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When compiling my list for your previous "What are your Top 20 Post-1950 Works?" it soon became clear to me that a lot of my favourite new or newish music is obscure or unpopular. So here's a few of those:

James MacMillan: The Confession of Isobel Gowdie
Meredith Monk: Dolmen Music
Steve Reich: Proverb
Lepo Sumera: Mushroom Cantata
Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Violin concerto
Julia Wolfe: Steel Hammer
 

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I'm going to vow, right now to listen to every piece mentioned on this thread (now watch, someone will post a never-ending list). Nereffid, I admit I haven't even heard of those you posted, much less HEARD them!
I will offer a single work, namely the Celtic Symphony by Sir Granville Bantock:

 

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A few of mine, not super-obscure of course but some that it seems few people like very much... I don't know why it's almost all chamber music...

Arensky's 2nd string quartet
Borodin's 2nd string sextet
Chausson's concert for piano, violin and string quartet
Decaux's Clair de lune
Dohnanyi's piano quintet
Dohnanyi's 2nd & 3rd string quartets
Dohnany's Serenade for string trio
Dohnany's Sextet
Dukas' piano sonata
Enescu's octet
Enescu's Oedipe
Franck's piano quintet
Glazunov's string quintet
Kodaly's 2nd string quartet
 

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I'm going to vow, right now to listen to every piece mentioned on this thread (now watch, someone will post a never-ending list). Nereffid, I admit I haven't even heard of those you posted, much less HEARD them!
And you can rest assured, if you criticize any of my pieces you won't go on the list of people who hate modern music! :p
 

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My list would include (I'll limit myself to 10):

Hindemith: Piano Sonata No. 2 in G
Barber: Symphony no.1
Prokofiev: Piano Sonata no.4
Ginastera: Harp Concerto
Saint-Saens: Clarinet Sonata
Adams: Common Tones in Simple Time
Ingram Marshall: Cries Upon the Mountains
Gubaidulina: Trumpet Trio
Bartok: Miraculous Mandarin
Milhaud: Suite Francaise

I'll admit that these are less obscure than Nereffids'
 
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I am interested to know of pieces that you really love (not just admire) that may be undervalued or less known by listeners at large. This is an attempt to spark some listening fever and shed light on those nooks and crannies of the repertoire where more gold may be hidden!

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Frankly, I can barely hang on to the coat tails of the post-50s thread and now you go and start this.

So thanks for that!!!

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As you have promised to listen to all these I will keep it very short. The first 2 pieces that jumped into my head as works that I really love but might not be so widely known. I've certainly rarely seen them mentioned in these hallowed fora.

Holst: Hymn of Jesus
Chausson: Poeme for Violin and Orchestra Op.25

Once you've listened to them I'll post some more :D
 

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I actually know and like the Chausson: Poeme! So post another.
:) OK then

I love this piece. Great moments throughout and really powerful end.

Panufnik: Sinfonia Sacra
Divided into 2 parts - Three Visions and Hymn (Split into 2 on Youtube also)
1. Three Visions
2. Hymn
 

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When compiling my list for your previous "What are your Top 20 Post-1950 Works?" it soon became clear to me that a lot of my favourite new or newish music is obscure or unpopular. So here's a few of those:

James MacMillan: The Confession of Isobel Gowdie
Meredith Monk: Dolmen Music
Steve Reich: Proverb
Lepo Sumera: Mushroom Cantata
Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Violin concerto
Julia Wolfe: Steel Hammer
I'm going to vow, right now, to listen to every piece mentioned on this thread (now watch, someone will post a never-ending list). Nereffid, I admit I haven't even heard of those you posted, much less HEARD them!
The Isobel Gowdie piece is on our post 1950s list.
 
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