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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 04, 2018, 08:26:50 pm
Puts is also a very good public representative of contemporary music.  The public adores him and he is frequently commissioned by patrons.  Despite his academic skills (he has a doctorate in composition and studied at the finest music conservatories in America), he is tall and athletic and friendly.  Basically, doesn't fit the old loner weirdo stereotypes of what some think a composer would be.  I've been fortunate to hang out with him on occasions including rehearsals of some of his premieres.  We went for a walk after the rehearsal and he had absolutely no ego, was fully curious in my musical experiences and very engaging.  I'm a huge fan of the person as well as the music he creates.  I met him for the first time back in 2002 when he was quite unknown but his music was searing and powerfully moving.  Marin Alsop was a huge fan of his already and he taught at the school I graduated from.  He was quite young (I believe 30 years old back then) and brilliant and I love everything he's written. 

Great to read - thanks for sharing. I heard Puts’ Lento assai for string quartet (based on the slow movement of Beethoven’s op. 135) performed live a couple years ago - a very moving work. I see he has written a cello concerto which I’d very much like to hear!
2  About music in general / The listener / Re: What are you listening to today? on: April 03, 2018, 11:12:58 pm
Swiss composer, Volkmar Andreae (1879-1962) Symphony in C Op. 31 (1919); a masterpiece, 'discovered' thanks to Kyjo.

So glad you enjoyed it, Johan! Smiley It is indeed a deeply impressive work and I feel many other members of this forum might feel the same.
3  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Caspar Diethelm (1926-1997) Symphonies etc. from Guild on: January 28, 2018, 10:44:39 pm
I had never heard of the Swiss composer Caspar Diethelm before coming across this new 3-disc set of his symphonies and other orchestral works from Guild while browsing MusicWeb International. Reviewer Marc Rochester was very enthusiastic about this release, nominating it for Recording of the Month. He mentions Sibelius, Hindemith, Nielsen, Martinu, and Bartok as passing influences on Diethelm's style, but asserts that he has an individual style. It sounds quite tantalizing to say the least!

Caspar DIETHELM (1926-1997)
Symphony No.1, Op.35 [30:32]
Symphony No.3, Op.76 [21:49]
Symphony No.4 “Homage to Joseph Haydn”, Op.100 [24:57]
Symphony No.5 “Mandala”, Op.180 [48:24]
Symphonic Suite “Saturnalia”, op.200 [41:56]
Symphonic Prologue, Op.125 [7:32]
Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Rainer Held
rec. 2016, Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
GUILD GM3CD7808 [3 CDs: 175:18]
4  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Unknown Martinu on: January 22, 2018, 11:44:18 pm
I listened to Vanishing Midnight last night and can say that it is a discovery of the highest rank! Its language of dark impressionism is quite different from the composer's mature, folk music-influenced style. The final movement, Shadows, is particularly impressive and is genuinely frightening in spots!
5  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: A Symphonies Game on: January 22, 2018, 10:17:48 pm
I just discovered this forum, so here goes:
Only - Von Hausegger (disregarding Barbarossa, which really should be termed a symphony as well. But allow me this loophole please).

1 - Furtwängler or
2 - Weingartner
3 - Langgaard
4 - Braga Santos
5 - Sibelius (the 1915 version)
6 - Tournemire
7 - Hamerik
8 - Rautavaara
9 - Von Klenau
10 - None
11 - Raff

Welcome to the forum, Ilja! Smiley Interesting list, and great to see another lover of the great Braga Santos 4th!
6  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Urspruch Symphony and Piano concerto on: December 24, 2017, 12:30:50 am
Great news! I listened to Urspruch's PC on YT and it was lovely.
7  Little-known music of all eras / Notice of interesting concerts around the world / Re: Joseph Marx - Eine Herbstsinfonie on: November 24, 2017, 01:50:04 am
As you may know, we already have a recording of Feste im Herbst, which is an independent version of the symphony's final movement:

Oh yes, I know that recording - Feste im Herbst is a wonderful work Smiley
8  Little-known music of all eras / Notice of interesting concerts around the world / Re: Joseph Marx - Eine Herbstsinfonie on: November 22, 2017, 04:08:58 pm
Great news! Here's hoping for a commercial recording...
9  Little-known music of all eras / Works on the wireless / Re: Kurt Atterberg - Piano Concerto opus 37 (1936) on: November 14, 2017, 05:54:20 pm
Great work - one of my favorite piano concertos. The slow movement, as always with Atterberg, is very beautiful and atmospheric.
10  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: A Symphonies Game on: November 08, 2017, 07:33:32 pm
Elgar 1
Rachmaninoff 2
Saint-Saens 3
Braga Santos 4
Atterberg 5
Vaughan Williams 6
Sibelius 7
Dvorak 8
Mahler 9
Shostakovich 10

