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Something from the under appreciated Johann Nepomuk Hummel.

The pianist is Stephen Hough, one of our best.

Aye, I've heard a lot of Hough's performances and he's quite the talent. Only 50-something isn't he?

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Ralph Vaughan Williams -

Oh, and this yin. RVW's best work for me.

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Only 50-something isn't he?

Born '61, he should be ok for a few more years.

:winkold:

Wouldn't mind seeing him sometime, though Sokolov or maybe Hamelin would be my priorities.

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Mahler -

This is a good one, conducted by Klaus Tennstedt.

It's making me think it should be picked up for the right price.

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A Winged Victory For The Sullen - We Played Some Open Chords And Rejoiced For Earth The Had Circled The Sun Yet Another Year

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Picked this up the other week, one of the best neoclassical albums I've heard in a long while and a terrific debut. Most things that come out of Erased Tapes tend to be well worth a listen, but this is a belter.

A Winged Victory For The Sullen is the first installment of the new collaboration between Stars Of The Lid founder Adam Wiltzie and L.A. composer Dustin O’Halloran.

On May 24th 2007, in Bologna, Italy, Adam was on tour and playing with the late Mark Linkous & his beloved Sparklehorse, on what would be their final European tour. That night Adam invited friend and colleague Francesco Donadello to see the concert, and Francesco's guest this evening was composer Dustin O'Halloran (Sofia Coppola’s ‘Marie Antoinette’ O.S.T.).

Through a strange twist of backstage conversations surrounding passport cache conundrums, and love of Italian gastronomy, a curious friendship began that now has brought forth an offspring of truly curative compositions for the world to savour.

The duo agreed to leave the comfort zone of their home studios and develop the recordings with the help of large acoustic spaces, hunting down a selection of 9ft grand pianos that had the ability to deliver extreme sonic low end. Other traditional instrumentation was used including string quartet, French horn, and bassoon, but always juxtaposed is the sound of drifting guitar washed melodies. The recordings began with one late night session in the famed Grunewald Church in Berlin on a 1950s imperial Bösendorfer piano and strings were added in the historic East Berlin DDR radio studios along the River Spree.

One last session on a handmade Fazioli piano in a private studio on the Northern cusp of Italy, before the final mixes took place in a 17th century villa near Ferrara with the assistance of Francesco Donadello. All songs were then processed completely analogue straight to magnetic tape. Their secret to harvesting new melodic structures from the thin air of existence was for the duo to push themselves to dangerous territory, realising that clear thinking at the wrong moment could stifle the compositions. The final result is seven landscapes of harmonic ingemination. In ‘Requiem For The Static King Part One’ – created in memory of the untimely passing of Mark Linkous – they have taken the age-old idea of a string quartet and then shot it out of a cannon to reveal exquisite new levels of sonic bliss. Of the 13 minute track ‘Symphony Pathétique’, Wiltzie says ‘after almost 20 years of struggling to create interesting ambient drone music, I feel like I have finally figured out what I am doing’. Notable guest musicians include Icelandic cellist Hildur Gudnadottir, as well as Erased Tapes label comrade Peter Broderick on violin. A Winged Victory For The Sullen is not a side project – it is the future of the late night record you have always dreamed of.

The band are currently touring their highly acclaimed, self-titled debut album with great applause.

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2nd movement - Klemperer & Philharmonia
Yep, that's the one I have. Superb.

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This Barenboim Beethoven cycle on the Proms is pretty good. :thumb:

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Watched the first episode of 'The Sound & The Fury' on catch up last night. BBC4's introduction to the dissonant world of contemporary classical music.

 

Pretty good too.

 

Was quite glad about that because Howard Goodall's 'Story Of Music' on BBC2 a couple of weeks back was (spectacularly) shite.

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Watched the first episode of 'The Sound & The Fury' on catch up last night. BBC4's introduction to the dissonant world of contemporary classical music.

 

Pretty good too.

 

Was quite glad about that because Howard Goodall's 'Story Of Music' on BBC2 a couple of weeks back was (spectacularly) shite.

Have you read this? 

 

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No, familiar with it. Don't rate Penguin, Gramophone or Stephen Fry either.

 

Writing about music = dancing about architecture -  and all that.

 

CBSO FTW :)

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A Winged Victory For The Sullen - We Played Some Open Chords And Rejoiced For Earth The Had Circled The Sun Yet Another Year

a-winged-victory-for-the-sullen.jpg

Picked this up the other week, one of the best neoclassical albums I've heard in a long while and a terrific debut. Most things that come out of Erased Tapes tend to be well worth a listen, but this is a belter.

Can feel myself drifting away.. nice.

I don't know much about classical music.. I tend to listen to post-rock if I'm in that mood, but I have listened to Goldmund a lot and it gives that same feeling of just being centered and completely relaxed.

Edited by tarjei

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Just finished a Music degree. When you've analysed classical music to a crazy extent, it makes it hurt to listen to. However I did write my dissertation on Stravinsky and I still love him.

 

However, these 2 remain my favourite pieces of music ever. (I know one is a small movement, but bite me)

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVPNJGHY3hE

 

Edited by StefanAVFC

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