NWR The "What are we listening to?" Thread

I played that many years ago in quite an important London concert series. I can think of few conventionally notated pieces which emerge in so varied a manner according to who is playing it! Susan Bradshaw told me that Pierre Boulez was very annoyed by this piece, feeling that he'd lifted the material wholesale from his second sonata.
I like Barraqué's music very much, its sensuality feels no need whatever to mollycoddle its listeners, but its aesthetic for some reason now feels as dated as Messiaen's pre-1960s work.
The cigar smoking Susan Bradshaw?
 
She had a habit of tapping the ash on the hands of particularly poor students.

Don't ask me how I know that :D

The options for 'encouraging' one's weaker students are much diminished these days (for the better, obviously)... One of the RAM's violin teachers - now sadly departed - was still regularly to be found sneaking a quick cigarette in the loos in between lessons in the c.2010, though.
 
20 years ago I still had dreams of becoming a music teacher or something intended for us less talented musicians. I was preparing Prokofiev's flute sonata (hardest piece I ever played) when I gave up on music and went to books instead. Easier, and now in hindsight with the 'rona putting a stop to performing, a better idea. But with Prokofiev being Ukraine's most famous composer, I've been listening to a lot of the flute sonata - but played by a pro, not me. Pahud is amazing. Here's his earlier recording. I might actually like this earlier one more than the more polished, later one he recorded with Stephen Kovacevich. I'm not sure polish and Prokofiev go together. Except that later recording always makes me change my mind about this when I hear it. Anyway, Pahud is really amazing. I don't think I've ever heard anything bad or even mediocre from him.

 

Karajan 1988 BPO in Japan. Mussorgsky- Pictures at an exhibition.
30:08 Great Gate of Kyiv. The reason I always wanted to see the city (but never made it). p.s. I know there is no real Great Gate there. But still.
A very interesting performance. I've always found the Ravel cinematification of the craggy original to be completely at odds with its nature, but in the end why not? the opulence of the BPO and Karajan's mastery of transition are entirely appropriate and slightly weird, which gives its own pleasure.
 
A very interesting performance. I've always found the Ravel cinematification of the craggy original to be completely at odds with its nature, but in the end why not? the opulence of the BPO and Karajan's mastery of transition are entirely appropriate and slightly weird, which gives its own pleasure.
Miles better than Henry Wood's orchestration, though!
 
A very interesting performance. I've always found the Ravel cinematification of the craggy original to be completely at odds with its nature, but in the end why not? the opulence of the BPO and Karajan's mastery of transition are entirely appropriate and slightly weird, which gives its own pleasure.
Ravel and Mussorgsky have the odds in their nature as French and Russian!
Saying that, Ravel didn't hold back on his colour brush pen, this is one of the great orchestration of his.
 
I've recently been devouring Olivia Laing's excellent but distressing book The Lonely City, which among other things has a great chapter on Andy Warhol. These two from that circle really did love each other in the final analysis.


And talking of lonely I wouldn't want Mr Pop feel left out. 75 next month and fully deserving of a honorary free TV licence for this effort alone

 
If you said this classic banger by Tina Turner was the greatest cut of the 1960s I wouldn't disagree.


Likewise, Deep Purple's bombastic workout of the same, complete with 4 minute 'Also Sprach Zarathustra' intro, one of the most preposterous covers ever committed to vinyl.

 

The concert 2019 in Munich I had the fortune to be there, I didn't realise it was M. Jansons last concert at "home" of his orchestra.
There were Brahms sym no 4 and other Strauss work, but these songs with orchestra really touched me. Sarah Wegener replaced Diana Damrau on that day but she was good.
 
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