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1  About music in general / The listener / Re: What are you listening to today? on: April 13, 2018, 05:46:15 pm
today's offering on the turntable (CD) is  Ignaz Pleyel: Symphonies in B Flat & G / Flute Concerto in C    on the Naxos label.
Sinfonia Finlandia Jyvaskyla (Orchestra)

some notes:
Considered by Joseph Haydn to his best student, Ignaz Pleyel (1757-1831) learned well, composing in a wide variety of genres before founding a music publishing company and a piano manufacturer. Counted among his works are 41 symphonies, 70 string quartets, 17 quintets, and numerous trios, duets, and concertos. Considered by Mozart to be Haydn’s likely successor, he’s not quite viewed that way today. In his time, he was the most popular composer in Vienna.

Written some time before 1784, the four movement B Flat Symphony opens with a sweeping ‘Allegro assai’ in a supple triple meter. Displaying a deft use of large scale forces, Pleyel employs hushed urgency in the strings against appealing orchestral color supplied by the winds and horns. Although set in major, long passages spool out in minor, giving this impressive 1st section a dark and dramatic undertone. Mincing violins and playful oboes enliven the following movement, a quirky ‘Andantino’ that is in F Major. Broad horns initiate the sturdy ‘Minuetto’ while the contrasting trio is full of sophisticated grace. Bristling with driving energy, the closing ‘Allegro’ is a vigorous rondo with engaging syncopation.

Also penned before 1784, the symphony in G Major begins with a breathless triple metered ‘Allegro assai’ as the initial section. An unfailing good nature prevails, despite the brief excursions into minor, which serve to create a nuanced contrast rather developing emotional depth. Above all, taste and elegance predominate. Composed in G Minor, the ensuing ‘Andante’ is exquisite. Over ominous figures in the lower strings, the violins weave a melancholy melody whose somber tone is that is matched in the central passage. With horns soaring overhead, a single oboe spins an enchanting echo. After the delightful ‘Minuetto’ that is characterized by a charmingly hesitant rhythm, a sparkling ‘Presto’ closes the work. Bright and lively, the sunny finale features brisk pacing without feeling hurried or frenetic.

Formal and deliberate, the opening ‘Allegro” of the C Major Flute Concerto sets the stage for the liquid tones of the soloist, who exhibits a formidable technique. Composed much later, probably in the late 1790’s, the three movement work effortlessly intersperses the orchestral backing among the breath patterns of the single wind. Characterized by high dynamic contrasts, the symphonic support is balanced and appropriate, particularly in the pianissimo passages during the inventive flute solos. After a series of spiraling triplets in the orchestra that introduces the F Major ‘Adagio’, a single silvery note flying high above announces the solo wind instrument. With a warmly welcoming tone and just a hint of vibrato, Patrick Gallois delivers the delicate passion inherent in this superb middle movement. Complete with hunting horn calls, the final ‘Allegretto molto’ is a rousing rondo that bring the concerto and the disc to a joyful conclusion.

Issued in 2010, the excellent recording is crisp and sharply detailed. Under the adept direction of Patrick Gallois, the 38 member Sinfonia Finlandia Jyvaskla brings a skilled and enthusiastic reading to these three symphonic works of Pleyel. Fine examples of his considerable talent, they offer a compelling argument to support Mozart and show why Pleyel was so highly regarded in his day.
2  About music in general / The listener / Re: What are you listening to today? on: April 12, 2018, 08:21:07 pm

Robert Schumann's symphony no 1 and no 3.... Naxos label
3  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Obscure Soviet Symphonies... on: April 12, 2018, 06:37:40 pm
Our new co-administrator dhibbard knows of a source that has a recording of Steinberg's 5th symphony.  Also, David, did you ever hear  anything further about Ilyinsky's "Noure et Anitra" Suite which you referenced a few comments just above here? Could you ask your business associate there if he could go to the offices of the St. Petersburg Philharmonia Orchestra once again and have a look? Would you be willing to share details of this associate with me (here or via PM)? I and my colleagues go there regularly and would be happy to check.  Now that you are a co-administrator you will probably be getting quite detailed requests for information about the various recordings you have seen!

