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by Tom_I
Sat Sep 29, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: Music And Literature.
Topic: Late night music.
Replies: 168
Views: 19194

Re: Late night music.

Von Eviger Liebe - a beautiful song by Brahms, performed by Peter Harris and Hamish Brown, joint winners of the young artist platform at the Oxford Lieder Festival 2017.

I'm particularly impressed with how the pianist turns his own pages so quickly.


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by Tom_I
Wed Sep 19, 2018 10:49 pm
Forum: Music And Literature.
Topic: Late night music.
Replies: 168
Views: 19194

Re: Late night music.

Another Schubert/Liszt transcription, from a pianist I hadn't come across before, Georgian/French artist Khatia Buniatishvili. It's the serenade from Schubert's Schwanengesang, in a beautifully understated performance. Just lovely, though she does ignore some of Liszt's dynamic markings, but I think...
by Tom_I
Tue Aug 21, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: Music And Literature.
Topic: Late night music.
Replies: 168
Views: 19194

Re: Late night music.

Time for a right rollicking drinking song (in my opinion). This is John Masefield's poem "Captain Stratton's Fancy" set by Peter Warlock (1894-1930), in a classic performance by John Shirley-Quirk. iSzZf251m9E Then just today I found that there is another setting by Ivor Gurney (1890-1937) which, if...
by Tom_I
Wed Aug 01, 2018 11:09 pm
Forum: Music And Literature.
Topic: Late night music.
Replies: 168
Views: 19194

Re: Late night music.

High camp from Schubert from a Hungarian group. I don't think it's meant to be, but it just seems that way. Actually it's quite a nice performance of this part song for female soloist and chorus. I just can't help feeling that the two tenors have put on the wrong jackets, judging by the sleeve lengt...
by Tom_I
Mon Jul 02, 2018 11:48 pm
Forum: Music And Literature.
Topic: Late night music.
Replies: 168
Views: 19194

Re: Late night music.

Polish countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński again. I have never really liked the countertenor (or male alto) voice. It was popular in the 18th century, when there were some well-known castrati (Farinelli was probably the best known), but it fell out of fashion. In the 20th century Alfred Deller was ins...
by Tom_I
Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:01 pm
Forum: Music And Literature.
Topic: Late night music.
Replies: 168
Views: 19194

Re: Late night music.

Personally I find Bach's 200+ cantatas a source of almost endless tedium, but occasionally a movement or aria turns up which is a real gem, and this is one, in my opinion. It's the opening aria from Cantata No 170, "Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust", sung by Polish countertenor Jakub Józef Orlińsk...
by Tom_I
Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: Music And Literature.
Topic: Late night music.
Replies: 168
Views: 19194

Re: Late night music.

I've already said I'm a big fan of Liszt's transcriptions for piano of other composers' songs. I'm not sure I'd heard this one before. It's Schubert's song "Die junge Nonne" ("The Young Nun") in a masterly performance by British pianist Leon McCawley.

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by Tom_I
Wed Nov 01, 2017 10:43 pm
Forum: Music And Literature.
Topic: Late night music.
Replies: 168
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Re: Late night music.

A great perfomance of the slow movement of Schubert's second piano trio by the French group Trio Wanderer, featuring the wonderfully named pianist Vincent Coq.

This was used as one of the central musical themes in Stanley Kubrick's 1975 film "Barry Lyndon".


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by Tom_I
Sun Oct 15, 2017 11:07 pm
Forum: Music And Literature.
Topic: Late night music.
Replies: 168
Views: 19194

Re: Late night music.

I've just accidentally come across a name from the past - Czech harpsichordist Zuzana Růžičková, born 1927. I bought an LP of her playing Bach keyboard concertos in the 1970s, but never knew anythng about her. Apparently she died in September this year, aged 90. Her style is a bit "old school" compa...
by Tom_I
Fri Aug 11, 2017 4:56 pm
Forum: Music And Literature.
Topic: Late night music.
Replies: 168
Views: 19194

Re: Late night music.

Piano duets can be fun to watch, if played well.

Here are the Dutch brothers Lucas and Arthur Jussen playing the Allegro from Mozart's sonata for piano, four hands K.521. They moon and swoon a bit too much for my liking, but the fingerwork is terrific.


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by Tom_I
Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:33 pm
Forum: Music And Literature.
Topic: Late night music.
Replies: 168
Views: 19194

Re: Late night music.

I couldn't quite believe this when I stumbled across it on Youtube. I'm a big fan of Liszt's transcriptions of songs by other composers. This one, of Schumann's song "Widmung" (Dedication) is one I particularly like. So here's this young American guy called Matthew Griswold. In jeans and a vest, he ...
by Tom_I
Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:09 pm
Forum: Music And Literature.
Topic: Late night music.
Replies: 168
Views: 19194

Re: Late night music.

And while I was looking for the last video on Youtube, I came across this brilliant version of the complete Fantasia and Fugue BWV 542 by the Moldovan accordionist Stiuca Nicolae. It reminded me of street musicians I once saw in Cologne playing Bach organ works using an accordion, saxophone and tuba...
by Tom_I
Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:37 pm
Forum: Music And Literature.
Topic: Late night music.
Replies: 168
Views: 19194

Re: Late night music.

And for something completely different, a good performance of Bach's catchiest fugue, if that's not a contradiction in terms. It's based on a Dutch folk song.

Nice socks, too. Stick with it until 0:40, and you'll see what I mean.

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by Tom_I
Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:32 pm
Forum: Music And Literature.
Topic: Late night music.
Replies: 168
Views: 19194

Re: Late night music.

Du Var Främling Här Igår. Sound familiar? You'll probably recognise it, though, as it's a cover of "I Close my Eyes (and Count to Ten)", best known from its recording by Dusty Springfield, though the Swedish words are completely different. Dusty's version is great, but if anything I prefer this one,...
by Tom_I
Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: Music And Literature.
Topic: Late night music.
Replies: 168
Views: 19194

Re: Late night music.

Looking through an old hard drive, I found some music videos I had almost forgotten about.

For late-night chill, how about this from Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen and his trio?


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