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on Sun Sep 30, 2018 11:38 am
Germaine Tailleferre is one of the three lesser-known members of Les Six (the other two being Georges Auric and Louis Durey). I'd heard some things of hers for harp, accompanied and accompanied, but I was surprised to learn of this fine overture, which I heard on BBC radio this morning. Sadly, the same version (maybe the only recording) has been up on YouTube since June but I'm the first person to view it. It might help if the uploader added the name of its composer to the image.  



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After seeing Hector Berlioz's Les Troyens on YouTube, in the 1969 version I'm familiar with, I prevaricated for a while (it's nearly four hours long!) but eventually decided to listen to the whole thing--in spurts, so to speak. Act One, no. 6 (see the wiki for details) features a gorgeous clarinet solo:



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on Wed Oct 03, 2018 3:02 pm
Last night I listened to Shostakovich's entire Eleventh Symphony accompanied by a glass of wine and some nuts. When I bought the LP of this from W.H. Smith in 1963, it turned out that the finale was on a separate disc. (I never did get round to acquiring it, although I now have it on a tape somewhere.) Anyway, here is that finale in another fine version:



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on Sat Oct 06, 2018 3:32 pm
Last week I'd been listening to Berlioz's Les Troyens, prompted by a friend with an interest in Carthage and Ancient Rome. Since then... I've moved on to the same composer's Te Deum, in the splendid version I myself bought in 1963 or '64. Note the massive instrumentation, including four tenors drums, five cymbals and twelve harps! It makes you wonder whether this last stipulation is ever honoured.



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on Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:33 am
I heard the slow movement from RVW's Concerto Academico this morning on Dutch radio, It was written for the charismatic Hungarian violinist Jelly D'Aranyi (from 3:35 in the video), who I remember stole Elgar's heart in his old age.  



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on Sun Oct 07, 2018 7:08 pm
Mr. K wrote:I heard the slow movement from RVW's Concerto Academico this morning on Dutch radio, It was written for the charismatic Hungarian violinist Jelly D'Aranyi (from 3:35 in the video), who I remember stole Elgar's heart in his old age.  



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on Wed Oct 17, 2018 6:35 pm
Don't think I've posted this yet. Who cares if I have? I dedicate this to my friend Cassandra who drew me back to my childhood interest in Carthage:



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on Fri Oct 19, 2018 5:49 pm
Mr. K wrote:Don't think I've posted this yet. Who cares if I have? I dedicate this to my friend Cassandra who drew me back to my childhood  interest in Carthage:



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Superb. What a great performance!

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Great Mozart there, Rich. Balm for the soul. Brahms and Liszt - Page 4 Cool

I'm afraid I'm in an elegiac mood right now, having recently said goodbye to a fantastic friend and losing an extended family member to cancer on the same day. This was on the radio this morning:



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Mr. K wrote:Great Mozart there, Rich. Balm for the soul. Brahms and Liszt - Page 4 Cool

Indeed. Cool

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on Mon Oct 22, 2018 9:20 pm
Jean Sibelius's Pohjola's Daughter was the "filler" on an LP otherwise devoted to the same composer's Fourth Symphony that I bought in late 1963. The two couldn't be more dissimilar--the symphony is austere and forbidding (Sibelius thought he was dying when he wrote it) and the tone poem is unusually opulent and richly scored. I still have this LP--indeed, this is the same version of Pohjola's Daughter and its cover bears the composer's own description of the work:

"Vainamoinen, leaving the gloomy Kingdom of Pohjola and the home of sombre songs, goes, homeward on his sledge. Hark! What noise is that? He looks upward. There on the rainbow Pohjola's daughter sits and spins, brilliant, high up in the blue air. Made drunk by her beauty, he begs her to come down and sit in the sledge beside him. She teasingly refuses. He begs her again. At last she says, 'Make me a boat out of my spindle, what I have long desired—show me your magic skill—then I'll gladly follow you.' The old and steadfast Vainamoinen toils in vain; his magic spell has forsaken him. Ugly-humoured, sorely wounded, the maiden lost to him, he springs on his sledge and goes on, with head upraised. Yet never can the hero despair; he will overcome all sorrow; the remembrance of sweet accents eases pain and brings fond hope."



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I love how dramatic the progression is throughout and the atmosphere the piece gives off. Thanks for posting!

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Cool Cool Water wrote:I love how dramatic the progression is throughout and the atmosphere the piece gives off. Thanks for posting!

Always happy to oblige! Brahms and Liszt - Page 4 Wink

I heard this stirring "Homage March" by the Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg this morning on Dutch radio before heading off to the gym for my weekly workout:




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on Fri Oct 26, 2018 9:46 pm
As Hallowe'en approaches inexorably, even Dutch classical radio is dipping into the more ghoulish stuff. This is Mussorgsky's original 1867 version of Night on Bald Mountain. The wiki is illuminating:



[size=203]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_on_Bald_Mountain[/size]

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on Sun Oct 28, 2018 6:27 pm
Mr. K wrote:As Hallowe'en approaches inexorably, even Dutch classical radio is dipping into the more ghoulish stuff. This is Mussorgsky's original 1867 version of Night on Bald Mountain. The wiki is illuminating:



[size=203]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_on_Bald_Mountain[/size]

Brilliant!

