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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1660 on: September 26, 2021, 05:32:57 AM »


Martinu - Double Concerto for Two String Orchestras, Piano and Timpani

What a piece this is!  I can only imagine for the Conductor it would be so difficult to get right, and for the players a bit of a nightmare.  Full of tempo changes, amazing strings, joy, tragedy, tension, brilliant piano...it's all in here.  What an outstanding work.

It's great to see you again, John! I hope all is well with you. And I fully concur with your admiration of Martinů's Double Concerto. What a piece! Also, I really like that Mackerras performance. If you ever get the chance and have access to it, the Bělohlávek performance on Chandos is top-notch, too.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1661 on: September 26, 2021, 08:01:06 AM »
Schnittke. Cello Concertos. Still getting my head around them. Otherworldly.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1662 on: September 27, 2021, 05:34:48 AM »
Schnittke. Cello Concertos. Still getting my head around them. Otherworldly.



Nice! Love those works.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1663 on: September 27, 2021, 01:40:38 PM »
Give us something else; give us something new; for Heaven's sake give us something bad, so long as we feel we are alive and active and not just passive admirers of tradition!

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1665 on: September 27, 2021, 10:54:49 PM »
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1666 on: September 28, 2021, 01:50:44 AM »
Since it seems that I may have started this with my post on this disc in the listening thread some days ago:

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1667 on: September 28, 2021, 04:42:10 PM »
More cello and orchestra:

Largo for cello and orchestra

I did remember it was great, but not that great!! I'm very impressed. It's Penderecki at many of his facets as a composer. Very kaleidoscopic.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1668 on: September 30, 2021, 05:18:39 AM »
Schnittke. Cello Concertos. Still getting my head around them. Otherworldly.

+5 8) I need to revisit the 2nd Concerto, but the 1st is really something else. The “redemptive” final movement is incredibly moving. And those performances by Alexander Ivashkin are superb - he’s a great cellist in Russian repertoire.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1669 on: September 30, 2021, 10:46:22 AM »
+5.5 for Schnittke (never heard the 2nd concerto but I can certainly vouch for the 1st)

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1670 on: September 30, 2021, 03:11:05 PM »
I'm really loving George Szell's Prokofiev 5 and Bartok Concerto for Orchestra recording.  Such a fabulous conductor who merges detail, expressivity, and long structure.  That's so rare!

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1671 on: September 30, 2021, 07:18:40 PM »
Two relatively brief tone poems (11:30 and 9:30 respectively) which I had heard before, but recent re-listens confirmed that they appeal to my tastes so well:

Avshalomoff: Hutungs of Peking



https://youtu.be/TxbQaI4_SBQ

One of the most colorfully exotic works I know. Avshalomoff captures the hustle and bustle of the city streets with a wonderfully vibrant flair. There's a section about 5 minutes in which is terrifyingly imposing (complete with a gong crash) - it's like entering the court of some powerful ancient emperor!


William Lloyd Webber: Aurora



https://youtu.be/S-DRoD4Jh2A

Depicting the Roman goddess of dawn, this sensually beautiful and atmospheric piece has a swoon-worthy main theme that won't soon be forgotten once heard. There's also rather Sibelian dramatic tension at times which gives the piece a substantial feel despite its relatively brief length. It's a pity W. Lloyd Webber was never compelled to write any larger-scale works!
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1672 on: October 01, 2021, 05:14:28 AM »
Two relatively brief tone poems (11:30 and 9:30 respectively) which I had heard before, but recent re-listens confirmed that they appeal to my tastes so well:

Avshalomoff: Hutungs of Peking



https://youtu.be/TxbQaI4_SBQ

One of the most colorfully exotic works I know. Avshalomoff captures the hustle and bustle of the city streets with a wonderfully vibrant flair. There's a section about 5 minutes in which is terrifyingly imposing (complete with a gong crash) - it's like entering the court of some powerful ancient emperor!

His sons, Jacob and David Avshalomov are also fine composers.   I've met David and played in the premiere of one of his concert works where he conducted.  Very kind man.  Here is a fine work of his brother's: Jacob Avshalomov's "The Taking of T'ung Kuan" you might also enjoy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UflLGcY4ZZk

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1673 on: October 02, 2021, 06:02:36 AM »
His sons, Jacob and David Avshalomov are also fine composers.   I've met David and played in the premiere of one of his concert works where he conducted.  Very kind man.  Here is a fine work of his brother's: Jacob Avshalomov's "The Taking of T'ung Kuan" you might also enjoy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UflLGcY4ZZk

Thanks, I’ll check it out! 8)
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1674 on: October 03, 2021, 07:45:01 PM »
Two relatively brief tone poems (11:30 and 9:30 respectively) which I had heard before, but recent re-listens confirmed that they appeal to my tastes so well:

Avshalomoff: Hutungs of Peking



https://youtu.be/TxbQaI4_SBQ

One of the most colorfully exotic works I know. Avshalomoff captures the hustle and bustle of the city streets with a wonderfully vibrant flair. There's a section about 5 minutes in which is terrifyingly imposing (complete with a gong crash) - it's like entering the court of some powerful ancient emperor!


