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In reply to an earlier post on 14 Mar 2013 06:27:32 GMT
Ahmad says:
Listening to Villa-Lobos: Choros 1 - 7

Posted on 14 Mar 2013 02:18:37 GMT
Last edited by the author on 15 Mar 2013 01:58:55 GMT
mancheeros says:
Robert Fripp - Exposure (remastered)
- The truth of this unfathomably eclectic album lies somewhere between Fripp's interest in Gurdjieff/Bennett's teachings, Peter Gabriel's dark second solo album, and Daryl Hall's almost terminally held up idiosyncratic album Sacred Songs. The list of awesome prog and new wave musicians who had a hand in this album is remarkable - Peter Hammill, Phil Collins, Barry Andrews, Brian Eno, Tony Levin, Nerada Michael Walden, Chris Stein, Peter Gabriel, Daryl Hall, etc...The saddest thing about this album is knowing that Joanna Walton, who wrote the most extraordinary lyrics to Fripp's songs, would later die in the dreadful Lockerbie disaster. This post is dedicated to her.

Posted on 14 Mar 2013 02:01:23 GMT
John Ruggeri says:
Fernando Sor - Fantasie for 2 guitars, Op. 54 (Julian Bream & John Williams)

Posted on 13 Mar 2013 22:15:39 GMT
camstrings says:
I've always loved Jascha's Vieuxtemps 5th concerto.
Then one day I heard Rabin's Thais Meditation & knew such playing was miraculous.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Mar 2013 21:17:17 GMT
John Ruggeri says:
3 hours + of Meastro Violinissimo -- Enjoy

Jascha Heifetz REC 1925-1934 Volume 2.wmv

Posted on 13 Mar 2013 15:46:21 GMT
Last edited by the author on 13 Mar 2013 15:46:56 GMT
Roasted Swan says:
Not sure he ever recorded Heldenleben - I've probably missed that - but he is the guest leader of the RPO on this disc of Also Sprach which has a fine fiddle solo Richard Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra/Don Juan/... . He did the big violin solo in the Dorati/Tchaikovsky Orchestral Suites too Tchaikovsky: Four Suites for Orchestra. I'm rather fond of his 4 Seasons with Stokowski too - authenticists look away now Four Seasons

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Mar 2013 14:52:59 GMT
Nick, the other thing I remember him playing as leader of one of the London orchestras. He gave a superb performance of Strauss's portrait of his wife Pauline in Ein Heldenleben. Well worth finding if still available. Tom.

Posted on 13 Mar 2013 14:27:04 GMT
Elgar: Symphony No 2 - LPO/Boult (Lyrita recording)

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Mar 2013 14:21:50 GMT
Roasted Swan says:
Hugh Bean was a pupil of Albert Sammons and his recording of the Elgar concerto is absolutely one of the best. Check of the other Music Group of London discsViolin Sonata etc (Music Group of London) - and British Composers - Vaughan Williams - on one disc is a gorgeous version of Vaughan Williams' On Wenlock Edge and on the other is the same composer's Phantasy Quintet which if you like him in "Tallis Fantasia" mode is a must hear.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Mar 2013 13:58:36 GMT
Ahmad says:
I am listening to Reich: Octet; Music for a Large Ensemble; Violin Phase

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Mar 2013 12:13:02 GMT
Hi Nick - nice to get the thumbs up as I can't compare because these are the only versions I have. What was initially appealing to me about this set was obtaining four major works in one fell swoop that I hadn't got before - that's always a plus for me when I try to apply the duplication avoidance rule, not to mention that it only cost about a fiver at the time.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Mar 2013 12:04:59 GMT
Roasted Swan says:
SC Harrison - one of my very favourite discs! Hugh Bean's playing in the Quartet is my idea of perfection. The rest of that 2 disc set is pretty wonderful too.

Posted on 13 Mar 2013 11:33:40 GMT
Last edited by the author on 13 Mar 2013 12:27:19 GMT
Mozart: Piano Sonatas in C major (K545) and B flat major (K570) - Paul Badura-Skoda
Chopin: 3 Polonaises posthumes, Op 71 Nos 1,2 & 3 - Samson Francois
Liszt: Rigoletto - Concert paraphrase - Jorge Bolet
Chopin: Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op 60 - Jorge Bolet

Posted on 13 Mar 2013 09:40:37 GMT
Elgar - disc two of a CFP set which includes the String Quartet op. 83 (Music Group of London) and the Piano Quintet op. 84 (Ogdon/Allegri Quartet).

