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Posted on 28 Apr 2012 04:37:43 BDT
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Piso Mojado says:
Sir Edward German's "Nell Gwynn" Overture and other numbers from that suite, in an all German (Edward) CD. Of course all of you know this, and that he was born German Edward Jones in Wales, knighted in '22 I think, and died in '26. I didn't know he finished something for Gilbert that Sullivan's death left incomplete.

Also, FM announcers here call him "Gherman", hard G. Is that right? It recalls the Herman/German problem in Tchaikovsky's "Pique Dame", no Russian "H", Gorowitz/Horowitz, &tc.

Nell Gwynn appears with Sir Isaac Newton, a Quaker, and Charles II in Shaw's play "In Good King Charles's Golden Days." It's in part a political phantasy, like "The Apple Cart" that King Magnus (Cedric Hardwicke) upsets by outwitting his dullard ministers and brighter P.M. Proteus by threatening to abdicate and run for Parliament so as to be able to speak his iwn mind and write his own speeches. At this point the American ambassador wanders in, saying the USA wish to rejoin the Empire. Exactly why is never made clear. King Magnus cries to the Queen, "Do you know what this means, Jemima? We shall have to live in Dublin!" Shaw had a lot of fun writing it. I hope it made him a tonne of money.

Posted on 28 Apr 2012 10:07:23 BDT
Please thank your FM announcers for what's obviously a sincere attempt to get things right, but advise them it's definitely "German" as in things Teutonic.

Posted on 28 Apr 2012 22:28:30 BDT
JayJayDee says:
Nordgren's 3 + 5 under Oramo from Ondine.
I'm rather fascinated by this composer! But there's not much recorded material out there! Can't get the Alba discs on either MDT or Amazon, and they're priced closer to 20 than 10 elsewhere by dealers with whom I have not lodged my account info!

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Apr 2012 23:13:52 BDT
Piso Mojado says:
Thanks ever so, Harry, that's extremely9 reassuring, I'll try. But you don't know our FM classical talk-talk chattyupper announcers, unless they are the same everywhere. They are all balding epicoene middle-aged men (or women) trying to sound like adolescents finding their newly broken voices ... youthful, boyish, dontchaknow, well into their early sixties. Making at least five clearly articulated syllables out of words like temperature. But I'll try, I'll try ... One of them even turned Cohn-stahn(g) Lam-baihr into a Frenchman. I can't repeat what they did to Robert Casadesus. But they all have Rozh-DYEST-vent-skee down pat.

An unusually perceptive and truthful Easterner disdains them as dressing like children and remaining "youthful" until mandatory retirement.

Posted on 29 Apr 2012 11:37:23 BDT
Ours are much the same, Piso, I'm afraid. I tell myself not to be too pharisaical about them if they bring good music to an audience which might not otherwise be reached, but I've given up trying to listen to them myself.

Although I dread to think what atrocities such well-meaning "little learning" might commit on the name "Casadesus", might the perpetrators have its Spanish origin in mind and be taking a line (however inaccurately) through that?

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Apr 2012 15:17:51 BDT
Last edited by the author on 29 Apr 2012 15:18:38 BDT
Piso Mojado says:
I expect you're right, Harry. What crimes have been committed in the name of Robert Casadesus and Gaspar Cassado. There are jokes about them to elabourate for me to remember. Likely it's the Spanish influence in southern France that make them, and Lalo, Ravel and others, interesting. I had hoped for better from the Beeb. But the music is the main chance; they can't do much to that.

Posted on 29 Apr 2012 15:46:33 BDT
Last edited by the author on 29 Apr 2012 17:14:35 BDT
Lez Lee says:
JayJayDee
There are several Nordgren discs on Arkiv Music Eu including on Alba, from 10. P & P for up to 6 discs is 2.60
Or Arkiv Music (US) @ $18.99 (12.00) but I think postage is dearer and sometimes there's tax as well.
Also try Presto.

Posted on 30 Apr 2012 12:26:02 BDT
JayJayDee says:
Thanks Lez, I'll check those out....

Posted on 30 Apr 2012 22:25:34 BDT
Last edited by the author on 30 Apr 2012 23:14:44 BDT
Malx says:
JJD: going back to a reference from a couple of weeks ago, I've now had the opportunity to listen to the two JPE Hartmann symphonies a couple of times each.
My thoughts are that they are a couple of delightful, not overtaxing symphonies with a touch of Schumann about them. Not from the first division but definitely better than many from the romantic period. The orchestra clearly enjoy the works and plays accordingly I am extremely happy with such a bargain. Suffice to say this is a disc I will gladly revisit.
I'd be interested in what your own thoughts are.

Posted on 1 May 2012 10:11:17 BDT
The Dvorak/Neumann box arrived today so it looks like a few intense days of Dvorak.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 May 2012 10:33:26 BDT
T.J.Byford says:
GC, mine too! And an email from Amazon re their price promise with pre-orders - we've saved 2p.

Currently, I'm listening to Disc 8 containing the four Tone poems. Lovely.

