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31.7.18

#morninglistening to #Mozart via #Grieg w/#DenaPianoDuo on...



#morninglistening to #Mozart via #Grieg w/#DenaPianoDuo on @2Lindberg on the #SACD of this #hiresaudio release

Amazon: http://a-fwd.to/2usK220

#pianosonata #K475 for two pianos rearranged by Edvard + #WolfgangAmadeusMozart’s sonata K448 + Grieg’s Old-Norwegian Dances with #Variations.

#blurayaudio

#classicalcdcollection #classicalmusic #EdvardGrieg #classicalmusiccollection #pianomusic #solokeyboard -> #pianoduo #PianoSonatas #transcriptions #audiophile release



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#morninglistening to @surprisedbeauty composer #Honegger...



#morninglistening to @surprisedbeauty composer #Honegger conducting his own works:

Amazon: http://a-fwd.to/3cZ13wL

A bargain treasure on #MusicAndArts

#symphony No.3, #Pacific231, #Rugby et al.

#classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #20thcenturyclassical #SurprisedByBeauty #ArthurHonegger #SwissClassicalMusic #SwissMusic #orchestralmusic #SymphonieLiturgique from the old #Decca recording.



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30.7.18

#morninglistening to #Beethoven’s #MissaSolemnis on...



#morninglistening to #Beethoven’s #MissaSolemnis on #BISRecords w/#AntalDorati

Amazon: http://a-fwd.to/2i52mMv

#classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection
#classicalcdcollection #Ludwigvan #sacredmusic #ludwigvanbeethoven #Mass #choralworks

#RobertAubryDavis’ recording of choice, if I remember correctly.

A live take from an #IPPNW event-concert. An organization that was awarded a #nobelpeaceprize. They may not believe in MAD, but they sure organized a fine #LvB performance.



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A Radio Interview About Othmar Schoeck



Deal Hudson of Ave Maria Radio's Church and Culture (tagline: "Church and Culture engages all aspects of our culture with the aim of discussing "cultural apologetics.") was kind enough to have me on his show to talk "Schoeck", dedicating an hour's worth of airtime to the Swiss composer - with a focus on his masterpiece, Notturno... and studded with plenty of excerpts from his music.


Church and Culture – July 28, 2018 – Hour 1 – Music critic Jens F. Laurson introduces the music of late romantic composer Othmar Schoeck



Schoeck on ionarts, Surprised by Beauty & Forbes:

Christian Gerhaher, Othmar Schoeck – A Love Story

Best Recordings of 2009 (#2)

Best Recordings of 2013 (#4)

Christopher Maltman: Truly, truly, truly a Masterpiece

Forbes Classical CD of the Week: Schoecking Beauty From Switzerland

Surprised by Beauty, Othmar Schoeck – Recommended Recordings


Forbes Classical CD Of The Week: Tasty Danishes (Piano Trio Edition)


...finally, there is the little ten-minute “Mountain Flowers” Piano Trio by Rued Langgaard (1893-1952). Langgaard-lovers – and if you get into Langgaard at all it is difficult not to become a card-carrying member) might say: ‘Woha! This Trio strikes my ears as familiar’ Yes, because it became the excellently-ambitious First Symphony’s second movement. It’s the part where he stops to smell the roses along his impetuous ascent of the symphonic mountaintop and gives a window in the calmer aspects of the beauty that the 15-year old (!) prodigy that would undergo so many musical transformations (and frustrations) yet, was capable of. The Danish Piano Trio / Den Danske Klavertrio (the ensemble, not the genre – made up of pianist Katrine Gislinge, violinist Lars Bjørnkjær and cellist Toke Møldrup) performs lovingly-beautifully on their inaugural recording – and just as importantly they perform repertoire that should be heard – and heard more often…

-> Classical CD Of The Week: Tasty Danishes (Piano Trio Edition)



29.7.18

#morninglistening to #Sibelius #symphonies 5-7 w/@KarajanMusic...



