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Title: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: arpeggio on September 09, 2016, 02:36:58 PM
One of the biggest mistake a newbie makes is starting a thread that already exists.  So I checked this out so I hope this a new idea

My music library is based on breath instead of depth.  Instead of fifty recordings of Beethoven's Fifth I would prefer to have fifty recordings of different symphonies. 

Since I am always on the lookout for new composers and music one of my favorite threads in another forum is "Pieces that have blown you away recently".  This is a thread where a person can post their experiences with a new work they have never heard before or a new composer.

This would not be a thread for a person who already has fifty recordings of Beethoven's Fifth and he just acquired his fifty-first.  This thread is for a person who had never heard Beethoven's Fifth and his initial exposure to it was awesome.

I will start by talking about recent discovery for me.

I subscribe to the BBC Music Magazine.  One of the there CD's had some piano music of Ravel and Faure.  I am not a fan of Faure.  When the Faure train left the station I was not on it.  This recording of some of his barcarolles and nocturnes blew me away.  :)
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Ken B on September 09, 2016, 03:03:53 PM
One of the biggest mistake a newbie makes is starting a thread that already exists.  So I checked this out so I hope this a new idea

My music library is based on breath instead of depth.  Instead of fifty recordings of Beethoven's Fifth I would prefer to have fifty recordings of different symphonies. 

Since I am always on the lookout for new composers and music one of my favorite threads in another forum is "Pieces that have blown you away recently".  This is a thread where a person can post their experiences with a new work they have never heard before or a new composer.

This would not be a thread for a person who already has fifty recordings of Beethoven's Fifth and he just acquired his fifty-first.  This thread is for a person who had never heard Beethoven's Fifth and his initial exposure to it was awesome.

I will start by talking about recent discovery for me.

I subscribe to the BBC Music Magazine.  One of the there CD's had some piano music of Ravel and Faure.  I am not a fan of Faure.  When the Faure train left the station I was not on it.  This recording of some of his barcarolles and nocturnes blew me away.  :)

Try his string quartets. Any of his chamber music.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Rinaldo on September 09, 2016, 03:27:00 PM
Blown away, hmm.. it's been awhile, but Luc Brewaeys' Talisker, courtesy of pjme's in memoriam thread (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/index.php/topic,25429.msg940497.html)

https://www.youtube.com/v/-CDkZ6TdHHQ

and before that, Henrico Albicastro's 12 Concerti a Quatro, which nobody seems to give a damn about, so I'm probably mad when I call this work a baroque masterpiece, on par with the greats:

https://www.youtube.com/v/uNvxFy_GtvQ
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Andante on September 09, 2016, 03:46:17 PM

My music library is based on breath instead of depth.  Instead of fifty recordings of Beethoven's Fifth I would prefer to have fifty recordings of different symphonies. 
             
When I started my collection I would read as many reviews of a work that I could find and purchase the one considered best, eventually over time you will find a recording that is rated better and so I may make another purchase hence I do not have 100 of LvB 5th. It works for me  ;D
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: PerfectWagnerite on September 09, 2016, 04:20:54 PM
Try LVB's late quartets, the harmonies, structure and dimensions are 100 yrs at least ahead of its times.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: jessop on September 09, 2016, 05:23:36 PM
I was recently blown away by Contretemps (https://youtu.be/kMGsh7RGdAg) by Aperghis. I've heard only one work of his prior to this which I enjoyed...I think it was called 'Teeter-totter,' but it was certainly 'Contretemps' which has made me an Aperghis fan!
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: arpeggio on September 09, 2016, 06:46:25 PM
Blown away, hmm.. it's been awhile, but Luc Brewaeys' Talisker, courtesy of pjme's in memoriam thread (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/index.php/topic,25429.msg940497.html)


Wow!!  Very effective use of multiphonics with the woodwinds.  From Faure to Brewaeys.  This would drive some of the ultraconservatives in my old forum nuts.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Andante on September 09, 2016, 08:05:50 PM
I was recently blown away by Contretemps (https://youtu.be/kMGsh7RGdAg) by Aperghis. I've heard only one work of his prior to this which I enjoyed...I think it was called 'Teeter-totter,' but it was certainly 'Contretemps' which has made me an Aperghis fan!

Re your link, you like this type of thing fair enough, but what is it that you find so enjoyable? I am serious and curious.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Brewski on September 09, 2016, 08:11:05 PM
I was recently blown away by Contretemps (https://youtu.be/kMGsh7RGdAg) by Aperghis. I've heard only one work of his prior to this which I enjoyed...I think it was called 'Teeter-totter,' but it was certainly 'Contretemps' which has made me an Aperghis fan!

Though I haven't heard Contretemps, I love Aperghis, ever since seeing some of his Récitations for solo voice. Recently the Talea Ensemble here has done Le Corps ŕ corps, a short piece for solo percussionist.

Even more ambitious, the fantastic video of Luna Park, an hour-long multimedia piece. Check it out:

https://youtu.be/biTGIRROgZA

To address the thread, this blew me away.

--Bruce
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: jessop on September 09, 2016, 08:37:31 PM
Re your link, you like this type of thing fair enough, but what is it that you find so enjoyable? I am serious and curious.

I find the vocal writing to be delightful in particular. Having heard it only once, i recall being very attracted to the orchestration and found the pace thrilling (especially during the first three minutes and similar moments to it). Do you like it as well? I'd be curious to hear your thoughts. :)
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: GioCar on September 09, 2016, 09:24:03 PM
I've recently found many gems among the earlier Takemitsu works.
One of them really blew me away: Munari by Munari (1967-72) for percussions
Sorry I couldn't find a decent YT link. I have it on CD from the Complete Takemitsu Edition
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5217/5531885067_72db1786fc_o.jpg)
 
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: arpeggio on September 09, 2016, 09:31:46 PM

Henrico Albicastro's 12 Concerti a Quatro, which nobody seems to give a damn about, so I'm probably mad when I call this work a baroque masterpiece, on par with the greats:


I am all of the time running into Baroque composers that are not among the big three (Bach, Handel and Vivaldi) whose music I enjoy listening to.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Florestan on September 09, 2016, 09:54:04 PM
Just yesterday, Friedrich Gulda's Concerto for Cello and Wind Orchestra knocked my socks off.

I was driving my car while listening and my three-and-a-half year old son danced all through the first movement on the rear seat.  :D.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: nathanb on September 10, 2016, 03:50:19 PM
I'll be sure to post lots in this thread when it's applicable, but I've pretty much listened to nothing but Stockhausen and Cage for the last two or three weeks in celebration of each of their birthdays (the two of them being, together, my two favorite composers and all). I'll get back to you when I'm listening to "new" stuff again.

Glad to see Aperghis getting some love. I've find a lot of his music delightful as well.

As a side note: I'm always thoroughly happy and amused to see how much COAG name drops any great composer he's only just discovered. The guy cherishes every new thing he finds in a very inspiring way.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: jessop on September 10, 2016, 04:30:09 PM
Ah the sound of the Shamisen, love this so much!

https://www.youtube.com/v/QBjIW8Zt7Ew

I posted this in current listening but I think I might post it here as well. Whilst it didn't blow my socks off, it was really cool to see an example of how one might compose notated music for shamisen!!! Fujikura is one of my favourite composers very active today, and I'll probably be posting more of his stuff here down the track. :)
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: jessop on September 10, 2016, 04:32:01 PM

As a side note: I'm always thoroughly happy and amused to see how much jessop name drops any great composer he's only just discovered. The guy cherishes every new thing he finds in a very inspiring way.

Haha, I'm very glad, thank you :)
Always happy to share the things I discover and find interesting, and I'm even happier to be introduced by others to music i haven't come across before!
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Rinaldo on September 10, 2016, 04:56:00 PM
I am all of the time running into Baroque composers that are not among the big three (Bach, Handel and Vivaldi) whose music I enjoy listening to.

Same here, but they usually don't blow me away like Albicastro's concerto did. Last time a lesser-known baroque composer stopped me in my tracks was William Lawes.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Andante on September 10, 2016, 05:27:45 PM
I find the vocal writing to be delightful in particular. Having heard it only once, i recall being very attracted to the orchestration and found the pace thrilling (especially during the first three minutes and similar moments to it). Do you like it as well? I'd be curious to hear your thoughts. :)

No I am not a fan of this type of thing and do not hear what you hear but I was curious, however this thread is not the place for that type of discussion.

I did have another listen just in case I had missed something but could only stand it for 15 min as it seemed to my poor old ears to be much of the same I hear squeaky violins and tin can’s being hit, and a high pitched voice warbling on and on and on, perhaps I am just passed this kind of “music"
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Ken B on September 10, 2016, 05:41:42 PM
Same here, but they usually don't blow me away like Albicastro's concerto did. Last time a lesser-known baroque composer stopped me in my tracks was William Lawes.

Lawes is splendid.
After decades of slighting Purcell I found a few years ago he's a first rate genius.
Title: Ginastera BOMARZO
Post by: arpeggio on September 10, 2016, 06:42:35 PM
Ginastera is one of my favorites.  He ranks forty-seventh in my library.  I have fifty recordings (now fifty-one) in my library.  If I factor out the duplicates, like the five copies of Estancia I still have recordings of over forty works.

Sony just released the only recording of Ginastera's opera Bomarzo.  Of course I snatched it up as soon as it was released.  I mentioned this in the "Purchases Today" Thread.

I love it.  Reminds me of a Spanish Lulu.  If one likes Lulu and late Ginastera they will love this.   
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: jessop on September 10, 2016, 06:47:07 PM
Ginastera is one of my favorites.  He ranks forty-seventh in my library.  I have fifty recordings (now fifty-one) in my library.  If I factor out the duplicates, like the five copies of Estancia I still have recordings of over forty works.

Sony just released the only recording of Ginastera's opera Bomarzo.  Of course I snatched it up as soon as it was released.  I mentioned this in the "Purchases Today" Thread.

I love it.  Reminds me of a Spanish Lulu.  If one likes Lulu and late Ginastera they will love this.   

This is something I should probably check out then when I am in an opera sort of mood! :D
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: nathanb on September 10, 2016, 07:00:18 PM
I think I need to take guidance from our friend Nathanb and purposefully limited the music I listen to. I discover too much on a daily basis to keep up with a lot of it.
New sounds are great, BUT when I'm not familiarising myself enough with them, I fail for a lot of pieces to mean something to me.

I'm considering listening to only:

Bartok's Sonata for Two Piano's and Percussion
Mahler's Wonderhorn
The obligatory Xenakis
And Lilburn's third Symphony

For a whole week.

 ;)

I've listened to nothing for the last 5 days but 33 discs worth of Cage, and I ain't complaining.

But I only really do it because I need to. I tend to get really aimless and hopeless when I don't force myself to have some semblance of structure. Personal experience has told me this. And not just musically speaking.

Other things I recommend: set aside time to listen to large box sets and collections with nothing in between. More than a couple of times now, I'll throw on the first disc of Donaueschinger Musiktage 2006, and before it's over, I'll tell myself that I'm not allowed to listen to anything else until I've listened through the final pieces of Donaueschinger Musiktage 2014.

Not only does this force a special kind of discipline and focus, but it usually tends to reliably increase your appreciation of the subject. It's musical intimacy really. For this week, I'm musically monogamous ;)
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Ken B on September 10, 2016, 07:00:58 PM
I guess I'm not the only one who still finds, after decades of listening, stunning new stuff regularly.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: -abe- on September 10, 2016, 07:33:46 PM
have u guys heard this piece called fur elise omg sooooo goooood
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Andante on September 10, 2016, 08:22:34 PM
have u guys heard this piece called fur elise omg sooooo goooood
No! how does it go?
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Reckoner on September 11, 2016, 03:52:39 AM
Rautavaara: Vigilia

http://www.gramophone.co.uk/review/rautavaara-vigilia

This was the first choral work of ER's that I had heard, and it is compelling, particularly the first half or so. Some beautiful harmonies, gorgeous writing for Bass, and totally exotic vocal effects in the form of glissandos and what not.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: -abe- on September 11, 2016, 04:40:59 PM
No! how does it go?

Everyone knows it!

Did you know it was LvB's primary way of getting laid? He'd be like, "here, I have composed a piece for you my lady. I call it, 'For Sarah.' Let me show you, come closer..." Except he'd do it over and over again with different women. Finally one of the women became aware of his ruse and boxed his ears, which caused his hearing loss.




Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: jessop on September 11, 2016, 06:08:37 PM
Toshio Hosokawa: Saxophone Concerto (https://youtu.be/EL8uwaycLQQ)

I listened to this for the first time ever last night and I'm really feeling that I need to listen to it more and more....I really love the way the soloist is introduced in this concerto! Wow!
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: jessop on September 14, 2016, 03:57:55 AM
Charlotte Bray: At the Speed of Stillness.

Really good video, nice to hear the composer talk about her work as well. The piece itself starts around 3:20 in:

https://www.youtube.com/v/DPjwZiFO3p8
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Florestan on September 14, 2016, 04:10:31 AM
Brahms
Scherzo in B-flat minor op. 4

A remarkably beautiful and coherent piece for a first composition (the opus number is misleading, this is the first extant work of Brahms, composed in 1851).

https://www.youtube.com/v/uka3r__32yY

Mozart
Kyrie in F major KV 33

The first thought that camew into my mind after the first few bars: Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.

https://www.youtube.com/v/3ee0rwFaSsE
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: jessop on September 14, 2016, 05:17:41 AM
I enjoyed that Mozart very much Florestan! I'm especially a fan of his many Masses and other liturgical works. What are your favourites?
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: North Star on September 14, 2016, 06:13:58 AM
Brahms
Scherzo in B-flat minor op. 4

A remarkably beautiful and coherent piece for a first composition (the opus number is misleading, this is the first extant work of Brahms, composed in 1851).
It's a marvelous piece, indeed. Remember though that Brahms had written a fair number of works at that point - he just destroyed the lot after Schumann's article.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Jo498 on September 14, 2016, 06:53:17 AM
Another odd thing about the Brahms's scherzo is that Brahms supposedly claimed he had not known the Chopin scherzi when he wrote it but it does sound damn close to some passages of these works...
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Florestan on September 14, 2016, 07:08:43 AM
I enjoyed that Mozart very much Florestan! I'm especially a fan of his many Masses and other liturgical works. What are your favourites?

To my shame I must confess that besides the Coronation Mass and the Requiem Mozart's sacred music is virtually unkown to me, a state of affairs which I intend to redress just these days, with the help of Messrs Harnoncourt, Neumann and Philips Mozart Edition. A project that will run parallel to that of chronologically listening to Brahms's complete works on DG.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Florestan on September 14, 2016, 07:10:32 AM
Another odd thing about the Brahms's scherzo is that Brahms supposedly claimed he had not known the Chopin scherzi when he wrote it but it does sound damn close to some passages of these works...

Right from the beginning, actually.  :D
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Visions_fugitives on September 14, 2016, 09:09:20 AM
Schumann's Violinsonate no.2 op.121, in particular the third movement, "Leise, einfach".

Simply outstanding.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJc1RhzF9w0
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: North Star on September 14, 2016, 09:17:22 AM
Schumann's Violinsonate no.2 op.121, in particular the third movement, "Leise, einfach".

Simply outstanding.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJc1RhzF9w0
That certainly is a beauty!
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Florestan on September 14, 2016, 09:23:02 AM
That certainly is a beauty!

+ 1
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Ken B on September 14, 2016, 09:24:20 AM
To my shame I must confess that besides the Coronation Mass and the Requiem Mozart's sacred music is virtually unkown to me ....

Hmmph. Romanians.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Florestan on September 14, 2016, 09:30:03 AM
Hmmph. Romanians.

That´s right. Our ears are more accustomed to things like an All-Night Vigil or a Liturgy of St. John Chrysostomus than to a Mass.   ;D
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: North Star on September 14, 2016, 09:43:44 AM
That´s right. Our ears are more accustomed to things like an All-Night Vigil or a Liturgy of St. John Chrysostomus than to a Mass.   ;D
Ha!

But, please tell me you've heard the Great c minor Mass..

https://www.youtube.com/v/meZVDU17QBI
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Florestan on September 14, 2016, 10:08:31 AM
Ha!

But, please tell me you've heard the Great c minor Mass..

https://www.youtube.com/v/meZVDU17QBI

Oh yes, that too but I forgot to mention it.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: jessop on September 14, 2016, 12:41:50 PM
To my shame I must confess that besides the Coronation Mass and the Requiem Mozart's sacred music is virtually unkown to me, a state of affairs which I intend to redress just these days, with the help of Messrs Harnoncourt, Neumann and Philips Mozart Edition. A project that will run parallel to that of chronologically listening to Brahms's complete works on DG.
Harnoncourt and Neumann have made excellent recordings imo, not sure if I prefer one or the other, but I think I tend to like them more than the Philips edition (which isn't as HIP as the others).
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: knight66 on September 14, 2016, 01:51:34 PM
One of the biggest mistake a newbie makes is starting a thread that already exists.  So I checked this out so I hope this a new idea


Welcome, I will provide a couple of socks knocked off examples, but this post is just to reassure you about how we deal with threads. I will explain current thinking. A long time ago we tried hard to match new and old threads that covered the same topic. But I recall one Bach thread which had so much in it that when the topic came up again, the new folk were referred to the existing thread and it stifled discussion. That proved to be counterproductive in prompting people for their views. We are happy to let some duplicate threads emerge and if it is useful, once it has run its course, we can merge them to help focus later search results.

We also tend to try not to move threads about too much. So if a good discussion is going on about Beethoven's Fidelio in the Great Recordings section, we are unlikely to move it to the Opera and Vocal room. Sometimes the initiator asks us to move threads and we do that leaving a redirect message.

We have a fair few new members and I though that any passing by here can pick up on this explanation.

Enjoy!

Cheers, Knight, (Mike) 
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: knight66 on September 14, 2016, 01:57:21 PM
I was going to put a link to this post, but instead, I have copied it across.

Let me tell you
Composer Hans Abrahamsen, words Paul Griffiths, Soprano Barbara Hannigan
Bayerischen Rundfunks Orch, Andris Nelsons, on the Winter and Winter label

A new song cycle that seems to me to be a masterpiece. But can it enter the repertoire?

Most great song cycles yield to some possibility of permitting different voice types to advocate them. There are some exceptions such as Strauss's Four Last Songs. But here, you need a high wire soprano who can cope with microtones. I cannot imagine the piece being transposed; it would destroy the orchestral sounds and textures. So very few singers will be able to advocate this piece; which does not make it any less compelling or important. But I doubt that you will get much opportunity to hear it live.

This group of songs uses the words of Hamlet's Ophelia extracted and reordered to provide a much more richly textured character: someone who can represent women and their experiences widely and deeply. The soundworld is tonal, but without a firm key. The orchestra kept reminding me of glass, evoking white light. Much of it lies high, it shimmers. The words are drawn from Shakespeare, the sounds often echo Monteverdi. Abrahamsen deploys a repeatedly struck note and word like the earlier composer did to hit home words or emphesise a point. That trait is most evident in the initial and then the final movement. There is melody, not long and sinuous, but transitory, snatched and short breathed. Yet, it does not feel fragmented, this is a deeply satisfying listen.

It is spellbinding music, moving and disolving like a mirage. The final movement fades away rather like the end of Das Lied. Without echoing Mahler, I neverthless kept thinking of the disolve at the end of the 9th Symphony.

The performance seems splendid; this singer is very much under the skin of the piece and has the technique to manage the extraordinary difficulties that have been stitched into it. Nelsons pulls out lots of layering and detail, though I have no idea what else it might sound like, but assume he serves the score faithfully, how would I know? But the orchestra sounds terrific.

At only just over half an hour it feels like an expensive disc......until you hear it.

Mike
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: hpowders on September 14, 2016, 03:08:43 PM
For the last several months I have been listening exclusively to the Bach organ works played by the likes of Walcha, Alain, Koopman, Hurford and Fickley.

If J.S. Bach wasn't the greatest composer who ever lived, he is sure doing a great impersonation of it here!  :)

As completely blown away as I ever could be!!  8)
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: knight66 on September 14, 2016, 03:46:43 PM
I promised two, here is the second one. Although I very much enjoy Mozart's operas and a lot of his other compositions, for some reason I can't explain I avoided his songs. I recently bought a live 1954 recital by Schwarzkopf of a Aix Festival concert. The pianist is Hans Rosbaud. Part way through the song Abendempfindung jumped out of the speakers. It is a delicate, beautiful song and I love the way the singer delivers it in an almost conversational way. Here she was live, no opportunities to retake to eliminate one or two slightly overstreched phrases. But it does not matter, this performance gets to the heart of the song. A few minutes very well spent.

As you may detect, it is the performance as much as the song which so delghted me.


https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uZ89qQ3rFOw


Mike
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Monsieur Croche on September 14, 2016, 04:45:38 PM
David Lang ~ Crowd Out for 1000 voices.

