  having some laughs along the way......


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Baron Scarpia on April 03, 2018, 05:34:03 pm
Yesterday I decided to listen to Debussy's Preludes, Book 1. Started with Warner Haas on Philips but only got through a few before I found distressing distortion due to tape saturation. One of the few times Philips has let me down.  Resumed with Thibaudet of Decca, which I found somewhat less poetic, although there were no problems with audio.

Really fine music, and I think I will listen to Book 1 again with another pianist (Aimard, Monica Haas, Bavouzet, perhaps).


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cilgwyn on April 03, 2018, 06:27:13 pm
On,now. Rimsky-Korsakov's The Tale of Tsar Saltan. What a delightful opera. Rimsky-Korsakov get's allot of flak for having no feel for drama. Yes,it feels more like a sequence of tableaux;but the music is so colourful and lovely. Of course,you get all the music from the famous suite,in between the 'singing bits';and it is quite fascinating to hear these in their original context. (Parts of The famous, Flight of the Bumblebee,which is not part of the suite are actually sung,by one of the female vocalist's).In fact,this opera is so lyrical,and tuneful,and the orchestral interludes are so evocative and colourful,that I find it hard to understand why this opera has been so neglected,on record,and cd;even in "Mother Russia"?!The Melodiya recording I'm listening to is ancient,and in mono;but,mono,or not,I doubt if it could be bettered. So what am I moaning about?!! ::) ;D Lot's of good,old school,Russian singing;and not too wobbly! No,not dramatic;but the lyricism,atmosphere and colourful orchestration keeps my attention. And a lovely fairy tale atmosphere. You'd think the Russians could have given it a stereo recording,though?!!

Lovely! :) :) :) :) :) :)



Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Neil McGowan on April 03, 2018, 06:49:33 pm
You'd think the Russians could have given it a stereo recording,though?!!

Lovely! :) :) :) :) :) :)

It is, indeed, a charming performance - and a pity it wasn't given a stereo treatment at the time.  For anyone who needs a binaural approach, Gergiev's Mariinsky recording has much to recommend it, although I can't help wishing it were a little more deft of hand  ::)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmYpjaxXh6M (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmYpjaxXh6M)

The crisis at the Romanov royal court at that period certainly contributed to the surfeit of 'chocolate-box' operas and ballets of the time, as you rightly say... the breathtaking bravado of Tchaikovsky never really saw a successor - or at least, not until DSCH.  Nevertheless, the innocent gaiety of these end-of-Empire works offers much to enjoy :)  Lovely, indeed :)



Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cilgwyn on April 03, 2018, 07:29:54 pm
You'd think the Russians could have given it a stereo recording,though?!!

Lovely! :) :) :) :) :) :)

It is, indeed, a charming performance - and a pity it wasn't given a stereo treatment at the time.  For anyone who needs a binaural approach, Gergiev's Mariinsky recording has much to recommend it, although I can't help wishing it were a little more deft of hand  ::)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmYpjaxXh6M (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmYpjaxXh6M)

The crisis at the Romanov royal court at that period certainly contributed to the surfeit of 'chocolate-box' operas and ballets of the time, as you rightly say... the breathtaking bravado of Tchaikovsky never really saw a successor - or at least, not until DSCH.  Nevertheless, the innocent gaiety of these end-of-Empire works offers much to enjoy :)  Lovely, indeed :)


Thank you for the link! :) Yes,it's difficult to understand why this lovely opera has been so neglected. I really don't need a libretto,either,to enjoy such lyrical,tuneful music. I can listen to mono;and often rather like it's "period" charm! A score as picturesque,and colourful,as this does really demand stereo,though. The only consolation,is knowing that the recording is so good,it probably couldn't be bettered. The sound is also very clear. A little thin,but just boost the bass a tad! :)

I downloaded an old Lp recording of Tchaikovsky's opera,The Maid of Orleans,the other day. I read up about it,afterwards. Apparently,this is another opera with some colourful,set pieces. I wonder if you've heard it? I haven't listened to it,yet. It might be a little weightier than this;so I may take it,a bit,at a time!!


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Greg K on April 03, 2018, 07:39:31 pm
OK  on tap for today... is Delius's Florida Suite... I've been stuck on Delius here in the last few days.    Interesting to read about his adventures from England to Jacksonville Florida's orange groves and life in N. Florida and then back again to the UK.     

