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1  Little-known music of all eras / Downloads discussion / Re: Russian and Soviet Music on: July 16, 2018, 08:06:14 am
That's brilliant. Many Thanks.
2  About music in general / Individual composers / Re: Stjepan Šulek on: July 10, 2018, 06:10:30 am
Thank you one and all. I'm looking forward to hearing more Sulek. I'll try the 6th next.
3  About music in general / Individual composers / Stjepan Šulek on: July 09, 2018, 04:42:44 pm
Has anyone here heard the music of Stjepan Šulek? I was listening to the fourth symphony of Stanley Bate on You Tube and his 8th symphony came up next. I was very surprised, he is inventive and has some life to him, albeit first half of the 20th century. Any recommendations?
4  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: "Servilia" - opera by Rimsky-Korsakov on: July 09, 2018, 04:23:32 pm
With regard to the libretto of Servilia, I have compiled, if that's the right word, a 2-column (Russian and English) complete table of the texts. Knowing a smattering of Russian, marrying the Russian to the English was not difficult. I'd be quite happy to email the results to anyone; however, I have no idea what copyrights I'd be infringing. Like a few others on here, that completes my "collection" of the 15 R-K operas, but I have to say it does seem self-evident to me why the work has fallen into obscurity. Never mind! On the subject of Snow Maiden, I recently bought the Decca Grand Opera set and was astounded at the quality of the (genuine stereo) recording, considering it was recorded in 1955. Not quite up to the Solti Rheingold (1958), but very natural sounding. It can't really compete with Fedoseyev on HMV SLS but it's still worth having. By the way, the Servilia Russian text is in Cyrillic script. Well worth clueing up on that!

Thank you very much for your offer but I will not take it up. In around 90% of the operas I listen to I have no idea of the the story because, mostly, they are are poor or trivial: I'd hate to be disabused of this theory because then I would not enjoy the music. But, Thank you so much, I really appreciate your effort.

I was unable to reply directly to your email for some strange technical reason.

Hattoff
5  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.
6  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.
7  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.
8  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"?
9  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.
10  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.
11  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.
 
12  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.
13  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.
14  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. 
15  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.
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