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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #340 on: September 24, 2017, 08:30:30 AM »
We welcome all to the World of the great Karl Amadeus Hartmann!   :D    If you do not know all the symphonies yet, get ready to have your soul battered and fried!   0:)

I know, and love, all of the numbered symphonies, Cato! Also, Sinfonia Tragica, Symphonische Hymnen, Concerto funebre, Kammerkonzert, and Gesangsszene are favorites as well. 8) Hartmann has been a favorite of mine for several years now.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #341 on: September 24, 2017, 09:04:16 AM »
No, but it always blows me away. That epilogue is just glorious marshalling of a huge orchestral juggernaut! Brilliantly bombastic and over-the-top!

Oddly, Symphonia domestica is my least favorite Strauss tone poem. Pretty much the only one which hasn't blown me away, apart from a couple of measures here and there.
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« Reply #342 on: September 26, 2017, 01:03:22 AM »
Hmm I thought I had heard everything by Steen-Andersen that is available on YouTube but I came across this wonderful little piece yesterday. Mesmerising indeed!

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/qQ7e4-4Tidc" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/qQ7e4-4Tidc</a>
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #343 on: September 26, 2017, 01:10:54 AM »
I have been very impressed by Selim Palmgren's Piano Concerto No.2 'The River', which I have posted about separately.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #344 on: September 26, 2017, 12:09:05 PM »
Marcel Tyberg, Symphony 3
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #345 on: September 26, 2017, 12:31:50 PM »
John Ireland, various solo piano and chamber music works.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #346 on: September 26, 2017, 12:33:07 PM »
John Ireland, various solo piano and chamber music works.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #347 on: September 26, 2017, 12:34:29 PM »
Have you heard the Piano Concerto, Andrei?

I'll be listening to it and the Legend in about 10 minutes time.  :)
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #348 on: September 26, 2017, 12:47:22 PM »
John Ireland, various solo piano and chamber music works.

Yes, utterly beautiful stuff. I was directed to it years ago by our now mostly absent member Luke.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #349 on: September 26, 2017, 06:27:19 PM »
The more I hear William Schuman’s Violin Concerto, the more I start feeling like it really is a masterpiece.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #350 on: September 30, 2017, 10:45:09 PM »
Malcolm Arnold's Symphony no. 9, in particular its unbearably poignant closing Lento, which is a clear homage to the finale of Mahler's 9th in its valedictory mood. After over 20 minutes of bleakness the movement finally comes to rest on a simple D major chord - very moving. Notice my avatar change :)

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #351 on: October 01, 2017, 05:39:12 AM »
Malcolm Arnold's Symphony no. 9, in particular its unbearably poignant closing Lento, which is a clear homage to the finale of Mahler's 9th in its valedictory mood. After over 20 minutes of bleakness the movement finally comes to rest on a simple D major chord - very moving. Notice my avatar change :)

Looks like you liked Arnold’s 9th, Kyle. ;) I think that Lento movement could be considered an homage to Mahler’s 9th, but I also feel that the composer expressed something that went deeper beyond it being a mere homage. This movement has a lifetime of pain and suffering inside of it and as I mentioned before it was as Arnold was throwing in the towel and bidding farewell to the world as he once knew it. In a sense, I’m reminded of Schnittke’s Symphony No. 8 as well given that the centerpiece of this symphony was also a Lento that drips with eeriness, has an emotional calm about it, and, like the Arnold’s 9th, is the longest movement of the symphony.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #352 on: October 01, 2017, 05:54:01 PM »
Looks like you liked Arnold’s 9th, Kyle. ;) I think that Lento movement could be considered an homage to Mahler’s 9th, but I also feel that the composer expressed something that went deeper beyond it being a mere homage. This movement has a lifetime of pain and suffering inside of it and as I mentioned before it was as Arnold was throwing in the towel and bidding farewell to the world as he once knew it. In a sense, I’m reminded of Schnittke’s Symphony No. 8 as well given that the centerpiece of this symphony was also a Lento that drips with eeriness, has an emotional calm about it, and, like the Arnold’s 9th, is the longest movement of the symphony.

Oh, I didn't mean to imply that the finale of Arnold's 9th is nothing more than a mere homage to Mahler's 9th. It's incredibly deep and personal music.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #353 on: October 01, 2017, 07:01:53 PM »
The more I hear William Schuman’s Violin Concerto, the more I start feeling like it really is a masterpiece.

That may well be, but I reserve His Masterpiece, i.e. singular from his entire oeuvre, for this concertante work:
Song of Orpheus. (fantasy for 'Cello and orchestra)
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #354 on: October 01, 2017, 07:06:56 PM »
That may well be, but I reserve His Masterpiece, i.e. singular from his entire oeuvre, for this concertante work:
Song of Orpheus. (fantasy for 'Cello and orchestra)
<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/E3FdppWLMJQ" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/E3FdppWLMJQ</a>


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I really should revisit that Schuman work. It’s been ages since I’ve heard it.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #355 on: October 02, 2017, 05:21:10 AM »
Zemlinsky's "Die Seejungfrau".
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #356 on: October 02, 2017, 05:53:29 AM »
Arnold 9 does take a bit of getting used to, with its sparsity and all. It's a truly remarkable statement from a man who was at the end of his life, despite living for another 20 years after its composition.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #357 on: October 02, 2017, 06:25:25 AM »
Zemlinsky's "Die Seejungfrau".

A wonderful piece to be sure. It should be played as often as Strauss' tone poems IMO, as it contains some of the most gorgeous orchestration I've ever heard.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #358 on: October 02, 2017, 06:34:50 AM »
Arnold 9 does take a bit of getting used to, with its sparsity and all. It's a truly remarkable statement from a man who was at the end of his life, despite living for another 20 years after its composition.

Yes, but those last 20 years were plagued by failing mental health, so he really wasn’t ‘present’ in his later years.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #359 on: October 02, 2017, 07:05:15 AM »
A wonderful piece to be sure. It should be played as often as Strauss' tone poems IMO, as it contains some of the most gorgeous orchestration I've ever heard.

Agreed. The orchestration was amazing.
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