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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55320 on: December 02, 2021, 12:33:15 PM »
Douglas Moore 'In Memoriam':
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

'The test of a work of art is, in the end, our affection for it, not our ability to explain why it is good' (Stanley Kubrick).

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55321 on: December 02, 2021, 12:37:25 PM »



Looks interesting!

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55322 on: December 02, 2021, 01:13:32 PM »
I am listening to these 2 discs of Brahms Late Piano Works

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55323 on: December 02, 2021, 01:13:44 PM »
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55324 on: December 02, 2021, 01:39:06 PM »
I am now listening To Yo-Yo Ma playing Kabalevsky's Cello Concerto No. 1 With Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra

Am a fan of that disc, including the Shosty 1st there, underrated IMO.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55325 on: December 02, 2021, 01:42:23 PM »
The last of Alfvén's Symphonies:

Hugo Alfvén
Symphony no. 5
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic
Neeme Järvi

(on Spotify)



The Bergakungen suite is delightful, of course - the Shepherdess's Dance is so much fun! And the Fifth Symphony is a dark, turbulent work (though it ends quasi-heroically), again richly scored like most of Alfvén's later works. I definitely connected with the Fourth Symphony (and to a lesser extent the Fifth), as well as 'Legend of the Skerries' and the Rhapsodie, and of course Bergakungen is a masterpiece! Still warming up to the first three symphonies and some of the earlier orchestral works. At his best, Alfvén is a gifted melodist and a splendid orchestrator with a lot to say!

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55326 on: December 02, 2021, 02:21:23 PM »
Nielsen
Symphony № 4, « Det uudslukkelige » Op. 29 FS 76
Royal Phil
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How is this? And the violin concerto with Tellefsen?
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55328 on: December 02, 2021, 03:41:30 PM »


Ennemond Gaultier: Suite in F-sharp minor. Toyohiko Satoh

Thanks to Mandryka and DBK for alerting me to the existence of this fascinating artist, the Japanese lutenist Toyohiko Satoh. Damn, what a plaintive instrument is the lute.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55329 on: December 02, 2021, 04:17:57 PM »
Peter Maxwell Davies
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55330 on: December 02, 2021, 04:29:47 PM »
Havergal Brian Symphonies Nos. 22, 23, 24




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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55331 on: December 02, 2021, 04:34:03 PM »
Inspired by Jeffrey listening to Dello Joio... couldn't find Meditations on Ecclesiastes on Spotify, but I did find this:

Norman Dello Joio
The Triumph of St. Joan Symphony
Boston Modern Orchestra Project
Gil Rose

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Tuneful, pleasant, and thoroughly tonal, if not particularly memorable on first hearing.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55332 on: December 02, 2021, 05:29:41 PM »


Looks interesting!

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Well, it took me two listenings to figure I much prefer Krenek in a tonal vein vs his dodecaphonist method (the Pallas Athene symphony). Mind you, the 7 Orchestral Pieces are atonal but in a more aphoristic, pointillist way - much like those by Webern or Schönberg, actually. The symphony is actually a suite from a late opera. Rather dour and heavy going for my taste.

So yes, an interesting program with some challenging music and some very approchable pieces. It’s like listening to two entirely different composers.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55333 on: December 02, 2021, 05:56:32 PM »
Bruckner: Symphony No. 1



Very good performance, but the acoustic is rather barn-like.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55334 on: December 02, 2021, 06:52:29 PM »
Well, it took me two listenings to figure I much prefer Krenek in a tonal vein vs his dodecaphonist method (the Pallas Athene symphony). Mind you, the 7 Orchestral Pieces are atonal but in a more aphoristic, pointillist way - much like those by Webern or Schönberg, actually. The symphony is actually a suite from a late opera. Rather dour and heavy going for my taste.

So yes, an interesting program with some challenging music and some very approchable pieces. It’s like listening to two entirely different composers.

I listened to that disc the last year, but I couldn't come to grips with the music. My feelings are similar to yours. There are few works of this composer I can say I enjoy.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55335 on: December 02, 2021, 06:53:53 PM »
The last of Alfvén's Symphonies:

Hugo Alfvén
Symphony no. 5
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic
Neeme Järvi

(on Spotify)



The Bergakungen suite is delightful, of course - the Shepherdess's Dance is so much fun! And the Fifth Symphony is a dark, turbulent work (though it ends quasi-heroically), again richly scored like most of Alfvén's later works. I definitely connected with the Fourth Symphony (and to a lesser extent the Fifth), as well as 'Legend of the Skerries' and the Rhapsodie, and of course Bergakungen is a masterpiece! Still warming up to the first three symphonies and some of the earlier orchestral works. At his best, Alfvén is a gifted melodist and a splendid orchestrator with a lot to say!

The last statement is quite true! I do enjoy the symphonies 2-5, though.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55336 on: December 02, 2021, 06:55:12 PM »
Thoughts on the Ballet Suite? (none of whose numbers, I have heard, I don't think.)

24 hours later I hardly remember anything from it. Perhaps it was too light a pendant for the symphony. Three movements (Introduction, Waltz, Scherzo), composed in 1953, just under 13 minutes in length total.
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One of the three CDs in this set is devoted to French composers. So tonight I listen to works by Poulenc, Ferrenc, Roussel, and Caplet.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55337 on: December 02, 2021, 07:00:48 PM »
Popov: Quartet-Symphony

The work is up to the expectations, but I'll need more listens to have a better idea about it. It's truly an ambitious piece full of striking moments. A very fine new release so far.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55338 on: December 02, 2021, 07:03:54 PM »
Malcolm Arnold
Electra (complete ballet)
BBC Philharmonic
Rumon Gamba

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It's only 15 minutes long, but wow, is this packed with intensity and passion! There's other good stuff on this disc that I'll listen to tomorrow.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #55339 on: December 02, 2021, 07:10:32 PM »
The last statement is quite true! I do enjoy the symphonies 2-5, though.

It really is! He reminds me of Dvorak in that way, able to write the most gorgeous tunes seemingly effortlessly. I'll keep listening to the first three symphonies - I quite enjoyed the Third, actually, but I felt the end of the symphony (as well as the end of the first movement) were anticlimactic. But I can see there's a lot to love. And of course the complete Bergakungen is a complete revelation, one of the favorite things I've listened to in quite some time!
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