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    Marini - Uccellini - Rognoni - Rossi - Selma - Dalla Casa - Kapsberger - L'Arte dii diminuire
    L'Estro d'Orfeo, Leonor de Lera
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    This is one I want to hear in multi-channel.
    As always with Challenge Classics, a crystal clear recording.
    Invigorating playing, it really draws you into the music.

    Diminutions, the art of extemporary embellishment or melodic variation, were an essential part of performance practice of the Renaissance and early Baroque periods. The basis of diminutions is the fragmentation of a long note or series of long notes into many shorter and faster ones that move around the original melody. In the 16th and early 17th centuries, a composition as written by the composer was often regarded as raw material and it was normal and even required of musicians to embellish the works performed. The number of treatises that were devoted to the teaching of this subject is a clear indication of the importance of diminutions at that time.
    Most of these manuals included a collection of decorated melodies taken from renowned madrigals, motets and chansons by well-known composers of the time. These pieces give clear examples of how music was performed during that time and what was considered the proper way to embellish a piece of music. Often technically demanding, these pieces gave scope for virtuoso display as they required great dexterity from the performer. In conclusion, diminutions were added to make a piece of music more ‘beautiful’.
    This programme explores the widespread practice of diminutions by presenting published examples of diminutions on well-known motets, by master composers; diminutions on popular melodies or dance forms and finally, diminutions composed by the performer as artist. © Challenge Classics
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    I try to pick at least one totally unknown composer a week from the numerous new releases.
    The Ricercar label seldom disappoints:

    Johann Paul Von Westhoff - Suites for Solo Violin
    Plamena Nikitassova
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    It reminds me of Biber.
    And I can hear from where Bach's inspiration came, although it is not in the same league as the later master.
    Absolutely worthy of my time.
    I do like well composed solo violin pieces.

    Johann Paul von Westhoff (1656-1705) was one of the most brilliant members of the significant school of violinists that flourished in seventeenth-century Dresden. This impressive virtuoso, who was even applauded by Louis XIV at Versailles, wrote the very first compositions for unaccompanied violin, which of course foreshadow the later masterpieces of Johann Sebastian Bach. The programme recorded here includes some suites from his collection published in Dresden in 1696, as well as the suite that was printed in the Mercure galant of Paris in 1683, following his visit to Versailles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bart View Post
    Telemann - 12 Fantaisies
    Héloïse Gaillard, flutes




    Take away one instrument from this recording and you end up with... complete silence!
    Amazing recording.
    And Telemann is absolutely one of my favourite baroque composers.

    Agogique gave us some fantastic recordings.
    I cherish their albums I own.
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    Without words.



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    Bach - Harpsichord Concertos
    Il Pomo d'Oro, Francesco Corti
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    These masterpieces can be heard over and over again.
    In this album the harpsichord has a very pronounced place - its righteous place - in the recording.
    Recommended.

    Bach’s harpsichord concertos are arguably the first in the history of music designed specifically for this instrument. Composing them, Bach aimed to adapt the string writing of Italian instrumental concertos to a keyboard instrument, while simultaneously enriching this style with typically-German traits such as counterpoint and motivic development.
    Francesco Corti and il pomo d’oro present Concertos BWV 1052, 1053, 1055 and 1058 as the first volume of what should become a cycle spanning four albums. Corti has chosen to combine these four concertos for the full orchestral sound they call for, while later recordings in this series will have a chamber setting in comparison. For tempo choices and melodic variations, Corti has been inspired by treatises from Bach’s time, as well as the composer’s own written-out ornamentations. © Pentatone



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    Roon/Qobuz 96/24

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    Listening to Beethoven's monumental Missa Solemnis. He spent almost five years composing this piece and believed it to be his best work. An all star cast: Studer, Norman, Domingo, Moll, Leipzig and Swedish Radio Choirs, Vienna Philharmonic, James Levine, DG CD.
    The choirs in the final movement (Agnus Dei) will take your breath away.

