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1  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Glinka State Central Museum of Musical Culture Music CD series on: January 09, 2018, 10:12:26 pm
So... I purchased a 3 CD box set of Sergey Balasanian's collected works.  A couple of interesting items... with the Symphony Orchestra of the All Union Radio (prob Radio Moscow Sym Orch?)  and the set says this is Vol 42.  which makes me wonder,  what is the rest of the series?   (Vol 1 - 41)   Anyone have any thoughts on this?
2  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Gennady Vorobyov (1918-39) on: December 25, 2017, 05:48:21 pm
Thought Iíd post a brief enquiry about a Soviet composer Iíve recently come across on YouTube, a Gennady Vorobyov (1918-39) from the Chuvash Republic of Russia. Before his untimely death in 1939, he almost finished a Symphony in C minor, which was, apparently, completed by fellow student, Nikolai Peiko. On first hearing, the work sounds quite accessible, in a late-Romantic style. Iím curious to know if anyone else is aware of the existence of this obscure composer, as I have unearthed nothing from Internet searches or New Grove. My efforts to uncover information on the conductor of the recording, Vitaly Kitaev, have also failed. Hereís the YouTube link: Seasonís greetings to allÖ

I believe that Vitaly Kitaev was a Belorussian conductor.. might check or do a search at Belarusian State Academy of Music.??
3  Little-known music of all eras / Coming broadcasts and listen-later links / Finnish Independence Centennial - Classical Podcasts on: December 06, 2017, 04:14:09 am

This month on Classical podcasts, the most listened to podcast in the world, we are celebrating the Centennial of Finland's independence.

Please consider a nominal tax deductible contribution to help the non profit Classical Podcasts defry their costs.

4  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Lucija Garuta - Music New CD released with Piano Concerto on: November 27, 2017, 10:08:01 pm
I just got mine in the mail last week....   I saw several vendors on that still had it in stock... there were 7 vendors:

If you notice the price, then under that it says 7 new.. click there and you will see that 7 vendors have it for sale.
I got mine from dodax-online-uk... which sells them on    they are a "third" party vendor that sells on
5  Various / Miscellany / Happy Thanksgiving Holiday everyone!! on: November 24, 2017, 07:15:33 pm
Here in the U.S. we are celebrating  Thanksgiving Holiday. It is a day to reflect, enjoy a much needed break, spend some time with our friends and family while eating a traditional meal (turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, green beans and pumpkin pie). It is also the calm before the storm, as Friday  marks the official start of the holiday shopping season with the arrival of Black Friday..... so Happy Thanksgiving weekend!!
6  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Obscure Soviet Symphonies... on: November 21, 2017, 09:25:52 pm
Yes and no.   I was in St. Petersburg with a business associate and since he spoke fluent Russian, we went to both offices of the St. Petersburg Philharmonia Orchestra.... both offices at 2 Mikhailovskaya St, and 30 Nevsky Av address....

The person attending the office said they had a recording of it, but to come back after the next performance and it would be on display for sale. 
7  About music in general / The listener / Aprelevskii Zavod music label... interesting information on: November 20, 2017, 06:57:33 pm
some information from the Discogs website... didn't know this. thought I would pass this on.

Апрелевский Завод (Aprelevskii Zavod) was the USSR's largest state label. Its production plant was based in the Aprelevka, Moscow region. When the Russian Empire became the Soviet Union, Метрополь Рекордъ was nationalized and named "Апрелевская фабрика РАОГ" in October 1917, then "Завод памяти 1905 года" in autumn 1925. Production was stopped from November-December 1918 to 31 October 1919 and from the end of 1921 to June 1925. In 1933 the plant became part of Грампласттрест, and a new matrix numeration was began. During the Second World War the plant paused manufacturing on 30 October 1941 and continued in October 1942. In 1964 the plant became a part of Мелодия.

Label name variations:
Апрелевская фабрика РАОГ
Апрелевский завод грампластинок
Московский завод памяти 1905 года
Мособлсовнархоз РСФСР Апрелевский Завод Грампластинок
Завод памяти 1905 года

Among non-Russian speaking collectors the label is often referred to as "Torch" due to the logo.

Note: do not use as pressing plant for releases of label Мелодия. Use Апрелевский Завод Грампластинок instead.

Cat. numbers in 1941-1945:

1941........10723 - 11056
1942...........114 - 192
1943...........252 - 500 (11500) - 11830
1944........11831 - 12407
1945........12408 - 13361
Records had permitting number's symbol 'К' only in 1941.

Typical note you can usually find on center labels: МИНИСТЕРСТВО КУЛЬТУРЫ СССР [translation: Ministry of Culture of USSR]
8  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Composers under National Socialism on: November 13, 2017, 04:16:29 am

that may have been the sentiment at the time.... my grandfather (who died in 1970) told me that in Tallinn, they preferred the Germans to the Russians....neither were preferred...but they had more freedom under the Germans.  Then there was the surrender by Konstantin Pšts of the Republic of Estonia to the Russians..... a sore topic.
9  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Composers under National Socialism on: November 13, 2017, 02:39:29 am
Thanks Toby... interesting article. 
10  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Lucija Garuta - Music New CD released with Piano Concerto on: November 11, 2017, 08:05:55 pm

Just released Oct 27 2017... Garuta's wonderful recording of the piano concerto.   Originally released on Melodiya in the 1980s... this is a new recording performance.  Worth an add to your collection.
11  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: The 100th Anniversary of Lūcija Garūta on: November 11, 2017, 03:04:33 pm
actually it is available now.... just ordered it:
12  Various / Miscellany / Re: The Countries of the members of this forum: on: November 05, 2017, 09:28:55 pm
this thread is only about what countries only.. nothing about the political leadership of any country please!!
13  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Composers under National Socialism on: November 04, 2017, 07:34:00 pm
I guess we could start a thread called "Composers under Communism"  hope those would not want to burn all the scores also.
14  Little-known music of all eras / Wish lists and requests / D. Klebanov Aistenok Suite on: November 03, 2017, 07:59:43 pm
Does anyone have a copy of Klebanov's Aistenok Suite?    Was released on Melodiya D11713/4   I found a version on a 78 rpm but decided against buying it.
15  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Coke Piano Concertos (Hyperion RPC Vol. 73) - November 2017 on: November 03, 2017, 07:57:50 pm
Yes .. I just got the Potter Piano Concerto yesterday in the post.  Also part of the Hyperion series.     Yes, I agree.  If no one buys these, the record companies will be no more.   I'm wondering if the days of CDs in jewel cases with the booklet are going down the path of buggy whips???   With most if not all on iTunes etc... distribution costs are reduced dramatically.
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