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Thread: Current Listening Vol II

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    Today for me it was:

    Henze - Symphony No. 3 (the recent Wergo recording by Janowski - I prefer it to Henze's own DG version of a few years ago).

    Marthinsen - Concerto for 3 trombones - remarkably likeable piece. I expected lots of slides and virtuosic writing. I'm sure there are plenty of difficulties in it, but one doesn't particularly notice the virtuosity--the music itself takes front stage. Firmly grounded in tonality, but thoroughly modern in style. I would like to hear more of Marthinsen's music.

    Beethoven - 3rd symphony recorded by Liebowitz

    And just as an encore, Elgar's First Pomp and Circumstance March in D minor. Sure, it's bombastic, but it's a cheerful and noble bombast. Makes me want to graduate.

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    Beethoven's Late String Quartets - Quartetto Italiano

    - String Quartet No. 14 just might be my favorite thing right now, not sure I've heard anything more beautiful.

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    Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 in C minor (1890 Version, Haas edition)
    Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Boulez

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiesIraeVIX View Post
    Beethoven's Late String Quartets - Quartetto Italiano

    - String Quartet No. 14 just might be my favorite thing right now, not sure I've heard anything more beautiful.

    And probably not more beautifully played, either.
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    Dvorak Piano Quartets - Mozart Piano Quartet

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    I'm starting to get Debussy on the brain. I started to listen to The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian, but I had to abandon that for tonight.

    I have settled on Alypius's suggestion of Dukas' Piano Sonata, in the (live) interpretation of Hamelin. I have never heard the piece before.

    As I'm starting the fourth movement, I have to say, "what incredible piano playing." The sheet music is on the video and I have partly followed along (yes, I can sort of do it, but I easily get lost, and I don't really know how high or low the notes sound). I cannot believe the complexity. How a person can manage to separately time the fingers of each hand to that (to anything, actually), is beyond comprehension

    Silly thought, but I'm trying to understand concepts I've been reading about in Copland's discussion of monophonic, homophonic and polyphonic... The left hand is not just adding harmony here, is it? It seems far too complex, so that makes this piece polyphonic?
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    Josquin L'homme Arme

    Palestrina Missa Viri Galilaei

    Stravinsky Canticum Sacrum and Abraham and Isaac

    Abrahamsen Schnee -> this is really quite a discovery of a 21st century composer I haven't heard of until now. Very economical in its expression but very communicative... kind of like the Renaissance music I've been listening to!

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    Lehar Piano Sonatas - Wolf Harden, piano

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    Youri Egorov playing Schumann.

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    W. A. Mozart, Requiem in D minor, K. 626 (Sir Neville Marriner; McNair; Watkinson; Araiza; Lloyd; Heltay; Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chorus; Academy of St Martin in the Fields).

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    Richard Strauss: Elektra
    Karl Bohm & Staatskapelle Dresden, Inge Borkh, DFD et al.

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    This is my first listen to this recording, inspired by listening to Bohm's Beethoven Ninth.

    While I am still not sure about his Beethoven - I will need more time to listen as I was perhaps a little tired yesterday and as such may not have given the attention it deserved, this recording of Elektra has seized my attention from the first bars.

    A glorious rich recording with great casting - especially in Inge Borkh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SeptimalTritone View Post
    Josquin L'homme Arme

    Palestrina Missa Viri Galilaei

    Stravinsky Canticum Sacrum and Abraham and Isaac

    Abrahamsen Schnee -> this is really quite a discovery of a 21st century composer I haven't heard of until now. Very economical in its expression but very communicative... kind of like the Renaissance music I've been listening to!
    I'm quite fascinated by Schnee! You might enjoy this blog post about the piece I found a while back

    http://musicofourepoch.wordpress.com...amsens-schnee/

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    John Cage's Three Dances - Gerard Bouwhuis and Cees van Zeeland, prepared pianos

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    Pierre Boulez - Le Domaine Musical 1956-1967 - Vol.1 & 2 (Accord/Universal)

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    4 + Four CDs, the right images show content. Volume one has a bonus CD featuring an Interview with Pierre Boulez by Claude Samuel, September 2005 (in French) and the first recording of "Le Marteau sans maitre" from 1956.

    Very interesting documents!

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    Luigi Nono's Risonanze Erranti - Susanna Otto, contralto, Ensemble Experimental

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