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What music are you listening to lately?

Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by Artisan Fan, Oct 1, 2007.

  1. Full Canvas

    Full Canvas Well-Known Member

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    You have to listen to the San Francisco Symphony's DVD of the Rite of Spring available from their online store. The rhythmic work is just on the other side of unbelievable: the little micro syncopations that Michael Tilson Thomas adds, especially at the end, give the performance an inexorable forward momentum without making the work completely brutal or rushed. The brass are pretty fantastic as well, but the orchestral playing in general is inspired.

    MTT's also helped Stravinsky debut several of his pieces when they lived in Los Angeles, and is in touch with his own Russian folk heritage, so he gives a fairly unique, personal view of the Rite. There are lots of Russian folk tunes that he brings out in the piece.

    It's in Dolby Digital, so the analog frans will turn up their noses, but it is in pretty good multichannel sound.

    --Andre


    We have the Tilson Thomas Polygram recording in which he conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra. That's a winner also.

    Every music library needs at least three different Rites! So, I just ordered the San Francisco Symphony boxed set of three CDs with Tilson Thomas conducting and then I tried to order the DVD from the orchestra's site and the site is freezing. So, I will try again in a few hours. It will be great fun comparing the different versions.

    Thanks for the tip. By the way, the Orions are simply the best!

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  2. A Y

    A Y Well-Known Member

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    The Stravinsky CD set is also excellent, and the Rite in that one is similar to the DVD, though I think the DVD is more exciting (perhaps because we can see everyone).

    Glad to hear you're still enjoying the Orions. It's a big task to improve on a full-blown Meridian system.

    --Andre
     
  3. Artisan Fan

    Artisan Fan Well-Known Member

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    You have to listen to the San Francisco Symphony's DVD of the Rite of Spring available from their online store. The rhythmic work is just on the other side of unbelievable: the little micro syncopations that Michael Tilson Thomas adds, especially at the end, give the performance an inexorable forward momentum without making the work completely brutal or rushed. The brass are pretty fantastic as well, but the orchestral playing in general is inspired.

    MTT's also helped Stravinsky debut several of his pieces when they lived in Los Angeles, and is in touch with his own Russian folk heritage, so he gives a fairly unique, personal view of the Rite. There are lots of Russian folk tunes that he brings out in the piece.

    It's in Dolby Digital, so the analog frans will turn up their noses, but it is in pretty good multichannel sound.

    --Andre


    Even better are the MTT Super Audio CDs of Mahler. [​IMG]
     
  4. A Y

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    Even better are the MTT Super Audio CDs of Mahler. [​IMG]

    I've got those, too, and they range from good to excellent performances. The sound quality is also very good. You could do much worse if you're building a Mahler library.

    My favorites of that series are 1, 4, and 7.

    --Andre
     
  5. lawyerdad

    lawyerdad Well-Known Member

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    Son Volt
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    Texas Tornados
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  6. lawyerdad

    lawyerdad Well-Known Member

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    Traffic - John Barleycorn Must Die (this is what Traffic was supposed to be)


    One of the things I enjoy about these threads is being reminded of great stuff I haven't thought to listen to in quite a while. [​IMG]
     
  7. Artisan Fan

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    I've got those, too, and they range from good to excellent performances. The sound quality is also very good. You could do much worse if you're building a Mahler library.

    My favorites of that series are 1, 4, and 7.

    --Andre


    Good choices but I would add the Mahler 6th to the list. [​IMG]
     
  8. Artisan Fan

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    One of the things I enjoy about these threads is being reminded of great stuff I haven't thought to listen to in quite a while. [​IMG]

    I got a mint copy of Barleycorn on LP. It is superb. Analog baby.
     
  9. GusW

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    I've been getting some great compilation CD's from Felix at the music bar on the top floor of Bergdorf. He has recommended a lot of lively and fun stuff. My wife loves the Karl Lagerfeld mix CD.
     
  10. mongo615

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    I've really been digging the mix that Diplo did for Pitchfork. Otherwise, I've been in a Belle and Sebastian/Decemberists mood. Presently, I'm listening to Placebo's Without You I'm Nothing.

    +1 for Placebo--that's their best album, IMO. I've been into '70's Glam (T. Rex, The Sweet, Slade, Sparks) as of late, along with Kraftwerk and Grace Jones (New Wave Grace, not Disco Grace)--trying to brighten my mood[​IMG]
     
  11. whodini

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    Pablo Casal's Three Gamba Sonatas by Bach Trespasser's William's Having Thomas Dybdahl's One Day You'll Dance for Me, New York City
     
  12. A Y

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    Good choices but I would add the Mahler 6th to the list. [​IMG]

    The 6th is OK, but I know others who like it quite a bit more than I do. I don't think it captures what he does with it in live performance.

    For the 6th, I like Yoel Levi's account with your hometown band on Telarc better. I kept hoping for an SACD multichannel release, but apparently that's not in the cards.

    --Andre
     
  13. Artisan Fan

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    The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra on Telarc is superb. The Jennifer Higdon works are terrific.
     
  14. pscolari

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    M. Ward - Post War.



    Waiting patiently for next week when Jens Lekman and Band of Horses both release their new cds.
     
  15. gdc_2008

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    A Dischord day....


    Nation of Ulysses
    Antelope
    The Evens

    since getting a phone call last night that Ian MacKaye was dead - then googling the story to find that he wasn't...best bad news ever.
     
  16. Artisan Fan

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    I heard the new John Fogerty yesterday and it is terrific. Plan to purchase it soon.
     
  17. flylot74

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    Handel Violin Sonatas
    Some interesting urhu music.
    Duchin on piano when I'm driving about
     
  18. mr monty

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    I'm glad I never heard that rumor about Ian McKaye, as I would have been quite devastated. Anyways, I've been listening to a rather strange mix c.d. I got for free with the new Uncut magazine. It's a mix of songs arranged by Paul Weller, and has an eclectic mix. Little Richard, Midlake, Bob Marley & the Wailers, Dantalian's Chariot, Big Youth, Declan O'Rourke, the Kingstonians, Big Bill Broonzy, The Hold Steady, and a song by Paul himself. Honestly the recording quality is pretty crap, but I put it into my laptop and have been playing it by default. I also listened to a bit more of The Jam, but that's typical for me. Top rotation for me typically includes The Jam, Manics, and The Smiths. Finally, I've been making a sort of more current "punk" mix c.d. for a female friend of mine... trying to slowly get her from whatever their name is...Fall out boy... to something less MTV 13yr. old female fan based. I'm really behind on current punk, but I found a few bands to throw on the mix that I've been listening to more and more. A Wilhelm Scream, Dead to Me, Bayside, and No Use for A Name (which is older but I never listened to before) all are on repeat for the past few days. Oh... and my alternate driving personality has been listening to Sufjan Stevens in an attempt to calm down... it's had mixed results, but mostly has worked in avoiding road rage. Also, Annie Clark from St. Vincent is amazing live if anyone has seen the Texan guitar virtuoso, and hot in a quirky way. Back to the punk rock now...
     
  20. nioh

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    Lateöy I've been listening a lot to these: Bruce Springsteen Magic Stars In Our Bedroom After the War Okkervil River The Stage Names all of 2007, and all highly recommended!
     

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