#morninglistening to #Sibelius #symphonies 5-7 w/@KarajanMusic & @Philharmonia

Amazon: http://a-fwd.to/4nAZGq8

His stereo recordings from 1955/60 w/the #Philharmonia, produced by #WalterLegge for #EMI (@warnerclassicsus)

#classicalmusic #classicalcdcollection
#classicalmusiccollection #20thcenturyclassical #orchestralmusic #JeanSibelius #finnishmusic #symphony #Karajan #HerbertVonKarajan

on the possibly soon-to-be-defunct #PragaDigitals



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#morninglistening to #Bartok w/@Munich_Phil & @herascasado...



#morninglistening to #Bartok w/@Munich_Phil & @herascasado & @perianespiano on @harmoniamundi / @pias_usa

Amazon: http://a-fwd.to/6cBQWCo

3rd #PianoConcerto & #ConcertoForOrchestra

#classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection
#classicalcdcollection #orchestralmusic #pianoconcertos #JavierPerianes #PabloHerasCasado #BelaBartok #Bartók #tuberolling #HarmoniaMundi #munichphilharmonic #MünchnerPhilharmoniker



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28.7.18

#morninglistening to #PhilippScharwenka #chambermusic on...



#morninglistening to #PhilippScharwenka #chambermusic on #mDG

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…the #StringQuartets are of the highest order, actually. Brahms-ish but less dense. Bruch-esque, but tighter.

#classicalmusic
#classicalmusiccollection
#classicalcdcollection #germanromanticism #repertoireexplorer #mannheimerstreichquartett #TrioParnassus #ThomasDuis



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27.7.18

#morninglistening to #Bach #sonatas for #violin &...



#morninglistening to #Bach #sonatas for #violin & #harpsichord #BWV1014 - 1019 w/@keyboardkris & @stradivari_1704 on @PIAS_USA / @harmoniamundiu

http://a-fwd.to/1YUSzM9

#ChamberMusic #EarlyMusic #baroquemusic #ViolinSonatas #classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #kristianBezuidenhout #IsabelleFaust

Among the works of Bach that contain the least of his dance-into-eternity magic; easy-come/easy-go, compared to, say, the cantatas or organ works or single-instrument chamber works. Strange, how an essential quality seems missing, and not strange at all that we should want to like these works so much, even if we cannot succeed very easily.



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26.7.18

#morninglistening & #mourninglistening to what should never...



#morninglistening & #mourninglistening to what should never have been #EnochZuGuttenberg’s last recording:

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#Schubert’s #9thSymphony on @FaraoClassics w/#KlangVerwaltung Orchestra.

#classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection
#classicalcdcollection #wienerklassik #germanromanticism #FranzSchubert #orchestralmusic #symphonies
#farewell



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25.7.18

#morninglistening to an early gem from @houghhough (1987):...



#morninglistening to an early gem from @houghhough (1987): #Hummel’s #pianoworks on @ChandosRecords w/@ECOrchestra

https://amzn.to/2OgQZks

If we grant that there HAS been a #JohannNepomukHummel renaissance, this is the album that most contributed to it. Excellent liner notes, too.

#BrydenThomson

#classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #pianoconcertos at the classical-romantic intersection #germanromanticism #pianoconcerto



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À mon chevet: 'The Honourable Schoolboy'

À mon chevet is a series of posts featuring a quote from whatever book is on my nightstand at the moment.

book cover
Otherwise the Club was pretty much empty. For reasons of prestige, the top correspondents steered clear of the place anyway. A few businessmen, who came for the flavour pressmen give; a few girls, who came for the men. A couple of war tourists in fake battle-drill. And in his customary corner, the awesome Rocker, Superintendent of Police, ex-Palestine, ex-Kenya, ex-Malaya, ex-Fiji, an implacable war-horse, with a beer, one set of slightly reddened knuckles, and a weekend copy of the South China Morning Post. The Rocker, people said, came for the class.

At the big table at the centre, which on weekdays was the preserve of United Press International, lounged the Shanghai Junior Baptist Conservative Bowling Club, presided over by mottled old Craw, the Australian, enjoying its usual Saturday tournament. The aim of the contest was to pitch a screwed-up napkin across the room and lodge it in the wine rack. Every time you succeeded, your competitors bought you the bottle and helped you drink it. Old Craw growled the orders to fire, and an elderly Shanghainese waiter, Craw's favourite, wearily manned the butts and served the prizes. The game was not a zestful one that day, and some members were not bothering to throw. Nevertheless this was the group Luke selected for his audience. [...]

