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by diegobueno
Sat Feb 03, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mahler Survey
Replies: 21
Views: 625

Re: Mahler Survey

Thanks, Mark. I enjoyed that very much. However, you may be surprised at what struck me first. It does not seem like "typical Mahler" except in large portions. The beginning sounds a great deal as though he had been more influenced by his friend Schoenberg than he might have wanted to admit. I don'...
by diegobueno
Tue Jan 30, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mahler Survey
Replies: 21
Views: 625

Re: Mahler Survey

If you're not familiar with the 10th, John, you've got to get a load of this: Right around the 19:00 mark Mahler unleashes the most ear-splittlingly dissonant chord in symphonic music. Nine different pitches at one time, but it's the way it's orchestrated that really packs the big punch. For maximum...
by diegobueno
Tue Jan 30, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mahler Survey
Replies: 21
Views: 625

Re: Mahler Survey

Recently I stumbled across a program of a major orchestra that has programmed "Mahler's Tenth." Unfortunately I cannot now find the link. You tell me, because to my shame I can't tell you. You could stumble across quite a number of programs by major orchestras doing the 10th, since it is being more...
by diegobueno
Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: My favorite 21st century music
Replies: 2
Views: 196

Re: My favorite 21st century music

Hopefully your browser will take you to the proper Youtube link. I'm sure your mind will supply a totally different set of mental images.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGesimKbRUc
by diegobueno
Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: My favorite 21st century music
Replies: 2
Views: 196

My favorite 21st century music

I didn't know what to make of Fiji by Michael Torke when I first heard it. It took me several listenings before I began to like it, which engendered many more listenings over the course of which I really began to appreciate and love what's going on in this infectious music. It has become my favorite...
by diegobueno
Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The most-performed composers
Replies: 24
Views: 946

Re: The most-performed composers

They played mainly their own compositions. Kissin doesn't. Yuja Wang doesn't. Big difference. For that matter, neither did Rachmaninoff! He recorded and played lots of repertoire that was not his own music. This statement is relevant only if one can trivialize my point down to a matter of "earlier ...
by diegobueno
Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Daniil Trifonov, pianist and composer
Replies: 2
Views: 381

Re: Daniil Trifonov, pianist and composer

Trifanov's concerto is available to listen to on Youtube. At one listening I have to say I agree with Ricordanza's assessment of the work. This is the work of a pianist who's spent many hours practicing Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev concertos, and that's the sound he has in his head, and that's what hi...
by diegobueno
Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The most-performed composers
Replies: 24
Views: 946

Re: The most-performed composers

I just wish there was a piece, apart from a few by Arvo Part, that I could say "oh yes, I think that is something special". I think that about the keyboard works of Ligeti, but that's already 'old'!! It's a start.* And Ligeti was writing his Etudes for piano (Of his works, these are my favorites) u...
by diegobueno
Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The most-performed composers
Replies: 24
Views: 946

Re: The most-performed composers

Belle, you say I made an argument against "murmuring"? I don't know what you're talking about. And clearly you don't know what I'm talking about. Now I think you need to learn to count your decades. I said "three or four decades out of date". It's now 2018. Go back three decades and you have 1988, b...
by diegobueno
Wed Jan 10, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The most-performed composers
Replies: 24
Views: 946

Re: The most-performed composers

Edit
Sorry for making a total mess out of my attempt to extricate myself from my nested quotes.
by diegobueno
Wed Jan 10, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The most-performed composers
Replies: 24
Views: 946

Re: The most-performed composers

You don't really need to read this one again, either.
by diegobueno
Wed Jan 10, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The most-performed composers
Replies: 24
Views: 946

Re: The most-performed composers

Help, I've fallen into post-editing Hell, and I can't get up!
by diegobueno
Wed Jan 10, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The most-performed composers
Replies: 24
Views: 946

Re: The most-performed composers

I don't think my comment is 'several decades out of date'. That would take us back to WW2 and there were very many great composers of that era whom we all love to hear today. Indeed, though there were plenty at the time who said that modern music was all noise and not worth listening to. That is wh...
by diegobueno
Wed Jan 10, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The most-performed composers
Replies: 24
Views: 946

Re: The most-performed composers

And maestrob's point is well made; if modern music was better than it is more people would want to hear it in the composer's lifetime. Actually, his point was "how are we going to know if it's good if it's never played?". Yes, we have unprecedented mass media, concert venues absolutely Everywhere, ...
by diegobueno
Tue Jan 02, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 198
Views: 11075

