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In Reply to: RE: Chris gonna luv this... posted by Ivan303 on July 15, 2017 at 14:58:28
I find all of this HIP argument stuff fun. I am getting old and it is amusing to be catapulted back 40 years to when these arguments were hot in Europe.
I heard a review of all available recordings of the Monteverdi Vespers 1610 a couple of weeks ago on the radio when some amusement was gained from the mere fact that one of the earliest recordings said " authentic instruments" on the cover. As the reviewer said, these days it is just how it is done.
I think that, with a little searching, you'll be able to find the greatest performance of this work ever given: by the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra and Oratorio Society, conducted by. . . Leopold Stokowski! ;-)
You know this UIL Stokowski Monteverdi was taped in experimental stereo by Bert Whyte way back in 1952? No one will admit to finding or having the tapes, however...
I'm a great admirer of Stokowski and I am pleased for you if you like his performance. Whether it was the greatest performance of the work ever given is something that I am unable to comment upon having been unable to be present at all of the others. Glad that you found the time :-)
Anyway I'm just finishing my breakfast, then off the the station get get a train up to town and thence to my first live Prom of the season. It is this lunchtime at Cadogan Hall which is where the chamber music part of the Proms is mostly performed. Coincidentally it is Monteverdi performed by I Fagiolini. Ever so HIP but that's how it's done these days!
As it should be! :-)
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