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1  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: A Nowowiejski renaissance? on: January 02, 2018, 07:23:27 pm
Yes indeed!  And I have also posted information about an opera broadcast of his opera Legend Of The Baltic

http://artmusic.smfforfree.com/index.php/topic,6276.msg31760/topicseen.html#msg31760

2  Little-known music of all eras / Coming broadcasts and listen-later links / Re: Feliks Nowowiejski LEGEND OF THE BALTIC 10th December 2017 on: December 31, 2017, 03:25:13 pm
Bump!

This is now online and available to view. The production utilises modern technologies and ideas, yet remains faithful to the composer's idea. Worth your time :-)
3  About music in general / The listener / Re: A school story on: December 09, 2017, 03:45:25 pm
Thank you for sharing that charming story :-)

I wonder if other members have similar accounts of early encounters with music which left a lasting effect on them?

My own school was a musical wasteland, so I didn't have any eventful musical awakenings there*.

If I had a school-years moment which 'turned me on' to classical music...   we had a next-door neighbour who was a memberships secretary for the Bach Choir. I think she had given me up as a lost cause, but one day she had a spare ticket for an Albert Hall recital by Shura Cherkassky.  I don't think I'd ever been to a professional piano recital before (not counting my piano-teacher's bumbling attempts). Cherkassky was already getting on in years by then, but it was an astounding concert, which inspired me to save my pocket-money for more concert tickets of my own. One of these was a Dufay concert by the Early Music Consort of London (David Munrow), and from there, there was no looking back   Smiley


[Although being made to belt-out the top lines of Handel choruses during class music lessons instilled a firm dislike for English oratorios which has lasted my whole life through. I was only decades later that I began to enjoy Handel's operas... but the oratorios remain embedded in a world of school bells and carbolic soap which I've not been able to dislodge]
4  Little-known music of all eras / Books about composers and their music / Re: Stalin's Music Prize: Soviet Culture and PoliticsMay 24, 2016 on: December 07, 2017, 11:36:54 am
Richard Taruskin is an American musicologist (since the 1980s) who has latterly dabbled with "public intellectual" status, writing about all manner of things in the 'intelligent" press.

Taruskin is a combative and litigious individual, who has frequently resorted to legal proceedings to silence his opponents and critics.

His much-vaunted claims of family origins in Russia have been used to 'justify' his writings on Russian music. His book on Stravinsky alleges the composer was a compulsive serial liar. He has made a (lucrative) career out of attacking everything that happened in Russian music from 1917 to the present day - primarily on an ideological basis. Despite his claims to have been a performer on the viola-da-gamba (no proof of this career exists) he has viciously attacked the 'Early Music' movement (include character assassinations aimed at individuals who seem to have crossed him) and attempted to debunk all of its principles - truly disgusting behaviour for a so-called "academic".

Cynics would say that he has ruthless milked anti-Russian sentiment in the USA to obtain teaching posts and top-paying publishing contracts - which reward him for his Russophobic views.
5  Little-known music of all eras / Books about composers and their music / Re: Stalin's Music Prize: Soviet Culture and PoliticsMay 24, 2016 on: December 07, 2017, 10:09:04 am
check it out at your local library.

Or wait until copies appear at the garbage tip. Citing Taruskin as a source is already a clue to this book's worthlessness.
6  Little-known music of all eras / Notice of interesting concerts around the world / Re: Prokofiev FIERY ANGEL at Scottish Opera (City Halls, Glasgow, Dec 3rd) on: December 03, 2017, 07:23:29 am
Bump. It's this afternoon (3pm), if anyone still wants to get a ticket.
7  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Composers under National Socialism on: November 21, 2017, 10:31:26 pm

I suspect that those today who go around calling themselves "Neo-Nazis" don't know this.

Although they prove the case in charmingly ironic fashion Wink
8  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Dibdin: Christmas Gambols on: November 19, 2017, 08:55:28 pm
I have the,long deleted,Hyperion recording of Dibdin's The Ephesian Matron; The Brickdust Man and The Grenadier by Opera Restor'd,

Yes, I've got that one too, somewhere :-))  To describe these as 'operas' is really pushing the definition somewhat - they are really music-hall entertainments, and were presented as such in Dibdin's lifetime (at the Sadler's Wells Theatre - in the then-rowdy suburb of Islington!  Dibdin was also famous for his 'sea-battle' musical re-enactments - more famed for their theatrical effects than for their musical finery :-))  Sheridan spoofed the genre in his satire 'The Rehearsal'.

