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post #646 of 3714
New Chailly M9 in the house. Yay! Gonna need to set some time aside to listen to M9's

DA, any thoughts on the Rattle yet?
post #647 of 3714
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by scottder
New Chailly M9 in the house. Yay! Gonna need to set some time aside to listen to M9's
DA, any thoughts on the Rattle yet?
Nothing has arrived yet..........still waiting.
post #648 of 3714
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Originally Posted by DarkAngel
Nothing has arrived yet..........still waiting.
Opps, why did I think you already had it. Yikes....I AM getting senile.
post #649 of 3714
I received my Litton/Dallas M2 recently. I don't know if I mentioned it before in this thread, but my career goal is to be a classical music critic. In order to work toward that goal, I made a blog on which I will post my reviews so that I will have more writing in addition to what I've done in the past for various assignments, leisure, etc.

I just made the site today. It currently has 2 posts. The first explains how the site will work, and the second is a full review of the Litton M2.

www.talkingnotes.blogspot.com

Have fun!

-Jay
post #650 of 3714
Thread Starter 
Jay you're really into this stuff man!

Do you have any musical training or play an instrument? You seem to know a lot of technical terms if you are non musician.
post #651 of 3714
Yep, I'm definitely into this stuff. I've been a percussionist since I was 9. I regret not putting more effort into playing when I was younger. I also started learning piano not long ago. I wish I had learned that when I was very young as well. I considered being a performance major, but I knew that I wouldn't have made it where I wanted to go if I went that route. I've been playing in bands and orchestras with my best friend, also a percussionist, for the past few years, and I knew that he is the kind of players I would be competing against for symphony spots. He's a phenomenal musician, with skill that passed me by long ago. He's now in the final round of auditions for Juilliard. There are about 20 people left. Two get accepted. But I think he'll make it. He's that good.

But I think music criticism suits me better anyway. I love music, it's my passion, but I also like to think I'm a good writer, and I'm interested in journalism, so what better than to write about music for a living?

What did you think of the review?

-Jay
post #652 of 3714
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I think it's really good Jay.......better than many reviews they have at Classics Today etc, interesting concept the "U" shape structure of symphony

Sometimes I wonder if yourself and Dshea since you are musicians sometimes become too analytical of technical mistakes that most people like myself would not be aware of uless they are gross failures.......I simply rely on emotion response and aesthetic appeal of the sound and evaluate in a more abstract overall sense. Just like when I am reviewing cables and listening hard to hear any change, music is not as much fun, just want to relax and let the music flow man.

I have not heard the new MTT, Bernstein/Sony is most likely my over all reference for M2. Litton as you correctly say is a bit lacking in finese, vision, bravura vs Lenny and his singers are not top shelf but OMG the sound quality is spectacular. On full range stereo with sub the closing passage is just awe inspiring and just leaves you paralyzed for a minute like a deer in the headlights.
post #653 of 3714
Thank you for the compliment, I appreciate it. I do realize that I get technical. I think it has something to do with the fact that once you learn the terminology that goes with the feelings that you get, it is sometimes hard to describe them in the abstract sense. This is not always the case, because no matter how much musical vocabulary you know, you still have to be able to describe the feeling you get when you listen to the music. But when it comes to pointing out specific reasons you think you get the impression you do, it's hard to avoid the musical terms. Some of it, however, can be worded differently. For example, that whole section that I went on about his rubato in the Finale, I could have just said he slowed down too much each time that theme came around, but I tried to be as specific as possible so that if you wanted to find exactly what I was talking about, you would have enough information to do so. I didn't mean to sound like a music snob, believe me. If there's one thing the classical music industry can't handle, it's everyone being snobs and scaring away the average person.

The sound quality is indeed quite something. You're not going to want to hear this, but I promise it's true: The sound quality of the MTT/SFS M2 is even better. I can't promise you'll like the interpretation because that is of course all perspective, but I can promise you'll like the sound. In fact, if you do end up buying it, and you honestly believe the sound quality isn't better than the Litton, I'll buy the SFS discs from you for whatever you paid.

-Jay
post #654 of 3714
I think I see my next concert
post #655 of 3714
Grab those tickets and enjoy! I've only had the pleasure of attending one live Mahler concert, which was MTT and the New World Symphony performing M5. That was a concert I'll never forget.

-Jay
post #656 of 3714
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Originally Posted by JayG
Grab those tickets and enjoy! I've only had the pleasure of attending one live Mahler concert, which was MTT and the New World Symphony performing M5. That was a concert I'll never forget.

-Jay
I'm not too familiar with Dohnányi, but I figure a chance to Mahler performed live, I can't pass that up (I really wish I had gone to see Levine/BSO do M8 last year).

Scott
post #657 of 3714
Just been browsing this thread--wishing I somehow had the time to listen to all these recordings. I'm kind of an occasional Mahler fan, who's been enjoying the Chailly 3rd lately. No expert opinion, but it works for me where the Bernstein/Sony recording didn't.

I'm wondering if any of you have heard and have thoughts about the Uri Caine ensemble's re-casting of Mahler as jazz. I have "Gustav Mahler in Toblach" on Winter & Winter. 8 piece ensemble including occasionally oud and turntable, as well as more conventional jazz instruments. Was recorded live at the Mahler Festival in 1998. It's a while since I listened to it, but parts of it are pretty effective (Trauermarsch from no. 5, for example).
post #658 of 3714
Is that an oud as in middle eastern instrument related to the lute?
post #659 of 3714
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Originally Posted by Bunnyears
Is that an oud as in middle eastern instrument related to the lute?
Yup.
post #660 of 3714
I just got the Litton / Dallas M3 today. I will probably write a review of it on Talking Notes at some point, but not until I've covered some more territory. But the point of this post is to tell you guys that it's a completely different beast than Litton's M2, and it's superb. I will be doing more listening over the next few days to see whether it's my new reference. It's that good.

-Jay
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