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In reply to an earlier post on 11 Feb 2016, 10:45:58 GMT
kenpat says:
Yes you're a right little pleader. Oooh err mrs.
JS Bach, Cello Suites No.4, 5 & 6. Anner Bylsma.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Feb 2016, 22:36:13 GMT
Malx says:
Guilty as charged Kenpat!
I guess you find self restraint as difficult to master as I do.

Thread: Strauss, Four Last Songs - Lisa Della Casa, VPO, Bohm.
R Strauss: Vier Letzte Lieder

Posted on 10 Feb 2016, 21:45:32 GMT
kenpat says:
While on the Anner Bylsma kick I decided to get his other recording of the Bach Cello Suites, with the Servais. Crystal clear sound that shows off the beautiful timbre of the instrument.
JS Bach, Cello Suites No.1, 2 & 3. Anner Bylsma.
I blame you Malx for this.

Posted on 10 Feb 2016, 15:14:15 GMT
Paul says:
Schubert: Piano Sonata D.960, Horowitz, 1953. Another 1950s concert recorded on a TB ward.

Posted on 10 Feb 2016, 14:57:32 GMT
Last edited by the author on 10 Feb 2016, 14:58:28 GMT
mancheeros says:
Salomone Rossi: Il Mantovano Hebreo Profeti della Quinta

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Feb 2016, 14:22:59 GMT
Roasted Swan says:
Harry - on your recommendation I bought the Jarvi/Rott and you are right it is an excellent version of this very individual work. Jarvi has the measure of the dynamism and originality of the piece. Beautifully played and recorded too - just the version occasional audience noise gives away the live recording. Knocks the old Hyperion recording into the most cocked of cocked hats.

Posted on 10 Feb 2016, 11:43:07 GMT
Last edited by the author on 10 Feb 2016, 14:26:36 GMT
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No 21 in C major, Op 53 'Waldstein' - Maurizio Pollini - another exceptionally fine performance

Later, 'Ondas - Cantigas de amigo' - an album of 13th century songs and instrumental music from Vivabiancaluna Biffi (voice and viola d'arco) and Pierre Hamon (medieval flutes). Most of this hauntingly beautiful music is by Martin Codax about whom nothing is known except that he was probably Galician and lived in the mid-13th century. The disc is filled out with instrumental improvisations based on the songs.

Posted on 10 Feb 2016, 10:20:22 GMT
kenpat says:
Much more up my street.
Herbert Howells, Piano Quartet in A minor, Fantasy String Quartet & Rhapsodic Quintet for 2 Violins, Viola and Cello. Richards Piano Quartet and Ensemble.

Posted on 10 Feb 2016, 10:07:23 GMT
Paul says:
Shostakovich: Symphony No.5, Rudolf Barshai, WDR SO, 1995.

Shostakovich - Complete Symphonies

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Feb 2016, 09:06:05 GMT
Malx: I don't have a complete Beethoven cycle from Pollini, the disc I was listening to yesterday was a recent purchase. I have owned his set of the Late Sonatas since LP days and his Op 111 is still my favourite.

Posted on 10 Feb 2016, 08:28:08 GMT
Roasted Swan says:
Recently got Horst Stein – The Sibelius Recordings which at around a tenner for the 3 disc set is pretty good value. The set put together the 4 LP's Stein made of Sibelius with L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in the 70's and early 80's. The main interest was in hearing his Symphony No.2 which was new to me. I thought it was good if just a tad 'safe' (I think this was also the last disc of the group he made). What marks out the earlier performances is a real bite and snarl and sense of drama. Finlandia / En Saga / Swan of Tuonela is an old Decca Weekend Classics disc which has the earliest of Stein's Sibelius and possibly still the best.

Posted on 10 Feb 2016, 07:31:32 GMT
kenpat says:
Khachaturian, excerpts from Spartacus & Gayaneh ballets.
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Aram Khachaturian.
Prokofiev, excerpts from Romeo and Juliet. Cleveland Orchestra. Lorin Maazel.
Didn't even know I owned this disk or why, but really enjoying it.

Posted on 9 Feb 2016, 23:50:37 GMT
Last edited by the author on 9 Feb 2016, 23:51:38 GMT
Finzi - Cello Concerto; Clarinet Concerto
I've been meaning to play this for sometime
Now I have my new laptop sorted and an HDMI port srt up I can play NML through my B& O system and it sounds marvellous
Been sorting out CDs this evening and feel pleased
Really don't like not having them in order but I'm getting there!

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Feb 2016, 22:33:28 GMT
John Ruggeri says:
Édouard Lalo

Work: Overture to Le roi d'Ys, opéra in three acts, first performance 7 May 1888, Opéra-Comique, Paris
Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic -- Conductor: Yan Pascal Tortelier

Posted on 9 Feb 2016, 21:08:46 GMT
Thanks Maix but I'm resisting buying yet another set of Beethoven Symphonies
I reckon my collection boasts enough to play a Cycle for every day of the month!!
My son,on my half disposed of some surplus DVD's today.As agreed,kept the proceeds but bought me a SherLocked sticker for my new Laptop to distinguish mine from his
He got me very cheaply
Symphony No. 10 (Rahbari, Brt Philharmonic)which I greatly enjoyed
Sorting more CDs out in my "Spring Cleaning"
Happy Mardi Gras!
David D

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Feb 2016, 19:12:31 GMT
Malx says:
Geoffrey - did you invest in the Pollini boxed set of of Beethoven Sonatas and if so what are your thoughts?

Thread - more Beethoven from the bargain Symphony set mentioned yesterday:
Beethoven: The Symphonies
This time symphonies 2 & 6.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Feb 2016, 18:03:33 GMT
RS-re the Ashton Cello Sonatas-did you listen to/like them? The note wasn't clear to me. The piano sonatas have piqued my interest though.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Feb 2016, 17:55:59 GMT
No problem

Posted on 9 Feb 2016, 15:46:37 GMT
Last edited by the author on 9 Feb 2016, 16:15:40 GMT
Falla: El sombrero de tres picos - Jean Martinon conducting the Orchestre national de l'ORTF with Michele Le Bris (soprano). Another fine performance and the last item in this excellent set of Martinon - ICON - The late years .

Continuing in a Spanish vein with tracks from the Classical Shop freebie 'Music in the Time of Velázquez: Songs & Instrumental Pieces from 17th-Century Spain'. Highly enjoyable, just a shame there is no documentation (see Heads Up). Listening via foobar2000, the metadata gives basic info about the composers and artists ie. who is performing what.

Posted on 9 Feb 2016, 15:03:53 GMT
Last edited by the author on 9 Feb 2016, 15:04:18 GMT
mancheeros says:
Palestrina: Canticum Canticorum Hilliard Ensemble

Posted on 9 Feb 2016, 13:58:39 GMT
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No 17 in D minor, Op 31 No 2 'The Tempest' - Maurizio Pollini

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Feb 2016, 10:24:10 GMT
Roasted Swan says:
Peter - stupid me - there I was thinking about making you Peter OM and adding you to that Royal elite and in so doing got your first name wrong!

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Feb 2016, 10:14:35 GMT
RS-Peter O'M.

Posted on 9 Feb 2016, 06:10:25 GMT
kenpat says:
CPE Bach, Three Quartets for Fortepiano, Flute and Viola. Les Adieux.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Feb 2016, 19:22:33 GMT
Paul says:
Well for the price of a cold, damp supermarket sandwich you could have over two hours of new piano music. Better than a limp prawn mayonnaise any day.

Currently listening to Heifetz, Piatigorsky and pals playing Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence, 1964.
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