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Re: 6 favourite works for string orchestra
« Reply #40 on: July 16, 2015, 05:27:17 PM »
Very interested in the choices of the 'Partita' by Vaughan Williams. I hadn't made much of it before but John (Mirror Image) had recommende the Bryden Thomson recording of Vaughan Williams's Symphony 8, which is indeed terrific. Coupled with it on my CD is the Partita which, coincidentally, I listened to in the car today. Whether it was the performance or the work itself I don't know (presumably a combination of the two) but I now have a much higher opinion of this work. So many thanks for the recommendations here and to John as well.  :)

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Re: 6 favourite works for string orchestra
« Reply #41 on: July 16, 2015, 11:29:43 PM »
Berg's Lyric Suite lacks half the music or more in the string orchestra version, that's a main drawback for me (I love the piece in the original complete and string quartet version).

My favs would include

Bartok: Divertimento
Dvorak: String serenade
Tchaikovsky: String serenade
Vaughan Williams: Tallis Phantasia
Handel: several concerti from op.6, e.g. the g minor and B flat major.
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Re: 6 favourite works for string orchestra
« Reply #42 on: July 16, 2015, 11:35:14 PM »
Third movement 'Cavatina' of Vaughan Williams's Symphony No.8 also springs to mind. The last manifestation, in his output, of the spirit of the Tallis Fantasia I think.
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Re: 6 favourite works for string orchestra
« Reply #43 on: July 17, 2015, 01:03:26 AM »
Nice choices, Paul. I forgot about RVW's Five Variants on Dives and Lazarus. What a great piece. I also love Diamond's Rounds.
I've played both before. I do love them.
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Re: 6 favourite works for string orchestra
« Reply #44 on: July 17, 2015, 01:08:15 AM »
Third movement 'Cavatina' of Vaughan Williams's Symphony No.8 also springs to mind. The last manifestation, in his output, of the spirit of the Tallis Fantasia I think.

Indeed a good example of RVW's glorious way of writing for stringorchestra.

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Re: 6 favourite works for string orchestra
« Reply #45 on: July 17, 2015, 01:14:40 AM »
Certainly not in the modern sense of chamber music. No chamber groups tackle the Brandenburgs (the Mosaiques could not perform the 3rd or 6th ;) ) Chamber orchestras, and even full orchestras perform the Brandenburgs, just like they do the Bach orchestral suites and the keyboard concertos. The Brandenburgs are nothing like the triosonatas.

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True, not in the modern sense of chamber music, but in the sense OPPP (one player per part).

The modern (and fortunately dying) way of playing the Brandenburg "concertos" with full symphony orchestral forces is contradicted by our knowledge about the ensemble the music was written for (Prince Leopold´s chapel, Cöthen).
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Re: 6 favourite works for string orchestra
« Reply #46 on: July 17, 2015, 02:35:51 AM »
Webern - 5 pieces for string orchestra
Stravinsky - Apollo
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Re: 6 favourite works for string orchestra
« Reply #47 on: July 17, 2015, 03:41:05 AM »
Webern - 5 pieces for string orchestra
Stravinsky - Apollo


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Re: 6 favourite works for string orchestra
« Reply #48 on: July 17, 2015, 03:56:11 AM »
Schoenberg - Verklärte Nacht
Stravinsky - Apollo
Tippett - Corelli Fantasia
RVW - Tallis Fantasia
Strauss - Metamorphosen
Dvorak: String Serenade
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Re: 6 favourite works for string orchestra
« Reply #49 on: July 17, 2015, 04:08:10 AM »
As often, I've noticed, your list almost matches mine, which is interesting! The exception is the Schoenberg on your list whose place is taken by the 'other' Tippett piece in my list. I love the Schoenberg, naturally, but for me it is impossible to miss off the Tippett Double Concerto.

