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1  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Re: Links to videos of compositions by little-known composers on: November 14, 2018, 05:09:12 pm
To be continued...............?!! Roll Eyes Grin

Not if we can prevent it!
  Grin Smiley
2  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Re: Links to videos of compositions by little-known composers on: November 14, 2018, 12:38:39 pm
To be continued...............?!! Roll Eyes Grin
3  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Lyrita? on: November 11, 2018, 12:21:39 pm
A very good idea! Embarrassed Grin I have just done exactly,that! I'm not terribly brilliant at this sort of thing,but here is a copy of the email I just sent (via the Lyrita web page):

Living in Wales,and being an admirer of the music of Daniel Jones,I was thrilled to hear that you were planning to release the remaining,unrecorded,symphonies on cd. Daniel Jones,as you know,was one of Wales' pioneering composers,and his cycle of symphonies,is,arguably,the finest by a Welsh composer.(Although,I know,one might make a similar claim for those of Alun Hoddinott?!).Post devolution,it does seem a great pity that so many of his symphonies are still unavailable in the form of commercially available recordings. It is also a shame that Daniel Jones still seems to be known,even here in Wales,primarily for his association,and friendship with Dylan Thomas,rather than the music,he actually composed. Surely,now is the time to rectify this? I know there has been renewed interest in another pioneering Welsh composer,Morfydd Owen,recently;and all the reviews I have seen,of the Lyrita cds of Daniel Jones,that have been released,have been very positive. I also know that his music has quite a few admirers,including myself! To cut to the chase! Are any more Daniel Jones symphonies going to be released on cd? I look forward to your response and thank you for your,commendable,and ongoing,commitment to British music.

                                                            Best Wishes

                                                            Dafydd Jones"

Let's hope I didn't drone on too long,and got some of my facts rite.........I mean,right?!! Grin Daniel Jones is actually known for some of his music,by those unfamiliar with his concert music. I am,of course,referring to the incidental music he composed for the celebrated radio production of,Under Milk Wood. I didn't want make the email too long (zzzzzzzzzz! Grin) however;so I left that out!!
4  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Lyrita? on: November 10, 2018, 01:10:13 pm
I'm being impatient,I know.......but I really am hoping they are going to release some more Daniel Jones symphonies?!! If not,I wonder why? Poor sales?!! Sad Sad Sad
5  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Daniel Jones Symphonies forthcoming on Lyrita on: October 06, 2018, 12:14:37 pm
I'm very disappointed that Lyrita haven't released any more recordings of Daniel Jones symphonies. They did say in the booklet,with the cd(s) that there would be more. I suppose,I'm being impatient;but I'm beginning to wonder?!! There have been other releases,but no Daniel Jones. Did they not sell very well? Have they lost interest?!! I hope not. I think,about,two more cd's and they would have completed the cycle? Also,I'm not optimistic of the chances of any cd's of Daniel Jones from any other label! Of course,there is Tŷ Cerdd,which has released cd's of Morfydd Owen,recently;which has had very good reviews,and a cd of Piano concertos by William Mathias (one of them,an archive recording of Mathias playing).
6  Little-known music of all eras / Coming broadcasts and listen-later links / Live broadcast on Radio 3: Langgaard's Music of the Spheres. on: September 24, 2018, 05:16:11 pm
There is a live broadcast of Langgaard's Music of the Spheres on Radio 3,this Thursday evening,from Glasgow Cathedral. Thomas Dausgard,the BBC Scottish SO,Rowan Pierce (soprano) and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Voices,are the performers. There will also be a talk,by the conductor,about Langgaard's music,

7  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Ruth Gipps symphonies on: September 07, 2018, 05:42:06 pm
Delighted to hear that you are enjoying the disc! My copy has not yet arrived (but then I did order another five cds at the same time!).

"watered down, VW, pastoral ruminations" indeed Roll Eyes Who ever thought of such a thing Grin
Roll Eyes And how wrong I was!! Embarrassed Grin Indeed,I just posted this on the "What are you listening to now?" thread,at the GMG (minus the cd cover photo)!

