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1  About music in general / The listener / Re: Russian Symphony Orchestra Society on: February 17, 2019, 03:41:03 pm
Eduard Frantsovitch Nápravník (1839-1916),


Napravnik was Czech, although he spent most of his working career (conducting, primarily - especially for Tchaikovsky) in Russia.
2  Little-known music of all eras / Downloads discussion / Re: Slovak Music on: February 12, 2019, 08:52:20 pm
Thank you for that huge inpur of information about Suchon and his opera.  I fear very few people will have heard this work - which is their loss, as it is a fine piece of work (in my view!)
3  About music in general / Performance and technique / Re: Musical concert security on: February 07, 2019, 01:54:20 pm
Dear Mr Escamilla

Are you a professional liar, or do you just do it as a hobby?

4  Little-known music of all eras / Notice of interesting concerts around the world / Re: Concerto dedicated to London on: January 27, 2019, 07:11:46 pm
What's very strange to me about this promotion is that no program seems to be on offer.

This is a regrettable Russian malaise, and not confined to provincial halls. Here in Moscow, the Philharmonia consider it sufficient to name the performers (with glossy pics), but concerning the program, they write simply 'Beethoven, Chopin' - and you are left to take pot luck. (((

I though it was rather touching that the Yakutsk public are prepared to turn out  (the concert is this week, it hasn't happened yet) to listen to music by the Saintly Sir Edward. 

I wonder how many Londonders would pitch up to hear music by Sakha composers?  Probably none.
5  Little-known music of all eras / Notice of interesting concerts around the world / Re: Concerto dedicated to London on: January 26, 2019, 10:49:32 pm
Anyone n the UK (where many members seem to be located?) unable to make it to Yakutsk (the capital of the Sakha Republic) tomorrow might consider instead a jolly good concert planned at the Royal Festival Hall in London.  Russo-German conductor Vladimir Jurowsky, and a largely E European/German cast, will be presenting DIE WALKURE, with the LPO  (part of the leaving festivities for Jurowsky, who departs next season to take over as MD of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich - Europea's foremost opera theatre of the moment). 

Stuart Skelton tenor, Siegmund
Markus Marquardt bass, Wotan *
Ruxandra Donose mezzo-soprano, Sieglinde *
Stephen Milling bass, Hunding
Claudia Mahnke mezzo-soprano, Fricka
Svetlana Sozdateleva soprano, Brünnhilde

Skelton is in top form, and considered the top Wagnerian tenor in the world, at present.  Sozdateleva makes her Brunnhilde debut at last (she has previously sung Sieglinde in this opera), after her award-winning FIERY ANGEL with Jurowski last year. She will repeat FIERY ANGEL with Jurowski at The Met next year.
6  Little-known music of all eras / Notice of interesting concerts around the world / Re: Concerto dedicated to London on: January 26, 2019, 02:42:31 pm
Ministry oif Culture of the Sakha Republic of Russia
State Philharmonic of the Sakha Republic with the support of the Bishopic of Sakha
30th January 2019 at 18:30   Children's Arts School No 1
Subscription Series No 1 - Musical Capitals of the World
Symphonica Artica Orchestra, conductor Natalya Bazaleva
Program of Haydn, Britten & Elgar
Artistic Director of the Program - State-Honoured Artiste Natalya Bazaleva
Tickets from the Philharmonia at Yaroslavskogo St 27
[names of various sponsors]
7  Little-known music of all eras / Notice of interesting concerts around the world / Re: Concerto Anniversary of Leningrad's siege on: January 24, 2019, 09:41:01 pm
Before members start polishing their smart shoes for the concert, it is worth also mentoning that the concert is in the ciy of Abakan, Central Siberia.

The weather forecast for 17th Jan is a mere -18C, so winter boots ought to be enough.  However, a sharp fall to -27C is forecast for the week after the concert - so pack your thermals if you plan staying to explore after the concert.
8  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Susan Spain-Dunk on: January 22, 2019, 09:44:22 pm
(I was going to say charming but that sounded patronising).

