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« Reply #275 on: January 09, 2020, 03:22:56 AM »

Back to Buxtehude. One of my colleagues at the "hobby" forum has a travel channel on YouTube, where he documents his visits to English stately homes, churches, castles and the like (see link below). The background music to his latest trip was the Trio Sonata Op.2 No.3 in G minor (BuxWV 261). I'm sure this was inspired by my spate of Buxtehude posts over there--and now it's come full circle (with grateful thanks). Wink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1iU96KG9eA

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9PblF7mBGISk5B_XvZq6Bw
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« Reply #276 on: January 13, 2020, 02:08:22 AM »

I'd known the name Henriėtte Bosmans from numerous streets named after her but wasn't familiar with the music of this 20th-century Dutch composer. Yesterday I heard the searching slow movement from her String Quartet (1927), which was quite a revelation. Here is the entire work:   

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCAUrauoDLc

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henriėtte_Bosmans
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« Reply #277 on: January 17, 2020, 01:35:00 PM »

I heard this work for double bass and orchestra earlier today on Dutch radio, more specifically this finale with Domenic Seldis as soloist.

I've always been fascinated by instruments whose range descends lower than that of the cello or bassoon. And of course it was once rare to hear double basses or a double bassoon not doubling the cellos or bassoons. Berlioz changed all that, maybe even Beethoven before him.

This is dedicated to JH.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tan_Dun
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« Reply #278 on: January 19, 2020, 02:27:12 AM »

For the cornettist among us, these are Le Concert Brisé playing Buxtehude's Sonata in A Minor, BuxWV 272 (solo cornett by William Dongois). Listen out for the thunderous organ at 5:15! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wXBHSm3bk0



https://www.historicbrass.org/21-features/recordings/229-le-concert-brise-cantatas-and-sonatas-by-buxtehude
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« Reply #279 on: February 07, 2020, 04:56:56 AM »

About a third of the way though this 123-video channel of sterling stuff performed by Le Concert Brise. And this is where we come across the unfairly obscure likes of G.B. Fontana.* Fascinating instrumentation they had in those days: here violin and cornett share solo duties with an occasionally busy bassoon line burbling underneath: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zt5r9bXAUT0

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giovanni_Battista_Fontana_(composer)

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« Reply #280 on: February 15, 2020, 02:42:35 AM »

The Dutch conductor, pianist and composer Reinbert de Leeuw died yesterday aged 81. He dominated the modern music scene in the Netherlands mainly as a pianist (his acclaimed albums of Satie's piano music introduced the Frenchman to an international audience) and a conductor, not least of music by the 20th-century Russians Sofia Gubaidulina and the even more radical Galina Ustvolskaya, the second of which is featured in the video. Slaap zacht, maestro.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnZ0UBC07Ow

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« Reply #281 on: February 16, 2020, 04:00:34 AM »

Gottfried Finger is a Baroque composer I'd never heard of (one of so very many!) until this morning, when BBC classical radio played his Violin Sonata no. 53 in E Major:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSjf2HUV3ro

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« Reply #282 on: February 19, 2020, 02:45:02 AM »

My conversion to Bach, Buxtehude and the Baroque has had the additional effect of getting me into chamber music. So much Baroque music is small-scale and intimate, so maybe it's a logical next step. Life's path is a thing of wonder...

After studiously avoiding Beethoven's string quartets for decades, I now have them all lined up for my early morning-late night listening pleasure. Wonderful so far:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLRgtzQUY-YkhGbRTEQZ3-mBbQnSqm323v

https://wiki.ccarh.org/wiki/Beethoven_String_Quartets
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