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1  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Alexander Campbell Mackenzie - Complete Piano Music on 3 CDs (Sheva Collection) on: August 06, 2019, 08:27:41 am
Thank you very much.
2  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Alexander Campbell Mackenzie - Complete Piano Music on 3 CDs (Sheva Collection) on: August 05, 2019, 09:40:30 pm
This is very good news and I await its availability eagerly, but I wish the publicity would tell us what pieces are on each volume. I find the absence of this information rather annoying.
3  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: New Dutton CDs for May - Vaughan Williams, Braunfels, Arne and Elgar on: July 17, 2019, 11:16:40 am
Why not drop them line with this excellent suggestion. I will certainly back you up.
4  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Henry Litolff (1818-1891) on: July 16, 2019, 11:33:09 am
A little bird tells me that a very good trio have recorded the first 2 piano trios by Litolff, with the 3rd in the pipeline - possibly, if a suitable companion trio can be found (I have suggested Bronsart's). And this on a well known label with a reputation for excellence. I can say no more at present.
5  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Joseph Holbrooke from CPO on: July 10, 2019, 07:55:10 am
I too was brought up short by the reviewer's phrase "overwhelmingly soporific" (referring to the 2nd movt, by the way, not the last). I can only think he means "restful". I am afraid many reviewers use words of the precisely nuanced meaning of which they seem ignorant - or, worse, use completely the wrong word. For example, I have observed the adjective "crepuscular" employed in a review when the only possible interpretation of its intended meaning from the context was "shell-like", which, of course, it most certainly does NOT mean, and never has.
However, the review is a good one and I am glad that Holbrooke's music made such a positive impression on that listener.
6  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Joseph Holbrooke from CPO on: June 20, 2019, 11:19:40 pm
Dear Cilgwyn,
Thank you for your kind words. I am so pleased you enjoyed the disk, especially "Ships". Holbrooke's orchestral imagination is always so excitingly colourful especially, IMHO, in his writing for wind instruments. That 2nd movt of "Ships" is breathtaking, I find, while the variations are very entertaining and almost Ivesian in places. That observation, by the way, is not mine. It was made by the distinguished musicologist, David Brown (author of the 4 volume biography of Tchaikovsky) when he heard them first at a concert I organised in London at the Cadogan Hall back in 2010.
7  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: SOME unrecorded British Piano Concertos, 1934-94 on: June 16, 2019, 09:15:29 pm
You are very welcome. Glad Colin can assist.
8  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: SOME unrecorded British Piano Concertos, 1934-94 on: June 16, 2019, 08:30:58 pm
How very tiresome of him! Would you like me to buy it on your behalf and post it on to you in Germany, if you give me your address? You can pay me later by bank transfer if you wish.
9  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: SOME unrecorded British Piano Concertos, 1934-94 on: June 15, 2019, 11:32:15 pm
There already is an excellent recording of the Reizenstein PC 2 available on Dutton Epoch, released in 2011, with Victor Sangiorgio (piano) and Martin Yates conducting the RSNO. It is coupled with the PC 2 of Stanley Bates.
10  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Julius Bittner's Symphony No.1 from Toccata on: May 20, 2019, 10:13:09 am
There is a second symphony, but it was not published and the MS is lost. Alas!
11  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Joseph Holbrooke from CPO on: April 19, 2019, 12:34:18 pm
Yes. Those last three works are absolutely essential.
12  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.
13  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.
14  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.
15  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!

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