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Offline torut

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #200 on: February 10, 2017, 10:46:41 PM »
Simeon ten Holt, where have you been all my life? Canto Ostinato hits all my sweet spots:

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It is an incredible piece of music. I never get tired of it. I have van Veen's recordings XL (14 hours) and XXL (4 hours) using different combinations of instruments (1, 2, 4 pianos, 3 pianos + organ, 2 pianos + 2 marimbas, etc.)

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #201 on: February 21, 2017, 10:44:00 PM »
[Simeon ten Holt ~ Canto Ostinato] is an incredible piece of music.  I never get tired of it.  I have van Veen's recordings XL (14 hours) and XXL (4 hours) using different combinations of instruments (1, 2, 4 pianos, 3 pianos + organ, 2 pianos + 2 marimbas, etc.)

I found it, maybe, one of those fine pieces if taken as 'wallpaper music," i.e. put it on, don't listen attentively, and just let it run...

In a similar vein, one very nice comment on it being, "it is nice to put it on and have it be the air moving in the room," and now the full piece, to date, up on youtube in one long-play link. you might also enjoy
La Monte Young's The Well Tuned Piano., all five hours, one minute and thirty-two seconds of it ;-)

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #202 on: February 22, 2017, 01:51:34 AM »
I heard Copland's Third Symphony yesterday for the first time in ages, and for the first time as a purchased recording (first listen was at a Proms concert a while ago). I am going to have a great time getting really familiar with this symphony. Many American symphonies seem to be on the short and sprightly side, but this is a properly weighted symphony in the grand tradition, but a 20th century American take on the grand tradition.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #203 on: February 22, 2017, 06:53:33 AM »
I heard Copland's Third Symphony yesterday for the first time in ages, and for the first time as a purchased recording (first listen was at a Proms concert a while ago). I am going to have a great time getting really familiar with this symphony. Many American symphonies seem to be on the short and sprightly side, but this is a properly weighted symphony in the grand tradition, but a 20th century American take on the grand tradition.

May I also recommend Diamond's 3rd?

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #204 on: February 23, 2017, 01:24:29 PM »
May I also recommend Diamond's 3rd?

Thanks for the recommendation. I already have a recording of Diamond's 2nd and 4th Symphonies, bought a good few years ago now. I just haven't gotten round to picking anything else of his up yet.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #205 on: March 04, 2017, 08:21:19 AM »
I recently heard Louis Andriessen's Hout, a work for mixed ensemble (piano, guitar, saxophone, and marimba). An unusual combination that seemed very effective in this work. I loved the rhythms, and I almost always love the marimba.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #206 on: March 04, 2017, 04:47:25 PM »
I recently heard Louis Andriessen's Hout, a work for mixed ensemble (piano, guitar, saxophone, and marimba). An unusual combination that seemed very effective in this work. I loved the rhythms, and I almost always love the marimba.
Welcome to GMG! Andriessen is a really cool composer; I'm glad you enjoyed this work. It's one of my favourites of his. :)

Also, in a lecture on Electroacoustic music recently I was blown away by Concret PH by Xenakis.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #207 on: March 05, 2017, 03:44:57 AM »
Three pieces that have blown me recently, specifically three awesome cello concertos:

Miaskovsky: Passionately melancholic
Moeran: It's warmer, something heroic
Lutoslawski: The rarer and the one that left me the strangest feeling
I like all of those. The climax of the last movement of the Moeran in the Peers Coetmore (Mrs Moeran)/Boult performance is overwhelming. I prefer the Miaskovsky to the Elgar. Need to listen to the Lutoslawski again.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #208 on: March 05, 2017, 04:36:03 AM »


Lay de la Fonteine. Absolutely hairraisingly intense.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #209 on: March 05, 2017, 05:20:15 AM »
Léo Delibes --- Missa brevis

All of it, but especially O salutaris hostia.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #210 on: March 05, 2017, 03:26:33 PM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0MfM6wJnQQ

Composition for Viola and Piano - M.Babbitt

I found this Milton Babbitt piece which I had not listened before quite nice.

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« Reply #211 on: March 05, 2017, 06:28:12 PM »
Sometime I am embarrassed to admit that I am unaware of a famous work that I hear for the first time and it blows me away.  This shows that no matter how much I think I know I do not know as much as I should.

I am currently listening to as I am typing this to Robert Schumann's Etudes Symphoniques.  WOW!!!!!!!

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« Reply #212 on: March 08, 2017, 04:17:22 PM »
I just heard the Madetoja's 2nd symphony: OMG! It exceeded my expectations! What a piece of work! Sublime, one of the most heroic, deep and fine symphonies I've listened to recently.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #213 on: March 08, 2017, 04:24:18 PM »
I like all of those. The climax of the last movement of the Moeran in the Peers Coetmore (Mrs Moeran)/Boult performance is overwhelming. I prefer the Miaskovsky to the Elgar. Need to listen to the Lutoslawski again.

I agree with you. The Miaskovsky's concerto is superb, certainly dolorous. Miaskovsky had a great "gift" for writing truly glum music.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #214 on: March 08, 2017, 06:30:48 PM »
Three pieces that have blown me recently, specifically three awesome cello concertos:

Miaskovsky: Passionately melancholic
Moeran: It's warm, somewhat heroic
Lutoslawski: The rarer and the one that left me the strangest feeling

Love all three, and of the three, perhaps love Lutoslowski the most!
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #215 on: March 09, 2017, 02:56:37 PM »
Tatjana Kozlova-Johannes – Horizontals

Unfortunately no recordings of it in aware of.

EDIT: Found one on her Soundcloud page https://soundcloud.com/tatjana-kozlova-johannes/tatjana-kozlova-horisontaalid

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #216 on: March 15, 2017, 06:43:20 AM »
I'm very astonished by the composer Julius Eastman:o :o

I listened to some Eastman not too long ago and found the music rather uninteresting. It just sounded like some rehashed, minimalistic twaddle. :-\ All IMHO of course.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #217 on: March 18, 2017, 05:26:51 AM »
Miaskovsky cello sonata 2.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #218 on: March 18, 2017, 09:38:32 PM »
Holmboe's symphonies (specially 1-8). Simply astonishing pieces, I loved that characteristic and strong rhythm in each one of them.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #219 on: March 18, 2017, 11:50:40 PM »
Back from a performance of Rimsky's "The legend of Kitezh" with Opera Bergen last night. Strange story, not much drama, but: the score of this opera is so mindnumbingly beautiful. This simply must be the most wonderful orchestral score of any opera ever.