Dave

Except he didn't go back to the UK (not to live, at least, - though permanently as a dead man).

The greatest of his Florida inspired works is "Appalachia" - which shouldn't be missed.  However, there's only one recording that truly nails it, which is the old Hickox/RPO performance (cheap on Amazon but can be tricky to find the listing).  Andrew Davis is truly woeful, and Naxos not much better, while both Barbirolli & Mackerras get only a qualified recommendation from me.  Hickox gets the "ecstatic melancholy" of the piece just perfectly.  It couldn't possibly be bettered.



Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Christo on April 03, 2018, 07:53:18 pm
Swiss composer, Volkmar Andreae (1879-1962) Symphony in C Op. 31 (1919); a masterpiece, 'discovered' thanks to Kyjo.
(https://www.allmusic.com/album/volkmar-andreae-symphony-musik-f%C3%BCr-orchester-kleine-suite-notturno-und-scherzo-mw0002301345)


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Neil McGowan on April 03, 2018, 10:41:14 pm

I downloaded an old Lp recording of Tchaikovsky's opera,The Maid of Orleans,the other day. I read up about it,afterwards. Apparently,this is another opera with some colourful,set pieces. I wonder if you've heard it? I haven't listened to it,yet. It might be a little weightier than this;so I may take it,a bit,at a time!!

Yes, that's a fine piece of writing indeed!  Although written in Russian, it picked-up quite a following internationally when sung in French... for clear reasons, considering the subject matter :-)  It's an unusual example of a mezzo-soprano in the lead role in a Tchaikovsky tragedy.  It's written in the French Grand Opèra genre, and thus it is inclined towards many set-piece numbers, as you say. It was dedicated to Napravnik, who conducted the premiere.

Tchaikovsky would be pilloried for his use of this French genre, which was one of the many reasons (aside from pure vindictive jealousy, of course) behind the 'whispering campaign' launched by Balakirev and chums - to wreck PT's reputation (by suggesting that he was insufficiently patriotic). It wasn't the first time, either.  The same reception came after his earlier Grand Opèra format piece, Oprichnik ('The Assassin'). That work was even closer to the French model, having the traditional mezzo-soprano breeches role for hero's young friend (just like Niklaus/Muse in Hoffman and Siebel in Faust). This aspect drew Balakirev's particular ire...  although the poison-pen 'anonymous' reviews have later been tracked to Cui, who was virulently conservative on this matter.  Oprichnik is a super piece, if you can forgive its outrageously melodramatic blood-and-guts libretto  :)  PT was so distraught by the vicious (ie bought-off) reviews that he disowned the work - not only forbidding further performances in Moscow and St Petersburg, but paying compensation to Jurgenson Publishers, so that they would destroy the copper engraving plates.  >:(   I have a personal fondness for it, since I directed a semi-staged performance of the piece in the kremlin of the medieval city of Ryazan (the home-town of the librettist). Sadly, no recording was made - but open-air acoustics are always very unsatisfactory, so it may be for the best ;)  It gave a career 'boost' to a number of singers who have gone on to appear at the Bolshoi, as well as in Germany and Austria.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: kyjo on April 03, 2018, 11:12:58 pm
Swiss composer, Volkmar Andreae (1879-1962) Symphony in C Op. 31 (1919); a masterpiece, 'discovered' thanks to Kyjo.
(https://www.allmusic.com/album/volkmar-andreae-symphony-musik-f%C3%BCr-orchester-kleine-suite-notturno-und-scherzo-mw0002301345)

So glad you enjoyed it, Johan! :) It is indeed a deeply impressive work and I feel many other members of this forum might feel the same.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Baron Scarpia on April 04, 2018, 03:14:02 pm
Debussy, Preludes, Book 1 again. This time Aimard's recording. Dramatically different piano sound, recorded from a more distance, reverberant perspective. Richer bass, more atmospheric, less clarity of articulation just based on the audio engineering technique.

Also a satisfying account of the music, easier to wallow in, but perhaps I got more out of the Thibaudet recording.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cilgwyn on April 04, 2018, 03:33:52 pm
On,now. Jochum's 1960 dg recording of Weber's Der Freischutz. This is the first one I ever heard,courtesy of the local library,and still my favourite. A magnificent recording,full of atmosphere. I particularly like Kurt Böhme’s dark,sinister sounding Kaspar. The scene in the Wolf Glen is thrilling. My second favourite,is the 1958 emi Keilberth recording. It might even be my favourite,if I hadn't heard the Jochum first! (And the one I knew,when I was young;along with,Kleiber's recording which didn't really "do" much for me!) Both superb recordings. Not much to choose from them,really! The Keilberth has more dialogue though;and probably tops the Jochum really,for shivers,in the Wolf Glen. It also has Rudolf Schock;another favourite of mine!