"Still listening to this. Yes,the Fourth Symphony is more tightly structured and easily the finest of the two symphonies. That said,the Second Symphony is,imho,a fine work,and after several listens now,I really do like it. Gipps really had a flair for orchestration,and there is always something to capture my attention. Even if I hadn't heard the Fourth Symphony,I would have enjoyed this work. In fact,not being familiar with Gipps before,I really have enjoyed and been impressed by everything I've heard on this cd. Even the smaller works. Also,she has her own voice. She doesn't sound like any of the usual suspects,VW,Moeran or Bax; ie I don't keep thinking,"this sounds like such and such";although there are obviously some influences detectable. In fact,on this basis alone,I 'd go so far as to say that Chandos would be daft not to give us some more Gipps! I know it sounds a little patronising;but I really didn't expect the contents of this cd to be this good. If I was a music critic (Yeah,me a critic?!! Roll Eyes Grin) I might just nominate this as my cd find of the year! In fact,I can't wait to hear more Gipps (hint! hint! Chandos!! Grin And again,what a great cover photo! Smiley"

8  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Ruth Gipps symphonies on: September 07, 2018, 11:38:37 am
On now. The Ruth Gipps Chandos cd,,which was on pre-order,arrived this morning. First listen! So far I am very impressed by her Fourth Symphony. I was half expecting some watered down VW,pastoral ruminations,but this strikes me as a truly individual voice. I love the clarity of the orchestration. I love her use of horns;and there is an urgency to the narrative that draws me along. Some exciting orchestration,too. The opening immediately caught my attention. I really didn't expect anything as good as this! Huh Smiley I'm now listening to the much earlier tone poem,Knight in Armour. Again,lovely orchestration. Quite bracing. So far,none of that finger twiddling and looking at the mini hi-fi track timings (How long is this going on?!!). Again,I really didn't expect anything this good!! So far,I'm very impressed!! I love that cover photo,by the way!
9  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Ongoing CPO projects. on: August 07, 2018, 05:38:12 pm
and why not a Micky Mouse symphonies cycle !!! seems every composers name snapped open must have his own symphonies cycle. My goodness ...
Mickey Mouse composed symphonies?!!!! Shocked
10  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Ongoing CPO projects. on: July 23, 2018, 05:31:40 pm
And I'm hoping there will be more Louis Glass symphonies,so I can finally say goodbye to those Plovdiv cd's!
11  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: What are you currently listening to? on: July 15, 2018, 12:38:49 pm
Playing here,now! (And since last night!) I love Holbrooke's orchestration. It's just so gorgeous. The "Auld lang Syne" Variations show off his ear for darkly,slightly gothic,late romanticism,at it's (near) best. Yes,it rambles a bit,but it's the orchestration that keeps me listening. It really tickles the old ear drums! The "Grasshopper" concerto is a lovely work. No wonder it's,probably,his most recorded work (in it's various guises). I adore the leaping motif that,apparently,gives the Violin concerto it's nickname. It is also one of his most well constructed works. Long term,thematic developement not being one of Holbrooke's strongest points (based on the available,recorded,evidence). The collection rounds off with his tone poem The Raven. You can practically hear the bird tapping on the window pane. Holbrooke loved,and lived,Edgar Allan Poe,and no one captured the atmosphere quite as effectively as Holbrooke. If Beecham had managed to record The Raven and Ulalume (he did talk about recording Holbrooke towards the end of his career) it's possible that Holbrooke's story might have been a little different. Although,not that different,I fear! This is,probably,the best collection of Holbrooke to appear on cd,to my mind. I'm really looking forward to the third release in this series,which will include the third symphony "ships",with the same orchestra and Howard Griffiths at the helm. A magnificent series and I'm so grateful to Cpo,Howard Griffiths (and Holbrooke champion,Gareth Vaughan) for what they have been doing for this wonderful (imho! Grin) composer!

