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  1. #3571
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    Just in from an interesting Monteverdi Vespers at Our Lady and St Philip's Cathedral, Arundel. I must say I do like the building, and it wasn't a bad performance, but it's the first time I've heard a concert there and it's really not the most brilliant acoustic - at least a 5-6 second reverberation time which while great for the more sonorous passages wasn't great for capturing Monteverdi's rhythmic nuances.

    Anyway it encouraged me when I got home to look at my recordings, I have quite a few but my favourite remains my oldest one, Jurgen Jurgens / Hamburg Monteverdi Choir/ Concentus Musicus Wein on Das Alte Werk - I bought the vinyl when I was at school in the late 70s - it's a bit of a patchy recording, dating from 1967 and is the earliest 'original instruments' recording that I can bring to mind - the brass playing in particular is a bit variable as I think they were only just figuring out that it was possible to play these parts with trumpets and horns using only lip pressure. But the vocal performances are superb and I love the fact that they haven't just played Monteverdi's music but have put in original plainsong sections in between.



    The CD version looks quite different (I have this too):



    Don't see it on Spotify though.
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    Carl Vine.
    Contemporary Australian composer.
    Nothing scarily modern, just good music.

    Excellent piano concerto and the choral symphony may be even better.



    https://open.spotify.com/album/3zTua...R-Sip1-jETUAkQ
    Jerry

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    Quote Originally Posted by jandl100 View Post
    Carl Vine.
    Contemporary Australian composer.
    Nothing scarily modern, just good music.

    Excellent piano concerto and the choral symphony may be even better.



    https://open.spotify.com/album/3zTua...R-Sip1-jETUAkQ
    Must be modern - where else would one designate a symphony "No. 4.2"?
    Have you listened to this month's choice in the Album Club?

    Barry

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    Ah, but not scarily modern.
    Jerry

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    For adventurous oboe fans looking for pastures new ...



    https://open.spotify.com/album/3TBLP...RpCuO5JFtQBAGA
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    For all your Shostakovich fans out there this album just released in a streaming service near you. Symphony numbers 4 and 11. But what this album has is Andris Nelsons conducting who has a profound sense of these works.

    I dare you to listen to this album at one volume setting and be taken over by the mountains of scale.

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    Coo - my 10,000th AOS post.
    Have to make it a musical one.

    Here's a totally superb harpsichord recording of some of the masterpieces of classical music, the Bach keyboard partitas.
    The sound quality is way up among the best I have ever heard - stunning clarity and presence.
    One of those rare 10/10 recordings.

    https://open.spotify.com/album/0avOp...QRmQNL_SHFFnvw

    Jerry

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