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1  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Rolf Hempel (1932-2016): Dialog, for flute and organ (1966) on: July 29, 2018, 08:32:09 pm
The only piece I can recall hearing for that combination is Frank Martin's Sonata da chiesa, which is an arrangement the composer made of the original for viola d'amore and organ.
2  About music in general / Individual composers / Re: Oliver Knussen RIP on: July 09, 2018, 10:00:40 pm
Very sad news. His later career seems to have been predominantly as a conductor and highly regarded in that regard by fellow-composers. Can recall going to an impressive concert he conducted at the Bridgewater; Carter's Symphonia and Simon Bainbridge's Ad ora incerta, challenging works, which showed his conducting skills at their prime.

I find it difficult to get a handle on Knussen's music, the pieces I have heard are well-crafted and must dig out the cds for another listen. Haven't heard either of the relatively late Horn and Violin Concertos.
3  Little-known music of all eras / Coming broadcasts and listen-later links / Re: BBC Proms Concerts 2018 on: April 23, 2018, 07:52:51 pm
Had the Sibelius 7 and Zimmermann Symphony in One Movement had a more interesting coupling than Schubert choral pieces,might have been tempted.
4  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Ingvar Lidholm (1921-2017) on: October 21, 2017, 08:45:47 pm
Sorry to hear this, he lived to a good age, but doesn't seem to have composed much in the last quarter century.. The first piece of Lidholm's music that I heard was a choral work on radio 3 a riveder le stelle, a powerful piece. I'm familiar with some of the orchestral pieces, with Greetings from an Old World and Kontakion being probably the best known and featuring on a Chandos cd. 
5  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Alun Hoddinott Symphonies on Lyrita ?? on: June 27, 2017, 09:29:21 pm
David Wynne, there is a composer who disappeared off the radar. Really liked the 3rd symphony and curious what the other two sound like, the first apparently never performed Found it harder to penetrate the two pieces on Lyrita but there was another record I had of the 5th string quartet and a work for 2 pianos and percussion, which were easier to get a handle on. Relatively little of his music featured in concert by contrast with other Welsh contemporaries when I lived in Swansea in the early 80s though Prelude was played at the Brangwyn. 
6  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Malcolm Lipkin (1932-2017) has died on: June 09, 2017, 09:31:23 pm
Butterworth's 7th Symphony was premiered in Huddersfield in 2012, I was there!
7  About music in general / The listener / Re: What are you listening to today? on: January 27, 2017, 10:10:20 pm
I too like the Runolfsson suite very much. I've been a bit disappointed of the Esja Symphony, but perhaps this is owing to the bad recording quality of my tape. The piece was broadcast in the mid 1990 by Euroclassic Notturno. I've been waiting for another airing since, in vain. Do you have a better recording, Alex?
My recording was from a broadcast on the BBC of an Iceland SO performance in the early hours. Afraid the quality of my tape isn't great either. 
8  About music in general / The listener / Re: What are you listening to today? on: January 26, 2017, 08:53:36 pm
I'm very fond of the Runolfsson piece, On Crossroads on that CD, though the only other piece of his that I've heard is the Symphony Esja.
9  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Tamberg Sym no 4 (new release) on: November 24, 2016, 08:25:17 pm
Looks interesting. Heard and liked the first three symphonies, so will be curious to hear no 4.
10  About music in general / Members' own compositions / Re: Narcissistic on: November 18, 2016, 08:29:34 pm
Interesting excerpt, Ian.

Not going to attempt an analysis, but if I heard it unaware, there are some elements which might make me think the composer was French.
11  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Daniel Jones Symphonies forthcoming on Lyrita on: November 09, 2016, 08:06:19 pm
I'm curious as to what features are suggested to distinguish a Romantic from a Tonalist in this division? 
12  Little-known music of all eras / Broadcast videos / Re: Larsson Gothe - Apotheosis of the Dance (2013) on: November 05, 2016, 10:16:27 pm
Thanks for posting this. I was totally unaware of this composer, but after hearing this piece, I'm tempted to get the cd, which also has the 2nd Symphony.
13  About music in general / Performance and technique / Re: Living British Conductors on: October 03, 2016, 08:27:35 pm
Shouldn't Sir Mark Elder at the Halle feature on this list?
14  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Re: Ben Folds Piano Concerto on: September 09, 2016, 08:51:36 pm
I'm listening to the Ben Folds Piano Concerto now! Re: Grace Williams. I like some of her shorter works best and the vocal/choral music on the Chandos cd. I didn't like some of her music that much at first. It has slowly grown on me. Now back to Ben Folds (but since you asked). I have to say the sound quality doesn't help. Is this the same Ben Folds whose cds I am seeing listed on Amazon?

It would be good to hear Castell Caernarfon again; doesn't seem to have found it's way to youtube yet.
15  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Einojuhani Rautavaara 1928-2016 on: July 29, 2016, 07:40:49 am
Saddened to hear this news.

Along with Pehr Henrik Nordgren, the major Finnish symphonist of his time. The 3rd symphony Dundonnell mentions seems to have been a one-off in terms of his musical direction. The 7th the first one I got to know and more typical of his output.
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