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  1. Yesssss! Two of my very favorite Reich works Will!! Had not seen these particular performances. I went through a couple weeks last year where I was just obsessed with Double Sextet (and every few years do the same with Music for 18 Musicians!) Insane grooves. Spot-on descriptions of why it's so great - about 20:27 on is my favorite portion of the Sextet, setting up the modulation with that cycling chord progression, soooo good! Tactile in harmony and rhythm somehow, you can feel it. Both of these - incredible Reich pieces. Not sure if you're familiar with the Dutch minimalist Louis Andreissen but I think you'd love his stuff too, here's a real gritty performance of his famous De Staat - a must-hear if you enjoy Reich:
  2. I see the Season 1 soundtrack release is up for pre-order at Amazon! 😍 Says available Feb. 1st at Amazon, but Jan. 22nd at La-La Land.- here's their promo: Really enjoying Season 2 so far (lol Bortus) - ready for some deeper character development of others hopefully on the way.
  3. Well I'M excited about the possible reschedule!! When I found out about this one it was already too close to really make plans, I had just started a new job etc. etc. This is a 3000% bucket list item for me ( 1) hearing Vienna 2) hearing them play JW 3) WITH JW conducting). I wonder how much far ahead notice there might be if/when its rescheduled? Crossing fingers majorly it will work out!
  4. I just popped in to see if anyone else had posted it yet 😉 SO excited SW is coming to Houston!! And in a season also including HP3, Home Alone, Apollo 13, American in Paris. Live scores to film are truly finally a significant widespread thing and I’m still pinching myself that this is real. I have heard that here the JW live film concerts have become their most money-making concerts of the season, unsurprisingly. It’s a win-win for everyone!
  5. Listening to the Popov Symphony now - wow! Amazing piece, and amazing story behind it I see, being banned from performance until 1972! That reminds me of another cool piece I like from around that time - Mosolov's Iron Foundry: Also - going back in time a bit to late 19th c, here is a favorite piece from my band days, the wind arrangement of the Finale to Kalinnikov's Symphony No. 1, in all a wonderful piece!
  6. Friday night we saw the coolest thing at Alamo Drafthouse - a very nice print of Nosferatu with live performed score by the group Invincible Czars. They have created scores for several silent films and have garnered quite a following in the Austin area, now they are touring across the country as well - http://invincibleczars.com/silent-film/ 4 guys, playing 15 instruments - very creative, super creepy, and impressive score with nods to Bartok and other folk music. Really, really well done. Highly recommend if they come to your area!
  7. Was just browsing the season for the Dallas Wind Symphony (now called the Dallas Winds) - happened upon this!! The Last Jedi: Music by John Williams Tuesday, March 27, 2018 – 7:30 pm Meyerson Symphony Center Dallas Winds Jerry Junkin, conductor http://dallaswinds.org/the-last-jedi/ December 15, 2017 marks the return of Luke and Rey, as Star Wars fans the world over line up for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. On March 27 we bring all-new arrangements of Williams music for The Last Jedi to band fans, along with more Williams gems from Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, and Hook. Summon The Heroes Wide Receiver (for NFL Films and ESPN Sunday night football) The Patriot Flight to Neverland, from Hook Viktor’s Tale, from The Terminal Deborah Fabian, clarinet Harry’s Wondrous World, from Harry Potter For NY (for Leonard Bernstein’s 70th Birthday) Scherzo for Motorcycle and Band, from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade) Far and Away Escapades (from Catch Me if You Can) Stephen Page, Saxophone If you click on Buy Tickets, it gives a little more detailed program info. Tickets seem to range from roughly $30-65 including fees. Shame it's on a Tuesday, that makes it really hard to travel in for, but sounds like an amazing concert!