12  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: What are you currently listening to? on: June 29, 2018, 11:46:14 am
The Ohio Light Opera 'complete' recording of Lionel Monckton(1861-1924) & Howard Talbot's The Arcadians (1909). I remember getting rid of this set because of the uneven casting. I decided instead,to make do with the 1960's emi excerpts,which are better sung! Or are they?! Well,yes,but problem! Where is the fun of the piece? Whatever the failings of this recording (many!) it does at capture some of the gaiety and humour of the piece. Also,the women,as in some of the other sets,in these unevenly cast series of recordings are actually very good! For example,cast member,Amy Warchol's lovely rendition of "Erins a spot" ("the dear little girl with a bit of a brogue"). A lovely creamy sound to her voice,and I always think is such a lovely song. I love the way the men join in with the chorus,too! The Arcadians has been described,very well,as operetta meets the (Edwardian) music hall. A very apt description. This is what marks it out from all the other post Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. One minute it's G & S style warbling,then it's like Marie Lloyd,or Burlington Bertie gatecrashed the proceedings!! (Think,Good old Days,with Leonard Sachs and Edwardian gents with Cocker-nee accents! You even get a cockney number "All down Picadilly",performed here,with probably the worst cockney accent since Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins (worse?!!)! So bad it is entertaining! But the rum-ti-tum music hall style chorus is genuinely rousing. You can almost visualise the audience joining in! For my money,the best of all the post G & S operettas. The tunes are just great,and it has none of that fey quality that detracts from Edward German's,admittedly,rather charming efforts. There is an earthy,slighly raucous originality here which really does mark it out from the crowd. Sadly,the perfect recording has never been made. And maybe,now,it never will? I prefer some dialogue too;because the plot,is rather fun (Jim's plane crashes in Arcadia.Jim is transformed into shepherd,Simplicitas. Accompanied by two nymphs,returns to London,to preach Arcadian values of truth & simplicity. Londoners prefer romance,horse racing and,fashionable,restaurants!!) In a perfect world someone would have uploaded a really top-notch off-air BBC radio recording from auntie's glory years. Unfortunately,while it does seem to have been recorded (possibly twice?!) by the BBC in,the seventies,I think (?) and maybe,once again,as excerpts (?) no off air recording seems to be in circulation (not even on Youtube! Shocked Grin) so I'm just happy to have this recording. Although,according,to one (rather)unhappy Amazon 'critic',there are some cuts!! Still,it all sounds pretty enjoyable,to me (easily,pleased?!). I think I will keep it this time?!! Smiley
13  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Links without any discussion on: June 29, 2018, 10:55:31 am
Personally,I would probably drone on a bit,just for a chance to bore you all to death with information that you can easily access yourself,via the provided link! Grin You make good points,though,as usual,Dundonnell! I like a bit of enthusiasm with the link,though,ie "Oh goody gumdrops! A new Braunfels cd! Whoopee!" It somehow,psyches me up for the new arrival!! Off topic,I know;but I must say,I do like the self deprecatory line to your new post as Administrator.The feeling of power,eh?! Shocked Grin
14  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: What are you currently listening to? on: June 28, 2018, 04:43:35 pm
The Wyn Morris,Ninth might not have the best singing in a recording of the Ninth,but ooh,it was fiery! Shocked Now playing,here. George Szell conducting the Ninth. I've had the (slimline) Sony set of the Szell cycle for a while. I've listened to all the other recordings in the box,but this is the first time I've listened to the Ninth.
15  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: What are you currently listening to? on: June 28, 2018, 11:36:57 am
Playing,now. The Wyn Morris Beethoven cycle continues,with his recordings of No's 7 & 8. Dubbed the "Welsh Furtwangler". There was a time when you seemed to find these IMP cd's in places like Woolworths and WH Smiths. I like André's description (at the GMG,in reply to my post,on the "What are you listening to?" thread) of Wyn Morris' conducting. "A potent mix of big, bold playing, allied to interpretive gruffness. Splendidly recorded, too". Very fiery. Yet,I like the more serene passages in the Sixth symphony. I think Wyn Morris could have been a much more famous conductor? (We'll never know!) His biographies and obituaries make very interesting reading. His personality seems to have been as gruff and fiery as his Beethoven. He seems to have destroyed his own career by rubbing everyone up the wrong way. He also got some publicity,I remember,for getting Margaret Thatcher to narrate a recording of Copland's Lincoln Portrait. I don't want to get into politics here,but I think I will give that one a miss! There does seem to be a slight renewal of interest in his work,recently. His conducting got rave reviews and critical acclaim at the time. It was all downhill,then! Sad He was also known for his Mahler. The only Mahler recording I have by him is of No 5. I like that very much. I remember the s/h cd I bought had scratches and scuff marks all over it,but always seems to play! There does seem to be a bit of a renewal of interest in his conducting,lately. Most of the comments I've read online are very positive. I have read that he used modern orchestras,but had a HIP approach. I wouldn't know about that;but I like what I'm hearing! Smiley If anyone (who hasn't heard his conducting) wants to hear his Beethoven,some of the IMP & Pickwick cd's can be found very cheaply s/h.
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