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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #340 on: August 07, 2017, 08:14:14 AM »
Hindemith Konzertmusik for Brass and String Orchestra.

Listened to it because it was next up in my cpo set of Hindemith Orchestral Music. Had never sought it out before because the title was somehow off-putting to me. Gave me the impression that it would be some sort of concerto for various brass instruments.

But Wow! Not what I was expecting at all. The harmonies and he sonorities created are utterly captivating.



Performance is beautiful, audio engineering is perfect.


Yes!  Possibly the second Hindemith piece I ever heard (after the Symphony in Bb which we played in a Region Band).
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #341 on: August 13, 2017, 12:49:29 PM »
Ravel - Sad Birds (from the suite Miroirs)

And in this particular interpretation by the master himself! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDIAnwjFVVA

Every time I listen to it... and the title... oh, so beautiful combination... birds... but sad. Can birds be sad? Yes, and this piece is an evidence of that.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #342 on: August 14, 2017, 08:56:34 AM »
Debussy's La cathédrale engloutie, from préludes, a wonderfully evocative piece.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #343 on: August 15, 2017, 04:54:46 PM »
I have been listening a lot to Cage lately. His sense of well being with the world, in some sort of child-like but also ecstatic way, gives me what I need.

My favorites are the Constructions, Sonatas and Interludes, Six Melodies, Number Pieces, In a Landscape, Dream, and so many more...

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #344 on: August 16, 2017, 05:23:17 AM »
The past couple of weeks, I've been listening to the new Naxos disk of Fricker string quartets.  I was previously unfamiliar with his work.  In it, I hear an almost Bartokian density.  I suspect that if you like the Bartok quartets, you'd also enjoy the work of Mr. Fricker.

https://www.amazon.com/Fricker-String-Quartets-Villiers-Quartet/dp/B01NCVFY3W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1502889288&sr=8-1&keywords=fricker+string+quartets

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzoC3LigXc0

Is there a way to embed a YouTube video, other than the URL?   Sorry; new to the forum here.   ;)
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #345 on: August 16, 2017, 05:31:28 AM »
Is there a way to embed a YouTube video, other than the URL?   Sorry; new to the forum here.   ;)

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #346 on: August 16, 2017, 06:22:26 AM »
Thank you, Florestan.  I will try that next time.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #347 on: August 16, 2017, 08:34:13 AM »
In case you forget, locate a post with an embedded video and clic on "quote".  The syntax used will be apparent in the reply box.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #348 on: August 16, 2017, 02:56:19 PM »
Mosolov's "Iron Foundry".
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #349 on: August 17, 2017, 10:19:55 AM »



This disc mostly contains music new to me.  The Grieg Cello Sonata is not, but this version is much better, much more vibrant than the Lloyd Webber/Forsberg recording.  Somewhat like with Isserlis' Janacek Pohadka recordings, the music is drained of some of its characteristic Grieginess, but the trade-off here is playing of such perfectly judged intensity and controlled passion as to make this emerge a true chamber music masterpiece.  It's so good that I think I may have to hear the Isserlis/Hough remake on Hyperion, which comes paired with Mendelssohn.

The five short Liszt works are all excellent, and even if not his best efforts, they reveal Liszt to be more than a showman alone, in the event such evidence is still needed. 

The Anton Rubinstein Cello Sonata No 1 is large scaled, rich, and romantic, like bulked up Mendelssohn, with some Tchaikovsky tossed in.  The Allegretto has some absolutely breathtaking cello playing, with Isserlis frantically whispering out figurations, which Hough later repeats expertly, though the effect is not quite the same due to the instrument.  The piano music at the beginning of the Allegro molto sounds like nothing other than a Lied ohne Worte.  If I could be assured all performances of Rubinstein's music were this good, I'd dramatically expand my collection of his music.

RCA's best 90s sound caps off an unexpectedly great disc.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #350 on: August 20, 2017, 02:15:49 AM »
Been listening to several works from Francois Bernard Mache and I can't help but feel a little saddened he isn't riding the rails with Ligeti and the rest of the crew. His work is really high quality, inventive and unpredictable. Giving me a real thrill ride  :D

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #351 on: August 22, 2017, 03:46:32 AM »
Been listening to several works from Francois Bernard Mache and I can't help but feel a little saddened he isn't riding the rails with Ligeti and the rest of the crew. His work is really high quality, inventive and unpredictable. Giving me a real thrill ride  :D

Alien,
I'd not heard of this composer, but ran over to YouTube to investigate.  Thank you for the recommendation.
 Currently listening to/enjoying his Synergies, Opus 8 1963:

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #352 on: August 22, 2017, 04:52:30 PM »
Alien,
I'd not heard of this composer, but ran over to YouTube to investigate.  Thank you for the recommendation.
 Currently listening to/enjoying his Synergies, Opus 8 1963:

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/0f3wSIugFSI" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/0f3wSIugFSI</a>


I listened to that piece three times the night I posted that, fucking awesome composer  ;D ;D

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #353 on: August 23, 2017, 05:50:05 AM »
I just posted this in the "current listening" thread, but because I think they need wider exposure and always achieve "blown away" status, I'll expose them in this thread.  Ginastera string quartets.  No matter how often I hear them, I'm left knocked out every time.



