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  1. I own 2 complete LvB piano sonata sets: Kempff mono and Yves Nat. Would purchase Eric Heidsieck at a reasonable price (I'm somewhat of a Francophile re. classical performance). Want to add a good modern set which is somehow different, eccentricities welcome if they're well done. The set by Andrea Lucchesini has gotten great reviews, but seems impossible to find. Thinking that the set by Daniel-Ben Pienaar might fit the bill, highly individualistic but overall well-received. Can anyone comment on the Pienaar set? Other recommendations welcome.
  2. Hans Zender (1936 - 2019)

    R.I.P. Outstanding advocate of contemporary music. The "Hans Zender Series" of recordings on cpo introduced me to composers Feldman, Scelsi and B. A. Zimmermann; indeed to "postwar classical music" in general.
  3. From old days of exploring microtonal/overtone music, hadn't listened for a long time. Not sure what to think, offhand it's kind of a "strongly rhythmic" minimalism that I'm not wild about.
  4. Do you wear a watch?

    I've always worn a watch. On days I forget to put it on I vaguely feel something is missing. I've never owned a smartphone. For quite a while I enjoyed having a "nice" (but not overly expensive) watch (I still own one from those days). Then I switched to wearing cheap sports watches for a long time. A few years ago I got a fairly nice (by my standards) Citizen "eco-drive" (light-sensitive, never needs winding) watch, which I prefer (in wet/rough conditions I go to a sports watch). It has large digits, which my aging eyes require . When the original leather band wore out I switched to an inexpensive nylon "NATO strap" watchband.
  5. I've been listening to various versions of the Bach/Busoni Chaconne in D minor. This is a pretty good performance and cool video:
  6. Marion Brown: Porto Novo

    Me too. BTW, Dusty Groove maintains a good source of info on upcoming releases (incl. both of the aforementioned): https://www.dustygroove.com/coming-soon/jazz
  7. What music did you buy today?

    I'm not much into vocal Bach, but love the St. Matthew Passion and enjoy the Mass in B Minor and Christmas Oratorio. Have not thus far elected to explore the cantatas - it's a daunting prospect and there are too many other things competing for attention. Oddly, I discovered Renaissance polyphony a few years ago and became an enthusiast despite not having a big appetite for Christian religious music. But my collection thereof will never get overly big, because there are only so many Kyrie eleisons, Glorias, etc. I want to hear.
  8. Dusty Groove link Amazon shows it as May 3 release.
  9. What music did you buy today?

    Well, tastes obviously differ and you don't have to like Bach...I'm kind of a math nerd and love the structure of contrapuntal music. Regarding lack of "room for interpretation", I've found plenty in Bach. That said, the three Partitas recordings I currently own (Schepkin 1, Tipo, J. C. Martins; Schepkin 1 the favorite) all feature quite a bit of embellishment or "extravagance". Schepkin 2 supposedly tones down some of his earlier embellishments. (Other Bach solo keyboard performers: I own quite a bit of Gould and Schiff on piano, a Feltsman Art of the Fugue on piano, a Feinberg WTC on piano and a Hantai GV on harpsichord. Plus various recordings by those previously mentioned.) I recently read a review of a Morton Feldman recording in which the critic expressed the opinion that Feldman's piano music allows relatively little "r f i" and that recordings don't differ very much. I don't agree, but the dynamics (often pp to ppp ) tend to obscure differences. I've attended a couple of performances of Steve Reich's music recently, and he seems like a composer who might truly leave little "r f i", because the phasing has to be executed so precisely. But I haven't heard all that much Reich.
  10. What music did you buy today?

    I don't exactly need another recording of the Partitas, but they're personal favorites and I really enjoyed Schepkin's earlier (Ongaku) recording, so...
  11. [Tristano, Konitz, Marsh] +1
  12. Mostly to hear Tallis's Spem in alium.
  13. The Partitas, Busoni transcriptions and Goldbergs.
  14. Yep. Also: Although I'm not 100% sure "one-hit wonder" applies...