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« Reply #225 on: August 04, 2019, 03:03:28 AM »

"Stunning, stunning, stunning. Have just heard the BBC proms concert and want to hear it again and again. The dissonances are uplifting. I find the whole thing inspiring. (I am a writer.) Thanks for uploading it."

Thus YT commenter Nick Ashton-Jones earlier this morning. He was describing the early (1915) version of Sibelius's Symphony No. 5 as performed at last night's Proms. I heard it too. I've never warmed to this work in its final (1919) version and now I know why. It had been sanitized, admittedly by its composer, but such operations are not always for the good. (Think of Zappa's later meddlings with albums that were fine as they were.) This is indeed stunning. Long may it be performed!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4XuOPgHC9Y

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphony_No._5_(Sibelius)
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« Reply #226 on: September 03, 2019, 10:58:19 AM »

We're a month further down the line and now I'm listening to another symphony, Carl Nielsen's third, subtitled Sinfonia Expansiva, under Leonard Bernstein. Funny how I used to pooh-pooh Lenny as just another brash American. But since learning of his involvement with Brian (however tenuous) I've come to love the man. I also learned that when Serge Koussevitsky was taken ill and couldn't conduct Oliver Messiaen's Turangalīla-Symphonie, a large-scale work he had commissioned from the Frenchman, the 31-year-old Bernstein took over the formidable task.

I've said before that it's wonderful to lose yourself in a symphony or a landscape and this work fits the bill perfectly.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-E_yy28_4A4

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphony_No._3_(Nielsen)
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« Reply #227 on: September 17, 2019, 10:48:51 AM »

No end of symphonies on Dutch radio today. This was the first, in another version but when I saw Lenny had recorded it (in 1953!) how could I resist? Just the first movement, mind, as that's what I heard this morning:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tiLyokFdaY

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphony_No._2_(Schumann)

Now for an interesting aside (from the wiki): The year of 1845 was important for Schumann because it signaled a shift in his compositional strategy. He began to compose away from the piano, as he noted in his writing:

"Not until the year 1845, when I began to conceive and work out everything in my head, did an entirely different manner of composition begin to develop."   

The French composer Hector Berlioz couldn't play the piano, so that "an entirely different manner of composition" had always been his way of doing things--and it shows. More on him later... Wink
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« Reply #228 on: September 19, 2019, 05:05:03 AM »

I recently attended a stunning performance of Berlioz's La Damnation de Faust, an astonishingly opulent patchwork quilt of music and drama. The definitive full-length recording I'm told is that conducted by Berlioz champion Colin Davis. However, one commentator enthused about the more "feminine" treatment given to Part One, Scene One under Seiji Ozawa. So I shall link that instead:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jVOAp_kibg

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