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    J.S. Bach Well-Tempered Clavier Book Two Preludes and Fugues 19-24
    Gustav Leonhardt, harpsichord

    So ends my latest traversal of the complete Books One and Two, 48 preludes and fugues of the monumental WTC as performed by the incomparable Gustav Leonhardt.

    Just sorry I couldn't listen to the entire 48 of Books One and Two in one sitting.
    Facts don't care about your feelings.

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    Ludwig van Beethoven: Op. 126 Bagatelles (András Schiff on Beethoven's Broadwood fortepiano)

    I'm completely fascinated by this. András Schiff playing on Beethoven's actual Broadwood fortepiano at the Hungarian National Museum. How's that for being influenced by extra-musical content!

    "''... He played for an hour or so on the great, long piano with its strong sound, already quite battered, which had been a present from the City of London.'' So runs an account, quoted in the booklet here, of a visit by Friedrich Wieck to Beethoven in the 1820s. The present was in fact from Thomas Broadwood himself, who had despatched the piano to Vienna at the end of 1817... Beethoven is said to have retained an affection for it even after receiving a later instrument from Conrad Graf, the leading Viennese maker. So this is the piano which may have resounded under Beethoven's fingers to some of the bagatelles and Kleinigkeiten Andras Schiff plays here. The pieces, roughly contemporary with it, suit it well.

    At Beethoven's death the Broadwood was sold—by then ''there was no sound left in the treble and broken strings were mixed up like a thorn bush in a gale''—and in 1845 it was presented to Liszt, who left it in his will to the Hungarian National Museum."

    - Arkivmusic

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    "No composer has been more innovative than Beethoven, he radically changed the nature and character of the music composed in the two centuries that followed his earliest works" - Charles Rosen ("The Classical Style")

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    Quote Originally Posted by Becca View Post
    Yea verily!!!!!


    18:54-20:30
    "Let me have my own way in exactly everything, and a sunnier and more pleasant creature does not exist." - Thomas Carlyle

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    I'm going to have to google this guy...



    I seem to be faced with a dilemma.....I like just about everything I hear. What to buy?... I am itching to start my own little collection.

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    Julia Fischer - Schubert - Violin Sonata in A major, D 574

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5n5De7XcvW0
    "I'm playing all the right notes. But not necessarily in the right order!"

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    I was listening to:

    György Ligeti (1923-2006)
    The Complete Piano Music, vol. 1 (1996)
    Fredrik Ullén, piano

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    We were somewhere in the first book of Études when my 6 year old son exclaimed, "This is creepy! Can you change it?" There was not a 'please,' involved.


    So now we are finishing up, sans complaint:

    Enrique Granados (1867-1916)
    Goyescas; 12 Danzas españolas; 6 Escenas románticas (1996)
    Jean-François Heisser, piano

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    "I propose to create a heroic, monumental style of composition simple enough to inspire all people; completely free from fads, artificial mannerisms and false sophistications; direct, forceful, sincere, always original but never unnatural." -Alan Hovhaness

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    Quote Originally Posted by dreamer View Post
    I am itching to start my own little collection.
    "[L]ittle" is relative. Be prepared to give up all of your other hobbies, needs and interests for about 5 years and put all of those resources into music. That's a pretty darned nice, but still little, collection

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    I love the almost Bartokian playfulness of the "Burleske" second movement of Zemlinsky's String Quartet No. 4, Op. 25.. . . and of course Kolo Moser's calendar art.

    "Let me have my own way in exactly everything, and a sunnier and more pleasant creature does not exist." - Thomas Carlyle

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    Schubert violin sonata no. 2 in A minor D385

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDDG_3P3vRA
    "I'm playing all the right notes. But not necessarily in the right order!"

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    It sure took long but it is finally here:

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    Strauss Salome
    Karajan/Wiener Philharmoniker

    Strauss was a marvellous opera composer! I'm almost at the end of the first of two discs (listening with half a mind, while I prepare a late supper). This is great! I love his orchestration: such a pleasure to listen not just to the singing, but to the music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brotagonist View Post
    It sure took long but it is finally here:

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    Strauss Salome
    Karajan/Wiener Philharmoniker

    Strauss was a marvellous opera composer! I'm almost at the end of the first of two discs (listening with half a mind, while I prepare a late supper). This is great! I love his orchestration: such a pleasure to listen not just to the singing, but to the music.
    "Maximum firepower, Commander. Fire at will."

    Crank it!

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    "Let me have my own way in exactly everything, and a sunnier and more pleasant creature does not exist." - Thomas Carlyle

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    Quote Originally Posted by brotagonist View Post
    "[L]ittle" is relative. Be prepared to give up all of your other hobbies, needs and interests for about 5 years and put all of those resources into music. That's a pretty darned nice, but still little, collection
    How many CDs make a collection?
    ≥12

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    Quote Originally Posted by MoonlightSonata View Post
    How many CDs make a collection?
    Everyone defines it differently. You need to decide this for yourself, as I could not answer it for you.

    I feel like I have a fair bit, but I know, from numerous comments from others here, and from 'serious' collector friends, that it is just a small collection... by their standards. Still, I do kind of feel like I have arrived at a certain somewhere

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    Ming Tsao: Pathology of Syntax (mode)

    Pathology of Syntax (2006–07) for string quartet - The Arditti Quartet
    (Un)cover (2008) for trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, cello & percussion - Ensemble ascolta
    The Book of Virtual Transcriptions (2004-05) for oboe, trumpet, horn, trombone, violin, viola & cello - Ensemble SurPlus
    Not Reconciled (2002-03) for clarinet, trombone, guitar, cello & percussion - Ensemble SurPlus
    One-Way Street (2006) for clarinet, oboe, violin, viola, cello & percussion - ensemble recherche
    Canon (2001) - Anthony Burr, clarinet. Charles Curtis, cello

    Sparse and austere, with quite unusual sounds. I still cannot summarize my impression after listening to it twice.

    Maurice Ohana: Complete Works for String Quartet - Psophos Quartet (AR Ré-Sé)


    A lot of dissonance, pizzicatos, unique sonority. Very good.

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    Ives symph no 1, Davis, Chandos
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    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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