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Posted on Jul 4, 2012 5:46:09 PM PDT
Aleksey says:
Bruno Walter, 1956 - Mozart, Symphony No. 41 in C major, K. 551 "Jupiter," Bruno Walter conducting the NYPO

Posted on Jul 4, 2012 5:59:56 PM PDT
B. A. Dilger says:
Tchaikovsky--1812 Overture (ed. Cornall);

Leningrad Military Orchestra;
Nikolai Ushapovsky, cond.;
St. Petersburg Chamber Choir;
Alexander Kazimirov, dir.;
Nikolai Korniev, cond.;

Featuring the bells and cannon of the Peter and Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg , and shots fired by an artillery battery of the Leningrad Military District.

Posted on Jul 4, 2012 6:07:06 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 4, 2012 6:10:24 PM PDT
Mahlerian says:
Listened to
Bruckner: Symphony No. 9
Berlin Philharmonic, cond. Gunter Wand

Bruckner: Symphony No. 9

Much earlier today:
Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F
Boston Pops, cond. Fiedler

(Actually from 3 different performances)

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 4, 2012 6:26:51 PM PDT
John Ruggeri says:
Gershwin / Kostelanetz / Previn, 1960: Concerto in F - Original Columbia LP, Complete

Posted on Jul 4, 2012 7:09:57 PM PDT
WRMiller says:
Grofe: Grand Canyon Suite
Seattle Symphony Orchestra; Gerard Schwarz, conductor. (Naxos)

Gershwin: An American in Paris; Grofe: Grand Canyon Suite

Posted on Jul 4, 2012 7:25:02 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 4, 2012 8:18:19 PM PDT
bejart7092 says:
Haydn: String Quartet in F Major, Op.77,No.2

Pro Arte Quartet: Alphonse Onnou and Laurent Halleux, violins -- Germain Prevost, viola -- Robert Maas, cello

Haydn: String Quartets, Vol. 3

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 4, 2012 8:17:52 PM PDT
K. Bowersock says:
Now--Watching Bernstein/London Symphony Orchestra in Mahler's Symphony no. 2 (DG, 1974)

Mahler - Symphonies Nos. 1, 2 & 3

Posted on Jul 4, 2012 8:21:35 PM PDT
bejart7092 says:
Giovanni Battista Viotti (1755-1824): Flute Quartet in E Flat, Op.22,No.3

Claudio Farrarini on flute with members of Quartetto di Salsburg: Lavard Skou Larsen, violin -- Jorg Steinkrauss, viola -- Detlef Mielke, cello

Viotti: 3 Flute Quartets Op. 22

Posted on Jul 4, 2012 11:30:06 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 5, 2012 1:55:28 AM PDT
The mail man brought me 17 symphonies yesterday, so there's a lot to do, huh!

First of all the first 'Gothic' symphony by Havergal Brian. I decided for Naxos version costing 3 euros against Hyperion's more than 20 since the reviews have been quite as good with both of them. Very, very difficult work to get a grasp on first hearing, the 'Worlds largest symphony' which easily outdo Mahler 8th by it's dimensions (with interesting similarity in the two-part-pattern with the first one dealing with Faust and the second being a setting of Holy Catholic text, Te Deum.) I shall return to the work for sure.

The second new offer is Thomas Dausgaard's recording of the 16 symphonies by Rued Langgaard (1876-1952). I've already noticed that the cycle seems to be very uneven, symphonies 2-3 and 7-8 offering not much after one hearing, all of them being rather conservative with not very fresh ideas. It's different with the symphony 6 which is much more powerful statement, no. 4 also giving more promises. I have not yet listened to the grand, hour-long first symphony (I was not in the mood somehow, after the 'Gothic'...)

Speaking of Langgaard (who was considered an 'outsider in Danish music') I urge You the investigate him, but at the same time I'm confident that You should do it with the visionary 'Sfaerernesmusik' (Music of the spheres) and preferably with Dausgaard's superb recording (Dacapo) which contains also two other enjoyable works not very different in character ('Endens tid' & 'Fra dyben', that is 'The End of the Time' & 'From the Deep'). Or if You're more attuned to opera it could be 'Antikrist' which shares some same material with 'Endens tid', even though I haven't heard the opera myself. But at the least the strange choral-orchestral work 'Sfaerernesmusik' is highly original and enjoyable music IMHO.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 5, 2012 1:25:41 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 5, 2012 1:26:21 AM PDT
Ahmad says:
Wagner- Die Walkre, Solti (disc 2) Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen (Ring Cycle)

