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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 »

I’m lurking in the background.    Grin

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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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« Reply #163 on: December 12, 2017, 12:51:34 PM »

I heard the name Zara Levina for the first time last Sunday on Dutch classical radio. This was the piece
they played, her Piano Concerto No. 2, in this version with Maria Lettberg at the piano. Ms Levina
(1906--1976) was a Russian composer who studied under Nicolai Myaskovsky and Reinhold Glière.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifGSdPf6pNo

https://web.archive.org/web/20141129021029/http://home.online.nl/ovar/levina.htm

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« Reply #164 on: December 17, 2017, 12:26:57 PM »

I heard a piece by the seldom-performed British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor on Dutch TV and then noticed that his
Hiawatha Overture had been programmed on UK radio earlier in the day. Most encouraging. Here is that overture: 

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

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Coleridge-Taylor
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« Reply #165 on: January 09, 2018, 04:09:06 AM »

Today is the fateful day in 1905 in Russian history when soldiers of the Imperial Guard fired upon
unarmed demonstrators marching on the Winter Palace in St Petersburg, killing several hundred of
them. Shostakovich commemorates it in the second movement of his Symphony No. 11, although
it is more likely a depiction of the then recent crushing of the Hungarian Revolution by Soviet troops.     

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EqjseZX4vM

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphony_No._11_(Shostakovich)
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« Reply #166 on: January 09, 2018, 06:01:41 AM »

I heard a piece by the seldom-performed British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor on Dutch TV and then noticed that his
Hiawatha Overture had been programmed on UK radio earlier in the day. Most encouraging.

Thank you for posting this. I confess to being unfamiliar with his work, something that I will now rectify! I'm so glad he didn't grow up in the US. He probably wouldn't have been able to develop as a classical composer (unless he pursued his musical training in Europe).
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« Reply #167 on: January 13, 2018, 03:29:33 AM »

He probably wouldn't have been able to develop as a classical composer (unless he pursued his musical training in Europe).

Thankfully, times have changed (or at least I hope they have).

I heard this riveting work on Dutch radio this morning. There's more to Albinoni's Adagio than meets
the eye (or ear). It's a little complicated (my brain's hurting already) so I'll let Wikipedia do the honours. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4DNY4bgtXM

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adagio_in_G_minor
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« Reply #168 on: January 28, 2018, 12:49:55 PM »

I'm familiar with (and love) E.J. Moeran's Symphony but I heard this gorgeous orchestral miniature for the first time this morning:

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

http://www.moeran.net/Orchestral/LonelyWaters.html
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« Reply #169 on: February 07, 2018, 04:53:16 AM »

Johan Svendsen was a fellow countryman and contemporary of the much more famous Edvard Grieg.

Svendsen's Norwegian Artists' Carnival deserves to be heard more often:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeYS4QdPhAI

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johan_Svendsen
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« Reply #170 on: February 14, 2018, 05:38:05 AM »

I came across this sparkling three-movement symphony quite by accident:

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

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yasushi_Akutagawa
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« Reply #171 on: March 09, 2018, 02:31:00 AM »

On the subject of little gems, this is Carl Nielsen's symphonic poem Saga-Drøm, in the version I have by Jascha Horenstein and the New Philharmonia Orchestra:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQi08boz6xg

The main work on this world-beating disc (shamefully yet to be transferred to CD) is Nielsen's towering Fifth Symphony, whose first movement in this version is essential listening (it used to be on YouTube). 
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« Reply #172 on: March 09, 2018, 04:50:34 AM »

Funny you bumped this thread today, I've got question - can you tell what's being played/ sung when Paul's grandfather appears from bottom to the stage & interferes the singing in AHDN film? It's in 43:19-44:21 min. Ta in advance.
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« Reply #173 on: March 09, 2018, 06:38:44 AM »

Funny you bumped this thread today, I've got question - can you tell what's being played/ sung when Paul's grandfather appears from bottom to the stage & interferes the singing in AHDN film? It's in 43:19-44:21 min. Ta in advance.

I had to look around but it would seem to be from the opening duet in the Finale of Act One of Johann's Strauss's operetta Die Fledermaus:  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zgbnlzs-sY

This is where the AHDN excerpt begins:

Die dir einst dein Herz erfreut, [Which once delighted your heart,]
Gibt der Wein dir Tröstung schon [Wine will soon give you consolation]
Durch Vergessenheit! [By forgetting!]
Glücklich ist, wer vergisst, [Happy is the person who forgets,]
Was doch nicht zu ändern ist. [What can't be altered anyway.]
Kling, kling, sing, sing, sing [Ting-a-ling, sing, sing, sing,]
Trink mit mir, sing mit mir, [Drink with me, sing with me,]
Lalala, lalala, etc. [la la la, etc.]

But please check for yourself...
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« Reply #174 on: March 09, 2018, 04:52:03 PM »

At work, a big chunk of my job is to do this really tedious stuff processing real estate transfer deeds and as a result I can listen to A LOT of music while I do that. I've found that music with vocals is a bit distracting, but instrumental music, such as classical, is perfect.

Recently while doing this, I decided to listen to all 104 of Hayden's symphonies on Youtube. I started with #1 and am going in order. I just finished #51 (I think) today. Almost halfway through.

My review of them is, while they're all very nice, they all sound very similar - almost to the point where they're getting a bit tedious. But I'm going to insist to myself that I finish them all, just ... because. I can easily imagine Mr. Haydn, at the end of his career, likely unable to recall all of the symphonies he wrote, it almost seems like these authors who churn out volumes and volumes of pulp fiction stories to the point where they all seem to run into each other and you can't really tell them apart (even if they're entertaining).
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