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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #840 on: June 07, 2019, 09:33:48 AM »
Very cool work. I like it. Believe it or not, I played Jonchaies for my mom and she really enjoyed it.

Then your mom has good taste!  ;)

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #841 on: June 07, 2019, 10:32:57 AM »
Reger's Mozart Variations hasn't so much blown me away as it has charmed me no end. It's absolutely stunning! Mozart's original theme (from the first movement of the Piano Sonata in A, K. 331, apparently itself a set of variations on this theme) is very memorable...

The Hiller Variations are even better IMO.

I love the Mozart Variations (and not only because K.331 is my favorite Mozart Sonata) but I have to agree: the Hiller Variations are even better.

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« Reply #842 on: June 07, 2019, 11:51:20 AM »
I love the Mozart Variations (and not only because K.331 is my favorite Mozart Sonata) but I have to agree: the Hiller Variations are even better.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #843 on: June 07, 2019, 07:23:10 PM »
Then your mom has good taste!  ;)

:D Indeed, and all joking aside, she has enjoyed a lot of the classical music I’ve played back for her. I think her favorite so far has been Stravinsky’s Le sacre du printemps. Yeah, she’s definitely my mom. ;) ;D
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #844 on: June 20, 2019, 10:17:12 AM »
Yesterday, on radio while driving

Dvorak - Symphony No. 3 - Czech PO, Jiri Belohlavek

A first listen to this splendid work. Reminded me that I haven't yet listened to all of Dvorak's symphonies.

Tioday, ditto:

Beethoven - Piano Sonata Op. 2 No. 3 - Alice Sara Ott

Not a first listen to this splendid work. Reminded me that I haven't yet listened to all of Beethoven's piano sonatas.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #845 on: June 20, 2019, 10:29:21 AM »
Yesterday, on radio while driving

Dvorak - Symphony No. 3 - Czech PO, Jiri Belohlavek

A first listen to this splendid work. Reminded me that I haven't yet listened to all of Dvorak's symphonies.

Tioday, ditto:

Beethoven - Piano Sonata Op. 2 No. 3 - Alice Sara Ott

Not a first listen to this splendid work. Reminded me that I haven't yet listened to all of Beethoven's piano sonatas.


All the Dvorak symphonies are very good, even his first two, but it's from the 3rd that his style gets more personal and Czech.

I'm starting revisiting all his sonatas and I'm finding them better than I had thought of initially.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #846 on: June 20, 2019, 07:09:27 PM »
The have never been able to connect to the early works of Phillip Glass, but his later stuff has blown me away.

I just heard his Tenth Symphony.  Wow.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #847 on: June 20, 2019, 09:03:40 PM »
The have never been able to connect to the early works of Phillip Glass, but his later stuff has blown me away.

I just heard his Tenth Symphony.  Wow.
Brian felt differently, in his review: http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2015/Aug/Glass_sy10_OMM0101.htm  ;D
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #848 on: June 20, 2019, 10:43:24 PM »
All the Dvorak symphonies are very good, even his first two, but it's from the 3rd that his style gets more personal and Czech.

Well, I found the 3rd to be rather Wagnerian than Czech.  :D
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #849 on: June 21, 2019, 06:54:50 AM »
Well, I found the 3rd to be rather Wagnerian than Czech.  :D
Oh oh. Someone has set Andrei off on “the abominable Brucknerization of Czech folk dances”.
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« Reply #850 on: June 21, 2019, 09:22:56 AM »
Brian felt differently, in his review: http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2015/Aug/Glass_sy10_OMM0101.htm  ;D

Thanks for the interesting review.  The recording I listened to was a BBC Music Magazine CD with BBC National Orchestra of Whales conducted by Nicholas Collon.  Mr. Reinhart would have disliked that recording as well.  My feelings are definitely different about the symphony.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #851 on: June 21, 2019, 10:18:07 AM »
The have never been able to connect to the early works of Phillip Glass, but his later stuff has blown me away.

I just heard his Tenth Symphony.  Wow.

Do you know the concerti? Wonderful things. I especially like the Tympani one but the two VCs are the most popular.
I have not heard symphony 10 yet, but really like 8.
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« Reply #852 on: June 22, 2019, 07:54:03 PM »
Do you know the concerti? Wonderful things. I especially like the Tympani one but the two VCs are the most popular.
I have not heard symphony 10 yet, but really like 8.

