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apogee

climber
Topic Author's Original Post - Apr 5, 2011 - 02:46am PT
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aztB7E1Wjbs
apogee

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 5, 2011 - 03:09am PT
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGFRTEjQ048&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9-57l6sbxQ&feature=related

Some consider Sarah Chang to be the 'Celine Dion' of classical, but this piece nearly brings me to tears every time. Just a dork, I guess.
apogee

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 5, 2011 - 03:35am PT
Holst
Jupiter, Bringer of Jollity
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6NopU9K_8M
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Apr 5, 2011 - 03:44am PT
At this late hour all I can contribute is my thanks. My younger daughter is a violinist, and we were lucky enough to get front-row seats for a concert with Sarah Chang playing the Bruch violin concerto. Needless to say, it was a real treat.

I'm still holding out hope for my daughter and I playing either the Brahms Third Sonata or Beethovern's Kruetzer Sonata together, but she's concentrating on composition in grad school, so that hope is fading. I'm practicing the piano parts nonetheless.

Thanks again.

John

Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Apr 5, 2011 - 03:56am PT
Nice stuff. I appreciate Classical Music.
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Apr 5, 2011 - 04:02am PT
Brahms, Ein deutches Requiem Op. 45

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAnUk6MxXQ0

UC Davis Symphony Orchestra and University and Alumni Chorus.

My younger daughter is playing violin, but is right behind the conductor, so she's hard to see. My older daughter is in the front row of the alto section. Needless to say, we were there.

I'd sung this a few years earlier in Fresno. It's wonderful to sing, but according to my younger daughter, somewhat boring to play.

John
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Apr 5, 2011 - 04:06am PT
Verdi Requiem

UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, and University and Alumni Chorus

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsZEv7kAllo&feature=relmfu

This was my older daughter's freshman year. She is in the front row of the altos and visible behind the bass soloist, particularly in the later part of the Requiem.

John
Gary

climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Apr 6, 2011 - 01:10pm PT
You're a lucky man, John. I hope you get to perform with your daughter, that would be too cool.

My gf and I saw Sarah Chang a couple of years ago perform the Mendelssohn concerto. Paramedics were called into the hall to work on some poor guy. We're not sure if it was the concerto or her gown that did him in. Could have been either. She is not popular with the classical music set. They don't seem to like success for some reason.

I've watched this video a few times lately of Yuja Wang playing Scarlatti. I wasn't a Yuja fan until I saw this.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9tdcr0SbwA

Nice legs, too.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHO4Ucw9zL4
GnomicMaster

Mountain climber
Ventana Wilderness
Apr 6, 2011 - 01:16pm PT
Rach's #3, finest piano composition ever put to paper. Separates the gifted from the average.

But Chopin, Brahms, Mozart, Scriabin, and even Satie are good piano stuff.
eKat

climber
http://www.ecokath.com/
Apr 6, 2011 - 01:17pm PT
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDFOtLzl3So&feature=fvwrel

Give me a Baroque cello concerto anyday! (I know - not "Classical" - but who's nitpickin'?)

:-)

eKat
GnomicMaster

Mountain climber
Ventana Wilderness
Apr 6, 2011 - 01:18pm PT
Vladimir Horowitz, greatest ivory tickler to ever breathe air on Terra Firma.
GnomicMaster

Mountain climber
Ventana Wilderness
Apr 6, 2011 - 01:28pm PT
Got to meet Vladimir Ashkenazy and Andre Watts many years ago when they participated in a piano recital series in Carmel. Vlato is a diminutive man, shorter by inches than me and I'm 5'7", but his hands were bigger than mine, and as a pianist and piano music composer myself, I salivated in envy when I shook that little man's massive hands.

Andre Watts had long fingers and powerful hands, too, but his handshake was amazingly gentle.

Both pianists played Chopin-only programs, and their individual interpretive styles were quite distinct. Vlato came through in that typical Russian flavor, whereas Watts imbued his Chopin interpretation with a modern flavor, almost a Gershwinesque coloring.
Jeremy

Social climber
Albuquerque, NM
Apr 6, 2011 - 01:30pm PT
Don't like it.

I'd rather watch COPS.

Bad Boys Bad Boys!
Gary

climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Apr 6, 2011 - 01:53pm PT
eKat, nice choice. Me likey baroque, too.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFdbQtu2A4Q
eKat

climber
http://www.ecokath.com/
Apr 6, 2011 - 01:55pm PT
eKat, nice choice. Me likey baroque, too.

WOW. . . that one you posted is really, really good!

TFPU!

eKat
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 6, 2011 - 01:56pm PT
I shoulda brought my vinyl of Shostakovich playing some of his own preludes to the Josh get-down.
Pretty sure that woulda brought the house down.
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Apr 6, 2011 - 02:07pm PT
Andre Watts had long fingers and powerful hands, too, but his handshake was amazingly gentle.

I, too, got to shake the hand of Andre Watts, and I agree -- although I think both of us were being restrained because he didn't want to hurt me, and I didn't want to be the guy who ruined the career of Andre Watts!

Because I'm a keyboardist and a vocalist, my recorded music tends to gravitate toward those media. I love baroque, but the real treasures in my collection (all vinyl) cover a broader period: the Schnabel recordings of the 32 Beethoven sonatas, Wanda Landowska and Albert Schweitzer playing Bach, and Rachmaninov playing his own preludes.

John
Gary

climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Apr 6, 2011 - 08:00pm PT
I've been lucky enough to see Yefim Bronfman perform Tchaichovsky and Bartok. He's the best I've ever heard live. His encores are even better. He's good with Rachmaninoff, too.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bh_09qSKNBs
Ksolem

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Apr 6, 2011 - 08:06pm PT
I shoulda brought my vinyl of Shostakovich playing some of his own preludes to the Josh get-down.
Pretty sure that woulda brought the house down.

That's one I need to hear.
GnomicMaster

Mountain climber
Ventana Wilderness
Apr 6, 2011 - 08:40pm PT
Yeah, Watts' hands were to be envied. I was allowed to attend the post-recital backstage gatherings because the couple who sponsored the series were friends of mine. When I walked up to Andre all I could say as I took his hands in mine -- we grabbed one another's left and right hands -- was "Thank you for keeping THE MUSIC alive."

That was quite a series. Besides Watts and Ashkenazy there was George Bolet (RIP), Nelson Friere, and John O'Conor. Doesn't get much better than that for a piano series.

It was O'Conor who informed me that it was his ancestral countryman John Field who invented the nocturne, not Chopin as a lot of people believe. Of course Chopin took that form to perfection with quantity, but it was an Irishman who invented it.

Ever have the pleasure to see/hear Rudolph Serkin (RIP) perform? I saw him mid-1980s at Davies in SF. My seats were up close so my new bride at the time and I were able to see him mouthing his fingering. His mouth moved in silence the whole time he played.

I've managed to see most of my musical icons perform live -- irrespective of genre -- but the one of all others I never got to see was Vlato Horowitz. He was generally regarded to have been the greatest pianist to have ever lived, and I don't doubt that. His infallible perfection and interpretive genius simply has no peer.

If you want to hear the finest performance of Rach's #3 try to find the recording of Horowitz with Eugene Ormandy conducting the NY Phil. You think the gods have come to earth! Genius stacked upon genius upon genius.

I own several different recordings of Rach #3 by various pianists and orchestras, and if you are in touch with the nuances of interpretation and the precision of rendering, the difference between all the other recordings and that by Vlato screams at you.

Yeah, I'm biased, just a bit.
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