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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #300 on: April 18, 2017, 06:54:41 PM »

Didn't know that about Maderna, will have to check out some of his works. Thanks, Friends.


Check out either the three oboe concertos or Quadrivium, to get you started?  ;)

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« Reply #301 on: April 18, 2017, 07:54:36 PM »
Quadrivium seems to be the most well known piece; it is especially good if you like percussion, I guess.

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/YLV5DUu1zqw" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/YLV5DUu1zqw</a>

although personally I prefer Aura

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/Y9fwwDnTW6c" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/Y9fwwDnTW6c</a>

and Giardino Religioso

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/w93zOiuK_OY" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/w93zOiuK_OY</a>

Also, something I am surprised to have only just found out considering my enthusiasm for electroacoustic music, he has a sizeable number of tape compositions too if anyone else is interested.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #302 on: May 19, 2017, 07:38:14 PM »
I mentioned the two below works in the Phillip Glass Thread.

The concerto for two timpanists:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lnw0IHgjE2E

And the concerto for Saxophone Quartet:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYkIrYh7zuw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9pUnqtc4-k

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #303 on: May 30, 2017, 04:09:10 AM »
Stockhausen - Gruppen

I've always enjoyed Gruppen but now I'm undeniably astounded, addicted and obsessed with it at the moment. It is truly deserves it's masterpiece status.
Classical music is currently on the downside for me but this particular work is completely knocking me out each time, just complete "wow!!".
Because of that, I decided to get the score from the library and I haven't been able to put it down. It's one of those special times  ;D
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #304 on: June 05, 2017, 04:04:28 AM »
This is great!

Babbitt was a very jazzy composer... I bet he would have loved this!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-PJw2lqW7c

The original piano solo work (semi-simple Variations): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rb5Klc-8WPY

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #305 on: June 05, 2017, 04:10:08 AM »
This is great!

Babbitt was a very jazzy composer... I bet he would have loved this!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-PJw2lqW7c

The original piano solo work (semi-simple Variations): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rb5Klc-8WPY

Yep, classic video, love it! The Bad Plus are great, have you heard their Rite of Spring?   (which you may like as a fellow jazz enthusiast!)

The original work too, Babbitt is the man! He knows all the right notes  8)
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #306 on: June 06, 2017, 04:09:16 PM »
Schnittke - Cello concerto No. 1: There is a poignant suffering here. The whole concerto is haunting, but the last movement is incredibly brutal. Schnittke composed this with all his tormented soul.

More Schnittke - Piano quintet: One of the saddest pieces ever. The sorrow that I felt might not have comparison with similar works of any composer. This man has impressed me so so much!!

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« Reply #307 on: June 07, 2017, 05:22:53 PM »
Yep, classic video, love it! The Bad Plus are great, have you heard their Rite of Spring?   (which you may like as a fellow jazz enthusiast!)

The original work too, Babbitt is the man! He knows all the right notes  8)

I read somewhere that Babbitt indeed saw the video and he liked it and showed it to people, ha.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #308 on: June 07, 2017, 05:59:50 PM »
Recently Ruggles' Portals for String Orchestra:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXhK0kUjwig

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #309 on: June 08, 2017, 10:10:23 PM »
Mahler 5 (and not for the adagietto either)


(But the adagietto is an extraordinary movement, that strong melancholy and the chromatic harmonies/polyphony <3  )
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #310 on: June 10, 2017, 11:33:03 AM »
Mahler 5 (and not for the adagietto either)


(But the adagietto is an extraordinary movement, that strong melancholy and the chromatic harmonies/polyphony <3  )

That's an incredible symphony, and the Adagietto stands as an oasis of calm amongst the turbulence surrounding it. It's interesting how the Adagietto is a genuine interruption of what come before it. The solo horn pretty much ends the scherzo (save for some final chords from the orchestra), and it starts the finale with the same note, just a different dynamic level, more fitting to smoothly bring us "back on track", so to speak.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #311 on: June 17, 2017, 02:28:58 AM »
Richard Barrett - Dark Matter (Cycle)


I'm having a major moment I think. Like when I heard Licht or Espaces Acoustiques for the first time, I haven't really ever heard anything quite like this before. I know the kind of music this has come out of but this is so distinctive. and sounds amazing!!

