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1  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Simpson and Walton's 70th birthday. on: May 20, 2020, 06:16:49 pm
It has found its way onto Youtube.
2  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Weinberg (Vainberg) on: April 20, 2019, 12:59:39 pm
On a less facetious note, I see she's lined up Weinberg 3 for the Proms. Would be well worth cocking an ear for that, I'd say.
3  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Unfamiliar Lyrita on: February 15, 2019, 05:18:50 pm
The name is not completely unfamiliar, simply because many moons ago as a schoolboy I'd heard an oboe sonata of his performed by his widow, Janet Craxton - this would have been 1979 or so, I believe. Craxton herself would sadly die not long afterwards.
4  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: NEW SIBELIUS CYCLE on: January 27, 2019, 06:23:52 pm
For complete cycles, I'll stick with Vänskä / Lahti, Berglund / Bournemouth and Rozhdestvensky. I don't need another one.
5  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / William Schuman premiere recording on: January 27, 2019, 04:01:21 pm
Some of you might have already seen this looming over the horizon, but a previously unrecorded Schuman work has just appeared on the scene. Can't wait to get my hands on it, myself!
6  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Thea Musgrave on Lyrita on: September 08, 2018, 03:35:25 am
I was at that Prom perf. of Phoenix Rising. Loch Ness had been premiered at the Proms back in 2012, and I was present at that, too. This CD looks like it'll be a very desirable acquisition indeed!
7  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: David Diamond Symphony No.6 from Naxos on: May 27, 2018, 07:17:01 am
Well, having finally had a chance to listen to Symphony 6, I find myself liking it quite a bit. It makes considerable intellectual demands on the listener, but it's no more forbidding a work than, say, the 3rd or 6th symphonies of Diamond's teacher Roger Sessions. In any case, I caught enough in my first hearing to want to go back and listen to it again, and that's surely what matters.
8  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: New Richard Rodney Bennett Series on Chandos on: September 30, 2017, 12:46:35 am
"Relevant" is just one of those terms that have been abused to the point where it's lost any meaning. If Richard Rodney Bennett's music doesn't appeal to one, saying that is quite sufficient, "de gustibus" and all that good stuff. But to say that it's "not relevant" is as pretentious as it is unnecessary.
9  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Vaughan Williams London Symphony (1920 Version) plus rarities on Hyperion on: July 25, 2017, 02:14:14 am
The 1920 version is much closer to the final revision than to the original 1913 version, but the slow movement and the epilogue has some extra music that VW would eventually prune. In the slow movt.'s case, it's music that's only to be found in the 1920 version.
10  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Vaughan Williams London Symphony (1920 Version) plus rarities on Hyperion on: July 24, 2017, 02:27:24 pm
 From the Hyperion website: "One of the greatest symphonies written in the twentieth century (or indeed any other), the Vaughan Williams London Symphony may need no introduction, but the same cannot be said of the 1920 publication given here. This is its first modern recording, and comparisons with the final version are fascinating."
As if Martin Yates' recording of this version with the RSNO on Dutton CDLX 7322 from just a couple of years ago didn't exist. Tsk tsk, Hyperion!  Smiley
That aside, I'll be curious to hear what Brabbins makes of the work.
11  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Richard Dubugnon: Arcanes Symphoniques upcoming on Naxos on: December 12, 2016, 07:45:01 pm
Well, Richard's an old friend of mine and he's a big talent whatever one's tastes are. Looking forward to getting my hands on this one.
12  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Sullivan and Brian on Dutton on: July 08, 2016, 02:18:18 am
Have managed to listen to it through for the first of doubtlessly many times. I can now retire the old Marco Polo version - Brabbins really has the measure of Symphony 2, and in his hands, it was like hearing the work for the first time for me. Symphony 14 also gets a very convincing performance, surely strong enough to shake off the bad rap it's had over the years - I have a feeling that had Calum MacDonald lived long enough to hear this recording, he'd have reconsidered his view the work. Needless to say, this one's a keeper!
13  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Sullivan and Brian on Dutton on: July 07, 2016, 04:39:50 pm
"Has anyone else had their copy?"

Mine arrived today. 2nd movt. of no.2 playing as I type. So far, pretty darn good!
14  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: New from Lyrita in April: Wordsworth and Milner on: April 18, 2016, 06:55:36 pm
I'd hate to choose between the two of them, so I won't!   Grin
15  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Duttons for May/June on: November 02, 2015, 06:17:52 pm
No.12 could stand a new recording that really does justice to this ferociously concentrated work: the Naxos doesn't quite do it for me - a little soft-centred, and that final gong stroke nowhere near powerful enough (a side note here: am I alone in thinking the strings-only slow section in that work sounds almost like Tippett in its lyrical efflorescence?). Given the work's brevity (only no.22 is shorter, I think), that would bring the CD's playing time to, say 57-58 mins., which would still leave room for something else if so desired. Either In Memoriam or For Valour would fit the bill. All in all, we've come a long way since the times when the only way you could hear most of the Brian symphonies was to hunt down those pirated Aries recordings - who'd have thought that now we'd have multiple recordings of the Gothic, never mind having The Tigers commercially available at last? Still some way to go, obviously - I would certainly want to see Agamemnon commercially recorded at some point - may I live long enough! But all the same...... Smiley
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