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I've been fascinated with Fausto Romitelli's music since I first heard Professor Bad Trip, an unusually successful attempt at spectralist psychedelia. Romitelli studied under Gérard Grisey and Hugues Dufourt, but he was no less a pupil of Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix. As a result, he is – to my knowledge – one of the few noted European composers of his generation (1963-2004) to have cast the electric guitar in a leading role. I've often listened to the solo Trash TV Trance, which has spawned a remarkable amount of performances on YouTube (of which I think I like this one the best) but wasn't familiar with his output for acoustic guitar, which was recently recorded for the Italian Stradivarius label alongside Trash TV Trance and two other works (one for flute and guitar, the second for solo flute). There's even a Highway to Hell from 1984 which, while more subdued than his later material for the electric guitar, gives a good sense of his overall intentions.

pomenitul, Friday, 4 January 2019 03:14 (two months ago) Permalink

I have 12 nominations left for the ILM poll if anyone has used up their noms and wants more classical (or jazz or avant stuff) on the ballot.

Locked in silent monologue, in silent scream (Sund4r), Friday, 4 January 2019 19:35 (two months ago) Permalink

If you've ever wondered what a YT-ready video of contemporary notated music might look like, this is pretty cool:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFEGSLRvV9U

pomenitul, Friday, 11 January 2019 14:45 (two months ago) Permalink

Enjoyed the piece a lot.

Locked in silent monologue, in silent scream (Sund4r), Friday, 11 January 2019 16:14 (two months ago) Permalink

Listening to ILX Listen: 2019

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 16 January 2019 16:45 (two months ago) Permalink

i'm iffy on spectralism as a whole (well, grisey mostly), but i did like professor bad trip!

The Elvis of Nationalism and Amoral Patriotism (rushomancy), Thursday, 17 January 2019 02:16 (two months ago) Permalink

Happy to hear it! If you're in the mood for more, his disc of orchestral works, Audiodrome (with Peter Rundel conducting), is also very much worth delving into.

pomenitul, Thursday, 17 January 2019 12:03 (two months ago) Permalink

Rebecca Saunders wins this year's Ernst von Siemens prize. Undoubtedly well-deserved!

https://www.rhinegold.co.uk/classical_music/ernst-von-siemens-prize-awarded-rebecca-saunders/

pomenitul, Thursday, 17 January 2019 13:33 (two months ago) Permalink

Ah yes, was gonna ask, afaik I have never heard a note of hers, is anyone up to suggesting a primer C60 or Rough Guide or something of Spotify-available Saunders?

anatol_merklich, Friday, 18 January 2019 01:07 (two months ago) Permalink

Re: electric guitar in new music, Pierluigi Billone is another composer. Two recordings of electric guitar works on Kairos.

Hans Holbein (Chinchilla Volapük), Friday, 18 January 2019 06:45 (two months ago) Permalink

I'm not much of a playlist guy, unfortunately, but I do think Saunders's first monograph for Kairos – QUARTET, Into the Blue, Molly's Song 3 – shades of crimson, dichroic seventeen, all played by musikFabrik – makes for a fine introduction. It should be available on Spotify.

pomenitul, Friday, 18 January 2019 10:38 (two months ago) Permalink

Readymade playlist is more than fine; thanks, pomenitul! :-)

anatol_merklich, Friday, 18 January 2019 14:24 (two months ago) Permalink

Nice to see the latest cd from Danish String Quartet got nominated in the album poll. Prism I, the first of five albums which will each include a late Beethoven quartet, and something else related to it. On the first it's Shostakovich Quartet no 15, and it's pretty amazing. Great album, snuck into the lower part of my ballot.

Frederik B, Friday, 18 January 2019 14:47 (two months ago) Permalink

I liked Wood Works a lot less than I thought I would but I love the Danish String Quartet. They used to call themselves the Young Danish String Quartet, right? Their Nielsen recordings are almost definitive as far as I'm concerned.

pomenitul, Friday, 18 January 2019 14:52 (two months ago) Permalink

Speaking of Nielsen, it's such a shame that Thomas Dausgaard never officially recorded Nielsen's six symphonies with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra during his tenure. He started a cycle with the Seattle Symphony a couple of years ago but either he's run out of ideas or the orchestra has little feel for the music (admittedly a bit of an acquired taste) because I found his 3rd and 4th surprisingly listless.

pomenitul, Friday, 18 January 2019 15:00 (two months ago) Permalink

I liked Wood Works a lot less than I thought I would but I love the Danish String Quartet. They used to call themselves the Young Danish String Quartet, right? Their Nielsen recordings are almost definitive as far as I'm concerned.

