Saturday, 7 November 2009

Friday 6th November 2009

Here are the ears for yesterday!

In the car for a couple of short trips:
Handel - Acis & Galatea (the end of)

In the morning at home:
Bruckner - Symphony No.2

In the doctor's waiting room:
Elgar - Nimrod from Enigma Variations
Mahler - Adagietto from Symphony No.5
Assorted Jazz Violin Stephane Grappelli style music

In the car on the way to and back from a friend's house:
Vivaldi - Concertos for lute, lute & viola d'amore, mandolin, 2 mandolins, assorted instruments (in C Major)
Handel - Fireworks music (opening)

At home in the afternoon:
Bruckner - Symphony No.3

At home in the evening:
Bruckner - Symphony No.4

Comment: Has anyone got the idea that I'm doing a Bruckner cycle at the moment? In case anyone's interested, it's Barenboim and the Berlin Phil on Warner Classics.


  1. Interested to know what you make of the Barenboim set. My dad has that one; I haven't heard it myself but sometimes find Barenboim rather lacking in the necessary passion and warmth. I have the Haitink box, which I rather like.

  2. I wouldn't describe it as a particularly passionate reading of the cycle, but I didn't find it lacking in warmth either. I'll check out the Haitink sometime for comparison - it'll be interesting.
    I'm still getting to know some of the symphonies better, so this opinion may change as I discover more. Been a fabulous few days doing a symphonic cycle though - I've very much enjoyed it.

  3. I believe it's further complicated by which version they choose to do - I never knew till recently how many of the symphonies exist in multiple versions.

  4. Maybe it's time to investigate the versions now too - think I may be just at the start of my Bruckner experience!