Posted on Jul 5, 2012 4:43:16 AM PDT
bejart7092 says:
Francesco Maria Veracini (1690-1768): Overture No.2 in F Major

Reinhard Goebel leading Musica Antiqua Koln

Veracini: Overtures

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 5, 2012 5:29:39 AM PDT
Ahmad says:
Wagner- Die Walkre, Solti (cd3)

Wagner- Die Walkre, Solti (disc 4)>> disc 4 alone is 71 minutes :-(

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 5, 2012 5:44:36 AM PDT
K. Bowersock says:
Now--Heinichen: Concerto in G, S. 217 (Reinhard Goebel/Musica Antiqua Koln on Archiv)

Heinichen: Dresden Concerti

Posted on Jul 5, 2012 7:54:33 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 5, 2012 7:54:51 AM PDT
bejart7092 says:
Beethoven: String Quartet in C Sharp Minor, Op.131

Gewandhaus String Quartet: Frank-Michael Erben and Conrad Suske, violins -- Volker Metz, viola -- Jurnjakob Timm, cello

Beethoven: String Quartets Op 131 & Op 14 #1

Posted on Jul 5, 2012 8:00:03 AM PDT
B. A. Dilger says:
Bruckner--Symphony No.4, "Romantic";

Philharmonia Slavonica; Henry Adolph, cond.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 5, 2012 8:42:57 AM PDT
Brahms' Tragic Overture, Op.81, w/ Arturo Toscanini leading the NBC Symphony Orchestra.

Posted on Jul 5, 2012 8:48:00 AM PDT
I am listening to Andrew Litton lead the Dallas Symphony Orchestra's in Charles Ives's First and Fourth Symphonies and Central Park in the Dark.

Posted on Jul 5, 2012 8:54:02 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 5, 2012 8:54:35 AM PDT
John Spinks says:
B. A. Dilger,

In the "Discographic Horrors" section of John Berky's Anton Bruckner website, he states from another source in Germany that Henry Adolph is a fake, not a real person, but that his name shows up on a lot of recordings. I don't know either way, whether he is or isn't. The Bruckner Sym. No. 4 he discusses is Allegretto 210695 listing Henry Adolph as conductor of the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra. I'm just wondering if you have any additional information about the mysterious Henry Adolph? I've found nothing useful on the web.

Posted on Jul 5, 2012 8:54:29 AM PDT
cello sonata and the first two cello suites.
Britten: Cello Suites Nos. 1 & 2

yet after, picking up the third suite performed by Isserlis.
John Tavener: The Protecting Veil; Thrinos / Benjamin Britten: Third Suite for Cello, op. 87

don't know yet if I'm going to hit the tavener from that disc.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 5, 2012 9:17:36 AM PDT
John Ruggeri says:
Furtwängler, 1954 (Live) Beethoven, Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral"
Berliner Philharmoniker -- Wilhelm Furtwängler, Dirigiert - Recorded Live, 15 May 1954, Lugano.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 5, 2012 9:49:24 AM PDT
B. A. Dilger says:
John Spinks----Henry Adolph is one of the most prolific conductors of the German budget classical music label PILZ. I've seen his name on other labels usually connected with former Soviet-occupied eastern European classical orchestras. Whoever he might be, oftentimes the CM is comparable to budget British assemblages. Ah--I found him conducting Gershwin with the Philharmonia Slavonica on Point Classics. "Henry Adolph" could be a fictional name for conductors we might know, or don't want their work known on a budget label/orchestra. Most of the music isn't bad, for the price. These are usually from the 90's before major labels started their price slashes.

Posted on Jul 5, 2012 9:59:49 AM PDT
Mahlerian says:
Bach: Concerto in C minor for two keyboards BWV 1060
Lukas Foss and Seymour Lipkin, pianists
Boston Symphony, cond. Charles Munch

Posted on Jul 5, 2012 10:10:39 AM PDT
B. A. Dilger says:
Schoenberg--Chamber Symphony No.2, op.38;

Philharmonia Slavonica; Henry Adolph, cond.

Posted on Jul 5, 2012 10:14:01 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 5, 2012 10:14:52 AM PDT
Mahlerian says:
Later in the same concert,
Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor BWV1067
Doriot Anthony Dwyer, Flute
Boston Symphony, cond. Charles Munch

Perhaps it's not historically correct (and I love HIP personally) but the musicality of it justifies this kind of approach.

Posted on Jul 5, 2012 10:45:50 AM PDT
bejart7092 says:
Anton Kraft (1749-1820): Cello Concerto in C Major

Josef Blacky leading the Plzen Radio Symphony Orchestra -- Jiri Hosek, cello

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