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1  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!
2  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!
3  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.
4  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.
5  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.
6  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.
7  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!
8  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.
9  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!
10  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Randall Thompson: Symphony No. 2 (Naxos release) on: July 23, 2017, 09:57:53 pm
One of the great American symphonies -- original, colorful, witty, assertive, often engagingly jazzy. Bernstein's recording is still the greatest for me, but the others are fine and I look forward to hearing this new one.
11  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Re: Lev Knipper Ballet "The Beautiful Angara" (1962) on: July 23, 2017, 09:49:38 pm
Buryatia is five times larger than Ireland.

Quite right, Neil. I got my numbers mixed up somehow.  Embarrassed I guess a more realistic size comparison would be with Germany (137,983)

Thanks for the history lesson!
12  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Re: Lev Knipper Ballet "The Beautiful Angara" (1962) on: July 22, 2017, 11:53:57 am
This ballet was actually co-composed by Lev Knipper and Bau Yampilov, and was premiered in 1959, not 1962 as the video claims, and was revised in 1972. Presumably this is the version on the video. According to various online sources it has been immensely popular over the years with over 300 performances.

Bau Yampilov (1916-1989) was a Buryat composer. Buryatia is an "autonomous" republic, both in Soviet times and in the current Russia. Situated just north of Mongolia, in Siberia, it is about the size of Ireland.

Large works by ethnic composers in the Soviet era were often co-composed with Russian composers, presumably to make the result more "polished" and professional. For instance, the ballet "Kuiruchuk," co-composed by Kirghiz composer Kaly Moldobasanov and Russian composer Gherman Okunev. Or two operatic collaborations between the Uzbek composer Talib Sadykov and the much more well-known Reinhold Gliere.

Many of these works are quite lovely and melodic. Despite concerted efforts to "Russify" local cultures and ethnic groups in Soviet times, the central government was also keen to exploit colorful aspects (musical and otherwise) of these cultures to the rest of the world.
13  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Nikolai Peiko Symphonies on: June 06, 2017, 01:36:08 am
I will be utterly flabbergasted and astounded should a complete Peiko cycle turn up in any form, let alone led entirely by Svetlanov. To the best of my knowledge, Svetlanov only recorded the 4th Symphony commercially (Melodiya LP), and I have never encountered any mention of his involvement in the performance of any other work by Peiko.

My understanding is that there are a total of ten extant Peiko symphonies. Numbers 4, 5, 6, and 7 were recorded and released on Melodiya LPs. Four others have circulated among collectors in live performances. The last two symphonies have never shown up. There was also an earlier recording of the 4th, prior to Svetlanov's, with Konstantin Ivanov (also on a Melodiya LP).

Should I be proved wrong and a cycle does indeed exist, I will be delighted, however!
14  Little-known music of all eras / Wish lists and requests / Re: Erkki-Sven Tüür: Symphony no 1 on: May 16, 2017, 07:55:40 pm
At one time I had all eight Tüür symphonies. Sadly, I lost some in a hard disk crash, not having burned them the CD in time. I'll do some digging in my various external hard drives and see what I might still have.
15  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Future Dutton releases? on: May 16, 2017, 07:40:38 pm
My understanding was that in the USSR copyright was regarded as an insidious capitalist thing, and Melodiya recordings were issued without copyright. Certainly it was never mentioned on the LP labels or sleeves.

Of course, that is also the reason the Soviets pirated Western recordings regularly. Toscanini and many others never received a penny in royalties from Moscow.
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