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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening to now?
« Last post by André on Today at 06:57:46 PM »

Sonatas 19, 20 and 29. Two asteroids and Jupiter.
General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening to now?
« Last post by amw on Today at 06:39:05 PM »
Also, what's the point of transcribing D895 and Op. 78 for cello, I wonder? Is not the genuine cello repertory large and varied enough?
The Klengel transcription of Op.78 was sanctioned by Brahms, who is believed to have had some input on the recasting of the violin part. I think the only purpose for the transcription of D895 is that Wispelwey likes Schubert's music and wants to play it. (This series also contains transcriptions of all Schubert's other music for solo instrument and piano: the Arpeggione, the three Sonatinas & Duo for violin and piano, the Fantasy for violin and piano, and Trockne Blumen for flute and piano—all arranged for cello.)

EDIT: The op. 78 Sonata is an elegy for the death of Felix Schumann; "elegant, tasteful, insubstantial salon music" is probably Wispelvey's take on it.  ;D
Oh not at all—listened to in isolation, which I have done in the past, this is a powerful & deeply moving performance. (I didn't know about the Felix Schumann connection.) It's only when listened to alongside the Schubert Rondo that it comes across as a trifle. I think it's just the much greater conventionality and gentleness of the Brahms that creates this impression in context. Wispelwey admittedly doesn't play up the mystic side of the music as much as, e.g., Marc Coppey does.
General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening to now?
« Last post by Zeus on Today at 06:37:06 PM »
Via Spotify...

Hammerschmidt: Sacred Works
Bremen Weser-Renaissance, Manfred Cordes

Composer Discussion / Re: Georgi Sviridov(1915-98)
« Last post by SymphonicAddict on Today at 06:26:41 PM »
I am listening to "The Snow Storm" conducted by Vladimir Fedoseyev now and it is such charming and lovely Russian music.  Very Russian with elements of Mussorgsky, Prokofiev, and Shostakovich.  Based on a story by Tolstoy, does it get any more Russian than that?  I want to hear more from this excellent composer but there just isn't much out there but it is of such high quality.  Why isn't he better known?

Yes, The Snow Storm is such a delectable work, it's a real delight to listen to it. Maybe you should try his chamber music, i.e. the Piano Trio and the Piano Quintet, which have some echoes of Shostakovich.
Two recordings of Metamorphosen:

Both of them are instantly appealing. The 1980 recording (1st picture) is more polished, subdued, but the 1969 recording (2nd picture) is much more heartfelt and dramatic. I think the somewhat old sonics on it somehow improves its effect.
Hooie this is gonna be fun. That symphony is widely hated at GMG. Check out the worst first thread.

I definitely can't be in agreement with that assessment having heard it recently ;D
The Diner / Re: The unimportant news thread
« Last post by André on Today at 05:58:08 PM »
Hoppers are unforgettable, and I have no idea why.

Very true.

Six years ago there was a Hopper retrospective in Paris. It was a smashing success. This short article has a nice insight into the phenomenon.
The Diner / Re: Non-Classical Music Listening Thread!
« Last post by George on Today at 05:56:18 PM »
^ damn, now I want to hear Violator again.

General Classical Music Discussion / Re: War Horses Rediscovered.
« Last post by Ken B on Today at 05:34:17 PM »
Another work of which I'm not sure if it is a War horse or not, but today I rediscovered the imposing Dvorak's 1st Symphony. I remember the first time I heard it. It appeared overlong, somewhat weighty. Now nothing of that happened. It's a very congruent symphony, energetic, with a pretty eloquent 2nd movement, great themes throughout and with a typical Dvorakian fun ending. I didn't feel it heavy at all, on the contrary, it's incredibly rewarding. The music holds very well. To be an early work it's a formidable one.

Hooie this is gonna be fun. That symphony is widely hated at GMG. Check out the worst first thread.
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