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回覆 (716): 古典音樂版本比拼擂台
Are we singing praises about live performances due to the sound, as experienced physically in a concert hall, or due to the spirited performance under a concert circumstance, whereby the artists/conductors deliver something that may never be repeated in another concert, let alone in a recording session?
I once heard a live broadcast performance of the Mahler 3rd played by an unknown orchestra and conductor that was so mesmerizing to keep me in my car for over an hour, even after I reached home. It was on the radio and I was only listening through my car radio.
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Yes indeed, Heifetz can only come to life on recording, and we cannot have Callas sings Norma to me unless we have a HiFi system.
But compare live with recording is cruel, I did it twice, and after that I will usually avoid listening to the same piece after I heard it on concert.
Listening to recording before a concert however is a different matter.
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There is no doubt about the magic of live performance.However if we want to listen to the artistry of the past great musicians recording is the only way of communication.
For the Schumann 4 my most favourite is the version by Szell/Cleveland Symphony Orchestra. There is that direct urgency combining with the most appropriate sentimentality reflecting the true spirit of Schumann. In some way Delfs reading is similar to that of Szell but the orchestra cannot deliver.
回覆 (713): 古典音樂版本比拼擂台
After listening to Schumann's symphony no.4 live on Saturaday, I take out another `live' recording of Karajan conducting Vienna philharmonic playing Schumann symphony no.4.
I have to report the difference is huge, and Delfs/HKPO team win hands down, live music produced an atomsphere that no recording could reproduced, the excitment, the communication between the conductor and musician, musician with soloist which can be clearly visualized and heard live, is difficult to be felt on recordings. The tone of string, woodwind, ambience etc are simply distorted after captured in microphone. It is like capturing a beautiful landscape on a black and white photo, however beautiful the photos is, it cannot compare with the real scenery, the fresh air, the breezy wind and the warm sunshine of a countryside.
Once again, music is best heard live.
After you heard `live', it is difficult to go back to recordings again, and I turn off my Hi Fi after 10 minutes, go to sleep instead.
回覆 (712): 古典音樂版本比拼擂台
' It sounds like 開心先決...instead of 技巧先決...for this concert...'
For an outsider of violin 技巧, 開心先決 may be more important. After all listening to live classical music is an entertainment.
回覆 (712): 古典音樂版本比拼擂台
Some comment on Karen Gomyo:
For her appearance, I am rather disappointed, less beautiful than the figure appeared on photos, and less beautiful than Esther Yoo one week ago, who is only 18 and wear a grown much more sexy and elegant than Karen. Mutter once again pale when compare with two young opponent.
回覆 (711): 古典音樂版本比拼擂台
>> ... minor reservation .... <<
It sounds like 開心先決...instead of 技巧先決...for this concert... :-)
回覆 (710): 古典音樂版本比拼擂台
Glad that you enjoyed the Sat. event .
I liked it too. Delfs did a great job in bringing out the essence of the works by Schumann and Mendelsohn. However I had minor reservation about the playing by the soloist and orchestra. The orchestra did try hard but it was below their best . Same with the soloist. Gomyo is beautiful,and if her technique matches her beauty it would be perfect.
回覆 (709): 古典音樂版本比拼擂台
Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks
Conductor: Andrea Delfs
Violinist: Karen Gomyo
A very romantic program last Saturaday night, by a capable conductor Andrea Delfs. Last year, he was one of the finialists for the post of HKPO music director, but Jaap von Zweden eventually took the post. However Delfs conducting style was decisive, firm and precise. Richard Strauss's Till Eulenspigel was played with lightness and humor that rarely heard from HKPO. Mendelssohn's violin concerto was played with passion and commitment, I would rate it above Mutter's account late last year with HKPO. It takes two to tango and concerto are no exception. Mutter did not listen to what HKPO did and play in her own pace while the orchestra follow behind. Karen Gomyo are less proficient in violin technique, but she did listened to what HKPO played and a true dialogue present between HKPO and Karen. This two way communication make music `happened'.
The second half was symphony no.4 by Schumann, Delfs as a germanic conductor direct with perceision and firm beat, although some complain the lack of romantic moment or personal stamp, Delfs ` let the music speaks for itself'. HKPO played with high standard and in an excited mode. I hope Delfs could come to Hong Kong more frequently. Knowing that Karen Gomyo love the music of Piazzolla, hope one day we can have a concert of Piazzolla four season with HKPO.
回覆 (708): 古典音樂版本比拼擂台
This conert is rather strange, named Baroque at 9pm.
First there are no intermission, really need some concentration to listen one and a half hour of music in a roll.
