Rolling Classical 2021

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Alejandro Tentor killing Murail's Tellur rn.

to party with our demons (Sund4r), Tuesday, 23 March 2021 17:30 (one month 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 (one month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qr0f6t2UbOo

^ this is transcendent; I am going to replace their principal violist tho

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

Jesus fucking Christ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYT1JUq0k04

Jesus fucking Christ
This 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.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bariolage

zaddy’s home (flamboyant goon tie included), Thursday, 15 April 2021 15:48 (one month ago) 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 (one month ago) link

Anyone else here using the Primephonic streaming service for classical? I just signed up yesterday to a two month free trial. It's main selling points are superior audio quality (an option for lossless 24-bit FLAC files), an extensive catalog, and searching and browsing that's organized for classical.

That last part, although not ideal in every way, is what I've most appreciated so far. Selections are grouped mainly by composer and composition, rather than artist, album and song. After the frustration of hunting through Spotify with its messy search results for classical, it's a relief to be able to easily navigate to, say, a specific Bartok quartet and see a list of dozens of versions by different ensembles. I've only been playing around through its Sonos interface, so it may be even better on other platforms.

The catalog does appear to be up to date with new releases, although not so extensive on older recordings that may be out of print. It also may not be a place to seek out all the edgiest new shit, unless that's safely tucked away somewhere from the predominant usual longhair fare.

punning display, Saturday, 17 April 2021 23:08 (four weeks ago) link

I can access Naxos Music Library for free through the library so it wouldn't have occurred to me to pay for a classical streaming service but are you saying you can actually stream at 24-bit FLAC quality??

Sequel to Sadness (Sund4r), Sunday, 18 April 2021 01:22 (three weeks ago) link

Does Primephonic have booklets/liner notes? That’s the main advantage of Naxos.

In on the killfile (Boring, Maryland), Sunday, 18 April 2021 01:24 (three weeks ago) link

sund4r, yes if your system and bandwidth can handle it, and if the recording is in 24-bit, of course. The subscription rate is 50% more than for 320k files. I'm sure my older Sonos system wouldn't support 24-bit. I didn't realize the Naxos service had become so big. Thought it just had stuff on the Naxos label.

Yes, the Primephonic Web player has booklets for many releases, not all. It's in a hi-res, very readable format.

punning display, Sunday, 18 April 2021 03:49 (three weeks ago) link

Yeah the Naxos has a very wide selection of labels.

In on the killfile (Boring, Maryland), Sunday, 18 April 2021 14:38 (three weeks ago) link

Nice animated video for Hahn's new recording of the Scherzo from Prokofiev's Violin Concerto no. 1:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDZlF7a_OJY

Sequel to Sadness (Sund4r), Sunday, 18 April 2021 14:54 (three weeks ago) link

When getting an autograph from Hilary Hahn a few years ago during intermission at the National Symphony in DC I unwisely told her “I like your Ives”—meaning her Ives Sonata CD that came out about that time. She looked a little alarmed and I detected that and quickly hustled off. Only later did I find out that she has a stalker, and may have heard me say “I like your EYES” and may have scared her.

In on the killfile (Boring, Maryland), Sunday, 18 April 2021 15:47 (three weeks ago) link

Haha aw

Sequel to Sadness (Sund4r), Sunday, 18 April 2021 15:51 (three weeks ago) link

lol! Just pronounce it 'eaves' for the extra eccentric nerd cred while simultaneously skirting any risk of unintentional skeeviness.

pomenitul, Sunday, 18 April 2021 15:52 (three weeks ago) link

If The old man heard you call him “Sha-rel Eaves” he’d probably hurl some homophobic imprecations your way.

In on the killfile (Boring, Maryland), Sunday, 18 April 2021 16:17 (three weeks ago) link

Good review of Bára Gísladóttir & Skúli Sverrisson's Caeli, certainly one of the classical highlights of 2021 so far:

http://5against4.com/2021/04/22/bara-gisladottir-skuli-sverrisson-caeli/

pomenitul, Thursday, 22 April 2021 14:52 (three weeks ago) link

This is really nice, just premiered on Youtube two days ago:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZi5L0HVnBI

Sounds like a lot of quarter-tone trills (?), also some flutter-tongue, pitch bending, overblowing and breath effects? Really sensitive dynamics.

Sequel to Sadness (Sund4r), Wednesday, 5 May 2021 10:34 (one week ago) link

Ok I’m going to try to listen to every album mentioned here so far, I’ve previewed some and they sound great.

Any review sites or blogs for classical music that you follow and you’d recommend?

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 15 May 2021 11:22 (twelve hours ago) link

A few English-language ones that I like, although they're hardly exhaustive:

http://5against4.com (mostly contemporary classical, with a dash of ambient on the side, and a recurrent emphasis on the British and Estonian scenes)

https://johnsonsrambler.wordpress.com (mostly contemporary classical as well, also with a slight bias towards the British scene)

https://www.therestisnoise.com (Alex Ross's website aka the New Yorker's resident classical music critic, a bit too US-centric for my tastes but still worthwhile)

https://www.theguardian.com/profile/andrewclements (Andrew Clements' reviews for The Guardian generally showcase quality releases, and I often myself agreeing with his assessments)

ResMusica is quite good if you can read French, and I'm sure there are plenty of excellent Spanish-language resources. Anglo (and especially American) perspectives on classical music need to be supplemented due to their often subconscious parochialism (this is true of all linguistic and/or lenses, of course). MusicWeb International, for instance, is at times hilariously British, with a marked preference for conservative UK composers, as is The Gramophone. ClassicsToday is the David Hurwitz show, and he's got a strong, extremely subjective sense of what he likes and dislikes, which may or may not be one's jam.

In all honesty, though, I mostly go straight to the labels I enjoy the most and take it from there. They are:

BIS
Chandos
Col Legno
ECM
DaCapo
Deutsche Grammophon
Harmonia Mundi
Kairos
Neos
Ondine
Outhere
Wergo

…and there's plenty more, but it's a start.

pomenitul, Saturday, 15 May 2021 14:45 (eight hours ago) link

Mode Records too
Sono Luminus for contemporary Icelandic composers
Winter & Winter
Editions RZ

Everyone swears by Another Timbre these days. I find them very hit-or-miss because their aesthetic is too neutral and uneventful for my ears but I'm probably alone on this one. Wandelweiser takes it to an even greater minimalistic, quasi inaudible extreme and it's not my thing at all but you might be into it.

pomenitul, Saturday, 15 May 2021 14:53 (eight hours ago) link

Pom you are a dear as always. Thanks!

Van Halen dot Senate dot flashlight (Boring, Maryland), Saturday, 15 May 2021 17:54 (five hours ago) link

My pleasure. :)

pomenitul, Saturday, 15 May 2021 19:45 (three hours ago) link

this is true of all linguistic and/or lenses

This should read 'this is true of all linguistic and/or national lenses' btw.

pomenitul, Saturday, 15 May 2021 19:48 (three hours ago) link


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