420 Bro wrote:
Pascal's versions of Satie's 3 Gymnopedies and Other Piano Works
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.1http://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).