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Great Recordings and Reviews / Re: Bach Goldberg Variation
« Last post by Mandryka on Today at 01:42:21 AM »
Yes, I mean mannerist, affected, deliberate. The will (Rübsam's will), over any other consideration, as superior principle to organizing the musical material.

I understand. In fact I don't feel confident enough to comment on the "musical material"

As far as organisation goes, it helped me to imagine a duet between two independent minded but responsive creative lutenists. Or a keyboard analogue of a Gombert or de Rore motet, but more rhythmically free. Each variation is a motet for keyboard ...

Another thing Rubsam’s style makes me think of is Grete Sultan, playing Cage Etudes. So paradoxically he makes the music sound more modern too.
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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening to now?
« Last post by Gordo on Today at 12:45:07 AM »
This is the first disc of music of Anton Zimmermann (1741-1781) I've listened to, and I love it. Two of the three symphonies featured in the disc end unconventionally quietly and calmly, and the structure of the C minor Symphony is interesting to me with its timings and tempo of movements...I-Adagissimo 4:22; II-Allegrissimo 10:09; III-Andante 10:27; IV-Allegro moderato 4:38.
I also love the tone that L'Arte del Mondo produce.



Thanks for this! After reading what I think was your first post about this Zimmermann disk, I listened to it on Apple Music. It's a beautiful recording, indeed.  :)
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Great Recordings and Reviews / Re: Bach Goldberg Variation
« Last post by Gordo on Today at 12:28:49 AM »
Can you say what you mean by this? It’s not a word I know and when I look it up I find lots of alternatives, I’m not sure what you’re driving at exactly. Maybe you think his interpretation is unreasonable in some way. If so I’m keen to explore that.

Yes, I mean mannerist, affected, deliberate. The will (Rübsam's will), over any other consideration, as superior principle to organizing the musical material.
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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening to now?
« Last post by Florestan on August 19, 2018, 11:45:13 PM »


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I’m pleased.

We should discuss it together systematically, chapter by chapter.

That would be impossible: I went very quickly through, or even altogether skipped, the chapters dealing with the analytical approach. They were too dry, technical and abstract for me.

What I can tell you is that after reading this book (and a few others) I realized that (1) the Romantic philosophy of music is quite at odds with Romantic music, (2) I love the latter but don't subscribe to the former and (3) for all their anti-Romantic utterances the HIP movement carries a lot of Romantic ideological baggage and in a sense it can be even seen as the ultimate triumph of the Romantic philosophy of music. If you are interested in discussing these points I'll try to elaborate them.
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The Diner / Re: What are you currently reading?
« Last post by Florestan on August 19, 2018, 10:58:44 PM »
Does Florestan read this thread?

He does, when he is able to access GMG.

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A Romanian novel was recently sent to me - The Life and Opinions of Zacharias Lichter, by Matei Calinescu - and I have no idea what to expect from it.

I haven't read it but I remember it having been praised rather highly by the Romanian literary critics --- which is perhaps unsurprising and doesn't mean much. Bear in mind it was written in 1969 so it probably contains arcane allusions to, and hidden criticism of, the political regime back then. I'll try to read it myself.
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The Diner / Re: Last Movie You Watched
« Last post by -abe- on August 19, 2018, 10:53:57 PM »
Strangers On a Train



It's been almost 15 years since I've first seen this, and I liked it better the second time around. It was more lighthearted than I remembered.  For its duration I was confusing the actor who played the villain with Robert Mitchum, but it was actually a guy named Robert Walker who died the same year the film was released at age 32.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Walker_(actor,_born_1918)

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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening to now?
« Last post by Traverso on August 19, 2018, 10:35:46 PM »
Mozart

CD 1

Violin Concertos  Zehetmair



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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening to now?
« Last post by vandermolen on August 19, 2018, 10:28:15 PM »
A thrilling work that I’m surprised isn’t better known. Shostakovich’s writing for voices is tremendously powerful. I particularly like the folk-like and “Russian Orthodox” sections of the work, which contrast with the more dramatic sections.

I agree and Kondrashin is my favourite conductor of Shostakovich and Miaskovsky.
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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening to now?
« Last post by vandermolen on August 19, 2018, 10:27:07 PM »
Wiren: Oscarsbalen Ballet Suite - Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra.



Music to accompany three quarter shanking your pointe shoes with two parts aggression and perhaps one part Milhaud?  ;D

That's a very nice CD. I like the 4th Symphony in particular.
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