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1  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / General musical discussion / Re: What are you currently listening to? on: Today at 04:59:39 pm
No,actually,not that old! I just remember my grandmother (the English one! My mother's mum! My father's Welsh  side of the family,being more into welsh hymns!) had a 78 of Charlie Kunz,which she used to play on her big old radiogram (Remember those?! A lovely one! It played Lp's & 78's! Huge! Like a big,polished wooden chest,with a lid on top! When they moved to Wales from London,it mysteriously,stopped working! The crappy one with the crackly knobs surviving the arduous journey! Roll Eyes Sad)
I was going to put that a little more politely;but I had to rush out! Apologies,for that! Roll Eyes
2  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / General musical discussion / Re: What are you currently listening to? on: Today at 04:58:29 pm
Anton Rubinstein: Symphony No 2,Ouverture triomphale Op.43,Sérénade russe No.1,Valse caprice (arr. Karl Müller-Berghaus),Trot de cavalerie (arr. ?)  Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra / George Hanson    MDG



Well,what a difference a decent recording & performance make! Shocked Smiley I've always rather like the "Ocean" Symphony,since I first heard it as a youngster,on an old Turnabout Lp,borrowed from my local library ( sadly,never reissued on cd!) and I profess to enjoy some of his other music! For some reason I had overlooked this cd,which arrived today! Finally,the "Ocean" Symphony played decently & in really good sound quality! And the other pieces sound lovely too. In fact,in their own,un demanding way they all sound quite delightful,here. (And the Overture is great fun!) It's almost as if a veil has been lifted! The horns,the strings,the playing! Ooooh! Smiley The opening to the "Ocean" Symphony sounds quite lovely here! There is simply no comparison with those effort's on Russian Disc and Marco Polo! Poor old Anton Rubinstein! He really does deserve better! What a pity MDG didn't record some more of the symphonies! (Come on Cpo,Hyperion!) Of course,others may (will! Rubinstein must be one of the most rubbished composers in music history);but hearing these orchestral works in performances as good & well recorded as this surprised,even,me!
3  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Individual composers / Anton Rubinstein (1829-1894) on: Today at 04:55:13 pm
Anton Rubinstein: Symphony No 2,Ouverture triomphale Op.43,Sérénade russe No.1,Valse caprice (arr. Karl Müller-Berghaus),Trot de cavalerie (arr. ?)  Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra / George Hanson    MDG



Well,what a difference a decent recording & performance make! Shocked Smiley I've always rather like the "Ocean" Symphony,since I first heard it as a youngster,on an old Turnabout Lp,borrowed from my local library ( sadly,never reissued on cd!) and I profess to enjoy some of his other music! For some reason I had overlooked this cd,which arrived today! Finally,the "Ocean" Symphony played decently & in really good sound quality! And the other pieces sound lovely too. In fact,in their own,un demanding way they all sound quite delightful,here. (And the Overture is great fun!) It's almost as if a veil has been lifted! The horns,the strings,the playing! Ooooh! Smiley The opening to the "Ocean" Symphony sounds quite lovely here! There is simply no comparison with those effort's on Russian Disc and Marco Polo! Poor old Anton Rubinstein! He really does deserve better! What a pity MDG didn't record some more of the symphonies! (Come on Cpo,Hyperion!) Of course,others may (will! Rubinstein must be one of the most rubbished composers in music history);but hearing these orchestral works in performances as good & well recorded as this surprised,even,me!
4  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / General musical discussion / Re: What are you currently listening to? on: Today at 02:01:36 pm
No,actually,not that old! I just remember my grandmother (the English one! My mother's mum! My father's Welsh  side of the family,being more into welsh hymns!) had a 78 of Charlie Kunz,which she used to play on her big old radiogram (Remember those?! A lovely one! It played Lp's & 78's! Huge! Like a big,polished wooden chest,with a lid on top! When they moved to Wales from London,it mysteriously,stopped working! The crappy one with the crackly knobs surviving the arduous journey! Roll Eyes Sad)
5  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / General musical discussion / Re: What are you currently listening to? on: May 19, 2022, 08:51:00 pm
Well,this is it! I remember some lady telling me,when I was young,"You don't get something for nothing!"  "Old battle axe! How materialistic!" I thought. But,as fearsome as she was,looking back on it. She was right! All the great musicians,composers,writers,artists had to work hard to get where they did! Or,at least,achieve what they did! (Even if the world ended up not wanting to know!) What makes it,particularly difficult,is that,unlike allot of other kinds of work,it involves a degree of self discipline! Which is the hardest part of it,in some ways! But,if I'd gritted my teeth & gone to those 'boring' piano lessons & practised I could have been a musician? Maybe not up there with the greats! (Or even Charlie Kunz?!! Grin) Maybe,my mind was on something else?  (Girls?!! Roll Eyes Grin)
6  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / General musical discussion / Re: What are you currently listening to? on: May 19, 2022, 07:29:01 pm
Yes,the great composers do seem to dig a little (allot) deeper. There's a spiritual or visionary quality. A humanity and universality of expression. It's hard to pin down what is exactly! But you know it when you hear it!

