Started by karlhenning, April 12, 2007, 06:03:44 AM
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Quote from: LKB on August 01, 2022, 11:15:10 AMNot as yet, my budget needs to recover from vacation last month, and l have some family birthdays over the next two weeks. But I'm determined to own the set, and soon.
Quote from: LKB on August 01, 2022, 10:22:08 AMTonight I'll be singing Dona Nobis Pacem, with a community chorus and accompanied on the piano. Looking forward to it, though the choral results will be far from professional. Hopefully it won't rain, as we're outdoors.
Quote from: vandermolen on August 03, 2022, 12:13:31 AMWonderful! Hope it went well.
Quote from: Christo on August 03, 2022, 12:36:25 AMDona Nobis Pluviam
Quote from: kyjo on August 07, 2022, 08:05:16 PMI was recently listening to RVW's highly intriguing late Violin Sonata (1952), in this excellent recording by Hugh Bean and David Parkhouse:The first two movements represent RVW at his most "modern" and complex - full of irregular rhythms, unpredictable harmonies, and scintillating virtuosity for both instruments. Great stuff - so it comes as a slight disappointment to me that the variation-form third movement returns to a much more "comfortable", traditional modal idiom, but it's still beautiful music nonetheless. Interestingly, the theme is taken directly from the third movement of his early Piano Quintet (which is also a theme-and-variations) from the other end of his illustrious career.
Quote from: Lisztianwagner on August 07, 2022, 11:13:30 PMSounds an interesting work! I don't know RVW's Violin Sonata, I may listen to it if I find a good recording on youtube or spotify.
Quote from: vandermolen on August 08, 2022, 01:08:18 AMhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yIyVwfBAQ0
Quote from: kyjo on August 08, 2022, 09:04:57 AMThe Bean/Parkhouse recording has recently been uploaded to YT with a scrolling score, which is highly interesting to see given the music's frequent complexity: https://youtu.be/UMetoXv8rck
Quote from: Lisztianwagner on August 08, 2022, 01:43:29 PMThank you, it was quite helpful to follow the score; the Violin Sonata is a charming, suggestive piece, and as a matter of fact, it's true the first two movements sound more modern and complex for the various rhythmic changes, the contrasts of sharp, bold harmonies, without disdaining dissonances, but also for the timbral variety; there's more virtuosity too, very brilliant and well combined in the melodic lines of the instruments. While the third movement shows a simpler, more contemplative and nostalgic atmosphere, that can be found in many of RVW's previous works.
Quote from: kyjo on August 10, 2022, 03:22:15 PMGreat analysis, Ilaria, with which I very much agree. Last night I was listening to that other great chamber work of RVW's, his String Quartet no. 2 (the superb Maggini recording on Naxos). Like the Violin Sonata, it is most effective in its contrasts between astringent dissonance and RVW's signature hymn-like modality. It's also unique amongst string quartets in that the most important role is given not to the first violin, but to the viola, contributing to the work's darkly-colored hue (the work was dedicated to a violist friend of his).
Quote from: Lisztianwagner on August 12, 2022, 12:01:05 PMSome thoughts about Vaughan Williams' String Quartet No. 2 (I listened to the Maggini performance, that was superb): I greatly enjoyed the composition, which is very particular for the great prominence given to the viola as principal instrument instead of the violin; nonetheless it's a beautiful, meditative work, quite dark and haunting in mood for the harmonic tensions, the rhythmic and timbric variations, and the contrapuntal texture of the movements. The first movement is stormy and suggestive for the often irregular ryhtms and dynamics, as it sometimes proceeds powerfully, sometimes it abruptly calms down; the second movement continues in a gloomy atmosphere, growing in intensity till a short climax that immediately fades in a solo, first of violin, then of viola, which quietly leads to the conclusion; the Scherzo is tense and anxious, with the viola definitely prominent, while the violins and cello develop the same melodic lines just changed in key and octave; the final forth movement doesn't lose the melancholic, desolating atmosphere, but now a more serene, peaceful tinge can be perceived too, especially in the ending.
Quote from: vandermolen on August 13, 2022, 12:11:52 AMNice analysis! It rates IMO with the Violin Sonata as his greatest chamber work.
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