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1  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Ruth Gipps symphonies on: August 13, 2018, 11:34:47 pm
As you expressed your admiration for the music of Ruth Gipps let me also do so for your (I assume) compatriot Janis Ivanovs whose terrific 11th Symphony is one of the major gaps (in my opinion) in the CD catalogue, along with Tjeknavorian's LSO recording of Khachaturian's 1st Symphony (RCA, not the far inferior ASV recording), the Gruner-Hegge recording of Klaus Egge's magnificent 1st Symphony (Norwegian HMV LP), Gordon Jabob's Concerto for Two Pianos (EMI LP) and Bax's 3rd Symphony (LSO, Downes RCA LP).

Yes, Ivanovs' 11th Symphony is indeed a fine work. It's a shame that neither Cameo Classics nor Marco Polo / Naxos ever completed their Ivanovs cycles. Personally, my favorite Ivanovs symphonies are #s 4, 6, 10 and 17, but I love many of the others as well.

I don't think I've ever heard either of the Tjeknavorian recordings of Khachaturian's 1st. I have Gauk's and the composer's versions. A fine work, in any event.

Yes, I love Bax 3 with Downes (and the LP filler, The Happy Forest).

My real name is Maris and I am indeed Latvian.
2  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Robert Woodcock on: August 13, 2018, 11:26:43 pm
That might be by Clement Woodcock, who lived in the C16 (died c 1590).

You're correct. I had my Woodcocks mixed up!
3  Little-known music of all eras / Downloads discussion / Re: Finnish music on: August 13, 2018, 11:24:44 pm
This said, there is one little error: by accident, you did not provide the correct link for LP 8 (but gave the one for LP 7 a second time).

Thanks for letting me know. The link has now been corrected.

I, too, miss the time when new uploads appeared daily, so I'm glad to be able to help revive those days a bit!
4  Little-known music of all eras / Downloads discussion / Finnish orchestral music from Fennica LPs on: August 13, 2018, 08:14:14 pm
I've now uploaded the Fennica material to the Downloads folder. I had to post in four parts because the forum software doesn't support more than 5000 characters per post.

In the early 1950s the Finnish composers union isued a series of monaural LP recordings on the Fennica label, comprising a wide variety of Finnish symphonic music, much of it contemporary at the time. Works by Jean Sibelius figure prominently, and included several short pieces that were somewhat of a novelty at the time (such as The Dryad and Pan and Echo). I don't know definitively how many discs were finally issued, possibly fifteen or sixteen from what I remember reading somewhere years ago. They were never distributed outside Finland, though they were available by mail order internationally -- that's how I got my first ones back around 1970. Ultimately, I managed to accumulate the first twelve discs in the series, and I've greatly enjoyed the music on them. I believe the discs after these first twelve were more oriented to Finnish folk music. Apart from much rare repertoire, the series is also noteworthy for otherwise unavailable recordings by Jussi Jalas and Tauno Hannikainen, and a very early recording by Paavo Berglund.

The condition of the discs, acquired over the years from a variety of sources, varies greatly. Some pressings are better than others, some discs are noisier than others. In a few instances I managed to find more than one copy and I digitized the one in better condition, so by and large the rips are pretty good (they were done about eight years ago). Noise reduction was applied with Wave Corrector but no attempt at equalization or other improvement has been made. One work, unfortunately, has a few skips that I was unable to overcome -- Sibelius' Spring Song. If anyone wishes to improve on the sound, feel free to do so. All the jacket art was uniform, with the works on the disc listed at the bottom of the jacket front. The jacket rear listed the complete contents of all the discs that had been issued up to that time, so the earlier discs issued had fewer listings on the back. There is no identification on the jacket as to the number of the disc -- that information can only be gotten from the disc labels. You can find some examples on the Discogs website.

These files take up a chunk of space on my Mega account, so I will not be leaving them up indefinitely. Please do not share these links outside the forum.
5  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Ongoing CPO projects. on: August 13, 2018, 07:04:00 pm
A modern recording of Klaus Egge's fine First Symphony would be great. The Karsten Andersen on Philips/Aurora is only so-so with a boxed-in recording and I don't think that the earlier but superior Gruner-Hegge recording will ever be reissued on CD.

Yes, that would be great!
6  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Ruth Gipps symphonies on: August 13, 2018, 07:02:34 pm
Well put, Jeffrey and Colin. I completely agree.

Personally, I'm sick to death of "the best" categorizations. Whenever someone starts a discussion with "Who do you think is the best composer/pianist/etc." or "What do you think is the best symphony/concerto/etc." I cringe inwardly. As if there's a universal set of objective criteria by which all can be judged. We all have our biases, preferences, range of experience, etc., that influence our conclusions. Also, our tastes change over time, based on experience, exposure, point in life, etc. For instance, when I was younger I had little use for Robert Schumann apart from a very few of his works. Now, I've come to adore his music. I've always felt his stature as a "great" composer was deserved, but his music just didn't speak to me. Likewise, Franz Liszt.

