Re: Sibelius N.Jarvi
Posted by dieter barkhoff on June 20, 2019, 12:47 am, in reply to "Re: Sibelius N.Jarvi"
Regarding Handel's Opus 6, I bought a Fontana set - like you probably were, young and cash strapped - conducted by Horst-Tanu Margraf, the Handel Festspiel Orchestra, Halle. In the British world - a world which now owns Handel, not to mention many of the treasures of 'Far Eastern' and Asian Antiquity -this recording was poo poohed. Along came Sir Nev and all was well in British Handel appreciation. I own this set, by the way, part of a massive Handel box which contains some of the best Handel recordings I know of - the McCreesh Solomon for example - and every time I've played Marriner's set I've felt underwhelmed. My favourite in the set is Number three, my favourite movement the Polonaise, which is ironic because my wife of 30 years is Polish and she's tried to make me dance a Polonaise ever since. Marriner - and Hogwood, and Harnoncourt - all skip through this as though it's just another day, another dollar less tax. The Magraf version is I guess a Germanized version and I can't help it, that's the way I like it. You alluded to the simple fact one can become used to a certain way, a certain sound world because of one's formative experiences. I guess it's why Kurt Sanderling and Otto Klemperer always made sense to me in that their Bach and Handel were part of that German tradition. Like I've said, Ralph, one man's meat another man's bete noir. |
By the way, I appreciate your comments, always appreciated your reviews.