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1  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: (Some) Twentieth Century American Symphonies Not on CD (again!) on: June 13, 2018, 12:30:00 pm
Thanks for this Smiley The Symphony No.2 is on a Naxos disc so I may investigate further.

It sounds v interesting. I've asked my daughter to get it for me for my b'day.
2  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: "Recent" Toccata Releases on: June 12, 2018, 08:19:47 pm
Well, I thought that the Robin Walker CD was great and had a nice email exchange with him (as I did with the late Arnold Rosner). The Walker works reminded me of Jon Leifs the Icelandic composer. Totally agree with Colin on this one (as with much else besides). My new Toccata discovery is 'Sinfonia Pascale' (Symphony 3) by Philip Spratley. A powerful, tonal work, the Brucknerian ending of which had me on the edge of my seat. I have played it over and over again. Stylistically it also reminded me a bit of that fine Finnish composer Einar Englund.

I am so glad that you liked the Robin Walker, Jeffrey Smiley
Thanks Colin.   Smiley
3  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: (Some) Twentith Century British Symphonies not yet on cd: an update on: June 11, 2018, 02:06:48 pm
An interesting update Colin.
I would especially like to hear the Robin Orr symphonies as I like his 'Symphony in One Movement' very much.
I wish that Ruth Gipps's 4th had been released on CD.
4  Preliminaries / Greetings / Re: Is this excellent forum 'dying' ? on: June 10, 2018, 02:13:24 pm
One thing I like about this forum is that it is totally driven by the contributors.. we don't have a moderator posting topics and then arguing with the members about what is or what should be..  it is somewhat like sending a message out into outer space and getting a response months or weeks later... but that is the beauty of the forum....  enjoy !!

Thank you and I agree.

I'm having to have a glass of wine to calm my nerves after all the activity on this page  Cool

Sorry, after decades from being banned from using sarcasm as a teacher I am trying to make up for lost time!

Genuinely appreciate responses though - thank you  Smiley
5  Preliminaries / Greetings / Re: Is this excellent forum 'dying' ? on: June 10, 2018, 02:10:52 pm
I enjoy this forum but it's a little like communicating with someone on the outer fringes of the Solar System - you post a message and, if you're lucky, get a response several weeks later.
 Cool

You must appreciate that this forum has a comparatively small membership compared to, say, GMG and and an even smaller number of "active members". There are those who find the range of topics discussed too narrow. There are those who find the absence of heated debate or rancorous discussion too polite and not lively enough for their needs.

I have posted more than anyone else on here but (a) I had a serious illness three months ago and am trying to cut down on the time I spend sitting in front of my pc, (b) I have been away from home for a week, and (c) our own musical tastes and views are so akin, Jeffrey, that repeatedly posting "I agree" would be unedifying

Many of my posts get little if any response but that is just something one has to accept

.....and-if you are seeking any disagreement -while I do agree that the Philip Spartley Symphony No.3 is both excellent and highly enjoyable I do not find the last movement in the slightest"Brucknerian" 

Colin - very sorry to hear about your illness and wishing you a speedy and full recovery. Our blazing online row about Philip Spratley's Third Symphony can wait!

I take your point about this forum which I still enjoy despite the Marie Celeste-type ambience.

All best wishes
Jeffrey
6  Preliminaries / Greetings / Re: Is this excellent forum 'dying' ? on: June 10, 2018, 02:06:40 pm
I enjoy this forum but it's a little like communicating with someone on the outer fringes of the Solar System - you post a message and, if you're lucky, get a response several weeks later.
 Cool
Black hole calling!  Cheesy
  Cool
7  Preliminaries / Greetings / Re: Is this excellent forum 'dying' ? on: June 06, 2018, 11:16:25 pm
I enjoy this forum but it's a little like communicating with someone on the outer fringes of the Solar System - you post a message and, if you're lucky, get a response several weeks later.
 Cool
8  Preliminaries / Greetings / Re: Hi... on: June 06, 2018, 11:11:45 pm
And a warm welcome from me too.
 Smiley
9  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: David Diamond Symphony No.6 from Naxos on: June 01, 2018, 08:10:47 pm
Ha yes I was excited when I got the CD in the mail. I hurriedly put it in the player in my den and when No 6 came on my wife thought someone was in the street making a horrible noise. I said no thatís the CD player. So Iíll have to listen with headphones I guess.
Well, I'm glad that I'm not the only one who experiences this kind of thing!

