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1  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Re: Leokadiya Kashperova (1872-1940) Symphony In B Minor on: April 20, 2018, 10:11:12 am
I can't find much about her, just a very brief English-language wikipedia entry which says Leokadiya Aleksandrovna Kashperova (1872-1940) was a Russian pianist and Romantic composer. She was the piano teacher of composer Igor Stravinsky - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leokadiya_Kashperova

 - and then a footnote to a BBC article entitled "The women erased from musical history" - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1Tg6t6YxdxyYmKykSfWp9cs/the-women-erased-from-musical-history

From Russian online sources (via google translate):

Leokadia Alexandrovna (4 (16) May 1872, in Lyubim in Yaroslavl Province - 3 December 1940, Moscow) - Soviet pianist, composer and teacher. She graduated from St. Petersburg. conservatoire in piano classes (externally, 1893, in 1888-91 studied with A. G. Rubinstein) and composition by H. P. Solovyov (1895). She performed in Russia and abroad as a soloist and ensemble (in a string trio with L. S. Auer and A. V. Verzhbilovich, in a duet with Czech violinist P. Ondřicek). 1-st performer of some works of M. A. Balakirev, A. K. Glazunov, as well as own compopsitions. In 1918 she moved with her husband - prominent revolutionary actor S. Andropov - to Rostov-on-Don, she was a teacher at the Conservatory, she performed in concerts. From 1922 she taught in Moscow. Among her compositions - a symphony, an overture, a cantata "Orvasi", concerto for piano with orchestra, and chamber works including "Russian Serenade" and 2 sonatas for cello and piano; piano pieces, romances. Wrote "Memoirs" and "Memories of A. G. Rubinstein" (published in the collection: "The Musical Heritage", vol. 2, part 2, 1968).  -  https://dic.academic.ru/dic.nsf/enc_music/3530/Кашперова
2  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Obscure Soviet Symphonies... on: April 12, 2018, 11:11:01 pm
Our new co-administrator dhibbard knows of a source that has a recording of Steinberg's 5th symphony.  Also, David, did you ever hear  anything further about Ilyinsky's "Noure et Anitra" Suite which you referenced a few comments just above here? Could you ask your business associate there if he could go to the offices of the St. Petersburg Philharmonia Orchestra once again and have a look? Would you be willing to share details of this associate with me (here or via PM)? I and my colleagues go there regularly and would be happy to check.  Now that you are a co-administrator you will probably be getting quite detailed requests for information about the various recordings you have seen!

Christopher... feel free to stop by the offices of the Phlharmonia in St. Petersburg.  Unfortunately, I can't enter Russia now due to my work and the current state dept.

Oh no what happened? I hope you are ok.
3  Various / Computers and Programming / Re: File conversion software on: April 09, 2018, 01:02:24 pm
Audio files,at the moment. In the last few days I've converted FLAC and MP4 music files to MP3's. I use other software for Zip files and RAR. Usually to Mp3. Apologies,for not making myself more clear!

I usually use www.media.io
4  Various / Computers and Programming / Re: File conversion software on: April 08, 2018, 01:58:30 pm
What is it that you are trying to convert?  From what to what?
5  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Obscure Soviet Symphonies... on: April 05, 2018, 11:09:03 am
First, I also like Steinberg's Symphony No. 4 very much, highly enjoyable music. It's a work full of elan, vigour and memorable tunes, pure delight. I knew it as a broadcast recording for quite some years and was therefore very happy about this (still rather new) Dutton disc.

Now, as for the problems with the broadcast recording Maris speaks of, here is the story: this symphony was broadcasted by the BBC in the mid-1990s. A friend of mine (his name is Terry – some of the members here know him) listened to it and already found the first few minutes so exciting that he decided to record the symphony. However, as a consequence, in his recording – which is the one circulating online in various sources – the very beginning of the symphony is missing. Basically it's the slow introduction of the first movement which he didn't record. Anyway, this symphony lead him into collecting Soviet symphonies, and he now has one of the largest collections of Melodiya LPs I am aware of.