Ultra-committed Janacekista though I am, his string orchestra are IMO fairly weak and unidiomatic pieces (the idioms which they do possess are often more Dvorak than Janacek, strikingly so sometimes, though there is a definite progression between the two pieces, too)

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Re: 6 favourite works for string orchestra
« Reply #50 on: July 17, 2015, 04:25:45 AM »
Wuorinen, Grand Bamboula

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Debussy, Danses sacrée et profane pour harpe chromatique et orchestre à cordes

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Braga Santos, Concerto for strings in d minor

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Britten, Prelude & Fugue for 18 strings

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Tippett, Concerto for Double String Orchestra

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Honorable mention:

JSB, Brandenburg Concerti Nos. 3 & 6
Schoenberg, Verklärte Nacht (string orch. version)
RVW, Tallis Fantasia
Braga Santos, Variações concertantes for string orchestra, harp & solo string quartet

and others . . . .
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Re: 6 favourite works for string orchestra
« Reply #51 on: July 17, 2015, 04:36:01 AM »
I love the Schoenberg, naturally, but for me it is impossible to miss off the Tippett Double Concerto.

The Tippett is wonderful indeed. I learned about this work through a friend who played in a group that performed it. I am not always crazy about music with some of the harmonies like this, but I think I barely blinked or breathed the whole time I heard it.  It always struck me as deceptively simple too - but simple it is not. Gorgeous music.
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Re: 6 favourite works for string orchestra
« Reply #52 on: July 17, 2015, 05:35:13 AM »
Wuorinen, Grand Bamboula

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 ???   Apologies for not including the Grand Bamboula earlier!   8)    A great work by a great composer! 

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Albert Roussel:Sinfonietta

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Re: 6 favourite works for string orchestra
« Reply #53 on: July 17, 2015, 06:19:16 AM »
Part's Cantus has that bell part, so I'm not sure it can count....

If Jeffrey can include Honegger's 2nd and Karl can include Debussy's Danses, then there should be no complaint about Part's Cantus (which actually was just an honorable mention from me).
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Re: 6 favourite works for string orchestra
« Reply #54 on: July 17, 2015, 06:22:16 AM »
Well, the harp is a string instrument, right?  8)
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Re: 6 favourite works for string orchestra
« Reply #55 on: July 17, 2015, 06:25:25 AM »
Well, the harp is a string instrument, right?  8)

Well sure, but when I think of a work for string orchestra, I don't necessarily think about a concertante work like Danses for example.
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Re: 6 favourite works for string orchestra
« Reply #56 on: July 17, 2015, 06:31:53 AM »
Well sure, but when I think of a work for string orchestra, I don't necessarily think about a concertante work like Danses for example.

I see what you mean, and yet, one of the iconic works which many of us have mentioned (and which most of us love — and in fact, it opens our Jeffrey's inaugural post for the thread), the RVW Tallis Fantasia, is a concertante work par excellence.
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Re: 6 favourite works for string orchestra
« Reply #57 on: July 17, 2015, 06:34:50 AM »
I see what you mean, and yet, one of the iconic works which many of us have mentioned (and which most of us love — and in fact, it opens our Jeffrey's inaugural post for the thread), the RVW Tallis Fantasia, is a concertante work par excellence.

I agree. FYI, I would've picked Debussy's Danses in a heartbeat, but I already had six picks already. RVW's Tallis Fantasia is excellent indeed. 8)
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Re: 6 favourite works for string orchestra
« Reply #58 on: July 17, 2015, 06:46:39 AM »
Well sure, but when I think of a work for string orchestra, I don't necessarily think about a concertante work like Danses for example.
I was definitely thinking about concertos with string orchestra - Piazzolla/Desyatnikov's Four Seasons, Copland's Clarinet Concerto, Koszewski's Concerto Grosso, Dorman's Mandolin Concerto, etc.

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Re: 6 favourite works for string orchestra
« Reply #59 on: July 17, 2015, 07:46:28 AM »
Hah!  You know he meant № 3  8)
Actually, I did mean #6.  And #3 too! ;D  Yes, #6 is all strings.
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