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Offline kyjo

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #880 on: October 24, 2017, 08:48:30 AM »
In some sort of order:

Rachmaninoff
Sibelius
Shostakovich
Ravel
Atterberg
RVW
Elgar
Dvorak
Prokofiev
Hanson

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #881 on: November 15, 2017, 07:42:00 AM »
I suppose it’s definitely time to do another one of these lists (in no particular order):

Shostakovich
Vaughan Williams
Bartók
Mahler
Sibelius
Nielsen
Martinů
Dvořák
Ives
Szymanowski
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #882 on: November 15, 2017, 07:48:44 AM »
Let's see...

Sibelius
Nielsen
Vaughan Williams
Ravel
Bartók
Mahler
Martinů
Elgar
Ives
Rachmaninov
I don’t think I need to post a list either. Members here should know my favorites by now and if they don’t just look at my posting history.
I suppose it’s definitely time to do another one of these lists (in no particular order):

Shostakovich
Vaughan Williams
Bartók
Mahler
Sibelius
Nielsen
Martinů
Dvořák
Ives
Szymanowski

I think you're regressing again, John>:D
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #883 on: November 15, 2017, 07:55:12 AM »
I suppose it’s definitely time to do another one of these lists (in no particular order):

Shostakovich
Vaughan Williams
Bartók
Mahler
Sibelius
Nielsen
Martinů
Dvořák
Ives
Szymanowski
Poor Koechlin, poor Delius... Thrown out into the cold, just like that... :(  :laugh:

I'm just kidding of course. My lists would also be subject to changes every once in a while.

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #884 on: November 15, 2017, 07:59:19 AM »
Poor Koechlin, poor Delius... Thrown out into the cold, just like that... :(  :laugh:

I'm just kidding of course. My lists would also be subject to changes every once in a while.

Good day, John!

Hah! ;D Good day to you, too, Rafael. I’ve cooled on Delius for many years now and I don’t consider him an essential part of my listening or really much of an influence. Koechlin would definitely be in my ‘Top 20’ but not ‘Top 10’.

Would be curious to see your updated list.
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #885 on: November 15, 2017, 08:35:09 AM »
Time for some light editing.

Bach
Beethoven
Brahms
Chopin
Dvořák
Janáček
Mozart
Ravel
Schubert
Sibelius


Just outside the top 10: Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Haydn, Berlioz, Rakhmaninov, Schumann
1 year later...


Bach
Beethoven
Chopin
Haydn
Janáček
Mozart
Ravel
Schubert
Sibelius
Stravinsky


(Followed by Rakhmaninov, Martinů, Brahms, Liszt, Berlioz, Monteverdi)
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #886 on: November 15, 2017, 08:45:06 AM »
My list then...

....
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 #887 on: November 15, 2017, 08:45:47 AM »
I think you're regressing again, John>:D

:( Indeed, Karlo....indeed.
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Reply #888 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 #889 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 #890 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 #891 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 #892 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 #893 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 #894 on: Today at 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 #895 on: Today at 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 #896 on: Today at 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 #897 on: Today at 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 #898 on: Today at 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 #899 on: Today at 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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