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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 2021 Listening Project - Jan 9

    J.S. Bach
    Brandenburg Concerto #3
    The English Concert
    Trevor Pinnock, conductor
    1979

    The melodies are well-known to me from playing this CD multiple times. But this may be the first time that I really recognized just how short the middle movement is - just 33 seconds in this recording. Which prompted me to read more about this piece, and so I'm now aware that the score for this movement was just two chords, so that the movement was likely meant to be an
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  5. 2021 Listening Project - Jan 6

    Baal Shem
    Ernest Bloch
    Joshua Bell, violin
    Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
    David Zinman, conductor

    I liked this more than the Walton. Definitely will listen again.

    Rondo in A for violin and strings D438
    Franz Schubert
    Nigel Kennedy, violin
    English Chamber Orchestra
    Jeffery Tate, conductor

    Kind-of simple music, but very pretty.
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