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« Reply #3270 on: December 08, 2021, 05:39:30 pm »



What better on a cold,winter evening,than to snuggle up with a hot drink and a copy of the Book of Revelations?! A racy read,if ever there was! Or save yourself some time and listen to this grim,austere,musical version,instead! Smiley

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« Reply #3271 on: December 09, 2021, 01:09:55 am »



Warner 2 cd's

Franz Lehár's lovely singspiel,about a romantic episode in the life of Goethe's,is one of his loveliest and most inspired scores and less sentimental than say,(Das Land des Lachelns)The Land of Smiles (Best known for,You are my Hearts delight!). It is absolutely,chock full of delightful numbers. It also contains my favourite Lehar song,"Oh Maiden,my maiden",which was a huge hit for Tauber. This sumptuous 1981 production by emi-electrola was one of the last in their operetta series. To think emi would once spend money on studio productions of less well known fare like this! Adolf Dallapozza is very good,but,it has to be said,no match for Gedda,let alone Tauber. (Or Rudolf Schock on a Eurodisc cd of highlights). Helen Donath is a favourite of mine,nuff said! Judicious use of sound effects & dialogue. But not too much! The  Munich orchestra sound so lush & there are some lovely choruses. Operetta heaven! (Or Light Opera heaven,if you prefer?) Indeed,the author of the article about Friederike at the Amsterdam Operetta Research Centre goes so far as to say,"Yes, I love Friederike and if I had to take one Lehár show to the legendary desert island this would be the one!" Lovely! Lovely! Lovely! Smiley
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« Reply #3272 on: December 09, 2021, 09:21:20 pm »

     

Leo Fall: Der Fidele Bauer Cantus Line 2 cd's

Another less well operetta. Leo Fall (1873-1925) a contemporary of Lehár,was one of the most successful composers of operetta,in the early years of the 20th century. His music is highly regarded by many connoisseur's of the genre (to quote Gramophone) "not least for his quirkily individual word-setting and the chamber textures of his orchestration". He was also very good at writing memorable tunes and his music is less sentimental than Lehár's! Yet,after his early death in 1925,his music seems to have slipped into,undeserved,obscurity. This delightful operetta is full of lovely tunes and orchestration. This particular recording is of a 1954 production,originally broadcast on German radio. The cast is very good indeed,and it is very well performed,and sung,with a nice feeling for atmosphere.some dialogue between numbers (not too much!) and judicious use of sound effects,where required. I have the recent Cpo set,which is obviously in superior sound,but the standard of singing is nowhere near as good. (I was unimpressed,as were the Amsterdam Operetta Research Centre,it seems!) The mono sound is excellent. I rate Leo Fall very highly. It's a crying shame that emi-electrola didn't include at least one Leo Fall operetta (or,Light Opera!) in their operetta series. The Cpo set does enable you to hear Fall's orchestrations in modern,stereo sound;but this old mono production beats it,hands down,in terms of the quality of the singing and the conducting. (Franz Marszalek was a specialist in the field & very highly rated by students of the genre!) I should point out that the 'cd's',with these Cantus sets,are actually cd-r's! I have had no problems with any of them,to date!
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« Reply #3273 on: December 10, 2021, 12:13:39 am »

Radio Romania International on Shortwave!

Radio Romania International's English broadcast on shortwave! Classical music at the moment! They seem to pack every single subject into their magazine style,near hour long,broadcast. I think my favourite bit is the feature on folk music. Romanian folk music is great fun,and just what you might expect,if you know the famous Romanian Rhapsody No 1,by Enescu! (Usually,up tempo!) A portion of which,always opening the broadcast. Sadly,thanks to the internet,I'm afraid,one of the few English language broadcast's aimed at Europe,these days! There used to be thousands. (Shortwave has been jusifiably called the internet of it's day!)
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« Reply #3274 on: December 11, 2021, 04:53:29 pm »

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Everytime I look for his music on ebay I get these fellow's (well,the first two or three!) Yes,Frank Martin,the Swiss composer,was the Fifth member of the Rat Pack and known for his hell-raising! Angry Roll Eyes
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« Reply #3275 on: December 11, 2021, 05:10:02 pm »

I think I was seeing two Sammy's or two Frank's there! These late nights!! But point made! Improve your search engine Ebay!! And don't even get me started on George Dyson searches. Unless you want,or can afford,a bagless vacumn cleaner!!

