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1  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Arthur Sullivan's "The Light of the World" on: February 17, 2019, 12:41:10 pm
As you probably know by now music from this particular period is not my real preference but I did buy the new release. There is no denying that it is a splendid work given a superb performance! More than worth rescuing from the neglect it has suffered.

Wow, Colin! That's a great response to this major release. Sullivan's non-operatic work has been consistently under-estimated so it is more than gratifying to see the incredibly positive reception accorded to The Light of the World. A rendition at the 1895 Cardiff Festival, conducted by the composer and featuring Clara Butt, effectively saved the festival from bankruptcy. Now it can be heard again in all it's splendour - for the first time in living memory. I look ahead with great anticipation to John Andrew's recording (again for Dutton, sponsored by the Sullivan Society) of The Martyr of Antioch (1880) which is a tremendously inventive score featuring some of Sullivan's finest writing for chorus...

 Smiley
2  Little-known music of all eras / Notice of interesting concerts around the world / Stanford's "The Veiled Prophet" at Wexford 2019 on: February 14, 2019, 04:17:30 pm
A major event this: performances at Wexford of Stanford's first opera "The Veiled Prophet" (1877, pub. 1881), of which some excerpts are included on the Naxos recording of his sublime Requiem (1897)...

https://www.wexfordopera.com/programme/festival-2019/

 Smiley
3  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Henry Litolff (1818-1891) on: February 09, 2019, 02:31:48 pm
the "Eroica" concerto symphonique for violin and orchestra

I would dearly love to hear this. Hyperion RVC?

To clarify my initial post, here are the details of the four French Revolution pieces (as I posted them on Wikipedia):

Le Dernier Jour de la Terreur (later retitled Maximilien Robespierre), drame symphonique No.1 (later styled Ouverture zum Trauerspiel), Op. 55 (c.1850-52)

Les Girondins (Die Girondisten), drame symphonique No.2 (later styled Ouverture zum Trauerspiel), Op. 80 (c.1850-52)

Les Guelfes (later retitled Das Welfenlied von Gustav von Meyern), drame symphonique No.3 (later styled Ouverture heroique), Op. 99 (c.1850-52)

Chant des Belges, drame symphonique No.4 (later styled Ouverture dramatique), Op. 101 (c.1850-52)

Thankfully all were published contemporaneously in full score by Richault, Paris.

 Smiley
4  Little-known music of all eras / Coming broadcasts and listen-later links / Re: Grace Williams - Missa Cambrensis on: February 09, 2019, 01:13:44 pm
Point taken, and I apologise for my assumption regarding the reason why a commercial release has been kyboshed: unfortunately, the wider listening public and the artists involved in the rendition will thereby probably never have access to what may well be the only modern large-scale professional performance of the work to come our way. Personally, I think that any shortcomings manifest in the broadcast should not override the significance of this fact. Is something better than nothing...?

 Huh
5  Little-known music of all eras / Coming broadcasts and listen-later links / Re: Grace Williams - Missa Cambrensis on: February 08, 2019, 09:09:20 pm
I can't help but return to the non-release of this significant work on the Lyrita (or any other) label. The performance is strong and the vanity of a soloist should not deny all the other performers a chance to showcase their great ability. There is nothing in the broadcast that comes across as anything other than a great tribute to Grace Williams...

 Angry
6  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Henry Litolff (1818-1891) on: February 08, 2019, 08:19:22 pm
I have enjoyed everything that I have heard by Litolff: the exquisite Scherzo from his fourth Concerto Symphonique for piano and orchestra has unfortunately overshadowed the high quality of the rest of his output (all four extant piano Concertos are available on Hyperion).

It is high time that we had commercial recordings of his four "Symphonic Dramas" (c.1850-52) based on the French Revolution: we have three of these in the broadcast archive...

