It was my brother who pointed me at the Baroque composer Andreas Hammerschmidt. And it was Rocker at Smiley who pointed me at the early music ensemble Vox Luminis. So Ach Jesus Stirbt seemed the logical choice of album. This is the closing track, "Siehe, wie fein und lieblich ists", with its magical echoes:
January 9th 1905 is the fateful day 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 (1957), although it is more likely a depiction of the then recent crushing of the Hungarian Revolution by Soviet troops.
This is the complete symphony performed by the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra under Shostakovich's favourite conductor Yevgeny Mravinsky. This must be the recording made in 1959, on 2 November it would seem (not 1967, as stated by the uploader). Important note: Play at a reasonable volume -- much of the first movement is very quiet and, more importantly, you may otherwise miss the deathly hush (here at 30:04) in the second movement.
I. The Palace Square II. The 9th of January (starts 15:33) III. Eternal Memory (starts 34:01) IV. Tocsin (Alarm) (starts 45:48)
Eek -- I haven't posted here in a while. Well, prompted by cello talk in the BB section, here's Jacqueline du Pré with the LSO under Sir John Barbirolli playing the heart-breaking third movement of Elgar's Cello Concerto in what for me is the definitive recording:
He probably won't see this, but this is for barnsy at EH. Actually, the version I have on LP of Richard Strauss's Death and Transfiguration (Tod und Verklärung), Op. 24 is conducted by Karajan (no problem with his past; those were tricky times). I was looking for it on YouTube and bumped into this live version from 1970 by the Orchestra Sinfonica di Torino della Rai under one of my favourite conductors, the imperturbable Sergiu Celibidache, who (in someone else's wonderful phrase) discovered his inner snail late in life. In this age of helter-skelter versions of everything, his tempi are a breath of fresh air!
This morning my preferred Dutch religious music programme played Rise Up, My Love (2002) by the English composer Howard Skempton, who is full of surprises judging by his wiki page. In the 1960s, I had a brush with British experimental music, a scene in which he was deeply involved. I must look out more of his stuff.
These are Ars Nova Copenhagen directed by Paul Hillier:
There is something intriguingly modern about this third movement of Edvard Grieg's Symphonic Dances, written at the tail end of the 19th century. The harmonies are suggestive of Stravinsky, or Prokofiev:
A good friend of mine was lucky enough to see this gentleman in action a short while back in a world-class trombone quartet. Here Mark Fisher shows his prowess on the euphonium (in James Stephenson's Fanfare for an Angel)…
...as well as the trombone (in Franz Biebl's Ave Maria):
Some years back when holidaying in the UK we walked the *Cotswolds Way National Trail* northward from Bath to Chipping Camden. What a fantastic if (healthily) exhausting experience! One of the many picturesque villages we passed though had some stalls set up. Among the stuff on sale were some classical CDs. We bought three, I believe -- one was of music by Vaughan Williams and one of the others was of orchestral music from the Baltic. Little did we know we would be visiting all three Baltic States a few years later. One of those orchestral works was the Estonian-born Eduard Tubin's Symphony No. 3, of which this is the opening movement:
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
jk: Agreed on all three counts.
Sept 23, 2021 8:58:00 GMT