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1  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Composer Jaan Rääts has passed away on December 25, 2020, at the age of 88. on: December 30, 2020, 06:30:22 pm
Sorry to read of the death of Jaan Rääts, a bright light in Estonia’s musical life.
There are recordings of some of his piano sonatas and other music readily available on cd or download, and a number of orchestral works can be accessed on YouTube and Spotify.
2  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / York Bowen on: August 13, 2020, 07:53:01 pm
The Hyperion website, in its ‘coming soon’ box, shows a cd of York Bowen, but I cannot make out what the cd may contain, as the picture is very small, and zooming just blurs the image.
Does anyone on this forum know what the cd may contain, and who the musicians are?
3  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Vladigerov Piano Concertos 1-5 on: August 12, 2020, 08:30:51 pm
It sounds as though you are right about the recording provenance - the pianists are the composer, Teodor Moussev, Ivan Drenikov and Krassimir Gatov, and the orchestra is the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra.
I am encouraged by your comments about the recording standards, particularly as there are unlikely to be new versions any time soon.
4  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Vladigerov Piano Concertos 1-5 on: August 12, 2020, 06:11:20 pm
Presto Classical has announced that the Capriccio label will be releasing on 4th September a 3CD set of all five of Vladigerov's Piano Concertos, with various pianists, conducted by Vladigerov's son Alexander.   The recordings were apparently made in the 1970s, but a chance to hear all five of them has to be good news.
Some time ago, Toccata Classics announced the PCs as being 'in the pipeline', but that announcement has disappeared, so I guess that this Capriccio issue is the best we are likely to get for the foreseeable future . . .
5  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Re: Raymond Warren Symphony No.3 on: July 30, 2020, 10:54:21 pm
Thanks for posting this - it is more than time that Raymond Warren’s music was given an airing.
I remember attending concerts of his music when he was at the Music Faculty at Queen’s University Belfast - I must look out the programmes to remind myself of what works of his I heard.
I did not know the Third Symphony at all, and am so grateful to have the chance to hear it now.
Thanks again!
6  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Graham Whettam on: July 30, 2020, 11:35:45 am
Thanks for opening this new thread.

I would suggest that, if not done already, anyone interested in Whettam's orchestral music check the British and Irish Music Archive and Catalogue in this site's Downloads section, where there are a number of recordings of his works, such as the Clarinet Concerto, Sinfonia Concertante, Sinfonia contra timore, Sinfonia Drammatica, Sinfonietta Stravagante and his withdrawn Symphony 1.

The Archive is a good place to get to know his orchestral work (and, of course, plenty of other British and Irish composers), since few record companies seem interested, and there is little chance of hearing his music in concert, with or without Covid-19.
7  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Daniel Jones Symphonies forthcoming on Lyrita on: July 29, 2020, 03:09:59 pm
I am not a moderator, just someone who is eagerly awaiting Lyrita’s completion of the Daniel Jones Symphonies cycle, and was frustrated to find that the post I commented on was nothing to do with Daniel Jones.
Graham Whettam’s music is certainly worthy of comment, but that should be posted on a new thread.
8  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Daniel Jones Symphonies forthcoming on Lyrita on: July 27, 2020, 12:38:23 pm
Please reserve this thread for talk of Daniel Jones and his symphonies.
If you wish to comment on Graham Whettam, who is worth a mention, you should start a new thread, please.
9  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Hyperion Romantic Piano Concertos series - next issue Rubbra and Bliss on: March 27, 2020, 08:35:33 am
It is scheduled for release at the end of June, and also includes Bax’s Morning Song (Maytime in Sussex)
10  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Hyperion Romantic Piano Concertos series - next issue Rubbra and Bliss on: March 11, 2020, 02:28:24 pm
You are, of course, correct, but I stick by ‘elderly’ !
11  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Hyperion Romantic Piano Concertos series - next issue Rubbra and Bliss on: March 10, 2020, 05:09:15 pm
Announced as ‘ Coming soon’ on Hyperion’s website - the Piano Concertos by Rubbra and Bliss, played by Piers Lane.
The two existing recordings of the Rubbra, a much underrated work, by Denis Matthews and Malcolm  Binns, are elderly and in mono, so a new recording is much to be welcomed.
As for the Bliss, a modern recording is a bonus.
12  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Parry: Judith, or The Regeneration of Manasseh (1888) [Chandos] on: February 02, 2020, 07:28:30 am
Cannot wait for this - a big gap in the Parry discography is being filled at long last.
13  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Theremin (yes same instrument in Good Vibrations by Beach Boys) on: January 30, 2020, 07:40:17 pm
For a recent and interesting orchestral work with theremin, try the Theremin Concerto by the Finn Kalevi Aho on the BIS label.
14  Little-known music of all eras / Coming broadcasts and listen-later links / Re: Ruth Gipps on the BBC on: December 11, 2019, 06:10:45 pm
Many thanks for making this available - Symphony 3 is a favourite, and the recording is fine to my ears.
Any chance that Symphony 1 will be performed/recorded any time soon? Chandos perhaps, as a coupling for No.3?
15  Various / Miscellany / Re: Where's Colin? on: November 19, 2019, 01:22:42 pm
Relief all round, I would say!
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