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Discussion: Music for a Time of War - Kalmar

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Post by tailspn November 1, 2011 (11 of 40)
sacd_fan_2007 said:

May I suggest using the concert hall at George Fox University instead of the the schnitzer concert hall.

Thanks, I'll pass that along to John and Blanton. Wait till you hear the Ives. It tares at you. Very emotional, especially after seeing the Kalmer interview youtube link that sunnydaler posted above in post 11. The strings are like a cloud.

Post by pgmdir November 2, 2011 (12 of 40)
Yes... DePriest conducted the Oregon Symphony and recorded the Rite of Spring at George Fox. It was a great recording. One of the best on Delos.

Post by hiredfox November 24, 2011 (13 of 40)
All I know about Oregon is that it is the home of the wonderful George Cardas and his dedicated band of specialist wire winders who have linked up my system since time began.

So, this Oregon Symphony recording is a first for me, is revelatory and certainly will not be my last.

Sombre music exquisitely played and magnificently recorded. Well, Sound Mirror you see.. what more to say?

Another must for every serious collector's library

Post by Johnno November 25, 2011 (14 of 40)
My copy is on its way and I'm really looking forward to hearing it. I admit I don't know the Ives (although I have a lot of his other orchestral music on CD and SACD) but I love the Adams, Britten and Vaughan Williams. It's an exciting prospect.

Post by hiredfox November 25, 2011 (15 of 40)
Arnaldo said:

In my little black book, this is a contender for orchestral recording of the year. As I wrote in another thread, Soundmirror's recording for PentaTone is so incredible that the album's tragic war concept kind of gets sidestepped by the sheer beauty of the sound. Kudos as well to the audience, which as tailspin's link shows (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEFudBJ7AeI), took the request before the concert quite literally and disappeared from the sonic picture, probably transfixed by the music-making. In terms of the composers, I'm inclined to side with the Brits over the Yanks here, specially the riveting performance of Vaughan Williams' 4th, usually not my favorite cup of Earl Gray tea...

Amen to that!

Post by Fugue November 25, 2011 (16 of 40)
How does the Britten compare to the Reference Recording version, both sonically and interpretively?

Post by sacd_fan_2007 November 25, 2011 (17 of 40)
Fugue said:

How does the Britten compare to the Reference Recording version, both sonically and interpretively?

The Oregon Symphony gives a more angry and incisive interpretation of the Britten War Requiem than the Kansas City Orchestra. In general, Kansas City has a far superior concert hall than Portland, Oregon, but the recording team on the "Time of War" album did such a awesome/miraculous job of recording in a stuffy converted theater. Hopefully when they record OSO again, they'll use the very nice concert hall at George Fox down the road in Newberg, Oregon.

I think both albums- the Oregon and the Kansas City- are must haves for SACD collectors.

Post by Fugue November 25, 2011 (18 of 40)
sacd_fan_2007 said:

The Oregon Symphony gives a more angry and incisive interpretation of the Britten War Requiem than the Kansas City Orchestra. In general, Kansas City has a far superior concert hall than Portland, Oregon, but the recording team on the "Time of War" album did such a awesome/miraculous job of recording in a stuffy converted theater. Hopefully when they record OSO again, they'll use the very nice concert hall at George Fox down the road in Newberg, Oregon.

I think both albums- the Oregon and the Kansas City- are must haves for SACD collectors.

Great--thank you!

Post by pgmdir November 26, 2011 (19 of 40)
I got mine yesterday, and I'm IMPRESSED! The recording is wonderful. Both stereo and MC versions are knockouts.

The Ives and the Adams are new to me, and I found them both lovely and easily accessable. The Britten and the Vaughan Williams are two favorites of mine. I was introduced to Britten's Sinfonia da Requiem by Andre Previn's first LP with the St. Louis Symphony, which to my knowledge has never been released on CD. Later I grabbed Rattle's veriion on EMI. This Sinfonia is quite different, but absolutely fabulous. It's more measured, more "funereal" if you will.

The VW 4 is something I have in top versions by 5 different conductors. Again, Kalmar makes his own statement here. It is less traditionally British, but quite revealing. Like Haitink's it's measured and more of a world view--but it's FAR more successful. I would not be without my others, but this is a really remarkable viewpoint that I love. This is VW for those who think they don't like british music.

Don't hesitate. The playing and the recording are first rate.

Post by flyingdutchman November 26, 2011 (20 of 40)
Bill, do you find yourself going down to Classical Millenium more often or did you get this on line?

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