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cilgwyn on April 04, 2018, 05:36:02 pm
On,now.....or it will be!! (I just turned it for a few minutes,to listen to the news!! ::) ;D) Anyway,once I've got fed up with all the bad news,it will be back to Schumann's only opera (as many here,will know?) Genoveva. It only arrived this morning,so I haven't listened to it,yet! Anyway......I'm given to understand that,despite the rotten libretto,the opera actually contains allot of really worthwhile,and,indeed,very fine music. The Masur recording also has an excellent cast. Going by personal experience;just because an opera libretto is poor,doesn't mean it isn't an enjoyable listen? Strangely enough,some operas with lousy librettos make enjoyable listening,while some operas with really good librettos can be a complete bore. Obviously,it does help,though!!! Fortunately,via a cd player,it doesn't matter quite so much. Anyway,as far as I can make out;the plot of Genoveva is quite good fun,in a hokey kind of way! The Overture,another matter,of course! I also bought,Schubert's Alfonso und Estrella,by the way;which critical and historical opinion has placed in pretty much the same category. Unfortunately,my copy is in the Post Office at the moment.....and it's closed!! :( Again.it's supposed to contain allot of very good music. In fact,I know some people rave about it's many delight's!! Thanks to the label Brilliant;these didn't cost too much!
Right,I'm fed up with the news now.............. ;D


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: jimmatt on April 04, 2018, 06:02:25 pm
All six of Rufinatscha's symphonies. Liked No. 4 the best. Over the weekend I listened to as many of Bartok's orchestral works as I could find, was blown away by Bluebeard's Castle, not understanding a single word.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cilgwyn on April 04, 2018, 06:39:51 pm
Right,I am listening to Schumann's Genoveva,now. After the Overture,the opening just grabs you straightaway,with a lovely chorus. Lot's of beautiful and very lyrical singing and duetting,and romantic orchestration. Then another chorus.This one,very rousing,indeed!  Everything I've heard.........so far,is an absolute delight. No drumming of fingers! Not yet,anyway! ;D This is,definitely,my cup of tea;dodgy libretto,or not. I haven't listened to the end,yet,though! This recording was,of course,made back in the days,when less well known operas were recorded with a top notch cast,and,more than often than not,world class soloists. It does help! There does seem to be allot of  very beautiful music here;but obviously,with a work like this,a poor,or uneven cast,is only going to help confirm any preconceived opinion that,it's not just the libretto that's at fault! Fortunately,that is not the case here! :) Lovely! The opera seems just chock full of beauty,incident and colour! Where has it been all my life,so far?!! ;D Edda Moser had a lovely sound to her voice,incidentally. I love her as Hanna Glawari in Wallberg's recording of The Merry Widow,and she's magnificent as the Queen of the Night,in Sawallisch's emi electrola recording of The Magic Flute.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on April 04, 2018, 07:19:24 pm
I've got Veracini's Complete Overtures and Concertos Vol 1 on tap.   Enjoying this baroque music... hope I don't go broke buying them!! 
(why didn't Handel go shopping?   He was baroque!!)


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cilgwyn on April 04, 2018, 08:06:18 pm
On,now. Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande,in the 1952 recording by Ernest Ansermet;as reissued by Decca Eloquence. A wonderfully atmospheric recording. Unsurprisingly,this opera feels pretty focused after Schumann's Genoveva;as lovely as,allot of that score,undoubtedly is!!! I love the mysterious world this opera (the,Debussy) evokes.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Toby Esterhase on April 05, 2018, 12:27:28 am
A good example of zhdanovian symphony:
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Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Dundonnell on April 05, 2018, 12:56:33 am
"Zhdanovian"??

Is that not rather insulting?


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Toby Esterhase on April 05, 2018, 02:30:37 am
"Zhdanovian"??

