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1001 classical recordings (blog)

2009-09-14 02:29:00

306. Mikhail Glinka - Ruslan and Lyudmila (1842)

306. Mikhail Glinka - Ruslan and Lyudmila (1842) 

RecordingTitle: Ruslan and LyudmilaPerformer: Anna Netrebko, Vladimir Ognovenko, Larissa DiadkovaConductor: Valery GergievYear: 1995Length: 3 hours 23 minutesReviewLet's start with the nitpicking here: this opera is not a particularly dynamic one in terms of setting and songs. It works basically by having one character doing his thing, leaving and another character doing his piece, sometimes for long periods of time. Even duets are a bit rare here, it works mainly as a succession of songs with little interactivity between the characters.That being said the music is beautiful, really beautiful. The folk influences reveal an astounding depth of originality to the work and the birth of a whole new school of Russian music. In fact Glinka is the father of Russian music that will bring such joys to this list in the future. Much like Wagner creates the Teutonic music par excellence in Germany at this time so is Glinka doing the […]

1001 classical recordings (blog)

2009-09-14 02:29:00

306. Mikhail Glinka - Ruslan and Lyudmila (1842)

306. Mikhail Glinka - Ruslan and Lyudmila (1842) 

RecordingTitle: Ruslan and LyudmilaPerformer: Anna Netrebko, Vladimir Ognovenko, Larissa DiadkovaConductor: Valery GergievYear: 1995Length: 3 hours 23 minutesReviewLet's start with the nitpicking here: this opera is not a particularly dynamic one in terms of setting and songs. It works basically by having one character doing his thing, leaving and another character doing his piece, sometimes for long periods of time. Even duets are a bit rare here, it works mainly as a succession of songs with little interactivity between the characters.That being said the music is beautiful, really beautiful. The folk influences reveal an astounding depth of originality to the work and the birth of a whole new school of Russian music. In fact Glinka is the father of Russian music that will bring such joys to this list in the future. Much like Wagner creates the Teutonic music par excellence in Germany at this time so is Glinka doing the […]

1001 classical recordings (blog)

2009-09-02 19:40:00

305. Robert Schumann - Piano Quintet (1842)

305. Robert Schumann - Piano Quintet (1842) 

RecordingTitle: Piano QuintetPerformer: Martha Argerich, Dora Scharzberg, Lucy Hall, Nobuko Imai, Misch MaiskyYear: 1994Length: 30 minutesReviewWhile Schumann's string quartets did nothing for me, his piano quintet is a completely different story. This just comes to reinforce the idea of how much better he is at piano pieces than at other types of chamber music.The piano is the driving force here, and the string play against it in a great way. All movements are memorable and touching be it the sprightly first movement or the funereal second movement.So yes, that rarest of things, a chamber piece I really enjoy. The five instruments make the whole thing almost orchestral while retaining the delicate characteristics of chamber music. Good stuff indeed.Final Grade9/10TriviaFrom Wikipedia:Schumann was the first romantic composer to pair the piano with the string quartet. "In the first happiness of reunion with the piano, his creative imagination took on a new lease […]

1001 classical recordings (blog)

2009-09-02 19:40:00

305. Robert Schumann - Piano Quintet (1842)

305. Robert Schumann - Piano Quintet (1842) 

RecordingTitle: Piano QuintetPerformer: Martha Argerich, Dora Scharzberg, Lucy Hall, Nobuko Imai, Misch MaiskyYear: 1994Length: 30 minutesReviewWhile Schumann's string quartets did nothing for me, his piano quintet is a completely different story. This just comes to reinforce the idea of how much better he is at piano pieces than at other types of chamber music.The piano is the driving force here, and the string play against it in a great way. All movements are memorable and touching be it the sprightly first movement or the funereal second movement.So yes, that rarest of things, a chamber piece I really enjoy. The five instruments make the whole thing almost orchestral while retaining the delicate characteristics of chamber music. Good stuff indeed.Final Grade9/10TriviaFrom Wikipedia:Schumann was the first romantic composer to pair the piano with the string quartet. "In the first happiness of reunion with the piano, his creative imagination took on a new lease […]

1001 classical recordings (blog)

2009-08-30 22:51:00

304. Giuseppe Verdi - Nabucco (1842)

304. Giuseppe Verdi - Nabucco (1842) 

RecordingTitle: NabuccoPerformers: Tito Gobbi, Elena SuliotisConductor: Lamberto GardelliYear: 1966Length: 2 hours 10 minutesReviewGermans, Austrian and other central Europeans have, up until now, ruined opera for me... Frankly the Italian thing is never as good as great Mozart or Wagner. This is true even of Verdi... I might still be proven wrong, but I don't think so.Nabucco is a perfect example of this, the action is too convoluted, the emotions too cartoony, the singing exagerated, the musical often too comedic for the situation, the libretto weak.This is not to say that it isn't a good Opera, because it is that as well, it has great moments such as Va Pensiero and a couple of duets but too much of the action happens off stage between acts, the singing is way too prominent. There is little notion of Opera as a multimedia experience as a complete work of art, just as a […]

1001 classical recordings (blog)

