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    Someone somewhere on TC recommended Britta Byström. I noted it down in my long list of "Works/composers to listen to." She's a Swedish composer born in 1977. I finally got around to listening to her Invisible Cities CD of symphonic works. Most here would describe it as very accessible.

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    Larry Polansky: Piano Study #5 (1977) for Just Fender Rhodes - Andrew C. Smith (Indexical)

    https://indexical.bandcamp.com/album...-piano-study-5

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    I've decided to take this thread seriously, so I combed through a box of hitherto unopened discs I had lying under a desk and found a NAXOS release in the "American Classics" series, a disc featuring David Gompper, a composer unfamiliar to me but born in 1954 which makes him younger than I also. NAXOS 8.559637 features a 25 minute Violin Concerto (2009), two orchestral pieces featuring the violin, Ikon (2008) and Spirals (2007), and a work for chamber orchestra, the oldest work on the album, Flip (1993).

    These works exude contemporaneousness, but they are not harsh and noisy, not John Cagey or Stockhauseney, or Penderecki/Xenakis-like. Rather, there is melody here, though of a "modern" sort. A lot of thorny-ness, but also lyrical moments. And wonderful touches of orchestration. And the music is unmistakenly American. That's hard to describe in words, but if you've heard enough modern American music from the likes of Piston and Sessions and Schuman and Bernstein and Ned Rorem and John Corigliano and you can put your pulse on it.

    Give the Violin Concerto a try. It actually achieves moments of sublime lyrical beauty and philosophical statement, something often lost in more clinical contemporary works. This music by Gompper is music with heart and soul -- human music for human listeners.

    A fascinating disc. Definitely "contemporary". And definitely worth repeated hearings.

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    Piano concerto! A longtime favorite

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    Hope I didn't spam you guys...This is my favorite new symphony: Sir Peter Maxwell Davies no. 10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kjetil Heggelund View Post
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    Hope I didn't spam you guys...This is my favorite new symphony: Sir Peter Maxwell Davies no. 10.
    I like PMD and I've tried to get into that one. It just seems too dense for me. I generally prefer his chamber orch works where I can hear everything that's happening.

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    Julius Eastman: Femenine - S.E.M. Ensemble (frozen reeds)

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    Recorded 1974. Uplifting, pleasant minimal piece lasting for 72 min. I think Eastman succeeded in achieving his goal very well.

    “Eastman’s stated aim with Femenine was to please listeners, saying of the piece that ‘the end sounds like the angels opening up heaven . . . should we say euphoria?’” (Mary Jane Leach)

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    Quote Originally Posted by tortkis View Post
    Julius Eastman: Femenine - S.E.M. Ensemble (frozen reeds)

    http://frozenreeds.com/?p=300

    Recorded 1974. Uplifting, pleasant minimal piece lasting for 72 min. I think Eastman succeeded in achieving his goal very well.

    “Eastman’s stated aim with Femenine was to please listeners, saying of the piece that ‘the end sounds like the angels opening up heaven . . . should we say euphoria?’” (Mary Jane Leach)
    I love his work! He was one of the most radical of the so-called "minimalists". Great piece

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    Here's a chamber work work by Fred Lerdahl. The piece is written for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, percussion, and piano.

    Lerdahl: Time After TIme

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    Did anyone else listen to the première of Brian Elias's Cello Concerto at the BBC Proms? It's still available here. Seems to me a good example of how the aftermath of serialism and the rebirth of 'tonal' music have now fused in 21st century concert repertoire.

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    Listening to this recent release of Szymanski's music featuring harpsichord.

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    This symphonic work by Joey Roukens starts off in a minimalist manner before morphing in various ways into a frenetic middle section followed by a serene coda.

    Roukens: Morphic Waves (2016)

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    Listening to this marvelous (so far) recording of Ligeti pieces, featuring the BIT20 Ensemble under the direction of Baldur Brönnimann. I'm thinking this may be the best recorded version of Chamber Concerto since one of the originals, as performed by the London Sinfonietta under David Atherton

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterFromLA View Post
    Listening to this recent release of Szymanski's music featuring harpsichord.

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    This looks interesting and I am looking forward to digital release. Now listening to Szymański's string quartets again, played by Royal String Quartet on Hyperion. His music is hard to describe. There are elements of barque to romantic to blues/jazz, weird glissandi and repetitions, yet coherence can be felt.


    Paweł Szymański (b1954): Five pieces for string quartet (1992), Four pieces for string quartet (2013), Two pieces for string quartet (1982)

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    Gubaidulina: Violin Concerto, "In Tempus Praesens" (Mutter/Gergiev)

    knocks me out every time

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