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Re: Lou Harrison(1917-2003)
« Reply #20 on: December 04, 2013, 06:48:24 AM »
I never heard anything by him. Im interested in gamelan music. Do you recommend any of his works with a gamelan set or gamelan influenced?

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Re: Lou Harrison(1917-2003)
« Reply #21 on: December 04, 2013, 08:06:01 AM »
I never heard anything by him. Im interested in gamelan music. Do you recommend any of his works with a gamelan set or gamelan influenced?

Definitely the Double concerto. This a very fine recording:


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Re: Lou Harrison(1917-2003)
« Reply #22 on: December 04, 2013, 03:55:53 PM »
Seconded. It's on YouTube.

There's a lot of worthwhile stuff. The Grand Duo for violin and piano for starters.

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Re: Lou Harrison(1917-2003)
« Reply #23 on: December 04, 2013, 04:56:34 PM »
Thanks for the recommendation. I've listened to the Double Concerto and it is a very pleasant listening with some beautiful melodies, as in the third movement... but I found it little engaging for me. Too melodic in an easy way perhaps. It reminds me a bit of the compositions of earlier years of the XX century in the folky melodic way, but I think it lacks strength? for me. The gamelan set is nice though, but the gamelan on its own has a fresh. clean and suggestive sound to my years that is opaqued by the violin, at least in the youtube version. It reminded me of film music somehow. First impression, have to listen to it again.

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Re: Lou Harrison(1917-2003)
« Reply #24 on: December 06, 2013, 03:55:26 PM »
Ive enjoyed Concerto in Slendro, gamelan with no physical gamelan.

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Re: Lou Harrison(1917-2003)
« Reply #25 on: December 06, 2013, 04:25:00 PM »
Try the Concerto for Piano with Javanese Gamelan. The piano is retuned to match the gamelan instruments, and there is quite a bit of rhythmic interplay between the two. It is a bit more engaging than the Double Concerto, especially in the exciting first movement. Another concerto to look at is the Organ Concerto with Percussion Orchestra, which uses no actual gamelan, but it is emulated quite well by a set of percussion that is made up of various "junk" items and your typical percussion instruments. Both are excellent and there is rarely a dull moment in either.
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Re: Lou Harrison(1917-2003)
« Reply #26 on: December 07, 2013, 03:27:35 AM »
The only complete rendering of the concert I've found. Sounds a bit sloppy and amateurish perhaps , but I find it enjoyable:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/HcMf3D5D4D8" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/HcMf3D5D4D8</a>

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Re: Lou Harrison(1917-2003)
« Reply #27 on: December 07, 2013, 10:52:51 AM »
There is a better recording of it here from the 2013 Ojai Festival:

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/34107111

Go to around the 40:38 mark for the Concerto for Piano with Javanese Gamelan.


They also did the Concerto for Organ with Percussion Orchestra on the same day here:

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/34102547

Go to around the 35:50 mark for it.
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Re: Lou Harrison(1917-2003)
« Reply #28 on: December 07, 2013, 01:17:49 PM »
Thank you  ;)

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Re: Lou Harrison(1917-2003)
« Reply #29 on: December 09, 2013, 01:15:27 PM »
Thank you  ;)

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Re: Lou Harrison(1917-2003)
« Reply #30 on: December 10, 2013, 03:11:34 PM »
Try the 'Mass for St. Anthony'
I will, thanks.

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Re: Lou Harrison(1917-2003)
« Reply #31 on: December 15, 2014, 08:19:56 PM »
Suite for Violin with American Gamelan
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This is a stunningly beautiful album. I have not heard the New Albion recording, but I think this BMOP's performance is superb. Very moving music.

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Re: Lou Harrison(1917-2003)
« Reply #32 on: December 15, 2014, 09:25:15 PM »
Suite for Violin with American Gamelan
La Koro Sutro



This is a stunningly beautiful album. I have not heard the New Albion recording, but I think this BMOP's performance is superb. Very moving music.
Wishlisted. It's a gorgeous piece.
BMOP is worth watching I think. Their Thomson disc was superb.

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Re: Lou Harrison(1917-2003)
« Reply #33 on: December 15, 2014, 09:47:46 PM »
Wishlisted. It's a gorgeous piece.
BMOP is worth watching I think. Their Thomson disc was superb.
I agree. All the BMOP recordings I purchased so far (Cage, Thomson, Rosenblum, and this) are very satisfying.

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Re: Lou Harrison(1917-2003)
« Reply #34 on: December 16, 2014, 04:25:36 AM »
Symphony 2,'Elegiac' is my favourite of the works I know.
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Re: Lou Harrison(1917-2003)
« Reply #35 on: December 19, 2017, 03:56:48 AM »
These recordings represent my current attempt to get into this composer:



I'm a little skeptical though. I love Harry Partch's work (and also quite like some of Terry Riley) and there's obviously some relation here.
I'm going to give this a go but I think the stuff featuring the violin rubs me a little the wrong way. It has a very "pop" sound to it: clean and almost like fusion. The percussion work also lacks the dirty mystery of someone like Partch and sounds a little like Martin Denny without the jazz.

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