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Disco Stu

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  1. What are your favorite Britten pieces? The ones I find myself returning to the most are the Spring Symphony and the Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings. The former especially is easily my favorite of his entire catalog.
  2. Some Michael Torke to get your morning started right that recording would more accurately be called the “Extended Suite” for orchestra. Although the differences are slight, they are there. Copland essentially just orchestrated the largest missing section and stuck it into the suite. The true full ballet for orchestra was only published in 2016, with David Newman doing some work to orchestrate measures that Copland hadn’t ever converted from the original 13 instrument version. You can hear an archived performance by the Philadelphia Orchestra here: https://www.philorch.org/your-philorch/learn-more/ondemand/coplands-appalachian-spring/ Here are a couple of articles that explains all the different versions of the ballet. It may be more detail than the casual listener desires, but I eat it up https://blogs.loc.gov/music/2019/10/not-the-suite-aaron-coplands-appalachian-spring/ (this article actually has Leonard Slatkin himself in the comment section ) https://appalachianspring.info/o-appalachian-spring-the-many-versions-of-aaron-coplands-ballet-for-martha-1944-2016/ Truly I recommend the original full ballet for 13 instruments above all other versions. It’s only been commercially recorded a couple of times. The best recording is the Atlantic Sinfonietta:
  3. I desperately want to read the complete correspondence between Williams and Milton Babbitt. The writer of Star Wars exchanging ideas with the writer of "Who Cares If You Listen?" My god.
  4. I assume Frank is too busy weeping on the floor to comment at the moment
  5. The call and response part of this arrangement between Goodman and the trumpet (Charlie Shavers) is so charming and joyful. (At 5:07)
  6. I've been listening to Michael Torke's Color Music album over the past couple of days. It's certainly vibrant and exciting. I can't shake the skepticism that, even for each individual piece, the whole is less than sum of its parts, but those parts are still very appealing to listen to. It's actually kind of addictive. "Purple" is probably my favorite.
  7. seems like this thread is just disenchantment spillover
  8. At this point, Naxos releases so much from so many different sources I'm not sure you can generalize about them anymore. If you mean specifically the albums they have recorded by the cheapie Eastern European orchestras in Ukraine, Slovakia, etc., I think those albums have risen in quality as the orchestras themselves have risen in quality from all the experience of American productions hiring them over the last 30 years. Really Naxos is the only American classical label of any consequence left. The majors (Sony, Warner, etc.) stopped really trying and the biggest name orchestras (SFSO, LA Phil, NY Phil) are self-releasing their albums because they don't want to split the tiny slices of streaming money pie with a record label. But I'm glad Naxos is still here releasing interesting stuff every month, and such a wide variety as well.
  9. Too many sovereign nations in Europe as it is anyway!
  10. I highly recommend Paul Creston's Symphony No. 1, composed in 1940. This music wasn't breaking any new ground, but Creston wrote with crispness, clarity, and best of all a real sense of infectious enthusiasm and joy. It's certainly one of the *happiest* symphonies I've listened to in a while, and it's really entertaining to bounce along with its boisterousness.
  11. There's one outside of Richmond that I've been to a couple of times. It's a neat experience.
  12. “Une barque sur l’océan” fit the tone of the film so perfectly. It’s one of my favorite movies of the past several years.
  13. I’ve been reading this John Grisham book from last year called The Guardians. The writing is sloppy and perfunctory, the characterizations are lazy, but man I’d forgotten how much fun reading a dumb airport legal thriller novel can be. I wouldn’t be able to stand reading only books like this, but it’s nice to have good junk food sometimes.
  14. I uploaded my own DVD rip of the great, essential 1958 televised performance of Appalachian Spring by Martha Graham and her company. Hopefully it doesn't get removed or something for copyright. For a decade this performance has only been on Youtube as a 4 part upload with a really disconcerting, choppy framerate. So now at least it's up in good quality and in one single video.
  15. My favorite track is "Revisiting Normandy". The gorgeous mournful nobility giving way to the uncertain dissonance. I think I actually prefer the theme of that cue to Hymn to the Fallen, I was so happy when David Newman performed it at Tanglewood last year.
  16. Saving Private Ryan - chronological playlist using the LLL release This is very much a score for the hottest part of the Summer for me, it gets a lot of play every July. I guess because that's when the film originally came out.
  17. Palm Springs, a new movie on Hulu. I liked it a lot and I think anyone who watches it should try to go in knowing as little about it as possible.
  18. lol it's just crappy anime bullshit
  19. This is certainly.. something
  20. I'm a HUGE fan of Sufjan Stevens, and while I enjoyed his last album (Carrie and Lowell from 2015) I definitely missed the wildly ambitious and expansive albums that preceded it (Illinois and The Age of Adz). So I'm pretty happy that the first song released from his new album, The Ascension, is 12.5 minutes long and titled simply, "America" (although the song is really more like 7 minutes long with a pretty, ambient coda) It's the kind of track I'll need some time to digest, but I think I liked it on first listen.
  21. I also notice clicking around random Youtube videos of people playing the Raiders March on piano, that a lot of people play it as a standard C Major triad. Like this guy!
  22. "Long Haired Country Boy" is a classic redneck party song. I've always found the laidback country-rock aesthetic of Daniels in the 70s to be pretty irresistible.
  23. I always feel like an ignorant moron when I engage with the music theory side of JWFan, but here goes. This is sort of related to this thread. In the final grand chord of the Raiders March "B Theme", I see that the brass section has two C major seventh chords stacked on top of each other, both using the third inversion with "the seventh on the bottom". I would expect my ears to be able to at least subtly detect that dissonance of the minor second intervals between the Bs and Cs. But it always sounds like a normal C major chord to me. I don't really have a question here, I'm just not sure why. The chord is held here from 1:14 - 1:17.
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