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Offline Pizzicato-Polka

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Greetings from Poland
« on: March 23, 2022, 05:57:15 AM »
Hallo everyone,

while I always enjoyed classical music (thanks to my father's CD collection), I re-discovered it recently and fell in deep love. I'm still getting to know the core classical canon and don't really know music theory, so I probably won't add much to the discussions, but it's nonetheless wonderful to have such a great & active place of research like this forum at my disposal. I'm looking forward to reading your recommendations and thoughts!

My favorite composers as of now are Vivaldi, J. Strauss II, Paganini, Brahms and Sibelius* - but to be honest, I really like almost everyone I'm listening to. These 5 simply stand out to me because of how happy their music makes me; it fills me with a will to live. My most beloved instrument is by far the violin, both solo and especially with an orchestra, and my least preferred pieces are those for solo piano (I'm sorry, I know the piano part is kind of a heresy... maybe it will change with time).

If I had to choose, my most listened to piece is the entirety of 24 caprices (performed by honestly anyone, I love many versions, but especially the live Alexander Markov ones for the liveliness). I find them energetic & relaxing at the same time, plus they're extremely effective as a stress relief for me.

I speak Polish, English, German and French. Once again hallo!

*I discovered him 2 days ago & didn't listen to many of his works yet, but I fell in love with Karelia & Karelia Suite (as well as with Symphony no 1) so hard that I couldn't stop listening to different recordings of the same movements, over and over. The only other time this happened to me was with 24 caprices. So for that alone, Sibelius gets to already be part of my favorites list.


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Re: Greetings from Poland
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2022, 06:00:07 AM »
Hello, Pizzicato-Polka, and after your lovely introduction, welcome. You will find many here who share your love of the composers you mention.

In any case, have a good time. And also, feel free to give us a glimpse of musical life in Poland. (I hope to get there some day.)

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Re: Greetings from Poland
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2022, 06:26:19 AM »
Hello and welcome to GMG !  ;D
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Re: Greetings from Poland
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2022, 07:08:20 AM »
A warm welcome from Romania! Enjoy your time here!
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Re: Greetings from Poland
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2022, 07:27:40 AM »
...I fell in love with Karelia & Karelia Suite (as well as with Symphony no 1) so hard that I couldn't stop listening to different recordings of the same movements, over and over...

When you wrote that you were also telling my story, but nearly fifty years ago.  ;)

Try En Saga, it was the first tone poem l ever learned, And is still my favorite.
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« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2022, 07:29:30 AM »
Your pardon - welcome!

( I sometimes get excited enough about music to forget my manners. )
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Re: Greetings from Poland
« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2022, 07:33:29 AM »
Welcome Pizzcato-Polka!

Looking forward to reading your observations and reactions to music as well as (hopefully) what life is like for you in Poland.  Would love to visit there someday.

And delighted to hear that you are enjoying Sibelius' music.   He's a big favorite of mine (hence why I chose my "name" and avatar).  And like LKB, I really enjoy his tone poems too.  :D

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Re: Greetings from Poland
« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2022, 07:40:36 AM »
Welcome!

My grandparents on my father's side were from Poland and I enjoyed playing bass in polka bands when I was in college. I, too, would like to visit there some day.

Glad to have you on board!
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Re: Greetings from Poland
« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2022, 08:16:03 AM »
Welcome!

I'd say we have plenty of Sibelius related discussions to read up on...  :D

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Re: Greetings from Poland
« Reply #9 on: March 23, 2022, 09:26:19 AM »
Welcome!
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Re: Greetings from Poland
« Reply #10 on: March 23, 2022, 09:46:58 AM »
Greetings  :)
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Re: Greetings from Poland
« Reply #11 on: March 23, 2022, 10:12:27 AM »
Hello and welcome to GMG.
I am probably the only member already here that does not like the sound of a solo piano so we share that in common.
There are a large number of Polish people living and working here in Ireland and I have a number of friends among them. I just love their food.
Enjoy your time here and ask questions. The nice people here are very willing to help you.
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Re: Greetings from Poland
« Reply #12 on: March 23, 2022, 10:47:30 AM »
Greetings from Norway!

