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    Default Pieces that have blown you away recently?

    What are things that are you listening to that give you a physical shock after listening to them, due to their strangeness to you? Recently, for me it has been 'Farben' from the op. 16 pieces by Schoenberg and the first String Quintet by Brahms, both being pieces that I've never heard anything like, and that I'm dying to find out more like them.
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    For me, it was Scriabin's Vers la Flamme, played in recital by Vladimir Feltsman a few days ago. I've never been a fan of Scriabin but yes, this absolutely blew me away.


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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    For me, it was Scriabin's Vers la Flamme, played in recital by Vladimir Feltsman a few days ago. I've never been a fan of Scriabin but yes, this absolutely blew me away.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_tcpEWwj_8

    Yeah, Horowitz said windedly after playing the piece: "That was difficult."

    It's difficult for me to listen TO-- and I really like Scriabin. Ha. Ha. Ha.

    The Feltsman must have been something special.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marschallin Blair View Post
    The Feltsman must have been something special.
    I think it was. I've compared what I heard with Horowitz, and Feltsman (while not so classically accurate) was far more intense and compelling. Sofronitsky on YouTube comes close.

    PS -- Watched the YouTube you posted. Much better than his recorded version! This kind of brings it home.
    Last edited by KenOC; Jan-26-2014 at 07:30.


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    The Ring under Karajan.

    Always admired it but HvK teaches you to love the beauty of the music.

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    Richard Barrett: Dark Matter
    Karlheinz Stockhausen: Luzifers Abschied

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    Michael Finnissy's String Quartet No. 2.

    I'm probably going to end up buying the sheet music just because I'm so curious to see how it's even possible to notate something so amazingly intricate. There's also a DVD that's been produced which analyzes the piece and it's performance by the Kreutzer Quartet from the standpoint of musical anthropology which I'm also going to track down.

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    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!

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

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    first movements of Myaskovskys 24th and 25th symphonies
    last movement of Glazunov 6th symphony
    Keith Jarrett-two different versions of Heartland from the recently released Bregenz Munich concerts
    kalinnikov-1st symphony
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    Allan Pettersson, Symphony #7.
    One 46 minute continuous movement.
    The segment from 29" to 35" is among the most poignant music I have ever heard.
    Facts don't care about your feelings.

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    Gesualdo's Moro, Lasso al mi Duolo.
    I knew it was written i the early 1600s, but my brain was rioting against that information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marschallin Blair View Post
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_tcpEWwj_8

    Yeah, Horowitz said windedly after playing the piece: "That was difficult."

    It's difficult for me to listen TO-- and I really like Scriabin. Ha. Ha. Ha.

    The Feltsman must have been something special.
    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.

    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 -- need to go lie down now.
    Last edited by Weston; Jan-26-2014 at 15:13.

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    Graffman laying Chopin. I didn't realise he was such a great Chopin pianist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    Graffman laying Chopin. I didn't realise he was such a great Chopin pianist.
    I didn't realize they had that kind of relationship!
    Facts don't care about your feelings.

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    John Zorn's Vocal piece "Shir Hashirim" quite knocked my socks of when I first heard it!



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