Sadly no-one at all seems interested in performing Storace's Viennese-style music?  In Vienna his pieces featured alongside Mozart, Haydn, Salieri, and Co - and he's certainly in their musical league.  Dibdin's 'sausage operas' are at the other end of the musical spectrum Wink  Storace was catering to a more refined audience at Drury Lane, far from the beer-halls of Islington - where his impresario boss, Sheridan, had some of Europe's top opera singers on staff  ("Mrs Crouch", the Prince of Wales's mistress; Anna 'Nancy' Storace, the composer's sister, and offcast mistress of Emperor Franz-Josef; and Michael Kelly, the famed Irish tenor. Later the team was joined by tenor John Braham, the new love interest in Anna Storace's life).
9  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Dibdin: Christmas Gambols on: November 19, 2017, 03:28:44 pm
It's a fine enterprise, but sadly Dibdin's output was calculated to appeal to the very mainest of mainstream in his era. The advanced composers of the time were Shield, Storace, and Linley.  Probably Dibdin is interesting as social history.
10  Little-known music of all eras / Broadcast videos / Re: Vladimir Yurovsky Ballet Suite "Scarlet Sails" (1942) on: November 18, 2017, 09:09:18 pm
I understand your frustration, especially when it's all in a foreign language.  (The music starts just after 05:00)

In fact this is a clip from V Jurowsky's series called "Concert Lectures - Vladimir Jurowsky Discusses & Conducts".  In Russian (and indeed in English too) he is a very lucid and amusing guy, and has the knack of talking about serious things in an accessible and down-to-earth way.

Most concerts in Russia, even these days, are 'compered' by an Announcer - most frequently a severe and frightening woman (they are mostly women) who bores the pants off the audience before the gig starts - usually by talking tripe of their very own concoction.  (At one concert, in Ekaterinburg, the announcer opened her twaddle with the words "Yughan Sevabstian Bark was a very congenial man". At another concert in Moscow, the announcer announced that there was a misprint in the program. "Of course, they meant to write Puccini, and not Piccini."  The music was indeed by Niccolò Piccinni - but this didn't stop the old battleaxe from treating to us to a potted biography of Giacomo instead  Roll Eyes

Jurowsky is notoriously allergic to this kind of baloney - and proposed to the concert-hall management that he would introduce his concerts himself in future (on threat of walking out, if an 'Announcer' appeared).  He's used the series to introduce all kinds of more 'popular' music - from this Soviet-era ballet, to a complete concert of Shostakovich's music for Firemen's Bands.
11  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Daniil Trifonov. Piano Concerto in Eb minor. on: November 18, 2017, 04:06:25 am
Daniil Trifonov - Piano Concerto in E-flat minor
I Andante,  Allegro ma non troppo,  Andante,  Più mosso,  Tranquillo,  Allegro,  Presto,  Maestoso , Allegro
II Andante - Agitato - 15:31
III Allegro Vivace - 22:17
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Manfred Honeck, conductor
Daniil Trifonov, piano

https://youtu.be/kY_Q6RgtC3E
12  Little-known music of all eras / Notice of interesting concerts around the world / Prokofiev FIERY ANGEL at Scottish Opera (City Halls, Glasgow, Dec 3rd) on: November 13, 2017, 08:01:19 am
Probably the only chance to hear this rare early Prokofiev work in Scotland?  (Considering how many members we have in Scotland?)

https://www.scottishopera.org.uk/shows/the-fiery-angel/   Concert Performance. Collaboration between Royal Scottish Conservatoire + Scottish Opera, cond Mikhail Agrest.

Tickets still available, but going fast.

The line-up of principals is primarily from the Komische Oper, Berlin cast from last year  (Sozdateleva, Abdullah, Golovin)

https://youtu.be/umYf4QJsRO8
13  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Mussorgsky but not Ravel on: November 11, 2017, 04:31:04 pm
but really, I prefer the piano original to all of them.


Indeed Smiley) Dear old Modeste never gave any hint that it was any kind of 'unfinished' orchestral work... and as you rightly say, his faithful collaborator Rimsky never took on such a project Smiley
14  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Re: Addiobelpassato on: November 11, 2017, 12:45:43 pm
Aha, I've been following that channel for several years!  As you say, it's focussed mainly on historic performances. There are some marvellous rarities to be found there :-))
15  Little-known music of all eras / Coming broadcasts and listen-later links / Feliks Nowowiejski LEGEND OF THE BALTIC 10th December 2017 on: October 30, 2017, 01:05:00 am
A truly 'unsung' rarity will be staged at Teatr Wielky Poznan (Poland) in Dec

From 10th Dec you can enjoy a free OperaVision internet screening of Feliks Nowowiejski's "Legend of the Baltic' (Legenda Bałtyku, 1924)

Poznan is a small, powerhouse theatre which puts out astonishing productions to a very good musical standard - so hopefull Nowowiejski will be well served!

http://operavision.eu/en/library/performances/operas/legenda-baltyku  <--- link live from 10th Dec onwards
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