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« Reply #17880 on: May 28, 2020, 03:22:46 PM »
This disc is one of the best things to ever come out of the Soviet Union !

+ 1 Two masterpieces on one disc.
“There will be sunshine again and the violins will sing of peace on earth.” - Closing line from Weinberg’s Symphony No. 6, Op. 79

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« Reply #17881 on: May 28, 2020, 03:41:30 PM »
Vox amoris from this recording:

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« Reply #17882 on: May 28, 2020, 03:54:52 PM »
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« Reply #17883 on: May 28, 2020, 04:28:40 PM »



First disc.
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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #17884 on: May 28, 2020, 04:52:58 PM »
Dvorak Symphony No. 8



Thrilling and beautifully recorded, with a very solid bass foundation for such an old recording (1961).

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« Reply #17885 on: May 28, 2020, 04:54:53 PM »


Souvenir: Trois morceaux dans le genre pathétique

Alkan is one of my favorite piano composers. His works are imbued with much mysticism and spark. These Hyperion cover arts chosen for some of his works suit perfectly to the gothic atmosphere they manage to depict.

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« Reply #17886 on: May 28, 2020, 05:29:14 PM »
SQ No. 12 from this set:

“There will be sunshine again and the violins will sing of peace on earth.” - Closing line from Weinberg’s Symphony No. 6, Op. 79

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« Reply #17887 on: May 28, 2020, 05:42:20 PM »

Disc 8, late (24, 30-32) sonatas.

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« Reply #17888 on: May 28, 2020, 06:14:34 PM »
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« Reply #17889 on: June 03, 2020, 12:05:58 PM »


Kalevi Aho - Clarinet Concerto

Continuing my traversal on these concertos. Aho makes the clarinet sound with much distinctiveness, and he's not ashamed to use a full orchestra to provide all of sorts of possible sonorities and colour.
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« Reply #17890 on: June 03, 2020, 12:39:47 PM »
I just noticed that this post of mine ended up in the wrong thread  ::).



Disc two of this heart-warming set. Contents:

- Adagio y fuga, para violoncello y orquesta (1948)
- Sinfonía de la danza prima - Sinfonía no 3 (1951)
- El palo verde, suite de ballet (1956)
- Cuadros de la Naturaleza (1967)
- Tema variado y fuga, en estilo dodecafónico (1963-67)

Prieto delved into dodecaphonism late in her career, adapting the serial technique to her own style, using hyperchromaticism and tone clusters. In the works prior to the sixties her language was warmly tonal, practically always rooted in dance and folk tunes from her native Asturias.

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #17891 on: June 03, 2020, 01:07:19 PM »
Telemann, GP - Windy Music - a lot of GP's wind music today, and much more the last few days - wrote a long 're-activation' post in the 'Telemann Thread' a few days ago but disappeared w/ the server crash unfortunately - Dave :).

     

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #17892 on: June 03, 2020, 01:12:16 PM »
Bloch.
Great to have these two fine works on one CD but I read somewhere that, by doing so, the sound is not as good as on the original separate releases. Still sounds fine to me however:

"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

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Kalevi Aho - Clarinet Concerto

Continuing my traversal on these concertos. Aho makes the clarinet sound with much distinctiveness, and he's not ashamed to use a full orchestra to provide all of sorts of possible sonorities and colour.

Pounds the table! Remarkable work, Cesar.

Aho’s Flute Concerto for me:

“There will be sunshine again and the violins will sing of peace on earth.” - Closing line from Weinberg’s Symphony No. 6, Op. 79

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #17894 on: June 03, 2020, 03:00:36 PM »
Pounds the table! Remarkable work, Cesar.

