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Gypsy's Weekly 3

Just things I like:

Robert Schumann Symphony No. 3 in E flat "Rhenish"

Johannes Brahms Double Concerto - for Violin, 'Cello, and Orchestra

Astor Piazzolla 5 Tango Sensations Piazzolla on bandeneon with the Kronos Quartet.

Averaging in at 30 minutes per pieces (+ or -), take these pieces at face value. Got in from traveling, unpacked, laundry, reading 1gm, and now to rest up for tomorrow's shovel fest and workathon.



What I love about your suggestions each week is that it introduces me to music I haven't listened to before, but also old favorites I own, but haven't listened to for a while. I'm listening to the Brahms now I have the David Oistrakh, Mstislav Rostropovich, Sviatoslav Richter, Berliner Philharmoniker & Herbert von Karajan recording. Thanks so much. I haven't heard of Astor Piazzolla and I'm looking forward to investigating him. I'm familiar with Schumann's Symphony No. 3 but haven't listened to it for quite some time.

Thanks, Norm; glad that you're enjoying the suggestions. It's sad that I don't listen to classical stations that much anymore - not because I need a break from classical compositions, but because so much of what airs is insipid - what station managers feel is palatable for the general population. I think if people listened to more cool classical output there'd be more support for this kind of art.

Do go check out Piazzolla: he was a Boulanger student. The story as given to me was that he was trying to compose in the styles contemporary to the 1st half of the 20th century, but Boulanger felt this wasn't working for him. She asked him to play some of his favorite (fun) music, and he finally sat down and played a tango. She took his hanbds in hers hers and said (essentially) "This is what you are intended to do!" OK, just found this in Wikipedia.

I should check out the Rostropovich et. al. recording of the Brahms. At some point I'll find a way to work in the horn trio and the piano quintet in F Minor - both big favorites of mine.

As for the Schumann, you can't ask for a more ebullient opening. The other 4 movements have other great emotions and characters to offer. Here's a nice run down of all of the movements.

It is unfortunate that so may classical stations cater to the top 40. It's understandable but sad.

Oh good more Brahms


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