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1  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Sir Michael Tippett's Symphony in B flat on: November 28, 2017, 08:02:52 pm
Good to have a date!

 Wink
2  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Sir Michael Tippett's Symphony in B flat on: November 28, 2017, 03:03:23 am
So, 2017 nearly over and this symphony has not yet been broadcast.

 Angry
3  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Maconchy on Lyrita on: October 30, 2017, 08:23:29 pm
The Maconchy String Quartets are very good. They form a series on a par with other great C20 SQ series such as Holmboe, Tippett, Simpson, Salmanov, Sculthorpe, David Matthews, Diamond and (ducks for cover) Milhaud.

 Grin
4  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Srecko Bradic on: October 14, 2017, 10:59:41 pm
Oops, can't post it, the BBC radio page has a disk symbol against the recording, meaning it comes from a CD... even though I can't find any recordings by this composer.
5  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Srecko Bradic on: October 14, 2017, 10:57:09 pm
I heard his brief String Quartet No.1 on BBC Radio 3, broadcast last Sunday (8 Oct). He is said to be a "Croatian contemporary composer", and the SQ is very good (I will post here), but can't find any other information about this composer.

Any information? Other recordings?
6  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Robet Simpson Flute Concerto on: October 14, 2017, 10:49:28 pm
Sorry I was having internet difficulties yesterday and couldn't post a longer reply. I don't think the original is being reissued, as the message I received said it was "being recorded" in January, not "reprocessed and transferred to disk".

Anyway, there's nothing wrong with the radio premiere, and if it is that I hope they choose an intelligent coupling.
7  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Robet Simpson Flute Concerto on: October 14, 2017, 10:21:20 am
You mean the radio premiere is being issued as a CD?
8  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Robet Simpson Flute Concerto on: October 14, 2017, 02:44:34 am
I have heard from a reliable source that this work is being recorded in January 2018. No details on soloist ,orchestra, label or coupling.
9  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Lesser known followers of RVW on: September 23, 2017, 04:43:15 am
It can work both ways: when I was listening to Moeran's Symphony recently I heard in it references to VWs 4th Symphony (just new when M was composing his Symphony), but also passages that VW must have remembered when he composed his 5th Symphony!
10  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: John Maxwell Geddes(1941-2017): R.I.P. on: September 09, 2017, 10:40:28 pm
But asking the BBC Philharmonic to do a retrospective of all the Arthur Butterworth symphonies? It's not going to happen....and why? "Box-office poison" would be the response; or, more likely, with a BBC orchestra, the producer would say "Arthur Butterworth? Never heard of him!".



I have had a long and unsuccessful campaign of trying to persuade the ABC Classics FM station to play better music, ie not the Romantic schmalz in snippets that they specialise in, and this what what they always reply "The audience wouldn't like it". To which I reply "If you never play the sort of music I am suggesting how do you know people won't like it?"

The high point of my campaign was printing out the Gramophone's reviews of the Hyperion Robert Simpson symphonies and mailing them to them. 
11  Little-known music of all eras / In-depth discussion of selected compositions / English libretto for Mussorgsky's Sorochinsty Fair on: September 06, 2017, 09:05:06 am
I recently bought the Brilliant classics version this opera and loved it, but there was no English libretto. I downloaded the score, so I could follow the music and of course the Russian text was there, but I can't read Russian.

I searched for an English libretto without success, but I did find a French libretto which I have now translated. So here are the French and English alongside each other:

http://www.mediafire.com/file/yrqdsjwo8r50tq0/Sorochintsy_Fair.docx

If anyone who knows French would care to point out any mistranslations, or if anyone who knows Russian would care to point out where the French (and my English) are far from the original, then I would be very grateful.
12  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Havergal Brian's Symphonies Nos. 8, 21 and 26 from Naxos on: September 04, 2017, 07:48:53 am


I disagree.  Any professional composer/orchestrator can accomplish this in a year or two provided a stipend.  The issue is not music, it is economics.  I have had to arrange/orchestrate a very complicated 60 minute oratorio for large orchestra, soloists, and chorus from a diseased composer (I was hired by his estate) up to professional score preparation standards based on hand written sketches and it took about 6 months to complete.  The issue is the composer's time costs money to focus on the task rather than complexity of it.  Not all composers are in the position to focus on these types of efforts.  Pichard is passionate about Brian so I am sure would want to do this if the economic challenge is taken care of. 

I don't want to contradict your professional experience, which, of course, I don't have. However remember that PU is about 4 hours long and HB's style calls for a large orchestra and very complicated scoring. So based on your experience of 6 months for a 1 hour piece this would mean someone working full time for a minimum of 2 years!
13  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Havergal Brian's Symphonies Nos. 8, 21 and 26 from Naxos on: September 03, 2017, 11:09:14 pm


Yeah, but I want Prometheus Unbound.  That was supposed to be on par with the Gothic Symphony.  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 think that might be the labour of a life time; I think John P should be allowed to carry on with his own compositions!

I wonder though, in the future, whether you could train AI to orchestrate. Ie write a program that orchestrates a piano score, and teach it how to do so in HB's style by feeding in HB scores from this period. I think it would be easier to do this and have a human orchestrator revise it than tasking someone with such a huge task.
14  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: EMI Green Series? on: August 10, 2017, 05:05:36 am
That's it! And some of the ones I was remembering are there.

Ah, nostalgia!

Thanks
15  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / EMI Green Series? on: August 09, 2017, 10:26:34 pm
Not sure where to put this one...

I've been wallowing in nostalgia recently and was thinking about some recordings I heard back in the 80s as a teenager first listening to classical music.

I remembered that there were EMI recordings (LPs, cassettes and early CDs) which had a green livery instead of the usual red EMI colour scheme. Does anyone know whether they were a Green Series, or if they had a particular name? And what was the rationale for their colour scheme? I remember some C20 English works on one, Lutosławski on another and Sibelius on a third, so were they C20 works as opposed to C19?

If I had a name for the series it might help to search for titles if I wanted to reacquaint myself with any of them.
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