Today is the fateful day in 1905 in Russian history when soldiers of the Imperial Guard fired upon unarmed demonstrators marching on the Winter Palace in St Petersburg, killing several hundred of them. Shostakovich commemorates it in the second movement of his Eleventh Symphony, although it is more likely a depiction of the then recent crushing of the Hungarian Revolution by Soviet troops.
Play at full volume, otherwise you won't hear the deathly hush at 15:06.
It is. Whether it's about 1905 or 1956, it's terrifyingly graphic! Still, after decades of living in fear of his life, with friends disappearing left right and centre, Shosty had a personal reason to sound aggressive. The opening movement preceding this "scherzo" is an unsettling portrait of the Palace Square (made even more unsettling after actually standing in it). Listening to it, you just know shit's about to happen. And that violent second movement is followed by an impassioned requiem for the victims of whichever aborted revolution. Funnily, when I bought my version under Cluytens (recorded in the composer's presence) in 1963, my record store didn't have the second, one-sided LP, so I didn't get hold of the finale until thirty years later.
Valentyn Silvestrov's "To Thee We Sing" takes us to a much more serene place.
Beautiful! And also a great tidbit on his name from the wiki page:
"There are several theories regarding the origin of the epithet "non Papa". One holds that it was jokingly added by his publisher, Susato, to distinguish him from Pope Clement VII—"Jacob Clemens—but not the Pope.""
A lot of Stabat Maters in one day for a Lutheran-born atheist, but there you go...
Good work, Cap'n. There used to be an annual Stabat Mater festival in the south of NL until a couple of years ago. They performed the above two; I also remember hearing a modern one by James MacMillan and this less-known offering by Marc-Antoine Charpentier:
This is Marguerite's aria "Autrefois un roi de Thulé" from Berlioz's La Damnation de Faust, which I heard on the radio a couple of days ago. We saw La Damnation given a thrilling live performance under Gergiev a short while back.
This is one I heard last night on a US radio station playing classical music during the day and jazz at night (it's more or less the other way round for me!). Schubert's Sonata in C major for piano four-hands, D 812 ("Grand Duo") has been orchestrated several times. The earliest is by Joseph Joachim, the one linked here:
Kapitan: Yes, let's keep it going. If you're not sure which years we've covered, check the first post of the thread: I've edited it to list each year we've touched upon.
Sept 22, 2021 13:10:08 GMT
jk: If no one jumps in soon, I'll go for 1997, which is 13 years back from 2010. Fact is, we haven't had a '90s year yet.
Sept 22, 2021 13:46:32 GMT
Kapitan: No, but we do have a whole '90s thread that covered a lot of that territory. (In fact, that's what inspired the idea, to some extent)
Sept 22, 2021 13:52:28 GMT
Kapitan: Not that I'm opposed to a '90s year, mind you
Sept 22, 2021 13:52:58 GMT
jk: I see where you're coming from, Cap'n. I even did a double-take when looking through 1997 albums and songs (these look familiar!). My next suggestion is that we go back 13 years from 1972 to 1959.
Sept 22, 2021 17:04:34 GMT
jk: OK, it's one of the "doldrum years" but it was crammed full of goodies that even register with folks who weren't born for another 20 years. Of course, if anyone has a better idea, I'm all for it.
Sept 22, 2021 17:05:59 GMT
Kapitan: That would make sense; we also haven't really touched the early to mid 80s, which I'm sure people (mostly) recall. And of course EVERY year in the '60s seems loaded...
Sept 22, 2021 17:06:53 GMT
jk: Yes, the early-ish '80s also came to mind. But let's see who else joins in...
Sept 22, 2021 17:08:04 GMT
Kapitan: So far we've had me, jk, kds, and carllove choosing years. Would love to expand that circle.
Sept 22, 2021 17:13:20 GMT
Kapitan: Which, I guess with four of us so far, is more a square.
Sept 22, 2021 17:13:38 GMT
jk: Ha, yes. Sheriff? B.E.? sockit? The Kid?... We'll see.
Sept 22, 2021 17:16:41 GMT
The Cincinnati Kid: I might come up with something. I love those kind of threads, but am terrible in participating. I still haven't posted anything for 2010.
Sept 22, 2021 19:26:41 GMT
lonelysummer: 1959 is a doldrums year? Hmm....
Sept 22, 2021 19:44:28 GMT
jk: That's what they say... you know, that period from *cough* "the day the music died" to the arrival of the British Invasion. Like you, I couldn't agree less with that notion, hence the inverted commas!
Sept 22, 2021 19:52:30 GMT
Kapitan: I assume he means the stereotype that between early rock and roll and the British Invasion, nothing happened. But that it was in quotes (plus his actual comments) make me think it was an ironic usage.
Sept 22, 2021 19:52:54 GMT
Kapitan: Whoops, near-simultaneous post. But it confirms my suspicion.
Sept 22, 2021 19:53:21 GMT
jk: Great minds and all that!
Sept 22, 2021 19:53:34 GMT
sockit: I would like to showcase the year 1983. That's the year I graduated high school and I was all in on what was current.
Sept 23, 2021 0:07:54 GMT
carllove: I was in College then. Sounds like a good year! Go for it! It’s a group effort!
Sept 23, 2021 4:31:48 GMT
carllove: BTW - I’d be down for 90’s years. I like the years being broken out. Meanwhile we can move to 1983 with sockit’s help. 1972 has ended its interest.
Sept 23, 2021 4:34:56 GMT