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Subject: Re: Favorite non-opera vocal works?
From: donald kane <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:donald kane <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sun, 25 Feb 2018 14:11:29 -0500
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To answer my own question, I think Prokofiev's somewhat underrated
masterpiece, PETER AND THE WOLF, may be eligible for discussion if the
recordings narrated by Lauritz Melchior, and Oda Slobodskaya, are
considered.

dtmk



On Sun, Feb 25, 2018 at 1:59 PM, donald kane <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> DAS LIED VON DER ERDE leads the pack for me, and is followed closely,
> by Mahler's Eighth Symphony, then his Second.
>
> I love the Elgar choral works too, and Britten's CEREMONY OF CAROLS.
>
> Then there is the Brahms GERMAN REQUIEM, followed by the Requiems of
> Mozart, Berlioz, Faure, and Verdi; yes, in that order, and Mozart's great
> Mass
> in C minor, Haydn's CREATION, NELSON, and TIME OF WAR Masses.
> Beethoven's MISSA SOLEMNIS, is not an easy listen, but a phenomenal
> work, and Bach occupies a musical universe all his own, with the PASSIONS
> and B MINOR MASS.
>
> My affection for CARMINA BURANA, has not subsided, and I agree with you
> on the supremacy of Lieder, with which I include the Strauss FOUR LAST
> SONGS.
>
> Is PETER AND THE WOLF eligible?
>
> dtmk
>
>
>
>
> On Sun, Feb 25, 2018 at 12:56 PM, Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
>> Way, way too many to name. I get as much pleasure from lieder
>> as I do from opera. I'd need a week to list my favorite "songs" and
>> "cycles".
>>
>> Same with Requiems, Stabat Maters and all manner of sacred
>> music.
>>
>> However -
>>
>> Since you mentioned Elgar, I'll put in a special word for his
>> "Sea Pictures" with Janet Baker, in my favorite of all her
>> recordings, conducted by Barbirolli. It is magnificent!
>>
>> Bob
>>
>> On Sun, Feb 25, 2018 at 12:46 Rich Lowenthal <[log in to unmask]>
>> wrote:
>>
>> > This has come up before but it's been quiet and I thought I would raise
>> > it again: what are your favorite non-opera vocal works, both individual
>> > and choral? (Feel free to choose oratorios or "dramatic legends," even
>> > if they have been staged, since everything seems to get staged
>> > eventually...) For extra credit, name favorite recording(s).
>> >
>> > My own favorites are "Vier letzte lieder" (either Norman or Della Casa)
>> > and "The Dream of Gerontius" (Britten recording with Peter Pears). I
>> > must admit to an almost irrational affection for Elgar's choral works.
>> >
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