 Roll Eyes
7  Little-known music of all eras / Downloads discussion / Re: British and Irish Music on: February 08, 2019, 07:28:12 pm
At long last I have belatedly added the Canadian Rhapsody, Op.67 (1905) by Alexander Mackenzie to the archive, by far the most significant "new recording" in the BBC Composer of the Week survey of his music. I have also uploaded an mp3 of the Youtube performance of Parry's Judith, although this is not, as yet, listed in the catalogue...

 Smiley
8  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Samuel Wesley "Confitebor tibi domine" (1799) on: February 07, 2019, 01:00:08 pm
Members may have missed this significant release last Autumn - I certainly did - of the highly impressive hour-long "Confitebor tibi domine" set in 1799 by Samuel Wesley (1766-1837) for soloists, chorus and orchestra. There is already an excellent broadcast in the archive but it is pleasing that this work may gain wider circulation through this recording, available from the choir's website:



http://musicweb-international.com/classrev/2018/Oct/Wesley_confitebor_PRCD1186.htm

http://pcuchoir.org/product/portsmouth-choral-union-cd-2017/

 Smiley
9  Little-known music of all eras / Downloads discussion / Re: British and Irish Music on: February 04, 2019, 07:12:06 pm
It is also worth remembering that this is the finest, most comprehensive collection of British music available for free download in existence anywhere!! It remains an incredible testimony to the generosity of those members who uploaded (and continue to upload) their private collections for the benefit and enjoyment of others! The catalogue we owe to Albion and the vast amount of work he put/puts in to create the collection.

Many thanks for the kind comments. I have tried to keep on top of the various broadcasts but, due to health reasons, have not been as rigorous as I would ideally like. Therefore, could members who upload off-air material please ensure that any links provided remain valid.

 Grin
10  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Susan Spain-Dunk on: February 02, 2019, 06:40:48 pm
Why am I unable to find this?

I have no idea - there is a separate link in the downloads thread and a copy in the archive...

 Wink
11  Little-known music of all eras / Downloads discussion / Re: British and Irish Music on: February 02, 2019, 01:22:21 pm
Many, many thanks to britishcomposer for the upload of Ethel Smyth's splendid Mass in D.

Seconded, a very fine performance - superior to both Philip Brunelle (EMI, nla) and Helmut Wolf (audite)... I will put a copy into the archive.

 Smiley
12  Little-known music of all eras / Coming broadcasts and listen-later links / Re: Grace Williams - Missa Cambrensis on: February 02, 2019, 01:15:17 pm
I somehow seem to have lost my recording of the Missa Cambrensis and I can't now find the link in the archive to download it again. Can anyone help me, please?

I've checked and the link is still there. I still cannot believe that this performance is deemed unworthy of commercial release.

 Smiley
13  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Stanford's String Quartets on Somm on: January 28, 2019, 05:49:07 pm
volume three will finish with numbers 1, 2 and 6, the first two already being available on Hyperion.

We are fortunate that a significant number of Stanford's impressive chamber works besides the string quartets are now available:

Piano Quartet No. 1 in F, Op.15 (Naxos 8.573388)
Piano Quintet in D minor, Op.25 (Hyperion CDA67505)
Piano Trio No.1 in E flat, Op.35 (Naxos 8.572452)
Piano Trio No.2 in G minor, Op.73 (Naxos 8.573388)
String Quintet No.1 in F, Op.85 (Hyperion CDA67505)
Piano Quartet No.2 in C minor, Op.133 (Naxos 8.572452)
Piano Trio No.3 in A, Op.158 (Naxos 8.570416)
Fantasy for Horn Quintet in A minor (Hyperion CDA67434)

 Smiley
14  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Stanford's String Quartets on Somm on: January 27, 2019, 10:30:16 pm
I can strongly recommend the first two volumes of the Dante String Quartet's Stanford series on the Somm label, presumably volume three will finish with numbers 1, 2 and 6, the first two already being available on Hyperion. An exceptional series of works, this is perhaps the first significant contribution to the genre by a British composer and deserves repeated hearing...





 Smiley
15  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Arthur Sullivan's "The Light of the World" on: January 26, 2019, 10:17:56 pm
A splendid review in February's "Graffamoan"...

 Wink
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