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1  Assorted items / Individual composers / Re: Lennox Berkeley (1903-1989) on: July 05, 2022, 10:51:07 pm
Thank you for the recommendation!
I cannot remember if I ever listened to the Two Pianos Concerto.
I agree with you on Symphonies 1 and 2. But I also admire No. 3, esp. its throwaway slap in the face final gesture.
I love the tenderness of the Stabat Mater, an almost spring-like piece despite its gloomy subject matter.
Did any of you listen to his string quartets? I couldn‘t manage squeezing them into my busy listening schedule yet.
2  Assorted items / Tone poems and the like / Re: Vítězslav Novák on: July 04, 2022, 04:22:03 pm
I would also recommend the Slovakian Suite Op 32. The modal soundworld has some links with British music  of its time. It is very fresh and original and quite touching.
I consider the 2nd String Quartet a great work. An endless stream of passionate melody tinged with deep melancholy.
3  Assorted items / Commercial recordings (vintage, new and forthcoming) / Re: John Ireland from John Wilson on: June 10, 2022, 06:02:21 pm
John Wilson has done some thrilling recordings for Chandos but he already recorded an Ireland disc with the Hallé before. I confess I was a bit disappointed with his take on Satyricon. The Hickox discs were my first encounter with Ireland in the early 90s. He probably took some licence with the tempo in the middle section of Satyricon but to me this added real romance to the piece. Listening to Wilson his straight approach left me cold. The playing was of course unquestionably great but along with the Chandos acoustics Hickox did it for me. I am tempted to try this new Wilson/Chandos but...
4  Assorted items / General musical discussion / Re: Musical Parodies on: April 06, 2022, 05:18:30 pm
I remember a comment by a BBC radio host introducing a broadcast of an Arnold  symphony. He said that in his late years Arnold preferred listening to the Rumon Gamba cycle of his symphonies.
5  Assorted items / General musical discussion / Re: What are you currently listening to? on: July 28, 2021, 05:05:00 pm

Katie Derham?!! ::) Oh well,it could be worse! Myleene Klass!! Just wait until she takes over Composer of the Week!! (Ghoulish laugh!) :o ;D

I don‘t know this gentlewoman but I hope Donald McLeod will continue to present Composer of the Week far beyond his death!
6  Other Subjects / Literature / Re: JSTOR on: January 19, 2021, 04:44:30 pm
Thank you for bringing this to our attention!
The 100-articles-for-free option must be a more recent change.
I remember that this was not possible when I first noticed this resource.
As I have no longer access to our university library this is most welcome!
7  Assorted items / Individual composers / Re: Henry Robert Gadsby (1842-1907) on: January 19, 2021, 04:40:28 pm
Thank you, John, and thank you also for bringing new life to this near-starved forum!
8  Assorted items / Commercial recordings (vintage, new and forthcoming) / Ethel Smyth - The Prison on: June 12, 2020, 07:09:14 pm
I just found this exciting announcement. Hope this will be a pleasant surprise to many.
9  MEMBERS' CORNER / Members' wish lists & requests / Re: Karl-Birger Blomdahl - Game for Eight on: May 24, 2020, 05:44:09 pm
In 2016 Swedish Radio P2 did broadcast a programme celebrating his 100th birthday which included an 18-minute-excerpt (Overture, movements 4-7)
Would that be okay?
10  Assorted items / Commercial recordings (vintage, new and forthcoming) / British Clarinet Concertos on: April 14, 2020, 08:46:53 pm
Dear members!
I‘ve been googling a bit on Ruth Gipps recently and found this notice of a forthcoming recording:
Robert Plane is the renowned soloist in concertos by Ian Hamilton, Richard Walthew and Ruth Gipps.
The notice is from April 2019 so the recordings should already have taken place.
11  Downloads by surname / Only direct links / Joseph Lauber - Sinfonie Nr. 1 Es-Dur (1895) on: April 12, 2020, 04:10:55 pm
Joseph Lauber (1864-1952)

Sinfonie Nr. 1 in Es-Dur (1895)

Sinfonieorchester Biel Solothurn
Kaspar Zehnder, cond.

SRF2 broadcast of a live performance in Biel, 19 February 2020
12  Downloads by surname / Only direct links / Hans Huber - Serenade Nr. 2 G-Dur 'Winternächte' (1895) on: April 12, 2020, 04:10:22 pm
Hans Huber (1852-1921)

Serenade Nr. 2 G-Dur 'Winternächte' (1895)

Swiss Orchestra
Lena-Lisa Wüstendörfer, cond.

SRF2 broadcast of a live performance in Zürich, 20 October 2019
13  Assorted items / Individual composers / Re: Whatever happened to Fritz Brun? on: July 10, 2019, 10:23:57 pm
And right today is my 75th birthday...

And you are spending this very special day here with us?
All best wishes and many happy returns!
14  Assorted items / Coming broadcasts and listen-later links / Re: Kazimieras Banaitis (1896-1963) - Jūratė and Kastytis opera on: March 18, 2019, 09:47:18 pm
I am very sorry. I was late and unable to get along with the website.
15  Downloads by surname / Downloads: discussion without links / Re: Ukrainian Music on: March 05, 2019, 07:14:20 pm
Bracelet is a fine word for the German Reif I think. But shall I now rename everything again.. ;)
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