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The Diner / Re: Tennis anyone?
Last post by LKB - Today at 04:04:44 PM
Quote from: Pohjolas Daughter on Today at 07:59:54 AMWow, that was quite the up and down match!  Almost 4 hours!  Wonder how he'll recover from it?  And he's scheduled to play two matches tomorrow (singles and doubles).


Rafa has been about as fit as anyone who ever held a raquet, aside from injuries. I've no doubt he'll be ready tomorrow, though he'll undoubtedly be feeling it.
A pair of concerts at Ravinia this weekend. First, on Saturday:

Mahler: Symphony No. 9
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop, conductor

My favorite Mahler symphony, which I've heard 5 or 6 times already, though the last time was about 12 years ago.

On Sunday, a free chamber music concert:

Schubert: Rondo brillant in B minor (for violin and piano), D. 895
Ravel: Sonata for Violin and Cello, M. 73
Ligeti: String Quartet No. 1 ("MĂ©tamorphoses nocturnes")
Schubert: Piano Trio No. 2 in E-flat major, D. 929
General Classical Music Discussion / Re: Purchases Today
Last post by JBS - Today at 02:55:07 PM
One of Arkivmusic's weekend specials seems to be have been curated by @Bachtoven .
 So I went for it.
Quote from: Lisztianwagner on Today at 12:03:48 PMThanks for the feedback. That's true, Mahler's influence is clearly perceivable on that Wellesz' symphony, particularly in the third movement with its tense and nostalgic atmosphere; a very fine, crafted work overall anyway. It rather surprised me, because, knowing that Wellesz was one of Schönberg's pupils, I thought the symphony could be more dissonant in the way of dodecaphony, instead it was nearer to tonality.

You will be delighted if you try the last three too!

Speaking of Wellesz: His symphonies 7-9

Completing my revisitation to this cycle. I found myself surprised by the quality of these three symphonies, which are decidedly dodecaphonic, and this time I did enjoy them very much to the point of being quite gripped, even thrilled. I often struggle with twelve-tone music, but with Wellesz it didn't happen. Somehow these works clicked on me, the music flowed almost effortlessly. Perhaps it also has to do with the fact that I've been more exposed to this kind of music in the last years.

This is one of the most satisfying, consistent, rewarding symphony cycles by a non-major composer I've come across (where I also include Tubin and Alwyn, for instance).

Quote from: foxandpeng on July 18, 2024, 11:35:15 PMVasks is sublime. Possibly my favourite living composer.

He's certainly one of my favorite ones for sure.
Not I.
The Diner / Re: The Beatles Backyard
Last post by Dry Brett Kavanaugh - Today at 02:14:19 PM
My favorite Beatles songs: Revised.

She Said She Said
Yes It Is
Hey Bulldog
Tomorrow Never Knows
Dear Prudence
Good Night
Here Comes the Sun
Old Brown Shoe
Only a Northern Song
Oh Darling
Drive My Car
Composer Discussion / Re: Franz Schubert
Last post by Que - Today at 01:59:23 PM
Quote from: lordlance on Today at 12:46:25 PMAlso curious for thoughts on this 12 disc Schubert box set of keyboard works on fortepiano which I've not come across before -

Definitely recommended!

Also: Vermeulen's earlier recordings on Vanguard, any of Andreas Staier's Schubert recordings, Alexei Lubimov's Impromptus and a recording by Jos van Immerseel of D960 & D946 "Abschied von einem Freunde".
General Classical Music Discussion / Re: Purchases Today
Last post by DavidW - Today at 01:54:17 PM
Lajtha is an underrated composer!
Johann Sebastian Bach  Organ Works Vol. 17, Gerhard Weinberger Schroeter Organ Wandersleben, Volckland Organ Muehlberg