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Magic Flutey

What are you listening to?

I am listening to Laudate Domine by Mozart a wonderful piece of paradise indeed. The dishwasher is making some lovely noises in harmony too!!!!!!!!!!!
Apple

I don't really just sit and listen to much music now - not as much as I used to anyway, now its mainly in the car or when I'm doing the housework, I like rock and heavy metal music and in the car at the minute I currently have a couple of Iron Maiden CD's - Seventh Son of a Seventh Son and A matter of life and death, yesterday I also put on a bit of Ozzy Osbourne on - (Blizzard of Oz album) I do like old school but I'm not averse to the newer stuff either.
Evie

As it's Good Friday, I am listening to Bach's St Matthew Passion.  I recently treated myself to a new copy - John Eliot Gardiner, who is a genius - and it's beyond beautiful - sublime.

Sadly my DVD of Pasolini's Gospel According to St Matthew is in storage - I would normally watch that on Good Friday, as it's far and away the best film about Christ ever made, all the more extraordinary for being made by an atheist - that uses the Bach beautifully, which is why I am feeling particularly sad just now about not having it to hand.
Castorboy

It is beautiful and I have fond memories of taking my three daughters to hear it in our local cathedral. I like to kid myself that it inspired them to continue with their music interests at school.  Smile
TheRejectAmidHair

I remember years ago hearing St Matthew Passion at the Proms in a magnificent performance conducted by Philippe Herreweghe. The same musicians & soloists recorded the work at roughly the same time, and that's the recording I find myself listening to.

I don't know why it is, but although I tend to listen to Bach's Christmas Oratorio and to Handel's Messiah at Christmas (even though, I know, the latter was written for Easter!) I don't really go out of my way to listen to anything particular at Easter time. However, works such as this are too good to be heard only once a year!
Evie

The Herreweghe recording is the other one I have, bought cheaply when the library was selling off CDs many years ago...  It is wonderful, but I love the JEG one more.
Simon The Sponge

TheRejectAmidHair wrote:
and to Handel's Messiah at Christmas (even though, I know, the latter was written for Easter!)


Glad I'm not the only one who does this, I also like to listen to Mozart's Masses at Christmas even the Coronation Mass!! all of which I think are generic masses and not in celebration  of any particular feast - I did a bit of research once in the vain hope that there maybe a christmas connection, but no Smile
Sandraseahorse

I prefer Bach's "St. John Passion" to the "St. Matthew Passion" but I expect that I am in a minority.  I saw a memorable performance of "St. John" in Aldeburgh many years ago.
Evie

The St John is beautiful, I just don't know it as well.  There was a radio broadcast of it on Good Friday, which I didn't hear - but I will get a copy and get to know it better, especially after knowing you like it better, Sandra!  Bach is far and away my favourite composer, but I do tend these days to be lazy about music generally, and listen to the same things - with Bach, that's mainly the cello suites, and the B Minor Mass, so I do need to rediscover all sorts of things!
Kirtaniya

Well, I supppose this is a good time to listen to Bach's Christmas Oratorio!  Although the fact is I've been listening to it all year - it's too good only to bring out at Christmas.  

I'm glad to be amongst Bach lovers here.  This year I saved my birthday money and bought the complete set of his Sacred Cantatas by Harnoncourt and somebody else, whose name I forget.  I like it because the soprano parts are sung by boys, as they ought to be, and sound pure and sublime.  I'm uploading the CDs (51 of them) gradually on to my iPod and listen to them as I ramble around the countryside.  The combination of nature and Bach is just exquisite!
TheRejectAmidHair

Kirtaniya wrote:
 This year I saved my birthday money and bought the complete set of his Sacred Cantatas by Harnoncourt and somebody else, whose name I forget.  ...


Gustav Leonhardt?

I remember, many years ago now, hearing Gustav Leonhardt playing Bach's Art of Fugue in concert.

There's a whole lifetime's worth of listening in those cantatas. I only know a small handful of them myself.
Chibiabos83

A great team, Harnoncourt and Leonhardt. Nikolaus Harnoncourt celebrated his 80th birthday just this week, and has recently released his interpretation of Porgy and Bess, probably the most bizarre classical combination of the year.

Those Bach cantata recordings are still the benchmark for me, despite John Eliot Gardiner's superb recent undertaking, still being released. I envy you having the complete set, Kirtaniya. There's a superb array of soloists, not least the young Sebastian Hennig, who has one of the most beautiful of all treble voices. His aria in BWV151, Süsser Trost, mein Jesus kommt, is sublime. Seek it out!
Kirtaniya

Listening to Süsser Trost right now.  You're right - what a golden voice!

I found out after I bought this set of cantatas, that they are quite controversial.  A lot of people seem not to like them.  But I love Harnoncourt's presentation of them - so full of life.  And although it's true that  boys cannot be as expert as adult singers, for me there is much more charm in their efforts - their voices sound purer and I can't help admiring them for knuckling down to the discipline of learning to sing at such an early age.  Their youth was not wasted as mine was!

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