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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmAegf4Q5uw

Mordy, Wednesday, 8 February 2017 00:18 (one year 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 year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 year 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 year 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 year 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 year 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 year 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 year 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 year 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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TApC9RDA0hs

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

Yeah, that's sounding good.

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

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

http://bis.se/shop/17115/art15/h8999/4998999-origpic-77f4d9.jpg

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 (one year 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 (one year 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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3cwskeACV0

pomenitul, Friday, 24 March 2017 20:12 (one year 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 (one year ago) Permalink

My choir is currently singing Ildebrando Pizzettis Requiem from 1923, I think. Lovely music, most of it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_GW9O7Qhr0

Also Max Reger. Whom I like less and less, honestly.

Frederik B, Monday, 3 April 2017 10:43 (one year ago) Permalink

Du Yun wins the pulitzer, over Ashley Fure and Kate Soper. And I'm wondering if this is the first time all three nominees were women. For, like, any music prize in the world ever...

Frederik B, Monday, 10 April 2017 19:28 (one year ago) Permalink

A lot of the current composers I enjoy the most are women. I'd include Soper in that number but I don't know the nominated piece. I'll listen to all three of these. Thanks.

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Monday, 10 April 2017 19:31 (one year ago) Permalink

So glad you're doing this, ulysses. And extra glad you didn't put a choral composition by Reger on there, because I hate them at this point :)

Frederik B, Monday, 10 April 2017 19:39 (one year ago) Permalink

Do we have a thread to discuss women composers?

pomenitul, Monday, 10 April 2017 19:44 (one year ago) Permalink

Not afaik. I think most of the classical music discussion on ILM happens on this thread (except for the Boomkat-classical thing)?

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Monday, 10 April 2017 19:46 (one year ago) Permalink

Oh, "Only the Words Themselves Mean What They Say" has become a movement of the Soper work that was nominated? I really love that piece (now a movement)!

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Monday, 10 April 2017 20:04 (one year ago) Permalink

https://soundcloud.com/michael-pisaro/lucretius-alap

Lucretius Alap, Michael Pisaro, 2009-12

String Quartet:
Lorenz Gamma, violin 1
Min Lee, violin 2
Mark Menzies, viola
Mona Tian, cello

Been feeling this..

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Monday, 10 April 2017 20:42 (one year ago) Permalink

https://soundcloud.com/leheron_idletones/1-01-half-sleep-beings

also, the first track of the Michael Pisaro/Reinier van Houdt 3XCD, the earth and the sky

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Monday, 10 April 2017 20:48 (one year ago) Permalink

I look forward to hearing Du Yun, Ashley Fure and Kate Soper's music.

In the meantime, I've been relistening to Helena Tulve's first release, Sula, and the title composition, a tone painting of a glacier's gradual thaw, is as overwhelming as ever:

https://soundcloud.com/helena_tulve/helena-tulve-sula-thaw

pomenitul, Tuesday, 11 April 2017 14:16 (one year ago) Permalink

Ulysses, I get it could easily be a hassle, but would it be possible to request a movement for the spotify list? The Agnus Dei of the Pizzetti Requiem is lovely, and only takes two minutes :)

I also ask, because a new cd with my choir singing translated Danish songs will be out in a few weeks, and I know what my favorite tidbits are :) Langgaard, Holten, Gudmundsen-Holmgreen (RIP). Good stuff!

Frederik B, Tuesday, 11 April 2017 16:09 (one year ago) Permalink

np, added.

Bobson Dugnutt (ulysses), Tuesday, 11 April 2017 16:17 (one year ago) Permalink

it's lovely!

Bobson Dugnutt (ulysses), Tuesday, 11 April 2017 16:19 (one year ago) Permalink

I know, right! It's just hard to get that chord around 1:00 perfect. Out of three tries we got it absolutely perfect once! Oh well, still one try left.

