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Offline Monsieur Croche

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #240 on: April 09, 2017, 05:33:26 AM »
I'm getting a kick out of Feldman's Music for piano and string quartet right now!

For quite a while, I couldn't get enough of it that I played it (Kronos Quartet and Aki Takahashi) repeatedly to an extent that now, this is a piece -- in full -- quite "stuck in my head."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEzPYIkfYOk
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #241 on: April 09, 2017, 07:26:26 AM »
This really belongs in the "Embarrassing gaps in your musical knowledge" thread, but until I played in a performance of it last weekend, I'd never heard En Saga.  (I'm not a great sight-reader who can do it on one rehearsal - my contribution was 3 bars of triangle and a cymbal-crash.)  Heck, what a piece - 3 themes that you feel at some deep level are really all the same theme (something to do with those repeated notes, I guess).  And no timpani, but a big bass drum part, played with timpani sticks - strange.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #242 on: April 09, 2017, 07:54:01 AM »
This really belongs in the "Embarrassing gaps in your musical knowledge" thread, but until I played in a performance of it last weekend, I'd never heard En Saga.  (I'm not a great sight-reader who can do it on one rehearsal - my contribution was 3 bars of triangle and a cymbal-crash.)  Heck, what a piece - 3 themes that you feel at some deep level are really all the same theme (something to do with those repeated notes, I guess).  And no timpani, but a big bass drum part, played with timpani sticks - strange.

Ah yes, Sibelius’ En Saga certainly one of the this master’s great works. Just for kicks, check out the original version of this work sometime:

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/U_rCidehBn0" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/U_rCidehBn0</a>
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #243 on: April 09, 2017, 08:00:15 AM »
And no timpani, but a big bass drum part, played with timpani sticks - strange.

Love the bass drum in this piece...but you know, almost every recording fails to bring it out properly. The exceptions, and consequently my favorites are Vänskä/Lahti, Stein/Suisse Romande, and Schmidt/RPO.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #244 on: April 14, 2017, 06:39:31 PM »

Bruckner = WOW

Only can nod in agreement. A magnificent composer.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #245 on: April 14, 2017, 11:13:44 PM »
Bruckner's 9th is completely blowing me away yesterday and today, simultaneously with various works from Kagel.

Bruckner = WOW
First time? He is a remarkable composer!

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #246 on: April 14, 2017, 11:57:34 PM »
First time really engaging with a Bruckner symphony and I'm in disbelief, so unreal.....astounding  ???
My favourite is number 7.

And my favourite Bruckner conductors are Jochum, Young and Celibidache.

Which recording did you hear?

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #247 on: April 15, 2017, 12:38:13 AM »

I'll have to hear that next. I heard the one with Daniel Barenboim conducting, it was powerful!!!  :o
Lol....which one....?

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #248 on: April 15, 2017, 02:52:33 AM »


That's a great one, alien. Barenboim and Berliners brilliantly bring out the apocalyptic tone of the music. The 9th has a great variety on record too, many greats to choose from.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #249 on: April 15, 2017, 05:04:09 PM »
Three astounding compositions:

Kabelac: Mystery of Time (I've seen so good commentaries about this piece, I liked it so much)
Pärt: Tabula Rasa (Hypnotic and intense work)
Finzi: Cello concerto (One of the jewels of the 20th century, what level of beauty and power!!! The 2nd movement is sublime in the whole meaning of the word)

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #250 on: April 16, 2017, 06:42:41 AM »
Finzi: Cello concerto (One of the jewels of the 20th century, what level of beauty and power!!! The 2nd movement is sublime in the whole meaning of the word)

Agreed on all counts. A fantastic concerto!

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #251 on: April 16, 2017, 05:08:46 PM »
My current obsessions:

Bruckner - Symphony no 9 (One of the greatest romantic symphonies, period!!!)


I completely agree!

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #252 on: April 16, 2017, 05:58:21 PM »
First time really engaging with a Bruckner symphony and I'm in disbelief, so unreal.....astounding  ???

We welcome all to Bruckner and Eugen Jochum, his top acolyte, at any time!  8) ;)

I can also recommend the Simon Rattle, Berlin Philharmonic performance with the completion of the final movement.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #254 on: April 18, 2017, 05:13:26 PM »
Maderna's Hyperion, love it so much  :-*
Don't know the piece, but love his music in general so this is one I should check out!

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #255 on: April 18, 2017, 05:17:07 PM »
Don't know the piece, but love his music in general so this is one I should check out!

Is this the same as the conductor Maderna?

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« Reply #256 on: April 18, 2017, 05:48:36 PM »
Is this the same as the conductor Maderna?
Yes.
I have one CD with the conductor (M9) and one CD of Maderna's works conducted by Sinopoli (Quadrivium, Biogramma, Aura). A lot easier to admire the conductor--a very recommendable M9--than the composer for me!

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #257 on: April 18, 2017, 05:49:25 PM »
Yes, same situation as Boulez (both great composers AND conductors)  ;D

Yes.
I have one CD with the conductor (M9) and one CD of Maderna's works conducted by Sinopoli (Quadrivium, Biogramma, Aura). A lot easier to admire the conductor--a very recommendable M9--than the composer for me!


Didn't know that about Maderna, will have to check out some of his works. Thanks, Friends.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #258 on: April 18, 2017, 06:54:36 PM »
Quadrivium seems to be the most well known piece; it is especially good if you like percussion, I guess.

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/YLV5DUu1zqw" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/YLV5DUu1zqw</a>

although personally I prefer Aura

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/Y9fwwDnTW6c" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/Y9fwwDnTW6c</a>

and Giardino Religioso

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/w93zOiuK_OY" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/w93zOiuK_OY</a>

Also, something I am surprised to have only just found out considering my enthusiasm for electroacoustic music, he has a sizeable number of tape compositions too if anyone else is interested.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #259 on: May 19, 2017, 06:38:14 PM »
I mentioned the two below works in the Phillip Glass Thread.

The concerto for two timpanists:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lnw0IHgjE2E

And the concerto for Saxophone Quartet:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYkIrYh7zuw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9pUnqtc4-k