I listened to the Chaillou disc in the background. It seemed pretty and well-crafted but didn't make an extremely strong first impression - that's not necessarily a bad thing, though. I will come back to it since it's the kind of thing I've been wanting more of.
― to party with our demons (Sund4r), Wednesday, 17 February 2021 20:53 (one month ago) link
It’s nothing earth-shattering but I’m partial to this idiom and Chaillou does justice to it, I think. Also, fwiw, I liked my second encounter with it better – my first was closer to your assessment (and, who knows?, perhaps my third as well).
― pomenitul, Wednesday, 17 February 2021 21:11 (one month ago) link
György Kurtág just turned 95!
To mark this, a new recording of The Saying of Péter Bornemisza, with Tony Arnold and Gábor Csalog, was released today.
BMC records, the Hungarian label, is hosting a four-day Kurtág festival:
Amsterdam's Muziekgebouw and Pierre-Laurent Aimard will also be streaming several works of his:
― pomenitul, Friday, 19 February 2021 17:14 (one month ago) link
Livestream concert at 8:30 Eastern time by Twin Cities new music org 113 Composers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsBCn3W5DF8
― to party with our demons (Sund4r), Saturday, 20 February 2021 23:05 (one month ago) link
Bandcamp did a contemporary classical list: https://daily.bandcamp.com/best-contemporary-classical/best-of-bandcamp-contemporary-classical-february-2021
― to party with our demons (Sund4r), Friday, 5 March 2021 05:19 (one month ago) link
It's at a significant remove from my own preferences, but I'm glad they're doing this. The O'Rourke in particular is incredible.
― pomenitul, Friday, 5 March 2021 14:11 (one month ago) link
Characteristically terrific, semi-improvised electroacoustic duos between Richard Barrett (composition and electronics) and five musicians: Daryl Buckley (electric lap steel guitar and electronics), Ivana Grahovac (cello), Lori Freedman (bass clarinet), Anne La Berge (flute) and Lê Quan Ninh (percussion):
Rewards, even requires close listening, of course. Tim Rutherford-Johnson wrote about it on his Rambler blog:
― pomenitul, Sunday, 14 March 2021 20:51 (one month ago) link
Wow, "Dysnomia" is certainly promising, for starters...
― Nag! Nag! Nag!, Sunday, 14 March 2021 22:25 (one month ago) link
Dudamel's Ives set won the Grammy for orchestral performance.
― to party with our demons (Sund4r), Monday, 15 March 2021 02:42 (one month ago) link
A deserving winner, especially since Concurrence by the Iceland Symphony Orchestra & Daníel Bjarnason came out in 2019…
― pomenitul, Monday, 15 March 2021 02:48 (one month ago) link
― Bruno Ganz and Babaloo Mandel (Boring, Maryland), Monday, 15 March 2021 03:19 (one month ago) link
A covid-era concert of chamber music by the Ensemble InterContemporain, featuring works by Debussy, Kurtág, Saariaho and Sinnhuber:
― pomenitul, Wednesday, 17 March 2021 00:48 (four weeks ago) link
A few more Q1 favourites if anyone's interested:
Alberto Posadas – Veredas (Ricard Capellino Carlos)
Daniele Pollini – Schumann, Brahms, Schoenberg
Danish String Quartet – Prism III
Ferenc Stnétberger & Keller Quartett – Hallgató
György Kurtág – The Sayings of Péter Bornemisza (Tony Arnold & Gábor Csalog)
Johannes Brahms – Sonatas op. 120 (Antoine Tamestit & Cédric Tiberghien)
José Luis Hurtado – Parametrical Counterpoint (Talea Ensemble, José Luis Hurtado)
Jurgis Karnavičius – String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2 (Vilnius String Quartet)
Michaël Jarrell – Orchestral Works (T. Zimmermann, R. Capuçon, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, P. Rophé)
Richard Barrett – binary systems
Toshio Hosokawa – Works for Flute (Yoshie Ueno)
― pomenitul, Wednesday, 17 March 2021 17:08 (four weeks ago) link
Posadas: six bottomlessly inventive pieces for solo saxophone that I shouldn't care for on paper but that sustain my interest throughout because Posadas is just that good.
Pollini: the son of you-know-who, also a pianist of note and no less remarkable an interpreter, here tackling Carnaval, the Klavierstücke op. 119 and three sets of piano pieces by Schoenberg. Incredible stuff.
Danish String Quartet: the first couple of volumes, pairing Beethoven with Bach and another composer were EOY highlights, and this third entry (featuring Bartók's early 1st SQ) is no exception.
Snétberger (apologies for the typo in my previous post) & Keller Quartett: features excellent performances of weepy classics by Shostakovich (8th SQ), Barber (Adagio) and Dowland, as well as more recent, equally wistful pieces for guitar and string quartet by Snétberger himself. One for the Weltschmerz heads.
Kurtág: a seemingly definitive performance of one of his most important early song cycles, somewhere between Bartók, Webern and Beckett. Hungarian is a notoriously difficult language, and Tony Arnold is astounding here.
Brahms: one of the best living 'star' violists paired with an excellent pianist takes on Brahms's late sonatas, which I personally can't get enough of. The bonus lieder with none other than Matthias Goerne are a nice touch.
Hurtado: MODERNISM'S NOT DEAD says this Mexican-American composer who studied under Davidovsky, Czernowin, Lindberg, Ferneyhough and Lachenmann, and he's damn right about that if these typically demanding works for chamber ensemble are anything to go by.
Karnavičius: an obscure early 20th century Lithuanian composer presented as the missing link between Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich. I was skeptical at first but these are very good works in that late Romantic / early modernist vein I love so much.
