Monday, 24 June 2019

EVENSONG. JUST A FEW CHORDS. Franz Liszt: Liebeslied S 566 (Schumann: Widmung)

I have spent most of my life listening to big pieces, symphonies and masses, never knew much about Schumann songs. I heard this a couple of years ago and it rips me up and then puts me back together again, just those couple of bars of Ave Maria at the end. I think it's what they call an homage. It is Liszt after Schumann, realised by Lang Lang and Steinway; inspiration, composition, performance and manufacture. And in that grand piano, trapped forever, lost and yearning, sing all the spirits of the forest.

45 comments:

Mike said...

If you are a Schumann fan, Mr I, try this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qq7ncjhSqtk

Horowitz in Moscow in 1986. The audience were in tears.

Mike said...

Better recording

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XU_ccvjxq6o

Anonymous said...

Schumann is wonderful stuff Mr I. The symphonies are amazing:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSY78CUVCtE

As are the piano sonatas, eg:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Afxr6pWwejk

inmate said...

Evensong is one of your posts I’ve missed the most over the past two years, they motivate me to find and listen to some of man’s most beautiful creations. God speaking through mere mortals.
Thank you mr I.

call me ishmael said...

There is a tussle here, presently, mr inmate; mrs ishmael believes that without the ascendancy of (Judaeo) Christianity the Norse/Pagan religions would have wrought such art as this; I disagree, thinking that only the agony and ecstasy of the Christ Passion, real or imagined, only the Gutenberg Bible, only the Reformation and Counter-Reformation, the Great Commotion fertilised this creative field and it is, as you say, God - or our need of God- who speaks through Steinway - or Fender or Martin - and both soothes and unsettles us.

I am no musicologist and grateful, therefore, that these choices have moved you as they have me.

call me ishmael said...

Thank you, mr mike and mr anonymous, I remember being impressed by Horowitz, when I was younger; there is just so much, isn't there?

I will try the symphonies. Right now.

Bungalow Bill said...

Beautiful, thanks.

mongoose said...

Very nice, Mr Ishmael. I often wish I could play the piano. Wastrel wretch that I was skipping the lessons my parents tried to make me have. But then they tried to get me riding horses amd fecking Irish danccing too.

There is something in the old understanding of quality in art - and not just music. One may not like something, Bach say, but one shouldn't be let argue that it is crap just because of it. The Monuments Men film twaddle was real apparently. The Allies really did have a team of people scouring the continent saving precious stuff and trying to return it to owners. Just for the saving of it. In times as straitened and perilous as those. We can't even save our libraries.

the noblest prospect said...

Bravo. Been expecting an Evensong since your return. Got tickets to see Abdullah Ibrahim later in the year. Jazz, innit?

call me ishmael said...

You've been a big influence, mr bungalow bill.Sometimes it only takes a word.

call me ishmael said...

My older brother and sister had piano lessons but my father's fortunes suffered a dramatic reversal by the time it was my turn and oddly, mr mongoose, I was the better intuitive musician. I still can't play the piano but I can figure stuff out in a way that qualified pianists can't, no matter, I'd love to be able to read and play that piece, above, and I never will.

I read about the monuments men years ago, somewhere, and I thought the film was very good. Wouldn't happen now.

call me ishmael said...

Yeah, I love Dollar Brand, as he was, mr tnp, aside from Ali Farka Tourre I can't think of many African musicians who grab me but he just rolls with it all - classical, boogie, jazz, township and that captivating North African Islamic drone.

The Madagascan Justin Vali Trio were fucking amazing, quirky instruments and weird, Afro-French arrangements, like chamber music from the village.

Anonymous said...

When I was a proper choirboy, Mr I, I was taught to read the music a tad. A singer's part is much less complex in the ordinary than the above malarkey though. We looked for the punctuation - the gaps and the big bits - and piped up using that. That's what conductors are for too.

I had and have no talent beyond the ordinary, I am afraid. Mrs mongoose otoh joins herself to any choir that pauses in its march, even to tie a shoelace. It makes her happy just to sing. She comes back here after on tiptoe, beaming like a mad thing. There is more to music, isn't there, than the noise made. There's that joy in making it. I wonder: does any other animal in the universe really sing like humans do?

