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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: In a Fugue State
« Last post by Cato on Today at 06:36:36 AM »
Wow!!!  Many thanks to all for the suggestions: the pieces (by Weiss, Weinberger, Koechlin ) mentioned are all new to me, so I will need to find some time to explore those!

When you first posted this I tried to think of a fugue that had oneiric qualities but failed, the fugue form seemed too rigid to be dreamlike. I just thought of one though, by Beethoven, the first movement of op 131. There's a performance by Vlach Quartet which seems very dream like to me -- in fact I'm starting to think that the whole quartet is a musical dream really.


Another good example: I will look for that performance!
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Composer Discussion / Re: Malipiero's mausoleum
« Last post by k a rl h e nn i ng on Today at 06:36:18 AM »
They're good concerti!  They deserve performances!  (“Yes, any performance would be more....”)
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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening to now?
« Last post by HIPster on Today at 06:34:59 AM »


Disc one (concertos 1-3 + a few DSCH snippets). If the rest continues at the same level, this promises to be one of my Discoveries of the Year for 2017 !

The Shostakovich bits can be dealt with in a simple manner: small interludes of very high quality between the main works. Conductor Maute has transcribed these very short (1-2 minutes) preludes (+1 fugue) for the same kind of formation used in the BC: a few strings, an oboe here, a flauto traverso there, etc. Very discreet arrangements that somehow persuade me that they belong in the company of the concertos. The latter are almost uniformly faster than the other versions I have (Musica Florea, Concerto Italiano, Café Zimmerman and La Petite Bande): Ensemble Caprice beats them all to the post in 16 out of 19 movements. And yet I never feel anything untoward in terms of speed: the playing is immaculate, springy, tensile, beautifully homogeneous yet allowing individual lines (oboe, trumpet, horns etc) to stand out with unbridled joy and effervescence. The sheer joie de vivre of it all is incredibly invigorating. How far PPP has travelled since the first efforts that came out 50 years ago!

Nice!  :)

Playing this morning ~

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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening to now?
« Last post by Cato on Today at 06:29:42 AM »
Concerning the Pletnev performance of Isle of the Dead...

Too bad!  I want to joke, If a performance of Остров мёртвых is “lifeless” – is that bad or good?

 ;) ;D 0:)

Well, the Pletnev version is not lifeless, but I find that it takes the middle section much too quickly, and the build-up to the climax in the third section is also a bit too fast, not to mention an unauthorized (at least in my score) sp  and crescendo in the bar right before the climax in Section 22, which also guts the power of the climax at 22.

The Ormandy was slower in both parts, and had a huge amount of tension and explosive power in the climax.

I should mention that I have not had much time to hear anything this summer, due to large home improvement projects and other disruptions.  This should be changing...but perhaps not!  Otherwise, I will need to await for school to start, when I will have some time to myself, and to exploring more of the Weinberg repertoire!

For example, right now I am about to be whisked away by assorted duties, and then it will be time to paint a hallway!  $:)
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A-ha!  Not a first listen!

Weinberg
String Quartet № 13, Op.118 (1977)
Danel Quartet
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The Diner / Re: My Year of Eating Badly
« Last post by ørfeo on Today at 06:27:37 AM »
Diabetes is not caused by the over-consumption of carbohydrates. It is caused by the over-consumption of the wrong sorts of carbohydrates. Extensive consumption of the kinds of carbohydrates found in unprocessed fruits and vegetables is not going to cause diabetes.

It's one of the great recent crimes of "pop science" to get people believing that these things called "carbs" are bad without recognising that these "carbs" largely consist of a bunch of stuff that has been refined and processed to make it both easy to digest and tasty, with the result that it rushes through your system and causes swings in blood sugar levels.

If people got most of their "carbs" from a garden rather than from a packet, it would be a healthy diet. The general recommendations nowadays are that a person's diet should be predominantly plant-based.
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The Diner / Re: My Year of Eating Badly
« Last post by nodogen on Today at 06:24:24 AM »
Also you get vitamin C from fruit and some vegetables.

Yep and more. 😉
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The Diner / Re: Last Movie You Watched
« Last post by k a rl h e nn i ng on Today at 06:24:13 AM »
There is no good excuse to offer why, but last night for the first time I watched Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.  Preposterous sundries notwithstanding, thoroughly enjoyable.
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Composer Discussion / Re: Malipiero's mausoleum
« Last post by snyprrr on Today at 06:22:48 AM »
Good!

Finished going through the PCs. The whole Cycle may be my fav PCs of the 20th Century, followed by the Concertinos of Honegger and Francaix, with the Helffer disc of Milhaud PCs rounding out. And then Stravinsky.

But the Malipiero set have an illumination to them... I have raved on and on... ahhhhhh... tonic!!
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The Diner / Re: Last Movie You Watched
« Last post by Todd on Today at 06:19:11 AM »



Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.  Visually imaginative and very well executed - it's the next step beyond Avatar in terms of visuals - the story and dialog are very poor, and the two leads are positively dreadful.  It's hard to decided who is worse, the dude, who sounds like a dimmer Keanu Reeves, or the lovely Cara Delevingne, who can't even convincingly play a statuesque beauty.  One can see homages to all manner of sci-fi films and see the influence this comic had on subsequent sci-fi, so there's that, I guess, and the first person one sees is Rutger Hauer, which almost serves as the highlight of the movie.  Too bad there's not a twentieth anniversary touring edition of The Fifth Element this year; that flick is several orders of magnitude better than this dud.
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