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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #800 on: April 29, 2019, 10:30:01 AM »
I suppose I’ll just list my favorite Szymanowski works since it’ll be a lot easier for me:

String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2
Mythes
Symphony No. 3, “Song of the Night”
Symphony No. 4, “Symphonie concertante”
Harnasie
Stabat Mater
Litany to the Virgin Mary
King Roger
Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2
Three Fragments from Poems by Jan Kasprowicz
Love Songs of Hafiz


We share the same tastes on this composer. I don't know the Love Songs of Hafiz and the Three Fragments, though. I'd replace Mythes with Veni Creator.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #801 on: April 29, 2019, 04:27:58 PM »
We share the same tastes on this composer. I don't know the Love Songs of Hafiz and the Three Fragments, though. I'd replace Mythes with Veni Creator.

Very good to know, SymphonicAddict. I couldn’t part with Mythes, though. I love it too much. Do check out those orchestral songs.
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« Reply #802 on: April 29, 2019, 06:48:28 PM »
Very good to know, SymphonicAddict. I couldn’t part with Mythes, though. I love it too much. Do check out those orchestral songs.

I've already put an eye on some recordings of them. I hope to be enthralled by that music!

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« Reply #803 on: April 29, 2019, 08:57:56 PM »
I suppose I’ll just list my favorite Szymanowski works since it’ll be a lot easier for me:

String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2
Mythes
Symphony No. 3, “Song of the Night”
Symphony No. 4, “Symphonie concertante”
Harnasie
Stabat Mater
Litany to the Virgin Mary
King Roger
Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2
Three Fragments from Poems by Jan Kasprowicz
Love Songs of Hafiz


One of the more fascinating aspects of Szymanowski is in his use of ever-changing harmony. There always seems to be a restless and feeling of unease in his music. Of course, this isn’t to say that the music doesn’t have moments of consonance that help bind these more unsettled harmonies and melodies. This has always been intriguing for me and I’ve spent a great deal of time trying to figure out the harmonic structures of his music only to be turned around and slapped in the face with a chord I didn’t even expect.

I don't know much of Szymanowski's work but like everything I've heard, especially the beautiful Stabat Mater, Litany to the Virgin Mary and the Symphony 3.
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« Reply #804 on: April 30, 2019, 12:04:57 AM »
Szymanowski's music sounds (hyper?) refined, not only in the harmonic-tonal structures, but also in the search for (luxurious)"texture" and instrumentation (tremoloes, arpeggios, glissandoes, trills, figurations..sul ponticello, the combination of piano & 2 harps in the first violinconcerto....etc.). Ravel, Debussy and Scriabin et. al. were equally superb sound jewellers. Szymanowski very often manages to produce a very individual "brew" of exotic/impressionistic/Polish folksong infused/ Art Nouveau-like hot house symbolism...which I find ever so intoxicating.

The voice of Jadwiga Rappé helps to get blown away....

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« Reply #805 on: April 30, 2019, 10:23:48 AM »
Szymanowski's music sounds (hyper?) refined, not only in the harmonic-tonal structures, but also in the search for (luxurious)"texture" and instrumentation (tremoloes, arpeggios, glissandoes, trills, figurations..sul ponticello, the combination of piano & 2 harps in the first violinconcerto....etc.). Ravel, Debussy and Scriabin et. al. were equally superb sound jewellers. Szymanowski very often manages to produce a very individual "brew" of exotic/impressionistic/Polish folksong infused/ Art Nouveau-like hot house symbolism...which I find ever so intoxicating.

The voice of Jadwiga Rappé helps to get blown away....

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/X5tQABxWfjU" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/X5tQABxWfjU</a>

To the bolded text, you said a mouthful there and I completely concur. 8)
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #806 on: May 06, 2019, 12:15:18 PM »
I've recently found a young talented composer Dmytro Gordon, who was supported at some crowdfunding platform for musicians. He's a blast! They'll release a video with him soon, but the track is now on streaming, it's called "Waltzing With Life". I think it's an amazing idea to compare classical music and modern approach in the video with a clown theme https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YL_q3ZOLLA

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« Reply #807 on: May 13, 2019, 08:37:18 AM »
Dmytro Illich Hordon (Ukrainian: Дмитро Ілліч Гордон), born October 21, 1967, Kyiv, is a Ukrainian writer, journalist, TV presenter and singer. He is also the editor-in-chief of the newspaper “Boulevard” (from June, 1995), later – “Gordon Boulevard”.




