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 on: Today at 05:42:03 am 
Started by Dundonnell - Last post by Demetrius
Ah, thank you.

 on: Today at 12:27:24 am 
Started by kyjo - Last post by Toby Esterhase
Ikran Akbarov

 on: December 13, 2017, 09:52:00 pm 
Started by Dundonnell - Last post by Dundonnell
No. It is named after Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts where the Pilgrim Fathers landed from the 'Mayflower'.

 on: December 13, 2017, 02:19:40 pm 
Started by Dundonnell - Last post by Demetrius
I had never heard of this work before, Dundonnell. Is it inspired by the same Lermontov poem as Rachmaninov's early symphonic piece?

 on: December 13, 2017, 02:12:32 pm 
Started by Demetrius - Last post by Demetrius
Thanks for the welcome, cjvinthechair and shamus.  Smiley

 on: December 12, 2017, 04:11:58 pm 
Started by Demetrius - Last post by shamus
Welcome from me, too, Demetrius, bring on the Requiems!! I couldn't be much less religious, but my spiritual side sure likes the intensity of most of those masses of the dead, especially Berlioz.

 on: December 12, 2017, 03:38:37 pm 
Started by Demetrius - Last post by cjvinthechair
Certainly with you on the sacred music, Mr. Demetrius, & quite possibly the Russian too.
 From another UK follower !

 on: December 11, 2017, 04:47:41 pm 
Started by Gauk - Last post by Dundonnell
I was so fortunate to grow up in a house surrounded by music. My grandfather had been a church organist although he had retired by that time. My father had been the timpanist in an amateur orchestra set up during World War Two. He had been taught by the timpanist of the Reid Orchestra (the University of Edinburgh orchestra). Our house was full of 78s (several of which I broke accidentally) with music by Beethoven. Brahams, Wagner, Gilbert and Sullivan etc etc. My father took me to my first orchestral concert when I was nine. We sat in the organ gallery of the Usher Hall in Edinburgh to see the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Sir Malcolm Sargent play "The Planets". When I got to around 13-14 my father started buying me LPs: Mahler's Symphony No.1, a lot of Sibelius.

....but school? The Head of Music had no interest in anybody who did not have a good enough voice to join the elite school choir- it was invited to sing at the wedding of the Prime Minister's daughter (the PM was Sir Alec Douglas-Home). One of the choir's leading lights was Ian Charleson, who went on to star in "Chariots of Fire" and died tragically of AIDS.  So I spent my time endlessly listening to and discussing music with my great friend Malcolm MacDonald. We took over the school's Music Society and used it as a means of playing our favourite records to ourselves and a very small group of reasonably like-minded friends. So there was a lot of Sibelius, Vaughan Williams, William Walton......

Malcolm of course went on to be the great authority on Havergal Brian but another friend has conducted on cd (the John Blackwood McEwen Solway Symphony and other works by that Scottish composer).

However, continuing the organ theme. One of my friends then (and still today) played the organ in a local church. One day I sat beside him as he played a piece I had never heard but which was so astonishingly virtuosic, exciting, grand.....

Olivier Messiaen's "Dieu parmi nous" from "La Nativite du Seigneur":

 on: December 11, 2017, 04:25:38 pm 
Started by Dundonnell - Last post by Dundonnell
There has been some discussion recently of Toccata's series of Early Orchestral Music by Martinu. Whilst this is certainly important and welcome I do find it quite strange that quite a lot of the later orchestral music, ie the works composed between the end of the Second World War and the composer's death in 1959, is not better known. There are a number of glowing, impressionist scores, many of which can only be found on Supraphon cds. The most famous would be "Les Fresques de Piero della Francesca" which I think is a really magical score. But how often do we hear his last two orchestral works: "The Parables" or "Estampes"?

The one late composition which had eluded me for years was the Prelude Symphonique "The Rock" (1957). It is only 10 minutes long but for a completist like me........ I finally found that it had been recorded by Supraphon and I managed to buy the cd which was intended by the company for the Japanese market. The other pieces on the cd are duplications but so what......... Grin

 on: December 11, 2017, 12:23:46 pm 
Started by christopher - Last post by christopher
Thank you all. I'm very interested in Russian opera. I've ordered the Cui " Puss in Boots". Should I getn The Serov "Judith"?

Yes it's enjoyable.  Holofernes's War Song is a highlight - it's sung powerfully here by Boris Gmyria -

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