Mike said...

Mr Mongoose: listen to the birds - they sing. Where I play golf each morning there are birds (not sure what the name is) with a distinctive call: "fuckit", "fuckit", "fuckit".

call me ishmael said...

I have tried reading the dots and there was a time when I could haltingly play a couple of pieces but it was always too slow, the time between the thought and the action, like writing, like anything.

Once sang the Messiah at the Albert Hall in a thousand voice choir with a proper band and soloists, so I know what entices mrs mongoose to the choral netherworld.

You read the dots, do cha, mr mike, for la gitarre, how's that going?

Mike said...

I'm afraid not Mr I. I've long wished to play the flamenco guitar. Although there are "tabs" (written scores) its largely based on a recognised set of traditional folk palos (tunes or rhythms), which are aurally passed on, about which improvisation is expected. Study isn't what holds me back. Its having all 10 digits being able to function independently, and all 10 fingers are definitely required. I haven't given up yet though, but patience is not one of my virtues. If you watch the Horowitz clip you will see Traumerei looks a deceptively simple piece, but only he can make that sound. So with the guitar when you listen to a mater flamenco player.

Bungalow Bill said...

Those who enjoy this sort of thing might keep an eye on a wonderfully promising Israeli pianist called Ariel Lanyi, some gift he has. He's on YouTube.

My best love is Sviatoslav Richter. There's a scored version on YouTube of him playing Rachmaninov Prelude Op. 23 No.2 which is utterly exhilarating. I've probably mentioned this on here before - I can't remember when I last brushed my teeth these days. Anyway, no apologies, because it will light you up.

mongoose said...

Strange to tell, Mr I, but I have sung the Messiah too. I was however a descant at the time - trilling like one of Mr Mike's winged birds.

Mike said...

Well, Boris has certainly livened things up. Interesting 2-3 months ahead.

I'm not a Boris fan, but I've always felt he has cultivated the buffoon persona for public consumption, and is likely a bit cleverer than he pretends. Just read a Boris quote when quizzed about his need for multiple female companions: "I'm full of spunk".

Johnny said...

Alas, Lang Lang's performance is too mannered to my taste. Have you heard the performance by Sergio Fiorentino?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbWbMhNmDBw

Bane said...

Disabled toilet.

ditti von ditchirrliebe - inventor sploshki-boshki-methode of musical appreciation said...

schrewymann?

nein danke

alltraumalei splishy-splashy not-tones

best imbibed having dunked oneselbst fullisch im raving rheinstream und dann saferlich restrained to nahrest narrenhaus fesselbett, odour?

ditti von ditchirrliebe - inventor sploshki-boshki-methode of musical appreciation said...

schkrewymann?

nein danke

alltraumalei splishy-splashy not-tones

best imbibed having dunked oneselbst fullisch im raving rheinstream und dann saferlich restrained to nahrest narrenhaus fesselbett, odour?

beyond the virtuous valley of the politcally correct plunderkinds said...

i have just one question to ask the morally whiter-than-white european union fanatics:

from you great defenders of human-rights...

where is the ethically required criticism of eu-facilitated niggercide and blood-mineral-trading in africa - and especially in congo?

please read all articles by "keith harmon snow" in order to educate yourself as to the true neo-colonial nature of the european empire and its deep dirty and historic collusion in the genocide - for mega-blood-mineral-profit - of many millions of africans.

please also research the manner in which the eu-customs union has always been deliberately deployed as a vicious and cynical tool of economic oppression against african nations.

socialists, liberals and self-professed progressives...

if you have the slightest commitment to the protection and promotion of human-rights, do not touch the european union with ten-metre bloody bargepole.

the eu is and only ever has been a safe-haven for blood-mineral-thirsty war-criminals, such as the clintons.

beyond the virtuous valley of the politcally correct plunderkinds said...

i have just one question to ask the morally whiter-than-white european union fanatics:

from you great defenders of human-rights...

where is the ethically required criticism of eu-facilitated niggercide and blood-mineral-trading in africa - and especially in congo?