― pomenitul, 18. januar 2019 15:52 (thirty-eight minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Yeah, they were called the Young Danish String Quartet when they were younger. When the old Danish String Quartet retired they took over the name.

Frederik B, Friday, 18 January 2019 15:31 (two months ago) Permalink

Full concert - Terry Riley live at Koerner Hall in Toronto's Royal Conservatory, with Tracy Silverman and his son Gyan. Really good show, based on this: https://livestream.com/accounts/3811338/events/8517853/videos/186015720

(Posted to post-minimalist thread as well)

Locked in silent monologue, in silent scream (Sund4r), Monday, 21 January 2019 04:02 (two months ago) Permalink

Barbara Hannigan awarded the Sonning Award for 2020! I'd really thought she'd miss it, as they gave it to Hans Abrahamsen in 2019 and made Hannigan and 'Let Me Tell You' the centerpiece of the galla concert, but nope. So incredibly deserving!

Frederik B, Friday, 1 February 2019 11:42 (one month ago) Permalink

Excellent news! Every bit of praise lavished upon her is utterly deserved.

pomenitul, Friday, 1 February 2019 11:45 (one month ago) Permalink

Guys are there two of these threads or is my hangover psychosis worse than I thought?

Also yes great win

Brex Avery (Noodle Vague), Friday, 1 February 2019 11:46 (one month ago) Permalink

I've been clamouring for the gods mods to delete the duplicate but they've yet to respond to my bootless pleas.

pomenitul, Friday, 1 February 2019 11:48 (one month ago) Permalink

what's the other one? might as well use it while i got it.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 1 February 2019 12:34 (one month ago) Permalink

found it, got it.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 1 February 2019 12:35 (one month ago) Permalink

Barbara Hannigan awarded the Sonning Award for 2020!

― Frederik B

this is cool but unfortunately thanks to ilx i will always believe in the back of my mind that the Sonning Award is given for outstanding performance in a twitter beef

The Elvis of Nationalism and Amoral Patriotism (rushomancy), Friday, 1 February 2019 14:44 (one month ago) Permalink

lol

pomenitul, Friday, 1 February 2019 14:45 (one month ago) Permalink

On Saturday I heard Jonathan Biss and the Seattle Symphony play Caroline Shaw's new piano concerto Watermarks, which was sort of playfully and delightfully in stylistic tension between the romantic and the contemporary. Highlights include a theme for the soloist in the second movement that almost but not quite resolves into the sound of a pop melody and a recurring gag in the third movement. Part of Biss' project to commission new concerti in response to those of Beethoven.

Norm’s Superego (silby), Monday, 4 February 2019 17:50 (one month ago) Permalink

Sounds interesting. I've been disappointed by a lot of Shaw other than Partita but I'd definitely be interested to hear it.

silent as a seashell Julia (Sund4r), Tuesday, 5 February 2019 13:40 (one month ago) Permalink

man, i wish i were free for this tonight and recommend it strongly to New Yorkers who are:
http://roulette.org/event/the-voices-of-erin-gee/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbVIUt-YtaM

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 8 February 2019 18:13 (one month ago) Permalink

Holy shit:

https://youtu.be/gzodB0Sp6ZI

pomenitul, Tuesday, 12 February 2019 13:03 (one month ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzodB0Sp6ZI

pomenitul, Tuesday, 12 February 2019 13:03 (one month ago) Permalink

Aargh! I've seen that shared easily over 10 times in the past week. It annoys me tbh. The idea is cute and a lot of work probably went into it but the ol' atonal music was NOT about favouring intellect over emotion. (Maybe some postwar serialist music was but Schoenberg and Berg certainly weren't.) Cage's 4'33" isn't really what I think of as an atonal composition, either, although you could possibly make a case.

silent as a seashell Julia (Sund4r), Tuesday, 12 February 2019 14:22 (one month ago) Permalink

I completely agree with you (there's nothing even remotely unemotional about Schoenberg's 2nd quartet or Berg's Lyric Suite, to say the least), but my expectations when it comes to pop culture discourse about this stuff are so low as to be nonexistent.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 12 February 2019 14:29 (one month ago) Permalink

That said, if his dad really was a composer of 12 tone music and it's not just a fictive spin on country tropes, he should definitely know better.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 12 February 2019 14:31 (one month ago) Permalink

Yeah I enjoyed the song and video but my mind was screaming foul at all the inaccuracies and generalizations

flamboyant goon tie included, Tuesday, 12 February 2019 14:35 (one month ago) Permalink

Cage's 4'33" isn't really what I think of as an atonal composition, either, although you could possibly make a case.

