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Offline Florestan

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1480 on: May 01, 2021, 01:08:52 AM »
( Crosspost from the WAYLTN thread)

A few first-listens



The very opening bars had me on the edge of the seat and after the final chord I stooped to pick up my jaw which must have dropped on the floor some time during the 3rd movement. Such a ravishing experience! The sweeping power of this music took me to planes and places where I'd never been before. An absolute masterpiece.



A different, but no less exhilarating and powerful, experience. That a 15yo could write music exhibiting such complete mastery of form and such expressive depths is nothing short of a miracle, just like in Mozart's case. These quartets are full of passion and tenderness, life-affirming and gorgeously tuneful. The big surprise is a piano quartet which Felix wrote at the teder age of 12 (sic!) and which is sheer delight from start to end, a masterpiece of elegance and a feast of memorable melodies. The inclusion of this work makes this twofer the only genuinely complete on the market, all others known to me don't feature it. Mendelssohn was a genius and I should spend much more time with his music than I used to.



Rachmaninoff --- All-Night Vigils, Op. 37 / St Petersburg Chamber Choir, Nikolai Korniev, Olga Borodina (MS), Vladimir Moztovoy (T)

The first time I listened to this piece in its entirety. While listening I wondered what it would have been like to hear it in the Cathedral of Christ the Redeemer in Moscow . The very thought gave me goosebumps and sent shivers down my spine. The majestic chants, the soaring solos, the feeling of calm yet powerful devotion and the deeply mystical, otherworldly atmosphere would have been enhanced a thousand times in that particular setting, amid the icons, the incense and the wide space. This monumental piece is one of the best, most deeply felt and beautiful expression of Christian faith in general and of Eastern Orthodox faith in particular known to me. Thank you and God bless your soul, Sergei Vasilyevich!
What is Music? How do you define it? Music is a calm moonlit night, the rustle of leaves in Summer. Music is the far off peal of bells at dusk! Music comes straight from the heart and talks only to the heart: it is Love!  --- Rachmaninoff

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1481 on: May 02, 2021, 07:51:09 PM »
Another living composer I really enjoy is Per Nørgard.

The works on this CD are new for me:



Works on the CD are:

Kvintet, Op. 1 – Hommage á Marc Chagall (1952-53)
for flute, violin, viola, cello and piano

Singing Secrets
Signe Asmussen, soprano
Irena Kavčič, flute
Helge Slaatto, violin
Anette Slaatto, viola
John Ehde, cello
Erik Kaltoft, piano

Sonata – The Secret Melody for solo viola

Vintersalme: Som året går, part 2for solo voice

Fragment V for solo violin

Zwei Saiten, eine Stimme for mezzo-soprano and violin

Cantica (1977, rev. 2004) for cello and piano

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1482 on: May 03, 2021, 10:12:21 AM »
You know what really knocks me out? I just listened, for the first time in 5-10 years, to the "Polka and Fugue" from Weinberger's opera Schwanda the Bagpiper. And not only is it awesome...but do you guys realize that, at least in the Naxos Music Library database and ArkivMusic, only two living conductors have recorded it? (Note: excluding complete opera performances and arrangements for wind band.)

It was a big smash back in the 1920s-50s, programmed on pops albums by people like Karajan, Reiner, Kempe, and Ormandy. It was, by general acclaim, one of the great 10-minute orchestral showpieces. And now as far as I can tell, the only recording this century is on CPO.

Well, ya know what? It's still super fun!!

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1483 on: May 03, 2021, 11:02:41 AM »
Being a band junkie is so discouraging.  There is a tremendous transcription for concert band of the "Polka and Fugue".  I have lost track on how many times I have performed this transcription.

I  think I will check and see if their are any recordings of the band version.