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on Sun Jan 27, 2019 3:15 pm
Another great composer murdered by the Nazis, as commenter Jacques Bekaert points out. The moving vocal work by Pavel Haas I heard this morning isn't on YouTube but his Sinfonia is a magnificent substitute:



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on Sun Jan 27, 2019 6:13 pm
Mr. K wrote:Another great composer murdered by the Nazis, as commenter Jacques Bekaert points out.

Splendid stuff indeed. It's also a shame to read about his untimely death by the Nazis.

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Cool Cool Water wrote:Splendid stuff indeed. It's also a shame to read about his untimely death by the Nazis.

Indeed. Brahms and Liszt - Page 4 Sad

I attended a concert not so long ago where this Armenian violinist played this work by Shostakovich but backed by the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra under Valery Gergiev. Electrifying is the only word than comes close to describing Sergey Khachatryan's performance on that night--and in this video:




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""Only Known Recording of a Castrato – Italy’s Last Castrated Singing Boy""

I've seen this article before over the years, but I always dismissed it for some reason. This morning it popped up at me again via this page and I now only read it,  I actually listed to it!


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Cool Cool Water wrote:""Only Known Recording of a Castrato – Italy’s Last Castrated Singing Boy""

I've seen this article before over the years, but I always dismissed it for some reason. This morning it popped up at me again via this page and I now only read it,  I actually listed to it!

They says it's of historical interest only and that the singing is nothing to write home about. Bit of a painful listen in its way, hahaha.

I heard this excellent rendition of Beethoven's Eighth this morning on the car radio:




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on Mon Feb 11, 2019 12:46 pm
We recently attended a concert given by organist James D. Hicks, where he played recent music by composers from Scandinavia, Iceland and even Greenland. This video gives an overview of the kind of music being composed in the Nordic world, most if not all of which was commissioned by JDH:



The Nordic Journey Series - Edited by James D. Hicks

This is a collection of organ music from the Nordic lands.
These new compositions celebrate a culture that has one foot in tradition yet always looks ahead, placing the other foot on the path toward new expression. Here are contemporary works that have a foundation in traditional themes, but in addition take these concepts to new destinations.
This is Nordic Journey, a voyage for both the performer and auditor. Travel alongside these new works to gain a unique insight into the creativity that is now being realized in the Nordic World. It is an exciting time to be a part of this exploration!
Cantando invites you to consider this exciting new repertoire by living Nordic composers, music that expresses a unique interpretation of the contemporary Nordic spirit.

Rhapsodie sur “Ramus virens olivarum” by Santeri Siimes (b. 1981)
Intermezzo nr. 1 by Pauli í Sandagerði (b. 1955)
Canon, Partite & Fuga by Mauri Viitala (b. 1948) per organo sopra il corale Sen suven suloisuutta
A Part Of My Heritage by Mårten Jansson (b. 1965)
Ein feste Burg ist unser Gottt by Mårten Jansson
Summer Fantasy by Sven-Ingvart Mikkelsen (b. 1955)
Variations and Fugue On A Danish Folk Tune by Sven-Ingvart Mikkelsen
Fantasia um Ísland, farsælda Frón by Hildigunnur Rúnarsdóttir (b. 1964)

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Here's a work I heard recently in the same church as the organ concert (see above): "Morales's five-part setting of the Requiem is one of the masterpieces of the 16th century and was actually published twice during his lifetime. The 'Missa pro defunctis' follows the customary pattern of the time. Each section begins with a unison Gregorian intonation, which then continues as a cantus firmus in the upper part as the other voices spin a polyphonic texture underneath. The work avoids obvious madrigalisms, but maintains an austere, meditative texture, which is both spiritual and moving." [Source]



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on Wed Feb 13, 2019 8:32 pm
Mr. K wrote:Here's a work I heard recently in the same church as the organ concert (see above): "Morales's five-part setting of the Requiem is one of the masterpieces of the 16th century and was actually published twice during his lifetime. The 'Missa pro defunctis' follows the customary pattern of the time. Each section begins with a unison Gregorian intonation, which then continues as a cantus firmus in the upper part as the other voices spin a polyphonic texture underneath. The work avoids obvious madrigalisms, but maintains an austere, meditative texture, which is both spiritual and moving." [Source]



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Absolutely splendid, John! Been a while since i have listened to stuff like this---missed it!

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Cool Cool Water wrote:Absolutely splendid, John! Been a while since i have listened to stuff like this---missed it!

Glad to oblige, Rich. Brahms and Liszt - Page 4 Wink

I heard this poignant slow movement by Poulenc (in this version) this morning. It proves Prokofiev's point that there is still so much to say in C major:




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