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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #740 on: March 05, 2019, 05:56:57 AM »
How very unpatriotic of you, Andrei;) I really recommend this opera...It's noble, profound, moving and exquisitely written.

I'm sure it is and I'll certainly try it some time.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #741 on: March 05, 2019, 06:01:00 AM »
I'm sure it is and I'll certainly try it some time.
Good day to you, Sir!
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« Reply #742 on: March 05, 2019, 06:04:59 AM »
Good day to you, Sir!

Bo día, señor! Como estas hoxe?
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #743 on: March 05, 2019, 06:07:58 AM »
Bo día, señor! Como estas hoxe?
Preparing for a visit to the dentist in an hour or so. ..hèlas!
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #744 on: March 05, 2019, 06:09:24 AM »
Preparing for a visit to the dentist in an hour or so. ..hèlas!

Well, good luck then! In my experience, nothing soothes the nerves after a visit to the dentist better than Musica callada.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #745 on: March 05, 2019, 06:15:57 AM »
Well, good luck then! In my experience, nothing soothes the nerves after a visit to the dentist better than Musica callada.
I'd rather have the job done without anesthesia than listen to Mompou   ::). But thanks anyway; I know your intentions are the best.  :)
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« Reply #746 on: March 05, 2019, 06:23:40 AM »
I'd rather have the job done without anesthesia than listen to Mompou   ::). But thanks anyway; I know your intentions are the best.  :)

Jesus Christ, Rafael! When it comes to music I'm from Mars and you're from Venus, or is it the other way around?  :D

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #747 on: March 05, 2019, 06:52:20 AM »
Jesus Christ, Rafael! When it comes to music I'm from Mars and you're from Venus, or is it the other way around?  :D
Some it seems...but we’ll always have An die ferne Geliebte... :)

...and ritter's taste in music is also very different (like 180 degrees different) from mine.   :-X
Vive la différence!  8)
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #748 on: March 05, 2019, 06:52:39 AM »
A gorgeous grab bag of melody isn’t it? I prefer the suite, since the whole thing is long. A guilty pleasure of mine is the Varviso recording, which is schmalzy and wonderful.

I want to pay attention to the fact that the "Wedding suite" op.126 from the Stone Flower of Prokofiev is not an ordinary parts from ballet, but along with the 7th symphony of Prokofiev is the composer's farewell work.
In this suite, as well as in the "Youthful" symphony (the original name of 7th symphony), wise dramaturgy is hidden.
As a symbol of this, after the sorrowful music, there is a conclusion from his old composition called "The Swan" -
in other words, this is his swan song.

There is an outstanding recording of this beauty suite by Arnold Katz with the Novosibirsk orchestra that I can highly recommend:
https://www.amazon.com/Novosibirsk-Symphony-Orchestra-Arnold-Prokofiev/dp/B017IWNLAS/ref=sr_1_1

You can find it also on Spotify.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #749 on: March 05, 2019, 07:15:34 AM »
I'd rather have the job done without anesthesia than listen to Mompou   ::). But thanks anyway; I know your intentions are the best.  :)

Rafael and I have many favorite composers in common, but we have many differences as well. These differences are what makes the world turn. Without them, we’d all be clones of each other. This said, I’m trying to get into Mompou, but I’m not having much luck.

Edit: I have a question for you, what do you think about Messiaen’s music?
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #750 on: March 05, 2019, 07:18:02 AM »
Interesting. How will you and Andrei manage to fight over this?  >:D ;)
I've never heard it so I can't comment.
Glad to read this, John. I was sure it would impress you... A masterpiece!
How very unpatriotic of you, Andrei;) I really recommend this opera...It's noble, profound, moving and exquisitely written.

I concur with Rafael. Andrei, you should hear this opera ASAP!
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #751 on: March 05, 2019, 08:51:38 AM »
Some it seems...but we’ll always have An die ferne Geliebte... :)

And Telemann. And the Liszt megabox.  :-*

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Vive la différence!  8)

Vivat, crescat, floreat!  8)
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #752 on: March 05, 2019, 08:58:44 AM »
I concur with Rafael. Andrei, you should hear this opera ASAP!

Thanks, John, I surelly will, but truth is these days I'm not in the mood for such serious endeavours. My life has been hectic and stressful lately and I really need music that soothes, relax, entertains and cheers me. Honestly, tonight I'd rather have Rossini or even a Strauss operetta than Oedipe --- actually, I'll have neither but that's the idea. When time will come, I will surely post my thoughts on it.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #753 on: March 05, 2019, 09:03:53 AM »
I’ll go ahead and say that Enescu’s Oedipe has blown me away!

This recording in particular:



Forgot I've been meaning to listen to the thing for five years



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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #754 on: March 05, 2019, 09:11:50 AM »
Listening to the thing on Spotify, I'd say it's worth it. ;)
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #755 on: March 05, 2019, 09:16:50 AM »
It appears that ritter and I do have Liszt in common, so all is not lost.

 8)

I know for a fact that he owns that box.  8)
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« Reply #756 on: March 05, 2019, 09:19:53 AM »
I know for a fact that he owns that box.  8)
And I know for a fact that I don't, yet...  :laugh:
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #757 on: March 05, 2019, 09:21:36 AM »
And I know for a fact that I don't, yet...  :laugh:

Ask yourself: do you really need it?  :D
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #758 on: March 05, 2019, 09:29:00 AM »
Ask yourself: do you really need it?  :D
Not any less than anyone else.  0:)
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #759 on: March 05, 2019, 11:13:10 AM »
Edit: I have a question for you, what do you think about Messiaen’s music?
I’m not sure whether you’re asking me, John, but if so, the answer is that wonderful phrase of the English language: “mixed feelings’.  ;) Messiaen actually appeared on my list in the “Your top favourite 25 composers” thread, and also is one of my “Top 10 French composers”. Having said that, there’s much of his music I admire tremendously—mainly for piano—, some that I’m rather indifferent to, and some I cannot stand (it was me who described the Trois petites liturgies... as “Fauré meets Mars Attacks!”  :D here on GMG).  This might not be the right thread to elaborate any further, but at least you have the short answer.

BTW, I met Messiaen once and exchanged some (very brief) words with him  8); unfortunately, this was after a concert of one of the “cannot stand” works, the song cycle Harawi (with Yvonne Loriod at the piano,  8) again).
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