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16  Little-known music of all eras / Downloads discussion / Re: Latvian music on: February 26, 2013, 02:33:07 am
Oh, yes!  Ramans is VERY interesting!  Great uploads, Maris! THANKS!!!
17  Little-known music of all eras / Downloads discussion / Re: Romanian Music on: February 19, 2013, 04:32:32 pm
Huge thanks for the Wilhelm Georg Berger Symphony No.1 (and for the Jan Kapr Symphony No.5 and the Herman Mulder Symphony No.4) Smiley Smiley

Heartily seconded Smiley

Why, my pleasure!
18  Little-known music of all eras / Downloads discussion / Re: Czech Music on: February 18, 2013, 01:24:32 pm
Yes!  Thanks for the repair!  I'd not had two links to upload before, but I should have anticipated the problem!
19  Little-known music of all eras / Downloads discussion / Re: Romanian Music on: November 19, 2012, 02:57:12 am
They came!  Almost 2 months to the day from the order date:

The 8 Symphonies of Pascal Bentoiu + “Eminiesciana”  III Opus 23 (Concerto for Orchestra)

Electrecord CD Set EDC 972-976

CD 1:  Symphony No. 1 Cluj Philharmonic  Orchestra/Erich Bergel (1968)
   Symphony No. 2 Radio Symphony Orchestra/Conta (live – 1975)

CD 2:  Symphony No. 3 “G. Enescu” Philharmonic/Cristescu (live – 1978)
   Symphony No. 4  Radio Symphony Orchestra/Conta (live – 1979)

CD 3:  Symphony No. 5 Radio Symphony Orchestra/Popescu (1983)
   Symphony No. 6 “Colors” Cluj Philharmonic Orchestra/Mandeal (1987)

CD 4:  Symphony No. 7 “Volumes”  Timisoara Philharmonic Orchestra/Remus Georgescu (1987)
   “Eminesciana” III (Concerto for Orchestra)  Opus 23 Radio Symphony Orchestra/Conta

CD 5:  Symphony No. 8 “Imagini” 
National Radio Orchestra/Andreescu
Irinia Iordachescu – soloist

I haven’t had a chance to listen to any of these but will tomorrow!
(February 19, 2013)
Now that I have lived with these works for quite a while, I would heartily recommend this CD set to anyone who like meaty, original, but not at all hermetic 20th-century symphonies.  I find #4, 5, 7, and #8 and Eminesciana III to be quite impressive.  I can't recall ever hearing anything quite like the first movement of #4!  The set is a bit costly, but worth the investment  - at least it was for me.
20  Little-known music of all eras / Downloads discussion / Re: Czech Music on: October 08, 2012, 11:32:45 pm
Well, you do, but probably no one else.  Grin
Actually I forgot to post the information on the Kubicka symphony, but I just did. 
Sorry about the confusion! 
21  Little-known music of all eras / Downloads discussion / Re: Romanian Music on: September 30, 2012, 11:05:48 pm
Oh, Atsushi!

What an amazing, and meaty, set of uploads to the Romanian and Slovak sites!  There are some really interesting works here, and all in great sound!  You've made my day- week - month!  THANKS, friend!

22  Little-known music of all eras / Downloads discussion / Re: Russian and Soviet Music on: September 24, 2012, 09:34:04 pm
Re:  Arthur Lourie

I was really looking forward to the broadcast of the Lourie Symphony, but it turned out to be a somewhat of a disappointment.  The local FM station at the time used such  heavy-handed compression, that really, there is no difference between the loud and soft passages dynamically - and they were plagued with hiss on some of their broadcasts. ( I suppose with a little work that could be improved.) It blunts the effect of the performance which I don't find as affecting as the Vis performance anyway.  I miss the trumpet clams!  Grin
23  Little-known music of all eras / Downloads discussion / Re: Czech Music on: September 22, 2012, 02:01:07 pm
Ah!  Thanks!  How that happened I cannot imagine! 
Oh!  I see!
Now it's the right one.
(Pretty exciting ending on this one!)
24  Little-known music of all eras / Downloads discussion / Re: Romanian Music on: September 19, 2012, 02:54:48 am
Hey Malito,

Well, they are hard to describe.  The first is more traditional as I remember, and the 6th and 7th are somewhat more "modern" than the 5th (which is knock-out!) but not nearly as hermetic as, say, Schnittke's 7th and 8th symphonies.  All that I've heard are really substantial works that repay repeated listenings.  I was really excited to see that the whole set was available - (maybe too excited as the actual price is more like $75 American - and I ordered it anyway).  Here's a description of the 7th from the premiere:

The Seventh Symphony, "Volumes"
by Viorel Cosma (b. 1927)
Pascal Bentoiu
Performed in premiere in Bucharest