I am familiar with a few, including tympani and saxophone quartet.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #853 on: June 22, 2019, 08:11:19 PM »
Cross-posted from the "Favorite Viola Concerti" thread:

Just recently I played the orchestra part for the Theme and Variations for viola and orchestra (1940) by American composer Alan Shulman (1915-2002), whose music I had never encountered before. What a fine work, possibly a masterpiece! It sounds much more British than American, with gorgeous modal harmonies often reminiscent of Vaughan Williams (though by no means slavishly derivative). After progressing through several dancelike, virtuosic variations, the work concludes with a moving chorale and a spine-tingling postlude which concludes the work on a resigned note. There exist three different versions of the work - with full orchestra, string orchestra and harp, or piano. Of those, I prefer the version with string orchestra and harp, and all three can be found on YouTube. Highly recommended!!

https://youtu.be/tyUTRdstJow
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #854 on: June 23, 2019, 07:05:38 PM »
Cross-posted from the "Favorite Viola Concerti" thread:

Just recently I played the orchestra part for the Theme and Variations for viola and orchestra (1940) by American composer Alan Shulman (1915-2002), whose music I had never encountered before. What a fine work, possibly a masterpiece! It sounds much more British than American, with gorgeous modal harmonies often reminiscent of Vaughan Williams (though by no means slavishly derivative). After progressing through several dancelike, virtuosic variations, the work concludes with a moving chorale and a spine-tingling postlude which concludes the work on a resigned note. There exist three different versions of the work - with full orchestra, string orchestra and harp, or piano. Of those, I prefer the version with string orchestra and harp, and all three can be found on YouTube. Highly recommended!!

https://youtu.be/tyUTRdstJow

I'll be investigating this. Thanks!

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #855 on: June 30, 2019, 11:03:40 AM »
Two riveting works:



Strauss - Salome - Opera in one act

Wow! This opera has been a revelation of the highest importance for me. I'm astounded by the intense drama deployed, the lush orchestration, the dramatic voices who make this piece a real treat to hear. It's quite breathless most of the time. It was noticeable the prominent role of the orchestra, making it a very symphonic opera. The Dance of the Seven Veils is a tone poem itself, supremely spectacular. And what about that stirring ending? The epitome of tragedy!! Needless to say that now it's one of my favorite operas and favorite works by Strauss.


<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/G69cAO6Wui0" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/G69cAO6Wui0</a>

Castillon - Piano Quintet in E-flat major, Op. 1

How on earth is it little known nowadays? Likely this is not a case of 'neglected composers deserve their fame'. I don't think so. This work is an ode to love, to beauty. It's a superb example of French piano quintets written in the 19th century, more precisely composed in 1863. It sounds pretty original for that time. Those melodies... oh God, lovely, just lovely. They stick on your mind. All in all, a moving and emotional find for me. Castillon wrote few works, unfortunately he died at a premature age. By listening to this work I realize the important loss he meant for music.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #856 on: July 01, 2019, 07:42:47 AM »
First listening to Bach's Easter Oratorio, BWV 249 and blown away I was.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #857 on: July 01, 2019, 07:26:13 PM »
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/G69cAO6Wui0" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/G69cAO6Wui0</a>

Castillon - Piano Quintet in E-flat major, Op. 1

How on earth is it little known nowadays? Likely this is not a case of 'neglected composers deserve their fame'. I don't think so. This work is an ode to love, to beauty. It's a superb example of French piano quintets written in the 19th century, more precisely composed in 1863. It sounds pretty original for that time. Those melodies... oh God, lovely, just lovely. They stick on your mind. All in all, a moving and emotional find for me. Castillon wrote few works, unfortunately he died at a premature age. By listening to this work I realize the important loss he meant for music.

Haven't heard his Piano Quintet, but Castillon's Piano Concerto is a real beauty with the most gorgeous first movement. Perhaps the finale is a bit of a letdown (comparatively), but it's certainly a work worth hearing.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #858 on: July 04, 2019, 04:57:26 PM »
Cross-posted from the Schulhoff thread:

It's a shame to see this remarkable composer has only one page to his thread! Well, just now I discovered a work of great genius and wit: Schulhoff's Piano Concerto no. 2 (alternatively titled Concerto for Piano and Small Orchestra, but the orchestra employed sounds anything but small, with a colorfully augmented percussion section!). It's very much a work of its time (1923), and though one can hear the occasional influences of Ravel and Prokofiev, Schulhoff's style is quite personal. The Amazon blurb very accurately describes it as "a wild blend of Impressionist, late-Romantic and jazz-inspired sounds and rhythms." The first movement opens mysteriously and builds to a frenzied climax right before the end. The second movement returns to the mysterious, impressionistic mood of the opening and there's some truly magical writing towards the end. And then comes the madcap romp of the finale, where the aforementioned augmented percussion section (including one exotic-sounding instrument which I can't identify) really comes into play! In the center of the movement, there's a tender duet between a solo violin and the piano to offer some respite. Highly recommended to anyone who loves 20th century piano concerti:



(one of multiple recordings)

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« Reply #859 on: July 05, 2019, 04:13:10 AM »
Cross-posted from the Schulhoff thread:
 (including one exotic-sounding instrument which I can't identify)

I think it is a "flute à coulisse".
https://youtu.be/y3QLKyPX4M0

Ravel used it in L'enfant et les sortilèges. It features often in old funny films soundtracks (Laurel & Hardy, Tom & Jerry etc.)