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1 15th June 15:54
robert benson
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Ladies & Gentlemen,
Many new reviews on site:

Two CDs of music of Varese, one with Boulez and the Chicago Symphony, the
other with the Polish RSO conducted by Christopher Lyndon-Gee (DG & Naxos)

Music of Japanese composer Yashiro - Piano Concerto and Symphony - played by
Hirmoi Okada with the Ulster Orch conducted by Takuo Yoasa (Naxos)

A collection of Choros by Villa Lobos conducted by Adrian Leaper (ASV)

Music for children by Paul Ramsier with double bassist John Miller and the
composer at the piano (ALBANY TROY)

Bloch's Concerto symphonic anc Scherzo fantastique, plus two brief symphonic
poems performed by Halida Dinova with the St. Petersburg Capella conducted
by Alexander Tchernushenko (CHANDOS)

Ives' Symphony No. 2, Washington's Birthday and other works performed by the
Northern Sinfonia conducted by James Sinclair (NAXOS)

http://www.classicalcdreview.com

Go to "Reviews" and you'll see these - and many more - listed.

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2 16th June 14:34
thomas muething
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And this from the Ives 3 etc. review (Naxos):

"The second, Central Park in the Dark, is one of those ěcollageî pieces
that makes no more sense to me now than it did thirty years ago, and
registers as an extended if mercifully quiet annoyance. "

Now, that's just pathetic ...

Thomas


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3 16th June 14:34
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Don't panic...no need to play your hate card. I understood the first
sentence to be more attention-getting, than anything else. However, we
can't deny that there might be a kernel or two of truth pertaining to
some Varese work.
But one shouldn't risk injury leaping to an assumption of that reviewer
or that Website's stand on Contemporary Music.

After the opener, I found the reviewer presented enough facts and
comparisons (exceedingly so), to respect what his opinion was/is. Too, I
thought the mention of RCA HP Martinon's ill sound was appropriate. Not
enough critics have mentioned this CD's sonic shortcoming.


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4 17th June 13:00
thomas muething
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No. This particular reviewer never forgets to inform us about his
contempt for any "modern" music. It's the tone of the whole site.

In another new review, they call Bartók a "hard modernist". ;-)

Thomas


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5 18th June 14:59
van eyes
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Scanning the site's index of CD reviews, I see definite 20/21 lacking,
eg 1 Ligeti, 1 Crumb, 0 Berio, 0 Dutilleux, 0 Kancheli, 0 Gubaidulina.
Re RD's, "contempt for any 'modern' music." I can't agree with that. I
read six or eight of his reviews just now, and found he likes Takemitsu
(who apparently was a houseguest of his in Chicago) and Carter very
much. He has little use for some others, and doesn't pull punches saying
so. So what?
Although I see a lack of up-to-date coverage with both RD and the site,
I wouldn't label them contemptuous...or hateful.
Maybe you won't hafta put up with RD much longer (the review that this
thread is about, has a 2002 date). I noted "SGS" recently doing some
"modern" reviews.


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6 18th June 14:59
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The so-called review of Feldman's Coptic Light (with Gielen's Bruckner
8) is another example.

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7 19th June 15:23
van eyes
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Feldman...there's another one that needs a good skewering now and then.
More than a few have found the Hanssler/Gielen programming odd.

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8 19th June 15:24
thomas muething
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Varese, Ives, Liebermann, Feldmann ...

It's probably a typo. The Ives and others are "August 03" (Notice the
typo Ives Symphony No.2(sic)) in the original poster's message.

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9 20th June 11:27
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Where on earth did RD get the idea that Boulez premiered Deserts? I have a
recording of the riotous 1954 premiere performance, conducted by Hermann
Scherchen. Near the end, some of the audience even started chanting
"Scher-chen, Scher-chen."

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10 21st June 06:25
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recordings]

The same reviewer (R.D.) has been let loose on David Robertson's recent
compilation of Boulez works to even more worthless result: there he admits he
couldn't even bring himself to listen all the way to the end of one of the
works recorded. Thus his praise of Robertson's conducting is pretty worthless.
If the music eludes you, how can you possibly tell how well the conductor
manages it? (Stravinsky remarked that reviewers tended always to praise the
performers of world premieres even when greeting the works performed with
incomprehension and contempt.)

Then there is S.F.V.'s review of a new Naxos Ives CD, including the 3rd
Symphony. This remark:

"Devoted Ivesians will undoubtedly find the rest of the program more valuable
than I."

pretty much rules out any interest in what he has to say about the rest of the
program.

None of these reviewers has "the passion necessary for a critic to be exact,"
as Baudelaire described it.

-david gable
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