...and an alternate list, 'cause why not?:

Martinu 1
Hanson 2
Honegger 3
Schmidt 4
Arnold 5
Bax 6
Beethoven 7
Glazunov 8
Bruckner 9
Holmboe 10

It really pained me to leave out Brahms and Nielsen (amongst others), but the competition is just too stiff Sad
11  About music in general / The listener / Re: What are you listening to today? on: November 04, 2017, 05:34:12 am
Tonight, Palmgren's Piano Concerto no. 2 The River (from a new Alba CD) and Tubin's Symphony no. 6 (Jarvi/BIS). The former is a wonderfully atmospheric and inspiriting score which takes Rachmaninoff as a starting point, but Palmgren has an individual voice. The latter is thunderous, percussive work which is notable for its RVW-esque use of a malevolent, sleazy solo saxophone. I find the hushed ending to be quite moving.
12  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Aarre Merikanto (1893-1958) on: November 02, 2017, 05:50:20 am
Just listened to Merikanto's Symphony no. 2 and was very impressed. It's quite an individual work which escapes the long shadow of Sibelius quite successfully - Merikanto's orchestration (which is phenomenal) and harmonies have more of a Gallic tinge to them. For a so-titled War Symphony, the work gets off to a pretty upbeat start, and while there is drama in the first movement, the real emotional meat of the piece is found in the dark slow movement (notable for its trombone glissandi at the climax). The first and final movements contain some superbly warm-hearted, life-affirming melodies that will make me want to return to this work soon.
13  About music in general / The listener / Re: What are you listening to today? on: October 31, 2017, 05:45:46 am
Bernstein: Symphony no. 2 The Age of Anxiety (Thibaudet/Alsop/Baltimore SO). Not sure why I had ignored this work for so long. It gets off to a bit of slow start, but Part II contains some of Bernstein's finest music. That ending is glorious!
14  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Volkmar Andreae (1879-1962) on: October 23, 2017, 06:43:30 pm
This definitely seems like a candidate for the "least amount of replies" thread, but here goes Grin

Andreae (1879-1962) was a Swiss composer who is (relatively) better known today as a conductor who led the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich from 1906-1949 and made some noted Bruckner recordings. His music had not come to light until the Swiss label Guild recently started recording it. These recordings have been released with little fanfare, but those who have heard them have nothing but words of praise. Stylistically, Andreae was hardly an advanced composer, and that probably accounts for his neglect over the years. His earlier works are rather Brahmsian (with a hint of Grieg) but still with a stamp of individuality, and gradually his music began to absorb French influences (Faure and impressionism) and the contemporary fin-de-siècle styles of Schreker, Zemlinsky, et al. Like that of Frank Martin, his music epitomizes the mixture of Germanic and French influences in Switzerland.

So far, I have heard both his piano trios, both his symphonies, his Piano Concerto, and his Konzertstuck for piano and orchestra, and they are all pieces of great melodic inspiration and emotion. His First Piano Trio, op. 1, is a highly impressive premiere opus that has Brahmsian influences but with a distinct freshness and textural openness that is quite individual. The melodies will get stuck in your head for days! The Second Piano Trio is a more elusive but powerful work where the influence of Faure is quite apparent. The early, unpublished Symphony in F is notable for its remarkably poignant slow movement. The later Symphony in C is a highly individual work that moves from a dark, chromatic beginning through a powerful funeral march (echoes of Schmidt's Fourth Symphony) to a blazingly triumphant finale. And the Konzertstuck is 15 minutes of late-romantic piano and orchestra bliss. I greatly look forward to exploring the rest of his output!

Most of his modest output has been recorded by Guild, with the exception of his two operas and some of his choral/orchestral music. Marc Andreae, the composer’s grandson, leads excellent recordings of the orchestral works, and equally fine soloists and chamber ensembles are featured as well.  All of these recordings can be accessed on YouTube and Spotify, and I’ll provide some links below:

Symphony in C:


Piano Trio no. 1 – first movement:

Slow movement of Symphony in F:

In short, I cannot understand why Andreae’s music is not better known. It is memorable, highly melodic, and expertly scored. Anyone else familiar with it?
15  About music in general / The listener / Re: What are you listening to today? on: October 23, 2017, 06:39:49 pm
Yesterday, Respighi's Church Windows (Philharmonia Orchestra/Geoffrey Simon on Chandos). That final movement, in particular, is absolutely magnificent!
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