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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103420 on: November 30, 2017, 01:37:02 PM »
Schoenberg: Pelleas und Melisande
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, cond. Boulez



Very D minor.  Could there be a piece more D minor than this?  Boulez and the Chicago Symphony capture the D minor-ness excellently, but the recessed sonics make it a little swampy all the same.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103421 on: November 30, 2017, 02:29:34 PM »
Reger: String Trio in A minor Op. 77b
Valerius Ensemble



Very cool!  :D

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103422 on: November 30, 2017, 02:31:54 PM »
Berg: Lulu, Act 2 [Boulez]....


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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103423 on: November 30, 2017, 02:39:39 PM »
Berg: Lulu, Act 2 [Boulez]....




Thoughts so far?

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103424 on: November 30, 2017, 02:41:07 PM »
Leifs - String quartets



I wasn't so impressed by the first 2 quartets, unlike the No. 3 El Greco which is authentically original. The opening of this quartet is one of the most mysterious, enigmatic and strangest I know.

A very good disc, highlighting a different side of Leifs’ musical persona.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103425 on: November 30, 2017, 02:49:00 PM »



Thoughts so far?


Challenging tbh. I find the musical language difficult and some of the male vocal writing to be banal. No doubt this is down to my own deficiency in understanding. However I do get a very strong sense of drama, excitement and tension throughout the work. I will take many more listens before I will be comfortable in this sound world but I am more than willing to make the effort here.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103426 on: November 30, 2017, 03:31:44 PM »

I have some Sandstrom choral music: his High Mass and his Requiem. Not for the faint of heart. Among the most harrowing music I ever heard. I’m interested in his piano and orchestra pieces. Thanks for the tip!

Yep this set of five pieces are great I think. He seems to avoid trying to use the piano in any stereotypically virtuosic concertante way but still in a solo context I think he weaves the timbre and thematic elements in with the orchestra marvellously. I thought the music was richly melodic and the varying levels of harmonic intensity all kinda just felt really convincing. The main thing I took away was that this is something I would listen to again for sure.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103427 on: November 30, 2017, 04:41:46 PM »
A very good disc, highlighting a different side of Leifs’ musical persona.

Certainly, it's his much more introspective facet.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103428 on: November 30, 2017, 04:42:49 PM »
Schnittke - Cello sonatas



Bitterly brilliant.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103429 on: November 30, 2017, 05:28:54 PM »
Schnittke - Cello sonatas



Bitterly brilliant.

I need to revisit these works. I’m a huge Schnittke fan.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103430 on: November 30, 2017, 05:39:14 PM »
Schnittke - Cello sonatas



Bitterly brilliant.

Schnittke wrote some of the greatest 20th century works for cello IMO. His Cello Concerto no. 1 and Cello Sonata no. 1, in partiular, are intensely moving.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103431 on: November 30, 2017, 06:06:28 PM »


Listened to symphonies no 60 and 80.

Last Tuesday I met with friends for a musikabend. On the menu were these 2 symphonies by Antonini conducting 2 different ensembles, on the Alpha label. No 80 is not even released yet (it will be available in 10 days), but my friend had a promotional copy sent to him by the Alpha people. Smashing playing, spectacular interpretations, drop dead gorgeous sound. I wanted to compare, as I definitely had not had such an epiphany from the Dorati and Fischer discs. Well, I was right: in comparison Fischer is competent and very musical, but fantasy, daring and a taste for épater le bourgeois are not in his interpretive armoury.

Well, you can’t have everything. Waiting to get the whole thing done will take 15 years (that’s the project’s timetable) and cost a fortune. So, in the meantime, I guess Fischer will get his turn of duty more often than not.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103432 on: November 30, 2017, 06:13:39 PM »
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103433 on: November 30, 2017, 06:17:37 PM »
Berg: Lulu, Act 2 [Boulez]....




Very nice! Just out of curiosity, is this your first venture into Berg’s sound-world? I know you didn’t ask me, but I find Lulu a bit lopsided and, for me, it is always a chore to get through the opera. Wozzeck, on the other hand, is one of my favorite operas. I rank it up there with other favorites like Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle or Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103434 on: November 30, 2017, 06:27:33 PM »
Evocations:



Revisiting this work yet again. Magical!
“It must be beautiful, or it wouldn't be worth the effort.” - Bohuslav Martinů

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103435 on: November 30, 2017, 06:36:26 PM »
Tonight, I've been listening to Handel's oratorio Samson--which contains one of Handel's most inspired creations, "Awake the trumpets lofty sound".  I enjoy the recording by Nicholas McGegan on Carus:

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103436 on: November 30, 2017, 06:37:07 PM »
The universe is change; life is opinion.   Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103437 on: November 30, 2017, 07:03:27 PM »
Martinu’s Sonata Da Camera from this new acquisition:

“It must be beautiful, or it wouldn't be worth the effort.” - Bohuslav Martinů

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103438 on: November 30, 2017, 07:35:36 PM »
Very nice! Just out of curiosity, is this your first venture into Berg’s sound-world? I know you didn’t ask me, but I find Lulu a bit lopsided and, for me, it is always a chore to get through the opera. Wozzeck, on the other hand, is one of my favorite operas. I rank it up there with other favorites like Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle or Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande.

I agree, and it probably doesn't help so much that Lulu was left incomplete..................
The first Berg I heard were his three pieces for orchestra. Left a very deep impression. It was the first time I really got into the late romantic aesthetic of music around that time....because Berg I got into Strauss and Mahler.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #103439 on: November 30, 2017, 07:45:31 PM »
Tonight's agenda:. the greatest Czech, German, Austrian composer in turn

Martinu Violin Concertos 1&2, Rhapsody Concerto Suk/Czech Philharmonic/Neumann

Bach French Suites H. Walcha

Haydn String Quartets Op 64 Nos 5/6/1 Hob. III: 63-65 Festetics

Well, at least I think they're the greatest.

 

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