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Re: Brahms and Liszt

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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Re: Brahms and Liszt

on Mon Oct 01, 2018 10:12 pm
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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Re: Brahms and Liszt

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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Re: Brahms and Liszt

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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Re: Brahms and Liszt

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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Re: Brahms and Liszt

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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Splendid.

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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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Re: Brahms and Liszt

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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Re: Brahms and Liszt

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on Sat Oct 20, 2018 10:03 pm
Great Mozart there, Rich. Balm for the soul.

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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Re: Brahms and Liszt

on Mon Oct 22, 2018 9:37 am
Mr. K wrote:Great Mozart there, Rich. Balm for the soul.

Indeed. Cool

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Re: Brahms and Liszt

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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Re: Brahms and Liszt

on Mon Oct 22, 2018 10:34 pm
Mr. K wrote:

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

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