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1  About music in general / Performance and technique / Re: Gennady Rozhdestvensky (1931-2018): R.I.P. on: June 19, 2018, 06:47:43 pm
Yes, exactly, Svetlanov and Rozhdestvensky were interested in different stuff at least in parts. For sure, Rozhdestvensky's merits with respect to 20th century composers are enormous (and here, he actually did a lot more than Svetlanov), and his repertoire was truly vast. A great conductor has left us, a real loss.
2  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Obscure Soviet Symphonies... on: April 05, 2018, 07:00:55 am
First, I also like Steinberg's Symphony No. 4 very much, highly enjoyable music. It's a work full of elan, vigour and memorable tunes, pure delight. I knew it as a broadcast recording for quite some years and was therefore very happy about this (still rather new) Dutton disc.

Now, as for the problems with the broadcast recording Maris speaks of, here is the story: this symphony was broadcasted by the BBC in the mid-1990s. A friend of mine (his name is Terry – some of the members here know him) listened to it and already found the first few minutes so exciting that he decided to record the symphony. However, as a consequence, in his recording – which is the one circulating online in various sources – the very beginning of the symphony is missing. Basically it's the slow introduction of the first movement which he didn't record. Anyway, this symphony lead him into collecting Soviet symphonies, and he now has one of the largest collections of Melodiya LPs I am aware of.
3  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Frommel Symphony on: March 24, 2018, 01:56:08 pm
Now this is interesting  I had got the impression that Frommel's reputation was not such as to suggest any recordings of his music...yet here is this new disc.

The world is full of surprises 

Colin, it is true that a recording of Frommel's orchestral music is something of a (pleasant) surprise. On the other hand, it should be noted that Frommel has never been totally forgotten. There is a disc from the late 1990s with some chamber music, moreover all of his piano sonatas have been recorded (some of them even multiple times), and just a few years ago his Symphonic Prologue has been played in concert. I also think his large cantata "Herbstfeier" has been performed not so very long time ago.

Anyway, his First Symphony is a great work, I am glad it has finally made its way onto CD. I have already preordered my copy from jpc.
4  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Gennady Vorobyov (1918-39) on: December 26, 2017, 08:43:14 am
In fact, the same is wrongly spelt: the conductor's name is Vitaly Kataev (not Kitaev). He was a Soviet conductor who mostly worked in Belarus (though he was born and died in Russia). Here are the Russian and Belarusian wikipedia articles on him:Катаев,_Виталий_ВитальевичВіталь_Вітальевіч_Катаеў
He recorded quite a number of orchestral works for Melodiya, mostly by Belarusian composers.

Vorobyov, in turn, is an obscure figure due to his early death but I heard his symphony before and it's really nice. Some information on him can be found here, for instance:
(though in Russian again, of course).
5  Various / Miscellany / Re: The Countries of the members of this forum: on: October 13, 2017, 04:23:45 pm
6  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Roine Rautio (1934 - 1961) on: September 06, 2017, 06:33:28 pm
By the way, Roine Rautio already died in 1960. For quite some time, I have wondered why he died at such a young age. Earlier this year, I then found out it was due to a freak accident. During a trip by motor boat together with his two older brothers Erik and Heino, their boat collided with a rock. That was on August 19, 1960. Only Erik survived.

Their father Karl (1889–1963) was a composer himself. If I remember correctly he also composed two symphonies. I don't know about any recordings.
7  Little-known music of all eras / Swaps and Gifts / Re: LPs are rubbish on: July 06, 2017, 07:18:15 am
Too bad I did not take note of your offer – I would have certainly taken them.
8  Little-known music of all eras / Wish lists and requests / Re: Help wanted on: June 29, 2017, 04:31:08 pm
Hi Roelof,

without checking things in detail I would assume it should be the cycle of songs by Ernest Gold which our member Sicmu uploaded a few weeks or months ago. Details are:

Ernest Gold (1921–1999)
"Songs of Love and Parting" for Soprano and Orchestra (1963, orchestrated before 1974)
Marni Nixon, Soprano / Orchestra of the Vienna Volksoper / Ernest Gold

Here are some details about the LP Sicmu uploaded for us:
9  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Obscure Soviet Symphonies... on: May 03, 2017, 07:08:41 am
Scores of all three later Steinberg symphonies should be available (even if No. 5 was only published in 1986):
Symphony No. 3 in G Minor, Op. 18 (1928)
Symphony No. 4 in C Minor Op. 24 "Turksib" (1933)
Symphony No. 5 Op. 31 "Symphony-Rhapsody on Uzbek Themes" (1942)
10  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Future Dutton releases? on: May 02, 2017, 06:25:33 pm
Robin Orr's and Ruth Gipps Symphonies ,Norman Demuth and Inglis Gundry or Cedric Thorpe-Davie works.On russian field i will pray a modern recording of The Soviet East, suite, Op. 75 by Vasilenko

Hi Toby - has Soviet East been recorded? Do you have it?