Re: What I listened to today

I've been enjoying this lovely composition of Steve Reich from 2015, called Pulse.

by diegobueno
Mon Jan 01, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Philip Glass Concert: Save the Date
Replies: 4
Views: 353

Re: Philip Glass Concert: Save the Date

Carl St. Clair has been with them for 28 years! He must have gone there right after his time with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra (Ithaca, New York based orchestra. St. Clair took that job in 1985 upon the retirement of the original conductor, Karel Husa).
by diegobueno
Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Penderecki
Replies: 8
Views: 733

Re: Penderecki

Starting around the time of Paradise Lost , Penderecki's thematic material tends to consist of chromatic scale fragments, a few notes in one direction and a few notes in the other. Here's a good example, one of my favorite Penderecki works, because it involves the clarinet. This performance of the C...
by diegobueno
Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Penderecki
Replies: 8
Views: 733

Re: Penderecki

One of the more curious aspects of Penderecki's compositional output was the non-existence of a 6th symphony. He wrote his Symphony no. 5, the Korean Symphony , in 1992. In 1996 An oratorio called The Seven Gates of Jerusalem appeared, which he subsequently decided should be called (for numerologica...
by diegobueno
Sun Nov 26, 2017 8:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Eric Salzman RIP
Replies: 2
Views: 385

Re: Eric Salzman RIP

I remember Eric Salzman for an electronic collage he created with Joshua Rifkin and had released on Nonesuch Records called The Nude Paper Sermon . It was most memorable for the spoken monologues embedded in it, especially one that begins "A politician speaks..." at about the 18.57 mark. iv4J3Vc2LiA
by diegobueno
Wed Nov 22, 2017 9:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Was This Secular Music:
Replies: 10
Views: 790

Re: Was This Secular Music:

As Ira Gershwin once wrote:

It's never too late to Mendelssohn
Two hearts are at journey's endelssohn.
Whate'er their future, they must share it.
I trust they Lohengrin and bear it.

(Lyric from Kurt Weill's Lady in the Dark)
by diegobueno
Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Recent Reich
Replies: 0
Views: 332

Recent Reich

I've been listening to this excellent Quartet for 2 vibraphones and 2 pianos by Steve Reich. The group featured here, Ensemble Signal, performed a whole evening of recent Steve Reich compositions last month (Oct. 18) at the Coolidge Auditorium in the Library of Congress, but it was this quartet that...
by diegobueno
Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hamlet
Replies: 23
Views: 1558

Re: Hamlet

A number of clips from Brett Dean's Hamlet can be found on Youtube. Here is one of them. It seems to me that most of the musical interest is in the orchestra.

by diegobueno
Mon Nov 06, 2017 4:11 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: ISIS attacks NYC, nobody at CMG bats an eyelid
Replies: 30
Views: 2171

Re: ISIS attacks NYC, nobody at CMG bats an eyelid

The ISIS-inspired car attack in New York City was horrible. So is the more recent shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas. And that was Christian-on-Christian crime. Seems like neither Islam nor Christianity has much claim on being a "religion of peace". These attacks happen with such regularity you h...
by diegobueno
Mon Nov 06, 2017 3:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CPE Bach Heilig Cantata
Replies: 6
Views: 788

Re: CPE Bach Heilig Cantata

I just want to post a link to a performance of this work for anyone who hasn't heard it. I hadn't heard it or heard of it until today. What's really striking about this piece is the way he will suddenly switch keys, bolt out of the blue, with no preparation or transition. He does this repeatedly. RL...
by diegobueno
Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mark Simon Music in New York
Replies: 9
Views: 1551

Re: Mark Simon Music in New York

John, this venue is on Georgia Ave., just immediately south of the Beltway, relatively close to the Forest Glen Metro station. I know these musicians from 2 of the orchestras I play in. They're hoping to find an occasion to perform the piece again. Takoma Park is a funky neighborhood. I like it; it ...
by diegobueno
Thu Nov 02, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mark Simon Music in New York
Replies: 9
Views: 1551

Re: Mark Simon Music in New York

Nevertheless, She Persisted has been performed again, this time in Silver Spring, Maryland, and I am able to present a video recording of it. The double bass (replaying a role given to it by Beethoven's 9th symphony) interrupts, rejects and "mansplains" the efforts of the cellos to express themselv...
by diegobueno
Tue Oct 31, 2017 12:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A famous hymn
Replies: 8
Views: 692

