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What Are You Listening To Right Now? - Part VIII

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Initial post: Aug 27, 2012, 12:25:17 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 3, 2012, 5:42:59 PM PDT
Edgar Self says:
Part VII has only 25 more posts to run before hitting the magic number of 10,000 and rolling over. Getting this one ready. On to 80,000 posts! Isn't it incredible?

Fill up the old Part VII first bnefore starting on this one.

Posted on Aug 28, 2012, 6:41:41 AM PDT
Brand new thread - lots of space and fresh air.

This is just to say that I wish Mozart had composed more Larghettos - I'm listening to one right now Gulda/Abbado/VPO Piano Concerto 27.
Mozart: Great Piano Concertos, Nos. 20, 21, 25 & 27 [Germany]

Posted on Aug 28, 2012, 6:50:59 AM PDT
Piano Works By 'The Mighty Handful' (featuring Philip Edward Fisher)
this is a pretty amazing disc. I'm not 100% 'in line' with every tempo fisher uses is 'pictures' but that is a personal thing with me. The conviction and attention to detail far makes up for it.

Posted on Aug 28, 2012, 7:00:22 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 28, 2012, 8:20:26 AM PDT
Edgar Self says:
John Ruggeri -- Near the end of Part VII that we just filled up, you were listening to Georg Kulenkampff and pianist (!) Georg Solti play Beethoven's Kreutzer. These were among Solti's very first records, when he was in Switzerland struggling to make a living, and hungry to conduct. I think they dte from about 1947. Kulenkampff was the violinist in Edwin Fischer's piano trio, with Enrico Mainardi, cellist, but died soon after these recordings were made and was replaced by Wolfgang Schneiderhan.

Solti was a fine pianist, and won the Geneva Competition early in the War, about 1942 I believe, when Wilhelm Backhau was on the ury. In his "Memoirs", Solti writes about this, and ... Dan Ohara, are you there? ... about accompanying Richard Tauber in a recital of poopular Schbert and Schumann Lieder in Zuerich, thrilled to be staying at the Palace Hotel at Tauber's expense. "Tauber was very kind and even gave me some money." He compares Tauber's musicality to Fischer-Dieskau's.

Solti continued to record occasionally as pianist, accompanying Kiri Te Kanawa in Richard Strauss songs, and playing Mozart's D-minor concerto, G-minor ppiano quartet, and concerto for three pianos (with two helpers). I'm always interested to hear conductors play the piano, if they can ... Mitropoulos, Szell, Furtwaengler, Swallisch, Rosbaud, Beecham, Sargent, Bruno Walter, Bernstein, Karajan, Casals, Svetlanov, Tilson Thomas, Eschenbach ... who else is there? Rachmaninoff, Iturbi, and Cortot did both, although known primarily as pianists, and I think Walter Hendl.

Posted on Aug 28, 2012, 7:21:29 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 28, 2012, 7:50:36 AM PDT
<<Georg Solti play Beethoven's Kreutzer. These were among Solti's very first records, when he was in Switzerland struggling to make a living, and hungry to conduct. >>
that exact kreutzer is in this box.
also a disc of the three violin sonatas of brahms also with Kulenkampff

Sir Georg Solti: The First Recordings as Pianist and Conductor, 1947-1958

Posted on Aug 28, 2012, 8:02:38 AM PDT
bejart7092 says:
Although I'm tempted to start Part 9, just so it'll be ready when we finish this one ---
I'll refrain for the moment.

Now ---
Franz Anton Hoffmeister (1754-1812): Flute Concerto in D Major

Janos Sandor leading the Gyor Philharmonic Orchestra -- Janos Szebenyi, flute

Hoffmeister/ Rosetti: Flute Concertos

Posted on Aug 28, 2012, 8:10:48 AM PDT
I've been reborn. What is this place? It looks a lot like the old world I used to exist in but this one has a longer name. I must be evolving!

Thread er, New Thread Duty;

J.C. Bach; Symphonies Op. 9 - The Hanover Band, Anthony Halstead. (I think this was the first CPO disc I bought. Followed by many others)

J.C. Bach: Symphonies, Op. 9

Posted on Aug 28, 2012, 8:40:46 AM PDT
John Ruggeri says:
Frank Pelleg plays Mendelssohn "Variations Sérieuses" Op. 54

Posted on Aug 28, 2012, 9:24:35 AM PDT
bejart7092 says:
Beethoven: String Trio in E Flat, Op.3

Denes Kovacs, violin -- Geza Nemeth, viola -- Ede Banda, cello

Beethoven: Complete String Trios

Posted on Aug 28, 2012, 9:27:26 AM PDT
boulez mozart and berg
Mozart: 'Gran Partita' Serenade, K.361 / Berg: Kammerkonzert (Chamber Concerto) ~ Boulez

Kind of wish BOulez got to mozart a little earlier in his career. His 'autopsy' approach to music really works in bringing clarity to these works.

