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    So in your recent classical listening experience, which composers have you recently discovered their music?

    I have recently discovered
    Scelsi
    A few of his works are:


    and



    and of course other works.

    Post some youtube videos of composers you have recently discovered!
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    Scelsi is great

    I recently heard Osvaldas Balakauskas a contemporary Lithuanian composer. He is kind of postmodern I suppose, I can hear baroque, late romantic and minimalism like influences I think. There's not a lot of his stuff out there but here's two.




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    Swiss late romantic composer Hans Huber.



    More YouTube available here.

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    Catoire. I recently downloaded an album of his work played by Hamelin.

    Very enjoyable.

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    The last couple of composers whose works was hitherto unknown to me before a couple of impulse purchases were Humphrey Searle and Nikolai Roslavets. There isn't much available of either composer: Searle because of general apathy and neglect and Roslavets became he became a victim of the Soviet Union's damnatio memoriae policy due to his early Futurist tendencies - only recently have some of his suppressed or unheard works started to be realised from papers which had to be hidden for many years (and many other manuscripts/scores were confiscated and/or destroyed).

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    Alfredo Casella. I love his Symphony No. 2 in C minor. Some really dramatic and turbulent music throughout the work, and the whole culminates in a massive C major climax (with organ and bells) that doesn't quite reach the heights of Mahler 2, but comes pretty close.
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    Eyvind Alnæs
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    My two most recent discoveries were Josquin Desprez and Valentin Silvestrov.
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    Gabriel Faure: Amazing melodies (Après un rêve, le Papillon et La Fleur, ...)


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    Wagner and Bruckner. Got into Bruckners 4th and 9th, and Wagner's Tristan and Ring cycle.
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    Kosenko - Recently heard his Passacaglia from the youtube suggestion, and was blown away:


    Then there is Godowsky - Passacaglia on Schuberts Unfinished Symphony

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    Ivan Fedele--his Piano Concerto:




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    George Perle.

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    I recently discovered a fresh appreciation for John Adams. The catalyst was hearing Harmonielehre live, which is not a work I recalled having listened to.

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    I have recently discovered Darius Milhaud which has been an exciting find for sure.

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