Thursday, April 02, 2009

Nervous Energy

Anxious recently? Twentieth-century classical music will either rile you up further or provide some kind of catharsis. Or maybe you just like spiky rhythms and moderately unhinged harmonies.
Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 9 (1945)
George Antheil: Piano Sonata no. 3 (1947)
Alberto Ginastera: Concerto for Harp and Orchestra (1956)
Albert Roussel: Symphony No. 3 (1930)
Arthur Honegger: Pacific 231 (1923) for orchestra
I'm crazy about this recording of the Roussel symphony, which has Bernstein and the NY Philharmonic sounding excellently rough-edged in 1961-quality recorded sound.


Blogger nate said...

Hooray for spiky mid-20th century tonal music.

That Shostakovich album with the 1st and 9th symphonies, if memory serves, was the third Shostakovich album I ever bought, after the 5th symphony (Bernstein and NY Phil, ungenerously unpaired on the Sony/Columbia reissue then available) and, a little improbably, Haitink's account of the 13th. (I had figured I should try to listen to some choral music; since my concept of Russian orchestral music at the time was still mainly defined by Rimsky-Korsakov, I figured the symphony's "Babi Yar" subtitle was the name of some possibly mythical pre-modern adventurer whose story the piece would follow in more or less narrative fashion -- not that of a ravine where Nazis massacred tens of thousands of Ukrainian Jews, as well as the rather famous Yevtushenko poem attacking Soviet antisemitism that Shostakovich takes as the text for his first movement.) Ah, heady high school days.

Is there some copyright-defying way to hear your shows on the Internet yet?

4/02/2009 8:58 PM  

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