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    Quote Originally Posted by Weston View Post
    I think Scriabin just clicked with me, finally. I had enjoyed his Le Poème de l'extase before, but this is in a whole different realm.



    I -- need to go lie down now.
    No, no-- no lying down. This first:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GEwho6Dbnc

    Argerich the firebrand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    The Ring under Karajan.

    Always admired it but HvK teaches you to love the beauty of the music.
    Oh does he! His streamlining sympathies are eminently natural.

    You HAVE TO hear this Divertimento No. 15 in B flat, K. 287 that the House of Karajan does at the Royal Festial Hall from May of 1972:

    kara 1.jpg

    Che finezza!

    The Allegro?-- de-LIGHT! The Theme and Variations?- so damned cute. And, yes, the pièce de résistance, the Adagio: E squisita!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hpowders View Post
    I didn't realize they had that kind of relationship!
    Wretched software!

    Playing Chopin Ballades!
    Last edited by DavidA; Jan-26-2014 at 16:49.

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    I think as I get older pieces don't blow me away as they used to do, or not as often. I think during the entire year of 2013 I was only amazed and impressed with one work that stayed on my playing rotation for several weeks. That was Samuel Barber's Piano Concerto, Op. 38. I think it was something about the rhythms and the orchestral stabs that got my attention and I remained focused enough to appreciate it.

    A year before that it was Hugo Alfvén's Symphony No.4 in C-minor, Op.39 "Från havsbandet" . This continuous four movement work sends chills up my spine when the wordless vocal soloists come in. The simultaneous joy and anguish in the voices . . . I'm always a sucker for wordless vocals though I tend to shy away from art song, operatic arias and so forth. I suppose it helps that these sound off-stage, distant, and therefor mystical. (Listening to it again to test the link and it still works. I have goose bumps.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marschallin Blair View Post
    No, no-- no lying down. This first:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GEwho6Dbnc

    Argerich the firebrand.
    I love the light show for lack of a better term. Scriabin pretty much invented the light show as I recall. I have not been able to forgive Martha her rendition of Schumann's Piano concerto (too fast and slurred for me), so I would need to overcome that prejudice.

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    Does anyone else know orchestral version of the Benedictus from Elgar:"Te deum and benedictus"?; near the end of the benedictus there are 2 immense bass drum with side drum massive strikes; they give me a physical shock and send shivers everywhere, esp on good hi-fi; never heard a physically shocking sound like it; exhilaratingly powerful music too. Hickox has the only orchestral version I think. Steve

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    Cool Maslanka

    Quote Originally Posted by techniquest View Post
    David Maslanka's 4th Symphony. I had never heard of this composer until I stumbled upon him during one of those Youtube expeditions just wandering about and coming across so much new (to me) music. The work as a whole is fantastic, but the ending blew me away in the fashion of Mahler!
    I have been singing the praises of Maslanka since I joined TC. Did you catch the You Tube of the performance of the Fourth Symphonywith the United States Navy Band? Awesome!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2xcMoQ6ML4

    His large output include nine symphonies, two for orchestra, seven for band. All of them except the first have been recorded.
    It is impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious. And I am a very ingenious fellow

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    Dohnanyi has been a nice recent discovery for me.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Weston View Post
    I love the light show for lack of a better term. Scriabin pretty much invented the light show as I recall. I have not been able to forgive Martha her rendition of Schumann's Piano concerto (too fast and slurred for me), so I would need to overcome that prejudice.
    Well, no one's perfect; not even Miss Martha. ;D

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    The happy Holzbauer Mass in C Major.

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    I have blown away by this :


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    aah, its so tender!

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    Peter Mennin 7th Symphony.
    The more I hear it, the more impressed I become.
    One of the towering works of American composition.
    Facts don't care about your feelings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hpowders View Post
    Peter Mennin 7th Symphony.
    The more I hear it, the more impressed I become.
    One of the towering works of American composition.
    Welcome to the club.
    It is impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious. And I am a very ingenious fellow

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    Quote Originally Posted by arpeggio View Post
    Welcome to the club.
    Thanks! I've been exploring the music of Schuman and Mennin for almost a year now.

    A shame that Leonard Bernstein never recorded all the Schuman and Mennin symphonies that are out there.

    I have Bernstein's Schuman 3rd, 5th and 8th, but it's not enough. There's supposed to be a live Schuman 6th with Bernstein in a huge set, "Bernstein Live" but there's a lot of other things there that I'm not interested in.
    Facts don't care about your feelings.

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