Striding to the table, Luke leapt straight onto it with a crash, breaking several glasses and cracking his head on the ceiling in the process. Framed up there against the south window in a half-crouch, he was out of scale to everyone: the dark mist, the dark shadow of the Peak behind it, and this giant filling the whole foreground. But they went on pitching and drinking as if they hadn't seen him. Only the Rocker glanced in Luke's direction, once, before licking a huge thumb and turning to the cartoon page.

"Round three," Craw ordered, in his rich Australian accent. "Brother Canada, prepare to fire. Wait, you slob. Fire."

A screwed-up napkin floated toward the rack, taking a high trajectory. Finding a cranny, it hung a moment, then flopped to the ground. Egged on by the dwarf, Luke began stamping on the table and more glasses fell. Finally he wore his audience down.

"Your Graces," said old Craw, with a sigh. "Pray silence for my son. I fear he would have parley with us. Brother Luke, you have committed several acts of war today and one more will meet with our severe disfavour. Speak clearly and concisely omitting no detail, however slight, and thereafter hold your water, sir."

In their tireless pursuit of legends about one another, old Craw was their Ancient Mariner. Craw had shaken more sand out of his shorts, they told each other, than most of them would ever walk over, and they were right. In Shanghai, where his career had started, he had been teaboy and city editor to the only English-speaking journal in the port. Since then, he had covered the Communists against Chiang Kai-shek and Chiang against the Japanese and the Americans against practically everyone. Craw gave them a sense of history in this rootless place. His style of speech, which at typhoon times even the hardiest might pardonably find irksome, was a genuine hangover from the thirties, when Australia provided the bulk of journalists in the Orient, and the Vatican, for some reason, the jargon of their companionship.

-- John le Carré, The Honourable Schoolboy, Chapter 1
After thoroughly enjoying the latest novel by John le Carré, pitched during an excellent interview the author gave to 60 Minutes, I have been reading or re-reading several of his older novels, including A Small Town in Germany, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, The Looking Glass War, and The Little Drummer Girl, all perfect summertime page-turners. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy was as good as I remembered it, but I am surprised I did not go on to read the second part of the George Smiley trilogy, The Honourable Schoolboy.

It opens with this hilarious evocation of the English-language press corps in Hong Kong, gathered for important conferences in a favorite watering hole during a typhoon, as British colonial rule fades away in the 1970s. As le Carré notes in a preface he added after the fall of the Berlin Wall, much of this novel is drawn directly from the author's life. Many of the episodes, including the one quoted above, have the ring of authenticity. A delightful read.

#morninglistening to #Piston, #SamuelJones & #StephenAlbert...



#morninglistening
to #Piston, #SamuelJones & #StephenAlbert #symphonies, a @surprisedbeauty trifecta!

Amazon: http://a-fwd.to/61PshDd

@LondonSymphony w/#LanceFriedel on #BISRecords

#classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection
#classicalcdcollection
#20thcenturyclassical
#AmericanClassicalMusic #SymphonicMusic #orchestralmusic #WalterPiston #noFilter



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9/10 on ClassicsToday: A Martinů Double Sister Act

A Martinů Double Sister Act

Review by: Jens F. Laurson

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Bohuslav Martinů, the cosmopolitan-by-fate who grew up with a bird’s eye view of the world, up in a church tower, is an endlessly fascinating composer who, at his best, surprises with magnificent beauty embedded in ample skill and great depth.... continue reading



Martinů, Double Piano Concerto, mvt. 1, excerpt

24.7.18

#morninglistening to an early gem from @atharaud (~1995):...



#morninglistening to an early gem from @atharaud (~1995): #FrancisPoulenc’s #pianoworks.

Amazon: http://a-fwd.to/5NNKjC8

@surprisedbeauty music!

#classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #solokeyboard #FrenchClassicalMusic #20thcenturyclassical #surprisedbybeauty



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#morninglistening to #FelixBlumenfeld’s #pianomusic...



