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1  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Your Discovery of the Year on: February 20, 2018, 02:20:52 am
Ah! Okay!
I have been collecting Myaskovsky recordings for many years. The only complete cycle of the symphonies is by Svetlanov. It is good to have his set, because it includes the *only* recordings of Symphonies 3, 4, 13, 14, 18 and 20. However, in many cases, if there are other recordings, Svetlanov leaves much to be desired. For example, his recordings of 5 and 6 are very bad. We are lucky to have other recordings, especially of these two great works.

In addition to the conductors you mention, many other conductors have recorded one or more Myaskovsky symphonies --

Nikoleyev also conducted a recording of Symphony 21, but others are better.

As for Myaskovsky's other orchestral works, there are many recordings of the violin concerto and cello concerto, of course, but also his many other orchestral works. Svetlanov made the only recording of some of these, but others have been recorded by multiple conductors.

2  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Your Discovery of the Year on: February 19, 2018, 04:31:25 am
Svetlanov recording are considered Landmark for this composer.Sadly sound quality is sometimes poor and the sound lack of depth (this is a limit also of recent Melodiya Anthology),IMHO this is a more recent reconding and benefit of modern restore,also orchestra seems react to this conductor with some passion.Sadly webpage of this label is offline,so i can't say if it was an integral alternative version of Myaskovsky symphonies.
I listened also Dudarova , Ivanov and Yablonsky :IMHO are less convicing

Huh? Dudarova , Ivanov and Yablonsky conduct the 26th? Where? When? What label? If broadcast, please upload.

The 26th conducted by Nikolayev is easy to find. All these others, I never heard of. Only Svetlanov and Nikolayev 26th.

3  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Conservative West-Germans Composers 1945-1989 on: February 18, 2018, 11:23:22 pm
Thomas Schmidt-Kowalski (1949-2013) -- One critic wrote: "manages to bypass 20th-century modernism by doing a 'Sturm und Drang' of his own in 21st-century terms, making himself a 'must' for today's German concert, disc, and radio audiences." I'm not sure he's a "must," but that might be overly effusive.

Four symphonies, one concerto for violin and one for cello, assorted orchestral and chamber works. Completely tonal, romantic style. Easy on the ears, but IMO not magical.

Here is the Cello Concerto

4  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Your Discovery of the Year on: February 18, 2018, 06:21:56 pm
IMHO best recording of this work

The only other recording I'm familiar with is Svetlanov's. Do you know of any other recordings?

5  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Your Discovery of the Year on: January 05, 2018, 08:19:46 pm

I don't see this on Ebay or Amazon. A hint where I might find it?
6  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Your Discovery of the Year on: January 03, 2018, 12:38:17 am
Love this piece! Jūros Legenda by Juozas Karosas. The original recording from 1965 features Aleksandras Livontas and Olga Šteinbergaitė

Wow! I had never heard of the composer or the musicians. Really quite interesting. You mention a commercial recording. I don't find it on Amazon US or Ebay. Is it available? Variant spellings?

7  Various / Miscellany / Re: The Countries of the members of this forum: on: November 04, 2017, 01:48:30 am
Two years ago, wifey and I took a vacation to the Algarve, Portugal. We loved it. We really considered moving there as our last move. Instead, we finally decided on the "comfort" of remaining in the U.S. Had we known ................. sigh!
8  Little-known music of all eras / Wish lists and requests / Re: Onno van Rijen Russian composers' website on: October 16, 2017, 02:55:11 pm

I am very glad to see the return of the Soviet Composers website. And it is new and improved! Excellent!

Welcome to this forum, Onno. I am happy vto see you here.

9  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: "Tunes for Tyrants" (BBC 4) and "Carmina Burana" on: October 13, 2017, 01:55:21 am
. . . Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana". This work, she claimed, embodies "the toxic spirit" of its time. By implication she clearly believes it to be essentially "evil" since it appeals (she asserted) to our basest instincts. . . .

It would be more apt to say that of the Rite of Spring ballet.

Indeed! Rite of Spring has created endless opportunities for [evil? gratuitous? rebellious? creative? liberating?] nudity. Truly shameless - uh - shameful - uh - artistic - uh - Eurotrashy - uh - well, whatever.

10  Various / Miscellany / Re: The Countries of the members of this forum: on: October 13, 2017, 01:38:03 am

Thanks for showing me how to get around that "bug" in the site software.
11  Various / Miscellany / Re: The Countries of the members of this forum: on: October 12, 2017, 01:53:33 am
A quote that never fails to provoke a laugh, yet now provokes distress --
“Americans have different ways of saying things. They say 'elevator', we say 'lift'... they say 'practitioner', we say 'stupid psychopathic git’.” -- Alexei Sayle
12  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Lesser known followers of RVW on: September 21, 2017, 02:25:20 am
Well, ya know, whatever ... Braga Santos was no RVW. I mean, I like his music, but they aren't in the same tier as far as I'm concerned.

13  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Bychkov's (not so) new Schmidt Sym 2 on: September 19, 2017, 12:29:59 am
It's interesting to see this new release of Bychkov conducting the Vienna forces in Schmidt's 2nd Symphony. We have a "broadcast" recording of his performance of this symphony, with the same orchestra in the same hall, around a year before the commercial recording. That first performance was in 2014. The commercial recording was done in 2015. And it is released .... now? I find this a rather perplexing schedule. However, for those who are into hi-rez downloads, I'm sure the audio is superior to that old 256k MP3 in our archives. Even the cheap CD would have better audio.

I did a rough check of timings on the commercial release vs the old "broadcast" recording. For a symphony that is so long, with so many variations and key changes and shifts, the total timing of the original performance vs the recording released commercially differs by only a minute or so. I think he had a pretty solid idea of what he wanted from this symphony from the beginning.

There are other "broadcast" recordings of this symphony, as well as other commercial versions. I haven't really compared them head to head. The Naxos/Sony CD is a cheap buy. Bychkov is variable in his interpretations, but I'm sure not going to be nitpicking about this release. It's good to have a recording with good audio performed by a world class orchestra.

14  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Two Holst manuscripts found on: July 20, 2017, 12:20:12 am
Two manuscripts, forgotten, thought lost, found. Personally, I'm not much of a Holst fan, but he had his moments. Maybe there are some here.
15  Little-known music of all eras / In-depth discussion of selected compositions / Re: Sibelius's "Kullervo" on: January 24, 2017, 01:12:51 am
I admit that I'm not a huge Salonen fan. But I managed to obtain the entire series of video performances of Salonen conducting all the Sibelius symphonies, including Kullervo. When I watched/heard that performance, I realized that it was, in fact, a much better work that I expected. So, I'm with you, Dundonnell. I tracked down every commercial recording I could find, as well as some broadcasts. I guess I imprinted on that Salonen video. I still return to it periodically for my Kullervo fix.
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