Jarrell: Swiss composers are stupidly underrated and Jarrell is no exception, yet there is so much to like about the aesthetic liberalism of these works, which draw as much upon the postwar French tradition as upon its German counterpart. This is music that aspires towards the condition of poetry (whatever that means!).
Barrett: one of my favourite living composers, just relentlessly exploratory in his approach to music-making and one of the few imo whose interest in the intersection between aesthetics and politics comes across as genuinely thought out and convincing. Follow that Rambler link I posted upthread if you're curious.
Hosokawa: another year, another Hosokawa release (in fact the second this year for Kairos), which is of course a very good thing if a less lush and more austere Takemitsu sounds appealing to you (it certainly appeals to me!).
― pomenitul, Wednesday, 17 March 2021 18:55 (four weeks ago) link
Re: Kurtag is there any legal way to hear or watch fin de partie with English translation/subtitles?
― Bruno Ganz and Babaloo Mandel (Boring, Maryland), Thursday, 18 March 2021 01:32 (four weeks ago) link
Not to my knowledge, I'm afraid. You could follow along with a copy of Beckett's own English translation (Endgame), but that's hardly ideal.
― pomenitul, Thursday, 18 March 2021 01:37 (four weeks ago) link
Hope ECM or someone gets on that.
― Bruno Ganz and Babaloo Mandel (Boring, Maryland), Thursday, 18 March 2021 16:20 (four weeks ago) link
I assume Manfred Eicher is waiting for Kurtág to complete the work. Time's running out, though...
― pomenitul, Thursday, 18 March 2021 16:24 (four weeks ago) link
Vested interest since I'm involved with several events but I think the 21st Century Guitar Conference, entirely virtual this year and starting tomorrow, may be of general interest as well. A lot of performances, new premieres as well as talks and discussions: http://www.21cguitar.com/livestream
― to party with our demons (Sund4r), Sunday, 21 March 2021 19:20 (three weeks ago) link
Looks cool. I'm too swamped to attend anything these days but thanks for the heads up and have fun!
― pomenitul, Monday, 22 March 2021 14:25 (three weeks ago) link
Speaking of the 21st (and 20th) century guitar, DaCapo just released a monograph devoted to Danish guitarist-composer Lars Hegaard and it's quite lovely, on the gentler, more impressionistic end of high modernism.
― pomenitul, Monday, 22 March 2021 15:43 (three weeks ago) link
Oh thanks, I'll look for that.
― to party with our demons (Sund4r), Monday, 22 March 2021 16:20 (three weeks ago) link
Another recently released record that I feel the need to stan for is Caeli by Bára Gísladóttir & Skúli Sverrisson, which is an epic (2h+) sky-touched duo for double-bass and electronics that draws on Scelsi, spectralism, Stefano Scodanibbio, ambient and noise. I'll need to look into Sverrisson's other duos (there's one with Bill Frisell from 2018, for instance).
― pomenitul, Monday, 22 March 2021 16:34 (three weeks ago) link
Alejandro Tentor killing Murail's Tellur rn.
― to party with our demons (Sund4r), Tuesday, 23 March 2021 17:30 (three weeks ago) link
Free/PWYC Angela Hewitt livestream concert at 4:00 EDT today: https://www.thegilmore.org/event/angela-hewitt/
Thinking about it myself.
― Just Another Onionhead (Sund4r), Sunday, 28 March 2021 14:50 (two weeks ago) link
New Adam Cicchillitti/Steve Cowan album Intimate Impressions/Impressions intimes is all arrangements of music by Ravel, Debussy, Tailleferre, Jolivet, and Mompou: https://open.spotify.com/album/5hWYCrIHZuRpMXmugoQ3vL?si=cZIHrq_KRBKvL8GvGPNpeA . Much softer than Focus but pretty, intricate, and really precisely played and recorded. Adam also played Benjamin Dwyer's first etude at 21CG, which was great.
― Just Another Onionhead (Sund4r), Sunday, 4 April 2021 22:33 (one week ago) link
Here's a video of that Dwyer study, actually:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RYYWqcNCao
― Just Another Onionhead (Sund4r), Monday, 5 April 2021 14:03 (one week ago) link
I'm a fan of the repertoire so I'll check out the album for sure.
― pomenitul, Monday, 5 April 2021 14:04 (one week ago) link
*micropolyphonically* Nice. pic.twitter.com/rf8Ms4U5uU— Robert Komaniecki (@Komaniecki_R) April 8, 2021
― Sequel to Sadness (Sund4r), Thursday, 8 April 2021 13:10 (one week ago) link
I wonder if Beethoven also had it in mind when he wrote his third cello sonata?
― pomenitul, Thursday, 8 April 2021 15:28 (one week ago) link
I am so, so into the Netherlands Bach Society videos. They're recording and uploading every single thing that Bach ever wrote. I.. have yet to hear anything that they've uploaded that hasn't immediately become "my favourite performance of this work".
^ this is transcendent; I am going to replace their principal violist tho
Jesus fucking Christ
Jesus fucking ChristThis dude, Shunske Sato, also the artistic director of this group, is serving my favourite-ever performances of solo Bach and I've listened to literally thousands
btw? that famous part of the E-major prelude (0:37)? I just learned that there is a word for that technique: bariolage.
― zaddy’s home (flamboyant goon tie included), Thursday, 15 April 2021 15:48 (yesterday) link
Ha, yeah, I started learning the lute version and then put it down when things came up Should pick it up again.
― Sequel to Sadness (Sund4r), Thursday, 15 April 2021 15:54 (yesterday) link