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Composer Discussion / Re: Ravel's Rotunda
« Last post by Madiel on Today at 04:02:10 AM »
I’m sure it delighted the composer. :)

It did.
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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening to now?
« Last post by jessop on Today at 04:00:40 AM »
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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening to now?
« Last post by Madiel on Today at 04:00:36 AM »
First listen (streaming) to Nielsen: Prelude, Theme and Variations for solo violin.



I must say, Nielsen's chamber and piano works are full of interest. The early ones are good and the later ones are often quite unconventional in some way. They're all moving quite high on my shopping list.
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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening to now?
« Last post by cilgwyn on Today at 03:58:14 AM »
Playing now. Actually,just finishing! Roy Harris' Fifth Symphony. I remember borrowing the RCA Lp from the library when I was a youngster. I remember thinking his music reminded me of the incidental music in some old Westerns. I like the scoring of the quiet second movement. It makes me think of vast prairies,with some wagons trundling along,maybe,campfires burning? (With cowboy's eating baked beans!! :o ;D) I also like the way the movement opens,the scoring has a quiet,luminescent quality which I like. The third movement has some interesting scoring,including,I detected,a piano;which I did enjoy. It's not too long,either! Harris' music tends to be a bit too hectoring in tone which means I don't play him as much as some other American composers;but I do like (in order of preference) No's 6,7 & 5. The Symphony 1933 isn't too bad either in the old Louisville and Koussevitsky recordings. I like his Memories of Childhood Suite,too. A really lovely,charming piece. It also has some of the humour,that Harris' music so often,sadly,seems to lack!

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Bach - Art of Fugue - 57
Bach - Well-Tempered Clavier - 56 (+5)
Beethoven - Piano Sonata no. 29  "Hammerklavier" - 43
Haydn - String Quartets (6), op. 20 - 16
Mahler - Symphony no. 4 - 60 (+5)
Mahler - Das Lied von der Erde - 35

Mozart - Great Mass in C minor - 49
Schubert - Piano Sonata, D 894 - 28
Schubert - Piano Sonata, D 959 - 27
Schumann - Davidsbündlertanze - 13
Shostakovich - Symphony no. 10 - 51
Wagner - Siegfried's Funeral March (from Götterdämmerung) - 18
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Absolutely mesmerizing music. I think this is the first English music I’ve immediatly loved.
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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening to now?
« Last post by Brewski on Today at 03:46:07 AM »
Very colourful, and for the duration of all three movements together the pacing is exactly right. His music seems to really make an art out of brief ornaments and gestures, as if creating a poem where the most important words are prepositions and conjunctions. ;D

Thanks, that's a very enticing description.

--Bruce
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I've heard myself Rite of Spring live couple of weeks ago, after a long time, and almost forgot just how viscerally exciting that piece is when heard live.

Still sounds incredibly modern after all these years! I think it's a piece everyone should try to hear live now and then -- like say, Beethoven's Eroica or Mahler 9 -- just to be reminded of its greatness.

--Bruce
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just found these at my local shop, about $100 each.  Quite an outlay, but there are 20DVDs or so. However, I have no idea how good they are (how the sound is, mixing/engineering, photography quality, etc.). Anybody have any experience with either of these?



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The Diner / Re: Last Movie You Watched
« Last post by Draško on Today at 03:31:00 AM »


The overarching story line and all of it strains I though are very good, but there are so many corny, sugary and just plain bad moments. And some unexpectedly poor directing and flabby editing. 
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