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    I'm listening to Bvhaast release of his oboe concertos. I recently heard "Maderna for Strings" by the Arditti Quartet. It features a Bartokian-sounding string quartet from his early period, and more serial pieces from later on. I have two different label-versions of his opera Satyricon, unearthly things based on Fellini's films. I have his piece "Quadrivium."

    I first heard his name when Boulez dedicated a work "In memoriam Bruno Maderna." He was a prolific composer and promoter of modernist works. He was a child prodigy on violin, and was touring at an early age. He apparently was a very likeable and gregarious man, and had many friends.

    Who else has any works by Maderna, or would like to discuss this interesting composer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by millionrainbows View Post
    Who else has any works by Maderna, or would like to discuss this interesting composer?
    Me!




    I read this book from my local library only months ago.

    I think you'd be very interested in it [it's 3rd, I think, in a volume of contemporary music studies by Harwood publishers (from about 1990) and this book on Bruno Maderna was written by Raymond Fearn.]

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    The Neos label has volumes on the orchestral music by Bruno Maderna (I have the first 4 volumes):



    https://neos-music.com/?language=eng...lben/10933.php
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    Bruno Maderna even wrote music for a film called LA MORTE HA FATTO L'UOVO (DEATH LAID AN EGG), which was initially released in 1968 on a rare Italian vinyl:




    This was re-issued onto CD, much later, but it's still a rarity.


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    Thanks, Prodro. The book looks very interesting, and the LPs look worth having for the covers alone. The two versions of his opera Satyricon are wildly different, and one is definitely better; I'll dig them out and get around to a comparison later.

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    I have two different versions of Maderna's opera Satyricon. One is a 2-CD set on Mondo Musica, an Italian import, and the other is on Montaigne/Naïve, 1-CD with a green slipcover. The Montaigne/Naïve version is the one to get. It's recorded better, and is more coherent-sounding. This is one of the most extreme differences between two works I have ever heard. Perhaps it's because the Mondo version was recorded live (in 1998), much later than the superior Naïve, recorded in 1991 and which sounds more like a studio recording.
    The opera contains extended tape interpolations of voices and sounds. The photos in the Montaigne booklet are worth having, and they show the really surreal set, much of which tales place on a giant clock-face.
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    The Oboe Concerti are some of Bruno's finest work, and col legno has kindly made available complete samples of. Better sound than YT.

    https://www.col-legno.com/en/catalog...oboe_concertos

    Also, for those interested, the DG Sinopoli is available inexpensively on Brilliant Classics CD at Amazon Marketplace. ASIN: B003TLRK78

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    Quote Originally Posted by millionrainbows View Post
    and the other is on Montaigne/Naïve, 1-CD with a green slipcover. The Montaigne/Naïve version is the one to get. It's recorded better, and is more coherent-sounding. This is one of the most extreme differences between two works I have ever heard. Perhaps it's because the Mondo version was recorded live (in 1998), much later than the superior Naïve, recorded in 1991 and which sounds more like a studio recording.
    hi, millionrainbows.

    I have only one version of SATYRICON, but it's the original 1992 Salabert Actuels release (which is conducted by Sandro Gorli).






    I think the same recording was re-issued on Montaigne/Naïve, because the initial edition was packaged as if it were a 2-CD set.

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    Just discovered this composer recently. Some very interesting and exciting works.
    I've really enjoyed listening to his Ausstrahlung this morning.

    A lot of his works are available on Spotify. Including the NEOS range of complete orchestral works, so I am going to listen to them all over the next couple of weeks.

    “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”

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    A link to Tom Service's "Remembering Bruno Maderna," which begins with the author's appropriate regret at not including this composer in his contemporary composers series.

    http://www.theguardian.com/music/tom...oser-conductor

    The main reason I'm including it is for the clips of Maderna, for anyone who would like to see the man behind the recordings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blancrocher View Post
    A link to Tom Service's "Remembering Bruno Maderna," which begins with the author's appropriate regret at not including this composer in his contemporary composers series.

    http://www.theguardian.com/music/tom...oser-conductor

    The main reason I'm including it is for the clips of Maderna, for anyone who would like to see the man behind the recordings.
    Excellent - thanks for that. I'm going to check out those clips later on today.
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    Just discovered this piece. This is the Naxos recording.

    [YT]v=YLV5DUu1zqw[/YT]

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    I noticed some new activity in the Current Listening II thread about Maderna, and I'm glad to see him appreciated. I'd love to get some of the things I see reviewed.

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    For those who understand italian this video of maderna explaining the orchestra how to play it's genial.
    I have nothing to say and I am saying it and that is poetry." - John Cage

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    ^^^ Italian language with a bit of Venetian...very enjoyable!

    Here a rare documentary with the composer in his hometown Venice, Darmstadt and rehearsing his Violin Concerto for the premiere in Venice.

    First part:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xY9Rx9oFZfw

    Second part:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AxNcusxShQ

    He was a nice and friendly guy indeed.

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