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The Diner / Re: Dating or not dating.
« Last post by NikF on Today at 10:40:41 AM »
Nice story, Nik. Keep them coming. Itís always a bonus to find a woman who likes classical music. Hopefully, one day, this will happen for me.

Thanks.
I still think it's better to have shared values rather than specific shared interests, but I understand how finding someone who enjoys and values the music as much as you do would be so appealing. I mean, don't get me wrong - remember that upcoming chamber recital I was telling you about (the Shostakovich Piano Trio No. 2 and the RVW C minor piano quintet)? I wouldn't mind walking into the auditorium and finding a late twenties Emmanuelle Beart in the unallocated seating.   8) ;D

But just keep plugging away, talking to people, make eye contact, enjoy going to events or simply about your day as a matter of course, appear faintly indifferent to it all (especially when you meet a woman) and it'll eventually happen.
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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: Female composers
« Last post by Christo on Today at 10:32:08 AM »




Zabaleta / Martinon are excellent.

Lavinia Meyer gives also a good performance.

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/8RumDQN_POY" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/8RumDQN_POY</a>
I 'grew up' with the Zabaleta reading of it; the piece remains an absolute favourite of mine. Haunting.
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Composer Discussion / Re: Chez Stravinsky
« Last post by k a rl h e nn i ng on Today at 10:24:34 AM »
Boulez Box and Rattle Symphonies fiiinally arrived... oh, giggles... listening to the middle movement of '3 Movements' in both first- don't want to go too fast... both recordings (in the middle/last mvmts) sounding as transparent as one could want, performances of no questioning. Maazel as good.

I'm holding off on 'Psalms' for wine+cheese night...

Very good.

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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: Your Top Violin Concertos!
« Last post by Artran on Today at 10:19:09 AM »
In my opinion, Karlowicz isnít well-known. I mean there are recordings of his music available of course, but heís still off-the-beaten-track not that this matters. This said, Iíve heard his VC and wasnít too terribly impressed with it. I guess I was expecting something a bit more unique, but his music is certainly Straussian in terms of sound.

Well, Karlowicz isn't on the same level of originality, as say, Bartůk or Stravisky, but I still find his violin concerto to be quite beautiful, with some really lovely moments. It fits nicely to the mood of fin de siŤcle. We also shouldn't forget he composed his VC when he was only 26.
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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening to now?
« Last post by Marc on Today at 09:57:26 AM »
Schubert's magnificent String Quintet, played live by Janine Jansen and friends.



This was a Dutch 'tribute' disc for Jansen, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of her Utrecht Kamermuziek Festival.
After last year's festival, Jansen handed over the organization to cellist Harriet Krijgh.



This is a beautiful and intense performance, with truly heartfelt playing.

After 2012, the disc became available for the international market, with a different cover:

https://www.amazon.com/Janine-Jansen-Schoenberg-Verklarte-UCCD-1362/dp/B0094JLW28/?tag=goodmusicguideco

It seems I'm not alone in enjoying this... :):

First-Listen Fridays!

Schubert
Cello Quintet in C, D.956
Janine Jensen & friends



And? AND?!?!?

I near wept to hear Schubert played like music with a warm pulse, and not treated reverentially like a museum piece.
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Not really my cup of tea, but certainly worth listening to...

The 3rd Symphony uses pentatonic scales, which makes it sound like film music at moments. The 6th Piano concerto is more attracive IMHO, but the music is imbued with that kind of "watered down" modernism of the 50s and 60s so widespread among composers that did not embrace 12-tone techniques, the main sign of which seems to be a lot of percussion  ::). All very eclectic, sounding at times very late romantic. In Spanish we'd say it's a bit "quiero y no puedo", which roughly translates as "I would want to, but I am unable")...

Thanks for the feedback, Rafael. 8)
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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: Autumnal
« Last post by Mirror Image on Today at 09:38:16 AM »
Ingram Marshall ~ September Canons, for violin (and tape, or more likely, live tape delay)
<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/tWrLCpBRZqA" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/tWrLCpBRZqA</a>

That is quite beautiful. Is there an actual orchestra used or is it all electronically processed?
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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening to now?
« Last post by Marc on Today at 09:37:02 AM »
Schubert's magnificent String Quintet, played live by Janine Jansen and friends.



This was a Dutch 'tribute' disc for Jansen, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of her Utrecht Kamermuziek Festival.
After last year's festival, Jansen handed over the organization to cellist Harriet Krijgh.



This is a beautiful and intense performance, with truly heartfelt playing.

After 2012, the disc became available for the international market, with a different cover:

https://www.amazon.com/Janine-Jansen-Schoenberg-Verklarte-UCCD-1362/dp/B0094JLW28/?tag=goodmusicguideco
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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: Your Top Violin Concertos!
« Last post by Mirror Image on Today at 09:28:35 AM »
Some works mentioned here are true rarities, Karlowicz, on the other hand, is relatively well known Polish composer. He pops in my mind after Szymanowski.

In my opinion, Karlowicz isnít well-known. I mean there are recordings of his music available of course, but heís still off-the-beaten-track not that this matters. This said, Iíve heard his VC and wasnít too terribly impressed with it. I guess I was expecting something a bit more unique, but his music is certainly Straussian in terms of sound.
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Opera and Vocal / Re: Wagner's Valhalla
« Last post by SurprisedByBeauty on Today at 09:23:21 AM »
Much thanks Mahlerian.

The simplified version, more or less repeating what Mahlerian said in so many words, is: After the Tristan-chord, tonality was never the same again; it was stretched to the max... there was a little bit to be had by condensing & tightening or by making the canvas still larger, but it's argued that it led almost necessarily to Schoenberg trying to smash the cork out of the bottle of tonality.

And opera was never the same again; it was now, more often than not, composed-through (starting with Verdi, who was one of the first to take the cue (i.e. Falstaff)). And the total connection of drama and music; the even greater insistence on the word as equal part in opera and the music employed as a means to express it and yet have the music act as an independent vehicle of expression... the expression of psychology through music, for example... that was pretty much all Wagner and there couldn't have been a Pelleas & Melisande or anything by Strauss or Britten or Janacek had it not been for Wagner to complete revolutionize the way opera worked.

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