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1  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Latvian Piano Music on: July 21, 2017, 11:36:13 pm
      Arnicane, Arta - RAVEL, M. / KEPITIS, J. / DAMBIS, P. / LISZT, F. / JERMAKS, R. / DEBUSSY, C. / BERIO, L. / GRIEG, E.: Aqua (Piano Recital)
Arta Arnicane
LABEL CATNO

Water, in all its myriad of moods. Just imagine...the sea, waves reflecting the shimmering silver and gold of the sun's rays a babbling brook, its bed bejeweled with iridescent stones deep water radiating a soft, serene, blue light rain drops falling from a pallid sky like tears shed by a heart rent with sorrow... Communication with the audience, as well as talent for creating a special concert atmosphere have taken the young Latvian pianist Arta Arnicane to a large variety of performance venues across the world. Her quality of winning listeners' full attention, combined with the warmth and intelligence of her programmes and interpretations, allows her to fascinate both small gatherings and large audiences in concert halls such as the Rudolfinum, Prague and the Zurich Tonhalle.
2  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Svetlanov Anthology on: July 20, 2017, 11:13:13 pm
just picked up the Glazunov set of symphonies manufactured in WB France.  This is a newly remastered copy of the original recordings that appeared on Melodiya years ago. (  I have a few of the LPs).  Nice compiliation.  According to the booklet, several more sets are planned by Composer.  They are presented in a cardboard box with the CDs tucked into separate envelopes.   His widow (Nina) has a note about the recordings.   The tone poem collection is also worth picking up.    (didn't realize I was a 7 star poster)
3  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Latvian Piano Music on: July 20, 2017, 11:02:00 pm
Of interest to some is the new release of (some) Latvian piano music  "Aqua"   by  Arta Arnicane
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0711DSZ76/ref=ox_sc_act_image_1?smid=A3OZGVGJ1JESHM&psc=1


some selections by Jazeps Vitols, Arvids Zilinskis, Janis Keptis, Pauls Dambis, and others.... good addition to your Latvian composers collection.
4  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Obscure Soviet Symphonies... on: July 20, 2017, 05:21:21 pm
Quite a few Russian symphonic scores were published pre 1917 by  P. Jurgenson or Belaieff in Moscow and Liepzig, Germany.   After the Russian Revolution, some were published by Soviet Music Publishers in Moscow, but not many.   So.. what would a Maximilian Steinberg do with a Symphony if it can't get published?  well it remains in manuscript form and more than likely not performed unless someone handwrites all the parts out.  Glazunov was fortunate enough to have his works still published by Belaieff even after the Revolution.    In fact, it was one of the many reasons he left Moscow for Paris.      However, that may and I repeat "may" explain why so many symphonies are never performed because of the enormous task of publishing a symphonic score and parts and then hoping that an orchestra performs it so it may appear on CD sometime.  Far as I can tell, Steinberg's symphonies 3-5 were never published (1 and 2 were published by Belaieff).





to correct my post, the Max Steinberg symphony no 5 was FINALLY published in 1986 in Leningrad.
5  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Two Holst manuscripts found on: July 20, 2017, 05:19:54 pm
this is a major find... now if some orchestra would record these please??
6  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Randall Thompson: Symphony No. 2 (Naxos release) on: July 19, 2017, 04:10:56 pm
This is a new release in the Naxos "American Classics" series.  A worthy addition to your American composer collection.  However, I think the performance is somewhat weaker than the Neeme Jarvi version on Chandos (the Chandos American Series).   Hooray for Naxos for their promotion of American composers in this series.   Thompson was an unsung composer with his vocal works perhaps his best (Frostiana and Requiem).     For the budget price, Naxos continues to bring to the market many great composers.


"   This is the second recording by the National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic, a summer training programme for conservatory students. It s as impressive as its predecessor in terms of the quality of orchestral execution, and perhaps even more valuable in its choice of repertoire. --Andrew Farach-Colton --Gramophone  "

 
let me know your thoughts if you are a Thompson collector.
7  Little-known music of all eras / Books about composers and their music / Music and Soviet Power, 1917-1932 by Marina Frolova-Walker; Jonathan Walker on: July 13, 2017, 12:33:46 pm
Music and Soviet Power, 1917-1932
by Marina Frolova-Walker; Jonathan Walker

