What Classical are you spinning?

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Very much recommended for anyone who also loves Latin American classical music.

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A neat find.

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Thanks! Will have to try it out.

This recording of En Saga has percussion galore :crazy_face:

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Classics reissue on 200g vinyl. Marvelous.

From Berlioz’s memoir of the first performance with Antoine Habeneck conducting:

"Just in the one measure where the conductor’s direction is absolutely indispensible, Habeneck puts down his baton, quietly takes out his snuf-box, and proceeds to take a pinch of snuff. I had never taken my eyes off him: instantly I turned rapidly on one heel, and springing forward before him, I stretched out my arm and marked the four great beats of the new movement. The orchestras followed me, each in order.

I conducted the piece to the end, and the effect which I had dreamed of was produced."

One of the choristers suffered a nervous breakdown under the impact of the indescribable “terrible effect” of the five orchestras with 16 trombones.

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Being lazy today, listening to our local NPR Classical station:

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One of my many recordings of the Saint Saens 3rd Symphony “Organ”, recorded here by a father (organist) and son (conducting), made in the famous French Parisian church of St Sulpice, with it famous untouched CC organ

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A majestic performance in excellent sonics – I’ve always enjoyed Eugen Jochum’s recordings of Bruckner. He gets the combination of majesty and power just right for me, without a lot of dawdling about. This 1964 LIVE performance with the Concertgebouw has terrific energy and drama. And the sound quality is very, very good. I won’t begin to offer to compare this to the many alternate performances, including Jochum’s own 1958 performance with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra–they all have something to say, some unique value. What I can say is that I’ve enjoyed this performance very much. I doubt that anyone could be disappointed. The HDTT transfer is extremely good, as per their usual very high standard.

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Some of you may recall me wandering through a whole series of albums by the Spanish group Cuarteto Quiroga several weeks ago. My review of six of their albums for Cobra Records has finally emerged at Positive Feedback. If you have an interest in some excellent chamber music performances captured in excellent sonics, together with some very nice programming of each album, you might like to skim through the article found HERE.

For now, I’m returning to listen to their superb Mozart/Haydn recording:

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After Bruckner 9 need something to cheer me up

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A wonderful piece, and a favorite of mine.

My only reservation is as passion there are no trumpet parts.

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Yeah I get that. OTOH a a violinist it’s got some beautiful violin parts!

Oh, yes. I am jealous.

And wonderful choral writing, with multiple settings of O Sacred Head. Which, by the way, have different settings and orchestration which would have had meaning to the congregation at the time .

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Fidelio recordings are gorgeous sounding and this Planets for Brass and organ is a special thing also musically. The organ is deep and tight sounding, never boomy, a musical and sonic experience.

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Hardly surprising seeing the story goes from his anointment through humiliation and death, being written for Good Friday, for trumpets you need birth or resurrection. Lots of wonderful melancholic woodwind, especially three oboes that get some of the best tunes.

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