'Must we listen to this noise?' and 'It sounds like World War Three has broken out' are common responses to my musical selection.
10  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: "Recent" Toccata Releases on: June 01, 2018, 01:03:20 pm
Well, I thought that the Robin Walker CD was great and had a nice email exchange with him (as I did with the late Arnold Rosner). The Walker works reminded me of Jon Leifs the Icelandic composer. Totally agree with Colin on this one (as with much else besides). My new Toccata discovery is 'Sinfonia Pascale' (Symphony 3) by Philip Spratley. A powerful, tonal work, the Brucknerian ending of which had me on the edge of my seat. I have played it over and over again. Stylistically it also reminded me a bit of that fine Finnish composer Einar Englund.
11  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: David Diamond Symphony No.6 from Naxos on: June 01, 2018, 12:55:26 pm
Just catching up with the interesting responses here. Let me state for starters that I'm only too happy for people to disagree with my opinions! I have no monopoly of insight on this, or anything else for that matter. That, for me, is the fun of these kinds of forums. Who on earth would want a forum where everyone agreed with you all the time? Anyway, I get very used to people disagreeing with me at home and even in his speech at my wedding my brother said that my wife was 'doomed to years of listening to music by deservedly neglected composers'. One 'friend' suggested that he could have just stopped after the word 'doomed'.

Anyway, I have the greatest respect for my friend Colin's views and those of Greg and the others here. I think that Diamond's Third is one of the very great American symphonies but still find No.6 rather heavy going and would not put it in the same league as VW's No.6 or even Alwyn's Third Symphony as suggested in the Musicweb review. William Schuman's 6th Symphony is a masterpiece as far as I'm concerned and, so far, I much prefer it to Diamond's No.6 but I will listen to the Diamond again and am glad to have the CD for the fine performances of Rounds (which I appreciated more than before) and the lovely Romeo and Juliet. I seem to recall preferring Diamond's 8th Symphony which was on Delos/Naxos.

Apropos of nothing let me recommend Philip Spratley's Third Symphony 'Sinfonia Pascale' to you and Fricker's 'Vision of Judgement' - his masterpiece I think.
12  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: (Some) Twentieth Century American Symphonies Not on CD (again!) on: May 12, 2018, 10:10:24 am
This is an interesting thread. The later symphonies of Roy Harris interest me as do those of David Diamond. I'm looking forward to receiving his Sixth Symphony soon. I had a very nice email exchange with Arnold Rosner and was very sad to hear that he had passed away recently. I have enjoyed the releases featuring his music on Naxos. I'm tempted by Harbison's 4th Symphony, soon to be released on Naxox. I guess that even if Idont appreciate I'll hear another version of Ruggles's 'Sun Treader' which I've always liked. For me the most seriously under-recorded American composer is Ronald Lo Presti. The only thing I can find on CD is the powerful and moving 'The Masks' and I've heard some of his other works, including his tribute to practitioner Kennedy, which I found very moving.

I too like Ronald LoPresti.  His symphonies are available on youtube however I think the point of this thread is more about symphonies not commercially available on CD even if they can be heard.  I find him to remind me of Ralph Vaughan Williams and some early Stravinsky.  There is a near quote of The Rite of Spring in his Symphony No. 1 second movement.  Sad he died so young. 
I meant 'practitioner' Kennedy above. I'm glad that you like Lo Presti too - a very fine composer. I wish that his symphonies at least were on a commercial CD although a kind Internet music friend did a CD copy for me.
13  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Tolkien in music on: May 11, 2018, 12:07:44 pm
I like the Johan De Meij work as well.
14  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: (Some) Twentieth Century American Symphonies Not on CD (again!) on: May 11, 2018, 12:06:16 pm
This is an interesting thread. The later symphonies of Roy Harris interest me as do those of David Diamond. I'm looking forward to receiving his Sixth Symphony soon. I had a very nice email exchange with Arnold Rosner and was very sad to hear that he had passed away recently. I have enjoyed the releases featuring his music on Naxos. I'm tempted by Harbison's 4th Symphony, soon to be released on Naxox. I guess that even if Idont appreciate I'll hear another version of Ruggles's 'Sun Treader' which I've always liked. For me the most seriously under-recorded American composer is Ronald Lo Presti. The only thing I can find on CD is the powerful and moving 'The Masks' and I've heard some of his other works, including his tribute to practitioner Kennedy, which I found very moving.
15  Little-known music of all eras / Notice of interesting concerts around the world / Re: Svetlanov Festival on: April 29, 2018, 04:10:15 pm

Unfortunately I can't read Russian but looks v interesting. I wonder if they'll feature much of his own music. I like the Festive Poem.
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