I somehow doubt he is trying to be historically accurate.

I really liked that atonal solo in the middle of it. Its just nerdy internet stuff but I'd like to think passers by might be horrified/mystified and curious enough to check it out.

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 12 February 2019 14:38 (one month ago) Permalink

The solo really clinches it. Wouldn't be a worthwhile meme otherwise.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 12 February 2019 14:41 (one month ago) Permalink

No point to this kind of thing if it's not well-informed imo. Otherwise, it comes closer to being a put-down (of something that probably doesn't need to be taken down).

silent as a seashell Julia (Sund4r), Tuesday, 12 February 2019 14:59 (one month ago) Permalink

(Solo is the best part.)

silent as a seashell Julia (Sund4r), Tuesday, 12 February 2019 15:01 (one month ago) Permalink

To be fair, this is how most people perceive it. I've taken friends/relatives to several such concerts, made them listen to recordings and 'cold, forbidding complexity' remains their takeaway to this day. I frankly gave up a long time ago.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 12 February 2019 15:03 (one month ago) Permalink

Even early 20th century abstract painting elicits less incomprehension, no doubt because it's less time-consuming.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 12 February 2019 15:05 (one month ago) Permalink

Yeah, that's sort of why I dislike this.

silent as a seashell Julia (Sund4r), Tuesday, 12 February 2019 15:06 (one month ago) Permalink

I don't imagine that modern literature fans would eagerly share a comedy song about pining for the emotionless, incomprehensible writing of modern authors like Joyce, Woolf, Beckett, and cummings (but maybe they would).

silent as a seashell Julia (Sund4r), Tuesday, 12 February 2019 15:25 (one month ago) Permalink

I probably would tbh. But I've abandoned all hope of ever turning more than a pinch of people on to 'modernist' art. And when it does happen, it's usually an accident.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 12 February 2019 15:28 (one month ago) Permalink

It would have to be a comedy short story

imago, Tuesday, 12 February 2019 15:30 (one month ago) Permalink

Even early 20th century abstract painting elicits less incomprehension, no doubt because it's less time-consuming.

There's a whole book about this phenomenon - the subtitle is something like Why Do People Like Rothko But Not Schoenberg? I've always meant to read it.

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 12 February 2019 15:40 (one month ago) Permalink

Here it is; it's called Fear of Music: Why People Get Rothko But Don't Get Stockhausen

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 12 February 2019 15:42 (one month ago) Permalink

That sounds interesting. I'd need to be convinced of the premise first, though.

jmm, Tuesday, 12 February 2019 15:45 (one month ago) Permalink

I'll have to check it out, thanks. Too bad there's no matching phenomenon for poetry (haikus notwithstanding).

xp

pomenitul, Tuesday, 12 February 2019 15:45 (one month ago) Permalink

The book is an OK read. Idk if it really arrives at a satisfying answer to that question and it turns into a kind of historical overview. Hard to deny that more people know Picasso and Dali than Schoenberg and Cage, at the least. I used to have my late 20th c avant-garde classes debate the question. Alex Ross and Philip Ball have also written about it (taking v different positions).xp

silent as a seashell Julia (Sund4r), Tuesday, 12 February 2019 15:52 (one month ago) Permalink

Just looking at the blurb, I'm not sure that this indicates much about popular enthusiasm for modern paintings; it's more about the extravagant amounts of money being moved around: "Works by 20th century abstract artists like Mark Rothko are selling for record breaking sums at auction, while the millions commanded by works by Andy Warhol and Francis Bacon make headline news."

jmm, Tuesday, 12 February 2019 15:55 (one month ago) Permalink

But I mean, isn't it true that more people buy prints of Rothko for their dorm room, or would go to a Rothko exhibit, than would buy an album of Ligeti compositions or attend a Ligeti concert? (Not sure if people enjoying films that use Ligeti in the soundtrack quite counts.) Even a noticeable segment of the paying BSO audience were unappreciative of the Violin Concerto last year. xp

silent as a seashell Julia (Sund4r), Tuesday, 12 February 2019 18:33 (one month ago) Permalink

I would agree with that. Ligeti's popular aura is inseparable from Kubrick's visuals, whereas Rothko copycats litter the walls of countless hotels – their success is partly predicated on how easy they are to ignore.

