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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #480 on: March 28, 2018, 10:59:23 PM »
Actually, there is a CD which contains this piece (listening just right now: mindblowing, a representation of Japanese tragedies in a vivid, gloomy and dramatic way, yet poetic, finely expressive too. A rather nice blend between Oriental folklore and Western classical/academic music.)

It is in Amazon.com:





Thank you Caesar!
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PS I found it on Amazon UK as well going (a bit) cheaper although it will save me a lot in postage. I was a amused to see the CD of this poetic and gentle work juxtaposed against titles such as 'Destroy All Monsters!' and 'King Kong v Godzilla' etc.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #481 on: March 29, 2018, 12:13:05 PM »
Thank you Caesar!
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PS I found it on Amazon UK as well going (a bit) cheaper although it will save me a lot in postage. I was a amused to see the CD of this poetic and gentle work juxtaposed against titles such as 'Destroy All Monsters!' and 'King Kong v Godzilla' etc.

You're welcome. Then it's much better on Amazon.co.uk.

A strong contrast amongst those works indeed. Music for all tastes.

Now I'm more curios about the Ifukube's output. It seems worthy to explore.

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« Reply #482 on: March 31, 2018, 09:56:11 PM »
A large gap in my musical background is German Lieder.

To my embarrassment I have to confess that I have just heard some of Robert Schumann's Lieder for the first time.  Blew me away. 

RATS!!!!!! Now I will have to acquire his Lieder for my library.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #483 on: March 31, 2018, 10:05:05 PM »
Recently listened to this piece. The notation looks very clear and the piece sounds great!

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« Reply #484 on: March 31, 2018, 10:56:40 PM »
A large gap in my musical background is German Lieder.

To my embarrassment I have to confess that I have just heard some of Robert Schumann's Lieder for the first time.  Blew me away. 

RATS!!!!!! Now I will have to acquire his Lieder for my library.

Posted six times! I think you've set a new record!  :)

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #485 on: March 31, 2018, 11:58:24 PM »
A large gap in my musical background is German Lieder.

To my embarrassment I have to confess that I have just heard some of Robert Schumann's Lieder for the first time.  Blew me away. 

RATS!!!!!! Now I will have to acquire his Lieder for my library.

You can delete your own posts, feel free to reduce the amplification of your message.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #486 on: April 01, 2018, 12:11:59 AM »
Recently, after a gap of about 30 years, I have been relearning the bass choral part of Mahler 8 for a performance in August. Leading up to that we have been concentrating on Daphnis and Chloe, so the contrast has been a shot in the arm. I love the Ravel, but it is all ahhs and ooohs and inconclusive phrases. This time round I am a bit more alert to the odd sintila of themes that recur across the two movements. I have long had problems finding thematic tie-ins between the two dispirate movements. But they are there and no doubt many are embedded that I am too thick to detect.

As well as the adrenal rush of the propusive full-on passages, there is the wonderful beauty of the many filligree moments. It has sent me back to one of my favourite recordings, Wyn Morris. His take on it is rather how I imagine Furtwangler might have conducted it. An especially pointless thought process on my part especially as it was not in his repertoire, however, meant as a compliment. Morris manages a wonderful ebb and flow and especially suspensions where time stands still and you are taken somewhere entirely out of yourself.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #487 on: April 01, 2018, 02:14:10 AM »
Recently, after a gap of about 30 years, I have been relearning the bass choral part of Mahler 8 for a performance in August. Leading up to that we have been concentrating on Daphnis and Chloe, so the contrast has been a shot in the arm. I love the Ravel, but it is all ahhs and ooohs and inconclusive phrases. This time round I am a bit more alert to the odd sintila of themes that recur across the two movements. I have long had problems finding thematic tie-ins between the two dispirate movements. But they are there and no doubt many are embedded that I am too thick to detect.

Pretty much every single element of Part 2 is derived from Part 1, most of it (however remotely) from the first few pages of the work.  Glad to hear you're coming to terms with it.
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« Reply #488 on: April 01, 2018, 02:18:27 AM »
Thanks, I probably did not make myself clear, the piece has been a great favourite for decades. I am not trying to reconcile myself to it. But its structure has puzzled me. A long time ago Jonathan here pointed out a couple of thematic tie-ups between the movements. But now, listening and looking from the inside of it, some more are emerging for me.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #489 on: April 01, 2018, 06:10:03 AM »
I am sorry gentlemen about the repetitions.  I kept receiving a message that my post was rejected and to try submitting later.  Every time I tried to submit the post I received the same message.  So I gave up.  This morning to my embarrassment I saw that six of my attempts were accepted  :o.  I will delete the duplicates.

