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In recent months, the 85-year-old Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov has received the world's attention more than ever due to the ongoing war. Silvestrov's piano music covers more than half a century, and it would be hard to find a better proponent for it than the composer's longtime friend Boris Berman, whose coming album offers a panorama of the composer's evolution. Berman has also just released a new Brahms album and feels an affinity between the two composers. Read more >>

Topic: Any Krenek lovers?  (Read 336 times)

Offline krncandi

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Any Krenek lovers?
on: October 24, 2022, 11:53:45 PM
I noticed that there's no topics or mentions of Krenek's work. I understand that atonality isn't everyone's cup of tea. However I find his atonality to be very tolerable and it has very playful character. His piano sonatas for example are some of his best works. Especially 4-7

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Re: Any Krenek lovers?
Reply #1 on: October 25, 2022, 01:09:35 PM
I noticed that there's no topics or mentions of Krenek's work. I understand that atonality isn't everyone's cup of tea. However I find his atonality to be very tolerable and it has very playful character. His piano sonatas for example are some of his best works. Especially 4-7
Krenek is a fascinating composer whose work remains well under-exposed; I have often recommended that those starting to familiarise themsevles with his music start with the first three of his five symphonies, even though all were written between the ages of 2 and 22. I think that one problem with assimilating his output is that there is just so very much of it! - and when one considers those early expressionist somewhat Mahler inspired symphonies alongside Jonny spielt auf, his own approaches to serial dodecaphony, electronic music and the rest, it is not difficult for some degree of bewilderment to set in. There are unevennesses, to be sure (hardly surprising for a composer whose opus numbered works alone run to well over 200) but investigation of his repertoire can handsomely repay the trouble that it requires...
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Re: Any Krenek lovers?
Reply #2 on: December 12, 2022, 01:32:56 PM
Yes! Love his music. His 3rd string quartet and 4th piano sonata are my favorites :)

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Re: Any Krenek lovers?
Reply #3 on: January 11, 2023, 05:37:36 PM
Correction to my post above: "2 and 22" should of course read "20 and 22"!
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