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Re: Top Ten 'Underheard' Pieces

Postby BenMurphy6 » Mon Apr 25, 2005 7:53 pm

BenMurphy6- Indeed you both did! But not only does that bring the total number of repeated works to a whopping 2. It makes Strauss' Alpine Symphony the sole No. 1 Most Underheard Composition with a score of 11 points!
Ah, supreme justice...

Anywho, I'll follow up on my own suggestion to list favorite recordings of my picks. Hopefully it will help out some of you:

01: Grainger - The Warriors

JE Gardiner / Philharmonia / DG (Also happens to come with a fairly spectacular reading of The Planets...Great sound and playing)

02: Dvorak - Requiem

Can't recommend one because I don't actually own a recording of this. I've heard it live a couple of times and it deserves a much greater audience than it gets.

03: Bartok - Hungarian Sketches

Reiner / Chicago / RCA (Comes with the Orchestra Concerto (uncut) and Music for Strings, Percussion and Celeste, and is now available as a Hybrid SACD!)

04: Brahms - Cello Sonata no. 1

Leonard Rose / Virgin Classics

05: Mahler - Kindertotenlieder

Haitink / Baker / Prey / Royal Concertgebouw / Philips (with Das Lied von der Erde (classic performance), the Wunderhorn songs, and Songs of a Wayfarer)

06: Prokofiev - Symphony no. 6

Ashkenazy / Cleveland / Decca (comes with Symphonies 1, 5, 6, and 7, plus Autumnal and Overture on Hebrew Themes)

07: R. Strauss - Eine Alpensinfonie

Ashkenazy / Czech Phil. / Audite

08: Beethoven - Piano Concerto no. 4

Levine / Brendel / Chicago / Philips (with all the other concertos, and Choral Fantasy)

09: Dvorak - The Golden Spinning Wheel

Kubelik / Bavarian Radio S.O. / DG (with Slavonic Dances, lots of overtures and symphonic poems, 3 CDs and in great sound. Don't miss this one)

10: Vaughan Williams - The Lark Ascending

Previn / Royal Phil. / Telarc (with a fair performance of Symphony no. 2, sound isn't that good unfortunately)

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Re: Top Ten 'Underheard' Pieces

Postby BenG » Mon Apr 25, 2005 8:38 pm

Some great stuff here! Trumpet Master--I noticed you had two of Stravinsky's symphonies. I chose a different Stravinsky symphony. Very close. And I've never heard of a composer named Crumb. I'm writing a lot of these down.

There are many 'winners' in these lists. I'm glad everyone came in 1st!

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Re: Top Ten 'Underheard' Pieces

Postby shostakovich » Mon Apr 25, 2005 11:46 pm

Hi folks. This thread made me think of "American Symphonies #3". After Copland's, which benefits from a 4th movement based on the popular Fanfare for the Common Man, all others are "underheard". There are several that shouldn't suffer this fate (IMO, of course).

I mentioned Piston's in my list. Its structure and content are much like Copland's.
Creston's features a rousing dance movement (as many of his compositions do).
Harris's had a period of acclaim, but has fallen from favor. Too bad, as it's the only thing of his that should NOT be lost.
Schuman's won an award (forgot which. Naumberg maybe?)
Hanson's is in the shadow of his 2nd, but is very worth hearing.
The same can be said for the 3rd of Peter Mennin.

Oh, and my #1 choice on this thread, John Vincent's Symphony in D (not a 3rd), is well worth hearing if you can find it. It's as enjoyable as any American symphony once you get to hear it a few times. It ends in sheer joyousness (IMO).

Nice work Hal. Nice work all you first place finishers.
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Re: Top Ten 'Underheard' Pieces

Postby BenG » Tue Apr 26, 2005 11:02 am

Thanks Shos...I'm writing a lot of this stuff down!
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Re: Top Ten 'Underheard' Pieces

Postby bignaf » Tue Apr 26, 2005 5:36 pm

[quote]Originally posted by hal 9000:
1st place- [b]OperaTenor

08. Anything composed by *ignaf :) )
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Re: Top Ten 'Underheard' Pieces

Postby piqaboo » Tue Apr 26, 2005 5:43 pm

Altoid - curiously strong.
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Re: Top Ten 'Underheard' Pieces

Postby lioness » Tue Apr 26, 2005 5:46 pm

that was great!!!
My music is best understood by children and animals.
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Re: Top Ten 'Underheard' Pieces

Postby bignaf » Tue Apr 26, 2005 5:58 pm

Originally posted by BenG:
And I've never heard of a composer named Crumb. I'm writing a lot of these down.

