Options A440 / Stochastic Hit Parade with Bethany Ryker: Playlist from January 7, 2020 Options

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Options January 7, 2020: A440, Op. 5, No. 11 INQUIETUDE

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Artist Track Album Label Comments Approx. start time
Sergei Prokofiev  Piano Sonata No. 7 in B-flat Major, Op. 83, I. Allegro inquieto (1942)   Options Glenn Gould Scriabin / Prokofiev Piano Sonatas      0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Krzystof Meyer  Quintet for 4 saxophones and piano, Op. 107 (2007)   Options New Chamber Music: Krzystof Meyer      0:15:44 (Pop‑up)
Krzystof Meyer  String Quartet No. 14, Op. 122, III, Inquieto (2011)   Options   Sonoton  Weiniawaski Quartet  0:20:17 (Pop‑up)
Evgeny Kissin  String Quartet, Op. 3   Options       0:30:12 (Pop‑up)
Agustí Charles  Effigies: III. Inquieto (2013)   Options Agustí Charles      0:37:55 (Pop‑up)
Franz Burgmuller  Inquietude, Op. 100, No. 18 ca. 1865)   Options     Op.100: 25 Études faciles et progressives  0:40:21 (Pop‑up)
Herbert Howells  Sonatina: Vivo - Inquieto (1971)   Options       0:41:37 (Pop‑up)
Federico Mompou  Impressiones intimas: III. Inquietto / IV. Agitato / VI. La Barca (1911 - 1914)   Options       0:45:37 (Pop‑up)
Benjamin Britten  Cello Symphony, Op. 68, II. Presto inquieto (1963)   Options Truls Mork plays Benjamin Britten  Warner Music Group - X5 Music Group    0:55:12 (Pop‑up)

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:05pm Richard S:

  8:06pm P-90:

Happy (theoretically) 2020 !
  8:08pm Listener Robert:

Figured this might be the best comment frame to ask again this one from earlier today:

What's the piece with the same tune as the 4th movement of Beethoven's symphony 9, but it's all horns & chimes, and so severely syncopated, every bar playing the main motif is quarter note, three quarters note? Da-daaa, da-daaa, da-daaa, da-daaa?
Avatar 8:08pm ranjit:

Happy new year!!
Avatar 8:09pm litmuspie:

Evening folks
  8:12pm Sam:

Inquieto would be worried or perturbed
  8:15pm P-90:

Or: turbare
  8:16pm P-90:

I.e. “disturbed” = turbato (Italiano)
  8:18pm Listener Robert:

So, in this context, agitated.
  8:25pm Dean:

You're not thinking of the Ninth itself, are you, LR? Doesn't Beethoven toy with the rhythm?
  8:28pm Listener Robert:

Dean, people have told me that, but recently I've been listening to a Berlin recording that doesn't seem to have such a passage.
  8:30pm Dean:

Walter/Wendy Carlos bumped it up a notch with the Moog version, which was featured in the soundtrack to A Clockwork Orange. Maybe that's the source?
Avatar 8:30pm Bethany Ryker:

It's interesting to think of the word choices composers make, because "agitato" is much more prevalent in tempo markings for one of last year's shows and these tend have a diffferent mood, not as fast, not as rushing but more 'disturbed' for lack of a better word? Ramblings and musings from me....back to the show!
  8:30pm Listener Robert:

It's from the Berlin City Chapel, conducted by Otmar Suitner, can't tell what year, on CD.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:33pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...please fasten seat belts in the auditorium - we may be experiencing some turbulence in these centuries...
Loving this as ever.
  8:34pm Dean:

This? https://www.discogs.com/Beethoven-Staatskapelle-Berlin-Vocal-Soloists-Chorus-Otmar-Suitner-Symphony-No-9-Choral/master/1108199
  8:36pm Listener Robert:

Matches that description, Dean -- made in Japan.
  8:38pm P-90:

  8:39pm Dean:

Well, then, it is an interesting specimen. In 1984 a Fanfare reviewer wrote, "Suitner achieves the ultimate Kapellmeisterisch summit by going from first bar to last without betraying any emotion. Some parts are a bit quicker, and some slower, but there is absolutely no differentiation by tone color, agogics, phrasing, or intensity to suggest that any one part is related to any other in a dramatic structure." And: "The violins are extremely taxed by Suitner's swift pacing of the scherzo, to the point that the dotted rhythm can scarcely be articulated." He even remarked, "Even the diameter of the compact disc was ultimately determined by the express wish of the president of SONY, who wanted a single CD to accommodate the 74 minutes of the latest Karajan version [of the Ninth]."

The medium is the message.
  8:43pm Listener Robert:

Yes, Dean @8:30, that's it, thanks! Found it now on Soundcloud searching "joy" and "clockwork". It's gotten very wide play, used to accompany a lot of short video bits. I'd heard it on a video of that movie, but never realized it was original to there.
  8:45pm Dean:

I think Carlos's work was original to his (then) Switched-On Bach, which preceded ACO by four years.
  8:46pm Dean:

Wait, what, huh? Bach?! I don't know when Carlos developed the Beethoven extract.
  8:47pm Listener Robert:

And I hadn't recognized the Clockwork piece as electronic, thought it was just wheezy horns! But my supposition was right when I told people years ago about that version, that it was a parody of B#9, not another movement of same.
  8:50pm Listener Robert:

I knew fans of Switched-On Bach when it was new. Maybe the switched-on version was Beethoven by way of Bach, as they say of Bach's #1.
  8:50pm P-90:

@Listener Robert: Yeah, you threw me off with that “horns and chimes” description
  8:52pm Listener Robert:

P-90, I thought when I heard Big Country that their strings were bagpipes.
  8:52pm Dean:

Seems Carlos developed it for the movie. (Fun side note: People Like Us, occasional WFMU DJ, masterfully deploy a sample from another Clockwork Orange soundtrack tune, "I Want to Marry a Lighthouse Keeper," on an album from 2018.)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:53pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Thanks, Bethany. Planning on listening again next week, hopefully not from a bunker amidst smoldering ruins.
Avatar 8:55pm JakeGould:

@Ken: If you see me in the smoldering ruins, please say “Hello.”
  8:55pm Listener Robert:

When I was little, Mother was impressed by my ability to pick out all the instruments in a recording. I was also one of those kids who could identify all the car makes; grownups used to win bets on my talent at that. Now I can't tell Moog from bagpipes or Chevy from Datsun.
  8:57pm Dean:

Eh, most digital renditions are pretty crappy these days. Silicon Valley has a long way to go.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:59pm Ken From Hyde Park:

@Jake - Keeping some WFMU T-shirts with me so fellow listeners can identify me.
Avatar 8:59pm mariano:

Thanks Bethany!
  8:59pm P-90:

Thanks, Professor!
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