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31  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Commercial recordings (vintage, new and forthcoming) / York Bowen, Susan Spain-Dunk, Gordon Jacob,Holst (etc) : Wind Quintets Dutton on: June 12, 2022, 10:33:59 pm
....And Karl Jenkins! Shocked Susan Spain-Dunk seems to be getting quite popular,lately! Cpo,now Dutton! I have yet to hear a note of her music. I must admit I won't be rushing out to buy any of these releases. Although,I would like to add the Arthur Sullivan cd to my collection. I think I've spent far too much,already,this month!

There are some more releases on the Dutton site!

https://www.duttonvocalion.co.uk/

32  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Commercial recordings (vintage, new and forthcoming) / Alec Rowley Dutton on: June 12, 2022, 10:26:54 pm
Must admit,I'd never heard of him!

https://www.duttonvocalion.co.uk/proddetail.php?prod=CDLX7401
33  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Commercial recordings (vintage, new and forthcoming) / Richard Arnell: Symphony for Strings (etc) Dutton on: June 12, 2022, 10:24:36 pm
More Arnell from Dutton!

https://www.duttonvocalion.co.uk/proddetail.php?prod=CDLX7400
34  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Commercial recordings (vintage, new and forthcoming) / Arthur Sullivan: L’île Enchantée: ballet in one (etc) Dutton on: June 12, 2022, 10:22:35 pm
More Arthur Sullivan from Dutton! I should think Albion is aware of this! I would be truly amazed if he isn't! I was reading about it on the Arthur Sullivan Society website only the other day! I may even join?!!

https://www.duttonvocalion.co.uk/proddetail.php?prod=CDLX7404

35  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Individual composers / Re: Lennox Berkeley (1903-1989) on: June 11, 2022, 03:01:03 am
And back to Tripe........I mean,Lennox Berkeley! (AH) Grin

I think Berkeley was pretty inconsistent - there is certainly some lovely stuff including the Four Poems of Saint Teresa, but sometimes the symphonies sit quite static and Nelson is a total bore. What else is in the British and Irish Music Archive? I can't seem to find it.

 Roll Eyes
Of course,I've got to remember that I only received those Lennox Berkeley cd's in the last week,or so,and I'm aware of the rush of blood that can occur,to the head,when playing a newly acquired cd for the first time! Roll Eyes I think the vintage performances on that emi centenary album enhanced my enjoyment,somewhat (Dennis Brain,for instance!). The fact that his Third Symphony only lasts around fifteen minutes might be another factor? I did enjoy what I heard,but maybe I wouldn't be so keen if it lasted half an hour? (Like No's 1 & 2,which I have not heard!). I must admit I've avoided LB to date because I had some idea his music might be a bit dull,but I was pleasantly surprised by what I heard! But it's still early days! I thought I'd drop a Lennox Berkeley thread though,as he doesn't seem to get allot of attention on forums! (Although,he seems to have a few admirer's at the GMG Forum! The Concerto for Two Pianos appears to be the overall favourite there!)
36  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Commercial recordings (vintage, new and forthcoming) / Re: John Ireland from John Wilson on: June 11, 2022, 02:40:31 am
John Wilson has done some thrilling recordings for Chandos but he already recorded an Ireland disc with the Hallé before. I confess I was a bit disappointed with his take on Satyricon. The Hickox discs were my first encounter with Ireland in the early 90s. He probably took some licence with the tempo in the middle section of Satyricon but to me this added real romance to the piece. Listening to Wilson his straight approach left me cold. The playing was of course unquestionably great but along with the Chandos acoustics Hickox did it for me. I am tempted to try this new Wilson/Chandos but...

I think it was Boult on Lyrita who first did John Ireland's orchestral works great favours, and his recordings still stand up well (to say that the Piano Concerto was once so hugely popular it's never heard now). My favourite work is The Forgotten Rite, it reminds me somewhat of Bax at his most mysterious. I may give this new Chandos disc a spin simply because I greatly admire both composer and conductor, but I wish that he and Chandos would get back to exploring previously-unrecorded British repertoire...

