Started by vandermolen, December 22, 2008, 02:20:57 PM
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Quote from: Dundonnell on December 23, 2008, 08:24:34 AMWill post later in this thread
Quote from: Christo on December 23, 2008, 01:36:32 PMI do hope we will meet more than just some odd BSE here!
Quote from: Christo on December 23, 2008, 01:36:32 PMI do hope we will meet more than just some odd BSE here! (PS1: How come we all have been playing the music of the same composers, for so many years?) (PS2: Will post later in this thread myself)
Quote from: Dundonnell on December 23, 2008, 05:58:08 PM"just some odd BSE.." Not so much of that We are not "just some" of anything. Nor are we "odd"!
Quote from: vandermolen on December 22, 2008, 02:20:57 PMAny other admirers of Madetoja?
Quote from: Christo on December 24, 2008, 12:08:48 AMPlease, don't take it too personal! How could I possibly have been referring to you? As for Madetoja, my favourite disc still is - but I regret to say I only own one CD from the great Alba cycle with his complete orchestral output, and not the one Jeffrey seems to be cherishing - the one that introduced him for me. I mean Petri Sakari conducting the Icelandic SO on a Chandos CD with the Third Symphony, Okon Fuoko and Ostrobothnians Suites. Those early loves - back in 1994 or so this disc introduced me to a new composer with a performance that also convinced me of the qualities of the state of music-making in Iceland and which become a personal favourite - never die, as you all know. What I am curious about, is the Alba series under Arvo Volmer. I think I recall there are 5 CDs in total, but I only have one of them (have to dig out that one). Which Alba CDs should I consider buying as well?
Quote from: vandermolen on December 24, 2008, 05:07:22 PMJohan,I'd suggest ABCD 132 as it has I think the only recording of the endearing 'Tragic episode and Rapids shooting scene from Juha' and a very good performance of the wonderful Symphony No 2. Having said that you can't go wrong with Sakari and the Iceland SO on Chandos.
Quote from: Christo on January 03, 2009, 10:59:33 AMThere is something funny about a title combining tragedy with rapids shooting. At least, it cannot compete with e.g. Death and Transfiguration, Intimations of Immortality or Night Ride and Sunrise. 0:)I hope to acquire the whole series, this being No. 1 in a series of which I only own No. 5. The Second Symphony is his best IMHO, and I love it especially for its wonderful first movement "solitude" (the shepherd boy's pastoral, a reference to Madetoja's own youth). And, of course, because of David Hurwitz' warm recommendation.
Quote from: vandermolen on January 04, 2009, 08:42:57 AMYes, it is a rather weird title I must say! I love the very end - epilogue type bit of Symphony No 2 - very moving, especially as it is dedicated to Madetoja's brother, Killed in the Finnish Civil War. It is my favourite too and I have been playing it a lot.
Quote from: Christo on January 05, 2009, 01:49:11 AMI could no longer withstand your plea: I ordered for a copy and will soon find out myself how the rapid shooting compares with the elegy for his brother.
Quote from: Dundonnell on January 05, 2009, 09:26:15 AMJust listened again to the Chandos version of the 3rd Symphony coupled with The Ostrobothnians Suite, the Okon Fuoko Suite No.1 and the Comedy Overture.I like The Ostrobothnians Suite; it is colourful, attractive music. The Symphony, on the other hand, made little impression on me, I fear.Pleasant music-no doubt-but ultimately unmemorable to my ears. A certain undeniable Gallic charm but no bite, not enough sinew to the music for my tastes I shall give the 2nd Symphony a go later and report back. I shall also give my Melartin symphonies another listen. If I recall correctly they made more impression on me.
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