The booklet notes never touch upon the two violin concertos at all, and only on the back of the jewel case do we get any information on the disc's contents, and that so small it's hardly legible, with no track timings whatsoever. Ah, well, minor quibbles, as I say.
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Meet the Staff. John J. Puccio, Editor, Publisher, Reviewer. Understand, I'm just an everyday guy reacting to something I love. And I've been doing it for a very long time, my appreciation for classical music starting with the musical excerpts on The Big John and Sparkie radio show in the early Fifties and the purchase of my first recording, The Strings Play the Classicsaround In the late Sixties I began teaching high school English and Film Studies as well as becoming interested in hi-fi, my audio ambitions graduating me from a pair of AR-3 speakers to the Fulton J's recommended by The Stereophile's J.
Gordon Holt. Music and movies. Life couldn't be better. Karl W. Nehring, Contributing Reviewer. I would not presume to present myself as some sort of expert on music, but I have a deep love for and appreciation of many types of music, "classical" especially, and have listened to thousands of recordings over the years, many of which still line the walls of my listening room and occasionally spill onto the furniture and floor, much to the chagrin of my long-suffering wife.
I have always taken the approach as a reviewer that what I am trying to do is simply to point out to readers that I have come across a recording that I have found of interest, a recording that I think they might appreciate my having pointed out to them.
I suppose that sounds a bit simpleminded, but I know I appreciate reading reviews by others that do the same for me -- point out recordings that I think I might enjoy.
For readers who might be wondering about what kind of system I am using to do my listening, I should probably point out that I do a LOT of music listening and employ a variety of means to do so in a variety of environments, as I would imagine many music lovers also do. I also do a lot of listening while driving in my Acura RDX with its nice-sounding ELS Studio sound system through which I play CDs the ones I especially like I rip to the Acura's hard drive so that I can listen to them whenever I want or stream music Album) the system using my cell phone.
For more casual listening at home when I am not in my listening room, I often stream music through the phone into a Vizio soundbar system that has remarkably nice sound for such a diminutive physical presence.
And finally, at the least grandiose end of the scale, I have an Ultimate Ears Wonderboom Bluetooth speaker for those occasions where I am somewhere by myself without a sound system but in desperate need of a musical fix. I just can't imagine life without music and I am humbly grateful for the technology that enables us to enjoy it in so many wonderful ways.
Bryan Geyer, Technical Analyst. I initially embraced classical music in when I mistuned my car radio and heard the Heifetz recording of Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto. That inspired me to board the new "hi-fi" DIY bandwagon. In I joined one of the pioneer semiconductor makers II. Largo - Roberto Olzer - Stile Antico (CD spent the next 32 years marketing transistors and microcircuits to military contractors. Home audio DIY projects remained a personal passion until when we created our own new photography equipment company.
Visitors that view my technical papers on this site may wonder why they appear here, rather than on a site that features audio equipment reviews.
My reason is that I tried the latter, and prefer to publish for people who actually want to listen to music; not to equipment. My focus is in describing what's technically beneficial to assure that the sound of the system will accurately replicate the source input signal i. Conversely, most of the audiophiles of today strive to achieve sound that's euphonic, i. In essence, audiophiles seek sound that's consistent with their desire; the music is simply a test signal.
William Bill Heck, Contributing Reviewer Among my early childhood memories are those of listening to my mother playing records some even 78 rpm ones! Mission Statement It is the goal of Classical Candor to promote the enjoyment of classical music.
Other forms of music come and go--minuets, waltzes, ragtime, blues, jazz, bebop, country-western, rock-'n'-roll, heavy metal, rap, and the rest--but classical music has been around for hundreds of years and will continue to be around for hundreds more. It's no accident that every major city in the world has one or more symphony orchestras. When I was young, I heard it said that only intellectuals could appreciate classical music, that it required dedicated concentration to appreciate.
I'm no intellectual, and I've always loved classical music. So, if Classical Candor Album) expand one's awareness of classical music and bring more joy to one's life, more power to it. Bernstein: Symphony No.
DG First, the good news: The album offers the music of one of the world's finest composer-conductor-pianists, Leonard Bernstein; played by one of the world's finest pianists, Krystian Zimerman; conducted by one of the world's finest conductors, Sir Simon Rattle; accompanied by one of the world's finest orchestras, the Berlin Philharmonic; and recorded by the world's oldest continuously operating record label, Deutsche Grammophon.
The bad news: DG or DG's producers or Simon Rattle himself decided to recorded the album live; that is, before a live audience. This was Bernstein's wont during his later years, and it has been Rattle's wont for many years as well.
They would no doubt say recording live better captures the spirit and spontaneity of the moment; I would say it usually sounds worse than a studio recording; that is, without an audience. Whatever, Bernstein completed his Symphony No.
He subtitled the two-part composition after W. Auden's Pulitzer Prizewinning poem of the same name. Bernstein intended that the two parts be performed without pause, although there are a number of subsections variations plus a prologue that pretty much mirror Auden's lengthy verse, II. Largo - Roberto Olzer - Stile Antico (CD. L'istesso tempo 2.
Largamente, ma mosso 4. Agitato 6. Poco meno mosso 7. L'istesso tempo The Seven Stages: Variations 8—14 8. Molto moderato, ma movendo 9, Album). L'istesso tempo According to Wikipedia, the poem deals with "man's quest to find substance and identity in a shifting and increasingly industrialized world. When Bernstein celebrated his seventieth birthday, he invited Krystian Zimerman to perform the solo piano part with him.
Thirty years later, we have Zimerman doing it again, here with Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic. Incidentally, this live recording also marked Rattle's final performance as the Berlin orchestra's chief conductor. The album begins with a two-minute interview excerpt with Bernstein that is not too distracting. At least you can bypass it. Rattle's interpretation of the music is probably as exacting and as emotional as one could want.
Frankly, I've never cared much for the work; one is hard-pressed to find much peace or harmony in it, but that is the point, of course, the "anxiety" of the title. Zimerman tells us in a booklet note that Bernstein never played the symphony the same way twice; there were always shifts and turns in the way he handled it.
Zimerman called Bernstein's way with it "daring," and he says Rattle approaches the music in the same way. Apparently, it was an improvisational spirit the two conductors shared, and certainly Bernstein's score allows for any number of different readings. So Rattle's realization is no doubt as good as any and shows real imagination in its handling of complex sections, especially the jazz interludes. Zimerman's piano, which is front and foremost throughout much of the proceedings should be considered authoritative as well, given the pianist's association with the piece and its composer.
And the Berlin Philharmonic remain one of the world's treasures, even if the live recording doesn't fully do them justice. The audience is as quiet as one could expect, helped by the close-up recording, I'm sure, and probably a bit of noise reduction. The sound is mostly warm and comfortable, despite its closeness. It's also exceptionally dynamic, so when big crescendos enter, they are, well, big.
They are also a touch hard at the high end, but nothing of serious concern. I can't say there's much depth to the orchestra, either, except for the occasional percussion part; it just seems one big entity surrounding the piano. Thankfully, the engineers have edited out any final applause. JJP To listen to a brief excerpt from this album, click below:. Posted by John J. Puccio Email This BlogThis! Labels: Bernstein. No comments:. Newer Post Older Post Home. Subscribe to: Post Comments Atom.
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