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1  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Ongoing CPO projects. on: June 23, 2017, 07:43:46 am
Salamanov is one composer who needs modern recordings of his symphonies. Thankfully his string quartets have a good modern performance in the catalogue.
2  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Re: Hughes,Robert - Symphony in Three Movements on: June 20, 2017, 09:36:45 am
The work is available in an older recording on Youtube, but this older recording is, ironically, the revised version of the Symphony in four movements.

In other words the three movement version is the first version (1951 v 1971?)

 Grin
3  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Malcolm Lipkin (1932-2017) has died on: June 09, 2017, 11:58:55 pm
Hope it'll be recorded then!!

 Grin
4  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Malcolm Lipkin (1932-2017) has died on: June 09, 2017, 06:54:10 am
Btw, does anyone know if Butterworth's 7th symphony has been performed?
5  Little-known music of all eras / Downloads discussion / Re: French music on: May 19, 2017, 07:57:30 am
Bacri's symphonies downloaded fine just now. Don't know what the problem was before.

Thanks
6  Little-known music of all eras / Downloads discussion / Re: French music on: May 16, 2017, 10:44:37 pm
Re the links to Nicolas Bacri's Symphonies 1 & 5

I can't get the download. If I click on it it takes me to the website main page, if I copy and paste the whole url the website tells me the link is invalid.

7  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Eshpai Symphony No.6 "Liturgical" + 8 on: May 13, 2017, 11:41:01 pm
Just wanted to know what the words to this Symphony (No.6) were, I assume we have plenty of Russian speakers here. (The Good Music Guide discussion board didn't offer any help).

Might as well also cross post a note I just put up at that site about the 8th Symphony:

"I've just realised that the theme that begins the 8th Symphony, and which also occurs, or variants of it do, in his other works, is very similar to the main theme of Tapiola.

Eshpai makes his theme a bit more liturgical-sounding, but I think it has the same function, viz signifying the forests and the natural world generally.

I guess most probably this is a conscious reference by Eshpai, less likely I suppose is the notion that it might be a common Ugric melodic motif, descending into both Mari and Finnish folkmusic and used unconsciously by both composers!"
8  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Sembiin Gonchigsumlaa (Mongolian Piano Music) on: May 08, 2017, 07:35:02 am
I've heard this composer's symphony, it sounds amazingly like Vaughan Williams (guess Mongolian folk-music uses a pentatonic scale like English folk-music does).

This piano music should be good.
9  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Ongoing CPO projects. on: May 03, 2017, 10:08:36 pm

yes it seems like it takes years for these cycles to be released..... some of the new Naxos CDs being released were recorded in the 1990s.... uggghh


Some of these might be recordings which were issued under other labels and are being released by Naxos, I know this is the case for their American music series.
10  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Ongoing CPO projects. on: May 02, 2017, 09:14:01 am
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In the past they have blamed their cd booklet authors and/or translators for delays.

If it's taking up to 20 years then there'd be time enough to teach a CPO employee a new language and get them to translate it.

 Grin
11  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Re: Sibelius No. 8??? on: April 16, 2017, 11:26:55 pm
My pet theory as to why he couldn't finish it is that he couldn't get it to end in the right key. Some of his symphonies, ie 4 & 6 show very strong tonal conflict, but his last two major works, the 7th and Tapiola, are unusually fixed in their respective keys, almost as though he was trying to avoid totally conflicted music.

I think that Sibelius started a symphony where the music wanted to be moving away from the initial tonic (progressive tonality), but unlike Nielsen he couldn't embrace this, and spent the rest of his life trying to bend it back to the tonic. Just as well he didn't, but he should have just taken a deep breath and published.

Those fragments sound very like the 6th btw.
12  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Holmboe: Complete Chamber Concertos on: March 16, 2017, 06:58:05 am
I have some of the disks, and they are very good. There is some debate as to whether these or the BIS versions are better; the conclusion seems to be that some Da Capo concertos are superior and some BIS concertos are superior, but BIS hasn't recorded all the chamber concertos.

If they are at a good price (like the Da Capo Holmboe String Quartets), then they are well worth it.
13  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Ongoing CPO projects. on: March 04, 2017, 08:27:24 pm
 Good news about the Ben Haim S2, I think it is much better than S1, and up to now the only recording has had the coughing in the slow movement followed by "cover your mouth!".

 Shocked
14  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Orchestral/Choral Works about Lenin and October revolution on: February 22, 2017, 08:29:55 pm
Or maybe he was told to write a tribute to Lenin, and retrofitted the prologues to a just-completed symphony.

 Grin

15  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Orchestral/Choral Works about Lenin and October revolution on: February 22, 2017, 06:10:51 am
Ivanovs' Symphony no.13 is a paean to Lenin. It has three fastish movements and the Lenin bit is in prologues to each of the movements, a sort of spoken recitative (in Latvian).

It would be easy to drop the prologues and just play the three main movements.
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