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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #380 on: October 16, 2017, 07:54:58 PM »
On the way home from band rehearsal we were listening to Ferdinand Ries' Seventh Symphony.  I carpool to rehearsal with another musician.  A few years ago he and I performed one of Ries' piano concertos.  We were very impressed with the symphony.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #381 on: October 16, 2017, 08:17:22 PM »
On the way home from band rehearsal we were listening to Ferdinand Ries' Seventh Symphony.  I carpool to rehearsal with another musician.  A few years ago he and I performed one of Ries' piano concertos.  We were very impressed with the symphony.

Ries' symphonies are pretty good actually. Unfortunately, I don't know the concertos. I have them, though. You encouraged me to listen to them when time allows me.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #382 on: October 19, 2017, 08:59:31 PM »
Tubin's Symphony no. 2 The Legendary. See my post in the Tubin thread :)
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #383 on: October 20, 2017, 03:05:23 AM »
Sibelius - Humoresque for Violin and Orchestra in E-flat major, op. 89 / 3
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #384 on: October 20, 2017, 04:31:17 AM »
Stravinsky's Les noces...I know I listened to this many years ago, but for some reason it didn't register. But now, it's quickly moving up for me as one of Stravinsky's greatest works.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #385 on: October 20, 2017, 04:37:19 AM »
Les noces! One of his greatest, for sure.

About 2 weeks ago I heard Primo Libro, a new a capella choral piece by James Weeks, director of EXAUDI in London.

Weeks used a microtonal scale with 31 notes to an octave, and then created major and minor triads using that scale -- ridiculously hard to sing, and definitely blew me away. I wrote about it here:

http://seenandheard-international.com/2017/10/vocalists-and-21st-century-microtones-in-a-crypt/

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #386 on: October 21, 2017, 02:00:52 AM »
Tubin's Symphony no. 2 The Legendary. See my post in the Tubin thread :)
I did. And hope you moved on to the Sixth in the meantime - his greatest, IMHO, and an impressive recording.  ;D
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #387 on: October 21, 2017, 07:12:40 AM »
I did. And hope you moved on to the Sixth in the meantime - his greatest, IMHO, and an impressive recording.  ;D

I'll be checking out the 6th in due course :)
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« Reply #388 on: October 21, 2017, 09:02:45 AM »
I heard The Chairman Dances (Foxtrot for Orchestra) in concert Thursday night by the Carnegie-Mellon Philharmonic. Everything about it "blew me away," particularly the percussion people. I ordered both the Edo DeWaart and Simon Rattle versions the next day. Wish the CMP made recordings.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lbs7cUuk9z4
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #389 on: October 21, 2017, 09:16:07 AM »
I heard The Chairman Dances (Foxtrot for Orchestra) in concert Thursday night by the Carnegie-Mellon Philharmonic. Everything about it "blew me away," particularly the percussion people. I ordered both the Edo DeWaart and Simon Rattle versions the next day. Wish the CMP made recordings.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lbs7cUuk9z4

Hey, I was playing in that concert! Glad you enjoyed it :) The Adams is such a fun piece, but it is stressful to count!
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #390 on: October 21, 2017, 10:24:25 AM »
Hey, I was playing in that concert! Glad you enjoyed it :) The Adams is such a fun piece, but it is stressful to count!
Thank you very much, kyjo, for the excellent performance.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #391 on: October 21, 2017, 11:57:07 AM »
Thank you very much, kyjo, for the excellent performance.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #392 on: October 21, 2017, 03:43:58 PM »
Just yesterday, Friedrich Gulda's Concerto for Cello and Wind Orchestra knocked my socks off.

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/1VgVBv9M-rc" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/1VgVBv9M-rc</a>

or

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/Cdxa4uJ1Wyo" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/Cdxa4uJ1Wyo</a>
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #393 on: October 21, 2017, 07:06:28 PM »
Hey, I was playing in that concert! Glad you enjoyed it :) The Adams is such a fun piece, but it is stressful to count!

I didn’t see you in the orchestra, Kyle. :-\

Edit: Okay, I see that Jay F has linked a completely different concert in his initial post.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #394 on: October 22, 2017, 07:33:24 AM »
I didn’t you in the orchestra, Kyle. :-\

Edit: Okay, I see that Jay F has linked a completely different concert in his initial post.

I'm glad you posted, MI. Originally, I searched for "Chairman Dances" on youtube, and nothing came up for the CMU Philharmonic. I didn't realize they had videos on youtube until today; reading your post inspired me to search for "CMU Philharmonic." Here's the concert, beginning at 25:55. It starts with "The Chairman Dances," and includes Stravinsky's Violin Concerto and Brahms' Symphony No. 2 as well.

https://youtu.be/QCqQhAdiFK4?t=25m55s
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #395 on: October 22, 2017, 09:11:46 AM »
I'm glad you posted, MI. Originally, I searched for "Chairman Dances" on youtube, and nothing came up for the CMU Philharmonic. I didn't realize they had videos on youtube until today; reading your post inspired me to search for "CMU Philharmonic." Here's the concert, beginning at 25:55. It starts with "The Chairman Dances," and includes Stravinsky's Violin Concerto and Brahms' Symphony No. 2 as well.

https://youtu.be/QCqQhAdiFK4?t=25m55s

Very nice, Jay. Kudos for the link. 8)
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #396 on: October 26, 2017, 05:34:33 AM »
Weber's Euryanthe. Can't believe my first reaction to this opera used to be meh.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #397 on: December 03, 2017, 07:05:14 PM »
Schoenberg - Variations on a Recitative for Organ


One damn great organ piece!!!  :o

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #398 on: December 03, 2017, 07:26:00 PM »
Fernando Sor Fantasies Villageoise - a pastoral sonata for guitar.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #399 on: December 29, 2017, 07:39:35 AM »
I found a performance on Youtube, a visual one too rather than just audio, of Rued Langgaard's Symphony No. 1. Holy cow, that's an incredible work!