NWR The "What are we listening to?" Thread

That's really sad, hearing about Vogt's passing. he'd have been 52 this week.

This week I've listened to Chopin's Polonaises, played by Maurizio Pollini. Super stuff.
 

Facebook promotes this cute little piece to me, apparently dedicated to the then 4 yo Princess Elizabeth, her sister, and their mum then Duchess of York.
 
It's the birthdays of Clara Schumann and Arnold Schönberg so that's what I've been listening in the bookshop all day. For some reason Schumann's music has been better received by my customers than Schönberg. I wonder why that is. :D


Good on Ms Hahn for taking on the Schoenberg. She really sells it well, it's such a wonderful piece but absolutely requires a technique that allows everything to sound romantic.
 
Good on Ms Hahn for taking on the Schoenberg. She really sells it well, it's such a wonderful piece but absolutely requires a technique that allows everything to sound romantic.

I only recently learned that Schumann wrote her concerto as a teen. It certainly doesn't sound like the work of a child. Mozart might not be the most gifted child prodigy piano concerto composer. Did you know that her husband, Bobby, dabbled in composition, too? Isn't it nice that men composers instead of just composers get a bit of exposure these days?

I love the Schönberg Concerto. One popular critic called it "among the ugliest pieces of music ever conceived by the human mind" and I'm furious! I've heard the piece so often that I totally hear it as a lyrical, Wagner-Brahmsian synthesis piece except with wilder harmony. I'm probably badly off in what I hear since I mostly can only find negative stuff about it. But if I can hum to its tunes while listening to it, it can't be all that wild now can it?
 
Clara's concerto is fascinatingly unlike anything that Robert wrote, instead being squarely in the Weber-Hummel-Chopin lineage. An astonishing piece for a fifteen year old, making one wonder what she might have been in another age.
Schoenberg's music is only impenetrable if badly played.
 
Clara's concerto is fascinatingly unlike anything that Robert wrote, instead being squarely in the Weber-Hummel-Chopin lineage. An astonishing piece for a fifteen year old, making one wonder what she might have been in another age.
Schoenberg's music is only impenetrable if badly played.

In their lifetimes, Schumann was much more famous than her husband. She was literally one of the most famous pianists of her age. Schumann scholar Sarah Fritz tweeted once: "Grieg’s concerto opening is derived from Robert Schumann’s concerto opening which is Clara Wieck’s concerto opening theme inverted. Thanks Clara!" Is this true?
 
In their lifetimes, Schumann was much more famous than her husband. She was literally one of the most famous pianists of her age. Schumann scholar Sarah Fritz tweeted once: "Grieg’s concerto opening is derived from Robert Schumann’s concerto opening which is Clara Wieck’s concerto opening theme inverted. Thanks Clara!" Is this true?
Apparently (according to J E Gardiner) the orchestra chord which starts Robert's concerto was originally on beat 3 of the first measure - so the piano comes in first. But Robert was incapable of conducting it successfully, so had to change it...
 
Apparently (according to J E Gardiner) the orchestra chord which starts Robert's concerto was originally on beat 3 of the first measure - so the piano comes in first. But Robert was incapable of conducting it successfully, so had to change it...
Reminds me of the time when a conductor having botched a tricky corner for about the 20th time, turned and remonstrated with Placido Domingo 'but that's not how you do it on the album!'
 
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