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1  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Giya Alexandrovich Kancheli (1935-2019) on: October 07, 2019, 08:14:07 pm
Sad news. I haven't listened to Kanchelli for a while. Liked the symphonies, no 4 a particular favourite, but found it hard to get to grips with some of his later work.
2  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Olav Kielland on: September 01, 2019, 09:20:14 pm
It would be good to hear the other symphonies, don't think any have been recorded. Aside from Kielland's fine 1st symphony, the only other piece I've heard was the Concerto Grosso Norvegese, which didn't make much impression either way.
3  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Sir Richard Rodney Bennett's Symphony No.1 on: March 17, 2019, 01:11:57 pm
Ideally yes. However, it's understandable John Wilson would want to record a piece he was the dedicatee of.
4  Little-known music of all eras / Books about composers and their music / Re: Surprised by Beauty on: January 28, 2019, 09:22:56 pm
I was tempted to buy this, having been alerted by the reviews on here.

My preference would have been for the authors to omit the 20th century 'greats' writing broadly tonal music and include more unfamiliar names. However, if you are including the 'greats' an admittedly subjective category, then include them all. No Bartok, Ravel and I'd add Copland to the list of absent Americans.

It was pleasing to get informative articles on some of my favourite composers; Lajtha, Martin, Mathias, Saeverud for example. I did also explore some of the new repertiore suggested by the authors. Most of the American composers suggested didn't inspire, but quite liked Jack Gallagher's Threnody Symphony and find Stephen Albert an interesting composer new to me, particularly some of the song cycles like Tree Stone. Albert's Symphony no 1 is interesting, but hasn't fallen into place for me yet.

I'm not entirely comfortable with the author's emphasis of the spiritual in his writings, but overall have enjoyed reading this.     

5  About music in general / Individual composers / John Joubert RIP on: January 08, 2019, 10:31:03 pm
Sorry to hear that he passed away on 7th January at the age of 91. South African born, but predominantly resident in Britain.

I first heard his music on a friend's record of the first two Piano Sonatas. He seems to have kept composing through his 80s, including the 3rd Symphony recently released on cd. There is a lot of his work, especially the choral pieces that I'm unfamiliar with.
6  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Torbjorn Iwan Lundquist (1920-2000): Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4 on: October 26, 2018, 09:12:46 pm
Might be tempted by this. I used to have the Lundquist 3rd Symphony on record, an attractive piece, more pastoral than any Petersson, to my ear closer to Larsson, Wiren or Rosenberg's 6th.
7  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.
8  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.
9  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.
10  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. 
11  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. 
12  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!
13  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. 
14  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.
15  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.
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