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1  Preliminaries / Greetings / Re: Hello on: December 12, 2017, 03:38:37 pm
Certainly with you on the sacred music, Mr. Demetrius, & quite possibly the Russian too.
 From another UK follower !
2  Little-known music of all eras / Broadcast videos / Re: Vladimir Yurovsky Ballet Suite "Scarlet Sails" (1942) on: November 18, 2017, 04:44:00 pm
Nice idea - afraid I gave up waiting for the music to start !
3  Little-known music of all eras / Notice of interesting concerts around the world / Re: Glass Symphony No. 11 on: November 01, 2017, 08:39:15 pm
Reservations notwithstanding - if anyone sees an opportunity to 'acquire' the symphony, it would complete the collection, if nothing else !
4  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Re: Iulia Narcisa Cibisescu Duran on: November 01, 2017, 08:35:26 pm
Quite a 'profitable' website all-round, in fact !
5  About music in general / The listener / Re: What are you listening to today? on: October 31, 2017, 08:30:32 pm
Bernstein: Symphony no. 2 The Age of Anxiety (Thibaudet/Alsop/Baltimore SO). Not sure why I had ignored this work for so long. It gets off to a bit of slow start, but Part II contains some of Bernstein's finest music. That ending is glorious!
Played the start/end of this yesterday to a group of elderly classical lovers...who were not expecting to enjoy it; they did !

Since I'm here - haven't 'bothered' to post a 'concert' for some while...on the probably accurate assumption the nobody looks at it.
 Tough - it's All Hallows' Eve in England, and the saints are in conflict with the devils (mostly the ones scaring the daylights out of you by hammering on the door demanding a treat...or else); thus there are no lights (except for this small laptop) on in our property, so some 'saintly' music might help the night to pass swiftly & painlessly.

Olivier Messiaen - Hymne au Saint Sacrement
Steven Reineke - The Witch & the Saint
Isadora Zebeljan - The Horses of Saint Mark
Gian Francesco Malipiero - Saint Francis of Assisi
Aita Donostia - Les Trois Miracles de Sainte Cecile
Askold Murov - Symphony no. 6 'Offerings to the Russian Holy Saints

Peace and safety to all.

6  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Re: 'Midi' performances on: October 31, 2017, 12:15:55 pm

Ah...that's fascinating; I listen to a couple of samples now, far from unpleasant (to an 'amateur' ear....which I suspect is what most future listeners will possess !).
7  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Re: 'Midi' performances on: October 30, 2017, 07:58:44 pm

Often a big-name game will have a full orchestral score with one or two hours of music in total, and if one scrutinises the credits one can see that, yes, an orchestra (and often a choir) were the performers. But I have also heard it said that sometimes there is no orchestra, and the music is performed on a synthesiser using samples. If so, it suggests that with a big enough budget, one can get a much more realistic sound than comes out of, say, a play-through in Sibelius.

Yes, I get the feeling that 'midi' will be, if it isn't already, a little more acceptable than some of our colleagues might give it credit for - never the same, of course, but passable..?
8  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Re: Jerusalem Symphony on: October 22, 2017, 11:00:49 am
OK - thanks...nothing wrong with a bit of 'bombastic' occasionally !
9  About music in general / The listener / Re: What are you listening to today? on: October 20, 2017, 07:34:29 pm
Hear cantata by Bram Kortekaas on radio and then followed trail to some more things--young
Dutch composer, very accomplished, on Soundcloud then found Tijmen van Tol, also very enjoyable.

Ah - something 'new' to stimulate interest here, thanks. Found the composers - struggling with the cantata; is it listenable anywhere, do you think ?
10  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / 'Midi' performances on: October 20, 2017, 03:24:06 pm
Sorry - don't know where to put this !

In a recent YT thread, this work has been uploaded:

Please note, what follows is not in any way a 'dig' at the post in question.

I've been, in the past, a bit of a 'puritan' about midi versions. When I started, 10 years or so back, taking a serious interest in what was out there, my feelings about midis were pretty clearcut - the attempts were not a patch on the real thing, and I let myself get almost insulted that anyone could think a person with 'some' knowledge of music might be prepared to put up with these as an alternative...yes, I know, pathetically over-sensitive !
However, of course, the midi has evolved. There are performances out there which I (as a definite non-expert !) have to listen to for half a minute before I'm sure that they're computer-generated...and even so, an offering like this work, over which clearly time and trouble has been taken, is infinitely preferable to some of what we are treated to in shopping malls etc. ! It really is quite pleasing !
Are we anywhere near a time when, say, 'mainstream' composers will write specifically for the computer, in the knowledge that it can reproduce literally anything ?
Will orchestras be phased out as too expensive & time-consuming, when a CD can be knocked up by machine that will sound 80/90% as good, and cost a whole lot less to make or to buy.

You get the drift - any thoughts ?
11  Preliminaries / Greetings / Re: Hello on: October 17, 2017, 12:19:35 pm
Hello - might one assume you are the excellent You Tube uploader ? In which case, thrice welcome !
12  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Re: Music from Uruguay on: October 15, 2017, 07:59:49 pm
You're right - 'digging' begins in earnest now !
13  Little-known music of all eras / Works on the wireless / Re: Ernő Dohnányi - Piano Concerto 1 in E minor, opus 5 (1898) on: October 08, 2017, 09:52:33 am
This is a very welcome little thread, thank you - Frankel & Hol, for me, were 'new' pieces.
Will sincerely hope others may follow !
14  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Re: Kiko Arguello Symphony on: October 07, 2017, 03:53:24 pm
Nice 'steer', thanks, Mr. Toby.
15  Little-known music of all eras / Downloads discussion / Re: Bulgarian Music on: October 05, 2017, 05:20:36 pm
Thank you, Mr. G. !
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