• Moja bieda

    1 Oct 2010, 12:34 by mensenkinderen

    This entry original appeared on my weblog on Tuesday, September 29 2009

    During my teenage years I was rather obsessed with Romanticism and the music of Frédéric Chopin in particular. My tastes have broadened since then, but I’m still very fond of Chopin and piano music in particular, so I decided dive into the piano works of two other Romantic composers; Franz Schubert and Franz Liszt.

    Schubert is universally beautiful, but I’m still not sure about Liszt. Most of the work I’ve heard from him comes across as technically complex, but rather cold. Liszt was a piano virtuoso in his days, which accounts for the technical complexity of his works, but so was Chopin. It’s as if Liszt treats the piano as a one-man, one-instrument orchestra, while Chopin is attempting to let the piano sing. It’s a bit hard to explain in words.

    Another problem I have with Liszt are the various interpretations by pianists. A popular consensus seems to be that all of his music should be played forte and if possible fortissimo. …
  • In a Nutshell

    28 Dec 2006, 02:08 by chalcemon

    My last ripping project was a 2-cd set of piano music by Percy Grainger. This is volume one of a project recorded by Leslie Howard. I never did get any of the later volume(s), though this one contains a lot of Grainger's most famous works (sadly, no Shepherd's Hey--though that may be a blessing; the hey is one of those tunes that sticks in your head a long time after hearing it).

    My favorite track in this set is Hard-Hearted Barb'ra (H)ellen. I love the simplicity of the arrangement. It's very haunting. This set also includes the Mock Morris and The Immovable Do. Another one I like from this set that isn't as well known is In Dahomey.

    While I've listened to this group quite a bit, I've still been in a brass mood lately. I've scrobbled quite a bit of my River City Brass Band collection, as well as Black Dyke Mills Band. I still have a few cds of both left to rip onto my hard drive. I'm not sure what I'll add next, though.