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1  About music in general / Performance and technique / cellist George Neikrug (1919-2019) on: March 13, 2019, 07:24:40 pm
Renowned cellist George Neikrug passed away last week, two days after reaching his 100th birthday. Best known among collectors as the soloist in Stokowski's 1960 recording of Bloch's Schelomo with the Symphony of the Air, he made relatively few other recordings. However, he spent many years as an orchestral principal cellist and highly respected teacher. Here's a quick bio:

My younger daughter had the privilege of studying privately with him for four years when he was in his early nineties and reported that he was an amazing, inspirational teacher. Apart from the technique, interpretation, and tradition he imparted to her, his knowledge of movement and anatomy was unique. When she began studying with him she was suffering from painful tendinitis. He quickly diagnosed the root of the problem, adjusting her posture, and hand, arm and body positions and movements. Soon the condition cleared up and she has never had a problem again with it. He was in great demand in helping musicians around the world overcome physical ailments and difficulties -- professionals and students -- on many instruments.

According to my daughter, he was especially fond of his time as principal cellist in Hollywood studio orchestras. His cello solos can be heard in Spartacus, Shane, and many other films. I also seem to recall reading somewhere (though I can't find the reference now) that he was the cello soloist in the Beatles' recording of "Eleanor Rigby."
2  Little-known music of all eras / Downloads discussion / Re: Russian and Soviet Music on: January 04, 2019, 12:37:25 pm
Sorry, Christopher, I don't have the LP anymore and no scan or photo. As I recall, though, it was one of Melodiya's generic jackets, though.
3  Little-known music of all eras / Downloads discussion / Re: Russian and Soviet Music on: December 22, 2018, 10:41:24 pm
You're welcome, and thanks for the information on the pianists. I've long thought that these performances were particularly atmospheric, so knowing some of them were students of Feinberg certainly explains their affinity for the music.

This disc was my introduction to Feinberg's music when I found it in a used record shop back in the 1980s, and the 12th Sonata has become one of my favorite piano pieces.
4  Little-known music of all eras / Wish lists and requests / Re: Zvonimir Ciglič (1921-2006, Slovenia) on: December 22, 2018, 01:46:55 pm
I have this recording, and a couple of others by this composer. I'll try to post it sometime in the next week or so.

5  Little-known music of all eras / Downloads discussion / Feinberg: piano music on: December 22, 2018, 12:07:09 pm
Samuil Feinberg (1890-1962)

Piano Sonata No. 5 in B minor / E minor, Op. 10 (1921)
    Evgeniya Polina, piano

Piano Sonata No. 12 in F-sharp major (1962)
    Zinaida Ignateva, piano

Preludes, Op. 8 (1922)
        Allegretto (in G major)
        Misterioso (in A minor)
        Tumultoso (in F-sharp minor)
        Con moto (in E-flat major)
    Viktor Bunin, piano

Piano Sonata No. 11 in C major, Op. 40 (1952)
    Vladimir Bunin, piano

    from LP: Melodiya S10-15223/24 (released 1981, never reissued on CD to the best of my knowledge)

A long-defunct collection of Feinberg's piano music with four different pianists.
6  Little-known music of all eras / Downloads discussion / Goedicke: Symphony No. 3 on: December 22, 2018, 12:03:49 pm
In the Russian/Soviet downloads folder:

Alexander Goedicke (1877-1957)
Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 30 (1922)
      Adagio -- Allegro moderato
      Andante cantabile
   Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra
   Boris Khaikin, conductor

from LP: Melodiya D-04786/87 (released 1958, never reissued on CD to the best of my knowledge)

A sprawling, conservative symphony in the grand Russian tradition, not overtly nationalistic, from the early years of the Soviet Union.
7  Various / Miscellany / Re: Warning to all Members on: October 04, 2018, 01:24:49 pm
Thank you for your clear and measured response to Sydney's post, Colin. And thanks to Neil for your blunt and accurate assessment. Sadly, it's a distinct possibility that "Sydney" is no longer Sydney, although that would be a less upsetting explanation than the possibility that there are mental issues coming to the fore.

I am in full agreement with your comments. For the record, I never sought administrative responsibilities on this forum and accepted them with great reluctance due to time constraints. However, I value this forum and consider it an important responsibility to keep it alive and vital.
8  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Imants Kalnins Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7, Oboe Concerto, Santa Cruz on: October 03, 2018, 01:24:42 pm
Thank you for the reminder, Toby. Yes, Aldonis is not related to the others.
9  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Imants Kalnins Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7, Oboe Concerto, Santa Cruz on: October 02, 2018, 09:56:26 pm
Sorry, I could not locate Kalnin's 4th and 6th symphonies here, can you help?
Also there are other composers with the last name of Kalnins in the download section. Were they all family?