#morninglistening to #FelixBlumenfeld’s #pianomusic w/#KarlAndreasKolly on #mDG

Amazo: http://a-fwd.to/69rovdy

#Blumenfeld (1863-1931) #solokeyboard works

@surprisedbeauty

#classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #20thcenturyclassical #surprisedbybeauty music. #noFilter



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Forbes Classical CD Of The Week: Classic Beethoven From Vienna Via Korea


...I would go so far as to suggest that this might still be the most successful Viennese Beethoven symphony cycle to date … never boring or eccentric or comatose or indifferent or pretentious: an ideal middle-of-the-road that only a few conductors pulled off successfully… (I’m thinking specifically of Paul Kletzky but also of Rafael Kubelik, Günter Wand and perhaps Eugen Jochum.)…

-> Classical CD Of The Week: Classic Beethoven From Vienna Via Korea



#morninglistening to #CastelnuovoTedesco’s #celloconcerto...



#morninglistening to #CastelnuovoTedesco’s #celloconcerto w/@yamakazu_takt, @HouSymphony & @batcello

Amazon: http://a-fwd.to/5Vc5z7n

#BrintonAverilSmith & #EvelynChen also perform lighter #transcriptions by @surprisedBeauty composer M.C-T, taking on works of #Mozart, #Ravel & #Rossini.

#classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #naxosrecords #KazukiYamada #mariocastelnuovotedesco #surprisedbybeauty #20thcenturyclassical



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23.7.18

#morninglistening to #Quantz w/ #KölnerAkademie &...



#morninglistening to #Quantz w/ #KölnerAkademie & #MichaelAlexanderWillens & #EricLamb on @haensslerMusic / PROFIL

Amazon: http://a-fwd.to/z5MsCQo

Essential part of any alphabetically-by-composer ordered collection!

#JohannJoachimQuantz #flutemusic
#fluteconcertos #EarlyMusic #historicallyinformedperformance #historicalinstruments #earlyclassicalmusic #ProfilHänssler #noFilter #UniversityOfAuckland



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9/10 on ClassicsToday: Tüür’s Splendid New Wine In Old Wineskins

Major Discoveries: Tüür’s Splendid New Wine In Old Wineskins

Review by: Jens F. Laurson

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Erkki-Sven Tüür’s ongoing cycle of interesting symphonies (in 2017 he arrived at No. 9) makes him--by quality more significantly than quantity--the premiere symphonist of our time. Always good for the inclusion of seemingly eclectic instruments (electric guitar, accordion, big band,... continue reading



Erkki-Sven Tüür, Symphony No.5, 3rd movt., excerpt


#morninglistening to #Bach #motets w/ #RostockerMotettenchor on...



#morninglistening to #Bach #motets w/ #RostockerMotettenchor on @capricciorec

Amazon: http://a-fwd.to/5m5TuJu

#BWV225 - 230

w/#CapellaFidicinia Leipzig

continuo pops out in odd ways but otherwise the most clearly enunciated and easiest-to-follow-the-text recordings. Slow by today’s standards, but poignant.

#EarlyMusic #sacredmusic #historicallyinformedperformance #historicalinstruments #JohannSebastianBach #baroquemusic #capricciorecords #Motetten



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#morninglistening to #Prokofiev #ViolinSonatas...



#morninglistening to #Prokofiev #ViolinSonatas w/#AlexandraConunova (🐤@mumusata) & @michail_lifits on @AparteMusic

Amazon: http://a-fwd.to/5yhVSfU

#chambermusic #classicalmusic #classicalcdcollection #classicalmusiccollection #SovietClassicalMusic #20thcenturyclassical #surprisedbybeauty music #violinsonata



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22.7.18

#morninglistening to #KrystianZimerman’s #Schubert...



#morninglistening to #KrystianZimerman’s #Schubert #Impromptus on @dgclassics
Amazon: http://a-fwd.to/6azXFTK

from 1991

#classicalcdcollection #classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #solokeyboard #pianomusic #FranzSchubert #DeutscheGrammophon #DasDeutscheKrokodil



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#morninglistening to #Zelenka w/ #VirtuosiSaxoniae on...



