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1  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Dutch Music killed by the Government on: October 09, 2018, 12:48:25 pm
Probably I'm a bit late but De Toonzaal in the Dutch city of Den Bosch ('s Hertogenbosch) is alive and kicking. They offer mainly chamber music (because it's not a concert hall venue for large symphonic repertoire). https://www.willem-twee.nl/willem-twee-concertzaal/
2  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Ongoing CPO projects. on: September 13, 2018, 06:22:00 am
Just ordered the Aurora Egge Symphony 1 at Amazon.co.uk; think I try to judge by myself if it's a great symphony and a boxed-in recording (on my hifi-system)!

So, what was your verdict?
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It took some time before I got this CD! I think these are not earth shattering lost masterpieces but they deserve a firm place in the North European symphonic tradition. It made me wonder how the other symphonies by Egge are. The First symphony, composed during WWII is an good piece. I like it. It has a very sombre opening, like a funeral march. After that the symphony develops like many do: a faster episodes enclosed by more introvert one. The Adagio struck me as first class, it has a very sad and sombre feel enhanced by the low lying parts for cellos and double basses. The finale isn’t uninteresting but after the impressive adagio I think it’s a so so. Probably the playing could have more Schwung and power if the vigoroso as indicated was more vigorous. The piano concerto nr. 2 is a variation work on a Norwegian Folk melody, I couldn’t locate it, I’m not from Norway….. Eva Knardal plays very secure – she was the first pianist to complete an all Grieg series on BIS I was wondering? – and the work has a Martinů-feel over it. It has a nice drive but I think some listeners don’t bother for it like it’s a 13 in an dozen work.
As for the recording. I think that of the piano concerto is the best. It’s a clear recording with some tape hiss. What I like most is the way the piano is recorded: not particularly in front of the orchestra but more integrated with it. The symphony has problems to bloom and shine. It’s not boxy but there’s no air around the orchestra so it gives the impression of light claustrophobia. There’s tape hiss too and I think the remastering process could have been done better of they didn’t abruptly cut of the tape hiss between the movements. Percussion is good, ground bass is fine and instruments in the higher register don’t have any problem to cut through the dark atmosphere in the adagio. If you play the disc completely through you’ll mention after the concerto that the volume in the symphony goes down and you might therefore think the recording is mediocre. Give the volume a boost for the symphony and the problem is over. (signal through McIntosh HA-150 > Sennheiser HD-700 on my ears and monitored with Yamaha NS 5000 speakers.)
3  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Ongoing CPO projects. on: September 12, 2018, 12:39:23 pm
If von Herzogenberg and Papandopulo can be called 'a cpo project', we get some new releases per September (18, in Germany).
Von Herzogenberg his oratorio Columbus:
https://www.jpc.de/jpcng/cpo/detail/-/art/heinrich-von-herzogenberg-columbus/hnum/7971819
And Boris Papandopulo Vol.3: https://www.jpc.de/jpcng/cpo/detail/-/art/boris-papandopulo-cembalokonzert/hnum/5434256
4  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Alfred Bruneau - Messidor etc. Does this make any sense? on: September 02, 2018, 08:34:20 pm
New release for mid-october https://www.naxos.com/catalogue/item.asp?item_code=8.573888 Wonder why Naxos issues this, the same program is available on a Marco Polo disc from the 1990s https://www.naxos.com/catalogue/item.asp?item_code=8.223498
5  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Lost Alfred Hitchcock film score(s) may be reconstructed via Kickstarter on: August 28, 2018, 12:04:47 pm
The orchestra will be the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra. An excellent choice; they did much film and soundtrack work; they're experts!
6  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / House of Cards symphony - Happy birthday Robert von Bahr on: August 27, 2018, 06:25:44 am
Robert von Bahr, founder of BIS records, turned 75. He celebrates with this releases, http://www.eclassical.com/beal-jeff/house-of-cards-symphony.html stating:

Today the 27th I will become 75 years of age, so I want to give myself the best present I can think of - music. Doubly. First this double SACD and tonight I will experience Sebastian Fagerlund's opera "The Autumn Sonata", based on Ingmar Bergman's manuscript (to be presented for you here on Sep 8, mark the date! It is great music).

