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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #124620 on: November 14, 2018, 04:59:30 AM »
...."melancholy, bittersweet warmth ..."

Sometimes a few words are enough to guide my choice:

And excellent choices you made!
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #124621 on: November 14, 2018, 05:19:14 AM »
I'm unable to 'hear' this symphony in your description here;but never mind,we all hear things differently! It reminds me of those programs on the tv,where the presenter would be strolling around in some picturesque location,in Wales,to the strains of gentle,pastoral music. There I'd be hearing the stormy,turbulent bits from Bax symphonies when I looked at the Welsh landscape,through my eyes or,in my head. Usually No's 1 or 2,or even Winter Legends!! (Or even,the noisier bits from Daniel Jones' Fourth,or Brian's Gothic?!!) Christo's use of the word "epic" comes closest to the Goossens symphony I heard. Delius and Debussy,not once! Or,cheerful?! ??? ;D The closest comparison that came to mind were the first two Bax symphonies,but less obviously,'tuneful' (if that's the right word?). More gnarled,though,and turbulent. I could see (hear) some of the continental influences Rob Barnett cites,though! If Frank Bridge was there,it would be the later Bridge of Enter Spring or Phantasm. "Epic",though,just about sums it up.

Incidentally,I'm listening to early acoustic recordings of Chopin,at the moment...........which just sound like,erm,Chopin!! ??? ;D

Agreed, Traverso's review did not touch at all what I hear, and I have had this music for many years.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #124622 on: November 14, 2018, 05:24:36 AM »
I hadn’t listened to any Lutosławski for some 20 years (!) IIRC. Revisiting this CD, and rather enjoying it this time around (particularly the Piano Concerto):

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #124623 on: November 14, 2018, 05:39:51 AM »
I hadn’t listened to any Lutosławski for some 20 years (!) IIRC. Revisiting this CD, and rather enjoying it this time around (particularly the Piano Concerto):

Buenas tardes, Rafael! It's been slightly less than 20 years since I last listened to Lutosławski, but long enough nonetheless, so I'm listening to this now:

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #124624 on: November 14, 2018, 05:54:10 AM »
God ettermiddag, Karlo:)
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #124625 on: November 14, 2018, 05:55:55 AM »


Listening to the rest of the program yesterday night was extremely pleasant. I think that all these works also appear on the Chandos survey. They are: the oboe concerto, the short orchestral scherzo after Robert Burns’ legend Tam O’Shanter and the 3-movement Concert Piece for 2 harps and oboe. I found all three works superbly crafted, with many a magical moment, like the end of the oboe concerto, a cadenza underpinned by a kind of drone emanating from the bottom of the orchestra (timpani and bassoon maybe?), or the delicate textures of harps and oboe in the Concert Piece (composed for sisters Sidonie and Marie, harpists, and brother Leon, oboist). Tam O’Shanter is great fun, a bubbly piece that is over all too soon. In short, superb works that made my ears perk up again and again.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #124626 on: November 14, 2018, 06:05:49 AM »
God ettermiddag, Karlo:)
Yes, that's 'hyvää iltapäivää' in Norwegian 0:) (writing efter instead of etter, it becomes Swedish, or Danish).

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #124627 on: November 14, 2018, 06:16:57 AM »


Schubert's Rondo in B minor D895, immediately followed by the Brahms/Klengel D major sonata Op.78.

This particular pairing of works throws into relief just how wildly inappropriate this combination of composers is. Schubert comes across as visionary, mystical, half crazed, rule breaking & life affirming; Brahms comes across as elegant, tasteful, insubstantial salon music. And I like the Op.78 sonata very much in whatever form and would ordinarily associate with it some of the characteristics I apply to Schubert but you...basically just can't juxtapose the two like this. The comparison never works in Brahms's favour.