Fascinating - he must have some very rare recordings of little known Russian/other composers!  Might he be encouraged to share on here?!  Grin
6  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Obscure Soviet Symphonies... on: April 05, 2018, 11:06:40 am
Our new co-administrator dhibbard knows of a source that has a recording of Steinberg's 5th symphony.  Also, David, did you ever hear  anything further about Ilyinsky's "Noure et Anitra" Suite which you referenced a few comments just above here? Could you ask your business associate there if he could go to the offices of the St. Petersburg Philharmonia Orchestra once again and have a look? Would you be willing to share details of this associate with me (here or via PM)? I and my colleagues go there regularly and would be happy to check.  Now that you are a co-administrator you will probably be getting quite detailed requests for information about the various recordings you have seen!
7  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: "Servilia" - opera by Rimsky-Korsakov on: April 04, 2018, 04:26:44 pm
Back to Servilia, this was posted recently on another site:

Servilia was recorded by the Pokrovsky Chamber Opera on the Mosfilm Cinema studio in 2016. The theatre did not have any definite obligations with any sound recording company, the talks have been carrying out but without any result. So up to now there is no contract with any sound recording firm and it means that no firm is planning to release the recording.

All rights to the recording belong to Gennady Rozhdestvensky (not to the Chamber Opera) and now he stopped any talks concerning this case. It occurred after the decision by the Ministry of Culture in Russia to join Chamber Opera to the Bolshoi Theatre. Maybe you have heard about this scandalous situation. The Chamber Opera works and exists till the June of this year and after that it becomes a part of the Bolshoi. It's the end of this institution with unique repertory and it's very sad.

Perhaps it sounds ridiculous, but it seems to me that Rozhdestvensky has taken offense at the Ministry and at the Bolshoi Theatre. Still his position concerning accession of one theater to another isn't known. He just is silent and doesn't make any contact. That is the difficult situation in general and about Servilia's recording just nobody already remembers.




If bad news always represents an opportunity for someone else , and in the knowledge that several members here have good and strong relationships with recording companies.... This sorry episode might be unknown outside Moscow.  Might a record label over here be interested enough to make an approach to Mr Rozhdestvensky and see if he could be prevailed upon to sell his rights to the recording?  Would members here with the contacts be ready to raise this with the labels with which they have contacts?

From their point of view, Rimsky-Korsakov should be seen as a composer who "sells".
8  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Why the Baltic and Slavic countries not promoting their music? A Wonder. on: April 01, 2018, 01:04:01 am
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I think this is in the wrong thread...

Why so?  Montenegro is most certainly a Slavic country.

Absolutely it is.  I just meant from the point of view that there is a country thread on this forum, so I would encourage him to open a Montenegro thread in that section, and then all info about this and any other Montenegrin composers can be put there, and easily found.  Here, it might get buried.
9  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Why the Baltic and Slavic countries not promoting their music? A Wonder. on: March 31, 2018, 07:10:47 pm
Compact Disc from Montenegro:
http://www.muzickicentar.com/en/izdanja/

I think this is in the wrong thread...
10  Little-known music of all eras / Downloads discussion / Re: Ukrainian Music on: March 30, 2018, 09:17:15 pm
Ryabov, Olexiy Panteleymonovych   (1899-1955)

More biographical info (using google translate):

http://www.belcanto.ru/ryabov_alexei.html

Ryabov was a Soviet composer, one of the oldest authors of the Soviet operetta.
Alexey Panteleymonovich Ryabov was born on March 5 (17), 1899 in Kharkiv, Ukraine. He received his musical education at the Kharkiv Conservatory, where he was simultaneously engaged in violin and composition classes. After graduating from the conservatory in 1918, he taught violin, worked as a concertmaster of the symphony orchestra in Kharkiv and other cities. In the early years he created the Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (1919), a number of chamber instrumental and vocal compositions.

1923 turned out to be a turning point in Ryabov's creative destiny: he wrote the operetta "Colombina", which premiered in Rostov-on-Don. Since then, the composer firmly linked his work with the operetta. In 1929 in Kharkov, in place of the Russian operetta company that existed for many years, the first operetta theater in Ukrainian was formed. In the repertoire of the theater along with Western operettas were Ukrainian musical comedies. For many years Ryabov was his conductor, and in 1941 he became the chief conductor of the Kiev Musical Comedy Theater, where he worked until the end of his days.