  8. Got my shipping notice early this evening! Says estimated delivery on Saturday.
  9. Man y'all posted all the good stuff while I was away from this thread! Seems like a lot of us here like exactly the same composers. Guess that shouldn't be a surprise for film music lovers! Oh Finlandia! Rousing but yeah I'd put it way down in my favorites of Sibelius works, too many better ones. With the Centenary a great choice for Last Night of Proms though! ...And now y'all done made me fall down the hole of early Sibelius works here, which is always super dangerous...some of his most fiery, sexy, groovy, entrancing, unabashedly heart-on-the sleeve writing If you're not familiar with these two key early Sibelius works below, you REALLY MUST LISTEN TO THESE. Because they are so epic/filmic/programmatic and flipping great, and just hard not to adore if you love film music. To me these are basically his "Symphony 00" and "Symphony 0". The Lemminkainen Suite ("Four Legends from the Kalevala"), written around 1895 and based on the crazy adventures of the Kalevala hero Lemminkainen, has 4 parts - often played all together but just as often played separately, with "The Swan of Tuonela" by far the most well-known and played, followed by "Lemminkainen's Return", I rarely if ever see the first two played on their own. The first "Lemminkainen and the Maidens of Saari" is my favorite! I definitely hear Wagner influence in this one, the whole thing is one long slow extremely romantic build (reminds me of Tristan's Liebestod), all dripping with turns and gracenotes and delayed gratification (eventually he does romance the maids). There should be links off of this vid if you want to hear the other Legends too. They are all awesome. Next - now this work came even before Lemminkainen, this is about the equally crazy and extremely tragic adventures of Kullervo (who's also from The Kalevala, the Finnish national epic) and it was written around 1892, for full orchestra and also male choir. Yeah! This also has 5 parts, sometimes the 3rd movement is performed alone, it's like a mini choral symphony itself and definitely can stand on its own. The 3rd mvmt is all about how Kullervo has a lot of travels, meets some nice girls, then hits it off with one, woos her into the hay, and the next morning they get chatting and discover oh SURPRISE, you're my long-lost sister! (And then she offs herself.) But anyway, it's AMAZING music! It's in 5/4 yeah!! That movement is one of my favorite things in all of Sibelius. There is just not much that beats a whole bunch of red-blooded guys singing Finnish - definition of epic. I can't help always singing along with the choir. Yes, I know the words in Finnish! I'm a total nerd Here is a great great performance of the whole piece (I have several recordings and this is a big favorite, the interpretation, detail and playing is so spot on) - Timings for each movement: Introduction 0:00 Kullervo's Youth 13:50 Kullervo and His Sister 28:50 (the choir comes in at 30:25, if you want to jump to that I don't blame you I also won't blame you if you jump to 39:27 to hear some of the most explicit classical music ever written) Kullervo Goes To War 53:06 Kullervo's Death 1:02:55 There's just SO much good Sibelius, oodles and oodles, all better than Finlandia
  10. This is great!! Awesome combo. There is a ton of good swing/latin combo jazz out there, I think much of that would be up your alley. I just listened to the first about 8 minutes so far, but immediately thought of Eddie Daniels, one of my favorite jazz clarinetists, definitely look up his stuff - And Paquito d'Rivera - Just a couple to start off - I may come add more later There are SO many great groups!
  11. I love and adore this thread! This is so incredibly gorgeous, wow. Have heard a few snippets of Schinittke before, but not this. Would definitely agree with the below! My (first) contribution: Check this out from POA, then listen to the finale of Shostakovich's 5th Symphony below (ironically, starting at 1:40 in each is best to hear the affinity) - Mostly in the woodwinds and general rhythm/flavor. but undeniable (though likely unintentional) influence. Several others in mind I may post sometime (some being obvious well-known temp track situations) - will have to revisit this thread soon
  12. Eagerly awaiting this!! Huge favorite of mine from JNH that truly needed this kind of release. Still among the best music he's ever written, legendary as well for the tight time he did it in - mindblowing really. I always marvel at how he found such incredible inspiration out of such a dumpster fire!
  13. This vid was included in the Harvard honorary degree thread, but deserves mention here too - Here is the Harvard "Din and Tonics" acappella group with a super cute and creative JW medley!
  14. So jealous of those going to this!! Very, very tempting to go to Chicago again I would happily sit and listen to the Chicago Symphony play anything with a big cheesy grin on my face. Making the pilgrimage to hear them live is one of the best decisions a music lover could ever make!
  15. I love, LOVE this piece!! Got to see her perform it live with MTT/SFSO last fall - incredible (and she wore the same lovely dress!) With phenomenal principal trumpet as well...both soloists and the orchestra have to be really "on" for it to be stellar. Heard it live a few times now with different groups, such a fav of mine.
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