Symphonies Nos. 4, 5 & 6 are in this post:,533.msg6333/topicseen.html#msg6333

Possibly you were unable to retrieve it if you weren't searching with diacritical markings.

Jānis and Alfrēds Kalniņ were father and son. Imants Kalniņ is not a known relation of theirs. There is also a composer named Indulis Kalniņ, who is also not related to any of the previous. Actually, one of my paternal grandmothers' maiden name was Kalniņ, again no relation. While not quite a "Smith" or "Jones" it's a fairly common surname in Latvia.
10  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Re: Links to videos of compositions by little-known composers on: October 02, 2018, 09:46:14 pm
My apologies to all for my protracted absence in the midst of this unexpected development. In short, as I've explained to Colin privately, my 89 year old mother has been hospitalized for the past week and I've been attending to her while continuing to work and prepare for upcoming concerts.

I am in full agreement with Colin that Sydney should have no expectation of reclaiming the administration of this forum after definitively relinquishing it earlier this year, nor is it appropriate for him to assume that he can just step back into his role with no consultation, much as he relinquished it with no consultation or discussion.

Further, as I understand the rules of this forum it is a violation of our forum's "prime directive" to post commercially available recordings, regardless of the format. Part of our mission here is to help record companies stay in business and continue to release music and performances we want to hear and own, and not take away potential business from them. Sure, we can all go to YouTube and listen to recordings in the course of considering whether to purchase the actual release. No problem in mentioning existence of such YT uploads here in the course of discussion, either, but let's not load up the forum with the actual recordings, linked or otherwise. We've always been very careful to take down uploads here once it's been shown any particular recording is in print.

Maris ("Latvian")
11  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Imants Kalnins Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7, Oboe Concerto, Santa Cruz on: September 18, 2018, 06:54:47 pm
Actually, all of Kalnins' symphonies, as well as the other works in this new set, are available in our downloads section. The version of the Fifth Symphony is Sinaisky's recording on Melodiya, mentioned in this discussion.

My uploads are at: The first three symphonies were uploaded by another forum member. Just go to the Downloads folder, then to the Latvian Music subfolder.
12  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Imants Kalnins Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7, Oboe Concerto, Santa Cruz on: September 17, 2018, 07:16:48 pm
I first encountered the Fifth Symphony on a Melodiya LP around 1980 and have loved the work ever since. I found the other three works on this new recording distinctly less impressive when Latvian Radio broadcast their premieres a couple of years ago.

That being said, I welcome any new recording of Latvian symphonic music and I hope this one brings Kalnins a wider audience internationally.
13  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Re: Pancho Vladigerove: Violin Concerto #1 on: September 14, 2018, 09:14:06 pm
I'm not sufficiently knowledgeable to comment on the discrepancies in the versions of the First Violin Concerto, but for those interested in exploring more of Vladigerov's works, I've posted a link in the Downloads section (split into two posts since the host puts a limit on total characters in any single post) that will take you to a trove of most of the rest of Vladigerov's orchestral works which I uploaded elsewhere a couple of years ago. All are ripped directly from the original Bulgarian LPs.
14  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Alfred Bruneau - Messidor etc. Does this make any sense? on: September 03, 2018, 06:23:47 pm
This has to be one of the most baffling, pointless, and needlessly redundant releases ever! The music is pleasant and enjoyable, but Lockhart's earlier recording is perfectly adequate.

If someone outside Naxos financed this recording and Naxos is simply releasing it for them, all well and good. But the question remains, why would someone go to the trouble of spending time and money duplicating a relatively obscure existing release (which couldn't have been a huge seller), and do they really expect to turn a profit on the venture? Or is this a vanity project of some sort?
15  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: New Recordings from Dutton on: August 31, 2018, 12:42:20 pm
The completion-in whatever form-of a major masterpiece like the Bruckner 9th or the Mahler 10th, or, in the case of Dutton, Moeran's 2nd or Richard Arnell's 7th (both of which are actually realisations rather than "completions") I can and do cherish enormously. These may not be as the composer intended but they are faithful attempts to do so.

My feelings exactly. I would also add Payne's realization of Elgar's 3rd. Not a masterpiece on the level of Bruckner 9 or Mahler 10, but a work I've come to like very much, nonetheless.
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