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31  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: NEW SIBELIUS CYCLE on: January 27, 2019, 10:49:25 pm
For complete cycles, I'll stick with Vänskä / Lahti, Berglund / Bournemouth and Rozhdestvensky. I don't need another one.

And certainly not this one! I actually have Lorin Maazel conducting the VPO.
32  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: NEW SIBELIUS CYCLE on: January 26, 2019, 02:12:00 pm
I listened to No 1 in this cycle, and it doesn't inspire me to hear any more. Extremely mannered performance, and the sound engineer seems to have hung a mike directly over the timps. More of a "must-not buy".
33  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Hill and Van Hoof on: January 26, 2019, 02:07:53 pm
Hill is a composer I can do without. If his symphonies are reworks of string quartets that would make a lot of sense as to why they sit so poorly on the orchestra.
34  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: New Duttons for October on: January 16, 2019, 07:37:58 am
Sometimes some light music is just what one wants.
35  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Lyatoshinsky's 3rd Symphony and Grazhyna on Chandos on: January 16, 2019, 07:21:33 am
I bought the Karabits "album" (3rd Symphony and Grazhyna) on Apple's Itunes, but the files are corrupted - they have no sound content!  Has anyone else had this issue?!

No, but I wouldn't touch Apple's Itunes with the bargepole I keep specially for not touching things with.
36  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / A useful channel on: January 13, 2019, 07:43:52 pm
I recently came across the channel "Gunnar Frederikson", which at the moment is very active and posting many interesting things. Though a lot seem to be taken straight from CDs.
37  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Whatever happened to Fritz Brun? on: January 13, 2019, 07:41:49 pm
That's good news!
38  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Whatever happened to Fritz Brun? on: January 13, 2019, 04:53:33 pm
I was in hospital in July 2015 and started listening to the symphonies of Fritz Brun in the cycle by the Moscow SO cond. Adriano, on the Guild label, which I could access on Spotify via my can't-tell-you. I always meant to go back and listen again, but I find that not only are the CDs no longer in the Guild catalogue, they have all been pulled from Spotify. That surprised me - I always assumed that Spotify only ever added things, not removed them. At least some of them have been ripped onto YT, so the performances are not completely lost. These are significant works in the post-Bruckner manner.

It looks like the third (on Sterling) is the only one of the cycle currently available.
39  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Operas set in India on: January 12, 2019, 09:53:36 am
On New Year's Day I was with some friends sitting round the fireside, when someone posed a challenge. What operas are there that are set in India besides Delibes's Lakmé ?

Any suggestions?

40  Little-known music of all eras / In-depth discussion of selected compositions / JN David Symphony No 2 - Scherzo on: January 07, 2019, 07:41:38 pm
So, I was listening to music during a long drive (iPod) and up came Johann Nepomuk David's second symphony. My curiosity was piqued by the scherzo third movement, which hadn't attracted my attention before. About halfway through the movement an insistent side drum starts up in what is a very clear nod to Ravel's Bolero. Today I thought I would like to hear it again on my new stereo system, so dug out the CPO recording. But - no side drum! Seemed very odd, and I wondered for a moment if there was something wrong with the stereo.

I worked out that what is on my iPod is not the CPO performance but one from our downloads section here. But it seemed very weird that the CPO recording should miss out on what is an essential part of the orchestral texture in this movement. Having listened again with the volume way up, I THINK the side drum is actually present but so recessed as to be almost inaudible. Can someone confirm? But imagine releasing a recording of Bolero where you can't hear the side drum rhythm. It doesn't speak very highly of the CPO engineer.
41  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.
42  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Nikolai Korndorf Symphony No 4 on: April 08, 2018, 02:31:58 pm

This must be heard! The central section is utterly madcap.
43  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.
44  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!
45  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.
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