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    Quote Originally Posted by sonance View Post
    After many months of watching this site I’d like to participate as well. I’m 64 years old and by the end of August will be officially retired. Although I’ve been listening to classical music (ranging from medieval to contemporary) for many years I am still an amateur. That is to say: Neither do I play an instrument nor do I know how to read a score or to analyze a musical form. And more often than not it is difficult to put into words what I like about a certain work. Will you welcome me anyway?

    Quite often I see that newcomers are asked about their favorites. I’ve been thinking about that question – it’s giving me hard times ... I do appreciate for example Monteverdi, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Sibelius, Brahms, Martinu amongst others, but increasingly I like to explore other composers (for example Blacher, Tchaikovsky [Boris], Bacewicz, Narbutaite, Senderovas, Bodorova to name a few).

    I’m looking forward to be in good company.
    Anyone who can mention Martinů in the same breath as Brahms, Sibelius or Schubert deserves a hearty welcome!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonance View Post
    Thank you, Judith. - You ask about Schumann. My feelings here are a mixed bag. When it comes to his symphonies or piano works I have to admit that they don’t leave a lasting impression. It’s been a long time since I listened to Schumann, so I just gave his cello concerto and piano concerto (CD with Christophe Coin, cello, and Andreas Staier, pianoforte) another spin and can say that I still like it. And I remember to have been fond of his sonatas for piano and violin (performers Andreas Staier and Daniel Sepec; also Isabelle Faust and Silke Avenhaus) and of his string quartets with the Zehetmair Quartet. – But on the whole my musical voyage is taking me to late nineteenth century, even more to music of the twentieth century. Of course, from time to time I revisit and explore earlier music ...
    Steven Isserlis has performed a lovely Schumann Cello Concerto on U Tube

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