George Crumb probably the most influential American composer during the 70's. there was a period in the early 80's when all the young composers were imitating him. he's still considered one of the 5 greatest living American composers.
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Re: Top Ten 'Underheard' Pieces

Postby hal 9000 » Fri Apr 29, 2005 7:10 pm

Gentleman! You can't fight in here. This is the War Room!
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Re: Top Ten 'Underheard' Pieces

Postby BenG » Fri Apr 29, 2005 9:31 pm

I just got done listening to some Crumb snippets (crumpets?) on Amazon. My wife wondered what I was playing. She said it sounded like heavy furniture was being moved around. She doesn't much care for it when I put on Stravinksy and Bartok, so this I'd definitely be pushing the musical envelope if I bought some Crumb. And I just might do that. I'm curious about this music and I've learned something.


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Postby Catmando » Tue Jan 30, 2007 8:47 am

Thought I'd give this thread a bump. Perhaps we can add some new opinions on what we think are some underheard/underappreciated works

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Postby Hexameron » Tue Jan 30, 2007 9:47 pm

Ok, Cat, here's a list of pieces I've encountered over the last year that I think deserve more attention than what they're getting. I apologize for the piano bias, but I'm mostly into piano works:


- R.W. Venezia
- Fantasy and Fugue on a Theme of Meyerbeer S624
- Illustrations du Prophete S414
- Harmonies Poetiques et Religieuses (Pensee des Morts)
- Die Zelle in Nonnewerth S534
- Via Crucis
- Malediction
- Graner Messe


- Piano Sonata No. 13
- Quartet for Piano and String Trio Op. 16
- Variations on 'God Save the King'
- Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 10


- Piano Sonata No. 2
- Piano Quartet No. 1
- Serenade No. 1
- String Sextet No. 1


- Marche funebre in C minor
- Piano Sonata No. 1
- Narzeczony from Chants Polonais


- Pastorale Op. 19
- Premier Grand Caprice Op. 5
- Prelude, Fugue, and Variations Op. 18


- Etudes Op. 2 and 5
- Poem d'amour Op. 3
- Piano Concerto in F minor


- Sonata in E major Op. 6
- Sonata in B flat major Op. 106
- Sonata in G minor Op. 105


- Piano Sonata No. 2
- Piano Concerto No. 2


- Fantasia Contrappunctistica
- Introduzione e capriccio Paganinesco
- Variations and Fugue on a theme of Chopin


- The Sea
- The Forest


- Der Waffenschmied


- Merry Wives of Windsor


- Fatherland overture
- Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Beethoven
- Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Mozart


- La Charite


- Romeo and Juliette


- Anything

Various Virtuoso Operatic Fantasies(no bland potpourri's here)

- Thalberg's Fantasia on Rossini's Moise; Grand Fantasia on Bellini's Norma; Grand Caprice on motifs from La Sonnambula; Souvenirs de Beethoven: Grand Fantasie on the 7th

- Czerny's Fantasia on Donizetti's Don Pasquale; Fantasia on Bellini's Norma

- Herz's Variations on a march from Auber; Variations on Rossini's La Cenerentola

- Pixis's Fantasia Dramattica on Meyerbeer's Les Huguenots

- Grainger's Paraphrase on Tchaikovsky's Waltz of the Flowers

- Tausig's Fantasy on themes of Moniuszko's Halka

- Liszt (just about every paraphrase/fantasy)
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Postby Catmando » Thu Feb 01, 2007 11:16 am

Good to see you back for a post, Hex!

Some other underrated or underheard works are:


Triple Concerto
Violin Sonatas 1-4, 6-8 and 10
Tempest and Les Adieux Piano Sonatas
Symphony No. 4
Piano Concerto No. 3 and No. 4
Choral Fantasy
Early String Quartets
Piano Trio Op. 70 (not the Ghost one, but the other one :P )


Violin Sonata
String Quartet


Symphonies No. 1-7

Rosamunde String Quartet
Piano Trios


Many of his chamber works.


His chamber works. All we ever hear are his symphonies.


Piano Trios and Violin sonatas


String Quartets


The Wild Dove
Early symphonies


Cello Suites
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