I was very taken with the sound the piece makes as a piece as well as the social import of the piece as event.
https://www.youtube.com/v/puPmm9-3-nI
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: hpowders on September 14, 2016, 05:06:12 PM
The 12 Piano Sonatas by Vincent Persichetti.

Most are delightful neo-classical works, highly approachable and very witty.

I believe Haydn would have loved them.

They always blow me away!  :)
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: nathanb on September 14, 2016, 05:56:12 PM
The 12 Piano Sonatas by Vincent Persichetti.

Most are delightful neo-classical works, highly approachable and very witty.

I believe Haydn would have loved them.

They always blow me away!  :)

Recent discoveries only, powders
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: jessop on September 15, 2016, 12:12:24 AM
Probably one of the most dazzling and impressive violin concertos I have heard recently! :o

https://www.youtube.com/v/1uW5manYtAU
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: hpowders on September 15, 2016, 06:09:00 AM
Recent discoveries only, powders

powders? Whose that?

I am El Píthi.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Monsieur Croche on September 15, 2016, 09:31:47 AM
powders? Whose that?

I am El Píthi.

Hal-El-u-Pithi....
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: hpowders on September 15, 2016, 10:33:37 AM
Hal-El-u-Pithi....

Right back atcha, Monsieur Croche!  8)
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: frenchyboy on September 15, 2016, 12:08:01 PM
I discovered this little overture lately and I can't get enough of it :

https://www.youtube.com/v/lfKNfY1a31o
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: nathanb on September 15, 2016, 12:12:31 PM
powders? Whose that?

I am El Píthi.

Don't change the subject.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Otis B. Driftwood on September 15, 2016, 12:48:36 PM
I was listening to Doina Rotaru recent compilation CD:

(https://img.discogs.com/6p0T4O3_UZY3ikShSwjSR4WnRSw=/fit-in/600x600/filters:strip_icc():format(jpeg):mode_rgb():quality(90)/discogs-images/R-8123512-1455793490-2699.jpeg.jpg)

And I got hooked by "Cantus Austerus":


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFq24r4wOjU
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: hpowders on September 15, 2016, 12:53:52 PM
El Píthi has been recently blown away by Schuman's Symphony No. 10 AND the Shostakovich Symphony No. 4.

Yes. I am settling in here on GMG very, very nicely!  8)
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Que on September 16, 2016, 12:51:36 AM
Johannes Ockeghem's Missa prolationum (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missa_prolationum):



https://youtube.com/v/h5y36gL8E34

More details on the piece apart from the Wiki link above:

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Ockeghem's Missa Prolationum may be the greatest exercise in contrapuntal virtuosity anywhere in the European Renaissance.
Strict rhythmic transformation of a notated melody had existed within the tradition of the isorhythmic motet, wherein subsequent sections of the piece would apply such transformations to the tenor's fixed melody by means of new time signatures. Ockeghem's colleague in the 1440s at Our Lady's of Antwerp, Petrus de Domarto, apparently was the first to apply mensural rhythmic transformation to the various movements of a Mass Ordinary cycle, in his Missa Spiritus alme.Guillaume Dufay posed himself the challenge of a "mensuration canon" -- two voices singing the same melody in different time signatures -- in an early motet, Inclita stella maris, and a late chanson, Les doleurs. But it was left to the supreme craftsman, Ockeghem, to raise the compositional stakes and challenge himself to write an entire mass based on a series of such canons: in short, to exploit the system of mensural notation as never before (and not since).

The musical feature which makes a mensuration canon possible is the fact that in the fifteenth century's system of notation, the same note symbol could take a different rhythmic value under different mensurations (or time signatures). This means that in addition to the more standard type of canon, where subsequent voices sing the same melody at a later time or a different pitch level, the same melody may be sung in counterpoint to itself in two different simultaneous time signatures. All of the movements of Ockeghem's Mass are examples of this most difficult type of canon. Moreover, all of the movements are double canons: two notated voices are each subjected to different mensuration canons to produce four vocal parts. As if this weren't enough of a challenge, Ockeghem sets each canon at a different musical interval: Kyrie at the unison, Christe at a whole step, Kyrie II at a third, Gloria at a fourth, etc., to Osanna at the octave. The Agnus Dei movements return to canonic intervals of the fourth and fifth.

The Prolation Mass is not merely an intellectual curiosity, however. Music theorists from shortly after Ockeghem's death until the twentieth century have extolled the concept and contrapuntal workmanship of the Mass; the later twentieth century has even seen in Ockeghem a kinship with the hyper-intellectual esotericism of "Contemporary-classical" music written by academic composers. However, the elegance of Ockeghem's Mass is not restricted to the conceptual world of notation and thought; it presents a sonic experience fully commensurate with the harmonies and melodies expected by his contemporary listeners. The openings of movements often seem rhythmically unmoored, as different voices sing long notes of various lengths, but the true test of his skill is the aural facility of his melodic weavings and his cadences; he even successfully slips an expressive accidental into the canonic complex at Crucifixus. A harmonically warmer Sanctus cannot be found in his work, and the octave canon in Osanna provides for a powerful conclusion. Even as natural laws of staggering complexity may govern in secret the processes of a budding rose, a terribly difficult, but hidden, level of craftsmanship yields the sweetness of Ockeghem's music.

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Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Muse Wanderer on September 18, 2016, 07:54:43 AM
Completely blown away by Bartok's String Quartets!

I have marvelled at his 1st and 2nd string quartets. I am now listening to his 3rd and it is seismic in proportions!

I have no idea how, to my ears, Bartok managed to break the boundaries once laid down by Beethoven's late quartets.

Geez! - I thought that listening to Bartok's orchestral works followed by his piano concertos would give me a clue of his creativity.

Then I listen to these marvellous works and can barely close my mouth in astonishment.

Bartok's 3rd string quartet (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/String_Quartet_No._3_(Bart%C3%B3k)) is so tight starting off with a simple motif that evolves drastically creating a surreal atmosphere that is projected out in the wild by the tumultuous second movement. The third movement brings back the serene drama of the first with a climactic ending that mirrors the second.

https://www.youtube.com/v/FXQ2-uD_4LU

Now I am slowly 'absorbing' the 4th and can't wait to listen to his last 2!


Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Brewski on September 18, 2016, 08:24:18 AM
If you're inclined, Muse, the Banff International String Quartet Competition has all of its performances (from about two weeks ago) on YouTube. In the first round, many of the groups did Bartók (and Haydn), and there are some terrific readings, especially of No. 4.

https://www.banffcentre.ca/bisqc-watch-and-listen

--Bruce
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Muse Wanderer on September 18, 2016, 08:58:15 AM
If you're inclined, Muse, the Banff International String Quartet Competition has all of its performances (from about two weeks ago) on YouTube. In the first round, many of the groups did Bartók (and Haydn), and there are some terrific readings, especially of No. 4.

https://www.banffcentre.ca/bisqc-watch-and-listen

--Bruce

Thanks Bruce.

I'll check these performances out once I digest the intricacies of the 4th and whatever Bartok conjures in the 5th and 6th.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Florestan on September 19, 2016, 06:27:36 AM
Henri Herz´s piano concertos.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Ken B on September 19, 2016, 06:41:44 AM
Henri Herz´s piano concertos.
You listen frequently?
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Florestan on September 19, 2016, 06:45:58 AM
You listen frequently?

Huh?
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Jo498 on September 19, 2016, 06:50:07 AM
Heinrich Hertz, not Henri Herz
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Florestan on September 19, 2016, 06:57:57 AM
Heinrich Hertz, not Henri Herz

Cf.

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-zg6gyJZa5ME/VfriUBRHmyI/AAAAAAACcxg/kZNj4Bac1Vo/s1600/herz%2Bcontraportada.PNG)

Also

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_Herz (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_Herz)
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: zamyrabyrd on September 19, 2016, 07:09:51 AM
Is anyone familiar with this delightful work? Reminds me of champagne bubbles.

https://www.youtube.com/v/EVUZoqvNqK8

Elias Parish Alvars - Harp Concerto in G-minor, Op.81 (1842)

Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Jo498 on September 19, 2016, 07:17:11 AM
I know. I tried to explain Ken's pun Herz -> Hertz and frequency -> frequently.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Florestan on September 19, 2016, 07:19:08 AM
I know. I tried to explain Ken's pun Herz -> Hertz and frequency -> frequently.

Oh, my! I had a second thought about it that it might have something to do with that Hertz. And now I got Ken´s pun, too.

You guys are too subtle for me.  :D
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Florestan on September 19, 2016, 07:21:27 AM
Is anyone familiar with this delightful work? Reminds me of champagne bubbles.

https://www.youtube.com/v/EVUZoqvNqK8

Elias Parish Alvars - Harp Concerto in G-minor, Op.81 (1842)

Thanks for posting it. Sounds great.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Ghost Sonata on September 19, 2016, 07:32:10 AM
Heinrich Hertz, not Henri Herz

Grove states Henri (with Heinrich in parentheses).  Born in Vienna, Heinrich was thoroughly Frenchified in name and style - and wildly popular in his day.  He crossed the U.S. on tour three times (!) and wrote about it : Mes voyages en Amérique [1866], which see:  https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=hvd.32044086313251;view=1up;seq=9  I might have a look inside myself (an English trans. published in 1966).
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: North Star on September 19, 2016, 07:36:51 AM
Grove states Henri (with Heinrich in parentheses).  Born in Vienna, Heinrich was thoroughly Frenchified in name and style - and wildly popular in his day.  He crossed the U.S. on tour three times (!) and wrote about it : Mes voyages en Amérique [1866], which see:  https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=hvd.32044086313251;view=1up;seq=9  I might have a look inside myself (an English trans. published in 1966).
Heinrich Hertz is the scientist.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Florestan on September 19, 2016, 07:38:22 AM
He crossed the U.S. on tour three times (!) and wrote about it : Mes voyages en Amérique [1866], which see:  https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=hvd.32044086313251;view=1up;seq=9  I might have a look inside myself (an English trans. published in 1966).

The liner notes to the first Herz volume on Hyperion state that those are extremely well and witty written and gives three examples that indeed made me laugh. Many thanks for the link, Gregg!

I see it opens with one of my favorite Horace adages:

Coelum non animam mutant qui trans mare currunt.

Look very, very promising.  8)
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Ghost Sonata on September 19, 2016, 07:45:00 AM
Heinrich Hertz is the scientist.

This hurts my head.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Ken B on September 19, 2016, 08:18:54 AM
This hurts my head.
Try this

(http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/uToAAOSwVL1V~GUk/s-l300.jpg)
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: SeptimalTritone on September 19, 2016, 08:35:56 PM
These have blown me away recently. The second of these I have heard before, but revisiting it made a much greater impression on me.

Francisco Meirino - Recordings of Voltage Errors, Magnetic Fields, On Site Testimonies & Tape Tension https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcEeN9qAVmw

Sachiko M / Toshimaru Nakamura / Otomo Yoshihide - Good Morning, Good Night https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHs0LkixGvY&list=PL6kbKbt4ZO4ZiobvZAacH7T-Jtsb4jugX

Michelle Lou - Untitled Three Part Construction https://soundcloud.com/yelloworange

Lionel Marchetti - Ocean https://lionelmarchetti.bandcamp.com/track/oc-an-de-la-fertilit-2016-composition-de-musique-concr-te

Alexander Khubeev - Sounds of the dark time https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TlTKWR4LNU
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: The new erato on September 19, 2016, 09:04:25 PM
I know. I tried to explain Ken's pun Herz -> Hertz and frequency -> frequently.
Just like REM's song  "What's the frequency Kenneth?"..................
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: hpowders on September 20, 2016, 01:49:41 PM
What really blew me away this afternoon quite unexpectedly was the delightful, proud to be American Symphony No. 4 by William Schuman. I always liked it, but today it seriously impressed me!!  8)
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Mirror Image on September 20, 2016, 07:25:31 PM
What really blew me away this afternoon quite unexpectedly was the delightful, proud to be American Symphony No. 4 by William Schuman. I always liked it, but today it seriously impressed me!!  8)

I really like the slow movement to that symphony. I can't remember much else about it.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: nathanb on September 20, 2016, 07:45:07 PM
These have blown me away recently. The second of these I have heard before, but revisiting it made a much greater impression on me.

Sachiko M / Toshimaru Nakamura / Otomo Yoshihide - Good Morning, Good Night https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHs0LkixGvY&list=PL6kbKbt4ZO4ZiobvZAacH7T-Jtsb4jugX

Have you heard the Keith Rowe / Sachiko M / Toshimaru Nakamura / Otomo Yoshihide 4 hour improvisation set in "ErstLive 005"? Guaranteed to blow you away.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Visions_fugitives on September 21, 2016, 02:08:15 PM
Gyorgy Kurtag | Stele op.33
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXDyfW-l0Go
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: knight66 on September 21, 2016, 10:16:45 PM
Gyorgy Kurtag | Stele op.33
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXDyfW-l0Go

I very much like this piece, and I really ought to explore the composer more widely. I heard it live then dived off to get hold of a recording.

Mike
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: GioCar on September 21, 2016, 11:19:48 PM
Gyorgy Kurtag | Stele op.33
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXDyfW-l0Go


I very much like this piece, and I really ought to explore the composer more widely. I heard it live then dived off to get hold of a recording.

Mike

Yes, I like it as well  :) I have it paired with Stockhausen's Gruppen  and another piece by Kurtag (Grabstein für Stephan) on that recording with Claudio Abbado and the Berliner.
Long live Maestro Kurtag! (you also have to finish your Opera Fin de partie  ;))
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: nathanb on September 23, 2016, 07:30:41 AM
I finally had the chance to hear Francisco Lopez's Antarctica Variations. Yep.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: jessop on September 27, 2016, 06:39:27 PM
Leo Brouwer: Canticum (https://youtu.be/85GlLFQjvy8) from his more experimental middle period, this was composed in 1968. Also recently blown away by Domeniconi's 'Koyunbaba' which I have decided to prepare for a recital some time next year along with Villa-Lobos preludes, some Brouwer pieces (including Canticum) and a great suite of character pieces (with some very cool extended techniques) by Australian composer Phillip Houghton called 'Scacchi.' 'Koyunbaba' is a piece I've known for a while but playing it for the first time is a totally different experience; feeling the notes under my fingers is hugely satisfying!
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: arpeggio on September 30, 2016, 07:30:07 PM
I had recently purchased the following CD set:

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81lLBjPnO9L._SX425_.jpg)

There were two works in the set that I was unfamiliar with:

Morton Gould: Spirituals for Orchestra.

This was typical Gould.  I still liked it but there have been other works of his that had a greater impact on me.  I. e. Jericho, Rhapsody for Band.

Charles Ives: Orchestral Set No. 2.

Now this work knocked my socks off.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: arpeggio on October 01, 2016, 09:35:11 PM
Based on a recommendation that I received here I had acquired the following CD:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0006TK7U8/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I am a big fan of Bax and I was unfamiliar with this music.  I was not disappointed  :)

Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Patrick Murtha on October 02, 2016, 06:18:25 AM
After finishing listening to this year's Proms (about 75% of them), I've been digging around at the BBC website and found a couple of really good recent broadcasts with pieces I had not heard. Pietro Mascagni's opera Iris, conducted by Domingo Hindoyan at the Montpellier Festival, is most impressive, especially for its choral writing and imaginative orchestration. Florent Schmitt's large-scale setting of Psalm 47 is very much designed to "blow you away"; the performance I heard was led by Thierry Fischer.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: jessop on October 02, 2016, 03:30:17 PM
I had recently purchased the following CD set:

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81lLBjPnO9L._SX425_.jpg)

There were two works in the set that I was unfamiliar with:

Morton Gould: Spirituals for Orchestra.

This was typical Gould.  I still liked it but there have been other works of his that had a greater impact on me.  I. e. Jericho, Rhapsody for Band.

Charles Ives: Orchestral Set No. 2.

Now this work knocked my socks off.

Charles Ives has composed a tonne of amazing orchestral music which I barely know myself! The Robert Browning overture was a recent discovery for me. I only found out about it after reading some old programme notes from Boulez's tenure at NYPO. I've only heard it once but I really have to hear it again now that I think of it! It's a shame that Boulez never recorded it as far as I know; he would have made it more well known that what it is right now.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Mirror Image on October 02, 2016, 04:18:29 PM
Berg's Three Pieces for Orchestra never cease but to blow me away.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: jessop on October 07, 2016, 10:28:06 PM
Penderecki's big early textural orchestral works are giving me a thrill ride at the moment!  ;D
Could you recommend any pieces and recordings to check out?
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Florestan on October 08, 2016, 07:36:21 AM
Some string quintets by George Onslow and Luigi Cherubini.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Alberich on October 08, 2016, 11:34:35 AM
Faust Symphony by Liszt. This is a relatively new work to me, heard it for the first time only a couple of months ago. The Mephistopheles movement amazes me with it's cleverness and sheer creative power.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: North Star on October 08, 2016, 12:15:14 PM
Faust Symphony by Liszt. This is a relatively new work to me, heard it for the first time only a couple of months ago. The Mephistopheles movement amazes me with it's cleverness and sheer creative power.
A great slice of Romanticism, that.


What has blown me away recently? I don't know.. I pretty much expected to enjoy all the Haydn symphonies as much as I have done (i.e., enormously). Those Dufay isorhythmic motets on the Huelgas Ensemble disc O Gemma Lux, certainly. Bach's harpsichord partitas, going further back in time. Oh, and the sheer enjoyability of all those Purcell songs in the Hyperion complete songs box.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: alkan on October 08, 2016, 02:18:19 PM
Maslanka, Symphony No 8.

Completely unexpected and totally mindblowing.

Have a listen to this clip from Youtube.    Wind forward to 11 min for the final apotheosis

www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsQk_Y1vIVE

Alternatively there is this recording, with video, but not so well played

www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyYj50uVF5Y


Enjoy !!!
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: (poco) Sforzando on October 08, 2016, 02:30:28 PM
Berg's Three Pieces for Orchestra never cease but to blow me away.

And how do you like that Lenny recording, dude?

I have been obsessed by Beethoven's Kreutzer Sonata lately, because I am writing a new play about a male Orthodox Jewish college student pianist madly in love with the Catholic girl student violinist he has been assigned to play the piece with.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: arpeggio on October 08, 2016, 03:58:19 PM
Maslanka, Symphony No 8.

Completely unexpected and totally mindblowing.

Have a listen to this clip from Youtube.    Wind forward to 11 min for the final apotheosis

www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsQk_Y1vIVE

Alternatively there is this recording, with video, but not so well played

www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyYj50uVF5Y


Enjoy !!!

Note: Big Maslanka Fan  :)

If you think that is amazing check out this YouTube of the US Navy Band performing his Fourth Symphony

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2xcMoQ6ML4 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2xcMoQ6ML4)
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Ken B on October 08, 2016, 04:01:47 PM
Maslanka, Symphony No 8.

Completely unexpected and totally mindblowing.

Have a listen to this clip from Youtube.    Wind forward to 11 min for the final apotheosis

www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsQk_Y1vIVE

Alternatively there is this recording, with video, but not so well played

www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyYj50uVF5Y


Enjoy !!!

I more or less insisted my gf to give that to her father for Christmas a year ago ( he's a keen amateur trombonist and long time wind band member). He loved it.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: arpeggio on October 08, 2016, 04:27:04 PM
I had recently listened to the following set:

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51K3G3EchpL._SX425_.jpg)
 
There were many new pieces that I was unfamiliar with.  The Journey to the Amazon CD had many fascinating works.

The one new work for me that knocked my socks off was the Ponce Concierto del sur.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: jessop on October 08, 2016, 10:44:58 PM
Some string quintets by George Onslow and Luigi Cherubini.
Haven't heard those Onslow quintets before? I heard a couple a few years ago along with a bunch of his other chamber works. Remarkable composer!
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: jessop on October 09, 2016, 01:51:13 AM
NEW PIECE BY OLGA NEUWIRTH THIS IS A BIG DEAL AND IT'S AMAZING

https://youtu.be/MAy4FzongqM
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Artem on October 09, 2016, 04:49:14 AM
Brahms' 3 Intermezzi, Op. 117, especially the first two. Have been listening to them these two days.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: alkan on October 09, 2016, 11:51:36 AM
Thanks for the link to Maslanka's 4th symphony.    Very impressive.   It seems that Maslanka is a specialist in apotheoses .... a kind of 21st century Bruckner .... !!

After Maslanka, now for something completely different    (as Monty Python would say ....)

Have a listen to this, from my namesake Charles-Valentin Alkan.     I know it by heart but it may be new to many of you.
The Saltarella (from Op 47) arranged for piano duo ...... a wonderful rhythmic drive, virtuoso playing and plenty of excitement.    How can human beings play the piano like this and still find time to turn the pages of the score .... ????