#morninglistening to #Zelenka w/ #VirtuosiSaxoniae on @capricciorec

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#Missa Dei patris

w/ #ReneJacobs as the alto.

#EarlyMusic #sacredmusic #historicallyinformedperformance #historicalinstruments #jandismaszelenka #baroquemusic #OlafBär #DresdenBaroque #capricciorecords #LudwigGüttler #renéjacobs



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21.7.18

#morninglistening to #JohannSebastianBach’s #organMusic...



#morninglistening to #JohannSebastianBach’s #organMusic w/#MichelChapuis on #UnitedArchives

Amazon: http://a-fwd.to/2XZ910P

see also the Bach Organ Cycle Survey on @ionarts

1966-70, Andersen organ, #Copenhagen; #ArpSchnitger organ, #Zwolle; #BeckerathOrgan, #Hamm etc.

Unrest in the beat can be unnerving; some #Toccatas and Fugues are quite marvelous, though.

#classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #EarlyMusic #baroquemusic Valois/#Naïve #Bach



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#morninglistening to #Victoria w/@StileAntico on @harmoniamundi...



#morninglistening to #Victoria
w/@StileAntico on @harmoniamundi / @PIASclassicsUSA

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#Tenebrae Responsories

#classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection
#TomasLuisdeVictoria
#EarlyMusic #Renaissance #vocalmusic #noFilter #acapella #SpanishClassicalMusic music #sacredmusic



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20.7.18

#morninglistening to #JohannPeterPixis #PianoTrios...



#morninglistening to #JohannPeterPixis #PianoTrios w/#LeonorePianoTrio on @hyperionrecords / @PIASclassicsUSA

Amazon: http://a-fwd.to/2ZhSpq9

#classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #GermanClassicalMusic #germanromanticism #romanticmusic #noFilter #PianoTrio #Pixis



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#morninglistening to #JacobObrecht w/@BrabantEnsemble &...



#morninglistening to #JacobObrecht
w/@BrabantEnsemble & @SterenceRice on @hyperionrecords / @PIASclassicsUSA

Amazon: http://a-fwd.to/kDCIQvz

#MissaGrecorum (Dulce et Grecorum est, pro patria voce)

#classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #EarlyMusic #Renaissance #vocalmusic #noFilter #acapella #italianmusic #sacredmusic #LowCountryMusic #TheBrabantEnsemble



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19.7.18

#morninglistening to the #Bach #GoldbergVariations...



#morninglistening to the #Bach #GoldbergVariations w/@miraopalinska on @elevenkinds

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Opening shot of a listening-session to half a dozen new Goldberg recordings.

#BWV988
#ElevenKinds #classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection
#classicalcdcollection #solokeyboard #EarlyMusic #baroquemusic #Steinway #harpsichordmusic #MiraOpalinska #JohannSebastianBach



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18.7.18

Forbes Classical CD Of The Week: Krystian Zimerman And A Brush With Grażyna


...“A lot happens in my music,” Grażyna Bacewicz is quoted in the fine liner notes; “it’s aggressive and at the same time lyrical.” That’s exactly right and every listener will get that impression from the first hearing. But the music is also complex, extremely well written – which is something that gives the music its staying power and its ability to delight yet even more, after each repeat-listening. The key is now to get Bacewicz performed often enough to be able to enjoy not just first, but repeat-listenings. Until then, this CD serves us very well…

-> Classical CD Of The Week: Krystian Zimerman And A Brush With Grażyna



#morninglistening to #Mozart’s #MagicFlute in...



#morninglistening to #Mozart’s #MagicFlute in #OttoKlemperer’s classic recording for EMI / @warnerclassics:

Amazon: http://a-fwd.to/2LN9W0s

@Philharmonia + #NicolaiGedda #GundulaJanowitz#WalterBerry #LuciaPopp #GottlobFrick #FranzCrass #ElisabethSchwarzkopf #ChristaLudwig et al.!

#classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #WolfgangAmadeusMozart #opera #Singspiel #wienerklassik



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17.7.18

#morninglistening to the #Korngold’s #Symphony w/#...



