Saturday, December 30, 2017

Classical Music - August 2017

Bach, J.S. - Bekennen will ich seinen Namen (I will acknowledge his name)
Barber
  • Dover Beach
  • Overture to 'The School for Scandal'
  • Cello Sonata 
Beethoven
  • The Creatures of Prometheus
  • 12 German Dances for orchestra, WoO 8
  • 12 Contredanses for orchestra, WoO 14
  • Two arias for "The Beautfiul Shoemaker's Wife" 
Brahms - Piano Trio No.1
Bridge
  • Mid of the Night
  • Serenade (orchestral version)
  • Valse Intermezzo à cordes
  • Chant d'espérance
  • Phantasie String Quartet
  • Novelletten
  • 3 Pieces for string quartet, H.43
Debussy - Cello Sonata
Debussy - La plus que lente (cello arrangement) 
Dvorak - String Quartets 2 to 5
Haydn - Symphonies 26, 42 and 65
Holmboe - Notturno
Holmboe - Hymn to the Sun 
Holten - Puder og skår (Pillows and Shards)
Lorentzen - National-Fanfare
Medtner - Skazki, opp. 8, 9, 14 and 20
Mozart
  • Symphonies 29 and 30
  • Piano Concerto No.5
  • String Quintet No.1 
Nielsen - Symphony No.1
Nielsen - Two Fantasy Pieces for oboe and piano 
Nørgård - Symphonies 3 and 8
Poulenc
  • Cello Sonata
  • Serenade from Chanson Galliardes (cello and piano version)
  • Bagatelle from Le Bal Masque (cello and piano version)
Rachmaninov - Six songs, op.38
Rachmaninov - Variations on a theme by Corelli
Schoenberg - Pelleas and Melisande
Schumann
  • Carnaval
  • Symphonic Etudes
  • Symphony in G minor, 'Zwickau' 
Scriabin
  • Piano Sonata No.7
  • 3 Pieces, op.2
  • 10 Mazurkas, op.3
  • Fantaisie, op.28
  • 4 Preludes, op.31
  • 2 Poèmes, op.32
  • Valse in A flat, op.38
  • 8 Etudes, op.42
Sibelius - Songs/Lieder, opp. 36, 37, 38 and 50
Villa-Lobos - Bachianas Brasileiras No.9 (strings and choral versions)

I've fallen behind again, so I won't say an enormous amount about this list. In a lot of ways it's a continuation of the July listening pattern, with the surveys of various composers. I also started a Brahms chronological survey, and possibly I started that in July with the others, but as the earliest Brahms work I own is opus 8 it might not have registered.

The Sibelius songs are worth mentioning, because I was surprised by how good they were. While I had no doubts about Sibelius' quality as a composer, his reputation is almost entirely based on his orchestral work. But there is more than enough in these songs to repay the listener, and I was often struck by how modern they are.

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