Not listening to operetta,right now! I felt I need a break from all that jollity! (Like taking a winter break with the Williams Singers! Sad Grin)
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« Reply #3276 on: December 11, 2021, 05:30:50 pm »



Richard Strauss: Alpine Symphony Concertgebouw Orchestra / Bernard Haitink     Philips Musicassette

Just put this on! I'm getting terrific sound from this old Philips musicassette! (I wasn't expecting it!) And no,I haven't got it on cd! Grin
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« Reply #3277 on: December 11, 2021, 06:47:15 pm »



The cassette-athon continues! No pretty picture of this one on the internet,so I had to upload a scan of my own copy! It looks allot better than it does in the scan,thankfully! This recording is supposed to be one of the best! I'm getting very good sound from this cassette deck. I haven't used it for a while and I'm a bit surprised! I had to turn the previous cassette over (remember that?!) to hear Strauss' hiker's head homeward! Oh,the sweat and the toil!! Roll Eyes Grin
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« Reply #3278 on: December 11, 2021, 07:21:03 pm »



Richard Strauss: Death and Transfiguration! A scan of my own cassette! I thought I was going to pop my clogs with the fellow,before my dinosaur of a machine finally managed to successfully scan & edit the photo for uploading! Sad Roll Eyes Would have been appropriate,but.........
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« Reply #3279 on: December 11, 2021, 07:42:39 pm »



Side 2! Richard Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks Concertgebouw Orchestra / Haitink    Philips Cassette

I'm surprised at how well this cassette deck is working! Great sound! The last time I used it the sound was all muddy & I did clean the heads! Self repair?! The rest presumably did it some good?!! It works allot better than my pc & scanner,anyway! Grin Don Juan,up next! These are fine performances. I seem to remember I only bought them because I was looking for s/h musicassettes,and they're a bit hard to find,these days! Unless you want ABBA or Bucks Fizz?!! Grin

Don Juan beginning,now!
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« Reply #3280 on: December 11, 2021, 08:13:55 pm »

Playing now,in tonight's cassette-a-thon! Hindemith: Mathis der Maler  San Francisco Symphony / Herbert Blomstedt     Philips Cassette 



Great sound coming from this machine! If the long rest did the cassette deck this much good I'm going to have to try my washing machine! Grin Again,a scan of my own cassette,uploaded to the world wide web! And,no I don't have it on cd!! Roll Eyes Well,not this,particular,performance! This recording by Blomstedt is supposed to be very good! I'm no expert on Hindemith,but I am enjoying this! Looking forward to turning the cassette over for side 2! The deck does have the facility to play or record on the other side,automatically;but it can cause the heads to go out of alignment over time and chaps who re-align heads are few and far between these days. And even if you can find someone,they won't be cheap!! I only use the facility,very occasionally! And only to record something if I can't be in! And there isn't that much point these days,even if there is anything worth recording,these days Roll Eyes
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« Reply #3281 on: December 11, 2021, 09:05:23 pm »

You'll be wearing the headphones out and risking brown-tape entanglement at this rate (I can recommend some ointment). Keep going! Blomstedt's Mathis der Maler is splendid. You've inspired me to revisit



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« Reply #3282 on: December 11, 2021, 09:15:58 pm »

Lovely! Lovely! Lovely! Smiley

Fuchs, Finke and some canoodling on a rickety old bench. I think "lovely" undersells it.

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« Reply #3283 on: December 11, 2021, 10:05:43 pm »

Lovely! Lovely! Lovely! Smiley

Fuchs, Finke and some canoodling on a rickety old bench. I think "lovely" undersells it.

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A bit Mills and Boone that cover! Grin I can imagine them running off  & whirling around in a passionate embrace,after! Slow-motion,obligatory! Fuchs! That's a bit naughty,though! What are you inferring?!! Shocked Grin

I know,the name of the composer,Julius Fučík,can raise a snigger! I recall Edgar Krapp Lp's used to intrigue me as a youngster,for some reason! Shocked Grin Although,I was never tempted to buy one!! Of course,there's nothing funny about the name,really! It's very popular in Germany! I'm sure if my surname was Krapp people wouldn't laugh when I told them?!!

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« Reply #3284 on: December 11, 2021, 10:10:53 pm »

You'll be wearing the headphones out and risking brown-tape entanglement at this rate (I can recommend some ointment). Keep going! Blomstedt's Mathis der Maler is splendid. You've inspired me to revisit



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Yes,I'm currently listening to hiss,after Side 1 came to an end! Roll Eyes Sad (I'm  upstairs wearing wireless headphones & the cassette deck is downstairs!) Yes,the Hindemith is a magnificent symphony! I only have it on that cassette at the moment,but there are two recordings in the post! And they are cd's!! Roll Eyes Grin
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