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Posted on 26 Mar 2013 18:16:51 GMT
Malx says:
Schubert, Piano Sonata D960 - Radu Lupu,

Kenpat, the footie will keep with your winter theme, I believe a pitch inspection was called for as a result of heavy snowfall in Serbia.

Posted on 26 Mar 2013 18:25:40 GMT
JayJayDee says:
Och 'aye Boots tha'noo.
Ingirland are playing too.
Half these countries didn't exist thirty years ago. makes the coompetition interminable!

Kent Nagano's high quality Bruckner 8 (taken off Sky) will take me up to the kick-off.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Mar 2013 18:34:06 GMT
Hi kenpat, a good, if chilly, selection. Our street wll be on BBC Scotland TV news tonight. A local school went spectacularly up in flames today. It is a very creepy old building. Kids safe & no-one hurt thankfully. 5 fire tenders. It looked like the closing scene of Hammer's Fall of the House of Usher. An extreme reaction when the school heating fails.

Ref. Serbia, I scarcely dare look but as I watched the train crash v Wales I may as well suffer.

Thread: Supraphon Dvorak songs incl. 10 Biblical Songs & Gypsy Songs. Fine recording with impassioned soprano and tenor well caught. Piano also excellent.

Posted on 26 Mar 2013 19:15:09 GMT
mancheeros says:
Very tricky match tonight. As usual, impossible to predict how England will perform.

Thread: Gubaidulina - Chaconne - Olga Andryushchenko (piano)

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Mar 2013 20:24:17 GMT
John Ruggeri says:
A voice like honey so suited to this song.

O Del Mio Amato Ben: Carlo Bergonzi

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Mar 2013 00:31:38 GMT
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mancheeros says:
Edgar Froese - Epsilon in Malaysian Pale (1975)
- German electronic music meets 19th century German romanticism by the man from Tangerine Dream. Wonderfully atmospheric. The mellotron never sounded more majestic.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Mar 2013 02:45:06 GMT
John Ruggeri says:
Nathan Milstein plays Vitali Chaconne

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Mar 2013 03:43:06 GMT
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Interesting times ahead. Sarah Chang will visit Glasgow with the Barber VC with the BBCSSO. In the blue corner Nicola Benedetti is scheduled to play two concerts with the RSNO. In the first we get the ubiquitous Lark and the Saint Saens showpiece. Later she returns with her German cellist boyfriend in the Brahms Double Concerto. All in the next few months. Why do I keep hearing Rossini's Cat's Duet in my head? Miiiaaaaaowww!

Thread: Chang in the Vitali Chaconne.

Posted on 27 Mar 2013 03:44:40 GMT
John Ruggeri says:
Earl Wild plays Chopin Ballade No. 4 in F minor Op. 52 -- recorded ca. 1946

Posted on 27 Mar 2013 05:16:03 GMT
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Posted on 27 Mar 2013 09:46:07 GMT
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Tom: when I was young and foolish I placed my tongue firmly in my cheek one day and suggested to one of my schoolmasters that a friend and I could sing the Cats' Duet at a school concert. To my horror he enthusiastically agreed, so we had to go through with it. Fortunately it went down a storm.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Mar 2013 12:04:51 GMT
JayJayDee says:
A standard curate's egg performance, manch...
A very second rate group of players we have there nowadays.
If they reach Copacabana Beach they'll ave the ball nicked off them by any group of kids.

Dvorak 5th (Belohlavek, 1992). Very pleasant, almost a match for the Kertesz - and better recorded.

Posted on 27 Mar 2013 19:32:59 GMT
kenpat says:
First music of the day.
Sir Alexander Mackenzie, Violin Concerto & Pibroch. Malcolm Stewart, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Vernon Handley(concerto), David Davies(Pibroch)

Posted on 27 Mar 2013 20:22:39 GMT
The Brandenburg Concertos with Yehudi Menuhin conducting the Bath Festival Orch. Not HIP, but strong and lively performances which don't drag as some from that era can.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Mar 2013 20:40:56 GMT
John Ruggeri says:
J Strauss II--"Blue Danube" Waltz--Erich Kleiber (1932)

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Mar 2013 20:52:50 GMT
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Harry, do you have a recording or VHS tape? Who was your Kitty partner? Which cat part did you sing? Your people demand to know. Brilliant! Tom.