Christopher... feel free to stop by the offices of the Phlharmonia in St. Petersburg.  Unfortunately, I can't enter Russia now due to my work and the current state dept.
4  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Obscure Soviet Symphonies... on: April 12, 2018, 05:14:41 pm
First, I also like Steinberg's Symphony No. 4 very much, highly enjoyable music. It's a work full of elan, vigour and memorable tunes, pure delight. I knew it as a broadcast recording for quite some years and was therefore very happy about this (still rather new) Dutton disc.

Now, as for the problems with the broadcast recording Maris speaks of, here is the story: this symphony was broadcasted by the BBC in the mid-1990s. A friend of mine (his name is Terry – some of the members here know him) listened to it and already found the first few minutes so exciting that he decided to record the symphony. However, as a consequence, in his recording – which is the one circulating online in various sources – the very beginning of the symphony is missing. Basically it's the slow introduction of the first movement which he didn't record. Anyway, this symphony lead him into collecting Soviet symphonies, and he now has one of the largest collections of Melodiya LPs I am aware of.

Holger, yes I used to correspond with Terry (think he was a professor of Music somewhere in the UK) and he had a huge collection of not only Melodiya LPs but radio broadcasts of Russian and Soviet composers that I've yet to see any commercial recordings available.  He had sent me a listing of recent acquisitions back in 2000 that had me spinning in my chair. They were all radio broadcasts...I never heard from him after about 2005... I'll see if I can reach out to him.
5  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Unsung Rachmaninovian Piano Concertos on: April 12, 2018, 05:06:21 pm
lets not forget Lūcija Garūta.  Her Piano Concerto was just released last year.

If you haven't purchased this CD yet, I would encourage you to do so soon.   My recollection, is this is a limited edition CD and will be out of print in a few years.

Perhaps, this thread should be called Unsung Romantic Piano Concertos? 

6  About music in general / The listener / Re: What are you listening to today? on: April 12, 2018, 04:59:02 pm
William Boyce (1711-1779)  his 8 Symphonies on the Archiv label.... some baroque for Thursday.   I am really enjoying the recordings on the Archiv label of the English Concert with Trevor Pinnock conducting.     Is Archiv a division of DG?
7  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Robert Gazizov First Symphony on: April 12, 2018, 04:19:19 pm

8  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Robert Gazizov (b. 1935) Piano Concerto on: April 12, 2018, 04:17:10 pm

Thought I would post this... interesting work.  Released on Melodiya.

Robert Gazizov - Concerto for Piano and Orchestra with solist Alexander Polezhaev and Veronika Dudarova conducting the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra. Released on Melodiya in 1981 as S10 25195/6 (LP). This LP does include Robert Gazizov's Symphony No. 1.


Robert Gazizov was born in Ufa, Russia. In 1968, after graduation from the college of art in Ufa he entered Prof. A.S.Leman's class of composition at the Kazan Conservatory.

The seventies saw the composer active in the composition of choral and stage music. Almost immediately after his gradiation he wrote the children's ballet "Ali Baba and the Forty Robberies".

The eighties have marked a shift to another, more mature stage in his creative work.This instrumental compositions are different in content,structure and expressive meaning.

His "Concert for Oboe and Chamber Orchestra" deserves special attention. It has been created in the wake of barouke musical tradition and is remarkable for depth and capacious polyphonic thinking. He has managed to find a common meeting between jazz and Bashkir national music. The main of them are the predominant role of improvisational elements, sophisticated multi-layer rhythmical organization, variational principles.

Such in the genesis of jazz elements in the "Lyrical suite" for chamber ensemble, "Concert for Piano","Concert for Orchestra #1";,"Concert for Orchestra #2"; and other compositions.

After that, he created many works for chambers ensambles. There are string quartets #3 and #4, sonata for two piano, quartet for violin,viola,cello and piano, and other works.

One of the latest composition is the symphony #3 for a large symphonic orchestra. This work was written complicated harmonic music language with using modern technical ways.

Robert Gazizov has written music for many plays by Bresht,Ostrovsky,Eoneskoy and other authors.The composer had created music for the movies:"The Secret of Gold Mountain","Young Man from Good Family"(three series).

Symphonic and chamber works performed at many large cites of the Russia(Moscow, Leningrad, Kazan and others), Italy(Rome),Germany(Berlin,Halle) and other countries.