I always come back to Pascal Quignard's quip in The Hatred of Music: 'Ears have no (eye)lids.'

pomenitul, Tuesday, 12 February 2019 18:44 (one month ago) Permalink

He wrote that in the context of auditory torture (Auschwitz, Guantanamo, etc.), which I suppose leads to a broader point about music's greater potential for immediate, overwhelming and uncontrollable affect.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 12 February 2019 18:55 (one month ago) Permalink

Sund4r I think 2001's enduring popularity is enormously due to the enormous power and wide-spread appeal of Ligeti's Lontano and Requiem, and the dorm-room ubiquity of both that movie (at least, in my generation) and Rothko's prints make the two of them comparable under this examination

The reason why the BSO didn't like Ligeti's Violin Concerto is because, as I've stated before: it's a bad, bad, bad, bad piece

flamboyant goon tie included, Tuesday, 12 February 2019 19:58 (one month ago) Permalink

(I actually like the Violin Concerto fine but it lacks the thesis-forward approach of my favourite-favourites of Ligeti's work-- Clocks And Clouds, Atmospheres, Lontano, Requiem, piano pieces, Continuum, organ drone-y works. Le Grand Macabre remains the only non-micropolytonal work of Ligeti's that I've heard and really adore)

flamboyant goon tie included, Tuesday, 12 February 2019 20:01 (one month ago) Permalink

*micropolyphonal, ugh I always get the word wrong

flamboyant goon tie included, Tuesday, 12 February 2019 20:02 (one month ago) Permalink

Ligeti's is the Derrida of violin concertos. Gawriloff/Boulez's take sounds off (or it doesn't get its off-soundingness right) but Zimmermann/de Leeuw's is pitch-(im)perfect. Do you also dislike the viola sonata?

pomenitul, Tuesday, 12 February 2019 20:19 (one month ago) Permalink

I was just listening to a live Isabelle Faust take of the ligeti. I’m really into Isabelle Faust rn.

FGTI what about the horn trio? It is thesisy yet not micropolyphonic

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Tuesday, 12 February 2019 21:55 (one month ago) Permalink

Lutoslawski = Kandinsky
Crumb = Joseph Cornell

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Tuesday, 12 February 2019 21:55 (one month ago) Permalink

I really need to hear that live recording! Isabelle Faust is incredible.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 12 February 2019 22:07 (one month ago) Permalink

You'll laugh but it was originally mediafired to me by a classical maven pen pal who passed away in 2010 and who always had the disclaimer 'please do not redistribute' with his links (he was an inveterate broadcast-capturer). The crazy thing is his mediafire account and links are still live after all these years...! Would good old Manuel care if I shared some of his stuff at this point?

Most of the rest of my live Faust holdings are from the very active SymphonyShare google group which you must join if you haven't already. This Faust jag was kicked off by an incredible performance of the Schoenberg concerto that was shared there (her + Daniel Harding)

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Tuesday, 12 February 2019 22:34 (one month ago) Permalink

Thanks, I'll look into it. There's always a way...

pomenitul, Tuesday, 12 February 2019 22:39 (one month ago) Permalink

Oh god no I love the viola sonata. I think I got into some condescending rabbit hole like five years ago trying to express that I don't think alternate tuning stuff was "good composition" unless there was some kind of payoff for the performer/listener, it's like the 3D glasses of composing, like, if you're going to go there, please make it necessary, and the first movement of the Ligeti is the ne plus ultra for what I think is good writing in this regard, it's a 10/10

The rest of the sonata is basically just Bartok to me but I like it more than the Bartok solo violin sonata, so... good work Gyorgy

The horn trio I only heard once and it's fine

flamboyant goon tie included, Tuesday, 12 February 2019 22:44 (one month ago) Permalink

I agree w you about alt tunings

Speaking of which I am about to introduce myself to the Haas String Quartet #3 “iij. Noct.” Wish me luck!