Thread: Rach. music for 2 pianos (and pianists of course). Ashkenazy & Previn. Sym. Dances, Corelli Vars. & Suites. Tremendous pianism.

Posted on 27 Mar 2013 21:20:28 GMT
Malx says:
Mozart Piano Concerto No19 - Uchida, ECO, Tate.
A performance I love but was recently dismissed by the Radio 3 building a library programme as indiosyncractic.
It wouldn't do if we all had the same taste.

Posted on 27 Mar 2013 21:42:40 GMT
Edgar Self says:
Bruckner's Ninth played by the Vienna Philharmonic and conducted by a descendant of the Hapsburgs, Nicolas Harnoncourt, who inicludes a charming plea in English and German for all of us to search our trunks and attics for any missing bars of the finale, which he andthe orchestra plY a myxh od A RHWY Xn dins.

Furtwaengler hoped the Vatican would designate it a religious work. He conducted it in the first concert of hislife, not yet 20 I think, and left a live recording from 1944. Harnoncourt is very fine, although I have a number of others inclouding Zander, Tintner, Wand, Walter, and perhaps others.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Mar 2013 04:46:38 GMT
John Ruggeri says:
I love this piece and this performance. Bauer's reading of Des Abends is full of tonal, dynamic and rhythmic nuances and gives me goosebumps.

Robert Schumann (1810-1856):
From Phantasiestücke (Fantastic pieces/Pièces fantastiques) opus 12: Part 1
1) Des Abends (Evening/Au soir), Sehr innig zu spielen (Con molto sentimento)
2) Aufschwung (Soaring/Essor), Sehr rasch (Molto vivo)
3) Warum? (Why?/Pourquoi?), Langsam und zart (Lento e teneramente)
4) Grillen (Whims/Caprices), Mit Humor (Con umore)

Harold Bauer (1873-1951), piano -- Recorded in 1933.

Harold Bauer plays Schumann Phantasiestücke (2/2)
5) In der Nacht (In the Night/Dans la nuit), Mit Leidenschaft (Appassionato)
6) Fabel (Fable/Fable), Langsam/Lento
7) Traumes-Wirren (Dream visions/Songe voilé), Äusserst lebhaft/Vivacissimo
8) Ende vom Lied (The end of the story/La fin du chant), Mit gutem Humor/Con buon umore

Posted on 28 Mar 2013 10:09:17 GMT
Tom: no records of said performance exist. If they had done, my lawyers would have bought them up long ago. As originator of the idea I was firmly saddled with the First Cat's role so that I'd be the first to, er, caterwaul. Second Cat was a friend. I was almost dragooned into playing the accompaniment also but managed to palm that off on to another friend. Perhaps unsurprisingly, neither turned out to be among the people with whom I stayed in touch after we all left.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Mar 2013 10:25:02 GMT
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Malx: I was interested in your post about Uchida's Mozart PC no.19. Her readings, which I have also heard live, sometimes contain a degree of (for want of a better word) pecking at the notes in certain passages which, I find, doesn't sit well with me. That said, her performance of no.19 is one which I didn't find unduly affected in that way. How fascinating that different listeners can sometimes hear the same performance so differently.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Mar 2013 11:15:12 GMT
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Ahmad says:
Schumann- Myrthen; Gedichte der Konigin Maria Stuart (Nathalie Stutzmann, contralto / Michel Dalberto, piano)

Posted on 28 Mar 2013 13:34:35 GMT
Lez Lee says:
Vasks: Violin Concerto 'Distant Light', Musica Dolorosa, Viatore
Todays bargain from eclassical. I knew I liked Vasks but this is the first I've bought. I particularly like the Viatore.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Mar 2013 16:31:40 GMT
John Ruggeri says:
Emil Gilels plays Prokofiev Scherzo and March
live recording - Carnegie Hall, 1969
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