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Re: Track of the week

Postby Erian » Tue Jul 24, 2018 7:24 pm

Track #25. The Music Weaver, by Sandy Denny.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9haVapO ... haVapOCplc

Hard to listen to this without crying. Sandy Denny died in 1978 in odd circumstances, possibly suicide and possibly not. What a loss.

Some of her other songs are better known, "It'll Take A Long Time" for example. She is maybe better famed for being the lead vocalist for Fairport Convention, a group in the sixties and seventies which - contemporaneously with Steeleye Span, Pentangle, and others - re-established folk-related music for post WWII generations and gave some of us an alternative to Slade. This particular song, sung as usual with extraordinary emotional range, evokes for me her sadness and emptiness.

Here is a clip to a live performance, also compelling:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlNWdt66vzU
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Re: Track of the week

Postby Erian » Fri Aug 10, 2018 1:04 pm

Track #26. Symphony No 3 in C minor, Op 78 'Organ', by Camille Saint-Saëns

Played here by the Orchestre de Paris conducted by Paavo Jarvi at a BBC prom (turn up the volume!):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWCZq33BrOo

I gave everything to it I was able to give. What I have here accomplished, I will never achieve again.


Beautiful melodic symphony, which starts ethereally and ends with one of the great uplifting symphonic finales. This is a super performance. I have heard it played live a couple of times (well worth trying to catch a live performance), but recordings fail very often to balance the organ and orchestra well. Here, the balance is spot on: you can even hear the organ pedals at some points, something I never heard before on the recordings I've listened to - I own four different recordings (I'm ashamed to discover).

My stepfather introduced me to this symphony; it became something of a bond between us. I came to know Saint-Saens' music very well, playing it frequently. There are five symphonies (two un-numbered) and five piano concertos in the late romantic tradition, and all sorts of other concerti, orchestral and chamber music and operas. He's probably most famous for Danse macabre and carnival of the Animals.

The finale, from about 28 minutes in, is stunning.
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Re: Track of the week

Postby Tan » Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:10 am

I first heard the Danse Macabre in the Ghost Hall in the Efteling when i was a child, and it's one of the very rare childhood memories i have (i can still picture vividly the dark room with the skeletons as they dance on those tones, it's uncanny!).
So Saint-Saens is definitely a topper on my list. Still get the chills when i listen to it on high volume.
I have a few of his compositions transwritten to piano but you can't have those last minutes he works up to (frequently in his pieces) as in a great orchestra!
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