Started by Philo, March 08, 2014, 11:36:39 PM
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Quote from: Philo on March 08, 2014, 11:36:39 PMI don't know if this is the exact board for this, but I'm wondering if anyone can his recordings of Mendelssohn?
Quote from: Mandryka on March 08, 2014, 11:38:22 PMI have searched and searched for this but I don't believe a recording exists
Quote from: Mandryka on March 09, 2014, 01:37:48 AMYes. Me too. But so far no success. Have you seen his programme note, about water abnd the kabala? If you're interested in Mendelssohn then the essential recording is Maria Grinberg's.
Quote from: Frederic Rzewski in a programme note for a complete Songs without Words concert Northern California in 2008The 'Songs Without Words' are usually seen as trivial salon pieces, a mixed dish to be offered as light refreshment in an otherwise serious program. I see them rather as a single unified work: a systematically constructed secular oratorio for piano, a musical Bildungsroman, painting a ranibow of life's changing patterns and emotions within an unchanging structure of repetitive cycles. If there is a single dominant theme, it is water: the naturalistic evocation of babbling brooks in spring that opens each cycle, or the splashing of oars that ends it. But other unifying links recur constantly: the descending fourth or tritone, for example, or the anapestic phrase structure that reappears everywhere: two short repetitions followed by a longer answer. In order to make the larger form perceptible, I choose fast tempi. (The duration might vary from 90 to 100 minutes.) I see Mendelssohn as a radical: a revolutionary romantic, but also firmly anchored in classical rationality. He always returns to the chorale, somehow a symbol of Reason in a time of social upheaval. Why call it "songs without words?" Does that mean there are words? Schumann thought so, maybe. Could it have something to do with the Hasidic _niggun_? Apparently not. If there were words, they were deliberately suppressed. Why? Is it about a secret? Is the Duetto at the end of the third cycle a simple love song, or a mystical allegory? These are all questions I cannot answer; but I try to ask them in my playing
Quote from: Mandryka on March 09, 2014, 04:22:56 AMHere's Grinberghttp://www.youtube.com/v/Al-tUbtb4G8
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