Creative legacy of Ryabov has more than twenty operettas and musical comedies. Among them - "Sorochinskaya Fair" (1936) and "May Night" (1937) on the stories of Gogol's novels from the book "Evenings on a Farm near Dikanka". Widely known in Ukraine was his operetta on L. Yukhvid's libretto "The Wedding in Malinovka" (outside the republic, the operetta of B. Aleksandrov was distributed to the same plot). Not being endowed with a bright compositional personality, AP Ryabov possessed undoubted professionalism, knew the laws of the genre well. His operettas were staged all over the Soviet Union.

"Sorochinskaya Fair" was a repertoire of many Soviet theaters. In 1975, it was placed in the GDR (Berlin, "Metropol-Theater").


11  Little-known music of all eras / Downloads discussion / Re: Ukrainian Music on: March 30, 2018, 09:12:48 pm
Ryabov, Olexiy Panteleymonovych   (1899-1955)

Wedding in Malinovka - continued

Plot

The Ukrainian village of Malinovka spread freely in the steppe. In the greenery of the gardens are drowned white mud huts. But everything seemed to die out around, do not rustle over Malinovka in the evenings fervent girlish songs. There is a severe 1919 year. A lot of troubles had to be experienced by the villagers. And then there's the new attack - in the district there was a gang of Gritsko - the son of the local rich Balyasnoy, who appropriated a magnificent title - pan-ataman Gritsian Tavrichesky. However, no matter how much Gritsko did, his affairs were bad - a bandit gang was falling apart before his eyes. Feeling that he did not stay long ataman, Gritsko decides to the last villainy - he plans to forcibly take in his wives the beauty that attracted him Yarinka.
And Yarinka does not know anything about the impending disaster. She is happy in her soul, because she has long loved the young shepherd Andreika.
One morning, lifting up the pungent dust clouds, Gritsian's mounted gang appeared on a rural street. Next to the ataman is his rightful adjutant, Popandopulo. Looking at him, it's hard to keep from laughing. He wears a riding breeches of green billiard cloth, a cap with a pancake, and all of his small frail figure is hung with weapons. "Hey, Yarinka," Gritsian stops the girl, "prepare for the wedding!" Today at eight o'clock we'll be married. " In despair, Yarinka rushed out of the village. The only hope is the detachment of the Red Army, who, according to rumors, stopped somewhere in the woods beyond the yar.
Yarinka tracked down the Red Army men. With participation listened to the excited story of the girl commander of the detachment Nazar Dumas, a native of these places, who lost his family in the burnt village. The difficult task is facing Nazar, because he has only thirty fighters, and Gritsian in the gang has one hundred and fifty! And then he decides to go for the trick. The Duma advises Yarinka for visibility to agree to a wedding. The commander's plan is simple: when bandits get drunk, the detachment suddenly attacks them and smashes the whole gang. To prepare this operation, Nazar the Duma under the guise of a soldier returning from captivity, makes his way to Malinovka, where preparations are being made for the ataman wedding.
However, the planned plan is in jeopardy. At first, Nazar unexpectedly meets his long-lost wife, who almost reveals his incognito. Then the commander learns that, according to Gritsian's order, the wedding was decided to be played two hours before the deadline. Report about this the Red Army soldiers are taking Andreyka. Warned them fighters are at the wedding in Malinovka on time!
Gladly welcome the residents of their liberators. But the Red Cavalrymen are in a hurry - time does not wait. After a short rest, the detachment marches on a campaign. Next to the commander is the newly-arrived daughter Yarinka and happy Andreyka. A red banner rattles in the wind, the famous song of the First Cavalier flies loudly over Malinovka.
12  Little-known music of all eras / Downloads discussion / Re: Ukrainian Music on: March 30, 2018, 09:11:50 pm
Ryabov, Olexiy Panteleymonovych   (1899-1955)

I have just uploaded a recording of excerpts from his operetta Wedding in Malinovka.

