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1  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Henry Litolff (1818-1891) on: February 08, 2019, 11:26:58 pm
As one who has studied his scores, I can honestly say there is much to enjoy. All of it is tuneful and well crafted. I would like to see recordings of all 3 piano trios, the string quartet, the "Eroica" concerto symphonique for violin and orchestra, all the opera overtures and as much of the operas as survive, the Scenes from Faust, and a good selection of the solo piano music (almost all of which is salon fare, but very good of its kind)...
2  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: What are you currently listening to? on: February 08, 2019, 11:20:35 pm
Very glad to hear it. As you know, I have long heen an advocate.
3  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: What are you currently listening to? on: February 05, 2019, 11:13:44 pm
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most of Coke's chamber music has survived (unlike,allot of his other music). Is there any chance that any more of it will receive recordings? Unsurprisingly,I'd love to hear the Violin Sonata No 2,for example!

I am doing my best. Two things you could do to help: (i) Write to Simon Callaghan (the pianist) saying how much you like Coke's chamber/solo piano music and asking for more; writ to Simon Perry at Hyperion Records urging him to record some of Coke's chamber music with Callaghan, especially the "Elegiac" Trio (which Simon performed with violinist Jamie Campbell and 'cellist Karel Bredenhorst) at a concert I organised last year at St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge (it was very well received), perhaps coupled with the late Trio (and the only other extant trio by Coke) for piano, flute and viola, known as "The Ortina"; (ii)  write to Rupert Marshall-Luck at The English Music Festival and ask him to look at the 2nd Violin Sonata. If you do, I will follow up on that.
4  Little-known music of all eras / Coming broadcasts and listen-later links / Re: Grace Williams - Missa Cambrensis on: February 02, 2019, 10:49:16 am
Thank you very much indeed. Yes, I do have details of the performers.
5  Little-known music of all eras / Coming broadcasts and listen-later links / Re: Grace Williams - Missa Cambrensis on: February 01, 2019, 10:45:39 pm
I somehow seem to have lost my recording of the Missa Cambrensis and I can't now find the link in the archive to download it again. Can anyone help me, please?
6  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Hill and Van Hoof on: January 26, 2019, 09:17:55 pm
I'm afraid I rather agree with you.
7  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Susan Spain-Dunk on: January 22, 2019, 05:21:39 am
Thanks very much indeed, jimmatt. Would be interested to discover information on the whereabouts of her orchestral mss (or, indeed, published music). There is not much on COPAC, though RAM seems to have some scores and parts. How much is extant? How much of what exists is easily available? Might there be enough to fill a CD (Dutton?).
8  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Susan Spain-Dunk on: January 21, 2019, 05:15:35 pm
If they did, I would very much like to hear it.
9  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: (Some) Twentieth Century British Symphonies not yet on cd: an update on: January 17, 2019, 04:49:41 pm
Unfortunately, the music to a great many of those listed before 1900 is lost. These lists are not very useful unless they tell us where the performance materials can be found - a little extra work on the part of the compilers would have added greatly to their value.
One wonders about the quality of some of the late 19th century British symphonies (certainly Joseph Street's, the scores of which are in BL and which I have seen, are pretty uninspired), but there may be some gold among the dross and I particularly wish that the MSS of Algernon Ashton's symphonies and concertos, which were never published, had not been destroyed in the blitz. I suspect they were better than good.
10  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Your Discovery of the Year on: December 31, 2018, 06:26:55 pm
Thanks very much, Colin. I think I will go for the Naxos. It has had good reviews and at budget price I'm not breaking the bank!
11  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Your Discovery of the Year on: December 31, 2018, 01:57:07 pm
Can anyone recommend a modern recording of "Le Roi David", please? I got to know this marvellous work on the LP set conducted by Ansermet (late 1950s, I think?), but I sold all my LPs ages ago. That recording is, of course, available on CD now, but I wondered if there was a more modern performance someone could recommend.
12  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Joseph Holbrooke from CPO on: December 27, 2018, 07:33:02 pm
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Here's to "Queen Mab", "The Bells" and "Apollo"!

I'll certainly drink to that and will do all I can to persuade CPO to record them. May need some help from enthusiasts on this forum: writing letters...  Anyway, we'll see.
13  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Joseph Holbrooke from CPO on: December 27, 2018, 12:28:50 am
Please forgive me for not updating this thread. About a fortnight ago I finished writing, and submitted to CPO, booklet notes for the third Holbrooke CD, so my hope is that it will be out early next year. Apparently, it was the absence of notes that was delaying its release. The truly excellent Franz Groborz, who had done the notes for the two previous releases, was so overwhelmed with other commitments that he had no time, so he recommended CPO to ask me. As you can imagine, I was only too happy to oblige.
14  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Arthur Sullivan's "The Light of the World" on: December 26, 2018, 12:05:41 pm
Hear, hear! Welcome back, John - most heartily.
15  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Lyrita? on: December 13, 2018, 12:59:13 pm
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That appears to have annoyed the company enough to produce the lengthy response.
Well, sometimes you have to irritate in order to get results. Incidentally, the REAM2139 British Orchestral Premieres (4 CD set) is wrongly attributed to the Itter Broadcast legacy. It is, as I am sure readers and contributors to this forum know, a compilation of music all of which I researched for releases by Cameo Classics, and nothing to do with Richard Itter.
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