 Smiley

I have recordings by Barbirolli and the Hallé of Mai-Dun and The Forgotten Rite but they date, I think, from the early 1950s and so while they are fine interpretations, the 'fi' is far from 'hi'.
The recordings by Barbirolli are,actually,my favourite's! The ancient old mono recordings just seem to add a degree of atmosphere that makes them my first port of call,even above Boult! This goes for These Things Shall Be,as well! In fact,that's probably the only recording I really enjoy of that work! His recording of Bax's Third Symphony is also the best recording of any Bax symphony ever,imho (as they say!). And I say that as a self confessed Baxian! (I even like Winter Legends Shocked,which someone at the GMG described as sounding like woolly mammoths (leaping about! à la,Beecham,I suppose?!*) Of course,this is all yet more evidence that I'm obviously heading for the knackers yard (Like Ginger in Black Beauty!) Sad


* On Beethoven's Seventh: "It's like a lot of yaks jumping around!"!
37  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Individual composers / Re: Lennox Berkeley (1903-1989) on: June 10, 2022, 06:26:03 pm
I think Berkeley was pretty inconsistent - there is certainly some lovely stuff including the Four Poems of Saint Teresa, but sometimes the symphonies sit quite static and Nelson is a total bore. What else is in the British and Irish Music Archive? I can't seem to find it.

 Roll Eyes

To be fair to Berkeley, the vast majority of composers were inconsistent. Even Beethoven wrote some fearful tripe: does anyone know his Two Preludes through all twelve major keys op 39? No? I thought not, since nobody ever plays them (for good reason).


 Cheesy



 Tongue

38  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Individual composers / Re: Lennox Berkeley (1903-1989) on: June 10, 2022, 04:32:34 pm
I think Berkeley was pretty inconsistent - there is certainly some lovely stuff including the Four Poems of Saint Teresa, but sometimes the symphonies sit quite static and Nelson is a total bore. What else is in the British and Irish Music Archive? I can't seem to find it.

 Roll Eyes

To be fair to Berkeley, the vast majority of composers were inconsistent. Even Beethoven wrote some fearful tripe: does anyone know his Two Preludes through all twelve major keys op 39? No? I thought not, since nobody ever plays them (for good reason).
Not wanting to go off-topic,but,just out of interest,have you ever consumed tripe,Lionel? As in eating it! (Not Rufinatscha! Grin) I've heard allot about it,but never had the pleasure (?) of tucking into it!!
39  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Individual composers / Re: Lennox Berkeley (1903-1989) on: June 05, 2022, 10:02:19 pm
The short,less boring & time consuming to read version!

Lennox Berkeley: Mont Juic,Serenade for Strings,Divertimento,Partita for Chamber Orchestra,Symphony No 3  Lpo/Sir Lennox Berkeley  Lyrita



Great stuff! Smiley
40  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / General musical discussion / Re: What are you currently listening to? on: June 04, 2022, 07:54:49 pm
Lehar: Paganini (1925)    Accord 2 cd's



(complete, with abridged dialogue in French)
Robert Massard (ten) Paganini; Roméo Carles (bar) Pimpinelli; Colette Riedinger (sop) Anna-Elisa; Geori Boue (sop) Bella
Henri Merckel (violin)
Orchestre and choirs / Pierre Dervaux  Accord 2 cd's
Rec. Universal (Decca) France Studios, Antony, France 1955 Mono

A good recording of this operetta,in mono sound. The best known number of which,in it's english version,might not go down so well with feminist's and the #Me Too movement,these days! Like most of these old French recording's of operetta made (mainly) in the 50's and 60's,the singing is of a very high standard and the dialogue is performed almost like a play,with judicious use of sound effects & ambience (chattering voices and/or music in the background) where required. Interestingly,it took until 1982 for a 'complete' recording to be released by a German recording label (emi-electrola). That one had Anneliese Rothenberger and Nicolai Gedda,and had the benefit of stereo,but I don't have it,because it's been deleted and Sellers ask ridiculous prices. In lieu of that I've had to make do with a very good 1952 recording conducted by Franz Marszalek (available on the Membran label,but now deleted) who was one of the best advocates of this genre of entertainment,and a vintage cast that includes Anny Schlemm and Peter Anders,who is rated very highly by fans of operetta in German speaking lands. And very good he is too! A few more years and he may have recorded some operetta in stereo,but he was tragically killed in a car accident in 1954 at the of 46! The only other recording I have is a 1960's selection of excerpts from the operetta with Rudolf Schock and Margit Schramm (A reissue of the original Eurodisc Lp). The photo of the Accord set on this page is of my own copy & I took the price sticker off specially. (With a little help from a Q stick & isopropyl alcohol! Roll Eyes)