This Youtube video is from a private performance in Italy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qzmn-oQAtj0

Hope you enjoy
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Maestro267 on October 09, 2016, 01:24:41 PM
I've already mentioned it in his Composer Discussion thread, but I heard Alfred Schnittke's cantata Nagasaki the other day, and was blown away by it, especially the middle movement and the finale. What is it about fortissimos in Soviet music that leave you completely overwhelmed? They are absolutely incredible!
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Cato on October 09, 2016, 01:36:16 PM
I heard most of this today: excellent tone poem!

Ernest Bloch: Three Hebrew Poems

https://www.youtube.com/v/oGUnQ4pL_VM
Title: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: B_cereus on October 24, 2016, 07:52:58 PM
I am getting into once popular but now neglected works... Recently listening to Moog's recordings of:

Moszkowski - E major piano concerto

Anton Rubinstein - D minor piano concerto #4

I think both these pieces deserve resurrection in the concert halls :)
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Mirror Image on October 24, 2016, 09:15:16 PM
Mahler's 3rd has completely blown me away and, even though I've always liked this symphony, I absolutely love it now.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Jo498 on October 24, 2016, 11:09:15 PM
I have been obsessed by Beethoven's Kreutzer Sonata lately, because I am writing a new play about a male Orthodox Jewish college student pianist madly in love with the Catholic girl student violinist he has been assigned to play the piece with.
You know that there is already a book by some Russian dude about the Kreutzer Sonata... ;)
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: MishaK on October 25, 2016, 07:08:01 AM
Bought Barenboim's new set of complete Schubert sonatas recently, most of which were unknown to me. Completely blown away by  D845 in A Minor. What a piece! Bought the score and now I'm learning to play it.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: North Star on October 25, 2016, 07:17:55 AM
Bought Barenboim's new set of complete Schubert sonatas recently, most of which were unknown to me. Completely blown away by  D845 in A Minor. What a piece! Bought the score and now I'm learning to play it.
Yes, that's a great sonata. D784 in A minor is an interesting one, too.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Florestan on October 26, 2016, 06:12:07 AM
Louis Vierne - Piano Quintet in C minor op. 42 (1917)

A mournful, heartwrenching lamento for his son, killed in the trenches of WWI. A most impressive work which seems to have been composed with his own blood and tears by this most unfortunate of composers, born almost blind and whose life has been beset by countless tragedies.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: PerfectWagnerite on October 26, 2016, 03:14:03 PM


, because I am writing a new play about a male Orthodox Jewish college student pianist madly in love with the Catholic girl student violinist he has been assigned to play the piece with.
Is that a joke?
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on October 26, 2016, 04:35:06 PM
Is that a joke?

Oh, I shouldn't think so. But it does establish some background for either drama or comedy.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Gaspard de la nuit on November 03, 2016, 07:02:42 PM
Let me tell you
Composer Hans Abrahamsen, words Paul Griffiths, Soprano Barbara Hannigan
Bayerischen Rundfunks Orch, Andris Nelsons, on the Winter and Winter label

I've been listening to this regularly since it came out. Definitely one of the best new works I've heard in years. I also highly recommend his other work 'Schnee', also on Winter & Winter. Abrahamsen is shaping up to be a truly incredible composer. Can't wait to hear what he does next.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: (poco) Sforzando on November 05, 2016, 03:24:39 PM
You know that there is already a book by some Russian dude about the Kreutzer Sonata... ;)

How odd. I even make reference in my play to the student's father having an adulterous affair (though no one gets killed as a result or spends his life riding trains pleading for forgiveness).
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: North Star on November 05, 2016, 03:44:17 PM
How odd. I even make reference in my play to the student's father having an adulterous affair (though no one gets killed as a result or spends his life riding trains pleading for forgiveness).
I hope that whoever discovers and chases them also considers how foolish it would be to pursue them with just socks on your feet.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: jessop on November 12, 2016, 07:20:51 PM
OMG

(https://d3rt1990lpmkn.cloudfront.net/640/1f7cff53f47755c6d86cbd5b71e79a62ec665084)

OMG

OMG

OMG

A Stream After Dark

OMG

:o
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: EigenUser on November 13, 2016, 04:27:12 AM
I've been learning Scriabin's Sonata No. 9 ("Black Mass") on piano over the past month and THAT is a piece that blows me away! Listening to it is great, but playing it (no matter how poorly, haha) is an otherworldly experience that lures you into a very dark and sinister place with sensuous melodies (kind of like the mythical sirens).

I've also been into William Schuman's Symphony No. 3. I discovered it over a year ago, but I just started listening to it again.

Maslanka, Symphony No 8.

Completely unexpected and totally mindblowing.

Have a listen to this clip from Youtube.    Wind forward to 11 min for the final apotheosis

www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsQk_Y1vIVE

Alternatively there is this recording, with video, but not so well played

www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyYj50uVF5Y


Enjoy !!!

I heard Maslanka's 8th a month or two ago and I really liked it. It was on some public access radio station. I don't recall how it sounds, but I remember it was thrilling.

Johannes Ockeghem's Missa prolationum (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missa_prolationum):



https://youtube.com/v/h5y36gL8E34

More details on the piece apart from the Wiki link above:

Q

This was my first Ockeghem I ever heard and it is still one of my favorites. My other favorite is his Missa Mi-mi -- particularly this recording (I've talked about it on here before):

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51jEIH6WiXL._SS500.jpg)
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: pjme on November 18, 2016, 04:52:05 AM
Rudolf Escher:

Musique pour l'esprit en deuil

https://youtu.be/-ALYCV3_JQc

Hymne du Grand Meaulnes:

https://youtu.be/P-o8sDVkVLg

P.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Gaspard de la nuit on November 20, 2016, 12:50:11 PM
Leonardo Balada - Steel Symphony

This composer/piece is the first time recently where I've discovered something new and felt; this sounds like something I would write!

This is an impressive composer I'm enjoying (alongside yesterday's discovery). I was amazed to learn that Leonardo was also John Zorn's teacher at one point!   :D

I've been going through his output on Naxos and I have to admit he's pretty good. The Caprichos, Guernica and Concierto Mágico are some stand outs for me.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Mirror Image on November 20, 2016, 02:00:39 PM
I've been going through his output on Naxos and I have to admit he's pretty good. The Caprichos, Guernica and Concierto Mágico are some stand outs for me.

I checked out Balada a few years ago, but didn't really hear anything that stood out to me. That recording of his Steel Symphony with Maazel/Pittsburgh SO is worth owning for that sizzling performance of Schuman's 7th, although I did actually enjoy the Balada work for it's mechanical viciousness.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: jessop on November 20, 2016, 02:26:44 PM
Balada is a composer I'd like to check out.....never heard such praise or any mention of Balada until now! So thanks for mentioning his music :)
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Mirror Image on November 20, 2016, 03:16:34 PM
Balada is a composer I'd like to check out.....never heard such praise or any mention of Balada until now! So thanks for mentioning his music :)

To Spotify and/or YouTube you go! :) Tell us what you think. I might be interested in listening to a few of his works again at some point to see if my opinion has changed. I remember Brian taking quite a liking to one of those Balada Naxos recordings. It might be this one:

Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Ken B on November 20, 2016, 04:33:52 PM
To Spotify and/or YouTube you go! :) Tell us what you think. I might be interested in listening to a few of his works again at some point to see if my opinion has changed. I remember Brian taking quite a liking to one of those Balada Naxos recordings. It might be this one:


I liked that one quite a bit at first, and bought several discs, but then I just got tired of Balada. Not sure why. Lack of depth I think. But he's certainly worth investigating.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Mirror Image on November 20, 2016, 08:32:40 PM
I liked that one quite a bit at first, and bought several discs, but then I just got tired of Balada. Not sure why. Lack of depth I think. But he's certainly worth investigating.

Hmmm...the 'lack of depth' part surely doesn't make me want to investigate, Ken. :)
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Ken B on November 20, 2016, 08:38:27 PM
Hmmm...the 'lack of depth' part surely doesn't make me want to investigate, Ken. :)
Well I thought you had!
I kinda feel the same way about Michael Torke. The music has an immediate appeal, but for me at least it paled pretty quickly. But I don't regret investigating him. Einaudi on the other hand was pretty much a waste of time. (Ask Brian about Einaudi.)
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Mirror Image on November 20, 2016, 08:48:13 PM
Well I thought you had!
I kinda feel the same way about Michael Torke. The music has an immediate appeal, but for me at least it paled pretty quickly. But I don't regret investigating him. Einaudi on the other hand was pretty much a waste of time. (Ask Brian about Einaudi.)

Yes, I did mention I heard some of Balada's music, but I don't remember hardly anything I heard (this has been maybe 3-4 years ago). I felt the way you did with Balada and Torke but with Kenneth Fuchs. The surface sounded quite nice, but once I started digging into music I noticed that it just didn't really have anything to say nor was I particularly moved by it.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: jessop on November 21, 2016, 02:53:46 AM
To Spotify and/or YouTube you go! :) Tell us what you think. I might be interested in listening to a few of his works again at some point to see if my opinion has changed. I remember Brian taking quite a liking to one of those Balada Naxos recordings. It might be this one:


Ah thanks, I will check out this recording if I can find it on youtube/spotify :D
Next time I have some money to spare I should stock up on a few recordings of new discoveries I have made this year. This thread will turn out to be very useful for me in terms of organising what music I really will spend my $ on ;)
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: jessop on November 21, 2016, 02:55:11 AM
Georg Haas' In Vain finally got to me  :D
Haas is pretty good, but a little shallow to me. This is good as well as 'limited approximations'
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: jessop on November 21, 2016, 03:04:00 PM
Yeah, well he has always seemed better when he has something in the foreground.
Which is why I like his Concertos and Opera's more. Limited Approximations is good too yes, not my favourite Haas piece but it does evoke something in me. :)
Have you heard much Coates? She is very interesting in her exploration of microtones. I find that despite the very grand, slow pace on the surface of some of her works there is always very interesting sonorities on the micro level. It's very subtle but very interesting. Less 'direct' than something like Limited Approximations and other Haas works, but more fascinating to me.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Mirror Image on November 21, 2016, 04:38:56 PM
I'm always blown away by Shostakovich's Leningrad Symphony whenever I listen to it nowadays. This used to be one of the symphonies I avoided the most from Shostakovich (along with the 2nd, 3rd, and 14th), but I've really come around to it over the last few years. There are many great performances of it, but there are so many good ones now that it doesn't really matter which one I hear per se as something different always seems to be brought to the musical table.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Rinaldo on November 21, 2016, 04:58:40 PM
Haas is pretty good, but a little shallow to me. This is good as well as 'limited approximations'

5:4 has been raving about Haas' brand new piece, Hyena.

Yesterday, I've had the chance to catch Ostravská banda, a great multi-national contemporary ensemble, playing at a local venue. They closed the night with Sciarrino's Allegoria della notte and man oh man, what a tremendous piece!

https://www.youtube.com/v/LONGAJAMNk8
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: jessop on November 21, 2016, 05:38:45 PM
What's her full name? the only Coates I've found is Eric Coates........
Gloria Coates. Eric Coates is some composer of popular light music I think........never really associated him with classical music :laugh:

Her 7th and 14th symphonies are particularly cool.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: jessop on November 21, 2016, 06:18:19 PM
To Spotify and/or YouTube you go! :) Tell us what you think. I might be interested in listening to a few of his works again at some point to see if my opinion has changed. I remember Brian taking quite a liking to one of those Balada Naxos recordings. It might be this one:


Not a huge fan of Eliot Fisk tbh
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Mirror Image on November 21, 2016, 06:25:08 PM
Not a huge fan of Eliot Fisk tbh

Well, it could have Foghorn Leghorn on guitar and I'd never listen to the recording anyway. ;) ;D
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Mahlerian on November 27, 2016, 03:21:03 PM
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I've heard this work a number of times, but following along with the analysis in Jameux's book, I felt like I was really listening to it for the first time.  Exquisite!
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Maestro267 on November 29, 2016, 05:57:35 AM
John Corigliano's "Red Violin" Concerto. I watched a performance on Youtube and it's an incredible piece! The 2nd movt. Pianissimo Scherzo reminded me of the scherzo movements in Ginastera's two piano concerti, with fast, fleeting moments here one minute and gone the next.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: cilgwyn on November 29, 2016, 06:07:12 AM
Mahler's 3rd has completely blown me away and, even though I've always liked this symphony, I absolutely love it now.
Agreed! I'm hooked on that one now. The Seventh is another source of fascination. One of each is not enough!!
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Mirror Image on November 29, 2016, 08:16:32 AM
Agreed! I'm hooked on that one now. The Seventh is another source of fascination. One of each is not enough!!

Absolutely. Mahler's 6th and 9th also fascinate me. Love these two symphonies as much as I love the 3rd.

Thread duty:

Prokofiev's Violin Sonata No. 1 has recently blown me away even though I've heard it many times before. It really made an impression on me when I listened to it again yesterday. What a piece!
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: pjme on November 29, 2016, 10:55:21 AM
From Alex Ross webpage:


Andrew Norman has won the 2017 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition, for his formidable symphonic piece Play. In an interview with NPR, he has an exceptionally thoughtful reaction to the prize: "Maybe I can use this moment to talk about things that are important to me. Like to call attention to the fact that there are problems. For instance, this award has been given to three women out of its 30-year history. And to me that's kind of an issue. And in all honesty, I'm a white man and I get lots of commissions and there are systemic reasons for that, reasons we should all be talking about. There are so many talented composers out there. Rather than giving me another commission, why aren't we giving those people a commission?" Norman has also been named Musical America's Composer of the Year. I was asked to write a short essay for the occasion.

More on Norman: Will Robin's Times profile, Anne Lanzilotti's Music and Literature piece on Play.

https://www.youtube.com/v/c9DLBag6H1s

This caught my attention at once! Lovely, optimistic music from the US! Am listening again.

P.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: jessop on November 29, 2016, 12:01:38 PM
From Alex Ross webpage:


Andrew Norman has won the 2017 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition, for his formidable symphonic piece Play. In an interview with NPR, he has an exceptionally thoughtful reaction to the prize: "Maybe I can use this moment to talk about things that are important to me. Like to call attention to the fact that there are problems. For instance, this award has been given to three women out of its 30-year history. And to me that's kind of an issue. And in all honesty, I'm a white man and I get lots of commissions and there are systemic reasons for that, reasons we should all be talking about. There are so many talented composers out there. Rather than giving me another commission, why aren't we giving those people a commission?" Norman has also been named Musical America's Composer of the Year. I was asked to write a short essay for the occasion.

More on Norman: Will Robin's Times profile, Anne Lanzilotti's Music and Literature piece on Play.

https://www.youtube.com/v/c9DLBag6H1s

This caught my attention at once! Lovely, optimistic music from the US! Am listening again.

P.

Great piece and great reaction. I'll check out more from this composer. :)
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Mirror Image on November 29, 2016, 12:41:26 PM
From Alex Ross webpage:


Andrew Norman has won the 2017 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition, for his formidable symphonic piece Play. In an interview with NPR, he has an exceptionally thoughtful reaction to the prize: "Maybe I can use this moment to talk about things that are important to me. Like to call attention to the fact that there are problems. For instance, this award has been given to three women out of its 30-year history. And to me that's kind of an issue. And in all honesty, I'm a white man and I get lots of commissions and there are systemic reasons for that, reasons we should all be talking about. There are so many talented composers out there. Rather than giving me another commission, why aren't we giving those people a commission?" Norman has also been named Musical America's Composer of the Year. I was asked to write a short essay for the occasion.

More on Norman: Will Robin's Times profile, Anne Lanzilotti's Music and Literature piece on Play.

https://www.youtube.com/v/c9DLBag6H1s

This caught my attention at once! Lovely, optimistic music from the US! Am listening again.

P.

I listened to maybe 5 minutes of this piece from Andrew Norman and that was enough for me. Optimistic music? Well, it's energetic, but that's about it. Nothing of remote substance, though IMHO.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Gie663 on December 12, 2016, 11:30:33 AM
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I'm a regular reader of the forums on this website, although I'm not a regular contributor myself.
But I do like to share my experience with this recording of Rameau's Six Concerts en Sextuor. Originally five of them were written for viola da gamba, violin and harpsichord (Christophe Rousset made an excellent recording of these). It was still during the lifetime of Rameau that these pieces were transcribed as six concerts in six parts -- presumably by Jacques-Joseph-Marie Decroix in 1768.
He did that with the utmost good taste and insight in Rameau's musical world. "The sound of the recording is quite resonant, and one might complain that the live acoustics of the studio tend to blur the parts too much. Yet this is easily forgiven when the strings' increased luster is weighed in the balance, and when choice dissonances melt into a halo of glorious sonority"(All Music website).
Rousset delivers such wonderful ensemble playing : it left me in tears, even after several listening sessions !
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: jessop on December 12, 2016, 04:04:24 PM
Yesterday I was blown away by this piece by British composer Mark Simpson (born 1988)

https://www.youtube.com/v/ABSLiMuwZY0
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: jessop on December 13, 2016, 06:53:11 PM
Again blown away, this time by Kourliandski with his elecotracoustic work The Riot of Spring. I gotta go and read all of nathanb's posts because he mentions some amazing stuff that no one is really talking about at all! Come on guys! :o

First time listening to this......I might have to post this in the 'blown away' thread!

(https://d3rt1990lpmkn.cloudfront.net/640/9ca6edd5b9e6f3d71615799ebca9d9266f31b3e3)
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: jessop on December 20, 2016, 11:26:43 PM
JUST HEARD HELEN GRIME'S VIOLIN CONCERTO

and

it was sooooooooooooooo good
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: jessop on December 21, 2016, 03:24:20 AM
Twice today I have been utterly blown away, although I have to say that from hearing Kate Soper's 'Voices From the Killing Jar' makes Helen Grime's violin concerto feel like a slight breeze compared to Soper's gale which totally blew me off my feet.

Very rarely has a piece has affected me as much as Kate Soper's 'Voices from the Killing Jar' (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCAt4mKhCpY) has. The music itself is captivating and with masterful word-painting of which I personally think can only compare with Britten for its theatrical nature, whereas Soper's score is both emotionally richer and more intricately detailed in orchestration than anything Britten has ever composed. This piece must be one of only a handful of pieces which I feel has truly managed to transport me into a sonic universe the likes of which could never be imagined before hearing the music for the first time. For the 40 plus minutes of its duration there was never a moment of exhaustion, never a moment of dullness or boredom, but only a logical transformation of one section to the next, one emotion to the next, one uniquely orchestrated moment to the next. The underlying rhythm of change in the music always keeps one on their toes and at the edge of their seat to find out what music lies ahead. What actually does lie ahead is never completely what one expects, but when it is finally heard it is impossible to imagine anything else it could have been. At the end of the piece, the final silence came almost as a shock as I had been so immersed in the universe of sound which Soper created that being brought back into reality is somewhat disappointing. 43 minutes of music just isn't enough, yet any change I feel would ruin the awesome experience of hearing this work for the first time. Highly recommended listen for anyone who hasn't heard this yet!

https://www.youtube.com/v/LCAt4mKhCpY
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Maestro267 on December 26, 2016, 11:59:23 AM
I picked up a recording of Puccini's Turandot the other week (Zubin Mehta conducting), and wow! I was absolutely blown away by it! Thrilling recording! If I'm going to get more opera recordings, I'll definitely go for Decca. It might mean paying a bit more, but they are wonderfully packaged, and more often than not they come with the complete libretto, absolutely essential for a first-time hearer of these opera, especially in a foreign language to your own.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: arpeggio on December 26, 2016, 09:29:54 PM
I picked up a recording of Puccini's Turandot the other week (Zubin Mehta conducting), and wow! I was absolutely blown away by it! Thrilling recording! If I'm going to get more opera recordings, I'll definitely go for Decca. It might mean paying a bit more, but they are wonderfully packaged, and more often than not they come with the complete libretto, absolutely essential for a first-time hearer of these opera, especially in a foreign language to your own.

I would try Tosca next.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: springrite on December 26, 2016, 11:41:27 PM
I picked up a recording of Puccini's Turandot the other week (Zubin Mehta conducting), and wow! I was absolutely blown away by it! Thrilling recording! If I'm going to get more opera recordings, I'll definitely go for Decca. It might mean paying a bit more, but they are wonderfully packaged, and more often than not they come with the complete libretto, absolutely essential for a first-time hearer of these opera, especially in a foreign language to your own.