Frederik B, Tuesday, 11 April 2017 16:23 (one year ago) Permalink

Speaking of Helena Tulve, Simon Cummings's retelling of this year's Estonian Music Days really makes me wish I'd been there:

http://5against4.com/2017/04/12/estonian-music-days-2017-part-2/

pomenitul, Wednesday, 12 April 2017 16:41 (one year ago) Permalink

^^^ 5 against 4 blog is a GREAT resource for downloads of new music broadcasts

iris marduk (Jon not Jon), Wednesday, 12 April 2017 20:08 (one year ago) Permalink

I've been exploring black metal and its precipitates and it brought me back to the 'classical' work that helped me overcome my longstanding aversion to 'cookie monster' vocals, Raphaël Cendo's Introduction aux ténèbres. Here's part I—

https://soundcloud.com/rapha-l-cendo/introduction-aux-tenebres2009-chant1-pour-baryton-contrebasse-solo-ensemble-et-electronique

pomenitul, Wednesday, 26 April 2017 02:30 (one year ago) Permalink

This is cool. When I was in undergrad, my friend and I sometimes talked about how sometimes the vocals on Makrokosmos Vol 2 were a bit metal.

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Wednesday, 26 April 2017 21:56 (one year ago) Permalink

TORA TORA TORA

gimmesomehawnz (Jon not Jon), Wednesday, 26 April 2017 22:12 (one year ago) Permalink

I strongly recommend hearing the whole thing for full effect (it's on Donaueschinger Musiktage 2009, Vol. 2). Cendo's music in general is worth seeking out, especially if you're interested in his 'overdrive' principle.

For those who know French, he explains it quite well here: http://brahms.ircam.fr/documents/document/21512/

pomenitul, Wednesday, 26 April 2017 22:20 (one year ago) Permalink

On the more traditional end of things, I'm rather fond of Pēteris Vasks's concerto for violin and string orchestra, Distant Light. For a less literal take on the neo-Romantic aesthetic, I'd nominate Jörg Widmann's Messe.

pomenitul, Friday, 17 November 2017 21:28 (eight months ago) Permalink

Still need to check those out. A couple of nights ago, I saw this concert by NYC's Tak Ensemble (soprano/flute/clarinet/percussion). It was lovely: I was surprised that they opened with Soper's Only the Words Themselves Mean What They Say: Charlotte Mundy's take on the vocal part was a bit softer and less intense than the versions I've seen before but really brought out a neurotic, humorous quality to the piece. Other highlights were Matthew Ricketts' Ms Speaker and Jen McLachlen's new piece. David Bird's Series Imposture was cool, too.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Saturday, 25 November 2017 18:02 (seven months ago) Permalink

A thread dedicated to exploring awesome neo-Romantic music would be nice, though we'd have to determine what 'neo-Romanticism' stands for in the first place.

― pomenitul

one of the most frustrating things about contemporary classical music to me is this hyper-factionalization, this separation of anything left of the "western classical" tradition into mutually exclusive enclaves in a way that, honestly, reflects everyday life in 2017 but is _not_ reflective from the way i experience all other forms of music. this feeds a little bit into the _most_ frustrating thing about contemporary classical music, which is the apparent impossibility of keeping up with what's happening in it, hearing new compositions other than by happenstance.

i also am frequently stymied by my ignorance of so much of the classical music of the past; i have a hard time (in any field of music) confining myself to talking about what's going on now when most of what i listen to is new-to-me older stuff.

bob lefse (rushomancy), Sunday, 26 November 2017 15:13 (seven months ago) Permalink

one of the most frustrating things about contemporary classical music to me is this hyper-factionalization, this separation of anything left of the "western classical" tradition into mutually exclusive enclaves in a way that, honestly, reflects everyday life in 2017 but is _not_ reflective from the way i experience all other forms of music.

I'm somewhat conflicted about this. On the one hand, I'm not sure I agree that this is more true of contemporary classical music in 2017 than of any other style, tbh, unless I'm not understanding you. (Maybe it was true in 1967?) Those Chamberfest concerts I was posting about from the summer were fairly diverse, e.g. the Penderecki String Quartet concert of Mozart, Schumann, Penderecki's 3rd, and Kelly Marie Murphy. I don't think a single concert by most metal or IDM (let alone mainstream pop/rock) groups would be anywhere near that broad. I know a composer/performer who e.g. writes spectral music as well as neo-Romantic Americana and play drums in a jazz fusion group. At the same time, I sometimes DO feel like I don't fit in anywhere as a composer or performer but this might be a function of the diversity and lack of aesthetic direction in today's new music world idk?