Mind = Blown tonight  :o
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #312 on: June 17, 2017, 03:43:48 AM »
Welcome to the dark side!

That was my first and favourite Richard Barrett. Also try to hear Opening of the Mouth if you can, it's much more contrapuntal and therefore tougher to crack but might be an even more powerful listening experience overall.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #313 on: June 17, 2017, 05:31:36 AM »



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Zoroaster said something.  Something wonderful.  I'll admit that Also Sprach Zarathustra has always been one of those Strauss works I've never been crazy about.  Oh, sure, the opening movement is great - but then there's a whole lot after that.  Now, I've heard some of the biggest of big names in Strauss here - eg, Fluffy, Kempe, Reiner - and they all do a splendid job directing their orchestras in tour de force playing.  But only Clemens Krauss, in crusty mono, ever really made the piece enjoyable for me.  Until Zubin Mehta's CBS recording arrived.  Mehta isn't quite as old-timey as Krauss, but he knows to make the piece lush and beautiful, and in Das Tanzlied he makes the listener almost forget that titanic opening.  It's almost as rustic sounding as Krauss, and it has that same relaxed fit and feel as Strauss' old protege.  And it's in excellent 1980 sound.  Okay, sure, there's some glare, the sound is a bit compressed by contemporary standards, there's too much spotlighting, resulting in some instruments sounding too big, and Glenn Dicterow's violin would never sound like he's standing in the second row playing like he does here in real life, but with all those details popping out in the context of a lush aural backdrop, who cares?  Not me!  Throw in an almost as enjoyable Don Juan, and the first disc in the eight-disc Mehta set on Sony justifies the price for the whole box.  I think I need to try his Decca version.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #314 on: June 17, 2017, 08:09:49 AM »
Elliott Carter's A Mirror on which to Dwell is stunning!  Such a wonderful balance between activity and restfulness, magnificently lyrical in the vocal writing and in the instrumental writing as well.  I've been listening to the Boulez/Bryn-Julson recording with the EI.  Does anyone know how it compares to the one on Bridge?

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #315 on: June 17, 2017, 02:40:28 PM »
Richard Barrett - Dark Matter (Cycle)


I'm having a major moment I think. Like when I heard Licht or Espaces Acoustiques for the first time, I haven't really ever heard anything quite like this before. I know the kind of music this has come out of but this is so distinctive. and sounds amazing!!

Mind = Blown tonight  :o

Aaaaaah I'm so glad you enjoyed this! It's certainly a favourite of mine. 8)

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #316 on: June 17, 2017, 10:04:22 PM »
Quadrivium seems to be the most well known piece; it is especially good if you like percussion, I guess.

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/YLV5DUu1zqw" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/YLV5DUu1zqw</a>

although personally I prefer Aura

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/Y9fwwDnTW6c" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/Y9fwwDnTW6c</a>

and Giardino Religioso

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/w93zOiuK_OY" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/w93zOiuK_OY</a>


Also, something I am surprised to have only just found out considering my enthusiasm for electroacoustic music, he has a sizeable number of tape compositions too if anyone else is interested.
I liked 'Aura' which reminded me a bit of Charles Ives.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #317 on: June 18, 2017, 12:26:32 AM »
Welcome to the dark side!

That was my first and favourite Richard Barrett. Also try to hear Opening of the Mouth if you can, it's much more contrapuntal and therefore tougher to crack but might be an even more powerful listening experience overall.

Will do!  8)

I've heard bits and pieces of Construction and orchestral works like "Vanity". I'm more than impressed!  :o
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #318 on: June 21, 2017, 03:39:41 PM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ln3wWjc7vn0

Ferneyhough: Lemma-Icon-Epigram.

Not a new face to me but... nice to see an actual performance rather than the score... it gives a different perspective of a Ferneyhough piece.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #319 on: June 24, 2017, 03:41:35 AM »
Ravel's Pavane pour une infante dfunte, I didn't realize I recognized it  :D The greatest, most beautiful and sombre use of circle of fifths ever (besides, I will Survive  :laugh: )
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