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Tuesday, 12 February 2019 22:50 (one month ago) Permalink

Not really the right thread for it maybe but I was offered a small fee to score a documentary and I got it in my head that I might write a continuous piece of music for string quartet as the score, did so, everybody's happy, going to record it on Thursday, so yay I guess I wrote a string quartet

Also I just spoke to a woman yesterday who may or may not be related somehow to ulysses but she reported that my commission for the Brooklyn Youth Chorus is a real humdinger and they're happy with it. The libretto is hilarious and has the kids singing threateningly conservative jargonism at the audience interspersed with quotes from Cyclops's angry speech to Odysseus prior to eating a couple of his men (taken from three different sources)

Anyway it's on March 21 if anybody lives in NYC and cares to attend

flamboyant goon tie included, Tuesday, 12 February 2019 22:52 (one month ago) Permalink

The libretto is hilarious and has the kids singing threateningly conservative jargonism at the audience interspersed with quotes from Cyclops's angry speech to Odysseus prior to eating a couple of his men (taken from three different sources)

Whoa!

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 12 February 2019 23:15 (one month ago) Permalink

Ya there's a part where they sing "Satyr! Give me whey! Gulping, gaping bowls of whey!" which is literally Homer and Huntychan at the same time

Hope the kids like it

flamboyant goon tie included, Tuesday, 12 February 2019 23:33 (one month ago) Permalink

my understanding is that the kids are finding it very amusing

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 12 February 2019 23:56 (one month ago) Permalink

i am amused that "the woman who may or may not be related somehow to ulysses" is communicating about a speech from the cyclops to odysseus; shit has gotten epic

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 12 February 2019 23:57 (one month ago) Permalink

(my connect over there is named L3ah; i imagine you're in touch with D1an3?)

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 12 February 2019 23:58 (one month ago) Permalink

Yep that's right

flamboyant goon tie included, Wednesday, 13 February 2019 00:20 (one month ago) Permalink

cool, i'm looking forward to hearing this.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 13 February 2019 00:46 (one month ago) Permalink

that song is terrible beyond belief but i don't feel validated every time somebody name-checks John Cage ymmv

Stephen Yakkety-Yaxley-Rosbif (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 13 February 2019 00:56 (one month ago) Permalink

In my experience, most anglophones are familiar with John Cage (4'33 in particular) and some have vaguely heard of Schoenberg and, to a lesser degree, Berg.

Webern, on the other hand…

pomenitul, Wednesday, 13 February 2019 09:23 (one month ago) Permalink

I'm beating a dead fun-hating horse at this point but fwiw, with regards to:

I somehow doubt he is trying to be historically accurate.

I understand that most of his videos ARE meant to be accurate and educational in their comedy (they're usually about economics rather than music): "Merle loves for his music to be used in the classroom. "

silent as a seashell Julia (Sund4r), Wednesday, 13 February 2019 19:47 (one month ago) Permalink

In my uni teaching experience, I couldn't really expect students to come in familiar with any modern composers of notated music, btw.

silent as a seashell Julia (Sund4r), Wednesday, 13 February 2019 19:50 (one month ago) Permalink

Congrats on the new performances, fgti.

silent as a seashell Julia (Sund4r), Wednesday, 13 February 2019 19:51 (one month ago) Permalink

This is my dad's composition. I'm so fucking proud.

https://youtu.be/mzohsaDtTQg?t=213

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Tuesday, 26 February 2019 19:52 (one month ago) Permalink

(starts around 3:30)

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Tuesday, 26 February 2019 19:53 (one month ago) Permalink

Ok let's try that one more time
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzohsaDtTQg

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Tuesday, 26 February 2019 19:53 (one month ago) Permalink

mazel

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 26 February 2019 20:14 (one month ago) Permalink

Wonderful this is beautiful

flamboyant goon tie included, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 20:50 (one month ago) Permalink

:)

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Tuesday, 26 February 2019 21:21 (one month ago) Permalink

I was there. 200 people on stage, 800-1000 in the audience I think, with relatively minimal promotion. Mix of American U. and pros in the orchestra and chorus (plus a children's chorus). Text is an english translation of poems of medieval poet Judah HaLevi about his sea pilgrimage to Jerusalem.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Tuesday, 26 February 2019 21:23 (one month ago) Permalink

Going to perform Morten Lauridsens six Madrigali in a month. Lauridsen is normally pure candyfloss, but I really like this. The first five a pretty challenging in different ways, and then the final one is pure sugar again. Like a band performing all their new stuff at first, then playing the hit as an encore.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPxQnnVKqu8

Frederik B, Friday, 1 March 2019 17:34 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Michael Gielen has died. A tremendous working life.

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Saturday, 9 March 2019 20:39 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I don't know anything about classical music however I found this interesting.
The #1 album of 2019 according to Rate Your Music is a classical five-CD box set.