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    this is an album I was looking for: but I was too early in my search. Since a few years I was looking for work by the composer Litolff, but sadly I failed. And.. to be honest, when talking about great composers, not many think about him. Since I listened to a piece, the Scherzo, a few years ago was looking for more records over and over and could not find not in the local shops, not in the big cities, neither on the internet, and neither on vacation Octobre last year, even not in 2 big “classical” music stores in Athens, amazing shops by the way. Litolff is simply a forgotten composer and that is a shame.

    These days I came across that a new album was made in januari 2020 the piano trios by Leonore piano trio. This album is not available for stream, only available as digital file or cd. I decided to buy that cd, in my country only one shop had this one in stock the other choice was directly buying from the UK, but that country is in lock down.

    The cd arrived today, put it in my disc, and oh my.... This work is amazing, and the performance... perfect. The tracks with violin, cello and piano they sound lovely together

    In my opinion: this is one of these albums that everyone must listen: I am so happy with this cd,
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    Monsier de Sainte-Colombe et ses filles
    Philippe Pierlot - Lucile Boulanger - Myriam Rignol - Rolf Lislevand
    Qobuz 24/96




    Pieces I know very well.
    But they are played in a really marvellous way here.
    These players have equalled Jordi Savall on the instrument.
    This album goes right into my favourites.
    Brilliant, and heartily recommended if you like Sainte-Colombe!
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    I like Lislevand’s Nuove Musiche on the ECM New Series.

    Will try after this has finished:

    Lots of 20th century influences on Weiland’s String Quarters (DSCH, ....) but still a nice discovery and a perfect example of the sort of thing I never would have encountered without Qobuz/Tidal.
    Parker

    Edit: the dam pix were there in the draft.
    Last edited by pdub; April 18, 2020 at 01:49 PM. Reason: Pix disappeared
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    Quote Originally Posted by pdub View Post
    I like Lislevand’s Nuove Musiche on the ECM New Series.

    Will try after this has finished:

    Lots of 20th century influences on Weiland’s String Quarters (DSCH, ....) but still a nice discovery and a perfect example of the sort of thing I never would have encountered without Qobuz/Tidal.
    Parker

    Edit: the dam pix were there in the draft.

    Hi Parker,

    Yes, the pictures disappear when we post them.
    All Qobuz pictures in the music threads have disappeared, but I thiink Mke is working on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bart View Post
    Hi Parker,

    Yes, the pictures disappear when we post them.
    All Qobuz pictures in the music threads have disappeared, but I thiink Mke is working on it.
    Actually, I copied the pix from Presto. The PITA aspect is that when going back and forth to Presto I have to sign back in to AS for some reason ...
    Like the Sainte Columbe. Good call!
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    Hilary Hahn, Bach Concertos. Really lovely, light-footed and delicate play.

    Interesting thing is that when I bought the vinyl there was a CD in the sleeve as well. It was not even mentioned on Amazon it’s included.



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    Re: Classical Music Only | What You're Listening to Now, Or Very Recently | Any Mediums :

    Quote Originally Posted by bart View Post
    Mahler - Symphony No. 4 (arr. Erwin Stein
    Ferruccio Busoni - Berceuse élégiaque (arr; Erwin Stein
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    CD 4 from this box:




    Excellent, with terrific sound.
    Playing these orchestral pieces with a chamber ensemble gives a clarity and transparency that I adore.

    Very very enjoyable.
    One of my favourite versions of this symphony... :music:
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    Hi folks, I've been away for a while. Anyway, this is a wonderful binaural DSD256 recording. The realism and detail are astounding.

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    Rachmaninoff's 3rd PC Abduraimov pianist. Saw him live coupla years ago doing this and he gave great performance. Amazon has CD RCO19003

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    NAXOS: Celebrate Beethoven

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    A very interesting Vivaldi recording from super-violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja. The 15-member ensemble are all playing period instruments, which can be heard nicely.


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    another winner from jordi savall that i have come across recently:
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    Beethoven late quartets tonight... Op 130 Bb at the moment, with the later-extracted Op 133 "Grosse Fugue" to follow.

    The Julliard Quartet, Columbia
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    Serge

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    Serge

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    Serge

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    have spent the last two weeks listening to the catalogue of cellist anja lechner

    i really like her recordings with piano as the only other primary instrument -- here are my favorites so far with the melos title being listed as a jazz recording.
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    Great natural sounding decca recording.


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