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1  Various / Miscellany / Re: The Countries of the members of this forum: on: November 14, 2017, 06:43:27 am
this thread is only about what countries only.. nothing about the political leadership of any country please!!
Nor about the complete lack thereof?  Roll Eyes Cheesy
2  Various / Miscellany / Re: The Countries of the members of this forum: on: November 05, 2017, 07:00:26 pm
Two years ago, wifey and I took a vacation to the Algarve, Portugal. We loved it. We really considered moving there as our last move. Instead, we finally decided on the "comfort" of remaining in the U.S. Had we known ................. sigh!
Had we known what? Anything to do with the present political leadership, perhaps?  Shocked
3  Preliminaries / Greetings / Re: Hi on: October 21, 2017, 10:11:16 am
Great to see you here - especially with so many interesting contributions to make from my favourite part of Europe!~ Wink
4  Little-known music of all eras / Works on the wireless / Re: Ralph Williams - Romance for harmonica, piano and strings (1951) on: October 21, 2017, 10:09:45 am
Not the first time Vaughan Williams is mistaken for 'Williams'; it also happened in his youth, but it has been a long time that I myself saw this happening.  Wink
5  Various / Miscellany / Re: The Countries of the members of this forum: on: October 13, 2017, 02:03:39 pm
Hear, hear, Amphissa, still not sure why editing tool changes practitioner to "practitioner", God knows he needs to practice a lot, just not on us? There are plenty worse words to describe that particular (non)entity.
Are you serious? Does this site's software turn 'practitioner' into 'practitioner' [this is a practical check]? And not 'practitioner? But why? Can anyone tell us?  Shocked

Edit: the proof of the practitionerial pudding. But again: what for?
6  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Rudolf Escher (1912-1980) on: October 11, 2017, 07:16:46 pm
I'm really looking forward to exploring the rest of Escher's modest output. Based on what I've heard, he's a highly individual composer who deserves much wider attention. Any other admirers of Escher's music?
Of course. Though not one of the better known names, he's still performed often enough in this country. One of the other big shots is the Hymne du grand Meaulnes (1951):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-o8sDVkVLg

'Rudolf Escher was a Dutch composer. From 1916 to 1921 he lived with his parents on Java, where his father worked as a geologist and mineralogist. Back in the Netherlands he studied the piano, the violin and harmony privately. At the Rotterdam Conservatory he studied the piano (1931-1937) and composition (with Pijper, 1934-1937). Until 1940 he lived in Rotterdam, where most of his scores were destroyed during the bombing by the Germans in May of that year.
During World War II Escher composed Musique pour l'esprit en deuil (1941-1943), which was first performed in 1947 by the Concertgebouw Orchestra under van Beinum and which made him overnight the most important composer in the Netherlands. From 1945 until his death he lived in Amsterdam. After a short study at the Electronic Studio of the Delft Technical University he taught (1960-1961) at the Amsterdam Conservatory. From 1964 to 1977 he taught theory of contemporary music at the University of Utrecht. The result of his teaching is to be found in many studies in the field of music theory and audiology. He was also a talented writer and painter, continuing to publish poetry in literary magazines until well into the 1950s. From 1945-1946 he wrote on music and art for the [weekly] Groene Amsterdammer.'
7  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Fricker Symphonies Nos.1-4 on Lyrita on: October 07, 2017, 09:47:44 pm
Happily the four symphonies are now also available at Spotify; joining in at the moment.  Smiley

Good thinking. At least it is cheaper than the cd release. But I don't regret I ordered the cd's. I prefer the cd's with booklet and so. Space is beginning to be a problem here, but a few cd's can still be added.
I prefer physical books and cd's, too. But with about 6000 on my shelves and no space left in my study, Spotify offers a welcome alternative.  Cool Fricker is intriguing enough though to make it to these shelves one day.
8  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Fricker Symphonies Nos.1-4 on Lyrita on: October 07, 2017, 01:11:01 pm
Happily the four symphonies are now also available at Spotify; joining in at the moment.  Smiley
9  Little-known music of all eras / Works on the wireless / Re: Richard Hol - Second Symphony, opus 44 (1866) on: October 07, 2017, 11:57:28 am
Don't forget that all four Hol Symphonies are available from Chandos with The Hague Residentie  Orchestra conducted by Matthias Bamert:
CHAN9796 - Symphonies 1 and 3
CHAN9952 - Symphonies 2 and 4

All worth a listen, and part of a sadly short-lived Chandos series of Dutch music, including Vermeulen and Dopper Symphonies - look them out!
Have them all, but since then CPO took over the helm and their Dutch series (Badings, Andriessen, Röntgen, Van Gilse, Wagenaar) is even finer.
10  Little-known music of all eras / Works on the wireless / Re: Richard Hol - Second Symphony, opus 44 (1866) on: October 07, 2017, 12:44:45 am
I actually like them. They're fresh and optimistic, and should be played more often.
11  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: New Richard Rodney Bennett Series on Chandos on: September 30, 2017, 03:05:49 pm
Kindly desist.
  Lips sealed Lips sealed Lips sealed Shocked   Cheesy
Agreed. Music is basically a positive 'life force', and doesn't deserve our cynicism. Bennett's music, AFAIK it, has its appeal for quite a large audience and I can see no reasons to dismiss it.
12  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Lesser known followers of RVW on: September 25, 2017, 07:36:50 pm
....and I am happy to ignore Hugh Wood's sour observation that "the work of their (Vaughan Williams and Holst) imitators is already dead".
In retrospect, it's rather obvious that the generation of these composers - Ruth Gipps comes to mind, but also Elizabeth Maconchy - was simply overtaken by the 'high modernism' that came in vogue - more so: in a powerful position - after the war. Now, finally hearing their music, I am so often struck by its quality. How many fine composers have we been neglecting for so long?  Roll Eyes
13  Various / Miscellany / Re: The Countries of the members of this forum: on: September 25, 2017, 06:53:34 am
Lower Saxony, Dutch section
14  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Lyrita Bax on: September 19, 2017, 10:05:12 pm
The Goossens performance has been on Dutton for quite some time:

]https://www.duttonvocalion.co.uk/proddetail.php?prod=CDBP9779]
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15  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Lyrita futures on: September 18, 2017, 09:58:21 pm
I don't think a theme is the same as a melody, though many are. But what I equally admire are - especially mid-20th century - symphonists capable of developing themes that may look rather uncompromising at first sight, and then start to reveal their full potential, melody included.
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