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16  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / General musical discussion / Re: Tolkien in music on: July 06, 2022, 02:43:13 am
Great forgetfulness from me,animated film of 1978 was Bakshi's masterwork and it is truly a pity that it has not been followed up,Rosenman's soundtrack is one of 70's best where the techniques of the musical avant-garde integrated with those of the great classical tradition were used effectively


I must say that making the beauty and complexity of the novel on the screen is an arduous undertaking in particular it is very difficult to mark the difference between the first volume, fairytale and similar to "the Hobbit" and the remaining two with a historical and epic tone
I saw the film when it first came out and was puzzled that it ended 2/3 of the way through the book (did they run out of money?) The soundtrack was very good and I snapped up the CD.

unfortunately it did not achieve the commercial success it deserved
17  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / General musical discussion / Re: Tolkien in music on: July 05, 2022, 03:15:41 am
Great forgetfulness from me,animated film of 1978 was Bakshi's masterwork and it is truly a pity that it has not been followed up,Rosenman's soundtrack is one of 70's best where the techniques of the musical avant-garde integrated with those of the great classical tradition were used effectively


I must say that making the beauty and complexity of the novel on the screen is an arduous undertaking in particular it is very difficult to mark the difference between the first volume, fairytale and similar to "the Hobbit" and the remaining two with a historical and epic tone
18  Introduction / Suggestions and ideas for improvements to the forum / Re: The FUTURE of this FORUM on: July 05, 2022, 02:43:05 am
Well, how did Greek become moderator?

I am not only a moderator, but also the administrator, and I  founded this forum in 2009. Some years later I gave permission for all the off-shoots from the Unsung Composers to join us because the Unsung Composers decided to concentrate on music from the nineteenth century.

This is a forum for the SERIOUS discussion of Art-Music and Linguistics, in an atmosphere of freedom and delight. NOTHING ELSE. Any one wondering about that should study our RULES.


Totally agree you have every right to do this and if I can make my small personal contribution I will be grateful to you
19  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / String quartets / Re: Dezider Kardoš on: July 03, 2022, 02:52:23 am
IMHO Kardos is very underrated also in orchestral fiel.Here his beautiful Piano Concerto
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNzUX32IpVI
20  Introduction / Suggestions and ideas for improvements to the forum / Re: The FUTURE of this FORUM on: July 01, 2022, 03:32:06 am
IMHO we  should track down "Sydney Grew"
21  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Commercial recordings (vintage, new and forthcoming) / Re: Records International on: June 12, 2022, 02:41:23 am
Jeff Joneikis is the owner of Records International.
He was also in RCD best classical russian label
22  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Piano quintets / Re: Yevgeny Golubev on: May 28, 2022, 04:37:39 pm
On him
http://www.stephenestep.com/golubev/
23  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Commercial recordings (vintage, new and forthcoming) / Re: Anthony Burgess on Naxos on: May 04, 2022, 05:13:43 am
Strasbourg symphony
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyppJLHNxtA
24  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Piano quintets / Re: Aloys Fleischmann on: April 29, 2022, 03:03:58 am
Also he has his own disc.he would deserve more attention
25  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Piano quintets / Re: Franz Reizenstein on: April 29, 2022, 02:53:08 am
His untimely death was a great loss
http://www.franzreizenstein.com/
26  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / General musical discussion / Re: Tolkien in music on: April 26, 2022, 04:34:13 am
27  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Piano quintets / Re: Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco on: April 26, 2022, 03:47:17 am
Castelnuovo-Tedesco was an italian composer of jewish heritage ,the persecution during Fascism and then exile made him forget at home
https://mariocastelnuovotedesco.com/biography/
28  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / String quartets / Re: Ugo Amendola on: April 21, 2022, 04:19:03 pm
A competition
https://www.concorsougoamendola.com/
it seems composed for a small orchestra
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hr5Nd5WhXMQ
29  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Individual composers / Re: Galina Ustvolskaya 1919-2006 on: April 20, 2022, 01:52:16 am
https://www.opusklassiek.nl/componisten/oestvolskaja2.pdf
30  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / General musical discussion / Re: Tolkien in music on: March 26, 2022, 05:04:07 am
THE SILMARILLION CYCLE COMPLETED

With the release of Fëanor on a new double CD, Prima Facie Records and Volante Opera complete their recording of Paul Corfield Godfrey’s cycle of “epic scenes from The Silmarillion” after the mythology of J R R Tolkien. The nine hours which constitute the complete cycle form the largest work of classical music written in Wales in the twentieth century, and are performed by singers from Welsh National Opera together with a sampled (not synthesised) orchestra. The booklets which come with each of the four double albums contain detailed explanations of the manner in which the recording have been made, as well as track listings, synopses, and an essay on each of the relevant parts by the composer.

Quite apart from the sheer scale of the work, the “epic scenes from The Silmarillion” are also unique in that (unlike nearly all of the Tolkien-influenced music available) the texts are drawn entirely from the words of Tolkien himself, with the agreement and permission of the Tolkien Estate. This certainly makes the score the most substantial vocal setting of any Tolkien material available.

The completion of the recording of this massive cycle is of course a major event, and we would very much hope that it will receive widespread attention. Full and vocal scores are also available for purchase, and the complete texts (including where relevant translations from Elvish) and musical analysis are all available from www.paulcorfieldgodfrey.co.uk

Earlier releases in the cycle:
Beren and Lúthien   PFCD 110/111
“Godfrey’s libretto freely alternates among the different extant versions of the story. The result, textually speaking, is a patchwork; from an operatic standpoint, however, it’s a tour de force of words delivered with passion and epic grandeur. This is hands-down the most potent actualization of Tolkien’s writing I have heard to date.”   Tolkien Music [Chris Seeman]

The Children of Húrin   PFCD 126/127
“CD2 opens with [a] Prelude worthy of mention in the same sentence as that of Sibelius, and closes with music of loss shot through with hope and tenderness. The detailed notes aptly refer to gentle benediction and an unravelling of the web of myth through which the tragic history has been viewed. Húrin’s final words are significant: ‘She was not conquered’. It’s a very different ending from that of Götterdämmerung, but it’s worthy of mention in the same sentence – and there’s not much that is, in my book.”   MusicWeb International [Brian Wilson]

The Fall of Gondolin  PFCD 092/093
“A thing that stands out from the moment you put the CD onto your audio system is the sheer professionalism with which the singers do their respective parts; all are singers with Welsh National Opera, and at times they allow themselves to show the fun they had creating this marvel.”   Unquendor [Jeroen Bakker]

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