Nature Denatured and Found Again
by Michael Pisaro

http://f4.bcbits.com/img/a4246156871_16.jpg

https://michaelpisaro.bandcamp.com/album/nature-denatured-and-found-again

The piece is derived from field recordings made along the Grosse Mühl River, Neufelden, Austria, from 2011 to 2015 (during the flussaufwärts project created by Joachim Eckl, Marcus Kaiser and Michael Pisaro). Alongside the recordings of the river as it flows down from Neufelden to the Danube, are performances by Antoine Beuger, Jürg Frey, Marcus Kaiser, Radu Malfatti, André Möller, and Kathryn Pisaro. Pisaro has been working on the piece since 2011 and we are very happy to have it finally see the light of day.

Disc 1: Fissures in Green (2011)
Disc 2: Pathsplitter (Yellow-Red) (2012)
Disc 3: Landscape in Black and Grey (2013)
Disc 4: White Light Under the Door (2014)
Disc 5: Hellgrün (Small New World) (2015)

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-vUJDLqMrHM4/W9duBKrm5rI/AAAAAAAACfc/1YQ_vDHo5t0P86cFfGXZcn0TqhnSKFcYQCLcBGAs/s1600/Flussphoto.jpg

http://michaelpisaro.blogspot.com/2018/10/nature-denatured-and-found-again-gw-016.html

I was going to stream it but it's not on Spotify and there are only two songs that are streamable on the Bandcamp link above. It's probably not my thing but it's quite an anomaly to see a classical box set atop that particular website's rankings for the year, even though it's only March!

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Thursday, 14 March 2019 18:44 (one week ago) Permalink

The featured tracks on Bandcamp were pretty nice and intriguing.

All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Thursday, 21 March 2019 20:04 (five days ago) Permalink

Np the art of fugue - Zoltán Kocsis

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Thursday, 21 March 2019 22:15 (five days ago) Permalink

I miss him. :(

pomenitul, Friday, 22 March 2019 10:19 (four days ago) Permalink

As for Michael Pisaro, I must admit I've never been too keen on the Wandelweiser aesthetic, no more than once or twice a year tbh.

pomenitul, Friday, 22 March 2019 10:27 (four days ago) Permalink

love it

Helel Cool J (Noodle Vague), Friday, 22 March 2019 10:51 (four days ago) Permalink

Kocsis was turning out to be such an awesome conductor and I really wanted him to record more orchestral Liszt or at least broadcast more of it - especially the arrangements he was making of the late piano music.

Gielen festival in here this past week - Zimmerman requiem for a young poet, Liszt Dante symphony, stuff I’ve never heard before by Jorge Lopez, Strauss Metamorphosen from his Cincinnati days, and his amazing haensler studio recording of Mahler’s 7th.

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Friday, 22 March 2019 12:58 (four days ago) Permalink

I forgot to reply to your Gielen post upthread (I mentioned it on ILX's rolling obituary thread amidst the usual indifference) but yeah, what a giant of a man. I've never heard a recording of his that I didn't like. The pre-box set Mahler discs for Hänssler, padded with a cornucopia of modernist works, is a thing of beauty – and it's instructive, to boot.

pomenitul, Friday, 22 March 2019 13:15 (four days ago) Permalink

In general, the guys who held longtime posts with german radio orchestras were just fucking great, not only gielen but hans zender, ernest bour, i guess hans rosbaud was kind of the prototype. They and their bands could do EVERYTHING effectively, and did, and were almost always recorded doing it.

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Friday, 22 March 2019 14:15 (four days ago) Permalink

Otm. A shame that said orchestras are apparently underfunded these days – even Germany is giving up on classical music.

pomenitul, Friday, 22 March 2019 14:21 (four days ago) Permalink

The libretto is hilarious and has the kids singing threateningly conservative jargonism at the audience interspersed with quotes from Cyclops's angry speech to Odysseus prior to eating a couple of his men (taken from three different sources)

This was real fun btw, grimly enjoyable watching children on the fringes of the Koch-funded Lincoln Center campus singing about how the victors will eat the weak

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 25 March 2019 15:32 (yesterday) Permalink

dammit i should have marked my calendar

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Monday, 25 March 2019 15:43 (yesterday) Permalink

tbh was less excited about seeing them play with wye oak; that choir is a nuanced artist unto itself and i don't care much for people using them as an effect to sing over.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 25 March 2019 15:45 (yesterday) Permalink


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