#morninglistening to the #Korngold’s #Symphony w/# @bbcphilharmonic on @chandosrecords

Amazon: http://a-fwd.to/6tskDtl

(on @DealWHudson’s advice, who likes this performance especially)

#EdwardDownes & #BBCPhilharmonic

#classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection
#classicalcdcollection #surprisedbybeauty #orchestralmusic #SymphonicMusic #erichwolfgangkorngold #20thcenturyclassical #orchestralsongs



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#morninglistening to the #Bach #ChoralMusic w/#HelmuthRilling on...



#morninglistening to the #Bach #ChoralMusic w/#HelmuthRilling on @HaensslerMusic

Amazon: https://a-fwd.to/5NAGFhD

#GermanMass

w/#gaechingerkantorei, #BachCollegiumStuttgart & #GerhardGnann (organ)

very much in memory of EzG. ♡

#HaensslerClassic #classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection
#classicalcdcollection #chorales #EarlyMusic #baroquemusic #JohannSebastianBach #DeutscheMesse



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#morninglistening to #Beethoven’s #Scottish side on...



#morninglistening to #Beethoven’s #Scottish side on @GramolaKlassik:

Amazon: http://a-fwd.to/1T4KzOo

Essentially a continuation of the Haydn cycle on @brilliantclassics w/#TrioVanBeethoven, #JamieMacDougall & #LornaAnderson - fine, even as Beethoven wasn’t as into it as Haydn, by the sound of it.

#classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #liedmelodieartsong #PianoTrio



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15.7.18

#morninglistening tuned to #FRACRO @FIFAWorldCup final:...



#morninglistening tuned to #FRACRO @FIFAWorldCup final: #Pejačevič vs. #Debussy.

(https://amzn.to/2LbjgtT)

#classicalmusic & real #football.

#classicalcdcollection #classicalmusiccollection #orchestralmusic #ClaudeDebussy #MarinaBaranova #croatianmusic #pianomusic



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#morninglistening to #SPECTER - #Antheil...



#morninglistening to #SPECTER - #Antheil w/@Duo_Odeon

https://amzn.to/2NhtjLz

“Gebauer” #ViolinSonata No.4, #ViolinConcerto (reduction) & #SpecterOfTheRose #Waltzes

#AmericanClassicalMusic #20thcenturyclassical #SurprisedByBeauty #classicalcdcollection #classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #chambermusic #DasDeutscheKrokodil



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14.7.18

#morninglistening to #Jongen & #Britten for #BELENG match...



#morninglistening to #Jongen & #Britten for #BELENG match for third place @FIFAWorldCup. (Congrats to #JosephJongen / @BelRedDevils)

https://amzn.to/2NPE3Sk

#celloconcerto #belgianclassicalmusic #orchestralmusic #classicalcdcollection #classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #football



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#morninglistening to #Munich-#American composer #GloriaCoates in...



#morninglistening to #Munich-#American composer #GloriaCoates in #chambermusic & #Symphony No.10

https://amzn.to/2NPuB1u

#classicalcdcollection #classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #contemporaryclassical #20thcenturyclassical #21stcenturyclassical #orchestralmusic #womencomposers



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13.7.18

On ClassicsToday: Rostropovich, Cellist of the Century?

Big Boxes: Rostropovich On Warner

by Jens F. Laurson

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After lavish and huge boxed sets for Maria Callas and Itzhak Perlman, Warner Classics–drawing on its combined EMI Classics, Warner, and Erato back-catalogues–set its sights on Mstislav Rostropovich. The result is a still luxuriant 40-CD box with the same quality documentation (a 200-page... Continue Reading



Rostropovich & Ozawa: Dvorak Cello Concerto. Excerpt

10/10 on ClassicsToday: Vivaldi, Bagpipes, and Drunken Sailors


Vivaldi–Bagpipes, And Drunken Sailors

by Jens F. Laurson

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This disc opens with terrific, riveting interpretations of famous Vivaldi concertos “La Tempesta di Mare” and “Il Gardellino”–performances that absolutely fly off the page thanks to Jeremy Irons look-alike François Lazarevitch directing his band Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien while pla... Continue Reading


The Four Seasons (Il quattro stagione), excerpt 1




The Four Seasons (Il quattro stagione), excerpt 2

#morninglistening to #AmericanClassicalMusic of #Ruggles,...