You're lucky to have ever played music like that,Lionel! I think I managed to master The March of the Wooden Soldiers & that was about it! I was doing quite well with my piano tuition,apparently. But as soon as it was time for my father to take me to my lessons I was nowhere to be found!! Roll Eyes

Actually,I only bought this set because the Piano Trio No 1 on the Beaux Arts Trio 2 cd set,which includes the Piano Quintet & Piano Quartet is split between cd's! This set sounds very good to me ears,though and the sound quality is what you might expect from Chandos,at their best! (I've been listening to it all day,actually!)

7  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / General musical discussion / Re: What are you currently listening to? on: May 19, 2022, 01:24:16 pm
Robert Schumann: The Three Piano Trios,Fantasiestücke      The Borodin Trio  Chandos 2 cd's



Lovely,lyrical,surging,passionate,heartfelt,romantic! Some of the not very technical words that come to mind when listening to these outpouring's from another one of those tragic,tortured geniuses. Sumptuous sound in the best Chandos tradition and fantastic playing from The Borodin Trio. Chamber music heaven?!! Aaaaaaah! Smiley (As in chamber music not chamber pot!! Yes,I'm old enough to remember those! Shocked Grin)
8  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / General musical discussion / Re: What are you currently listening to? on: May 17, 2022, 07:29:28 pm
Brahms: Serenades 1 & 2,Academic Festival & Tragic Overtures,Haydn Variations,Alto Rhapsody (Janet Baker) LPO/ LSO /Sir Adrian Boult    emi 2 cd's



Boult's recordings of Brahms are magnificent. The Serenades are glorious,perhaps underrated pieces?! Janet Baker in the lovely Alto Rhapsody. What a voice! Still with us at 88 years old. This is a fantastic collection.
9  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / General musical discussion / Re: What are you currently listening to? on: May 17, 2022, 07:18:00 pm
So would I,to be quite honest! I must admit I like the big orchestra  for my Handel (and Bach,too!). That's the one thing I agree with AH about. (Oh,and the dodgy singer who makes an otherwise excellent premiere recording almost unlistenable! Roll Eyes) Credit where it's due (Spitting in pan! Roll Eyes)

NB: I mean that AH! Not the one who lost the war Grin! (At least,I think I do?!! Grin)
10  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / General musical discussion / Re: Musical look-a-likes! on: May 17, 2022, 04:56:07 pm
I should have added typed up the rest of what Siepmann said! Roll Eyes I must admit I was just doing a take on Private Eye's,long running,look-a-like's! There certainly is a resemblance,physically! And the hair! Unfortunately,much as I profess to enjoy some of Rubinstein's music,the resemblance ends there! (Although,one must not forget his pianistic prowess!)

"Beethoven’s bastard’ he was sometimes called, due to the supposedly striking physical resemblance between Anton Rubinstein and posthumous mentor. If true, it would have betokened the longest human pregnancy on record: Rubinstein was born two years after Beethoven’s death."

https://classicalmjourney.blogspot.com/2016/04/anton-rubinstein-piano-works-leslie.html

As might be expected, Siepmann phrased it more elegantly than I could have done! Wink
Actually,reading that,just now,made me laugh! Grin
11  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / General musical discussion / Re: What are you currently listening to? on: May 17, 2022, 04:53:35 pm
Goldmark: Rustic Wedding Symphony   (+ Handel: The Faithful Shepherd)   RPO/ Beecham      Sony

     

Lovely,jubbly! Smiley A classic account in glorious mono (albeit not the finest of the period,but the ear's soon adjust!) The cd begin's with one of Beecham's Handel confections!

