Bridge - Five Entr'actes from 'The Two Hunchbacks'
Bridge - Coronation March
Dvorak - String Quartet No.9
Faure - Dolly
Faure (arranger) - Il est né, le divin enfant
Liszt - Dante Symphony
And that was it. Oh dear.
Look, December is a funny month. As already mentioned in this month's pop entries, there's Christmas preparations, not to mention pre-Christmas parties. And... well, looking at what I listened to in December 2011, I'm about to look stupid for saying this, but this time around I just wasn't in the mood for the exploration of new serious music. Mentally, I had switched off from this kind of thing.
I don't even really remember much about what I did listen to, to be honest. Not even something has large as the Dante Symphony. Essentially it was 2 of Liszt's mildly interesting symphonic poems strung together. Oh dear, should I be saying such things?
I think the Dvorak was nice...
Year in Review
Yes, okay, this year I bought even more - but more importantly perhaps more of it was tougher or more challenging music. As much as I adore Holmboe, most of his pieces take multiple listens to digest. With Bach's cantatas I was unearthing an entire new genre, and the mere fact that both my Bach and Faure purchases were vocal meant I had to find time to sit down and read as I listened. My German is from years ago in high school and my French is almost non-existent.
I'm generally pretty happy with the results, though. I'm not sure how many personal favourites I've unearthed, but the gambles I made with new music have tended to pay off.
I just have to keep going until I get through it all at least once...