Monday, 1 January 2018

Classical Music - September 2017

Bach, J.S. - Falsche Welt, dir trau ich nicht (False world, I do not trust you)
Bach, J.S. - Ich habe genug (I have enough) (version for bass)
Barber - Symphony No.1
Barber - Music for a scene from Shelley
  • Coriolan Overture
  • Scene from "Vestas Feuer"
  • Original introduction to Act 2 of "Leonore"
  • Violin Sonata No.9
Brahms - Serenade No.1
  • Norse Legend (orchestral version)
  • 2 Songs of Robert Bridges
  • Adoration
  • 3 Idylls for string quartet
Bruun - Forårsang (Spring Song)
  • Symphony No.4
  • String Quartet No.6
  • Andante appassionato for string quartet
Faure - Songs, opp.72, 76, 83 and 85
Haydn - Symphonies 43, 44, 45, 48 and 49
Medtner - Skazki, opp.26, 34 and 35
Mozart - Symphonies 25 and 28
Mozart - Piano Sonata No.2
  • Symphony No.2, "The Four Temperaments"
  • Helios Overture
  • Suite from "Snefrid"
Prokofiev - Ten pieces for piano from "Romeo and Juliet"
Rachmaninov - Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini
Rachmaninov - Symphonic Dances
  • Davidsbundlertanze
  • Kinderszenen
  • Kreisleriana
  • Fantasy in C
  • Violin Sonata No.1
  • Piano Sonata No.5
  • Allegro de Concert
  • 2 Impromptus, op.12
Shostakovich - Symphonies 8 and 11
Sibelius - 5 Pieces for violin and piano, op.81
Sibelius - Erloschen
Villa-Lobos - 12 Etudes for guitar
Villa-Lobos - Bachianas Brasileiras No.8

This is one of those times when I look at the list and think, do I have anything I want to talk about?

It turns out the answer is, I want to talk about Haydn symphonies. It's taking a long time to work through the box of symphonies I bought in November 2016, but there's scarcely a disappointment in there. It's possible to argue there's a somewhat standard formula to Haydn's symphonies, but first of all Haydn practically invented that formula, and secondly there is a lot of invention and wit poured into that formula. So listening to each new work is always enjoyable.

And in September I was reaching the so-called Sturm and Drang period, where the symphonies are perhaps a touch more dramatic than before. Of the 5 symphonies listed here, 3 are in minor keys (though not all of them stay in the minor for long), which is as many as there were in 40+ symphonies before this. They're also larger in scale than before. So there's a great deal of interest in the music even after hearing a lot of Haydn over the previous months.

30 CDs of new Haydn is an awful lot to take on, but so far it's undoubtedly been worth it.

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