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Offline kyjo

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1240 on: August 28, 2020, 06:02:14 AM »
Dutilleux: Piano Sonata

Really superb stuff. The sense of mystery that this work encapsulates is nothing short of spellbinding. One of the best piano works I've listened to lately.

Indeed, it’s an astonishingly assured opus 1. Dutilleux’s music never fails to captivate me with its nocturnal, fantastical atmospheres.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1241 on: August 28, 2020, 07:38:42 AM »
Dutilleux: Piano Sonata

Really superb stuff. The sense of mystery that this work encapsulates is nothing short of spellbinding. One of the best piano works I've listened to lately.
Dutilleux is not a prolific composer. Every work he puts out is a gem. No duds.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1242 on: August 28, 2020, 09:16:33 AM »
Dutilleux is not a prolific composer. Every work he puts out is a gem. No duds.

+1
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1243 on: August 31, 2020, 06:52:59 PM »
Joaquin Rodrigo - Per la flor del lliri blau

For the Flower of the Blue Lily: a gorgeously tuneful, lushly orchestrated tone poem* alternating ominous fanfares, lyrical chamber-like strings and luminous woodwinds, at times superposing them all. A magical work which inhabits a completely different soundworld than that which made Rodrigo famous; actually, had I not known the composer beforehand I wouldn't have guessed him at all. Rodrigo in Late Romantic guise (and that, in 1934!). A sheer delight from start to finish.

Cesar, Kyle --- do give it a try.


* based on a Valencian legend in which the three sons of a dying king go in search of a blue lily whose magic powers can save their father. The outcome is successful but tragic, as the son who finds it is killed by the other two.


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This is not the version I've listened to but it has a good commentary on the work, including Rodrigo's own words about it.

Hi Andrei, I gave this work a listen and enjoyed it very much indeed. It's rather episodic perhaps, but possessing some lovely lyrical writing near the beginning and becoming quite exciting in the central section. I'm with you in that I wouldn't have been able to identify the composer as Rodrigo had I not known, though it still possesses a noticeable "Spanish" flavor.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1244 on: August 31, 2020, 10:02:19 PM »
I have just discovered the music of Fikret Amirov at the Naxos Music Library.

I particularly liked Symphony for String Orchestra, "Pamyati Nizami (To the Memory of Nizami)"


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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1245 on: September 05, 2020, 04:11:08 PM »
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Vyacheslav Ovchinnikov: Symphony No. 1 in E flat minor

My goodness... astounding, epic, moving!! And even better, in my favorite key, the dark and imposing six-flats key.

For music like this it's that I love Youtube.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1246 on: September 05, 2020, 04:48:45 PM »
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Vyacheslav Ovchinnikov: Symphony No. 1 in E flat minor

My goodness... astounding, epic, moving!! And even better, in my favorite key, the dark and imposing six-flats key.

For music like this it's that I love Youtube.

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A great favourite. Astounding indeed.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1247 on: September 06, 2020, 05:24:41 AM »
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Vyacheslav Ovchinnikov: Symphony No. 1 in E flat minor

My goodness... astounding, epic, moving!! And even better, in my favorite key, the dark and imposing six-flats key.

For music like this it's that I love Youtube.

Oh yes! Absolutely brilliant as was his score for the movie 'War and Peace'. I recently ordered the LP of the First Symphony to play on my cheapo turntable. Leo of this forum made me a CD-R copy of it years ago  :)
I'm still blown away by Boris Tchaikovsky's 'Sevastopol Symphony' - his greatest work IMO (or at least of the ones that I know). In some ways it has the same epic appeal as the Ovchinnikov symphony.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1248 on: September 06, 2020, 05:26:39 AM »
I have just discovered the music of Fikret Amirov at the Naxos Music Library.

I particularly liked Symphony for String Orchestra, "Pamyati Nizami (To the Memory of Nizami)"
+1 for Amirov. I have the old Olympia recordings which have given me much pleasure over the years.
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1249 on: September 06, 2020, 05:52:22 AM »
Dutilleux is not a prolific composer. Every work he puts out is a gem. No duds.

For those who are interested - the Chandos Summer Sale includes their set of the complete Dutilleux orchestral works for £15.00

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1250 on: September 06, 2020, 08:02:44 AM »
For those who are interested - the Chandos Summer Sale includes their set of the complete Dutilleux orchestral works for £15.00
Lots of other good bargains there as well.
"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).

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1251 on: September 07, 2020, 08:20:30 PM »
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1252 on: September 08, 2020, 03:13:10 AM »
Erkki Salmenhaara: Symphony No.4
Currently playing it over and over again:
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1253 on: September 09, 2020, 02:53:47 PM »


This: Benzin

Completely delightful!! It has to be one of the most imaginative, witty, quirky, fun, uplifting works I've listened to recently (a most necessary 'antidote' to the severe Eklund disc  8) ). Really fantastic music.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1254 on: September 18, 2020, 06:36:27 AM »
I have been a Per Nørgård addict for many years.  The following did not disappoint:


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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1255 on: September 18, 2020, 02:56:05 PM »
I have been a Per Nørgård addict for many years.  The following did not disappoint:



I find his output fascinating as well.  I wish he can produce a Ninth Symphony because it sounds like he wants to but health has intervened.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1256 on: September 18, 2020, 06:36:59 PM »
Delius: Violin Sonata in B major, op. posth. (1892)



I am quite in awe of this rapturously beautiful, passionate music!! Early Delius is the Delius I prefer, before he got all moody and amorphous. ;) This has automatically taken its place among my very favorite violin sonatas. A stunning find!
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1257 on: September 18, 2020, 11:05:42 PM »
Delius: Violin Sonata in B major, op. posth. (1892)



I am quite in awe of this rapturously beautiful, passionate music!! Early Delius is the Delius I prefer, before he got all moody and amorphous. ;) This has automatically taken its place among my very favorite violin sonatas. A stunning find!
 

Good for you! Poor old Delius receives a bit of a kicking, unfairly in my view. His string quartet is lovely too.
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