   Undoubtedly, composer Pascal Bentoiu must be regarded at present as one of the most outstanding symphonists of the Romanian musical school of the 20th century. The recent first performance in Bucharest of Symphony No. 7, Volumes, under the baton of Horia Andreescu, places the composer of the opera Hamlet among the most profound contemporary Romanian musicians of the genre. It is not the seven symphonies of so far that make Pascal Bentoiu stand out but above all his particular thinking, concept, spirit, and sonorous expression that puts an unmistakable seal on his orchestral cycle. If we take into account the tomes of musical aesthetics and analysis (to quote only the splendid book issued in 1984 by Minerva Publishing House, Enescu Masterpieces, where sound ideas find materialization in a written text) then we can predicate that Pascal Bentoiu is a philosopher of the art of sounds.
   Dedicated to the conductor of the Banat Philharmonic of Timisoara, Remus Georgescu, Symphony No. 7 tries to approach the sound material in juxtaposed blocs, in volumes of various densities, which the author regards symmetrically, as rigorously organized, and unitary in point of style. One gets the feeling that, riding high up in a plane or a chopper, one crosses a city splendidly devised by an architect of blocks built in brick, glass, and stone. The rigorous, elegant, and distinct  structures endow the scenery with the arcane charm of volumes. Written in 1983 (the first part of the score bears the mention March 20, 1986, and the last section May 9, 1986,) Symphony No. 9 op. 29 is concise (25 min.), and features an imposing sound idiom, exquisitely moderate. The author’s major desert consists of keeping within the universe of substantive music, undistracted by avant-garde or passing fads.
   The symphonic orchestra of the Romanian Radio-Television under the baton of Horia Andreescu endeavored to offer the audience a warm, tensional rendering, fully responsible to the Romanian heritage. The robust vision of Horia Andreescu, with powerful dramatic contracts and rapid changes of rhythms turned the first performance of Pascal Bentoiu’s Symphony No. 7 intro a genuine artistic event.

I was going to include this with my upload of the seventh, even though my performance is not the one described above.   - but I'll have to wait to see if the CD contains this performance or my version labeled by the indifferent and sloppy tape collector that I got it from (who was NOT Karl Miller or Mike Herman) as "Georgescu."  I assume that's Remus, but he didn't say.

 Incidentally, if you decide to order the set, don't be surprised if you get an immediate email from your bank asking about a suspicious purchase on your credit card!  I had to call and explain that I really did shell out a chunk of money to an obscure Romanian CD shop.   Cheesy

25  Little-known music of all eras / Downloads discussion / Re: Croatian Music on: September 17, 2012, 07:46:10 pm
re:  Sakac:  Matrix Symphony

(Should have included this with the downloads, but...)
26  Little-known music of all eras / Downloads discussion / Re: Romanian Music on: September 16, 2012, 04:58:14 pm
I was preparing to upload Bentoiu's Syms. 1,6, and 7 when I ran across a listing for a 5-CD set of all his symphonies (1-8) here:

I'm sure most of you already know about this set, but it was news to me.  I have ordered it.  I'll let you know...
27  Little-known music of all eras / Downloads discussion / Re: Russian and Soviet Music on: September 16, 2012, 03:05:52 am
Wellll, now... as for Shchedrin, I would suggest that his "Russian Photographs" is a wonderful, deeply felt, work... and The Lady with the Lapdog is a fine work too. 
28  Little-known music of all eras / Downloads discussion / Re: Romanian Music on: September 15, 2012, 06:17:57 pm
This is much appreciated!  I can only provide what the notes on the back of the records suggest... such as the date of Ion's first symphony being 1948,  and the dates for the other works that I have listed.  I always assume that whoever the liner notes had checked his material.
29  Little-known music of all eras / Downloads discussion / Re: Romanian Music on: September 14, 2012, 09:29:37 pm
I've uploaded some Romanian works from Electrecord LP's.  As far as I know, none have been, or are, available on CD.  There are two versions of the "Retezat Mountains" suite by Ion Dumitrescu:  a wonderful performance by Popescu on an old mono record, and a newer stereo version by Conta that I find to be unbearable. Listen to the Popescu version first to hear what a fine music is in the score before wallowing in Conta's soupy, overblown version. 
I'll upload some more obscure Romanian works when I get a chance. 
30  Little-known music of all eras / Downloads discussion / Re: Czech Music on: August 28, 2012, 03:29:44 am
Well, thanks for the thanks!  Smiley I'm thinking there should be a deluge of stuff on its way, (and dozens of categories) as soon as some of our more prolific uploaders get some free time.   Smiley Grin
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