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    This is an uncharacteristic single work post from me based on a suggestion from the Random Thoughts thread.

    Hadyn: Symphony No, 28 in A major, Hob. something-or-other
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    Christopher Hogwood / Academy of Ancient Music




    Sorry for the image size. It's all I could find.

    Quote Originally Posted by Funny View Post
    This blew me away, so I'm cross-posting it from the Haydn thread...

    I've been listening to the first movement of Symphony #28 a lot recently and finally realized the incredible feat that Haydn pulled off. As it opens, it's obviously in 6/8 - there's no doubt possible. As he gets to the end of the exposition there are hemiola accents that make it sound briefly as though it's in 3/4. Nothing too out of the ordinary there.

    Except that as the movement progresses, especially in the recapitulation, the 3/4 accents start adding up and briefly making the listener hear things as possibly proceeding in THAT meter instead of 6/8. Easy to shake off, but still notable.

    Thing is, the whole movement is NOTATED IN 3/4. In other words, the REAL meter is 3/4. Everything you're hearing in 6/8 is essentially an ILLUSION. Now, this could be merely an affectation, but over dozens of listenings I've found that, increasingly, I can hear larger and larger portions of the movement as really, truly being in 3/4!

    Of the versions online, I've found Hogwood's (though I consider his tempo too fast) best captures the delicious ambiguity if you want to listen for it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0BU4Rrmt_M

    This is something I've never heard of anyone doing, though it is something I've conceived of doing myself - writing a whole piece that can be validly heard in TWO different meters simultaneously. Much as I've been wondering how to pull this off, Haydn already accomplished it back in 1765. An absolutely transcendent exercise in visionary musicianship, wrapped, as usual, in tuneful, catchy music that pleases the ear from start to finish.
    I did hear the 6/8 - 3/4 metamorphosis. Haydn has never failed to satisfy.

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    Yes, it's been a busy day of Mendelssohn here at haus Herr Senza Sordino

    Mendelssohn String quartets 2, 3 and 6
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    The Hebrides Overture, Symphony no 3 and symphony no 4
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    Violin Concerto and octet. Both pieces are performed well, and both are brilliant pieces of music. One day I hope to try playing the Mendelssohn. Three months ago, I got to play the first movement of the octet - which was thrilling
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    Symphonies 1&4. Yes, I listened to the fourth symphony twice today, but that's okay because it's my favourite. Remember the movie Breaking Away, 1979? Great stuff.
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    Piano trios nos 1&2
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    I usually like to practice about two hours a day. I didn't practice today, so I had more time to listen. A day off is good once in a while. But never a day off from either listening or practice!

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    Starting this Saturday with the Saturday symphony tradition.


    Schumann; Symphony no 1
    Riccardo Muti

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    (referring to the last posts on Volume III)
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    These boxed-set posts of yours remind me of a little kid getting out her toys on the floor.
    They are my valuable treasures so let's leave it at that, from a he
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    Default Three pieces that probably have at least one note in common.

    Cimarosa: Concerto for Oboe & Strings
    Louis de Froment / Radio Luxembourg Symphony Orchestra



    This is very old mp3 from my early days of digital purchasing. It smacks of one of those cheesy "900 Most Relaxing Classical Masterpieces For Impressing Your Dinner Guests!" compilations, full of pretty melodies. This piece is still nice regardless. I included it because for me it's late 18th century orchestral. I'm not sure how they got the idea to call it "baroque."



    Saint-Saens: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22
    Neeme Jarvi / Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra / ?



    That first movement sounds like Beethoven's giant shadow still cast across the musical landscape even this many years after his death. The remaining movements of course sound more like Saint-Saens.

    Somehow I had thought the pleasant little song from the movie "Babe" was derived from this concerto, but maybe that's another Saint-Saens piece. Or it's so subtle I missed it.



    Hanson: Symphony No. 1 in E minor, op. 21, "Nordic"
    Kenneth Schermerhorn / Nashville Symphony Orchestra



    This is overall a little bland for Hanson. I don't know if it's Hanson or Schermerhorn that leaves me tepid. Or a bit of both. Usually Hanson is frighteningly awesome. Still, this symphony has it's moments. The final movement is pretty impressive -- more like what I was expecting.
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    Dvorak; Serenades for strings OP. 22 & 44
    Academy of St martin in the Fields,
    Sir Neville Marriner

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    Renée Fleming: Bel Canto

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    No.1 for this weeks Saturday Symphony

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    Gung'l: Marches, Waltzes, Polkas

    Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, Christian Simonis

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pugg View Post


    Gung'l: Marches, Waltzes, Polkas

    Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, Christian Simonis
    must be fun happy weekendisch music
    Man muss das Leben tanzen

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    since today I'm a happy owner of this treasure and now you will hear me saying "Celibidache is such a genius !" but indeed he is.
    What an experience listening to his conducting Schubert's 9th symphony. 2nd theme of 1st movement is completely different , played with such Spannung - tension , simply Hitchcock's suspense

    and then I have Mozart and Haydn, Brahms, to listen to with Celibidache. I should have posted it in Celi's thread, but it looks like there are not many passionate admirers of his talent left on this forum.
    Man muss das Leben tanzen

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    Today's drive to work was accompanied by Beethoven's Choral Fantasy performed by Daniel Barenboim, Otto Klemperer & the Philharmonia. An incredible piece to start the day off on the right foot
    “Most people work just hard enough not to get fired and get paid just enough money not to quit.”
    George Carlin

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    Quote Originally Posted by bioluminescentsquid View Post
    It´s a small and rather obscure Danish label - may I ask - how did you get this recording, if you remember?
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    first saturday after resuming work, Haendel makes it a bit more solemn !

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