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Re: Ruders' Gong
« Reply #20 on: May 30, 2012, 01:00:11 AM »
The 'Tranquillo molto' from the Symphony is beautiful.

I meant from the Symphony on Chandos.
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Re: Ruders' Gong
« Reply #21 on: May 30, 2012, 08:40:29 AM »
I meant from the Symphony on Chandos.

Which would be Symphony No. 1 for those of you viewing at home. :)
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« Reply #22 on: June 25, 2016, 08:52:38 PM »
Reviving this thread because Ruders's Solar Trilogy was just performed in Amsterdam and you can listen to it on radio4.nl (I would highly suggest it).

http://www.radio4.nl/gids/2016-06-25/420022/holland-festival-prom

It's a much better performance than the one on Da Capo (which is about as flaccid as a man in a cold shower), but it doesn't quite match the intensity of Segerstam on Chandos. Stenz still gives such an exciting and dense piece a great reading. Shame that some people ruined the beautiful second movement Zenith with coughing in the super quiet moments.
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« Reply #23 on: June 26, 2016, 08:01:23 AM »
Could somebody say a bit more about the 2nd Symphony? I heard bits & pieces of it some time ago, and it sounded interesting.
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« Reply #24 on: June 26, 2016, 11:27:22 AM »
Could somebody say a bit more about the 2nd Symphony? I heard bits & pieces of it some time ago, and it sounded interesting.

If I remember correctly, it's in the composer's more austere style, which is in direct contrast to the crash and bang sound of his first symphony, Solar Trilogy, etc. Long and melodic lines, pared down orchestration, and single movements are common for this style. I don't remember this symphony too well but I remember enjoying it when I heard it. The piano concerto that it was paired with on that Da Capo CD was also worth hearing, though not as strong as his more recent Piano Concerto No. 2.
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« Reply #25 on: July 04, 2016, 05:44:10 AM »
If I remember correctly, it's in the composer's more austere style, which is in direct contrast to the crash and bang sound of his first symphony, Solar Trilogy, etc. Long and melodic lines, pared down orchestration, and single movements are common for this style. I don't remember this symphony too well but I remember enjoying it when I heard it. The piano concerto that it was paired with on that Da Capo CD was also worth hearing, though not as strong as his more recent Piano Concerto No. 2.
I'd largely second this, though again, it's been a while since I heard it. I thought the smaller forces suited the material very well, and the whole disc was a thoroughly satisfying experience.
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Re: Ruders' Gong
« Reply #26 on: November 25, 2016, 03:54:15 AM »
My ramblings-on about this composer's Nightshade Trilogy can be found here: https://leggierosite.wordpress.com/2016/03/31/nightshades-and-new-tonality/

[For anyone who may have happened across a near-identical post to this on another forum, yes, I’m shamelessly repeating myself in the hope of generating further discussion!]

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« Reply #27 on: September 19, 2017, 07:32:58 AM »
The main items in my small Ruders collection. So far, I vastly prefer the 1st Piano Concerto on Dacapo and the 1st Symphony on Chandos among his works - The Solar Trilogy seems to repeat traits of the 1st Symphony too much, I think. The 1st Violin Concerto on Unicorn is very different in style and quite conservatively lyrical. The Clarinet Concerto at times reminds me of an updated Nielsen one. Among the piano works, I´ve noticed the rather Gothic Sonata 1, Dante Sonata. But there´s still some of the material I´m not very acquainted with.

Personally I don´t plan to buy more within the foreseable future, but quite a lot of new Ruders discs have appeared in recent years, including now his 5th Symphony: https://bridgerecords.com/products/9475
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Re: Ruders' Gong
« Reply #28 on: August 21, 2019, 03:23:52 PM »


So many remarkable discoveries and rediscoveries these last days, among them the Symphony No. 1 by this composer. Two relentless and chaotic outer movements of imposing belligerance with a contrasting middle movement (I'm joining the short 3rd movement Scherzando prestissimo with Maschera funerale for better understanding). That 2nd movement has a unique beauty. It's like a cosmic portrait, suggesting the magnificence and the apparent quietness of the sidereal space. That was something else. There is a repetitive pattern that enhances the strength of the ideas, almost like minimalism. I liked this symphony more than Solar Trilogy.