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1  Little-known music of all eras / Coming broadcasts and listen-later links / Re: Scholz and Rheinberger Piano Concertos on Radio 3 Afternoon Concert on: April 20, 2018, 10:22:37 am

Thanks for the confirmation. Not a CD, or a radio broadcast, I am interested in.  After an initial enthusiasm and buying the first 20 odd CDs in the series and writing to Edward Perry in the late 1990s in appreciation for this series and other Hyperion releases (in response to which he phoned me at my work and thanked me for my letter), my enthusiasm waned to about 4 purchases in the last 15 years.  Nonetheless, a marvellous series for those interested in largely unplayed romantic piano concertos.
2  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Dutton? on: April 20, 2018, 09:58:20 am

As for the Stanford concertos....? Well they certainly will not scare the horses They are works of Stanford's youth, very much in the Mendelssohn and Schumann tradition. Evidently the composer had no great interest in attempting to dust them off during his lifetime. He went on to write far better and more interesting music. Do they deserve a cd recording? Well obviously some people think so.....but I can think of more deserving causes! Not a cd I am likely to play often but my sense of "duty" to the cause of British music etc etc.

I am glad I did not buy the Stanford CD.  I appreciate that many love Stanford's music.  Schumann I love.  Stanford in Schumann mode is not for me.

So far as the annoyance of many at the SACD Bonus Track on the Ina Boyle CD not being accessible for most, I am just glad that Dutton - albeit with some crowdfunding support - issued such a fine CD by a relatively obscure composer.  Having worked, until very early retirement, for 28 years in commercial private legal practice, and spent time listening to owners of businesses and company finance directors complaining of their struggles to cope in financially challenging times, I would not feel confident in criticising companies, like Dutton, who issue such an enterprising release like the Ina Boyle CD (packed with a lot of music) which, I presume, may be may be loss making or of limited profitability, on a point that, for me, is a relatively minor disappointment.

 
3  Little-known music of all eras / Coming broadcasts and listen-later links / Scholz and Rheinberger Piano Concertos on Radio 3 Afternoon Concert on: April 19, 2018, 01:05:52 am

I presume these may be part of a future CD release on the Hyperion Romantic Piano Concerto series given the pianist and the orchestra.

Scholz Concerto in B major Op.57 for piano and orchestra
Simon Callaghan (piano)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

See: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b01n2f

Rheinberger Concerto in A flat major Op.94 for piano and orchestra
Simon Callaghan (piano)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Ben Gernon (conductor)

See: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b020lt
4  Little-known music of all eras / Notice of interesting concerts around the world / Re: Mascagni's 'Silvano' at Scottish Opera in April 2019 on: April 15, 2018, 05:30:39 pm
Emma Bell is certainly "the right stuff" for that repertoire..   I wonder who the others will be?   No information so far on the title role...  or any of the others Wink

Further information says:

"This [i.e. Puccini's Edgar in a concert performance] is followed in April 2019 by the long-overdue Scottish premiere of Mascagni’s Silvano, a passionate seafaring story whose hard-hitting drama is reminiscent of the composer’s celebrated Cavalleria rusticana. Conducted by Stuart Stratford, Silvano tells the tale of a love triangle that ends in death and despair, and includes the Barcarolle famously featured in Scorsese’s Raging Bull. It is performed in City Halls, Glasgow and at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh with soloists including acclaimed soprano Emma Bell as Matilde.

Given the Barcarolle is sung by Silvano, a tenor in the title role, it seems strange that the tenor is not mentioned yet.

I have booked tickets for two of the perfomances of Isabeau in July with a 20-20 match at Lord's in the intervening evening!  As I am due to be at home in Glasgow on the date of the concert performance, I intend to book a ticket to attend Silvano. Cheesy Grin Smiley Roll Eyes




5  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Dutton? on: April 15, 2018, 03:31:51 pm
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Back to Dutton!     My copy of the Ina Boyle CD dropped through the letter box today.  I have ripped it, uploaded the track list to iTunes and am listening to it for the second time.  Accomplished scores of attractive lyrical music mostly pastoral in mood.  The Violin Concerto we've heard before but the other music also proves worth listening to.
Did you manage to rip the final track on the disc, Colin Clout?

Sadly no.  Neither my CD player nor my PC can read the SACD Bonus Track.  Both show 18 (not 19) tracks.  I have not, however, tried to search the internet for a fix.  It is possible there may be one.  A pity, as the CD is really very good and I would have liked to hear Colin Clout.
6  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Dutton? on: April 14, 2018, 03:40:36 pm
Indeed It is absolutely inevitable that discussion of a particular topic on a forum such as this will go off on at least one and often several different tangents.I am as "guilty" of tangential discussion as anyone. There is a fine balance between "going with the flow" of such discussion and attempting to curtail it.I should have responded to Latvian's question by locating my "essay" on Wilfred Josephs in a separate thread.

What I don't want to start doing is chiding members for "irrelevance"

My own copies of the Ina Boyle and the Stanford concertos arrived today and I shall report back once I have listened to them.

For the avoidance of doubt, no criticism was intended Colin.  Wink Grin Cheesy Smiley  Ina Boyle's Sea Poem has some striking and dramatic moments.  I think this is a CD I am likely to return to.

