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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

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« Reply #276 on: January 13, 2020, 02:08:22 AM »

I'd known the name Henriëtte 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/Henriëtte_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.

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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.

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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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« Reply #283 on: February 29, 2020, 03:48:16 AM »

Here's a work by an American composer whom I only knew by name until now. I heard John Alden Carpenter's Carmel Concerto on a US classical music station last night.

This is Stokowski's original recording from 1949. It's more for devotees of old records but the music still manages to shine through.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tB6SjMopmFc

The version I heard yesterday was a recent (2105) release by the BBC Concert Orchestra under Keith Lockhart. You can hear a snippet from it here:

https://www.amazon.de/Carpenter-Krazy-BBC-Concert-Orchestra/dp/B012Z4SO7E

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« Reply #284 on: March 05, 2020, 07:13:36 AM »

Today I was treated for the first time (by that same music station) to music by the English composer Anthony Hedges, who died last June. Here he is conducting 17 of his own works, all brief and, if today's listen was anything to go by, most pleasing on the ear:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_mA69RVYT2WDtHcP1r51UtuFwvmyCBxkK8

I see he also wrote two symphonies, much for choir and orchestra and... a set of Variations on a Theme of Rameau. I must investigate!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Hedges
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« Reply #285 on: March 07, 2020, 07:43:15 AM »

Today it was the turn of Debussy's Danse sacrée et danse profane for harp (played here by Lisa Wellbaum) and orchestra (the Cleveland under Pierre Boulez):

Danse sacrée: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3q0fNxAtlVE

Danse profane: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkkEURQo1Rw

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« Reply #286 on: March 10, 2020, 04:17:58 AM »

I heard this rare gem (in this version) on Dutch classical radio yesterday. Sam Barber (as aeijtzsche calls him) is generally known for one work and one work only, the Adagio for Strings. 

His powerful Music for a Scene from Shelley may be an early work (he wrote it when he was about 23) but it shows all the signs of greatness.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ouu2kmtE6Ug

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« Reply #287 on: March 13, 2020, 06:08:19 AM »

And to do this thread's title justice, here is a symphony by a Dutch composer I'd never heard of until this morning, Richard Hol (see the YouTube blurb).

My Dutch classical radio station played the third movement from his Symphony No. 4:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04aCB0rSRic
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« Reply #288 on: March 29, 2020, 02:46:12 AM »

Here's a splendid work by a female composer I'd never heard of until a few days ago. Dorothy Howell wrote the symphonic poem Lamia in 1918:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAbPwIRy7B8

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorothy_Howell_(composer)
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« Reply #289 on: March 31, 2020, 02:29:21 AM »

More soothing orchestral sounds, this time from Antonín Dvorák. His In Nature's Realm is literally a breath of fresh air in these suffocating times:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIkNUQ0BaEY

https://cso.org/uploadedFiles/1_Tickets_and_Events/Program_Notes/ProgramNotes_Dvorak_NaturesRealm.pdf
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« Reply #290 on: April 01, 2020, 01:48:19 PM »

This is for my friend JH, who I hope is holding her own in all this insanity. The combination of George Frideric Handel and Pierre Hantaï should help to keep her spirits up. Wink

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

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« Reply #291 on: April 04, 2020, 05:27:39 AM »

Today I was treated for the first time (by that same music station) to music by the English composer Anthony Hedges, who died last June. Here he is conducting 17 of his own works, all brief and, if today's listen was anything to go by, most pleasing on the ear:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_mA69RVYT2WDtHcP1r51UtuFwvmyCBxkK8

I see he also wrote two symphonies, much for choir and orchestra and... a set of Variations on a Theme of Rameau. I must investigate!