          

               The mono Membran 2 cd set                      The stereo 2 cd electrola reissue I can't afford!        Eurodisc highlight's  (Original Lp artwork & bad wig/hair day! Roll Eyes Grin)                           
 
41  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Individual composers / Re: Lennox Berkeley (1903-1989) on: June 04, 2022, 05:23:00 pm
Lennox Berkeley: Symphony No 3 in one movement op.74 (1969)       Lyrita



I've listened to the Symphony No 3 several times now. It's only around fifteen minutes in duration,so it doesn't take long. This is a more serious piece and I don't think anyone would think of Poulenc or any other French composer listening to it. I find it an impressive,powerful piece. All the more so in that it's all so compact. There is an astringency to the writing,but again,not as severe as Cooke or Fricker,and there's none of the anger & ferocity you get in allot of Fricker. And,again,thankfully,none of that tortuousness to the string writing that leaves my Tippet cd's gathering dust. The orchestration is also less monotone than Fricker ,Cooke or Wordsworth. Although,I wouldn't go so far as to describe it as colourful,but I heard a harp glissando in one passage and the textures are lighter. There are some thrilling climaxes & all in all,I'm impressed,by what I've been hearing! I had some idea a Lennox Berkely symphony would be tough going! How wrong I was! (If symphonies 1 and 2 and the Concerto for Two Pianos are as good as this,or better,as some post's at the GMG forum seem to suggest?!!) Smiley The sound quality of these recordings is excellent,as one might expect from this label,which is,obviously,an added plus!
42  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Individual composers / Re: John Blackwood McEwen (1868-1948) on: June 04, 2022, 02:57:00 pm
John Blackwood McEwen: Solway Symphony (No. 5) in C♯ minor (1911) The London Philharmonic/ Mitchell Chandos



This arrived today! I have listened to this via homemade cdr's & it didn't,exactly,excite me! I'm wondering if having the shiny cd & nice booklet with all the trimmings,will make a difference. It often does!! (Not with Rufinatscha,it didn't! Grin). There are influences readiy audible in the orchestration here! Strauss & Wagner,some impressionism. It all makes for a heady concoction,with some,colourful,,stirring,late romantic style orchestration! The second movement (moonlight) really is gorgeous! Again,what a difference the hard,shiny disc & trimmings make! (Or,maybe it is just a question of birates & Ned Luddite is just c*** at making cdr's?!) Lovely! I will,certainly,look out for Chandos' cd of McEwen's Border Ballads,now! And looking at the list of composition's on McEwen's Wikipedia page,there's plenty more for an enterprising recording label to explore! Whether,it's all worth recording or the scores are extant,I don't know? But this'll do nicely,for now!😊



Hooray, another McEwen fan! Get all three Chandos discs of the major works including Ode on the Morning of Christ's Nativity and have a listen to the early A minor Symphony which is in the archive (PM me if you don't have the link). McEwen has such a distinctive voice, albeit with the influences you mention (who can exist on a musical island?), that he strikes me as well worth a go - Solway and Grey Galloway are probably the best places to start, but there's much more to explore certainly. As with Potter, Sterndale Bennett, Parry, Mackenzie, etc. he got increasingly bogged-down with administrative duties to the detriment of his own creative time...

