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1  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Joseph Marx Eine Herbstsymphonie on: April 21, 2019, 12:49:44 pm
Indeed, the comparisons with Respighi are well made.It is
2  Various / Miscellany / Re: Marmite on: April 20, 2019, 11:59:18 pm
Five and a bit years constitute a pretty lengthy time between posts on a thread.

However.....I have no wish to interfere with any member's desire to post about the subject Grin Grin

All I would ask is that references to Marmite be restricted to this, appropriate, thread and do not, as I said all these years ago, Spread any further Grin Grin
3  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Joseph Marx Eine Herbstsymphonie on: April 20, 2019, 02:47:10 pm
Well, it sounds nothing like the Gothic but I think you might like it. The symphony has certainly grown on me....despite it being not normally the sort of music I like particularly well. It IS beautifully written and sustains its length...just!
4  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Weinberg (Vainberg) on: April 18, 2019, 12:30:16 pm
From DGG? I doubt it. is a Long, Long time since I bought a DGG disc!! Note that the performers get higher billing than the composer. Roll Eyes
5  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Havergal Brian Symphonies Nos.7 and 16 from Naxos on: April 14, 2019, 01:34:45 pm
Naxos will be releasing the new recording of the Brian Symphony No.7 and Symphony No.16- two of his very best- next month. Alexander Walker and the New Russia Symphony Orchestra have done a superb job with their previous recordings of Brian symphonies so there will be high expectations from fans of the composer. The seventh sympgony was last recorded 40 years ago by Mackerras and the sixteenth has not been recorded since Fredman in the early 1970s so both are due new recordings.
6  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Joseph Marx Eine Herbstsymphonie on: April 13, 2019, 11:21:39 pm
The Herbstsymphonie really is a gorgeous work! No doubt it is too long and it is not even "my sort of music" but it would be futile to deny its beauties. As an example of Romantic Music it is genuinely definitive!

....and here is something astonishing. The performance comes from June 2018. It has taken CPO less than a year to get it onto cd!! Must be unprecedented😁
7  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Whatever happened to Fritz Brun? on: April 10, 2019, 03:34:26 pm
There is more than that on CD: look what I have recorded on the Sterling label: Hermann Suter, Pierre Maurice, Jaques-Dalcroze (3 CDs). And on Marco Polo/Naxos, there is Fäsy and Honegger.
I have more projects in petto, but cannot find any sponsors... In total, as far as I remember, I conducted over CDs with Swiss music. Over here, this seems not to make a great impression...
Coming back to my opinion on some reviwers: I forgot to mention those who, because just they don't like a piece, they just find it bad. This is also unfair.
Indeed you have.....and I have the Suter symphony in my collection (as well as all the Brun cds with their absolutely marvellous booklet notes- a model of the in-depth information the listener needs!).
The most sympathetic reviews can usually be found on Musicweb, written by people who actually like the music. I gave up on printed music magazines when reviews became so short as to be meaningless.
8  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Whatever happened to Fritz Brun? on: April 10, 2019, 02:43:00 pm
Swiss music is, in my opinion, shockingly neglected. Quite apart from Fritz Brun (whose music you have done so much you save from disappearance) there are composers like Conrad Beck and Willy Burkhard- to name but two- whose music is largely ignored on cd but who certainly merit recognition.
9  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Whatever happened to Fritz Brun? on: April 10, 2019, 12:20:44 pm
Adriano's point is well made although I think it not unreasonable to relate (rather than compare) an unknown composer's music to another in order to establish some sense of historical and idiomatic context for those who do not know the music but are intrugued to know roughly what it "sounds like".
And we are honoured by his new membership of this forum😁
10  About music in general / Individual composers / Re: The unrecorded Kalevi Aho orchestral music on: April 09, 2019, 12:20:15 am
.....and warmest thanks also from me Smiley
11  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: (Some) Twentieth Century British Symphonies not yet on cd: an update on: April 04, 2019, 02:54:23 pm
Two of the symphonies on my original list will be recorded next January. I am not in a position to reveal which but if I say that the same orchestra and conductor involved in the earlier, recent project are engaged to record the two remaining extant symphonies that may be enough of a clue Grin (and, no, it is not William Wordsworth, although Toccata may well be planning to record at least that composer's 7th.)
12  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Re: remus platen youtube channel on: April 03, 2019, 07:49:38 pm
Thank you for this suggestion!  There are, indeed, many recordings ofrare piano concertos of the 20th century. I was very happy to find Krenek's PC No 2 there  Smiley
A woefully underrated composer. Toccata Classics are recording all of his piano concertos.

The Toccata project is actually completed. All of the piano concertos are now on disc.
13  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Joseph Holbrooke from CPO on: April 03, 2019, 07:44:55 pm
I have tried several more times with the Holbrooke Symphony No.3!

My conclusion is that the problem is of Holbrooke's own making. Had he entitled the work "Suite: "The Sea"" then I could accept such a designation and would, respectfully, suggest that this is the best way to listen to it. Ignoring the word "Symphony" and ignoring the movement titles I find it a pleasant, attractive though ultimately unmemorable work. The first movement "Warships" most certainly does not conjure up any warships I know! The second movement is positively Delian and, although I am not a fan of the music of Delius, I can appreciate the beauty of the music. The last movement is a jolly nautical romp based on a sea-shanty, good fun in a "light music" vein. The work "pretends" to something it fails to achieve.

....and it most certainly has nothing of the "gothic melodrama" of early Holbrooke!

The work CAN be enjoyed....but I cannot appreciate whatever merits it may possess as other than the Suite it actually is.

(and I do not enjoy being negative btw!!)
14  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Joseph Holbrooke from CPO on: April 01, 2019, 01:37:16 am
Obviously I shall need to listen to "Ships" several times before reaching a more considered opinion. I was not looking for symphonic argument but rather for some "sense of occasion", some power, something which would strike me as distinctive. Treated as a Suite rather than a Symphony might be a better approach, I concede, but Holbrooke's earlier works (ie those written before WW1) and those inspired by Poe have a particular brooding intensity which appeals to me.

However........after listening several times I shall see if my initial impressions change (as I hope they will!)
15  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Joseph Holbrooke from CPO on: March 30, 2019, 07:21:08 pm
As did I Roll Eyes
However let's return to Holbrooke😉
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