Posted on Aug 28, 2012, 10:24:24 AM PDT
bejart7092 says:
Vaclav Pichl (1741-1805): Symphony in C Major, Z 21

Matthias Bamert directing the Mozart London Players

Pichl: Symphonies

Posted on Aug 28, 2012, 11:14:11 AM PDT
Janos Starker plays Bach cello suites on MLP.

Posted on Aug 28, 2012, 11:22:37 AM PDT
Dichterliebe says:
Vorisek Piano Works, especially the Rhapsodies:

Vorísek: Piano Works

I'm lovin' it.

Posted on Aug 28, 2012, 11:32:13 AM PDT
bejart7092 says:
And now for something a bit different --
Johann Baptist Krumpholtz (1742-1790): Harp Sonata in G Major, Op.12, No.3

Andrea Vigh, harp -- Vilmos Szabadi, violin -- Csaba Oncszy, cello

Krumpholtz: Harp Sonatas

Posted on Aug 28, 2012, 11:46:46 AM PDT
Version VII of this thread lasted just about 8 months. Lets see how quick version VIII lasts.

Posted on Aug 28, 2012, 11:54:47 AM PDT
Today's Prom on right now.

Prom 60: Mozart - The Marriage of Figaro

The Glyndebourne Festival Opera,
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment;
Robin Ticciati, conductor;
Michael Grandage, director;
and a long list of soloists including:
Vito Priante, bass (Figaro);
Lydia Teuscher, soprano (Susanna);
Sally Matthews, soprano (Countess Almaviva);
Audun Iversen, baritone (Count Almaviva);

Glyndbourne Opera never disappoints.

Posted on Aug 28, 2012, 12:25:50 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 28, 2012, 12:28:52 PM PDT
B. A. Dilger says:
Happy New Thread!

Mozart--String Quintets K515

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Mozart--String Quintets K515&516;

Heinz-Otto Graf, viola;
Heutling Quartet

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 28, 2012, 12:36:11 PM PDT
I see that we are all listening to Mozart! It's just like we all wore the same shirt to work - well, maybe not quite.

Right now: Harpsichord concerto (K. 41) - Sofronitzky (harpsichord)/ Karolak/Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense

I can't remember the label, and I am listening to this at my computer. I sure like Sofronitzky's playing in this set. I had considered buying this set when it was around $100. Luckily it was re-released at a much, much lower price. At any rate, it is one of my favorites. I like both the orchestral and keyboard playing. Perhaps Schiff/Vegh are my modern performance preference. I was a little let down by Perahia - not by much though.

Posted on Aug 28, 2012, 12:46:23 PM PDT
bejart7092 says:
Alessandro Rolla (1757-1841): Flute Quartet No.5 in A Major

Mario Carbotta on flute with members of the Erasmus Quartet: Giambattista Pianezzola, violin -- Maurizio Schiavo, viola - Claudio Frigerio, cello

Rolla: 6 Flute Quartets

Posted on Aug 28, 2012, 1:02:56 PM PDT
John Spinks says:
B.A. Dilger,

I just finished up with the Mozart String Quintets, too. I particularly liked Nos. 3 & 5, but the whole set is nice.

My version was:
Mozart: String Quintets

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 28, 2012, 1:09:21 PM PDT
John Ruggeri says:
Moiseiwitsch plays Rachmaninov Prelude in C sharp minor

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 28, 2012, 1:37:46 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 28, 2012, 1:53:58 PM PDT
John Ruggeri says:
Girolamo Dalla Casa (died 1601) was an Italian composer, instrumentalist, and writer of the late Renaissance. He was a member of the Venetian School, and was perhaps more famous and influential as a performer than as a composer.

Nothing is known about his life prior to his arrival at Venice, but he was probably born at Udine sometime before the middle of the 16th century. He was first hired by the musical establishment of St Mark's Basilica in 1568, along with his two brothers, Giovanni and Nicolò, where they formed the first permanent instrumental ensemble.
I usually do not care for organ music and music of this era this BUT this combo and music is quite beautiful to my ears.

Douce memoire set by Girolamo Dalla Casa
Viola bastarda and organ
In viola bastarda music, the viol picks phrases from the madrigal or chanson and play diminutions (variations) based upon that melody.

Posted on Aug 28, 2012, 2:58:10 PM PDT
John Spinks says:
Messing around with Pandora radio via my Roku box. Jazz right now. It doesn't seem a real effective way to listen to classical music as it is mostly an excerpt of larger work format.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 28, 2012, 3:16:23 PM PDT
JS Bach's Mass in B-minor, w/ Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Marga Hoffgen, Nicolai Gedda, Heinz Rehfuss and Herbert von Karajan leading the Chor und Orchester der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde, Wien.

Posted on Aug 28, 2012, 3:28:56 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 28, 2012, 3:29:31 PM PDT
Right now, Beethoven Sonata No. 3 from Gulda's complete set (Beethoven: Piano Sonatas). Contemplating purchase of the HJ Lim set on EMI ( Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas). Not overly impressed by what I've heard of her playing so far, via iTunes. Any words of advice from someone who owns the set? Appreciate it.
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