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Offline kyjo

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #860 on: July 05, 2019, 05:41:07 AM »
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.)

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« Reply #861 on: July 06, 2019, 02:24:48 AM »
Merci beaucoup. You're welcome. I remember quite well a recording with Dagmar Baloghova on Supraphon. I love that concerto!
Have a nice day!

And, actually, the scoring of this concerto may be even more complicated.

Schott music gives a detailed list:

Picc. · 1 · 1 · Engl. Hr. · 1 · Bassklar. · 1 · Kfg. (Kontrafagott)- 2 · 1 · 0 · 0 -
P. S. (Trgl. · Gl. · Kuhgl. · Beck. · Tamb. · jap. Tr. · Mil. Tr. · Rührtr. · gr. Tr. · Ratsche · Sir. (Torpedo) · Lachteufel · Amboss · Glsp. · Xyl.) (9 Spieler) - Hfe. - Str.

Translation:
triangle
bell & cow bell
Cymbals
Japanese drum(s?)
Military drum
Snare drum
Bass drum
Ratsche = guiro or rattle ?
Siren = Torpedo = Torpedopfeife , so, it is NOT a “flûte à coulisse”!! http://thewhistlegallery.com/spotlight/096-torpedo-sirens

Lachteufel? Laughing bag / sac à rire. However, Wikipedia tells me that the laughing bag was invented in  1968.
The (rubber) whoopee cushion dates back tot he roaring twenties….???
What else can a "Lachteufel” be?

Anvil
Glockenspiel
Xylophone

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #862 on: July 06, 2019, 02:26:07 AM »
You are quite the fount of knowledge, as always!
Exactly! Learned more from Peter than from anyone else, I think.  :)
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #863 on: July 06, 2019, 02:26:55 AM »
(.... hides in a dark corner and blushes...)  ;D

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #864 on: July 19, 2019, 04:14:51 AM »
I seem to have had a major revelation when it came to Russian composers this year. Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, and Rachmaninoff have been massively inspiring to me, where even this time last year I continued to be mostly lukewarm (I was always a fan of the Tchai 6th, but the Currentzis performance really hit me hardest).


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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #865 on: July 19, 2019, 04:15:39 AM »
I seem to have had a major revelation when it came to Russian composers this year. Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, and Rachmaninoff have been massively inspiring to me, whereas even this time last year I was mostly lukewarm (I was always a fan of the Tchai 6th, but the Currentzis performance really hit me hardest).

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #866 on: July 26, 2019, 07:09:18 AM »
I seem to have had a major revelation when it came to Russian composers this year. Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, and Rachmaninoff have been massively inspiring to me, where even this time last year I continued to be mostly lukewarm (I was always a fan of the Tchai 6th, but the Currentzis performance really hit me hardest).

Now try some Schnittke!

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #867 on: July 26, 2019, 07:22:01 AM »
Quartet no 2 by Pavel Haas. A stunning work.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #868 on: July 26, 2019, 11:23:17 AM »
Now try some Schnittke!
I've liked his viola concerto for quite a while :).

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #869 on: July 26, 2019, 11:25:14 AM »
Without question, the Shostakovich Symphony 8 has been the piece that has blown me away recently. Not far from that status are the 10th and 11th.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #870 on: August 01, 2019, 02:11:58 PM »
John Rutter - Suite Antique

Easy, beautiful, comforting, colorful and smiling music to help people with anxiety.  0:)

(Naxos 8.573146 - Harpsichord Concerts. The Glass and Francaix pieces are nice too, but Rutter blew me away.)

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #871 on: August 01, 2019, 02:53:14 PM »
Shostakovich again! The Barshai and Petrenko recordings of the Leningrad symphony really helped me click. I must admit to being weirded out that some people consider this piece a hack job.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #872 on: August 01, 2019, 04:36:37 PM »
Shostakovich again! The Barshai and Petrenko recordings of the Leningrad symphony really helped me click. I must admit to being weirded out that some people consider this piece a hack job.
Have you heard his cello concerti? Especially #2 — seek out the Ozawa/Rostropovich recording.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #873 on: August 01, 2019, 04:42:47 PM »
John Rutter - Suite Antique

Easy, beautiful, comforting, colorful and smiling music to help people with anxiety.  0:)

(Naxos 8.573146 - Harpsichord Concerts. The Glass and Francaix pieces are nice too, but Rutter blew me away.)

I've heard nothing by that composer so far. Interesting suggestion. Thank you!

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #874 on: August 01, 2019, 11:23:10 PM »
Have you heard his cello concerti? Especially #2 — seek out the Ozawa/Rostropovich recording.

Will be checking out more of Shosty's Kammermusik soon...I love Rostropovich!

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #875 on: August 02, 2019, 03:50:27 AM »
I've heard nothing by that composer so far. Interesting suggestion. Thank you!

You're welcome.

This was my first taste of Rutter, but it certainly made me interested of his other stuff!  :)
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #876 on: August 03, 2019, 09:51:21 PM »
John Rutter - Suite Antique

Easy, beautiful, comforting, colorful and smiling music to help people with anxiety.  0:)

(Naxos 8.573146 - Harpsichord Concerts. The Glass and Francaix pieces are nice too, but Rutter blew me away.)
The Requiem is well worth hearing.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #877 on: August 05, 2019, 02:52:40 AM »
Just made a most wonderful discovery - the tone poem Aurora by William Lloyd Webber (yes, the father of the much more famous Andrew and Julian). This is sensuous, incandescent music depicting the Roman goddess of the dawn. The main theme that appears a minute or so into the piece is a glorious gift of a melody that has staying power. This is a relatively brief but stunning piece which makes me regret that he mostly wrote small-scale works.

https://youtu.be/S-DRoD4Jh2A

It’s featured on this Chandos disc:

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #878 on: August 05, 2019, 02:56:36 AM »
Was delightedly kicked in the buttocks last weekend, as Shostakovich's 4th (Barshai) made a huge impression.

I'm so happy I didn't read too much about Mitya's symphonies and what they were "about" before I listened to them. I actually read all the (heavy and unfair) criticisms of the Leningrad after the fact, and was so glad I waited. I think it's a total masterpiece, and reading all the critic's opinions beforehand might have influenced me.

Anyway, in the past month Shostakovich really stole me away; completely sycophantic toward his 4, 8th, 10th, 11th, 13th and 15th. Am expecting to convert to one of the other soon :)

This is turning out to be an incredible journey with Shostakovich.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #879 on: August 10, 2019, 04:05:00 PM »
This:

Britten
Cello Symphony, Op. 68
Truls Mørk
CBSO
Rattle


Like hearing it for the first time!
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