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19.9.18

#morninglistening to #Vivaldi on @harmoniamundi /...



#morninglistening to #Vivaldi on @harmoniamundi / @pias_usa
w/@queyrasjg

Amazon: http://a-fwd.to/1LllY5X

#cellisonatas w/#bassocontinuo

#classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #HarmoniaMundi #earlyclassicalmusic #baroquemusic #AntonioVivaldi #chambermusic #JeanGuihenQueyras
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On ClassicsToday: The Deluxe Magic Flute Standard

The Deluxe Magic Flute Standard

Review by: Jens F. Laurson
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Artistic Quality: ?

Sound Quality: ?

Otto Klemperer’s recording of the Magic Flute has long been considered therecording. When it came out, in 1965, it impressed itself on so many listeners as the standard Zauberflöte–an indelible emotional footprint that still informs our hearing. It seems only right that Warner has given the most fulsome treatment for this latest luxurious re-issue.... Continue Reading

#morninglistening to #Mendelssohn’s #Paulus...



#morninglistening to #Mendelssohn’s #Paulus w/#HelmuthRilling & #GächingerKantorei on @HaensslerMusic

Amazon: http://a-fwd.to/4w86qG0

Terrific singers; excellent performance!!

#choralworks #Elija #SymphonyNo2 (not quite top notch) #Psalms
#classicalmusic #BoxSet #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #MendelssohnBartholdy
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#morninglistening to #Bach’s #SonatasAndPartitas on...



#morninglistening to #Bach’s #SonatasAndPartitas on @AparteMusic w/#GottfriedVonDerGoltz:

Amazon: http://a-fwd.to/1gRQgeW ♡ 🎻 ♡

Leader of the fab. @FreiburgBaroque

Terrific first impression!

@BACH_JohannSeb

#baroquemusic #classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #violinmusic #sonatas #partitas #historicallyinformedperformance #historicalinstruments #JohannSebastianBach #JSBach #SeiSolo: You Are Alone.
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18.9.18

On ClassicsToday: Under The Radar - Cavalli’s Should-I-Die-Before-I-Wake Requiem

Under The Radar: Cavalli’s Should-I-Die-Before-I-Wake Requiem

by Jens F. Laurson
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Francesco Cavalli is a lesser-known composer of the Italian high baroque, known best (if that’s the word) for his opera La Calisto that René Jacobs and, back in the days, Raymond Leppard have recorded. If you ever have a chance of catching David Alden’s wild production at the Munich State Opera... Continue Reading



Cavalli: Domine Jesu Christe

#morninglistening to #Bach #cantatas #BWV106, 131, 99, 56, 82...



#morninglistening to #Bach #cantatas #BWV106, 131, 99, 56, 82 & 158

Amazon: http://a-fwd.to/w2rL7Zi

w/#JoshuaRifkin & #TheBachEnsenble on @deccaclassics

Puoneering historically correct #OVPP recording with a very chamber-like quality.

#classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection
#classicalcdcollection #cantata #EarlyMusic #baroquemusic #JohannSebastianBach #BWV106 Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit ( #ActusTragicus ) #BWV131 Aus Der Tiefen Rufe Ich, Herr, Zu Dir
#BWV99 Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan
#BWV56 Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen
#BWV82 Ich habe genug
#BWV158 Der Friede sei mit Dir

#AusDerTiefenRufeIchHerrZuDir
#IchWillDenKreuzstabGerneTragen
#IchHabeGenug
#GottesZeitIstDieAllerbesteZeit
#DerFriedeSeiMitDir
#WasGottTutDasIstWohlgetan

#MartinLuther

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17.9.18

#morninglistening to #Wagner’s #Parsifal w/@WagnerFestival...



#morninglistening to #Wagner’s #Parsifal w/@WagnerFestival Orchestra on @WarnerClassics /@warnerclassicsUS

Amazon: http://a-fwd.to/4eYcjT8

Used copies are a bargain. Fab. booklet + texts.

A classic among classics w/#Knappertsbusch #MarthaMödl, #WolfgangWindgassen, #GeorgeLondon, #LudwigWeber et al.

#classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #RichardWagner #Teldec #BayreutherFestspiele #1951 #HansKnappertsbusch live recording from the post WWII re-opening of the #Festspielhaus. #opera #germanromanticism #sloooow
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16.9.18

#morninglistening to #GustavHolst’s #ThePlanets...



