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An enjoyable piece, though not especially exciting on first listen. Further listens, of course, yield further insights.

Stefan Kisielewski (1911-1991) (Poland)
Symphony n°2 (1951)
Dir : Tadeusz Wojciechowski

1- Allegro vivace (8.54)
2- Andante sostenuto (9.05)
3- Allegro deciso ma non troppo (6.03)
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Wiener Philharmoniker, Dirigent: Semyon Bychkow. Thomas Larcher: Symphonie Nr. 2 (2015-16; Uraufführung; Auftragswerk der Österreichischen Nationalbank anlässlich ihres 200-Jahr-Jubiläums)
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Such a wonderful combination of rhythm (brass/percussion especially with string carrying the thread), emotional narrative and beautiful solos/duos. Well done!

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Good idea. In time he will find what we need. 

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I look forward to listening later this morning.
 
Enjoying the works of a new-to-me composer this morning. So much talent.
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Dubravko Žerjal 3. Symphony f-minor, Op.21 - 1. Allegro con brio by Dubravko Zerjal
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From +Michael Berridge:

"Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy. To quote the composer: "I have often compared composing to gardening. In both processes, one observes and controls organic growth rather than constructing or assembling existing components and elements. I would also like to think that my compositions are rather like 'English gardens', freely growing and organic, as opposed to those that are pruned to geometric precision and severity".

"The title is derived from a passage in the libretto of my opera 'The House of the Sun': '...like a butterfly in the garden of black autumn...' The motif to which these words are sung is used as the theme for the variations of the first movement. It's texture grows and becomes denser by degrees. The second slow movement, rhythmically and dynamically placid, follows without a pause. The third movement starts off vivacious and brisk, but autumn is a time of leaves falling, of colours, and death, and so soon becomes a solemn dance, perhaps a sarabande in honour of the dying splendour of summer, or as T.S. Eliot said, 'late roses filled with early snow' ".

This is an excerpt from the Ondine CD ODE 950-2, which contains also the Piano Concerto No. 3 (Gift of Dreams), and a 13 minute interview with the composer. All the recordings were made in his presence."
 
Here is some near contemporary music by Einojuhani Rautavaara, Autumn Gardens composed in 1999.
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One of my favorites!


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Re-listening to Uuno Klami Symphony No. 2 today. Very nice!

I. Moderato Molto - 00:00
II. Allegro Con VIvo - 14:33
III. Misterioso e Lugubre - Tempo Quasi Adagio - 20:27
IV. Allegro Assai - 26:28

Uuno (Kalervo) Klami (20 September 1900 -- 29 May 1961) was a Finnish composer. He was born in Virolahti. Many of his works are related to the Kalevala. He was influenced by French and Spanish music, and especially by Maurice Ravel, for whom he had a particular esteem. He participated in five armed conflicts, including two wars in Karelia, the Finnish Civil War, the Winter War of 1939-40 and the Continuation War of 1941-44.

Klami studied music in Helsinki with Erkki Melartin and later in Paris and Vienna. His main works include the Kalevala Suite and the unfinished ballet Whirls. The oratorio Psalmus (1936) has a unique place in Finnish sacred music and is one of the most highly regarded works by a Finn other than Sibelius.[citation needed] Klami also experimented with the symphonic form in his two Symphonies (1938 and 1945) and Symphonie enfantine (1927), and the concerto form in his two Piano Concertos (No. 1 Une nuit à Montmartre and No. 2 for Piano and Strings) and the Violin Concerto (1943). Being a master of miniature orchestral works, the orchestral suite Sea Pictures is also regarded as one of his major achievements. On the recommendation of Sibelius he was granted a small lifetime income from the government. In 1959 he was made a member of the Finnish Academy (one of Finland's highest honors).

The energetic Karelian Rhapsody was the first Finnish orchestral work to be published in Finland, and a long-time favourite in radio concert programs. Klami died of a heart attack in Virolahti at age 60 while sailing his favorite boat "Miina".
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She is my top composer, I have all what is recorded. I am absolutely besotted with her! And she is such a good composer. Many a guy will fall into oblivion, compared with her. What a disaster that she died so young, beautiful in mind and body, there would be no end to what she could have accomplished.

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This is another very nice orchestral piece by Ragnar Soderlind. Unfortunately I don't have much information about the date, place or piece itself.
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This week has somewhat inadvertently, but satisfyingly, been defined by organ symphonies. First, it was Ture Rangström's Symphony No. 4. Now, it is Kalevi Aho's Symphony no. 8. Next, David Diamond's Symphony No. 5. Perhaps, to end, I will listen again to Saint Saens Symphony No. 3.
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I was nonchalantly working to fill out my David Diamond symphony listening playlists, when suddenly I heard an organ playing in the second movement of the 5th! I had to look at the score to validate my ear. Quite a good addition to the composition, and one reason why I am listening to the 5th again.
 
Thanks to +MrWalkingbass for this video: David Diamond (1915-2005): Symphony 5 (Full)

http://archives.nyphil.org/index.php/artifact/5756673d-ab3a-4c6d-a231-c8a69360a656/fullview#page/4/mode/1up
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