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  1. 2021 Listening Project - Mar 2

    Milhaud
    Ballade for Piano and Orchestra
    Michael Korstick, piano
    SWR Rundfunkorchester Kaiserslautern
    Alun Francis, conductor

    As with the Milhaud Etudes, this is more modernist (and less melodic) than I prefer, but I still thought this was OK.

    Bach
    Orchestral Suite No. 3
    The English Concert
    Trevor Pinnock

    Here's what I though immediately upon listening. The Ouverture was immediately familiar to me, The Air
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  2. 2021 Listening Project - Mar 1

    Bach
    Sonata for Solo Violin, No. 2
    Paul Galbraith, guitar (his own transcription)
    Sergiu Luca, violin
    Nathan Milstein, violin

    This time I listened to Galbraith first, in an attempt to be able to listen with more "fresh" ears. And I did like this more than his Sonata No. 1. In particular I really enjoyed his Fuga. The Grave and the Andante were still too slow for my taste (though the Andante was still very pretty).

    Between Milstein
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  3. 2021 Listening Project - First Two Months

    I'm really enjoying this, but it's even harder to find dedicated listening time than I had anticipated. But nevertheless, I've now covered 32 hours of music, so I'm averaging about 30 minutes per day. At this rate I'll be finished some time in mid-July. And since that's before Dec 31, I'll count that as a success!

    I'm really looking forward to continuing with the French Piano Concertos set. An advantage of that set is that many of the pieces are short, so I should be able to fit in
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  4. 2021 Listening Project - Feb 28

    First, three more brief pieces from the Brilliant "French Piano Concertos" box set.

    Cécille Chaminade
    Concertstuck for Piano and Orchestra
    Rosario Marciano, piano
    Luxembourg Radio Orchestra
    Louis de Froment, conductor

    I'd never heard of Chaminade before purchasing the box set. I found this piece enjoyable. I'd definitely listen to her other works.

    Darius Milhaud
    5 Études
    Michael Korstick, piano
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  5. 2021 Listening Project - Feb 27

    Bach
    Sonata for Solo Violin, No. 1
    Sergiu Luca, violin
    Nathan Milstein, violin
    Paul Galbraith, guitar (his own transcription)

    I own three recordings of the complete Bach solo violin (Luca, Milstein, & Galbraith), plus Hilary Hahn's incomplete set from 1997. I am going to try to listen to all recordings for a given piece on the same day, to try to compare them. The music is sufficiently great that I think that won't get repetitive.

    In
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