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Initial post: 25 Dec 2012 13:30:36 GMT
So I got the Solti Mahler set from my darling wife, which I knew about, cos I do all the Christmas shopping for us. But I also got from my dear daughter Franck's Psyche, buried deep in my wishlist , and an exciting surprise. Franck is significant for us, as although my daughter is not (yet) a committed CM fan, we have had a lovely connection through Franck's Violin Sonata in A.

Posted on 25 Dec 2012 15:02:17 GMT
I haven't had it yet (the post to and from the States seems to get slower each year) but I know I'm due another Mahler symphony myself, from a friend who's trying to convert me into a Mahlerian. He started on my birthday with no.1 (and the Adagio of no.10, which I haven't essayed yet) but I don't know which will be next.

Posted on 26 Dec 2012 09:29:20 GMT
Last edited by the author on 26 Dec 2012 09:32:21 GMT
Bruce says:
I got a nice 4CD RVW boxed set :

Vaughan Williams: Choral Works

Posted on 26 Dec 2012 11:01:49 GMT
Cyril Scott Symphony #3, PC#2 and "Neptune" and Vol.1 Hummel Piano Concertos on Brilliant

Posted on 26 Dec 2012 12:38:40 GMT
Malx says:
Like John I received a Solti box set, one I knew about, but in my case it was the Wagner box.

Peter: I'm sure you'll enjoy that Cyril Scott disc, its one I downloaded earlier this year and have returned to quite frequently, very enjoyable music.

Posted on 27 Dec 2012 14:06:28 GMT
Bruce says:
I also got this which should be good in surround sound :

Britten: War Requiem (Erin Wall/ Mark Padmore/ Hanno Muller-Brachmann) (Arthaus: 108070) [Blu-ray] [2012][Region Free]

Posted on 28 Dec 2012 00:30:24 GMT
Like Malx, I was gifted with the newly repackaged deluxe Solti Ring cycle, the riches of which I have described in 'What are you listening to right now'. I also received the following:

- 'This is Glenn Gould - Story of a Genius': which includes highlights from his discography and a great informative book on his life;
- Messiaen: Piano Works. 1998 Hyperion. Angela Hewtt;
- Leonard Bernstein conducts Mozart on DG (including Requiem, Great Mass, Symphonies and Concertos);
- Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, Violin Concertos, Sonatas for Violin and Keyboard (Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, various dates. ABC Classics).

So a lucky boy again.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Dec 2012 01:22:27 GMT
Henry James says:
Yes Ryan
someone must like you very much.
And you must have been a *good* boy this year.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Dec 2012 02:30:00 GMT
Well, three people gave me those presents Henry, but you're right I think they like me :-) And of course, I've been a very good boy...

Posted on 28 Dec 2012 12:19:09 GMT
Malx says:
Ryan, I think you may have mis-read my post, or more likely I wasn't terribly clear. I did in fact receive the complete Wagner Opera Solti box, the remastered de-luxe box would have been nice, but I am content.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Dec 2012 16:40:46 GMT
Ryan says:

>>Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, Violin Concertos, Sonatas for Violin and Keyboard (Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, various dates. ABC Classics).<<

Ryan, is that a box?
I could only find the single CDs...
Actually I didn't particularly like the Hewitt Bach with the same orchestra, but I think that was Hewitt's fault...

Posted on 28 Dec 2012 16:57:50 GMT
Interesting you should say that. Angela Hewitt's Bach is widely praised, but I find it rather bland and featureless.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Dec 2012 17:13:34 GMT
Exactly, Harry!

Posted on 28 Dec 2012 17:16:06 GMT
I got one of those Naxos anthologies with popular classics. This one marketed as as an "enerygy booster". Anyway there was a piece from Peterson-Berger's "Frösö Flowers" which I quite liked as it reminded me of Chopin and such things. Petersen-Berger is a late Romantic Swedish composer who is a new acquaintance for me, but I listened to the Niklas Sivelöv recording of the rest of the Frösö Flowers on Spotify and it was very good. I looked up the composer and the encyclopedia said he was more significant as a critic than composer - well he must have been damn good critic...
Flowers From Froso Island

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Dec 2012 17:38:27 GMT
Henry James says:
Harry says that he finds Hewitt's Bach bland and featureless.

