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1  About music in general / Performance and technique / Re: Gennady Rozhdestvensky (1931-2018): R.I.P. on: June 17, 2018, 07:53:33 am
Sad news. From the 1960s onwards I always looked forward to his recordings of the less well known works of Prokofiev and Shostakovich. R.I.P.
2  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: "Recent" Toccata Releases on: January 25, 2018, 06:51:30 am
I Think you will like the Steve Elcock. I was most impressed by the sample and bought the whole thing. I have not heard the others.
3  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: "Servilia" - opera by Rimsky-Korsakov on: December 10, 2017, 11:39:13 am
Okay, Many thanks. I'll order it.
4  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: "Servilia" - opera by Rimsky-Korsakov on: December 08, 2017, 06:48:24 pm
Thank you all. I'm very interested in Russian opera. I've ordered the Cui " Puss in Boots". Should I getn The Serov "Judith"?
5  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: "Servilia" - opera by Rimsky-Korsakov on: December 01, 2017, 08:47:11 am
Thanks for that. Yes, It is quite remarkable how insular the subject matter of Russian opera is. With those exceptions you mention, at the widest it is only pan-slavic. There's only the Egyptian scene in Mlada and and the Chinese, I think, in the Golden Cockerel that come to my mind.
6  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: "Servilia" - opera by Rimsky-Korsakov on: November 29, 2017, 08:28:23 pm
I Have thought a lot about a reply since you first asked for a review. I Have listened to Servilia around eight times and I am getting to know it very well. There are wonderful melodies and brilliant orchestral effects and unusually for Rimsky  some passion. I haven't a clue about the plot or whether it works well as an opera, I like it very much.
7  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: "Servilia" - opera by Rimsky-Korsakov on: November 27, 2017, 03:46:41 pm
I am, right now, listening to the new Marinsky DVD of the Tale of the Tsar Saltan.
What, oh what, a disappointment. Is it Gergiev? or whoever rehearsed it for him? the beautiful sprightly melodies have become dirges and the beautiful dirges have become ambient music.
 
8  Little-known music of all eras / Wish lists and requests / Re: Onno van Rijen Russian composers' website on: October 17, 2017, 07:45:29 am
I'm very pleased to see you here. Thank you for restoring your invaluable site.
9  Little-known music of all eras / Works on the wireless / Re: Sir Hubert Parry - The North Wind, for voice and orchestra (1899) on: October 11, 2017, 05:09:49 am
Many Thanks. I've not heard that before. It's very similar to a song by Elgar, the one about Shakespeare.
10  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: "Servilia" - opera by Rimsky-Korsakov on: October 06, 2017, 08:17:39 am
By the way, you may already know that, there is a new DVD of the Maryinsky "Tale of the Tsar Saltan" due out. I have a poor recording of it but this should be much better. 
11  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: "Servilia" - opera by Rimsky-Korsakov on: October 06, 2017, 08:02:35 am
Thank you very much for that. There is some audience noise but the sound is not at all bad.

Thanks to you I now have all of Rimsky's operas, and wonderful things they are too.
12  Little-known music of all eras / Downloads discussion / Re: British and Irish Music on: September 24, 2017, 06:12:29 pm
Parry: Judith

I was stunned to find this on You Tube. It is an historical document, and performed rather well by the Corpus Christi College Choir of Toronto Canada.  On first hearing this is some of the best Parry that I've heard.

I have uploaded it here because, if it is removed from You Tube, it could be be lost forever.
13  Little-known music of all eras / Books about composers and their music / Re: Stalin's Music Prize: Soviet Culture and PoliticsMay 24, 2016 on: August 05, 2017, 07:28:03 am
I have the book. It sheds light on dark places and has a few surprises about beloved composers who were not such saints as the hagiographers would have us believe.
14  About music in general / Contexts and settings / Re: Hans Christian Andersen on: December 29, 2016, 12:35:08 pm
Prokofiev,  The Ugly Duckling.
15  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Re: Another world premiere, I believe ! on: October 29, 2016, 08:59:12 am
I'd like to say a belated thank-you to all you wonderful people who contribute to this site. It is an education coming here and I have heard much music that should be better known. Thank-you.
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