However, I'm happy to enter into a discussion that begins "Who are your favorite composers/pianists/etc." or "what are your favorite symphonies/concerti/etc." when that discussion is civil and respectful of the participants' tastes.

Vague, undefined generalities such as "relevant" or "best" are annoying at best, infuriating when used repeatedly without explanation. One of the great features of this forum has been the respect we accord one another's opinions. I left another forum a number of years ago when I had the audacity to express my deep respect for a certain composer's music and another member publicly took me to task for my obvious lack of taste and erudition in taking such a "stupid" position, since in their mind this composer's music was utterly useless, worthless, derivative, and poorly written. The administrator saw nothing wrong with this (no, it wasn't UC). So, I hope we are able to maintain this prized civility here. We don't need anyone here who can only bolster their own fragile self-esteem by denigrating and demeaning others and their opinions.

And, for the record, I very much like Ruth Gipps' music.
7  Little-known music of all eras / Downloads discussion / Re: Finnish music on: August 13, 2018, 06:39:33 pm
OK, mjkFendrich, I will try to post the links later today.

8  Little-known music of all eras / Downloads discussion / Re: Finnish music on: August 13, 2018, 01:20:11 pm
I recently posted a set of links in another forum to uploads I have made of a series of Finnish LPs from the early 1950s on the Fennica label. Lots of lesser-known contemporary (at the time) Finnish composers, some pioneering recordings of works later re-recorded, and a certain amount of Sibelius. Some of these performances are in very rare recordings by Jussi Jalas and Tauno Hannikainen, among others. None of these have ever been reissued on CD (or even subsequent LP) editions.

The potential problem here is that my uploads are in FLAC format, which I know is anathema to some here, but I don't have the time or patience to redo them as MP3s and then reupload them, as well as taking up additional cloud space with those files.

So, if there is interest on anyone's part here in converting and reuploading these files on their own account, I will happily post the links here for sharing under such an arrangement.
9  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Robert Woodcock on: August 13, 2018, 01:07:19 pm
I'm not familiar with the concerti in question, but recently my early music ensemble added a piece by Woodcock titled "Hackney" to our repertoire. It's a wonderful, bustling romp that I see as somewhat of an early music parallel to John Adams "A Short Ride in a Fast Machine." Great fun to play and hear. In the case of this particular work I can detect no influence of Loeillet.
10  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Re: Azarashvili on: August 13, 2018, 01:02:49 pm
This is a most unfortunate situation, but not an uncommon one on many online forums, sadly. As Colin has written, we are being hosted by a free site provider so we have little recourse or leverage to induce them to step in. My understanding is that they have been unresponsive in the past on other matters.

I am also confident that rkhenderson did not post this link with any malicious intent, and am angry and offended by the obscenities directed at him. This forum has been a model of civility for several years -- please let's keep it that way!

My recommendations are these:

Remove the "Azarashvili" thread in its entirity, and perhaps the administration might want to archive some of this subsequent discussion to another thread, without any of the dangerous links.

Everyone should be very cautious about clicking on any links that are even remotely suspicious, especially from URLs that seem to have nothing to do with classical music.

Please immediately report any suspicious link or related activity or problems, to the administration.

Let's see if we can get things back to normal so that we can return to discussing and enjoying music!

11  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Stenhammar – Sången, symphonic cantata BIS-2359 on: August 11, 2018, 12:47:40 pm
Beautiful music, all of this! Stenhammar is one of my favorite composers.
12  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: More Braga Santos on Naxos on: August 05, 2018, 06:40:29 pm
Great news -- I love his music!
13  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Romualds Grīnblats - Rigonda Suite on: August 04, 2018, 01:22:12 pm
Very interesting... My subscription is through IMSLP and Grinblats does not come up at all, either through a keyword search or in the composers alphabetical listing.
14  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Romualds Grīnblats - Rigonda Suite on: August 02, 2018, 07:12:28 pm
I have it and will upload when I have a chance.

I'm confused, though... where did you find it in Naxos Music Library? I looked just now and found no trace of it there. For that matter, I don't recall ever seeing digitized Melodiya LPs such as this one there.
15  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Janis Ķepītis on: July 20, 2018, 03:35:34 pm
Thanks for the clarification, Holger and Dave. I concur that it must be #3.

The problem I have with some of my Latvian broadcast recordings is that they were obtained in the 1990s from a collector who I've since realized was notoriously sloppy in his attributions. Without taking the time to listen carefully and compare details with data on the LMIC website and other sources, I find that there are many instances where the information that was sent with the recordings I received is accurate. Sigh...  Roll Eyes

I especially appreciate Holger's careful and diligent research in cases such as this, and other situations where he's clarified murky details.
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