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1  About music in general / The listener / My New Year's Resolution ... on: March 03, 2019, 09:27:15 pm
... was to try and make some inroads into the mass of CDs I have bought but never played. Difficult, given my penchant for buying large "complete" box sets. So I am working my way slowly through the complete Liszt piano music and all the Haydn symphonies, while dipping into the complete Mozart edition!
2  About music in general / The listener / Re: "Thoughts on Evaluating Unfamiliar Music" on: March 03, 2019, 09:24:23 pm
Interesting.

I would make two observations:

1) One should be able to say of a piece of music, "This is very good but I don't like it", and conversely, "I love this, but it's dreadful".

2) There is a real difficulty in evaluating unfamiliar music is distinguishing between a bad composition and a bad performance. Obviously, none of the critics at the premiere of Rachmaninoff's 1st symphony could do this, and the course of music history might have been different if they could have.
3  About music in general / The listener / Re: Ambience Music on: March 03, 2019, 09:06:13 pm
Brian Eno - yes.
Robert Fripp - never heard of him, I'm afraid.
4  About music in general / Performance and technique / Re: Andre Previn (1929-2019) on: March 03, 2019, 09:04:15 pm
I remember hearing him say that his ambition was to hear every piece of music that was ever composed, and thinking that it was a shame he didn't make it more possible by conducting more non-standard repertoire. Then again, I do recall him conducting the LSO in the first movement of Raff 5.
5  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Conservative West-Germans Composers 1945-1989 on: February 20, 2019, 09:42:40 am
Graunke's violin concerto is available on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImaAGYFTr3c

The first two movements are rather unmemorable, but the jaunty finale is worth hearing.
6  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Conservative West-Germans Composers 1945-1989 on: February 19, 2019, 05:53:27 pm
Very interesting! He even has his own orchestra, the Symphonie-Orchester Graunke. I checked streaming services but it seems mostly he records operetta and the like on CD. I have never heard of Edition Sedina ("since 1962") and it seems to be his personal company as well ... "We carry all compositions of the famous composer and conductor KURT GRAUNKE either on CD or as notes. You can also get the complete notes for a symphony orchestra of every composition by Kurt Graunke on request". I think "famous" is a slight exaggeration.

7  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: What are you currently listening to? on: February 19, 2019, 05:38:51 pm
Wow! Shocked The things a drop of lager can do to the brain! Connecting Sacheverell Coke with Reger?!!

REGER
ROGER Sacheverell Coke

There. not so hard!
8  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: obscure copeland on: February 19, 2019, 05:34:38 pm
Very interesting, Toby - maybe "Fanfare for the Common Man" is a bit of a clue? I don't suppose anyone ever thought of writing "Fanfare for the CEO of Exxon".
9  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Vyacheslav Ovchinnikov CDs on: February 19, 2019, 05:30:36 pm
This is very interesting:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzfY7BXnYEw

I have heard a lot of rip-offs of the fairground music from Petrushka, but none so blatant as this!
10  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: What are you currently listening to? on: February 06, 2019, 02:27:56 pm
When people leave on the artwork from the CD cover, it's pretty obvious.
11  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: What are you currently listening to? on: February 05, 2019, 08:17:26 pm
This morning I was listening to one of the great 9th symphonies ... Haydn's!

Seriously, when did you ever hear this in the concert hall? I have an idea that fun concert would be a first half consisting of Haydn's 9th and Mozart's 9th, and then Beethoven's 9th after the interval.
12  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: William Schuman premiere recording on: January 30, 2019, 06:29:53 pm
I listened to this last night and fell asleep. I listened again this afternoon, and I rather understand why it was withdrawn by the composer.
13  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Lyatoshinsky's 3rd Symphony and Grazhyna on Chandos on: January 30, 2019, 06:28:08 pm
If you want SACD quality Spotify is cryogenics; that's why I still buy (SA)CD's. What resolution does Idago offer? 320kb?

Well, SACD quality is probably wasted on me, used as I am to listening to old LPs. It might be different if I had a top-notch hifi system and didn't have to consider the neighbours, but that it is just a dream!
14  Little-known music of all eras / Notice of interesting concerts around the world / Re: Concerto dedicated to London on: January 28, 2019, 08:17:51 pm
Just for fun: Dundonnell's last post, machine-translated into Uzbek, reads

Men lavozimga ma'mur sifatida javob bergan a'zolar uchun minnatdorman. Men shuni ayta olamanki, mening hamkorim Latviya (Maris) hozirgi kunda oilaviy muammolarga qaramay, forumga o'zi xohlagancha tashrif buyura olmaydi.  Men mas'uliyatni jiddiy qabul qilyapman (a'zolikni kutishim va, albatta, men uchun talab qilinadi). Bular, umuman, a'zoning a'zoligini himoya qilish va manfaatlarini hisobga olishni o'z ichiga oladi. Biz hammamiz ish mavzusini ochadigan va ish joylarida ishlovchi a'zolarning g'ayrati va sadoqatini qadrlaymiz. Eng asosiy narsa - bunday majburiyatni cheklash yoki cheklash. Biroq, a'zolar nima e'lon qilinishini bilishni istashadi. Bu shuni anglatadiki, ogohlantirishlar ingliz tilida chop etilishi yoki afishada tarjimani taqdim etishi talab etiladi.

I chose Uzbek as I find it is one of the worst languages for machine translation So here it is translated back into English:

I am grateful for the members who have responded to the promotion as an administrator.  I can say that my partner, Maris, can not visit the forum anyway regardless of family problems.  I take the responsibility seriously (waiting for membership and of course, it is necessary for me). These include, in general, the protection and interests of the members of the Council. We value the enthusiasm and commitment of all members of the business community who open the business and work in the workplace. The most important thing is to limit or limit such liability. However, members want to know what is being announced. This means that the warnings must be published in English or in a poster translation.

Well, could be worse.
15  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Lyatoshinsky's 3rd Symphony and Grazhyna on Chandos on: January 28, 2019, 07:38:44 pm
Yes, I have piles of CDs as well, and I'm trying not to buy more. But streaming all the Lyatoshinsky symphonies off Spotify or Idagio is much better value, IMO.
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