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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Listening To?
PostPosted: Sat Oct 30, 2010 10:09 am 
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Pascal's versions of Satie's 3 Gymnopedies and Other Piano Works
10.0

The Gymnopedies alone make it a 10, but everything this guy did on the piano really impresses me. He can conjure so many different moods, and the Gymnopedies basically spawned modern ambient music, so it's endlessly interesting to hear the influence in his music. I think Pascal does a great job of translating it, but I've only heard his versions of Satie's music, so if there's better recordings out there, I'd love a rec.
Really? I think they're pretty boring and I have trouble seeing what makes them so special. And this may be a stupid question but what does ambient music mean? music you put in the background to create a certain atmosphere but that you don't really listen to closely?

Stuff I've been listening to recently
_Dutilleux, Sonatina for flute and piano:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUo2lcpeFrQ
Awesome stuff. I can't believe he rejected that work. I'm beginning to like Dutilleux more and more, probably my favourite classical composer of the second half of the 20th century. What I particularly like is that he incorporates his experiments (this piece isn't particularly experimental) into more accomplished works, doesn't just throw you some horribly hermetic work and lets you deal with it.
_Elgar, Cello Concerto:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIFz6C8dtx4k (1st movement, sound quality isn't very good, and it's not Maisky's version).
I don't why, but the fact that it's English makes it even better.
_Rimsky Korsakov, Scheherazade:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FR36PRgB ... re=related
Accessible and evocative
_Brahms, Cello Sonata no.1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BM-6B8_Jj-o

Came across Maxwell Davies' Eight songs for a mad king : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IV35uha6rrQ (don't know what to say really)

I also went to two concerts, Ashkenazy directing Rachmaninov's 2nd Symphony and 3rd Piano Concerto (with Lugansky on piano, perhaps a little too detached from what he is playing, but technically astounding) ; and Bartok's 3rd Piano COncerto and Brahms' 4th Symphony (mixed surprisingly well together, can't remember who was playing and conducting, had never listened to Bartok before at all).


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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Listening To?
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i find most performances of the gymnopedies boring, too, unfortunately, but they're great pieces... i really grew to appreciate them by playing them... and i think they require a very special touch and most artists that i've heard, even world-famous virtuosos, have failed in their interpretations imo.


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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Listening To?
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gnossiennes >>> gymnopedies


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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Listening To?
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3 Morceaux en forme de poire > whatever else


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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Listening To?
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For Russian piano or violin concertos, I would say that since you like Rachmaninoff, try Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini, which is basically a piano concerto. The 2 most esteemed Russian concertos are probably Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto and Piano Concerto No. 1. After Tchaikovsky, I would look to Prokofiev, starting with Violin Concerto No. 2 and Piano Concerto No. 3. If you like these, try his Violin Concerto No. 1 and Piano Concerto No. 2. Of other Russian composers Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 2 is probably what I'd sample next. I don't know any flute concertos by Russian composers.

For technical stuff, I'm not the best person to ask, but Liszt has a reputation for technical difficulty in general, so chances are his 2 piano concertos would fit here.


Knowing his taste I would recommend starting with Prokofiev's 2nd over his 3rd. I think that will resonate more.


If the 2nd is more technically difficult than the 3rd, I would agree.


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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Listening To?
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Yup, I already obtained the 2nd and love it. I've been loving Liszt and Rachmaninov's Piano Concertos. Brahms too lately.

I'm also not a huge fan of symphonies. I love some of them, but to me they're more inconsistent compared to Concertos and Chamber Works, which are normally always pretty entertaining.

I'm wanting to check out more French composers (Ravel, Gounod, Faure, Massenet, Bizet etc) and some more Italian opera guys (I've mainly only checked out Verdi). I'll come around to it soon.


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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Listening To?
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Yup, I already obtained the 2nd and love it. I've been loving Liszt and Rachmaninov's Piano Concertos. Brahms too lately.

I'm also not a huge fan of symphonies. I love some of them, but to me they're more inconsistent compared to Concertos and Chamber Works, which are normally always pretty entertaining.

I'm wanting to check out more French composers (Ravel, Gounod, Faure, Massenet, Bizet etc) and some more Italian opera guys (I've mainly only checked out Verdi). I'll come around to it soon.


Ravel and Faure are both great. Gounod's Romeo and Juliet Opera is the only work of his I've heard and I wasn't a big fan. I'm not as familiar with the last two.


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speaking of ravel, i've been listening to "daphnis et chloe" recently and loving it... even makes me want to see the ballet


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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Listening To?
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Stuff I've been listening to recently
_Dutilleux, Sonatina for flute and piano:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUo2lcpeFrQ

I just listened to this like five times in a row. It is absolutely beautiful! I shall check out more of this composer, any recs would be nice though I'll definitely search for this recording first.


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Beethoven's 3rd (Eroica) symphony.. it's overtaken the fifth as my favorite of his :mrgreen:


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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Listening To?
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Anna-Sophia Mutter's latest recording of Vivaldi's Four Seasons. This time around she performs with the world famous Trondheim Soloists. A much different interpretation than you're used to.

Much much different than her famous version she did with the great Herbert Von Karajan which was in much more traditional but that typical Karajan teutonic heavyness. This one is refreshing and modern. She rejuvenates a work that has been wworn out in the chamber repertories.

Check it out


PS: I still think prodigy Julia Fisher's dvd version recorded with the impeccable Academy of St. Martin in the Fields about 10 years ago is top shelf for now.


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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Listening To?
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Raul wrote:
Don-Alexei wrote:
Stuff I've been listening to recently
_Dutilleux, Sonatina for flute and piano:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUo2lcpeFrQ

I just listened to this like five times in a row. It is absolutely beautiful! I shall check out more of this composer, any recs would be nice though I'll definitely search for this recording first.
I'm more or less discovering him at the moment too. Check out his first piano sonata.


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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Listening To?
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Loving Mendelssohn's Piano Concertos and Haydn's String Quartets as of late. Also Massenet's operas.


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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Listening To?
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haveta do a project on indeterminate music so i listened to john cage's sonatas and interludes. cant say after listening to MDTF the last couple days that i was too thrilled about listing to this but some of the music here was pretty interesting. If i had to pinpoint favorites, I would say Sonata X or second interlude.


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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Listening To?
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I think I love Puccini.


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