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On 7/2/2021 at 10:42 PM, AnotherSpin said:

This performance of Hammerklavier can hardly be accepted as a new benchmark, and yet it is attractive in its own special way.

 

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I agree. It's neither as robotic as I feared nor as expressive as I hoped. Among recent releases, I prefer Konstantin Scherbakov's both for the performance and sound. I see that Pentatone recorded this in PCM rather than their customary DSD format. 

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Here’s something different - a chinese rock/pop album on Tidal.
 

“北京北京" by 汪峰 https://tidal.com/track/148463652

 

It’s track 12. Talks about making it in a city coming from a small town. Some trivia - Wang Fen’s wife is Zhang ZiYi who acted beside Michelle Yeo in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. 
 

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12 hours ago, Piano1 said:

I agree. It's neither as robotic as I feared nor as expressive as I hoped. Among recent releases, I prefer Konstantin Scherbakov's both for the performance and sound. I see that Pentatone recorded this in PCM rather than their customary DSD format. 

 

Thanks for the recommendation, listened to Scherbakov's Hammerklavier. The overall feeling is that the pianist doesn't understand the piece and has very few ideas how to approach it. The playing is stilted, details are out of place and don't add up to the whole. It doesn't take off.

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22 hours ago, ray-dude said:

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Listening to the new remaster of "Blue"  A wonderful way to break a 3 week music fast

 

(edit: cleaner, but less life than the 2013 remaster)

I have been intently listening to this women for half a century!   I have all her albums including the one above.....She simply has no peers!

 

Thanks Ray-Dude! 

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1 hour ago, Piano1 said:

Wow. Well, you should share your expertise with his label, Steinway & Sons, since they clearly know nothing about signing pianists.

 

The fact that a particular pianist is recorded on this or another label in no way guarantees a high level of interpretation. By no means I am asking you to concur with my subjective impression. You find Scherbakov's Hammerklavier interesting -- that's just awesome. 

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I hope I won't get called on technicalities by @Piano1 or @AnotherSpin, and so realize what I say here is fraught, in the context of some recent posts in this thread. I am not a musician (although I was married to one for ten years). I think this pianist plays with an authority of style that my amateur ears enjoy. Also, yes; he was her grandfather.

 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, kumakuma said:

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A brief review?

 

What’s true of all the evils in the world is true of plague as well.
It helps men to rise above themselves.
 
  ―  Albert Camus, The Plague.

 

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8 hours ago, jiminlogansquare said:

I hope I won't get called on technicalities by @Piano1 or @AnotherSpin, and so realize what I say here is fraught, in the context of some recent posts in this thread. I am not a musician (although I was married to one for ten years). I think this pianist plays with an authority of style that my amateur ears enjoy. Also, yes; he was her grandfather.

 

 

 

 

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I don't quite understand why you mentioned me. I am an amateur music lover too, and I have my own subjective opinion on particular recording almost always. It may or may not coincide partially or completely with someone else's taste. It is perfectly fine with me. 

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22 hours ago, kumakuma said:

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22 hours ago, sphinxsix said:

A brief review?

 

9_9

What’s true of all the evils in the world is true of plague as well.
It helps men to rise above themselves.
 
  ―  Albert Camus, The Plague.

 

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2 minutes ago, sphinxsix said:

 

9_9

 

👍

Sometimes it's like someone took a knife, baby
Edgy and dull and cut a six inch valley
Through the middle of my skull

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1 minute ago, kumakuma said:

 

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What’s true of all the evils in the world is true of plague as well.
It helps men to rise above themselves.
 
  ―  Albert Camus, The Plague.

 

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