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1  Little-known music of all eras / Wish lists and requests / Re: Curious about music from the Soviet Union on: June 23, 2018, 02:44:15 pm
Gergiev made a lot of enemies,read forumklassika.ru

But Norman Lebrecht is still a know-nothing charlatan   Wink
2  Little-known music of all eras / Wish lists and requests / Re: Curious about music from the Soviet Union on: June 21, 2018, 06:47:44 pm
Is this in anyway an authoritative source?  The CIA, if you believe everything, is responsible for meteors, volcanos, climate change, AIDS, population growth, population decline,.... or is it maybe just rubbish?

Hardly.  'Slipped Disc' is primarily pile of factless gossip and twaddle, with specific and persistent interests in publishing lies about Valery Gergiev, Anna Netrebko, and other Russian performers. The author of the 'Slipped Disc' website has lost several legal battles, in cases where he printed complete lies about record labels - and was forced to pay punitive damages. The man is a complete charlatan, with no knowledge of classical music whatsoever.
3  Little-known music of all eras / Wish lists and requests / Re: Curious about music from the Soviet Union on: June 21, 2018, 08:43:35 am
I'm surprised you use Lebrecht's site as reference material.
4  About music in general / Performance and technique / Re: Gennady Rozhdestvensky (1931-2018): R.I.P. on: June 17, 2018, 12:34:30 pm
And in addition all of that, a marvellous teacher who has brought on an entire generation of young Russian conductors  (Osetrov, Bogorad, and particularly Maxim Emelyanichev).  We will have cause to be grateful to Rozhdestvensky for decades to come.
5  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: What are you currently listening to? on: June 16, 2018, 10:14:18 pm
Unfortunately,one half of the recording of The Grand Duke is actually the D'Oyly Carte recording! Sad

But which half, as Strephon was heard to wonder? 

"What's to become of my upper half when I've buried my lower half I really don't know! ... You see they're two to one, which is a strong working majority. Queen. Don't let that distress you."
6  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Anthology of Russian Choral Contemporary Music Series on: May 25, 2018, 07:06:51 am
It's good to hear this music is getting recordings. Podgaits is music of real worth. Shakhidi is talented, although I have never heard his choral music - he is more well-known as an orchestral composer. Personally I would have called him a Tajik composer - but let's not split hairs  Smiley
7  Little-known music of all eras / Coming broadcasts and listen-later links / Re: BBC Proms Concerts 2018 on: April 22, 2018, 10:53:17 am
In the past I've made trips to London, where I was able to arrange the date of a trip I had to make anyhow with the period of 1-2 Proms. 

But when glancing through the Proms prospectus this year, nothing leapt out at me as a 'must', I have to say.  Very humdrum and 'safe' programming, performed by 'the usual suspects'.

The Proms is a festival - a chance to direct its high-end budgets at 'never-to-be-repeated' programs with exceptional performers. I'd heard they were going to do The Trojans this year - but it turns out to be only 'excerpts from'.  (Two bleeding chunks, 10 minutes and 7 minutes respectively - I wonder why they bothered?). 'Harold in Italy' must turn up twice-weekly at the South Bank - hardly 'festival' material at all.

As you say, with the almost universal availability of nearly any music you'd want on cd or internet, it requires a special 'zing' in the line-up to merit a 300-quid airfare to London these days. Robin Ticciati conducting Pelleas and Melisande - with a line-up of British soloists and an Austrian Melisande - is not, for me, even worth the tube fare to South Ken, sad to say  Roll Eyes
8  Little-known music of all eras / Coming broadcasts and listen-later links / BBC Proms Concerts 2018 on: April 19, 2018, 07:45:46 am
The program for the BBC Proms concerts in London (and broadcast on the internet) has been announced for 2018:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/proms

Is there anything you will be booking for, travelling to, bookmarking, or tuning in for?
9  Little-known music of all eras / Notice of interesting concerts around the world / Re: Mascagni's 'Silvano' at Scottish Opera in April 2019 on: April 15, 2018, 07:32:11 pm
Given the Barcarolle is sung by Silvano, a tenor in the title role, it seems strange that the tenor is not mentioned yet.

Although the performances are still a year off, I'm sure SO have given due thought to the matter  ;-)  Very often the cast will be mostly firmed-up by this stage - but the details remain confidential until a later date, for PR or contractual reasons.  Or just to keep some dry powder in reserve for a bombshell Press Release nearer the date - to prompt a flurry for tickets :-)

I doubt I can get to either Isabeau or Silvano, but I'm sure that both will be worth attending for those without trans-continental journeys involved :-)
10  Little-known music of all eras / Notice of interesting concerts around the world / Re: Mascagni's 'Silvano' at Scottish Opera in April 2019 on: April 14, 2018, 08:04:48 pm
Emma Bell is certainly "the right stuff" for that repertoire..   I wonder who the others will be?   No information so far on the title role...  or any of the others Wink
11  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Obscure Soviet Symphonies... on: April 13, 2018, 08:21:27 pm

I think I'll do a Grigory Krein solo pf disc later this year. Will let you know. So nothing much orchestral, but within one's limits, as it were.

Keep us posted as things developed, Bobyor :-)
12  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Obscure Soviet Symphonies... on: April 13, 2018, 06:02:08 pm
We surely need more from Krein's family their role is underrated

I believe Mr Bobyor has made personal efforts in exactly that direction Wink
13  About music in general / The listener / Re: What are you listening to today? on: April 07, 2018, 03:12:15 pm
Luckily Tiefland somehow clung to its hard-won spot in the repertories of many German opera theatres - so there's a good choice of recordings to be had, if you don't object to a few mono ones.
14  About music in general / The listener / Re: What are you listening to today? on: April 07, 2018, 12:32:55 pm
Eugene d'Albert

One of the most unusually-named Scotsmen you might find :-)   I don't (yet!) know Die Toten Augen, but I can aver that the reviews you've read of Tiefland are richly deserved - so you have much pleasure ahead :-)

In addition to three solid piano concertos for Dundonnell to relish, there are no less than 18 (!) operas. The title which most intrigues me is Der Golem - premiered, oddly, in Frankfurt, while Tiefland was first heard in Prague  (one might expect things the other way round, hmmm?).  Apparently there is a recording on MDG, which I must try to look out. Anyone know it?
15  About music in general / The listener / Re: What are you listening to today? on: April 06, 2018, 02:57:45 pm
It is indeed, and I shall be looking out the Dukas as soon as time permits  :-)
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