Rolling Classical 2017

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Following up from 2016 Rolling Classical Listening Thread

I just got into Nathan Shubert tonight, after "Folds" was linked on the textura blog. I bought this little EP on Bandcamp. It's just very pleasant minimalism with some mild preparations on the piano (felt on the strings I believe), recorded very hot. While it's not worlds away from Boomkat-classical-thread music, something about it connects with me: probably the sparseness, the prepared sound, the more evident debt to Reich.

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Wednesday, 25 January 2017 02:01 (two months ago) Permalink

New-to-me raves so far this year:

Daniel-Lesur - Symphony of Dances - stunning mid century french post-stravinsky but v v original

Frank Martin - Mass (thank you DJP for your advocacy of this ravishing piece), Der Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornets (crazy lengthy modernist voice + orchestra piece on Rilke texts)

Schumann-Fantasie (Hans Zender's freewheeling orchestral explosion of the Schumann solo piano masterpiece)

Ernst Toch - The Chinese Flute (a more skeletal das lied von der erde for midcentury modernists - fucking great)

on deck and excited to hear - sund4r alert - Faisceaux-Diffractions by the french composer Eloy, for electric guitars and large ensemble, written in 1970

http://www.eloyjeanclaude.com/PressFaisceauxEng.html

his eye is on despair-o (Jon not Jon), Wednesday, 25 January 2017 17:27 (two months ago) Permalink

Ha, I tried listening to the 1975 song from the ILM eoy poll and, yep, Eloy is definitely more my speed so far. Sounding great 6m in.

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Wednesday, 25 January 2017 18:35 (two months ago) Permalink

That kicked ass. Thanks for the tip. Are there recordings other than this one?

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Wednesday, 25 January 2017 18:59 (two months ago) Permalink

that's the one I got a vinyl rip of. If there are no others, it would seem ripe for a new recording on BMOP or Canteloupe or something

his eye is on despair-o (Jon not Jon), Wednesday, 25 January 2017 19:02 (two months ago) Permalink

OK I've listened now too. What a great piece. I didn't know one of the two guitars was gonna be a very sixties sounding bass, giving me a welcome Amok Time vibe. I love the brushstrokes the organ is filling in.

Was looking around online, looks like the only CDs in print of Eloy stuff are from his own private label. He seems to have done a lot of more purely electronic work in recent times.

his eye is on despair-o (Jon not Jon), Wednesday, 25 January 2017 22:28 (two months ago) Permalink

I finally found this essential LP (Julian Bream - 20th Century Guitar) at a great price! I have this CD but, as you can see, it leaves out the Britten, which was the piece I wanted the second-most, after the Brindle, which is all-time for me. Listening now, it was definitely worth it to get this on vinyl: such clarity and warmth. Music from that era so often sounds better on LP imo.

Also picked up this 1982 compilation of modernist composers from the greater Boston area. I picked up Vol. 1, from 1980 some months back and quite enjoy it.

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Saturday, 28 January 2017 21:53 (two months ago) Permalink

Going to buy Meredith Monk tickets this weekend!

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Saturday, 28 January 2017 21:53 (two months ago) Permalink

i'm just a classical dilettante but i wanted to share that i love this johannes monno album of bach works for lute - just v chill and relaxing music which to me is generally most important regarding classical music

Mordy, Wednesday, 8 February 2017 00:18 (one month ago) Permalink

Oh wow, thanks. Fugues for guitar are my thing. I listen quite a bit to Heiki Matlik's disc of the Bach lute works. I'd be eager to hear a new set and this sounds good.

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Wednesday, 8 February 2017 00:43 (one month ago) Permalink

one month passes...

I listened to the first act of the Met's current production of La Traviata on WCNY/WJNY while driving today. Not only was that the most I've ever enjoyed Italian opera but it somehow really all clicked today and felt incredibly beautiful. Not sure exactly why. (Maybe something to do with listening to a lot of dissonant emo this week?)

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Sunday, 12 March 2017 04:41 (two weeks ago) Permalink

seeing traviata in april, hoping it's better than the last met opera i saw which was flatly terribly staged

removed from the rain drops and drop tops of experience (ulysses), Thursday, 16 March 2017 15:09 (two weeks ago) Permalink

the met operas I've seen since I moved here are a real hodgepodge basically governed by my policy of always saying yes to any free opera ticket I'm offerred, while remaining too broke to actually purchase tickets to my favorite operas (Pelleas, etc)

chip n dale recuse rangers (Jon not Jon), Thursday, 16 March 2017 16:52 (two weeks ago) Permalink

yep yep which means G'LUCK

removed from the rain drops and drop tops of experience (ulysses), Thursday, 16 March 2017 16:53 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Gluck, father of modern opera? Have yet to see one of his.

chip n dale recuse rangers (Jon not Jon), Thursday, 16 March 2017 17:29 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I'm listening to this guitarist today: https://soundcloud.com/carlos-bojarski
The Carter and (especially) Henze sound really good imo. Might interest Evan.

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Sunday, 19 March 2017 22:14 (one week ago) Permalink

I'm spending an evening with my complete Celibidache-does-Bruckner edition, which means "one symphony from the set." Went with 4. people give Sergiu a hard time for the liberties he takes with tempo but honestly the scherzo is downright spritely! when my hearing's truly gone this is some of the music I'll miss most

though the tempest rages, (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Tuesday, 21 March 2017 01:21 (one week ago) Permalink

My colleague is a leading Bruckner scholar. It's one thing I've never gotten into but I should address that.

