Once at a recital I saw (and heard) Segovia play Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez. I have never felt the desire to hear it again. So it may be a classical example of music which is more interesting to play than to listen to.Actually I just used the list to listen to something I haven’t heard in like, 30 years. Some Sor etudes. I remember having a recording with Segovia playing, but for no good reason I just plumped for another old timer, Narciso Yepes. I must say, I was really impressed by Yepes this evening, there’s something really objective about his way of playing which appeals to me this evening. I remember his trademark was the Rodriguez concerto - I don’t know if I’ve ever heard it.
As far as Sor’s music is concerned, I honestly can’t see what the fuss is about. I mean, it may be more interesting to play than to hear.
There are some very divisive things in here -- music which seems to take music to its limits and for many people, music which goes too far. My own attention recently has been on the Missa Solemnis. I think of it now as a sort of jolt, a battering ram which throws the open listener into places in his unconscious, possibly uncomfortable places. I found myself mentioning Antonin Artaud's concept of Theatre of Cruelty a few days ago -- well, I think a good performance of Missa Solemnis exemplifies Artaud's idea. Hence, many, most people can't handle it.
I'm enjoying this week. For me, Death and the Maiden and the String Quintet in C are better and more enjoyable pieces that Trout, despite its familiarity and good though it is. The Octet deserves a higher ranking for me too, and perhaps Schubert's masses, which I've enjoyed....I've never heard any Schubert I didn't like....
Ah well, you're in for a treat. Bostridge is good with words, I heard him sing Schubert in a concert in New College Oxford once, he'd just been discovered and the word on the street was that he was exceptional, in the Peter Pears tradition. It was an unforgettable concert really.I've only listened to the arrangement for cello so far. Bostridge lined-up for tomorrow along with other lieder.
True. I've only listened to 8 and 9 so far this week. It says more about me and perhaps my focus on Saturday when I listened, than it does about the symphonies themselves.... I think it's unfair to tar all Schubert's symphonies with the same brush. In particular I think the Unfinished is a real major piece of music. I have loved it ever since I was about 10 -- I think it was the first piece of classical music I really responded to.