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1  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?
2  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 :-)
3  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
4  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 :-)
5  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
6  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.
7  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?
8  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  :-)
9  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Kodály: Székely fonó (OperaTrezor label MAO 027) on: April 05, 2018, 08:29:31 pm
Now that's really inspiring!  What a fine quality of work!
10  About music in general / The listener / Re: What are you listening to today? on: April 03, 2018, 10:41:14 pm

I downloaded an old Lp recording of Tchaikovsky's opera,The Maid of Orleans,the other day. I read up about it,afterwards. Apparently,this is another opera with some colourful,set pieces. I wonder if you've heard it? I haven't listened to it,yet. It might be a little weightier than this;so I may take it,a bit,at a time!!

Yes, that's a fine piece of writing indeed!  Although written in Russian, it picked-up quite a following internationally when sung in French... for clear reasons, considering the subject matter :-)  It's an unusual example of a mezzo-soprano in the lead role in a Tchaikovsky tragedy.  It's written in the French Grand Opčra genre, and thus it is inclined towards many set-piece numbers, as you say. It was dedicated to Napravnik, who conducted the premiere.

Tchaikovsky would be pilloried for his use of this French genre, which was one of the many reasons (aside from pure vindictive jealousy, of course) behind the 'whispering campaign' launched by Balakirev and chums - to wreck PT's reputation (by suggesting that he was insufficiently patriotic). It wasn't the first time, either.  The same reception came after his earlier Grand Opčra format piece, Oprichnik ('The Assassin'). That work was even closer to the French model, having the traditional mezzo-soprano breeches role for hero's young friend (just like Niklaus/Muse in Hoffman and Siebel in Faust). This aspect drew Balakirev's particular ire...  although the poison-pen 'anonymous' reviews have later been tracked to Cui, who was virulently conservative on this matter.  Oprichnik is a super piece, if you can forgive its outrageously melodramatic blood-and-guts libretto  Smiley  PT was so distraught by the vicious (ie bought-off) reviews that he disowned the work - not only forbidding further performances in Moscow and St Petersburg, but paying compensation to Jurgenson Publishers, so that they would destroy the copper engraving plates.  Angry   I have a personal fondness for it, since I directed a semi-staged performance of the piece in the kremlin of the medieval city of Ryazan (the home-town of the librettist). Sadly, no recording was made - but open-air acoustics are always very unsatisfactory, so it may be for the best Wink  It gave a career 'boost' to a number of singers who have gone on to appear at the Bolshoi, as well as in Germany and Austria.
11  About music in general / The listener / Re: What are you listening to today? on: April 03, 2018, 06:49:33 pm
You'd think the Russians could have given it a stereo recording,though?!!

Lovely! Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley

It is, indeed, a charming performance - and a pity it wasn't given a stereo treatment at the time.  For anyone who needs a binaural approach, Gergiev's Mariinsky recording has much to recommend it, although I can't help wishing it were a little more deft of hand  Roll Eyes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmYpjaxXh6M

The crisis at the Romanov royal court at that period certainly contributed to the surfeit of 'chocolate-box' operas and ballets of the time, as you rightly say... the breathtaking bravado of Tchaikovsky never really saw a successor - or at least, not until DSCH.  Nevertheless, the innocent gaiety of these end-of-Empire works offers much to enjoy Smiley  Lovely, indeed Smiley

12  Preliminaries / Greetings / Re: Greetings on: April 03, 2018, 06:19:13 pm
Welcome aboard, Baron Scarpia!
13  Preliminaries / Greetings / Re: Hello, I’m Mirror Image on: April 03, 2018, 10:33:37 am
the site seemed to him too focused on orchestral music

 Roll Eyes
14  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Why the Baltic and Slavic countries not promoting their music? A Wonder. on: April 01, 2018, 09:12:53 pm
I have a list as long as my arm of English and British music from 1600 too the present that is worthy of being recorded but hasn't been.

Yes, indeed, and it's a rather sore point. At the risk of banging my favourite drum once more..  performances of Arne, Shield, and Linley never get off the starting blocks. The best of that generation - who had operas performed at the Austrian Royal Court in Vienna, alongside those of Mozart, Haydn, Dittersdorf, and Salieri - was Stephen Storace. Of whom you cannot find a single work on disk. The BBC couldn't give two hoots. His astounding Beethovenian heroic 'rescue' operas, such as THE SIEGE OF BELGRADE, THE PIRATES, or THE CHEROKEE are utterly ignored - and written off as 'ballad operas' (which they certainly aren't). His operatic 'thriller' THE HAUNTED TOWER (1789) remained in repertory in Britain unti the 1830s, where it was picked-up as career vehicle for the young tenor John Braham.
15  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Why the Baltic and Slavic countries not promoting their music? A Wonder. on: March 31, 2018, 09:42:54 pm
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I think this is in the wrong thread...

Why so?  Montenegro is most certainly a Slavic country.
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