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1  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Arthur Sullivan's "The Light of the World" on: February 21, 2019, 06:11:53 pm
As I listened to "The Light of the World" again the more convinced I am that the work is a masterpiece! And what a glorious final chorus😁.
Utter heresy I know....but I wish Sullivan had written fewer operettas and more of this sort of music.
2  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Arthur Sullivan's "The Light of the World" on: February 16, 2019, 10:32:34 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.
3  Little-known music of all eras / Coming broadcasts and listen-later links / Re: Ruth Gipps - Symphony No. 2 on: February 15, 2019, 01:07:10 am
This rather puts her own country to shame!
4  Little-known music of all eras / Downloads discussion / Re: British and Irish Music on: February 13, 2019, 10:51:28 am
It is there. I downloaded it two days ago. It is the fifth item under "Ma".
5  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: What are you currently listening to? on: February 11, 2019, 09:04:52 am
Replying to Holger, I think there was some thought of adding a recording of the Symphony No.5 and some other orchestral music but this has been put on ice- presumably the company would need finance (this cd has almost certainly had substantial private support). Rory's dad said to me recently: "How many people will buy the cd? You and me?".
Well...I hope a few more do so!!
6  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: What are you currently listening to? on: February 10, 2019, 05:40:28 pm
The Scottish composer Thomas Wilson's Symphonies No.3 and 4 on Linn Records. This is most definitely my kind of music: serious and requiring concentrated listening, modern but accessible. The 3rd is the more enigmatic of the two with some Bartokian elements but a lot of scurrying string work and cross-rhythyms. The 4th is the more "accessible" and is really quite magnificent. The RSNO premiered all three works on the disc (the third is "Carillon" for orchestra) under Sir Alexander Gibson and Bryden Thomson but cannot have performed them for years (Wilson died in 2001). The young conductor, Rory Macdonald, is the son of a very good friend of mine and had to prepare the orchestra, rehearse and record in the space of the usual two days; not easy!
https://www.linnrecords.com/recording-thomas-wilson-symphonies-nos-3-4

Strongly recommended to anyone who has a taste for late 20th century British symphonies!
7  Little-known music of all eras / Coming broadcasts and listen-later links / Re: Grace Williams - Missa Cambrensis on: February 09, 2019, 03:14:50 pm
Oh I totally agree with you there! Anyone can write to Lyrita to ask for a change of heart but since it appears to have been a decision taken in agreement with the BBC it is exceedingly unlikely to be reversed.
8  Little-known music of all eras / Coming broadcasts and listen-later links / Re: Grace Williams - Missa Cambrensis on: February 09, 2019, 10:14:24 am
Can we be quite clear about this please! What Anthony Smith of Lyrita said in his lengthy reply to my post on the Musicweb message board and copied in full in our Lyrita thread here is that the company and the BBC decided that the Grace Williams was "unreleasable". He gave no reasons for that decision.
It was MY speculation that the difficulties the particular soloist in question experienced during the live performance which had led to the decision and that he MAY have refused permission for the release. I DO NOT know that for a fact! The difficulties that night were commented on by some and were obviously real. Whether they are the reason for non-release I do not know.
9  About music in general / Performance and technique / Re: Musical concert security on: February 07, 2019, 12:00:23 pm
Spam, I suspect. Am in London working; will sort on return home
10  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: What are you currently listening to? on: February 06, 2019, 04:51:05 pm
I am not at home, I am in London working (which is why this is in haste), but if this piece is available to purchase on a Bridge cd then reposting it from You Tube is against the policy we have on this forum- a policy we clearly re-established and restated last year.

I have assumed that other works posted on here recently from You Tube are taken from radio broadcasts. If so then that is fine. This one however seems clearly to be on a commercial cd.

I forgot, so I need to delete the post?

If you would be so kind. Thank you for your co-operation!
11  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: What are you currently listening to? on: February 06, 2019, 08:55:48 am
I am not at home, I am in London working (which is why this is in haste), but if this piece is available to purchase on a Bridge cd then reposting it from You Tube is against the policy we have on this forum- a policy we clearly re-established and restated last year.

I have assumed that other works posted on here recently from You Tube are taken from radio broadcasts. If so then that is fine. This one however seems clearly to be on a commercial cd.
12  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Susan Spain-Dunk on: February 02, 2019, 04:52:31 pm
http://artmusic.smfforfree.com/index.php/topic,6746.0.html
13  Little-known music of all eras / Coming broadcasts and listen-later links / Re: Grace Williams - Missa Cambrensis on: February 02, 2019, 03:03:39 pm
I enquired last night of someone in a position to know about these things.
The legal position is that the BBC cannot release the performance for commercial sale without the consent of the performers. If one soloist has refused his agreement because of dissatisfaction with his performance then that is it....full stop!
14  Little-known music of all eras / Downloads discussion / Re: British and Irish Music on: February 02, 2019, 12:31:22 am
Many, many thanks to britishcomposer for the upload of Ethel Smyth's splendid Mass in D.
15  Little-known music of all eras / Coming broadcasts and listen-later links / Re: Grace Williams - Missa Cambrensis on: February 02, 2019, 12:25:32 am
I somehow seem to have lost my recording of the Missa Cambrensis and I can't now find the link in the archive to download it again. Can anyone help me, please?

I have re-uploaded the Missa Cambrensis for you, Gareth. I presume that you have all the details of performers?
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