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  1. Bellinilover's Avatar
    Nice! I got interested in Joplin about a year ago.
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  2. KenOC's Avatar
    Thank you for posting this. We need to remember, not just today but every day.
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  3. DiesIraeCX's Avatar
    My Blog Post - a historical account of the Premiere of Beethoven's 9th Symphony - on May 7th, 1824

    Link: http://www.talkclassical.com/blogs/d...-premiere.html
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  4. Itullian's Avatar
    Great article. thank you
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  5. itywltmt's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ptr
    Thanks for the inspiration Pierre! Just played a mirror version of Your Franck Playlist!

    /ptr
    How flattering...
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  6. ptr's Avatar
    Thanks for the inspiration Pierre! Just played a mirror version of Your Franck Playlist!

    /ptr
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  7. ptr's Avatar
    Merci!

    /ptr
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  8. Bone's Avatar
    Try Sanderling and Dresden Staatskapelle, Walter and Columbia SO, and Szell with Cleveland for some added flavor. I also have an interesting set with Mackerras (spelling?) and Scottish Chamber Orchestra. I am unfamiliar with Haitink's Brahms - looking forward to picking this up.
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  9. Sid James's Avatar
    thank you, i'm enjoying the berg sonata now. i've not heard this recording before. interesting contrast to other performances i've heard.
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  10. Odnoposoff's Avatar
    A really ambitious and original program! I haven't listen to those works more than 100 times each!.
  11. Vesteralen's Avatar
    You got all the big ninths, I think.

    Here are some more Symphony #9's that are, or soon will be, in my collection:

    Vaughan Williams
    Sir Malcolm Arnold
    George Lloyd
    Dmitri Shostakovich

    Also, don't forget in pop music:

    9 to 5 (Dolly Parton)
    99 Red Balloons (Nena)

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  12. Vesteralen's Avatar
    As a born hibernator, I hate DST almost as much as I hate summer.
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  13. Sid James's Avatar
    He is a favourite organ composer of mine. I seem to favour French organ music to eg. German.

    I have THIS compilation album of bits of Widor's solo organ symphonies & I like it quite a bit. I like that orchestral feel these have, as you mention. Also the grand and romantic - maybe also liturgical - element in his music.

    I also have THIS disc on ASV label, which has his organ symphonies 1 & 2 complete.

    One of the problems with Widor is that he was an obsessive reviser and - much like Bruckner - often left several versions of a symphony without saying which one was "the one" that organists should play. Eg. on that Naxos disc, it has his Sym.#5 - the one with the famous Toccata ending - in complete form. It's in three movements on that disc, but I've seen it on another (Hyperion) disc in five movements (that same work, the Sym.#5). So it can be confusing.

    However, as regards to that Toccata, it is inevitably played in organ recitals, sometimes as the final work on the bill, or as an encore. & I never tire of hearing it, esp. live. It really sounds spectacular in that resonating acoustic of a church interior...
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  14. itywltmt's Avatar
    Rachmaninov possessed extremely large hands, with which he could easily maneuver through the most complex chordal configurations.
    I couldn't resist! Noiw it all makes sense!

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  15. kv466's Avatar
    Thank you for all your hard work, Pierre! It is certainly a treat to be able to learn so much from you. Hope you're having a great new year so far!


    Mikey
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  16. Lunasong's Avatar
    Loved hearing the Cantique de Noël version by Georges Thill. Magnificent voice.
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  17. Lunasong's Avatar
    Besides the index cards, I like the swaying from foot to foot...it reminds me of watching others in speech class (not me )
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  18. Vesteralen's Avatar
    I've read a bit about this Liszt this year since his bicentennial got some space in the music magazines I read, and what I read has led me to hold my tongue a little more about him than I have in the past. There is more to Liszt than meets the ear (at least my ear so far), so if and when I get the chance I will sample some more of his music and your offerings give me some places to go. Thanks
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  19. Sid James's Avatar
    He's a favourite of mine of the ages. Such an innovator. I like a lot of his music, too many works to mention really.

    His anniversary was a bit overshadowed by Mahler's, I feel, at least here anyway.

    But this year, I did hear live performances of his At Wagner's Grave for piano & string quartet, a haunting almost minimalistic piece (review of that concert on my blog) & also two of his Hungarian Rhapsodies (I'm not a huge fan of these now, rarely listen to them now, but they were among my intro to his music in my days of youth).

    I'll try to get to the things on your Liszt "list" (had to make that timeworn "joke!"), some treasures of recordings there for sure...
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    Updated Dec-07-2011 at 04:53 by Sid James
  20. itywltmt's Avatar
    Notice I mention all three of the Mahler cycles you listed in the first few paragraphs of my blog...

    There was some malice behid my choices - I wanted to use three song cycles composed by three different people, with songs in different languages. I could have used the Wayfarer cycle (my favoiurite of the three) for German rather than the Strauss, but I am particular when it comes to that song cycle - only Maureen Forrester will do - whereas I got Lucia Popp right away without even looking too long...
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