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  1. 2021 Listening Project - Jan 18

    Jan 18

    Orchestral Suite No. 1
    J.S. Bach
    The English Concert
    Trevor Pinnock, conductor
    1979

    It's unclear to me whether there's supposed to be some unifying theme in this 7-movement piece, but something did seem common to be about the different movements. I should read more about these pieces.

    French Suite No. 2
    J.S. Bach
    Maria João Pires, piano

    It's nice. I think not my favorite from this particular
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  2. 2021 Listening Project - Jan 14 & 16

    Violin Concerto
    Samuel Barber
    Joshua Bell, violin
    Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
    David Zinman, conductor

    I like this, it's more obviously tuneful than the Walton that I listened to earlier in the month, yet I somehow have a feeling that it is nevertheless a lesser composition than the Walton. Final movement too short, not really going anywhere.

    Cockaigne Suite
    Edward Elgar
    Philharmonica Orchestra
    John Barbirolli, conductor
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  3. 2021 Listening Project - Jan 13

    Contatas 81 & 199
    J.S.Bach
    Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, mezzo-soprano
    The Orchestra of Emmanuel Music
    Craig Smith, director

    I like both, perhaps 199 better because the dramatic arc seems more clear to me. I find myself surprised that this is Bach, because its much simpler, more spare music than I am used to with him.

    The tempo seems very slow, deliberate ... is that always the case for cantatas?

    I've Listened to these before,
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  4. 2021 Listening Project - Jan 12

    Dmitri ShostakovichViolin Concerto No. 1, Op. 99
    Viktoria Mullova, violin
    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    André Previn, conductor

    This is really a phenomenal piece of music. I particularly like the passacaglia & finale. I've had this CD for years (same CD as the Prokofiev), and probably listened to this more than the Prokofiev. I think I always liked this piece, but watching a recording of an Oistrakh performance on youtube a few years ago helped open it up
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