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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #720 on: February 11, 2019, 04:14:55 PM »
One of my least favorite Prokofiev ballets (along with Romeo & Juliet).

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #721 on: February 11, 2019, 04:45:29 PM »
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Well, it’s true. I like these two ballets the least and it’s not because they’re popular (well...The Stone Flower isn’t popular), but rather because I find the them overlong with some good ideas, but my interest begins to wane quite a bit when listening to them and this especially goes for The Stone Flower. I have found that I’ve lived with this music for many years now that my tastes have become more streamlined and, dare I say, I’ve become more discriminating towards certain works and composers. I simply can’t help it, but it’s just the way my ears have developed over the years.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #722 on: February 12, 2019, 01:35:17 AM »
Well, it’s true. I like these two ballets the least and it’s not because they’re popular (well...The Stone Flower isn’t popular), but rather because I find the them overlong with some good ideas, but my interest begins to wane quite a bit when listening to them

Try watching them instead of listening to them. After all, that's what they are meant for. Just saying.  :D
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #723 on: February 12, 2019, 01:48:40 AM »
Well, it’s true. I like these two ballets the least and it’s not because they’re popular (well...The Stone Flower isn’t popular), but rather because I find the them overlong with some good ideas, but my interest begins to wane quite a bit when listening to them and this especially goes for The Stone Flower. I have found that I’ve lived with this music for many years now that my tastes have become more streamlined and, dare I say, I’ve become more discriminating towards certain works and composers. I simply can’t help it, but it’s just the way my ears have developed over the years.
Yet you object when I say exactly the same thing about Debussy’s orchestral longueurs  ::)

Stone Flower is certainly too long and a bit slack in places. But the suite is gorgeous.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #724 on: February 12, 2019, 08:45:08 AM »
Yet you object when I say exactly the same thing about Debussy’s orchestral longueurs  ::)

Stone Flower is certainly too long and a bit slack in places. But the suite is gorgeous.

Umm....no. It’s not the same thing. You’ve made a punchline (or attempted a punchline rather) at Debussy’s La Mer for a long, long time and have already ,more than anything, stated how you feel about this work. I think I’m allowed a ‘get out of jail’ pass for my comments on those Prokofiev ballets. I’ve only made two comments on them and compared to your endless barrage of insults hurled at Debussy’s La Mer, it’s absolutely nothing to get bent out of shape about.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #725 on: February 12, 2019, 08:50:30 AM »
Try watching them instead of listening to them. After all, that's what they are meant for. Just saying.  :D

I don’t really understand ballet or the choreography behind it and a lot of the ballet music I love (i. e. Bartók’s The Miraculous Mandarin, Stravinsky’s Agon, Debussy’s Jeux, etc.), I don’t really understand how they thought the music could be danced to. But that’s just my uninformed, uneducated opinion. :)
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« Reply #726 on: February 12, 2019, 06:07:05 PM »
I don’t really understand ballet or the choreography behind it and a lot of the ballet music I love (i. e. Bartók’s _The Miraculous Mandarin_, Stravinsky’s _Agon_, Debussy’s _Jeux_, etc.), I don’t really understand how they thought the music could be danced to. But that’s just my uninformed, uneducated opinion. :)
Apparently neither did most of the audience when the work was premiered. Stravinsky got Debussy trumped with The Rite of Spring a few weeks later with the same ballet company.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #727 on: February 23, 2019, 10:51:05 AM »
(Cross post from WAYLT thread)

Maiden listen

Beethoven --- An die Ferne Geliebte Op. 98

No. 1: Auf dem Hügel sitz ich spähend

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau / Joerg Demus



Great. Gorgeous. Exquisite. Superb. Splendid. Excellent.

Bottom line: I am blown away.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #728 on: February 23, 2019, 11:19:36 AM »
(Cross post from WAYLT thread)

Maiden listen

Beethoven --- An die Ferne Geliebte Op. 98

No. 1: Auf dem Hügel sitz ich spähend

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau / Joerg Demus

Great. Gorgeous. Exquisite. Superb. Splendid. Excellent.

Bottom line: I am blown away.
Yes, a very fine work indeed. Schubert was aiming to out-do it with Einsamkeit, D620. I've been meaning to listen to them together.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #729 on: February 23, 2019, 11:24:10 AM »
Yes, a very fine work indeed. Schubert was aiming to out-do it with Einsamkeit, D620. I've been meaning to listen to them together.

Thanks for the tip. I know what I'll be listening to later tonight.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #730 on: February 23, 2019, 11:51:27 AM »
(Cross post from WAYLT thread)

Maiden listen

Beethoven --- An die Ferne Geliebte Op. 98

No. 1: Auf dem Hügel sitz ich spähend

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau / Joerg Demus



Great. Gorgeous. Exquisite. Superb. Splendid. Excellent.

Bottom line: I am blown away.
For once we agree on things musical!   ;)  Indeed, a wonderful piece in a wonderful performance....

Diese Wolken in den Höhen,
Dieser Vöglein muntrer Zug,
Werden dich, o Huldin, sehen....”


Wunderbar!  :) :) :) :)

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #731 on: February 23, 2019, 12:05:28 PM »
For once we agree on things musical!   ;) 

Alas!   :-*

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Winderbar!  :) :) :) :)

That's the Catalan word for maravilloso, right?   :) :) :) :)

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #732 on: February 23, 2019, 12:37:46 PM »
That's the Catalan word for maravilloso, right?   :) :) :) :)
Maleïda correcció automàtica... >:(
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #733 on: February 23, 2019, 12:49:49 PM »
Maleïda correcció automàtica... >:(

Què hi ha en un nom? El que anomenem un'  rosa
per qualsevol alt' nom, farà olor tan dolç.


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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #734 on: February 24, 2019, 03:09:36 PM »
I don’t want to say ‘blown away’ as this adjective means my jaw dropped, but Roussel’s Résurrection is a close contender. This work is hardly a revolutionary piece nor is it particularly innovative, but it's absolutely oozing with atmosphere and so gorgeous. Apparently, it was composed during Roussel’s time as a student, so this was around 1902-03.

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/nfOHWRnxPsw" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/nfOHWRnxPsw</a>
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #735 on: March 04, 2019, 05:04:25 PM »
Some works have made that for me lately, among them this Piano Quintet by Vittorio Giannini. A composer often associated more with band music, he composed some relevant chamber music. The PQ could be easily associated with some styles, but certainly it works like synthesis between French influence (with the tonal Martin) and sonority of the late-romantics. The label is from the Australian MSR Classics.

I was gripped by it, I was at the edge of my seat, very stunned!
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #736 on: March 04, 2019, 05:20:37 PM »
I’ll go ahead and say that Enescu’s Oedipe has blown me away!

This recording in particular:

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #737 on: March 04, 2019, 06:18:57 PM »
I’ll go ahead and say that Enescu’s Oedipe has blown me away!

This recording in particular:


Interesting. How will you and Andrei manage to fight over this?  >:D ;)
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« Reply #738 on: March 05, 2019, 12:53:37 AM »
Interesting. How will you and Andrei manage to fight over this?  >:D ;)

I've never heard it so I can't comment.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #739 on: March 05, 2019, 02:16:37 AM »
I’ll go ahead and say that Enescu’s Oedipe has blown me away!

This recording in particular:


Glad to read this, John. I was sure it would impress you... A masterpiece!

I've never heard it so I can't comment.
How very unpatriotic of you, Andrei;) I really recommend this opera...It's noble, profound, moving and exquisitely written.
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