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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #860 on: November 15, 2017, 08:45:06 AM »
My list then...

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Claudio Monteverdi
Johann Sebastian Bach
Wolgang Amadeus Mozart
Ludwig van Beethoven
Richard Wagner
Gustav Mahler
Claude Debussy
Igor Stravinsky
Alban Berg
Pierre Boulez

..and my list now:

Johann Sebastian Bach
Wolgang Amadeus Mozart
Ludwig van Beethoven
Richard Wagner
Claude Debussy
Manuel de Falla
Arnold Schoenberg
George Enescu
Igor Stravinsky
Pierre Boulez

So out go (temporarily, I suppose) Monteverdi, Mahler and Berg, and in come Falla, Schoenberg and Enescu.




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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #861 on: November 15, 2017, 08:45:47 AM »
I think you're regressing again, John>:D

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #862 on: November 15, 2017, 09:25:36 AM »
right now

Mozart
Sor
Schumann
Schnittke
Henze
Carter
Brouwer
Terry Riley
Lutoslawski
Stravinsky
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #863 on: November 15, 2017, 10:02:57 AM »
Top 10 list is still consistent, but here:

JS Bach - has dominated my listening lately to an unusual degree.
Froberger - particularly the "darker" pieces
Louis Couperin - an old favourite
Mozart
Janáček
Sibelius - the music for violin and orchestra & violin and piano, mostly
Yannis Kyriakides - works with voices. as mentioned before in this forum
Chaya Czernowin - music is sometimes a bit busy for my taste, but its expressiveness is appealing right now
Enescu - the mature & late chamber music. Has a really special elusive quality that sets it apart from the late-romantic milieu, particularly in e.g. the slow movement of the D major piano sonata which is the kind of thing I hope to accomplish when I write music myself

the top 10 of the last..... few months? I guess comes out to be

Haydn almost exclusively for the string quartets, op. 20, 33 & 50
Beethoven
Julius Eastman. Not much (surviving) music but it's all great and has been listened to on repeat
Cage
JS Bach, as above, not listening so much as before
L Couperin. Mostly via Bob van Asperen's Aeolus recordings which are renewing my appreciation for the music.
Reich
Kurtág, spurred by the newish choral/vocal works release
Machaut. spent a fair amount of time with 14th century music lately in the hopes of eventually being able to tell apart different composers (lol) but Machaut still sounds more like music from the 24th century. sometimes when someone is incredibly famous for hundreds of years there's a good reason for it
Martinů, particularly very late & very early works (Fantaisies Symphoniques/Estampes/Parables/Fresques + Toccata discs of early orchestral music + early chamber music, eg Violin Sonata No.0)
Donatoni, somewhat of a "contemporary composer du jour" but also there's been a lot more of his music becoming available lately and I am definitely into it. the austerity in particular.

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #864 on: November 15, 2017, 10:37:09 AM »
These are just the things that popped into my head when I asked myself what I've really enjoyed hearing over the past few months.

Schoenberg - it all started with the new recording by Trio Zimmerman, then I found myself getting more pleasure than ever before from the last two quartets.

Feldman, the late music, I'm getting more and more stamina to enjoy the experience of FBM and Triadic Memories and piano, violin, viola, cello. I'm kind of amazed at myself, that I can enjoy this stuff!

Mozart, really the quartets for Haydn and the last two quintets, I got a CD from quatuor Cambini Paris and it revived my interest a lot, as did someone's transfer of Tatrai quartet playing the late quintets.

Haydn op 20 - just because of Chiaroscuro  quartet.

Charles Mouton, I like the very late pieces, really it's Toyohiko Satoh's way of voicing the music which I like.

The anonymous authors of the Codex Huelgas, as performed by Luis Lozano Virumbrales.

Frescobaldi, for some reason I'm appreciating his music more than ever before.

Ockeghem, I like his music more than any other Franco-Flem at the moment. It flows so naturally, and is so rich contrapuntally.

Lassus, or rather Hilliard's Lassus, which just seems so very beautiful and easy-listening.