Again my apologies.  April Fool on me.
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« Reply #490 on: April 01, 2018, 06:12:20 AM »
I am sorry gentlemen about the repetitions.  I keep receiving a message that my post was rejected and to try submitting later.  Every time I tried to submit the post a received the same message.  So I gave up.  This morning to my embarrassment I saw that six of my attempts were accepted  :o.  I will delete the duplicates.

Again my apologies.  April Fool on me.

We've all been caught in that trap. :)

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #491 on: April 01, 2018, 08:42:56 AM »
Thanks, I probably did not make myself clear, the piece has been a great favourite for decades. I am not trying to reconcile myself to it. But its structure has puzzled me. A long time ago Jonathan here pointed out a couple of thematic tie-ups between the movements. But now, listening and looking from the inside of it, some more are emerging for me.

Thanks for the clarification.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #492 on: April 01, 2018, 06:57:49 PM »
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Although I am familiar with the band version of Circuits the rest of the works on this CD are new to me.  I have been a big fan of Ms. McTee for many years.

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« Reply #493 on: April 12, 2018, 03:37:38 PM »
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WOW!  What fantastic music.  Even though I have a large Martinu selection in my library (even though are a few duplicates I have recordings of over 90 of his works in my library), this is a new work for me.  Some of the best Martinu I have ever heard.

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« Reply #494 on: April 12, 2018, 08:06:34 PM »
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WOW!  What fantastic music.  Even though I have a large Martinu selection in my library (even though are a few duplicates I have recordings of over 90 of his works in my library), this is a new work for me.  Some of the best Martinu I have ever heard.

An excellent work without any doubt.

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« Reply #495 on: April 12, 2018, 08:12:28 PM »
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WOW!  What fantastic music.  Even though I have a large Martinu selection in my library (even though are a few duplicates I have recordings of over 90 of his works in my library), this is a new work for me.  Some of the best Martinu I have ever heard.

A very nice work, but I wouldn’t say it’s quite on the same level as The Epic of Gilgamesh for example.
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« Reply #496 on: April 13, 2018, 06:32:51 PM »
A very nice work, but I wouldn’t say it’s quite on the same level as The Epic of Gilgamesh for example.

So.  I do not think Beethoven's Fourth is as good as his Fifth but it is still a great listen  :)

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WOW!  What fantastic music.  Even though I have a large Martinu selection in my library (even though are a few duplicates I have recordings of over 90 of his works in my library), this is a new work for me.  Some of the best Martinu I have ever heard.

As a result of my incompetence I missed an obvious feature of this CD.  The Philharmonic Dances sounded so much like Martinu I though they were composed by Martinu.  It was actually Christopher Marlow  ;)

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« Reply #498 on: April 14, 2018, 05:46:02 AM »
I'm currently listening to the first sonata for piano by Charles Ives, played by the impeccable pianist Joanna MacGregor, whose recording of Birtwistle's Antiphonies I greatly admire. What is special here is that I had literally no idea that the first sonata is a work that actually exists - I always thought it was unrealized or completely lost! Maybe the abundance of recordings of the second sonata, widely considered a modern classic and rightly so, has led me to believe that perhaps there isn't a first sonata at all.

Unfinished though it apparently is, the first sonata is a huge work, spanning over thirty minutes. I'm so excited about this discovery!

Ives is one of my favourite composers, and his music commands my undivided attention whenever I listen to it. I love a lot of his music deeply. I might post about my thoughts on him at some point to the topic dedicated to him on this forum...

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« Reply #499 on: April 14, 2018, 08:46:16 AM »
I'm currently listening to the first sonata for piano by Charles Ives, played by the impeccable pianist Joanna MacGregor, whose recording of Birtwistle's Antiphonies I greatly admire. What is special here is that I had literally no idea that the first sonata is a work that actually exists - I always thought it was unrealized or completely lost! Maybe the abundance of recordings of the second sonata, widely considered a modern classic and rightly so, has led me to believe that perhaps there isn't a first sonata at all.

Unfinished though it apparently is, the first sonata is a huge work, spanning over thirty minutes. I'm so excited about this discovery!

Ives is one of my favourite composers, and his music commands my undivided attention whenever I listen to it. I love a lot of his music deeply. I might post about my thoughts on him at some point to the topic dedicated to him on this forum...

This would be most excellent and I look forward to your comments. Ives is a favorite of mine, too. Come to think of it, I don’t think I heard his first piano sonata. Must be something!
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