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    Albinoni: 12 Concertos, Op. 7

    Heinz Holliger (oboe)

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    Benjamin Britten - various works part twenty one for late morning and afternoon either side of the sadly necessary grocery run.


    Cantata misericordium for tenor, baritone, mixed choir, string quartet, string orchestra, piano, harp and timpani op.69 [Text: Patrick Wilkinson, after The Parable of the Good Samaritan] (1963):




    Night-Piece [Notturno] for piano WoO (1963):




    Curlew River - church parable for four solo male voices, one boy treble, male choir and chamber ensemble op.71 [Libretto: William Plomer, based on the early 15th century Japanese Noh play Sumidagawa (Sumida River) by Juro Motomasa] (1964):




    Cello Symphony op.68 (1963):
    Suite no.1 for solo cello op.72 (1964):

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    Nigel Short leading Tenebrae in medieval chant:


    I love music. I want music. I need music.

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    Telemann: Fantasias (12) for solo violin, TWV 40:14-25

    Augustin Hadelich (violin)
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    Some mellow music to go with my morning coffee! We had a violent thunder storm last night that sounded a bit like this music.
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    Zdeněk Fibich: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2

    Irvin Venyš (clarinet)

    Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Marek Štilec

    Fibich: At Twilight, Symphonic Poem for Orchestra, Op. 39
    Fibich: Selanka – Clarinet Idyll, Op. 16
    Fibich: Symphony No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 38
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    Robert Schumann

    Piano Quintet, op. 44
    Piano Quartet, op. 47

    Menahem Pressler, piano
    Emerson String Quartet

    1995
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    Boccherini - Symphonies

    London Mozart Players, Matthias Bamert
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    Haydn: String Quartet No. 32 In C, Op. 33/3 "The Bird"
    Quatuor Mosaïques

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    Turntable time

    Alwyn - Derby Day Overture (composer/Lyrita)
    Bridge - String Quartet #4 (Allegri/Argo)
    Britten - Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge (composer/London)
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    Haydn -String Quartet In E Flat Major, Hob.III: 64, (Op.64 No.6)

    BOccerini - String Quartet In D Major, Op.6, No.1

    Brahms-String Quartet No.2 In F, Op.41 No.2

    Verdi- String Quartet In E Minor

    Quartetto Italiano
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    Loaned this album from a friend of mine today and I'm enjoying it a lot.

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    I hadn't listened to Watanabe with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra before. I like it better than the one's with the Japanese one I've got at home. Beautifully played and very idiomatic. A rarity.

    Glorious John to follow. A Sibelian day

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    Vincula

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    Schoenberg - Verklaerte Nacht, String Trio
    Yo-Yo Ma, Walter Trampler, Juilliard Quartet

    A fantastic performance of VN, but the String Trio is really tickling my ears. Beautiful music - seriously!
    "If we understood the world, we would realize that there is a logic of harmony underlying its manifold apparent dissonances." - Jean Sibelius

    "Art is an attempt to transport into a limited quantity of matter, modeled by man, an image of the infinite beauty of the entire universe." - Simone Weil

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    As of lately: More wonderful American composers from the NAXOS American Classics series:

    William Dawson (1899-1990)
    Ulysses Kay (1917-1995)
    Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000)
    Elliott Carter (1908-2012)
    Ellen Taaffe Zwillich (Born 1939)

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    Apart from Scott Joplin, the abundance of exemplar African-American composers such as William Grant Still, Florence Price, William Dawson, Ulysses Kay, and Adolphus Hailstork; were largely ignored by the most prominent American conductors and orchestras. This is a shame because their output is as fine, prolific and diverse as their White counterparts. While William Dawson looks to his own African American heritage for inspiration, as well as a musical language and vision; Ulysses Kay is more abstract, and while his music remains tonal and vibrant, like William Schuman, he gets rather thorny in a good many of his pieces. Alan Hovhaness fits no category of American composers; not "Americana" like Copland or Virgil Thomson; not academic like Walter Piston, William Schuman, or Ulysses Kay; not experimental like Ives, Cowell, and Cage; and not serial like Roger Sessions or Milton Babbitt. No, Hovhaness just goes his own mysterious and mystical way; drawing from his ancestral Armenian musical heritage and other Central Asian, Middle Eastern, and Far Eastern influences. Elliot Carter, meanwhile has a reputation for composing works of impenetrable complexity, not exactly serial but tangled and tightly wound. In this regard, I tried to avoid Carter for decades, but when I finally came around to Carter, I found that his music wasn't nearly as severe as it's reputation. The Symphony #1 (an early work) is so accessible that it can practically be mistaken for something by Walter Piston or William Schuman in a blindfold test. The Piano Concerto, on the other hand, is one of those Carter works that he is known for; tangled and thorny; but also listenable and interesting given an even chance. We end with Ellen Taaffe Zwillich; and like most of America's living composers, she is an eclectic borrowing from the great variety of American masters who set the stage; and like our wonderful African-American composers, our great American women composers have also been neglected by mainstream conductors, orchestras and record companies; but thanks to the NAXOS American Classics series, the full flowering of American classical music can finally be enjoyed.
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