The last few albums I posted about here were honestly all things I just found by looking under "contemporary classical" on Bandcamp.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Sunday, 26 November 2017 15:45 (seven months ago) Permalink

I'm listening to Distant Light now btw. P good so far. I like the folky theme around the 13m mark in the Ondine recording.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Sunday, 26 November 2017 15:48 (seven months ago) Permalink

So admittedly, this is largely in the vein of the type of neo-Romantic music that I usually avoid but I can see the appeal and will listen some more.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Sunday, 26 November 2017 16:11 (seven months ago) Permalink

well... i don't think the hyper-factionalization is something that occurs among the musicians themselves. i think it's more a factor of the listening community.

let's take metal for an example. if i want to know what the great metal records of 2017 are, lots of people are going to have opinions on what those are. i may not agree, but at least i know where to start listening!

what are the great compositions of 2017? i can ask you. i can ask pomenitul. i can browse bandcamp, which is a great site but positively stuffed with crossover on the classical side and when one gets away from crossover, prone to tumbleweeds.

it just seems like there's a state of nearly total structural breakdown when it comes to classical music as a form of _communication_.

bob lefse (rushomancy), Sunday, 26 November 2017 16:12 (seven months ago) Permalink

Oh, yeah, totally. I feel like the problem there has to do with something other than factionalization but it frustrates me too. Maybe it's just a function of how small the audience has become?

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Sunday, 26 November 2017 16:17 (seven months ago) Permalink

Well that + WAM was never a tradition that was built around the release and promotion of recordings. Composers write scores, performers study them, concerts are organized, eventually someone might make a recording, but it is normal for a piece to be written years before a given listener might hear it, usually in the context of a concert where it is played next to pieces from other composers and eras. Then it might take a long time before they ever hear it again.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Sunday, 26 November 2017 16:28 (seven months ago) Permalink

I think the fact that the culture isn't based around recordings is what makes it difficult. I could point to several important new recordings from the last few years (Hans Abrahamsen - Let Me Tell You, Andrew Norman - Play, John Luther Adams - Become Ocean, Caroline Shaw - Partita) but it only provides a skewed introduction to what's going on. Still, that's as good as it gets, I think, and it's good enough for me.

Frederik B, Sunday, 26 November 2017 16:34 (seven months ago) Permalink

If you want to be as cutting edge as the rolling metal thread, you probably need to be a musician and/or composer yourself, and even that will only allow you to keep up with what's happening in your neck of the woods due to the privilege still granted to live concerts over recordings, at least in this particular field.

I'm not a journalist so I don't care about being a couple of years late. Does it even matter when it comes to so-called classical music? Even 'contemporary' is taken to mean something like 'the past thirty-odd years' or 'notated music made by living individuals.'

Anyway, relatively old-fashioned methods are still effective as far as I'm concerned: I check out various blogs, newspapers and magazines, as well as the catalogues of specific record labels (Aeon, Neos, Wergo, Kairos, Harmonia Mundi, ECM, Dacapo, BIS, Ondine, DG, HatHut, Mode, etc.). I tend to use Bandcamp when I want to hear more music by composers I'm already familiar with but who are underrepresented on record.

This approach probably wouldn't suffice if I were a professional, but it's good enough for me, especially since I listen to lots of other kinds of music as well.

pomenitul, Sunday, 26 November 2017 16:46 (seven months ago) Permalink

Aren't we all overwhelmed, though, regardless of the genres we favour? Opening the 2017 end-of-year lists thread is a vertiginous experience for me despite the fact that it narrows the set by focusing primarily on pop music (in the broad sense).

pomenitul, Sunday, 26 November 2017 16:54 (seven months ago) Permalink

Honestly, the general failure (dotted with myriad specific counterexamples) of "classical culture" to come to terms with the existence of recorded music is a pretty strong argument against the perpetuation of "classical culture" as distinct from "popular culture". At the same time I genuinely love many forms of classical music and would not like to see the classical idiom become a "dead language", particularly now that it finally has the opportunity to be something other than a male dominated nationalist/colonialist enterprise.