#morninglistening
to #GustavHolst’s #ThePlanets w/#JamesLevine & @chicagosymphony on @dgclassics

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Wazooom.

#classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #20thcenturyclassical #englishmusic #orchestralmusic #Holst #Levine #Planets
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#morninglistening to @GGboeck’s #HerzTod: #Brahms, #Wolf,...



#morninglistening to @GGboeck’s #HerzTod: #Brahms, #Wolf, #Mahler & #Wagner for bass:

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The best Ochs of our times with the best #Lieder-pianist of our times in lyrically deep and dark songs. #GeroldHuber

#classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #liedmelodieartsong #GermanClassicalMusic #germanromanticism #RichardWagner #JohannesBrahms #HugoWolf #GustavMahler #wesendoncklieder #rückertlieder

P.S. Daft title, well explained in the liner notes. 😉
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15.9.18

#morninglistening to #Bach #cantatas #BWV80, 140, 51, 78, 147...



#morninglistening to #Bach #cantatas #BWV80, 140, 51, 78, 147 and sublime neglected #8.

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w/#JoshuaRifkin & #TheBachEnsenble on @deccaclassics

Very historically correct #OVPP recording to the the point where the singers sound malnourished.

#classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection
#classicalcdcollection #cantata #EarlyMusic #baroquemusic #JohannSebastianBach #BWV140 #BWV147 #BWV80 #BWV8 #BWV51 #BWV78 #BWV8
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14.9.18

On ClassicsToday: The Reference - The Takács Quartet’s Beethoven Cycle

Big Boxes: Anatol Ugorski, The Great Bewilderer

by Jens F. Laurson
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Anatol Ugorski was not a favored artist in the Soviet Union, to put it mildly. An early talent for squirreling-out and performing the standards of the Western avant-garde gave rise to first suspicions about his political reliability (which, in the Soviet Union, was tantamount to being considered mor... Continue Reading




Ugorsky: Scriabin, Piano Sonata No.5 in F sharp major, Op.53

On ClassicsToday: St. Gallen’s Lovely, Lively Bach Continues

St. Gallen’s Lovely, Lively Bach Continues

by Jens F. Laurson
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There’s a trajectory to worshiping Bach, namely that by the time you love Bach well above all other composers, you’ll love his cantatas best. All 200-odd of them. They contain everything that is sublime about Bach in the greatest possible way and variety. No Bach-devotee... Continue Reading



Bach, BWV 109, Chorale (excerpt)

On ClassicsToday: Mozart and the Sound of Nepotism

Mozart And The Sound Of Nepotism

by Jens F. Laurson
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Cole Porter knew. Birds do it, bees do it. Even educated fleas do it. The Dutch in old Amsterdam do it. Some Argentines, with means, do it. People say in Boston, even beans do it: Cynics may call it nepotism, but good fathers think ahead.... Continue Reading

#morninglistening to @LennyBernstein’s #AQuietPlace on...



#morninglistening to @LennyBernstein’s #AQuietPlace on @deccaclassics w/@osmconcerts & #KentNagano

Amazon: http://a-fwd.to/2civAw0

A pretty good attempt at salvaging this hot mess of an opera. The best of all possible Quiet Places, so to say.

I’ve got so much to say about #LeonardBernstein - and hopefully I shall, before long.
#Bernstein #centenary

#classicalmusic #orchestralmusic #stringorchestra #opera
#classicalmusiccollection #20thcenturyclassical #20thCenturyMusic #DECCA #AmericanClassicalMusic #germanromanticism #classicalcdcollection #orchestresymphoniquedemontreal #orchestresymphoniquedemontréal
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#morninglistening to #Telemann wind #Overtures: Amazon:...



#morninglistening to #Telemann wind #Overtures:

Amazon: http://a-fwd.to/raYOq2E

w/@lorfeo_baroque in knock-out performances! on #cpo

#LOrfeoBläserensemble

#classicalmusic #earlyclassicalmusic #baroquemusic #georgphilipptelemann #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #orchestralmusic #lorfeobarockorchester ☆☆☆(☆)
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11.9.18

#morninglistening to @RDanielpour on @naxosrecords...



#morninglistening to @RDanielpour on @naxosrecords w/@nashvillesymph

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#DarknessInTheAncientValley #symphony in 5 mvts + #TowardASeasonOfPeace

@surprisedbeauty stuff.

