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Offline Maestro267

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1460 on: April 02, 2021, 06:33:39 AM »
Elgar's first symphony was a new discovery.  Posters (who have not been here for many, many years) dissuaded me for ever bothering with his symphonies.  Well I love the first!  It is so melodic.  I'll probably buy the recording that I've been listening to.

Shame. On. Them. I cannot put that strongly enough. Thank goodness you've finally seen past that and come to listen to them and judge for yourself. All three* symphonies are utterly majestic.

(*In your own time, you absolutely should listen to the Elgar/Payne 3rd Symphony. It's a fantastic work regardless of how much of it is by whom. It's a great achievement in and of itself.)

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1461 on: April 02, 2021, 09:53:42 AM »
Shame. On. Them. I cannot put that strongly enough. Thank goodness you've finally seen past that and come to listen to them and judge for yourself. All three* symphonies are utterly majestic.

(*In your own time, you absolutely should listen to the Elgar/Payne 3rd Symphony. It's a fantastic work regardless of how much of it is by whom. It's a great achievement in and of itself.)

There’s a general snobbishness from many American musicians and listeners towards British music which I’ve never understood. There are some notable exceptions for certain pieces - Elgar’s Enigma Variations and Cello Concerto, Holst’s The Planets, and a couple works by Britten - but overall British music tends to be looked down upon as vastly inferior to Austro/German and Russian music. You all know my thoughts on this... ;)
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1462 on: April 02, 2021, 03:11:48 PM »
There’s a general snobbishness from many American musicians and listeners towards British music which I’ve never understood. There are some notable exceptions for certain pieces - Elgar’s Enigma Variations and Cello Concerto, Holst’s The Planets, and a couple works by Britten - but overall British music tends to be looked down upon as vastly inferior to Austro/German and Russian music. You all know my thoughts on this... ;)

This is not true with the musicians I hang out with.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1463 on: April 02, 2021, 07:18:38 PM »
I can't believe I didn't remember how thoroughly stupendous Copland's Clarinet Concerto is. A seriously extraordinary piece, with its pensive and nostalgic beginning that lead to a tricky cadenza, and after that, a quite fun and rhythmic jazzistic section. Great use of orchestral piano as well. One of my favorite clarinet concertos from now on.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1464 on: April 02, 2021, 07:26:18 PM »
I can't believe I didn't remember how thoroughly stupendous Copland's Clarinet Concerto is. A seriously extraordinary piece, with its pensive and nostalgic beginning that lead to a tricky cadenza, and after that, a quite fun and rhythmic jazzistic section. Great use of orchestral piano as well. One of my favorite clarinet concertos from now on.



Yeah, I’ve always liked this concerto as well, Cesar. You’ve got to hear the Goodman/Copland performance. It’s a classic!
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1465 on: April 03, 2021, 09:24:42 AM »
Not that recently, but "Il grande inquisitor!" bass duet again and again.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1466 on: April 03, 2021, 11:25:53 PM »
There’s a general snobbishness from many American musicians and listeners towards British music which I’ve never understood. There are some notable exceptions for certain pieces - Elgar’s Enigma Variations and Cello Concerto, Holst’s The Planets, and a couple works by Britten - but overall British music tends to be looked down upon as vastly inferior to Austro/German and Russian music. You all know my thoughts on this... ;)

I think that is probably generally true of other countries as well. British literature (Shakespeare, Chaucer, Milton, Dickens, Orwell etc), art, theatre and cinema are often admired but not music, other than pop music.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1467 on: April 04, 2021, 06:24:52 AM »
I think that is probably generally true of other countries as well. British literature (Shakespeare, Chaucer, Milton, Dickens, Orwell etc), art, theatre and cinema are often admired but not music, other than pop music.

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