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1  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Joseph Holbrooke from CPO on: Today at 12:34:18 pm
Yes. Those last three works are absolutely essential.
2  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Joseph Holbrooke from CPO on: March 31, 2019, 02:36:49 am
Joseph was not opposed to RVW but he became very bitter on his latter years because his music was shamefully neglected by the BBC and other outlets. And he and VW were close contemporaries. He hit out in frustration at a lot of people. But it is worth remembering that Joseph was a great champion of younger a British composers in his day.
3  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Joseph Holbrooke from CPO on: March 30, 2019, 08:49:21 pm
I think you are looking for too much in "Ships", if I may say so, Dundonnell - at least if you are expecting symphonic argument. That's not what Holbrooke is about (to be honest, he wasn't very good at it - and probably knew it!). That's why, with the exception of the Choral Symphony "Homage to E.A. Poe" and possibly "Apollo and the Seaman" everything Joseph called a "symphony" is really more of a "suite". He was a very accomplished orchestrator (IMHO) and excelled at the symphonic poem, the mood painting: so if you think of "Ships" as a series of portraits I hope you will be less disappointed. Having read the score and listened to the CPO recording, both the unedited takes and the final version, many times, I must say I do rather like this work.
4  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Joseph Holbrooke from CPO on: March 29, 2019, 07:40:36 pm
John's Wikipedia list of Jo's works is a superb job. I don't think it could be bettered. I use it often as reference. I find it invaluable.
5  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Joseph Holbrooke from CPO on: March 29, 2019, 03:46:54 pm
Wild Wales (Symphony no. 5) is really more of a suite than a symphony, as is Symphony no. 6 for Military Band. The scores and parts exist for both, and Wild Wales is a lovely composition. Holbrooke always wrote beautifully for wind instruments (and I include brass in that category). Also, don't worry about getting confused with numberings. That is Jo's fault. He was always renumbering and re-organising his works, making it a nightmare for musicologists to find their way around his oeuvres.
Perhaps we should start pestering Chandos again!

6  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Bliss:Mary of Magdala on: March 29, 2019, 10:01:27 am
I sincerely hope so.
7  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Bliss:Mary of Magdala on: March 28, 2019, 07:56:41 pm
Hickox, so I was told by the late Ralph Couzens, hoped to record some Holbrooke. I wonder if it is too much to hope that Chandos will get round to doing something by Joseph. Probably...
8  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Joseph Holbrooke from CPO on: March 28, 2019, 01:34:39 am
I would support those choices, Dundonnell, of course. "Apollo" is just under the hour, so one could fit "The Wild Fowl" on that CD as well. Although Apollo demands a large orchestra with greatly enhanced wind section, there is not a lot of percussion (IIRC) and the chorus is a male one, so not vastly expensive to put on.
With the Double Concerto, possible couplings might be The Dance Suite for piano & small orchestra Op. 93c and The Cambrian Suite, op. 101. Another CD I should like to see would be of pieces for string orchestra: "Les Hommages" (in its original version for string orchestra, titled "Bohemian Suite") with the Symphony No. 7 (which is an arrangement of the String Sextet "Henry Vaughan" in D major, Op. 43 for full string orchestra) and the little piece for strings arranged from the Cauldron Trilogy which Jo called "Caradoc's Deam".
Of course, we also need a recording of the 1st Symphony "Homage to E.A. Poe", but this involves chorus and soloists so would be rather costly to mount. It lasts about an hour.
9  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Joseph Holbrooke from CPO on: March 25, 2019, 11:01:16 am
I have it on good authority that Howard Griffiths would not be averse to conducting some of Holbrooke's larger scale choral works with a British chorus if possible, but it will be up to CPO. There is more than one person encouraging CPO in this direction.

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Were you-hypothetically of course-to be asked to recommend the contents for another disc of Holbrooke's orchestral music what would you suggest?
From my point of view I would like to see a coupling of "Queen Mab" and "The Bells", perhaps with the addition of the 2 orchestral songs, Op. 41a and 41b (Marino Faliero and Annabel Lee). However, if only another purely orchestral disk was on offer I would recommend the 2nd piano concerto "L'Orient", coupled with either The Dreamland Suite and the incidental music to Pontorewyn OR with the two ballets "The Red Masque" and "The Moth and the Flame". We shall just have to wait and see.
10  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Joseph Holbrooke from CPO on: March 22, 2019, 08:26:06 pm
I hope you find them helpful. I have a proof copy of the CD without the booklet. But I am hoping they will send me a complimentary copy at least.
11  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Joseph Holbrooke from CPO on: March 22, 2019, 03:28:53 pm
I didn't know myself until I chanced to look at the website. Still, I have at last got paid for the booklet notes!
12  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Joseph Marx Eine Herbstsymphonie on: March 17, 2019, 02:27:48 pm
The so-called Naxos "cycle" is nothing more than a re-release of the old ASV recordings. So don't get too excited!
13  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Susan Spain-Dunk on: February 25, 2019, 07:39:02 am
Yes, but all way back in the 1920s.
14  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)...
15  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.
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