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1  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Stenhammar – Sången, symphonic cantata BIS-2359 on: August 10, 2018, 02:21:56 pm
I see this month that BIS is releasing:

Stenhammar – Sången, symphonic cantata

BIS-2359 | SACD    EAN 7318599923598    TT: 67'08

Neeme Järvi conducts Stenhammar’s rarely performed symphonic cantata

Wilhelm Stenhammar: Suite from Romeo och Julia, Op. 45 (arranged by Hilding Rosenberg)
Two Sentimental Romances, Op. 28 for violin and orchestra*
Sången (The Song), symphonic cantata, Op. 44, for soloists, choirs and orchestra**

Gothenburg Symphony / Neeme Järvi
*Sara Trobäck, violin
**Charlotta Larsson, soprano; **Martina Dike, alto; **Lars Cleveman, tenor; **Fredrik Zetterström, baritone; **Children’s Choir of Norrköpings musikklasser; **Gothenburg Symphony Choir & Vocal Ensemble

Should be a good one to get.
2  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Ongoing CPO projects. on: August 07, 2018, 06:15:22 pm
I think cpo introduced Paul Graener some years ago and seemed to have the intention to release a complete survey of his orchestral works (3 Volumes released so far)?

hmm .....I seem to remember that some members had a problem with Graener :   "Graener had joined the Militant League for German Culture, and on 1 April 1933 he became a member of the Nazi Party."   Don't want to open that can of worms but just saying...!!!
3  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Romualds Grīnblats - Rigonda Suite on: August 02, 2018, 08:39:42 pm
yes  this is the first time I know of Naxos Records actually streaming a Melodiya recording.
4  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Romualds Grīnblats - Rigonda Suite on: August 02, 2018, 08:38:26 pm
5  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Romualds Grīnblats - Rigonda Suite on: August 02, 2018, 05:52:46 pm
Just wondered if anyone has this suite?   I see where Naxos has it in its Music Library, but for some reason it is blocked from customers in the USA?


6  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Zhukov: Piano Concerto 'Silentium'; Violin Concerto 'Angel's Day' on: August 01, 2018, 10:25:51 pm
An interesting release this month:
The Ukrainian composer, Sergei Zhukov (b. 1951) began his musical training at the Zhitomir Music College, graduating from the Department of Composition in 1973. He then moved to Moscow and studied at the Moscow State Conservatory, graduating in 1978. He continued his studies, completing a postgraduate degree in composition in 1980, studying with Professor Mikhail Chulaki. While still a student, he received a special prize from the Soviet Union of Composers for his work Dramatic Triptych. Zhukov is an eclectic composer, having produced a large catalogue of chamber, choral, orchestral, and theatrical works. He has placed particular emphasis on the genre of the concerto. Zhukov composed three concertos for piano, violin, and cello, which he dedicated to each of the Khazak Nakipbekova sisters (The Bekova Trio). This series of concertos earned him the Music Review award of Composer of the Year in 2002. When he composed Silentium, Zhukov had in his mind not only Eleonora Bekovas skills as a soloist but also her psychological profile. The theme of the concerto is the special relationship between sound and silence. The Violin Concerto Angels Day was designed to fit the character of violinist Elvira Bekova using her remarkable capacity to perform exactly according to the composers intention. It also reflects the theatrical style of the composer.
7  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: The Boston Six on: August 01, 2018, 09:17:47 pm
we may have discussed this in the past... just downloaded a copy of Chadwick's Symphony (No 1) to look it over.  too bad it has not be recorded...
8  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / ALEXANDER KASTALSKY (1856-1926): Memory Eternal to the Fallen Heroes on Naxos on: August 01, 2018, 05:53:38 pm

Naxos this month released something I was not aware of:

ALEXANDER KASTALSKY (1856-1926): Memory Eternal to the Fallen Heroes, Doors of Thy Mercy, From my youth, Blessed are they (All First Recordings).

Label: Naxos

Reference: 8.573889

Description: The 40-minute Memory Eternal is the a cappella version, to be sung in Russian Orthodox churches, of a choral-orchestral Requiem from 1917 in memory of Russian World War I dead. Following the basic structure of the Orthodox Panihida, or memorial service it, and the short sacred pieces that end the program, reveal Kastalsky’s masterful use of choral sonority and color, his weaving of complex polyphonic textures, and his graceful use of ancient chant melodies. Church Slavonic-English texts. The Clarion Choir; Steven Fox.