William Lloyd Webber: Aurora



https://youtu.be/S-DRoD4Jh2A

Depicting the Roman goddess of dawn, this sensually beautiful and atmospheric piece has a swoon-worthy main theme that won't soon be forgotten once heard. There's also rather Sibelian dramatic tension at times which gives the piece a substantial feel despite its relatively brief length. It's a pity W. Lloyd Webber was never compelled to write any larger-scale works!

I know Avshalomov's two symphonies which are colourful and exotic aplenty. This should be interesting to hear too.

I remember being quite fond of the Lloyd Webber. A work that has a similar character is Ludomir Rozycki's Mona Lisa Gioconda. A tender musical picture, and it's so lovely, subtle, enchanting. A very nice piece.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1675 on: October 04, 2021, 05:09:44 AM »
Two relatively brief tone poems (11:30 and 9:30 respectively) which I had heard before, but recent re-listens confirmed that they appeal to my tastes so well:

Avshalomoff: Hutungs of Peking



https://youtu.be/TxbQaI4_SBQ

One of the most colorfully exotic works I know. Avshalomoff captures the hustle and bustle of the city streets with a wonderfully vibrant flair. There's a section about 5 minutes in which is terrifyingly imposing (complete with a gong crash) - it's like entering the court of some powerful ancient emperor!


William Lloyd Webber: Aurora



https://youtu.be/S-DRoD4Jh2A

Depicting the Roman goddess of dawn, this sensually beautiful and atmospheric piece has a swoon-worthy main theme that won't soon be forgotten once heard. There's also rather Sibelian dramatic tension at times which gives the piece a substantial feel despite its relatively brief length. It's a pity W. Lloyd Webber was never compelled to write any larger-scale works!
Your description of both of those works has intrigued me.  I'll listen to the Lloyd Webber work in a bit.  I hadn't heard of William before now, but wasn't surprised to learn that he was the father of Andrew and Julian.   :)

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1676 on: October 04, 2021, 06:47:20 AM »
I know Avshalomov's two symphonies which are colourful and exotic aplenty. This should be interesting to hear too.

I remember being quite fond of the Lloyd Webber. A work that has a similar character is Ludomir Rozycki's Mona Lisa Gioconda. A tender musical picture, and it's so lovely, subtle, enchanting. A very nice piece.

I look forward to exploring Avshalomov’s two symphonies and the Rozycki work, neither of which I know!
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1677 on: October 04, 2021, 09:28:23 AM »
Two relatively brief tone poems (11:30 and 9:30 respectively) which I had heard before, but recent re-listens confirmed that they appeal to my tastes so well:

William Lloyd Webber: Aurora



https://youtu.be/S-DRoD4Jh2A

Depicting the Roman goddess of dawn, this sensually beautiful and atmospheric piece has a swoon-worthy main theme that won't soon be forgotten once heard. There's also rather Sibelian dramatic tension at times which gives the piece a substantial feel despite its relatively brief length. It's a pity W. Lloyd Webber was never compelled to write any larger-scale works!
Listened to the William Lloyd Webber piece a short while ago--lovely!  Has a bit of that romantic bitter-sweet feeling that I love.  :)  I read that he studied composition with Vaughan Williams.  Any idea how long of a time period that would have been for?  Just curious.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1678 on: October 07, 2021, 08:15:17 AM »
Listened to the William Lloyd Webber piece a short while ago--lovely!  Has a bit of that romantic bitter-sweet feeling that I love.  :)  I read that he studied composition with Vaughan Williams.  Any idea how long of a time period that would have been for?  Just curious.

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Glad you enjoyed it! It appears that he studied with Vaughan Williams while he was a student at the Royal College of Music.
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« Reply #1679 on: October 07, 2021, 09:24:54 AM »
Glad you enjoyed it! It appears that he studied with Vaughan Williams while he was a student at the Royal College of Music.
Yes, I had read that too.  I don't know how long do compositional studies go on for?  Or does one change teachers each semester or year?  Just curious here.   :)

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