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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #280 on: July 24, 2017, 07:45:11 AM »



From the Mischa Maisky 10 Classic Albums box.  Here's one of those discs that I would never have thought to buy on its own.  A mixed rep, transcription job, with Maisky and Pavel Gililov making small cello and piano pieces out of some well known and not so well known songs and solo works, the disc is a fantabulous success.  Gililov's accompaniment, and here that's what it is, is sensitive and expressive and wholly satisfying.  It makes me want to here him in some solo rep, but like Enrico Pace, he's basically a chamber music guy.  This show is pretty much all Maisky's.  Sure, it's possible to think of some of the transcriptions and playing as too sentimental by half, and Schumann's Traumerei could even be thought of as oppressively treacly, or at least it could if Maisky didn't deliver it, and all the pieces, with such authority and conviction.  This dude appears to believe in each and every note he plays with his whole being, and his playing fully realizes everything he wants to do.  To drive home this point, when I saw the Chopin Prelude in B minor - called just Prelude here - I did a snooty sniff, thinking along the lines "Hah, no way!".  But as I listened to the piece, which is arguably the best on the disc, I then thought "Oh, shit, oops!"  That the pieces selected are intrinsically beautiful is obviously no accident, and they sound as beautiful here as they probably can.  I guess this disc might qualify as a guilty pleasure, but as the pleasure so vastly outweighs the guilt, I'm just fine with that.

Turns out this disc is available for free on YouTube.  I'll stick with the high grade physical recording instead.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #281 on: July 25, 2017, 11:44:42 AM »
<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/sO6ih9ees2Q" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/sO6ih9ees2Q</a>

A stormy, very windy day, here. Huge clouds & sun. Bursts of torrential rain.

Brahms "Ich schwing mein Horn..." - the text is really strange, the music overwhelmingly beautiful.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #282 on: August 01, 2017, 10:29:51 AM »
And yet another great piece combining solo instruments with electronics from Dai Fujikura.

Poison Mushroom: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHrvumuC6yc

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #283 on: August 01, 2017, 10:43:56 AM »
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #284 on: August 01, 2017, 11:15:45 PM »
<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/sO6ih9ees2Q" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/sO6ih9ees2Q</a>

A stormy, very windy day, here. Huge clouds & sun. Bursts of torrential rain.

Brahms "Ich schwing mein Horn..." - the text is really strange, the music overwhelmingly beautiful.

The first line is really strange because usually one does not "swing" a (hunting) horn. It probably simply expresses the sadness of the hunter. (There is a still common saying in German "Trübsal blasen", literally "blowing sadness".) The rest of the anonymous poem (from the "Youth's Magic Horn", collected in the early 19th century, but probably at least a 100 years older or done in an archaic style on purpose) extensively uses the allegory of the hunting chase for the pursuit of a lover (who is the escaped game). Of course this is creepy in many ways for today's sensibilities, especially if done as thoroughly as here. Admittedly, I don't understand what "eating hare's meat" in the last stanza is supposed to mean. In the hunting context it obviously means that he has to contend with meagre fare. But I don't know if this had a corresponding meaning in the love context...
Struck by the sounds before the sun,
I knew the night had gone.
The morning breeze like a bugle blew
Against the drums of dawn.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #285 on: August 02, 2017, 04:34:17 AM »
Thanks, Jo. For me this strange text adds to the beauty of this ravishing setting. I found very little explanation on the INternet.

This I found at : http://www.kellydeanhansen.com/opus41.html


"...., an utterly gorgeous setting of an old German poem in an archaic style that is infinitely superior to its arrangement for solo voice and piano in Op. 43.  The timbre of men’s voices in harmony is exploited to its fullest in this fine piece, whose style is completely different from that of the other four and whose text is timeless rather than dated.  Despite the differing voices, its character is much closer to that of another  “old German” setting for mixed chorus, Op. 62, No. 7, than to the following four Lemcke songs."

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #286 on: August 07, 2017, 06:57:22 AM »
Hindemith Konzertmusik for Brass and String Orchestra.

Listened to it because it was next up in my cpo set of Hindemith Orchestral Music. Had never sought it out before because the title was somehow off-putting to me. Gave me the impression that it would be some sort of concerto for various brass instruments.

But Wow! Not what I was expecting at all. The harmonies and he sonorities created are utterly captivating.



Performance is beautiful, audio engineering is perfect.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #287 on: August 07, 2017, 07:14:14 AM »
Hindemith Konzertmusik for Brass and String Orchestra.

Listened to it because it was next up in my cpo set of Hindemith Orchestral Music. Had never sought it out before because the title was somehow off-putting to me. Gave me the impression that it would be some sort of concerto for various brass instruments.

But Wow! Not what I was expecting at all. The harmonies and he sonorities created are utterly captivating.



