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1  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Eugene Goossens on Lyrita on: September 07, 2018, 11:16:36 pm
There's an old recording of this somewhere in the Downloads (or perhaps it's at Unsung Composers).  Chances are it's the same recording Lyrita is set to re-issue.  The piece was fine as I recall, - but not so much as to receive further listening from me, of which it is probably deserving.
2  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: David Matthews Symphony No.9 on: September 04, 2018, 01:22:15 am
What would you have liked as a coupling?
3  Little-known music of all eras / Books about composers and their music / Re: Surprised by Beauty on: September 03, 2018, 10:26:23 pm
Have you made your way all the way through this by now, Colin, and (leaving aside the sometimes odd choice of composers we've noted) able to conclusively evaluate its merits?
4  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Alfred Bruneau - Messidor etc. Does this make any sense? on: September 03, 2018, 10:12:58 pm
Naxos recently released cycle of Brahms Symphonies with the renowned Gyor Philharmonic (that we were all quizzical over) might be a somewhat parallel case.
5  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Alfred Bruneau - Messidor etc. Does this make any sense? on: September 03, 2018, 04:18:15 pm
I thought so too but it seems the orchestra and conductor are different on the new issue.

Careless of me! I apologise for not reading the initial post more carefully Sad

Which leaves the original question still unanswered.
6  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Vaughan Williams 'A Sea Symphony' on Hyperion on: August 31, 2018, 02:43:45 am
I just don't see any reason to replace Haitink's perfect version but others prove me wrong.  It is perfect in interpretation, recording, and performance.  Moving, elegant, dreamy, longing, monumental. 

I agree with you entirely. Others, of course, do not.

Me included.  Among other significant imperfections is Felicity Lott, - just far too stylistically operatic for my taste.  My own long time favorite is the Boult stereo version, infinitely more idiomatic than Haitink (who really doesn't "get" Vaughan Williams, - it's an outsider's approach), and Shelia Armstrong & John Carol Case beat everyone else in my judgment (their "Explorers" is just terrific).
7  Little-known music of all eras / Wish lists and requests / Re: Erkki Salmenhaara on: August 19, 2018, 06:38:21 pm
These recordings are from YLE broadcasts but were sent to me by a good friend who worked at YLE. He is now retired.
They are not "commercial" recordings for retail sale.
Seems there are many radio  broadcasts on this site. Please correct me gently if I've transgressed.
Is any performer info available for Salmenhaara's posted symphonies, or have I missed that?

I note with some dismay that member Tapiola has not been active in this forum for almost two years, and I'm therefore reluctant to attempt a direct contact, which would be my normal way of handling a request of this nature. 


Just in passing, I don't get your reluctance.  He would either respond or he wouldn't.  No offense given by asking, nor (I am sure) taken if he ignored you.

I've wondered what became of Brian (Tapiola) myself from time to time, but have hesitated to send him a PM (hehe).
8  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Ongoing CPO projects. on: August 08, 2018, 12:24:10 am
The subject of the political affiliations,sympathies, associations of particular composers has been discussed on this forum ad nauseam. The discussion goes round and round in circles and is incapable of resolution.

I would respectfully suggest that we leave it alone.

Inappropriate as this thread might be for the discussion, if some members (me not included) want to go more rounds with the topic elsewhere why would that be problematic?  The resolution of debates is a rare occurrence in any case. 
9  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Ongoing CPO projects. on: August 07, 2018, 09:45:16 pm
Okay, there're many more composers with Nazi sympathies. There're many with Stalin sympathies etc. I think cpo intends to evaluate Graener's music, not his sympathies.

The unspoken assumption among those who protest such things is that the music must be infected with the sympathies.
10  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Rolf Hempel (1932-2016): Dialog, for flute and organ (1966) on: July 30, 2018, 12:39:21 am
hundreds! does the instrumentation sound so weird to you?

Are these catalogued somewhere?  What's your source?
11  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Rolf Hempel (1932-2016): Dialog, for flute and organ (1966) on: July 28, 2018, 05:54:02 am
How many compositions have ever been written for flute and organ?
12  About music in general / Individual composers / Re: Stjepan Šulek on: July 09, 2018, 08:46:41 pm
Agree with djarvie's recommendations entirely.  For me No.6 stands out as most compelling followed by No.5, and then Nos.3&4.
13  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: New July cds on: July 08, 2018, 09:01:00 am
Surprised to see the Goldschmidt/Reizenstein CD already posted to (US) YouTube, where I had a listen.  A Hindemith influence, yes, I can hear that, - but Vaughan Williams?
In any case, not at all an easy piece for me to assimilate (or like) on first exposure (the Violin Concerto impresses me far more, - but this can change), and I certainly don't hear the "deep sadness" you (or the note writer?) refer to.  The "long line" is entirely absent.
14  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: New July cds on: July 07, 2018, 01:48:52 am
Reizenstein's Cello Concerto is the piece that most intrigues me.
15  Little-known music of all eras / Books about composers and their music / Re: Surprised by Beauty on: July 07, 2018, 01:08:45 am
Ouch, - yeah.

Schuman, Mennin, Piston, Hanson, Creston, (one might add Thompson, Persichetti, and others) - exactly the characters I myself would wish to read about.

But Stephen Albert, Kenneth Fuchs, Steven Gerber, Jennifer Higdon, Libby Larsen, Peter Schickele(!), Morton Gould, Lowell Liebermann, (a few others also I could name)?

Are these truly worthy of much more than passing recognition?  (Perhaps they are, and I too would be Surprised by some exceptional Beauty were I to engage with their music as the authors have).

Enough essays on the more intriguing and commanding composers may redeem any felt inconsistencies, -  or your antipathies converted to curiosity and even admiration in some cases.

But from outside it seems just so much a hodge-podge.

Please update your evaluation as you make your way through.
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