David_Norton wrote: ↑
Wed Aug 02, 2017 12:11 pm
I'd have to go with the (virtually unfamiliar to most) "Four Seasons Grand Suite" by the Dutch composer Annette Kruisbrink. Here's a review by Steve Marsh:
It's long, I give it that, but the samples sound too "new age" to my ears--sort of an Andrew York vibe that relies on convenient patterns rather than true music argument and depth. Your mileage may vary.
I'd nominate Henze's "The Royal Winter Music" or Kurt Schwertsik's "Ein kleines Requiem" Op. 97. The latter was written for Eliot Fisk--not for the faint of heart performers or audience! I saw him play it two or three years ago. It's about 50-60 minutes long, viciously difficult, and densely written. Kurt is not a guitarist, so he doesn't rely on cliched patterns.
Another suggestion is to drop the superlative case ("most") and change the title to "What are some ambitious...?" As soon as one gets identified, most likely it will be surpassed! While I'm at it, all superlatives (most, best, fastest, clearest, warmest, loudest, etc.) are far too subjective for meaningful discussions for any topics in my opinion.