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The essays he wrote as an old man are very accessible. Incidentally, I read good deal of E.T.A. Hoffmann after a fling with Schumann's Kreisleriana. The Life and Opinions of Tomcat Murr is delightful and far ahead of its time.

For the Schumann piece, Cortot's recording can't be topped. I've heard 20+ others and nobody even comes close. Maybe If Richter had recorded it . . . Of modern versions, Perahia and Kissin play very well. Perahia's more dramatic; Kissin's unexpectedly unaffected.

+1 Cortot's Schumann is unsurpassed IMO, arguably better than his Chopin interpretations (actually I prefer Cziffra's Carnaval)!

 

It's such a shame that all the profound performances especially of the piano are all of such poor audio quality.... Perahia released an album about Cortot's masterclasses, it's definitely worth  a listen as well...

 

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post #3527 of 3533
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Originally Posted by sh4dowd4ncer View Post
 

Talking about Prokofiev and Violin, I will drop my preference as well:


Great violinist!

 

love his 2nd Bartok concerto as well

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On the topic of violins, recent blind listening session testing the Strad against various other modern make violins. Not completely unbiased as the violinist's own violin is the Strad...

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=621&v=VlJ_DXneJ98

 

 

 

I picked 5>2>3

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Originally Posted by uchihaitachi View Post
 

On the topic of violins, recent blind listening session testing the Strad against various other modern make violins. Not completely unbiased as the violinist's own violin is the Strad...

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=621&v=VlJ_DXneJ98

 

 

 

I picked 5>2>3

 

I thought they already tested this:

http://www.thestrad.com/cpt-latests/blind-tested-soloists-unable-to-tell-stradivarius-violins-from-modern-instruments/

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Originally Posted by Quinto View Post
 

..or read Schopenhauer :D 

 

(to me musical analyses is always a disappointment..)

 

Schopenhauer:

 

“The inexpressible depth of music, so easy to understand and yet so inexplicable, is due to the fact that it reproduces all the emotions of our innermost being, but entirely without reality and remote from its pain… Music expresses only the quintessence of life and its events, never these themselves.”

 

 

 

This one I particularly enjoy:

 

"…something of great importance now past is inferior to something of little importance now present, in that the latter is a reality, and related to the former as something to nothing."

 

 

This is why contemporary music is the best :bigsmile_face:.


Edited by perhapss - 4/24/15 at 2:54pm
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Really enjoying this recording right now..

post #3532 of 3533
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Really enjoying this recording right now..

On the Beethovenian theme, listening to one of my favourite pianist, Leif Ove Andsnes. It's easing the pain of studying Dynastic Utility models for my finals. 

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Originally Posted by HPiper View Post
 

Let us get the basics out of the way first, how many symphonies did he write? Am I right in thinking 9 or is that too many? Not a real prolific composer was he?


11, actually. There was Symphony No. 00, which he wrote when he was a student, and then there was the "Nullified" symphony, which he hated so much that he withdrew it. The 9th was never completed.

 

9 sympphonies is not that bad, really. Writing a symphony is no easy work. Not everyone is Haydn or Mozart. In fact, very few major composers managed to pass the 9 mark. Bruckner's symphonies are not the most easily accessible out there, but I am sure if you give them enough time, and attention, I'm sure you will find something worthwhile.

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