Beethoven, just one thing though, Arrau's Appassionata DVD.

Francesco Landini, I love the way the timbres in the Anonymous 4 recording cohere, what they do is relaxing

Generally, I've been enjoying Glen Wilson and The Rose Consort in everything they've  ever recorded.
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #865 on: November 16, 2017, 04:44:35 AM »
I have no idea what I'd put at the moment.

(Gerard) Grisey and (Richard) Barrett are the only two that pop to mind that I don't have second thoughts on.

Medieval and Renaissance music have taken a turn for me (having been really into it at one stage this year).


Gotta gel over this longer  ::)

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #866 on: November 16, 2017, 08:50:33 AM »
Here we go, again ( ::))

Miaskovsky
Vaughan Williams
Bax
Shostakovich
Tubin
Braga Santos
Copland
Atterberg
Arnold
Sibelius

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #867 on: November 20, 2017, 01:29:08 AM »
At the current, it is looking like:

Messiaen
Grisey
Stockhausen

Then the rest to varying extents:

Zorn
Stravinsky
Webern
Ives
Barrett
Varese
Scriabin

So it's all prett 20th/21st century right now, I've gone off early (Medieval/Renaissance) and romantic music lately.

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #868 on: January 22, 2018, 04:23:36 AM »
  • Bach
  • Beethoven
  • Brahms
  • Chopin
  • Dvorak
  • Haydn
  • Mozart
  • Schubert
  • Tchaikovsky
  • Vivaldi

Top 18 would have been a lot easier

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #869 on: January 22, 2018, 04:28:28 AM »
  • Bach
  • Beethoven
  • Brahms
  • Chopin
  • Dvorak
  • Haydn
  • Mozart
  • Schubert
  • Tchaikovsky
  • Vivaldi

Top 18 would have been a lot easier

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #870 on: January 22, 2018, 04:32:44 AM »
Welcome to our impossible polls!

There are a lot of comparative listeners here. I wonder why there aren't any polls for recordings

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #871 on: January 22, 2018, 05:01:30 AM »
There are a lot of comparative listeners here. I wonder why there aren't any polls for recordings

Sometimes there are blind listening galas.
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #872 on: January 22, 2018, 05:04:25 AM »
There are a lot of comparative listeners here. I wonder why there aren't any polls for recordings

There are definitely some polls for the favourite recordings of certain works, and then there's the GMG Members' Personal Essentials Lists thread.

Sometimes there are blind listening galas.
And that, too.
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #873 on: January 22, 2018, 05:09:59 AM »
There are definitely some polls for the favourite recordings of certain works, and then there's the GMG Members' Personal Essentials Lists thread.
Doesn't serve the same purpose I think.

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #874 on: January 22, 2018, 05:11:44 AM »
Doesn't serve the same purpose I think.
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #875 on: January 22, 2018, 05:15:17 AM »
Oh, indeed not.
I have started one. Let's see if it is meaningful or at least if it helps to lead to a proper one with feedbacks

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #876 on: January 22, 2018, 05:52:27 AM »
Doesn't serve the same purpose I think.


Get it started, then!  :)
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #877 on: January 22, 2018, 06:24:58 AM »
Let’s see what today’s ‘Top 10’ looks like:

(In no particular order) -

Shostakovich
Sibelius
Bartók
Stravinsky
Nielsen
Vaughan Williams
Debussy
Ives
Martinů
Szymanowski
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #878 on: January 22, 2018, 07:11:23 AM »
Let’s see what today’s ‘Top 10’ looks like:

(In no particular order) -

Shostakovich
Sibelius
Bartók
Stravinsky
Nielsen
Vaughan Williams
Debussy
Ives
Martinů
Szymanowski

I found this cool portrait of Delius.



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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #879 on: January 22, 2018, 07:48:31 AM »
I found this cool portrait of Delius.



OOPS. Thought this was "Pictures I like"
I momentarily mistook the portrait for one of Villa-Lobos... ;D
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