Rolling Classical 2021

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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 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months ago) link

Pom you are a dear as always. Thanks!

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

My pleasure. :)

pomenitul, Saturday, 15 May 2021 19:45 (two months 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 (two months ago) link

Thank u pom!

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 18 May 2021 07:07 (two months ago) link

RIP Cristóbal Halffter, one of Spain's 20th century greats:

https://www.explica.co/composer-and-conductor-cristobal-halffter-dies.html

pomenitul, Monday, 24 May 2021 18:27 (two months ago) link

I'm pretty sure this is a Spanish-language obituary run through Google translate, but eh, it's better than nothing.

pomenitul, Monday, 24 May 2021 18:29 (two months ago) link

Huh, I didn't know about him. Best place to start?

Sequel to Sadness (Sund4r), Thursday, 27 May 2021 03:04 (two months ago) link

Xpost: Yeah original source comes from 20minutos which is a popular newspaper from Spain.

Here’s the original source:

https://www.20minutos.es/noticia/4706197/0/muere-el-compositor-y-director-de-orquesta-cristobal-halffter/

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 27 May 2021 03:17 (two months ago) link

Just as I thought, thanks.

Sund4r: I’m not familiar enough with his oeuvre to say, but I remember enjoying his 2nd Cello Concerto (dedicated to Mstislav Rostropovich), the few string quartets of his I’ve heard and the Guitar Concerto (with Narciso Yepes playing the solo part).

pomenitul, Thursday, 27 May 2021 04:00 (two months ago) link

two weeks pass...

I'm usually a little sceptical of these ideas but according to this article, they might work?

How one symphony found success by acting more like a jazz club. https://t.co/oFEr9AsV0w pic.twitter.com/K4W7CKtC7x

— Ted Gioia (@tedgioia) June 13, 2021

Sequel to Sadness (Sund4r), Sunday, 13 June 2021 15:10 (one month ago) link

last couple could go either way but the rest are good and long overdue imo

Left, Sunday, 13 June 2021 15:20 (one month ago) link

could there be some kind of pay what you want thing for the programme notes if they're not included in the ticket price bc what they charge for them is nothing to some concert-goers and prohibitively expensive for others

these are good practical accomodations my only fear is if "accessibility" also means (as it so often does) doubling down on just playing the hits and marginalising (even more) anything deemed too challenging for audiences. that *and* the culture that frowns on the things in the twitter post above are what have made concert attendance so unappealing to me

Left, Sunday, 13 June 2021 15:41 (one month ago) link

I've never had to pay for programme notes?!

Sequel to Sadness (Sund4r), Sunday, 13 June 2021 15:42 (one month ago) link

From a quick scan of California Symphony programmes, they don't seem that conservative, by the standards of American symphonies, e.g.

https://www.californiasymphony.org/shows/cellobration/

Sequel to Sadness (Sund4r), Sunday, 13 June 2021 15:48 (one month ago) link

20/21 season included Verklarte Nacht:
https://www.californiasymphony.org/tickets-events/2020-21-season/

Sequel to Sadness (Sund4r), Sunday, 13 June 2021 15:49 (one month ago) link

xps maybe it's just a UK or london thing but they're often £4-6 which is just ridiculous

Left, Sunday, 13 June 2021 15:55 (one month ago) link

Maybe this has been posted before but I've never heard anything risk so much and pay off so well

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31tkGPvdMjs

I'm actually not sure the 'hits' that fill up most symphony seasons in the US/Canada are especially popular with broader and younger audiences (as the fact that we are having this discussion itself indicates). xps

Sequel to Sadness (Sund4r), Sunday, 13 June 2021 15:59 (one month ago) link

Oh wow, that is a different take on "Winter" than Perlman's. A lot of intensity.

Sequel to Sadness (Sund4r), Sunday, 13 June 2021 16:26 (one month ago) link

Yard sale of special effects on baroque instruments, pure gut strings, it’s wild, no?

Yeah, sounds great

Sequel to Sadness (Sund4r), Sunday, 13 June 2021 17:51 (one month ago) link

Cicchillitti/Cowan album Focus won Classical Recording of the Year (for last year) at East Coast Music Awards: https://www.ecma.com/news/announcing-the-2021-ecma-winners/

Anyone know the "classical composition" winner?

