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« Reply #150 on: September 16, 2017, 12:41:03 PM »

Gophers football and classical music?
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« Reply #151 on: September 17, 2017, 03:10:02 AM »

Gophers football and classical music?

Why not? It was good enough for Charles Ives:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqsX4TnXtNw
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« Reply #152 on: September 22, 2017, 07:32:46 AM »

For the people of Puerto Rico   Cry

'Souvenir de Porto Rico' by Gottschalk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fu0ff_fMMDU
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« Reply #153 on: September 23, 2017, 04:12:36 AM »

For the people of Puerto Rico 

This suitably melancholy piece is by Puerto Rico's foremost contemporary composer, Roberto Sierra:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Q_VJkuxXQE

What a tragedy...
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« Reply #154 on: September 24, 2017, 03:20:17 AM »

Shostakovich leaves more questions than answers in this Chamber Symphony, as relevant a piece now as it was at the time of its composition in 1960:

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

https://www.laphil.com/philpedia/music/chamber-symphony-op-110a-arr-bashai-dmitri-shostakovich
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« Reply #155 on: October 03, 2017, 05:04:54 AM »

Philip Glass has written some magnificent music, some of it extremely intimate and some wide-screen and
overpowering. Itaipu, a four-movement work for choir and orchestra, belongs to the last-named category:

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

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Itaipu_(Glass)
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« Reply #156 on: October 31, 2017, 03:35:48 AM »

This gargantuan work by Olivier Messiaen was written in the space of two years just after WWII. It's a ten-movement symphony, a horrendously difficult piano concerto and a love song all rolled in one. There is also a crucial part for an Ondes Martenot, which in the overpowering performance I heard earlier this year was played, as it is here, by Valérie Hartmann-Claverie: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTlc4Nvyhw4

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turangalîla-Symphonie

https://www.valeriehartmannclaverie.com
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« Reply #157 on: November 02, 2017, 04:55:01 AM »

A song for All Souls Day, Schubert's great "Litanei auf das Fest Aller Seelen":

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

http://figures-of-speech.com/2015-11/aller-seelen.htm
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« Reply #158 on: November 08, 2017, 08:06:59 AM »

I don't think we've had Steve Reich yet. I regard Music for 18 Musicians as his magnum opus. There is so much happening in it----it's like living a lifetime within the space of an hour. This is the original recording on ECM, which sees Reich and company striking out into unknown territory. Logically, all subsequent recordings, even under Reich's guidance, lack that pioneering spirit...

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

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_for_18_Musicians
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« Reply #159 on: November 17, 2017, 07:14:49 AM »

I seem to be talking to myself here (story of my life) but it is a message board and messages don't necessarily require responses...

Yesterday was World Philosophy Day, reason enough (as if we needed one) to post Haydn's Symphony No. 22, nicknamed "The Philosopher".  According to the work's wiki page, "the nickname dates from the composer's own lifetime. The title is thought to derive from the melody and counterpoint of the first movement (between the horns and cor anglais), which musically allude to a question followed by an answer and paralleling the disputatio system of debate. The piece's use of a muted tick-tock effect also evokes the image of a philosopher deep in thought while time passes by." Enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaR32rtYOyo

http://www.unesco.org/new/en/social-and-human-sciences/themes/most-programme/humanities-and-philosophy/philosophy-day-at-unesco/ 
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« Reply #160 on: November 17, 2017, 07:50:47 AM »

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« Reply #161 on: November 17, 2017, 08:46:59 AM »

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« Reply #162 on: November 18, 2017, 03:05:13 AM »

It appears only a handful of pianists are able to make a decent job of playing Prokofiev's Second Piano Concerto. Some big names, including the likes of Martha Argerich, have passed on it as being simply too demanding. This version by Horacio Gutiérrez (with the RCO under Neeme Järvi) was recommended on Dutch radio a few days ago as the version to hear (and, in this case, to follow in short score):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcte8hM6kYA     
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