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Re: Greetings from Poland
« Reply #13 on: March 23, 2022, 12:16:56 PM »
Welcome from Canada!  :)

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Re: Greetings from Poland
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Re: Greetings from Poland
« Reply #15 on: March 24, 2022, 06:47:38 AM »
Thank you a lot for all the kind replies!

And also, feel free to give us a glimpse of musical life in Poland. (I hope to get there some day.)

--Bruce

Thank you! It's a bit hard for me to attend musical events, so I'm afraid I won't be able to do much first-hand reporting. However, I can still try to inform about interesting PL releases, be it new or older. And to everyone who said they'd love to visit, I hope you get your wish someday and like your stay!

Looking forward to reading your observations and reactions to music as well as (hopefully) what life is like for you in Poland.

Thank you! I'd say in general life is good, nothing to complain. :) But if you meant recently, in the context of Russia's invasion on Ukraine, then I'm afraid I'd like to rest from this topic on this forum. I'll just admit it's hard, as I have an Ukrainian friend who has to hide in house all day, hearing non-stop explosions and fighting around. Reading the news is depressing, especially as we know here that Poland might be next on Putin's list in future, NATO country or not. For now I'm trying to support Ukraine by donations. I also had an argument with a close Russian friend about the topic, and it hurt me deeply, since it turned out said friend supported Kremlin's propaganda. Obviously it's all nothing compared to Ukrainians' suffering, but still weighs heavy on me. Classical music is how I want to focus on what's beautiful in mankind.

I am probably the only member already here that does not like the sound of a solo piano so we share that in common.

Thank you! I'm honestly relieved to hear that, haha! And I'd love to visit Ireland, it seems like such a beautiful country.

When you wrote that you were also telling my story, but nearly fifty years ago.  ;) Try En Saga, it was the first tone poem l ever learned, And is still my favorite.

Thank you! It's so heartwarming to me that 2 different people, many years and miles apart, had the same reaction. And thank you so much for the recommendation! I enjoyed En Saga a lot, loved how the mood was changing through it, and how it so clearly told a story! I also adored how it could feel like listening to the wind, at first as a delicate breeze, and then heavy with a quickly upcoming storm.

These are my favorite fragments (I listened to this version first, so the timestamps are from it; I then listened to the Lahti/Vänskä recordings from 1892 + 1902 too):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdhG_dM_Suw

1.04-1.43  - this is the delicate breeze I was talking about, just magical.

4.10-5.02   - my favorite melody from the whole piece, by far. So wonderfully elegant, to me it kind of... carries away the soul to a dance, the way Strauss waltzes carry away the feet (if that makes any sense). I wish it recurred more!

13.05-15.00 - that increasing intensity is fantastic, I just adore the thundering background! Especially in the final moments of this part - that was my opinion already with FRSO/Saraste, but Lahti/Vänskä take the cake with the much more bombastic accent on those last notes, what an explosion! On the other hand, the thundering background in this part sounds more imposing/unsettling as a whole in FRSO/Saraste to me (not to say it's not the case with Lahti/Vänskä, but I just felt it more). And I'm sure there are many other beautiful recordings out there! Is your fav L/V, as it seems to be the case for anything Sibelius for most people, or someone else?

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Re: Greetings from Poland
« Reply #16 on: March 25, 2022, 07:52:51 PM »
Welcome aboard! I'm a HUGE Sibelius fan, so I look forward to conversing with you about this composer in more detail.
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Re: Greetings from Poland
« Reply #17 on: March 25, 2022, 08:58:55 PM »
Another friendly and warm welcome from here too!
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« Reply #18 on: March 26, 2022, 02:51:17 AM »
Thank you again, everyone!

Welcome aboard! I'm a HUGE Sibelius fan, so I look forward to conversing with you about this composer in more detail.
I'm honoured you say so, but also afraid I'm not that good at expressing my musical thoughts (I just write how a piece makes me feel), and my recording comparisons aren't educated at all either. So if I do talk about it, I just hope to not be annoying!  :-\

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Re: Greetings from Poland
« Reply #19 on: March 26, 2022, 03:08:50 AM »
Thank you again, everyone!
I'm honoured you say so, but also afraid I'm not that good at expressing my musical thoughts (I just write how a piece makes me feel), and my recording comparisons aren't educated at all either. So if I do talk about it, I just hope to not be annoying!  :-\

Do not fear that and just write what you feel. Be simple and true.  :)
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