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    Quote Originally Posted by science View Post
    So I find myself consulting this again...
    Yup. I do it almost weekly.

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    I appreciate all the support, guys. I really want to try to get back to this at some point in the near future. Life has been really busy the past month or so and will continue to be probably until the holiday season. But I hope that you all continue to show your enthusiasm for contemporary music both in this thread and on the forums. I am always interested in finding new names to explore and blind spots to uncover. I hope that we ultimately help create a contemporary music repertoire (not just referring to this project) that is as large, diverse, and informative as possible.

    Thanks a lot.
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    I found a video of La Monte Young's elusive Just Charles & Cello in the Romantic Chord! There's a Wayback Machine archive of a taken-down YouTube video from 2011.

    https://web.archive.org/web/20121007...?v=P7-hQ6TZTGk

    I'll definitely be hearing this soon.

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    Happy holidays everyone.

    I'm just bumping this to announce that I finally added a new entry: Peteris Vasks. I myself am quite a fan of Vasks' music, especially his highly recommended Violin Concerto and his 4th String Quartet with its haunting final movement.

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    I also just completed the entry for the late, great Giya Kancheli. My personal favorites of his works are his Symphony No. 5 and his Lament, but I definitely plan to explore more.

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    Here is my last addition for now: Magnus Lindberg.

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    I'm working my way through the list and listening to the 3 star recordings. Thanks Trout for all of your hard work.

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    I'm planning to add a new entry in the next day or so. In the meantime, here are some recent promotions:

    Boulez: Incises (now added)
    Crumb: Eleven Echoes of Autumn (now added)
    Denisov: Cello Concerto (now 2-star)
    Feldman: Principal Sound (now added)
    Ferneyhough: Exordium (now added)
    Furrer: Presto (now added)
    Haas: Piano Concerto (now added)
    Stockhausen: Sternklang (now 2-star)

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    Here is the new entry for George Benjamin. It may seem rather short, but that is actually a fairly good chunk of the current oeuvre of one of the best 21st-century composers. Written on Skin is, in my opinion and that of many others, a powerful masterpiece. On the list, he's one of only 4 composers who composed a 3-star work from the 2010s (the others being Abrahamsen, JL Adams, and Haas). He additionally has some of the most recent pieces currently listed. He is a major figure indeed, and I look forward to including many more of his pieces in the coming years.

    By the way, I recognize that most all of his listed pieces are large, orchestral ones. I'm not yet familiar enough with his work as a whole to know if that's just the orchestral bias popping up again, or if that is simply a stronger medium for him (or perhaps some of both). However, if anyone wants to advocate for some of his works for other ensembles, I'd be happy to hear.
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    A few more promotions, courtesy of Harrison Birtwistle:

    Berio: Concertino (now listed)
    Birtwistle: Deep Time (now listed)
    Birtwistle: Gigue Machine (now listed)
    Birtwistle: Nine Movements (now listed)
    Birtwistle: Donum Simoni MMXVIII (now listed)
    Chin: Alice in Wonderland (now 2-star)
    Chin: Rocaná (now 2-star)
    Crumb: Zeitgeist (now listed)
    Davies: Symphony No. 6 (now 2-star)
    Ferneyhough: Bone Alphabet (now 2-star)
    Ferneyhough: Shadowtime (now 2-star)
    Ferneyhough: Transit (now 2-star)
    Furrer: spur (now 2-star)
    Takemitsu: Air (now listed)
    Xenakis: Nuits (now 2-star)
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    I wish this could be made “sticky” so I wouldn’t have to search for it.

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    Thanks, I think the project is a bit overdue for some new entries. I have been thinking about Wuorinen, in light of his recent passing.

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    Here's an entry to recognize the belated Charles Wuorinen. I discovered his thrilling oratorio Genesis shortly before his passing which became one of my favorite contemporary choral works. I found its cousin, the Mass, more elusive upon first hearing, but I now consider it tremendously awe-inspiring and beautiful upon re-listens. I also particularly enjoy his percussive Third Piano Concerto with its shifting tones and textures. His passing was a tremendous loss, but if there is any silver lining, hopefully there will be some renewed interest in his works both in the concert hall and on disc. I think many of his works certainly deserve more interpretations, or, in the case of some, a premiere recording.

    And just an update on the composers in the next batch (whenever that may be...), I am considering the following:

    Aho, Kalevi
    Bryars, Gavin
    Cerha, Friedrich
    Corigliano, John
    Dillon, James
    Dusapin, Pascal
    Eötvös, Peter
    Ferrari, Luc
    Golijov, Osvaldo
    MacMillan, James
    Monk, Meredith
    Oliveros, Pauline
    Radulescu, Horatiu
    Rochberg, George
    Romitelli, Fausto
    Sallinen, Aulis
    Saunders, Rebecca
    Sculthorpe, Peter
    Tavener, John

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    Thanks for the Rădulescu entry!

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    I’ve been listening to some Gabriela Lena Frank. I’m very impressed so far. Worthy of the list, I believe.

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