Late night music.

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My memory might be failing me, but several years ago I uploaded this Roberta Flack song to Youtube, and I believe I posted it as the very first item on this thread. Youtube deleted it for some reason, so I deleted the link. But it's back, for the moment at least. From Roberta Flack's "Quite Fire" album, (1971, I think) which I have on vinyl and CD. It still does the magic for me.... The treble response is desperately lacking in this recording, compared with the version I uploaded, but there is still a chance to appreciate the voice and performance.



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And just to complete my self-indulgence, Carole King's version also from 1971 and her "Tapestry" album. (James Taylor backing, I think.)



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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 I'd forgive her almost anything.

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Thanks for that, Tom. Definitely on the slow side, but more importantly for me is the LH/RH coordination, which I find irritating. Here's something else for your consideration, which also has irritations for me, but don't the two recordings illustrate the amazing variation in interpretation of a delightful transcription?

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And then there is Horowitz. Refined and relatively restrained - definitely top drawer....




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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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Not exactly late night stuff, but anyway. In the late 70s and early 80s, I was lucky enough to visit Finland - 3 times. In those days, a slightly off-path destination. On the second visit, I was taken to the impressive castle at Savonlinna - http://visitsavonlinna.fi/en/olavinlinna/

And in a recent Sibelius mood, I came across this YouTube clip from his Karelia Suite, which briefly features that castle. Just brought back happy memories. Why not?




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Good recording and spirited performance from a Finnish orchestra - Tampere Filharmonia.

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"Sailing By" - Ronald Binge. The ultimate Late Night Music perhaps, introducing the Shipping Forecast on BBC Radio 4 at 12.45am.



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Delibes - Flower duet from "Lakme". The very old BA advert. With flowers!



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An appealing guitar arrangement of "Farewell to Stromness" by Peter Maxwell Davies.


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I heard this recording on the radio yesterday. It's Bach's Prelude and Fugue in E flat known as "St Anne", after the hymn tune used as the subject for the fugue. Originally for organ, this is Arnold Schoenberg's orchestration. Good recording by the BBC Philharmonic and Leonard Slatkin. Ramp up the volume.

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In Vienna in 1918, the composers Arnold Schoenberg, Alban Berg and Anton Webern founded an organisation called the "Society for Private Musical Performances" to perform new music for interested listeners, in the absence of critics. As well as this, they made arrangements of other composers' works for small groups. Surprisingly, one of the composers they all seemed to appreciate was Johann Strauss II. This is Schoenberg's arrangement of the waltz "Roses from the South" set for string quartet, piano and harmonium.

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The nine pieces by Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos called "Bachianas Brasileiras" are a diverse group, but the the best-known is undoubtedly No 5, the first part of which is a wordless aria for soprano voice and eight cellos. It's not easy to pull off, and I have spent decades looking for the ideal recording. I doubt I'll ever find it, but this is not bad.

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Heard this on the radio last week. It's from Rameau's opera Les Boréades, transcribed and performed by Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson. I'm not too sure about the video, but the playing is quite hypnotic.

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In these lockdown days I have been revisiting Bach's trio sonatas for organ, which I haven't listened to for decades. To be honest, I can't get very interested in them, but I did like this transcription of the central slow movement of No 4, played by Víkingur Ólafsson.

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I'm not sure I have words to describe this. No apologies, but it's Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson again. It's his own transcription for piano of the opening aria from Bach's Cantata No 54. It's slow, it's romantic rather than baroque, but I think it's sublime.


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Yes. A fine performance - refined, restrained and reflective. Sympathetic transcriptions of lesser-known and even relatively obscure pieces can be incredibly rewarding to listen to.

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