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In Reply to: RE: Finally! posted by Ivan303 on April 10, 2017 at 21:53:33
Those 2 pieces aren't the best Beethoven - by a long shot.
Jerry Dubins even said so in a recent "Fanfare", altho he was subsequently shot down and flamed to a crisp for it [sho' know how that feels].
But, it's just not that great. Am I missing something? Is there something you can point out that I should have another listen to?
OTOH - I agree with your enthusiasm about Sudbin. I've got his little known Rach Son #1 CD - now that's a piece!
Severius! Supremus Invictus
Every review of the Tchaikovsky trio had to put the music down. Finally he's stopped reviewing new recordings of it.
And much early Beethoven is delightful, even the light stuff like the septet and the string quintets.
Why would you want to deprive yourself of enjoying these concertos? A work can be less than Beethoven's best and still be an excellent piece of music.
When it comes to a few of B's late works, including--I'm ashamed to admit--much of Missa Solemnis, I applaud myself for making it through to the end.
The piece looks good on paper but is a bit Reger-esque, IMHO. An example of Beethoven trying too hard. I like the Sanctus, though.
...in comparison with Beethoven.
the 1st is unusually lovely. Chopin and Saint Saens (of the 5PC) were surely listening.
Ivan's "finally" had more to do with the release appearing on his streaming site.
QOBUZ used to release a lot of European stuff for Lossless FLAC streaming long before it became readily available here in the US.
Lately, even though the new release is 'announced' on the streaming service, you can only stream a 30 second mp3 with the option to purchase a Hi-Rez download.
Sometimes, if one is patient, the new releases will eventually be in the regular lossless FLAC streaming catalog.
Sometimes, but not always.
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