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15.10.18

#morninglistening to #ToivoKuula’s #chambermusic...



#morninglistening to #ToivoKuula’s #chambermusic w/@karmonnina & #OliverTriendl on @jpc_de

Amazon: http://a-fwd.to/79WRtik

#classicalcdcollection #classicalmusic #FinnishClassicalMusic #classicalmusiccollection #contemporaryclassical #20thcenturyclassical #surprisedbybeauty

A student of #Sibelius’ #ViolinSonata & miniatures
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14.10.18

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



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

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

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

Even on second and third listen I cannot gain a glimpse of the WHY for this music. Rather disappointing, actually.
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#morninglistening to the #Shostakovich #StringQuartets...



#morninglistening to the #Shostakovich #StringQuartets w/@borodinquartet on @firmamelodia:

Amazon: http://a-fwd.to/1yp8tGv

The classic second (first complete) cycle from this #stringquartet

See also @ionarts’ #DSCH #SQ4t cycle survey!

#chambermusic #surprisedbybeauty #classicalmusic #DmitriShostakovich #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #20thCenturyMusic #20thcenturyclassical #RussianClassicalMusic #Melodiya #BorodinQuartet
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12.10.18

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



#morninglistening to #Bach #sonatas for #violin & #harpsichord #BWV1014 - 1019 w/@rbpviolinist & @jvinikour on @cedillerecords

Amazon: http://a-fwd.to/5BAfb9u

#ChamberMusic #EarlyMusic #baroquemusic #ViolinSonatas #classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #RachelBartonPine #JoryVinikour

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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11.10.18

#morninglistening to #Salieri’s #opera #LesHoraces on...



#morninglistening to #Salieri’s #opera #LesHoraces on @AparteMusic w/@TalensLyrique:

Amazon: http://a-fwd.to/2tHUy3I

Entertaining #ItalianOpera hinting of Gluck and Mozart. Fab. performance.

#baroquemusic #classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #MozartContemporary #historicallyinformedperformance #historicalinstruments #LesTalensLyrique #AntonioSalieri
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#morninglistening to #Brahms’s #DeutschesRequiem...



#morninglistening
to #Brahms’s #DeutschesRequiem w/#FritzLehmann & @BerlinPhil on @dgclassics

Amazon: http://a-fwd.to/4w7JzVU

Slow and old but a rousing classic driven by the vast-yet-alert choral performance.
#classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #ChoralMusic #MariaStader #OttoWiener #DeutscheGrammophon #germanromanticism #GermanClassicalMusic #vocalmusic #JohannesBrahms #Requiem
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9.10.18

#morninglistening to #Boito in memory of #MontserratCaballe....



#morninglistening to #Boito in memory of #MontserratCaballe. W/(New) @londonSymphony & #
on EMI/@WARNERclassics:

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

#Mefistofele - with a dream cast of #Treigle, #Domingo & #Caballé.

One of my favorite operas and my favorite recording thereof.

#opera #ArrigoBoito #classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #vocalmusic #19thCenturyMusic #19thcenturyclassical #MonserratCaballé #LondonSymphonyOrchestra #italianopera #Goethe #Faust
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8.10.18

A Survey of Shostakovich String Quartet Cycles



Discographies on ionarts: Bach Organ Cycles | Beethoven Piano Sonata Cycles I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX | Beethoven Symphony Cycles Index | Beethoven String Quartet Cycles | Bruckner Symphony Cycles | Dvořák Symphony Cycles | Shostakovich Symphony Cycles | Shostakovich String Quartet Cycles | Sibelius Symphony Cycles | Mozart Keyboard Sonata Cycles


Continuing my discographies, this is a survey of - hopefully - every extant recorded cycle of Shostakovich's String Quartets. As opposed to the 16 quartets of Beethoven's, where the survey covers nearly six dozen cycles, there are 'only' about 20 such cycles of Shostakovich's String Quartets out. For now, they are neatly bookended by the Borodin Quartet's first and fourth attempt at a cycle. (Raising the question, à la “Can you step in the same river twice?”, whether a string quartet is still the same string quartet 50 years later, with all new members).

The Borodin also raises the question as to what is a complete-enough cycle. Their first cycle, containing quartets 1-13, certainly counts - it was complete at the time and 13 out of 15 ain't bad. The Borodin's digital re-recordings of quartets 2, 3, 7, 8 & 12 for Virgin, however, which may or may not have been intended to be a cycle, don't qualify in my book. (Also, I don't think they are particularly good). Neither do the Hagen Quartet, who recorded six quartets (3, 7, 8 & 4, 11, 14), the excellent Jerusalem Quartet's 6/15 cycle (ionarts review), the St. Petersburg Quartet's first go at it for Sony (1, 2, 4 + 3, 5, 7), or the Rubio Quartet's first attempt at a cycle on Globe from 1996 - 98 (1, 4, 8, 2, 3, 5 + 7, 9, 12) or the Quatuor Debussy's six quartets (3, 7, 10, & 4, 8, 13), or the Aviv Quartet's eight quartets (1, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 & 13), or the Prazak's two discs (7, 8, 14, 15 + op.36), or the Kopelman Quartet's recordings on Nimbus (1, 8 + Miaskovsky, 2 + E.Kissin [sic!], 3, 7 + Prokofiev & 10 + Weinberg), although their programming was innovative and prefigured the Pacifica cycle. (Then again, it still seems ongoing and might yet be finished.) There's even the Japanese Morgaua Quartet recording these works (when they don't dabble in progressive rock) with a cycle about half-way through and available only from/via Japan.

