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    Default Best works of the last decade: 2010 - 2019

    I'm really curious as to what are considered the finest compositions of the very recent past. Unfortunately I cannot personally contribute any examples as I'm not familiar with new classical works.

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    I have absolutely no idea of how one determines 'finest' (can it even be done?) and am sure that most responses will represent the poster's favourite. If one goes by the number of major orchestras that have programmed it (some more than once), I would suggest Hans Abrahamsen's let me tell you.

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    I think you will find this fairly recent thread useful: Favorite works 2010-2019.

    I don't have much to add to my lists since I haven't done much listening since then, except for one piece: Kurtág's stunning opera Fin de Partie (2010-18).

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    let me tell you is probably a work that many people would mention.

    Thomas Adès' Totentanz totally blew my mind when I heard it live in a concert a few years ago.

    I also absolutely adore Unsuk Chin's Gougalōn, which - if I'm not mistaken - was finished and premiered during the last decade.

    But there are many, many more.

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    Using the same criteria as my earlier post, perhaps George Benjamin's opera Written on Skin

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    There's a game running about favourite works from 2000 and later (years of completion included) - 300 compositions were nominated. The list is here: Game (nominations): 2000 and beyond
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    My tastes are really very different from everyone else's I think because I don't like large scale music. So, for example, I would pick Occam's Ocean (Eliane Radigue)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trout View Post
    I think you will find this fairly recent thread useful: Favorite works 2010-2019.

    I don't have much to add to my lists since I haven't done much listening since then, except for one piece: Kurtág's stunning opera Fin de Partie (2010-18).
    I must have missed seeing that thread. Sorry for the duplication.

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    i have pretty conservative taste, so Lindberg's Cello Concerto or Maxwell Davies' Symphony 9. But then they're not anything special, and nothing that hasn't been done before.
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    Williams' Star Wars sequel trilogy

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    Michael Daugherty’s Trail of Tears Flute Concerto

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    A lot depends on what rocks your boat. I assume that asking for the most recent means an interest in fairly avant garde music and perhaps younger composers (many of whom I don't know well enough). But sticking to composers who were already established before the last decade, I second Benjamin's Written on Skin and add his next opera Lessons in Love and Violence. Also Carter's Epigrams (for violin, cello and piano) and Dialogues II (piano and orchestra) and Two Controversies and a Conversation (piano, percussion, and chamber orchestra). I also second Abrahamsen's Let Me Tell You as a fresh but accessible piece that has been an enormous success. No doubt there are many more - ten years is a very short time to get to hear a work if you rely on recordings.

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    What about this, Laurence Crane's Tour de France Statistics? This is the sort of music which would get booed off the stage at Darmstadt.

    Last edited by Mandryka; Jan-16-2020 at 15:44.

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    Can't say much about finest or best, but I can say that my favourite is John Luther Adams's Become Ocean.
    Mahler, Glass, Beethoven, Vaughan Williams, Wolfe, Liszt, Reich, Bach, Nyman, Schubert

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