I wonder which one by Mehta you listened to. Rubin does have a way with opera.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: The new erato on December 26, 2016, 11:51:33 PM
I wonder which one by Mehta you listened to. Rubin does have a way with opera.
Rubin?
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: jessop on December 27, 2016, 10:58:00 PM
I picked up a recording of Puccini's Turandot the other week (Zubin Mehta conducting), and wow! I was absolutely blown away by it! Thrilling recording! If I'm going to get more opera recordings, I'll definitely go for Decca. It might mean paying a bit more, but they are wonderfully packaged, and more often than not they come with the complete libretto, absolutely essential for a first-time hearer of these opera, especially in a foreign language to your own.
Glad you discovered Turandot! Puccini is terrific. His music is much more than just those popular arias like Nessun Dorma and so on ;)
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: GioCar on December 28, 2016, 12:26:13 AM
Glad you discovered Turandot! Puccini is terrific. His music is much more than just those popular arias like Nessun Dorma and so on ;)

How true....

To me, Puccini seems to be one of the most underrated composers in the English fora I use to follow. Maybe his image has been distorted by considering him a sort of Italian "Gilbert & Sullivan" equivalent? I don't really know...

Anyway, one of the best ways to really get into Puccini's world and music is through the reference biography by Mosco Carner or, more recently, the Budden's essay

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41OK5kD75rL._SX373_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg)

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Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: jessop on December 28, 2016, 02:04:50 AM
Thanks for those recommendations, GioCar! I hadn't thought of reading a book about him yet, but I will keep those in mind when I want to stock up on some more music books :)
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: The new erato on December 28, 2016, 02:58:53 AM
https://youtu.be/oV22ljekWYQ (https://youtu.be/oV22ljekWYQ)

Olivier Messiaen - Le Merle Noir for Flute and Piano

Excuse my french but HOLY SHIT this is an infectious and ecstatic piece  :-*
Le Merle also gave name to the grape varietal Merlot.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Maestro267 on December 28, 2016, 06:47:27 AM
I wonder which one by Mehta you listened to. Rubin does have a way with opera.

I didn't know there were several. Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti and Peter Pears are among the cast on this particular recording.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: arpeggio on December 30, 2016, 10:13:29 PM
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Santa Claus just got me this.  Wow!!!!

I am now listening to the Blue/s Forms for Solo Violin.  Awesome.   :)

Link to the Cedille Websitehttp://www.cedillerecords.org/albums/coleridge-taylor-perkinson-a-celebration (http://www.cedillerecords.org/albums/coleridge-taylor-perkinson-a-celebration)
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Rinaldo on January 02, 2017, 03:39:27 AM
Simeon ten Holt, where have you been all my life? Canto Ostinato (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canto_Ostinato) hits all my sweet spots:

https://www.youtube.com/v/JDCsOL2vBJc
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Alberich on January 02, 2017, 10:07:54 AM
I picked up a recording of Puccini's Turandot the other week (Zubin Mehta conducting), and wow! I was absolutely blown away by it! Thrilling recording! If I'm going to get more opera recordings, I'll definitely go for Decca. It might mean paying a bit more, but they are wonderfully packaged, and more often than not they come with the complete libretto, absolutely essential for a first-time hearer of these opera, especially in a foreign language to your own.

Great, Turandot is in my top3 Puccini operas. Staggeringly beautiful, of course then there is Alfano's copy-paste ending...
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Mirror Image on January 02, 2017, 03:06:08 PM
Debussy's Pelleas et Melisande has most definitely cast its' spell on me at the moment. I'm in complete awe.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: jessop on January 02, 2017, 06:53:33 PM
Ben Johnston - String Quartets 5 & 6 and his "Quintet For Groups"  :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o

So glad you've discovered this composer! I like his string quartets very much :)
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Florestan on January 03, 2017, 07:15:17 AM
Henri Herz - Ballade op. 117 No.1, Trois nocturnes caractéristiques Op 45

Sigismond Thalberg - Fantaisie sur des thčmes de l’opéra Moďse de G. Rossini op. 33, Grande Caprice sur des motifs de La Sonnambula, Opus 46

Gaetano Fusella - Suite campestre per violino e pianoforte
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Maestro267 on January 04, 2017, 02:40:26 PM
Circus Maximus by John Corigliano. First of all, I love how the piece calls for different ensembles dotted around the hall (Corigliano likes doing that). But what I'm really here for is the moment after the marching band leaves the stage (having come in from one side, marched across the stage and gone back up the other side). HO. LEE. COW!!! Probably the loudest and most crushing fortississississ...issimo anyone has ever conjured up!
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: jessop on January 07, 2017, 02:40:16 AM
I was recently blown away by how humorous Chopin's Scherzo no. 2 is when I heard it being performed this evening by a pianist friend of mine. I hadn't really paid much attention to the piece before.....but it is terrific!
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Todd on January 07, 2017, 02:11:28 PM
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Okay, I'll 'fess up: I bought this disc for the pianist and not the violinist.  Michail Lifits needs to be more widely recorded.  This disc reinforces that.

Ms Frang ends up being an equal draw.  Her playing is splendid and lovely throughout, and she seems to play everything with ease.  The duo make a delectable treat out of Grieg's first Violin Sonata, Op 8.  It is bouyant and playful and energetic, and when they play the lullaby-esque music in the final movement (Lifits, especially), it is just wonderful.  They rather trounce Dumay/Pires, who sound small and restrained and bland in comparison.

The middle of the disc is given over to Ms Frang's take on Bartok's Sonata for Violin.  She handles it extremely well, and if she doesn't play with, say, Tetzlaff's cooler, intense precision from his second recording, or Zsigmondy's colorful Hungarian abandon, she very much makes the piece her own, and generates more than satisfying excitement levels.

The disc ends with the Strauss Violin Sonata, and here Frang and Lifits are, if anything, even more at home than in the Grieg.  The playing is unabashedly romantic and both players deliver tonal luxuriance and command in perfect measure.  Prior to this disc, the Chung/Zimerman was probably the best version I'd heard (out of only maybe three), but this is the new standard-bearer for me.  Frang's tone and playing is much more to my liking than Chung's, and Lifits matches the mighty Krystian Zimerman in ivory tickling.  I actually really enjoy the piece in this recording.

It looks like Ms Frang and Mr Lifits are regular performance partners.  I will certainly snap up any future recordings they may make together with no little alacrity, and I would not mind one bit if they covered the core rep.  I mean, there is a Beethoven anniversary year not too far in the future.  Just sayin'. 

I now regret not having bought this when it came out six years ago; that's six years I could have been enjoying this disc.  It's very early in the year, I know, but this is an early contender for a purchase of the year.  An outstanding chamber music disc in every way. 

SOTA sound.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: North Star on January 07, 2017, 02:19:30 PM
I've certainly liked what (little) I've heard from Frang so far.

I mean, there is a Beethoven anniversary year not too far in the future.  Just sayin'.
And it's 190 years since his death in a couple of months. ;)
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Mirror Image on January 07, 2017, 02:20:46 PM
I've certainly liked what (little) I've heard from Frang so far.

Her Nielsen VC recording is quite fine.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: some guy on January 07, 2017, 10:06:03 PM
I recently heard Ferrari's Histoire de plaisir et de la desolation for the first time. That was pretty cool. Back in the day, some friends and I were in a constant competition as to who would get the next Ferrari LP, then CD. This was one I'd never run across. But here I am at my oldest son's house, and here is this Ferrari. It's not like any other Ferrari I've ever heard. And I've heard a lot of them. I defy anyone who has heard any Ferrari to identify this by simply listening to it.

So that was pretty fun. I suppose it "blew me away." Certainly the "recently" part is OK.

Also on this disc is Far West News No. 1. So if you only have Far West News Nos. 2 & 3, here's the one what precedes them.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: some guy on January 08, 2017, 12:46:51 PM
Thatfabulousalien: Sure!!

sanantonio: Yes. That's the one. And thank you for pointing out that other disc, too, which I also did not know about. A new (to me) Ferrari disc is always welcome.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: nathanb on January 08, 2017, 10:05:29 PM
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Thatfabulousalien: Sure!!

I demand some sort of cabinet position in the leadership team.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: DaveF on February 01, 2017, 01:40:12 AM
Szymanowski Stabat Mater - CBSO, Simon Rattle

I s'pose there comes a time of life (late 50s) when you're thinking of Eliot's words "We shall not cease from exploration" and you say, "Yeah, but I've explored it all".  But no-one told me about Szymanowski.  I may even have shed a tear or two.  Or it may have been rain.  This is Wales.

I hesitate to ask for more recommendations, since such a request always draws down 17 pages of them from ever-helpful GMGers, but unless someone can give me a very good reason I'll be buying

in some format or other.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: North Star on February 01, 2017, 01:46:09 AM
Szymanowski Stabat Mater - CBSO, Simon Rattle

I s'pose there comes a time of life (late 50s) when you're thinking of Eliot's words "We shall not cease from exploration" and you say, "Yeah, but I've explored it all".  But no-one told me about Szymanowski.  I may even have shed a tear or two.  Or it may have been rain.  This is Wales.

I hesitate to ask for more recommendations, since such a request always draws down 17 pages of them from ever-helpful GMGers, but unless someone can give me a very good reason I'll be buying [Rattle Szymanowski box] in some format or other.
That Rattle set is very good indeed.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: DaveF on February 01, 2017, 02:51:39 AM
That Rattle set is very good indeed.

Thank you - ordered for Ł8.35 (free shipping) from dodax.co.uk

I also got briefly excited by https://www.dodax.co.uk/music-cds-dvds-vinyl/concerts-symphonies-orchestral-music/szymanowski-the-complete-music-for-viola-and-piano-pfvqsaxa/ (https://www.dodax.co.uk/music-cds-dvds-vinyl/concerts-symphonies-orchestral-music/szymanowski-the-complete-music-for-viola-and-piano-pfvqsaxa/) until I looked at the image and saw it isn't for a proper viola but one of those squeaky miniature ones that come out of Christmas crackers or somewhere.  Won't be buying that (writes a viola player).
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Mirror Image on February 01, 2017, 06:02:42 AM
Szymanowski Stabat Mater - CBSO, Simon Rattle

I s'pose there comes a time of life (late 50s) when you're thinking of Eliot's words "We shall not cease from exploration" and you say, "Yeah, but I've explored it all".  But no-one told me about Szymanowski.  I may even have shed a tear or two.  Or it may have been rain.  This is Wales.

I hesitate to ask for more recommendations, since such a request always draws down 17 pages of them from ever-helpful GMGers, but unless someone can give me a very good reason I'll be buying

in some format or other.

Yep, Rattle's Szymanowski would definitely accompany me to that desert island. Everything is exquisitely performed. Some of Rattle's most inspired work actually.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: jessop on February 01, 2017, 02:04:34 PM
Aperghis - Luna Park

https://youtu.be/biTGIRROgZA (https://youtu.be/biTGIRROgZA)

....woah!  :o

A composer who has written some truly astounding music! Have you heard much else by him?
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: jessop on February 01, 2017, 02:39:15 PM
....see the Aperghis thread?  ;)
Ok, I will have to find it, but thanks for pointing that out ^_^
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: aleazk on February 01, 2017, 04:41:20 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyCfJbJ8ZSI

Beep, beep, beep.  :D

François Bayle - Toupie Dans Le Ciel (New Version 2009)
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: jessop on February 01, 2017, 04:45:42 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyCfJbJ8ZSI

Beep, beep, beep.  :D

François Bayle - Toupie Dans Le Ciel (New Version 2009)

Ok I am going to listen to this properly once I come home from university this afternoon, but what I have heard so far is  b e a u t i f u l

Thank you for posting this! I have never heard of Bayle before. Is there also a thread for his music in the composer discussion forum?
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Mirror Image on February 01, 2017, 07:36:06 PM
https://youtu.be/bzPI5z1cYvc (https://youtu.be/bzPI5z1cYvc)

I know it happened quickly but holy-shit, woah woah woah!!!! This piece is so exuberant and exciting, very modern yet retaining elements of romanticism. There's bits of Xenakis, Boulez and Stravinsky in there but it sounds so....unique  ???

Surprised you haven't checked out Lindberg before. He's a Contemporary composer I definitely enjoy.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Mirror Image on February 01, 2017, 11:02:03 PM
Only heard him mentioned before but I was compelled yesterday and I'm amazed  :o

One of my favorite works from Lindberg is Graffiti, which is a work written for chorus and orchestra. I also like the Violin Concerto a lot.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: king ubu on February 02, 2017, 12:43:41 AM
I have one for this thread now: Beethoven op.131, as performed by the Takács Quartet in concert a couple of days ago. Outstanding performance of a mesmerising puece of music!
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: jessop on February 02, 2017, 03:10:07 AM
I have one for this thread now: Beethoven op.131, as performed by the Takács Quartet in concert a couple of days ago. Outstanding performance of a mesmerising puece of music!

Aaa I remember first hearing this piece! It is certainly an amazing piece of music, and what a thrill it must have been to discover it in concert as performed by the Takács Quartet! I wish I were in your shoes!



Well, actually, I am listening to a string quartet for the first time as well: Ben Johnston's 7th. It is a really fun sounding quartet, not exactly 'blow me away' type music, but I'll be exploring Ben Johnston's string quartets for some period of time and there is definitely a chance I will be blown away by something I hadn't heard before. :)
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: ahinton on February 02, 2017, 03:35:15 AM
Aaa I remember first hearing this piece! It is certainly an amazing piece of music, and what a thrill it must have been to discover it in concert as performed by the Takács Quartet! I wish I were in your shoes!
I heard an even finer performance of it - in fact the finest that I have ever heard, it has to be said - by the French ensemble Quatuor Diotima, as astonishing ensemble whose repertoire ranges from Haydn and Schubert to Ferneyhough; this was a live account of it but sadly it was not at all recently (I think that it must have been 9 or 10 years ago). They have a recent 5-CD set of the complete quartet works of Schönberg, Webern and Berg out and I've so far listened to almost half of it in performances that I can honestly describe as nothing less than peerless; their way with the "big one" - the D minor Schönberg Quartet - is far and away the best and most compelling that I've heard and is real "blow away" material.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: jessop on February 02, 2017, 03:37:37 AM
I heard an even finer performance of it - in fact the finest that I have ever heard, it has to be said - by the French ensemble Quatuor Diotima, as astonishing ensemble whose repertoire ranges from Haydn and Schubert to Ferneyhough; this was a live account of it but sadly it was not at all recently (I think that it must have been 9 or 10 years ago). They have a recent 5-CD set of the complete quartet works of Schönberg, Webern and Berg out and I've so far listened to almost half of it in performances that I can honestly describe as nothing less than peerless; their way with the "big one" - the D minor Schönberg Quartet - is far and away the best and most compelling that I've heard and is real "blow away" material.

Thanks for letting me know! I'm a big fan of SQ repertoire and I will check that recording out. :)
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Mirror Image on February 02, 2017, 07:58:37 AM
I'll go ahead and mention RVW's 5 Mystical Songs as a work that has really knocked me out recently.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Mahlerian on February 02, 2017, 09:20:11 AM
Thanks for letting me know! I'm a big fan of SQ repertoire and I will check that recording out. :)

I will vouch for the set as well.  The Quatuor Diotima do a marvelous job of playing with both clarity and expressive power.  It's a tricky balance, and the music of the Second Viennese School always needs both, but they succeed.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: king ubu on February 02, 2017, 10:35:21 AM
I heard an even finer performance of it - in fact the finest that I have ever heard, it has to be said - by the French ensemble Quatuor Diotima, as astonishing ensemble whose repertoire ranges from Haydn and Schubert to Ferneyhough; this was a live account of it but sadly it was not at all recently (I think that it must have been 9 or 10 years ago). They have a recent 5-CD set of the complete quartet works of Schönberg, Webern and Berg out and I've so far listened to almost half of it in performances that I can honestly describe as nothing less than peerless; their way with the "big one" - the D minor Schönberg Quartet - is far and away the best and most compelling that I've heard and is real "blow away" material.

Not sure ... but if you are referring to Beethoven's op. 131, you then must have been at the Takács concert, too. Why didn't you say hi? Weird post and statement there.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: aleazk on February 04, 2017, 03:07:12 PM
Ok I am going to listen to this properly once I come home from university this afternoon  $:)

...so?
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: jessop on February 04, 2017, 04:21:11 PM
...so?
Ah I didn't get around to it.......maybe later!
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: aleazk on February 05, 2017, 05:01:14 PM
Ah I didn't get around to it.......maybe later!  $:)

 >:(
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: jessop on February 05, 2017, 05:04:15 PM
>:(
$:) $:) $:) $:)




 $:)
Title: Rorem: Water Music
Post by: arpeggio on February 06, 2017, 11:10:46 AM
Last week I attended a concert of the US Marine Chamber Orchestra (All of the service bands in Washington stage free concerts).

One of the works of the program that blew me away was Ned Rorem's Water Music.  I was unfamiliar with the work.  It was essentially a concerto for clarinet, violin, strings and percussion.  It was the most adventurous work that I have ever heard by Rorem.  I got to find a recording of it  :)
Title: Re: Rorem: Water Music
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on February 06, 2017, 11:18:27 AM
Last week I attended a concert of the US Marine Chamber Orchestra (All of the service bands in Washington stage free concerts).

One of the works of the program that blew me away was Ned Rorem's Water Music.  I was unfamiliar with the work.  It was essentially a concerto for clarinet, violin, strings and percussion.  It was the most adventurous work that I have ever heard by Rorem.  I got to find a recording of it  :)

Très cool!

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Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: jessop on February 06, 2017, 02:15:31 PM
Last week I attended a concert of the US Marine Chamber Orchestra (All of the service bands in Washington stage free concerts).

One of the works of the program that blew me away was Ned Rorem's Water Music.  I was unfamiliar with the work.  It was essentially a concerto for clarinet, violin, strings and percussion.  It was the most adventurous work that I have ever heard by Rorem.  I got to find a recording of it  :)
Very cool! I know of another concerto which has pretty much the exact same scoring coincidentally. It would be interesting to hear your thoughts on it.

http://www.youtube.com/v/lo3mZcY1gRY
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: SymphonicAddict on February 06, 2017, 08:52:30 PM
Three pieces that have blown me recently, specifically three awesome cello concertos:

Miaskovsky: Passionately melancholic
Moeran: It's warm, somewhat heroic
Lutoslawski: The rarer and the one that left me the strangest feeling
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: arpeggio on February 06, 2017, 10:30:27 PM
Very cool! I know of another concerto which has pretty much the exact same scoring coincidentally. It would be interesting to hear your thoughts on it.

http://www.youtube.com/v/lo3mZcY1gRY

Very nice  :)  I found a recording of it and put it on my wish list
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: bogdan101 on February 08, 2017, 10:30:34 PM
I heard Monteverdi's Combattimento before, but listening to it in concert conducted by Savall and sung, among others, by Furio Zanasi was an experience I'll never forget. This was in Montreal last week.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: jessop on February 09, 2017, 08:15:26 PM
Recent concert...I was blown away by Malcolm Arnold's Sonatina for clarinet and piano. What a cool piece!!!! I think that until now I have very unfairly regarded Arnold as 'kinda like Britten but not as good'.............. ::)
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: torut on February 10, 2017, 10:38:44 PM
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Santa Claus just got me this.  Wow!!!!

I am now listening to the Blue/s Forms for Solo Violin.  Awesome.   :)

Link to the Cedille Websitehttp://www.cedillerecords.org/albums/coleridge-taylor-perkinson-a-celebration (http://www.cedillerecords.org/albums/coleridge-taylor-perkinson-a-celebration)

This is wonderful. Vital, solid, and melodic. I particularly liked the solo and chamber works. The string trio is a lamenting, beautiful piece. Thanks for the post.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: torut on February 10, 2017, 10:46:41 PM
Simeon ten Holt, where have you been all my life? Canto Ostinato (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canto_Ostinato) hits all my sweet spots:

https://www.youtube.com/v/JDCsOL2vBJc

It is an incredible piece of music. I never get tired of it. I have van Veen's recordings XL (14 hours) and XXL (4 hours) using different combinations of instruments (1, 2, 4 pianos, 3 pianos + organ, 2 pianos + 2 marimbas, etc.)
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Monsieur Croche on February 21, 2017, 10:44:00 PM
[Simeon ten Holt ~ Canto Ostinato] is an incredible piece of music.  I never get tired of it.  I have van Veen's recordings XL (14 hours) and XXL (4 hours) using different combinations of instruments (1, 2, 4 pianos, 3 pianos + organ, 2 pianos + 2 marimbas, etc.)

I found it, maybe, one of those fine pieces if taken as 'wallpaper music," i.e. put it on, don't listen attentively, and just let it run...