Apparently there's another Gordon (junior??) at work.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #808 on: May 14, 2019, 06:54:06 AM »
Rachmaninoff - Vespers

in this performance:



I heard it on my car radio last week and I was mesmerized by its sheer beauty. Rachmaninoff was a devout Orthodox Christian and it shows. I am familiar with the Orthodox church music and I can safely say this is a monumental achievement in this respect, right there with Bortniansky's Sacred Concertos, Tchaikovsky's Liturgy of St. John Chrisostom and Pavel Chesnokov's works.
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« Reply #809 on: May 14, 2019, 10:30:37 AM »
Rachmaninoff - Vespers

in this performance:



I heard it on my car radio last week and I was mesmerized by its sheer beauty. Rachmaninoff was a devout Orthodox Christian and it shows. I am familiar with the Orthodox church music and I can safely say this is a monumental achievement in this respect, right there with Bortniansky's Sacred Concertos, Tchaikovsky's Liturgy of St. John Chrisostom and Pavel Chesnokov's works.

I listened to Vespers some time ago, but I must confess I wasn't impressed. After some minutes, I got a little tired. I know it's my fault. Maybe I didn't listen to the right performance.

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« Reply #810 on: May 14, 2019, 10:48:16 AM »
I listened to Vespers some time ago, but I must confess I wasn't impressed. After some minutes, I got a little tired. I know it's my fault. Maybe I didn't listen to the right performance.

Don't know about the right performance. I'd say it's all about the right state of mind. Let go all your Western prejudices expectations about what, and how, sacred music should sound. Just listen. You don't have to understand any single word. Just listen.

Then ccome back and post your sincere reaction. Please do.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #811 on: May 15, 2019, 04:14:17 AM »
For my part -being a heathen  -I'm bowled over by this music, as I am by Bach's cantatas.

May I recommend this highly?


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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #812 on: May 16, 2019, 08:22:20 PM »
We share the same tastes on this composer. I don't know the Love Songs of Hafiz and the Three Fragments, though. I'd replace Mythes with Veni Creator.

You must hear Love Songs of Hafiz - such sensually gorgeous and exotic music! It reminded me of another "exotic" orchestral song cycle written around the same time by another Eastern European composer - Martinu's Magic Nights.
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« Reply #813 on: May 16, 2019, 08:34:37 PM »
Out of many wonderful recent discoveries and re-discoveries, I thought I'd mention the absolutely lovely Quintet in F major for the unusual combination of oboe, string trio, and piano by Theodore Dubois, featured on this CD:



This is exactly the type of melodic and elegant (yet not without depth) French Romanticism that I cherish. Dubois shows himself to be a melodist nearly on the level of Saint-Saens, which is no small feat. Gorgeous! Now off to explore more Dubois...
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« Reply #814 on: May 17, 2019, 05:43:28 AM »
Love that disc, too. Dubois is a second-rank, but high quality composer. The Palazatto BruZane book/discs is a very nice complement (3 discs), but I especially recommend this superb release from François-Zavier Roth-Les Siècles:


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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #815 on: May 17, 2019, 07:24:55 AM »
For my part -being a heathen  -I'm bowled over by this music, as I am by Bach's cantatas.

Maybe you're less of a heathen than you think you are...

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« Reply #816 on: May 17, 2019, 07:27:16 AM »
Dubois is a second-rank, but high quality composer.

Just like Richard Strauss, right?  :laugh:
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« Reply #817 on: May 17, 2019, 08:34:08 AM »
Just like Richard Strauss, right?  :laugh:
'second-rank, but dull' carries a slightly different meaning.  8)
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #818 on: May 17, 2019, 06:06:11 PM »
You must hear Love Songs of Hafiz - such sensually gorgeous and exotic music! It reminded me of another "exotic" orchestral song cycle written around the same time by another Eastern European composer - Martinu's Magic Nights.

Absolutely adore Martinů’s Magic Nights, but let’s not forget Nipponari as well, which is another gorgeous song cycle from him.
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« Reply #819 on: May 18, 2019, 05:26:53 PM »
You must hear Love Songs of Hafiz - such sensually gorgeous and exotic music! It reminded me of another "exotic" orchestral song cycle written around the same time by another Eastern European composer - Martinu's Magic Nights.

Sure, it's awaiting for me on my listening list!