I am sitting on the data for several new discographic entries under work. Ring cycles, Mahler, Nielsen, Martinů and Beethoven symphony-cycles, as well as Bartók string quartet-cycles. They just take an awful lot of time to research and then put into html-presentable shape and even then they are rarely complete or mistake free. Neither will this one be, and every such post is also a plea to generously inclined readers with more information and knowledge of the subject than I have to lend a helping hand correcting my mistakes or filling data-lacunae. I am explicitly grateful for any such pointers, hinters, and corrections and apologize for any bloomers. Unlike some earlier discographies, this one does intend to be comprehensive. So I am especially grateful if sets that I have missed are pointed out to me. I have not listened to them all, of course, but most. Favorites are indicated with the "ionarts choice" graphic. With several hundred links in this document, there are, despite my best efforts, bound to be some that are broken or misplaced; I am glad about every correction that comes my way about those, too.

#morninglistening to #Verdi in memory of #MontserratCaballe....



#morninglistening to #Verdi in memory of #MontserratCaballe. W/(New) @Philharmonia & #Gardelli on @DECCAclassics:

Amazon: http://a-fwd.to/6eud9Tf

#IMasnadieri - with a cast of #Bergonzi, #Raimondi, #Cappuccilli & #Caballé.

#opera #GiuseppeVerdi #classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #vocalmusic #19thCenturyMusic #19thcenturyclassical #PhilharmoniaOrchestra #italianopera
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7.10.18

#morninglistening to #Puccini in memory of #MontserratCaballe....



#morninglistening to #Puccini in memory of #MontserratCaballe. W/@LPOrchestra & #ZubinMehta on @DECCAclassics:

Amazon: http://a-fwd.to/6iVS3zD

#Turandot - with the original dream-team cast of #Sutherland, #Pavarotti & #Caballé.

#opera #surprisedbybeauty #GiacomoPuccini #classicalmusic #Mehta #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #vocalmusic #20thCenturyMusic #20thcenturyclassical #londonphilharmonic #italianopera
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#morninglistening to something that isn’t quite...



#morninglistening to something that isn’t quite #classicalmusic - but within its wider realm: #Moondog, whom I first met in @philipglass’ autobiography.

Amazon: http://a-fwd.to/h0P3nEP

w/@davidchalmin, @KMLabeque et al.

Fascinating, entertaining; short review upcoming.

#classicalcdcollection #20thcenturycomposer
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6.10.18

#morninglistening to @BACH_JohannSeb’s #SonatasAndPartitas...



#morninglistening to @BACH_JohannSeb’s #SonatasAndPartitas on @dgclassics w/@GCarmignola:

Amazon: http://a-fwd.to/2Kq5pqs ♡ 🎻 ♡

A first taste of #Bach333

#Bach
#baroquemusic #classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #DeutscheGrammophon #violinmusic #sonatas #partitas #historicallyinformedperformance #historicalinstruments #JohannSebastianBach #JSBach #SeiSolo: You Are Alone.
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5.10.18

#morninglistening to #Langgaard w/@viennaphilharmonic [!] on...



#morninglistening to #Langgaard w/@viennaphilharmonic [!] on @DacapoRecords

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

@SurprisedBeauty Music! ♡☆♡

My favorite quirky #20thcenturycomposer performed by the volatile but reputable #viennaphilharmonic! Win-win!

#symphonies #classicalmusic #surprisedbybeauty #20thcenturyclassical #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #orchestralmusic #danishmusic
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3.10.18

#morninglistening to the #Shostakovich #StringQuartets...



#morninglistening to the #Shostakovich #StringQuartets w/@borodinquartet on @DECCAclassics:

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New, fourth (second complete) cycle in half a century from this #stringquartet

#chambermusic #surprisedbybeauty #DSCH #classicalmusic #DmitriShostakovich #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #20thCenturyMusic #20thcenturyclassical #RussianClassicalMusic
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#morninglistening to #BélaBartók w/@londonsymphony under...



#morninglistening to #BélaBartók w/@londonsymphony under #IstvanKertesz on @DECCAclassics:

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#Bluebeard’s Castle

with the original dream-team cast of #ChristaLudwig & #WalterBerry.

#opera #surprisedbybeauty #Bartok #classicalmusic #BelaBartok #IstvánKertész #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #vocalmusic #20thCenturyMusic #20thcenturyclassical #londonsymphonyorchestra
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2.10.18

#morninglistening to #Bach #cantatas w/@bachstiftung: Amazon:...



#morninglistening to #Bach #cantatas w/@bachstiftung:

Amazon: http://a-fwd.to/7sSeeGb ♡☆♡ #BWV127 Herr Jesu Christ, wahr’ Mensch und Gott

#BWV156 Ich steh’ mit einem Fuß im Grabe

#BWV97 In allen meinen Taten #classicalmusic #EarlyMusic #baroquemusic #RudolfLutz #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #historicallyinformedperformance #originalinstruments
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#morninglistening to the @bachstiftung’s #LandsGemeinde...



#morninglistening to the @bachstiftung’s #LandsGemeinde #cantata by #RudolfLutz, roughly in the style of #Bach: Amazon: http://a-fwd.to/57zVW6K

#AllesLebenStrömtAusDir #classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection
#classicalcdcollection #EarlyMusic #baroquemusic #cantatas
#BachStiftung almost #bachcantatas #JohannSebastianBach #Appenzell #Lederhosen
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#morninglistening to one of the classic #Debussy recordings on...



#morninglistening to one of the classic #Debussy recordings on @dgclassics: #PierreBoulez w/@CleveOrchestra

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

#Nocturnes

#ClaudeDebussy
#orchestral works #classicalcdcollection #classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #OrchestralMusic #CompleteDebussy #DeutscheGrammophon #DebussyEdition

reading along in the lovely b-day gift of the #Durand score!
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