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The Diner / Re: Non-Classical Music Listening Thread!
« Last post by -abe- on Today at 06:23:35 PM »
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Composer Discussion / Re: York Bowen
« Last post by kyjo on Today at 06:09:03 PM »
I have just been utterly blown away by Bowen's Viola Concerto! Much as I love the Walton, the Bowen has now surpassed it as my favorite viola concerto (granted, I don't know that many) and I'm baffled that it's not played much more often, considering the paucity of the viola repertoire. It's a sweeping, dramatic work with boundless energy, great tunes, and masterful writing for both soloist and orchestra. It's just such great fun! I can't imagine a more thrilling performance than that by Lawrence Power and the BBC Scottish SO under Martyn Brabbins:



I know some fellow members with whom I generally share similar tastes (vandermolen, Mirror Image, cilgwyn, Dundonnell) aren't too enthusiastic about Bowen's music, but his Viola Concerto, along with his Piano Trio, have proven to be great discoveries. I would hardly claim that Bowen is a "great" composer, but his music is really enjoyable for me!
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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening to now?
« Last post by Daverz on Today at 05:58:58 PM »
Alwyn conducting his symphonies, via Tidal



Luxurious recordings by Kenneth Wilkinson in Walthamstow Assembly Hall.

I still don't connect that much with 1 or 2, but 3 has a smashing finale.  I've always loved 4.  5 next...




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Classical Music for Beginners / Re: Enharmonic Spellings
« Last post by Mahlerian on Today at 05:23:55 PM »
Mahlerian and Jessop,

Thank you both for your explanations, I think I actually understood most of it  ;)

You're welcome.

Is it ok to have the same tone described in different ways in the same section of music (not in the same bar I would assume, but say the next bar or 3 or 4 bars further on), depending on it's function, or should you always describe a certain tone in the same manner throughout the section/piece as a whole whist it remains in the same key?

The former.  You can and should spell it differently if it functions differently, even if it's within a single bar (you can find plenty of examples of this in chromatic music by Mahler, Wagner, and the like), though readability is the main goal, as Jessop emphasized, and unnecessary accidentals can hinder that.

The opening of this song by Schoenberg is a good example.  You might want that C# in bar 2 to be a Db in line with the tonic chord one beat earlier, but that would confuse the function of the harmony (here an A major chord) and paradoxically make it more difficult to read.
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Composer Discussion / Re: Bach's Bungalow
« Last post by Moonfish on Today at 05:08:02 PM »
I know it's a bit silly, but this clip always makes me smile in celebration of the sheer joy of music-making.

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/9ep9wONkU2c" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/9ep9wONkU2c</a>
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Great Recordings and Reviews / Re: French Baroque Music
« Last post by Moonfish on Today at 05:00:20 PM »

I'm a great admirer of Marin Marais. His compositions are truly mesmerizing. Any other Marias fans here at GMG?

Marin Marais: Intégrale du 4ème livre de pièces de viole
Six suites d'un goût français
Suites IV - II - III

Charbonnier, Rousseau, Buraglia, Trocelier
Vernay



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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening to now?
« Last post by Moonfish on Today at 04:57:39 PM »
Marin Marais: Intégrale du 4ème livre de pièces de viole
Six suites d'un goût français
Suites IV - II - III

Charbonnier, Rousseau, Buraglia, Trocelier
Vernay



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Worldwide, plucked string instruments have had far more impact than struck string instruments.
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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening to now?
« Last post by Moonfish on Today at 04:35:16 PM »
Pergolesi:
Stabat Mater
Salve Regina

Emma Kirkby/James Bowman
The Academy of Ancient Music
Hogwood


I completely adore Emma Kirkby's voice, but I have always gravitated towards Margaret Marshall/LSO/Abbado when it comes to Pergolesi's Stabat Mater.




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Great Recordings and Reviews / Re: New Releases
« Last post by Mookalafalas on Today at 04:33:55 PM »
 You should apologize to 71 dB.
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 ::)That would send more shock waves through GMG than the server gong down...
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