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Re: Your Three Favorite Composers
« Reply #300 on: March 04, 2019, 04:21:59 AM »
Nothing very different today.  ;D

Not that I keep a ranked list of such things, but your signature file has always seemed to speak volumes about the composer and his work, and although the enthusiasm of both vandermolen and Mirror Image have pointed me in that direction, it's an ongoing reminder to listen to RVW.

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« Reply #301 on: March 04, 2019, 04:22:55 AM »
Not that I keep a ranked list of such things, but your signature file has always seemed to speak volumes about the composer and his work, and although the enthusiasm of both vandermolen and Mirror Image have pointed me in that direction, it's an ongoing reminder to listen to RVW.
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Re: Your Three Favorite Composers
« Reply #302 on: March 04, 2019, 04:50:41 AM »
Very similar to Christo regarding Vaughan Williams although I was a year or two older when I latched on to Vaughan Williams, 16 or 17 ( late developer  8)). Regarding VW I was lucky that my 17th year coincided with the centenary of VW's birth in 1972 and that I lived in central London, so was able to attend, for example the centenary concerts in the Festival Hall and Westminster Abbey (both conducted by Boult). I think that Miaskovsky is my No.2 choice. Sibelius and Bruckner are two of the greatest. At the moment I'm listening to a lot of Alwyn, so maybe he is today's No3 choice although, Diamond, Bate, Braga Santos and Tubin rate very highly for me.

Now I feel that I should have included Shostakovich or Sibelius as my third choice.  ::)
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« Reply #303 on: March 09, 2019, 08:38:17 PM »
Recently it's been Atterberg, Dvořák, and Sibelius (in no particular order).
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Re: Your Three Favorite Composers
« Reply #304 on: March 10, 2019, 03:09:02 AM »
Here is a nice photo of one of my favourites:

And another:

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Re: Your Three Favorite Composers
« Reply #305 on: March 10, 2019, 07:22:58 AM »
Here is a nice photo of one of my favourites:

And another:


Nice, Jeffrey. Here’s a good one of ol’ Ralph:
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« Reply #306 on: March 10, 2019, 08:43:23 AM »
Zappa, Mahler, Stravinsky. No! Schoenberg, Ravel, Beethoven! Uh... wait! Webern, Frescobaldi, Crumb! Or... that is... Ah, I've got it! Carter, Ives, Froberger! Damn... wrong again. Bear with me folks, this could go on all night.

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Re: Your Three Favorite Composers
« Reply #307 on: March 11, 2019, 02:17:58 AM »
Nice, Jeffrey. Here’s a good one of ol’ Ralph:
That's a lovely photo as well John. I first saw it on the back of an LP of VW's hymns in my early days of collecting his music. And here is another one plus one of another of my favourite composers. I wonder why I like these images in particular?
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Re: Your Three Favorite Composers
« Reply #308 on: March 11, 2019, 03:21:36 AM »
At the moment I think my top 3 composers are:

Sir Edward Elgar
Johann Sebastian Bach
Mieczyslaw Weinberg
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« Reply #309 on: March 11, 2019, 11:52:31 PM »
At the moment I think my top 3 composers are:

Sir Edward Elgar
Johann Sebastian Bach
Mieczyslaw Weinberg

I like Weinberg too - was listening to his Piano Quintet yesterday and look forward to discovering more. Symphony 5 is a masterpiece IMO and I also think very highly of 1,3 and 6.
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Re: Your Three Favorite Composers
« Reply #310 on: March 12, 2019, 06:44:45 AM »
I wonder why I like these images in particular?
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It’s quite possible you like them because they show the composers in a natural position and they’re not really ‘posing’ or you could just have a thing for cats? ;)
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« Reply #311 on: March 12, 2019, 06:59:57 AM »
It’s quite possible you like them because they show the composers in a natural position and they’re not really ‘posing’ or you could just have a thing for cats? ;)
;) Sadly I couldn't find a picture of Miaskovsky with a cat but here is another composer I greatly admire with some slightly larger cats  8)
Nice CD too!
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Re: Your Three Favorite Composers
« Reply #312 on: March 12, 2019, 07:21:16 AM »
;) Sadly I couldn't find a picture of Miaskovsky with a cat but here is another composer I greatly admire with some slightly larger cats  8)
Nice CD too!


Well, there you go, I stand corrected. ;)
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« Reply #313 on: March 12, 2019, 08:24:20 AM »
Well, there you go, I stand corrected. ;)
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Re: Your Three Favorite Composers
« Reply #314 on: March 12, 2019, 09:25:15 AM »
I like Weinberg too - was listening to his Piano Quintet yesterday and look forward to discovering more. Symphony 5 is a masterpiece IMO and I also think very highly of 1,3 and 6.

Inspired by you I'm listening to the Piano Quintet. I have/know symphonies 10, 12, 19 & 20. People keep talking about 5, but I haven't heard it yet so there's a lot to explore. Most of my Weinberg is chamber music.
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Re: Your Three Favorite Composers
« Reply #315 on: March 13, 2019, 08:46:31 AM »
Inspired by you I'm listening to the Piano Quintet. I have/know symphonies 10, 12, 19 & 20. People keep talking about 5, but I haven't heard it yet so there's a lot to explore. Most of my Weinberg is chamber music.

What did you think of it?
Here is the very nice CD with Bloch PQ2 which I was listening to.
Yes, you must get to hear Symphony 5, preferably in Kondrashin's unrivalled performance.

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Re: Your Three Favorite Composers
« Reply #316 on: March 13, 2019, 11:18:04 AM »
Inspired by you I'm listening to the Piano Quintet. I have/know symphonies 10, 12, 19 & 20. People keep talking about 5, but I haven't heard it yet so there's a lot to explore. Most of my Weinberg is chamber music.

Two of my favorite Weinberg works include the atmospheric 3rd Symphony and the gorgeous Cello Concerto. I find that I tend to prefer his more lyrical earlier works - his later works are a bit too unremittingly dark and bleak for my tastes.
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Re: Your Three Favorite Composers
« Reply #317 on: March 13, 2019, 01:33:04 PM »
Two of my favorite Weinberg works include the atmospheric 3rd Symphony and the gorgeous Cello Concerto. I find that I tend to prefer his more lyrical earlier works - his later works are a bit too unremittingly dark and bleak for my tastes.
My thoughts exactly.
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Re: Your Three Favorite Composers
« Reply #318 on: March 14, 2019, 04:57:12 PM »
3 perennial favorites:

Brahms, Dvorak and Shostakovich.

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Re: Your Three Favorite Composers
« Reply #319 on: March 17, 2019, 12:38:47 AM »
Here's one of them:
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