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Composer Discussion / Re: Dmitri's Dacha
« Last post by Mirror Image on Today at 07:29:19 PM »
Once again the Violin Concerto No. 1 manages to astound me. It strikes me like a genuine masterpiece in any standard. Wow, all the movements are eloquently and uniformly brilliant in conception and technique, mastery. Mordkovitch is on fire along with Järvi and the Scottish N. O.

What are your other favorite recordings on this unique creation?

It is an incredible concerto without question, Cesar. I love it dearly. It is one of the only works that I've listened to that actually had me in tears. Favorite performances? Certainly that Mordkovitch/Järvi recording you were listening to, but also Batiashvili/Salonen, Vengerov/Rostropovich and, more recently, Ibragimova/Jurowski, which, interestingly enough, wasn't a performance that won me over when I first heard it. I've heard many other performances, but none of them quite hit the mark like the afore mentioned ones have for me.
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I appreciate your kindness, indeed. № 1 is for orchestra, № 2 for band. № 3 will be for strings. I don't feel any motivation at present to write a choral symphony, but anything can happen.

Oh, I see. I ask because I've seen and heard you're mainly a solo choral and instrumental composer (?)

I'd like very interested in listening to those first two symphonies.
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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Last post by JBS on Today at 06:58:57 PM »
Yes, maybe he's not as striking at first as other composers are. It's music that demands attention and patience, and the music will grow on you. The Harpsichord Concerto, for instance, is a tour de force and "darkness".

Hmm, I forgot about the Harpsichord Concerto, which I did like from the start. (I have the Vinokur recording on Cedille.)

TD

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra playing Mozart: Serenades for Winds in E Flat major and c minor, K375 and K388.
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The Polling Station / Re: Your ‘Top 3’ Favorite Symphonists
« Last post by Symphonic Addict on Today at 06:44:00 PM »
Nielsen
Shostakovich
Beethoven


This was tough, actually, but rather fair as well.
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Finzi's music, somehow, reminds me of this sentiment or situation. I don't know that much about his work and life, but I do feel a strong sense of nostalgic that could include heartbreak and longing. An example is his Romance for string orchestra. The same goes for The Fall of the Leave (a similar name to that by Langgaard). BTW, there is a lovely section in the initial moments of his [Rued] Symphony No. 13 that makes me think of this emotion or state. A little nostalgic waltz?
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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Last post by Mandryka on Today at 06:09:59 PM »


Schliessmann’s Brahms is both highly intuitive and intellectually rarefied. This is pianism and music-making of a high order indeed. The sound is full, bold and immediate.

I have always been curious about this CD for the variations, which aren’t streaming. The thing that has stopped me from buying it is that I’m not interested in the sonata.
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The Diner / Re: Coronavirus thread
« Last post by Mandryka on Today at 06:01:47 PM »
For the discussion, let me remind people that my initial question to que was why Holland has introduced vaccine passports when it has a high rate of vaccination. I can see what France did it, as it had a very low rate of vaccination. Vaccine passports are clearly an effective nudge, and I can see that there’s an argument for that in utilitarian terms. The same argument may apply in some US states.

What disturbs me is that lack of openness about the decision. It seems that in both Holland and Finland at least passports have been waved through without the facts of the matter being laid open to scrutiny by the people. Yes introducing vaccines may reduce transmission, but by how much? It’s hardly an anodyne measure, its usefulness obviously depends on the extent of vaccination in place without it, and the reduction of transmission may not justify the reduction in liberty - who can say? Not me.

Don’t forget that passports are a means of controlling and monitoring the population. There is associated big data, an unvaccinated underclass is created etc. It is hardly a no brainer!

I don’t think it’s a good idea to trust government in parliamentary capitalism because, in that system, the leaders do not have the best interests of the people as a priority.
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The Diner / Re: Coronavirus thread
« Last post by Mandryka on Today at 05:52:00 PM »
It's worth remembering that proof of vaccinations has long existed in a variety of contexts including school and travel. Do you find those sensible or another example of government overreach and control?

Not in the Uk for school as far as I know, or for entry into the country. I don’t know about other countries. I’m not sure what I think about it, though it does seem prima facie iffy to refuse a child an education because his parents decline, rightly or wrongly, to get him vaccinated.
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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Last post by Daverz on Today at 05:48:24 PM »
Richard Strauss: Symphony No. 2



First listen to this very early work.
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Composer Discussion / Re: Dmitri's Dacha
« Last post by Symphonic Addict on Today at 05:35:32 PM »
Once again the Violin Concerto No. 1 manages to astound me. It strikes me like a genuine masterpiece in any standard. Wow, all the movements are eloquently and uniformly brilliant in conception and technique, mastery. Mordkovitch is on fire along with Järvi and the Scottish N. O.

What are your other favorite recordings on this unique creation?
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