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Stephen Hough - Brahms Piano Concertos on Hyperion.

I was really looking forward to these as I'm a great admirer of Hough but I'm slightly disappointed.  There's nothing wrong with the playing and the recordings are excellent but the performances don't catch fire for me (2 is better than 1).  If you like your Brahms serious then maybe these are for you.  For me they are simply not as good as the recent Grimaux versions.

Chris

Disappointing. I like Hough too - am listening to his disc of Chopin waltzes as I type, also on Hyperion. Beguiling performance.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Chopin-Complete-Waltzes-Stephen-Hough/dp/B0053SQRHO/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1389788009&sr=1-1&keywords=hough+chopin+waltzes

Have just been listening to Alexander Chaushian and Yevgeny Subdin's BIS-SACD recording of Cello sonatas by Borodin, Rachmaninov and Shostakovich - lovely and fascinating in equal measure, and like Hough's Chopin waltzes, beautifully recorded too.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rachmaninov-Borodin-Shostakovich-Cello-Sonatas/dp/B004LHOZVI/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1389788302&sr=1-1&keywords=chaushian+sudbin

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Just back from hearing Joshua Bell with The Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Orchestra playing Brahms' Violin Concerto. Really splendid.

No HiFi can compare with the real thing. Whenever I go to live concerts my upgrade-itis just disappears; small improvement in my system are just not worth the bother.

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Just back from hearing Joshua Bell with The Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Orchestra playing Brahms' Violin Concerto. Really splendid.

No HiFi can compare with the real thing. Whenever I go to live concerts my upgrade-itis just disappears; small improvement in my system are just not worth the bother.

Andrew

I understand entirely, though my experience is quite different. Last night I was at the ROH for Manon. Utterly splendid, and Act II, scene 2, in St Sulpice, was dynamite. We were in the stalls, row K, so excellent seats. But listening to the Pappano/Gheorghiu/Alagna recording at home, as I am right now, the sound is actually better. OK, opera is different: live opera suffers from the orchestra being in the pit, so the high frequencies lose definition. But also sitting 10 or so rows back at the ROH is a different experience from sitting 8 or 9 feet from my speakers: which is so much more present and "real". 

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Have you tried the live HD broadcasts from the NY Metropolitan Opera?   My local cinema receives these broadcasts, and fortunately it has great equipment and acoustics. So the performances are really terrific, both visually and acoustically, and it gets over the attenuation of the sound you mentioned. The casts are beyond what I could see in Scotland too.  I now prefer these events to travelling into the city and going to real live Opera,

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It's true Brahms is (oddly) divisive.  But I think the F-minor piano quintet is one of his more well known pieces.  I have a bunch of LPs of it; I guess my fave is Curzon and the Budapest.

 

This AM I listened to an assortment of Renaissance secular stuff played by Les Menestriers.  This evening I think it will be one of the lesser known Sibelius symphones, either 3 or 6.  Although I'm going through a big Debussy/Ravel kick; perhaps my CD set of the complete Ravel chamber music.

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Have you tried the live HD broadcasts from the NY Metropolitan Opera?   My local cinema receives these broadcasts, and fortunately it has great equipment and acoustics. So the performances are really terrific, both visually and acoustically, and it gets over the attenuation of the sound you mentioned. The casts are beyond what I could see in Scotland too.  I now prefer these events to travelling into the city and going to real live Opera,

Andrew

Thanks, Andrew, that's a great tip. I'll look out for them. I'm rather spoilt: my wife's company is a big supporter of the ROH. 

Having now set up a decent 2-channel hi-fi system connected to my TV, I'm planning to invest in some opera DVDs.

It's great to see this thread is livening up. I hope you come back often! Ditto Jeff below!

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It's true Brahms is (oddly) divisive.  But I think the F-minor piano quintet is one of his more well known pieces.  I have a bunch of LPs of it; I guess my fave is Curzon and the Budapest.

This AM I listened to an assortment of Renaissance secular stuff played by Les Menestriers.  This evening I think it will be one of the lesser known Sibelius symphones, either 3 or 6.  Although I'm going through a big Debussy/Ravel kick; perhaps my CD set of the complete Ravel chamber music.

Please do post more on recordings that excite you! I spend far too much money on classical CDs and am always keen on recommendations.

