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1  Various / Miscellany / Re: Where's Colin? on: November 19, 2019, 01:22:42 pm
Relief all round, I would say!
2  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Eller: Symphonic Poems on Ondine on: October 19, 2019, 09:32:01 am
The continuing series on Toccata Classics of his piano music is also worth a listen
3  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Complete Piano Works Toivo Kuula on: October 02, 2019, 12:06:35 pm
Kuula's piano music is interesting and pleasant on the ear, without any pretensions.  Before I knew of the various recordings, I had for some time enjoyed playing the Lamb Polska (otherwise Mutton Dance!) without knowing anything about Kuula.

There are now three competing versions of the complete piano music:
Janne Oksanen on Alba ABCS445
Adam Johnson on Grand Piano GP780
Jouni Somero on FC Records FCRCD9758

Oksanen and Johnson's listings are identical, but Somero has an extra piece - an arrangement of a movement (5) from the orchestral South Ostrobothnian Suite no.1, op9.

I have only heard the Johnson in its entirety, so cannot comment on the other two - perhaps someone here has and would like to offer a comparative view?
4  Little-known music of all eras / Wish lists and requests / Re: Seppo Pohjola: Symphonies 4 & 5 on: August 15, 2019, 07:45:59 am
Definitely a composer worth exploring. The Music Finland website ( lists 79 works, including five symphonies, and concertos for piano, violin and cello.  On the strength of the first three symphonies, I would like a chance to hear some more of his orchestral works, especially the concertos.
5  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Jerzy Gablenz Piano Concerto on: August 13, 2019, 07:55:40 pm
Joseph Moog performed it in April 2018 in Warsaw with the Warsaw Philharmonic, conducted by Pavel Kapula.
In view of Moog's eclectic discography, we might hope for a commercial recording, perhaps? Or may it have been broadcast and recorded?
6  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Alexander Campbell Mackenzie - Complete Piano Music on 3 CDs (Sheva Collection) on: August 06, 2019, 04:36:37 pm
Great news indeed!
I have long treasured Murray McLachlan's Divine Art CD (25003) entitled 'The Scottish Romantics', with solo piano works by Mackenzie (all pieces there are included in the new recordings), MacCunn and McEwen.
It is good to have, at last, the chance to hear the rest of Mackenzie's piano compositions, almost all of which are likely to be unknown to most of us.
I just hope that the 'within the next few months' quote on Sheva's website is accurate, unlike some companies we can think of!
7  Little-known music of all eras / Coming broadcasts and listen-later links / Re: Christopher Gunning Symphony 2 on: July 18, 2019, 10:48:47 pm
I believe that the three being recorded for release by Signum are 2, 10 and 11.
8  Little-known music of all eras / Coming broadcasts and listen-later links / Christopher Gunning Symphony 2 on: July 16, 2019, 02:52:33 pm
Gunning's 2nd Symphony is being broadcast on BBC Radio 3 this afternoon, performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Kenneth Woods.
This is the only early Gunning Symphony  not commercially recorded - is there a chance that anyone could record it and make it available here, please?
Or, might this performance be a prelude to a commercial recording anyway?
9  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Erkki-Sven Tüür. Spectrums on: June 30, 2019, 07:04:09 pm
I would have been most interested in buying this, but with the postage being more than the cost of the cd, maybe I will give it a miss!
10  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: SOME unrecorded British Piano Concertos, 1934-94 on: May 31, 2019, 10:12:16 am
In the main, I agree with your list and would like the chance to hear those not available elsewhere.
Slightly off topic, I think that there should be a modern recording of Rubbra's Piano Concerto in G.  This a memorable work which I had hoped would have been included in the Chandos Rubbra series.
There was also information given in one of the record review magazines some years ago that John Lill had recorded it for Conifer, but that has never appeared, if it was actually recorded.
Naxos seem to have given up on their British Piano Concertos series, so could Dutton, Hyperion or Lyrita be persuaded?
11  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Re: Pancho Vladigerove: Violin Concerto #1 on: September 14, 2018, 05:19:41 pm
. . . and then there are the piano concertos.
For some time, Toccata Classics had them listed as 'in the pipeline', but they are no longer mentioned.
Will they ever be issued?
12  About music in general / Individual composers / Re: Olivier Greif on: September 08, 2018, 11:01:43 am
I so agree - for me, his greatest works are the Sonate de Requiem and the Piano Trio, conveniently paired on a Harmonia Mundi cd.
For the real Greif enthusiast, like me, the 'must have' is the boxed set of 12 dvds entitled 'Les Incontournables - Olivier Greif' on Timpani 9F1216. This contains archive films, interviews, performances (some complete, some excerpts) and more.
The more I listen to Greif's works, the more I think he is a great composer, but sadly little acknowledged in France.  However, the Olivier Greif Ensemble in Holland is doing a lot to make his works better known in performance and recordings - see their website and examples on YouTube.
13  About music in general / Individual composers / Re: Oliver Knussen RIP on: July 09, 2018, 10:53:41 pm
Or, maybe, like Howard Ferguson, he stopped composing as he had already written all he needed to?
14  About music in general / Individual composers / Oliver Knussen RIP on: July 09, 2018, 07:06:15 pm
The death has just been announced of Oliver Knussen, a visionary conductor who was not as acknowledged as he deserved as a leading composer.
15  Little-known music of all eras / Downloads discussion / Re: British and Irish Music on: July 06, 2018, 05:27:41 pm
Joubert Symphony 3 and Piano Concerto due 7th September from Lyrita - SRCD367
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