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1  Little-known music of all eras / Downloads discussion / Re: United States Music on: May 25, 2018, 06:32:32 am
Thanks from me as well, Latvian!

Brian
2  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Why the Baltic and Slavic countries not promoting their music? A Wonder. on: April 02, 2018, 12:13:08 am
To take a slightly different perspective....

Are the Baltic and Slavic countries really doing such a poor job of promoting their music, at least relative to the rest of us?

To use a couple of more-or-less concrete examples, I have become a great admirer of the music of Imants Kalnins (sorry for the lack of diacriticals).  I doubt if I had heard of Kalnins five years ago, but today I have heard (and have recordings of) a substantial body of his work.  Another Baltic composer whose music I greatly enjoy would be Erkki-Sven Tuur, and Tuur certainly suffers no lack of promotion.

I will acknowledge that I may be confusing two or more issues:  my discovery of Kalnins, for example, is largely a function of my discovery of sites such as this one and my association with you bunch  Cheesy and similar collectives of enthusiasts and I'm not really sure where/how "promotion" enters into that particular dynamic.

By way of contrast, I'm Canadian, and if you want a real example of a country failing to promote it's music (especially "serious"/"classical"/etc music) Canada could be your poster child.

Brian
3  Little-known music of all eras / Wish lists and requests / Valentin Silvestrov: Symphony no 3 on: February 19, 2018, 05:09:30 am
While doing a bit of online research on an unrelated topic I stumbled upon the information that the London Phil under Jurowski performed this work on Sept 27, 2017.  While there's been a performance of this work (conducted, I believe, by Maderna) kicking around on the internet for some time, a fresh take would be most welcome to we Silvestrovophiles.  I don't suppose anybody knows if this performance was broadcast and if so, whether or not anybody managed to snag a recording?  I know it's a bit of a long shot but hope springs eternal...

Brian
4  Little-known music of all eras / Wish lists and requests / Re: Erkki-Sven Tüür: Symphonies 9 and 8 on: January 30, 2018, 03:25:32 am
Further to the last post, Tüür's Symphony 8, plus the Viola Concerto and 'Whispers and Whistles from Uluru' is being released on 16th February by Ondine - ODE 13032:
Lawrence Power (viola), Tapiola Sinfonietta, Olari Elts.

Now that is most welcome news!  Thanks, Jonah!
5  Little-known music of all eras / Wish lists and requests / Re: Erkki-Sven Tüür: Symphony no. 9 on: January 28, 2018, 08:53:53 pm
Thanks Robert!  With the flawless timing that so often characterizes my life I discovered the same thing immediately after posting my request.  Duh! as we say on this side of the pond.   Embarrassed

I'm still looking for Tüür's eighth however.  Grin

Brian
6  Little-known music of all eras / Wish lists and requests / Erkki-Sven Tüür: Symphony no. 9 on: January 28, 2018, 07:50:40 pm
I don't suppose anyone managed to snag a recording of Tüür's recently premiered Ninth Symphony as broadcast live from Tallinn on (I think) Jan 16?

Thanks in advance!

Brian
7  About music in general / Individual composers / Re: Sergei Slonimsky(1932-) on: January 23, 2018, 01:44:06 pm


I always find releases like this somewhat frustrating.  Very welcome, but....why couldn't it have been one of Slonimsky's previously unrecorded symphonies?

Brian
8  Little-known music of all eras / Downloads discussion / Re: Russian and Soviet Music on: December 23, 2017, 03:50:32 am
Thanks, BC!   Grin
9  Little-known music of all eras / Downloads discussion / Re: Russian and Soviet Music on: December 22, 2017, 06:19:22 am
Robert,

Is there any further information about the Shostakovich - Rozhdestvensky "symphonic fragment" that you uploaded?  Is this fragment related to the putative sixteenth symphony, or is it something else altogether?

Brian
10  Little-known music of all eras / Downloads discussion / Re: Russian and Soviet Music on: December 20, 2017, 04:45:47 am
Robert Henderson, many thanks for Dialogue and Fugue by Slonimsky.  Anything by Slonimsky is always gratefully received by me!

Brian
11  Various / Miscellany / Re: Idiotic Comments on Composers or Music! on: September 29, 2017, 03:49:29 am
This will mean nothing to anybody outside Canada, of course, but I cherish the memory of Bob Kerr who used to host a program on CBC FM called "Off the Record".  Knowlegeable and informed about the music, Bob also had an inquisitive side, as reflected by his programming of such (then) novel and unknown composers as Eduard Tubin.  He also had a few unique personal preferences.  For example, although I never figured out the connection, he would always program Nielsen's "Sinfonia Espansive" on (Canadian) Thanksgiving Day.  By contrast, most current CBC classical announcers seem to have no purpose other than to appeal to a younger demographic.  As I said before, I have no idea how that's working for them.
12  Various / Miscellany / Re: Idiotic Comments on Composers or Music! on: September 23, 2017, 05:22:11 am
I have witnessed much the same thing in Canada over the past 15 or 20 years or so.  Since the CBC went to a more "mainstream" (for want of a better way of putting it) format this seems to be the required style for classical music hosts.  It isn't that the hosts are themselves uneducated or ill-informed - many of them are in fact themselves actively performing classical musicians.  But the music can't be presented without some sort of contemporary flavored, gossipy, Entertainment Tonight style reference to some supposedly titillating aspect of the composer's life.  I dunno, maybe this is the way to give the younger, contemporary audience exposure to "the Masters", but personally I have my doubts.

Brian
13  Various / Miscellany / Re: The Countries of the members of this forum: on: September 23, 2017, 05:06:36 am
The very Easternmost edge of Canada.  Next stop going East is Ireland.
14  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Lord of the Rings in music on: September 12, 2017, 02:29:28 am
Canadian composer Glenn Buhr (who I generally hold in high regard) composed a tone poem kind of piece called Beren and Luthien which was formerly commercially available on CBC records.  Not The Lord of the Rings exactly, but as one of our AMF fellow members is fond of saying, "relevant".   Grin

Brian
15  Preliminaries / Greetings / Re: I'm back! on: September 05, 2017, 12:11:49 am
Welcome back, Kyjo (oops! sorry, old habits die hard!)  Grin
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