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1  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Lyrita futures on: September 20, 2017, 06:55:50 pm
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Composing and conducting are two completely different specialties.

I agree. Creation and performance are two distinct talents which don't always co-exist in the same person (though often they do, of course, depending on the discipline - e.g. composer pianists). In a literary context this is illustrated all too often when poets read their own work: most of them do it very badly, I am sorry to say. I have heard far too many dreadful readings on BBC Radio by living poets who either chant their poems in a dreary voice in which every word seems so weighed down with melancholy "import" that all vitality is lost and the listener quickly gets irritated or adopt an equally alienating monotone (T.S. Eliot is an example of the latter) which is very boring, whereas if the poem is given to a trained actor to read it suddenly comes alive and engages the listener.
2  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Lyrita futures on: September 18, 2017, 09:56:17 pm
Very interesting, Neil. Thank you. I was not aware of those "rules of thumb".
3  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Lyrita futures on: September 18, 2017, 06:53:53 pm
I was careful to write "would be able to write them" NOT "would write them".
4  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Lyrita futures on: September 18, 2017, 09:30:51 am
You are absolutely right. After all, I suppose, if there was a method that could be taught for writing "memorable" tunes every composer would be able to write them. But therein lies inspiration. Elgar (who was quite good at writing tunes) said of one of his greatest (the Pomp & Circumstance March No. 1) that the big tune came into his head when he was out trout fishing!
5  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Havergal Brian's Symphonies Nos. 8, 21 and 26 from Naxos on: September 03, 2017, 11:20:32 pm
Brilliant idea. Very interesting.
6  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Havergal Brian's Symphonies Nos. 8, 21 and 26 from Naxos on: September 03, 2017, 06:53:27 pm
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Since the vocal score exists and I believe that would include the piano orchestral reduction, maybe John Pickard could reconstruct it based on what he did with Vision of Cleopatra.

I agree. That would be absolutely wonderful - a mammoth task, however, for Mr Pickard (or whoever is brave enough to undertake it), but a glorious enterprise. Then we shall need a first class performance and recording.
7  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: List of Symphony Composers on: August 29, 2017, 11:40:00 am
Not really. Doesn't alter the symphony. The numbering of Mendelssohn's symphonies is according to their date of publication: 1 (1831); 2 (1841); 3 (1843); 4 (1851); 5 (1868) - in order of composition they are: 1,5,3,4,2. In order of first performance they are: 1,5,4,2,3. I don't see that it matters that much. And in the end it is surely up to Penderecki how he wants his symphonies numbered.
8  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: List of Symphony Composers on: August 28, 2017, 06:51:50 pm
Quite. Can't see what the fuss is about.
9  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: List of Symphony Composers on: August 26, 2017, 04:38:41 pm
So there is clearly a Symphony No. 6 by Penderecki, and so designated by the composer himself. It is not finished yet (and perhaps never will be since the composer is now 83), so needs to be listed simply as: "Symphony No. 6 (unfinished)".
10  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Josef Labor 1842-1924 on: August 08, 2017, 10:44:50 pm
Have you any idea where the MSS for these pieces by Labor (which have never, I believe, been published) are? If they are no longer extant that would certainly account for their never having been recorded. I would like to think they still exist, however, and would be very interested to see them. The work Eduard Schutt wrote for Wittgenstein exists but it is in private hands (I don't know whose, but I suspect those of Klaus Heymann).
11  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Ongoing CPO projects. on: August 03, 2017, 10:05:50 pm
There are no missing symphonies by Dopper. They are all in the Dopper Archive: http://www.nederlandsmuziekinstituut.nl/images/inventaris/dopper.pdf
12  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Ongoing CPO projects. on: August 03, 2017, 11:26:36 am
The score of Dopper's symphony no. 5 exists.
13  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Lyrita futures on: July 14, 2017, 05:10:22 pm
I endorse the enthusiasm expressed here for Fricker's symphonies. They are marvellous pieces and I am thrilled that Lyrita are going to issue all four of them.
14  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Feliks Nowowiejski's "Quo Vadis" on: July 11, 2017, 06:57:34 pm
It was similar with the recently released CPO recording of Raff's String Quartets Nos. 2,3,4 & 8, by the Mannheimer Streichquartett. Nos. 4 & 8 were recorded in 2006; nos. 2 & 3 in 2007!
15  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Lyrita futures on: June 30, 2017, 10:43:26 pm
Indeed! As regards Chandos the glory days are well and truly over. Sic transit gloria mundi.

Oh, and I agree re. The Perfect Fool. There's some really lovely music in it.
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