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    For Kjetil:

    Denisov, Edison (1929-96; Russian)

    - Flute Sonata (1960)
    - Le soleil des Incas [soprano & chamber ensemble] (1964) **
    - DSCH [clarinet, trombone, cello & piano] (1969)
    - Peinture [orch.] (1970)
    - Saxophone Sonata (1970) **
    - Sonata for Solo Clarinet (1972)
    - La vie en rouge [7 songs for soprano & ensemble] (1973)
    - Flute Concerto (1975) **
    - Sonata for Flute and Guitar (1977)
    - Violin Concerto (1977) **
    - Requiem [soprano, tenor, chorus & orch.] (1980) ***
    - L'écume des jours [opera] (1981) **
    - Tod ist ein langer Schlaf [theme & variations for cello & orch.] (1982)
    - Confession [ballet for orch.] (1984)
    - Les quatre jeunes filles [opera] (1986)
    - Symphony No. 1 (1987)
    - Reflets [piano] (1989)
    - Sur la nappe d'un étang glacé [magnetic tape & 9 instrs.] (1991)
    - Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Cello (1994)
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    Here's the rather lengthy new entry for Per Nørgård. As most would expect, the 3rd symphony was the runaway winner, garnering multiple times the number of recommendations of any other work.

    As for me, I'm generally not big on his work, but I hope that changes as I dive even deeper into his work now.

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    I guess that the most difficult part of this is deciding which pieces to give stars to. There are many works that get no star but that are important to me and seem like masterpieces (sometimes more than starred works). OK, this is a bit subjective and I am not so in-touch with critical opinion as to know how well different works are considered or why (or whether I feel faith in those judgements). But surely Birtwistle's Antiphonies deserves recognition as a major work and Lachenmann's Allegro Sostenuto is a fine work that seems to get everywhere (I have accumulated three recordings without trying!).

    Also, I think Julian Anderson belongs in your list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trout View Post
    Here's the rather lengthy new entry for Per Nørgård. As most would expect, the 3rd symphony was the runaway winner, garnering multiple times the number of recommendations of any other work.

    As for me, I'm generally not big on his work, but I hope that changes as I dive even deeper into his work now.
    Try the string quartets. Personally I prefer them over S3.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Enthusiast View Post
    I guess that the most difficult part of this is deciding which pieces to give stars to. There are many works that get no star but that are important to me and seem like masterpieces (sometimes more than starred works). OK, this is a bit subjective and I am not so in-touch with critical opinion as to know how well different works are considered or why (or whether I feel faith in those judgements). But surely Birtwistle's Antiphonies deserves recognition as a major work and Lachenmann's Allegro Sostenuto is a fine work that seems to get everywhere (I have accumulated three recordings without trying!).

    Also, I think Julian Anderson belongs in your list.
    I appreciate the input. I think the Birtwistle entry was in need of an upgrade overall. I did it a long while ago before I fully fleshed out the process. I just now bumped up a few of his pieces (including Antiphonies) and added Exody, but it's possible that it's still missing some important works. I'd be happy to hear of anymore that feel sorely missing or underrated.

    As for Lachenmann's Allegro sostenuto, I couldn't find enough recent sources to bump it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Rock View Post
    Try the string quartets. Personally I prefer them over S3.
    The late quartets are great, No. 10 being my favorite. From what I've heard, Nørgård's recent efforts seem to be pared down and stripped of excess when compared to works such as S3 (sort of like Schnittke).

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    I've made a graphic displaying the frequency of the works on the list per year. I've neglected to label the y-axis as specific numbers were not my focus here. That being said, 3 "points" were given to ⋆⋆⋆ works, 2 for ⋆⋆, and so on; works composed over multiple years (excluding revisions) had their points equally distributed over the respective years.

    Frequency of Recommended Works by Contemporary Composers.jpg

    The single highest critical peak for contemporary music was in 1988, which saw the completion of Schnittke's Symphony No. 5 (Concerto Grosso No. 4), Takemitsu's Tree Line and Twill by Twilight, Berio's Sequenza XI, Kagel's Die Stücke der Windrose, etc.

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    Very interesting, thanks!

    If I'm able to keep this repertoire up-to-date in the many years to come, I hope that the peak will widen toward the right as we slowly assimilate and canonize the best new works of today.

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    Here is the entry for Edison Denisov. It was very difficult finding English-language reviews and opinions on his work; it might be likely that he is better-known abroad. Regardless, let me know if there are any significant works missing.

    For me, his Requiem was a great discovery. Do give it a listen, if you haven't!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trout View Post
    Here is the entry for Edison Denisov. It was very difficult finding English-language reviews and opinions on his work; it might be likely that he is better-known abroad. Regardless, let me know if there are any significant works missing.

    For me, his Requiem was a great discovery. Do give it a listen, if you haven't!
    This makes me a happy Denisovan
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    Here's the new entry on Arvo Pärt.

    I might take a bit of a break before the next one.

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    Hi Trout,
    I totally support your great project because I am a great fan of contemporary classical. A lot of the info you are looking for is already available in my blogspot: marcbollansee.blogspot.com. There are about 160 contemporary composers listed with most of their works and the best recorded versions. Feel free to make use of it or be inspired by it. Some like Denisov are not listed. This is a personal choice.
    You will notice that Iannis Xenakis is extremely well represented. He is my favourite composer. Best Marc

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    great job, portamento, you might change my perspective on denisov; this kind of post is exactly what i am looking forward to from my fellow members

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    Quote Originally Posted by marc bollansee View Post
    Hi Trout,
    I totally support your great project because I am a great fan of contemporary classical. A lot of the info you are looking for is already available in my blogspot: marcbollansee.blogspot.com. There are about 160 contemporary composers listed with most of their works and the best recorded versions. Feel free to make use of it or be inspired by it. Some like Denisov are not listed. This is a personal choice.
    You will notice that Iannis Xenakis is extremely well represented. He is my favourite composer. Best Marc
    Hi Marc,

    Thanks a lot for sharing. It's clear you have a great knowledge of contemporary music. There is a great deal of overlap between our two lists. Yours is in many ways more comprehensive than mine. Are the asterisk (*) entries particular favorites of yours, or do they signify something else? I also notice you place performers next to just about every piece. Are you recommending just that specific performance or both the piece and performance?

    Much appreciated!

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    Yeah, I think the 1980s were probably a high point for new music/contemporary classical. The pieces that were coming out then, the composers who were active then, it's a veritable golden age. Just to grab some names/works indicating what was being produced and who was writing music:

    Boulez Repons
    Ligeti Etudes
    Lutoslawski Symphony 3
    Feldman For Philip Guston
    Cage Litany for the whale
    Schnittke Symphony 5
    Berio Voci (Folk Songs II)
    Carter Night Fantasies
    Reich Different Trains
    Messiaen St Francis of Assisi
    Dutilleux Violin Concerto
    Adams Nixon in China
    Gubaidulina Offertorium
    Lindberg Kraft
    Nono La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura
    Kancheli Vom Winde beweint
    Silvestrov Symphony 5
    Xenakis Rebonds
    Lachenmann Mouvement (- vor der Erstarrung)
    Glass Koyaanisqatsi
    Murail Gondwana
    Pärt St. John's Passion
    Saariaho Du cristal...
    Takemitsu A string around autumn

    It was a really exciting time to be alive, buying recordings, going to new music festivals and concerts. It seemed like something big was happening, but it wasn't clear how it would all shake out. The avant-garde was no longer hegemonic, but what would replace it, that wasn't certain.
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