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  1. Orchestral Music
    Hi dear all... If you're looking for new symphonic music for your concert programmes, please consider my playlist with recent works : still to be premiered with real orchestra's. here are the links: Spotify https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0FLGYHVQTemBP9b5ukquQk?si=7738c8077da1411d Youtube...
  2. Orchestral Music
    I know this poll has been done before, but it simply gave a listing of each symphony, with no other choices. I'm not the only one I know who finds all 4 to be equally amazing, and I know (sad to say) that there are some who don't like the Brahms symphonies, or Brahms in general. But this is a...
  3. Orchestral Music
    In February 1845 Mendelssohn started to write a 6th symphony in C-Major with the first 2 minutes gorgeously completed in score and further sketches for movement 1 and 2. When I discovered this after reading the magnificent biography of Mendelssohn by L.Todd in 2018 I was astonished that I never...
  4. Classical Music Discussion
    Can anyone recommend me an "operatic" recording of Beethoven's Symphony nº9, op. 125, Coral? When I say operatic, I mean in it as dramatic, theatrical and passionate. I must say that I know the symphony was not made to be operatic, but I'm still looking for a recording that may be able to have...
  5. Today's Composers
    Hi. Some time ago I decided to start writing music, to create something and see what happened. I don't really have composition skills, as I only have a license in solfege. So, pretty basic knowledge of theory. I had a theme in mind though and I tried to develop it, quite casually I admit. It's...
  6. Classical Music Discussion
    Let's say, if you had 2 weeks to live, because there's an apocalypse or whatever, what would be the last pieces of classical music (any time and genre, opera, symphony, quartets, concerto etc.) you would listen to? (Feel free to add non-classical to your list if you want but keep in mind the...
  7. Classical Music Discussion
    I truly love Mahler 3, particularly the outer movements, but I must say---I am confused about the fifth movement. What is its message? What place does its text, and in particular the invocation of a sinner's guilt, have in the larger philosophical arc of this symphony? How does it relate to the...
  8. Orchestral Music
    Over the past few years I've wanted to revisit a group of cycles that Granate initially reviewed or have been flagged to me or I'd skipped over as they had made little or no impression on me, first time around. It's important to keep an open mind in life and discerning and devoted listeners...
  9. Orchestral Music
    It's that time again (I did warn you) and I've got 5 relatively recent (and a few brand new) cycles to review this time. So without any more guff, here goes. Very much the case of the good, the plain and the ugly this time around.... My ratings (as always) are as follows: C Satisfactory...
  10. Classical Music Discussion
    Let's discuss outstanding recordings of each individual Sibelius symphony. What are your favorites? For me: Symphony No.2 Bernstein/NY Symphony No. 4 Ashkenazy/Philharmonia Symphony No. 5 Salonen/Philharmonia Bernstein/NY
  11. Classical Music Discussion
    As in the title. My Top 10 Favorite Symphonies are: 1. Sibelius, Jean - Symphony No. 7 2. Sibelius, Jean - Symphony No. 4 3. Brahms, Johannes - Symphony No. 2 4. Sgambati, Giovanni - Symphony No. 2 5. Martucci, Giuseppe - Symphony No. 1 6. Rheinberger, Josef - Symphony No. 1 7. Noskowski...
  12. Orchestral Music
    What are your preferred recordings of Mozart's late symphonies? I'm thinking of symphonies 38-41, but sets of 35-41 or just 39-41 are also welcome.
  13. Today's Composers
    I know with the internet age our attention span become much shorter, so if you're put off by the slow introduction, skip to 2:00. This was my first orchestral composition. It's based on the 4-movement scheme, with an opening in sonata form, a dance (waltz), a slow movement, and a fast finale...
  14. Orchestral Music
    Back again, Merl? Let me explain.....Since I started this series of reviews (I'd reviewed around 60 cycles before now) I'd kept all my handwritten notes and when I checked back through them there were another 4 cycles that never made it on here for a variety of reasons and one that I wasn't...
  15. Classical Music Discussion
    I grew up with a recording of Sibelius 2 with Bernstein and the NY Phil. I have imprinted on this recording. I love it but I also know it is an idiosyncratic rendition so it makes it somewhat difficult for me to be objective in evaluating other recordings of this work. Anyhoo, what are your...
  16. Classical Music Discussion
    After presenting to you Franz Lachner's 6th symphony recently here now I'd like to share with you his 2nd symphony which I think is just as great in all 4 movements and which also has never been recorded before. I start with the splendid Finale - so full of great and melodious themes...
  17. Classical Music Discussion
    I'd like to share with you a real treasure - for me the best symphony between Schubert and Schumann/Mendelssohn - and it has never been recorded before - Symphony D-Major Nr. 6 (1837) by Franz Lachner who was among the closest friends of Franz Schubert! For me it is THE discovery of the year...
  18. Orchestral Music
    Just when you thought I'd stopped them....they're back and this time it's a handful of newer recordings I'm reviewing. As always, these are my personal views. You may or may not agree but feel free to add anything pertinent to these performances in the comments, below. Again, I've tried to...
  19. Today's Composers
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  20. Orchestral Music
    I was going to leave my LvB cycle reviews at 9 but I've been listening to a few old cycles lately and I've just got hold of one I've been after for a while so I thought I'd enlighten you and, unlike Beethoven, I wanted to make it to number 10 (oooh Merl that was harsh)! As always, these are my...
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