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The classical what are you listening to now ? thread.

Discussion in 'classical' started by TheDecameron, Oct 31, 2017.

  1. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron Unicorns fart glitter.

    R3 live in concert, Rachel Podger with Brecon Baroque: Veracini Sonata No.12
  2. PsB

    PsB Citizen of Nowhere™

    Listened to that in the car tonight. Very enjoyable, but I do find the tone of her violin a bit shrill at times.

    Now: Guy/Papavrami Beethoven violin sonatas.
  3. Todd A

    Todd A pfm Member

    Artur Rubinstein and the Paganini Quartet playing Faure's Piano Quartet No 1.
  4. mjw

    mjw pfm Member

    Earlier today I listened to Bach cantatas conducted by Suzuki (post lost in ‘the crash’).
    Later today I listened to Bach cantatas conducted by Gardiner. The Penguin guide tells me that Suzuki makes a better job of it but I’m likely too lumpen to realize it. The SQ of Gardiner’s Archiv recordings is superior to the BIS disc, though.
  5. Citroen2CV

    Citroen2CV pfm Member

    Mahler Sym No 5, Bernstein, NYPO
  6. alanbeeb

    alanbeeb pfm Member

    On the train this morning: Villa-Lobos, Bachianas Brasilieras - New World Symphony, Michael Tilson-Thomas. Wonderful - why is this music not in the core repertoire?
  7. windhoek

    windhoek The Phoolosopher

    I love the sound of Villa-Lobos in the morning - especially Bachianas brasileiras No.2: IV Tocata (The Little Train of the Caipira) :)

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  8. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron Unicorns fart glitter.

    Suzuki, BCJ: Bach Orchestral Suite 3 Overture.
  9. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron Unicorns fart glitter.

    Adrian Boult, LPO: Elgar Pomp and Circumstance March No.1
  10. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron Unicorns fart glitter.

    Lorraine Hunt Lieberson: Handel, Ombra Mai Fu
  11. k90tour

    k90tour pfm Member

  12. Todd A

    Todd A pfm Member


    Since it has been scientifically shown that it is impossible to 1.) have too many recordings of Mahler 1, and 2.) have too many recordings by Rafael Kubelik, it follows that this should be a fine recording. But it is more than that. Though the now aged sound suffers from limited dynamic range and less than ideal clarity, with the former the bigger problem, the slightly distant perspective offers a full aural glimpse of the orchestra, and what Kubelik does with it is magnificent. The best stuff is in the opening movement, which sounds unusually comfortable and flowing. It is definitely restrained most of the time, and it sounds largely sunny in disposition and evokes an idyllic view of nature at least as well as any version I've heard. The second movement is weighty but not pressed, while the third is folksy and vulgar and somber and tuneful in proper proportion. The final movement suffers a bit from the limited dynamic range, but Kubelik generates ample excitement, and in the slow passages, he gets some more of that just right feel evident in the first movement. This is one of the great Mahler Firsts.

    Amazon UK link
  13. ian123running

    ian123running pfm Member

    Khovanshchina - Act 4 & 5
    Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky
    Radio 3.

    Just catching the end.
  14. Citroen2CV

    Citroen2CV pfm Member

    Totally agree! :)

    Only have Symphony 1, 2, 4 and 9 Kubelik versions, not the one you quote but includes this No 1.
  15. davidjt

    davidjt pfm Member

    As frequently happens, the thread has prompted me to rifle through a neglected section and start to play it. (One of the things I like about having the library on JRiver is that I can play an entire artist/composer/genre until I've had enough, with just one click.)

    Having to 'make do' with Bernard Haitink and the Concertgebouw as I don't have any Kubelik (yet.)

    Love Mahler, but with so many references, am I the only one who sometimes struggles to identify which symphony is which? :)
  16. herb

    herb music live

    Gyorgy Ligeti Concertos for Cello, Piano and for 13 instrumentalists. Etudes for piano books 1 and 2.

    Then I could not resist John Coltrane Live in Japan 1966. CDs 3 and 4.
  17. Citroen2CV

    Citroen2CV pfm Member

    The Haitink's I've heard certainly make do for me ;)

  18. k90tour

    k90tour pfm Member

  19. rough edges

    rough edges pfm Member

    Violin concertos...
    Beethoven/Tetzlaff, Brahms/Hahn and Tchaikovsky/Batiashvili.

  20. davidjt

    davidjt pfm Member

    Agreed: I have the big box Symphonies set by Haitink and can't fault any of them.

    Having said that, I seem to be increasingly drawn to live performances (despite their drawbacks) and the Abbado/BPO Mahler 1 playing now is particularly fine, imo.

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