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1  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: The Exotica Thread on: September 21, 2018, 07:54:58 pm
The first link is to a post-graduate thesis on Russian Orientalism submitted at McGill University, Montreal, Canada. This too can be worked out from the link - though not immediately obvious, I admit. If you look carefully through the whole of the URLs you can see that both are links to PDFs, which are harmless.
2  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Ruth Gipps symphonies on: September 10, 2018, 09:22:43 am
One fervently hopes Chandos will record the other symphonies with Gamba's fine advocacy, perhaps adding some more of the shorter orchestral works or concertos (of which there are not a few) as fillers.
3  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Ruth Gipps symphonies on: September 07, 2018, 05:28:00 pm
The 4th symphony is a masterpiece. I have David Wright to thank for arranging for me to have a photocopy of the full score, which is how I came to know it. Wonderful orchestration and a truly individual voice.
4  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: CPO Booklet Notes on: August 21, 2018, 06:54:05 pm
No doubt everything you say is true - and I am not criticising the original German text (I am in no position to do so as my German is rudimentary in the extreme). I am criticising the English translation which ought to be designed for native English readers, not for Germans whose English may be excellent but who, quite naturally, will be translating the English back into German when they read, not always consciously.
5  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: CPO Booklet Notes on: August 21, 2018, 06:07:17 pm
There s nothing wrong with your English, Dundonnell. The two examples you give are both equally absurd and un-English, the second, as you rightly say, verging on gibberish - and ungrammatical as well: you can't have a "not only" clause without a balancing "but also" clause, which is absent from the second sentence. And no English person would use a clumsy word like "manifoldness".
6  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Ruth Gipps symphonies on: August 09, 2018, 12:37:19 pm
I totally agree, Christo. Well said.
7  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Ruth Gipps symphonies on: August 08, 2018, 07:09:07 pm
I would just add that "boring" is an entirely subjective adjective. What YOU find boring, others may find absorbing. Don't complain and criticise because YOU don't like some of the music discussed on this forum - if you don't like it, don't join on the discussion. Nor are you the only judge of what is good or bad in music.
8  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Ruth Gipps symphonies on: July 26, 2018, 08:10:09 am
I heartily concur. I think Ruth Gipps' 4th is possibly her finest symphony. It is certainly a very distinguished work and the orchestration is highly accomplished.
9  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: New July cds on: July 11, 2018, 11:43:39 am
Dante wrote: Lasciate ogni speranza, voi ch'entrate. All (lit. "every") hope abandon, ye who enter here.
10  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: (Some) Twentieth Century British Symphonies not yet on cd: an update on: June 13, 2018, 03:11:34 pm
My contact at CPO tells me the Holbrooke disk should be released this year. Let us hope so.
Howard may be working with some  British orchestras in future and there is a possibility that some of Holbrooke's choral music may be recorded with a British orchestra and chorus under Howard Griffiths' baton. However, none of this is confirmed. So we must just all hope and pray.
11  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: (Some) Twentieth Century British Symphonies not yet on cd: an update on: June 13, 2018, 12:35:05 pm
Well, I don't want to castigate anyone, but the unrecorded extant symphonies of Holbrooke are:
Dramatic Choral Symphony, Homage (sic) to E.A. Poe (unnumbered, but effectively No. 1)
Symphony No. 1 "Les Hommages" (a version for very large orchestra of the earlier Bohemian Suite for strings - the difference lies only in the instrumentation)
Symphony No. 2 "Apollo and the Seaman"
Symphony No. 5 "Wild Wales", for brass band
Symphony No. 6 "Old England", for military band
Symphony No. 7 "Al Aaraaf", for strings (an arrangement of the String Sextet, Op. 43)
Symphony No. 8, "Dance Symphony" for piano and orchestra (also known as Piano Concerto No. 3, and really a piano concerto - the full score is missing; only the two piano score exists, but I am hoping to interest someone in orchestrating it)

So there we are. Plenty to be going on with!

I would also like to see Stanley Wilson's two symphonies recorded:
A Skye Symphony (a Carnegie Medal winner, score & parts published Stainer & Bell)
Symphony No. 2 for chorus and orchestra (unpublished; MS at RCM)
12  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: (Some) Twentieth Century British Symphonies not yet on cd: an update on: June 12, 2018, 04:28:08 pm
I wish Martin could be persuaded, but it really is a major undertaking, and rather different from orchestrating a piano score. Not that he wouldn't be eminently capable, but it would involve a lot of time.
13  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: (Some) Twentith Century British Symphonies not yet on cd: an update on: June 11, 2018, 09:30:35 pm
Most unfortunately, all the performance material of York Bowen's 3rd symphony was destroyed in a flood at the publishers. So a new score, were one ever to be produced, would have to be reconstructed from the recordings - I believe there are two. Quite a task!
14  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: David Diamond Symphony No.6 from Naxos on: May 21, 2018, 05:29:39 pm
How right you are, Dundonnell. Incidentally, did you ever receive a reply from Lewis Foreman? It's not like him to ignore a letter.
15  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: "Recent" Toccata Releases on: May 09, 2018, 09:42:47 pm
I know of one company who signed up with a distributor who then, against the express wishes of the recording company, made their recordings available to Spotify, from which the returns are microscopic. That is why I asked.
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