9  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Kalevi Aho Piano Concerto No.1 and Timpani Concerto on: August 01, 2018, 04:35:31 am
I just ordered it yesterday.... looking forward to getting it in the mail (post).
10  About music in general / Performance and technique / Re: Gennady Rozhdestvensky (1931-2018): R.I.P. on: July 25, 2018, 06:06:31 am
I just read about this... and saw something on NPR about his passing.   He was a great conductor.  ( guess that happens when you are out of the country)

Here is an article from NPR:

Gennady Rozhdestvensky, An Influential Russian Conductor, Has Died

June 18, 20184:34 PM ET

Russian conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky, rehearsing in 1966 at an unknown location. He died Saturday at age 87.
Erich Auerbach/Getty Images

The conductor Gennady Nikolayevich Rozhdestvensky, an immense presence in Russian musical life during much of the Soviet era and an artist who championed the likes of composers Dmitri Shostakovich, Alfred Schnittke and Sofia Gubaidulina, died Saturday at age 87. His son, violinist Sasha Rozhdestvensky, told the New York Times that his father had battled heart issues, diabetes and something, but did not confirm to NPR the location or further details of his death.

Rozhdestvensky was the former principal conductor of the USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2000, he was named general artistic director of the Bolshoi Theatre. In addition, he was a guest conductor at several other prominent podiums, including at the Berlin Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra and Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Rozhdestvensky often communicated with his musicians not with a baton or hand gestures, but with facial expressions — a raised eyebrow here, an elaborate shrug there.

"If one could explain conducting," he said in a 2003 documentary by Bruno Monsaingeon, "There wouldn't be 1000 conductors, but 10,000. We'd put them in a class and tell them how to spin their arms. Fortunately, some things can't be explained ... in my opinion, the worst approach you can take is to limit teaching to the gestures. Moving your arms is hardly something you have to learn. You have to have a viewpoint, learn how to communicate a musical idea to the orchestra and through it, to the listener."

Although he was best known internationally for his work within the Russian repertoire, and most especially with the living Russian composers of his prime, including Shostakovich, Gubaidulina and Schnittke, Rozhdestvensky also brought foreign works to his home audience, including the first performance in Russia of Benjamin Britten's opera A Midsummer Night's Dream and the first complete cycle of Ralph Vaughan Williams' symphonies. With the Soviet orchestra, he recorded the complete symphonies of Shostakovich, Alexander Glazunov and Alfred Schnittke — and also Anton Bruckner and Arthur Honegger — for Melodiya, the Soviet state-owned record label for which he was one of the earliest and most prolific recording artists.

Rozhdestvensky often chafed at the artistic limitations that the Soviet government placed on him, and his performances sometimes skirted the lines of what the Soviet system found sanctionable. Among the works that the conductor championed was Dmitri Shostakovich's 1921 opera The Nose — a wry, bracing and absurdist satire inspired by a Gogol short story, which Rozhdestvensky daringly revived in the then-Soviet Union in 1974. That same year, he led the world premiere of Schnittke's brash and densely populated First Symphony in Gorky, far away from Moscow's ears.

At the same time, he was put forth and promoted as a model Soviet artist, being awarded the People's Artist of the USSR prize in 1976 and named a Hero of Socialist Labor in 1990. He was also allowed to travel abroad for work, including to serve his posts in Stockholm and Vienna during the 1970s and '80s.

As the Soviet system crumbled, however, Rozhdestvensky felt comfortable enough to complain to the New York Times about the state's stranglehold on cultural life: "I want to be able to work freely," he told the paper in 1988, when the visiting New York Philharmonic played side-by-side with the Soviet State Symphony Orchestra for a landmark concert in Moscow's Gorky Park. Referring to the state-controlled concert agency, which at the time held the sole right to arrange his concerts both domestically and abroad, the conductor said: "It is too difficult for me to work with such a bureaucratic machine. It interferes with my creativity and with my art. I love working here, but not with them. In Russian we have a saying: 'A spoonful of asphalt in a cask of honey.'"

11  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Janis Ķepītis on: July 19, 2018, 10:08:19 pm
I have a copy of it and it says  Piano Concerto "Youth"  Harijs Bass piano, Latvian Radio SO with Centis Krikis conducting.
12  Little-known music of all eras / Coming broadcasts and listen-later links / Re: "Radvila Perkunas" by Jurgis Karnavicius (1884-1941) on: July 17, 2018, 08:03:17 pm
Thank you very much!!  the quality is wonderful !!
13  Little-known music of all eras / Downloads discussion / Re: Russian and Soviet Music on: July 15, 2018, 04:49:00 pm
Thanks !!
14  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Bach – Goldberg Variations on: July 10, 2018, 07:27:17 pm
Yet again another Bach – Goldberg Variations   on BIS-2399   

I guess BIS needs to release another recording of which there are has over 200 cds  Huh Huh Huh Huh
15  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: "Servilia" - opera by Rimsky-Korsakov on: July 07, 2018, 05:13:57 pm
just a note  S Taneyev:  The Oresteia  was released on the Olympia label in the 1990s  and I think you can still find it on ebay
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