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Re: Musical Recommendations thread
« Reply #180 on: January 13, 2018, 03:57:57 PM »
Nikolai Kapustin
is a Ukrainian (born in Ukraine Soviet Socialist Republic) classical jazz pianist-composer and he is largely the inspiration for most of my composition styles. He uses very distinctive and inventive harmonies and writes clever pianistic passages. Though he is obscure in the west, his work is relevant in repertoire among students as well as professional pianists, including Yuja Wang, Yeol Eum Son, and Marc-André Hamelin. There is a likelihood at least a couple of people on this form have heard of him; there are many of threads on Piano World where users who appreciate Kapustin discuss his obscurity and their desire to spread his music.

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His Piano Sonata No. 2 https://youtu.be/1nKmkryShXw (Marc-André Hamelin) is regarded as one of his greatest works. All of the movements are fantastically sublime, jazzy, contemporary, and emotional.

Piano Concerto No. 4 https://youtu.be/-qNIy4pEm1U (Ludmil Angelov) is also an amazing work, in my opinion, written for piano, strings, drum set, timpani, flute, oboe, and clarinet.

His most iconic works are his 8 Concert Etudes, Op. 40, several of which hold places in my and many others' hearts. (Ones I highly recommend listening to before you die in bold + italics.)
No. 1 "Prelude" - https://youtu.be/JKkAA5FKk7A (Kapustin)
No. 2 "Reverie" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBcyDISbyik (Katharina Treutler)
No. 3 "Toccatina" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiSf6jvXvT0 (Charles Richard-Hamelin)
No. 4 "Reminiscence" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-OwkNoOK5c (Shan-shan Sun)
No. 5 "Raillery" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyyXLxiigyc (Daniel del Pino)
No. 6 "Pastorale" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8UDy-8CBfc (Kapustin)
No. 7 "Intermezzo" - https://youtu.be/9FvzPVofjyU?t=159 (Yeol Eum Son - also played No. 6 and No. 8 in the same video)
No. 8 "Finale" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSsUJOd-3Rs (Marc-André Hamelin)

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Prelude by Kapustin was the first work I heard from him after my teacher had me sight read it when I was 12. I think it was truly the first piece that impacted me emotionally and exposed me to a world of music I could appreciate. His etudes are beautifully pianistic and extremely fun to practice, perform, and hear.

I've also listened to several of the suggestions in this thread and everybody's tastes are very interesting and I like this variety. I feel like putting Kapustin in here is sudden and slightly off-topic because his music is mostly tonal and not extraordinarily unique in any aspect; he gained influence in a quite restricted world during his early years, if you read his biographies. However, his music is still fresh; he is alive today at 80 years old.
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Re: Musical Recommendations thread
« Reply #181 on: January 14, 2018, 11:15:58 AM »
Luka,
 
Thank you. Very exciting. His language is jazz-based.
 
Much of it reminds me of Art Tatum.
 
Did you really sight-read that first piece? I'm impressed.
 
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Re: Musical Recommendations thread
« Reply #182 on: January 14, 2018, 06:24:06 PM »
Luka,
 
Thank you. Very exciting. His language is jazz-based.
 
Much of it reminds me of Art Tatum.
 
Did you really sight-read that first piece? I'm impressed.
 
Cheers,
Jer

I can definitely hear Art Tatum in Kapustin's works - his Etude No. 7 sounds much like Tatum's rendition of "Tea for Two."

I didn't sight-read as in play it full tempo while reading it for the first time right off the bat; that would be unreal. I usually just mean reading it and playing it under tempo, which may have hesitations and mistakes. :laugh:

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Re: Musical Recommendations thread
« Reply #183 on: January 15, 2018, 12:00:30 PM »
Tatum for sure, but I also heard Keith Jarret and Bill Evans in the sonata.

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That means that you can look at a piece of a puzzle for three whole days, you can believe that you know all there is to know about its colouring and its shape, and be no further ahead than when you started. The only thing that counts is the ability to link this piece to other pieces...

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Re: Musical Recommendations thread
« Reply #184 on: February 02, 2018, 12:26:28 PM »
Alan Belkin recommended this and I was totally blown away: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUf67ycFhsU  Carl Nielsen, Symphony No. 5.[color=var(--ytd-video-primary-info-renderer-title-color, var(--yt-primary-text-color))][/color]
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Re: Musical Recommendations thread
« Reply #185 on: March 19, 2018, 02:11:57 PM »
I missed his birthday this year, dealing with a couple of issues of my own.

So to honour one of the great composers of the 20th century, the last notes from his pen:

Canzonetta for oboe and strings
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Re: Musical Recommendations thread
« Reply #186 on: March 21, 2018, 10:57:10 AM »
Ahh, that Canzonetta is lovely!

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Re: Musical Recommendations thread
« Reply #187 on: April 04, 2018, 03:35:52 PM »
Not really a recommendation but a piece which some of you may find interesting, composed by F Nietzsche.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIOIUlDB5yU

It is also interesting that one of the comments mentions Schoenberg's Friede auf Erden.

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« Reply #188 on: November 05, 2018, 08:38:38 AM »
I've been checking out Penderecki's symphonies lately. Listened to No. 3 this morning and was blown away. I was in tears during the 3rd movement as it vividly brought to mind the falling of the World Trade Center towers, though it was written much before. The 4th movement strongly hints at "Le sacre du printemps." Here's a link to a YouTube recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_a2pfwKjIY
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Re: Musical Recommendations thread
« Reply #189 on: November 30, 2018, 05:51:36 AM »
If you celebrate Christmas, here are 3 pieces that (in my opinion) deserve more playtime:

Honegger's "Une Cantate de Noel."  If you're looking for snowflakes and dancing sugarplums, then the opening section will be tough sledding, but isn't that kind of how life is? The mash-up of carols in 18/8 time is masterful, and how he unwinds all those carols in the finale is quite possibly my favorite few minutes of music.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shTDEWgHNgQ

Vaugh Williams's "Hodie." More traditional than the Honegger. Narration of the Christmas story by children's choir, songs by shepherds, a march for the 3 kings, mixed in with poetry by John Milton.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mh0CmBQFhEI

Dave Brubeck's "Fiesta de la Posada". I had the distinct pleasure of performing this work with Dave Brubeck himself at the piano, TWICE!
There aren't many performances of Posada on YouTube, so this will have to do:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6kK1Tzl1f8

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Re: Musical Recommendations thread
« Reply #190 on: November 30, 2018, 02:18:29 PM »
Dave Brubeck's "Fiesta de la Posada". I had the distinct pleasure of performing this work with Dave Brubeck himself at the piano, TWICE!

How cool that you got to play with him! I really like Brubeck's stuff.

I was lucky enough to perform several pieces each with Buddy Rich and Clark Terry with my college jazz band. We also performed several full concerts with Bill Watrous (because we came cheap and he couldn't afford to pay for a professional big band at that point  ;D).
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Re: Musical Recommendations thread
« Reply #191 on: December 01, 2018, 07:01:18 AM »
Dave Brubeck's "Fiesta de la Posada". I had the distinct pleasure of performing this work with Dave Brubeck himself at the piano, TWICE!

How cool that you got to play with him! I really like Brubeck's stuff.


In my case “play” means I was a singer in the ensemble. Even so, it was awesome!
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