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Old 11-28-2016, 02:42 PM   #81
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Beethoven Waldstein 1st mvt (8years old)
Momoka Chiba



https://youtu.be/uTl_7ovLHJI?list=RDuTl_7ovLHJI
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Old 11-29-2016, 02:30 PM   #82
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Momoka Chiba



https://youtu.be/uTl_7ovLHJI?list=RDuTl_7ovLHJI
That is incredible! Thanks for sharing. The interpretation isn't bad, either!
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Old 11-29-2016, 09:18 PM   #83
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Liszt "Wienen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen" for organ. This is a dark, somewhat gothic piece which Liszt composed after the death of his daughter Blandine. But its final section is an exultant evocation to the God in whom Liszt so fervently believed. Out of the darkness, light!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05Tduh7-4Hc

I've been reading an essay about Liszt written by Schoenberg in his "Style and Idea: Selected Writings" where the Austrian describes Liszt as essentially a composer motivated by faith who "fell into error" with regard to music. Schoenberg wasn't impressed with Liszt's music but his essay becomes more philosophical than analytical and doesn't convince for a second. This is a problem I've encountered before when reading what musicians and composers say about music - they become philosophical and tend to waffle. Twenty or more years ago I might have felt inclined to 'believe' what they had to say; today I am far more skeptical and critical.
Actually, the more I listen to the beginning of this the more I am reminded of Purcell's funereal "When I am Laid in Earth".
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Old 11-30-2016, 05:43 AM   #84
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Last year I presented a lecture on the music of Charles Valentin Alkan - a rather neglected composer. And I discovered this virtuosic piece by Alkan which I thought you might like! It's interesting and intelligent music: Etude op. 76 No. 3 "Rondo Toccata" and I don't recognize the name of the pianist -

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

And, for a huge diversion from that, here's some 'concert' arrangements Gershwin made of his own songs - played here by Marc- Andre Hamelin: my personal favourite is "Liza" -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJ9o6PPSL88

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And, for a huge diversion from that, here's some 'concert' arrangements Gershwin made of his own songs - played here by Marc- Andre Hamelin: my personal favourite is "Liza" -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJ9o6PPSL88
Ah, I love these. Always good to bring out at a party when people want to hear you play something, but don't actually want to sit and listen to anything for longer than one minute

I Got Rhythm was always my favorite.
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Ah, I love these. Always good to bring out at a party when people want to hear you play something, but don't actually want to sit and listen to anything for longer than one minute

I Got Rhythm was always my favorite.
They're actually extraordinary arrangements George has made - knotty, jaunty and full of interesting rhythms and harmonies. I'd never before realized just what a plangent quality some his songs actually had until I heard them in this arrangement. In this genre often the words overwhelm the melody.

Interesting you make that comment about a party; at a recent dinner party my (musical) guests absolutely loved hearing these as I streamed them from the internet. An added bonus was the score on the screen.
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Yes, and I didn't know Hamelin had ever played these. I really enjoyed his performances!
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And I've found this (and others) played by Jack Gibbons in note-for-note transcriptions of George's own playing of them. These are also huge favourites of mine:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arm8kj4T-cc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_V4fJ5OlnKw

It was always party time for George; what cared he about such things as the Depression. There's absolutely no evidence of this in his music! (There are links to other interesting clips on U-Tube which follow on from these pieces by Gibbons, one of them actually featuring George at a rehearsal.)

And I adore this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A94Ncds0_Vs

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Mozart: Grande Sestetto Concertante (after Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat Major, K.364) L'Archibudelli.
It's an anonymous early 19th century arrangement that is very good. I listened to it FOUR times!
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Beethoven 'Elegischer Gesang'

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Bederich Smetena, Ma Vlast: Bohemian fields and woods.
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The wonderful Jessye Norman singing R.Strauss 'Wiegenlied'. I bought this recording on tape many years ago and it is first rate and includes the sublime 4 last songs.

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The wonderful Jessye Norman singing R.Strauss 'Wiegenlied'. I bought this recording on tape many years ago and it is first rate and includes the sublime 4 last songs.

Jessye Norman is absolutely a phenomenon. Unbeatable. Her voice has such power that at times she just overwhelms the music, IMO.

This afternoon and tonight it's Brahms for me: Piano Quintet in F (Andre Previn), Piano Concerto in D (Ashkenazy) and, during washing up after entertaining this evening, Clarinet Sonata in E Flat Major, Op. 120 No. 2. Apparently the Adagio in the 1st Piano Concerto was inspired by Clara Schumann and dedicated to her.

