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1  Little-known music of all eras / Coming broadcasts and listen-later links / Re: Parsival from Bavarian State Opera - SUNDAY 8th JULY on: July 15, 2018, 05:09:52 pm
A welcome appearance, Gerard  :-)  Please pop by more often? 
2  About music in general / Individual composers / Re: Oliver Knussen RIP on: July 10, 2018, 05:33:28 am
He was very well-known at the time of their creation for his two children's operas, which were commissioned by Glyndebourne - Where The Wild Things Are, and Higglety-Pigglety Pop

Some element of mis-expectation (or mis-coordination) between OK and Glyndebourne resulated in both scores being delivered to the opera house in around 88%-completed format -leading to premieres at which certain scenes had to be narrated from the libretto, as the music was not complete enough to perform. This element distracted from the end result, as certain carping critics were unkind enough to go on (and on) about in print.

In their own genre they are masterpieces, and I would easily rate them alongside pieces like L'Enfant Et Les Sortileges.  It's frankly a pity OK didn't write more for the theatre - as he did so very well.

https://youtu.be/TSbOCfIh3HI
3  Little-known music of all eras / Coming broadcasts and listen-later links / Re: Parsival from Bavarian State Opera - SUNDAY 8th JULY on: July 08, 2018, 08:53:06 pm
This is truly a stand-out interpretation in every sense - even by the enviable standards of the Bavarian State Opera. The unflagging level of orchestral detail which Petrenko finds is an outstanding achievement. The singing is lyrical at every moment, never resorting to 'Helden' shouting or bluster.  Every note has a beauty of its own, inseperably woven into the text and meaning behind it.  A Gesamtkunstwerk indeed!

A production and concept that highlights the 'unremitting foolishness' of the nay-sayers on ignorant websites.
4  Little-known music of all eras / Coming broadcasts and listen-later links / Parsival from Bavarian State Opera - SUNDAY 8th JULY on: July 07, 2018, 04:30:37 pm
A unique chance to see and hear the live stream from Bavarian State Opera of their PARSIFAL production

https://www.staatsoper.de/en/staatsopertv.html?no_cache=1#c9610

Usually these streams remain active for 24 hours only - so catch it while you can!

Cond: K Petrenko  Staging: P Audi

• Amfortas Michael Nagy
• Titurel Bálint Szabó
• Gurnemanz René Pape
• Parsifal Burkhard Fritz
• Klingsor Derek Welton
• Kundry Nina Stemme
• Erster Gralsritter Kevin Conners
• Zweiter Gralsritter Callum Thorpe
• Stimme aus der Höhe Rachael Wilson
• Erster Knappe Elsa Benoit
• Zweiter Knappe Noa Beinart
• Dritter Knappe Manuel Günther
• Vierter Knappe Galeano Salas
• Klingsors Zaubermädchen
Elsa Benoit,
Noluvuyiso Mpofu,
Selene Zanetti,
Rachael Wilson,
Noa Beinart
5  Preliminaries / Greetings / Re: Hello Everyone on: July 04, 2018, 05:32:15 pm
Happy 4th of July, Nick!
6  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: "Recent" Toccata Releases on: July 02, 2018, 05:20:09 pm
But it's to your credit that you gave DHJ's symphonies a hearing. I hope they may grow on you?  It's true, his sound world is not a simple one.
7  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Naxos on: July 02, 2018, 04:58:16 pm
. I wonder who actually needs the Brahms symphonies played by a provincial Hungarian orchestra??

+1
8  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: What are you currently listening to? on: June 29, 2018, 01:52:42 pm
For my money,the best of all the post G & S operettas.

I would rank OF THEE I SING and GIRL CRAZY up alongside them :-))  They both continue the tradition of a patter-song charlatan 'hero' who manages to get away with it :-)  The early Marx Bros musicals picked up this format - but Groucho's singing was too haphazard to carry it off, and they quickly dropped the 'musical' format.

Along with Kurt Weill's A TOUCH OF VENUS.  (For anyone who only associates Weill with banjo-driven political extremism, the show-stopping aria 'West Wind' is the stand-out lyrical barnstomer from that score :-)   By that era, a tradition had developed that the Leading Lady would be a comedy soubrette - and the 'serious' musical material was handed to the Second Lady (normally someone with a trained, operatic voice, who could carry a big melody).
9  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Links without any discussion on: June 28, 2018, 07:51:04 pm
Very reasonably put!  I hope everyone would understand why. 

I write as soneone who has once been hit by exactly such malware from a forum link here.  Cry  Took 5 hours to restore my system afterwards.
10  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
11  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.
12  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.
13  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.
14  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."
15  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
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