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1  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Zolotareyov's Cello Concerto - Moscow Regional SO on: November 19, 2018, 03:24:21 pm
I have located a recording of Vasilli Zolotaryov's Cello Concerto on a 78 recording of the cellist A. Stogorsky and the Moscow Regional Symphony Orchestra under G. Gamburg.  I believe it was performed in 1943 in Moscow.  A very bad recording....

anyone know of a more recent recording? 
 this may be the only known recording.....

Hello David - I am just doing some more Zolotarev research, and came across this post you wrote from a few years back. Do you have this record, or can you provide any more information about it?

2  Little-known music of all eras / Notice of interesting concerts around the world / Re: 17th November Roose conducts Tubin, Kõrvits, Eller, Krigul, Kreek and Lattikas i on: November 19, 2018, 03:08:35 pm
Thank you for this.  Do you know if there is a recording available?  I would especially like to hear the Humoresk by Kreek....
3  Little-known music of all eras / Notice of interesting concerts around the world / Armistice Concert - Parry etc on: November 07, 2018, 11:51:59 pm
The Armistice Concert in St Johns Smith Square in central London on Sat 10th November, which I am going to, features Parry's Songs of Farewell.  I look forward to getting to know this composer. if anyone else based in London is interested.  Full programme is:

Arvo Pärt - Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten
Parry - Songs of Farewell
Mozart - Requiem in D minor K626

The London Choral Sinfonia
Kim-Lillian Strebel - SOPRANO
Anna Harvey - ALTO
Nick Pritchard - TENOR
Duncan Rock - BASS
Michael Waldron - CONDUCTOR
4  Little-known music of all eras / Downloads discussion / Re: Bulgarian Music on: October 18, 2018, 11:19:20 am
I listened to Nikola Atanasov's Symphony No.1 for the first time the other day and loved it immediately, and have listed to it all the way through several times since.  A very light (without being shallow) and melodic symphony in four movements.  Not what I expect from a composer from that part of Europe, where the colours are often so dark.  Much more in the vein of Smetana writing about Vltava I thought, plus occasional bits of Schumann, and music that could be Tchaikovsky ballet at the end of the second movement. It's on youtube, and I can't see that it's commercially available (Amazon search).  It's from a Bulgaroton recording, as far as I know Bulgaroton no longer exists.

Nikola Atanasov (Bulgaria, 1886-1969)

I. Allegro maestoso -
II. Andante -
III. Allegro -
IV. Moderato -

Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Vladi Simeonov

If anyone's interested I've made an mp3 rip and put in the Downloads section.

From the website of the Union of Bulgarian Composers:

Nikola Atanassov belongs to the first generation of Bulgarian composers. He composed the first Bulgarian symphony (1912), inspired by the classical symphony form, as well as the first Bulgarian sonata for piano (1911). He graduated form the Conservatory of Zagreb where he studied under Professor F. Dugan, V. Ruzic, K. Yunek and V. Humel (1906–12). He taught music in Stara Zagora (1912–22), Pleven (1915) and Sofia (1922–24). In 1923 he joined the staff of the State Academy of Music as lecturer in music theory subjects and later became Professor (1929–58). He was Rector of the State Academy of Music (1934–37).

The orchestral music predominates in his work. He composed three symphonies; two overtures and the music picture Chieftain Doychin; overture for mandolin orchestra and other pieces including five Bulgarian folksong medleys; three suites; three waltzes; Rachenitza; Arabesque; Intermezzo; chamber works; choral music; solo songs, etc. He also made over 500 arrangements and orchestrations of overtures, hymns, solo songs by other authors, etc. His Symphony No.1 and the Trio for violin, violoncello and piano are among his most popular works.

Does anyone know if any other of Nikola Atanasov's music is recorded? This symphony is so good, I want to know more about him.  (He is not to be confused with Georgi Atanassov (1882-1931), also Bulgarian.)
5  Little-known music of all eras / Notice of interesting concerts around the world / Re: Scherbakov Concert on: October 16, 2018, 04:25:46 pm
I think you mean "Scherbakov Concert" not "Scherbakov Concerto"?
6  Little-known music of all eras / Downloads discussion / Re: Bulgarian Music on: October 15, 2018, 06:27:25 pm
Maris (Latvian) - thank you so much for the enormous Vladigerov upload - what a wealth of music!

The files are all FLAC.  Can anyone here advise of the best online FLAC-to-MP3 converter?  The only ones I can find are INCREDIBLY slow - over 30 minutes to convert just 2 files.  And there are over 45 files! Grin

(Apologies if this technical question has been addressed elsewhere!)

7  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Kostantin Petrossyan on: October 08, 2018, 12:43:36 pm

Konstantin Petrosyan is a composer? Performer?  Where is he from? When did he live? What is his style?  Please say something about this link.
8  Various / Miscellany / Re: Warning to all Members on: October 04, 2018, 07:17:01 pm
Thank you Colin and Maris for your principled stands and for all the hard work you do to keep this valuable site running.  And well said Neil!
9  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: The Exotica Thread on: September 21, 2018, 10:58:52 am

What is the first link?  Is it safe?  (I can see that the second link is a book.)
10  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Lost Alfred Hitchcock film score(s) may be reconstructed via Kickstarter on: August 28, 2018, 01:24:10 pm
When it describes these scores as “lost”, did the project include the search to locate the scores?

