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1  About music in general / The listener / Re: Which versions of Shostakovich symphonies do you like best? on: June 15, 2017, 09:19:10 am
Haitink in Shostakovich's Eight: brass section of the Concertgebouw has precision and power that lacks at Leningrad's Mravinsky
Totally agree.
2  About music in general / The listener / Re: What are you listening to today? on: June 12, 2017, 09:27:42 pm
Respighi - wonderful composer ! Didn't have the Concerto a Cinque...rectified that, thanks
Agree about Respighi, especially the 'later, lesser-known'. Own a couple of recordings of the late (1933) Concerto a Cinque, but I think I like this one - the earliest, also the first one I heard - most. I don't think it's a masterpiece, but thoroughly enjoyable it certainly is. A bit like the even more strictly 'neo-classical' Harpsichord concerto in Manuel de Falla's oeuvre or like Samuel Barber's Capricorn Concerto (or even Stravinsky's Ebony Concerto for that matter).
3  About music in general / The listener / Re: What are you listening to today? on: June 09, 2017, 09:45:10 pm
Enjoying some lesser-known Respighi, the premiere recording of the Concerto a Cinque (1933) including:
4  About music in general / The listener / Re: What are you listening to today? on: June 08, 2017, 09:59:22 am
Just testing: can't-tell-you.

(I typed the same word, and had the same - very curious - outcome.   Huh
5  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Re: Grant Grigorian Concerto on: June 08, 2017, 06:49:13 am
The 'Yakutian themes' of this concerto are thus explained:

'Taught at the Iakutsk Music School from 1953. His residence in Iakutsk, the coldest place in Siberia, in 1953 and his premature death there remain unexplained by official sources. Probably a Gulag inmate in Iakutia where there were many camps at the time.'

http://prabook.com/web/person-view.html?profileId=1032656
6  Little-known music of all eras / Notice of interesting concerts around the world / Re: Chamber Orchestra of Utrecht Music Academy plays Tubin’s 1st Symphony - 2 July on: May 29, 2017, 07:20:41 pm
Marco Bons will be conducting a performance of Tubin’s 1st Symphony on the 2 July with the Chamber Orchestra of Utrecht Music Academy. More information about the event can be found at http://www.uma-kamerorkest.com/huidig_programma/ and http://www.uma-kamerorkest.com/dirigent/ .

Many thanks! Hope to attend this concert!
7  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Future Dutton releases? on: May 17, 2017, 09:56:11 pm
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My understanding was that in the USSR copyright was regarded as an insidious capitalist thing, and Melodiya recordings were issued without copyright. Certainly it was never mentioned on the LP labels or sleeves.

Of course, that is also the reason the Soviets pirated Western recordings regularly. Toscanini and many others never received a penny in royalties from Moscow.
With hindsight, one of the few virtues of the Soviets.  Wink
8  About music in general / The listener / Re: What are you listening to today? on: May 05, 2017, 09:30:50 am
Many thanks, Gauk. Listening for the very first time to the First Symphony (1944) of Stjepan Šulek (1914-1986), the playful scherzo at the moment. Definitely a powerful voice, but a name I only became aware of when this box appeared, two years ago, and people here started  referring to him. Wikipedia lists ten symphonies:

First Symphony (1944)
Second Symphony (1946)
Third Symphony (1948)
Fourth Symphony (1954)
Fifth Symphony (1964)
Sixth Symphony (1966)
Seventh Symphony (1979)
Eighth Symphony (1981)
Epitaf (1971)
Runke (1972)

This Musicweb overview is also very helpful: http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2016/Sep/Sulek_symphonies.htm
9  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Future Dutton releases? on: May 03, 2017, 06:46:20 am
In July the chorus and orchestra of English National Opera under Martyn Brabbins will record four pieces by Havergal Brian:

Overture "For Valour" (1902/06)Fantastic Variations on an Old Rhyme (1907)
Cantata "The Vision of Cleopatra" for soprano, mezzo-soprano, contralto, tenor, chorus and orchestra(1908) (realised by John Pickard)
Two Choral Pieces for female voices and orchestra (formerly known as Two Herrick Songs) (1912)


The two purely orchestral works featured on Naxos cds originally issued in the 1990s and both together with the work previously known as the Two Herrick Songs on old Cameo Classics cds in amateur performances by the City of Hull Youth Orchestra.

This will be a very well-stocked cd with over 70 minutes of music. Personally I would have liked a new recording of Psalm 23 and, perhaps, "In Memoriam" but no doubt these will follow in time.

More proof that Dutton seem to be alive and kicking Smiley
Great news indeed!
10  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Ongoing CPO projects. on: May 02, 2017, 10:07:52 am
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In the past they have blamed their cd booklet authors and/or translators for delays.

If it's taking up to 20 years then there'd be time enough to teach a CPO employee a new language and get them to translate it.

 Grin

In the meantime, he or she could even learn to compose and perform the piece him/herself. Spares time and money too.
11  Little-known music of all eras / Broadcast videos / Re: Xavier Montsalvatge - Sinfonia de Réquiem (1987) on: April 30, 2017, 10:58:58 am
And there's a second reccording from 2014, Naxos:
12  Little-known music of all eras / Broadcast videos / Re: Xavier Montsalvatge - Sinfonia de Réquiem (1987) on: April 30, 2017, 10:54:02 am
I wasn't aware before, but since 2012 there's a commercial recording of it by Chandos (and it doesn't even claim to be a premìere):
13  About music in general / Individual composers / Re: Majas Alyamani on: April 29, 2017, 08:22:33 pm
There's a Wikipedia entry on him. Apparently, as a Syrian musician and composer, he's now living in Germany: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MAias_Alyamani
14  About music in general / The listener / Re: What are you listening to today? on: April 29, 2017, 04:10:57 pm
Trying to play all recorded - six out of seven - symphonies by Camargo Guarnieri. Has anyone ever heard of a recording of his Seventh from 1985 (that isn't even listed at Wikipedia)?

So far, we have exquisite recordings with the São Paulo SO conducted for BIS by John Neschling of symphonies No. 1 (1944), 2 "Uirapuru" (1945), 3 (1952), 4 "Brasília" (1963), 5 (1977), 6 (1981):



15  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: New Tamberg Symphony no 4 on: April 28, 2017, 11:26:28 am
New CD by Estonian composer Eino Tamberg: Five Romances to Poems of Sándor Petőfi Op. 4. Symphony No. 4 Op. 102 (Symphony with the epilogue). Violoncello Concerto Op. 109   released by Vanemuine 2016
Vanemuine Symphony Orchestra, conductor Paul Mägi, Jassi Zahharov (baritone), Henry-David Varema (cello)

http://www.emic.ee/?sisu=tootekataloog2&mid=111&kat=136&id=1573&lang=eng&kataloog=1

The orchestra is new to me: is it connected to the Tallinn or the Tartu theatre of that name?
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