Secondly, despite its name, play very little Baroque music around 15 minutes, but more then 30 minutes of music are comtempory, modern music based its inspiration on Bach's music, they even played Bach's Guitar music before Bealtes's song `Blackbird' to highlight the fact that Beatles guitar composition was in fact inspired by Bach's Guitar music.
Then we have Anvo Part, whose music was again inspired by Bach, but sound totally modern, not to mention avant grade comtempory composer Grainger and David Lang.
It is like a Tchaikovsky concert, when everyone expecting Swan lake and Nutcracker, but all or a sudden the music was in fact written by Boris Tchaikovsky.
Wang Jian was fair only when compare with Moser who come early this year, playing the same Rococo Variation, you know not much he can say in this well performed commonly heard works.
The post concert party was great, I understand the orchestra more, I speak a lot, meet a lot of musican, Wang Jian, Igor, Julian the conductor, but difficult to summarize, as all of us talk with a cup of wine.
回覆 (707): 古典音樂版本比拼擂台
Looks like you have a very enjoyable evening and I missed all the fun by not attending.
How was the playing by Wang Jian?
I used to like his playing.
回覆 (708): 古典音樂版本比拼擂台
The program was not a secret, it was posted on HKPO website.
回覆 (707): 古典音樂版本比拼擂台
Wah, CKM, look to me you had a great time out ar!
Next time, let us know before hand so we can follow you lor! : --- )
回覆 (706): 古典音樂版本比拼擂台
Attend an interesting concert last night, name Baroque at 9pm of Denim series, I expected something like Bach, Handel or Vivaldi. Yes, Back was played but only three piece which was air on G string, Cello Suite, and Organ Fantasie. Then we have some modern composition was inspired by Bach or Bach Transcription, which include
BACH (arr. STOKOWSKI)
Toccata and Fugue in D minor
Prelude and Fugue No.2 in A minor
Collage über Bach
And even we have some pop song from beatles too, his `blackbird' which was inspired by Bach, and then we have avant-grade music by David Lang which was inspired by Beatles.
The concert was finished off with Wang Jian's playing the famous Rococo Variation by Tchaikovsky, but with a innovative programme like this, I can only say that Tchaikovky music is just for an encore.
After the concert, a post-concert party was arranged in Deli and wine, I have a drink with members of HKPO, and extensive talk on program, practice, music taste etc, I am surprise to find that our concert master Igor Yuzefovich love Piazzolla as well, I also have a short chat with Wang Jian and our conductor last night mastro Julian Wachner, we exchange our views after a cup of wine, and our principal flutist Megan Sterling, also share her view on different repoertoire, what a pleasureable sharing and communication, and unqiue experience for me.
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回覆 (704): 古典音樂版本比拼擂台
Here is the reason I adore Felicity Lott. Tell me if you like it also.
This is from an unfinished opera of Mozart - "Zaide". Its regarded as one of the most beautiful aria of all time.
In case you need a visual! Below is a matching found to accompany the music!
回覆 (703): 古典音樂版本比拼擂台
Got up early today hoping the weather would permit me and Janice to go out for a ride. So far, doesnt look too good! May be the sun will come out soon lor!
What else to do when no cycling? Hi Fi lor!
Here is one very good record you may want to consider getting a copy. Is the sound track form the film Amadeus. It packed with some of the most famous tunes of Mozart and its a double LPs album.
回覆 (702): 古典音樂版本比拼擂台
If you like song/Lieder (German song). Here is one I like to share with you from no other than the most famous Lieder composer, Schubert.
I personally prefer Felicity Lott ( English soprano) but couldnt locate it in youtube.
回覆 (701): 古典音樂版本比拼擂台
Thanks a million, David!
回覆 (700): 古典音樂版本比拼擂台
Bobui, please check pm.
回覆 (699): 古典音樂版本比拼擂台
Oh, De Los Angeles on La Traviata. You have it in LP? Can I borrow please?
The part I like most is in Act II where Alfredo father tries to rouse Alfredo from despair. "Di Provenza il mar, il suol"
Dio mu guido! Dio mi guide! God grant it! God grant it!
回覆 (698): 古典音樂版本比拼擂台
Shame on me! This is the one and only Handel Messiah I've got and I cant recall the last time I enjoyed the full boxset in one go.
回覆 (698): 古典音樂版本比拼擂台
also worth listen too ...
回覆 (697): 古典音樂版本比拼擂台
de Los Angeles, oh yes very nice! Carmen the best. Like ar. The Beecham version EMI ASD331-333. Cant get more exciting than that! Your favourite to?
Female Vocal - This one for you Cadiver. From Die Fledermaus, by J Strauss. Adele is one of the character in the opera ( a maid). If you like. Look for Decca SXL6015-6016. My favourite piece!