My idol Brahms never lets me down.
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Last night I had a bit of a funny musical experience. While listening to random tracks from Amazon's Alexa I heard the third movement of Beethoven's 5th Symphony. It lead up to none other than the first movement of Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusic, which reminded me a bit of P.D.Q. Bach.
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Right now Beethoven's Ninth. Jessye Norman, Georg Solti, don't know the orchestra. Just a coincidence. Yesterday night, Alban Berg's violin concerto.
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Beethoven today, of course. Piano sonatas Opus 22 and 26 and the A minor violin sonata.
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This morning:

Mendelssohn: Cantana on von Himmel Hoch
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Got to admit I had never heard of Jan "Dismal" Zelenka but this is a pierce that rocks! Enjoy:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2ckGcpx6xI

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You've lost me Quijote (good to hear from you by the way!) - I put it down to the time of year and perhaps your early indulgences which might also explain your confusion over the current season? Your link is to William Byrd unless you are cryptically referring to this old thread?
http://www.gyrix.com/forums/showthre...hlight=zelenka
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Ah, wrong link! Here's the right one (to Jan Dismas Zelenka's Nisi Dominus):
https://clyp.it/12a4x51n?token=18c02...0114e244e5939b

PS: Nice to hear from you too, Peter.

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Ah, wrong link! Here's the right one (to Jan Dismas Zelenka's Nisi Dominus):
https://clyp.it/12a4x51n?token=18c02...0114e244e5939b

PS: Nice to hear from you too, Peter.
Yes Zelenka was quite a discovery for me too earlier this year, anything but dismal! The Byrd link you posted was also sublime, thanks!
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Ah, wrong link! Here's the right one (to Jan Dismas Zelenka's Nisi Dominus):
https://clyp.it/12a4x51n?token=18c02...0114e244e5939b

PS: Nice to hear from you too, Peter.
I'm enjoying this, also, thank you! Good to see you are still around!
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Got to admit I had never heard of Jan "Dismal" Zelenka but this is a pierce that rocks! Enjoy:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2ckGcpx6xI
Also enjoying the Byrd. Thanks!
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Also enjoying the Byrd. Thanks!
Last week I was listening to various Bruckner choral pieces and I cannot help but notice how similar those are to what I am listening to now, at least in sense of overall effect.
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Now I'm enjoying the Byrd too. A happy accident!
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Now I'm enjoying the Byrd too. A happy accident!
Me too, it is lovely! :P
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Yes Zelenka was quite a discovery for me too earlier this year, anything but dismal! The Byrd link you posted was also sublime, thanks!
Glad you liked that. We had to analyse it for my O-Level music exam (too many) years ago. I note now that the piece is replete with seemingly "false relations", e.g. bar 2, F# in the soprano and F-natural in the bass in the following minim...
But we know the rules for this, don't we? Do we care? Nah.
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I'm enjoying this, also, thank you! Good to see you are still around!
Good to see too Sorrano that you're still kicking around on the BRS!
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Haydn symphony no.39 in G minor.
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Listened to a number of Beethoven piano sonata performances at YouTube, highlights being Pollini's No.11 Op.22 and Viviana Sofronitsky filmed in concert playing the "Moonlight" on a McNulty reproduction of a Anton Walter fortepiano. I find it very listenable from start to finish. Is it just me or is the opening movement Don Giovanni connection particularly apparent here?
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Listening right now to this splendid baroque concert from soloists of Musiciens du Louvre, Grenoble, playing Bach, Biber and Zelenka. I used some of this performance for a lecture on the basso continuo this year. The Zelenka is the final offering and starts at circa 55min, after a brief talk from one of the musicians:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXg0kzmmqSo

"The Spectator" ran an article about Zelenka on 27 July, 2013 entitled, "Why Has Nobody Heard of the Miraculous Czech Composer Zelenka?".

The Biber, of course, is eternally wonderful!!
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I've been listening to some Victoria.

Requiem
Missa O magnum mysterium
Missa O quam gloriosum
O Sacrum Convivium

Wonderful music!

I've also taken another trip though Bach's Brandenburg concertos. Pinnock's recordings remain my favorite, I think.
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I've been listening to Liszt's Dante Symphony. The first movement, "Inferno", sounded like hell.
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Bach, "St. Matthew Passion" and especially repeated listening to this astonishing aria, 'Erbame dich, mein Gott', from the Academy for Old Music, Berlin.

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

Last year a friend in our music group presented a 2.5 hour program on the "St. Matthew Passion" - the one from the Berliner Philharmoniker, produced through the Digital Concert Hall and later released on DVD. When my friend landed on this aria I dissolved into tears, feeling absolutely embarrassed!! It's the ultimate plea for forgiveness. Never before have I appreciated just how effecting and theatrical this work really is until I saw its dramatic realization. This was the Peter Sellars 'dramatization', which is recommended. Though there are some cloying elements to the choral representations, with annoying hand gestures, the performance is mostly very moving.

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