In a similar vein, one very nice comment on it being, "it is nice to put it on and have it be the air moving in the room," and now the full piece, to date, up on youtube in one long-play link. you might also enjoy
La Monte Young's The Well Tuned Piano., all five hours, one minute and thirty-two seconds of it ;-)

https://www.youtube.com/v/c3eN4xwADTI
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Maestro267 on February 22, 2017, 01:51:34 AM
I heard Copland's Third Symphony yesterday for the first time in ages, and for the first time as a purchased recording (first listen was at a Proms concert a while ago). I am going to have a great time getting really familiar with this symphony. Many American symphonies seem to be on the short and sprightly side, but this is a properly weighted symphony in the grand tradition, but a 20th century American take on the grand tradition.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Mirror Image on February 22, 2017, 06:53:33 AM
I heard Copland's Third Symphony yesterday for the first time in ages, and for the first time as a purchased recording (first listen was at a Proms concert a while ago). I am going to have a great time getting really familiar with this symphony. Many American symphonies seem to be on the short and sprightly side, but this is a properly weighted symphony in the grand tradition, but a 20th century American take on the grand tradition.

May I also recommend Diamond's 3rd?

https://www.youtube.com/v/sZ5cQEqZ8Xk
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Maestro267 on February 23, 2017, 01:24:29 PM
May I also recommend Diamond's 3rd?

Thanks for the recommendation. I already have a recording of Diamond's 2nd and 4th Symphonies, bought a good few years ago now. I just haven't gotten round to picking anything else of his up yet.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: brooklyn on March 04, 2017, 08:21:19 AM
I recently heard Louis Andriessen's Hout, a work for mixed ensemble (piano, guitar, saxophone, and marimba). An unusual combination that seemed very effective in this work. I loved the rhythms, and I almost always love the marimba.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: jessop on March 04, 2017, 04:47:25 PM
I recently heard Louis Andriessen's Hout, a work for mixed ensemble (piano, guitar, saxophone, and marimba). An unusual combination that seemed very effective in this work. I loved the rhythms, and I almost always love the marimba.
Welcome to GMG! Andriessen is a really cool composer; I'm glad you enjoyed this work. It's one of my favourites of his. :)

Also, in a lecture on Electroacoustic music recently I was blown away by Concret PH by Xenakis.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: vandermolen on March 05, 2017, 03:44:57 AM
Three pieces that have blown me recently, specifically three awesome cello concertos:

Miaskovsky: Passionately melancholic
Moeran: It's warmer, something heroic
Lutoslawski: The rarer and the one that left me the strangest feeling
I like all of those. The climax of the last movement of the Moeran in the Peers Coetmore (Mrs Moeran)/Boult performance is overwhelming. I prefer the Miaskovsky to the Elgar. Need to listen to the Lutoslawski again.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: The new erato on March 05, 2017, 04:36:03 AM
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Lay de la Fonteine. Absolutely hairraisingly intense.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Florestan on March 05, 2017, 05:20:15 AM
Léo Delibes --- Missa brevis

All of it, but especially O salutaris hostia.

https://www.youtube.com/v/_bhqEhVTjJY
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: aleazk on March 05, 2017, 03:26:33 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0MfM6wJnQQ

Composition for Viola and Piano - M.Babbitt

I found this Milton Babbitt piece which I had not listened before quite nice.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: arpeggio on March 05, 2017, 06:28:12 PM
Sometime I am embarrassed to admit that I am unaware of a famous work that I hear for the first time and it blows me away.  This shows that no matter how much I think I know I do not know as much as I should.

I am currently listening to as I am typing this to Robert Schumann's Etudes Symphoniques.  WOW!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: SymphonicAddict on March 08, 2017, 04:17:22 PM
I just heard the Madetoja's 2nd symphony: OMG! It exceeded my expectations! What a piece of work! Sublime, one of the most heroic, deep and fine symphonies I've listened to recently.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: SymphonicAddict on March 08, 2017, 04:24:18 PM
I like all of those. The climax of the last movement of the Moeran in the Peers Coetmore (Mrs Moeran)/Boult performance is overwhelming. I prefer the Miaskovsky to the Elgar. Need to listen to the Lutoslawski again.

I agree with you. The Miaskovsky's concerto is superb, certainly dolorous. Miaskovsky had a great "gift" for writing truly glum music.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: springrite on March 08, 2017, 06:30:48 PM
Three pieces that have blown me recently, specifically three awesome cello concertos:

Miaskovsky: Passionately melancholic
Moeran: It's warm, somewhat heroic
Lutoslawski: The rarer and the one that left me the strangest feeling

Love all three, and of the three, perhaps love Lutoslowski the most!
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: jessop on March 09, 2017, 02:56:37 PM
Tatjana Kozlova-Johannes – Horizontals

Unfortunately no recordings of it in aware of.

EDIT: Found one on her Soundcloud page https://soundcloud.com/tatjana-kozlova-johannes/tatjana-kozlova-horisontaalid
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Mirror Image on March 15, 2017, 06:43:20 AM
I'm very astonished by the composer Julius Eastman,  :o :o

I listened to some Eastman not too long ago and found the music rather uninteresting. It just sounded like some rehashed, minimalistic twaddle. :-\ All IMHO of course.

Thread duty -

I’m constantly amazed by Ives’ Orchestral Set No. 2. For some musicologist (or whomever) to do an analysis on this work, it’d probably end up being the size of a novel. There’s just so much crammed into this work, but somehow Ives makes it all gel together --- a remarkable achievement (as so many of his scores are).
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Alberich on March 18, 2017, 05:26:51 AM
Miaskovsky cello sonata 2.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: SymphonicAddict on March 18, 2017, 09:38:32 PM
Holmboe's symphonies (specially 1-8). Simply astonishing pieces, I loved that characteristic and strong rhythm in each one of them.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: The new erato on March 18, 2017, 11:50:40 PM
Back from a performance of Rimsky's "The legend of Kitezh" with Opera Bergen last night. Strange story, not much drama, but: the score of this opera is so mindnumbingly beautiful. This simply must be the most wonderful orchestral score of any opera ever.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Mirror Image on March 19, 2017, 06:47:29 AM
Debussy's Trio for harp, viola and flute.+ Nocturnes

Haven't heard either in a while and HOLY SHIT they're good!! Debussy was such a pioneer, he's so overlooked in that regard. There is so much of Varese (albeit not with the percussion or block form) and later texturalism/spectralism encoded in his music.
He was so radical, even more than Schoenberg in my experience. He pretty much threw out all traditional forms out the window (unlike Schoenberg, but the point isn't to compare).

The orchestration is so free to float but so tightly strung. I'm about to have another Debussy phase ain't I?  ;)

I’m not sure if I agree that Debussy was overlooked as an innovator. He’s acknowledged all over the world as someone who broke new ground and tore down barriers. By dissolving the musical influence of Wagnerism and going his own way, his music has impacted the 20th and 21st Centuries like he never would have imagined.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: TheGSMoeller on March 19, 2017, 06:59:48 AM
Strauss' tome poem, Macbeth. Not a new piece to me by any means, but considering the output of great tome poems, operas, concertos, etc. from Strauss I think this one gets overlooked, even by me. Composed when Strauss was between the ages of 22-24 years old, the piece doesn't reach the level of orchestral brilliance as some of his later works, but I'm really impressed with the eclectic colors and styles that young Strauss injected in this work.

Listened to a new purchase of Macbeth the other day, performed by Maazel/Vienna, and was truly affected. It had been too long since I listened to it.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: jessop on March 19, 2017, 08:35:05 PM
This is so awesome

https://www.youtube.com/v/vcEeN9qAVmw
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Mirror Image on March 19, 2017, 08:44:18 PM
I’m still shook up after revisiting one of my musical hero’s works for string orchestra: Bartók’s Divertimento.

https://www.youtube.com/v/fEhacfM2S-U
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Todd on March 20, 2017, 11:41:41 AM
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This is the year of Marie-Luise Hinrichs for me.  Her two discs of Padre Antonio Soler are brilliant, with fantastically nuanced playing.  As great as they are, they didn't really prepare me for this disc of a dozen piano transcriptions of pieces by Hildegard von Bingen, five short pieces by Armenian composer and spiritualist/mystic George Gurdjieff, and one brief original work by the pianist.  Ms Hinrichs has entered the realm of Michel Block's best work with this disc.  Hinrichs writes in the liner notes that she only discovered Hildegard von Bingen in 2005, and soon thereafter transcribed pieces during a very spiritual time for her.  She states that she transcribed with God's help and that while working she sensed a second voice that was not hers.  I'm not spiritual myself, but the results point to the absolute sincerity of what she writes.  The Bingen pieces display a very serious, very devout, and very loving spirituality.  There's just no other way to describe it. 

The music is often simplicity itself, with beautiful monophonic melodies throughout.  Hinrichs fleshes the music out for piano wonderfully, and never overdoes it.  The transcriptions are not about virtuosic showmanship, but rather they focus on musical truth.  And they allow Hinrichs to display an amazing, soft variability of touch.  Piano and pianissimo come in many shades, and in a few pieces she achieves pianissimo as delicate and quiet as anything I've heard from Yaeko Yamane or Julian Gorus.  Hinrichs achieves some of this with generous una corda use, but sometimes she seems to be barely nudging the keys.  But there's much more than that.  Though generally quiet and spiritual, Hinrichs infuses the playing with delicately nuanced and perfectly judged rhythmic vitality.  Her rhythmic acumen is even more on display in the Gurdjieff pieces, which evoke the Orient in a hazy, sometimes languid, but always intensely appealing way.  As with fellow German pianist Ragna Schirmer, Hinrichs weaves pieces from seemingly disparate sources very well.  Indeed, I'd say Hinrichs does a better job here than Schirmer does in her traversal of Liszt's Annees.  Hinrichs' one original composition very much fits in with the conception of the disc as a whole.  I suppose it might be possible to find the strumming of the piano strings that start a few pieces, and a couple string plucks, to be a bit kitschy, and I usually find such devices unnecessary, but even those work splendidly here.  The music is so captivating, though in a very calming and reassuring way, that when I first spun the disc, I did something I almost never do: I played it twice, back to back.  The disc offers an hour of radiant serenity. 

Sound is inside-the-piano close, with pedal noise and damper noise.  It does not detract in the least, and it is less obvious through headphones, which offer an even more enveloping experience than speakers.

One of my purchases of the century.


(YouTube has some video of Hinrichs playing some of the music live in small settings, as well as what appears to be all the individual tracks from this disc, but they ultimately do not do full justice to the music.  It deserves to be heard in full resolution through decent headphones or standard gear for optimum effect.)
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: TheGSMoeller on March 20, 2017, 11:51:43 AM
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This is the year of Marie-Luise Hinrichs for me.  Her two discs of Padre Antonio Soler are brilliant, with fantastically nuanced playing.  As great as they are, they didn't really prepare me for this disc of a dozen piano transcriptions of pieces by Hildegard von Bingen, five short pieces by Armenian composer and spiritualist/mystic George Gurdjieff, and one brief original work by the pianist.  Ms Hinrichs has entered the realm of Michel Block's best work with this disc.  Hinrichs writes in the liner notes that she only discovered Hildegard von Bingen in 2005, and soon thereafter transcribed pieces during a very spiritual time for her.  She states that she transcribed with God's help and that while working she sensed a second voice that was not hers.  I'm not spiritual myself, but the results point to the absolute sincerity of what she writes.  The Bingen pieces display a very serious, very devout, and very loving spirituality.  There's just no other way to describe it. 

The music is often simplicity itself, with beautiful monophonic melodies throughout.  Hinrichs fleshes the music out for piano wonderfully, and never overdoes it.  The transcriptions are not about virtuosic showmanship, but rather they focus on musical truth.  And they allow Hinrichs to display an amazing, soft variability of touch.  Piano and pianissimo come in many shades, and in a few pieces she achieves pianissimo as delicate and quiet as anything I've heard from Yaeko Yamane or Julian Gorus.  Hinrichs achieves some of this with generous una corda use, but sometimes she seems to be barely nudging the keys.  But there's much more than that.  Though generally quiet and spiritual, Hinrichs infuses the playing with delicately nuanced and perfectly judged rhythmic vitality.  Her rhythmic acumen is even more on display in the Gurdjieff pieces, which evoke the Orient in a hazy, sometimes languid, but always intensely appealing way.  As with fellow German pianist Ragna Schirmer, Hinrichs weaves pieces from seemingly disparate sources very well.  Indeed, I'd say Hinrichs does a better job here than Schirmer does in her traversal of Liszt's Annees.  Hinrichs' one original composition very much fits in with the conception of the disc as a whole.  I suppose it might be possible to find the strumming of the piano strings that start a few pieces, and a couple string plucks, to be a bit kitschy, and I usually find such devices unnecessary, but even those work splendidly here.  The music is so captivating, though in a very calming and reassuring way, that when I first spun the disc, I did something I almost never do: I played it twice, back to back.  The disc offers an hour of radiant serenity. 

Sound is inside-the-piano close, with pedal noise and damper noise.  It does not detract in the least, and it is less obvious through headphones, which offer an even more enveloping experience than speakers.

One of my purchases of the century.


(YouTube has some video of Hinrichs playing some of the music live in small settings, as well as what appears to be all the individual tracks from this disc, but they ultimately do not do full justice to the music.  It deserves to be heard in full resolution through decent headphones or standard gear for optimum effect.)

Immediately headed to my wish list. Thank you for the greatly detailed post, Todd.
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Post by: North Star on March 20, 2017, 11:56:42 AM
Immediately headed to my wish list. Thank you for the greatly detailed post, Todd.
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Post by: Todd on March 24, 2017, 05:50:53 AM
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The final disc of Olivier Vernet's traversal of Liszt's organ music is a duo disc where he and pianist Laurent Cabasso play re-transcriptions of four of Liszt's symphonic poems: Mazeppa (the non-transcendental form), Les Preludes, Orpheus, and Prometheus.  On paper, this does not necessarily seem as though it should work all that well.  In practice, it most certainly does.  The works end up sounding like over the top, gothic piano concertos.  The piano is more forward physically, and sounds slightly stage right, and instead of an orchestra backing the pianist, the organ generates a wall of sound behind the puny piano.  Vernet and Cabasso keep things very well balanced, with the piano getting plenty of attention.  Sometimes, when the massive bass pipes fire off, the piano sounds as though it is an instrument emerging from - escaping, even - the gaping maw of a giant musical beast; the low frequencies seem to emanate from all around, all at once, and the effect is dazzling.  No, this is not deep, profound music being delivered as solemn as a mass, or anything like that, but it is an outstanding scaling up of Liszt's most fantastically glitzy tendencies.  Completely unexpectedly, it ends up the most exciting and captivating disc of this already excellent set.  I'd love to hear something like this in person, though I doubt I ever get the chance.  A great good time.
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Post by: Florestan on March 28, 2017, 05:14:23 AM
Jacob van Eyck - Engels Nachtegaeltje (the English Nightingale)

https://www.youtube.com/v/ZvDb5EmhfZI

This is good but the performance by Erik Bosgraaf on this 3-CD set is indeed mindblowing.

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Post by: some guy on April 02, 2017, 12:51:59 PM
This is so awesome

https://www.youtube.com/v/vcEeN9qAVmw

Couldn't agree more. I just spent two very happy hours on his Soundcloud feed. Magical!!
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Post by: Mirror Image on April 02, 2017, 02:40:07 PM
Not a new piece to me but I was blown away last night by how aggressive Schoenberg's Five pieces for orchestra is at times, then how serene Farben is

Schoenberg’s Five Pieces has long been a favorite of mine. The tapestry of sound and drama pulls one in from beginning and keeps the listener gripped until the end. It’s like we’re witnessing someone who’s tearing themselves apart trying to decide what they truly want.
Title: Paul Crossley plays Poulenc
Post by: arpeggio on April 02, 2017, 07:55:20 PM
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I submitted a post about the above in the "Purchases Today" thread.

I am listening to the second CD in the set.  There is some great music here.

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Post by: Mirror Image on April 04, 2017, 06:44:22 PM
Tabakova’s Cello Concerto has me utterly blown away. The slow movement, Longing, had me in tears the other night.

https://www.youtube.com/v/aQRRrWEY1OE
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Florestan on April 05, 2017, 06:02:30 AM
Robert Schumann - Abendmusik (Bunte Blätter op. 99 No. 12)

https://www.youtube.com/v/_csAaW31UmE#

Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Mirror Image on April 08, 2017, 06:37:58 PM
I’m always blown away whenever I hear Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde.
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Post by: TheGSMoeller on April 08, 2017, 07:30:17 PM
Kilar: Requiem for Father Kolbe

Very emotional.
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Post by: Ken B on April 09, 2017, 12:42:02 AM
Tabakova’s Cello Concerto has me utterly blown away. The slow movement, Longing, had me in tears the other night.

https://www.youtube.com/v/aQRRrWEY1OE
Very Gorecki/Part.  Let your inner minimalist bloom John! You know it's right!   >:D
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Post by: Alberich on April 09, 2017, 01:53:57 AM
Rachmaninoff's The Miserly Knight. I've always loved this opera but the last time I listened to it was just magical.

And while on the subject of Rachmaninoff, Prince Rostislav as well.

Pretty much every work I've heard from Rachmaninoff has blown me away more or less.
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Post by: Florestan on April 09, 2017, 03:06:37 AM
Pretty much every work I've heard from Rachmaninoff has blown me away more or less.

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Post by: Mirror Image on April 09, 2017, 05:07:07 AM
Very Gorecki/Part.  Let your inner minimalist bloom John! You know it's right!   >:D

Oh, I love Gorecki and Part. I just don’t like the American Minimalists.
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Post by: Monsieur Croche on April 09, 2017, 06:33:26 AM
I'm getting a kick out of Feldman's Music for piano and string quartet right now!

For quite a while, I couldn't get enough of it that I played it (Kronos Quartet and Aki Takahashi) repeatedly to an extent that now, this is a piece -- in full -- quite "stuck in my head."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEzPYIkfYOk
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Post by: DaveF on April 09, 2017, 08:26:26 AM
This really belongs in the "Embarrassing gaps in your musical knowledge" thread, but until I played in a performance of it last weekend, I'd never heard En Saga.  (I'm not a great sight-reader who can do it on one rehearsal - my contribution was 3 bars of triangle and a cymbal-crash.)  Heck, what a piece - 3 themes that you feel at some deep level are really all the same theme (something to do with those repeated notes, I guess).  And no timpani, but a big bass drum part, played with timpani sticks - strange.
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Post by: Mirror Image on April 09, 2017, 08:54:01 AM
This really belongs in the "Embarrassing gaps in your musical knowledge" thread, but until I played in a performance of it last weekend, I'd never heard En Saga.  (I'm not a great sight-reader who can do it on one rehearsal - my contribution was 3 bars of triangle and a cymbal-crash.)  Heck, what a piece - 3 themes that you feel at some deep level are really all the same theme (something to do with those repeated notes, I guess).  And no timpani, but a big bass drum part, played with timpani sticks - strange.

Ah yes, Sibelius’ En Saga certainly one of the this master’s great works. Just for kicks, check out the original version of this work sometime:

https://www.youtube.com/v/U_rCidehBn0
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Post by: Sergeant Rock on April 09, 2017, 09:00:15 AM
And no timpani, but a big bass drum part, played with timpani sticks - strange.

Love the bass drum in this piece...but you know, almost every recording fails to bring it out properly. The exceptions, and consequently my favorites are Vänskä/Lahti, Stein/Suisse Romande, and Schmidt/RPO.

Sarge
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Post by: Mirror Image on April 14, 2017, 07:39:31 PM

Bruckner = WOW

Only can nod in agreement. A magnificent composer.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: jessop on April 15, 2017, 12:13:44 AM
Bruckner's 9th is completely blowing me away yesterday and today, simultaneously with various works from Kagel.

Bruckner = WOW
First time? He is a remarkable composer!
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Post by: jessop on April 15, 2017, 12:57:34 AM
First time really engaging with a Bruckner symphony and I'm in disbelief, so unreal.....astounding  ???
My favourite is number 7.

And my favourite Bruckner conductors are Jochum, Young and Celibidache.

Which recording did you hear?
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Post by: jessop on April 15, 2017, 01:38:13 AM

I'll have to hear that next. I heard the one with Daniel Barenboim conducting, it was powerful!!!  :o
Lol....which one....?
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Post by: TheGSMoeller on April 15, 2017, 03:52:33 AM
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That's a great one, alien. Barenboim and Berliners brilliantly bring out the apocalyptic tone of the music. The 9th has a great variety on record too, many greats to choose from.
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Post by: SymphonicAddict on April 15, 2017, 06:04:09 PM
Three astounding compositions:

Kabelac: Mystery of Time (I've seen so good commentaries about this piece, I liked it so much)
Pärt: Tabula Rasa (Hypnotic and intense work)
Finzi: Cello concerto (One of the jewels of the 20th century, what level of beauty and power!!! The 2nd movement is sublime in the whole meaning of the word)
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Post by: Maestro267 on April 16, 2017, 07:42:41 AM
Finzi: Cello concerto (One of the jewels of the 20th century, what level of beauty and power!!! The 2nd movement is sublime in the whole meaning of the word)

Agreed on all counts. A fantastic concerto!
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Post by: SymphonicAddict on April 16, 2017, 06:08:46 PM
My current obsessions:

Bruckner - Symphony no 9 (One of the greatest romantic symphonies, period!!!)


