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1  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Operas set in India on: January 12, 2019, 09:21:57 pm
Two French operatic offerings:
Massenet: Le roi de Lahore
Roussel: Padmavati
2  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: John Pickard on: August 14, 2018, 09:59:25 am
There's not been much posting in this thread of late, but it's very good to see the CD of Pickard's 5th Symphony is among the top three nominations in the "Contemporary" category for the 2018 Gramophone Awards, along with CDs of works by Dean/Francesconi and Dusapin.  This can only be good for wider awareness of Pickard's excellent music.  The winner is announced on 31st August.  I hope the Pickard wins.
3  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: "Servilia" - opera by Rimsky-Korsakov on: July 07, 2018, 10:00:30 pm
More recently, Taneyev's Oresteia has been issued in 2015 on Melodiya:
https://www.prestoclassical.co.uk/classical/products/8078548--taneyev-s-oresteia
4  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: New Braunfels cd from CPO on: July 02, 2018, 05:32:38 pm
the "Tag und Nachtstucke" is available from Boosey's:

http://www.boosey.com/cr/music/Walter-Braunfels-Tag-und-Nachtstucke/103045
5  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Dutton? on: April 27, 2018, 02:58:29 pm
The Complete Elgar Edition volume of the smaller orchestral works lists the Pas Redouble march in its contents under "sketches and fragments" but without knowing how much of it there is printed there, impossible to say whether a performable version could be made.  I tend to think someone might have done it by now if it was possible.
6  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: McCabe Symphony no. 6 on: February 23, 2018, 12:09:32 am
There is actually a recording of the Symphony on a Pavane in existence.  John McCabe paid himself for the BBC Philharmonic under, I think, Rumon Gamba to record it, though curiously that was not linked to a record label for issue.  I have heard this recording, though I don't have a copy.  An enterprising label (Toccata?) should contact his family for permission to issue it. 
7  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: So, the choice is yours! on: February 23, 2018, 12:03:39 am
John Pickard's 6th Symphony.
8  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Sorabji: 100 Transcendental studies for piano, Vol. IV on: April 25, 2015, 06:25:05 pm
As far as I am concerned, the first three volumes have been at the very top end of Sorabji discs, so I would have no hesitation in recommending those and the fourth disc on that basis.
9  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Alphabetization of music catalog on: April 25, 2015, 06:05:42 pm
There seems to be little agreement if Havergal Brian goes under H or B ...

I don't see the problem.  The family name is Brian and "Havergal" was simply a new first name he adopted instead of his christened William.  Thus, file under B.
10  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: John Pickard on: September 07, 2014, 05:35:55 pm
Has anyone heard the new Pickard disc just out on BIS of his Eden and the Gaia Symphony (No.4)?  The recorded SACD sound is absolutely breathtaking.  The Gaia Symphony has to be one of the most impressive brass band works, with rich and varied sonorities that draw one in.  The Eikanger-Bjorsvik band plays with amazing verve.  If you don't know Pickard's music, this is a very approachable place to start.  I can hardly stop listening to it.
11  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: John Pickard on: August 11, 2013, 06:06:52 pm
Two pieces of information that might be of interest to followers of this thread.  On the home page of the website of the Brodowski Quartet there are three photos of recent sessions during which they recorded John Pickard's Quartets 1 and 5 for issue on Toccata Classics.  No idea when this might be slated for issue, but Toccata don't usually hand around long between recording and finished CD, so it could be a matter of months only.
Also, the Eikanger-Björsvik Brass Band of Bergen reported recently on their Facebook page that they had recorded the Gaia Symphony and Eden for the BIS label, so there are now at least two more Pickard CDs in the offing, which is very good news, although the Gaia symphony is already available by the Cory Band on the Doyen label and there seem to already be six(!) recordings (the latest issued this month) of Eden from various brass bands (five on different Doyen CDs and one on the BTM Band's own label), not bad at all for a work only written in 2005.
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