回覆 (696): 古典音樂版本比拼擂台
師兄,咪考我啦, 我無幾可聽全只鬼佬大戲,人嘅大戲我都無聽啦仲講鬼,不過個別小段就會. 其實個人對 Pavarotti 有小小hifi 陰影,多年前聽一張 Denon opera什錦碟發覺佢人大但聲簿,那當然只係碟質素,所以一直都無去刻意找佢啲碟,只得幾張.反而brocelli 的就大多都有hifi又易入耳:-)
講真我係中鐿女多啲Callas,kathrine battle, de Los angeles 之類 lor I like ....
回覆 (695): 古典音樂版本比拼擂台
How about Opera, Mr Cadiver?
L'Elisir d'Amore and La Boheme - L. Pavarotti at his best! You like?
回覆 (694): 古典音樂版本比拼擂台
I am not too into religious material & I like this one as well, good recording, performance & hi-fi, glad it's recommended by the connoisseur here.
回覆 (693): 古典音樂版本比拼擂台
Yes, recently I get more and more alien to `period performance' .
回覆 (692): 古典音樂版本比拼擂台
The Klemperer's Messiah is magnificient.
Another one I like is the one by Adrian Boult and London Philharmonic.
回覆 (691): 古典音樂版本比拼擂台
More Handel, more Messiah, this time by Sir George Solti on Decca, the recording are significantly better thank to excellent engineering team, tempo less ponderous, and singing are like heaven. This version strike the right balance between Romantism and Baroque, you may consider a Messiah from classical period prospective.
回覆 (690): 古典音樂版本比拼擂台
Last night, Handel played in most Romantic style, after listened to Klemperer, when I think the tempo cannot more ponderous and the orchestra cannot be bigger, I was wrong.
I am not a scholar, although many baroque period performance fan would object, I can only say the result was great, the powerful beefy sound they produced make Handel `Messiah' Sound bigger then I used to, recording quality is fair, although no way it could be compared with `live' performance, which I eagerly await.
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Preparing myself for the coming Easter concert, the first time ever performance of the newly formed HKPO Choir on Handel Messiah, I listened to Klemperer's version of Messiah last night.
British always hold a long tradition of choir and singing in general, initially I was surpised by Klemperer's slow tempo, but soon I get used to it and enjoy the beautiful voice of the choir.
Beautiful `Comfort ye my people' by Nicolai Gedda:
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Stokowski the magician always give us wonder, aided by Decca's recording, this version of firebird is sonic blockbuster as well as interesting personal account, with lots of deep bass, and excitement. Enjoy
回覆 (687): 古典音樂版本比拼擂台
OK CKM, would do!
I really honestly know nothing, zero, empty about Tango or Latin music. And I thought you were only into Classical. Kind of like me, you know what I mean! It came as bit of a surprise that you suggest a Tango music. Thats why I was asking.
回覆 (686): 古典音樂版本比拼擂台
Turn on your computer speaker, copy and paste the link and listen:
Piazzolla is the Bach of Tango music, his music always infused with energy, in capable hands of musicians.
回覆 (685): 古典音樂版本比拼擂台
Can you please tell us more about who they are? Have absolutely no idea at all. Why is it unbelievable to be found in the library? Is it because this CD is very hard to get by? Something about the music?
回覆 (684): 古典音樂版本比拼擂台
Music from Hong Kong Central Library:
Piazzolla - Le Grand Tango
Katona Twins - guitars
Alfredo Marcucci - bandoneón
Carducci String Quartet
Unbelievable music from Library, the dancing rhythum and moody tango music this time played on Guitar, the recording is vivid, the duo almost jump out from my speaker and dance in front of me, even my little boy dance after hearing this wonderful lively music.
As a tax payer, I believe our government have done some good things, this disc and Hong Kong central library is one good example. It was awarded golden ear award by `The Absolute Sound' and 10/10 on classicstoday.
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Was in HMV late today. Was looking for any CD containing a Chopin Ballade No.1. Ha Ha! Got one CD lor! Its a complication of Chopin by some of the most famous names. You name it, its there - Richter, Barenboim, Michelangeli, Gulda, Pletnev etc.
Other than the Ballade No1 by Pollini which I have been long for. There are a few very rare pieces which for me is hearing the first time lor - Ecossaises No1, 2 and 3 by Pletnev.
Nice feeling when getting what I was looking for!
回覆 (682): 古典音樂版本比拼擂台
Thanks for enlighten me! Sound Engineer, wish I have a job like that!
回覆 (681): 古典音樂版本比拼擂台
Yes, he is. Nearly all Argo pressings are recorded by him.
Truly remarkable, in particular, the upper string, just beautiful.