Mimi Ezust wrote:
>But where is our profound musical 'home'? Who are the composers we most
>turn to when we are feeling like we want to cleanse our tastebuds?
For me, it changes over time. Also, it isn't just the piece...only a
specific performance will do it for me...
Most of what I look for emotionally is renewal and reflection on the
A few things which frequently turn up on my "play lists."
Hindemith: Symphonic Dances (Tortellier recording)...the finale in
Hindemith: Nobilissima Visione suite (Monteux, Boston Symphony
broadcast)...again, the last movement, a passacaglia
Both Hindemith works seem to uplift my spirits, almost to the point where
I am reminded that there can be good in the human spirit. Kinda odd
when I reflect on the persona of Hindemith, especially in his later
Walton: Hindemith Variations (Szell)
Schuman: Symphony No.6 (de Waart conducting, a broadcast performance)
Schuman: Symphony No.7 (broadcast, Munch, Boston SO)
Barber: Symphony No.2 (Alsop, Minnesota Orchestra broadcast)
Debussy: La Mer (broadcast, Koussevitzky, New York Philharmonic)
Shostakovich: Symphony No.8 (broadcast, Koussevitzky, Boston SO)
Vaughan Williams: Symphony No.6 (broadcast, Barbirolli, Boston SO)
Ravel: String Quartet (Juilliard Strg. Qt.)
Mahler: Symphony No.10 (Adagio) (I still like the old Wyn Morris
Copland: Inscape (broadcast, composer with the Boston SO)
Mennin: Symphony No.7 (broadcast, Szell, New York Philharmonic)
Lees: Constellations (broadcast, Monte Carlo, DePriest)
Dello Joio: Fantasy and Variations (BSO recording)
Certainly a mixed bag...Lots of "uppers."
These days, there seems to be very little music written before 1890 or so
that holds much meaning for me.