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« Reply #220 on: February 28, 2013, 05:05:44 AM »
It's February: What the Hell! I'll try Corelli . . . .
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« Reply #221 on: March 16, 2013, 11:11:58 PM »
I'm sort of surprised that when Mozart recommendations are being thrown, ye good ol' Eine kleine Nachtmusik never comes up. Is it just because of its obnoxiousity or is it considered a lesser work by people in the know?

Because even though it's been spoiled by over-usage, I still find it to be one of the most charming musical pieces ever written, perfectly representative of what Mozart (to me) is about.

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« Reply #222 on: March 17, 2013, 03:55:03 AM »
I love that piece. Period.

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« Reply #223 on: March 17, 2013, 04:10:49 AM »
One beautiful piece of music. Wish I'd written it.
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« Reply #224 on: March 17, 2013, 05:38:49 AM »
A string orchestra is okay, IMO, but I really prefer a small ensemble sound for this work.

Same here, although I have a very fond relationship with an old record by the Slovak Chamber Orchestra, which is as romanticized as you can get and it still works.

My current favourite is Hogwood with the AAM (that's the quintet arrangement if I remember correctly). I've yet to acquire the celebrated Manze, though. And thanks for the Amadeus Quartet tip, I'll definitely check it out.

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« Reply #225 on: March 07, 2016, 06:00:26 AM »
I'm sort of surprised that when Mozart recommendations are being thrown, ye good ol' Eine kleine Nachtmusik never comes up. Is it just because of its obnoxiousity or is it considered a lesser work by people in the know?

Because even though it's been spoiled by over-usage, I still find it to be one of the most charming musical pieces ever written, perfectly representative of what Mozart (to me) is about.

It is both charming and representative of one side of Mozart. But it is also comparably lighweight, modest and because of its ubiquitious presence it seems precisely one of the pieces people who find Mozart shallow or boring have in mind.
It does hardly show the passionate, operatic side of Mozart that is present also in some instrumental pieces like the g minor symphony, nor the "intellectual" side of some string quartets, quintets, or the "Jupiter", nor the brilliant instrumentation for winds like in the "Gran partita" or the piano concertos K 482 and 491, nor the grand choral writing of the Requiem and c minor mass. As there are so many great works by Mozart, the Kleine Nachtmusik has to count as a lesser one (it even says so in the name!), despite its not unjustified popularity.

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« Reply #226 on: October 23, 2016, 10:21:12 PM »
NO! NO! ...please don't make me listen to Stockhausen!   Sarge

I agree, Sarge, and I would like to add Hans Werner Henze.  I went to a Friday matinee concert of the Chicago Symphony in the early 1970's in which Solti conducted Henze's Heliogabalus imperator.  It had been commissioned by the Chicago Symphony, and Solti had conducted the world premiere the night before.  People started leaving a few minutes in, and by the end, about 70% of the original audience had left, and the performance only received polite, tepid applause.
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« Reply #227 on: October 24, 2016, 03:09:04 AM »
I agree, Sarge, and I would like to add Hans Werner Henze.  I went to a Friday matinee concert of the Chicago Symphony in the early 1970's in which Solti conducted Henze's Heliogabalus imperator.  It had been commissioned by the Chicago Symphony, and Solti had conducted the world premiere the night before.  People started leaving a few minutes in, and by the end, about 70% of the original audience had left, and the performance only received polite, tepid applause.

The audience reaction, alas, is not conclusive.
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Re: Feb. is "What the hell, I'll give it a try" month!
« Reply #228 on: October 24, 2016, 05:40:11 AM »
I agree, Sarge, and I would like to add Hans Werner Henze.  I went to a Friday matinee concert of the Chicago Symphony in the early 1970's in which Solti conducted Henze's Heliogabalus imperator.  It had been commissioned by the Chicago Symphony, and Solti had conducted the world premiere the night before.  People started leaving a few minutes in, and by the end, about 70% of the original audience had left, and the performance only received polite, tepid applause.

Still a better reception than the premiere of Bruckner's Third!

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Re: Feb. is "What the hell, I'll give it a try" month!
« Reply #229 on: October 25, 2016, 08:19:47 AM »
You'd have to offer me at least a small fortune to sit through the utterly revulsive damned Franck Violin Sonata... again.  Yeah, I've essayed it a number of times over many years, and it does not get any better.  It is the essence of truly obnoxious music.
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« Reply #230 on: October 25, 2016, 08:24:04 AM »
You'd have to offer me at least a small fortune to sit through the utterly revulsive damned Franck Violin Sonata... again.  Yeah, I've essayed it a number of times over many years, and it does not get any better.  It is the essence of truly obnoxious music.

I'm having the devil of a time trying to raise money for that proposal.  Have you tried Kickstarter?

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