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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #354 on: August 27, 2017, 03:23:27 AM »
Claude Vivier - Lonely Child

At the same time that it is a deeply saddening and melencholy work, he speaks my musical language as a composer. Some of his music, I'm like "I would write something like that!"  :D
His rhythmic and harmonic language is so fascinating yet simplistic too.

The aforementioned work though, hurts to listen to (in a good way, like Mahler)

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #355 on: August 27, 2017, 06:59:59 AM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwiAoKn1aGw

Dai Fujikura - Prism Spectra (for viola and live electronics)

Really cool to see a piece like this live... it's like if all of those colorful electronic sounds were coming directly from the strings and flying to the air like the smoke of a cigar!  :P :)

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #356 on: August 29, 2017, 06:26:08 AM »



Sweet Jesus!  Jorge Luis Prats' so far sole Decca recital from 2011 is a knock-out.  A Cuban, he was long relegated to touring Soviet bloc countries only, only reemerging into the international scene last decade, and he has made only a handful of recordings.  This one of Spanish and Latin American solo piano music, taken from a single recital with no patching, is just phenomenal.  I've heard a fair number of recordings of Goyescas, but none sound so spontaneous and comfortable as this.  Sure, some others play with a bit more tonal nuance some of the time, and yes, Prats puts El Pelele fifth in the sequence and then plays El Amor y la muerte last, and drops Epilogo altogether, but the pianist offers his rationale, which is basically this: why do you need an epilogue when the lovers are dead?  A shoot-out is in order.  The disc then moves to Villa-Lobos Bachiana brasleira No 4.  I've got little Villa-Lobos solo piano music in my collection, but the little I have is superb, capped by Nelson Freire's discs for Teldec and Decca, though he doesn't play this work.  Prats is very close to Freire's equal.  The three short works by three different Cuban composers are likewise masterful.  Superb sound.

As to other recordings, there's a Rach 2 & 3 out there, a Grieg/Dohnanyi/Litolff disc, and a DVD recital, but I think I've found the disc I will to suggest to Eloquence for reissue: a late 70s DG disc of LvB (Op 101), Schumann (Toccata), and Ravel (Gaspard).  Hopefully he records more for Decca.

On a purchase related note, I bought this on Amazon MP from a seller I will try to avoid going forward.  The delivery was delayed a couple times, and it was supposed to be Prime, and the condition notes did not mention that it was ex-library.  When I opened the package, my heart sank upon seeing Cuyahoga County Library emblazoned on stickers on the case and on the disc.  Fortunately, it appears this specific disc was very unpopular as the surface had only two tiny, light scratches and plays just fine.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #357 on: August 29, 2017, 06:49:40 PM »



Sweet Jesus!  Jorge Luis Prats' so far sole Decca recital from 2011 is a knock-out.  A Cuban, he was long relegated to touring Soviet bloc countries only, only reemerging into the international scene last decade, and he has made only a handful of recordings.  This one of Spanish and Latin American solo piano music, taken from a single recital with no patching, is just phenomenal.  I've heard a fair number of recordings of Goyescas, but none sound so spontaneous and comfortable as this.  Sure, some others play with a bit more tonal nuance some of the time, and yes, Prats puts El Pelele fifth in the sequence and then plays El Amor y la muerte last, and drops Epilogo altogether, but the pianist offers his rationale, which is basically this: why do you need an epilogue when the lovers are dead?  A shoot-out is in order.  The disc then moves to Villa-Lobos Bachiana brasleira No 4.  I've got little Villa-Lobos solo piano music in my collection, but the little I have is superb, capped by Nelson Freire's discs for Teldec and Decca, though he doesn't play this work.  Prats is very close to Freire's equal.  The three short works by three different Cuban composers are likewise masterful.  Superb sound.

As to other recordings, there's a Rach 2 & 3 out there, a Grieg/Dohnanyi/Litolff disc, and a DVD recital, but I think I've found the disc I will to suggest to Eloquence for reissue: a late 70s DG disc of LvB (Op 101), Schumann (Toccata), and Ravel (Gaspard).  Hopefully he records more for Decca.

On a purchase related note, I bought this on Amazon MP from a seller I will try to avoid going forward.  The delivery was delayed a couple times, and it was supposed to be Prime, and the condition notes did not mention that it was ex-library.  When I opened the package, my heart sank upon seeing Cuyahoga County Library emblazoned on stickers on the case and on the disc.  Fortunately, it appears this specific disc was very unpopular as the surface had only two tiny, light scratches and plays just fine.

I get that this is an outstanding performance.  Great.  Question.  Which of the works on the CD are new pieces for you?

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #358 on: August 30, 2017, 06:45:00 AM »
I get that this is an outstanding performance.  Great.  Question.  Which of the works on the CD are new pieces for you?


The three pieces by the three Cuban composers Farinas, Cervantes, and Lecuona.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #359 on: September 01, 2017, 09:02:26 PM »
Grab your coats my family, we are going to need a vacation after this one   :laugh:  :-* :-* :


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