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1  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Andrew Downes - Symphony No. 2 on: October 14, 2017, 07:14:06 am
Andrew Downes - Symphony No. 2
Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Orchestra
Conducted by Anthony Miller
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVeIXdEQIEk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5A1RX8GBx3U
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKdz9wfV74A

2  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Robet Simpson Flute Concerto on: October 14, 2017, 06:55:59 am
I have heard from a reliable source that this work is being recorded in January 2018. No details on soloist ,orchestra, label or coupling.
Susan Milan(flute),City of London Sinfonia, conducted by Richard Hickox.
This recording is the premiere broadcast by the BBC on June 12, 1992
3  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Re: Babcock,,David - Symphony No. 5 Op. 58 (2001) on: October 01, 2017, 04:58:01 am
Also studied with Francis Burt ...

Sorry to be a bother, but don't know much Burt and Goer? Are they notable?

A good opportunity to learn abou Alexander Goehr offers the recent BBC Composer of the Week portrait:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09491j0

Thanks for Goer lead, I have some of his music..Burt is still unknown.

I remember Huw Watkins telling an anecdote about Goehr, who was his teacher: "You need not apologise for your piece being in C major!"  Grin
4  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Re: Rare Bulgarian Symphonies on: September 29, 2017, 05:02:31 pm
I've heard Goleminov a few times but must take time to savor his music.I do have some. Any suggestions as to your favorite pieces would be most welcome.

Variations on a Theme by Dobrai Christov. I will try and post it here next week with a few other pieces that are not in our archive.
Thanks..looking forward to some fine music!!
BTW, please check the YT posts for Goleminov symphonies 2 and 3.
http://artmusic.smfforfree.com/index.php/topic,6188.0.html
http://artmusic.smfforfree.com/index.php/topic,6187.0.html
5  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Marin Goleminov (1908-2000): Symphony no. 3 (1969-1970) on: September 29, 2017, 04:59:52 pm
Marin Goleminov (1908-2000): Symphony no. 3 (1969-1970)
Symphony No. 3 "Peace in the world" for orchestra and folk-choir (1969-1970)
Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Kamen Goleminov
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5zLGOg49bM
6  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Marin Goleminov (1908-2000): Symphony no. 2 on: September 29, 2017, 04:58:18 pm
Marin Goleminov (1908-2000): Symphony no. 2 (1966)in three movements (I 0:00 / II 7:14 / III 19:12)
Sofia Philharmonic, Kamen Goleminov
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUyNWoMaTRE
7  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Re: Thorsten Gubatz - Works for solo clarinet on: September 29, 2017, 04:52:13 pm
And Thorsten Gubatz has a great youtube channel!

Indeed he does..check it out..some special rare music there.


https://www.youtube.com/user/Tetsugakusha75/videos
8  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Re: Babcock,,David - Symphony No. 5 Op. 58 (2001) on: September 29, 2017, 04:47:38 pm
Also studied with Francis Burt ...

Sorry to be a bother, but don't know much Burt and Goer? Are they notable?
9  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Re: Rare Bulgarian Symphonies on: September 29, 2017, 04:42:53 pm
I've heard Goleminov a few times but must take time to savor his music.I do have some. Any suggestions as to your favorite pieces would be most welcome.

Variations on a Theme by Dobrai Christov. I will try and post it here next week with a few other pieces that are not in our archive.
Thanks..looking forward to some fine music!!
10  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Re: Rare Bulgarian Symphonies on: September 28, 2017, 08:39:56 pm
Goleminov is probably the Bulgarian composer I listen to the most, after picking up some LPs of his music nearly 20 years ago. Of my limited exploration of this channel so far, I am quite struck by Konstantin Iliev, who is a new name. Not a very approachable composer, but in his combining serialism with symphonism, interesting - and certainly talented.
I've heard Goleminov a few times but must take time to savor his music.I do have some. Any suggestions as to your favorite pieces would be most welcome.
Yes, Iliev was new to me as well. His symphonies were not an easy listen, but truly novel composers are sometimes difficult at first. I need to stay with him for a bit longer.
11  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Re: Babcock,,David - Symphony No. 5 Op. 58 (2001) on: September 28, 2017, 08:28:00 pm
I really rather like this. It reminds me of Butterworth's symphonies - both are channelling Sibelius's elemental side.
Thanks for the response and lead. I will certainly catch up on A. Butterworth.
This composer really puzzled me. There are a half-dozen Babcock pieces on YT if you have an interest. The Clarinet Concertino is an odd
piece, maybe you can make sense of it and the rest of his symphonies..
12  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Re: Lev Knipper Ballet "The Beautiful Angara" (1962) on: September 28, 2017, 07:16:59 am
Nothing to do with Knipper, but Eshpai also wrote an Angara Ballet, a very fine piece IMHO..it must be a beautiful river

