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Tchaikovsky String Quartet No.1. The Borodins
The Bride of Messina by Zdenek Fibich -- Supraphon. Frantisek Jilek conducting. with Gabriela Benackova (gorgeous singing! right up there with her Rusalka.)
I've had those recordings of last four Mozart symphonies by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra with Sir Charles Mackerras for about 12 months and I loved them from day one. The trumpets are one of the main reasons as well as the tempi of the allegros, use of all possible repeats and the clarity of the recording.
I think we're too used to refined conductors of the Austro-German tradition playing down the trumpets so that we can listen to the strings. Mozart's trumpet fanfares at climactic moments of his symphonies are meant to dominate the textures. They would have done so in Mozart's time when orchestras were much smaller in most cases than they are today. Keep up the good work Sir Charles!
Gunter Wand conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Bruckner`s 8th Symphony from the 1995 Proms which I have on tape. I so love these live concerts.
Britten Cello Suites, Truls Mork mp3
I am listening Feldman Concertos on CPO
It is breakfast time here on the island of Maui, and I am listening this morning to a most enjoyable Meridian cd that I added to my collection in the mid 90's. Two Trios and eight Scottish Songs by Joseph Haydn are floating out of my iMac's built in speakers. Infrequently heard music recorded using the superb AKG C24 microphone.
At 9 am my time, I chat, over the internet, with a long-time friend in Glasgow, UK.
Enjoy your varied working and listening days. Irvine Shamrock.
Sorry to be pedantic but if I was listening 'right now' I couldn't (and shouldn't!) be responding. However my last hearing was Bruckner 3 and I can't get the darned thing out of my head!!!!
I am listening - was listening most of the afternoon and evening - to my new DENON PMA-2010 amplifier which was delivered to me today and which was reviewed in the April issue. Thank you, Tony Williams!
(And what music? Music with ffff and pppp! Macbeth/Abbado, Bruckner 8th/Karajan, Mahler 2nd/Zinman.)
William Byrd, Composer of the week BBC Radio 3.
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