please read all articles by "keith harmon snow" in order to educate yourself as to the true neo-colonial nature of the european empire and its deep dirty and historic collusion in the genocide - for mega-blood-mineral-profit - of many millions of africans.

please also research the manner in which the eu-customs union has always been deliberately deployed as a vicious and cynical tool of economic oppression against african nations.

socialists, liberals and self-professed progressives...

if you have the slightest commitment to the protection and promotion of human-rights, do not touch the european union with ten-metre bloody bargepole.

the eu is and only ever has been a safe-haven for blood-mineral-thirsty war-criminals, such as the clintons.

ditti von ditchirrliebe - inventor sploshki-boshki-methode of musical appreciation said...

ditti von ditchirrliebe - inventor sploshki-boshki-methode of musical appreciation31 August 2019 at 20:46
schrewymann?

nein danke

alltraumalei splishy-splashy not-tones

best imbibed having dunked oneselbst fullisch im raving rheinstream und saferlich restrained to nahrest nuttenhausbett, odour?

inmate said...

Sir
It would appear your long time prophecy of a Government of National Unity, the Demophobes, the Extreme Centrists have taken over the asylum.
The collaborators with the Herman’s and the Frogs have got their way; Mandeslime, the Kinnocks, the Clarke’s and the rest will forever remain untouchable, unaccountable, immune from prosecution and forever in receipt of their multi-million pound pensions.
The British saved Europe from itself on numerous occasions, alas those sacrifices have been long forgotten. Shame.

Mike said...

Mr inmate:

omnifuckingshambles doesn't do this justice. In more rational times there would be a civil war.

inmate said...

Mr Mike
I’m afraid we are too soft, too comfortable to get off our arses, scared by indebtedness.The people are demoralised, well apart from St. Jeremy’s fascist momentum thugs who just want violence reigned down on those who they perceive as ‘the rich’,oh and more free stuff.
If I was a conspiracy theorist, I would believe that this fuck up was planned, ever since the result of the referendum, the fucking dog-shooters have even said they would ignore their people’s vote if they didn’t get the answer they demand. Cunts.
One thick fucker, Labour’s Richard Burgon, “we will get a better deal”, but then would campaign to remain and reject their ‘better deal’ you couldn’t make this shit up.
Still, one ray of sunshine, Kenny ‘brown suede shoes’ Clarke won’t have his snout in the trough for much longer; he can then concentrate on selling tobacco to the African n Ahrab kids.
Oh woe is me, that cunt Nicholas Soames, - the head of Serco, the biggest company nobody’s ever heard of; thieving, corrupt bastards- Grandson of Winston Churchill, how could they, such a great man. Great my arse, ‘s like condemning Fred n Rose West’s kids as all being Psychopaths n serial killers. Greatness ain’t in the genes you cunts, just fuck off.
And the BBC; save the planet, St. Greta, all the leave voters are racist but will soon be dead, so that’s ok, every tv drama family is mixed race good, all white people bad, especially Trump n Boris. It needs burning, with all the highly paid experts n auto-cue readers locked inside.
It’s fucked.
How’s life in the land down under?

inmate said...

Oops,
Soames’ brother is CEO of Serco, my bad.

Mike said...

Mr inmate:

Life down here is about as good as it gets. We are just moving into spring. The weather warming up and the first set of ducklings being sheparded around my golf course by their parents. I have never for one second regretted emigrating as all my worst fears for the UK have unfolded, in spades.

Of course, we have our own bouts of occasional madness, but nothing on the scale of what you are enduring. If I were still in the UK I would have either gone mad by now, or topped myself.

mongoose said...