Music and Soviet Power, 1917-1932 by Marina Frolova-Walker
 
The October Revolution of 1917 tore the fabric of Russian musical life: institutions collapsed, and leading composers emigrated or fell into silence. But in 1932, at the outset of the "socialist realist" period, a new Stalinist music culture was emerging. Between these two dates lies a turbulent period of change which this book charts year by year. It sheds light on the vicious power struggles andideological wars, the birth of new aesthetic credos, and the gradual increase of Party and state control over music, in the opera houses, the concert halls, the workers' clubs, and on the streets.
The book not only provides a detailed and nuanced depiction of the early Soviet musical landscape, but brings it to life by giving voice to the leading actors and commentators of the day. The vibrant public discourse on music is presented through a selection of press articles, reviews and manifestos, all supplied with ample commentary. These myriad sources offer a new context for our understanding of Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Myaskovsky, while also showing how Western music was received in the USSR. This, however, is only half the story. The other half emerges from the private dimensionof this cultural upheaval, traced through the letters, diaries and memoirs left by composers and other major players in the music world. These materials address the beliefs, motivations and actions of the Russian musical intelligentsia during the painful period of their adjustment to the changing demands of the new state.
While following the twists and turns of official policies on music,the authors also offer their own explanations for the outcomes. The book offers unprecedented access to primary sources that have been unavailable in English, or which lay unknown on archival shelves.Music and Soviet Power offers cultural history told through documents - both colourful and representative - with an extensive commentary and annotation throughout.

MARINA FROLOVA-WALKER is Reader in Music History at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge; JONATHAN WALKER, who has a PhD in Musicology, is a freelance writer, teacher and pianist.  less
Boydell & Brewer Group Ltd; July 2012
432 pages; ISBN 9781782049722
Read online, or download in secure EPUB
Title: Music and Soviet Power, 1917-1932
Author: Marina Frolova-Walker; Jonathan Walker
8  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / New book about Ernest Bloch on: July 13, 2017, 12:28:29 pm
New book about Ernest Bloch... worth a read or at least check it out at your nearest library!


Ernest Bloch Studies
by Alexander Knapp(ed.) ; Norman Solomon(ed.)

Ernest Bloch left his native Switzerland to settle in the United States in 1916. One of the great twentieth-century composers, he was influenced by a range of genres and styles - Jewish, American and Swiss - and his works reflect his lifelong struggle with his identity. Drawing on firsthand recollections of relatives and others who knew and worked with the composer, this collection is the most comprehensive study to date of Bloch's life, musical achievement and reception. Contributors present the latest research on Bloch's works and compositional practice, including studies of his Avodath Hakodesh (Sacred Service), violin pieces such as Nigun, the symphonic Schelomo, and the opera Macbeth. Setting the quality and significance of Bloch's output in its historical and cultural contexts, this book provides scholarly analyses as well as a full chronology, list of online resources, catalogue of published and unpublished works, and selected further reading.
Cambridge University Press; January 2017
ISBN 9781316683187

Title: Ernest Bloch Studies
Author: Alexander Knapp; Norman Solomon
9  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Louis Glass Complete Symphonies Vol 2 Release July 25 2017 on: July 12, 2017, 09:19:30 pm
I'm surprised that either Amazon.com  or Amazon.co.uk doesn't have this listed yet in upcoming releases.... they usually list it before the release date.  oh well. Sad 
10  About music in general / The listener / Re: What are you listening to today? on: July 12, 2017, 06:04:12 pm
today's menu served up is Heinrich von Herzogenberg's Symphonies 1&2 and Han Pfitzner's Symphony and Fantasie  both on the CPO label.  This evening will be Hendrik Andriessen's Vol 1 Symphony no 1  also on the CPO label.  Really appears that CPO is taking the lead in bringing unknown composers to their label.
11  Little-known music of all eras / Wish lists and requests / Heinrich von Herzogenberg on: July 11, 2017, 07:47:57 pm
Heinrich von Herzogenberg     didn't see this composer listed either under German or Austrian.... thought I would ask before I post his complete orchestral works.
Thanks


Dave
12  About music in general / The listener / Artists in Exile this week on Exploring Music on: July 10, 2017, 03:16:02 pm
Interesting series on Artists in Exile:

Bill McGlaughlin continues to reflect on artists in exile,
beginning with music from Paul Hindemith.
In his escape from Nazi Germany, Hindemith traveled to
Turkey, England, and Switzerland before coming to America.
We'll  listen to his Symphony for Concert Band
and When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd.


Bill then considers the plight of composers who faced deportation
from America because of their political views.


We finish this two-week series with composers from Asia and Latin America. Glorious music from Chen Yi and Gabriela Lena Frank,
as well as Tan Dun's title song for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.


Exploring Music airs weeknights at 7:00 on Classical 101.1 WRR.
 

www.wrr101.com


13  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / BBC World Service from shortwave broadcast.... on: July 09, 2017, 11:04:28 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuJ5_j4U6HQ


another good one i used to listen to in W. Germany.


14  Various / Miscellany / Re: Onno van Rijen's Shostakovich & Other Soviet Composers Page on: July 09, 2017, 05:41:36 am
the quote "all the arts" WOULD in fact qualify any discussion of Shostakovich, especially under the title "about music in general."
15  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Various interval signals from Shortwave stations. on: July 08, 2017, 08:41:42 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFRYKDF2kxs


I grew up on shortwave radio....everyday from about 9 years on....
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