#GiancarloGuerrero
#classicalmusic #orchestralmusic #stringorchestra
#classicalmusiccollection #21stCenturyMusic #21stcenturyclassical #AmericanClassicalMusic #naxosrecords #RichardDanielpour #SymphonicMusic #classicalcdcollection
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#morninglistening to #CarlOrff’s #Gisei - The Sacrifice...



#morninglistening to #CarlOrff’s #Gisei - The Sacrifice w/@deutsche_oper & @maestro_Lacombe

Amazon: http://a-fwd.to/5nfAR8z

Revisited for a @ClassicsToday review. Terrific work of a 17-year old.

#Terakoya

#classicalmusic #orchestralmusic #stringorchestra
#classicalmusiccollection #20thcenturyclassical #20thCenturyMusic
#opera #GermanClassicalMusic #germanromanticism #classicalcdcollection
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10.9.18

Forbes Classical CD Of The Week: A Starry-Fantastical Contemporary American Piano Concerto


...That Claude Baker is a fan of quotations, not entirely unlike his German colleague Hans Zender, also shows in the re-composition Aus Schwanengesang: Phrases of the original, orchestrated, melted and wedged into another appear before us, implied more often than literal. Like creatures or rock formations, scarcely noticeable through the thick fog, they rise out of – and retreat back into – the black sea across which we glide. And amidst his own intriguing voice, there appear distant and obvious friends again: Mahler and Beethoven, foremost. Melodically – but also characteristically, like those dark beats of drums that crack into a peaceful Schubert-quote like the ‘tattoos’ in Mahler’s Tenth…

-> Classical CD Of The Week: A Starry-Fantastical Contemporary American Piano Concerto



9.9.18

#morninglistening to @AlbertSchnelzer #orchestralworks...



#morninglistening to @AlbertSchnelzer #orchestralworks w/@GbgSymfoniker on #BISRecords

Amazon: http://a-fwd.to/6kLVF7N

#celloconcerto #ConcertoForOrchestra

#classicalcdcollection #21stcenturyclassical #21stCenturyMusic #classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #orchestralmusic #SwedishClassicalMusic #SurprisedByBeauty #AlbertSchnelzer
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7.9.18

#morninglistening to #PinaNapolitano on @OdradekRecords in...



#morninglistening to #PinaNapolitano on @OdradekRecords in #Brahms, #Webern & #Berg’s op.1!

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

#classicalmusic
#classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #20thcenturyclassical
#AntonWebern #AlbanBerg
#JohannesBrahms
#odradekRecords
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6.9.18

#morninglistening to a @surprisedbeauty CD from @OdradekRecords...



#morninglistening to a @surprisedbeauty CD from @OdradekRecords that combines @HansGalComposer w/#Schulhoff et al for Sax & Piano

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

#classicalmusic
#classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #20thcenturyclassical
#surprisedbybeauty #saxophonemusic

#HansGál / #HansGal + #ErwinSchulhoff + #PaulHindemith + #EdisonDenisov + #WernerHeider

#odradekRecords
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#morninglistening to #LarsErikLarsson’s 3rd #Symphony et...



#morninglistening to #LarsErikLarsson’s 3rd #Symphony et al. w/@hbgkonserthus & #AndrewManze

Amazon: http://a-fwd.to/4CFkQ84

#repertoireexplorer
#classicalcdcollection #classicalmusiccollection #classicalmusic #orchestralmusic #SwedishMusic #SwedishClassicalMusic #20thcenturyclassical
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5.9.18

#morninglistening to @SPARK_off on @berlinclassics: Amazon:...



#morninglistening to @SPARK_off on @berlinclassics:

Amazon: http://a-fwd.to/7IHnhcs

Sounds a touch like @AlarmWillSound performing #AphexTwin on @cantaloupeny. Well, a bit, anyway.

Didn’t someone just mention their latest CD? anyway, I’m catching up! 😉

#classicalmusic #postclassical #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #21stcenturyclassical #21stCenturyMusic #classicalcrossover #uncategorizable @spark_the_classical_band
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#morninglistening to #RichardStrauss’ #Rosenkavalier in...



#morninglistening to #RichardStrauss’ #Rosenkavalier in @KarajanMusic’s classic recording for EMI / @warnerclassics:

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

A deluxe re-mastered re-issue.

@Philharmonia + #NicolaiGedda as the Italian tenor, #ElisabethSchwarzkopf #ChristaLudwig #TeresaStichRandall et al.!

#classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #Strauss #HerbertvonKarajan #opera #DerRosenkavalier #wienerklassik #vonKarajan #WarnerClassics
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4.9.18

#morninglistening to #Schuberth [sic!] & #Gebel...



#morninglistening to #Schuberth [sic!] & #Gebel #StringOctets w/#Hoffmeisterquartet on @HaensslerMusic

Amazon: http://a-fwd.to/70uOVON

#WorldPremiereRecording
#classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #repertoireexplorer #chambermusic #Octet

Immigrated to Russia to make music and be forgotten.
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Forbes Classical CD Of The Week: Krystian Zimerman's New Schubert


...Zimerman’s fingerprints and smudges move me here, rather than leaving me exasperated (legitimate response though that certainly is). The opening is hesitant, sophisticated and profound, and yet gentle and artless like a lullaby. There is space between the notes with Zimerman, room for interpretation and imagination. The Andante is luminously devout. The last movement (Allegro ma non troppo) comes in like a hammer hitting down – from which emanates a mechanical dance: Krystian Zimerman makes me aware of negative space here, without underplaying the Schubertian lilt with overly ominous menace…

-> Classical CD Of The Week: Krystian Zimerman's New Schubert



3.9.18

#morninglistening to #Lully #motets w/@lesartsflo...



#morninglistening to #Lully #motets w/@lesartsflo w/#WilliamChristie on @harmoniamundi / @piasclassicsusa

Amazon: http://a-fwd.to/5U8QJjN

#PetitsMotets of #JeanBaptisteLully

In a VERY gorgeous re-issues series ON #harmoniaMundi

#classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #EarlyMusic #baroquemusic #choralmusic #historicalinstruments #historicallyinformedperformance #HIP #frenchmusic #LesArtsFlorissants
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2.9.18

#morninglistening to #Bach’s #GoldbergVariations w/...



#morninglistening to #Bach’s #GoldbergVariations w/ @xDiegoAres on @harmoniamundi / @pias_usa

Amazon: http://a-fwd.to/38T14xp

Feat. @Baerenreiter & #HenleVerlag

Intriguing new recording of #BWV988 from #HarmoniaMundi on a fine #harpsichord

#classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #baroquemusic #earlyclassicalmusic #harpsichordmusic #JohannSebastianBach #diegoAres
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#morninglistening to @LennyBernstein’s #AgeOfAnxiety on...



#morninglistening to @LennyBernstein’s #AgeOfAnxiety on @dgclassics w/@SirSimonRattle & @berlinPhil & #KrystianZimerman

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

I’ve got so much to say about #LeonardBernstein - and hopefully I shall, before long.

#Bernstein #centenary

#classicalmusic #orchestralmusic #stringorchestra
#classicalmusiccollection #20thcenturyclassical #20thCenturyMusic #AmericanClassicalMusic #germanromanticism #classicalcdcollection
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#morninglistening to #KaleviAho #WindQuintets 1 & 2...



#morninglistening to #KaleviAho #WindQuintets 1 & 2 w/@berlinphil #WindQuintet on #BISRecords

Amazon: http://a-fwd.to/62vMr2F

#classicalcdcollection #21stcenturyclassical #21stCenturyMusic #classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #chambermusic #FinnishClassicalMusic #BerlinPhilharmonic Wind Quintet

+ Tauchner Wines, Kremstal - hidden gem of a superb, small, sensible, hand-picking, pesticide -free winery.
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#morninglistening to Gustav & Alma #Mahler in sublime...



#morninglistening to Gustav & Alma #Mahler in sublime #ClytusGottwald #transcriptions for #acapella #choir.

Amazon: http://a-fwd.to/43xZLdA

A #CarusVerlag release, Incredibly well executed by the #SWRVokalEnsemble

#classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #GustavMahler #AlmaMahler #liedmelodieartsong #ChoralMusic
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#morninglistening to #Mozart’s #MagicFlute in the...



#morninglistening to #Mozart’s #MagicFlute in the @LesArtsFlo / #WilliamChristie recording from @Festival_dAix for Erato @WarnerMusicFR/ @warnerclassics:

Amazon: http://a-fwd.to/5AdHk0j

With the coloratura-accurate Queen🌒 of #NatalieDessay, AntonScharinger’s very Viennese #Papageno et al.

#classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #WolfgangAmadeusMozart #opera #Singspiel #historicalinstruments #Periodperformance #historicallyinformedperformance #wienerklassik #noFilter #LesArtsFlorissants #WilliamChristie @festivalaix
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