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  • #11421
    hjr
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    In these pages, I’ll post the album art and list of performers associated with whatever I’m listening to at the time. If something about the performance sticks out as worthy of comment, I’ll comment on it too! My latest ‘listens’ will appear at the end of the list (it’s the way the website software works, I’m afraid).

    Note that a searchable, re-orderable text listing of my music ‘plays’ is accessible on this page.

    Also note that graphical representation of listening statistics are available on this page (for all data since 9th January 2021) and on this one (for data from the last seven days only).

    On the whole, most of my music ‘plays’ are performed by AMP in its randomised mode: I have little to no control over what pops up, or in what order. Which is how I like it (otherwise, I tend to be a creature of habit and choose the same stuff over and over again!). If I mention ‘the randomiser’, that’s what I’m referring to. If I mention specifically choosing something to play, it means I temporarily over-rode the randomiser and decided to make AMP do my own bidding 🙂

    Potentially, because I listen to lots of different music throughout the day, these pages are more of a ‘blog’ than the blog pages, which get updated once a week if we’re lucky! Here, there’ll be multiple updates every day, assuming I’m actually listening to music and not just sleeping something off and hoping my head puts itself back together at some point!

    #11424
    hjr
    Keymaster

    Reinhard Keiser’s Der geliebte Adonis
    Thomas Ihlenfeldt, Capella Orlandi Bremen, Marietta Zumbült (Venus), Ralf Popken (Adonis), Susanna Rydén (Eumene)

     

    #11435
    hjr
    Keymaster

    William Walton’s The First Shoot             
    London Collegiate Brass

    #11436
    hjr
    Keymaster

    Georg Christoph Wagenseil’s Trombone Concerto in E flat major                                        
    Jan Willem de Vriend, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam, Jörgen van Rijen (trombone)

    This is an exceptionally fine disk, with many wonderful, attractive trombone/brass showpieces included.

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    #11449
    hjr
    Keymaster

    William Byrd’s The Keyboard Music of William Byrd, Vol. 3                                 
    All played on the Ahrend organ of l’Église-Musée des Augustins, Toulouse

    #11483
    hjr
    Keymaster

    Henri Dumont’s Cantica Sacra                  
    René Depoutot, Concert Royal de Nancy

    #11505
    hjr
    Keymaster

    Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber’s Requiem à 15 in Concerto
    Jordi Savall, Le Concert des Nations
    Duration: 00:44:31

    A requiem that’s sonically somewhat out of the ordinary (or is that just because it was recorded in Salzburg Cathedral, with what sounds like a wonderfully resonant acoustic?) For whatever reasons: it is a rather splendid way to send someone off on their final journey over the Styx!

    #11508
    hjr
    Keymaster

    László Lajtha’s Symphony ‘Les Soli’      
    Simone Fontanelli, Budapest Chamber Symphony Orchestra
    Duration: 00:31:31

    Strange sounds. Definitely ‘modern’, but spooky, eerie and fundamentally very tonal.

    #11509
    hjr
    Keymaster

    Georgy Sviridov’s Snowstorm
    Vladimir Fedoseyev, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio
    Duration: 00:29:24

    Soviet realism writ big, bold and brassy! Love it!

    #11510
    hjr
    Keymaster

    Peter Sculthorpe’s Djilile    
    Geoffrey Tozer (piano)
    Duration: 00:05:58

    #11511
    hjr
    Keymaster

    Arthur Bliss’s The Beatitudes                                                                                                                                        
    Andrew Davis, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Chorus, Emily Birsan (soprano), Ben Johnson (tenor)
    Duration: 00:51:18

     

     

    #11512
    hjr
    Keymaster

    James Horner’s Titanic
    James Horner
    Duration: 01:12:29

    Not really classical music at all, but a fine, sweeping orchestral score that wordlessly narrates a tale that has fascinated for more than a century. The big song sung by Celine Dione (or someone else with a giant, screechy, shouted soprano voice) is unfortunate, however!

    #11513
    hjr
    Keymaster

    Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 5   
    Witold Rowicki, London Symphony Orchestra
    Duration: 00:37:01

    Pleased to see that these recordings got David Hurwitz’s thumbs-up in his most recent video blog review. It is always nice to feel vindicated in ones choices from years ago! (I don’t think he mentions in his review, but these recordings all date from somewhere between 1965 and 1971: they sound excellent, though, regardless).

    #11515
    hjr
    Keymaster

    Manuel de Falla’s La Meunière et le Corregidor            
    Josep Pons, Orquestra de Cambra Teatre Lliure
    Duration:     00:45:27

    #11516
    hjr
    Keymaster

    Erkki-Sven Tüür’s Dedication                                       
    Marrit Gerretz-Traksmann (piano), Leho Karin (cello)
    Duration:     00:07:03

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