Biographical info (from wikipedia and other sources, via google translate:

Alexei Panteleimonovich Ryabov (* 5 (17) March 1899, Kharkiv - † December 18, 1955, Kyiv) - Ukrainian composer, violinist and conductor, Honored Artist of the Ukrainian SSR (1951).
Life
Born on March 5 (March 17) in 1899 in Kharkiv. In 1918 he graduated from the Kharkiv Conservatory. From 1919 he worked as a violinist, concertmaster and conductor in various cities of the USSR.
In 1929-1941 he was the conductor of the First State Ukrainian Musical Comedy. Production: "Tsygan-Baron", "Zaporozhets the Danube", "Metis", "Natalka-Poltavka", "Oksana", "Three-fourth person", "Dry law", Specially for the Kharkov theater of musical comedy wrote music for the plays: "Friendly Hill", "Three Fourth Man", "Dry Law", "Sorochinsky Fair", "Wedding in Malinovka", "May Night", "Kolombina".
From 1941 - the conductor of the Kyiv Musical Comedy Theater, whose house on the Great Vasilkivska Street, 53, has a memorial plaque.
He died on December 18, 1955. Buried in Kiev at Baykovoye Cemetery.
Writings
He is the author of more than 20 operettas and musical comedies. Among others:
• "Screen Stars",
• "May Night",
• "Sorochinskaya Fair" (1936),
• "Dash the Dnipro",
• "Wonderland" (1950),
• "Chervona kalina" (1954),
• The most popular is «Wedding in Malinovka» (1938).
In addition, concert for violin and orchestra, symphony, string quartet.

Alexey Panteleymonovich Ryabov (1899-1955) is a Soviet and Ukrainian violinist, composer and conductor. Honored Art Worker of the Ukrainian SSR (1951).
Among his works there are more than 20 operettas; symphonic and chamber works; theatrical music. Some of his works were released on record.
Biography
He was born on March 5 (March 17 in a new style) in 1899 in Kharkov.
Early leaving without parents, being an orphan, graduated from school and continued studying music. In 1918 he graduated from the Kharkov Conservatory, where he was simultaneously engaged in violin and composition classes. After graduating from the conservatory, he worked as a concertmaster of the symphony orchestra in Kharkov. Since 1919 he worked as a violinist-accompanist and conductor in other cities of the USSR.
In 1929-1941, AP Ryabov - conductor of the First State Ukrainian Musical Comedy. Since 1941 - the conductor of the Kiev theater of musical comedy (in 1950-1955 - the art director).
He died on December 18, 1955 in Kiev. He was buried in the Baikovo cemetery.
Ukrainian poet Maxim Rylsky called Ryabov "the creator of music, in which the sunny soul and the irresistible power of the Ukrainians are revealed."
Memory
• On the building of the Kiev Theater of Musical Comedy (Bolshaya Vasilkovskaya Street, 53) September 21, 2007 Alexei Ryabov was installed memorial plaque.

"Wedding in Malinovka" - an operetta based on the same name of the libretto by Leonid Yukhvid and Mikhail Avach was first staged in the city of Kharkiv in the First State Ukrainian Musical Comedy in 1937. Her author was the main conductor of the theater composer Alexei Ryabov, whose creative work has more than 20 operettas and musical comedies.
Almost simultaneously, in 1937-1938, a Russian-language version of the composer Boris Oleksandrov appeared on the basis of the libretto by Leonid Yukhvid and Victor Lipot.
In 1967, at the film studio Lenfilm directed by Andrei Tutyshkin, the Russian version of the operetta was filmed.
Among the leaders of the Soviet-era hire (1940-1989), the comedy "The Wedding in Malinovka" occupies the honorable 5th place - 74.6 million spectators.

13  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Ongoing Naxos series of Saint-Saens orchestral cycle on: March 30, 2018, 08:52:40 pm
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Other than Samson et Dalila they are uniformly 'unsung', and recordings are sparse or non-existent.

I agree, although Henry VIII was recorded by Chant du Monde in 1991 (I think) and more recently Ediciones Singulares have released excellent recordings of Proserpine and Les Barbares, and I understand Le timbre d'argent may follow. I think there was a 2008 recording of Helene on the Melba label, if memory serves me right - don't know what it is like or if it is still available. So he is not doing too badly - at least of late.

There is a recording of Le Timbre d'Argent on UC.... And someone here or there said there is a plan afoot to record Ascanio.
14  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: "Recent" Toccata Releases on: February 23, 2018, 11:55:48 am
I am hoping we see Volume 1 of the Zolotareyev symphony cycle this year !!   Huh

David - is this just a random hope or have you heard something?  Sorry to ask, but you do quite often put up postings like this... Any more news on the recording of Ilyinsky's Noure et Anitra; the disc of Lemba music, etc?
15  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Svetlanov Anthology on: February 10, 2018, 02:39:36 pm
Do you have a full list of the contents?
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