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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1680 on: October 07, 2021, 09:34:45 AM »
This is a fabulous CD - one of my best discoveries of this year, especially for the Loeffler, Cowell and Hanson works. The Ruggles was interesting as well, although similar to the 'Sun-treader' but not quite as good:
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« Reply #1681 on: October 07, 2021, 03:07:24 PM »
This is a fabulous CD - one of my best discoveries of this year, especially for the Loeffler, Cowell and Hanson works. The Ruggles was interesting as well, although similar to the 'Sun-treader' but not quite as good:

Mine too, Jeffrey. A variegated and appealing program in stupendous recording and renditions.
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« Reply #1682 on: October 07, 2021, 05:10:16 PM »
This is a fabulous CD - one of my best discoveries of this year, especially for the Loeffler, Cowell and Hanson works. The Ruggles was interesting as well, although similar to the 'Sun-treader' but not quite as good:

A fine disc but I especially enjoyed the Loeffler, a composer I previously never encountered!

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« Reply #1683 on: October 07, 2021, 05:42:15 PM »
A fine disc but I especially enjoyed the Loeffler, a composer I previously never encountered!

Certainly, that is the best piece on the CD for sure. The other three are nothing but impressive and enjoyable as well. Each has its own style and stands out notable musical dexterities: rhythm, orchestral colour, thematic material, etc. The Loeffler is almost psychedelic in certain passages! What a piece.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1684 on: October 07, 2021, 07:42:50 PM »
This is a fabulous CD - one of my best discoveries of this year, especially for the Loeffler, Cowell and Hanson works. The Ruggles was interesting as well, although similar to the 'Sun-treader' but not quite as good:

I'm very eager to hear this!!
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« Reply #1685 on: October 07, 2021, 10:04:28 PM »
A fine disc but I especially enjoyed the Loeffler, a composer I previously never encountered!
Me too Karim. I only knew the Pagan Poem before. On the strength of the new Ondine disc I've ordered an all Loeffler CD. He's a much more interesting composer than I realised.
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« Reply #1686 on: October 07, 2021, 10:05:22 PM »
I'm very eager to hear this!!
I'm sure you will enjoy it Kyle.
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« Reply #1687 on: October 11, 2021, 05:31:06 AM »
Julius Roentgen - String Trios. Fifteen of them and not a single weak one. Haydnesque zest, Mendelssohnian elegance and Dvorakian tunefulness define these splendid works. And to think that they were written in the 1920s by a composer approaching his 80s. Amazing. A major discovery for me. (performed by the Lendvai String Trio)

Haydn - String Quartets Op. 1 and Op. 2. It's astonishing how early Haydn's genius revealed itself. These early SQs are more like divertimenti, being written in 5 movements, yet there is in them an amazing richness of musical ideas and an extraordinary variety of moods and feelings. Impressive. (performed by the Kodaly Quartet)
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1688 on: October 11, 2021, 06:39:30 AM »
Schubert: String Quartet No. 15 in G major

First of all, its length. This is a beast of a quartet, about 55 minutes in the recording I have. The first movement alone is 22 mins, and it has another of Schubert's quasi-chromaticisms after the extraordinary Sanctus from the E flat Mass.

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« Reply #1689 on: October 11, 2021, 08:06:22 AM »
Schubert: String Quartet No. 15 in G major

First of all, its length. This is a beast of a quartet, about 55 minutes in the recording I have. The first movement alone is 22 mins, and it has another of Schubert's quasi-chromaticisms after the extraordinary Sanctus from the E flat Mass.

Indeed, an extraordinary work. One of Schubert’s greatest masterpieces as well as one of my all-time favorite SQs.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1690 on: October 13, 2021, 11:34:36 AM »
Both works on that disc:



I’ve written about it October 12 in the WAYL2 thread. Further listening revealed even greater riches, a wealth of superb ideas and consummate craft. In the Huit mélodies for soprano and string quartet Karine Deshayes is nothing short of stupendous. She very much reminds me of Véronique Gens, only a notch lighter and younger sounding.

I also highly recommend Marteau’s beautiful clarinet quintet. There are half a dozen recordings available to choose from. I would imagine that couplings may help decide.

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« Reply #1691 on: October 14, 2021, 07:08:39 PM »
Both works on that disc:



I’ve written about it October 12 in the WAYL2 thread. Further listening revealed even greater riches, a wealth of superb ideas and consummate craft. In the Huit mélodies for soprano and string quartet Karine Deshayes is nothing short of stupendous. She very much reminds me of Véronique Gens, only a notch lighter and younger sounding.

I also highly recommend Marteau’s beautiful clarinet quintet. There are half a dozen recordings available to choose from. I would imagine that couplings may help decide.

Very interesting, Andre. Thanks!
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1692 on: October 19, 2021, 02:42:06 PM »
What an incredibly gripping composition!! Stankovych was another interesting Ukrainian figures of the 20th century. Just mindblowingly mesmerizing and haunting stuff!! A Symphonic Poem is something else.

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« Reply #1693 on: October 19, 2021, 04:09:42 PM »
Good to know, thanks Cesar ! I have some Stankovych and appreciate his works. His Symphony of Pastorals is a gem IMO. 

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« Reply #1694 on: October 20, 2021, 10:32:04 PM »
Good to know, thanks Cesar ! I have some Stankovych and appreciate his works. His Symphony of Pastorals is a gem IMO.

I've heard nos. 1-4 at least twice, but not this one, which seems to be his fifth, and it's for violin and orchestra.

This symphonic poem is seriously inspired music. He was a master of suspense and otherwordly atmospheres, and all of that happens here. Another work I find marvelous is Black Elegy for chorus and orchestra.
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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1695 on: Today at 12:23:47 AM »
Sometime last year I stumbled upon a disc of Stankovych's music which had Black Elegy, Symphonic Poem and Ave Maria on it, which I enjoyed.

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Re: Pieces that have blown you away recently
« Reply #1696 on: Today at 01:59:35 AM »
Mozart - March in D major KV 189

Five minutes of pure bliss. Music which could play when one enters Heaven.  :)
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« Reply #1697 on: Today at 08:24:45 AM »
Mozart - March in D major KV 189

Five minutes of pure bliss. Music which could play when one enters Heaven.  :)

Version I have lasts only 3'06".  I'll be in heaven waaay before you  :laugh:
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« Reply #1698 on: Today at 08:33:17 AM »
Version I have lasts only 3'06".  I'll be in heaven waaay before you  :laugh:

If that will be the case, please order a beer for me too!  :laugh:
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