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Re: Einar Englund 1916-1999
« Reply #40 on: July 31, 2020, 06:13:54 AM »
Here's David Hurwitz's enthusiastic presentation on Einar Englund:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBP8chTGPiY
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Re: Einar Englund 1916-1999
« Reply #41 on: July 31, 2020, 08:33:35 PM »
Am enjoying Englund's Symphony No.2 'The Blackbird' which is my favourite:
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Re: Einar Englund 1916-1999
« Reply #42 on: August 01, 2020, 05:27:44 AM »
I have the Ondine disc of Piano Concertos 1 and 2 plus Epinikia in shink wraps waiting for the proper moment...

Here's David Hurwitz's enthusiastic presentation on Einar Englund:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBP8chTGPiY

How can some people be that good in expressing strong enthusiasm without being preachy?

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Re: Einar Englund 1916-1999
« Reply #43 on: August 01, 2020, 01:10:01 PM »
I have the Ondine disc of Piano Concertos 1 and 2 plus Epinikia in shink wraps waiting for the proper moment...

How can some people be that good in expressing strong enthusiasm without being preachy?
That's a nice disc 71 dB. I like both the concertos but Epinikia most of all. Hope the shrink wrap comes off soon!  :)
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

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« Reply #44 on: August 02, 2020, 02:38:44 AM »
That's a nice disc 71 dB. I like both the concertos but Epinikia most of all. Hope the shrink wrap comes off soon!  :)

The disc is part of my latest JPC order and the other four discs are also still in shrink wraps. I am in no hurry with them and it's nice to have "new" discs for the right moment that feel right. That way I hopefully buy less and save money. The discovery of Haydn's Op. 20 sidetracked me from the Englund track...  ;D
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Re: Einar Englund 1916-1999
« Reply #45 on: September 01, 2020, 12:26:52 PM »
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David Hurwitz's review and excerpt from The Great Wall of China, persuaded me to finally buy the cd featuring, though now out of stock, so had to resort to a second hand copy from e-bay. That cd had attracted some positive comment early on in this thread and it was good to get to know the 5th symphony too. My favourite Englund piece is the 1st symphony, as with a few other favourites, it was the first piece of his that I owned. Have always found his Blackbird Symphony a little elusive though.



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Re: Einar Englund 1916-1999
« Reply #46 on: September 01, 2020, 08:25:39 PM »
The Great Wall of China is a very fun work indeed. All of what I've heard by Englund has been of significant musical quality, including his chamber music. You should also try his piano concertos. Fantastic stuff.
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Re: Einar Englund 1916-1999
« Reply #47 on: September 02, 2020, 03:48:10 AM »
The Great Wall of China is a very fun work indeed. All of what I've heard by Englund has been of significant musical quality, including his chamber music. You should also try his piano concertos. Fantastic stuff.
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"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

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Re: Einar Englund 1916-1999
« Reply #48 on: September 02, 2020, 04:03:21 AM »

Am enjoying Englund's Symphony No.2 'The Blackbird' which is my favourite:


I have a few discs of this very fine composer’s music, but this one strikes me as the ideal entry point.

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« Reply #49 on: September 02, 2020, 04:37:43 AM »
I have a few discs of this very fine composer’s music, but this one strikes me as the ideal entry point.
Definitely!
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Re: Einar Englund 1916-1999
« Reply #50 on: September 02, 2020, 09:16:43 AM »
I have a few discs of this very fine composer’s music, but this one strikes me as the ideal entry point.
Mostly because of the wonderful Fourth Symphony - my favourite.  >:D
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Re: Einar Englund 1916-1999
« Reply #51 on: October 28, 2021, 09:00:07 AM »
CD 2 in this set has to be my very favourite Englund disc as it contains 'Epinikia', the 'War' Symphony (No.1) and the 'Blackbird' Symphony - arguably three of his greatest works (all composed between 1946 and 1948):
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

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Re: Einar Englund 1916-1999
« Reply #52 on: October 28, 2021, 07:54:52 PM »
Great composer and works, Jeffrey. Since you mentioned Epinikia, it really sounds like something epic. It could be also "Epikinia".
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Re: Einar Englund 1916-1999
« Reply #53 on: October 28, 2021, 10:35:05 PM »
Great composer and works, Jeffrey. Since you mentioned Epinikia, it really sounds like something epic. It could be also "Epikinia".
I think that you're right Cesar!
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"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

'The test of a work of art is, in the end, our affection for it, not our ability to explain why it is good' (Stanley Kubrick).