#morninglistening to #AmericanClassicalMusic of #Ruggles, #Stucky & #Harbison on @NaxosRecords.

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Duh, #SunTreader, not Sun-Trader, as I had always called it in my head!!

#JohnHarbison #CarlRuggles #StevenStucky #classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #20thcenturyclassical #surprisedbybeauty #SymphonicMusic #symphony No.4



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12.7.18

Forbes Classical CD Of The Week: Some Like It Plush; Riccardo Chailly In Early And Rediscovered Stravinsky


...with so much unsuspected Stravinsky-goodness, it made me go and pull out my beloved Stravinsky-conducts-Stravinsky box (see also: The 10 Best Classical Recordings Of 2015) from the shelf. Why had I missed these works before? Did Stravinsky ever conduct them himself? Apart from the above-mentioned world premiere, yes. The Faun and the Shepherdess with Mary Simmons – in Russian! – and the CBC Symphony Orchestra in 1964 in Toronto ; Fireworks and the Scherzo Fantastique a year or two earlier – with the CBC Symphony the latter and with the Columbia Symphony Orchestra the former. Fireworks even got another, earlier, recording, in New York in 1946 with the New York Philharmonic. Sound quite different, there; the Lucerne Festival Orchestra is a far more luxurious-sounding body of sound; the CBC and Columbia outfits sound – comparatively – like the soundtrack to like a Turner Classic Movies film music special generally and more flitting, modern in the case of Feu d’artifice, especially. The box remains the go-to source to white-balance any expectations – but for these works, Chailly is the obvious go-to recording…

-> Classical CD Of The Week: Some Like It Plush; Riccardo Chailly In Early And Rediscovered Stravinsky



#morninglistening to the #Schumann #symphonies w/@CleveOrchestra...



#morninglistening to the #Schumann #symphonies w/@CleveOrchestra on @deccaclassics conducted by @CvDohnanyi
♡☆♡

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Amazing how returning to something w/@christophvondohnanyi @ the helm is invariably satisfying, even as he was less appreciated in his time than some conductors whose performances have aged far less well! Terrific. (How are these perfs. out of print???) #classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection
#classicalcdcollection #SymphonicMusic #symphony #germanromanticism #OrchestralMusic #Decca #RobertSchumann @cleveorch #clevelandorchestra



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#morninglistening to a terrific #Mendelssohn recording of...



#morninglistening to a terrific #Mendelssohn recording of #choralworks & #chambermusic on #EvilPenguinRecords w/@pieterWispelwey

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#PianoTrio No.2, #motets, #DeutscheLiturgie et al., all #JohannSebastianBach-inspired works

#FlemishRadioChoir #AlasdairBeatson #PieterWispelwey #PekkaKuusisto #herveniquet / #hervéniquet #germanromanticism



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11.7.18

#morninglistening is back from mini-holiday w/#Bruckner...



#morninglistening is back from mini-holiday w/#Bruckner #pianomusic w/#AnaMarijaMarkovina on @HaensslerMusic

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Aus Kitzlers Studienbuch! Titillating!

#classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #germanromanticism #solokeyboard #WorldPremiereRecordings #AntonBruckner #HaensslerClassic


P.S. Someone I’d love to see appear with the @brucknerorchesterlinz!



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9.7.18

Forbes Review: A Dress, Two Stars And A Trout 'Electric-Eclectic'


...Mutter’s tone is electric-fragile-light one second; searing like a devil’s pitchfork the next; then airy and free like a canary’s trill. Espressivo, ladies and gentlemen! Her collaborators, other than fellow yellow-label star Trifonov, are artists in some way associated with ASM’s own foundation and include the excellent cellist Maximilian Hornung, whose exposed cello-lines in the last movement are particularly delicious, even if they are brief. The three do their part very amiably and keep this half-explosive, half-subdued, rather speedy performance in otherwise most tasteful line…

-> Review: A Dress, Two Stars And A Trout 'Electric-Eclectic'