Is that not rather insulting?
Dear Dundonnell
I was speaking of Zhdanov's aestehics (also if he died three years before) not poilitical judgement
Best


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Baron Scarpia on April 05, 2018, 08:28:59 am
Today, took a slightly different tack (well, did listen to another set of Debussy Preludes Bk 1, Monique Haas, a worthy performance). But decided to listen to some orchestral music and settled on Vaughan Williams Symphony No 3 (the pastorale). I listened to a recording I have not head before, Andre Previn conducting the London Symphony Orchestra (the newly remastered set from RCA). Really a splendid performance, especially some thrilling work by the horns in the third movement, and a very impressive catharsis in the finale. Overall, a very satisfying experience.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cilgwyn on April 05, 2018, 10:57:14 am
On now,Robert Simpson's third symphony. I love those 'space-y' sounds at the beginning! :)

After all that debate on the Robert Simpson thread at the GMG Forum,I decided to have another go at his symphonies. I used to have the Unicorn Lp of Simpson's third,when I was a youngster. Anyway,I was going through a pile of cd-r's recently. One of them had Simpson's third,on it. After listening to it;I thought I would forget about it. Despite some of the negative comments on the Simpson thread;parts of the third kept niggling away in my head,and I just had to hear it on a "proper" cd. I also fancied listening to the Fifth. I remembered the way it all seems to break out into all this energy and violence,then dying away,rather spectacularly,and 'literally', towards the end. Something,like that,anyway?!! ::) ;D At any rate,I ended up buying s/h copies of 3 & 5 and No 9 (both of which,I had before) and No's 2 & 4;which I don't know;but I am aware that the Fourth is rated highly by Simpson admirers. I must say,I also love the photos on the front of some of those releases!! The final straw was looking through the Simpson thread and reading that Dundonnell rates Simpson's cycle as one of the most important in twentieth century music (or something along those lines? I can't check,at the moment,because the GMG is down!). I just had to buy them ,then!! And after buying those Lyrita Fricker cd's,I felt I needed another British symphony cycle. So,there they are now......waiting to be played!

I'm listening to the second movement,now. I like this. I find it absorbing.......food for thought! I like the way it follows on after all that pounding and energy!


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Dundonnell on April 05, 2018, 03:47:24 pm
"Zhdanovian"??

Is that not rather insulting?
Dear Dundonnell
I was speaking of Zhdanov's aestehics (also if he died three years before) not poilitical judgement
Best

I am not sure that Zhdanov had any aesthetic judgment that was not entirely based on political postures.

But let us pass on.......


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Dundonnell on April 05, 2018, 03:52:38 pm
Today, took a slightly different tack (well, did listen to another set of Debussy Preludes Bk 1, Monique Haas, a worthy performance). But decided to listen to some orchestral music and settled on Vaughan Williams Symphony No 3 (the pastorale). I listened to a recording I have not head before, Andre Previn conducting the London Symphony Orchestra (the newly remastered set from RCA). Really a splendid performance, especially some thrilling work by the horns in the third movement, and a very impressive catharsis in the finale. Overall, a very satisfying experience.


At his best- in the late 1960s and 1970s, at the helm of the London Symphony Orchestra, Previn was a truly magnificent conductor. His mastery of the idiom of RVW (and, eg, Walton) was absolutely brilliant and I agree totally about the Pastoral.

It is such a pity that, unlike most conductors, he seems to have "peaked" too young.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Dundonnell on April 05, 2018, 04:03:49 pm
Cilgwyn, you refer to an extended debate about Robert Simpson on GMG. This is one of the reasons I don't bother returning there. We could debate the music of a particular composer until the cows came home. Sometimes that debate is worth having and worth extending. Discussion is to be encouraged after all

However it can get to the point (and if I recall correctly through the mists of time it did with Simpson) that I certainly can say no more on the subject. Simpson's "sound world"- which is ultimately what appeals to me-may not attract or impress others. I happen to think that his Symphonies Nos. 2, 4 and 9 are masterpieces. I happen to think that No.9 is one of the greatest 20th century symphonies but I find most Delius tedious, most Rachmaninov nauseating, most Mozart boring.......so, what do I know


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cilgwyn on April 05, 2018, 04:28:40 pm
I'm listening to the Fourth,now! I'm rather enjoying it,actually. I think I may have been wrong,or even a bit of a cissy ! ;D) to have given up on them,so quickly,last time around?! This music has an elemental power. It sounds very angry when it's loud;and I can certainly see what calyptorhyncus means about his use of brass! Wow! I remember being very much taken by his Ninth symphony,when I first heard it. I remember being so enthusiastic about it,I made my late mother sit all the way through it!! ::) ;D

I've got to say;I love the way he builds his his music up. There's a feeling of orchestral power,there. Big blocks of sound,with the brass,literally,blazing.The photo's on the front do seem apt. Cosmic!! I think I've got to side with the Simpson admirers,here. I think I'm really feeling excited about what I'm hearing!!