I once had a similar experience attending a recital when they played Schumann's Fuenf Stuecke in Volkston after Schubert's Arpeggione Sonata. Compared with the emotional roller-coaster of the latter, the former sounded as inconsequential trifles (which they probably are by nature but in this context the feature turned into a bug).

Also, what's the point of transcribing D895 and Op. 78 for cello, I wonder? Is not the genuine cello repertory large and varied enough?

EDIT: The op. 78 Sonata is an elegy for the death of Felix Schumann; "elegant, tasteful, insubstantial salon music" is probably Wispelvey's take on it.  ;D
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #124628 on: November 14, 2018, 06:24:34 AM »
Yes, that's 'hyvää iltapäivää' in Norwegian 0:) (writing efter instead of etter, it becomes Swedish, or Danish).
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What a gaffe!  :-[ Apologies, Karlo...From sunny Iberia, all those languages beyond the Pyrenees become blurred  ;)
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #124629 on: November 14, 2018, 06:26:53 AM »
What a gaffe!  :-[ Apologies, Karlo...From sunny Iberia, all those languages beyond the Pyrenees become blurred  ;)

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #124630 on: November 14, 2018, 06:29:04 AM »
From sunny Iberia, all those languages beyond the Pyrenees become blurred  ;)

Ez bakarrik Pirinioetatik kanpo:laugh:
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #124631 on: November 14, 2018, 06:38:24 AM »
What a gaffe!  :-[ Apologies, Karlo...From sunny Iberia, all those languages beyond the Pyrenees become blurred  ;)
Eu perdoô você.  :P
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #124632 on: November 14, 2018, 06:43:30 AM »
Ez bakarrik Pirinioetatik kanpo:laugh:
  :laugh:...exactly, all those languages beyond the Pyrenees, and one language right here in our midst... :laugh:

Eu perdoô você.  :P
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #124633 on: November 14, 2018, 06:46:44 AM »
16º C and partly cloudy in Madrid at the moment...

now playing...

Falla: Cuatro Piezas Españolas, G 37 (1909)
Granados: Selections from 12 Danzas españolas, Op. 37 (1892-1900)
Albéniz: España, Op. 165 (1893)
Granados: Escenas poéticas series 1, Nos. 1-3 (1912)
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #124634 on: November 14, 2018, 07:34:16 AM »
Finzi: Requiem da Camera.
This is really a wonderful work, deeply moving and eloquent. In fact the whole CD is marvellous (under £2.00 on Amazon UK and US Amazon):

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #124635 on: November 14, 2018, 07:36:42 AM »
now playing...

Falla: Cuatro Piezas Españolas, G 37 (1909)
Granados: Selections from 12 Danzas españolas, Op. 37 (1892-1900)
Albéniz: España, Op. 165 (1893)
Granados: Escenas poéticas series 1, Nos. 1-3 (1912)
Michel Block


I suppose some reciprocity is called for.  :)

Now listening to:



Symphony No. 6.
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #124636 on: November 14, 2018, 07:46:56 AM »
Today GMG helped in making choices... Lutoslawski.



Recorded in 1964! yes, it is 54 years old. But Rowicki and the Warsaw Nat.PhO give a glowing performance of the Concerto for orchestra.

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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #124637 on: November 14, 2018, 07:50:25 AM »
Finzi: Requiem da Camera.
This is really a wonderful work, deeply moving and eloquent. In fact the whole CD is marvellous (under £2.00 on Amazon UK and US Amazon):



You are making a habit of this - I ordered the Eller VC yesterday!
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #124638 on: November 14, 2018, 07:56:42 AM »
You are making a habit of this - I ordered the Eller VC yesterday!
Sorry about that  8)
I'm now on to Britten's 'Cantata Misericordium'. I'm not a great fan of Britten (other than Sinfonia da Requiem and the War Requiem) but I do like this cantata. Hope you like the Eller!
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Re: What are you listening to now?
« Reply #124639 on: November 14, 2018, 07:57:38 AM »
You may be more of a Britten fan than you think  8)
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