The Bercow Guvvmint, mr inmate, in the National Interest, has now threatened the Prime Minister of these lands with jail-time if he does not bow to their coup d'etat. It is beyond even Mr Ishmael's powers of parody and satire.

ditti von ditchirrliebe - inventor sploshki-boshki-methode of musical appreciation said...

schkrewymann?

nein danke

alltraumalei splishy-splashy not-tones

best imbibed having dunked oneselbst fullisch im raving rheinstream und saferlich restrained to nahrest nuttenhausbett, odour?


exzerpt aus:

variationen über ein leitmotiv von lunacy

or

variations on a theme of insanity

beyond the virtuous valley of the politically correct plunderkinds said...

i have just one question to ask the morally whiter-than-white european union fanatics:

oh you great defenders of human-rights...

where is the ethically requisite criticism of eu-facilitated niggercide and blood-mineral-trading in africa - especially in congo?

oh socialists, liberals and self-professed progressives...

if you truly have the slightest commitment to the protection and promotion of human-rights, then you shouldn't touch the european union with a ten-metre bloody barge-pole.

the eu is and only ever has been a safe-haven for blood-mineral-thirsty war-criminals - such as the clintons and the blairs.

please read all articles by "keith harmon snow" in order to educate yourselves as to the true neo-colonial nature of today's european empire and its deep dirty and contemporary collusion in the genocide - for mega-blood-mineral-profit - of many millions of africans.

please also research the manner in which the protectionist eu-customs union has historically been deployed as a vicious and cynical tool of economic oppression against african nations.

joke johnson - campaign for the removal of voting-rights from working class scum said...

as a cia-sanctioned super-snob, i am selflessly putting aside all party political considerations and common democratic principles, in order to act in the supra-national, and imperial, interest of putting the bloody british plebs in their place.

emily bomb-belly said...

oh dear me, plebs getting hold of principles is an extremely serious matter indeed, and could prove very dangerous...

ya, before you know it, this manner of mass-irrationality could even lead to popular legislation which prohibits parliament from bombing niggers for their own good.

yvette stuka said...

fuck me - it's the end of democracy as we know it

professor "pc" permafrost said...

mr mongoose

this current 'coup' against the uk government has actually been in progress since the mid-1970s, when prime minister harold wilson was deposed, by the cia, for refusing to send our brave boys to spray the viet-cong-commies, and all their civilian comrades, with liberal doses of democratic death and agent-orange.

it's a bit of a bloody long 'coup', if you ask me - so please, sir, could you settle upon an alternative description for the de facto colonization of britain by the united states of america?

as for the british empire's antique arsehole of perpetual propaganda, mr inmate, please leave it, and its cocky congregation of whatless wanking weather-cunts, to spontaneously self-incinerate upon the earth-shattering, psycho-slashing news that neo-liberal-controlled climate-change is a neo-imperialist hoax, that the sun does not in fact orbit the dense ideological mass formed by the anti-democratic collusion of planets clinton, obama and blair, and that the authoritarian ice-age cometh with an intransigent astro-physical fucking vengeance.

piers

ditti von ditchirrliebe - inventor sploshki-boshki-methode of musical appreciation said...

schkrewymann?

nein danke

alltraumalei splishy-splashy not-tones

best only imbibed wenn saferlich restrained zu nahrest nuttenhausbett - following having dunked oneselbst fullisch im raving rheinstream - odour?


exzerpt aus:

variationen über ein leitmotiv von lunacy

or auf engerlisch:

variations on a theme of insanity

franz scheitboot said...

i met that pathetic pansy-poet schkrewymann, once, down der boozer...

it were the lieder und lederhosen, if memory serves me rightlich...

an' anyway, the dumme pisskopf only went und spilt an 'ole fuckin' maß-glass of deadly-dutch-doppelbock all over the last two movements of me h'unfinished symphonie...

so i smacked the blöde decomposing cunt 'round the 'ead with me 'trout', und left 'im desperatelich tryin' ter squeeze 'is bier back out the soddin' manuscript-papier inter 'is glass.

mongoose said...

professor, the notion that those of the international socialist bent were opposed by those of the national and locally-democratic bent is not new to us here. And the Cold War was what it was. The post-war shenannigans on all sides is likewise part of the conversation. The decay of the mass-industrial raison d'etre of the left is pretty much all we talk about here when we have unravelled the complications of current events. Something is happening here but you don't know what it is.

Patroller said...

What a pathetic blog!

Disabled toilet.

euro-chambermädchen said...

