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    Anton Webern: Symphony, op.21. Pierre Boulez, London Symphony Orchestra.

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    I listened to the whole Années de Pèlerinage by Lazar Berman
    and then again to some Moteverdi madrigals Book 8 - this is amazing music. I am tempted to say that I would place it among my TOP10 of any music written anywhere in any genre.
    now listening to Shostakovich - Lady Macbeth - this is imho the best work of Shostakovich, a possible contender could be the Preludes and Fugues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacck View Post
    I listened to the whole Années de Pèlerinage by Lazar Berman
    and then again to some Moteverdi madrigals Book 8 - this is amazing music. I am tempted to say that I would place it among my TOP10 of any music written anywhere in any genre.
    now listening to Shostakovich - Lady Macbeth - this is imho the best work of Shostakovich, a possible contender could be the Preludes and Fugues.
    Interesting perspective on Shostakovich. Personally, I rate his late quartets as the peak of his works. But I am not very familiar with the symphonies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flamencosketches View Post
    Interesting perspective on Shostakovich. Personally, I rate his late quartets as the peak of his works. But I am not very familiar with the symphonies.
    In the opera, you get everything you have in the symphonies and in the quartets + some beautiful singing. It has hauntingly beautiful or melancholic passages that alternate with the typical shostakovickian passages of the absurd, the mad, the carvival-like that we know from some of his symphonies.

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    Boulez the conductor, again, with a truly superb Mahler 9.

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    A Hans Happening

    Henze - Symphonies #5 & 6 (composer/DG LPs)
    "Music in any generation is not what the public thinks of it but what the musicians make of it"....Virgil Thomson

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    Legnani: Rossini Variations

    Marcello Fantoni (piano)
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.” ― Mark Twain

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    Another CD of Boulez works. This one is filled with music that I can remember once sounded alien to me but now sounds very approachable and no more challenging than Bartok. It remains very rewarding music to me, though.

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    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    An area of the repertoire I don't visit too often:

    Francois-Joseph Gossec, Symphonies Op 12 Nos 5 & 6 (B58 & 59) - London Mozart Players, Matthias Bamert.


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    Boulez, Sur Icises, as pictured above.

    Next, Koyaanisqatsi in DVD audio, on my Denon 3910.

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    David Diamond - Symphonies 2 & 4



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    Joseph Haydn

    String Quartets, Op. 76, Nos. 1, 2, and 3

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    J.S. Bach - orchestral works part one tonight (Marriner/ASMF).


    Harpsichord Concerto no.1 in D-minor BWV1052 (c. 1738):
    Harpsichord Concerto no.2 in E BWV1053 (c. 1738):
    Harpsichord Concerto no.3 in D BWV1054 - transcription of Violin Concerto no.2 in E BWV1042 (orig. before 1730 - arr. c. 1738):
    Harpsichord Concerto no.4 in A BWV1055 (c. 1738):
    Harpsichord Concerto no.5 in F-minor BWV1056 (c. 1738):
    Harpsichord Concerto no.6 in F BWV1057 - transcription of Brandenburg Concerto no.4 in G BWV1049 (orig. before 1720 - arr. c. 1738):
    Harpsichord Concerto no.7 in G-minor BWV1058 (c. 1738):
    Orchestral Suite no.1 in G BWV1066 (c. 1725):
    Orchestra Suite no.2 in B-minor BWV1067 (c. 1738):

    '...a violator of his word, a libertine over head and ears in debt and disgrace, a despiser of domestic ties, the companion of gamblers and demireps, a man who has just closed half a century without a single claim on the gratitude of his country or the respect of posterity...' - Leigh Hunt on the Prince Regent (later George IV).

    ὃν οἱ θεοὶ φιλοῦσιν ἀποθνῄσκει νέος [Those whom the gods love die young] - Menander

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