 Roll Eyes
Indeed I am! Stirring stuff! I will certainly look out for the cd of John Blackwood McEwen's Border Ballads. I'm just waiting for one of the Seller's to drop the price! (Around a Fiver!) I've been spending allot of dosh,this last week,on.........shock horror.......paper reference books! Shocked I've been meaning to stock up for some time! They'll be useful to have around as I don't always want to go cross-eyed looking at this pc screen! (I'm going to look like Ben Turpin!! They'll also be useful if I go offline again,at some point! I'm not to keen on the library now,since the librarian's started SHOUTING TO EACH OTHER! Shocked  Sad(Apparently,the church like atmosphere in public libraries puts young people off!!)



I think I'll start with the orchestral works,though!

What a lovely portrait! Can this be the delirious result of surfeited McEwen-addiction? I must investigate...
It could well be! Grin
43  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Individual composers / Re: Lennox Berkeley (1903-1989) on: June 04, 2022, 02:14:41 pm
Lennox Berkeley: Mont Juic,Serenade for Strings,Divertimento,Partita for Chamber Orchestra,Symphony No 3  Lpo/Sir Lennox Berkeley  Lyrita

   

This arrived today! Well,I never thought I would enjoy the music of Lennox Berkeley this much! A very enjoyable music program of music. All very lyrical & approachable. I can now understand people who say that there is a French quality (or feel) to some of his music. A composer like Poulenc does,indeed,spring to mind,at times when listening to this music. (Albeit,I don't mean he sounds,literally,like Poulenc! I'm merely referring to the elegance,economy and polish of the orchestration!) The Mont Juic is rather lovely (and tuneful)!. Berkeley composed the first two movements and Britten the last two. This is Britten in his lighter vein and shows off his mastery of orchestration. This is a lovely piece and should be more popular. I haven't had time to digest all the pieces on this cd yet,but all the music on this cd is very enjoyable. I liked the symphony,too. I'm not a musician,so I can't get into technical details,but it's lyrical,with just the right degree of astringency (less severe than,say,Fricker or Cooke and none of the tortuous string writing you find in allot of Tippett,thank g**!) In fact,listening to this and the emi collected I posted about previously, makes me all the more eager to hear the first two symphonies and and the Concerto for Two Pianos,which appears to be a favourite with people who like LB's music.

44  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Individual composers / Re: Philip Arnold Heseltine (AKA Peter Warlock) 1894-1930 on: June 01, 2022, 09:01:07 pm
Peter Warlock: Collected 78rpm recordings       Divine Art Historic Sound  2 cd's

A somewhat enigmatic & mysterious character! This 2 cd set is absolutely,crammed full of fascinating recordings dating between 1925 and 1951. I am particularly fond of his Capriol Suite and his haunting (& genuinely,eerie) song cycle,The Curlew! The set is accompanied by an excellent booklet with lot's of information about the composer,the various recordings and the singers and musician's who perform them. I love these kind of collection's. Smiley



Fascinating stuff! I couldn't agree with you more about The Curlew. 'Eerie' is the right word. I can't imagine Benjamin Britten didn't know it: the creepier parts of The Turn of the Screw always put me in mind of The Curlew.
One of the few genuinely eerie pieces of music! And,surely,a masterpiece! (Some of Cyril Scott's orchestral music can be a bit spooky! And late Scriabin! ) I actually wondered whether to put it on late one night,because of that! But then it's the frisson it creates! Which is my ghost stories are always best read late at night! (Or after midnight?!) Shocked
Regarding the position Warlock is in,in that photo. I can't remember the last time I was able to get in a position like that? If I did I probably wouldn't get out of it! They'd have to carry me into the surgery like that!
I didn't know you liked Britten's The Turn of the Screw! By the way,which is your favourite recording of The Curlew?!
45  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Individual composers / Philip Arnold Heseltine (AKA Peter Warlock) 1894-1930 on: June 01, 2022, 05:57:37 pm
Peter Warlock: Collected 78rpm recordings       Divine Art Historic Sound  2 cd's

           

A somewhat enigmatic & mysterious character! This 2 cd set is absolutely,crammed full of fascinating recordings dating between 1925 and 1951. I am particularly fond of his Capriol Suite and his haunting (& genuinely,eerie) song cycle,The Curlew! The set is accompanied by an excellent booklet with lot's of information about the composer,the various recordings and the singers and musician's who perform them. I love these kind of collection's. Smiley

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