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  1. Archeophone Records

    Stumbled across this site and was wondering if anyone was familiar. Warning: When I tried to listen to some sound samples at the site my computer went completely bonkers, opening up tabs in rapid succession for apparently every sound sample on the site. I had to do a hard reboot because there was no way to stop the tabs from popping up at light speed. But, I am curious about these recordings. First stumbled upon them here at amazon. EDIT: I tried a different sound sample and again, computer went bonkers. So, fair warning. (Maybe I'll try disabling tabs to see what happens ... later).
  2. I have some lined up this winter. Perhaps others might like to comment on concerts, festivals, operas, etc., that they are either planning to attend, or have recently attended, with their observations, impressions, etc. The biggies this winter for me are as follows: Jan. 29: New York Philharmonic with Emanuel Ax, piano; David Robertson, conductor; Avery Fisher Hall Rachmaninoff -- Vocalise Chopin -- Piano Concerto No.2 Stravinsky -- The Song of the Nightingale Bartok -- The Miraculous Mandarin Suite Jan 30: Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Riccardo Muti, conductor; Carnegie Hall Mendelssohn -- Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage Overture Debussy -- La Mer Scriabin -- Symphony No.3, "The Divine Poem" Friday Feb. 27: Cleveland Orchestra -- Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Miami Beethoven Symphony No. 3, ("Eroica") Shostakovich Symphony No. 6 Saturday Feb. 28: Cleveland Orchestra -- Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Miami Beethoven Symphony No. 5 Shostakovich Symphony No. 10 These are the out of town concerts I've got tickets for so far. I'm particularly looking forward to the NYPO and Ax with the Chopin piece. I toyed with the idea of taking Amtrack down to Philadelphia while I'm in New York to see the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Kimmel Center, but didn't want to push it. Also have tickets for a bunch of stuff locally after the new year, which I'll chime in with as they occur (if anyone shows any interest here). Among those I'm looking forward to are two string quarter performances at the Sarasota Opera House that are part of La Music Festival, which takes place here each spring.
  3. Concerts: previews / reviews

    Recently: Bellini's "Norma" and the rarely performed "Tiefland" by the apparently rarely heard Eugen d'Albert at the Sarasota Opera House. For the latter I abandoned my usual front row balcony perch and plopped down in a seat second row, center. I now have a new favorite seat. Norma was fine, soprano was excellent, the rest of the gang seemed to me to be a slight step down, and the staging was somewhat static throughout. No problem closing the old peepers now and again and sitting back to just listen with this one. Tiefland was excellent -- wonderfully melodic score; the singers and orchestra were excellent and engaging all around; ample characters coming and going to keep the performance moving along at a nice pace. The performance was the season finale, and was being recorded for "possible" release, so a DVD or YouTube of the opera may show up at some point. This was just the third production of Tiefland in the U.S. and now that the opera company has finished its 28-year Verdi cycle, I'm hoping they continue to bring lesser-performed titles to the stage in future seasons.
  4. Grateful that his heirs saw fit to release a healthy chunk of Celibidache’s live Munich recordings from this period after his death. Given his steadfast opposition to recorded music, he must have known these recordings were being made night after night and would be released one day. Curious. While he may not have cared for opera singers, he did love him some Wagner — Parsifal’s Good Friday; Tristan und Isolde Prelude; Tannhauser Overture; Sigfried Idyll, etc. And he conducted his fair share of sacred music as well — the requiems of Mozart, Verdi and Faure among others, and Bach’s Mass in B minor. All preserved in those spiffy box sets. So not all singing was bad for him. He did visit the US with his Munich band at some point in the 80s as well. My dad recalls going to a performance at the Kennedy Center but can’t recall the music performed. He does remember the orchestra members marching onto the stage with what he describes as almost military precision prior to the concert. Thanks for posting the link.
  5. Opera

    Spent the past two Sundays with some friends watching the Das Rheingold and Die Walkure from the Met's 2012 Robert Lepage production. Siegfried and Gotterdammerung still to go, but I think we're going to take a week or two off to digest. Some extraordinary singers here, including the incredible Bryn Terfel as Wotan (perhaps the most demanding role in Die Walkure, at least), Deborah Voigt as Brunnhilde and Jonas Kauffman as Siegmund -- all incredible singers and all-in in these roles. So, it takes some commitment to absorb this music/performance in one sitting -- one part of the cycle at a time, of course. It's emotionally draining and exhilarating at the same time. You feel spent and invigorated afterward. But more than that, it is just so damn musical -- the orchestration is exquisite, always present and intricately woven into the singers, you're always drawn to it (how can you not be!) but it's never overbearing or overwhelming the voices. The orchestra and voices are truly equal parts here, essential to one another and no doubt Levine is due great credit for that. I'm coming around to the view that watching a filmed version of something like this, as opposed to experiencing it live, has some distinct advantages -- specifically the closeup shots of the singers that simply cannot be duplicated live (unless you're in the front row, which has it's own disadvantages in the opera house). But the overall thing I wanted to convey here is that while diving into this can be intimidating for anyone, it is intensely musical on so many levels. So musical.
  6. What Classical Music Are You Listening To?

