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Yesterday ...

On IEM headphones with a portable minidisc player in my pocket while digging to set up a new area of lawn, recordings of live performances recorded off the radio years ago of ...

- Barber cello concerto

- Kabalevsky violin concerto

- Korngold violin concerto.

All good. :^

Then in front of the Maggie panels ....

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and some chamber music by the same guy --

I have no idea why Rontgen isn't better known :? - his music is superb!

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Another morning's gardening and had another music sesh with these ...

- Barber cello concerto

- Kabalevsky violin concerto

- Korngold violin concerto.

Still good! The Korngold grows in my affections - the slow movement is totally yummy. :)

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Listened to this twice yesterday eve. Italian, contemporary with Respighi.

I've had this CD a while - and I find it difficult to get to grips with.

Pleasantish orchestral, but once over it's forgotten.

Meh. I think I wasted over 2 hours of my life on it yesterday.

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-- superb prformances (and recording) which take full advantage of the authentic instrument approach.

Great fortepiano sound (so very different from a modern concert grand) and just love those thwacky tympani thwacks. :D

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I like the 2 string quartets but not the song cycle that they surround on this album.

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I heard one movement from Batiz's Sheherazade on a sampler CD and was impressed. Even more impressed by all of it! Mackerras on Telarc had previously been my fave, and it is a bit better recorded than the Naxos, but I suspect the Batiz trumps it as a performance.

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- played the piano trio #1 and really enjoyed it - probably the best Rubbra I have heard - much more to my tastes than Rubbra's orchestral works. I like the string quartets, too.

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I fancied some Handel cantatas, so started with this

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-- and gave up after about 10 minutes. Kozena's vocal technique is pretty incompetent. :?

So moved on to this ...

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-- ahh, that's more like it. :^

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A selection from this set. Wonderful playing.

Houstoun is probably my favourite current pianist. His Liszt and Shostakovich is also superb.

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At the moment ...

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Nice sprightly, lively playing. :^ These pieces are often played a bit ponderously, but not with these guys.

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-- Wowee! :D

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- a 100 minute piece, Schoenberg in lushly romantic mood, and I thoroughly enjoyed the first 30 minutes. But that's enough for me - 20 minutes or so the after vocalists came in I went back to repeat the gorgeous 7 minute purely orchestral opening section (before the vocals come in) and then moved on to ...

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-- a lovely album for viola and piano of music by Enescu and Milhaud. The Milhaud pieces especially are beautiful.

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Rangell has a bit of a reputation of coming from the left field as far as interpretation is concerned, but I really enjoyed his Art of Fugue. :^ He has recorded quite a bit of Bach; Goldbergs, the 6 Partitas etc. They are on my Tidal playlist. :)

So went on to this ....

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-- oh dear. This didn't work at all for me. It's all kind of loose and slack. :? I listened to the 1st sonata and then gave up.

... and then cleansed my palate with this ...

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Ah, lovely.

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- I'm not keen on Rangell's Beethoven, but his Bach is excellent, and so is this Haydn.

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- magical.

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- rousing stuff! :^

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-- hmm, I'm not sure I like it that much, but it certainly held my attention. I'll be coming back for more of Mr Tcherepnin.

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-- cor, lummy -- YUMMY !! :D

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-- perfect music, perfectly played

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-- some premiere recordings here. Amazing. The serenade and cello concertino are lovely!

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-- an astonishing recording of an astonishing performance.

Definitely a Desert Island Disc for me.

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Well, this is an interesting curiosity.

And I had better watch my back at Scalford16 cos Gromit may well be after me with a hatchet for what I am about to say ....

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Arrangements of Mozart solo piano and chamber music by well known composers (eg Grieg) and some anonymous.

It contains a transcription of the Clarinet Quintet with a 2nd viola taking the place of the clarinet.

YUM !! - wonderous though the pukka clarinet quintet is, I prefer it as a viola quintet. :)

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-- WOW !!!

This is amazing.

I seem to be in to transcriptions. :)

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-- stunning performances of the quintets. :^

And the first couple of movements from the 1st quartet from this set ...

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Hey, this is quite good. I've been wary of the Bartok quartets previously.

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