A bit of a Verdi-fest today with a clutch of Decca reissues due out next Monday:
Il trovatore - Pavarotti, Banaudi, Verrett, Nucci/ Mehta
La forza del destino - Gorchakova, Gregorian, Putilin, Kit, Borodina/ Gergiev
Macbeth - Nucci, Verrett, Luchetti, Ramey/ Chailly
Our chief weapon is surprise...surprise and fear...fear and surprise.... Our two weapons are fear and surprise...and ruthless efficiency....
Poulenc Organ Concerto
Rosanna Carteri, Maurice Durufle, French National Radio & TV Orchestra/Pretre.
Stereo 1961 from vinyl, Pristine 24/48 download.
These are already musical classics, but Andrew Rose's restorations here are marvellous, surpassing even his own previous best efforts.
The Organ Concerto was of course notorious for the mis-tune on the original issue between organ and orchestra. This why it was never reissued. Pristine have now corrected this (using "Capstan" pitch correction software) so it can, at last, be heard for the great performance it is - of a work which, properly listened to, is a strikingly original concept. I'm always amazed how dominant the organ is, and how inventively written for.
The Gloria taping sounds remarkably new for its 50 years! Chorus and soloists sweet and clear in a palpably 3-dimensional soundstage. An epitome! Pretre's orchestra were not always the tidiest, but these are two of his best.
Bedtime on the Tivoli: as a pendant to the German Requiem -
Brahms 4 Ballades Op.10, Michelangeli live in Lugano 07/04/1981.
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On Breakfast. BC's of Haydn symphony 83, The Hen. It reminds me of a little thread when I was new to the BBC boards in 2007. I made some good friends there.
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Howells: Choral Music:-
St Paul's Magnificat & Nunc Dimits;
Requiem; Take him Earth for Cherishing;
Psalm 23; Paen*. Ian Farrington(organ)*;
Choir of St John's College, Christopher Robinson.
Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life(Berthold Auerbach)
Berg: Lyric Suite, Mozart: Quintet for clarinet and strings - Jörg Widmann/Arcanto Quartet (lunchtime concert earlier this week)
Alexandre Tharaud playing Scarlatti, Chopin and Liszt.(evening concert)
"Music is the best means we have of digesting time".
W. H. Auden
A new recording by Joshua Bell and Robert Denk of three great sonatas,the Cesar Franck, the Ravel, and the first Saint-Saens, all superbly played. I don't think I've heard better performances of the Franck and the Ravel, I intend to hear the Saint-Saens today.
The recording is perhaps a little close, but it has a wonderful weight,sounding completely comfortable at all levels, with perfect balance.The rapport between these two musicians is complete at every level. This is one of the best recital discs that I have heard for a very long time.
Sorry if you think this lowers the tone but just about to watch Sinatra Sings recorded last night from BBC4.
I still have lots of LPs of him too He could certainly make a good song his own. Later
have deleted it.Sound better on my old LPs.
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Listening to R4, Warsaw Variations which traces the experiences of Panufik and Lutoslawski through the Occupation, the Warsaw Uprising (in which virtually all their manuscripts were destroyed) and into the era of Socialist Realism. Very good. Edit: Saly, I like a bit of Sinatra now and again as well!