Sunday, August 2, 2015

In memoriam Ivan Moravec

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Beethoven Pastoral, Bohm, VPO 1977 live broadcast? Japan? Great take.

Ludwig van Beethoven

Opus 68, Symphony No.6 "Pastoral"

Abby took this pic on one of her traversals of the Storm King 
Mountain area. Thanks, Abs.

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Karl Böhm, conductor

Tokyo, Japan 
March 2 1977

It's raining, and the woods are thinking of coming back. Once they break from the waning dark, ice, and thick snow, the birdsongs may return as well. May we all get to walk through the forest more often this year.

Thanks John, great find.

All Thanks to ya1955hiro who
Published this on YouTube on Jan 29, 2014
on-air recorded reel to reel tape
TEAC A-6100 mk2 reel to reel tape recorder
SONY VAIO H on board computer DSD recording.
44kHz 16bit converted

play it loud

Monday, January 20, 2014

Claudio Abbado, Orchestra Mozart play Bach in 2012. L'Aquila's inauguratory concert after disaster.

In memoriam, maestro.

Claudio Abbado
June 26, 1933 - January 20, 2014

Simple, beautiful readings of Bach,
played by the Orchestra Mozart Bologna and an all-star soloist roster. 
I would wish to be remembered for having participated in soundmaking like this, for its feeling of positivity and camaraderie.

Johannes Sebastian Bach

Sunday October 7, 2012 at 15h30

Auditorium del Parco
L'Aquila, Italy


ISEUT CHUAT violoncello
LUCA FRANZETTI violoncello
ALOIS POSCH contrabass

Bach:Concerto per violino,oboe,archi e continuo in Do minore BWV 1060
(Isabelle Faust violin, Kai Froembgen oboe)

Bach:Concerto per viola, archi e continuo in Re maggiore,
from BWV 169, BWV 49, BWV 1053 (Wolfram Christ viola)

Bach:Suite-Ouverture n. 2 in Si minore BWV 1067(Jacques Zoon flute)

BachConcerto Brandeburghese n. 3 in Sol maggiore BWV 1048

Bach:Concerto per violino, archi e continuo n. 2 in Mi maggiore BWV 1042
(Isabelle Faust violin)

Bach:Concerto Brandeburghese n. 2 in Fa maggiore BWV 1047
(Gregory Ahss violin, Jacques Zoon flute, Kai Froembgen oboe,
Reinhold Friedrich trombone)

Radio3 stream 128 Kbps

Orchestra Mozart conducted by Claudio Abbado officially inaugurated the new
temporary Auditorium in L'Aquila with a special concert in the presence of
the President of the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napolitano.

All thanks to Alessandro from concertarchive. I straightup repackaged his broadcast recording, retagged and made up some dubious art for it.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Rimsky Korsakov Scheherazade, Stokowski, Philadelphia Orchestra, February 6, 1962 broadcast

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov


Philadelphia Orchestra, 
Leopold Stokowski, Conducit 

February 6, 1962 broadcast recording

Reel-to-reel tape* source

Radio announcer starts the party, applause and ending whoops included. The crucial second movement solo violin parts are given to us, I assume, by Anshel Brusilow. They are everything I wish for in this work. Also,  you may know that when you need a satisfying spectacle, a pint of Stoki is your only man. I have had a Scheherazade orgy this past 3 weeks, and so finally just decided to post a particularly fetching version. As always, this is not available commercially by any official sources.    

The contributor remarks, "*Many thanks to Jack (JackG) for his help in restoring the portion of the second movement missing from my tape."


Jeffrey Catherine Jones (1944-2011) for making the art in 1970. Obviously I stole it.

Ray, JackG and the other symphonyshare folks who worked on this, then put it up. Obviously I stole it.


Thursday, April 18, 2013

Sibelius Sym 4, Colin Davis, SO Bayerischen Rundfunks, 2006

If we are remembered by what beauty we leave behind, Sir Colin Davis, you are unforgettable.
Thank you, Maestro.

Jean Sibelius
Symphony No. 4

Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Runfunks
Sir Colin Davis

?? ?? 2006 performance

My favorite Sibelius Symphony. To repurpose a Billy Collins joint, the sound here “...starts out like a lone traveler heading into a blizzard at midnight, tilting into the wind, one arm shielding his face, the tails of his thin coat flapping behind him.” The late Sir Colin Davis' LSO performances of Sibelius
always took me to places utterly and completely. Here you are: my new top pick for
that work (previously given to the Berliner Philharmoniker under Karajan in their early 80s take).  As Darkling Angel confides, it is an,
"[e]pic, monumental and utterly bleak performance of Sibelius' Fourth from the late Sir Colin Davis and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (no one else could really have got away with a performance like this apart from Davis). I absolutely love it. I didn't write the full date down but remember it to be from 2006. "
It runs minutes longer than his contemporary LSO live official CD performances. As with
these cases, you do not feel the passage of time on way or the other.