Posted on 13 Mar 2013 09:36:02 GMT
Verdi's Macbeth-had it for ages but this is only the second time it's been played. So far it's great. I keep forgetting what a terrific composer Verdi was.

Posted on 13 Mar 2013 01:17:13 GMT
John Ruggeri says:
Symphony No. 2 by Karl Goldmark. Conducted by Michael Halasz with the The Rhenish Philharmonic Orchestra.

Posted on 13 Mar 2013 00:26:29 GMT
John Ruggeri says:
Dvorák - American Quartet, Prazak Quartet

Posted on 12 Mar 2013 23:15:02 GMT
Last edited by the author on 12 Mar 2013 23:25:49 GMT
Strictly speaking not listening to right now but yesterday I received what appears to be a reissue of a swag of beautifuly done ASV cds of English concertos , mostly wind that has left me very impressed. Someone, either JJD or Lez Lee mentioned hearing the Blake Violin Concerto which led to my getting this. This is unobtainable on its original recording (ASV) but I was kindly directed to this set of 5 cds for GBP9.97 +pph. Even with the postage it's a bargain. Used but in pristine condition. I played the Finzi Clarinet Concerto and was struck by how lovely I thought it when normally I have found Finzi's music generally too insipid for my taste-I often call it " On Hearing the Third Cuckoo in Spring" but this was gorgeous. The same disc had the RVW Oboe Concerto and the Holst Fugal Concerto-played the whole disc from go to whoa. Among other things are the Stanford Clarinet Concerto, the Blake Violin Concerto, the Lambert Piano Concerto, things by Gordon Jacob and Arnold. Much listening to anticipate with a certain restrained excitement.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Mar 2013 22:17:39 GMT
John Ruggeri says:

I honestly did not see you post before mine but a happy coincidence

Bach (by John Williams) - Prelude and Fugue in Am BWV 997

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Mar 2013 20:53:34 GMT
John Ruggeri says:
The sound is fiendish but Muzio is a Goddess

C.MUZIO / D.BORGIOLI / A.GANDOLFI - Tosca "Atto primo" - (San Francisco 1932, live)
Giacomo Puccini
TOSCA "Atto primo" (da "gente la dentro?")
San Francisco U.S.A. War Memorial Opera House 15 ottobre 1932 - Live.
Mario Cavaradossi DINO BORGIOLI
Il barone Scarpia ALFREDO GANDOLFI
Il sacrestano LOUIS D'ANGELO

Posted on 12 Mar 2013 16:45:52 GMT
Last edited by the author on 12 Mar 2013 22:19:07 GMT
Malx says:
Camstrings, from memory that Chailly Bruckner recording is in very good Decca sound, they did manage to create a lot of excellently engineered recordings. Another to add to the 'must listen to again' pile.

R Strauss, Metamorphosen for 23 solo strings - Philharmonia, Klemperer.
Shostakovich, String Quartets Nos 2+4 - Borodin Quartet.

Geoffrey: is the Mitropolous Mahler you have been listening to the Music and Arts recordings? If so what is your opinion of them?
The reason I ask is I have stumbled across a download that is available from of Mahler 1,3,5,6,8,+ 9 at a very reasonable price. I already have six and rate it quite highly.

Posted on 12 Mar 2013 15:36:56 GMT
camstrings says:
Bruckner 7 with Chailly & RSO of Berlin. The recorded sound is wonderful & transforms the piece for me.
The scherzo & finale have some great brass sections which come out loud but which retain their warmth.
I'm now a Decca enthusiast.

Posted on 12 Mar 2013 13:02:38 GMT
Last edited by the author on 12 Mar 2013 16:13:44 GMT
Mozart: Piano Sonata in F major, K533 - Paul Badura-Skoda
Nielsen: Symphony No 1 - Schonwandt/DNRSO
Mahler: Symphony No 3 - Mitropoulos/Cologne Radio SO etc

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Mar 2013 23:19:20 GMT
John Ruggeri says:
Ferdinand Hérold ~ Piano Concerto No. 3 in A major
Pianist: Jean Frédéric Neuburger -- Orchestra: Sinfonia Varsovia
Conductor: Hervé Niquet

Posted on 11 Mar 2013 19:15:43 GMT
Malx says:
John Williams Guitar Recital - Bach/Scarlatti/Albeniz etal John Williams - Guitar Recital recorded in glorious mono in 1958 when John was the tender age of 17, the obvious talent shines through although there are many discs by Mr williams in better sound.
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