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16  DOWNLOADS ARRANGED BY NATIONALITY / Downloads: discussion without links should be posted here, for the access of both members and non-members alike / Re: The Karelian Roine Rautio on: September 14, 2017, 06:55:04 pm
Mengelberg successfully flattered his audience with that bonmot - an audience that maybe still remembered Brahms' kindly devastating "You're nice people, but bad musicians"  Grin
17  DOWNLOADS ARRANGED BY NATIONALITY / Downloads: discussion without links should be posted here, for the access of both members and non-members alike / Re: The Karelian Roine Rautio on: September 14, 2017, 05:00:50 pm
"Beethoven was, like me, a Dutchman" (Willem Mengelberg)  Wink
18  DOWNLOADS ARRANGED BY NATIONALITY / Downloads: discussion without links should be posted here, for the access of both members and non-members alike / Re: The Karelian Roine Rautio on: September 14, 2017, 04:57:27 pm
The point about Beethoven and Mechelen is correct, but I think you understand what I mean. Roine Rautio definitely never held Finnish nationality in the sense of having been a citizen of Finland. But anyway, can you tell exactly what a nation is? It is nothing exact, and there's not much sense in trying to be exact about something that isn't exact in itself. Just try to say if Mozart was German or Austrian.
19  DOWNLOADS ARRANGED BY NATIONALITY / Downloads: discussion without links should be posted here, for the access of both members and non-members alike / Re: The Karelian Roine Rautio on: September 14, 2017, 05:16:20 am
Maybe it really was the best decision to place Rautio both in the Russian-Soviet and in the Finnish section - for though he was a Soviet citizen all his life, the musical idiom of his symphony can hardly be labeled as Socialist realism. The land of Sibelius could not be far away where such music was composed. If Rautio is counted as Finnish because his father was, one might as well count Beethoven as Dutch or Stravinsky as Ukrainian. But I admit Rautio's musical language was definitely Finnish  Smiley
20  MEMBERS' CORNER / Members' wish lists & requests / Werner Egk - Die chinesische Nachtigall on: March 15, 2015, 09:41:36 pm
Dear members,

Werner Egk's ballet "Die chinesische Nachtigall" from 1953 is one of the most splendidly beautiful pieces of modern stage music that I have ever heard. I cannot believe there is only a commercial recording of a "Divertimento" for string quartet drawn from it by the composer; a version for violin and orchestra of this "Divertimento" can be heard on YouTube. If anyone of you has a complete recording of the whole ballet, please don't hesitate to upload it.

Desperately seeking Egk's nightingale,
Tetsugakusha75
21  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / YouTube performances / Re: Pascal Bentoiu: Symphonies on: October 26, 2013, 02:23:34 pm
Wonderful! Wonderful! If Bentoiu were, say, a Frenchman, this might be generally acknowledged as one of the finest symphonic cycles in the 20th century. These brilliant Romanian modernists are so criminally neglected, I can't believe it.
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