2009-08-30 22:51:00

304. Giuseppe Verdi - Nabucco (1842)

304. Giuseppe Verdi - Nabucco (1842) 

RecordingTitle: NabuccoPerformers: Tito Gobbi, Elena SuliotisConductor: Lamberto GardelliYear: 1966Length: 2 hours 10 minutesReviewGermans, Austrian and other central Europeans have, up until now, ruined opera for me... Frankly the Italian thing is never as good as great Mozart or Wagner. This is true even of Verdi... I might still be proven wrong, but I don't think so.Nabucco is a perfect example of this, the action is too convoluted, the emotions too cartoony, the singing exagerated, the musical often too comedic for the situation, the libretto weak.This is not to say that it isn't a good Opera, because it is that as well, it has great moments such as Va Pensiero and a couple of duets but too much of the action happens off stage between acts, the singing is way too prominent. There is little notion of Opera as a multimedia experience as a complete work of art, just as a […]

1001 classical recordings (blog)

2009-08-25 21:42:00

303. Robert Schumann - String Quartets (1842)

303. Robert Schumann - String Quartets (1842) 

RecordingTitle: String Quartets Op. 41Performer: Ysaÿe QuartetYear: 2003Length: 1 hour 30 minutesReviewSo we have here three string quartets by a composer better known for his piano, vocal and orchestral music. However, these quartets are quite lovely, which isn't to say that they are that spectacular.Unfortunately they don't really get my juices flowing. They are really enjoyable, and they really shine on some lovely slow movements, but there has been plenty of Schumann which I've preferred on this list.That being said, with a few exceptions, I am not a particular fan of the Chamber music genre, I am much more of an Orchestral, Vocal and Operatic type. These stand kind of next to the Mendelssohn String Quartets in my mind, in which they were clearly inspired, nice but nothing to write home about.Final Grade7/10TriviaFrom Wikipedia:Schumann exerted considerable influence in the nineteenth century and beyond, despite his adoption of more conservative modes […]

1001 classical recordings (blog)

2009-08-25 21:42:00

303. Robert Schumann - String Quartets (1842)

303. Robert Schumann - String Quartets (1842) 

RecordingTitle: String Quartets Op. 41Performer: Ysaÿe QuartetYear: 2003Length: 1 hour 30 minutesReviewSo we have here three string quartets by a composer better known for his piano, vocal and orchestral music. However, these quartets are quite lovely, which isn't to say that they are that spectacular.Unfortunately they don't really get my juices flowing. They are really enjoyable, and they really shine on some lovely slow movements, but there has been plenty of Schumann which I've preferred on this list.That being said, with a few exceptions, I am not a particular fan of the Chamber music genre, I am much more of an Orchestral, Vocal and Operatic type. These stand kind of next to the Mendelssohn String Quartets in my mind, in which they were clearly inspired, nice but nothing to write home about.Final Grade7/10TriviaFrom Wikipedia:Schumann exerted considerable influence in the nineteenth century and beyond, despite his adoption of more conservative modes […]

1001 classical recordings (blog)

2009-08-24 02:59:00

302. Felix Mendelssohn - Symphony no. 3, "Scottish" (1842)

302. Felix Mendelssohn - Symphony no. 3, "Scottish" (1842) 

RecordingTitle: Symphonies no.3 & 4.Performer: London Symphony OrchestraConductor: Claudio AbbadoYear: 1989Length: 42 minutesReviewAnother pretty great orchestral work on the list. However I cannot really compare Mendelssohn's orchestral skills with Wagner or Berwald, Mendelssohn shows himself again as the conservative type.This is not to say that this symphony is not a step forward for Mendelssohn, because it is. He even uses folk tunes in the second movement! Astounding. Mendelssohn seems, interestingly to be tuning in to the epic feel of his contemporaries orchestral work. Which shows him as not completely removed from his time but trying to walk a thin line between classicism and romanticism.This is the Mendelssohn piece where he is most clearly Romantic, at least up until this point on the list, the only other of his works which has been here which was undoubtedly romantic was the Hebrides, another work with a Scottish theme. So Scotland seemed to […]

1001 classical recordings (blog)

2009-08-24 02:59:00

302. Felix Mendelssohn - Symphony no. 3, "Scottish" (1842)

302. Felix Mendelssohn - Symphony no. 3, "Scottish" (1842) 

RecordingTitle: Symphonies no.3 & 4.Performer: London Symphony OrchestraConductor: Claudio AbbadoYear: 1989Length: 42 minutesReviewAnother pretty great orchestral work on the list. However I cannot really compare Mendelssohn's orchestral skills with Wagner or Berwald, Mendelssohn shows himself again as the conservative type.This is not to say that this symphony is not a step forward for Mendelssohn, because it is. He even uses folk tunes in the second movement! Astounding. Mendelssohn seems, interestingly to be tuning in to the epic feel of his contemporaries orchestral work. Which shows him as not completely removed from his time but trying to walk a thin line between classicism and romanticism.This is the Mendelssohn piece where he is most clearly Romantic, at least up until this point on the list, the only other of his works which has been here which was undoubtedly romantic was the Hebrides, another work with a Scottish theme. So Scotland seemed to […]

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