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Composer Discussion / Re: Nikolay Miaskovsky (1881-1950)
« Last post by kyjo on November 27, 2021, 10:03:54 PM »
No love for the last symphony, the 27th? I'll have to give a listen to the SQ and Cello Sonata No. 2 you mention. I haven't heard them in quite some time.

It's a fine work but hasn't quite sent me off to the "Pieces that blown you away recently" thread, at least not yet. I'm a bit pickier about my Miaskovsky than some folks. ;)
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Composer Discussion / Re: Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
« Last post by kyjo on November 27, 2021, 09:55:25 PM »
A bit of shameless self-promotion, but here's a recent performance I gave of Rachmaninov's soulful and passionate Cello Sonata with pianist William Shi:

https://youtu.be/MueCGerxKaw

Enjoy! :)
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Composer Discussion / Re: Stephen Sondheim (1930-2021)
« Last post by kyjo on November 27, 2021, 09:50:45 PM »
RIP Mr. Sondheim. I've played in the pit orchestra for a production of his Sweeney Todd - I'm not familiar with too much musical theatre but it seems to be a masterpiece of the genre if there ever was one. The often advanced harmonies that Sondheim employs shows that he knew his 20th century composers! Not to mention there's some killer melodies found throughout the score.
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The Polling Station / Re: The Fifth: Sibelius or Nielsen?
« Last post by vers la flamme on November 27, 2021, 09:48:35 PM »
And yet, you were listening to Mahler's 8th for what appeared to be several weeks with no such complaints. ;) Kullervo is astonishing piece and I don't care what the naysayers say about it. Give a listen to the Dausgaard performance if you have it. Berglund/Bournemouth on EMI and Neeme Järvi on BIS also receive firm recommendations from me.

Touché  :laugh:  The recording I have and enjoy is the Vänskä/Lahti. I shall have to check out the ones you mention, but I'm going to wait until the work makes a bit more sense to me before I start buying other recordings.
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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Last post by vers la flamme on November 27, 2021, 09:45:36 PM »
^Y'all are making me want to check out this Arthur Bliss character...

... for now, the hits don't stop:



George Frideric Handel: Water Music Suite in F major, HWV 348. Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert

Such a good performance of this work, which I love.
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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Last post by kyjo on November 27, 2021, 09:38:40 PM »
Another Bliss ballet:

Arthur Bliss
Checkmate
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
David Lloyd-Jones




What a remarkable work! Totally imaginative and colorful, both the composition and orchestration. It's tremendously exciting in spots; I imagine it's not programmed in concert often, if at all (either the complete ballet or a suite.) Too bad, because it contains some wonderful music!

Pounds the table! Have you heard Bliss' deeply moving Meditations on a Theme of John Blow, which I consider to be his masterpiece?
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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Last post by kyjo on November 27, 2021, 09:24:11 PM »


Piano concerto by women composers. All 3 are substantial works that would be big hits in the concert hall. There is drive, energy, lots of colours and plenty of fireworks. Modernist/neo-classical would describe the styles best, but there is plenty of repose when needed. That’s an excellent release.

I have positive memories of the Kuzmenko concerto!
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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Last post by kyjo on November 27, 2021, 09:22:42 PM »


Little-known works of Busoni’s. The ‘Indianische Fantasie’ is not about India, but about what the booklet calls Red Indians  ::). It’s a substantial work for piano and orchestra. Gesang vom Reigen der Geister (Song of the Spirit dance) also draws from Native American folklore. It belongs to Busoni’s orchestral elegies (like his better-known Berceuse élégiaque). Both works were written near the beginning of WWI. Funny that another italian composer wrote an opera about the Wild West at the same period. There must have been a Buffalo Bill factor at work then. Fine performances and very good sound.

The Indianische Fantasie is a really colorful, interesting, and substantial work. It was a nice discovery for me a few months ago!
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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Last post by Mirror Image on November 27, 2021, 09:22:06 PM »
Revisiting this old friend:

Debussy
Estampes
Jacobs


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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Last post by kyjo on November 27, 2021, 09:19:29 PM »
Reinhold Glière
The Sirens, op. 33

Slovak PO - Stephen Gunzenhauser


Glière seems to be going for a Scriabin-esque tone poem, but with far more Romanticism. The sound isn't great from this mid-80's recording.

VS



Such an appropriately seductive, atmospheric work. A shame it wasn't included in Chandos' Glière survey, because it really calls for a top-notch performance and sound.
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