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    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    Samuel Barber, Amy Beach, Ethel Smyth, George Gershwin.
    Cover CD on December issue of BBC Music magazine... (which misspelled composer name on CD!)

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    A rare venture back into non vocal music, what a fantastic collection:

    Domenico Scarlatti: Sonatas, Vol. 2

    Angela Hewitt (piano)

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    Been a long time since I listened to Beethoven's Third.
    Have spun this Third several times over the past couple of days.
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    Here to share one of the most obscure pieces that is a favorite on my CD shelf. Many years ago I went on a violin concerto kick and I tried to track down every recorded violin concerto composed between ~1870-1970. My absolute favorite discovery of this project was the 1932 concerto by Gian Francesco Malipiero.

    This is the only modern recording ('70s, I'd guess) that I know of, by violinist Andre Gertler:



    I took to it immediately for its combination of lyricism and spiky rhythms and harmonies; I would compare it to Samuel Barber's concerto (another of my all-time favorite pieces of music). I knew almost immediately that I loved it; it is very much like the music "in my head".

    As for why Malipiero is not well-known, there are several probable factors. 1. Italian music for the symphony hall has never had the same international clout as German music, perhaps because they dominated opera for so long. 2. Malipiero's most important period was the 1920s-1930s so he's really been over-shadowed by a long list of incredible composers like Bartok and Stravinsky. 3. He doesn't really belong to a "school" (or "brand") of music like Berg (12-Tone) or Poulenc (Les Six). His most important formal trait was that he rejected having one. His music is always very rhapsodic, unstructured and song-like.

    This could explain why violinists might not want to champion the piece. They might feel there are "flaws" to the piece that they would have to apologize for, when analyzing it according to formal structures. The best example lies in this work's totally unique - and surprisingly unshowy - finale. It starts at 11:55 in the above video. The orchestra introduces the finale... for a full two minutes (!!) until the violin interrupts impatiently. The violin then plays on it's own for FOUR MINUTES (from 14:08 to 18:06). It's partly a cadenza, but it's also the bulk of the development of the whole movement. I think it's striking and beautiful to have the dialogue of a concerto totally break down like this. When the orchestra finally creeps back in calmly there's a feeling of relief like you were holding your breath the whole time. The two reconcile in a pseudo-2nd slow movement.

    The expected display of virtuosic fireworks at the end of the concerto lasts a mere 45 seconds, but boy do I love them. Malipiero races towards the final cadence from an unexpected angle - like Prokofiev often did - so that you hardly realize you're at the end until it's already happened!

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    Listening to this in the car. Never heard it before but am liking it a lot.

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    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    New set. Going straight through. Am on #3 now. Really 9 and 1/4 Symphonies as only the Adagio of #10.

    EDIT: I'll add that this whole set is quite good and all the voices are very nice, but for #8 I probably stick with Haitink.

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    Just finishing up my first listen to all six symphonies with my new Vanska set, and I can say they are all good.

    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    Library loan. Quite lively, interesting music.

    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    Yesterday:
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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