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1  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Hubert Parry - English Lyrics now available complete at last! on: January 18, 2019, 10:54:31 am
Stanford's The Travelling Companion. Who'd have thought?!! Shocked Grin There are some links to reviews at the bottom of the page. I didn't realise Stanford had a website! Very nice! Smiley
2  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Hubert Parry - English Lyrics now available complete at last! on: January 18, 2019, 12:50:19 am
Somm have got a recording of Stanford's The Travelling Companion in the works too,I believe?!! 
3  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Immanent closure on: January 18, 2019, 12:46:52 am
You,erm..........missed quite allot!!! Roll Eyes Grin
4  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: New Duttons for October on: January 17, 2019, 01:21:45 pm
Haddon Hall is great! I have the Prince Consort (I think? The sets in a box,somewhere?). It's supposed to be one of their better performances. If not,their best. It has some enthusiastic reviews on the web. It is rather good,too. At least to my ears! I love that Scottish character!
I wish someone would also give us a really good recording of one of my favourite,of all,English operettas. The Arcadians;which has been described,jusifiably,as,Gilbert and Sullivan meets the Music Hall! The old emi recording,of highlights,which has the best singing (overall),is a bit staid. I actually quite like the Ohio Light Opera recording;uneven as it is. The women are very good (the men,less so! Roll Eyes!) and you get the dialogue (the plot is potty,but fun!). (All together! "All Down,Picadilly,Picadilly.........!!" Grin) And it does at least,capture some of the fun!
5  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: What are you currently listening to? on: December 24, 2018, 11:45:02 am
On now. Cd 1 of this 3 cd set. The Martinu symphony,much as I love it,was a bit much at circa,midnight,after a lager;so I put this on,instead. I got this & the early,Alan Rowlands set of John Ireland's piano music,coutesy of Lyrita's Black Friday 50% off sale. These recording made between 1959 and 1965,are in mono,but wonderfully atmospheric. These were originall released on 3 Lp's & are amongst the earliest Lyrita issues. A fourth Lp of shorter pieces was never released,for some reason;and this box set,provides the first opportunity to hear them. The recordings were made in Richard Itter's music room. Iris Loveridge really gets to the soul of this music like no other,imho. The mono tape recordings only add to the atmosphere of some of the more introverted,gloomy pieces. I do find it strange that there is nothing about the pianist in the booklet provided. Yes,you can find out about her online;but it does seem an odd oversight. Iris Loveridge isn't exactly a household name these days,and I think it would have been nice to have written something about her. Anyway,perhaps there is some,justifiable reason for this? Grumbling aside,this is a wonderful release. I love Bax's piano music,and I wouldn't be without this set. It might even be my first port of call,for this,oft overlooked,aspect of Bax's prolific output. The mono sound is very clear. A slight,background,tape hiss audible.
6  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Joseph Holbrooke from CPO on: December 03, 2018, 06:19:48 pm
I have just finished writing (and have submitted) the booklet notes to cpo's 3rd CD of orchestral works by Holbrooke, so maybe it will be released early next year.
Thank you for this update,Gareth! And thank you for all the work you do in championing this composer. I hope it will be released in the New Year. I'm a bit of a fan of Holbrooke,and I happen to think that,if I had to choose one,the last Cpo cd of his music,was the best ever,in terms of the selection of music and performances (indeed,everything about it!). A pity that this will be the last volume from Cpo,though. Both cd's,so far,are just superb,in every respect. Is there any hope,I wonder,that some other conductor will take over from Howard Griffiths and continue Cpo's exploration of his music?

In the meantime,Holbrooke fans have got something to look forward to!! Smiley
7  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Lyrita? on: November 26, 2018, 06:56:42 pm
This may be the wrong place Grin..........,.but is everyone aware of Nimbus' Black Friday Sale (50% of their entire catalogue). You just put the code supplied in the email (if you subscribe to their "mail shots") at the checkout! The offer is Valid until 23:59 tonight. I just bought the 3cd box set of Iris Loveridge playing Bax's piano music & the 3cd set of Alan Rowland's playing the complete piano music of John Ireland for a total of 19.99,for both sets (Normally 39.99). As a fan of these composers piano compositions I've always fancied acquiring these pioneering sets,but the outlay was a bit I grabbed my chance!! Roll Eyes Grin
8  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Lyrita? on: November 25, 2018, 02:46:03 pm
That's interesting. I used to send off allot of enthusiastic letters about music,when I was younger,to various record labels,the BBC and composers. Nimbus were the only one who didn't reply! Of course,that was only one letter!! Roll Eyes Grin
9  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Lyrita? on: November 24, 2018, 12:45:44 pm
My apologies for not replying sooner! Alas! No response from Lyrita! Sad I suppose I could get around to trying an actual 'letter',of the posted kind. They may feel obliged to answer,if I've spent money on a stamp? Especially,if I enclose an sae?!! Grin Or I could just try another email? I remember writing to Hyperion and Chandos (by post) years ago,and I always received a very polite,courteous reply. One of them telling me that my letter had been shown to Brian Couzens,the actual boss! I don't know whether he really read it;but I was still young,and I felt very pleased with the response! The BBC,likewise,always replied. I do remember writing an enthusiastic letter to Nimbus once,about Daniel Jones,and I got no reply. I understand you have received replies from Lyrita,but they don't actually tell you much!! Sad Why the secrecy,though?!! Is a rival recording label really going to rush out with a Daniel Jones recording,before they do? Do they check the office for bugging devices?!! Grin And yes,what happened to the Missa Cambrensis?!

I suppose,one other,possible,line of hope for a cd of Daniel Jones is Tŷ Cerdd?
10  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
11  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
12  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!!
13  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
14  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).
15  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,

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