@beyond the virtuous valley of the politically correct plunderkinds


"the eu is and only ever has been a safe-haven for blood-mineral-thirsty war-criminals - such as the clintons and the blairs"


for more detailed information on eu-licenced blood-mineral-merchants...

their blood-bankrolled eu-businesses...

and their blood-emblazoned eu-political-backers...

please read the following bomb-shell-articles by keith harmon snow:


congo’s president joseph kabila: dynasty or travesty?

https://towardfreedom.org/archives/africa-archives/congos-president-joseph-kabila-dynasty-or-travesty/


gertler’s bling bang torah gang

https://dissidentvoice.org/2008/02/gertlers-bling-bang-torah-gang/


please take especial note that star-billing in the multi-billion-dollar blood-fest goes to:


louis michel - former european commissioner for development and humanitarian aid

and his son, a chip off the old blood-drenched-block...

charles michel - belgian prime minister and president-elect of the european council


does the uk really desire membership of a nasty corrupt neo-colonial club, which has not only failed to implement binding end-to-end conflict-free-certification of euro-traded minerals, but which has also impenitently facilitated genocidal blood-mineral-operations in africa, and has continuously condoned perpetual neo-imperialist oil-war in the middle-east?

of course, it's no surprise that the neo-controlled labour party is just gagging to get back into bed with the great european genocide-gang...

glide between the glistening sheets of its glittering glass-palaces...

and grasp the irresistible imperial glory of its golden-haired gratuity...

beyond the virtuous valley of the politically correct plunderkinds said...

i have just one question to ask the morally whiter-than-white european union fanatics:

oh you great defenders of human-rights...

where is your ethically requisite criticism of the eu-facilitated niggercide and blood-mineral-trading which is destroying africa?

where is your ethically essential condemnation of the european union's neck-deep collusion in crimes against humanity in africa, especially those committed as a barbaric by-product of western mineral exploitation in drc congo - a martial operation which, in terms of its laissez faire-lethality, may reasonably be compared to european colonialism and the atlantic slave-trade?

oh socialists, liberals and self-professed progressives...

if you truly have the slightest commitment to the protection and promotion of human-rights, then you shouldn't touch the european union with a ten-metre bloody barge-pole.

the eu is and only ever has been a safe-haven for blood-mineral-thirsty war-criminals - such as the klepto-clintons and the blagger-blairs.

please read all articles by "keith harmon snow" in order to educate yourselves as to the true neo-colonial nature of today's european empire and its deep dirty and contemporary collusion in the genocide - for mega-blood-mineral-profit - of many millions of africans.

please also research the manner in which the protectionist eu-customs union has historically been deployed as a vicious and cynical tool of economic oppression against african nations.

eva evilduster - euro-chambermädchen said...

@beyond the virtuous valley of the politically correct plunderkinds


"the eu is and only ever has been a safe-haven for blood-mineral-thirsty war-criminals - such as the clintons and the blairs"


for more detailed information on eu-licenced blood-mineral-merchants...

their blood-bankrolled eu-businesses...

and their blood-emblazoned eu-political-backers...

please read the following bomb-shell-articles by keith harmon snow about our western establishment's multi-million-man-murder-spree in congo:


congo’s president joseph kabila: dynasty or travesty?

https://towardfreedom.org/archives/africa-archives/congos-president-joseph-kabila-dynasty-or-travesty/


gertler’s bling bang torah gang

https://dissidentvoice.org/2008/02/gertlers-bling-bang-torah-gang/


please take especial note that star-billing in the multi-billion-dollar mercantile blood-fest goes to:


louis michel - former european commissioner for development and humanitarian aid

and his son, a chip off the old blood-drenched-block...

charles michel - belgian prime minister and president-elect of the european council


does the uk really desire membership of a nasty corrupt neo-colonial club, which has not only failed to implement binding end-to-end conflict-free-certification of euro-traded minerals, but has also impenitently facilitated genocidal blood-mineral-operations in africa?

does the uk really desire membership of a nasty corrupt neo-colonial club which has continuously condoned perpetual neo-imperialist oil-war in the middle-east?

of course not, but it's no surprise that the neo-controlled labour party is just gagging to get back into bed with the great european genocide-gang...

glide between the glistening sheets of its glittering glass-palaces...

and grasp the irresistible imperial glory of its golden-haired gratuity...