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Tuesday, 21 March 2017 02:03 (one week ago) Permalink

Bruckner strikes me as one of the hardest symphonists to get right, and not just because of the editing challenges. I'm averse to Karajan for the usual reasons, but his Bruckner, much like his Strauss, is the only one that could make a true convert out of me. A shame that his second set (for DG) has yet to be properly remastered. Sometimes I reach for Barenboim's with the Berlin Philharmonic but the thoroughness and fluidity I hear in Karajan's versions are almost nowhere to be found. As for Celibidache, he preaches to the choir, doesn't he?

pomenitul, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 03:29 (one week ago) Permalink

I love celibidache in bruckner (I have him doing #4, 5 and 7)

My bruckner collection is very omnivorous. I don't know any one conductor who lights them all up for me -- I like klemperer for #6, jochum for #9, Boulez for #8, etc.

chip n dale recuse rangers (Jon not Jon), Tuesday, 21 March 2017 12:41 (one week ago) Permalink

Just got two interesting-looking CDs in the mail:

- the Nash Ensemble performing two string quartets and a string octet (a format I've never encountered before) by Max Bruch, a composer with whom I am also entirely unfamiliar;
- the Goldner String Quartet and pianist Piers Lane performing a piano quintet, a cello sonata, and a string quartet by Alexander Borodin.

Both on the Hyperion label.

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Tuesday, 21 March 2017 16:45 (one week ago) Permalink

The music on both of those is terra incognita to me too. I do have a few discs I like by the Nash Ensemble, but dating back to their days on Virgin Classics. Piers Lane did a great disc on Hyperion of all the Scriabin etudes.

chip n dale recuse rangers (Jon not Jon), Tuesday, 21 March 2017 21:32 (one week ago) Permalink

I'm partial to the Borodin quartets as played by… the Borodin Quartet.

I've never heard the Goldner Quartet, but Piers Lane has always struck me as overly genteel in his approach. His Scriabin Etudes lack the daemonic qualities I hear in Alexander Melnikov, Yevgeny Sudbin and Maria Lettberg, to name but these three (the latter recorded the Etudes as a whole, as part of her astonishing box set comprising all of Scriabin's solo piano works!). Perhaps Lane fares better in the Borodin, but I can't say my curiosity's piqued.

And speaking of Alexander-who-tried-to-bring-about-the-end-of-the-world, Roger Woodward's recording of the late piano works is something else entirely. Here's his Vers la flamme:

pomenitul, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 21:56 (one week ago) Permalink

Yeah I have that Woodward album, it's great stuff

chip n dale recuse rangers (Jon not Jon), Tuesday, 21 March 2017 22:31 (one week ago) Permalink

Yeah, that's sounding good.

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Thursday, 23 March 2017 20:17 (one week ago) Permalink

I'm really enjoying this recent BIS disc, featuring works for string trio by living Nordic composers:

Bent Sørensen's Gondole comes across as a distant tribute to Liszt's late works, i.e. some of the most genuinely ghost-ridden music I've ever heard, meshing quite well with Sørensen's own neo-decadent aesthetic. Nørgård's Strings, for string trio, and Tjampuan: 'Where the Rivers Meet' for violin and cello, are both from 1992, around the time he began to synthesize his infinity series and the kookier, Wölfli-inspired style that followed in the 1980's—intense stuff, especially the trio. The quality of Saariaho's output has been on the wane since L'Amour de loin (I prefer her textures to her melodies), but Cloud Trio is quite evocative, and at times it unexpectedly gestures towards Bartók's quartets. As for Henrik Hellstenius, his name was unfamiliar to me, but he apparently studied with Gérard Grisey in the early 1990's. I hear precious little spectralism in Rift, which brings to mind a more expressionist Nørgård. Regardless, I'd say it's a highlight, and now I'm curious to hear more of Hellstenius's music.

And since I mentioned Sørensen, his latest Dacapo disc, featuring works for piano and chamber orchestra, strikes me as one of his finest so far, assuming you're on board with his 'decaying daguerreotype' shtick (I personally adore it). As a bonus, last year ECM put out a disc by Frode Haltli, which also contains some top-tier Sørensen material (It Is Pain Flowing Down Slowly on a White Wall, for accordion and string orchestra), as well as some characteristically pieces by Hans Abrahamsen, including the marvellous Three Little Nocturnes, played by Haltli and the Arditti Quartet.

pomenitul, Friday, 24 March 2017 15:50 (six days ago) Permalink

that looks great, thanks for the note. My eMusic credits have refreshed and I'll at least get the Sorensen and Saariaho tracks. I'm a sucker for a late Liszt homage and still a Saariaho fanboy. BTW, have you ever heard Heinz Holliger's orchestral arrangements of two of the late Liszt pieces (Nuages Gris and Unstern)? They are fucking incredible. They were recorded on an extinct el cheapo Arte Nova CD which can still be found used, and done live by Rattle/Berlin which was broadcast and is on torrents.

chip n dale recuse rangers (Jon not Jon), Friday, 24 March 2017 19:59 (six days ago) Permalink

I haven't, and I worship Holliger, so I really appreciate the heads up. Thanks!

By the way, assuming you're unfamiliar with it, Marko Nikodijević's orchestral 'remix' of La lugubre gondola, cvetić, kućica…, is also worth hearing. Here's a live recording from YT:

pomenitul, Friday, 24 March 2017 20:12 (six days ago) Permalink

Seth Colter Walls has a really good writeup on Glenn Gould's two recordings of Bach's Goldberg Variations on Pitchfork today. I just bought A State of Wonder, which combines both recordings, plus a third disc of outtakes from 1955 and an interview with Gould.

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Sunday, 26 March 2017 14:32 (four days ago) Permalink


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