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Offline Brewski

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #420 on: February 01, 2018, 01:43:32 PM »
Wow!!!

Based on the recommendation of another member I purchased the following:



This is some of the most amazing Carter I have ever heard. 

Even as a centenarian he was composing great music.

Though I haven't yet heard this recording (and from the comments should do it soon), I have heard all of the pieces, either on other recordings or live. There's probably a case to be made that Carter's late works are his very best. Though that said, I wouldn't want to be without the Variations for Orchestra, Double Concerto, or chamber works like Esprit rude/Esprit doux, the early string quartets, etc.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #421 on: February 01, 2018, 01:45:54 PM »
Last night, heard violinist Benjamin Baker and pianist Daniel Lebhardt in Britten's Suite, Op. 6, and Elgar's Sonata for Violin and Piano, Op. 82. Had never encountered either, live or recorded, and they're both marvelous -- especially the Britten, which he wrote when he was 22.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #422 on: February 01, 2018, 08:06:36 PM »
I have Verizon as my cable and internet.

One of the networks they carry is Music Choice.  I have learned that this network is available with other providers.

I have been listening to the classical station and it is really good.  They provide a good mix of the familiar and unfamiliar.  I have been introduce to many composers and works that I am unfamiliar with.  I just listen to Pierne's Ratmunicho Suite #2.  What a fascinating work.  If you have access to this station I would check it out.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #423 on: February 01, 2018, 11:48:19 PM »
Was by 2nd movement of Tchaikovsky Symphony no 1. So sublime. Only discovered it recently. Loved the rest of this symphony too :)

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #424 on: February 02, 2018, 12:36:10 AM »
Was by 2nd movement of Tchaikovsky Symphony no 1. So sublime. Only discovered it recently. Loved the rest of this symphony too :)

I am a huge fan of that 2nd movement too (and of that symphony in general). The orchestration and melodic invention of that symphony is mind-blowing.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #425 on: February 02, 2018, 12:52:22 AM »
Wilhelm Stenhammer.

I have just heard his Symphony No. 2 for the first time.  It was on a CD that I received with the BBC Music Magazine.  I was very impressed.

Any suggestions from Stenhammer fans?

Symphony No.1 is very impressive but very different.  It opens with a rather wonderful Brucknerian chorale for 6 horns.  As it happens I listened to jarvi's 1st recording of this on BIS just the other day - very fine

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #426 on: February 08, 2018, 09:03:53 AM »
Belshazzar's feast by William Walton. This is the first composition of his that I've heard and loving every second of it.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #427 on: February 08, 2018, 06:07:37 PM »
Belshazzar's feast by William Walton. This is the first composition of his that I've heard and loving every second of it.

Itís a treat. ďMay my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth.Ē

Walton wrote a relatively small amount of stuff, but some of it is top drawer. The next things to listen to are the three concerti, and the first symphony. But donít overlook the chamber music. And you might like the Henry V Concert suite. I like the Chandos recording with Christopher Plummer.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #428 on: February 08, 2018, 09:18:08 PM »
Belshazzar's feast by William Walton. This is the first composition of his that I've heard and loving every second of it.

Don't delay in checking out both his symphonies and his concerti! Great stuff.

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