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by Tom_I
Mon Jul 02, 2018 11:48 pm
Forum: Music And Literature.
Topic: Late night music.
Replies: 161
Views: 10541

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: 161
Views: 10541

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: 161
Views: 10541

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: 161
Views: 10541

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: 161
Views: 10541

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: 161
Views: 10541

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: 161
Views: 10541

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: 161
Views: 10541

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: 161
Views: 10541

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: 161
Views: 10541

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: 161
Views: 10541

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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by Tom_I
Wed Mar 29, 2017 8:47 pm
Forum: Music And Literature.
Topic: Late night music.
Replies: 161
Views: 10541

Re: Late night music.

Try this if you haven't come across Gisela João before. She's a modern-day fadista, and has become incredibly popular in Portugal. Fado is a traditional Portuguese music genre, generally performed with just voice and acoustic instruments, particularly the fado guitar. It's usually mournful in charac...
by Tom_I
Wed Jan 18, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: Music And Literature.
Topic: Late night music.
Replies: 161
Views: 10541

Re: Late night music.

Here's a composer who has managed to pass me by until now - the Mexican Arturo Márquez (born 1950). Here's his Danzón No 2, with the brilliant Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Orchestra from Venezuela.

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by Tom_I
Fri Nov 11, 2016 9:44 pm
Forum: Humour.
Topic: The poems of Brian Bilston.
Replies: 55
Views: 3102

Re: The poems of Brian Bilston.

And this quite extraordinary poem. As the author says, stay with it, and follow the instructions at the end. REFUGEES They have no need of our help So do not tell me These haggard faces could belong to you or me Should life have dealt a different hand We need to see them for who they really are Chan...
by Tom_I
Fri Nov 11, 2016 9:37 pm
Forum: Humour.
Topic: The poems of Brian Bilston.
Replies: 55
Views: 3102

Re: The poems of Brian Bilston.

And things like:

POEM FOR INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY

never do yoga
dressed in a toga

always wear
a leotard

check first
it is not
a leopard

or your life
will be placed
in jeopard

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