Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Classical Compositions of… the 1990s – Part II (1995-1999)

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Thanks to ogmor for putting the playlist together.

Alain Bancquart's sadly deceased wife, Marie-Claire Bancquart, was a noted French poet whose writings I very much enjoy, so when I came across Le livre du labyrinthe while exploring Mode's catalogue, I picked it up almost immediately. I also appreciate Bancquart's relative marginality within the French classical establishment, which tends to be quite centralistic (see: Bully-ez).

pomenitul, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 15:43 (one year ago) link

Btw Barbara Hannigan's recording of Quatre chants pour franchir le seuil came out a few weeks ago and it's very much worth everyone's while

Just finished listening to this. I wasn't familiar with the piece but it's very satisfying.

Feel a million filaments (Sund4r), Wednesday, 27 May 2020 18:25 (one year ago) link

I'm sure I'm forgetting plenty. These are increasingly more impossible to put together as we move forward in time.

― pomenitul, Friday, May 22, 2020 8:04 AM (five days ago) bookmarkflaglink

just want to say that i'm looking forward to coming back to these polls, when my brain is in a better spot for this kind of listening. so thanks for doing them, even if nobody could possibly include everything or please all tastes.


Kaija Saariaho – Lonh

for poetry in occitan + shimmering electronics

budo jeru, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 18:54 (one year ago) link

My pleasure!

One more decade to go. I think we should wait at least five years before tackling the 2010s.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 19:05 (one year ago) link

Lonh for me too

Jeff W, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 22:42 (one year ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 28 May 2020 00:01 (one year ago) link

ahh have so much listening to do. Holliger’s Violin is the leader in the clubhouse

voodoo chili, Thursday, 28 May 2020 00:10 (one year ago) link

Same but that’s based on one listening about a year ago

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Thursday, 28 May 2020 12:26 (one year ago) link

Where's the love for The Canticle of the Sun? Surely it's one of Gubaidulina's greatest (and most accessible) works. I'd vote for it if this weren't Barrett's time to shine.

pomenitul, Thursday, 28 May 2020 12:29 (one year ago) link

listening more today. pas a pas is the latest contender, certainly the one i most want to see performed if we ever get out of this situation.

voodoo chili, Thursday, 28 May 2020 19:50 (one year ago) link

…pas à pas – nulle part it is

voodoo chili, Thursday, 28 May 2020 22:46 (one year ago) link

I haven't voted for any Kurtág so far because the competition is just too fierce, but in terms of oeuvre, he is one of my favourite living composers by a significant margin. I've yet to hear a single piece of his that leaves me indifferent. And Kurt Widmer is just such an incredible baritone! I can't believe I've never heard him in anything else.

pomenitul, Thursday, 28 May 2020 22:54 (one year ago) link

Voted for Carter 5. Made the strongest immediate connection of the ones I listened to.

Feel a million filaments (Sund4r), Thursday, 28 May 2020 22:54 (one year ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Friday, 29 May 2020 00:01 (one year ago) link

13 votes is more than I expected given how relatively recent and hence unknown most of these works are. And I fucking love Gubaidulina's Viola Concerto, so no complaints here!

pomenitul, Friday, 29 May 2020 00:04 (one year ago) link

Wow, this is an amazing list of pieces to work through. Thanks!

Feel a million filaments (Sund4r), Friday, 29 May 2020 01:57 (one year ago) link

You're most welcome!

Alas, the end draws near:

Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Classical Compositions of… the 2000s – Part I (2000-2004)

pomenitul, Friday, 29 May 2020 02:07 (one year ago) link

couldn't decide who to vote for and then had an early night... quite a coherent, dry feeling to this set of pieces. despite my aversion to opera I find myself drawn to the raspy tension of the sciarrino, radulescu has been a great discovery and love this SQ (did he finish his 5th after his 6th??), the scodanibbio is very pleasing and reminds me at times of steffen basho-junghans, and the takemitsu is gorgeous, the only one I'd heard previously

The Cognitive Peasant (ogmor), Friday, 29 May 2020 09:32 (one year ago) link

First one I didn't vote in, as I didn't know enough to make a judgement call. I already love Gubaidulina's 'Viola Concerto' though, and look forward to checking out more of her stuff!

Le Bateau Ivre, Friday, 29 May 2020 09:40 (one year ago) link

You won't be disappointed! She doesn't seem to be composing much lately, and it makes me sad. Granted, she's 88 now, but that didn't stop Elliott Carter from writing some remarkable pieces up until the very end.

pomenitul, Friday, 29 May 2020 13:20 (one year ago) link

did he finish his 5th after his 6th?

I was puzzled by this as well. He seems to have overhauled the 5th in 1995, but I don't know quite to what extent.

I really hope Mode Records will complete their Rădulescu cycles with Stephen Clarke and the JACK Quartet. I did find it worrying that the composer's widow, the cellist Catherine Marie Tunnell, had to Kickstart The Complete Cello Works, which came out last year with Mode as vol. 3 of the Rădulescu Edition.

pomenitul, Friday, 29 May 2020 13:29 (one year ago) link

xp Carter another one I really need to search out. These polls - more than any other poll or thread series - have given me so much joy.

Le Bateau Ivre, Friday, 29 May 2020 14:01 (one year ago) link

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