Author Topic: John Kinsella (born 1932)  (Read 5429 times)

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Re: John Kinsella (born 1932)
« Reply #20 on: January 29, 2019, 10:59:32 AM »
The correct answer is: 7! How often will you force me to repeat it?  :laugh:
Ok Ok - I'll listen to it again since you're making such a song and dance about it!
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Re: John Kinsella (born 1932)
« Reply #21 on: January 29, 2019, 06:09:15 PM »
How about No.4?

3,4,6 remain my favourites

Oh dear...forgot 4. well, 4 is midway between 3 and 6.

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Re: John Kinsella (born 1932)
« Reply #22 on: February 03, 2019, 03:46:42 AM »
The correct answer is: 7! How often will you force me to repeat it?  :laugh:
Clearly I do rate No.7 very highly (see opening post of this thread  ::)). I'm listening to nos 6 and 7 again now.
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Re: John Kinsella (born 1932)
« Reply #23 on: March 09, 2019, 02:28:20 PM »
Just ordered this disc directly from the Irish Chamber Orchestra website:

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This week I listened to symphonies 5 and 10. That last symphony is an enigmatic work which brought to mind other fascinating but cryptic, hard to fathom works such as Nielsen’s 6th or RVW’ s last two symphonies. All these works are written in an easily embraceable idiom, but they seem to relish being ‘different’. The Kinsella 10th is written in three contrasted movements of equal length, each one with a distinct character. It’s the connection between them that is elusive. They seem to inhabit different Musical ZIP codes.

The 5th is an absolutely terrific work. The spoken/sung poems are perfectly woven into the complex musical fabric (lots of stuff is happening in the orchestra, particularly in the cellar - low brass and winds). Their deeply probing interplay produce a huge, sweeping arc. I found it both moving and beautiful. The interpreters are absolutely grand, whether it's the Hagen-voiced Gerard O’Connor or the nobly sonorous speaker Bill Golding. I also like the way they have been recorded, voices and orchestra occupying distinct acoustical spaces. The mix is very well done. Outstanding.

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Re: John Kinsella (born 1932)
« Reply #24 on: March 10, 2019, 02:30:03 AM »
Am enjoying the excellent Symphony 6.
Here is an article I came across about the composer:
https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/music/2.749/a-lifetime-of-obsession-with-symphonies-1.497868
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Re: John Kinsella (born 1932)
« Reply #25 on: March 10, 2019, 10:12:18 AM »
I have a problem with "speakers" reciting over music, and Kinsella's Fifth did not get out of the gate with me.  But I thought the Tenth was worth getting the CD.

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Re: John Kinsella (born 1932)
« Reply #26 on: April 02, 2019, 03:45:01 PM »
Listened to today: symphony no 2 (1989). From youtube. Superb !


https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Ht1fJhAVeRI

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Re: John Kinsella (born 1932)
« Reply #27 on: April 02, 2019, 11:10:16 PM »
Listened to today: symphony no 2 (1989). From youtube. Superb !


https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Ht1fJhAVeRI


Sounds excellent  - reminds me of Symphony 3. Why is this not on CD? Thanks for posting it Andre.
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Re: John Kinsella (born 1932)
« Reply #28 on: May 14, 2019, 08:47:40 AM »
Cross-posted from the WAYL thread:

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The art cover may lead one to expect something jolly and colourful. It is not. These are works for strings only and are almost all deadly serious in tone. Lest that sound like a thumbs down, it is not either. In fact it’s one of the most impressive discs of Kinsella's music I’ve heard.

The 9th symphony is a major work. I was reminded of other dark works like Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem, Shostakovich’s 14th (minus the vocals), Sibelius 4th, Arnold’s 9th, but in a very concentrated, elliptic way - it is in 7 continuous sections lasting 31 minutes. The central slow movement is among the most desolate, barren musical utterances I can think of. It’s also amazingly beautiful.

The other works on the disc have been carefully chosen to follow in that direction while providing welcome contrast to the main offering. The small orchestra (19 strings, with a slight bias toward the lower voices) play splendidly and is very well recorded. Stunning quality all around.

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Re: John Kinsella (born 1932)
« Reply #29 on: May 14, 2019, 11:09:15 AM »
Other CDs with music by John Kinsella (I acquired them all, recently 8)):

The Cello Concerto (2000):                                                                         
 

I've listened to this CD once, will need to hear ot a couple of times more before my opinion settles itself...but I found the Kinsella to be quite good, and worthy of being coupled with the Shostakovich (CC1). (The Garrido that comes in the middle was too modernist in its idiom for my taste...but that may be more a reflection of me than the concerto itself.) It deserves being taken up by other cellists, and deserves another recording, especially if this one is OOP.

Arkivmusic (from whom I got it) says they currently have it in stock...
http://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/album.jsp?album_id=126161
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