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1  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).

2  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.

3  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


What a superb programme!

4  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...

5  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...

6  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Arthur Sullivan's "The Light of the World" on: March 22, 2019, 10:47:28 pm

A quite superb review, thanks for alerting us. My opinions are fully echoed...

7  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Joseph Holbrooke from CPO on: March 22, 2019, 10:44:03 pm
Hooray, hooray, hooray! What a superbly attractive cover as well... Well done Gareth for continuing to encourage and participate in this seminal project!

8  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Stanford's Mass "Via Victrix" from Lyrita on: March 07, 2019, 04:13:05 pm
Accordingly, this broadcast has now been removed from the archive. A significant release....

9  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Cyril Scott (1879-1970) on: February 21, 2019, 12:56:36 pm
A superb new book has been published covering the range of music and literature of Cyril Scott, The Cyril Scott Companion, edited by Desmond Scott, Lewis Foreman and Leslie De'ath all of whom have worked tirelessly to get Scott's music back before the public. There are also significant contributions from Martyn Brabbins and Martin Yates who have revived Scott's major scores on Chandos and Dutton respectively. This is a substantial tome at over 700 pages and beautifully produced with many rare photographs and musical examples:

I payed just over 36 on Amazon... well worth the investment.

10  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...

11  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)...

12  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.

13  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...?

14  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...

15  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...

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