Wednesday, March 07, 2018
Classical music of the past 100 years  1938-1947
1938 Webern - String quartet
1939 Prokofiev - Alexander Nevsky cantata
1940 Lilburn - Aotearoa overture
1941 Messiaen - Quatuor pour la fin du temps
1942 Schoenberg - Piano concerto
1943 Martin - Der Cornet
1944 Moroi - Symphony 3
1945 Moeran - Cello concerto
1946 Villa-Lobos – String Quartet No. 10
1947 Barber - Knoxville: Summer of 1915
In this third helping, we once more find a mix of famous names, and almost unknowns. Schoenberg and Webern are key representatives of the second Viennese school. Prokofiev, listed here with my favourite work from his repertoire, also does not require introduction. France's Messiaen is widely acknowledged as one of the most important composers of the century - this quartet was composed while he was in a prisoner-of-war camp. Then we have Brazil's Villa-Lobos and the American Barber - both best known for a single composition, and both very rewarding composers to explore in depth (Knoxville is one of my all-time favourite compositions for voice and orchestra). The three others are really hidden treasures. Lilburn from New Zealand, Martin from Switzerland, and Britains Moeran - with the most beautiful cello concerto ever composed (imho).
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