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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #20 on: September 10, 2016, 05:41:42 PM »
Same here, but they usually don't blow me away like Albicastro's concerto did. Last time a lesser-known baroque composer stopped me in my tracks was William Lawes.

Lawes is splendid.
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Ginastera BOMARZO
« Reply #21 on: September 10, 2016, 06:42:35 PM »
Ginastera is one of my favorites.  He ranks forty-seventh in my library.  I have fifty recordings (now fifty-one) in my library.  If I factor out the duplicates, like the five copies of Estancia I still have recordings of over forty works.

Sony just released the only recording of Ginastera's opera Bomarzo.  Of course I snatched it up as soon as it was released.  I mentioned this in the "Purchases Today" Thread.

I love it.  Reminds me of a Spanish Lulu.  If one likes Lulu and late Ginastera they will love this.   

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #22 on: September 10, 2016, 06:47:07 PM »
Ginastera is one of my favorites.  He ranks forty-seventh in my library.  I have fifty recordings (now fifty-one) in my library.  If I factor out the duplicates, like the five copies of Estancia I still have recordings of over forty works.

Sony just released the only recording of Ginastera's opera Bomarzo.  Of course I snatched it up as soon as it was released.  I mentioned this in the "Purchases Today" Thread.

I love it.  Reminds me of a Spanish Lulu.  If one likes Lulu and late Ginastera they will love this.   

This is something I should probably check out then when I am in an opera sort of mood! :D

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #23 on: September 10, 2016, 07:00:18 PM »
I think I need to take guidance from our friend Nathanb and purposefully limited the music I listen to. I discover too much on a daily basis to keep up with a lot of it.
New sounds are great, BUT when I'm not familiarising myself enough with them, I fail for a lot of pieces to mean something to me.

I'm considering listening to only:

Bartok's Sonata for Two Piano's and Percussion
Mahler's Wonderhorn
The obligatory Xenakis
And Lilburn's third Symphony

For a whole week.

 ;)

I've listened to nothing for the last 5 days but 33 discs worth of Cage, and I ain't complaining.

But I only really do it because I need to. I tend to get really aimless and hopeless when I don't force myself to have some semblance of structure. Personal experience has told me this. And not just musically speaking.

Other things I recommend: set aside time to listen to large box sets and collections with nothing in between. More than a couple of times now, I'll throw on the first disc of Donaueschinger Musiktage 2006, and before it's over, I'll tell myself that I'm not allowed to listen to anything else until I've listened through the final pieces of Donaueschinger Musiktage 2014.

Not only does this force a special kind of discipline and focus, but it usually tends to reliably increase your appreciation of the subject. It's musical intimacy really. For this week, I'm musically monogamous ;)

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #24 on: September 10, 2016, 07:00:58 PM »
I guess I'm not the only one who still finds, after decades of listening, stunning new stuff regularly.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #25 on: September 10, 2016, 07:33:46 PM »
have u guys heard this piece called fur elise omg sooooo goooood

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #26 on: September 10, 2016, 08:22:34 PM »
have u guys heard this piece called fur elise omg sooooo goooood
No! how does it go?
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #27 on: September 11, 2016, 03:52:39 AM »
Rautavaara: Vigilia

http://www.gramophone.co.uk/review/rautavaara-vigilia

This was the first choral work of ER's that I had heard, and it is compelling, particularly the first half or so. Some beautiful harmonies, gorgeous writing for Bass, and totally exotic vocal effects in the form of glissandos and what not.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #28 on: September 11, 2016, 04:40:59 PM »
No! how does it go?

Everyone knows it!

Did you know it was LvB's primary way of getting laid? He'd be like, "here, I have composed a piece for you my lady. I call it, 'For Sarah.' Let me show you, come closer..." Except he'd do it over and over again with different women. Finally one of the women became aware of his ruse and boxed his ears, which caused his hearing loss.





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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #29 on: September 11, 2016, 06:08:37 PM »
Toshio Hosokawa: Saxophone Concerto

I listened to this for the first time ever last night and I'm really feeling that I need to listen to it more and more....I really love the way the soloist is introduced in this concerto! Wow!

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #30 on: September 14, 2016, 03:57:55 AM »
Charlotte Bray: At the Speed of Stillness.

Really good video, nice to hear the composer talk about her work as well. The piece itself starts around 3:20 in:

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #31 on: September 14, 2016, 04:10:31 AM »
Brahms
Scherzo in B-flat minor op. 4

A remarkably beautiful and coherent piece for a first composition (the opus number is misleading, this is the first extant work of Brahms, composed in 1851).

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/uka3r__32yY" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/uka3r__32yY</a>

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Kyrie in F major KV 33

The first thought that camew into my mind after the first few bars: Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #32 on: September 14, 2016, 05:17:41 AM »
I enjoyed that Mozart very much Florestan! I'm especially a fan of his many Masses and other liturgical works. What are your favourites?

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #33 on: September 14, 2016, 06:13:58 AM »
Brahms
Scherzo in B-flat minor op. 4

A remarkably beautiful and coherent piece for a first composition (the opus number is misleading, this is the first extant work of Brahms, composed in 1851).
It's a marvelous piece, indeed. Remember though that Brahms had written a fair number of works at that point - he just destroyed the lot after Schumann's article.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #34 on: September 14, 2016, 06:53:17 AM »
Another odd thing about the Brahms's scherzo is that Brahms supposedly claimed he had not known the Chopin scherzi when he wrote it but it does sound damn close to some passages of these works...
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #35 on: September 14, 2016, 07:08:43 AM »
I enjoyed that Mozart very much Florestan! I'm especially a fan of his many Masses and other liturgical works. What are your favourites?

To my shame I must confess that besides the Coronation Mass and the Requiem Mozart's sacred music is virtually unkown to me, a state of affairs which I intend to redress just these days, with the help of Messrs Harnoncourt, Neumann and Philips Mozart Edition. A project that will run parallel to that of chronologically listening to Brahms's complete works on DG.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #36 on: September 14, 2016, 07:10:32 AM »
Another odd thing about the Brahms's scherzo is that Brahms supposedly claimed he had not known the Chopin scherzi when he wrote it but it does sound damn close to some passages of these works...

Right from the beginning, actually.  :D
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #37 on: September 14, 2016, 09:09:20 AM »
Schumann's Violinsonate no.2 op.121, in particular the third movement, "Leise, einfach".

Simply outstanding.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJc1RhzF9w0

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #38 on: September 14, 2016, 09:17:22 AM »
Schumann's Violinsonate no.2 op.121, in particular the third movement, "Leise, einfach".

Simply outstanding.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJc1RhzF9w0
That certainly is a beauty!
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #39 on: September 14, 2016, 09:23:02 AM »
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