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1  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.
2  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Symphony No. 2 for chorus and orchestra (unpublished; MS at RCM)
3  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.
4  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!
5  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.
6  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.
7  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: "Recent" Toccata Releases on: May 08, 2018, 05:31:43 pm
I wonder if Martin Anderson is aware of this.
8  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: "Recent" Toccata Releases on: May 08, 2018, 04:37:23 pm
Clicking on the video link you uploaded produces the message: This video is not available.
9  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: "Recent" Toccata Releases on: May 08, 2018, 08:27:39 am
Well I can't find them, I'm afraid. Are you using the US site perhaps? Would be glad for a link.
10  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: "Recent" Toccata Releases on: May 07, 2018, 10:24:10 pm
There are, in fact, a great many Toccata recordings NOT on Youtube. The Cotter Nixon disks, most of the Charles O'Brien releases, Ferdinand Thieriot. Etc.
11  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: David Matthews Symphony No. 8 on: April 28, 2018, 08:28:56 pm
That's a very fair observation.
12  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: David Matthews Symphony No. 8 on: April 26, 2018, 09:28:06 pm
Quote
If a tree falls in the woods does it make any sound if there are no ears to hear it?

There was a young man who said, "God
"Must find it exceedingly odd
"To think that this tree
"Will continue to be
"When there's no-one about in the quad."

Dear Sir,
   Your remarks are quite odd.
   I am always about in the quad,
   And that's why this tree
   Will continue to be
   When observed by
        Yours faithfully,
             GOD

Thus, Bishop Berkeley.

Quote
Is a symphony a piece of music if it is never heard?

Up to a point, Lord Copper. Like the text of a play, the score is a statement of intention - the finished work of art is the performance in both cases.
13  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Dutton? on: April 21, 2018, 04:49:17 pm
Wise words, Dundonnell - and thank you for writing so cogently to Lewis Foreman. As you say, I shall not stop buying Dutton CDs if they continue to record interesting and unusual repertoire and shall continue to be grateful to them for doing so. But, my goodness, they need a lesson in public relations!
14  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Dutton? on: April 21, 2018, 08:50:41 am
Exactly so, calyptorhynchus. Besides, much of the cost of producing the Ina Boyle CD was found by crowdfunding. Furthermore, when I wrote to Dutton complaining, more in sorrow than anger, I received the rather arrogant, unsympathetic response quoted earlier from someone who clearly had had no training in customer service. That merely adds insult to injury.
15  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Dutton? on: April 17, 2018, 06:34:07 pm
Room for the extra track then - just.
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