Christopher, have a look at our Russian and Soviet Downloads. I once posted it right there and the link should still be active.
11  Little-known music of all eras / Downloads discussion / Re: Belarusian Music on: April 26, 2017, 05:46:35 pm
I have posted a piece in the downloads section which my source in Minsk believes is the first movement of the first symphony by Yauhen Tsikotski (1893-1970, Evgeny Tikotsky in Russian). However she is not 100% sure.

If anyone is able to confirm (or refute) this it would be much appreciated! It sounds like it's from a 78.

I have just checked the piece. However, it is in fact the first movement of Tsikotski's Fourth Symphony (of which we have a copy somewhere in our Downloads).
12  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Re: fabulous Serbian composer Ristic,Milan on: March 29, 2017, 10:42:00 am
Thanks for the hint, Roger. Up to now I had Ristić's Symphonies Nos. 1–6&8, so No. 7 is very welcome since it fills a gap. I really like Ristić's robust, powerful musical language, it's both intellectual and emotional, it has its conservive and its more advanced sides, and thus altogether it holds a good balance.

There are two more symphonies by Ristić which I am still missing, namely No. 9 and his early Sinfonietta. I know recordings of these works exist (though non-commercial ones), maybe they will also pop up some day (or even some member has them?).
13  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Mieczyslaw Weinberg on: September 05, 2016, 09:17:21 pm
Thanks for informing us once again, Robert. I already bought the CPO CD set (actually it's just on a pile of new CDs lying next to my computer as I am writing these lines) but I didn't know about the new Naxos disc so far. I had already wondered when the Naxos series would continue. Of course we already know his Symphony No. 17 (since Vladimir Lande's recording of No. 18 was pretty good in my view, it will be interesting to hear him conducting No. 17 as well), but the Suite is completely new and I am much looking forward to it.

As for Greg's comments on Weinberg's output, of course his catalogue of works is vast, especially since he almost exclusively focused on the "large" genres. However in my view he is a composer of truly great stature, and actually I want to hear anything by him I can get. In his early works (that is, in some of the piano and chamber music up to about Op. 20) you still hear him trying out things which may not always fully succeed. However, once he found his voice he produced music of high quality in an enormous pace and rate. Considering the list of his 22 symphonies plus four chamber symphonies plus two sinfoniettas (that is, besides the four symphonies I do not know yet since they have not been recorded so far) I wouldn't want to miss a single work among them. His very last works from the 1990s (Chamber Symphonies Nos. 3&4, Symphonies Nos. 21&22) certainly belong to the most fascinating music I know from these years.
14  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Miloslav Kabeláč (1908-1979) - Complete Symphonies on: July 12, 2016, 09:16:07 pm
Actually, as a footnote, I once did some research on Válek's symphonies myself and found out the total number of his symphonies is even 20. Here are the last ones (on which information is scarce as they do not appear in many sources):

Symphony No. 17 "Hradčanská Station", Symphony-Opera on Words by Anatole France and the composer for Nine Soloists, Two Mixed Choir and Orchestra (1992)
Symphony No. 18 "Alternative - For Ten Years of Velvet Revolution" on Words by Karel Havlíček Borovský and folk texts for Baritone, Children's Chorus and Chamber Orchestra (1999)
Symphony No. 19 "The Garden of Dreams - In memory of natural and human catastrophes at the turn of the third millenium and the entry of ten nations into the European Union" on Japanese Poetry for Mezzo Soprano, Baritone and Chamber Orchestra (2003)
Symphony No. 20 (2004)
Válek also arranged one movement of his last symphony for chamber ensemble: "Joy - Satisfaction!", final movement of Symphony No. 20 for Flute, Trumpet, Violin, Percussion Instruments and Two Pianos (or Four Hands Piano?) (2004)

I don't think Válek got many performances in his final years, so that I would not be surprised if his last symphonies have never been played so far (but I don't know for sure).
15  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Duttons between now and January on: June 29, 2016, 09:21:57 pm
They just finished recording Steinberg Violin Concerto and ‘Turkish’ Symphony in Glasgow.

Great news indeed! Colin should be right about the Turksib symphony. In any case, as the violin concerto has never been recorded before to my best knowledge and the Turksib has only been been available in a broadcast performance so far (a highly enjoyable work so full of memorable tunes!) I am greatly looking forward to this CD whenever it will come out.
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