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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1280 on: October 31, 2020, 11:14:38 PM »
Jan van der Roost is a Belgian composer who has written some neat concert band music:


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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1281 on: November 01, 2020, 07:04:49 AM »
Thumbs up for the Ben-Haim, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, and above, all for the Langgaard. A visionary creation.
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« Reply #1282 on: November 01, 2020, 08:06:15 AM »
Generally speaking my ears have not been impressed with the music of Langgaard.  A few of his symphonies (I have copies of all of them) and his opera Antikrist.

Finally got around to checking out Music of the Spheres.  My ears gave it a + rating  :)


I found out that it's available through my library system; looking forward to listening to it!  :)

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« Reply #1283 on: November 02, 2020, 03:53:49 AM »
Thumbs up for the Ben-Haim, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, and above, all for the Langgaard. A visionary creation.
+1 for all those composers - the Ben Haim CD has just arrived so I look forward to hearing it later.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1284 on: November 12, 2020, 03:48:31 PM »
Villa-Lobos: Rudepoêma



Rudepoêma is such a kaleidoscopic piece for piano. There is magic, mysticism, mystery. The closing low notes/chords have a strong intensity! It gave me goosebumps. For me it's a masterwork.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1285 on: November 12, 2020, 04:37:03 PM »
Villa-Lobos: Rudepoêma



Rudepoêma is such a kaleidoscopic piece for piano. There is magic, mysticism, mystery. The closing low notes/chords have a strong intensity! It gave me goosebumps. For me it's a masterwork.

It sure is! To take it one step further, have you heard the orchestration of Rudepoêma? Definitely worth hearing.
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« Reply #1286 on: November 12, 2020, 06:36:36 PM »
It sure is! To take it one step further, have you heard the orchestration of Rudepoêma? Definitely worth hearing.

Yes, I have, but this version made a stronger impression on me. The piano just has the tone to express the myriad of moods this work possess.
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« Reply #1287 on: November 12, 2020, 06:54:58 PM »
Yes, I have, but this version made a stronger impression on me. The piano just has the tone to express the myriad of moods this work possess.

Yes, I agree and this is why I prefer the piano originals to the orchestration and this goes for any of my favorite composers. There are some cases where an orchestration does some justice to the original piano version, but this doesn’t happen very often.
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« Reply #1288 on: November 13, 2020, 01:40:36 AM »
Yes, I agree and this is why I prefer the piano originals to the orchestration and this goes for any of my favorite composers. There are some cases where an orchestration does some justice to the original piano version, but this doesn’t happen very often.

Ravel?
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« Reply #1289 on: November 13, 2020, 07:44:00 AM »
Ravel?

I think Ravel’s orchestrations are wonderful and fun to listen to, but I wouldn’t say they’re ‘better’ than the original solo piano works.
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« Reply #1290 on: November 13, 2020, 07:55:58 AM »
I think Ravel’s orchestrations are wonderful and fun to listen to, but I wouldn’t say they’re ‘better’ than the original solo piano works.

No argument. It was the first name to come to mind when reading your post.
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« Reply #1291 on: November 18, 2020, 06:46:37 AM »
X-posted from the WAYLTN thread:

Revisiting Darius Milhaud's Le carnaval de Londres.


I was very favourably impressed by this work when I first encountered it a couple of days ago, but this time around I'm positively blown away. This is so happy music! In essence, its an orchestral suite with themes from The Beggar's Opera, and this is what the liner notes of the Hyperion CD (written by Robert Matthew-Walker) say about its gestation:

[size=9pt]As was Milhaud’s custom, no sooner had he completed his arrangements of Gay’s ballad-opera than he utilized several of the tunes in a concert work for small orchestra (single wind, timpani, harp, percussion and strings), calling it Le carnaval de Londres and completing it by the end of September. Milhaud conducted the broadcast premiere of his version of The Beggar’s Opera on Radio Marseille; Manuel Rosenthal conducted the first performance of Le carnaval de Londres in 1939 at a Revue Musicale concert. As with Le carnaval d’Aix, it is not necessary to know the story of the seminal work to appreciate the skill and charm, the beauty and allure of this enchanting work, whose joie de vivre is so typical of this composer at his most light-hearted. His settings of the old themes, and folk material – notably Lillibulero – are accomplished with considerable affection and artistry.[/size]

The opening Bal -- Ouverture is an unlikely arrangement of Over the Hills and far Away using a....rumba rhythm! Outlandish, but really effective and engaging, and quite wonderfully scored. The recording under Ronald Corp is excellent.

Here's the whole work, but in another recording. If you listen to the first 1'21" (the overture), you'll see what I mean. Unfortunately, the percussionist in  this particular reading seems to have some trouble with the rumba rhythm.

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« Reply #1292 on: November 19, 2020, 10:59:52 PM »
I have just discovered a fascinating contemporary English composer: Joe Cutler



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« Reply #1293 on: November 20, 2020, 05:32:09 AM »
I have just discovered a fascinating contemporary English composer: Joe Cutler



Nice!  I'll have to look into his music.  I did find his website (am looking for music samples there).

Love the quirky cover too!

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« Reply #1294 on: November 20, 2020, 07:20:54 AM »
Nice!  I'll have to look into his music.  I did find his website (am looking for music samples there).

Love the quirky cover too!

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I discovered his music at the Naxos Music Library website.

I like the jazz elements in Hawaii, Hawaii, Hawaii.

This is a new CD and the only place that has it is Presto.

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« Reply #1295 on: November 20, 2020, 07:39:32 AM »
I discovered his music at the Naxos Music Library website.

I like the jazz elements in Hawaii, Hawaii, Hawaii.

This is a new CD and the only place that has it is Presto.
Ah.  I did find samples from it on his website:  http://joecutler.com/listen-watch/

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« Reply #1296 on: November 24, 2020, 08:45:09 PM »
Today I played Weinberg's 6th String Quartet. Holy cow, this is hot stuff!!! An incredibly intense piece. The short 3rd movement has a tense nature that becomes exciting. It's a tour of force with a rest on the slow movement. Weinberg at his most inspired. I also liked the 5th very much, especially the movement Humoreska. That was something else!
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« Reply #1297 on: November 24, 2020, 10:34:38 PM »
Cool, Cesar. 8) I’ll have to revisit that one when I’m feeling in a Russian kind of mood.
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« Reply #1298 on: November 25, 2020, 08:37:18 AM »
Today I played Weinberg's 6th String Quartet. Holy cow, this is hot stuff!!! An incredibly intense piece. The short 3rd movement has a tense nature that becomes exciting. It's a tour of force with a rest on the slow movement. Weinberg at his most inspired. I also liked the 5th very much, especially the movement Humoreska. That was something else!

Oh yes! It’s one of the only quartets of his that I know, and it’s superb indeed.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1299 on: November 25, 2020, 03:43:05 PM »
Today I played Weinberg's 6th String Quartet. Holy cow, this is hot stuff!!! An incredibly intense piece. The short 3rd movement has a tense nature that becomes exciting. It's a tour of force with a rest on the slow movement. Weinberg at his most inspired. I also liked the 5th very much, especially the movement Humoreska. That was something else!
I have to go back and see which ones I have...

I have 1, 10, 12, 17
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