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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #220 on: February 06, 2017, 08:52:30 PM »
Three pieces that have blown me recently, specifically three awesome cello concertos:

Miaskovsky: Passionately melancholic
Moeran: It's warm, somewhat heroic
Lutoslawski: The rarer and the one that left me the strangest feeling
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #221 on: February 06, 2017, 10:30:27 PM »
Very cool! I know of another concerto which has pretty much the exact same scoring coincidentally. It would be interesting to hear your thoughts on it.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/lo3mZcY1gRY" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/lo3mZcY1gRY</a>

Very nice  :)  I found a recording of it and put it on my wish list

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #222 on: February 08, 2017, 10:30:34 PM »
I heard Monteverdi's Combattimento before, but listening to it in concert conducted by Savall and sung, among others, by Furio Zanasi was an experience I'll never forget. This was in Montreal last week.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #223 on: February 09, 2017, 08:15:26 PM »
Recent concert...I was blown away by Malcolm Arnold's Sonatina for clarinet and piano. What a cool piece!!!! I think that until now I have very unfairly regarded Arnold as 'kinda like Britten but not as good'.............. ::)

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #224 on: February 10, 2017, 10:38:44 PM »


Santa Claus just got me this.  Wow!!!!

I am now listening to the Blue/s Forms for Solo Violin.  Awesome.   :)

Link to the Cedille Websitehttp://www.cedillerecords.org/albums/coleridge-taylor-perkinson-a-celebration

This is wonderful. Vital, solid, and melodic. I particularly liked the solo and chamber works. The string trio is a lamenting, beautiful piece. Thanks for the post.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #225 on: February 10, 2017, 10:46:41 PM »
Simeon ten Holt, where have you been all my life? Canto Ostinato hits all my sweet spots:

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/JDCsOL2vBJc" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/JDCsOL2vBJc</a>

It is an incredible piece of music. I never get tired of it. I have van Veen's recordings XL (14 hours) and XXL (4 hours) using different combinations of instruments (1, 2, 4 pianos, 3 pianos + organ, 2 pianos + 2 marimbas, etc.)

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #226 on: February 21, 2017, 10:44:00 PM »
[Simeon ten Holt ~ Canto Ostinato] is an incredible piece of music.  I never get tired of it.  I have van Veen's recordings XL (14 hours) and XXL (4 hours) using different combinations of instruments (1, 2, 4 pianos, 3 pianos + organ, 2 pianos + 2 marimbas, etc.)

I found it, maybe, one of those fine pieces if taken as 'wallpaper music," i.e. put it on, don't listen attentively, and just let it run...

In a similar vein, one very nice comment on it being, "it is nice to put it on and have it be the air moving in the room," and now the full piece, to date, up on youtube in one long-play link. you might also enjoy
La Monte Young's The Well Tuned Piano., all five hours, one minute and thirty-two seconds of it ;-)

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/c3eN4xwADTI" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/c3eN4xwADTI</a>
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #227 on: February 21, 2017, 11:46:26 PM »
I found it, maybe, one of those fine pieces if taken as 'wallpaper music," i.e. put it on, don't listen attentively, and just let it run...

In a similar vein, one very nice comment on it being, "it is nice to put it on and have it be the air moving in the room," and now the full piece, to date, up on youtube in one long-play link. you might also enjoy
La Monte Young's The Well Tuned Piano., all five hours, one minute and thirty-two seconds of it ;-)

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/c3eN4xwADTI" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/c3eN4xwADTI</a>

That piece is amazing, I've been intrigued, fascinated and moved by it for ages. One of those explainable occurrences of majestic magnitude in music, I love it  :)

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #228 on: February 22, 2017, 01:51:34 AM »
I heard Copland's Third Symphony yesterday for the first time in ages, and for the first time as a purchased recording (first listen was at a Proms concert a while ago). I am going to have a great time getting really familiar with this symphony. Many American symphonies seem to be on the short and sprightly side, but this is a properly weighted symphony in the grand tradition, but a 20th century American take on the grand tradition.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #229 on: February 22, 2017, 06:53:33 AM »
I heard Copland's Third Symphony yesterday for the first time in ages, and for the first time as a purchased recording (first listen was at a Proms concert a while ago). I am going to have a great time getting really familiar with this symphony. Many American symphonies seem to be on the short and sprightly side, but this is a properly weighted symphony in the grand tradition, but a 20th century American take on the grand tradition.

May I also recommend Diamond's 3rd?

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #230 on: February 23, 2017, 01:24:29 PM »
May I also recommend Diamond's 3rd?

Thanks for the recommendation. I already have a recording of Diamond's 2nd and 4th Symphonies, bought a good few years ago now. I just haven't gotten round to picking anything else of his up yet.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #231 on: March 04, 2017, 08:21:19 AM »
I recently heard Louis Andriessen's Hout, a work for mixed ensemble (piano, guitar, saxophone, and marimba). An unusual combination that seemed very effective in this work. I loved the rhythms, and I almost always love the marimba.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #232 on: March 04, 2017, 04:47:25 PM »
I recently heard Louis Andriessen's Hout, a work for mixed ensemble (piano, guitar, saxophone, and marimba). An unusual combination that seemed very effective in this work. I loved the rhythms, and I almost always love the marimba.
Welcome to GMG! Andriessen is a really cool composer; I'm glad you enjoyed this work. It's one of my favourites of his. :)

Also, in a lecture on Electroacoustic music recently I was blown away by Concret PH by Xenakis.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #233 on: March 05, 2017, 03:44:57 AM »
Three pieces that have blown me recently, specifically three awesome cello concertos:

Miaskovsky: Passionately melancholic
Moeran: It's warmer, something heroic
Lutoslawski: The rarer and the one that left me the strangest feeling
I like all of those. The climax of the last movement of the Moeran in the Peers Coetmore (Mrs Moeran)/Boult performance is overwhelming. I prefer the Miaskovsky to the Elgar. Need to listen to the Lutoslawski again.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #234 on: March 05, 2017, 04:36:03 AM »


Lay de la Fonteine. Absolutely hairraisingly intense.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #235 on: March 05, 2017, 05:20:15 AM »
Léo Delibes --- Missa brevis

All of it, but especially O salutaris hostia.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #236 on: March 05, 2017, 03:26:33 PM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0MfM6wJnQQ

Composition for Viola and Piano - M.Babbitt

I found this Milton Babbitt piece which I had not listened before quite nice.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #237 on: March 05, 2017, 06:28:12 PM »
Sometime I am embarrassed to admit that I am unaware of a famous work that I hear for the first time and it blows me away.  This shows that no matter how much I think I know I do not know as much as I should.

I am currently listening to as I am typing this to Robert Schumann's Etudes Symphoniques.  WOW!!!!!!!

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #238 on: March 08, 2017, 04:17:22 PM »
I just heard the Madetoja's 2nd symphony: OMG! It exceeded my expectations! What a piece of work! Sublime, one of the most heroic, deep and fine symphonies I've listened to recently.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #239 on: March 08, 2017, 04:24:18 PM »
I like all of those. The climax of the last movement of the Moeran in the Peers Coetmore (Mrs Moeran)/Boult performance is overwhelming. I prefer the Miaskovsky to the Elgar. Need to listen to the Lutoslawski again.

I agree with you. The Miaskovsky's concerto is superb, certainly dolorous. Miaskovsky had a great "gift" for writing truly glum music.

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