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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. Schumann - Berlin Philharmonic, Rafael Kubelik – Symphonies No.1 & 4

    I plan three posts for this five-Tuesday month, the first of which launches a three-part monthly set that will share all four of Robert Schumann's symphonies, beginning with the "Spring" symphony, as an early harbinger of the spring equinox a mere three weeks away.

    By age 30, Robert Schumann was already a successful composer of chamber music, including piano music and lieder. But in order to be able to make a living from composing he needed to achieve success in what was
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  5. 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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