Since I am bland and featureless, perhaps that is why I like her so much.

Thanks, Harry, for helping me figure that out.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Dec 2012 03:13:15 GMT
Dear Harry and Henry: As you may have known before, I am a strong admirer of Angela Hewitt. I own her Well Tempered Clavier and the Bach concertos with the ACO and I enjoyed all of her work on it. But I am by no means a Bach connoisseur. I have been more impressed by her stunning Chopin and I can't wait to get into my new Messiaen set. I like the clean, crystal clear sound that she achieves. I think the coolness is an asset. I like pianists to be polarised: one the one hand unrelentingly fiery (a la Argerich) and on the other cool as a cucumber (a la Hewitt). Both are special.

Rasmus: The Tognetti is indeed 3 discs collected in a single box. It collects three earlier CDs in one place (probably the single ones you have found).

Malx: Is that the new Wagner box that collects ALL of Solti's Wagner opera recordings?

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Dec 2012 03:47:12 GMT
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Henry James says:
In addition to my admiration for Hewitt's bland performances, I have generally thought that the recording quality of her releases has been excellent, most pleasing to me at least. I'm not sure whether I prefer her recordings of the Chopin nocturnes, or Pires's.
Probably Pires by a bit.

Posted on 29 Dec 2012 08:43:39 GMT
Malx says:
Yes Ryan thats the one.

Posted on 29 Dec 2012 09:37:04 GMT
Ryan and Henry: the Bachian balance is surprisingly hard to get right (I write as someone who's loved playing Bach on the piano for most of my life). Coolness and clarity are absolutely part of what's necessary, but I guess my problem with Angela Hewitt's renderings is that - to my ears at least, and I'm quite prepared to accept that the fault may be mine - coolness and clarity are all I get from them, and I miss the occasional sharper accent or contrast to add variety and zest. All the edges seem to me to be smoothed over. But hey - vive la difference.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Dec 2012 11:41:42 GMT
Harry says: 'All the edges seem to me to be smoothed over.' Maybe she's the Karajan of the piano repertory. Maybe that's why I like her work.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Dec 2012 15:25:13 GMT
Henry James says:
I guess I am like Ryan: I prefer Caballe's smooth and polished voice to Callas's jagged and edgy one, for example. Harry, who is an example of a Bach pianist more to your taste?

Posted on 29 Dec 2012 16:55:55 GMT
Off the top of my head, Andras Schiff.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Dec 2012 00:38:12 GMT
Henry: As I said earlier though, I do like both ends of the spectrum: Callas is the Argerich of the opera world in my opinion. Whilst Hewitt more closely resembles the Caballe as your well put example suggested (I would also think of Sutherland, et al).

What I can't stand is those middle-of-the-road artists, completely lacking in individuality or dynamism. They have a boring tone and no real presence. Who? I won't name names, because I'll probably end up regretting it: I remember being very critical of Jussi Bjoerling about a year ago and boy did I regret that one once I rediscovered his tremendous art. Suffice it to say, I know them when I hear them!

Posted on 30 Dec 2012 11:32:58 GMT
Mention of Argerich reminds me - I regard her Bach recital on DG (if it's still out there) as pretty much perfect Bach playing.

Posted on 2 Jan 2013 13:00:04 GMT
JayJayDee says:
Nobody buys me CM discs as presents anymore.
They assume that I've got 'everything' already.
So I treated myself to a vast quantity of marketplace cheapies and ordered them on the 22nd December!! Mostly they consisted of over-duplication (eg Dutoit's Planets, Gardiner's Beethoven, Sinopoli's Elgar etc) , but at such ridiculous prices as to make it well worth it and significantly less than the price of a bus-ticket, a bar of chocolate or a pint or whatever other ephemeral pleasure might have been clamouring for the same shillings.

And the arrival of all those eighteen separate packages immediately after Christmas (on the 27th and 28th) made the postman so - so terribly sympathetic in the mistaken belief that they were late-arrival prezzies!
Anything to cheer up the miserable month that succeeds Christmas prior to late-January pay days!
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