Rolling Classical 2021

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Does Primephonic have booklets/liner notes? That’s the main advantage of Naxos.

In on the killfile (Boring, Maryland), Sunday, 18 April 2021 01:24 (one month ago) link

sund4r, yes if your system and bandwidth can handle it, and if the recording is in 24-bit, of course. The subscription rate is 50% more than for 320k files. I'm sure my older Sonos system wouldn't support 24-bit. I didn't realize the Naxos service had become so big. Thought it just had stuff on the Naxos label.

Yes, the Primephonic Web player has booklets for many releases, not all. It's in a hi-res, very readable format.

punning display, Sunday, 18 April 2021 03:49 (one month ago) link

Yeah the Naxos has a very wide selection of labels.

In on the killfile (Boring, Maryland), Sunday, 18 April 2021 14:38 (one month ago) link

Nice animated video for Hahn's new recording of the Scherzo from Prokofiev's Violin Concerto no. 1:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDZlF7a_OJY

Sequel to Sadness (Sund4r), Sunday, 18 April 2021 14:54 (one month ago) link

When getting an autograph from Hilary Hahn a few years ago during intermission at the National Symphony in DC I unwisely told her “I like your Ives”—meaning her Ives Sonata CD that came out about that time. She looked a little alarmed and I detected that and quickly hustled off. Only later did I find out that she has a stalker, and may have heard me say “I like your EYES” and may have scared her.

In on the killfile (Boring, Maryland), Sunday, 18 April 2021 15:47 (one month ago) link

Haha aw

Sequel to Sadness (Sund4r), Sunday, 18 April 2021 15:51 (one month ago) link

lol! Just pronounce it 'eaves' for the extra eccentric nerd cred while simultaneously skirting any risk of unintentional skeeviness.

pomenitul, Sunday, 18 April 2021 15:52 (one month ago) link

If The old man heard you call him “Sha-rel Eaves” he’d probably hurl some homophobic imprecations your way.

In on the killfile (Boring, Maryland), Sunday, 18 April 2021 16:17 (one month ago) link

Good review of Bára Gísladóttir & Skúli Sverrisson's Caeli, certainly one of the classical highlights of 2021 so far:

http://5against4.com/2021/04/22/bara-gisladottir-skuli-sverrisson-caeli/

pomenitul, Thursday, 22 April 2021 14:52 (one month ago) link

This is really nice, just premiered on Youtube two days ago:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZi5L0HVnBI

Sounds like a lot of quarter-tone trills (?), also some flutter-tongue, pitch bending, overblowing and breath effects? Really sensitive dynamics.

Sequel to Sadness (Sund4r), Wednesday, 5 May 2021 10:34 (one month ago) link

Ok I’m going to try to listen to every album mentioned here so far, I’ve previewed some and they sound great.

Any review sites or blogs for classical music that you follow and you’d recommend?

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 15 May 2021 11:22 (four weeks ago) link

A few English-language ones that I like, although they're hardly exhaustive:

http://5against4.com (mostly contemporary classical, with a dash of ambient on the side, and a recurrent emphasis on the British and Estonian scenes)

https://johnsonsrambler.wordpress.com (mostly contemporary classical as well, also with a slight bias towards the British scene)

https://www.therestisnoise.com (Alex Ross's website aka the New Yorker's resident classical music critic, a bit too US-centric for my tastes but still worthwhile)

https://www.theguardian.com/profile/andrewclements (Andrew Clements' reviews for The Guardian generally showcase quality releases, and I often myself agreeing with his assessments)

ResMusica is quite good if you can read French, and I'm sure there are plenty of excellent Spanish-language resources. Anglo (and especially American) perspectives on classical music need to be supplemented due to their often subconscious parochialism (this is true of all linguistic and/or lenses, of course). MusicWeb International, for instance, is at times hilariously British, with a marked preference for conservative UK composers, as is The Gramophone. ClassicsToday is the David Hurwitz show, and he's got a strong, extremely subjective sense of what he likes and dislikes, which may or may not be one's jam.

In all honesty, though, I mostly go straight to the labels I enjoy the most and take it from there. They are:

BIS
Chandos
Col Legno
ECM
DaCapo
Deutsche Grammophon
Harmonia Mundi
Kairos
Neos
Ondine
Outhere
Wergo

…and there's plenty more, but it's a start.

pomenitul, Saturday, 15 May 2021 14:45 (four weeks ago) link

Mode Records too
Sono Luminus for contemporary Icelandic composers
Winter & Winter
Editions RZ

Everyone swears by Another Timbre these days. I find them very hit-or-miss because their aesthetic is too neutral and uneventful for my ears but I'm probably alone on this one. Wandelweiser takes it to an even greater minimalistic, quasi inaudible extreme and it's not my thing at all but you might be into it.

pomenitul, Saturday, 15 May 2021 14:53 (four weeks ago) link

Pom you are a dear as always. Thanks!

Van Halen dot Senate dot flashlight (Boring, Maryland), Saturday, 15 May 2021 17:54 (four weeks ago) link

My pleasure. :)

pomenitul, Saturday, 15 May 2021 19:45 (four weeks ago) link

this is true of all linguistic and/or lenses

This should read 'this is true of all linguistic and/or national lenses' btw.

pomenitul, Saturday, 15 May 2021 19:48 (four weeks ago) link

Thank u pom!

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 18 May 2021 07:07 (three weeks ago) link

RIP Cristóbal Halffter, one of Spain's 20th century greats:

https://www.explica.co/composer-and-conductor-cristobal-halffter-dies.html

pomenitul, Monday, 24 May 2021 18:27 (two weeks ago) link

I'm pretty sure this is a Spanish-language obituary run through Google translate, but eh, it's better than nothing.

pomenitul, Monday, 24 May 2021 18:29 (two weeks ago) link

Huh, I didn't know about him. Best place to start?

Sequel to Sadness (Sund4r), Thursday, 27 May 2021 03:04 (two weeks ago) link

Xpost: Yeah original source comes from 20minutos which is a popular newspaper from Spain.

Here’s the original source:

https://www.20minutos.es/noticia/4706197/0/muere-el-compositor-y-director-de-orquesta-cristobal-halffter/

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 27 May 2021 03:17 (two weeks ago) link

Just as I thought, thanks.

Sund4r: I’m not familiar enough with his oeuvre to say, but I remember enjoying his 2nd Cello Concerto (dedicated to Mstislav Rostropovich), the few string quartets of his I’ve heard and the Guitar Concerto (with Narciso Yepes playing the solo part).

pomenitul, Thursday, 27 May 2021 04:00 (two weeks ago) link


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