And I did. His Variations are much tougher meat than my previous helping of Hedges but most engaging all the same!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMfbT6yNvxk

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Hedges
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« Reply #292 on: April 11, 2020, 03:49:24 AM »

Back in the mid '60s I bought this album on the Czech Supraphon label (see image) for side one, which paired Debussy's Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune with Ravel's second Daphnis et Chloé ballet suite. On the flip was something called Ondrᚠby someone called Hurník. I assumed it was just filler--or giving some loser a chance--until I gave it a spin. After that, Ondrᚠgot as many plays as the Debussy and Ravel pieces. This incredibly colourful ballet music, performed here by the Czech Philharmonic under Karel Ančerl, deserves a much wider audience and thanks to YouTube (and a bit of promotion, such as here) it looks like it may get it.

Regrettably, YT breaks it down into its six parts but don't be discouraged--these are all short and all well worth hearing. 

1. Dance With Whoops:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1R2krJe8QU

2. Maiden's Wedding Dance:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yB4Bfwb_TLw

3. Brigand Dance:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZD83YcHXvM0

4. Oracular Dance:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUvKi7iXh8g

5. Dance At the Sviadnov Pub:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cY11JXslBs

6. Ondráš's Death:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFL2B4c0XA4



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« Reply #293 on: April 12, 2020, 06:44:30 PM »

Lately I've been liking the symphonies of Franz Schmidt.
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« Reply #294 on: April 13, 2020, 03:42:25 AM »

Lately I've been liking the symphonies of Franz Schmidt.

Hi, S-a. Which one would you recommend I start with? Always up for a new (to me) symphonist!

As for me, I've been exploring Bach cantatas--who would have thought that even six months ago?! This is "Ich bin deine" from his Cantata BWV 213, Laßt uns sorgen, laßt uns wachen:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuNh3K08IpE

"Hercules and Virtue join in a duet 'Ich bin deine, du bist meine' ('I am yours, you are mine'). Two solo violas (the upper string parts are silent here) lend the movement fervour and warmth." [Source]



Annibale Carracci, Hercules at the Crossroads (c. 1596, with Virtue on our left)

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« Reply #295 on: April 15, 2020, 02:25:39 AM »

It's but a short step from Bach to Handel. This morning they broadcast an aria from his opera Serse (Xerxes), sung by countertenor Philippe Jaroussky. "Sì, la voglio e l'otterrò" from Act 2 wasn't the one (and it wasn't Jaroussky's own Artaserse Ensemble) but it's close enough. PJ sings the role of Arsamene, Serse's brother:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1o2bXzk_78

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« Reply #296 on: April 17, 2020, 05:31:22 PM »

Lately I've been liking the symphonies of Franz Schmidt.

Hi, S-a. Which one would you recommend I start with? Always up for a new (to me) symphonist!
Well, I've only listened to them a couple times or so each, plus he only wrote I think 4 or 5. They're pretty similar so you might as well start off with #1 and go in sequence.

The main appeal I had of them was that they seemed to be nice symphonies to listen to as you're driving through the countryside looking at the scenery. That sort of ambiance.
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« Reply #297 on: April 18, 2020, 02:04:38 PM »

Well, I've only listened to them a couple times or so each, plus he only wrote I think 4 or 5. They're pretty similar so you might as well start off with #1 and go in sequence.

The main appeal I had of them was that they seemed to be nice symphonies to listen to as you're driving through the countryside looking at the scenery. That sort of ambiance.

S-a, I disobeyed your orders and chose this highly recommended version of #4 by the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Franz Welser-Möst:

I: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpMf22vcH5U

II: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaK_ZjCWhjo

III: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-2sy6oNv98

IV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4pQmOpjdI4



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« Reply #298 on: April 19, 2020, 05:57:57 AM »

Lately I've been liking the symphonies of Franz Schmidt.

Thank you so much for the tip, S-a.  Wink

Schmidt's Symphony no. 4 is a beauty, certainly in the version I've been listening to. It seems to be regarded as his masterpiece, even as one of the great symphonies of the 20th century. He wrote it in tragic circumstances (see this article).
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