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    Here's what I've put together for (Van der) Aa:

    Aa, Michel van der (1970-; Dutch)

    - One [chamber opera for soprano, video & soundtrack] (2002) **
    - Here Trilogy [3 pieces for soprano, chamber orch. & soundtrack] (2001-03)
    - Second Self [orchestra & soundtrack] (2004)
    - Imprint [baroque orchestra] (2005)
    - After Life [opera for soloists, ensemble, video & soundtrack] (2005-06, rev. 2009) **
    - The Book of Disquiet [music theatre for actor, ensemble & film] (2008) **
    - Up-close [cello, string orch. & film] (2010) ***
    - Sunken Garden [opera] (2011-13) **
    - Violin Concerto (2014) **
    - Blank Out [chamber opera for soprano & film] (2015) **
    - The Book of Sand [digital, interactive song cycle] (2015)

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    Krzysztof Penderecki is in the house!

    Chronologically speaking, this was one of the most interesting entries because of his radical shift in style in the late 70s. As expected, the first avant-garde epoch seems to contain most of his significant and enduring pieces. But even if you look beyond his first phase, his remaining oeuvre seems to be, on paper, still pretty well-liked and probably still substantial enough for an entry on its own.
    Last edited by Trout; Jan-10-2019 at 07:17.

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    Alright Penderecki! You should have seen the face of a student listening to Threnody, like his migraine trippled. I thought I could hear the change in style from his 1st to 2nd symphony. Around 1975 I believe he became a very accessible composer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Portamento View Post
    Here's what I've put together for (Van der) Aa:

    Aa, Michel van der (1970-; Dutch)

    - One [chamber opera for soprano, video & soundtrack] (2002) **
    - Here Trilogy [3 pieces for soprano, chamber orch. & soundtrack] (2001-03)
    - Second Self [orchestra & soundtrack] (2004)
    - Imprint [baroque orchestra] (2005)
    - After Life [opera for soloists, ensemble, video & soundtrack] (2005-06, rev. 2009) **
    - The Book of Disquiet [music theatre for actor, ensemble & film] (2008) **
    - Up-close [cello, string orch. & film] (2010) ***
    - Sunken Garden [opera] (2011-13) **
    - Violin Concerto (2014) **
    - Blank Out [chamber opera for soprano & film] (2015) **
    - The Book of Sand [digital, interactive song cycle] (2015)
    I'd add Hysteresis - Clarinet Concerto

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    Penderecki's first violin concerto (1976) is the work that first clearly shows an about face from his earlier style.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kjetil Heggelund View Post
    Around 1975 I believe he became a very accessible composer.
    Or a rather bland one depending on your taste.
    Short-term thinkers are rewarded with reelection, while those who dare to take seriously our responsibility to future generations commonly find themselves out of office.

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    Quote Originally Posted by starthrower View Post
    Or a rather bland one depending on your taste.
    At least he has a distinct style

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kjetil Heggelund View Post
    At least he has a distinct style
    Yes, he does. Dark and more darkness. But I still love him!
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    Quote Originally Posted by starthrower View Post
    Yes, he does. Dark and more darkness. But I still love him!
    Me too! Just now I decided to listen to more Stockhausen! That's other buns (direct translation from Norwegian...)

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    Another composer I decided to look into somewhat randomly. Like Nyman, I found a good deal of both praise and derision from those that cherish his optimistic, jazzy works and others that label his oeuvre as derivative. Personally, I think I fall in the middle of these two camps: at his best, Kapustin achieves a near-perfect synthesis of popular music and classical but there is an undeniable sameness in his output that makes it hard to listen to him back-to-back.

    Kapustin, Nikolai (1937-; Russian)

    - Suite in the Old Style, op. 28 [piano] (1977)
    - Piano Sonata No. 1, op. 39 "Sonata-Fantasia" (1984)
    - Eight Concert Études, op. 40 [piano] (1984) **
    - Variations, op. 41 [piano] (1984)
    - 24 Preludes, op. 53 [piano] (1988) **
    - Piano Sonata No. 2, op. 54 (1989) **
    - Five Études in Different Intervals, op. 68 [piano] (1992)
    - 24 Preludes and Fugues, op. 82 [piano] (1997)

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    With Portamento's help again, I've added the entry for Michel van der Aa. I was quite a bit stingier on the tier assignments simply because it's still a bit early in his career and he doesn't yet have the name-recognition among listeners as some of his other contemporaries like Thomas Ades and Unsuk Chin. But I'll definitely keep an eye out to see if he becomes a larger figure in the years to come.

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    I noticed the inclusion of Kurtág's Fin de partie. Good call.
    Last edited by Portamento; Jan-13-2019 at 20:57.

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    I've been listening to quite a lot of Holliger recently and he definitely needs to be listed!

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    Glad to see Lutosławski on the list. He's never caught on in North America as he has in Europe. His work is as good as Stravinsky's.
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    I've probably missed something significant here, but is there any reason why Olivier Messiaen doesn't get a mention?

    As an aside on Penderecki, his Sixth Symphony ("Chinese Poems") has now been completed and performed. No sign of a recording as yet, though.....
    Last edited by CnC Bartok; Jan-14-2019 at 10:13.

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