Re: A famous hymn

Seeing as he was Catholic, I can understand Elgar's reluctance to contribute to the English Hymnal.
by diegobueno
Thu Oct 26, 2017 4:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alfred Brendel
Replies: 13
Views: 1759

Re: Alfred Brendel

And it's a darn good thing there's no key of F flat major.
Otherwise Max Reger would have felt obliged to use it.
by diegobueno
Tue Oct 24, 2017 11:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music of the pre-Baroque period
Replies: 14
Views: 1059

Re: Music of the pre-Baroque period

Here we go again. I've had many differences with Mark over the years, but it is simply incorrect that there cannot be an extended discussion on pre-tonal music. I didn't say there couldn't be, just that there wouldn't be. I'd be happy for you to prove me wrong and talk about the music rather than p...
by diegobueno
Mon Oct 23, 2017 8:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music of the pre-Baroque period
Replies: 14
Views: 1059

Re: Music of the pre-Baroque period

Belle,
There's a lot to be said about all those centuries worth of great music, though I don't think you'll find enough interest in it here to have a meaningful discussion.

I'm just going to post a favorite example, and a particularly beautiful one.

by diegobueno
Fri Oct 20, 2017 3:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Just when you thought you knew everything about PDQ Bach
Replies: 1
Views: 357

Re: Just when you thought you knew everything about PDQ Bach

Peter Schickele clearly was made to be the vessel through which PDQ Bach passed, but it would be unfair to call his own compositions bad. Far from "incredibly awful", all the music of his that I've heard or played is pleasant and well written. Never profound, but nothing to hold one's nose at. You c...
by diegobueno
Fri Oct 20, 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Drink to me only
Replies: 5
Views: 600

Re: Drink to me only

Clearly she would have rather sung "I love to sing-a about the Moon-a and the June-a and the Spring-a"
by diegobueno
Tue Oct 17, 2017 3:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "What the composer wants"
Replies: 34
Views: 2162

Re: "What the composer wants"

Belle, since you mention Malcolm Bilson, During 30 years of studying and living in Ithaca, New York, I had the pleasure of hearing Malcolm Bilson playing Mozart, and talking about playing Mozart quite often. His concerts on the Cornell campus were free of charge, too. He didn’t play very many compos...
by diegobueno
Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "What the composer wants"
Replies: 34
Views: 2162

Re: "What the composer wants"

A few random thoughts about the issue of "what the composer wants" which may or may not add up to a coherent statement (and I apologize in advance for always referring to the composer as "he"): What the composer wants is, first of all, for his music to be performed, second of all to be performed wel...
by diegobueno
Thu Oct 05, 2017 7:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tchaikovsky's homosexuality
Replies: 8
Views: 873

Re: Tchaikovsky's homosexuality

Here is a page that lists some names of his partners. I'm not going to vouch for its accuracy, except that his obsession with "Bob" is for real, and is mentioned in his letters and in biography I have read (and you'll have to wait until tonight for me to check my bookshelf and tell you what that bio...
by diegobueno
Sat Sep 30, 2017 10:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Erik Satie’s “Vexations,”
Replies: 6
Views: 613

Re: Erik Satie’s “Vexations,”

In case you've never heard it, here is an abridged version of Vexations , with only 2 of the 840 repetitions. It alternates between an unchanging bass line and two harmonizations of it, both consisting (almost) entirely of diminished or augmented triads. If you like, you can replay this video 420 ti...
by diegobueno
Wed Sep 27, 2017 1:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Forgotten Monsieur Enescu
Replies: 6
Views: 709

Re: The Forgotten Monsieur Enescu

Enescu's Dixtuor for winds, op. 14, 1906 (2 fl., ob, E.H., 2 cl., 2 hn, 2 bsn) is one of the glories of wind chamber music, and a very complex piece to put together.

by diegobueno
Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: THE POWER OF MYTH
Replies: 13
Views: 1177

Re: THE POWER OF MYTH

One of the problems with German mythology as a musical subject is that Wagner's influence was so all-pervasive that no composer after him could use it except as a commentary or parody on Wagner. One could mention Die lustigen Nibelungen by Oskar Straus (1904), which falls in the parody category. Als...
by diegobueno
Fri Sep 08, 2017 6:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The more I hear the classical clarinet ...
Replies: 25
Views: 3185

Re: The more I hear the classical clarinet ...

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by diegobueno
Fri Sep 08, 2017 6:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The more I hear the classical clarinet ...
Replies: 25
Views: 3185

Re: The more I hear the classical clarinet ...

