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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 2021 Listening Project - Jan 11

    Violin Concerto No. 2
    Sergei Prokofiev
    Viktoria Mullova, violin
    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    André Previn, conductor

    Most of my classical listening has been to older works than this, so I find the musical language here to be a little difficult to understand. But I do like this piece, especially the middle movement and the opening of the final movement. It seems strange to end the piece in such a "calm" way, but doesn't bother me. I've listened
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  5. 2021 Listening Project - Jan 10

    Russian Choir School
    Valery Polyansky
    State Chamber Choir

    All (or nearly all) of the sacred acapella music that I've listened to has been in the Western church tradition, and while this is clearly different, it's hard to put my finger on exactly /how/ it is different. One thing is the low bass line (Slavic Bass?) which I really like. I think my favorites are the Blessed the Lord, O my soul (Rachmaninov) and the Appease My Ills (G. Izvekov).

    This is a CD
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