Late night music.

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Re: Late night music.

Post by Tom_I » Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:37 pm

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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Re: Late night music.

Post by Tom_I » Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:09 pm

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. Not for purists, I suppose...


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Re: Late night music.

Post by Tom_I » Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:33 pm

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 looks like he's on the way home from the gym, and has blundered into the piano shop by mistake, but decides to give the new Steingraeber grand a road test.

I thought it was going to be toe-curlingly awful, but actually it's a nice performance of this lovely piece. There's some rather dodgy camera work, though.


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Re: Late night music.

Post by Tom_I » Fri Aug 11, 2017 4:56 pm

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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Re: Late night music.

Post by polomint38 » Sat Aug 19, 2017 12:11 am

My late night music, Chris Eccleston, reciting Evidently Chicken Town by John Cooper Clark, with a bit of Bill Shakespeare thrown in from the film Strumpet.
If you don't like the the "F word" don't listen.
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Re: Late night music.

Post by Tom_I » Sun Oct 15, 2017 11:07 pm

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" compared to modern tastes - I think she must have been influenced by Wanda Landowska, who was instrumental in reviving interest in the harpsichord in the early 20th century. What I didn't know was that as a teenager she was imprisoned by the Nazis in Terezin, then in the concentration camps of Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen. Of her family, only she and her mother survived.

There's a Wiki article here which gives some details.

Here's Bach's Concerto BWV 1056, with some photos.


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Re: Late night music.

Post by Tom_I » Wed Nov 01, 2017 10:43 pm

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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Re: Late night music.

Post by Tom_I » Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:53 pm

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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Re: Late night music.

Post by bindeweede » Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:20 pm

Wonderful melody and orchestration, accompanied by some stunning images. Best viewed full screen. Far from HD or even hi-fi, but I found it uplifting in these, for me at least, depressing times. (can be a bit slow to load.)

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[Pity about some of the woodwind tuning, but......]

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Re: Late night music.

Post by bindeweede » Sun Mar 11, 2018 8:51 pm

Rachmaninov's penultimate piano prelude, in a stirring performance by Nikolai Lugansky. Not 3am stuff. Nice images, if not so very related.


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Re: Late night music.

Post by Tom_I » Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:01 pm

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 Orliński, who, until today, I confess I had never heard of (but he's very good).

Spare textures, beautiful oboe obbligato. Just don't fixate on the hyperactive violinists, especially the one next to the oboist, whose knees seem to have a mind of their own.

For me, Bach doesn't get much better than this (your mileage may vary, of course).

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