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Dundonnell on April 05, 2018, 04:41:44 pm
I'm listening to the Fourth,now! I'm rather enjoying it,actually. I think I may have been wrong,or even a bit of a cissy ! ;D) to have given up on them,so quickly,last time around?! This music has an elemental power. It sounds very angry when it's loud;and I can certainly see what calyptorhyncus means about his use of brass! Wow! I remember being very much taken by his Ninth symphony,when I first heard it;I remember being so enthusiastic about it,I made my late mother sit all the way through it!! ::) ;D

I've got to say;I love the way he builds his his music up. There's a feeling of orchestral power,there. Big blocks of sound,with the brass,literally,blazing.The photo's on the front do seem apt. Cosmic!! I think I've got to side with the Simpson admirers,here. I think I'm really feeling excited about what I'm hearing!!

The only problem with the Fourth-as I have said repeatedly-is that the slow movement is not slow enough!! Simpson revised his original conception to avoid the movement being "too emotional" and subsequently regretted that decision. Someone should return to the original score and re-record it. One of my biggest regrets is deleting my recording of the premiere :'(


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on April 05, 2018, 07:01:21 pm
In the CD player is actually an old ASV CD of 18th Century British Symphonies.. the John Collett Symphony no 2 is an enjoyable piec :'(e.    Wish ASV was still around   ???


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Dundonnell on April 05, 2018, 08:08:09 pm
I agree about ASV. They recorded a number of obscure British concertos currently unavailable


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Christo on April 05, 2018, 10:12:06 pm
I am not sure that Zhdanov had any aesthetic judgment that was not entirely based on political postures.
Zhdanov didn't, probably, but Khrennikov certainly had. Later in his life he was known for his support of younger Soviet composers.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on April 06, 2018, 03:19:18 am
I think my music collection has grown at least 3 times since I joined this forum... oh well  happy listening! ;D


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Christo on April 06, 2018, 09:16:51 am
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Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cilgwyn on April 06, 2018, 12:14:55 pm
A very embarassing confession,now!! ::) :-[ After posting enthusiastically about the Simpson's Fourth,I went downstairs. I was surprised that the cd,of the Second and Fourth,also,included a talk by Simpson;and the display on the mini hi-fi read track 17!!!! I then discovered that the wrong cd's were in the jewel boxes. No's 2 & 4,were in the case for No 9;and,well,vice-versa!! ::) :-[ In my defence! ::) ;D I tend to listen to music via wireless headphones. Good,Senheisser,ones,though. More often than not,I am anywhere other than in the vicinity of the cd display. I had also been out and about,in between listening to,the cd's of No's 9 & 2 & 4;and I hadn't heard his Ninth,in around fifteen years! It's still an embarassing mistake,though. It's really to know,isn't it...... that there are such discerning listeners here?!! Nevertheles....... ;D;I do,stand by the contents of my post;but let's say that they referred to the Ninth,even though,I thought I was listening to the Fourth!!!! ::) ;D

I did go on to listen to the Second and Fourth then;after carefully ensuring that I knew what I was listening to,first! ::) ;D These are complex pieces of music;and I think you do need to get your head around them. They're not as immediately digestible as the third. I have heard it said that Simpson is a bit like Nielsen,without the tunes. I really don't think tunes are always vital to enjoying a symphony. What is important,imho,with Simpson's symphonies,is the way he builds his argument. The fact you can't hum them over the dishes afterwards,really isn't that important,as far as I'm concerned. What does bother me is a symphony that seems motiveless or lacking in direction. There's no sense of purpose,or end goal. Daniel Jones' symphonies aren't particularly tuneful (although there is a lyrical nature there,somewhere) but I get allot of enjoyment,and satisfaction from listening to them. There is a purposefulness and unfolding logic,an argument that holds my attention,throughout. As to Simpson's perceived coldness. I'm not sure that prevents me from enjoying his music? I can certainly think of warmer hearted composers,who bore me to tears! But we'll see?!!


