It’s time to give November its musical due, so let’s start a new thread. I have the first-time honor to inaugurate the monthly listening thread, so here we go…
Counted amongst the best 20th century orchestral compositions, these two Bartók works are here in one of the two or three best recorded versions available (Montréal, 1987). Dutoit certainly formed the Montréal orchestra into a world-class ensemble. Recommended!
Latest in this series, released a few weeks ago. I don’t recall listening to any of the previous releases, so I’ll do them in reverse order.
Bartok is not ususally my thing but Dutoit’s Holst (Planets) is right up there with the best, so I’ll give this a go.
Do you know of any more dissonant and cacophonic opening in Baroque music than the first meters of Rebel’s 1737 Les Élémens??
There is a good live recording by Savall and Les Concerts del Nations available, but I like this version by L’Orfeo Barockorchester a little better… the beginning is even more chaotic and aggressive, the flutes more piercing, the recorded sound more pleasing.