I look forward to hearing Colin's view on the Stanford early concertos. As I very rarely listen to Stanford's later concertos I decided to skip purchasing this CD although I was, momentarily, tempted by it.
7  Little-known music of all eras / Notice of interesting concerts around the world / Mascagni's 'Silvano' at Scottish Opera in April 2019 on: April 14, 2018, 03:18:46 pm

I appreciate this is sometime away.  Unfortunately, unlike Isabeau at Holland Park in July, not a production but a concert performance of Mascagni's fifth performed opera.  I am pretty certain this is, like Isabeau in July, the UK premiere of Silvano

Premiered at La Scala, Milan on 25th March, 1895 - just over a month from the premiere of Guglielmo Ratcliff at the same opera house - Silvano is arguably the only purely veristic Mascagni opera after Cavalleria Rusticana.  Not a project Mascagni was enthusiastic about and an opera that is usually regarded as theatrically ineffective.  Nonetheless, as a listening experience, a score over packed with inventive, lyrical and memorable music.  I am aware of three commercial CD releases.  It is in Mascagni's early style (i.e. prior to the more sophisticated style commencing with Iris 1898 and followed in six of his eight subsequently performed operas).

See: https://www.scottishopera.org.uk/shows/silvano/
8  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Dutton? on: April 14, 2018, 02:59:01 pm

Back to Dutton!  Grin Wink  My copy of the Ina Boyle CD dropped through the letter box today.  I have ripped it, uploaded the track list to iTunes and am listening to it for the second time.  Accomplished scores of attractive lyrical music mostly pastoral in mood.  The Violin Concerto we've heard before but the other music also proves worth listening to. 
9  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Kodály: Székely fonó (OperaTrezor label MAO 027) on: April 05, 2018, 07:09:58 pm
 
For anyone who may be interested, Kodály's delightful Székely fonó (The Spinning Room - Folk scenes in Hungarian) - comprising various Hungarian folk songs strung together and orchestrated and made into a loose story - is available in a fine modern studio recording released on CD in 2017.

It premiered in its original form in 1924 and then, in 1932, at the Hungarian State Opera where it has been performed almost 300 times.

It was recorded, in part and then complete, on the Hungaroton label in 1958 and 1970 respectively.  The 1970 recording is downloadable from various sources and both recordings can be heard on YouTube.

The 2017 CD release is based on the 2016 production of the Hungarian State Opera and was recorded on 17, 18 and 19 September 2016.

Unfortunately, and here is the catch, I can find no information whatever on the CD by searching the internet.  I purchased a copy a couple of days ago at the shop in the Hungarian State Opera house (currently closed for renovation - but open for tours). OperaTrezor appears to be the record label of the Hungarian State Opera.

Information in English on the production, on which the CD is based, can be found at: https://bachtrack.com/review-kodaly-spinning-room-hungarian-state-opera-budapest-october-2016  and in Hungarian at: http://www.pepitamagazin.com/index.php/kodaly-zoltan-szekely-fono/515

An extract from the production can be heard at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-a24LT7mxms

The cast can be found at: http://www.andrearost.com/hu/naptar/2017-10-12/kodaly-szekely-fono/
                 
                               



10  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Dutton? on: March 31, 2018, 11:07:03 am

Only the Ina Boyle of the new Dutton releases (which is stated to be a pre-order) interests me.  It appears to have been made possible by crowdfunding.

See: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/discovering-ina-boyle/
11  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / OF SUCH ECSTATIC SOUND: Sherwood: Concerto for Violin & Cello/Cowen: Symphony on: March 17, 2018, 09:15:47 pm

See: https://www.em-records.com/discs/emr-cd047-details.html
12  Little-known music of all eras / Coming broadcasts and listen-later links / Re: Sherwood Double Concerto & Cowan Symphony No.5 - BBC Radio 3 Afternoon Concert on: February 22, 2018, 11:06:15 am

At last, some movement  on these studio performances! As they are promised for release on the EM label they shouldn't be recorded for download, but then again no release date has been forthcoming...(?)

The extent of the funding for this project does not look too promising.  See: http://www.sherwood-cowen.com/donate.html

Whilst this is not a project I have been following, I think it has been on the go for a while.  Additionally, it looks as if those who contribute will have funds deducted immediately, unlike, say, Kickstarter which only deducts funds when a target has been reached and where there is a stated cut off time for the target to be reached. 
13  Little-known music of all eras / Coming broadcasts and listen-later links / Sherwood Double Concerto & Cowan Symphony No.5 - BBC Radio 3 Afternoon Concert on: February 21, 2018, 05:01:28 pm

See: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09sqvbv
14  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Lionel Sainsbury's 'Time Of The Comet' - to be released on Navona Records on: February 09, 2018, 04:27:09 pm

I downloaded the 'Prisma' CD from iTunes.

In my opinion, a CD of eclectic, well crafted and lyrical, if not particularly memorable, music.  The exception and stand out piece, and one I am likely to return to, is Sainsbury's Time of the Comet. Worth the purchase for this alone.
15  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Joly Braga Santos - Suite de Danças, Op. 63 on: February 06, 2018, 06:47:12 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arRGaKK-BUE
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