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I'm a YouTube fan. Soaking up everything I can classical. Came across this http://youtu.be/S-FKk_J91LU
Voices of Music from San Fransisco, apparently.
What a spirited performance of Pergolesi. I loved it!
Pause for thought.
There are a lot of gems on YouTube!I`ve recently listened to the Wagner`s Siegfried Idyll conducted by Solti for Decca.It is the original version for 13 instruments.Easily one of the most beautiful recordings I have ever heard.Another wonderful recording I`ve listened to on YouTube is Stravinsky`s A Soldier`s Tale(sans narration),which is also for small ensemble,conducted by Libor Pesek for Supraphon back in 1965.The performance has a lot of personality and the sound quality is beyond belief.If you type in "Mahler Ancerl"on YouTube,about 4 selections down you will see an upload by Carlos Garcia.If you click on his name and go to his sight(he is in Spain),you will be able to find that Stravinsky recording.Also,while you are there,you might want to listen to his uploads of Beethoven`s Symphonies 2,4,and 6 conducted by Paul Kletzki with the Czech Philharmonic!
The "jewel among the dross" applies to YouTube, unfortunately. Yes, you may trace some interesting videos or "recordings", but, along the way, you have to "pass" through plenty of not to mention...stuff. On top of this, you have, most of the time, a low or average sound quality, which does not serve the best interests of such a demanding Music, so that the Classical Music works can be truly rewarding.
However, it is a "convenient" tool, if you wish to spend your time in the net and to get some unexpected information (e.g. the range of Callas in one minute!).
Once again the ubiquitous Pope Parla the Pompous pontificates!
Atonal, do you know the classic recording of the Stabat Mater by Jacobs and the boy-soprano Sebastian Henning? I imagine you do but if you don't (or others don't) there is the youtube link:
The boy sings like an angel.
I don't "pontificate". I just express the prevailing view among people in the Classical Music industry. YouTube does not contribute to the promotion of Classical Music, even if, at times, one can find something "useful" there. There is a lot of misleading (to say the least) info and material plus a mediocre sound (that cannot possibly serve properly a Music that needs clarity, purity and the most precise as well as refined sound possible). However, those who feel it is a useful "tool" for their exploration of "new stuff" and so on, so be it.
That's an excellent way to explain our differences by offering a compromise to justify a compromise of the real thing.
The problem of the Music industry, apart from the illegal material which are fraught in Youtube, lies on the crucial issue of the compromise of the real thing (the "live" performances and the high quality hi-fi playback) to the level of distortion or even manipulation of the artistic material (the range of Mme Bartoli's voice in one minute, etc.).
Of course, intelligent people and seasoned listeners are in a position to "escape" from all the useless material, focusing only on the "bright" side of this medium. However, it is not the most conventional way to listen to Classical Music...
Atonal, I'm pretty sure you know very well how to "listen" to the music, without distraction. Besides, if you feel happy with YouTube, that counts more than anything anyone of us can say. However, my interventions have to do only with the "glorification", even the "justification" of a medium that entails plenty of troubles, distraction and even junk.
Hottettere was not the greatest of the composers, but as a brilliant flutist, he left some very interesting compositions for his instrument as well as for the oboe and the recorder. Accent and Naxos have honoured him with a couple of CDs, entirely dedicated to his various Flute compositions (and combinations).
Parla, if you pay attention to the junk, then of course Youtube looks like junk! I've found it a good way to sample potential purchases, and hear recordings otherwise unavailable. For instance, you can hear Bartholomee's highly regarded but OOP version of Schubert's 10th symphony, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgYLMvCDeXA
or watch Gergiev conduct the LSO in Prokofiev's October Cantata, in high definition (the performance is fatally rushed, but that's beside the point). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7r1adsrxz5c
For more modern repertoire, an excellent live performance of Schnittke's piano quintet: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9TiSIIw-mY
Even more obscure, Godar's powerful cello sonata: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qi5QLvBwfFg
'Art doesn't need philosophers. It just needs to communicate from soul to soul.' Alejandro Jodorowsky
This is a world-class performance and foregoing musical research work of great value! Keep on the good work! Youtubebomb.com
Thanks for all those great videos, there are some real gems in there. It really is amazing what you can find on youtube.
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