That's why I care about being able to know what's going on now. Because "classical music" is going the way of Latin. Only the most elite even know how to read it anymore. Nobody writes it. I love a lot of the different kinds of music that's out there today, but I think that music would be even better if more people knew how to write fugues.

bob lefse (rushomancy), Sunday, 26 November 2017 18:05 (seven months ago) Permalink

Most people don't care about such art forms, especially not in North America. Some things just aren't meant to be popular, and that's okay. It just decreases the likelihood of making a living out of it but that's just a function of late capitalism.

pomenitul, Sunday, 26 November 2017 18:34 (seven months ago) Permalink

Honestly, the general failure (dotted with myriad specific counterexamples) of "classical culture" to come to terms with the existence of recorded music is a pretty strong argument against the perpetuation of "classical culture" as distinct from "popular culture".

Maybe it's not a failure?

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Monday, 27 November 2017 02:55 (seven months ago) Permalink

Also, the new music world has definite problems but there's not really a shortage of composers or performers (or even scholars for that matter), unless I'm misunderstanding "only the most elite can read it; no one writes it".

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Monday, 27 November 2017 02:57 (seven months ago) Permalink

Anyway, I do actually agree that I'd like to have more contemporary classical recordings in my mix, and/or I sometimes wish there was more going on compositionally in a lot of other music, so yeah idk maybe.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Monday, 27 November 2017 03:15 (seven months ago) Permalink

Well, this years winner of the Grawemeyer award, Bent Sørensens L’Isola della Città, can be heard on NYT. Second Danish winner in three years btw 8)

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/28/arts/music/grawemeyer-award-bent-sorensen.html

Frederik B, Wednesday, 29 November 2017 12:17 (seven months ago) Permalink

Also, the new music world has definite problems but there's not really a shortage of composers or performers (or even scholars for that matter), unless I'm misunderstanding "only the most elite can read it; no one writes it".

― No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r)

well it seems like there's this very nearly open hostility from some corners towards the notion that people who aren't musicians trained in the classical tradition might want to listen to composed music. i understand that the (continuing) popular rejection of serialism probably hurt many people deeply, but i'm not sure forming essene communities is the best reaction to this.

bob lefse (rushomancy), Wednesday, 29 November 2017 14:17 (seven months ago) Permalink

Congrats to Sørensen! I haven't heard that particular piece yet, but his music never disappoints.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 29 November 2017 14:55 (seven months ago) Permalink

The Sørensen piece sounded good on first (slightly distracted) listen. The integration of contemporary techniques with more Romantic material was satisfying.

Rushomancy, I have a lot more exposure to people who i) desperately want a broader audience and strain to try to find one or ii) have resignedly given up. I really don't come across the "who cares if you listen?" attitude all that much from North American composers and musicians under 45 in the present day. Maybe with some more examples, I'd see what you're talking about. Are you thinking mainly of New Complexity types?

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Wednesday, 29 November 2017 21:48 (seven months ago) Permalink

Come to think of it, Sørensen is an excellent example of a living neo-Romantic who doesn't elicit any skepticism on my part.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 29 November 2017 21:57 (seven months ago) Permalink

Rushomancy, I have a lot more exposure to people who i) desperately want a broader audience and strain to try to find one or ii) have resignedly given up.

I mean, also a bunch of iii) people who are happy with the audience they have, regardless of their educational background.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Wednesday, 29 November 2017 23:29 (seven months ago) Permalink

i'm not talking about the composers themselves! i'm talking about the _scene_. so many really great people but at the same time so much scenester bullshit :(

bob lefse (rushomancy), Thursday, 30 November 2017 00:26 (seven months ago) Permalink

I honestly can't think of a single musical genre for which that statement doesn't hold true.

pomenitul, Thursday, 30 November 2017 00:30 (seven months ago) Permalink

Meh.

That said, props for listing Barbara Hannigan, György Kurtág and Maria Lettberg.

pomenitul, Thursday, 30 November 2017 17:08 (seven months ago) Permalink

I wish I could come up with a counter-playlist but I always forget whether the 'classical' stuff I listened to this year came out, well, this year or in times of yore.

pomenitul, Thursday, 30 November 2017 17:11 (seven months ago) Permalink

Thanks, ulysses! I was planning to listen to a bunch of those. Esp curious about the Higdon piece. Listening to Hannigan's take on the Berio vocal sequenza now.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Thursday, 30 November 2017 17:26 (seven months ago) Permalink

Her Lulu Suite is equally exquisite. What an incredible musician.

pomenitul, Thursday, 30 November 2017 17:28 (seven months ago) Permalink

I'll listen to that. There's this famous one, too, of course.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Thursday, 30 November 2017 19:28 (seven months ago) Permalink

Ugh x2

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Sunday, 3 December 2017 15:22 (seven months ago) Permalink

Rumors have been around forever, knew it was him as soon as I saw the link that was posted in the Weinstein thread.

