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Janine Jansen - Prokofiev

 

The first violin player I ever liked and still my favorite. She might not be the most technically astonishing player on the planet even if I find nothing wrong with her playing, but technical prowess has never meant anything to me during the time I've been a listener of music. Ability to convey thoughts and emotions as well as the essence of a piece of music trumps mere ability to play notes with precision and control in my book every time. Janine Jansen's playing has always had personality – something I often fail to hear in other people's playing.

 

I've had this particular disc for a couple of months now, but only decided to finally open and rip it today. As I type this I've only heard most of the 2nd violin concerto, but based on that I somehow get an impression her playing has matured from her previous recordings. Violin has been my favorite classical instrument as long as I've been listening to classical music and violin concertos have always been my favorite form of composition in the genre. I believe this is my first time hearing anything composed by Prokofiev, but based on hearing the 2nd violin concerto I would say it has to be one of the best concertos I've heard so far. It is a piece I will certainly want to come back to.

 

Time and time again I hear audiophiles call classical music the genre where you will find the absolute best sounding recordings ever made. Currently owning only somewhere between a hundred and two hundred classical recordings by my rough estimate and only having listened to the genre actively for perhaps half a decade, I would consider myself still an almost complete scrub when it comes to the genre, but based on my experience very few classical recordings actually appeal to me sonically. If all the audiophiles are talking about the recordings being tonally faithful to the instruments that might be true (I wouldn't know), but as a recording of sound I've found only a small percentage of classical recordings to fall under what I'd call "sonically impressive". Perhaps the standards by which I evaluate sound are simply radically different from the vast majority of people out there.

 

To get to the point which evoked what I just said, this disc at least on my Grados sounds absolute superb. Recorded exactly the way I would expect all classical music to be recorded (and produced), but however isn't a lot of the time. Based on what I've heard so far this might be one of the best discs I've heard so far from Janine Jansen, both musically and sonically, and I would recommend it most highly.

Cool, if you like violin and Prokofiev, you might want to check out Sayaka Shoji on youtube..

 

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Don't listen to a lot of Death/Doom....

 

Bereft-Death/Doom super group-fantastic IMO (2012)

 

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Torche-Harmonicraft (2012)

 

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Pig Destroyer  Book Burner (2012)-vicious and awesome!

 

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Van Halen II (78)....kind of speaks for itself :darthsmile:

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Welcome to the world of Prokofiev!

 

Those violin concerti are extraordinary.

 

Next, check out the piano concerti, 1st and 5th Symphonies, the ballets Cinderalla (TOPS) and Romeo and Juliet (maybe the greatest).  There's more but that's enough for now.:smile: 

 

You will enjoy the journey.

 

Sadly the only store in my city that has a classical section worth calling such doesn't apart from a couple CDs really have any Prokofiev. They even recently moved to smaller business premises and cut their classical selection practically in half, which is a bummer. I'll have to try doing some research at some point and order something online I guess. I really liked at least the three violin works on the Janine Jansen album. They didn't suffer from problems I often have with pre-20th century classical nor the issues I sometimes have with more modern classical compositions.

 


 

Now listening to this.

 

Cult of Luna - Vertikal II

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Led Zeppelin IV

[1971]
 

 

Out of eight cuts, there isn't one that steps on another's toes, that tries to do too much all at once. There are Olde Englishe ballads ("The Battle of Evermore" with a lovely performance by Sandy Denny), a kind of pseudo-blues just to keep in touch ("Four Sticks"), a pair of authentic Zeppelinania ("Black Dog" and "Misty Mountain Hop"), some stuff that I might actually call shy and poetic if it didn't carry itself off so well ("Stairway to Heaven" and "Going To California") ...

... and a couple of songs that when all is said and done, will probably be right up there in the gold-starred hierarchy of put 'em on and play 'em again. The first, coyly titled "Rock And Roll," is the Zeppelin's slightly-late attempt at tribute to the mother of us all, but here it's definitely a case of better late than never. This sonuvabitch moves, with Plant musing vocally on how "It's been a long, lonely lonely time" since last he rock & rolled, the rhythm section soaring underneath. Page strides up to take a nice lead during the break, one of the all-too-few times he flashes his guitar prowess during the record, and its note-for-note simplicity says a lot for the ways in which he's come of age over the past couple of years.

The end of the album is saved for "When The Levee Breaks," strangely credited to all the members of the band plus Memphis Minnie, and it's a dazzler. Basing themselves around one honey of a chord progression, the group constructs an air of tunnel-long depth, full of stunning resolves and a majesty that sets up as a perfect climax.

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11am / Elgar & Carter Cello Concertos - Alisa Weilerstein, Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim

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12:45pm / Mastodon - The Hunter (Deluxe)

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NOTE: The transition from cello concerto to punch-me-in-the-face was delightfully jarring :beyersmile: A welcome jolt as my AM espresso injection begins to ebb...

 

2:30pm / Scorpion Child (Epon.)

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Edited by mazzelectra - 10/8/13 at 12:33pm
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I just picked this up:

ripped it in ALAC and am giving it a first listen right now.

 

EDIT: It is quite good, and the new drummer is damn good.


Edited by jasonb - 10/8/13 at 10:53am
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B.B. King - Colour Collection 2007

 

 

 

Just to ChilLax

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Cool, if you like violin and Prokofiev, you might want to check out Sayaka Shoji on youtube..

 

 

I really enjoyed that

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I really enjoyed that

 

Cheers mate, when the world tends to make me into an old cynic, this helps :D

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11am / Elgar & Carter Cello Concertos - Alisa Weilerstein, Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim

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12:45pm / Mastodon - The Hunter (Deluxe)

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NOTE: The transition from cello concerto to punch-me-in-the-face was delightfully jarring :beyersmile: A welcome jolt as my AM espresso injection begins to ebb...

 

I've always immensely enjoyed the combination of modern classical followed by black metal or vice versa.

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I've always immensely enjoyed the combination of modern classical followed by black metal or vice versa.

 

An enjoyable juxtaposition to be sure :wink_face:

 

Side note on the Mastodon play through - their sound signature DESTROYS (in a good way!) in these D5ks!

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