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1  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Stanley Bate (1911-1959) on: April 19, 2020, 04:26:11 pm
There are a few chamber works by Bate which have been recorded:

Flute Sonata, Op.11 (1937), in a mixed British programme - Willowhayne Records MPR101

Violin Sonata No.1, Op.47 (1946), on an otherwise all-Arnell disc - Toccata Classics TOCC0492

There is also the Cello Concerto (1953), coupled with the Bax Cello Concerto - Lyrita SRCD 351


Thank you kind sir.
2  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Stanley Bate (1911-1959) on: April 19, 2020, 01:36:21 am
Having mentioned Bate in a Hyperion RPC thread, I would encourage members to explore this "lost" composer. There is a very good BBC documentary here -

and several excellent recordings of major works on the Dutton Epoch label:

Sinfonietta No.1, Op.22 (1938) - CDLX 7282
Piano Concerto No.2, Op. 28 (1940) - CDLX 7282
Symphony No.3, Op.29 (1940) - CDLX 7239
Viola Concerto, Op.46 (1944-46) - CDLX 7216
Symphony No.4 (1954-55) - CDLX 7255

I enjoyed listening to this but was disappointed there was no way to know what some of the music was.  I especially liked the chamber music but don't have any information to track it down to hear the rest of it.
3  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Re: Artur Słotwiński, Magnificat for soprano, choir, strings, timpani and TamTam on: April 16, 2020, 01:17:05 am
I really liked it.  Tonal and dramatic.
4  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Re: Krassimir Taskov (*1955): Capriccio for orchestra on: April 12, 2020, 01:38:21 am

Krassimir Taskov (*1955): Capriccio for orchestra

Красимир Тасков: Капричио за оркестър (1988 г.)

Симфоничен оркестър на БНР (Българско Национално Радио), диригент Иван Филев
(Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ivan Filev)

studio recording of Bulgarian National Radio (Sofia, December 1988)

photo: the "Snow White (Снежанка)" Cave in Bulgaria as captured by the composer's son, Drago Taskov

I really liked it plus it was a state of the art recording.
5  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Havergal Brian's "Faust" on: April 10, 2020, 12:47:25 am
Having been part of the team that edited and typeset the score from manuscript for this recording (and having heard the first edits), I can confirm that this is top-notch Brian.

Do you think it might be possible to reconstruct his mid period oratorio, Prometheus Unbound?  I know the full score is lost but believe the vocal score and piano reduction are extant.
6  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Re: Ola Gjeilo - The Spheres on: April 05, 2020, 02:47:52 pm

Ola Gjeilo - The Spheres

Choir of Royal Holloway

Ola Gjeilo is a Norwegian composer and pianist, living in the United States. He writes choral music, and has written for piano and wind symphony, publishing through Walton Music, Edition Peters, and Boosey and Hawkes.

...and he was my classmate.  Grin
7  Little-known music of all eras / Downloads discussion / Re: British and Irish Music on: March 31, 2020, 03:39:48 pm
The Joubert Requiem, - great.  Thank you.  Before I get to the piece myself, how would you evaluate it?

I loved it.  Very RVW to me.  It's lovely, lyrical, concise (around 45 minutes) and dramatic.
8  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Re: Korngold: Violanta from Turin on: March 24, 2020, 03:33:50 pm

A gorgeous work.  I believe he was just a teenager when he composed this masterpiece.  Just listen to the opening 8 minutes how assured and sophisticated the music is.
9  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Re: Arthur Benjamin’s Symphony - Australian radio broadcast on: February 21, 2020, 02:40:42 pm
A fantastic symphony.  I believe his only one but full of big melodies, excitement, drama, energy, and a thrilling climax.
10  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Unrecorded British Symphonies: an update on: February 20, 2020, 01:52:30 am
Bourgeois's later symphonies should not be ignored. They may not be "great", but they are certainly enjoyable listening, and would be great for an amateur orchestra looking for something original to play. I recommend #90 and #101 as starting points.

I just heard his 'Cotswold Symphony' online and found it most enjoyable. What a shame that it is not on CD.

It is a great loss to us that his works aren't better known.  They are lovely, powerful, melodic, epic works that aren't well represented due to his productivity.  I have probably heard half his output and found it all enjoyable and most of it substantial and worthy of posterity.   Sad
11  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Unrecorded British Symphonies: an update on: February 20, 2020, 01:47:17 am
Arthur Butterworth sent me a cassette tape of some of his music but I don't have a cassette player and I bought one on Amazon that could transfer cassette audio to MP3 which was a very stupid investment as it didn't work at all.  I believe Arthur didn't have any children and his wife died before him so I have no idea who to reach out to but apparently he was in possession of most recordings of his works in cassette format. 
12  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Korvits: Hymns To The Nordic Light [Estonian National Symphony Orchestra] on: December 04, 2019, 02:58:42 pm

Very nice music.  Would like to hear more from this composer.
13  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: What do you guys think about their services? on: October 31, 2019, 03:19:32 pm
14  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Christopher Gunning Symphonies on Signum on: October 15, 2019, 03:37:47 pm
A sure buy for me. Symphony no.12.... Strange, Wikipedia states Gunning composed 8 symphonies, but that information can be dated. And states 7. Does anyone has a complete worklist of this composer? Gunning's entry on this forum seems to be dated too.

This is more updated.
15  Little-known music of all eras / Notice of interesting concerts around the world / Re: World premiere of Erkki-Sven Tüür’s Symphony No. 9 „Mythos“ 11.01.2018 on: October 08, 2019, 01:14:37 am
Coincidentally, my orchestral work "Mythos" was premiered 10 years ago in November, 2008. 

I liked your 'Mythos' very much.

Interestingly, I very much enjoyed Tuur's Symphony No. 9 "Mythos" which I just heard yesterday!
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