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Posted on 2 Aug 2014 18:46:12 BDT
Malx says:
Mahler, Adagio from Symphony No10 - NYPO, Bernstein
Mahler, Kindertotenlieder - Janet Baker, Israel PO, Bernstein
Gustav Mahler: The Complete Symphonies & Kindertotenlieder

Posted on 2 Aug 2014 19:29:42 BDT
Today's second Prom.

Prom 21

The appearances of John Wilson and his orchestra have become one of the annual highlights of the Proms. Following the enormous success of the staged performance of My Fair Lady in 2012, John Wilson returns to perform Cole Porter's Tony Award-winning musical Kiss Me, Kate in its original 1948 arrangements. He is joined by a cast of leading singers in this irreverent reworking of The Taming of the Shrew - a play within a play.

Cole Porter- Kiss Me, Kate

Ben Davis singer, Proms debut artist (Fred Graham / Petruchio)
Alexandra Silber singer, Proms debut artist (Lilli Vanessi / Katherine)
Tony Yazbeck singer, Proms debut artist (Bill Calhoun / Lucentio)
Louise Dearman singer, Proms debut artist (Lois Lane / Bianca)
John Wilson Orchestra
John Wilson conductor

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Aug 2014 20:01:42 BDT
Roasted Swan says:
Ah yes - part of "The Greatest Classical Music Festival in the World" - but no CM from South America - for instance - AGAIN.

Posted on 2 Aug 2014 20:38:01 BDT
Malx says:
Brahms Symphonies Nos 1 & 2 - Munich PO, Kempe
Beethoven & Brahms: Complete Symphonies

Simple, clean, straightforward readings that had me listening to Brahms first and foremost. Most enjoyable.

Posted on 2 Aug 2014 22:24:04 BDT
Malx says:
Bernd Zimmermann, Canto di speranza & Concerto for Cello and Orchestra - Heinrich Schiff, SWF Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden, Michael Gielen.

I think I need to listen again a couple of times to really fully understand these pieces!

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Aug 2014 02:56:46 BDT
John Ruggeri says:
Jascha Heifetz plays Hora Staccato by Grigoraº Dinicu (Transcribed by Heifetz). Accompanist: Emanuel Bay
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mag2mc5Vva0

Posted on 3 Aug 2014 06:55:52 BDT
Last edited by the author on 3 Aug 2014 06:56:03 BDT
John Ruggeri says:
*************************** Last Posts of the Night ********************

I guess hearing VH's speed and volume are obvious but the tonal and dynamic changes amaze me also. ENJOY.

Vladimir Horowitz plays Balakirev´s Islamey (audio only)
Live recording: Carnegie Hall, 23rd January, 1950
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJAHIE272Wo
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Stunning Performance.
Nathan Milstein plays Sarasate Tarantella
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGdZEIYMuS0
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A master guitarist and magician - I am in chills.
Andres Segovia, guitar (1893-1987)

'Prelude for Lute' (J.S. Bach)
'Variations on a Theme of Mozart' (F. Sor)
'Sonatina' (F.M. Toroba)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjRLpE_TzdA

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Hina Spani sings 'Dia del fiesta' by Floro Ugarte. This recording is from 1930.

Her tone and variations of dynamics and phrasing can knock me for a HAPPY LOOP.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnlrvDxD0qY

Posted on 3 Aug 2014 11:21:14 BDT
Malx says:
This morning more Brahms:
Variations on a Theme by Haydn + Symphony No3 - Munich PO, Kempe.
Beethoven & Brahms: Complete Symphonies

Chants d'Auvergne - Arleen Auger, ECO, Yan Pascal Tortelier
Canteloube: Chants D'Auvergne (Songs of the Auvergne)

Posted on 3 Aug 2014 12:04:05 BDT
Last edited by the author on 3 Aug 2014 15:27:37 BDT
Martinu: Mikes of the Mountains - Kuhn Mixed Choir directed by Pavel Kuhn
Martinu: String Quartet No 1 - Stamitz Qt

Vaughan Williams: Symphony No 6 in E minor - Berglund/Bournemouth SO - searingly dramatic performance

Posted on 3 Aug 2014 16:23:28 BDT
Malx says:
Lokshin, Symphony No11 - Vanda Tabery (sop), Grosses Orchester Graz, Michel Swierczewski

Download of the day from the eclassical site, yesterday I think, interesting listening.

Posted on 3 Aug 2014 16:29:54 BDT
Two Proms today.

Prom 22: War Horse Prom

A Prom inspired by the National Theatre's play based on Michael Morpurgo's novel, featuring a new suite created by Adrian Sutton from his score for the original production, as well as other music from the period with performers including the Proms Military Wives Choir and Gareth Malone.

Programme to include:
Bridge- Summer
Elgar- Two Partsongs, Op. 26 - The Snow
Holst- Ave Maria; Home they brought her warrior dead
Ravel- Le tombeau de Couperin
Adrian Sutton- War Horse Suite

Life-Size War Horse Puppets by the Handspring Puppet Company, Proms debut artist
Proms Military Wives Choir - Gareth Malone conductor, Proms debut artist
Cambiata North West
BBC Concert Orchestra- David Charles Abell conductor

Posted on 3 Aug 2014 16:54:01 BDT
Nick wrote
"Ah yes - part of "The Greatest Classical Music Festival in the World" - but no CM from South America - for instance - AGAIN"

I am in total agreement with you.