    B & B & B & B -- Brandy and benedictine and Barenboim and Bruckner, No. 7 with Staatskapelle Berlin
  7. George Onslow

    Sometimes described as the French Beethoven (perhaps more by contemporaries than in hindsight), Onslow's compositions are more chromatic than LVB and written (in the quartets at least) with an eye toward featuring the fist violinist as a soloist. There's an almost jazz-like feel to the approach. I was listening to a disc of his early quartets (Nos. 9, 10 and 21) performed by Quatour Ruggieri earlier tonight and it prompted me to look around to see what else was available. Not a whole lot in the jungle, but some later quartets, piano trios, quintets and the like. He also composed four symphonies and three operas. The music from one of the operas -- "Guise Ou Les Etates De Blois" -- is available arranged for string quartet. There's also some violin sonatas and wind pieces. But the bulk of what seems to be available is the string quartets. So, not knowing a whole lot beyond that, I'm kind of intrigued by this guy. I've had the Quatour Ruggieri disc above for sometime, but never really "heard" it until today. Just hadn't listened to it enough prior to tonight. Or wasn't paying attention, or something. So I scooped up a couple more discs today, the opera arranged for string quartet among them.
  8. What Classical Music Are You Listening To?

    Geminiani -- Concerti Grossi, Vol 1 -- Op 2 No. 1-6; Op 3 No. 1-4 (naxos) Capella Istropolitana with Jarslav Krecek conducting
  9. What Classical Music Are You Listening To?

    Jean Rondeau -- Vertigo Harpsichordist Rondeau explores the operatic / stage music of Jean-Philippe Rameau and Pancrace Royer. ... Beautiful.
  10. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    The pleasure's mine. ... Trust you'v recovered from the tour and all's well.
  11. What Classical Music Are You Listening To?

    Bach -- Dynastie (family concertos, JS, WF, CPE, JC) Jean Rondeau Rondeau's "moments of metronomic freedom," as one reviewer put it, infuse these concertos by JS Bach and sons with excitement, personality and ... fun. Harpsichord out front with violin, viola, cello, contrabass and bassoon. I'd say if there's a recording that could turn someone on to the harpsichord who otherwise might be a bit leery of the instrument, this fits the bill. The only slight criticism I might have is that there are times where Rondeau gets overpowered by the other instruments, but that's just the nature of the beast, I suppose.
  12. What Classical Music Are You Listening To?

    Geminiani -- Violin Sonatas Op. 4, vol.2 Liana Mosca violin; Antonio Mosca cello; Luca Pianca archlute; Giorgio Paronuzzi harpsichord
  13. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Jeff Crompton Trio -- "Magic Word" Sits right in that free bop sweet spot. Excellent. Jeffcrom and his bandmates hit a home run. Review here.
  14. If you have a chance to catch Jeff Crompton's trio Saturday night in Atlanta, I would recommend it.

    See link for quick review.


  15. Jeff Crompton Trio Southeastern Tour

    Went to Jeff's St. Petersburg concert the other night. ... I think I had a big old dumb grin on my face the entire time as this waterfall of free bop-ish music washed over me. Incredible energy from a really talented trio and Jeff is no joke on the sax / clarinet. Man can bring it. Almost all original tunes with a little Ornette thrown in. ... Scooped up a copy of Jeff's latest CD with this band, "Magic Word," which I'd heartily recommend. Not only is the music rewarding but you'll be supporting one (three) of the hard-working musicians who make it happen. If you have a chance to catch these guys in Atlanta on Saturday night (Hutch?), do it. Thanks for the music, Jeff ...
  16. What Classical Music Are You Listening To?

    Alexander Borodin -- Chamber Music String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2; Piano Quintet in C Minor; Piano Trio in D Major; String Quintet in F Minor; Sextet in D Minor; Trio in G Major Moscow Trio & String Quartet
  17. What Classical Music Are You Listening To?

    Haha ... oops. Nonetheless, Great recording. NP: Beethoven String Quartet No. 13 Tokyo String Quartet
  18. What Classical Music Are You Listening To?

    Seems Mikeweil and I are in a similar groove. This is a rerelease of a recording from '75, remastered for SACD. Couperin's Premier Suite and Deuxieme Suite, written toward the end of his life. Sumptuous.
  19. What Classical Music Are You Listening To?

    Geminiani -- Concerti Grossi Op. 3, Nos 5&6; Op 7 Nos 1-6 Capella Istropolitana, Jaroslav Krecek, cond. Got this together with the first volume, which includes Op 2 and Nos. 1-4 of Op 3, but without paying attention started on the back nine.
  20. What Classical Music Are You Listening To?

    Following Mikeweil on this one. Only had a chance to listen to the first of two discs, but overall just lovely melodies, peaceful tempos. Excellent tonic for what ails you.
  21. What Classical Music Are You Listening To?

    Earlier ... polyphonic madrigals composed for Cardinal Francesco Barberini's musical academy, Rome circa 17th century. Solo voice with instrumental accompaniment. Quite remarkable, but will take many more listens to absorb. Now ... Scarlatti Sonatas -- Sergei Babayan probably somewhat sacrilege in these parts but quite nice as accompaniment for cooking -- tacos.
  22. What Classical Music Are You Listening To?

    Mozart String Quartets Nos. 22 & 23 Quartetto Italiano
  23. What Classical Music Are You Listening To?

    Rameau -- Pygmalion & Nelee et Myrthis Les Arts Florissants A pair of one-act operas, the latter of which may be part of an incomplete larger opera-ballet. Those who decide such things can't quite decide. Either way, lovely, lilting stuff, but I wouldn't say it packs a punch in any way.
  24. What Classical Music Are You Listening To?

    Franceso Geminiani -- Violin Sonatas Op 4 Liana Mosca, Antonio Mosca, Luca Pianca, Giorgio Paronuzzi