For awhile a year or two ago, there were a lot of predators being unveiled around the classical and early music world in the UK, most of it was written about on ian pace’s blog. Philip Pickett comes to mind

harbinger of failure (Jon not Jon), Sunday, 3 December 2017 16:59 (seven months ago) Permalink

a work by Kajsa Magnarsson “for strap-on and electric guitar”

After watching, I think I preferred Anvil's take on this concept.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Thursday, 7 December 2017 02:05 (seven months ago) Permalink

“Modernism was about removing the body from art,” says festival director Igor Toronyi-Lalic. “About removing personal identity and prioritising science, abstraction and objectivity.

Also, this is emphatically not what the Second Viennese School did imo.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Thursday, 7 December 2017 02:20 (seven months ago) Permalink

Yeah that statement does not ring true for me at all

harbinger of failure (Jon not Jon), Thursday, 7 December 2017 02:53 (seven months ago) Permalink

Favorite records of 2017 I should consider checking out before doing my ILM EOY list? Potentials for me are Canticles of the Wind by John Luther Adams, Last Leaf by the Danish String Quartet and Crazy Girl Crazy by Barbara Hannigan.

Frederik B, Thursday, 14 December 2017 12:39 (seven months ago) Permalink

Ten personal favourites, in no particular order:

Arturo Fuentes - Broken Mirrors; Liquid Crystals; Ice Reflection; Glass Distortion
György Kurtág - Complete Works for Ensemble and Choir
Tõnu Kõrvits - Moorland Elegies
Bent Sørensen - Mignon
Pascal Dusapin - Quatuor VI « Hinterland »; Quatuor VI « OpenTime »
Alberto Posadas - Sombras
Michael Jarrell - …mais les images restent…
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir & Kaspars Putniņš - Schnittke: 'Psalms of Repentance'; Pärt: 'Magnificat' & 'Nunc dimittis'
Quatuor Psophos - Constellations
Chaya Czernowin - Hidden

pomenitul, Thursday, 14 December 2017 16:50 (seven months ago) Permalink

Shit I need that Kurtag. I keep forgetting.

Noticed the Jarrell on eMusic yesterday. Thinking about it. His orchestration of a few of the Debussy Etudes was brilliant.

harbinger of failure (Jon not Jon), Thursday, 14 December 2017 18:04 (seven months ago) Permalink

Not saying it's aoty but I got this recently and am getting a lot out of it, as more Canadian solo guitar stuff goes (gnarlier than most of the Victoria disc):
http://www.johngordonarmstrong.com/my-new-cd/

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Thursday, 14 December 2017 22:34 (seven months ago) Permalink

really enjoying that Last Leaf album, thanks for that!

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Wednesday, 20 December 2017 16:42 (seven months ago) Permalink

For those compiling your year-end lists, this playlist includes all the available tracks on this thread, organized roughly chronologically in order of mention:

ILM's 2017 Rolling Classical Thread Spotify Playlist

it's worth noting that this thread (along with electronic and jazz) is where the spotify catalog gets a bit punchy.

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Wednesday, 20 December 2017 16:44 (seven months ago) Permalink

The Danish Quartet (Mk 4) is great, yeah. Also notable is their Carl Nielsen sq cycle (for Dacapo).

pomenitul, Wednesday, 20 December 2017 16:57 (seven months ago) Permalink

Will check that out, thanks!

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Wednesday, 20 December 2017 17:02 (seven months ago) Permalink

After James Levine, Charles Dutoit:

http://www.ledevoir.com/culture/musique/515974/allegations-d-inconduite-sexuelle-contre-le-chef-d-orchestre-charles-dutoit

(Link is in French.)

pomenitul, Thursday, 21 December 2017 16:40 (seven months ago) Permalink

Wow, damn.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Thursday, 21 December 2017 18:48 (seven months ago) Permalink

I've had "Tjønneblomen" off that Last Leaf album on repeat for like a half hour; what a lovely song

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Thursday, 21 December 2017 19:18 (seven months ago) Permalink


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