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1  Little-known music of all eras / Coming broadcasts and listen-later links / Re: Ruth Gipps on the BBC on: December 05, 2019, 03:22:25 pm
Hi David, the recordings are absolutely spot-on and a great listen, many thanks! I have uploaded spare copies to the archive and will amend the catalogue in due course.

 Smiley
2  Little-known music of all eras / Coming broadcasts and listen-later links / Re: Ruth Gipps on the BBC on: December 05, 2019, 12:01:21 pm
Many thanks for this notice. Please could a member upload a good quality recording following the broadcast and I will add it to the archive...

 Smiley
I really enjoyed this compact work, which got an excellent performance. A good quality mp3 upload in lieu of a commercial recording (it may be that Chandos will oblige - coupled with the 5th?) would be very welcome. Many thanks.

 Smiley
3  Little-known music of all eras / Coming broadcasts and listen-later links / Re: Ruth Gipps on the BBC on: November 30, 2019, 02:29:34 am
Many thanks for this notice. Please could a member upload a good quality recording following the broadcast and I will add it to the archive...

 Smiley
4  Little-known music of all eras / Coming broadcasts and listen-later links / Re: Stanford's 'The Veiled Prophet' on Rte Lyric FM on: November 21, 2019, 04:21:12 pm
This is one of my discoveries of the year - what a super piece! Act two in particular is full of the most attractive writing with many beautiful passages. Stanford could write operas, of that I have no doubt, but as a first attempt this is something special. A bit of Wagner here, a bit of Meyerbeer there, quite frankly I don't care given the result. Critics get hung up on "influences" in a pejorative sense simply to show some knowledge, however shallow. I think this performance benefits greatly from using the original libretto in English rather than translations in German (1881) and Italian (1893).

 Smiley
5  Various / Miscellany / Re: Where's Colin? on: November 19, 2019, 07:03:57 pm
I just received a reply from Colin, and he assured me he is well and has not abandoned the forum.  He's just returned from a trip abroad and will explain his absence shortly.

 Grin Grin
6  Little-known music of all eras / Downloads discussion / Re: British and Irish Music on: November 18, 2019, 05:00:45 pm
Besides the Stanford, there are many operas which I would love to hear complete including Macfarren's She Stoops to Conquer (1864), Arthur Goring Thomas's Esmeralda (1883), Mackenzie's Colomba (1883) and The Cricket on the Hearth (1902), MacCunn's Jeanie Deans (1894) and Boughton's Alkestis (1922). Unfortunately Cowen's Thorgrim (1890) and Harold (1895) are presently hors de combat due to the lack of orchestral scores and parts...

 Sad
7  Little-known music of all eras / Downloads discussion / Re: British and Irish Music on: November 18, 2019, 01:25:18 pm
If Naxos is savvy (they've already released performances from Wexford festivals) they may have earmarked this for release (perhaps?)...

Besides Much Ado and The Critic I'd also love to hear the earlier The Canterbury Pilgrims (1884). To say that Stanford could not write love duets (as many have said), the act 2 example in The Veiled Prophet sounds like the real thing to me...

 Wink
8  Little-known music of all eras / Downloads discussion / Re: British and Irish Music on: November 17, 2019, 07:04:15 pm
I have added mp3 files of the 2019 Wexford performance of Stanford's first opera The Veiled Prophet of Khorassan (1881) to the archive. This is an attractive work with a super duet towards the end of the second act - well worth investigating.

 Smiley
9  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Cliffe's Coronation March on: October 28, 2019, 09:36:33 pm
Forgive another find (for me at least): Frederic Cliffe's substantial 1911 Coronation March. The composer's small output has had few recordings (Symphony No.1 and Cloud and Sunshine on Sterling, the Violin Concerto on Hyperion) so anything extra is more than welcome - here's hoping for Symphony No.2...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCjxX0SAVSo

I have added an mp3 file to the archive.

 Smiley
10  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Mackenzie's Rhapsody Ecossaise, Op.21 on: October 28, 2019, 08:57:35 pm
This completely passed me by: a sound rendition even though the microphone was clearly hovering over the cymbals... I think another foray into Mackenzie would be in order.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfeN4lv3psg

I have added an mp3 file to the archive.

 Grin
11  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Stanford on Hyperion in August and SOMM in September on: July 11, 2019, 04:00:07 pm
This Hyperion programme is stunning. When considered in the context of the recent Lyrita release of The Mass "Via Victrix" and "At the Abbey Gate", we now have an amazing conspectus of Stanford's work available to us: from the early concertos (1870s) on Dutton to the sadly-neglected late works there is always much to admire in this composer. The 6 Irish Rhapsodies, the 7 Symphonies, Concertos (4 piano, 3 violin, cello, clarinet), the Requiem and the Stabat mater... Yes, there are still significant gaps to be filled, including the Op.66 Te Deum (1898) but it is good to see his chamber music coming back to life (Hyperion and Somm).

 Smiley
12  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Joseph Holbrooke from CPO on: July 11, 2019, 03:39:16 pm
However, the review is a good one and I am glad that Holbrooke's music made such a positive impression on that listener.

Yes, this is good exposure for the (hopefully) ongoing CPO project. I find more immediate gratification in Holbrooke's pre-World War One compositions, but there is plenty to enjoy in his later output, not least his continuing and developing mastery of the orchestra. The later music needs more repeated listening (as does so much obscure repertoire) in order to "fix" it in the mind but I, for one, am infinitely grateful to have the chance to do this thanks to Dutton and CPO. As mentioned above there are still considerable gaps in our knowledge, especially the early choral works which cry out for dedicated professional performance with all specified orchestral forces covered (unlike the otherwise admirable BBC studio recording of The Bells). This should be issued by Lyrita in lieu of a modern rendition.

 Smiley
13  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Stanford on Hyperion in August and SOMM in September on: June 06, 2019, 04:03:30 pm

A Song of Agincourt & other works

See: https://www.hyperion-records.co.uk/dc.asp?dc=D_CDA68283



What a superb programme!

 Cheesy
14  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Joseph Holbrooke from CPO on: April 18, 2019, 08:57:28 pm
Josef (Joseph) is is one of those "marmite" composers who you either want to to hear more of or simply can't be arsed. These three volumes from CPO have given us a showcase of his orchestral virtuosity; together with the two Dutton discs  (Symphony 4, Cello Concerto, Aucussin and Nicolette, Saxophone Concerto). If I could envisage further recordings of Queen Mab, The Bells and Apollo and the the Seaman this will have given us a comprehensive view of this composer's finest achievements...

 Smiley
15  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Joseph Holbrooke from CPO on: March 29, 2019, 06:16:11 pm
Also, don't worry about getting confused with numberings. That is Jo's fault. He was always renumbering and re-organising his works, making it a nightmare for musicologists to find their way around his oeuvres.
Perhaps we should start pestering Chandos again!



I'm afraid that I'm responsible for the Wikipedia catalogue, having sourced original work-lists dating from 1904 through to 1952. I've tried to make it as comprehensive and user-friendly as I can, including lost works, abandoned works, changes of opus number, scoring and changes of nomenclature...

 Smiley
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