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« Reply #40 on: May 28, 2015, 06:39:03 AM »
Cross-posted from the "Purchases" thread:

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Has anyone heard this newer arrival? I listened to a 15 minute preview via NML and was greatly impressed with the rather atmospheric interpretation. A great remedy to Jarvi's already much acclaimed performance (also on BIS).
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Re: Wilhelm Stenhammar (1871-1927)
« Reply #41 on: May 29, 2015, 05:29:42 AM »
About Stenhammar's Serenade:

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/PbcVo7aq9jo" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/PbcVo7aq9jo</a>

An absolutely brilliant work, I enjoyed it very much! Such wonderful music, very powerful and passionate, but also elegant and poetical; it has a beautiful orchestration, with expressive timbres, harmonic richness and melodic invention. The colourful contrasts of themes creates an imaginative and suggestive atmosphere, in some way less Nordic and more straussian; I particularly loved a middle section introduced by woodwinds, the musical proceeding is so lively and immersive before bursting out into a climax with loud percussion and being followed by a very lyrical, thrilling theme that suddenly develops into a horns solo and, after a brief little climax, fades aways with the strings. Great composition.
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Re: Wilhelm Stenhammar (1871-1927)
« Reply #42 on: May 29, 2015, 05:39:17 AM »
About Stenhammar's Serenade:

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/PbcVo7aq9jo" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/PbcVo7aq9jo</a>

An absolutely brilliant work, I enjoyed it very much! Such wonderful music, very powerful and passionate, but also elegant and poetical; it has a beautiful orchestration, with expressive timbres, harmonic richness and melodic invention. The colourful contrasts of themes creates an imaginative and suggestive atmosphere, in some way less Nordic and more straussian; I particularly loved a middle section introduced by woodwinds, the musical proceeding is so lively and immersive before bursting out into a climax with loud percussion and being followed by a very lyrical, thrilling theme that suddenly develops into a horns solo and, after a brief little climax, fades aways with the strings. Great composition.

It certainly is a brilliant work, Ilaria. I'm glad you enjoyed it! Check out his piano concerti next.
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Re: Wilhelm Stenhammar (1871-1927)
« Reply #43 on: May 29, 2015, 05:46:09 AM »
It certainly is a brilliant work, Ilaria. I'm glad you enjoyed it! Check out his piano concerti next.
Thank you, I'll follow your suggestion.
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Re: Wilhelm Stenhammar (1871-1927)
« Reply #44 on: May 29, 2015, 07:16:44 AM »
Cross-posted from the "Purchases" thread:

Has anyone heard this newer arrival? I listened to a 15 minute preview via NML and was greatly impressed with the rather atmospheric interpretation. A great remedy to Jarvi's already much acclaimed performance (also on BIS).
I have it and have heard it, but cannot offer more than that.

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Re: Wilhelm Stenhammar (1871-1927)
« Reply #45 on: May 29, 2015, 07:46:13 AM »
I have it and have heard it, but cannot offer more than that.

Hmmmm...care to elaborate whenever you get the chance?
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Re: Wilhelm Stenhammar (1871-1927)
« Reply #46 on: May 29, 2015, 07:53:10 AM »
Hmmmm...care to elaborate whenever you get the chance?
I might. Not tonight though.

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Re: Wilhelm Stenhammar (1871-1927)
« Reply #47 on: May 29, 2015, 10:54:28 AM »
Well, I'd love to see younger people (even younger than me) get into classical music, but this isn't a fantasy world. :) Just imagine if I walked down the street and overheard two 16 year olds discussing the new Stenhammar recording? I would probably faint. ;D

Hmm,
Have you ever walked down the street and heard anybody discuss a new Stenhammar recording?  >:D
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« Reply #48 on: May 29, 2015, 11:13:05 AM »
Hmm,
Have you ever walked down the street and heard anybody discuss a new Stenhammar recording?  >:D

Well, I've never walked down the street and heard any composer's music being discussed. :)
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« Reply #49 on: May 29, 2015, 11:24:26 AM »
Well, I've never walked down the street and heard any composer's music being discussed. :)

 :D
Me neither. Apart from people emerging from a concert hall, but I presume that isn't the same as walking down the street..  ::)
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Re: Wilhelm Stenhammar (1871-1927)
« Reply #50 on: May 29, 2015, 11:36:35 AM »
:D
Me neither. Apart from people emerging from a concert hall, but I presume that isn't the same as walking down the street..  ::)