:cheers:

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Lucky you with the ROH.  I have quite a number of Opera DVDs, which I enjoy greatly.  Interestingly, I have a couple of MetOpera ones recorded at the same time as live transmissions which I had previously seen. Being in a large cinema auditorium with good acoustics (and with an audience of like minded people) was more enthralling than seeing and listening on my own equipment.

While I sometimes spend 'real money' on recent CDs, I pick up a lot for £1 or two in charity shops. That way I can try out lots of composers/artists/pieces without thinking too much about about whether I will enjoy them greatly.   Some CDs have been an 'interesting learning experience', some have been outstanding, some have introduced me to new music genres.  It is a great adventure; it takes a little time, but not much money.

Andrew

 

 

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People have mentioned the Central European 20th c. stuff.  And I agree, it's great.  But don't forget the French.  I mean Milhaud and Poulenc in particular.  And the lesser lights of Les Six: Ibert, Honneger, etc.  But also Faure.  We think of him as a 19th c. composer, but he died in 1925.  And if he stuff he wrote in the decade or so before his death isn't exactly what we think of as 20th c. music, it's not really 19th c. either.  In any case, there's a very good CD on Naxos of Poulenc's chamber music, you can pick it up for about $6.

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Just found it four days, ago and have played it six times, in rapture.  I bought the CD (second hand) for Schubert's Piano Quintet, which I like very much, ten days ago.  I only got round to playing the other piece on the CD on Thursday.   So, what is it? Yo-yo Ma (cello) and Emanuel Ax (piano) playing Schubert's Arpeggione Sonata, D821.  A wonderful piece; wonderful playing.

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It's true Brahms is (oddly) divisive.  But I think the F-minor piano quintet is one of his more well known pieces.  I have a bunch of LPs of it; I guess my fave is Curzon and the Budapest.

Yes, quite right - the F-minor piano quintet is hardly unknown. Still, I think Brahms tends to be associated with his orchestral work more than his chamber - and it's here that he seems to be most divisive. Oddly, as you say ... a bit like Tchaikovsky. I seem to remember Simon Rattle, a man I admire enormously; and congratulations on his Order of Merit last month - saying with some pride that he had never in his entire spell with the CBSO conducted a piece by Tchaikovsky. Now I am not a massive fan of Tchaikovsky, but if he did say this - and my memory may be failing me here, or this may just be an urban myth that I have translated into a fully-fledged memory - this seems a not entirely open-minded way of looking at things! The way Brahms can on occasion conjure up such similarly determined antagonism always surprises me.

On which note, I have just been listening to Mstislav Rostropovich and Rudolph Serkin's classic recording of Brahms' Cello Sonatas 1 and 2 on DG. Flawed these may be, with the foregrounding of the cello over the piano, but utterly compelling too. That instantly recognisable Rostropovich richness of tone is truly seductive, and there's that seemingly instinctive understanding between the players that is the hallmark of great chamber playing.

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Sibelius Violin Concerto on Naxos CD

An excellent concerto often overlooked I fear

Bournemouth SO Henning Kraggerud on Violin.

CD is combined with Sinding Violin Concerto The first movement is very reminiscent of Bruch's Violin cocerto dah dah dada dah If you follow me! :boohoo:

 

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I'm on a big 18th-century kick at the moment. Gluck is good. Proper music drama.

 

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Oddly, as you say ... a bit like Tchaikovsky. I seem to remember Simon Rattle, a man I admire enormously; and congratulations on his Order of Merit last month - saying with some pride that he had never in his entire spell with the CBSO conducted a piece by Tchaikovsky. Now I am not a massive fan of Tchaikovsky, but if he did say this - and my memory may be failing me here, or this may just be an urban myth that I have translated into a fully-fledged memory - this seems a not entirely open-minded way of looking at things! The way Brahms can on occasion conjure up such similarly determined antagonism always surprises me.

I'm also not a big Tchaikovsky fan. But I've been giving this a spin this morning: 

Symphonies 4, 5 and 6, Mravinsky, Leningrad Phil (DG)

What people say about these performances is true: wildly energetic, furious tempos. They deserve to be played loud. The recording's good, though the brass is a bit blarty.

:cheers:

Matt

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