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.
B.E.: I skimmed the Mark Linett interview recently posted on SSMB. He said he’s hoping for a Fall release for the box set.
Feb 27, 2020 2:58:34 GMT
Sheriff John Stone: Was hoping for a spring/early summer release, however, I hope for a spring/early summer release with EVERY Beach Boys' album! I can wait for fall.
Feb 27, 2020 18:50:55 GMT
Kapitan: Maybe we’ll get that BW doc that we heard about way back when, Long Promised Doc 😀
Feb 27, 2020 19:18:45 GMT
kds: I get the feeling that documentary will one day be mentioned in the same breath as the 50th Anniversary Doc that was supposed to happen in 2012
Feb 27, 2020 20:55:14 GMT
Kapitan: And Pleasure Island!?
Feb 27, 2020 20:55:51 GMT
Sheriff John Stone: I'm skeptical about that Long Promised Road doc, not whether it will eventually come out, but the quality. If the highlight is Brian and an interviewer driving around and Brian commenting on BB songs/albums, I can only imagine how that'll go...
Feb 27, 2020 22:18:29 GMT
Sheriff John Stone: ...Brian, what do you think about the song, "Long Promised Road"? Brian - "I thought Carl sang it great." Brian, what do you think about The Beach Boys Love You album? Brian - "There's some great songs on that album."
Feb 27, 2020 22:21:28 GMT
Kapitan: I'm skeptical about EVERYTHING. But that doesn't mean I'm not interested in seeing and hearing it all.
Feb 27, 2020 23:50:16 GMT
Wata: I hope it would include some rarities - hopefully with the accompanying soundtrack. And it's time we got to listen to snippets from the rendition of "Long Promised Road" Brian supposedly recorded for the doc. I'm not holding my breath for it, but still...
Feb 28, 2020 5:58:00 GMT
kds: From the description, it sounded like a new version of the Brian Wilson On Tour doc.
Feb 28, 2020 13:20:10 GMT
Kapitan: Except as I recall, they were focusing on driving around LA for a lot of it. Just Brian and whoever the eventual filmmaker was (there had been a replacement) seeing the sights and chatting.
Feb 28, 2020 13:28:28 GMT
Kapitan: btw, it's just a couple weeks shy of a year since they released the movie poster.
Feb 28, 2020 13:31:24 GMT
kds: And, didn't they do the driving around bit in the IJWMFTT doc?
Feb 28, 2020 13:38:15 GMT