Sequel to Sadness (Sund4r), Tuesday, 15 June 2021 03:41 (one month ago) link

I guess they qualify bc Cowan is originally from Newfoundland, though he is now based in Montreal.

Sequel to Sadness (Sund4r), Tuesday, 15 June 2021 03:45 (one month ago) link

Listened to the Sato performance of the E major Partita - very nice. But fgti, you were joking about replacing the principal violist in the Netherlands Bach Society, I assume? Or serious??

Sequel to Sadness (Sund4r), Monday, 21 June 2021 13:42 (one month ago) link

Nice short dodecaphonic guitar piece by a Sakatoon composer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3UEidNGpSs

Sequel to Sadness (Sund4r), Wednesday, 23 June 2021 21:46 (one month ago) link

But fgti, you were joking about replacing the principal violist in the Netherlands Bach Society, I assume? Or serious??

Haha I'm just determined to be the violist who nails the solo on Brandenburg 3:iii, it's always so disappointing when it happens

I'm not a Thomas Adès fan by any stretch of the imagination, but his protégé, Francisco Coll, deserves all the attention he can get. Check out his recent disc of orchestral works for Pentatone, featuring Patricia Kopatchinskaja in the post-Ligetian Violin Concerto and Four Iberian Miniatures. There's a clear, legible sense of narrative and drama in these works, which liberally synthesize late 20th/early 21st century modernist trends, the common thread being his interest in the traditional music of his native country, Spain. Really exciting stuff.

pomenitul, Saturday, 26 June 2021 12:38 (one month ago) link

Also worth hearing, along the same lines, is PatKop's (I hate this, but it's kinda funny nonetheless) album with the Camerata Bern, featuring works by the aforementioned Coll, Veress and Ginastera.

pomenitul, Saturday, 26 June 2021 12:43 (one month ago) link

Have heard some Veress these last couple years and am mystified why he isn’t discussed more (in three Classical Music Media Discourse).

I love what PatKop does but haven’t heard her Pierrot Lunaire and I’m a bit skeptical about it since she’s not really a vocalist.

Van Halen dot Senate dot flashlight (Boring, Maryland), Saturday, 26 June 2021 13:33 (one month ago) link

Same tbh. The reviews I've read seem to indicate that it's a 'love it or hate it'-type deal.

pomenitul, Saturday, 26 June 2021 13:34 (one month ago) link

WTC1 performed live by Mahan Esfahani on a custom-built harpsichord by Jukka Olikka with a carbon fibre soundboard and 16 ft stop and a historically informed well temperament. May be taken down soon-ish. I'm up to Bb minor and it's very good so far:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtEY1kDzmHc

Sequel to Sadness (Sund4r), Tuesday, 29 June 2021 18:43 (one month ago) link

Eb minor sounds amazing in this temperament imo.

Sequel to Sadness (Sund4r), Tuesday, 29 June 2021 19:39 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

Listening to this long OOP 1977 record of Christina Petrowska (now Petrowska-Quilico) playing Messiaen and Debussy: https://www.discogs.com/fr/Christina-Petrowska-Messiaen-Debussy-Vingt-Regards-Sur-LEnfant-Jésus-Preludes-Book-Two/release/10419739

I found that there was finally a digital rerelease, along with a 2003 Boulez recording: https://www.navonarecords.com/catalog/nv6358/

I haven't listened to the sound of the digital version yet but I doubt David Jaeger screwed it up. The LP is fantastic so I recommend these recordings to anyone who doesn't know them.

Sequel to Sadness (Sund4r), Tuesday, 3 August 2021 13:39 (nine hours ago) link

Rerelease less than a month old.

He's been releasing a lot since COVID but this recent William Beauvais set is especially good, all solo improvisatory pieces on classical guitar: https://williambeauvais1.bandcamp.com/album/improsessions

Sequel to Sadness (Sund4r), Tuesday, 3 August 2021 13:41 (nine hours ago) link

Listening to the Boulez pieces from Sound Visionaries on NML, they sound great.

Sequel to Sadness (Sund4r), Tuesday, 3 August 2021 14:05 (nine hours ago) link


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