Started by Judith, July 01, 2020, 02:39:21 AM
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Quote from: Judith on July 01, 2020, 02:39:21 AMEvery month, I focus on a work that am not very familiar with. Repeatedly listen so I can familiarise myself. End result is expansion of my listening repertoire. Anyone else do anything similar?This month is Sibelius Symphony no 6.After finding his 4th "hard work", this one seems easier.Although have three recordings, listened toNeeme JarviGothenburg Symphony Orchestra🎼🎼
Quote from: Mirror Image on July 01, 2020, 06:21:19 AMI tend to focus on certain composers rather than singling out a certain work. I couldn't imagine focusing on one work and that be my primary focus, but to each their own.
Quote from: T. D. on July 01, 2020, 12:22:43 PMI also generally focus on a composer. But sometimes I'll focus on a set of works, for instance LvB piano sonatas or string quartets. Maybe an opera, though I very rarely purchase multiple recordings of operas (a while back I compared the Solti and Goodall Gotterdammerungs).I don't predefine the duration (e.g. month); that winds up being determined by how the project goes and my (questionable) attention span.
Quote from: Judith on July 01, 2020, 02:39:21 AMEvery month, I focus on a work that am not very familiar with. Repeatedly listen so I can familiarise myself. End result is expansion of my listening repertoire. Anyone else do anything similar?
Quote from: aligreto on July 02, 2020, 06:04:25 AMI have really only done this once in my listening lifetime and it was for a very specific reason. As a piece of background information I have always disliked the sound of solo piano music with few exceptions. I find it difficult to listen to the instrument for prolonged periods. It has always been thus. [Piano concertos and a well balanced piano chamber ensemble are fine.] Anyway, a long time ago on another forum we had monthly listening projects and one of those was Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. The object was to listen to the work in as many presentations as one liked, particularly if one was not familiar with the work. At the time I had one or maybe two of the orchestral versions in my collection and I would not have listened very often to those. My listening companions were putting pressure on me [knowing my aversion] to listen to the original piano version. I did so in the cause of science! I ended up buying four different versions, which in itself was a miracle, and I never looked back. The original piano version has long been the only version of that music that I will listen to now. My conversion, in this particular case, was complete!
Quote from: Mirror Image on July 02, 2020, 12:51:09 PMI think one reason why I don't do a monthly focus on one particular work is to avoid burnout. There is much to be said with listening to a variety of music. It's kind of like if I focused on Holst's The Planets for example for an entire month. I'd get sick of it and I don't want this to happen, because I love this piece. This is why my listening is composer-centric and not focused on one work in particular. Not only that, I could never stick to some kind of regiment in my listening anyway.
Quote from: Pohjolas Daughter on July 02, 2020, 01:11:51 PMI do admire your enthusiastic (right word?) explorations of composers of which maybe one work really clicks with you; it seems, to me anyway, that you then heartily dive in ....heart first. I've noticed that other enthusiasts for a particular composer, when they hear that you've enjoyed something by composer 'X', are then keen to suggest other works for you to listen to (sometimes feeling rather like an inundation...LOL ). But it's all good; that's why were here. If a composer really starts to resonate with me, I do love exploring other works by them....and learning about their life and times, influences on their music, who all they influenced, etc. In short: it opens up Pandora's Box! Best wishes,PD
Quote from: Pohjolas Daughter on July 02, 2020, 12:33:56 PMOh, how interesting Fergus! Do you have a favorite recording of the piano version? I believe that I only have one version (but with those boxed sets, who knows?!) and it's with S. Richter. It's the Sofia (live) one. Sound is rough, but I was mesmorized by the performance!Best,PD
Quote from: Judith on August 02, 2020, 06:26:13 AMDecided my focus for this month is Beethoven String Quartet in C Major op 59 no 3 Razumovsky. Familiar with the other two because have seen them performed live but not this one. Very easy to take in and some lovely melodies also. Performed by Endellion String Quartet🎻🎻🎼🎼
Quote from: Judith on September 05, 2020, 05:49:33 AMThis month, it isShostakovich Piano Trio no 2 in E MinorLively, vibrant and challenging (who says I don't like a challenge?).Listening to a lovely recording byJoshua BellSteven IsserlisOlli Mustonen
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