There's nothing amiss with charm. It's a quality we badly lack these days, so we could use every bit that we can find Smiley
9  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Hubert Parry - English Lyrics now available complete at last! on: January 20, 2019, 01:26:35 pm
One caould also mention the total absence of any recording of the works of Stephen Storace (1762-1706). He achieved early career success in Vienna, having a few productions there of his first works. After his sister's banishment from Vianna* the Storaces moved home to London, where both took up major positions with Sheridan at the Drury Lane Theatre. Stephen died (allegedly of flu contracted during long overnight rehearsals) in his 30s.  Nancy went on to sing in the Oxford UK premiere of The Seasons by her old Vienna friend - Joseph Haydn.

Most of Stephen's London works were issued in vocal score editions by his publishers, Longman & Broderip - these are extenisvely cued with the orchestral solo parts (SS was a meticulous client for Longman & Broderip) and could be rairly easily returned to a putative full version.  Sadly his greatest work (according to the memoirs of orchestral players who performed them), Dido, Queen of Carthage, didn't survive. (The oboist Parke claimed it was 'too complicated for the London public).

While still a student, I staged the first modern revival of The Siege Of Belgrade (1791) - but no recording (perhaps luckily!) survives :-)  His operas are an endearing amalgam of Mozartian ensembles and arias (for the rest of his 'Vienna' crew in London) plus comic songs for the established audience favourites among the cast. He also wrote some solo shows for the theatre's 'music-ha;;' stars, such as the popular singing comedian Richard 'Dicky' Suett. 'My Grandmother' remained in the Drury Lane repertoire for nearly 50 years - with its famous comic dance routine 'Dicky's Walk'.

* the soprano Anna 'Nancy' Storace - prima buffa in Vianna, the first to perform Susanna in Mozart's FIGARO, and for whom many other Vienna roles were written, e.g. by Salieri.  Allegedly the Austrian Emperor's mistress, we can only guess at the reasons behind her catastrophic overnight fall from favour
10  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Immanent closure on: January 17, 2019, 09:22:51 pm
Hardly 'in opposition' to this site - since it had no original content, and more pertinently - no members (since all of the 'members' were simply empty bogus profiles).  But yes - I think you've done the right thing by quarantining this delinquent (ex-)member.

If you have been banned from this forum for persistent abuses, you should not be able to saunter back in under a fresh assumed username.

As far as the ad-hominem politcal invective is concerned - that, too, has no place here.
11  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Prokofiev - early unknown symphony on: January 17, 2019, 09:12:30 pm
Frankly, the only use for the Kiev Post is when the Andrex runs out. 
12  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Immanent closure on: January 15, 2019, 05:06:25 pm
A fresh pile of old cobblers, peopled entirely by Sydney and the roster of sock-puppet bogus identities ('Gerard', 'Rita', 'Granny Smith', 'Henry Ate A Pedal', et al) which follows inevitably in his wake.

"immanent'?? (sic)  Says it all.
13  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Operas set in India on: January 12, 2019, 05:55:19 pm
Almost every culture can find a point of contact with Carmen... if they are ready to square up to it
14  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Operas set in India on: January 12, 2019, 11:21:22 am
It's true that there are not very many operas set in India!  Even the only opera about an Indian leader (Satyagraha) features only Gandhi's time spent in S Africa.

The Pearl Fishers is set in ancient Ceylon (modern Sri Lanka)

Elgar's cantata Crown Of India is not an opera - but was originally presented in a fully staged and costumed version, at the London Coliseum, with the composer himself conducting.  I have previously expressed my contempt for this piece on this forum, so I won't repeat it all again.
15  Preliminaries / Greetings / Re: Happy Christmas/Holiday Season to All Members on: January 08, 2019, 05:50:43 am

but shouldn’t the “index nominum” be the “index nominorum?”

Oh, you sophist!  :-))  Bravo.

according to Google Translate

'Nuff said about Gurgle Translate  Wink

Meanwhile, Happy Christmas to those whose lives are geared to the Eastern Rite - we celebrated it yesterday.  And Old New Year's Night is still to come, next week Smiley
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