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1  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Lyrita? on: December 02, 2018, 12:12:10 am
....and such a delightful, beautiful and upliftingly festive work it is!! I spend so long in the byways of the 20th century that I tend to forget the 19th century genius of the real greats: Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak. In fact it occurs to me to wonder whether Dvorak was the last "happy composer" before all the angst of the 20th century took over??

I once (long ago) read a quote which I now cannot recall exactly (nor can I recall the source) but went something to the effect that while so many 19th century composers were struggling with their romantic composerly angst Dvorak never lost sight of the value of a good jug of ale and a well cooked roast of beef.  That quote has always struck me as a pretty good guide to the emotional world of much of Dvorak's music.

Brian
2  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Lyatoshinsky's 3rd Symphony and Grazhyna on Chandos on: December 01, 2018, 04:22:48 am
Hmmh, it seems to me Lyatoshinsky is already served by a number of CD recordings of reasonable quality. A pity they hadn't more sense of adventure here, there are so many other Soviet composers queuing up to have more modern recordings of orchestral music... Peiko, Bunin, Abeliovich, Galynin, Eshpai, Nikolayev, Basner, Levitin, Frid, Petrov, Tishchenko, Slonimsky would be on my list.

  Robert

That's a great list, Robert.

Brian
3  Little-known music of all eras / Wish lists and requests / Re: Max Butting: Symphony no 9 on: October 17, 2018, 03:24:37 am
And in a monumental "Duh!" moment I now realize that in fact I own the commercial recording of this piece from the Nova boxed set of East German symphonies...

Duh!   Embarrassed

Brian
4  Little-known music of all eras / Wish lists and requests / Max Butting: Symphony no 9 on: October 12, 2018, 08:58:21 pm
I wonder if anybody has an uploadable version of this piece?  It was once available on Unsung Composers but seems to be no longer, and I apparently failed to grab it while the grabbing was good.

Thanks in advance!

Brian
5  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Imants Kalnins Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7, Oboe Concerto, Santa Cruz on: September 18, 2018, 12:59:17 am
I consider Kalnins to be one of my truly great "discoveries" of recent years.  I haven't heard a note by the man I haven't enjoyed.  This release is a "must have" for me, notwithstanding the fact that I have pretty much all of these pieces in perfectly decent downloaded performances acquired via AMF.

Brian
6  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Pancho Vladigerove: Violin Concerto #1 on: September 14, 2018, 07:22:11 am
As far as I can tell there are at least four performances (one recorded live) of these piece on youtube.  One poster in particular (JCHBONNET) has put up two different performances that he describes as "1st version" and "2nd version", with a difference in timing of approximately four minutes, suggesting that a significant amount of material may have been cut from the "1st version".

Are there any Vladigerov specialists out there who can further comment on this.  Are there in fact two extant versions of this composition?

Yes I know I should be able to determine this for myself by simply putting my ears to work, but for various reasons (limited attention span?) this isn't always a straightforward process for me.   Grin

Many thanks!

Brian
7  About music in general / Individual composers / Re: Penderecki Symphony no 6 on: September 10, 2018, 03:31:28 am
So.... Grin now that Mr Penderecki actually HAS finished his sixth symphony, has anybody heard anything about a possible recording?

I would have thought Naxos would have jumped on this, for the sake of completenes if nothing else.

Brian
8  Little-known music of all eras / Wish lists and requests / Re: Erkki Salmenhaara on: August 18, 2018, 11:56:16 pm
These recordings are from YLE broadcasts but were sent to me by a good friend who worked at YLE. He is now retired.
They are not "commercial" recordings for retail sale.
Seems there are many radio  broadcasts on this site. Please correct me gently if I've transgressed.
Is any performer info available for Salmenhaara's posted symphonies, or have I missed that?

I note with some dismay that member Tapiola has not been active in this forum for almost two years, and I'm therefore reluctant to attempt a direct contact, which would be my normal way of handling a request of this nature.  So instead I will ask the membership at large, specifically the Salmenhaarophiles among us: was anybody able to track down any of the performer details on these pieces since Jolly Roger first posed the question?

Many thanks!

Brian
9  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: "Recent" Toccata Releases on: June 24, 2018, 11:23:25 pm
And how imaginative of Toccata to give us the second movement twice with its alternative endings.

As opposed to bonus tracks that can't be played, perhaps??? Grin
10  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
11  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
12  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
13  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!
14  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
15  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
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