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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Last post by aligreto on Today at 12:28:47 PM »
You are a Buxtehude admirer, Soargin is one of your favorites  :)

Yes, Jan, I do admire Buxtehude's music but I am not very familiar with it. Yes also to Saorgin being a favourite  ;)

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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Last post by aligreto on Today at 12:24:47 PM »
Couperin, F: Deuxième Livre de Pieces de Clavecin [Rousset]





CD 2: Huitieme et Neuvieme Ordres
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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: Purchases Today
« Last post by Florestan on Today at 12:20:38 PM »
Romance Languages: getting to the point immediately for over 2 thousand years.

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The Polling Station / Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Last post by Mirror Image on Today at 12:16:13 PM »
…and my list now:

Ludwig van Beethoven
Richard Wagner
Claude Debussy
Maurice Ravel
Florent Schmitt
Manuel de Falla
Arnold Schoenberg
George Enescu
Igor Stravinsky
Pierre Boulez

A fine list, Rafael. I love all of these composers except for Schmitt who I’m just not impressed with.
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The Polling Station / Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Composers
« Last post by Madiel on Today at 12:11:34 PM »
My top 10, plus 14 runners-up. So sue me.  ;D

Bartók
Berg
Britten
Bruckner
Dvořák   
Ives
Janáček
Mahler
Shostakovich
Stravinsky

Berio
Debussy
Grisey
Gubaidulina
Hindemith
Lachenmann
Ligeti
Martinů
Prokofiev
Ravel

Rachmaninoff
Schnittke
Sibelius
Verdi

--Bruce

This the top 10 list. The top 25 list is down the hall.
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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: Purchases Today
« Last post by Madiel on Today at 12:09:38 PM »
Well, take the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, ie NATO. In Romanian, it's exactly the other way around: OTAN, ie Organizația Tratatului Atlanticului de Nord, --- just like in French, Italian and Spanish. ;D

In Romanian, the adjective is usually placed after the subject, save for poetical licenses. It's usually "a field green"; only in poetry or poetic prose one  encounters "a green field".  :D

Romance Languages: getting to the point immediately for over 2 thousand years.
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Composer Discussion / Re: Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937)
« Last post by Mirror Image on Today at 12:08:11 PM »
Cross-post from the ‘Listening’ thread:

Thanks, John, and good day to you as well.

I only have three Szymanowski albums in my collection: the Boulez I’m listening to now, Rattle conducting the Stabat Mater, the Litanies and Symphony No. 3 (so I have two recordings of that piece), and his complete King Roger coupled with Symphony No. 4.

I have nothing to compare it to, of course, but it appears to me that the Boulez and Terzlaff’s “cool” approach to the Violin Concerto No. 1 suits the music quite well. In any case, I’m thinking of getting Martin Jones’ complete traversal of the piano music (which can be had for a pittance, and the pianist made a good impression on me in his complete set of Roger-Ducasses’ piano works) or the string quartets (there’s a Naxos disc that has the complete).

Okay, where do I start? :D

The problem I have with the Szymanowski Boulez recording is I’m not how much time he had to really get inside the composer’s idiom. I mean he did come to the composer late in life whereas someone like Debussy, Schoenberg or Bartók, he had conducted for decades. I’m just not sure a cool approach works with Szymanowski, because this music is so sensual and, at many times, hot-blooded. Perhaps the younger Boulez would’ve done well in Szymanowski. Anyway, I would reconsider the Martin Jones traversal of the solo piano works and consider these two:



This is also a blistering recording:



Both of these recordings would be an excellent introduction to the composer’s solo piano music, IMHO. I never have been impressed with Martin Jones piano playing, but, you, of course, have a different viewpoint here.

For the VCs, this is still the one to beat for me:



This my favorite recording of King Roger:



If you can find this recording of the SQs, then jump on it:



This is also a great recording of the SQs:



I know you’re not a fan of works for violin and piano, but this disc is exquisite and a must-buy, IMHO:



For the symphonies, ballets and choral works, these are quite good I must say:



I hope this helps you in some way. I would recommend the songs, but I’m still in the process of wrapping my head around them. I haven’t really enjoyed a lot of what I’ve heard and I’m not sure if it’s the performances or the music itself.
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Thanks, John, and good day to you as well.

I only have three Szymanowski albums in my collection: the Boulez I’m listening to now, Rattle conducting the Stabat Mater, the Litanies and Symphony No. 3 (so I have two recordings of that piece), and his complete King Roger coupled with Symphony No. 4.

I have nothing to compare it to, of course, but it appears to me that the Boulez and Terzlaff’s “cool” approach to the Violin Concerto No. 1 suits the music quite well. In any case, I’m thinking of getting Martin Jones’ complete traversal of the piano music (which can be had for a pittance, and the pianist made a good impression on me in his complete set of Roger-Ducasses’ piano works) or the string quartets (there’s a Naxos disc that has the complete).

EDIT (TD):

And now, moving on to a work by Albert Roussel that didn’t make much of an impression on me when I first encountered it. Let’s see this time around.


Zdeněk Košler conducts soloists and the Czech Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra in Évocations, op. 15

Oh man, I didn’t want to turn this into long drawn-out Szymanowski discussion on this thread, so...

https://www.good-music-guide.com/community/index.php/topic,290.msg1384899.html#msg1384899
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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: Purchases Today
« Last post by Mirror Image on Today at 11:42:30 AM »


That Villa-Lobos String Trio is fantastic, Andre. I suspect you’ll enjoy, too.
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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: Purchases Today
« Last post by Mirror Image on Today at 11:41:45 AM »
Well, take the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, ie NATO. In Romanian, it's exactly the other way around: OTAN, ie Organizația Tratatului Atlanticului de Nord, --- just like in French, Italian and Spanish. ;D

In Romanian, the adjective is usually placed after the subject, save for poetical licenses. It's usually "a field green"; only in poetry or poetic prose one  encounters "a green field".  :D

Bizarre, but so cool. 8)
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