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Re: Have your tastes changed? [Re: bennevis] #2752960
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Re: Have your tastes changed? [Re: Damon] #2752967
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I guess some of my tastes have changed. I used to not like Balakirev's Islamey; now I dislike it. smile



I have a flash of anger come over me every time the piece is brought up. That has never changed.

Angry at empty virtuosity (actually, it does have merit and a few tunes)? grin

There are some Hungarian Rhapsodies that are even emptier, consisting of same banal tunes repeated in ever more flashy ways.....

One of the first LPs I bought after I inherited a record player was Andrei Gavrilov playing virtuosic pieces including Gaspard and Islamey (plus Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev). Almost every other performance seemed tame after him (and unlike Gaspard, what's the point of Islamey if it isn't wild?), until I heard Pletnev play it as one of his five encores in London which blew me away, not so much with crash-bang-wallop (though he gave a pretty good impression of going berserk at the end) but with his range of color and his audacious & imaginative re-creation of the piece, including taking a few liberties with the score. (BTW, his Carnegie Hall performance - almost as brilliant as in London - is preserved on CD).

I don't think there's any classical piece I dislike, or grew to dislike - as long as it's in the original form. How could those Finns desecrate this lovely piece?:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSQzUx3QW2Y

.....and turn it into an irritating ringtone? mad No wonder Nokia stopped making cell phones......

But they succeeded in putting me off cell phones for life. I've never wanted one thumb.


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Re: Have your tastes changed? [Re: bennevis] #2752989
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First thing I thought of was the two Glenn Gould recordings of the Goldberg Variations. The 1955 and the 1982 are so far apart in almost every way, especially in spirit.

One of the big difference in me relative to my earlier musical years is a tolerance for contemporary Christian music. Ive even been listening to some Hillsong Worship and Hillsong United with joy lately. Never would have happened previously.

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Re: Have your tastes changed? [Re: BruceD] #2753261
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Originally Posted by BruceD
I guess some of my tastes have changed. I used to not like Balakirev's Islamey; now I dislike it. smile

I started loving it, then liking it, then not liking it and was verging on disliking it until the Olga Kern experience. She really loves that piece. When she was critiquing how I followed Balakirev's dynamic markings at the end, she said, "You don't just let it die away [or something similar]: This is Islamey!" I am very fond of her, I must say.


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I have heard some of the melodies in Islamey played by an Armenian folk ensemble on the kanon, which is a dulcimer from that region. It gave me a different understanding of the piece.


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