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Christo on April 06, 2018, 12:35:19 pm
I'm listening to the Fourth, now! I'm rather enjoying it, actually. I think I may have been wrong,or even a bit of a cissy ! ;D) to have given up on them,so quickly,last time around?! This music has an elemental power. It sounds very angry when it's loud;and I can certainly see what calyptorhyncus means about his use of brass! Wow! I remember being very much taken by his Ninth symphony,when I first heard it. I remember being so enthusiastic about it, I made my late mother sit all the way through it!! ::) ;D

I've got to say;I love the way he builds his his music up. There's a feeling of orchestral power,there. Big blocks of sound,with the brass,literally,blazing.The photo's on the front do seem apt. Cosmic!! I think I've got to side with the Simpson admirers,here. I think I'm really feeling excited about what I'm hearing!!
Explains it all.  ;D


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cilgwyn on April 06, 2018, 01:05:45 pm
 :-[ :-[ :-[ ;D
On,now...........and I just double checked the cd,before putting it on!! :( ;D Lortzing's Der Opernprobe. I think this delightful,and very tuneful little opera (singspiel,really),is my favourite Lortzing opera,after his Der Wildschutz! Absolutely,winning;and not much about it on the internet. A bit of a find,imho. Also,nice and short (only one cd!). The performances,on this Cpo recording,are excellent. Some choice sound effects,add to the atmosphere of the recording;and the performers sound as if they're having great fun! Apparently,it sends up the operatic conventions of the day? But after my earlier post........heck,what do I know?!! :-[ ::)

I had Schubert's Alfonso und Estrella on,a bit earlier. An operatic failiure,as far as the libretto and history is concerned;but Schubert's music is just lovely. Some of the duets between the two lead male soloists were exceptionally melodious. The recording,conducted but Suitner;and available on the Brilliant label,is excellent!


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cilgwyn on April 06, 2018, 01:53:16 pm
On now,Dukas' wonderful opera,Ariane et Barbe-bleue;in the recording,conducted by Armin Jordan. The dazzlingly,sumptuous orchestration absolutely glitters. In some ways,it's more like a massive tone poem with some operatic singing. No need to follow a libretto,just enjoy! :) :) :)


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Dundonnell on April 06, 2018, 02:44:22 pm
All this should be joy for Neil who regrets that there is not more discussion of opera on this forum


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Neil McGowan on April 06, 2018, 02:57:45 pm
It is indeed, and I shall be looking out the Dukas as soon as time permits  :-)


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on April 06, 2018, 03:39:10 pm
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Yes I have the Brun cycle..   I need to give them a fresh listen too!


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cilgwyn on April 07, 2018, 11:59:19 am
On,now! Eugene d'albert's opera,Die Toten Augen,on the Cpo label. I bought his opera,Tiefland;and after reading all the reviews,I just couldn't resist this one. Lush,sumptuously,beautiful orchestration;but not in a ott way,like Schreker;and less overpowering than Richard Strauss,in his noisier operas.  I'd say,it's more refined. More lyrical. Some of the orchestration I'm listening to now,is very beautiful indeed. It reminds me of Korngold,here;but it has a quality all of it's own. I haven't listened to Tiefland,yet! This is a bit of a find by Cpo,imho!





Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Neil McGowan on April 07, 2018, 12:32:55 pm
Eugene d'Albert

One of the most unusually-named Scotsmen you might find :-)   I don't (yet!) know Die Toten Augen, but I can aver that the reviews you've read of Tiefland are richly deserved - so you have much pleasure ahead :-)

In addition to three solid piano concertos for Dundonnell to relish, there are no less than 18 (!) operas. The title which most intrigues me is Der Golem - premiered, oddly, in Frankfurt, while Tiefland was first heard in Prague  (one might expect things the other way round, hmmm?).  Apparently there is a recording on MDG, which I must try to look out. Anyone know it?