This double SACD means a lot to me. OK, 'fess up - I am an unmitigated fan of the Netflix series "House of Cards". The music in the introductory phase, when they roll the texts, is stunning - an A minor ostinato in the electric bass guitar, the cello A minor melody, and then, in the repeat, the composer inserts a brass E major chord!!! The first time I heard it, I almost screamed, trying for a new world record in sitting highjump - the effect is enormous. So I found out who the composer was - Jeff Beal - contacted him in L.A. and invited him to Stockholm.

He came, Sharon Bezaly played her flute for him, and, when he had picked up his jaw from the floor, he accepted a commission for a Flute Concerto, prioritizing it in his long queue, and presented it to her. This is the recording of it, but it wasn't enough, so Jeff and I discussed what could be added to the SACD. He proposed his huge HoC Symphony (83 minutes), put together from the music to the series.

Now the record became too long, so we added a Guitar Concerto (played by the Grammy winner Jason Vieaux) and Jeff composed a couple of pieces (including an unplayably difficult Fantasy on House of Cards themes for flute and orchestra that she had to learn in a week - show me anyone except Sharon that can play that!!) for this double SACD, the Norrköping SO in Sweden was very happy to augment the orchestra to much more that its usual size, and the Beal Family moved to Sweden to record (Joan, soprano, and Henry, electric bass guitar solo, Jeff conducting and playing jazz flugelhorn). Thore Brinkmann of Take5 and Fabian Frank of arcantus have performed their usual wonders, and the sound is just gorgeous.

Probably the biggest project in BIS's history - certainly the most expensive. So today it is. Thanks, Jeff, and everyone involved in this, for making this a day to remember.
7  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Jose Arriola - anyone? on: August 23, 2018, 06:28:11 am
Thanks, totally unknown to me!
8  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Jose Arriola - anyone? on: August 19, 2018, 07:35:52 pm
Has one of our members any knowledge of this composer?
https://www.jpc.de/jpcng/classic/detail/-/art/arriola-orchestral-music/hnum/8716397
9  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: CPO Booklet Notes on: August 17, 2018, 07:15:39 am
As a Dutchman, although not fluent in English and German, I’m unable to understand the quasi philosophical booklet notes by mr. van den Hoogen since his essays that come with the Reznicek Edition. I buy the CD’s and skip the text. There’re so many labels that produce not too long and to-the-point notes – Chandos, Dutton, Naxos – I think that must be possible for cpo too.
10  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Ongoing CPO projects. on: August 15, 2018, 08:09:14 am
Just ordered the Aurora Egge Symphony 1 at Amazon.co.uk; think I try to judge by myself if it's a great symphony and a boxed-in recording (on my hifi-system)!
11  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Lars-Erik Larsson Vol.3 from CPO on: August 14, 2018, 11:11:53 pm
Indeed, we all wonder what's lying on the shelf at cpo! Just look at the last 10 years of programming at the many German Radio orchestras; I paged through them this evening. Many of these performances have subsequently been recorded live or a day or two after the concerts under studio conditions! For instance the 'series'  WDR - The Cologne Broadcasts'!
12  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Stenhammar – Sången, symphonic cantata BIS-2359 on: August 12, 2018, 08:17:17 am
Yeah, I remember him over here as conductor of our RO, he speeded through Brahms 3 in 28 minutes.....
13  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Stenhammar – Sången, symphonic cantata BIS-2359 on: August 11, 2018, 02:13:34 pm
Järvi must be speedy. His recording of Sången goes for 29'45" while Blomstedt's on Caprice takes 35'!
14  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Ongoing CPO projects. on: August 07, 2018, 07:57:00 pm
Okay, there're many more composers with Nazi sympathies. There're many with Stalin sympathies etc. I think cpo intends to evaluate Graener's music, not his sympathies.
15  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Ruth Gipps symphonies on: August 05, 2018, 07:07:14 pm
Well said. Expi's comments are redundant persé and irrelevant as long as he/she doesn't explain.
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