I have for a while been wondering if this model could be used to locate the lost scores of Sergei Bortkiewicz, not least his opera “The Acrobats”, for which there are many clues as to where it might lie - but this might best be done by a professional document hunter, and that costs money. Several thousand euros apparently. I don’t know how much interest could be attracted, certainly his music is stunning.
11  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Golovanov as composer cd-set on: August 08, 2018, 12:20:47 am
Thanks!  All the orchestral works seem to be there which is good!
12  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Golovanov as composer cd-set on: August 07, 2018, 11:18:32 am
His own compositions

about him:

Thanks Toby, this is interesting.  Do you know where we can buy or download the music?
13  Little-known music of all eras / Coming broadcasts and listen-later links / Re: "Radvila Perkunas" by Jurgis Karnavicius (1884-1941) on: July 16, 2018, 10:03:46 am
Hi, I went ahead and attempted to capture this. I posted the link in the Lithuanian downloads section.

This is my first attempt of doing something like this, so please let me know if there are any issues with the post. Thanks!

Thank you very much soundwave106!
14  Little-known music of all eras / Coming broadcasts and listen-later links / "Radvila Perkunas" by Jurgis Karnavicius (1884-1941) on: July 15, 2018, 03:13:34 pm
The opera "Radvila Perkūnas" by Lithuanian composer Jurgis Karnavičius (1884-1941) is currently being streamed here - and that link will be available until 6th August.  It starts at 8minutes-40seconds, and finishes at 2hours-6minutes-10seconds. 

If anyone knows how to make an mp3 off websites, I would be very grateful...!!
15  Little-known music of all eras / Downloads discussion / Re: Russian and Soviet Music on: July 15, 2018, 03:07:37 pm
My contacts in Krasnoyarsk have come up trumps and sent me the recording of Cesar Cui's opera "The Prisoner of the Caucasus" which was performed there last year. It turns out the Russian Culture Ministry streamed it on a now obscure site (kind of Russia's equivalent of 

It's advertised as in two acts - acc to wikipedia the first edition was in two acts, later revised to three.  The version here has been edited by someone called Vladimir Rylov.  The conductor is Alexandr Kosinsky with the Krasnoyarsk Opera and Balet Theatre, other performers aren't named. It was recorded/performed in 2017.

I've posted it in the downloads section.

From Wikipedia:

Prisoner of the Caucasus (Кавказский пленник in Cyrillic, Kavkazskij plennik in transliteration) is an opera in three acts, composed by César Cui. The libretto is credited to Viktor Krylov, and is based on Alexander Pushkin's poem The Prisoner of the Caucasus.

The English title has been rendered also as Prisoner in the Caucasus and The Captive in the Caucasus.

The opera was preceded on the Russian stage by choreographer Charles Didelot's ballet of 1825.

The opera was composed in three versions. The first, in 1857-1858, consisted of only two acts (which later became Acts I and III), but its staging was cancelled due to poor orchestration and insufficient length. Meanwhile the overture, orchestrated by Mily Balakirev, could be heard in concerts. Many years later, Cui decided to revise the two-act work: during 1881-1882 he added a new middle act (Act II) and another dance to Act III. This version constituted the score for the Russian premiere. In 1885, with the prospect of a Belgian production, he expanded the finale of Act II, creating the third version of the opera.

Performance history
Prisoner of the Caucasus was premiered on 4 February 1883 (Old Style), at the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg under the conductorship of Eduard Nápravník. This opera became the most widely performed of the composer's full-length operas. Its production in Liège in 1886 — made possible in no small way by the enthusiastic support of Cui's friend, La Comtesse de Mercy-Argenteau — marked the first time that an opera by "The Mighty Handful" was performed in the West. Nevertheless, with this exception, the opera seems to have never been staged outside of Imperial Russia and to have fallen out of the repertory in Russia after the composer's death.

Kazenbek - bass
Fatima, his daughter - soprano 
Mar'iam, her friend - mezzo-soprano   
Abubeker, Fatima's bridegroom - baritoneI.
Fekherdin, a mullah - bass
A Russian prisoner - tenor
1st Circassian - tenor
2nd Circassian – baritone
2nd mullah - tenor


Place:Caucasus, in a mountain aoul

Act I. After the men of the aoul pray to Allah, Kazenbek tells his melancholy daughter, Fatima, that a bridegroom has been chosen for her. She meditates on her sorrow. Suddenly a crowd of highlanders arrive, bringing along a Russian Prisoner that Fatima's bridegroom has captured as a wedding gift. Fatima begins to sympathize and eventually to fall in love with the Prisoner.

The Prisoner is left alone until night, when Fatima secretly brings him some food. After they part, a highlander runs in to tell Kazenbek of a group of Russians raiding a nearby aoul. The people come out to join in the combat against the despised enemy.

Act II. A group of women congratulates Fatima on her impending nuptials. After they leave, Fatima reveals her sadness to her friend Mar'iam. Hearing the approaching steps of Kazenbek and Fekherdin, the two of them hide behind a curtain while overhearing the conversation. The mullah has had a dream revealing Fatima's love for the Russian Prisoner. The two men exit.

Then the bridegroom, Abubeker, arrives. He expresses his love for Fatima. She greets him, and gifts from the groom are presented. Abubeker gives the Prisoner to Kazenbek, who hates the Russian. The people condemn the Prisoner to death, which he welcomes to end his suffering.

Act III. At the wedding feast, the people praise the bridegroom. The women, then the men, perform dances. After Mar'iam sings a Circassian song, all exit except for the newlyweds. Fatima is still sad, and Abubeker asks the reason. When they exit, the shackled Prisoner enters. Then Fatima appears; she urges the Prisoner to escape and frees him. He tells her that he loves not her, but another in his homeland. She is devastated as he runs away.

Mar'iam appears and tells Fatima that the entire village is preparing to take revenge on the Russian. The people arrive and are horrified at the news of Fatima's actions. As they set out to kill her, Fatima stabs herself to death. [Note: According to the score, this is the method of Fatima's demise in the opera, not drowning, which is implied in Pushkin's original poem.]
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