Yes, thanks for reminding of us, in a separate thread :-))

It is indeed a lovely river - the main river to flow out of Lake Baikal (as opposed to numerous other rivers which flow into it). This makes it the main river to flow through the centre of Irkutsk. It has a somewhat 'inspirational' reputation, and its name has been adopted for a new generation of space rocket launch vehicle. The Angara River flows on from Irkutsk towards Bratsk, where it feeds the Bratsk Hydro-Electric Dam project. Although regarded as a prestige engineering project during the 1950s (when it became the world's highest-output electric station, at least for a while), opinions are now changing. The Irkutsk author Valentin Rasputin has bitterly criticised the loss of land and resources the dam's construction involved - although, it must be said, without proposing any alternative for providing power to central Siberia, which depends on the dam for a longterm sustainable source of energy. Yet the Bratsk Hydro-Electric Power Station's main claim to fame is as the setting at which Yegor Zhivago finally tracks down his brother Yuri's lost daughter, who is now working at the power station. A different dam had to stand-in for the real thing in David Lean's iconic film - since Lean was turned-down at every stage for permission to film in the USSR.


(where the Angara River finally flows...)
Thanks for the interesting info on the Angara..
I don't get the statement about another thread..the subject was Angara and Ballet..
13  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Re: Rare Bulgarian Symphonies on: September 28, 2017, 07:05:42 am
My absolute favorite is Alexander Raychev,(fabulous set of 6 symphonies) His second symphony (Prometheus) is a masterpiece..

I agree that Raychev's 2nd Symphony is the most effective among his 6 ( though I would hardly call any of them "fabulous", - your typical hyperbole).  But one really should acknowledge how cravenly beholden the work is to Shostakovich.  One suspects it's more an expert imitation than the personal expression of Raychev's own distinctive vision and craft.  A "masterpiece" it isn't, - the designation of which should be reserved for works of some originality.

Ok.. we get it. He is a "C" composer at best?

Perhaps "marvelous" and "masterpiece" are semantically ambiguous terms and used by people who have an intellectual impairment as I do.
The terms were only used in a flawed attempt to generate interest in a composer whose music I enjoyed. 

Even I can understand that there are no absolutes when it comes to musical opinions, hence your thoughts are taken in that context.
And are the caustic phrases "expert imitation" and "cravenly beholden" also not a bit of hyperbole?
 
Eg..would you also reject Einer Englund"s (IMHO)fine music because he was deeply influenced (cravely beholden) to Shostakovitch?
It seems to me that would be a prime example consistent with having a limiting musical perspective.

I encourage others to listen and not prejudge the music. That is all I ask.
14  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Re: Rare Bulgarian Symphonies on: September 26, 2017, 05:48:43 am
Thanks for the great lead..
"good" Bulgarian music is not well known but there are some notables, esp Goleminov,Pipkov,Nenov,Stoyanov and a few more certainly deserve a listen.
My absolute favorite is Alexander Raychev,(fabulous set of 6 symphonies) His second symphony (Prometheus) is a masterpiece..
The second one you must hear is Pancho Vladigerov. Listen to the Hebrew Poem,5 piano concertos,2 violin concertos and 2 fine symphonies.
15  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Re: Babcock,,David - Symphony No. 5 Op. 58 (2001) on: September 26, 2017, 05:05:03 am
Good Heavens Smiley

....and he studied with Alexander Goehr!!!!! Doesn't sound like it Grin

I posted it largely to get a reaction. I found the music to be eccentric and unnerving at times. But
his style involves what I call mutations rather than variations and is a hard listen, although tonal..
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