Some years ago I petitioned the Proms organizers, with help from the cultural attaché from the Mexican Embassy in London to program some Mexican classical music in a future Prom.

Lo and behold, a fair amount of Latin American and Mexican CM was programmed in the 2002 season.

Maybe it is time for a revival. How about next year when Mexico is having various cultural events ink the UK.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Aug 2014 17:57:16 BDT
Roasted Swan says:
Distant Prommer - it strikes me that CM from Latin America is the *most* under appreciated and least known of all the continents where CM has a significant presence/history. But the reasons for that eludes me totally! This is music of great instant appeal but also real quality. SO MANY composers of real worth and interest. Put to one side for one moment the relatively well-known like Ginastera and Villa-Lobos, even Revueltas and Moncayo and many are left. I've said before the Piano Concerti of Guarnieri would be a Proms hit for sure then add Mignone or Chavez or Orbon let alone Piazolla!

Posted on 3 Aug 2014 18:33:36 BDT
Nick.

I totally agree with you.
Of course, having dealt with Mexico for most of my life and now spending many months of the year there, I am well versed in the Music of Mexico, as well as the rest of Latin America. Especially so Classical music.

We need to make our voices heard.

Posted on 3 Aug 2014 18:35:55 BDT
John Ruggeri says:
A delicious, sparkling rendering (recorded in 1959) of Robert Schumann's opus 1 by Abbey Simon, pupil of Josef Hofmann, Harold Bauer and Leopold Godowsky, born in New York City in 1922 -- and guess what, still performing!

Abbey Simon plays Schumann "Abegg" Variations
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbHNmogMyic

Posted on 3 Aug 2014 18:43:25 BDT
T. Franklin says:
Brünnhildes Schlußgesang - Helen Traubel, NBC Symphony Orchestra/Toscanini (1941)

Posted on 3 Aug 2014 19:53:01 BDT
Coming up, the second of today's Proms.

Prom 23

John McLeod- The Sun Dances (London premiere)
Beethoven- Symphony No. 4 in B flat major
Mozart- Requiem in D minor (compl. Robert D. Levin)

Carolyn Sampson soprano
Christine Rice mezzo-soprano
Jeremy Ovenden tenor
Neal Davies bass
National Youth Choir of Scotland
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Donald Runnicles conductor

Donald Runnicles and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra are joined by the National Youth Choir of Scotland for Mozart's ever-popular Requiem - the composer's poignant and prescient anticipation of his own death.
Scottish composer John McLeod's The Sun Dances is a glowing, iridescent work inspired by an Easter folk legend from the West of Scotland. At the centre of the programme is Beethoven's Fourth Symphony, its muscular, structural elegance wound around a boisterous scherzo.

Posted on 3 Aug 2014 20:42:16 BDT
Malx says:
Brahms Symphony No4 - Munich PO, Kempe which concludes the membran box of Brahms and Beethoven Symphonies with kempe and Klemperer - very good!

Now: Beethoven, Piano Concerto No1 - Gulda, VPO, Stein & Beethoven Piano Sonatas Nos 23 & 24 - Gulda.
Beethoven Piano Sonaten 1 - 32 & Piano Concerti 1 - 5

Posted on 4 Aug 2014 13:05:37 BDT
This morning a Chamber Music Proms

PCM 03

Clarinettist Michael Collins and his ensemble London Winds set Strauss and his favourite composer, Mozart, side by side, presenting their very different takes on the 18th-century `Harmonie' ensemble of wind instruments, and revealing the early seeds of Strauss's signature lyricism that would eventually flower in Der Rosenkavalier.

Mozart- Serenade in C minor, K388
Richard Strauss- Suite in B flat major for 13 wind instruments

London Winds - Michael Collins conductor

Posted on 4 Aug 2014 14:29:51 BDT
Nielsen: Symphony No 5 - Berglund/Bournemouth SO - fine performance but my favourite is still Horenstein

Posted on 4 Aug 2014 17:52:30 BDT
Malx says:
Chamber music from Martha Argerich accompanied by Renaud and Gautier capucon:

Haydn Piano Trio in G (Gypsy Trio) + Mendelssohn Piano Trio No1 Op49
Martha Argerich - Chamber

Posted on 4 Aug 2014 18:31:15 BDT
The second of today's Proms.

Prom 24

Vaughan Williams- Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Mahler- Symphony No. 9

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - Donald Runnicles conductor

The ecstatic string-writing of Vaughan Williams's Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis looks back to his musical forebears, reimagining an English identity that would so soon find itself under threat.

Written at the bleakest point in Mahler's life, following the death of his daughter, his wife's illness and the diagnosis of the disease that would quickly kill him, the Ninth Symphony gazes bitterly into the abyss, before bidding farewell to the world in its elegiac final movement.

Posted on 4 Aug 2014 21:03:22 BDT
kenpat says:
Watch and listening to: Benjamin Britten - A Time There Was. Directed by Tony Palmer

Posted on 4 Aug 2014 21:09:35 BDT
Malx says:
Mozart, Piano Concerto No17 -Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Piotr Anderszewski (piano & director)
Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 17 & 20

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Aug 2014 21:09:48 BDT
John Ruggeri says:
How beautiful is the music and the pianist's rich & sensuous tone and glorious phrasing are spot on.

Sofronitsky plays Schubert-Liszt Lieder -- live Moscow, 1960
I. Der Muller und der Bach (00:00)
II. Erlkonig (4:53)
III. Litanie (9:44)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWtYoveg9oQ
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