Nope. Not the same thing. :) By the way, Peter, do you know any of Stenhammar's music? If no, then remedy that with Symphony No. 2 in G minor whenever you can. 8)
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Re: Wilhelm Stenhammar (1871-1927)
« Reply #51 on: May 29, 2015, 12:48:53 PM »
Nope. Not the same thing. :) By the way, Peter, do you know any of Stenhammar's music? If no, then remedy that with Symphony No. 2 in G minor whenever you can. 8)

Yes, but I haven't journeyed through his works for quite a while. I have the Brilliant set as well as some BIS recordings in my piles. I see that you have virtually triggered a Stenhammar listening trend over the last week!  ;D
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Re: Wilhelm Stenhammar (1871-1927)
« Reply #52 on: May 29, 2015, 01:33:34 PM »
Yes, but I haven't journeyed through his works for quite a while. I have the Brilliant set as well as some BIS recordings in my piles. I see that you have virtually triggered a Stenhammar listening trend over the last week!  ;D

:D

It's hard to ignore Stenhammar's brilliance as a composer. His unique synthesis of Germanic and Nordic music is truly singular. I'm still in the process of getting to know more of his music, but everything I've heard has never been less than good with some works towering over others.
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Re: Wilhelm Stenhammar (1871-1927)
« Reply #53 on: May 29, 2015, 11:54:11 PM »
Stenhammar!  :P

This damn composer has been haunting in my life for 15 years or so. Long ago I heard his Piano Concerto(s) (which one, both?) on radio. Sounded pretty good. The problem is: I have never bought anything by Stenhammar so he keeps haunting. Every time I try, I get confused and buy something else.

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Re: Wilhelm Stenhammar (1871-1927)
« Reply #54 on: May 30, 2015, 05:06:16 AM »
Stenhammar!  :P

This damn composer has been haunting in my life for 15 years or so. Long ago I heard his Piano Concerto(s) (which one, both?) on radio. Sounded pretty good. The problem is: I have never bought anything by Stenhammar so he keeps haunting. Every time I try, I get confused and buy something else.

I don't see how you could get confused about buying any Stenhammar, 71 dB? Anyway, since you're a big Naxos guy, there are plenty of recordings of his music available. Go for it! 8)
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Re: Wilhelm Stenhammar (1871-1927)
« Reply #55 on: June 11, 2015, 07:48:26 AM »
I don't see how you could get confused about buying any Stenhammar, 71 dB? Anyway, since you're a big Naxos guy, there are plenty of recordings of his music available. Go for it! 8)

The Stenhammar CD (Symphony No. 2 on Naxos) arrived today. I just came home and sauna is 15 minutes away so I have to postpone listening the disc.
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Re: Wilhelm Stenhammar (1871-1927)
« Reply #56 on: June 12, 2015, 11:26:56 AM »
The Stenhammar CD (Symphony No. 2 on Naxos) arrived today. I just came home and sauna is 15 minutes away so I have to postpone listening the disc.

Quoting myself. I have heard the disc 3 times now. Nice symphony if not mindblowing. Movements 2 and 4 are the best, especially Finale.  0:)

I think I'll explore Stenhammar more some day, but he is not top priority.
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Re: Wilhelm Stenhammar (1871-1927)
« Reply #57 on: August 28, 2015, 09:52:46 PM »
The current BBC Music Magazine (October) features a fine CD including Stenhammar's Second Symphony (BBC Scottish SO, Hannu Lintu, live 2015 recording).
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Re: Wilhelm Stenhammar (1871-1927)
« Reply #58 on: January 19, 2018, 04:45:38 PM »
The current BBC Music Magazine (October) features a fine CD including Stenhammar's Second Symphony (BBC Scottish SO, Hannu Lintu, live 2015 recording).

I was rummaging through my BBC Music Magazines saw that I had not listened to the CD.  I am listening to it as I am typing this.  This is some really nice music.  I submitted a post in the "Pieces that have blown you away recently" thread about this music.

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Re: Wilhelm Stenhammar (1871-1927)
« Reply #59 on: January 19, 2018, 05:57:05 PM »
I was rummaging through my BBC Music Magazines saw that I had not listened to the CD.  I am listening to it as I am typing this.  This is some really nice music.  I submitted a post in the "Pieces that have blown you away recently" thread about this music.

Stenhammar’s 2nd is one of the great Swedish symphonies. I don’t know how that BBC Music Magazine recording is, but I wholly recommend the Westerberg recording of the 2nd. He also wrote some other nice music, especially the Serenade and SQs. Some of his music is rather forgettable (like his 1st symphony and 1st PC), but he’s certainly a composer worth checking out.
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