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16  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.
17  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? 
18  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?
19  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.
20  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.
21  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Sir Peter Maxwell Davies (1934-2016): RIP on: March 14, 2016, 08:15:49 pm
As you say, while Sir Peter's passing appeared inevitable, it's no less sad. It will be interesting to see how posterity views him, one of the great British composers of the last 50 years +, but in some ways quite an isolated figure. Personally, I'm much less familiar with his output of the last couple of decades, something to try and rectify. 
22  About music in general / Individual composers / Re: Marcel Landowski (1915-99) on: March 01, 2016, 07:12:36 pm
Henri Barraud is another in the neglected category from this era, though did find the First Symphony, which I'd not heard before, on youtube.
23  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Twentieth Century Symphonies: the 'Missing Symphonies' on: January 15, 2016, 06:02:06 pm
Hermansson's symphonies

I have recordings of the symphonies 2 & 3 of the Swedish Radio, years ago.
The timing of these two are 26 and 27 resp. So if the 4th (the one I never heard) takes 35 minutes, they don't fit on one cd, I'm afraid.

Was the 4th a radio recording too? I would like to hear that one

That's interesting. I took the timings from the Swedish Music website, but seems like no 3 lasts longer than suggested.

The 4th was premiered by the (Stockholm?) Philharmonic, so might not have been recorded.
24  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Twentieth Century Symphonies: the 'Missing Symphonies' on: January 05, 2016, 08:12:48 pm
My suggested addition;

Ake Hermanson

Symphony no 2 (1973-5)
Symphony no 3 (1980)
Symphony no 4 Oceanus (1981-4)


No's 2-3 were first performed by the Swedish Radio Orchestra, so might still be lurking in their archives somewhere. Or at 29, 15 and 35 minutes respectively, they'd fit snugly on a CD. 
25  About music in general / Members' own compositions / Re: Empfindsamkeit on: December 30, 2015, 07:57:24 pm
I like your composition, Ian. However, aside from my liking of chamber music involving woodwinds and the piece coming across as atmospheric, it's hard to put into words precisely why.
26  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Jouni Kaipainen 1956-2015 on: December 02, 2015, 08:24:05 pm
This is very sad news. I remember going to the UK premiere of his 1st Symphony on the South Bank, with a pre-programme talk by Kaipainen, who came across well in talking about his music. Less familiar with his more recent work, but will go back and listen to the recordings which are available.
27  Little-known music of all eras / In-depth discussion of selected compositions / Re: Ten Forgotten American Masterpieces (Leonard Slatkin) on: August 15, 2015, 12:27:25 am
I'd agree that it's hard to pick out the best symphony from the output of Piston and Schuman. Personally would struggle to choose between Piston's 2nd and 6th.

My view is that George Crumb is better represented by a chamber work/song-cycle like Vox Balaenae than Echoes of Time and the River.

Still at least the list made me realise I'd never heard any Donald Erb and so listened to a youtube recording of The Seventh Trumpet. 
28  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Re: Vagn Holmboe - Symphony 8, op. 56, "Sinfonia Boreale on: July 05, 2015, 02:44:54 pm
Much appreciated. This was the first Holmboe piece I heard, on Robert Simpson's Innocent Ear programme. Subsequently bought the record, but haven't heard this version for a while. Personally felt it was a much sharper account of the Sinfonia boreale than Hughes' in the BIS cycle.
29  About music in general / Individual composers / Re: John McCabe(1939-2015): R.I.P. on: February 15, 2015, 09:14:55 pm
Very sad to hear about John McCabe's passing.

I first heard his music with a couple of broadcast pieces; the 3rd Symphony Hommages and an atmospheric horn and piano work The Castle of Arianrhod. Later acquired the LP with The Chagall Windows and Hartmann Variations, the latter a favourite piece for me. However there's a lot of his music I still should get to know and will have to delve into the AMF downloads for starters.
 
30  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Ragnar Soderlind(1945-) on: January 22, 2015, 08:05:24 pm
Thanks Jolly Roger, it is of interest to me as I am a fan of his.  I am surprised more of his music isn't available. 
Excuse the my spelling of his name please..I was in a hurry but very happy it was useful..

That's interesting. I've got the first 3 Haug symphonies on cd and no 3 The Inscrutable Life is the one, I've found it hardest to get to grips with.

I agree that there ought to be recordings of the later Soderlind symphonies available.
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