I completely agree!
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Post by: Cato on April 16, 2017, 06:58:21 PM
First time really engaging with a Bruckner symphony and I'm in disbelief, so unreal.....astounding  ???

We welcome all to Bruckner and Eugen Jochum, his top acolyte, at any time!  8) ;)

I can also recommend the Simon Rattle, Berlin Philharmonic performance with the completion of the final movement.

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Post by: some guy on April 18, 2017, 05:37:37 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqXgUIdXXaI
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Post by: jessop on April 18, 2017, 06:13:26 PM
Maderna's Hyperion, love it so much  :-*
Don't know the piece, but love his music in general so this is one I should check out!
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Post by: TheGSMoeller on April 18, 2017, 06:17:07 PM
Don't know the piece, but love his music in general so this is one I should check out!

Is this the same as the conductor Maderna?
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Post by: Jeffrey Smith on April 18, 2017, 06:48:36 PM
Is this the same as the conductor Maderna?
Yes.
I have one CD with the conductor (M9) and one CD of Maderna's works conducted by Sinopoli (Quadrivium, Biogramma, Aura). A lot easier to admire the conductor--a very recommendable M9--than the composer for me!
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Post by: TheGSMoeller on April 18, 2017, 06:49:25 PM
Yes, same situation as Boulez (both great composers AND conductors)  ;D

Yes.
I have one CD with the conductor (M9) and one CD of Maderna's works conducted by Sinopoli (Quadrivium, Biogramma, Aura). A lot easier to admire the conductor--a very recommendable M9--than the composer for me!


Didn't know that about Maderna, will have to check out some of his works. Thanks, Friends.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: jessop on April 18, 2017, 07:54:36 PM
Quadrivium seems to be the most well known piece; it is especially good if you like percussion, I guess.

https://www.youtube.com/v/YLV5DUu1zqw

although personally I prefer Aura

https://www.youtube.com/v/Y9fwwDnTW6c

and Giardino Religioso

https://www.youtube.com/v/w93zOiuK_OY

Also, something I am surprised to have only just found out considering my enthusiasm for electroacoustic music, he has a sizeable number of tape compositions too if anyone else is interested.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: arpeggio on May 19, 2017, 07:38:14 PM
I mentioned the two below works in the Phillip Glass Thread.

The concerto for two timpanists:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lnw0IHgjE2E

And the concerto for Saxophone Quartet:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYkIrYh7zuw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9pUnqtc4-k
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Post by: aleazk on June 05, 2017, 04:04:28 AM
This is great!

Babbitt was a very jazzy composer... I bet he would have loved this!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-PJw2lqW7c

The original piano solo work (semi-simple Variations): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rb5Klc-8WPY
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Post by: SymphonicAddict on June 06, 2017, 04:09:16 PM
Schnittke - Cello concerto No. 1: There is a poignant suffering here. The whole concerto is haunting, but the last movement is incredibly brutal. Schnittke composed this with all his tormented soul.

More Schnittke - Piano quintet: One of the saddest pieces ever. The sorrow that I felt might not have comparison with similar works of any composer. This man has impressed me so so much!!
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Post by: aleazk on June 07, 2017, 05:22:53 PM
Yep, classic video, love it! The Bad Plus are great, have you heard their Rite of Spring?   (which you may like as a fellow jazz enthusiast!)

The original work too, Babbitt is the man! He knows all the right notes  8)

I read somewhere that Babbitt indeed saw the video and he liked it and showed it to people, ha.
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Post by: PerfectWagnerite on June 07, 2017, 05:59:50 PM
Recently Ruggles' Portals for String Orchestra:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXhK0kUjwig (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXhK0kUjwig)
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Post by: Maestro267 on June 10, 2017, 11:33:03 AM
Mahler 5 (and not for the adagietto either)


(But the adagietto is an extraordinary movement, that strong melancholy and the chromatic harmonies/polyphony <3  )

That's an incredible symphony, and the Adagietto stands as an oasis of calm amongst the turbulence surrounding it. It's interesting how the Adagietto is a genuine interruption of what come before it. The solo horn pretty much ends the scherzo (save for some final chords from the orchestra), and it starts the finale with the same note, just a different dynamic level, more fitting to smoothly bring us "back on track", so to speak.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: amw on June 17, 2017, 03:43:48 AM
Welcome to the dark side!

That was my first and favourite Richard Barrett. Also try to hear Opening of the Mouth if you can, it's much more contrapuntal and therefore tougher to crack but might be an even more powerful listening experience overall.
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Post by: Todd on June 17, 2017, 05:31:36 AM
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Zoroaster said something.  Something wonderful.  I'll admit that Also Sprach Zarathustra has always been one of those Strauss works I've never been crazy about.  Oh, sure, the opening movement is great - but then there's a whole lot after that.  Now, I've heard some of the biggest of big names in Strauss here - eg, Fluffy, Kempe, Reiner - and they all do a splendid job directing their orchestras in tour de force playing.  But only Clemens Krauss, in crusty mono, ever really made the piece enjoyable for me.  Until Zubin Mehta's CBS recording arrived.  Mehta isn't quite as old-timey as Krauss, but he knows to make the piece lush and beautiful, and in Das Tanzlied he makes the listener almost forget that titanic opening.  It's almost as rustic sounding as Krauss, and it has that same relaxed fit and feel as Strauss' old protege.  And it's in excellent 1980 sound.  Okay, sure, there's some glare, the sound is a bit compressed by contemporary standards, there's too much spotlighting, resulting in some instruments sounding too big, and Glenn Dicterow's violin would never sound like he's standing in the second row playing like he does here in real life, but with all those details popping out in the context of a lush aural backdrop, who cares?  Not me!  Throw in an almost as enjoyable Don Juan, and the first disc in the eight-disc Mehta set on Sony justifies the price for the whole box.  I think I need to try his Decca version.
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Post by: Mahlerian on June 17, 2017, 08:09:49 AM
Elliott Carter's A Mirror on which to Dwell is stunning!  Such a wonderful balance between activity and restfulness, magnificently lyrical in the vocal writing and in the instrumental writing as well.  I've been listening to the Boulez/Bryn-Julson recording with the EI.  Does anyone know how it compares to the one on Bridge?
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: jessop on June 17, 2017, 02:40:28 PM
Richard Barrett - Dark Matter (Cycle)


I'm having a major moment I think. Like when I heard Licht or Espaces Acoustiques for the first time, I haven't really ever heard anything quite like this before. I know the kind of music this has come out of but this is so distinctive. and sounds amazing!!

Mind = Blown tonight  :o

Aaaaaah I'm so glad you enjoyed this! It's certainly a favourite of mine. 8)
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: vandermolen on June 17, 2017, 10:04:22 PM
Quadrivium seems to be the most well known piece; it is especially good if you like percussion, I guess.

https://www.youtube.com/v/YLV5DUu1zqw

although personally I prefer Aura

https://www.youtube.com/v/Y9fwwDnTW6c

and Giardino Religioso

https://www.youtube.com/v/w93zOiuK_OY


Also, something I am surprised to have only just found out considering my enthusiasm for electroacoustic music, he has a sizeable number of tape compositions too if anyone else is interested.
I liked 'Aura' which reminded me a bit of Charles Ives.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: aleazk on June 21, 2017, 03:39:41 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ln3wWjc7vn0

Ferneyhough: Lemma-Icon-Epigram.

Not a new face to me but... nice to see an actual performance rather than the score... it gives a different perspective of a Ferneyhough piece.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Cato on June 24, 2017, 04:03:02 AM
Whoever is behind "Wellesz Theater" on YouTube, my thanks to them!  They offer an incredible array of unknown masterpieces from a large variety of composers, including the "quarter-tone, microtonal" composers.

I found this a few days ago:

https://www.youtube.com/v/ANZkYT4Ozg0
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: jessop on June 30, 2017, 02:48:51 AM
Thanks to nathanb I now know of the operas of Robert Ashley!

https://www.youtube.com/v/SFWYrAVAXrg

Whilst it isn't exactly anything that really is blowing me away, so to speak, it is interesting and unique enough to me :)
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: jessop on July 08, 2017, 02:13:03 AM
Brett Dean: Hamlet. Whilst retaining the real sense of drama and urgency from his first opera, his second really feels like a step up, somehow more streamlined.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: vandermolen on July 08, 2017, 06:09:38 AM
Ligeti - Lux Aeterna

I don't hear it often but when I do, it's a trip. Probably the single most influential Ligeti piece on my own work, I still haven't heard many piece which achieve anything like this. The power of canons!  :-*
Famously used in '2001: A Space Odyssey' - one of my favourite films.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: jessop on July 08, 2017, 07:00:19 AM
I've heard of that before (perhaps from you, but I I'm not sure). I've read a bit of Shakespeare over the years (I'm no expert believe me) but I think it would make a really crazy and fucking dark opera!!! (if handled seriously and not too old language, sorry Shakespeare)   :o
It is handled quite seriously. You can see it for yourself on the Glyndebourne website until Thursday.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: SymphonicAddict on July 21, 2017, 09:22:11 PM
Many works have blown my mind lately:

-Prokofiev - Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of October Revolution: Bombastic in high degree!!! There are some moving moments here, despite of so many explosions.

-Prokofiev - Seven, They Are Seven: Effectively, and there are 7 glorious and imposing minutes. It does capture that antique Mesopotamian environment.

-Shostakovich - The Execution of Stepan Razin: Revisiting this completely terrific work, I can't get enough of this. It's magnific!!!

-Martinu - Czech Rhapsody for baritone, chorus, organ and orchestra: A new discovery for me. Simply EPIC and wonderful; here we have a young Martinu in the height of his powers!!!

-Novák, Vitezslav - The Storm: An excellent recommendation of Jeffrey (Vandermolen). Another epic composition with pirates and lots of passion with a rapturous ending. Majestic!!!

-Janácek - The Eternal Gospel: It reminded me of his Glagolitic Mass (which I deeply admire). I quite enjoyed it.

-Guridi - Pyrenees Symphony: Guridi was highly skillful when composed this. Clearly, one of his masterworks.

-Bortkiewicz - His 2 symphonies (especially the No. 2 in E flat major): How had I not heard this before? A fine example of Russian symphony in the vein of Borodin, Tchaikovsky and Glazunov. In addition, it's permeated with a notorious nostalgia and despair.

-Ben-Haim - His 2 symphonies: Other great revelations for me this month. As a big fan of symphonies I am, those were worthy of exploring.

-Lutoslawski - String quartet: First meeting with it. Fu***ng music, Lutoslawski shocked me again!!! I wonder where he got those ideas for creating such a creepy quartet, I would think from his scariest and darkest nightmares. Now it is one of my favorite works by him. I like his music more and more.

-Penderecki - Sextet: It has a singular beauty, which I find so charming.

-Bartók - String quartets 4 and 5: Long time ago I had listened to them, and now the experience has been more overwhelming. There are not enough words to describe such mastery. They are authentic pinnacles of the musical form, state-of-the-art pieces.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Crudblud on July 21, 2017, 11:44:02 PM
Thanks to nathanb I now know of the operas of Robert Ashley!

Late reply, but.... I wholeheartedly recommend Ashley's Perfect Lives, his masterpiece in my opinion. The libretto has the warmth and humour and breadth of something like Ulysses, but a distinctly American voice, and I think it stands out from his later operas, which tend to be rather homogeneous in their musical content. Also, I recommend checking out a piece he did called The Wolfman (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKux6PuYkYw).
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Mr Bloom on July 22, 2017, 02:16:42 AM
Brett Dean: Hamlet. Whilst retaining the real sense of drama and urgency from his first opera, his second really feels like a step up, somehow more streamlined.

I fail to see how it is a step up. Not that it is disappointing in any way, but everything that makes Hamlet great was already in Bliss. The latter seems more tightly structured to me, and I think Hamlet lacks a scene as good as the big mental hospital scene from the third act in Bliss. That being said, both are masterpieces.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Christo on July 22, 2017, 03:19:11 AM
Both The Storm and The Tempest by Tchaikovsky.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Todd on July 24, 2017, 08:45:11 AM
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From the Mischa Maisky 10 Classic Albums box.  Here's one of those discs that I would never have thought to buy on its own.  A mixed rep, transcription job, with Maisky and Pavel Gililov making small cello and piano pieces out of some well known and not so well known songs and solo works, the disc is a fantabulous success.  Gililov's accompaniment, and here that's what it is, is sensitive and expressive and wholly satisfying.  It makes me want to here him in some solo rep, but like Enrico Pace, he's basically a chamber music guy.  This show is pretty much all Maisky's.  Sure, it's possible to think of some of the transcriptions and playing as too sentimental by half, and Schumann's Traumerei could even be thought of as oppressively treacly, or at least it could if Maisky didn't deliver it, and all the pieces, with such authority and conviction.  This dude appears to believe in each and every note he plays with his whole being, and his playing fully realizes everything he wants to do.  To drive home this point, when I saw the Chopin Prelude in B minor - called just Prelude here - I did a snooty sniff, thinking along the lines "Hah, no way!".  But as I listened to the piece, which is arguably the best on the disc, I then thought "Oh, shit, oops!"  That the pieces selected are intrinsically beautiful is obviously no accident, and they sound as beautiful here as they probably can.  I guess this disc might qualify as a guilty pleasure, but as the pleasure so vastly outweighs the guilt, I'm just fine with that.

Turns out this disc is available for free on YouTube.  I'll stick with the high grade physical recording instead.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: pjme on July 25, 2017, 12:44:42 PM
https://www.youtube.com/v/sO6ih9ees2Q

A stormy, very windy day, here. Huge clouds & sun. Bursts of torrential rain.

Brahms "Ich schwing mein Horn..." - the text is really strange, the music overwhelmingly beautiful.

P.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: aleazk on August 01, 2017, 11:29:51 AM
And yet another great piece combining solo instruments with electronics from Dai Fujikura.

Poison Mushroom: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHrvumuC6yc
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: bwv 1080 on August 01, 2017, 11:43:56 AM
Beethoven op 7
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Jo498 on August 02, 2017, 12:15:45 AM
https://www.youtube.com/v/sO6ih9ees2Q

A stormy, very windy day, here. Huge clouds & sun. Bursts of torrential rain.

Brahms "Ich schwing mein Horn..." - the text is really strange, the music overwhelmingly beautiful.

The first line is really strange because usually one does not "swing" a (hunting) horn. It probably simply expresses the sadness of the hunter. (There is a still common saying in German "Trübsal blasen", literally "blowing sadness".) The rest of the anonymous poem (from the "Youth's Magic Horn", collected in the early 19th century, but probably at least a 100 years older or done in an archaic style on purpose) extensively uses the allegory of the hunting chase for the pursuit of a lover (who is the escaped game). Of course this is creepy in many ways for today's sensibilities, especially if done as thoroughly as here. Admittedly, I don't understand what "eating hare's meat" in the last stanza is supposed to mean. In the hunting context it obviously means that he has to contend with meagre fare. But I don't know if this had a corresponding meaning in the love context...
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: pjme on August 02, 2017, 05:34:17 AM
Thanks, Jo. For me this strange text adds to the beauty of this ravishing setting. I found very little explanation on the INternet.

This I found at : http://www.kellydeanhansen.com/opus41.html


"...., an utterly gorgeous setting of an old German poem in an archaic style that is infinitely superior to its arrangement for solo voice and piano in Op. 43.  The timbre of men’s voices in harmony is exploited to its fullest in this fine piece, whose style is completely different from that of the other four and whose text is timeless rather than dated.  Despite the differing voices, its character is much closer to that of another  “old German” setting for mixed chorus, Op. 62, No. 7, than to the following four Lemcke songs."
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Parsifal on August 07, 2017, 07:57:22 AM
Hindemith Konzertmusik for Brass and String Orchestra.

Listened to it because it was next up in my cpo set of Hindemith Orchestral Music. Had never sought it out before because the title was somehow off-putting to me. Gave me the impression that it would be some sort of concerto for various brass instruments.

But Wow! Not what I was expecting at all. The harmonies and he sonorities created are utterly captivating.



Performance is beautiful, audio engineering is perfect.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on August 07, 2017, 08:14:14 AM
Hindemith Konzertmusik for Brass and String Orchestra.

Listened to it because it was next up in my cpo set of Hindemith Orchestral Music. Had never sought it out before because the title was somehow off-putting to me. Gave me the impression that it would be some sort of concerto for various brass instruments.

But Wow! Not what I was expecting at all. The harmonies and he sonorities created are utterly captivating.



Performance is beautiful, audio engineering is perfect.


Yes!  Possibly the second Hindemith piece I ever heard (after the Symphony in Bb which we played in a Region Band).
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: aleazk on August 13, 2017, 12:49:29 PM
Ravel - Sad Birds (from the suite Miroirs)

And in this particular interpretation by the master himself! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDIAnwjFVVA

Every time I listen to it... and the title... oh, so beautiful combination... birds... but sad. Can birds be sad? Yes, and this piece is an evidence of that.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Alberich on August 14, 2017, 08:56:34 AM
Debussy's La cathédrale engloutie, from préludes, a wonderfully evocative piece.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: aleazk on August 15, 2017, 04:54:46 PM
I have been listening a lot to Cage lately. His sense of well being with the world, in some sort of child-like but also ecstatic way, gives me what I need.

My favorites are the Constructions, Sonatas and Interludes, Six Melodies, Number Pieces, In a Landscape, Dream, and so many more...
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Omicron9 on August 16, 2017, 05:23:17 AM
The past couple of weeks, I've been listening to the new Naxos disk of Fricker string quartets.  I was previously unfamiliar with his work.  In it, I hear an almost Bartokian density.  I suspect that if you like the Bartok quartets, you'd also enjoy the work of Mr. Fricker.

https://www.amazon.com/Fricker-String-Quartets-Villiers-Quartet/dp/B01NCVFY3W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1502889288&sr=8-1&keywords=fricker+string+quartets (https://www.amazon.com/Fricker-String-Quartets-Villiers-Quartet/dp/B01NCVFY3W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1502889288&sr=8-1&keywords=fricker+string+quartets)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzoC3LigXc0 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzoC3LigXc0)

Is there a way to embed a YouTube video, other than the URL?   Sorry; new to the forum here.   ;)
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Florestan on August 16, 2017, 05:31:28 AM
Is there a way to embed a YouTube video, other than the URL?   Sorry; new to the forum here.   ;)

https://www.youtube.com/v/bzoC3LigXc0


1. Copy-paste the URL.

2. Delete "watch?" immediately in front of "v" and replace "=" immediately behind it with a /

2. Select the result and click on the Flash icon (red, second from the left, second row of icons)

4. Optional: adjust the width and height by modifying the corresponding dimensions in the flash tag; the default is 200,200.

5. Done!

Quote this post to see how it works.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Omicron9 on August 16, 2017, 06:22:26 AM
Thank you, Florestan.  I will try that next time.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Spineur on August 16, 2017, 08:34:13 AM
In case you forget, locate a post with an embedded video and clic on "quote".  The syntax used will be apparent in the reply box.
 0:)
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Alberich on August 16, 2017, 02:56:19 PM
Mosolov's "Iron Foundry".
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Todd on August 17, 2017, 10:19:55 AM
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This disc mostly contains music new to me.  The Grieg Cello Sonata is not, but this version is much better, much more vibrant than the Lloyd Webber/Forsberg recording.  Somewhat like with Isserlis' Janacek Pohadka recordings, the music is drained of some of its characteristic Grieginess, but the trade-off here is playing of such perfectly judged intensity and controlled passion as to make this emerge a true chamber music masterpiece.  It's so good that I think I may have to hear the Isserlis/Hough remake on Hyperion, which comes paired with Mendelssohn.

The five short Liszt works are all excellent, and even if not his best efforts, they reveal Liszt to be more than a showman alone, in the event such evidence is still needed. 

The Anton Rubinstein Cello Sonata No 1 is large scaled, rich, and romantic, like bulked up Mendelssohn, with some Tchaikovsky tossed in.  The Allegretto has some absolutely breathtaking cello playing, with Isserlis frantically whispering out figurations, which Hough later repeats expertly, though the effect is not quite the same due to the instrument.  The piano music at the beginning of the Allegro molto sounds like nothing other than a Lied ohne Worte.  If I could be assured all performances of Rubinstein's music were this good, I'd dramatically expand my collection of his music.