[dupicate post deleted] According to this site, Stoltzman's net worth is $3,000,000. Chicken feed compared to Itzhak Perlman's $10,000,000 or Yo Yo Ma's $25,000,000, but still I don't imagine he has to worry too much about making ends meet https://www.celebritynetworth.com/richest-celebrities/rock-s...
by diegobueno
Fri Sep 08, 2017 6:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The more I hear the classical clarinet ...
Replies: 25
Views: 3185

Re: The more I hear the classical clarinet ...

We haven't forgotten Richard Stoltzman, for sure; at least two of us have mentioned him in this thread. I wonder how he's been able to make ends meet through solo gigs and record royalties alone. You must be desperate for something to dispute if you're going to pick apart the introductory words to ...
by diegobueno
Fri Sep 08, 2017 10:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The more I hear the classical clarinet ...
Replies: 25
Views: 3185

Re: The more I hear the classical clarinet ...

And not to forget Richard Stoltzman, certainly the most prominent solo clarinetist of our time, one of the few who can make a whole career as a soloist, without the need for an orchestral gig. His own playing style is so unique, he pretty much has to be the soloist. He, like Benny Goodman before him...
by diegobueno
Wed Sep 06, 2017 12:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The more I hear the classical clarinet ...
Replies: 25
Views: 3185

Re: The more I hear the classical clarinet ...

One of the masterworks of the Clarinet repertory, the Brahms Sonata op. 120, no. 2, is played here by another of the master clarinetists of the present, Anthony McGill, currently principal clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic. Unbelievable tone, legato, musicality. There's a long interview with ...
by diegobueno
Tue Sep 05, 2017 6:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Legend Of Faust
Replies: 14
Views: 1627

Re: The Legend Of Faust

You can find a pretty extensive list of Faust pieces here, all from the 19th and 20th centuries: https://www.faust.com/music/ In the 19th century, every composer and his uncle wrote their own version of Faust. I don't know of any Faust pieces pre-1800, so maybe should be the focus of the discussion.
by diegobueno
Fri Sep 01, 2017 2:57 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Boy Scouts are eyeing girls but Girl Scouts are not welcoming their attentions
Replies: 4
Views: 776

Re: Boy Scouts are eyeing girls but Girl Scouts are not welcoming their attentions

John, you're right. The Girl Scouts are a much more enlightened organization.

It would probably be better if the Girl Scouts admitted boys (and showed them how to tolerate different kinds of people), than the other way around.
by diegobueno
Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:34 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Boy Scouts are eyeing girls but Girl Scouts are not welcoming their attentions
Replies: 4
Views: 776

Re: Boy Scouts are eyeing girls but Girl Scouts are not welcoming their attentions

I joined the Boy Scouts around the same time I started eyeing girls, so I guess nothing has changed. :D
by diegobueno
Mon Aug 28, 2017 7:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The more I hear the classical clarinet ...
Replies: 25
Views: 3185

Re: The more I hear the classical clarinet ...

One of the Gods of clarinet playing today is Ricardo Morales. I'm posting this video, which is really just an advertisement for a special brand of clarinet which is fashionable today, manufactured by Morrie Backun in Vancouver. But he also demonstrates his incredibly even sound across registers and ...
by diegobueno
Mon Aug 28, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Catalogue d’Oiseaux NYC
Replies: 15
Views: 1320

Re: Catalogue d’Oiseaux NYC

Messiaen eventually got around to the Japanese birds. Thanks. Regards, Len [bewildered] :lol: What you can't hear the birds in this piece? :P When Messiaen writes birdsongs, they all sound like Messiaen birds, no matter what their nationality. In this case he was invited to Japan in 1962 for perfor...
by diegobueno
Mon Aug 28, 2017 10:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The more I hear the classical clarinet ...
Replies: 25
Views: 3185

Re: The more I hear the classical clarinet ...

Since there's also a Messiaen discussion going on, I'd like to say just a couple words about Messiaen and the clarinet. His most celebrated work is, of course, the Quatuor pour la fin du temps , for clarinet, violin, cello and piano, written in a prisoner of war camp in WW2. During his last decade M...
by diegobueno
Mon Aug 28, 2017 9:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Catalogue d’Oiseaux NYC
Replies: 15
Views: 1320

Re: Catalogue d’Oiseaux NYC

The Pianist Taka Kigawa on Playing Messiaen’s Bird Marathon Yes, and YouTube. It’s quite amazing. But I actually first studied it before the internet era. European birds — they aren’t in Japan, so it was completely out of my imagination. Now it’s much easier. You can actually hear a European bird a...