Turn it up loud and get all Hafiz on the world:

...God wants to manhandle us,

Lock us inside of a tiny room with


And practice His dropkick.

The Beloved sometimes wants

To do us a great favor:

Hold us upside down

And shake all the nonsense out...


Sunday, December 30, 2012

A core Beethoven broadcast symphony cycle for my son


Without much fanfare, here it is. Maybe more yammering will appear later in this post, but for now:

When my son was born almost 3 years ago I made a core Beethoven cycle (no Symphonies 1 or 2, or any other form) of broadcast material. He has enjoyed it ever since, as have I. It's not perfect, in fact far from it; it does however have a lot of fun performances. May it serve as sturdy accompaniment for the years ahead.

Here it is:

A Core Beethoven Broadcast Cycle for Beary : Symphonies 3 through 9
(meant to fit on one mp3 cd)

Beethoven Op. 55 Sinf 3

Gilbert/NYP 2011 05 24  Prague broadcast
Recorded May 24, 2011 in the Smetana Hall, Prague
Prague Spring International Music Festival 2011
"...I think it's fairly telling to listen to the rapturous audience response at this
program vs. the response to the San Francisco Symphony a few days ago. There's
certainly a case for the adventuresome programming the Tilson Thomas is known
for, however nothing can replace well-played concerts and technical ability.
Although not evidenced here, Alan Gilbert is also no slouch when it comes to
good programming."-thanks to earbox

Beethoven Op. 60 Sinf 4

Gatti/ONF 2010 05 27 broadcast
Recorded 5/27/10 at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris

Beethoven Op. 67 Sinf 5

Jarvi/DKP 2009 07 30 broadcast
Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival
Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
Aufzeichnung vom 30. Juli in der Laeiszhalle

Beethoven Op. 68 Sinf 6

Szell/Cleveland 1968 04 11-13 broadcast
Concert from 11 & 13 April 1968 at Severance Hall

Beethoven Op. 92 Sinf 7

Jarvi/DKP 2009 08 27 broadcast Salzburg
Mozarteum, Salzburg
27 August 2009
Beethoven 6 & 7
DKP Bremen
Paavo Järvi, conductor

Beethoven Op. 93 Sinf 8

Masur/ONF 2008 11 08 live broadcast
FA2008-118 Orchestre National de France & Choeur de Radio France,
Kurt Masur - conductor

Beethoven Op.125 Sinf 9
Ormandy/CSO 1982 broadcast
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Valente, Benita; soprano
Ciesinski, Katherine; mezzo-soprano
Shirley-Quirk, John; bass-baritone
West, Jon Frederic; tenor

Thanks to the original contributors of the radio broadcast recordings;
you help to make the world sound better.

Enjoy! Play it LOUD and often.


Monday, December 17, 2012

Schumann Cycle 2012, Nézet Séguin, COE live @ Cité de la Musique, Paris

Robert Schumann
Symphonies and Concertos Live 2012, Cité de la Musique, Paris

Sterling Forest State Park, Tuxedo, NY

2 November 2012

Symphony No.4 in D minor Op.120
Cello Concert in A minor Op.129
Symphony No.1 in B Flat Major Op.38 'Spring'

3 November 2012

Manfred Overture Op 115
Violin Concerto in D minor WoO 23
Symphony No.3 in E Flat Major Op.97 'Rhenish'

4 November 2012

Overture Genoveva Op 81
Piano Concerto in A minor Op.54
Symphony No.2 in C Major Op.61

Gautier Capuçon, cello
Renaud Capuçon, violin
Nicholas Angelich, piano

Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Yannick Nézet Séguin, conductor

broadcast recordings
Cité de la Musique, Paris

All thanks to Atze, MP3s, 320 kbps

Allright. The pic is weird, and seemingly non sequitur. It's my current workplace, and the shot just seems to express the invitation to beauty inherent in these broadcast recordings. Maestro Nézet-Séguin is doing a real number on these works, most of them varnishable warhorses. I find he is great with bringing out rhythmic power without the protracted mashing of the 'thermonuclear' button felt in, say, Solti. (To be fair, Sir Georg also had nights where his mood was more forgiving, an example of which is somewhere in the posting cue). The Chamber Orchestra Of Europe's own blog has a wonderful piece giving some nice details and ruminations about Schumann. Here .