RCA's best 90s sound caps off an unexpectedly great disc.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Omicron9 on August 22, 2017, 03:46:32 AM
Been listening to several works from Francois Bernard Mache and I can't help but feel a little saddened he isn't riding the rails with Ligeti and the rest of the crew. His work is really high quality, inventive and unpredictable. Giving me a real thrill ride  :D

Alien,
I'd not heard of this composer, but ran over to YouTube to investigate.  Thank you for the recommendation.
 Currently listening to/enjoying his Synergies, Opus 8 1963:

https://www.youtube.com/v/0f3wSIugFSI
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Omicron9 on August 23, 2017, 05:50:05 AM
I just posted this in the "current listening" thread, but because I think they need wider exposure and always achieve "blown away" status, I'll expose them in this thread.  Ginastera string quartets.  No matter how often I hear them, I'm left knocked out every time.



https://www.youtube.com/v/DQ-pRazXpc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DQ-pRazXpc (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DQ-pRazXpc)
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: aleazk on August 27, 2017, 06:59:59 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwiAoKn1aGw

Dai Fujikura - Prism Spectra (for viola and live electronics)

Really cool to see a piece like this live... it's like if all of those colorful electronic sounds were coming directly from the strings and flying to the air like the smoke of a cigar!  :P :)
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Todd on August 29, 2017, 06:26:08 AM
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Sweet Jesus!  Jorge Luis Prats' so far sole Decca recital from 2011 is a knock-out.  A Cuban, he was long relegated to touring Soviet bloc countries only, only reemerging into the international scene last decade, and he has made only a handful of recordings.  This one of Spanish and Latin American solo piano music, taken from a single recital with no patching, is just phenomenal.  I've heard a fair number of recordings of Goyescas, but none sound so spontaneous and comfortable as this.  Sure, some others play with a bit more tonal nuance some of the time, and yes, Prats puts El Pelele fifth in the sequence and then plays El Amor y la muerte last, and drops Epilogo altogether, but the pianist offers his rationale, which is basically this: why do you need an epilogue when the lovers are dead?  A shoot-out is in order.  The disc then moves to Villa-Lobos Bachiana brasleira No 4.  I've got little Villa-Lobos solo piano music in my collection, but the little I have is superb, capped by Nelson Freire's discs for Teldec and Decca, though he doesn't play this work.  Prats is very close to Freire's equal.  The three short works by three different Cuban composers are likewise masterful.  Superb sound.

As to other recordings, there's a Rach 2 & 3 out there, a Grieg/Dohnanyi/Litolff disc, and a DVD recital, but I think I've found the disc I will to suggest to Eloquence for reissue: a late 70s DG disc of LvB (Op 101), Schumann (Toccata), and Ravel (Gaspard).  Hopefully he records more for Decca.

On a purchase related note, I bought this on Amazon MP from a seller I will try to avoid going forward.  The delivery was delayed a couple times, and it was supposed to be Prime, and the condition notes did not mention that it was ex-library.  When I opened the package, my heart sank upon seeing Cuyahoga County Library emblazoned on stickers on the case and on the disc.  Fortunately, it appears this specific disc was very unpopular as the surface had only two tiny, light scratches and plays just fine.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: arpeggio on August 29, 2017, 06:49:40 PM
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Sweet Jesus!  Jorge Luis Prats' so far sole Decca recital from 2011 is a knock-out.  A Cuban, he was long relegated to touring Soviet bloc countries only, only reemerging into the international scene last decade, and he has made only a handful of recordings.  This one of Spanish and Latin American solo piano music, taken from a single recital with no patching, is just phenomenal.  I've heard a fair number of recordings of Goyescas, but none sound so spontaneous and comfortable as this.  Sure, some others play with a bit more tonal nuance some of the time, and yes, Prats puts El Pelele fifth in the sequence and then plays El Amor y la muerte last, and drops Epilogo altogether, but the pianist offers his rationale, which is basically this: why do you need an epilogue when the lovers are dead?  A shoot-out is in order.  The disc then moves to Villa-Lobos Bachiana brasleira No 4.  I've got little Villa-Lobos solo piano music in my collection, but the little I have is superb, capped by Nelson Freire's discs for Teldec and Decca, though he doesn't play this work.  Prats is very close to Freire's equal.  The three short works by three different Cuban composers are likewise masterful.  Superb sound.

As to other recordings, there's a Rach 2 & 3 out there, a Grieg/Dohnanyi/Litolff disc, and a DVD recital, but I think I've found the disc I will to suggest to Eloquence for reissue: a late 70s DG disc of LvB (Op 101), Schumann (Toccata), and Ravel (Gaspard).  Hopefully he records more for Decca.

On a purchase related note, I bought this on Amazon MP from a seller I will try to avoid going forward.  The delivery was delayed a couple times, and it was supposed to be Prime, and the condition notes did not mention that it was ex-library.  When I opened the package, my heart sank upon seeing Cuyahoga County Library emblazoned on stickers on the case and on the disc.  Fortunately, it appears this specific disc was very unpopular as the surface had only two tiny, light scratches and plays just fine.

I get that this is an outstanding performance.  Great.  Question.  Which of the works on the CD are new pieces for you?
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Todd on August 30, 2017, 06:45:00 AM
I get that this is an outstanding performance.  Great.  Question.  Which of the works on the CD are new pieces for you?


The three pieces by the three Cuban composers Farinas, Cervantes, and Lecuona.
Title: Beveridge Yizkor Requiem
Post by: arpeggio on September 03, 2017, 08:42:10 PM
This CD was first released back in 2001:



I just picked it up at a second hand CD shop $2.

Now that I am listening to it I regret not acquiring it when it was first released in 2001  :(
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: aleazk on September 04, 2017, 09:29:42 AM
Can't stop listening to "Trans" (for orchestra and tape) by Stockhausen today.

Went for a walk and put it on my phone on loop. It's so fucking great  8)

I saw it live last year. The orchestra played behind some sort of semi transparent curtain and the only light was an intense purple one. All of this as per Stockhausen's instructions in the score. The idea is to generate a dream like atmosphere. I must say it indeed gave that exact feeling!
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Mirror Image on September 04, 2017, 11:10:45 AM
I saw it live last year. The orchestra played behind some sort of semi transparent curtain and the only light was an intense purple one. All of this as per Stockhausen's instructions in the score. The idea is to generate a dream like atmosphere. I must say it indeed gave that exact feeling!

To the bolded text, it’d have to be a dream, because that would be the only way I’d listen to Stockhausen. :laugh: (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.)
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Mirror Image on September 04, 2017, 07:23:24 PM
The work is inspired and based on a dream Stockhausen had, and is therefore also intended to evoke a surreal dream-like feeling, which is most definitely achieves. I think this may be the key to the whole aesthetic of his work actually!

I think you missed the point: I dislike Stockhausen. ;)
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Mirror Image on September 04, 2017, 07:27:23 PM
I've known that since I first met you  :laugh:

 ;D
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: kyjo on September 05, 2017, 07:41:42 AM
Bartok's early (late-romantic) Piano Quintet. Wow! I was not expecting to be so blown away by it, especially after not having been too impressed with Kossuth, another one of his early works. Check out this exhilarating performance by Janine Jansen and friends: https://youtu.be/QpT0CvuDCQI
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: king ubu on September 05, 2017, 10:32:43 AM
Heinz Holliger's violin concerto - both as recorded with Thomas Zehetmair (on ECM) and as heard in concert with Patricia Kopatchinskaja (both conducted by Holliger himself).

Also promted me to start exploring Louis Soutter's graphic works ... I've seen the odd painting in museums here and there, but never really got into his style all that much. Big catalogue was sent to a friend in Germany (why do so many amazon marketplace vendors only ship within the country of the respective amazon site? I'm afraid if that goes on as it did in the past months, in a year I can no longer order like that at all).
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Est.1965 on September 06, 2017, 02:11:57 PM
I heard Schelomo, The Hebraic Rhapsody for cello and orchestra for the first time by Ernst Bloch today (Isserlis on Cello) and thought very highly of it!  My radar is now tweaked in Blochs' direction...just...better watch out his tobacco pipe keeps out the damn way of my research...
(http://home.uni-leipzig.de/kustodie/ausstellungsarchiv/bloch/bilder/kopf.jpg)
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: North Star on September 06, 2017, 02:31:30 PM
I heard Schelomo, The Hebraic Rhapsody for cello and orchestra for the first time by Ernst Bloch today (Isserlis on Cello) and thought very highly of it!  My radar is now tweaked in Blochs' direction...just...better watch out his tobacco pipe keeps out the damn way of my research...
Piano Quintet no. 1!
https://www.youtube.com/v/64PqvXPqt0g
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Est.1965 on September 06, 2017, 03:20:36 PM
Piano Quintet no. 1!
https://www.youtube.com/v/64PqvXPqt0g

Wow.  A Piano Quintet with depth and character and some kind of angst or anger...he must have been going through a hell of a time in 1923!
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: andolink on September 08, 2017, 05:18:47 AM
This 3-disc set arrived Wednesday and I put on the first piece on disc one and...OMG...absolutely breathtakingly beautiful--

Salvatore Sciarrino: Variazioni for violoncello and orchestra (1974)
Francesco Dillon, cello
Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI/Tito Ceccherini

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Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: kyjo on September 08, 2017, 08:51:55 AM
Piano Quintet no. 1!
https://www.youtube.com/v/64PqvXPqt0g

Yes!! One of the finest chamber works I know. The ending is like finally reaching the light at the end of a dark, dark tunnel - very moving.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Mirror Image on September 08, 2017, 08:20:03 PM
I heard Schelomo, The Hebraic Rhapsody for cello and orchestra for the first time by Ernst Bloch today (Isserlis on Cello) and thought very highly of it!  My radar is now tweaked in Blochs' direction...just...better watch out his tobacco pipe keeps out the damn way of my research...
(http://home.uni-leipzig.de/kustodie/ausstellungsarchiv/bloch/bilder/kopf.jpg)

Of course, this is a different Bloch you have posted --- the one you have posted is the Marxist philosopher. This is the Bloch you’re referring to:

(https://oregonencyclopedia.org/media/uploads/Bloch_Ernest_1948_bb006122.jpg)

But both men enjoyed their pipes --- that’s for sure. :)
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: GioCar on September 08, 2017, 10:00:31 PM
This 3-disc set arrived Wednesday and I put on the first piece on disc one and...OMG...absolutely breathtakingly beautiful--

Salvatore Sciarrino: Variazioni for violoncello and orchestra (1974)
Francesco Dillon, cello
Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI/Tito Ceccherini

(https://img.discogs.com/D4Kc8-aE5wUcyyyT1iwIgL8YMJs=/fit-in/600x603/filters:strip_icc():format(jpeg):mode_rgb():quality(90)/discogs-images/R-2282667-1274288610.jpeg.jpg)

A great set! Wait tiil you reach disc 3, the most beautiful gems are there imo.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: The new erato on September 08, 2017, 11:41:06 PM
Unfortunate thread title. The film music for Irma la Douce by Andre Previn perhaps. Wishing all in the southern US the best.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Daverz on September 09, 2017, 04:55:51 PM
Piano Quintet no. 1!
https://www.youtube.com/v/64PqvXPqt0g

Violin Sonata No. 1 is a good follow up.  Shaham & Erez are very good.

Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Xenophanes on September 12, 2017, 09:08:34 AM
One of the biggest mistake a newbie makes is starting a thread that already exists.  So I checked this out so I hope this a new idea

My music library is based on breath instead of depth.  Instead of fifty recordings of Beethoven's Fifth I would prefer to have fifty recordings of different symphonies. 

Since I am always on the lookout for new composers and music one of my favorite threads in another forum is "Pieces that have blown you away recently".  This is a thread where a person can post their experiences with a new work they have never heard before or a new composer.

This would not be a thread for a person who already has fifty recordings of Beethoven's Fifth and he just acquired his fifty-first.  This thread is for a person who had never heard Beethoven's Fifth and his initial exposure to it was awesome.

I will start by talking about recent discovery for me.

I subscribe to the BBC Music Magazine.  One of the there CD's had some piano music of Ravel and Faure.  I am not a fan of Faure.  When the Faure train left the station I was not on it.  This recording of some of his barcarolles and nocturnes blew me away.  :)

Sibelius, Luonnotar ----- sopranos: Mattila, Isokoski, Bryn-Julson, Soederstrom

I had heard Luonnotar before, but I recently really began to look into the text and I listened to some really stunning recordings of this piece, which must be some of the most demanding music for soprano.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Daverz on September 17, 2017, 09:59:15 PM
Violin Sonata No. 1 is a good follow up.  Shaham & Erez are very good.



And to make it a triptych from this same emotional landscape (with the Piano Quintet No. 1), add the String Quartet No. 2:



Excellent performance and recording from the Pro Arte Quartet and Laurel Records.

Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: DaveF on September 19, 2017, 01:18:43 PM
Until I bought a few of the Quatuor Diotima's discs in the recent Qobuz sale, I don't think I'd ever heard the "other" two movements of Barber's string quartet.  What an exquisite piece the first movement is.  All it lacks is a big scherzo and fugal finale to balance the whole structure.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: vandermolen on September 19, 2017, 10:52:19 PM
Martinu's 4th Piano Concerto 'Incantations'.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: pjme on September 19, 2017, 11:44:09 PM
Martinu's 4th Piano Concerto 'Incantations'.

I discovered that wonderful score through this LP:

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The Fantasia concertante ( concerto nr 5) is another favorite. The DGG LP/Cd (Margrit Weber / Kubelik) is a gem.

(https://img.discogs.com/S8vtVzHaF6SlWfn_ozY6WF_2rLk=/fit-in/300x300/filters:strip_icc():format(jpeg):mode_rgb():quality(40)/discogs-images/R-7048038-1432495368-2213.jpeg.jpg)(https://images-eu.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51JrLhssliL._SX342_QL70_.jpg)

Yesterday I was blown away by James McMillan's viola concerto!

P.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: vandermolen on September 20, 2017, 06:41:54 AM
I discovered that wonderful score through this LP:

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The Fantasia concertante ( concerto nr 5) is another favorite. The DGG LP/Cd (Margrit Weber / Kubelik) is a gem.

(https://img.discogs.com/S8vtVzHaF6SlWfn_ozY6WF_2rLk=/fit-in/300x300/filters:strip_icc():format(jpeg):mode_rgb():quality(40)/discogs-images/R-7048038-1432495368-2213.jpeg.jpg)(https://images-eu.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51JrLhssliL._SX342_QL70_.jpg)

Yesterday I was blown away by James McMillan's viola concerto!

P.
Thanks for responding. Macmillan is one of those composers I need to investigate. The Head of Music at the school where I work was enthusing about his music (Symphony 4 in particular I think) when I was chatting to him over lunch last week.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: pjme on September 20, 2017, 02:10:49 PM
Hi Vandermolen,

(this was earlier in the" What are you listening to" section):

A couple of minutes ago on BBC 3 : James Mc Millan's viola concerto. Second time only (earlier this year it was performed & broadcast in the Netherlands). Loved it even better this time - the viola hisses as a angry cat , chirps as anxious birds ... sings like an angel!

From the Guardian:https://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/jan/19/manon-james-macmillan-viola-lawrence-power-review

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Lasting nearly 40 minutes, this inventive, three-movement piece exploits fully the lyrical qualities of the instrument, launching with a rhapsodic solo ascent and finding bold colours via some hushed string harmonics, dissonances and glissandi. Bright sounds of harp, xylophone, vibraphone and tubular bells offset some more mellow string sounds, including those from the soloist's 400-year-old instrument.

At the start, after what sounds like a backward cadence (as if singing Amen in reverse), the viola floats over a murky, indistinct orchestral layer with almost imperceptible cross-rhythms, until interrupted by a sparky oboe and cor anglais. The second movement blasts to life with a vast, noisy clatter of percussion and full orchestra, out of which the songful viola emerges.

The work, a major contribution to the repertory, is full of musical debate, not least between the solo viola and the four front-desk players of the viola and cello section, but has little in the way of show-off virtuosity for its own sake. In an unexpected gesture, the soloist finishes fractionally ahead of everyone else after some spectacular, rapid string crossing, leaving his comrades to play two final chords. Counter to its ponderous image, the viola triumphantly proves its fleet-footed ability to gallop home first. James MacMillan has said he loved writing for the instrument and its player. Lawrence Power, in turn, looked as if he adored playing it. The cheers suggested everyone was of the same mind.

Or:

But violist Lawrence Power’s extraordinary championship of the gift James MacMillan has given him might well prove to be the solo performance of the year – and it’s only January. MacMillan is such a natural communicator and from the two simple chords ushering in Power’s rhapsodic opening solo the compulsion to go where he led was a given. For a Scottish Catholic the tone of this solo – indeed much of the solo part – was (as the serendipity of the pairing would have it) hauntingly Hebraic, almost as if Bloch’s Shelomo now had a son and heir. But it was MacMillan’s fantastic ear for orchestral sound that turned his largish orchestra into an environment in which his soloist could hold court and shine and always be heard. Pitting the gruffly assertive and astonishingly virtuosic pyrotechnics of the solo part against equally virtuosic tuned percussion was one way – chesty ardour offset by sparkling iridescence above. Another was through the soloist’s affecting alliance with pairs of violas and cellos or solo strings. Or simply by counterpointing the fast moving solo part with slow moving and highly characteristic plainchant in the wind.

MacMillan’s innate theatricality (he and Mahler both) made for a gripping slow movement where indomitable brass chords and the roar of tam-tam cleared the floor for the soloist’s rapt song. This most songful, hymn-like, writing incorporating the scoops and swoops and catches of an emotive vocalise eventually arrived at an unforgettable “evaporation” of the song in shortening phrases so high and so barely voiced as to sound like they were no longer emanating from the instrument at all.

From:http://www.edwardseckerson.biz/reviews/london-philharmonic-orchestra-power-jurowski-royal-festival-hall-review/

Afaik, no recording yet.

Peter
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Post by: kyjo on September 20, 2017, 03:51:39 PM
Thanks for responding. Macmillan is one of those composers I need to investigate. The Head of Music at the school where I work was enthusing about his music (Symphony 4 in particular I think) when I was chatting to him over lunch last week.

MacMillan's Symphony no. 4 is a powerful work well worth investigating. Throughout the piece there is a contrast between violent, dissonant passages and passages of transcendent beauty. I find the extended cello soli about three-quarters of the way in particularly moving. I think you'd enjoy it, Jeffrey :)
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Cato on September 21, 2017, 10:37:35 AM
From 1957, before Riley's In C, before Glass and Adams:

Proto-Minimalism  ???  from Miloslav Kabelac (or...?):

https://www.youtube.com/v/UgeYpx-azF0

It takes a while for it to take off, but it takes off!
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Post by: North Star on September 21, 2017, 10:53:40 AM
From 1957, before Riley's In C, before Glass and Adams:

Proto-Minimalism  ???  from Miloslav Kabelac (or...?):

https://www.youtube.com/v/UgeYpx-azF0

It takes a while for it to take off, but it takes off!

You're welcome, Cato.  8)

I've rather enjoyed all the symphonies (seven out of eight) I've heard so far, too.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Cato on September 21, 2017, 01:22:08 PM
You're welcome, Cato.  8)

I've rather enjoyed all the symphonies (seven out of eight) I've heard so far, too.

Yes, many thanks to alert member North Star for spreading the Musical Gospel According to Kabelac!  :D

YouTube does not offer all the symphonies, or at least I have not yet found them all!
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Post by: North Star on September 21, 2017, 01:25:54 PM
Yes, many thanks to alert member North Star for spreading the Musical Gospel According to Kabelac!  :D

YouTube does not offer all the symphonies, or at least I have not yet found them all!
There's the Supraphon set (without texts   >:() for the symphonies.  8)
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Post by: Monsieur Croche on September 21, 2017, 01:56:51 PM
From 1957, before Riley's In C, before Glass and Adams:

Proto-Minimalism  ???  from Miloslav Kabelac (or...?):

https://www.youtube.com/v/UgeYpx-azF0

It takes a while for it to take off, but it takes off!

I'm glad you put it thus, Proto-Minimalism  ??? , because I don't hear a scrap of anything relating to what is called minimalism in the Kabelac.  Sure, the musical materials are a bit 'spare,' but what I heard sounds and plays out and through as a rather romantic piece in its musical ideas and gestures, but I heard nothing remotely minimalist, in procedures or aesthetic, if you will, anywhere.

Elliott Carter's Eight Etudes and a Fantasy for woodwind quartet predates (1950) this piece and Riley's very seminal In C   Though the Etudes are very brief, some are more directly in line with that arena of procedure(s) we later came to know as minimalism, (especially those that deal are studies on one interval, lol) at least those early stages of it ala Riley's In C, early Reich, Adams and Glass pieces.
https://www.youtube.com/v/WqF96XKh64Q
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Post by: Ken B on September 21, 2017, 02:11:12 PM
From 1957, before Riley's In C, before Glass and Adams:

Proto-Minimalism  ???  from Miloslav Kabelac (or...?):

https://www.youtube.com/v/UgeYpx-azF0

It takes a while for it to take off, but it takes off!

