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1  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: "Recent" Toccata Releases on: March 20, 2018, 09:11:00 pm
Nothing on the release of the additional Lemba CD of orchestral works.

I'm sorry to keep on about this, but WHAT 2nd Lemba CD? - And WHAT FIRST Lemba CD, come to that?

Yes, please do explain -- I'm completely unaware of these releases. Who issued them? What is on them? Who are the performers? There is nothing in Amazon, nothing on Lemba's page at the Estonian Music Information Center, and no entries on Discogs newer than the 2005 Chandos release. I enjoy Lemba's music and am very interested in any new releases.
2  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Brilliant release of Russian Piano Concertos Box Set 15CDs on: March 20, 2018, 07:10:21 pm
It seems to me that Paderewski in particular should be rolling over in his grave, in outrage at being classified Russian.
3  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: "Recent" Toccata Releases on: February 26, 2018, 10:24:01 pm
I recall Andre Previn saying that his ambition was to hear every piece of music ever written. A worthy aim, even if he didn't do much to realise it. Unless one explores, one doesn't know what interesting things are hidden in the shadows.

On a somewhat related topic:

A number of years ago, Martin Anderson mentioned that a conductor friend of his had smugly declared that he planned to record every sinfonietta ever written (obviously believing there weren't all that many). I did some quick research and sent him a list of over 400 composers who had written sinfoniettas (and I'm sure the number is actually substantially higher). Martin was pleased to present the list to his friend and set him straight. Obviously the project never materialized.  Wink
4  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: So, the choice is yours! on: February 26, 2018, 10:11:35 pm
I thought John Pickard would be in with a shout! Me, I'd nominate Heather Schmidt.

Hadn't thought of her, but she would be a great choice as well!
5  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: So, the choice is yours! on: February 22, 2018, 09:02:19 pm
Victoria Borisova-Ollas.
6  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Lyrita? on: February 19, 2018, 09:53:01 pm
Hmm. A long time to wait and not a cd which interests me, I am afraid. I was hoping for another instalment in the Daniel Jones series or some Iain Hamilton or Alun Hoddinott symphonies or the Grace Williams Missa.

My thoughts exactly, Colin!
7  Little-known music of all eras / Downloads discussion / Re: Lithuanian Music on: December 20, 2017, 09:01:19 pm
A lot of rare Melodiya recordings of Lithuanian Classical Music here:

A bizarre mix of pop, folk and classical, with minimal documentation. Some really interesting discs here, though. Thanks for the link!
8  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Julien-François Zbinden turns 100 today on: November 12, 2017, 12:40:08 am
Today is the 100th birthday of Swiss composer Julien-François Zbinden, and he is still alive and well according to Web sources!

His music is engaging and entertaining and a number of his works are available on YT for those unfamiliar with his output. He also was fluent in jazz, and there is a video of him on YT playing some jazz on his 95th birthday.

Well worth exploring!
9  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Grigori Ginzburg (complete?) Recordings on: October 29, 2017, 12:00:47 pm
No, these are not his complete recordings.
10  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Erik Fordell: Vedenhaltija (Sjörået), for string orchestra and timpani op.37 on: October 29, 2017, 11:51:27 am
Very interesting! I also listened to a couple of short pieces I found on YT and his music is lovely. It would be wonderful to hear more.
11  Little-known music of all eras / Downloads discussion / Re: Slovak Music on: August 28, 2017, 09:53:21 pm
Thank you very much for these! I'm always eager to expand my knowledge of Slovak music.
12  Little-known music of all eras / Downloads discussion / Re: Slovak Music on: August 10, 2017, 12:53:36 am
Wonderful! Looking forward to your uploads.
13  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Vaughan Williams' 'Scott of the Antarctic' and two Copland film scores on: August 10, 2017, 12:50:21 am
I will definitely be purchasing Dutton's Scott of the Antarctic. I've loved the Sinfonia antartica for decades and am thrilled to have the full score of the film available at last!
14  Preliminaries / Greetings / Re: Truly Bizarre behavior at Unsung Composers on: August 10, 2017, 12:21:50 am
A couple of years ago, I had the temerity to mention Skalkottas in passing in the context of a larger discussion. I was immediately informed that any discussion of Skalkottas was forbidden. When I made a sarcastic response about censorship, the response was "there's no censorship here." I've posted nothing since. Like others here, I retain my membership for the sake of the occasional interesting download.

A sad, sad place.
15  Little-known music of all eras / Wish lists and requests / Re: Onno van Rijen Russian composers' website on: August 03, 2017, 03:22:29 am
Onno, it's wonderful to have your wonderful website back, and great to see you on the forum!
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