Aho’s Flute Concerto for me:



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« Reply #17895 on: June 03, 2020, 03:20:13 PM »
Theremin Concerto



A fascinating work and, although I don’t think about the theremin when I walking down the street like I do the violin or the piano, this is a finely written work. It’s called Acht Jahreszeiten (Eight Seasons). Here are some notes on this concerto:

In the Concerto for Theremin, there is also a theatrical element, this time springing from the nature of the instrument itself. Invented in 1920, the theremin is the world's first electronic instrument, and consists of two antennae, both of which respond to the movements of the player's hand in the air. The instrument is played without being touched, and Aho describes the experience of hearing it as 'magical – the soloist is like a magician, a weaver of spells, producing music just by moving his hands without touching the instrument at all.' After having been introduced to the theremin by Carolina Eyck, and deciding to write a work for her and the Lapland Chamber Orchestra, this 'shamanistic aspect' led Aho to conceive of 'Eight Seasons': a concerto in eight movements, played without a break, and based on the traditional division of the year by the Sami, the indigenous people of Lapland. The wide range of sounds and effects available on the theremin are used by Aho to depict seasonal events such as the first frost, the melting of the ice and the midnight sun, and his score also exploits Carolina Eyck's unusual ability to simultaneously sing and play the theremin.

[Taken from the BIS website]

Also, this may be of interest:

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/SEEjKG2g5Tc" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" class="bbc_link bbc_flash_disabled new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/SEEjKG2g5Tc</a>
“There will be sunshine again and the violins will sing of peace on earth.” - Closing line from Weinberg’s Symphony No. 6, Op. 79

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Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Reply #17896 on: June 03, 2020, 03:39:02 PM »
Theremin Concerto



A fascinating work and, although I don’t think about the theremin when I walking down the street like I do the violin or the piano, this is a finely written work. It’s called Acht Jahreszeiten (Eight Seasons). Here are some notes on this concerto:

In the Concerto for Theremin, there is also a theatrical element, this time springing from the nature of the instrument itself. Invented in 1920, the theremin is the world's first electronic instrument, and consists of two antennae, both of which respond to the movements of the player's hand in the air. The instrument is played without being touched, and Aho describes the experience of hearing it as 'magical – the soloist is like a magician, a weaver of spells, producing music just by moving his hands without touching the instrument at all.' After having been introduced to the theremin by Carolina Eyck, and deciding to write a work for her and the Lapland Chamber Orchestra, this 'shamanistic aspect' led Aho to conceive of 'Eight Seasons': a concerto in eight movements, played without a break, and based on the traditional division of the year by the Sami, the indigenous people of Lapland. The wide range of sounds and effects available on the theremin are used by Aho to depict seasonal events such as the first frost, the melting of the ice and the midnight sun, and his score also exploits Carolina Eyck's unusual ability to simultaneously sing and play the theremin.

[Taken from the BIS website]

Also, this may be of interest:

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/SEEjKG2g5Tc" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" class="bbc_link bbc_flash_disabled new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/SEEjKG2g5Tc</a>

Interesting to read, John. Thanks for sharing. Yet another concerto I'll be listening to these days. The theremin is such a peculiar instrument. Its sound is similar to a soprano voice.

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« Reply #17897 on: June 03, 2020, 03:42:29 PM »
Interesting to read, John. Thanks for sharing. Yet another concerto I'll be listening to these days. The theremin is such a peculiar instrument. Its sound is similar to a soprano voice.

It’s a rather unusual instrument, but I think Aho has done something truly original with it. This concerto is rather bizarre, but it has a certain understated ‘other-worldliness’ to it that I find alluring and ear-fetching.
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« Reply #17898 on: June 03, 2020, 03:48:32 PM »


Water Music, Op. 82b

This is the version for symphony orchestra. Two pompous and celebratory outer movements, whilst the 2nd movement is so peaceful, featuring one of his most nostalgic tunes. Somehow that melody reminds me of my childhood.




Arthur Somervell - Symphony in D minor Thalassa

Uninspired and down-watered work. Something to forget.  ::)
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Water Music, Op. 82b

This is the version for symphony orchestra. Two pompous and celebratory outer movements, whilst the 2nd movement is so peaceful, featuring one of his most nostalgic tunes. Somehow that melody reminds me of my childhood.

Very nice. I’ll have to dig more into that box set. It seems we’re the only ones listening to anything tonight, Cesar. :D
“There will be sunshine again and the violins will sing of peace on earth.” - Closing line from Weinberg’s Symphony No. 6, Op. 79