That's a corker, Cato.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Mirror Image on September 21, 2017, 06:31:02 PM
I’m always blown away by Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11, “The Year 1905”.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Maestro267 on September 23, 2017, 09:36:48 AM
OHHHH YES MY SON!!! That GLORIOUS and EMPHATIC F major fortissimo that ends Strauss' Symphonia Domestica! WOOOAHHH!!!
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Post by: arpeggio on September 23, 2017, 11:45:25 AM
OHHHH YES MY SON!!! That GLORIOUS and EMPHATIC F major fortissimo that ends Strauss' Symphonia Domestica! WOOOAHHH!!!

Have you just discovered this work?
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Cato on September 23, 2017, 01:18:20 PM

I'm glad you put it thus, Proto-Minimalism  ??? , because I don't hear a scrap of anything relating to what is called minimalism in the Kabelac.  Sure, the musical materials are a bit 'spare,' but what I heard sounds and plays out and through as a rather romantic piece in its musical ideas and gestures, but I heard nothing remotely minimalist, in procedures or aesthetic, if you will, anywhere.


I did!  0:)  e.g. The subtle - and slow - use of small variations building and building until suddenly one realizes that one has entered new territory different from just a few minutes earlier!  Is there an almost static, or even manic, repetitiveness, such as one finds in Koyaanisqatsi?  No.  If you hear a basically Romantic piece, no problem!  8)

That's a corker, Cato.


Agreed!   0:)
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Maestro267 on September 24, 2017, 07:41:14 AM
Have you just discovered this work?

No, but it always blows me away. That epilogue is just glorious marshalling of a huge orchestral juggernaut! Brilliantly bombastic and over-the-top!
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Mirror Image on September 24, 2017, 08:10:05 AM
K.A. Hartmann’s Symphony No. 6 has really hit me quite hard recently I must say. One of the most underrated symphonists of the 20th Century IMHO.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Cato on September 24, 2017, 08:25:46 AM
K.A. Hartmann’s Symphony No. 6 has really hit me quite hard recently I must say. One of the most underrated symphonists of the 20th Century IMHO.

We welcome all to the World of the great Karl Amadeus Hartmann!   :D    If you do not know all the symphonies yet, get ready to have your soul battered and fried!   0:)
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Post by: Mirror Image on September 24, 2017, 08:30:30 AM
We welcome all to the World of the great Karl Amadeus Hartmann!   :D    If you do not know all the symphonies yet, get ready to have your soul battered and fried!   0:)

I know, and love, all of the numbered symphonies, Cato! Also, Sinfonia Tragica, Symphonische Hymnen, Concerto funebre, Kammerkonzert, and Gesangsszene are favorites as well. 8) Hartmann has been a favorite of mine for several years now.
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Post by: Alberich on September 24, 2017, 09:04:16 AM
No, but it always blows me away. That epilogue is just glorious marshalling of a huge orchestral juggernaut! Brilliantly bombastic and over-the-top!

Oddly, Symphonia domestica is my least favorite Strauss tone poem. Pretty much the only one which hasn't blown me away, apart from a couple of measures here and there.
Title: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: jessop on September 26, 2017, 01:03:22 AM
Hmm I thought I had heard everything by Steen-Andersen that is available on YouTube but I came across this wonderful little piece yesterday. Mesmerising indeed!

https://www.youtube.com/v/qQ7e4-4Tidc
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: vandermolen on September 26, 2017, 01:10:54 AM
I have been very impressed by Selim Palmgren's Piano Concerto No.2 'The River', which I have posted about separately.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Ken B on September 26, 2017, 12:09:05 PM
Marcel Tyberg, Symphony 3
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Florestan on September 26, 2017, 12:31:50 PM
John Ireland, various solo piano and chamber music works.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: North Star on September 26, 2017, 12:33:07 PM
John Ireland, various solo piano and chamber music works.
Have you heard the Piano Concerto, Andrei?
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Post by: Florestan on September 26, 2017, 12:34:29 PM
Have you heard the Piano Concerto, Andrei?

I'll be listening to it and the Legend in about 10 minutes time.  :)
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Post by: Parsifal on September 26, 2017, 12:47:22 PM
John Ireland, various solo piano and chamber music works.

Yes, utterly beautiful stuff. I was directed to it years ago by our now mostly absent member Luke.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Mirror Image on September 26, 2017, 06:27:19 PM
The more I hear William Schuman’s Violin Concerto, the more I start feeling like it really is a masterpiece.
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Post by: kyjo on September 30, 2017, 10:45:09 PM
Malcolm Arnold's Symphony no. 9, in particular its unbearably poignant closing Lento, which is a clear homage to the finale of Mahler's 9th in its valedictory mood. After over 20 minutes of bleakness the movement finally comes to rest on a simple D major chord - very moving. Notice my avatar change :)
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Mirror Image on October 01, 2017, 05:39:12 AM
Malcolm Arnold's Symphony no. 9, in particular its unbearably poignant closing Lento, which is a clear homage to the finale of Mahler's 9th in its valedictory mood. After over 20 minutes of bleakness the movement finally comes to rest on a simple D major chord - very moving. Notice my avatar change :)

Looks like you liked Arnold’s 9th, Kyle. ;) I think that Lento movement could be considered an homage to Mahler’s 9th, but I also feel that the composer expressed something that went deeper beyond it being a mere homage. This movement has a lifetime of pain and suffering inside of it and as I mentioned before it was as Arnold was throwing in the towel and bidding farewell to the world as he once knew it. In a sense, I’m reminded of Schnittke’s Symphony No. 8 as well given that the centerpiece of this symphony was also a Lento that drips with eeriness, has an emotional calm about it, and, like the Arnold’s 9th, is the longest movement of the symphony.
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Post by: kyjo on October 01, 2017, 05:54:01 PM
Looks like you liked Arnold’s 9th, Kyle. ;) I think that Lento movement could be considered an homage to Mahler’s 9th, but I also feel that the composer expressed something that went deeper beyond it being a mere homage. This movement has a lifetime of pain and suffering inside of it and as I mentioned before it was as Arnold was throwing in the towel and bidding farewell to the world as he once knew it. In a sense, I’m reminded of Schnittke’s Symphony No. 8 as well given that the centerpiece of this symphony was also a Lento that drips with eeriness, has an emotional calm about it, and, like the Arnold’s 9th, is the longest movement of the symphony.

Oh, I didn't mean to imply that the finale of Arnold's 9th is nothing more than a mere homage to Mahler's 9th. It's incredibly deep and personal music.
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Post by: Monsieur Croche on October 01, 2017, 07:01:53 PM
The more I hear William Schuman’s Violin Concerto, the more I start feeling like it really is a masterpiece.

That may well be, but I reserve His Masterpiece, i.e. singular from his entire oeuvre, for this concertante work:
Song of Orpheus. (fantasy for 'Cello and orchestra)
https://www.youtube.com/v/E3FdppWLMJQ


Best regards.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Mirror Image on October 01, 2017, 07:06:56 PM
That may well be, but I reserve His Masterpiece, i.e. singular from his entire oeuvre, for this concertante work:
Song of Orpheus. (fantasy for 'Cello and orchestra)
https://www.youtube.com/v/E3FdppWLMJQ


Best regards.

I really should revisit that Schuman work. It’s been ages since I’ve heard it.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Alberich on October 02, 2017, 05:21:10 AM
Zemlinsky's "Die Seejungfrau".
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Post by: Maestro267 on October 02, 2017, 05:53:29 AM
Arnold 9 does take a bit of getting used to, with its sparsity and all. It's a truly remarkable statement from a man who was at the end of his life, despite living for another 20 years after its composition.
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Post by: kyjo on October 02, 2017, 06:25:25 AM
Zemlinsky's "Die Seejungfrau".

A wonderful piece to be sure. It should be played as often as Strauss' tone poems IMO, as it contains some of the most gorgeous orchestration I've ever heard.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Mirror Image on October 02, 2017, 06:34:50 AM
Arnold 9 does take a bit of getting used to, with its sparsity and all. It's a truly remarkable statement from a man who was at the end of his life, despite living for another 20 years after its composition.

Yes, but those last 20 years were plagued by failing mental health, so he really wasn’t ‘present’ in his later years.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Alberich on October 02, 2017, 07:05:15 AM
A wonderful piece to be sure. It should be played as often as Strauss' tone poems IMO, as it contains some of the most gorgeous orchestration I've ever heard.

Agreed. The orchestration was amazing.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Cato on October 04, 2017, 07:12:38 AM
At the Reading of a Psalm: S. Taneyev



Exquisite performance of an exquisite work!
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Mirror Image on October 04, 2017, 07:41:47 AM
Last night Bruckner’s 6th blew me away --- such an underrated symphony IMHO.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: arpeggio on October 04, 2017, 08:04:38 AM
Last night Bruckner’s 6th blew me away --- such an underrated symphony IMHO.

Is this a work that you are familiar with that blew you away for the first time?
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Mirror Image on October 04, 2017, 08:06:16 AM
Is this a work that you are familiar with that blew you away for the first time?

I’m very familiar with this symphony, but I’m simply blown away each time I hear it. :)
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Cato on October 04, 2017, 08:22:54 AM
Last night Bruckner’s 6th blew me away --- such an underrated symphony IMHO.

The little funeral march in the slow movement, and the way it is transformed into an angelic bliss at the end...!  0:) 

Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Mirror Image on October 04, 2017, 08:40:20 AM
The little funeral march in the slow movement, and the way it is transformed into an angelic bliss at the end...!  0:)

Indeed!

Just that Scherzo is enough to drop my jaw with all those rhythmic motifs striking away amongst other things happening at the same time.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: arpeggio on October 05, 2017, 07:59:42 PM
I can come up with a list of a hundred works that blow me away every time I hear them.  Please check the OP.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Parsifal on October 05, 2017, 08:41:31 PM
Just yesterday, Friedrich Gulda's Concerto for Cello and Wind Orchestra knocked my socks off.

I was driving my car while listening and my three-and-a-half year old son danced all through the first movement on the rear seat.  :D.

 :o

Not in a car seat? In the U.S. you could literally be put in prison for that. Forty years ago it would have been fine.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: yekov on October 05, 2017, 10:35:28 PM
Grieg's String Quartet No. 1
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Mirror Image on October 06, 2017, 06:16:51 AM
Grieg's String Quartet No. 1

A fine work indeed. I tend to favor Grieg’s chamber music over his other music. The solo piano works are also worth checking out.
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Post by: kyjo on October 06, 2017, 07:00:01 AM
A fine work indeed. I tend to favorite Grieg’s chamber music over his other music. The solo piano works are also worth checking out.

+1 Although I also love his Piano Concerto and Holberg Suite. In my estimate, his String Quartet (no. 1) and Cello Sonata are among the finest chamber works of the 19th century. It's been a while since I've listened to his violin sonatas but I remember them being very fine as well.
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Post by: Mirror Image on October 06, 2017, 07:10:32 AM
+1 Although I also love his Piano Concerto and Holberg Suite. In my estimate, his String Quartet (no. 1) and Cello Sonata are among the finest chamber works of the 19th century. It's been a while since I've listened to his violin sonatas but I remember them being very fine as well.

Overfamiliarity with the Piano Concerto has kind of soured me on that work, although it’s certainly not a bad piece --- far from it. Holberg Suite is an awesome work. Yes, I agree with about the Cello Sonata. I haven’t heard the violin sonatas in quite some time, but I remember the third standing out the most.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: jessop on October 06, 2017, 10:14:18 PM
I’m very familiar with this symphony, but I’m simply blown away each time I hear it. :)

I thought this was a thread about pieces we are hearing for the first time...........

This is a thread where a person can post their experiences with a new work they have never heard before or a new composer
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: arpeggio on October 07, 2017, 07:44:38 AM
I thought this was a thread about pieces we are hearing for the first time...........

Thanks.  That is the point I have been trying to make as well.  Sadly I am a lousy diplomat.  I hope no one is offended by the what I tried to accomplish by starting this thread.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: GioCar on October 07, 2017, 11:50:22 PM
My familiarity with Obrecht's masses was null till I've listened to his Missa sicut rosa spinam last week, from this album

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71jXHhMphwL._SL1500_.jpg)

and I've been completely blown away by it.

Now I have to fill a large gap in my listening experience. Next step will be Missa Maria zart.

Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Que on October 08, 2017, 05:21:01 AM
My familiarity with Obrecht's masses was null till I've listened to his Missa sicut rosa spinam last week, from this album

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71jXHhMphwL._SL1500_.jpg)

and I've been completely blown away by it.

Now I have to fill a large gap in my listening experience. Next step will be Missa Maria zart.

Nice!  :)

Q
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Post by: SymphonicAddict on October 10, 2017, 04:19:25 PM
Boris Tchaikovsky - Sebastopol Symphony and The Wind of Siberia

(http://cps-static.rovicorp.com/3/JPG_500/MI0001/102/MI0001102374.jpg?partner=allrovi.com)

Excellent music! Those pieces are magnificent, great, which deserve more spread.
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Post by: Mirror Image on October 10, 2017, 07:08:52 PM
Boris Tchaikovsky - Sebastopol Symphony and The Wind of Siberia

(http://cps-static.rovicorp.com/3/JPG_500/MI0001/102/MI0001102374.jpg?partner=allrovi.com)

Excellent music! Those pieces are magnificent, great, which deserve more spread.

Absolutely! I’ve been singing praises for this Boris Tchaikovsky recording on GMG for years. Sebastopol Symphony is too personal for me to play too often. There’s something about it that I just find so haunting and it, for whatever reason, brings a flood of memories back to me. I almost love the other two works, Music for Orchestra and The Wind of Siberia, just as much.
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Post by: SymphonicAddict on October 11, 2017, 03:27:32 PM
Absolutely! I’ve been singing praises for this Boris Tchaikovsky recording on GMG for years. Sebastopol Symphony is too personal for me to play too often. There’s something about it that I just find so haunting and it, for whatever reason, brings a flood of memories back to me. I almost love the other two works, Music for Orchestra and The Wind of Siberia, just as much.

Nice to know you are a big fan of B. Tchaikovsky. I fell in love with those works, especially Sebastopol. It's really engaging. I'm not sure whether Boris intended to create a descriptive symphony, anyway I could perceive ship horns, those busy activities of docks, etc. I found quite fascinating all of that work represents.
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Post by: Mirror Image on October 11, 2017, 05:26:13 PM
Nice to know you are a big fan of B. Tchaikovsky. I fell in love with those works, especially Sebastopol. It's really engaging. I'm not sure whether Boris intended to create a descriptive symphony, anyway I could perceive ship horns, those busy activities of docks, etc. I found quite fascinating all of that work represents.

Indeed. 8) I must revisit this recording soon.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: arpeggio 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.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: SymphonicAddict 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.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: kyjo on October 19, 2017, 08:59:31 PM
Tubin's Symphony no. 2 The Legendary. See my post in the Tubin thread :)
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Florestan on October 20, 2017, 03:05:23 AM
Sibelius - Humoresque for Violin and Orchestra in E-flat major, op. 89 / 3
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: TheGSMoeller 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.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Brewski 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/

--Bruce
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Christo 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
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: kyjo 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 :)
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Jay F 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
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: kyjo 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!
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Jay F 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.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: kyjo on October 21, 2017, 11:57:07 AM
Thank you very much, kyjo, for the excellent performance.

 :)
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Peter Power Pop on October 21, 2017, 03:43:58 PM
Just yesterday, Friedrich Gulda's Concerto for Cello and Wind Orchestra knocked my socks off.

https://www.youtube.com/v/1VgVBv9M-rc

or

https://www.youtube.com/v/Cdxa4uJ1Wyo
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Mirror Image 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.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Jay F 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 (https://youtu.be/QCqQhAdiFK4?t=25m55s)
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Mirror Image 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 (https://youtu.be/QCqQhAdiFK4?t=25m55s)

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


One damn great organ piece!!!  :o
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: bwv 1080 on December 03, 2017, 07:26:00 PM
Fernando Sor Fantasies Villageoise - a pastoral sonata for guitar.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Maestro267 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!
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Mirror Image 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.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Mirror Image 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.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Maestro267 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.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Christabel 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
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: arpeggio 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?
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Christabel 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.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Alberich 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).
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: arpeggio 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.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Baron Scarpia 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. :)
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Omicron9 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.


Regards,
-09
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: kyjo 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.


Regards,
-09

Duly noted! I've been meaning to explore more of Rawsthorne's music.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: arpeggio on January 11, 2018, 05:19:15 PM
 >:( I hate you guys.  Just added stuff to my wish list
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Omicron9 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.

Regards.
-09
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: arpeggio 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?
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: pjme on January 20, 2018, 05:48:41 AM
Schoenberg's Die Jacobsleiter!! ( as finished by Wilfried Zillig)

(https://images-eu.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51y-UaBXGPL._AC_US218_.jpg)

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.
P.

Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Mirror Image on January 20, 2018, 05:53:18 AM
Schoenberg's Die Jacobsleiter!! ( as finished by Wilfried Zillig)

(https://images-eu.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51y-UaBXGPL._AC_US218_.jpg)

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.
P.

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.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: pjme on January 20, 2018, 06:17:57 AM
Afaiik, Craft did not record Jakobsleiter (will check).

This I find interesting:

https://www.youtube.com/v/BpMjjzKznDo

It is available on cd

(https://media3.jpc.de/image/w600/front/0/4032250197632.jpg)

Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently: SCHOENBERG'S Jakobsleiter
Post by: Cato on January 20, 2018, 06:56:10 AM
Afaiik, Craft did not record Jakobsleiter (will check).

This I find interesting:

https://www.youtube.com/v/BpMjjzKznDo

It is available on cd

(https://media3.jpc.de/image/w600/front/0/4032250197632.jpg)

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.

* Many thanks to him!  I will not mention his name, lest he possibly be inundated with requests!  ;) 
However, send me a message, and I will see about forwarding the file to you!   0:)
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: arpeggio 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.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: jessop 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!
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Brewski on February 01, 2018, 01:43:32 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.

Though I haven't yet heard this recording (and from the comments should do it soon), I have heard all of the pieces, either on other recordings or live. There's probably a case to be made that Carter's late works are his very best. Though that said, I wouldn't want to be without the Variations for Orchestra, Double Concerto, or chamber works like Esprit rude/Esprit doux, the early string quartets, etc.

--Bruce
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Brewski on February 01, 2018, 01:45:54 PM
Last night, heard violinist Benjamin Baker and pianist Daniel Lebhardt in Britten's Suite, Op. 6, and Elgar's Sonata for Violin and Piano, Op. 82. Had never encountered either, live or recorded, and they're both marvelous -- especially the Britten, which he wrote when he was 22.

--Bruce
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: arpeggio on February 01, 2018, 08:06:36 PM
I have Verizon as my cable and internet.

One of the networks they carry is Music Choice.  I have learned that this network is available with other providers.

I have been listening to the classical station and it is really good.  They provide a good mix of the familiar and unfamiliar.  I have been introduce to many composers and works that I am unfamiliar with.  I just listen to Pierne's Ratmunicho Suite #2.  What a fascinating work.  If you have access to this station I would check it out.

Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Judith on February 01, 2018, 11:48:19 PM
Was by 2nd movement of Tchaikovsky Symphony no 1. So sublime. Only discovered it recently. Loved the rest of this symphony too :)
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Alberich on February 02, 2018, 12:36:10 AM
Was by 2nd movement of Tchaikovsky Symphony no 1. So sublime. Only discovered it recently. Loved the rest of this symphony too :)

I am a huge fan of that 2nd movement too (and of that symphony in general). The orchestration and melodic invention of that symphony is mind-blowing.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Roasted Swan on February 02, 2018, 12:52:22 AM
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?

Symphony No.1 is very impressive but very different.  It opens with a rather wonderful Brucknerian chorale for 6 horns.  As it happens I listened to jarvi's 1st recording of this on BIS just the other day - very fine
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Alberich on February 08, 2018, 09:03:53 AM
Belshazzar's feast by William Walton. This is the first composition of his that I've heard and loving every second of it.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: Ken B on February 08, 2018, 06:07:37 PM
Belshazzar's feast by William Walton. This is the first composition of his that I've heard and loving every second of it.

It’s a treat. “May my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth.”

Walton wrote a relatively small amount of stuff, but some of it is top drawer. The next things to listen to are the three concerti, and the first symphony. But don’t overlook the chamber music. And you might like the Henry V Concert suite. I like the Chandos recording with Christopher Plummer.
Title: Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
Post by: kyjo on February 08, 2018, 09:18:08 PM
Belshazzar's feast by William Walton. This is the first composition of his that I've heard and loving every second of it.

Don't delay in checking out both his symphonies and his concerti! Great stuff.