Posted on 1 May 2012 11:18:13 BDT
TJB: I think their price must have been gradually falling. I ordered the set quite a while ago and the price has fallen by 1.95. I've started at the beginning. One oddity (?), the booklet notes give a description of 'A Hero's Life' but it is not included in the set. That is a shame as there is plenty of room for it on discs 1 and 2 and I only have a mono recording of it. To be honest I would have preferred it to the Symphonic Variations, the fill-up to disc 4.

Posted on 14 May 2012 11:50:14 BDT
Having had it on my Wish List for several weeks I finally took the plunge and ordered 'Leon Fleisher plays Beethoven and Brahms Concertos'

Posted on 18 May 2012 19:51:36 BDT
Last edited by the author on 18 May 2012 19:56:36 BDT
JayJayDee says:
Good choice, Geoffrey, I mentioned it on the Szell thread the other day and have been wavering.
I am only holding back because I have so many other contemporaneous versions of the Beethoven concertos that I wonder whether I ought to focus on more up to date sound for my seventh set!! And I don't even have the Kempff series yet!
Unless the Fleisher will give me new insights I wonder whether my already-owned sets by Barenboim, Gulda, Kovacevich and Gilels will need to be augmented by the Fleisher-Szell set.
Will be really interested in your judgment of same! Might the Brahms just clinch it?

By the way a good-ish Hero's Life was previously found on Naxos - along with some other good fillers that plug holes in many a collection!

Posted on 19 May 2012 09:49:53 BDT
Last edited by the author on 19 May 2012 14:26:42 BDT
JJD: I have only listened to Beethoven 2 from the Fleisher set but the sound is more than acceptable. Another point in the sets favour is the substantial fill-ups; Mozart Piano Concerto No 25 and Brahms' Handel Variations and Waltzes Op 39.

I will have to check out the Naxos 'Hero's Song'.

Posted on 19 May 2012 14:09:18 BDT
Currently awaiting what wil definitely, definitely be my final. final Beethoven symphony set. This one the Roy Goodman/Hanover Band set. Heard a snatch on the radio, No.7 scherzo I recall, and it sounded remarkably different; far more different than other period instrument versions I've heard.

Posted on 20 May 2012 20:18:56 BDT
JayJayDee says:
John, that sounds like Brahms' last wave as noted by Mahler when they met and took a walk in the forest!

Posted on 21 May 2012 11:50:11 BDT
Schnittke's complete symphonies on BIS - the first box set I've bought for a very long time. I'm quite overdue in getting this so I'm now looking forward to it very much, especially when remembering John Ferngrove's reviews a year or so ago.

Posted on 21 May 2012 12:13:57 BDT
Nick says:
The Schnittke/BIS set is one of Play.com's bargain downloads at 6.99 for the set 320 kps

In reply to an earlier post on 21 May 2012 17:43:00 BDT
I've spent just over 20 for the box - more than happy with that as current prices go!

Posted on 2 Jun 2012 18:32:05 BDT
Chandos clearence at mdt - I bought:

ALBINONI 12 Concerti a cinque, Op.5 Collegium Musicum 90 / Simon Standage Chaconne 7.95

ALBINONI Homage to a Spanish Grandee: Concertos from Op. 10. Collegium Musicum 90 / Simon Standage. Chandos Chaconne 7.95

HAYDN Piano Sonatas Vol. 1 Jean-Efflam Bavouzet. Chandos 7.95

Posted on 2 Jun 2012 20:08:54 BDT
Piso Mojado says:
The 2-CD Hyperion third volume of Haydn sonatas by Marc-Andre Hamelin. I've seen him play two Haydn sonatas and have enjoyed them above all other things on his programmes. I have his other two volumes.

Posted on 3 Jun 2012 00:16:55 BDT
Last edited by the author on 29 Jun 2012 02:41:15 BDT
Piso Mojado says:
From Amazon.UK, Koussevitzky and the Boston Symphony in Sibelius's "Tapiola" and seventh symphony, a Naxos CD not sold in the USA. I've got to hear it one more time. In the meantime, I think it's Anthony Collins/LSO and Maazel/VPO. all of them almost as old as Sibelius.

Posted on 28 Jun 2012 17:40:00 BDT
Back in April, I was sinfully excessive and so I haven't bought anything since (excepting a lucky find of Sutherland's first Traviata on Decca Eloquence). So, in light of a recent busy period at work, I've decided to treat myself and take the plunge on the original LP version of Renata Tebaldi's 1967 recording of Ponchielli's La Gioconda. I have enjoyed every minute of the Callas 1959 version and once I heard 'E una anetema' on Youtube of the great Gioconda/Laura duet in Act II, I just couldn't resist. I've also decided to go vinyl because of the stunning box and presentation - superficial I suppose: but it's also the cheapest version (the cd I've tracked down is significantly more expensive). I'm hoping that the sound is excellent too. This has been a tough search, as this recording has been out-of-print for a long time, and has been difficult to locate a satisfactory copy that is in good condition.

Posted on 29 Jun 2012 02:10:02 BDT
JayJayDee says:
Inkinen's New Zealand Sibelius 1+3.
The excerpts available on the webpage sound fresh.
Piso, I'm not keen on historic Sibelius...anything before Barbirolli's set doesn't expand like the Finnish scenery for me, however well conceived. My loss, I'm sure!
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