His music was performed by famous conductors:Yuri Silantiev, Veronica Dudarova, Igor Stegman, Igor Zhukov, Andrei Chistyakov(all Moscow), Fuat Mansurov(Kazan), Roman Kofman(Israel).

In the Russia the record company "Melodia" produced 7 vinyl records with his music.

Robert Gazizov a member of "Union Composer of Russia" and a member of ASCAP.


Stage music:

1975 - Ali Baba and Forty Robberies. 2 act ballet, book by R.Bikchentaev.

Symphonic works:

1980 - First Symphony, 20'.

1984 - In Memory of Heroes, Symphonic poem, 16'.

1986 - Concert for Orchestra #1, 18'30".

1987 - Second Symphony, 22'.

1988 - Concert for Violin and Orchestra, 19'

1991 - Concert for Orchestra #2, 19'.

1994 - Third Symphony, 21'.

Chamber - instrumental works:

1978 - First String Quartet, 23'.

1981 - Lyrical Suite for Chamber Orchestra, 12'.

1982 - Concert for Piano, String and Percussions, 21'.

1985 - Concert for Oboe and Chamber Orchestra, 17'30".

1986 - Second String Quartet,19'.

1990 - Third String Quartet, 18'.

1991 - Sonata for two pianos,16'.

1992 - Quintet for Violin, Clarinet, Piano and Percussions, 18'.

1996 - Fourth String Quartet, 21'.

1996 - Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano, 12'.
9  About music in general / The listener / Re: What are you listening to today? on: April 08, 2018, 10:39:21 pm
some Estonian choir music for a Sunday   C Kreek   
10  Preliminaries / Greetings / Re: Have returned - sorry ! on: April 08, 2018, 08:12:26 pm
But he's not back. 

The "return greeting" was from 2016, - after a previous hiatus.

Clive's present disappearance remains without homecoming (which may not happen given his apparent disgruntlement over the Administrative transition).

oh  I see.... duh.
11  Preliminaries / Greetings / Re: Greetings on: April 08, 2018, 06:57:13 pm
Welcome  to the AMF !!
12  Little-known music of all eras / Notice of interesting concerts around the world / Rudolf Tobias’s oratorio’s „Jonah“ on: April 08, 2018, 04:46:43 pm
The premiere of Rudolf Tobias’s oratorio’s „Jonah“ version in Estonian language and original orchestration in Estonia

On June 7, Rudolf Tobias’s oratorio’s „Jonah’s Commission“ (later named „Joonas“ („Jonah“)) version in Estonian language and original orchestration will be performed first time in Estonia in the program of Nargenfestival in Tallinn St. John’s church.

The original version of the first Estonian oratorio was first performed in German language on the 26th November 1909 in Leipzig Andreaskirche under the baton of composer.  Oratorio as a whole, reconstructed by Vardo Rumessen, was first performed in Estonia in 1989 under the direction of Peeter Lilje.

On Tõnu Kaljuste’s initiative, the original version of the oratorio will be premiered in Estonia and sheet music will be published. „Jonah’s“ original version will be performed on June 7 at 7 pm in Tallinn St. John’s church and June 8 at 6 pm in Tartu St. Paul’s church by soloists Arete Teemets (soprano), Helen Lepalaan (mezzo soprano), Mati Turi (tenor), Taavi Tampuu (baritone), Raiko Raalik (bass) and Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, chamber choirs  Collegium Musicale and Voces Musicales, girls’ choir Ellerhein and Maria Listra, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and conductor Tõnu Kaljuste. The performance material (sheet music of original orchestration both in Estonian and German) will thereafter distributed by Estonian Music Information Centre. Editors of the sheet music are Mari Amor, Mai Simson and Tõnu Kaljuste.

More info:
13  Preliminaries / Greetings / Re: Hello, I’m Mirror Image on: April 08, 2018, 04:36:38 pm
I just logged in at the GMG forum.. forgot that I had already set up an account there.. but the layout is similar to the UC forum and I find it hard to find topics there, unlike the directory of information here.
14  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: David Diamond Symphony No.6 from Naxos on: April 08, 2018, 04:35:03 pm
perhaps this is the start of using University Student orchestras... for unsung composers... after all they work for free and get credit for these performances.
15  Preliminaries / Greetings / Re: Have returned - sorry ! on: April 08, 2018, 04:16:15 pm
welcome back!!   We seem to have some new folks on here as well. Smiley
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