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17.12.17

#morninglistening to #Messiaen on w/@SeattleSymphony &...



#morninglistening to #Messiaen on w/@SeattleSymphony & @LudovicMorlot

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☆☆☆☆

total @SurprisedBeauty 3 music!

#poèmespourmi, Trois Petites Liturgies de la Présence Divine

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Best Recordings of 2017


Time for a review of classical CDs that were outstanding in 2017 (published in whole on Forbes.com).

My lists for the previous years: 2016, 20152014, 2013, 2012, 2011, (2011 – “Almost”), 2010, (2010 – “Almost”), 2009, (2009 – “Almost”), 2008, (2008 - "Almost")
2007, 2006, 2005, 2004.



# 1 - New Release


Franz Schubert, Die Schöne Müllerin, Christian Gerhaher, Gerold Huber, Sony Classical

available at Amazon
Franz Schubert, Die Schöne Müllerin,
Christian Gerhaher, Gerold Huber
Sony Classical

Hyperbole has little room in classical music – it’s too blunt, usually inaccurate, ever unsubtle, mostly unsuitable, and a bit in bad taste. But it gets eyeballs.

And in this case, some hyperbole might just apply. Christian Gerhaher and Gerold Huber, that perfect symbiosis for all matters Lied, mélodie, and artsong (but especially Lied), have… has re-recorded Franz Schubert’s song cycle Die Schöne Müllerin after putting their first go at it on record 14 years ago (Arte Nova).

I had been counting the days, for years. GerhaherHuber (one word) is to Lied what Willie Mays and Babe Ruth, rolled into one, were to Baseball. (Read the full review here: Review: Oh, Only The Best Schöne Müllerin Ever!)...


# 1 – Reissue


Ludwig van Beethoven, String Quartets +, Takács Quartet, Decca

available at Amazon
Ludwig van Beethoven, The String Quartets +,
Takács Quartet,
Decca

...taking everything into consideration, across all 16 ¼ quartets, my favorite so far remains the Takács Quartet. And not just mine: Their interpretations have long been the rightly forerunner among modern interpretations of the Beethoven String Quartets. Interestingly these recordings – jewels in the Decca catalogue – were long treated more like step-children. The line-up in those years was that of Edward Dusinberre, Károly Schranz, Roger Tapping, András Fejér, which was an 11-year golden period for the quartet (Roger Tapping left in 2005).

The recordings had to be financed because Decca wouldn’t front the bill, despite their great success. (Admittedly, Decca couldn’t have known who successful they’d become… at least not before the first box had hit the market.)...


The complete list of the "Best Classical Recordings of 2017 on Forbes.com can be found here, for new releases. For re-issues, the link will follow later this week.









#morninglistening to #Mozart’s #Requiem w/@permopera on...



#morninglistening to #Mozart’s #Requiem w/@permopera on @Alpha_Classics

Amazon: http://a-fwd.to/1f6j7xB

w/#TeodorCurrentzis

#Adventskalender Day 17.

Woha! Mozart that stepped on some toes when it came out - and still will!

#classicalmusic
#classicalmusiccollection #pianoconcerto #alphaclassics #orchestralmusic #WienerKlassik #noFilter #reissue #choralmusic #vocalmusic #sacredmusic #WolfgangAmadeusMozart #StephanoeHoutzeel #K626



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#morninglistening to #Respighi w/@BBCPhilharmonic on @ChandosRecords
w/#EdwardDownes.

Amazon: http://a-fwd.to/2RN9K9N

#Adventskalender Day 17.

@SurprisedBeauty Music! ♡☆♡

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Forbes Classical CD Of The Week: Child's Play - The Complete Beethoven Sonatas

A Joyous Third Advent Sunday to You!


…Records are made to be broken, even in classical music. When then-24-year-old Korean HJ Lim recorded the (just-about) complete Beethoven Sonatas for EMI (Warner), released for a tenner on iTunes, it made a splash more for its audacity than quality. Two years later, in 2014, she was bested in every way: Swiss-born Chinese pianist Mélodie Zhao had done it at 19… and much more gratifyingly. This cycle is tastefully individual instead of idiosyncratic, thought-through instead of overwrought, and to the point instead of proving one. Take the confident rhythms of the Largo of op.7, the muscular Finale of op.10/1, the unsuspected sweetness of op.14/1, the staggered Andante of the Appassionata, the terrifically lilting op.27, or the wistful op.31/1: the fresh, vivid, never fidgety playing of Mlle. Zhao’s delivers much and promises even more. (See also: the ionarts Beethoven Sonata Survey) There is nothing flash-in-the-pan about it. Is it the last word in Beethoven cycles? Silly idea, that. But which such cycle could make such a claim, except for some of the classics that carry with them the reverence of ages? But it is a cycle to which I will gladly return, and often, right along Backhaus II, Kodama, Gilels, Nat, and Pollini. More to the point, it is a tell-tale sign that we will hear much of Mélodie Zhao in the next decades…

-> Classical CD Of The Week: Child's Play - The Complete Beethoven Sonatas

16.12.17

#morninglistening to #Schreker’s #Irrelohe w/ Wiener...



#morninglistening to #Schreker’s #Irrelohe w/

Wiener @singverein + @viennasymphony on @sony_classical:

Amazon: http://a-fwd.to/1xOq35H

Schreker is my cup of tea:
No one wrote quite so ambiguously -
In elusive harmony.
And if you listen you’ll agree.

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#morninglistening to #Mozart @METOpera w/#JamesLevine on...



#morninglistening to #Mozart @METOpera w/#JamesLevine on @dgclassics:

Amazon: http://a-fwd.to/2bIxghe

There are rumors which are crippling
It seems he did some fiddling -
On the other hand he sounds sublime:
Tricky business - James Levine.

Not exactly my now-preferred style of Mozart-opera making, but boy: it’s gorgeously done and sung!

See also: http://bit.ly/JamesLevineForbes

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#morninglistening to #Beethoven w/@YuryMartynov via #Liszt on @Alpha_Classics:

Amazon: http://a-fwd.to/38WrFCf

From Forbes.com’s #BestoftheYear2017 list:

#LvB #pianosonatas in the #FranzLiszt #transcriptions on #originalinstruments. A game changer set!

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#classicalcdcollection #solokeyboard #symphonyies #ludwigvanbeethoven #LvB #ludwigvan #WienerKlassik #germanromanticism #historicalinstruments #YuryMartynov



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