I've been listening to Stanchinsky's 12 Sketches. I was first made aware of these pieces in a live performance given by Thomas Ades, if memory serves, at the 1996 Cheltenham Festival. Rarely, on first hearing a piece of music, have I been so profoundly and utterly transfixed as I was for the ten minute duration of these pieces.
Stephen Hough's CD of 'Late Masterpieces' by Chopin on Hyperion. Wonderful.
Lohengrin (Keilberth, Bayreuth 1953) - up to most of the way through Act 2 Scene 4 so far, anyway!
"Louder! Louder! I can still hear the singers!"
- Richard Strauss to the orchestra, at a rehearsal.
Beethoven's String Quartet in A minor, Op. 132, Alban Berg Quartet playing.
A music lover currently living in the middle of nowhere.
Játékok, by György Kurtág.
It's possibly not the best bedtime listening, to be honest!
A couple of Beethoven piano sonatas: the Waldstein and the Appassionata as played by Richard Goode from his complete set of the Beethoven piano sonatas for Nonesuch.
I found a recording on emusic with pianist Blumenthal on Marco Polo. It includes a sonata, the three sketches, and the twelve sketches. Is that the recording you have been listening to?
At the moment, the new CD of Mark Minkowski playing Haydn's London symphonies. Did he move to Naive recently, or am I legging behind a couple of years... The complete CD can be heard at:
Thanks Rolf for the link. Exciting performance, added to by the sharp intakes of breath by the conductor(?)
At the moment, I'm listening to Dvorak's string quartet no.13 in G major performed by Panocha Quartet. My favourite among the composer's chamber output.
I think Parisboy was refering to my email about Stanchinsky, if so, yes that´s the recording I have, but it´s not great. I believe Thomas Ades has recorded my favourite sketches as part of a recital disc, if I´m not not mistaken. If it´s available, I would highly recommend it
William Alwyn's music for the 1948 film 'Odd Man Out' (LSO/Hickox). Sorry to have lived in ignorance of Alwyn all these years, but better late than never. Magnificent !
To have a break from the election.
Morton Feldmans Violin and String Quartet with Christina Fong and The Rangzen Quartet.
I am listening to the new cast album of Sondheim's A Little Night Music with Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury. Fabulous music and clever lyrics!
I have set aside about 3 hours to listen to The Rhinegold in English, part of Goodall's Ring Cycle.