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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #400 on: December 29, 2017, 07:55:31 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!

It’s also written by quite a young man as Langgaard was 16 at the time he finished it. A little bit of surprising trivia: this work was premiered by the Berlin Philharmonic. Quite a feat for such a young man.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #401 on: December 30, 2017, 02:46:44 PM »
Debussy’s Jeux has really blown me away. In my earlier listening days, this was a work that puzzled me. Nowadays, I can appreciate it much more and I wished it received the kind of popularity Stravinsky’s Le sacre received (both works were premiered in May of 1913). Stravinsky went for the jugular with Le sacre while Debussy went for more of a cerebral, hallucinatory approach with Jeux.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #402 on: January 06, 2018, 11:24:14 AM »
Another discovery that I really enjoyed today: Multiversum by Peter Eötvös, for the very interesting combination of grand organ, Hammond organ and orchestra.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #403 on: January 07, 2018, 05:05:49 PM »
I absolutely ADORE this staggering work and never tire of it:  made all the more enjoyable by following along with the score.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9tbCkACbGU

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« Reply #404 on: January 08, 2018, 03:30:54 AM »
I absolutely ADORE this staggering work and never tire of it:  made all the more enjoyable by following along with the score.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9tbCkACbGU

Is this a new work for you?

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #405 on: January 08, 2018, 10:49:24 AM »
Is this a new work for you?

No;  I've been familiar with it for a few years and never stop wanting to hear it!!  I believe it's one of the great works by Brahms and he was still young at the time of its composition.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #406 on: January 09, 2018, 07:09:08 AM »
IIRC, Brahms played that piece to Wagner and he liked it. This was when Brahms was in his thirties so the rivalry between them hadn't started yet (Brahms probably never even saw Wagner as a rival in the first place).
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #407 on: January 09, 2018, 07:24:33 AM »
No;  I've been familiar with it for a few years and never stop wanting to hear it!!  I believe it's one of the great works by Brahms and he was still young at the time of its composition.

Please check he OP.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #408 on: January 11, 2018, 08:52:52 AM »
From Messiaen, Apparition de L'Eglise Eternelle, performed by Marie-Clair Alain



Wow, astonishing. Such harmonies, such dissonances, such sonority. You think it can't get any more intense, and then it does. :)

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #409 on: January 11, 2018, 10:07:59 AM »
Greetings.

Of late, I've been listening to/being blown away by this:



If you like 20th-century quartets like Bartok, Shostakovich... you'll be all over this.


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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #410 on: January 11, 2018, 11:33:57 AM »
Greetings.

Of late, I've been listening to/being blown away by this:



If you like 20th-century quartets like Bartok, Shostakovich... you'll be all over this.


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Duly noted! I've been meaning to explore more of Rawsthorne's music.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #411 on: January 11, 2018, 05:19:15 PM »
 >:( I hate you guys.  Just added stuff to my wish list

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #412 on: January 12, 2018, 10:43:19 AM »
Duly noted! I've been meaning to explore more of Rawsthorne's music.

Excellent.  Please report back after listening and let us know what you think.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #413 on: January 19, 2018, 04:13:46 PM »
Wilhelm Stenhammer.

I have just heard his Symphony No. 2 for the first time.  It was on a CD that I received with the BBC Music Magazine.  I was very impressed.

Any suggestions from Stenhammer fans?

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #414 on: January 20, 2018, 05:48:41 AM »
Schoenberg's Die Jacobsleiter!! ( as finished by Wilfried Zillig)



Very, very deeply impressed & moved by these ca 40 minutes. I was amazed at reading that Schoenberg thought of a huge symphony with "Jacobsleiter" as the final movement.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #415 on: January 20, 2018, 05:53:18 AM »
Schoenberg's Die Jacobsleiter!! ( as finished by Wilfried Zillig)



Very, very deeply impressed & moved by these ca 40 minutes. I was amazed at reading that Schoenberg thought of a huge symphony with "Jacobsleiter" as the final movement.
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Yes! A very cool work by Schoenberg. I don’t know that Gielen performance. The only performance I know is Boulez’s on Columbia (Sony). I can’t remember if Craft recorded this work or not. If he did, I should definitely check out his performance.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #416 on: January 20, 2018, 06:17:57 AM »
Afaiik, Craft did not record Jakobsleiter (will check).

This I find interesting:

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

It is available on cd




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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently: SCHOENBERG'S Jakobsleiter
« Reply #417 on: January 20, 2018, 06:56:10 AM »
Afaiik, Craft did not record Jakobsleiter (will check).

This I find interesting:

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

It is available on cd



WOW!  It was broadcast on television!  I wonder how many people watched!

Yes! A very cool work by Schoenberg. I don’t know that Gielen performance. The only performance I know is Boulez’s on Columbia (Sony). I

Many years ago Die Jakobsleiter became one of my favorite works: one hears Schoenberg's earlier works in it (e.g. compare the Klaus-Narr section of Gurrelieder with the section sung by Der Aufrueherischer ), as well as the future (Moses und Aron).  Its "incomplete" nature is not noticeable to my mind: like Moses und Aron, it ends on a single note, and seems just perfect!

Thanks to a certain GMG member,* I have a recording of Bruno Maderna's performance with a Dutch orchestra and the incredible Guenter Reich as Gabriel from the 1970's: I had it on tape, courtesy of the Schoenberg family, but it was somehow lost.  That is also an excellent, atmospheric, even eerie performance.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #418 on: January 30, 2018, 05:01:48 PM »
Wow!!!

Based on the recommendation of another member I purchased the following:



This is some of the most amazing Carter I have ever heard. 

Even as a centenarian he was composing great music.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #419 on: January 30, 2018, 09:29:29 PM »
Wow!!!

Based on the recommendation of another member I purchased the following:



This is some of the most amazing Carter I have ever heard. 

Even as a centenarian he was composing great music.

Yes! These are some of my favourite works of his. And this recording is spectacular as well. 8)

As for me, I have recently listened to The Dream of Gerontius for the very first time and I have been blown away!