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The Decca Sound

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While it’s still the festive season I’m going to tell you about the Christmas present I bought for myself in mid-October and saved until Christmas to begin exploring.   It’s a CD boxed set called The Decca Sound.  Rather than tell you about the set myself, I’ll leave it to this Decca video: I found a video on YouTube that …

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1: Michael Maniaci – 2: Mahler Lieder

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In the past month I’ve made two posts about the counter-tenor Philippe Jaroussky.  As I’ve mentioned, I first came across him when I bought the rediscovered opera by Vivaldi – Ercole s’ul Termodonte.   When I first listened to the opera I assumed his part was sung by a soprano, and I found it difficult to tell the voices apart in the …

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Mahler Symphony No. 8

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My last post, about the new Fleet Foxes album Helplessness Blues, featured the title soundtrack.  But the post also featured a video promotion extract from the new Blu-ray recording of Mahler’s Symphony No.8.  Ralph made a comment that he enjoyed the Fleet Foxes recording, and (not his words) politely implied that the Mahler was taking time to grow on him. …

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Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues

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Several weeks ago I ordered from Readings in Malvern, the Blu-ray DVD recording of Mahler Symphony No. 8 with Riccardo Chailly conducting.  To quote from the Presto Classical website for this recording – Mahler’s Eighth Symphony is arguably the grandest and most ambitious piece of symphonic music ever written.   It’s certainly impressive. Last Friday, Readings rang me to say the DVD had …