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1  Various / Computers and Programming / Re: File conversion software on: April 08, 2018, 02:35:47 pm
I would use Audacity, which is free, and is an all-purpose audio editor; rather more than just a conversion tool. But you can import an audio file in one format and export it in another. You can also edit it and tidy it up in the process if so desired. Also good for recording. You do have to search for add-on libraries to handle .mp3 and .m4a, but they are not hard to find.
2  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Nikolai Korndorf Symphony No 4 on: April 08, 2018, 02:31:58 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTLBzDxIkvM

This must be heard! The central section is utterly madcap.
3  Preliminaries / Greetings / Re: Is this excellent forum 'dying' ? on: April 04, 2018, 04:50:49 pm
Alas, the Music Library section of the Edinburgh Public Library is now gone. I don't know what happened to the scores. So is the Reid Library, and although the stock has been merged with the main University Library it's not as accessible any more. Farewell to the days of discovering scores of works like those of Karl von Ordonez, who is shockingly neglected.
4  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Re: Roine Rautio (1934-1960): Symphony in D minor (1960) on: March 24, 2018, 05:15:37 pm
Fascinating ... if very derivative in places!
5  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Frommel Symphony on: March 24, 2018, 11:43:29 am
I think No 2 is in our downloads section; I will be interested to hear No 1. I think all his piano sonatas are now available, also.
6  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Brilliant release of Russian Piano Concertos Box Set 15CDs on: March 24, 2018, 11:22:59 am
The product description ends thusly:

"Adding extra spice to the set are the concertos by Scharwenka and Moszkowski, Polish by birth but Slavic in spirit."

I probably have almost all these in other recordings.

The Rimsky-Korsakov concerto is considered by Jeremy Norris in volume 1 of his study of Russian piano concertos, to be the best of all 19th century concertos by Russian composers. Sadly, he seems never to have written volume 2.

The box set unfortunately has no Tcherepnin, neither father nor son. The piano concerto by the father is a most interesting one-movement work (C# minor, Op. 30, 1905). I have the first bar on my p.h.o.n.e as a message alert!

[Note to Dundonnell - please could you see if you can turn off the childish text substitution in the site's software? It's ridiculous having to main certain words in order for them to display!]
7  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: "Recent" Toccata Releases on: March 18, 2018, 10:36:28 pm
The Steve Elcock also has considerable merits!
8  Little-known music of all eras / Wish lists and requests / The Shocking Affair on: March 18, 2018, 01:32:42 pm
Does anyone have this:

Arthur Hutchings Suite: The Shocking Affair
BBC CONCERT ORCHESTRA conductor ASHLEY LAWRENCE 

- it was broadcast on 4 January 1975. I would love to hear it again.
9  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: "Recent" Toccata Releases on: March 13, 2018, 09:16:07 am
No, but not everyone has expressed such an ambition.
10  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Ongoing CPO projects. on: March 13, 2018, 09:14:40 am
Perhaps it's the translators that slow everything down and not the academics!

 Grin
11  About music in general / The listener / Re: What are you listening to today? on: March 12, 2018, 06:59:06 pm
You know me well enough that I'm not likely to write about standard repertoire without good reason. But I have been listening to a new recording of Tchaikovsky 6 by Teodor Currentzis conducting Musica Aeterna, and it really is blow-your-sock-off stuff. Well worth hearing.
12  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: "Recent" Toccata Releases on: March 12, 2018, 06:54:24 pm
"I recall Andre Previn saying that his ambition was to hear every piece of music ever written. A worthy aim, even if he didn't do much to realise it."

How do you know he didn't do much to realise it? and he is still alive, so he could still be listening.

How often did he ever perform works off the standard repertoire? Not very often that I ever heard.
13  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Ongoing CPO projects. on: March 12, 2018, 06:47:56 pm
It's certainly the case that CPO releases tend to have the most prolix, wordy liner notes you are ever likely to encounter.
14  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: So, the choice is yours! on: February 26, 2018, 09:51:09 pm
I thought John Pickard would be in with a shout! Me, I'd nominate Heather Schmidt.
15  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Conservative West-Germans Composers 1945-1989 on: February 26, 2018, 09:48:25 pm
It would seem to be the destiny of Sorbia to be absorbed by someone ...
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