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    Quote Originally Posted by HenryPenfold View Post
    Northern? Been throwing it over my full English for donkey’s years
    Btw, look at the not very northern picture on the label!
    Not to mention your own initials ......

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    Houses of Parliament sauce. Heinz ruined it in 2011. Don't think I've tasted out since.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allegro Con Brio View Post
    ^Our scheduled nominator dropped out via PM, so Steve, the limelight is all yours!
    Coming later today! Start boiling the beets and cabbage...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kreisler jr View Post
    The Emerson is fast, but true to prejudice, not emotionally as gripping as others.
    And for me, Emerson was the most "gripping" and emotionally convincing, especially their deeply probing and quite special account of the second movement, but also maximizing the impact of the pathos of the last with the explosiveness of the coda. I'd also probably say their Scherzo was the most highly characterized and impactful of those I've heard. For me the only small tick against Emerson was their tempo of the first movement—I'm just not sure it needs to be quite so fast, although to be fair they're simply and admirably following Beethoven's printed metronome marking—but they characterize the changes of affect convincingly nonetheless, with impeccable lyricism and phrasing.

    A highlight for me of one of the best cycles out there!
    Last edited by Knorf; Oct-17-2021 at 16:55. Reason: Fighting autocorrect

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    Happy Sunday, Comrades, and here's an offbeat quartet to start the new week:

    It's Anton Arensky's String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 35/35a, composed in 1895 and inscribed "To the memory of Tchaikovsky."

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    Earsense: String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op.35/35a

    I imagine that most if not all of you already know this quartet, and what makes it unique: in its original form, it is played by the unusual combination of two cellos, one viola, and one violin. But apparently the publisher had a vision one night, seeing over a hundred years into the future, to a time when the greatest musical minds in the world would meet every week to discuss string quartets (by some strange magic as they all remain home on opposite sides of the earth). And that to make doubly sure this work would be suitable for this forum, he asked Arensky to write a second version for the traditional string quartet lineup. Hence the alternative 35a.

    The work is in three parts: An elegy with a theme that will recur throughout the work, a set of seven variations on a song by Tchaikovsky (“Legend”), and then a finale that includes a folk tune you'll recognize from Beethoven's 2nd Razumovky quartet.

    To play this work, you need to be an ensemble with enough flexibility to field the unusual lineup, like the Nash (linked below, and I'll tell you right now this is the best album cover of the week).

    OR you need to throw together a pickup team of capable soloists, as was done for the all-Arensky Spectrum Concerts Berlin, recorded live by Naxos in 2014.

    OR you need to find the 35a alternative score and hope it works just as well for a traditional quartet, as was recorded by both the Ying Quartet on Sono Luminus and the Lajtha Quartet on Marco Polo.

    I'm very much looking forward to your thoughts on whether the original version outshines the alternative, and of course on this work as a whole. I think this is definitely one quartet that wears its heart on its sleeve, for better or worse. If you've never heard it before (or haven't visited it in a while), I hope you enjoy it!






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    Quote Originally Posted by Merl View Post
    And dont forget the HP sauce for us Northern Brits.

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    Tamarind & ketchup? Just googled it - why not add some marmite as well?

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    Nice choice Steve - I'll be the first to admit to having heard of it but never having listened to it.

    ETA - having no desire to make borscht to go with the quartet I'll make myself a nice pickled beetroot and crumbly cheese 'piece' (using one of the Scots meaning of word).
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    Not only have I not heard it (or heard of it), but the composer is virtually new to me as well - I think I heard one of his piano trios once a couple years ago and remember liking it but for some reason didn't explore further. Fantastic choice! BTW, why haven't more composers messed around with the orthodox SQ combination? Even the most radical modern composers we've done were at least respectful of the hallowed format.
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    Especially for modern composers writing very difficult and demanding pieces it makes a lot of sense to stick to the standard because that's where one has lots of professional ensembles. Additionally, the freedom already does exist for quintets or several other combinations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kreisler jr View Post
    Especially for modern composers writing very difficult and demanding pieces it makes a lot of sense to stick to the standard because that's where one has lots of professional ensembles. Additionally, the freedom already does exist for quintets or several other combinations.
    Absolutely. It's tough enough for a living composer to get their music played as it is (few other professions involved having to compete with dead people to get a job). Going too far afield with novel instrumentation is a great way to languish in obscurity, something that already happens to far too many worthy composers.

    I've encountered Arensky's music in one or two other occasions (piano trios for sure), but I don't think I've ever heard the 2nd String Quartet. Nice choice!

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    2 Cellos? David St. Hubbins , Nigel Tufnel and Derek Smalls would approve.
    "It should have worked." - Arthur Carlson

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    "Take two cellos into the string quartet, Anton?"

    Interesting choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SearsPoncho View Post
    2 Cellos? David St. Hubbins , Nigel Tufnel and Derek Smalls would approve.


    (There's a small genius moment later in this scene when Nigel pauses in the middle of his shredding to slightly adjust one of the violin's tuning knobs.)

    But all jokes about the unusual instrumentation aside, this is a VERY emotional quartet, with an absolutely killer first two minutes. I almost wish Arensky had committed to a fully dark funeral march in this movement, without trying to brighten things up in a couple of places. I'm interested to know if anyone else agrees with this.
    Last edited by StevehamNY; Oct-18-2021 at 01:25.

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    Like Malx, I know of Arensky but I've never heard this piece so I'm looking forward to giving it a go. Not many recordings so I can listen to this and then finish another Beethoven quartet I started before coming over to Spain (I fly home tomorrow).

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    Nice choice. I own recordings of the Piano Quintet and the Trios, but haven't heard this work.
    Thanks!

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