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    The Adagio from LVB's string quartet no. 15 (op. 132) seems to know everything about me.

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    The great Beethoven A minor quartet adagio is a particular favorite of mine. Possibly influenced the Mahler slow movements, much later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeepR View Post
    Yes, it's stunning. Did you listen to Horowitz? It's a marvelous recording that quickly makes you forget about the sound quality. The way he plays the first movement... it's out of this world. The final measures... just shivers all over.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBfMwqLmgsY
    DeepR, thanks for pointing out the recording and the video. I'm blown away again! Horowitz was such a master. I knew going into the ride that his power and deftness would make the the outer movements sparkle, but I most enjoyed his approach to the second movement. For some reason it reminded me of the way Horowitz plays the Chopin mazurkas, and he is my favorite interpreter of those works. And also his playing of the third movement with the sinuous ostinato that never stops, just amazing music.

    Once I'm done with the complete survey of Scriabin, if finances allow, I will buy some alternate recordings, and Horowitz's interpretations will be on my list I'm sure.

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    I'm not sure I'm allowed to mention this one as it's not strictly speaking classical music; though it is in a way, it's just that it's played mostly on electronic instruments rather than an orchestra. This is "Reverberations" by symphonic rock group The Enid, whom I have enjoyed since the mid '70s. However this particular track is new to me and absolutely blew me away. It's an instrumental adagio with depth and a ton of emotion.

    There may come a time when Youtube won't let us do this...

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    This piece blew me away today:

    Joseph Haydn: String quartet in in E flat major, Op. 9 no. 2
    The London Haydn Quartet
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    This music is so suave, elegant, understated and inventive it makes me swoon. A lot of the credit has to go to these performers; such refinement and tonal beauty!

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    Nocturnes by Debussy the other night.
    When I hear John Cage’s 4’33”, I reach for my earplugs.

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    Schoenberg's Gurrelider. I mean, What the heck was that? Is it Ravel? Is it Wagner or Strauss?

    On the other hand, all that ostinato is tiresome and I can't say it doesn't suffer a bit from this:
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    (...) My point is that it is easy with large orchestral forces to dazzle and distract (...) Vast coloristic resources make it possible to stretch and artificially resuscitate weak material. (...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richannes Wrahms View Post
    Schoenberg's Gurrelider. I mean, What the heck was that? Is it Ravel? Is it Wagner or Strauss?

    On the other hand, all that ostinato is tiresome and I can't say it doesn't suffer a bit from this:
    So then, what are you saying...Gurrelieder blows you away but you're embarrassed to admit it does given it's manipulativeness?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richannes Wrahms View Post
    Schoenberg's Gurrelider. I mean, What the heck was that? Is it Ravel? Is it Wagner or Strauss?
    Sounds like no one but Schoenberg to me. It post-dates Verklarte Nacht, after all, and even the unpublished String Quartet in D bears the hallmarks of Schoenberg's emerging style. Of course, at the time he was quite inspired by Wagner and Strauss (he'd probably never encountered Ravel at the time, and Ravel hadn't written any of his masterpieces yet anyway).

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    Thumbs up Kurt Atterberg Symphony Number 8

    Kurt Atterberg Symphony Number 8



    First rate B composer. To my ears a slightly more modern Grieg. Not in the same league as Sibelius but close.

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    Parsifal by Wagner and 7th symphony by Sibelius.
    In fact, they'll do it every time.
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    final movement of Kalinnikov 2nd symphony-nothing profound, just some great toons!
    'so where are the strong, who are the trusted and where is the harmony, sweet harmony?'
    (Nick Lowe)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jim prideaux View Post
    final movement of Kalinnikov 2nd symphony-nothing profound, just some great toons!
    I don't know. Some of the toons bug me and are quite daffy.
    It is impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious. And I am a very ingenious fellow

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    Vincent Persichetti's 9th Piano Sonata, played by Geoffrey Burleson.
    Listen to what Persichetti accomplishes in only 9 minutes.
    Absolutely blows me away!!!
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    Listening to Prokofievs 3. symphony, and it is absolutely blowing me away, also litteralary!

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