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cilgwyn on April 07, 2018, 01:25:12 pm
Eugene d'Albert

One of the most unusually-named Scotsmen you might find :-)   I don't (yet!) know Die Toten Augen, but I can aver that the reviews you've read of Tiefland are richly deserved - so you have much pleasure ahead :-)

In addition to three solid piano concertos for Dundonnell to relish, there are no less than 18 (!) operas. The title which most intrigues me is Der Golem - premiered, oddly, in Frankfurt, while Tiefland was first heard in Prague  (one might expect things the other way round, hmmm?).  Apparently there is a recording on MDG, which I must try to look out. Anyone know it?
I was nearly put off Die Toten Augen by some of the descriptions of lush,sumptuous orchestration. Schreker's a bit too OTT,and murky,for me. The big surprise here,is that some of it sounds more like Korngold.......yet, different. Quite 'film-ic in places. The singing is more lyrical than Schreker,too. It's not one of those operas too,where the orchestration is gorgeous,but the singing is just tuneless hectoring. Some of it is quite refined. You can just sit back and wallow in the beauty of the orchestration and singing,without bothering about the libretto. I don't know about the libretto;but listening to this makes me think that his unrecorded operas are definitely worth investigating! The man certainly could orchestrate! And yes,I was very intrigued by Der Golem. Only the s/h prices,I saw,and some expressed reservations about some of the performances of individual singers and the sound of the orchestra;put me off. Weighing up the pro's and cons;the possibility of a better recording is remote (although,you never know?!) and it does sound very intriguing! Both the story and the descriptions of his late sound world! I have only two MDG recordings (of Draeseke) in my collection,and they are splendidly recorded and presented. Incidentally,the singing on this recording is superb,all round. Unlike,the otherwise,very good,The Bloody Nun (La Nonne Sanglante) by Gounod,which is marred by a tenor with bleating tone. I was listening to it last week. I kept thinking,"Oh,dear,if only he wasn't in it. How much more can I stand of this?" Fortunately,the vigor of the performances,and Gounod's colourful,and fun,score (fun story too;I loved The Monk,when I was a youngster!) do take over after a while!  But just that one singer!!!! ::)


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cilgwyn on April 07, 2018, 02:42:46 pm
Playing here,now. Eugene d'albert's Tiefland. Yes,it's a beautiful score. I picked the RCA recording with Rudolf Schock because I like his singing. Funnily enough,I didn't used to,so much. With time and age I've come to enjoy the aristocratic cut of his ringing tenor! Looking at his photo's I can imagine some ladies being impressed. I like him in Stolz's complete operetta and the Keilberth Der Freischutz,too. This sound world is different from Die Toten Augen. More restrained,to suit the material,but there is the same mastery of orchestration.

Incidentally,I have to believe those things I write about Schreker,not being my cup of tea. If I bought one,I might end up wanting them all?!!! ::) ;D


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Neil McGowan on April 07, 2018, 03:12:15 pm
Luckily Tiefland somehow clung to its hard-won spot in the repertories of many German opera theatres - so there's a good choice of recordings to be had, if you don't object to a few mono ones.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: jimmatt on April 07, 2018, 06:41:49 pm
Piano concertos by Miriam Hyde.
Borodin's opera Prince Igor.
Busoni Op. 39--never get tired of it, may listen to it again later, too.
Yesterday Louise Farrenc three symphonies.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cilgwyn on April 08, 2018, 11:14:30 am
Playing here,now. Robert Simpson's Second symphony. I've been listening to this cd (and it is the right one this time,I have checked! ;D) since last night. I seem to be hooked on "Nielsen without the tunes",and wondering how long I can resist the urge to collect the remaining cd's in the series. I like the way he builds up his ideas. There is an unfolding logic. None of that feeling of aimlessness you get in some lesser symphonies. I love the quieter moments,too. They really curl into the corners of your mind and hold your attention (well,they do mine!). They never seem to be just put there,because it's a symphony,and you put quiet bits there! To be honest,I can't really understand why I wasn't won over by these symphonies the first time around? I really like what I'm hearing. Oh,and I don't find them particularly cold,either. In fact,I feel a warmth to their Beethovenian,fiery spirit! ;D


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cilgwyn on April 08, 2018, 01:01:28 pm
On now,the second movement of Simpson's third. I remember,like vandermolen,feeling less enthusiastic about this movement than the rest of the symphony. Now,after all that pounding energy, it seems like the only logical step. It feels just right! :)


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: cilgwyn on April 08, 2018, 02:21:30 pm
Playing,now. Robert Simpson's Ninth. One can admire the structure;but I think I preferred 2,3,4 & 5.


