What Are You Listening To?

I have just discovered Takashi Yoshimatsu. Here is his lovely, lyrical Piano Concerto (Memo Flora) which, to my ear, is reminiscent of Messiaen's music.

I could have sworn that you had previously stated you didn't like Messiaen?

Honestly, I'm not big on Messiaen myself... but I did come to like the Quartet for the End of Time with this recording:


Presently listening to one of my all-time favorites. I fell in love with this in my late teens thanks to the film, Amadeus. The film score recordings of the Requiem by Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields remains my "go to" version more often than not... but today I'm listening to John Eliot Gardiner's recording:

You're probably right that I've mentioned not liking Messiaen before. I suppose there must be some deep reason for our likes and dislikes, which has probably been the subject of a few PhD studies.
I missed my usual Bach on Sunday yesterday... not listening to any music at all... so I'm making up for it today:



Recent technology has allowed for newer reproductions to remove a good deal of Gould's humming without affecting the sound of the piano... or at least so it seemed on this second recording of the Goldbergs by Gould.
Who can explain why one sometimes, for no obvious reason, suddenly longs to hear music one hasn't listened to in a long time? Today I wanted to hear the divine Lotte Lenya's voice. Here she sings one of her husband's arias from Happy End.

And another, possibly more famous one in English, since most of our members speak English. This is from Weill's Die Dreigroschenoper.

I still think it sounds better in the original German.
Hermes2020: Very, very 1980s, and induces a nice little nostalgia trip... :)

Revisiting an old favorite collection while sketching stuff:

One of the characteristics of great composers: their music isn't generic. They all develop a very distinctive sound world of their own, at least in their better work. Now many pieces in the above collection make me smile simply because they are so completely, utterly Schumann that you cannot possibly mistake them for the work of anyone else. :)
Still in a Schumann mood. I first discovered his piano quintet in my teens, when it was played on the radio. I was completely enchanted; it spoke deeply to my romantic teenaged soul. :cool:

It has withstood the test of time and repeated listening: