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31  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: David Diamond Symphony No.6 from Naxos on: May 22, 2018, 10:32:48 pm

That's a good review, and saying similar things to what I said.
32  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: David Diamond Symphony No.6 from Naxos on: May 22, 2018, 10:40:34 am
In the other place (Composer Discussion) I noted I had just listened to my copy of the CD and it is very good. Rounds and R & J are played with chamber-ensemble like delicacy and the Symphony No.6 receives a first-class performance. I see the middle period Diamond as continuing the energy and connection of the music of the first 5 symphonies with a more astringent musical language. But these works are just as energetic and likeable, for me anyway. Looking forward to the remaining symphonies (if they emerge).
33  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Re: Leokadiya Kashperova (1872-1940) Symphony In B Minor on: May 12, 2018, 11:30:46 pm
Least she wasn't murdered on Stalin's orders!
34  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Dutton? on: May 12, 2018, 03:05:22 am
I've been listening to the Boyle CD when it arrived finally and it's very enjoyable music. Seeing as how you get a Symphony, a Violin Concerto, a piece for cello and orchestra and a couple of other things on an eighty minute CD it is amazing that none of the pieces sound too short to too lightweight. After I finished listening I thought that several hours had gone by!
Hope there is more Boyle to record.
35  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: David Matthews Symphony No. 8 on: April 23, 2018, 08:39:46 am
symphonist  Smiley
36  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: David Matthews Symphony No. 8 on: April 23, 2018, 06:53:27 am
Excellent news! I reckon our David is the greatest living symphonies at the moment. Let's hope he avoids the "curse of the Ninth" and gives us at least a Tenth.
37  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Dutton? on: April 20, 2018, 10:56:16 pm


... their struggles to cope in financially challenging times....

 

Rule number 1 of business, don't annoy your customers.
38  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Dutton? on: April 17, 2018, 01:41:18 am
I see where you are coming from but the observation is not quite accurate in this case. I think it is much more to do with some people getting a "reward" for having done nothing. The absence, if you like, of a level playing field. In effect, why should someone be rewarded for having an SACD player? St Matthew records Christ as saying: "For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not, even that which he hath shall be taken away." But I've never really understood what our Lord meant. Sounds jolly unfair to me.  Undecided
The gospel context has Jesus saying that those who have faith will be rewarded and those that have not will not be rewarded. But it was quoted literally with satiric intent to describe the thatcher onwards neo-liberal project of dividing society into the virtuous rich and the non-virtuous poor (which, as we have seen has not gone well).
I don't know whether an SACD player is 'worth it' in terms of sound quality, but I listen to all my music as MP3s through headphones on an iPod. I'd sooner have several hundred more CDs/downloads than spend a lot on a new CD player.
39  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Dutton? on: April 16, 2018, 10:33:30 pm
Interesting psychological reaction from people (one, I hasten to add, which I fully share), people get very p***ed off when some people get something which they don't. In this case the 'reward' for having an SACD player is bonus track, which is not available as a download: 'To them which have shall be given, to those who have not shall not be given'.
40  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: David Diamond Symphony No.6 from Naxos on: April 02, 2018, 12:08:34 am
When people say 'where is the money to come from to fund the recording of [insert worthy work]?' I always reply, 'where did the money come from to make the 235th recording of [insert unworthy work]?'
41  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: David Diamond Symphony No.6 from Naxos on: April 01, 2018, 10:56:27 am
"Recording labels typically aren't in the business of extending courtesies (any more than book publishers are)."

Shame on them then, as far as I am concerned literary and musical creators are enhancing the world with rare gifts and only fools would not acknowledge this and extend the courtesy or recording or publication to them.

"But I wouldn't call the "musical gatekeepers" at such labels as CPO, Toccata, BIS, Hyperion, (and dozens of others we could name) morons. "

I said that I found literary gatekeepers moronic, and I suspected that musical ones were the same. Obviously not all musical gatekeepers are worthy of that description, but if you look at the field of recordings (the vast oversupply of recordings of certain works and the notable undersupply of certain others) then clearly something is going wrong.

"Are you suggesting no standards of quality control are ever justified when deciding what should get an airing, - that the collective obligation among them is to issue everything and let the listener alone have a say as to which works (in retrospect) merited the effort and expense? "

Absolutely not, I believe that there are objective standards of literary excellence (and can go into detail, but here is not the place) and literary gatekeepers in the most cases completely ignore these and publish only the most unworthy; I suspect that the same thing is going on in music. Again I can argue this at length and I have a pretty theory as to why (but again I won't trouble people here with these thoughts).
42  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: David Diamond Symphony No.6 from Naxos on: April 01, 2018, 06:14:47 am
There are plenty of mainstream composers whose works have multiple recordings in the catalogue but were never worth recording in the first place. The least courtesy to neglected composers is to ensure their works receive recordings then we can judge ourselves. I have a lifetime experience in the literary world and haven't the least regard or respect for literary gatekeepers, and I suspect that musical gatekeepers are just as moronic in the main.
43  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: David Diamond Symphony No.6 from Naxos on: April 01, 2018, 03:40:08 am
 Grin
44  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Why the Baltic and Slavic countries not promoting their music? A Wonder. on: April 01, 2018, 03:39:07 am
"English and British" = works by English + (Welsh, Scottish and non-nationalist Irish) composers.

 Cheesy

I just spotted the good news about the Diamond 6th too.
45  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Why the Baltic and Slavic countries not promoting their music? A Wonder. on: March 31, 2018, 10:07:40 pm
The question presupposes that Anglo-Saxon and other European nationalities* are promoting their recent classical music.

I don't think they are, I have a list as long as my arm of English and British music from 1600 too the present that is worthy of being recorded but hasn't been. Record labels concentrate on re/issuing infinite rerecordings of the same 'safe' works (often not very well performed).

But the situation with other European music is similar, look how poorly Milhaud is recorded for example, many recordings of his earlier works, many of his later works not recorded at all. Holmboe is mostly recorded (though a composer of his statue demands multiple versions of the symphonies, for example, rather than just one), but there are notable works not recorded.

The US, with its prevailing 'free-market' culture is perhaps the worse case of the lot. David Diamond's works for example are almost half unrecorded, an inexcusable omission.

*Sure to raise the ire of Brexiters LOL
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