Shocking confession! ! I'd rather listen to one of Beecham's recording's of Handel arrangement's than some of those HIP horrors,any day! Shocked Albeit,his Messiah goes a tad too far,even for me! (My favourite recording is the one conducted by Karl Richter,on Deutsche Grammophon!)

I also like Maurice Abravanel's recording of the Rustic Wedding Symphony,very much. I have the BIS recording which pairs it with his Second Symphony,which isn't on the same level of inspiration,unfortunately. Although,it's interesting to hear,a pleasant listen & it has some nice writing (for horn,I believe? I'll need another listen!). I think the Rustic Wedding is a lovely piece!
12  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / General musical discussion / Re: Musical look-a-likes! on: May 17, 2022, 03:31:53 pm
I should have added typed up the rest of what Siepmann said! Roll Eyes I must admit I was just doing a take on Private Eye's,long running,look-a-like's! There certainly is a resemblance,physically! And the hair! Unfortunately,much as I profess to enjoy some of Rubinstein's music,the resemblance ends there! (Although,one must not forget his pianistic prowess!)

"Beethoven’s bastard’ he was sometimes called, due to the supposedly striking physical resemblance between Anton Rubinstein and posthumous mentor. If true, it would have betokened the longest human pregnancy on record: Rubinstein was born two years after Beethoven’s death."

https://classicalmjourney.blogspot.com/2016/04/anton-rubinstein-piano-works-leslie.html
13  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / General musical discussion / Re: What are you currently listening to? on: May 17, 2022, 03:11:35 pm
Joachim Raff: String Quartet No 1 and No 7 "Die schöne Müllerin"   Quartetto di Milano      Tudor



Lovely! Smiley Much as I enjoy his symphonies (and some other orchestral works) I think if Raff's music really was to,somehow,get back into the concert halls,I think it would be via his chamber music,which is where he really excels. And how could I resist a programatic,string quartet? (Just don't click on the "Buy" button,man!! Roll Eyes Grin). Subtitled ‘Die schöne Müllerin’,the movement's have titles ('The young man',The maid of the mill',The prenuptial party,etc). It's all very romantic and lyrical,gently wafting out of the wireless headphone ear pieces! Away dull care! Grin No surprise then,that this was the most popular of Raff's string quartet's.  According to Michael Cookson at Musicweb,"The score is overflowing with refinement and charm but rather wanting in ardour and adventure...." Well,even Raff at his best is no Schubert! But Cookson goes on to add"....a viewpoint that was also often levelled at Mendelssohn’s scores". Eschewing traditional sonata form,Raff described it as a "cyclical tone poem". The String Quartet No 1 is every bit as enjoyable & arguably even finer. The four movement score has a nocturnal atmosphere achieved by beautifully arranged instrumentation and romantic expression" (Michael Cookson,Musicweb). According to Jonathan Woolf (also at Musicweb) "The earlier work is the more questing and finely conceived, it must be noted. The Raff of 1874 was perhaps a little too inclined to spin generous pastoral evocations". I find it astonishing that such lovely music should have suffered such grievous neglect! Albeit,knowing how much fine,or at the very least,intriguing music has fallen victim to the vagaries of fashion,I'm unsurprised. Great cover art by Arnold Böcklin,as usual,for this series. The recording and playing,need I say,is,as per usual from this label,top-notch! Smiley


14  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / General musical discussion / Musical look-a-likes! on: May 17, 2022, 01:36:18 pm
Lookalikes!

     

                      Beethoven                                            Anton Rubinstein

"Beethoven’s b******’ he was sometimes called, due to the supposedly striking physical resemblance between Anton Rubinstein and posthumous mentor". (Jeremy Siepmann,BBC Music Magazine)
15  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Individual composers / Re: Volodymyr Femelidi (1905–1931, Ukrainian/Greek) on: May 17, 2022, 12:53:00 pm
Or,show your feeling's,quietly,by purchasing this?!!

https://www.naxos.com/catalogue/item.asp?item_code=8.503303

A fine composer who seems to have quite a few fans around the world! (Chandos recorded his Third Symphony in lusher sound!) The cd's can be bought individually;but maybe only secondhand? Russian Disc also released some recordings of his symphonies and a few other works.
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