Performance is beautiful, audio engineering is perfect.


Yes!  Possibly the second Hindemith piece I ever heard (after the Symphony in Bb which we played in a Region Band).
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #288 on: August 13, 2017, 11:49:29 AM »
Ravel - Sad Birds (from the suite Miroirs)

And in this particular interpretation by the master himself! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDIAnwjFVVA

Every time I listen to it... and the title... oh, so beautiful combination... birds... but sad. Can birds be sad? Yes, and this piece is an evidence of that.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #289 on: August 14, 2017, 07:56:34 AM »
Debussy's La cathédrale engloutie, from préludes, a wonderfully evocative piece.
"Javert, though frightful, had nothing ignoble about him. Probity, sincerity, candor, conviction, the sense of duty, are things which may become hideous when wrongly directed; but which, even when hideous, remain grand."

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #290 on: August 15, 2017, 03:54:46 PM »
I have been listening a lot to Cage lately. His sense of well being with the world, in some sort of child-like but also ecstatic way, gives me what I need.

My favorites are the Constructions, Sonatas and Interludes, Six Melodies, Number Pieces, In a Landscape, Dream, and so many more...

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« Reply #291 on: August 16, 2017, 04:23:17 AM »
The past couple of weeks, I've been listening to the new Naxos disk of Fricker string quartets.  I was previously unfamiliar with his work.  In it, I hear an almost Bartokian density.  I suspect that if you like the Bartok quartets, you'd also enjoy the work of Mr. Fricker.

https://www.amazon.com/Fricker-String-Quartets-Villiers-Quartet/dp/B01NCVFY3W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1502889288&sr=8-1&keywords=fricker+string+quartets

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzoC3LigXc0

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #292 on: August 16, 2017, 04:31:28 AM »
Is there a way to embed a YouTube video, other than the URL?   Sorry; new to the forum here.   ;)

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« Reply #293 on: August 16, 2017, 05:22:26 AM »
Thank you, Florestan.  I will try that next time.
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« Reply #294 on: August 16, 2017, 07:34:13 AM »
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #295 on: August 16, 2017, 01:56:19 PM »
Mosolov's "Iron Foundry".
"Javert, though frightful, had nothing ignoble about him. Probity, sincerity, candor, conviction, the sense of duty, are things which may become hideous when wrongly directed; but which, even when hideous, remain grand."

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #296 on: August 17, 2017, 09:19:55 AM »



This disc mostly contains music new to me.  The Grieg Cello Sonata is not, but this version is much better, much more vibrant than the Lloyd Webber/Forsberg recording.  Somewhat like with Isserlis' Janacek Pohadka recordings, the music is drained of some of its characteristic Grieginess, but the trade-off here is playing of such perfectly judged intensity and controlled passion as to make this emerge a true chamber music masterpiece.  It's so good that I think I may have to hear the Isserlis/Hough remake on Hyperion, which comes paired with Mendelssohn.

The five short Liszt works are all excellent, and even if not his best efforts, they reveal Liszt to be more than a showman alone, in the event such evidence is still needed. 

The Anton Rubinstein Cello Sonata No 1 is large scaled, rich, and romantic, like bulked up Mendelssohn, with some Tchaikovsky tossed in.  The Allegretto has some absolutely breathtaking cello playing, with Isserlis frantically whispering out figurations, which Hough later repeats expertly, though the effect is not quite the same due to the instrument.  The piano music at the beginning of the Allegro molto sounds like nothing other than a Lied ohne Worte.  If I could be assured all performances of Rubinstein's music were this good, I'd dramatically expand my collection of his music.

RCA's best 90s sound caps off an unexpectedly great disc.
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« Reply #297 on: August 22, 2017, 02:46:32 AM »
Been listening to several works from Francois Bernard Mache and I can't help but feel a little saddened he isn't riding the rails with Ligeti and the rest of the crew. His work is really high quality, inventive and unpredictable. Giving me a real thrill ride  :D

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I'd not heard of this composer, but ran over to YouTube to investigate.  Thank you for the recommendation.
 Currently listening to/enjoying his Synergies, Opus 8 1963:

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« Reply #298 on: August 23, 2017, 04:50:05 AM »
I just posted this in the "current listening" thread, but because I think they need wider exposure and always achieve "blown away" status, I'll expose them in this thread.  Ginastera string quartets.  No matter how often I hear them, I'm left knocked out every time.



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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DQ-pRazXpc
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« Reply #299 on: August 27, 2017, 05:59:59 AM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwiAoKn1aGw

Dai Fujikura - Prism Spectra (for viola and live electronics)

Really cool to see a piece like this live... it's like if all of those colorful electronic sounds were coming directly from the strings and flying to the air like the smoke of a cigar!  :P :)