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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1080 on: May 11, 2020, 01:59:36 PM »
Recently I’ve been blown away by Dvořák’s Te Deum. What a fantastic work. Also, another Dvořák work that blew me away was the Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81. I’m constantly finding works from this composer that either hit me over the head like a ton of bricks or enter in my ear canals and live there for a month (i. e. earworms).
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« Reply #1081 on: May 11, 2020, 02:06:13 PM »
Recently I’ve been blown away by Dvořák’s Te Deum. What a fantastic work. Also, another Dvořák work that blew me away was the Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81. I’m constantly finding works from this composer that either hit me over the head like a ton of bricks or enter in my ear canals and live there for a month (i. e. earworms).

I love that Te Deum too. My favorite recording is this:



That timpani pounding marks a great opening for a stunning work.

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« Reply #1082 on: May 11, 2020, 02:51:04 PM »
I love that Te Deum too. My favorite recording is this:



That timpani pounding marks a great opening for a stunning work.

That’s the recording I own. 8) It’s in the blue box set of Dvořák’s sacred works and cantatas on Supraphon.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1083 on: May 14, 2020, 07:39:36 PM »
Lydia Auster (1912-1933), an Estonian composer. Piano Concerto No. 1 in G major. Is there anything more devastatingly beautiful? Very sensitive indeed, but masterly written too. Not apt for ultra-romantic allergic!  ;D

Pizzetti, Tubin, Rachmaninov, Vaughan Williams, Puccini, the very romantic Marx, even Korngold and Sibelius, are names whom I can associate this splendorous concerto in style. What a find.

It's even more astonishing is that is from Kazakh origins the composer.

A Youtube link is provided there to enjoy it if you're 'adventurous'.  8)

Very recommended.

A lovely work indeed! One of many fantastic piano&orchestra works by women composers that I've discovered (Beach, Bosmans, N. Boulanger, Garuta, Gipps, Kuzmenko, Levina, Tailleferre, etc).
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« Reply #1084 on: May 21, 2020, 08:02:24 AM »
Pretty much this whole disc --- every work:



Tveitt taps into that folky idiom that I love so dearly but yet, like any composer with such an individual voice, puts his own spin on it. This music is wonderfully atmospheric and I’m completely drawn into the sonic world the music inhabits. The entire Tveitt series on BIS is definitely worth exploring.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1085 on: May 22, 2020, 12:08:09 PM »
Christopher Rouse's Flute Concerto. I first heard this piece around 20 years ago, but in the past few months I've been replaying it a lot, and it gets better and better with every listen. I believe it's one of the best wind instrument-concertos of the 20th century.  The piece was composed in 1993 and dedicated to James Bulger, a 2-year old boy that was murdered in Liverpool.
Geoffrey Norris of Gramophone said..."It expresses the shock and incomprehension that we all experienced at that appalling, senseless crime, but at the same time it enshrines the beauty and innocence of an infant life so cruelly snuffed out."

Both of these recordings are available to stream, and both are excellent.




A great work indeed. The slow movement is devastatingly moving.
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« Reply #1086 on: May 22, 2020, 12:16:12 PM »
A great work indeed. The slow movement is devastatingly moving.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1087 on: May 22, 2020, 12:47:03 PM »
Speaking of moving music, I thought I should post this work here: Songs of the Mountain and Meadow Mari



Lovely, lovely, lovely!! This is such a gorgeous piece of music. It brought some tears to my eyes, and the folk element of the music is incredibly vivid. A real find thank Jeffrey for recommending it.

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« Reply #1088 on: May 22, 2020, 12:56:55 PM »
Speaking of moving music, I thought I should post this work here: Songs of the Mountain and Meadow Mari



Lovely, lovely, lovely!! This is such a gorgeous piece of music. It brought some tears to my eyes, and the folk element of the music is incredibly vivid. A real find thank Jeffrey for recommending it.

Eshpai is a very cool composer, indeed and, like you, I have our Jeffrey to thank for the introduction.
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« Reply #1089 on: May 22, 2020, 06:51:50 PM »
Currently, I’m being blown away by every Glazunov work I hear.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1090 on: May 23, 2020, 01:50:09 AM »
And I'm being blown away by this:
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1091 on: May 23, 2020, 09:40:43 AM »
Liza Lim's Atlas of the Sky (World Premiere):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAca_LZh9pQ
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