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  1. 2021 Listening Project - Jan 22

    Charles Ives
    Holidays Symphony
    Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor

    A big question for me with this piece (and other Ives' pieces) is how can we fully understand and appreciate what he is doing, unless we are familiar with all of his source material? I like the way that familiar tunes come in and out of "focus" in this piece, but I suspect that there is a *lot* going on here that I am missing because the source material is unfamiliar
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  2. 2021 Listening Project - Jan 20

    * Jan 20 & 22, 2021

    Mozart
    Andras Schiff, piano

    This is a 1986 recording with eight different pieces. I've owned this for a long time, and always enjoyed it.

    There are two sets of variations, 10 on "Twinkle Twinkle, and 12 on "Unser dummer Pöbel meint". I do like the Twinkle Twinkle ones, though I was once told by a (with hindsight snooty) pianist that they are actually really boring. I admit that this time I thought the 12
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  3. PTB Classic – Gustav Mahler

    To mark the Tuesday Blog’s Tenth Anniversary year, I intend to bring back throughout the year an old post format – which I have dubbed PTB Classic – that threads together works off a YouTube playlist to mark a theme (today, a pair of works from one composer) that may not fit any of our recurring series.

    The main work today is Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, the last of the so-called Wunderhorm symphonies as it is inspired from that very collection of poems, and repurposes one of the texts
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  4. 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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  5. 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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