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Christo on April 08, 2018, 09:33:16 pm
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Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on April 08, 2018, 10:39:21 pm
some Estonian choir music for a Sunday   C Kreek    (http://www.vanaraamat.ee/Cyrillus_Kreek_Vaimulikud_rahvaviisid_Melodia_1989_38582-237.htm)


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on April 12, 2018, 04:59:02 pm
William Boyce (1711-1779)  his 8 Symphonies on the Archiv label.... some baroque for Thursday.   I am really enjoying the recordings on the Archiv label of the English Concert with Trevor Pinnock conducting.     Is Archiv a division of DG?


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Christo on April 12, 2018, 07:16:40 pm
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Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on April 12, 2018, 08:21:07 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLvi9eiDGJ8

Robert Schumann's symphony no 1 and no 3.... Naxos label


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: dhibbard on April 13, 2018, 05:46:15 pm
today's offering on the turntable (CD) is  Ignaz Pleyel: Symphonies in B Flat & G / Flute Concerto in C    on the Naxos label.
Sinfonia Finlandia Jyvaskyla (Orchestra)


some notes:
Considered by Joseph Haydn to his best student, Ignaz Pleyel (1757-1831) learned well, composing in a wide variety of genres before founding a music publishing company and a piano manufacturer. Counted among his works are 41 symphonies, 70 string quartets, 17 quintets, and numerous trios, duets, and concertos. Considered by Mozart to be Haydn’s likely successor, he’s not quite viewed that way today. In his time, he was the most popular composer in Vienna.

Written some time before 1784, the four movement B Flat Symphony opens with a sweeping ‘Allegro assai’ in a supple triple meter. Displaying a deft use of large scale forces, Pleyel employs hushed urgency in the strings against appealing orchestral color supplied by the winds and horns. Although set in major, long passages spool out in minor, giving this impressive 1st section a dark and dramatic undertone. Mincing violins and playful oboes enliven the following movement, a quirky ‘Andantino’ that is in F Major. Broad horns initiate the sturdy ‘Minuetto’ while the contrasting trio is full of sophisticated grace. Bristling with driving energy, the closing ‘Allegro’ is a vigorous rondo with engaging syncopation.

Also penned before 1784, the symphony in G Major begins with a breathless triple metered ‘Allegro assai’ as the initial section. An unfailing good nature prevails, despite the brief excursions into minor, which serve to create a nuanced contrast rather developing emotional depth. Above all, taste and elegance predominate. Composed in G Minor, the ensuing ‘Andante’ is exquisite. Over ominous figures in the lower strings, the violins weave a melancholy melody whose somber tone is that is matched in the central passage. With horns soaring overhead, a single oboe spins an enchanting echo. After the delightful ‘Minuetto’ that is characterized by a charmingly hesitant rhythm, a sparkling ‘Presto’ closes the work. Bright and lively, the sunny finale features brisk pacing without feeling hurried or frenetic.

Formal and deliberate, the opening ‘Allegro” of the C Major Flute Concerto sets the stage for the liquid tones of the soloist, who exhibits a formidable technique. Composed much later, probably in the late 1790’s, the three movement work effortlessly intersperses the orchestral backing among the breath patterns of the single wind. Characterized by high dynamic contrasts, the symphonic support is balanced and appropriate, particularly in the pianissimo passages during the inventive flute solos. After a series of spiraling triplets in the orchestra that introduces the F Major ‘Adagio’, a single silvery note flying high above announces the solo wind instrument. With a warmly welcoming tone and just a hint of vibrato, Patrick Gallois delivers the delicate passion inherent in this superb middle movement. Complete with hunting horn calls, the final ‘Allegretto molto’ is a rousing rondo that bring the concerto and the disc to a joyful conclusion.

Issued in 2010, the excellent recording is crisp and sharply detailed. Under the adept direction of Patrick Gallois, the 38 member Sinfonia Finlandia Jyvaskla brings a skilled and enthusiastic reading to these three symphonic works of Pleyel. Fine examples of his considerable talent, they offer a compelling argument to support Mozart and show why Pleyel was so highly regarded in his day.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s64Bs6i-ESU


Title: Re: What are you listening to today?
Post by: Christo on October 25, 2018, 09:48:32 am
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The Blue Bird
Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1
Norfolk Rhapsody No. 2
David Matthews: Norfolk March [=Norfolk Rhapsody No. 3]
Variations for Orchestra
Music for an EFDS Masque
Christmas Overture

The 16 minutes score of the incidental music to Maeterlinck's play The Blue Bird (1913) one that isn't even mentioned in Michael Kennedy's Catalogue; and a very welcome surprise it is!