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1  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.
2  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!
3  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?
4  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!
5  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...!!
6  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 Ličge 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.]
7  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Tallat-Kelpsa - aria on: July 08, 2018, 07:47:37 pm
I rather enjoyed this brief aria by the Lithuanian composer Juozas Tallat-Kelpša (1889-1949), from a poem by Balys Sruoga (1896-1947) - I hope you do too.

It's sung by the Lithuanian spinto-soprano Gražina Apanavičiūtė, and is called “Mano sieloj šiandien šventė // My Soul Rejoices Today“
8  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: "Servilia" - opera by Rimsky-Korsakov on: July 08, 2018, 12:40:31 pm
just a note  S Taneyev:  The Oresteia  was released on the Olympia label in the 1990s  and I think you can still find it on ebay

Why is this in a thread about Rimsky-Korsakov's "Servilia"?  Is there a connection?  If not, shouldn't it be in its own thread so that people with an interest in it stand a greater chance of coming across it?
9  Little-known music of all eras / Wish lists and requests / Re: Curious about music from the Soviet Union on: June 21, 2018, 01:52:31 pm

Is this in anyway an authoritative source?  The CIA, if you believe everything, is responsible for meteors, volcanos, climate change, AIDS, population growth, population decline,.... or is it maybe just rubbish?
10  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: "Servilia" - opera by Rimsky-Korsakov on: June 17, 2018, 09:40:41 pm
Complete recording of Servilia:
11  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: New website of the Tubin Society on: June 06, 2018, 05:41:24 pm
Hi Dave - what was the upshot of the Tubin Society meeting that you have referred to a few times that you were planning to attend in Tallinn?  Any new interesting recording projects?
12  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Joseph Rumshinsky (1881–1956) on: May 28, 2018, 09:09:56 pm
Joseph Rumshinsky (1881–1956) was a Jewish composer born near Vilnius, Lithuania (then part of Russian Poland). Along with Sholom Secunda, Alexander Olshanetsky and Abraham Ellstein, he is considered one of the "big four" composers and conductors of American Yiddish theater.

His music is more like operetta or maybe music hall, though it's certainly melodic and harmonic and far from atonal. There's a Naxos CD of his music called "GREAT SONGS OF THE YIDDISH STAGE, VOL. 3".  It's unmistakably Yiddish and Jewish in style throughout.  My favourite is the aria "Der rebetsn's tokhter (The Rabbi's Wife's Daughter): Hamavdil" - very operatic and dramatic.   There's another version of it on youtube here - - though it's not as good.

He wrote an operetta The Golden Bride (Die Goldene Kale)  It looks like it was recently performed as on youtube there are two very high-quality clips of excerpts:     and   (3:09-3:34 of this clip hints at a very beautiful aria)

This performance was by the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in NY ( and I am trying to find out from them if there is a complete recording - if anyone else knows anything I would be very grateful!

(Rumshinky is one of the composers referenced in the ""Tchaikovsky (and other Russians)" song by Gershwin.)

13  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Aquarius-Classic - previously unreleased Russian operas on: April 27, 2018, 02:59:45 pm
It says "It won't work in your region" - so probably you should ask someone in Russia to download for you.
14  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 -

 - and then a footnote to a BBC article entitled "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).  -Кашперова
15  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.
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